Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour

Duration:
5 Days
Price:
From USD550
Destination:
Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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This 5 days group tour is designed for travelers who are particularly interested in Tibetan Buddhism culture. During this tour, you will not only explore the top attractions in Lhasa such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, etc. but also take a trek around Ganden Monastery. Ganden Monastery is absolutely the highlight of this trip. As you can have fantastic views at this monastery and get close to the local village to see the local Tibetan life.

DayRoute
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
2 Lhasa Suburb
3 Lhasa sightseeing
4 Lhasa - Drak Yerpa – Ganden(3800m)- Lhasa, 160km, approx 3hrs
5 Lhasa departure
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it usually takes about one hour; from Lhasa Railway Station, about 20mins. After being transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. Your good rest in the first day is crucial to acclimatize the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and avoid fierce activities. As the capital city, Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Day 2 Lhasa Suburb

Today’s first attraction is to visit Drepung Monastery which is the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 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 the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Drepung Monastery is one of the three greatest Gelug university gompas in Tibet.
Sera Monastery, one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet.
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

Today, you will visit the most famous Potala Palace according to the time of ticket and in peak season, there is a visit time limitation. Potala Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It has been put into use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. 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. 

At noon, the tour guide will bring you to a good restaurant to have lunch and have a rest. In the afternoon, you will head to Jokhang Temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can do Kora with pilgrims and locals and explore the old market.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

The original Potala Palace was built by the King Songtsan Gampo for his bride in 637 AD, and it was rebuilt by the fifth Dalai Lama.
In front of the Jokhang Temple, you can see many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions.
Day 4 Lhasa - Drak 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 Drak 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.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
97 generations of Khripas ruled the monastery since Zongkapa’s ruling, and Garden Monastery housed 5,000 monks at its peak.
Day 5 Lhasa departure
Tour ends today. Tour guide and driver will drop you to the Lhasa airport or railway station for your next stop.

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

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Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2019-11-01 ~ 2020-02-29 2020-04-01 ~ 2020-04-30 2020-05-01 ~ 2020-06-30 2020-07-01 ~ 2020-08-31 2020-09-01 ~ 2020-10-07 2020-10-08 ~ 2020-10-31 2020-11-01 ~ 2020-12-31
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Discount Policy

You may only enjoy one of the advantageous policy, not both.

Option A:3 or More to Join the Same Group $30 / person
Option B:Tour in Apr~Oct
  • To book 6-month prior tour starts 5% Off / person
  • To book 3-month prior tour starts 3% Off / person

Booking Policy

We require 12 working days booking in advance for the following two situations:

  • 1. To join in the group that already booked by other clients.
  • 2. With 2 persons or above, you can choose any date according to your schedule.

If you are a solo traveler and our fixed departures can't match your plan, we prefer to open a group to match your schedule, but you need to book the tour more than 50 days in advance.

Please contact us as soon as possible if it is less than 12 working days before your arrival date. Thus, we can try our best to help you plan the tour and apply for the Tibet permit urgently.

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No desired date of departure? Please send us an inquiry and we will try to arrange your tour according to your plan.

Our Service

INCLUSIONS

*Lodgings: 4 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★;

*Meal: 4 Breakfasts & 1 Welcome Dinner;

*Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;

*Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on first & last day;

*Free pick-up from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to the hotel at 9:30 am, 13:00 pm and 16:00 pm on the first day;

*Free drop-off from the hotel to Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 6:00 am,8:30 am and 12:30 pm on the last day;

*Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide;

*Attractions: all entrance fee mentioned in the itinerary;

*Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB);

*Travel Agency Liability insurance;

*Government Tax;

*Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);

*Food & lodgings for guide & driver;

*Oxygen tank for emergency use;

*Two bottles of mineral water per person per day;

EXCLUSIONS

* International flight to and out of China;

* Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We’d like to book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)

* If you miss the free transfer schedule due to flight delay or cancelation, then you are required to pay private transfer from USD 80/vehicle/time.

* Lunch & Dinner are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.

* While Gratuities for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;

* All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. Wire transfer --- 2%);

* Personal expenses;

* Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Note

*Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) usually takes about 12-working-day to apply. If you couldn’t provide the required docs & info on time, an extra handling fee will be charged. Please consult your travel consultant for details;
*We reserve the right to change the itinerary order and attractions in Lhasa;
*If you prefer to book your own hotels over those included in our group tour, please meet the rest of the group at their daily hotel on time. We don’t include the transfers to your own hotels;
*We need to pick up and drop off all  members of the group on first & last day from Lhasa Airport/Railway, thus there may not always have guide presence but driver;
*Due to the special nature of Tibet travel, any unforeseeable and unavoidable objective circumstances, including but not limited to natural disasters, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, strikes, public health emergencies, government action, major traffic jams, delay or cancellation of flight/train, attractions temporarily closed. etc., resulting in a change of itinerary, the increased cost will be paid by travelers; if any attraction visits have to be canceled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for the refund except certain attraction entrance fee which will be solely decided by GTT.

*Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travelers, a single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveler to share the twin rooms, the single supplement will be refunded.

Asked Questions from our Clients

Nami***

2019-10-27

Hi! I am planning a trip to Kathmandu with my daughter who is 11 years old in New Years. Wondering about the availability and the cost of the trip to Lhasa from Kathmandu for 2 people. Hoping to travel there around 2nd Jan to 5th Jan. Please let us know.

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to travel to Lhasa from Kathmandu in Jan 2020. We can arrange the tour for you. For travelers entering Tibet from Kathmandu, a China group visa is required. Please plan 3 working days to stay in Nepal to wait for your China group visa. Our representative in Nepal will assist you with the visa application. However, Jan 1st is the public holiday. Also, the direct flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa runs every other day in winter. The incoming flight is available on Jan. 1 or 3rd,  thus, I suggest you come in 3rd and return on the 6th. Here is the itinerary of 4 Days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour,

Kevi***

2019-10-14

We hope to travel from Friday, November 1 to Tuesday, November 5!

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 5 Days Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour which is a private tour. We can arrange the tour for you. Kindly note, it takes 12 working days to process your Tibet permit, there is no much time left.

Migu***

2019-04-20

IS THERE IS A FORM THAT I WILL NEED TO FILLED OUT WITH ALL MY TRIP DETAILS BEFORE SENDING A PAY PAL PAYMENT AS I DO NOT SEE A FORM ON THE SITE. WE WERE INQUIRING WITH BEATRICE REGARDING THE 5 DAYS TRIP WITH THE URGENT VISA FROM KATHMANDU. THANK YOU

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beatrice

Here's the itinerary I quoted you via the online messager.

If you have any further questions or doubts, please let me know without hesitation, it is my pleasure to work with you at any time.

Lind***

2019-03-30

I would like to know the price of your 5 day tour for a group of 8-10 on January 30th.

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beatrice

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 5-day Lhasa & Ganden tour at the end of January 2020. I'm not sure if Tibet still opens at that time. This year, starting from Feb, Tibet is closed. If possible, could you bring forward a little bit?

Simo***

2019-02-11

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

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Caroline

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.

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