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5 Days Lhasa Small Group Tour with Three Major Monasteries

Tour Route: Lhasa

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Tibetan Monk Ganden Monastery and Monks Tibetan Monasteries Ganden Monastery Visit Ganden Monastery Explore Tibetan Monastery Tibetan Monastery in the Valley Jokhang Temple Lhasa Local Teahouse
Tibetan Monk Ganden Monastery and Monks Tibetan Monasteries Ganden Monastery Visit Ganden Monastery Explore Tibetan Monastery Tibetan Monastery in the Valley Jokhang Temple Lhasa Local Teahouse

Tour Code: SG005B

Tour Type: Join-in Small Group Tour (Min 1 - Max 12) i

Tour Service: Tibetan Local Tour Guide & Driver

  Time to Vist: Available All Year Around i

Trip Level: Easy Trip for All Ages i

What Makes Our Ganden Monastery Trip Different?
Master Kungga Dundruk

Explore the three biggest monasteries of Gelug Sect in Tibet in one go and see how Tibetan monks live in these monasteries.icon

------ Tibetan Travel Guru,Master Kungga Dundruk icon

5 Days from USD599

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Overview & Highlights of this Trip

This tour covers the historical sites like The Potala palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street and all the three biggest monasteries in Tibet, Drepung monastery, Sera monastery and Ganden Monastery. Ganden Monastery is the main seat of Geluk order, situated at an elevation of 3800m above sea level. It is very interesting to trek Lingkor (circle) and you can see the Great Tsongkapa’s meditation cave and the beautiful view of Lhasa valley.

  • Visit Ganden Monastery

    Highlight 1 of this Trip: Visit Ganden Monastery and enjoy a leisure kora through the valley around Ganden Monastery.

  • the Potala Palace in Lhasa

    Highlight 2 of this Trip: Admire the Potala Palace, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the landmark of Lhasa.

  • Drepung Monastery in Tibet

    Highlight 3 of this Trip: Visit Drepung Monastery to explore the largest Monastery in Tibet.

  • Lhasa Local Teahouse

    Highlight 4 of this Trip: Experience the daily life of local Tibetans in the traditional Tibetan Teahouse.

  • Visit Tibetan Monastery with Tibetan Guide

    Highlight 5 of this Trip: Explore the lives of Tibetan monks and their practices by visiting monasteries with our Tibetan guide.

  • Barkhor Street Kora

    Highlight 6 of this Trip: Follow the ancient Barhkor Kora route around the Jokhang Temple.

Itinerary Details

Trip at a Glance

Day 1: Lhasa Arrival

Day 2: Lhasa Day Tour

Day 3: Lhasa Day Tour

Day 4: Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Lhasa

Day 5: Lhasa Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa

Welcome to Lhasa(3650m)!

When you arrive in Lhasa, whether by train or flight, our friendly Tibetan guide will greet you with a Hada (the traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarf) and warm blessings.

Then, the guide and the driver will take you to your hotel in downtown Lhasa. You may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/Brahmaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River.

After settling into your hotel, take some time to rest and adjust to the high altitude.

In the afternoon or evening, your guide will meet you with traditional Tibetan gifts, provide travel instructions, and introduce your group members.

If you need any help or specific needs, feel free to visit our service center at Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Overnight in Lhasa
  • Tibetan tour guide greets you at Lhasa Airport.

    Tibetan tour guide greets you at Lhasa Airport.

  • Lhasa River

    Lhasa River

Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B, D)

Today is Tibetan Monastery Day! You’ll have a full day to explore the largest monastery in Tibet, delve into the knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, and immerse yourself in the daily life of Tibetan monks.

In the morning, you’ll explore the largest monastery in Tibet - Drepung Monastery, which was once the home to over 10,000 monks. As you walk through the Coqen Hall, your guide will provide detailed explanations of the worldview of Tibetan Buddhism and introduce notable figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.

Next, you’ll visit the renowned Loseling College (or an equivalent), offering a glimpse into the study and life of Tibetan monks. Explore their dormitories to gain insights into the Tibetan monks' daily routines and living conditions.

In the afternoon, you’ll head to Sera Monastery, another of the ‘great three’ Gelug monasteries of Tibet, to witness the famous Tibetan Monks Debate (15:00 - 17:00, from Monday to Saturday). Your guide will intricately explain how Tibetan monks engage in these debates to acquire knowledge and advance in their academic degrees.

After today’s tour, enjoy a welcome dinner with your group members.

Overnight in Lhasa
Breakfast | Welcome Dinner
  • Drepung Monastery, one of the Great Three Gelug monasteries of Tibet

    Drepung Monastery, one of the Great Three Gelug monasteries of Tibet

  • Monk Debate is a highlight of Sera Monastery

    Monk Debate is a highlight of Sera Monastery

Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (B)

Today’s Highlight is a visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, providing a glimpse into the daily beliefs and lives of the people of Lhasa.

