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5 Days Lhasa and Ganden Monastery Small Group Tour

Tour Route: Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Lhasa

Trip Overview:

Visit the Three Great Monasteries—the Drepung Monastery, the Sera Monastery, and the Ganden Monastery—all in one visit!

Monasteries held significant importance as social institutions in historical Tibet, serving as schools, vocational training centers, libraries, and pilgrimage sites. This 5-day Lhasa Monasteries group tour offers exploration of the most significant monasteries in Lhasa. Experience ancient monastery buildings, delve into Buddhist culture, and witness traditional monk debates to fully immerse yourself in the culture and religion of this sacred land. Additionally, embarking on a trek around Ganden Monastery stands out as a highlight, providing an opportunity to experience the culture up close and witness authentic Tibetan life in the local village.

  • Tour Code: SG005B

  • Trip Level : Easy for All Agesi

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    Can I join this tour?

    • This Lhasa and Ganden Monastery tour is suitable for all levels of fitness, families with kids, and senior groups. As long as you're in good health, you can confidently join our tour. However, to ensure your health and safety, we recommend consulting a professional doctor before your departure.
  • Tour Type: Small Group (Max 12) i

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    Our Small Group Tour Features

    • Guaranteed Departures: With our fixed tour dates, we guarantee every departure.
    • Flexible Scheduling: Should you not find a suitable travel date, worry not. Share your preferred timing, and we'll tailor a personalized itinerary, inviting fellow travelers to join.
    • Non-shopping Journey: Enjoy a commerce-free expedition with us. Our commitment to top-notch tours ensures an authentic and immersive exploration of Tibet.
  • Time to Visit : Available All Year Aroundi

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    Time to Visit Guide:

    • Lhasa stands out as a premier destination in Tibet for travel throughout the year.
    • The peak seasons are July, August, and from October 1st to 8th, coinciding with major holiday seasons.
    • The off-season, during the winter months from November to March, presents an ideal window for budget travelers to explore Lhasa and surroundings. During this time, flights and accommodations offer significant discounts, while certain top attractions offer free admission.

Highlights:

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple.

  • Enjoy the gorgeous view of the valley while doing the kora around Ganden Monastery.

  • Tour Drepung Monastery, the largest temple in Tibet, exploring the life of Tibetan monks in their practice.

  • Watch the interesting monk debates at Sera Monastery.

  • Immerse yourself in the daily life of Lhasa residents, visiting traditional homes, teahouses, and joining Tibetans in worship.

  • Stroll along Barkhor Street and feel the charm of the ancient city.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa, Get the First Impression of Tibet

Welcome to Tibet! Upon arrival, our Tibetan guide will greet you at the airport or train station and present you with a Hada (the traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarf) to wish you good luck!

You'll then be transferred to your hotel in downtown Lhasa by the guide and driver. Along the way, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of Yarlung Tsangpo River, Lhasa River, and the typical Tibetan villages.

After arriving at the hotel, take some time to rest and acclimate to the high altitude. It's helpful to take it easy for the first few days and remember to stay hydrated by drinking water.

Later in the afternoon or evening, your guide will welcome you with traditional Tibetan gifts, provide travel guidance, and introduce you to the other members of your group.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Warm Tips:
If you require any assistance or have specific needs, please don't hesitate to visit our service center located at Gangjian Hotel.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Lhasa

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

Today, you will first visit the Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet that once housed over ten thousand monks. Here, you'll explore the Coqen Hall, where your guide will provide a detailed explanation of the Tibetan Buddhist worldview and narrate the stories of renowned figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.

Additionally, you'll tour the Loseling College (or an equivalent) within Drepung Monastery to understand monks' practices and studies. Exploring their dormitories will offer insight into their daily routines and living conditions.

In the afternoon, the tour proceeds to Sera Monastery, established in 1419 and long regarded as a significant Buddhist seminary. Here, you'll observe the renowned monk debates, a highlight of Sera Monastery. Your guide will provide a comprehensive explanation of how these debates aid monks in acquiring knowledge and advancing through academic degrees.

