Lhasa & Ganden Biking Tour

Duration:
6 Days
Destination:
Lhasa-Ganden-Lhasa
Season:
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Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Ride from Lhasa city to Ganden Monastery, which is about 4hrs. About 40km east to Lhasa, Ganden is one out-of-Lhasa sight to choose if your time is limited. Two kora are spread through the splendid 4500m-high kyi-chu valley and you're likely to meet more pilgrims here than anywhere else.

DayRoute
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
2 Lhasa sightseeing
3 Lhasa sightseeing
4 Bike Lhasa - Ganden (40 Km)
5 Bike Ganden - Lhasa
6 Departure from Lhasa by Flight
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

This is the first day that you enter Tibet. Your guide will greet you at the airport or railway station and transfer you to the lovely hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check-in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like to go out, you can wander around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

Today's tour will begin to visit the famous world heritage Potala Palace. It’s situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa; Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m at the topmost point. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

In the afternoon, take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims. After you visit the temple you have time to walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as the crowded central market of Lhasa since from a long time, in the early days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to the tourist gift shopping center.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

The Potala Palace is the world's highest palace, castle and monastery.
The life-sized statue of the Jowo Shayamuni of age 12 can be seen in Jokhang Temple, it is recognized as the holiest object in Tibet.
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in the early morning and then drive to visit the Drepung Monastery which is located at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples.

After lunch, you are going to visit the Sera Monastery which is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City; Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. One of the main attractions of Sera Monastery is debating. As a part of their study, lamas must participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of study. The debating usually is held at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon except for Sunday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery is one of the three greatest Gelug university gompas in Tibet.
Sers Monastery, a best place to see the colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines
Day 4 Bike Lhasa - Ganden (40 Km)

Ride from Lhasa city to Ganden Monastery, which is abt 4hrs. About 40km east of Lhasa, Ganden is the one out-of-Lhasa sight to choose if your time is limited. Two kora are spread through the splendid 4500m-high Kyi-chu Valley(which is all visual enjoyment) and you would probably meet more pilgrims here than anywhere else.

97 generations of Khripas ruled the monastery since Zongkapa’s ruling, and Garden Monastery housed 5,000 monks at its peak.
In the February of 1410, Zongkapa set up Garden Monastery with 500 monks and hold a grand ceremony to enshrine it.
Day 5 Bike Ganden - Lhasa

Biking back to Lhasa. To arrive at Lhasa city in the early afternoon. No other tour arrangement for the rest of day. You are free to wander around Lhasa on your own. Maybe some last-minute souvenir shopping at Barkhor Street. Or Potala Square in the evening to see Potala Palace all lighting up.

Day 6 Departure from Lhasa by Flight

Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

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Mike***

2017-05-20

Brother-in-law and I are looking to visit Tibet in late September, Mid October (50th birthday is Oct 19) and would love to include some biking. We are experienced cyclist but live in low elevations and nervous about altitude. Is there any opportunity to do some cycling during one of the group tours or should we limit ourselves to biking tours? Any insight you can provide would be helpful.

penny

Dear Mike Haber, it's ok for you and your brother-in-law to visit Tibet including some biking in late September / Mid October. Don't be nervous about the altitude, I've already sent you some information by email and hope it's useful for you.

Since you plan to do some biking, I'm afraid you have to do that by yourselves. Of course, your guide and driver also will travel together with you. Please have a look at the itinerary I suggested you and tell me your thoughts.

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