After breakfast, your first stop is the Potala Palace, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Lhasa Old Town. Discover the lives and stories of the Dalai Lamas through history within the palace, and the extraordinary treasures it holds. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

After touring the Potala Palace, you will visit Longwangtan Park at the foot of the Potala Palace. Here, you can appreciate the majestic Potala Palace from a different perspective and engage in local Tibetan folk activities.

In the afternoon, you will head to the heart of Tibetan religion - the Jokhang Temple. 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 (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.

Next, follow your guide to one of the liveliest indoor Tibetan tea houses in Lhasa. Sip traditional Tibetan sweet tea alongside local Tibetans as your guide shares insights into Tibetan social dynamics and daily life.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Overnight in Lhasa
Breakfast
  • Potala Palace is always the No.1 attraction for travelers visiting Tibet.

    Potala Palace is always the No.1 attraction for travelers visiting Tibet.

  • A Tibetan pilgrim is worshipping  Jokhang Temple

    A Tibetan pilgrim is worshipping Jokhang Temple

Day 4: Lhasa to Ganden Monastery and back to Lhasa (B)

Today, explore one of the “Great Three” Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet and enjoy a leisure hike around Ganden Monastery.

After breakfast, we will drive to the Ganden Monastery, about 60 kilometers east of Lhasa and is one of the “Great Three” Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet, founded by the Great Tsongkhapa in 1409. On the way you can enjoy the beautiful view of Kyichu River and as we drive up to Ganden along winding mountain road, tourists can see the far view of Splendid monastery complex on the top of the mountain.

Later, we will visit chapels of Genden monastery and the tomb of Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelupa sect. If physical condition is fine and weather allows, hike with guide around the Ganden Kora (optional), enjoy the view of wide Kychi valley.

After touring Ganden Monastery, we will head to visit Tibetan famer's village nearby.

Get back to Lhasa after today's trip. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Overnight in Lhasa
Breakfast
  • Enjoy a panoramic view of Ganden Monastery

    Enjoy a panoramic view of Ganden Monastery

  • Ganden Monastery, one of the Great Three Gelugpa Monasteries of Tibet

    Ganden Monastery, one of the Great Three Gelugpa Monasteries of Tibet

Day 5: Depart from Lhasa (B)

Today marks the end of your Tibet tour.

Please make sure to verify your departure flight/train details with our guide in advance. And your guide will take you to the airport or train station.

Thank you for choosing Tibet Vista, and we extend a warm welcome for your return to Tibet in the future.

Breakfast
  • Bid farewell to Lhasa, and may you have a safe and pleasant journey back home!

    Bid farewell to Lhasa, and may you have a safe and pleasant journey back home!

  • Your guide will escort you to Lhasa Railway Station if you depart Tibet by train.

    Your guide will escort you to Lhasa Railway Station if you depart Tibet by train.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2024

Class/Price for P.PNov.1 to
Next Feb.28
Mar.1 to
May.31
Jun.1 to
Jul.9
Jul.10 to
Aug.20
Aug.21 to
Sept.19
Sept.20 to
Oct.10
Oct.11 to
Oct.31
Economic Class (3-Star Hotels) 599 US$ 639 US$ 699 US$ 749 US$ 699 US$ 749 US$ 639 US$
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Please Note:

If you couldn’t find a tour date suitable for your travel schedule in the above form, please contact our travel experts and they will help you plan a delightful vacation to Tibet at the BEST local price.

Discount:

1.) 5% off for those booking the tour together with other two travelers (3 or 3 above in total) at the same time;

2.) 5% off for those booking the tour 3 months in advance.

Price Inclusions:

Tibet Travel Permit and all required local travel documents for this tour (excluding expedited processing fees);

Local tour transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable tourist vehicle according to the group size;

All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;

All meals listed in the itinerary;

Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group (For prices of tour guides in other languages, please inquire);

All hotels listed in the itinerary or equivalent three-star hotels. Upgrades are available for an additional fee. (Single room supplement required when not sharing the room);

Free shuttle between Lhasa Railway Station/Lhasa Gonggar Airport and the downtown hotel;

Service Charge & Government Taxes;

Arrangements including planning, handling, operational, and communication charges;

Tourist accident/casualty insurance;

Additional services include fine Tibetan souvenirs, a tourist map, portable oxygen, medical oxygen in the vehicle, bottled mineral water, and more.

Price Exclusion:

China Visa (If you need visa assistance services, feel free to contact us for more details.);

International flight to and out of China;

Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa (If you need us to book the domestic flight/train tickets, please contact us for the details.);

Single Room Supplement: Hotels default to double occupancy with twin-bedded rooms. If you prefer a single room or room sharing isn't possible, a single room supplement is necessary. Please consult the travel consultant for specific pricing details.