After today's sightseeing, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow group members.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Lhasa

Meal:

Breakfast | Welcome Dinner

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

After breakfast, your guide will accompany you to visit the magnificent Potala Palace, where you'll stand atop its heights and gaze down upon the city of Lhasa. Your guide will narrate the life and tales of the successive Dalai Lamas within the Potala Palace and meticulously introduce the various halls and treasures housed within its walls.

Once you've explored the grandeur of the Potala Palace, your next stop will be Longwangtan Park nestled at its base. This tranquil spot offers a unique vantage point to admire the majestic Potala Palace and partake in traditional Tibetan cultural experiences.

In the afternoon, you'll head to the sacred Jokhang Temple—the heart of Tibetan faith and life. Within the temple resides the rare and revered 12-year-old statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, an image so lifelike that it resembles seeing the Buddha in person. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can take a clockwise kora, witnessing how local Tibetans practice their Buddhist beliefs.

Following this, your guide will take you to the liveliest indoor Tibetan tea house in Lhasa, where you can enjoy Tibetan sweet tea with locals. Your guide will join everyone, sharing insights into the social relations and daily leisure life of Tibetans.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Lhasa

Meal:

Breakfast

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

Today, we will drive about 60 kilometers east of Lhasa to the Gaden Monastery, which is one of the “Great Three” Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet. It was founded by the Great Tsongkhapa in 1409, and in the monastery there is the tomb of Tsongkhapa. You can trek Lingkor(circle) around Ganden Monastery to see the Great Tsongkhapa’s meditation cave and many religious figure statues, as well as the beautiful view of Lhasa valley.

After the trip in Ganden, drive back to Lhasa city.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Lhasa

Meal:

Breakfast

Day 5: Finish This Unforgettable Tour and Depart from Lhasa (B)

Today your guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board. Please confirm your departure flight or train details in advance with your guide. The tour ends.

Meal:

Breakfast

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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;

3.) Please kindly be aware that the two discounts mentioned above cannot be enjoyed simultaneously.

What's Included?

1. Tibet travel documents such as Tibet Travel Permit (excluding expedited processing fees), and delivery of the permit to your hotel in mainland of China.

2. Standard tourist vehicles based on the number of group members, ensuring one seat one person. Experienced local drivers offer attentive service.

3. Three-star hotels throughout the itinerary (upgrades available for an additional fee; single room supplement required when not sharing).

4. All meals listed in the itinerary. (Meal fees are non-refundable if declined due to personal reasons).

5. Excellent local Tibetan English-speaking tour guide (Prices for guides speaking other languages may be subject to separate negotiation).

6. Admission tickets for all tourist attractions listed in Itinerary.

7. Travel accident insurance.

8. Free shuttle between Lhasa Railway Station and the downtown hotel. Free transfers between Lhasa Gonggar Airport and the downtown hotel during specific times.

9. Other services: exquisite Tibetan souvenirs, tourist map, portable oxygen, medical oxygen in the vehicle, bottled mineral water, and more.

What's Excluded?

1. Chinese Visa (for any visa assistance services, please contact us for details)

2. International flights to and out of China.

3. Domestic flight or train to and out of Lhasa (If you need ticket booking service, please leave your requirements in the Online Inquiry form.)

4. Single Room Supplement: Hotels are based on double occupancy (twin-bedded rooms) by default. If you prefer a single room or if room sharing isn’t possible, a single room supplement is required (please consult the travel consultant for specific price differences).

5. Some meals not included in the itinerary.

6. Tips to the guide and driver based on your satisfaction with their services. We recommend paying a total of $7 per person per day for both the guide and driver.

7. Additional expenses resulting from force majeure events (such as natural disasters, traffic controls, loss of valuables, visa delays, flight delays or cancellations, etc.).

