Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour

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Two hours driving from Lhasa takes you to the stunning location of Ganden Monastery, set in a natural bowl high above the braided Kyi-chu Valley. Brought back to life after nearly total destruction in the Cultural Revolution, the collection of restored chapels centers in Tsongkhapa’s tomb, and offers a delightful Kora path that will soon have you breathing hard from the altitude.

1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
2 Lhasa Suburb
3 Lhasa City
4 Lhasa - Dark Yerpa – Ganden(3800m)- Lhasa, 160km, approx 3hrs
5 Depart from Lhasa
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway Station to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it takes about one hour. It’s about 20 minutes driving From Lhasa Railway Station to your hotel. In order to adapt to the high altitude soon, you'd better have a rest and don’t do strenuous exercise. If you feel good, you can visit the Potala Palace Square, far view the Yaowang Mountain and take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light and high carbohydrate foods help you adapt the high altitude better. 

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Day 2 Lhasa Suburb

After breakfast, our tour guide will first take you to visit Drepung Monastery which is the world's largest monastery that housed for over 10,000 monks; it was the resident of the Dalai Lama. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

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Drepung Monastery was the largest monastery in Tibet, with over 10,000 monks. Now, this monastery houses about 700 monks.
Sera Monastery  is one of three famous monasteries in the city
Day 3 Lhasa City

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to visit famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt it later in 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

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The Potala Palace is the world's highest palace, castle and monastery.
Reconstructed in Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties for several times, Jokhang Temple has four stories and covers an area of about 25,000 square meters now.
Day 4 Lhasa - Dark Yerpa – Ganden(3800m)- Lhasa, 160km, approx 3hrs

A day's excursion outside of Lhasa city takes you to Ganden Monastery; it is located on Wangbur Mountain on the southern bank of Lhasa River which is about 50km northeast of Lhasa. Ganden Monastery is the most special one of six major monasteries in Tibet, it is made of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism founder of tsongkhapa personally set up in 1409, and it’s a global sect of the ancestral monastery and quite worth to see if this is your first time to travel in Tibet.

On the way, we will also visit the less-known-by-tourists Dark Yerpa hermitage. Drak Yerpa is only a short drive to the east of Lhasa, Tibet, and consists of a monastery and a number of ancient meditation caves that used to house about 300 monks. The entrance to the Yerpa Valley is about 16 kilometers northeast of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Kyichu. From there, it is another 10 kilometers to the famous ancient meditation caves in the spectacular limestone cliffs of the Yerpa Valley. There is an ancient sky burial site opposite the main caves.

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Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
In the February of 1410, Zongkapa set up Garden Monastery with 500 monks and hold a grand ceremony to enshrine it.
Day 5 Depart from Lhasa
Today your guide and driver will escort you to the Lhasa Airport or Railway Station for your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a few minutes to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email when you back home, tour ends.

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We are an italian family; we are scheduling a travel in China in August and we would like to visit Lhasa too. We would like to have information about suggested tours with children (13 and 11 years old) and about the required visa/permit. Thanks! Simone



In your inquiry, you mentioned that four of you would like to have our 5-day Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour in August 2019. We will handle all the necessary Tibet permits for you after you book a tour with us. We offer this service as a free of charge. What you need to do is to send us a copy of your passport and China Visa by email if you will enter Tibet from mainland China. A scanning or a photo, just make sure it's clear enough to read all the information.



Hi, we are interested in this tour to Lhasa and Ganden/Dark Yerpa. We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 kids, age 13 and 15. We will fly in from Shangri-La and will depart by train to Lanzhou. We are used to book our own comfortable hotels (ideally with family room) but happy to consider your suggestions. best Marcel



In your inquiry, you mentioned four of you would like to have the 5 Days Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour. It is okay for you to book your own hotel. May I know when would you like to have this tour?



I would like to Join the Lhasa&Gandan Monastery Tour-and then join A Nepal Tour. Just so you know I am 67 and healthy and active. I woul enjoy moderate activity but not strenuous activity



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a Tibet Nepal Flight Tour. As a solo traveler, I suggest you join our small group tour in Tibet to keep the cost down. I recommend the 8 Day Nepal-Tibet Tour.  We can open a new group tour to match your departure date if you book the tour with us 3 months in advance. 



Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour



In your inquiry, you mentioned that three of you are interested in our 5-day Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour, which is a private tour. Please check the following itinerary.



I have a flight from Beijing to Llasa on August 3 and flying out August 10. I need to get my travel permit. Can you suggest a 5 or 6 day tour? Thank you Henry Golobic



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to do the 5 Days Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour which is a private tour. As travelers less than five, we often suggest them to join our small group tour to keep the cost down.

We need at least 7 working days to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit and 2~3 days to send the original Tibet Travel Permit to you by express. There are 10 working days before Aug.3rd.  So, I am afraid you can't join the tour with the departure date on Aug.3rd. I suggest you join the 6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour from Aug.5th to Aug.10th. What do you think?

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