Meals not listed in the itinerary;

Tips for the guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, it is suggested to tip $7 (50 RMB) per day per person to be shared between the driver and the guide;

Other expenses caused by force majeure events (such as natural disasters, traffic control, loss of valuables, visa delays, flight delays or cancellations, etc.);

Personal expenses, like laundry, phone calls, snacks, soft drinks (please do your best to avoid alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

Ganden Monastery Trip Notes

1. How far in advance should I book the Lhasa small group tour?

To ensure a smooth journey, it is recommended to book the tour at least 15-20 days before departure.

Of course, booking 1 or 2 months or even earlier will help us apply for necessary travel documents on your behalf and make advance reservations for accommodations.

Additionally, early booking provides the opportunity to enjoy early bird discounts.

The earlier you book, the better prepared you'll be, and you won't be troubled in a rush.

2. What are the necessary travel documents for a Lhasa to Ganden Monastery small group tour?

To visit Lhasa and Ganden Monastery, you need to have both Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit in advance.

We’ll take care of Tibet Travel Permit as part of our tour package. Simply follow our guidance, and there’s no need to worry about the process.

3. How to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit and how long can I get my Tibet Permit?

Once you book your Lhasa to Ganden Monastery tour with us, simply provide scanned copies of your Chinese Visa and a valid passport (with at least 6 months of validity).

If you traveling with a work visa, you will need proof of employment in China, and a study visa requires proof of your study in China.

Generally, it takes 7-14 working days to process the Tibet Travel Permit. Once the permit is successfully issued, we will mail it to your address in China 3-5 days before your Tibet trip, ensuring you can smoothly board the train or flight to Tibet.

4. How to prevent high altitude sickness during the trip to Ganden Monastery?

While Lhasa is situated at an altitude of 3650 meters above sea level, Ganden Monastery is slightly higher, at an elevation of 3800 meters.

If you are visiting Tibet for the first time, there is a potential risk of experiencing altitude sickness.

However, there's no need to worry. During the initial 3 days in Lhasa, you will have ample time to acclimate to the high altitude of the Tibet Plateau. Then, when you visit Ganden Monastery on the 4th day, you will quickly adjust to the elevation.

Additionally, it's advisable to avoid strenuous exercise upon your arrival in Lhasa. Instead, take the opportunity to rest in the hotel on the first day.

Remember to stay hydrated by drinking more water and minimizing alcohol and smoking.

5. When is the best time to visit Lhasa and Ganden Monastery?

The best time to explore Lhasa and Ganden Monastery is from April to October, offering pleasant weather and comfortable temperatures for outdoor sightseeing.

During the summer months, from July to August, which mark the rainy season in Tibet, daytime tours in Lhasa and Drak Yerpa are not affected as the rain typically falls at night.

For budget-friendly travel, consider visiting from November to February, taking advantage of winter tourism policies that include free admission to attractions and discounts on hotels and flights to Tibet. Despite lower temperatures, daytime temperatures in winter, from November to February, can be above 10°C. Sunny days are common, allowing you to enjoy a peaceful walk with fewer crowds.

6. What to wear for a Lhasa to Ganden Monastery small group tour?

No matter when you visit Lhasa and nearby Ganden Monastery, you need to prepare warm clothing for the cold night at Tibetan Plateau. To ensure comfort, opt for warm, windproof outerwear, and consider layering to adapt to temperature fluctuations. In summer, lightweight clothing is suitable, while during spring and autumn, it's advisable to wear at least three layers (undershirt, sweater, outerwear). In winter, prioritize warmer clothing with wind protection. Additionally, due to strong ultraviolet rays, don't forget to wear sunglasses and a hat.

7. What to pack for a Lhasa to Ganden Monastery small group tour?

Besides the clothes to take, here are some more things to prepare for your trip to Ganden Monastery.

Personal Care: Pack your essentials such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, facial cleanser, towels, and other personal toiletries. Since there are no shower facilities at Everest Base Camp, consider bringing wet wipes for convenience.

Skincare: Due to the dry climate in Tibet, pack lip balm, moisturizing cream, and hydrating masks to prevent skin dryness and cracking.

Sun Protection: Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and sunglasses for effective sun protection against the strong UV rays in Tibet.

Additional Necessities: Considering the long distances between attractions in Tibet, bring a U-shaped pillow for a comfortable journey. Also, having a thermal flask ensures you have hot water whenever needed.

Common Medications: Take essential medications like motion sickness pills, gastrointestinal medicine, anti-inflammatory drugs, cold medicine, and other medications for emergencies. Include adhesive bandages and eye drops. (Consult your doctor and carefully follow medical advice when taking medication.)

Electronic Devices: Bring your phone, camera, power bank, and any other necessary electronic devices. If you plan to bring a drone, check with our travel consultant in advance. Tibet operates on a 220V voltage.

Cash and Cards: Alipay and WeChat Pay are widely accepted in Lhasa. Credit cards can be used in some large hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls in Lhasa. However, in some small restaurants and shops, cash may still be necessary. It's advisable to carry a small amount of Chinese yuan and at least one bank card with you.

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