8. Personal expenses and any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusion list.

Lhasa and Ganden Monastery Trip Notes

  • 1. When is the deadline to book this 5-day Lhasa and Ganden Monastery Small Group Tour?

    To ensure a seamless trip, it is recommended to book your Tibet tour at least 15-20 days before the departure date.

    Certainly, booking your tour 1-2 months or earlier in advance will assist us in arranging your Tibet Travel Permit and other necessary documents, as well as securing accommodations. Additionally, early bookings may qualify for early-bird discounts. This arrangement facilitates better preparation and a more relaxed journey.

  • 2. What travel documents are required for a trip to Lhasa and Ganden Monastery?

    For traveling to Lhasa in Tibet, various tourists require specific travel documents:

    1) Foreign tourists: Passport, Chinese Visa, Tibet Travel Permit
    2) Tourists from Hong Kong and Macau: Home Return Permit
    3) Tourists from Taiwan: Mainland Travel Permit (MTP), Tibet Travel Permit, etc.

  • 3. How to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit? How long does it take, and when can I get the permit?

    For foreign tourists applying for the Tibet Travel Permit, photos or photocopies of a valid passport and Chinese Visa are needed. Holders of a working visa need to additionally provide a work certificate, while student visa holders require student certification.

    However, Taiwanese tourists only need to provide photos or photocopies of Mainland Travel Permit for the Tibet Travel Permit application.

    Generally, processing the Tibet Travel Permit takes 7-14 working days. Once the permit is successfully issued, we'll mail it to your address in mainland of China 3-5 days before your departure date, ensuring you have it in hand for your train or flight to Tibet.

  • 4. How to prevent from altitude sickness when taking this Lhasa and Ganden Monastery tour?

    The altitude in Lhasa sits at 3650 meters above sea level, while Ganden Monastery stands slightly higher at 3800 meters.

    For first-time visitors to Tibet, there's a potential risk of experiencing altitude sickness. However, there's no cause for concern. During the initial 3 days in Lhasa, you'll have ample time to acclimate to the high altitude of the Tibet Plateau. By the time you visit Ganden Monastery on the 4th day, your body will have adjusted to the elevation.

    It's wise to avoid strenuous exercise upon arriving in Lhasa. Instead, take the opportunity to rest in your hotel on the first day. Remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and minimizing alcohol and smoking. This gradual adjustment and proper hydration will help mitigate the effects of high altitude during your visit to Ganden Monastery.

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

    The best time to visit Lhasa and Ganden Monastery is from April to October. During this period, the weather is pleasant, with moderate temperatures and high oxygen content, making it the most suitable season for travel.

    Even though July to August is the rainy season, it's also the peak tourist season. Rainfall typically occurs in the late evening or at night and generally doesn't affect daytime activities.

    Moreover, if you seek an economical trip to Lhasa, consider visiting during winter (November to March of the following year). Despite lower temperatures during winter, the days are mostly sunny, with temperatures staying above 10℃, while nights may drop below freezing, but you'll be back in the hotel's warm room by then.

  • 6. What to pack for a Lhasa and Ganden Monastery small group tour?

    1) Clothing: Lhasa enjoys abundant sunshine throughout the year, yet has a significant temperature difference between day and night. So it's advisable to bring a warm jacket or coat regardless of when you visit to stay protected from the cold. Generally, light clothing suffices in summer, while in spring and autumn, at least three layers are recommended (base layer, sweater, outerwear). In winter, windproof outerwear is necessary. Layering allows for adjusting clothing according to temperature changes. Additionally, due to strong UV rays in Tibet, sunglasses and hats are essential.

    2) Personal Care Products: Skincare essentials such as facial cleanser, moisturizer, lotion, hydrating face masks, body lotion, lip balm, and sunscreen. Also, carry a thermos to ensure access to hot water anytime.

    3) Common Medications: Band-Aids, motion sickness medicine, cold medicine, gastrointestinal medication, anti-inflammatory drugs, eye drops, high-altitude sickness medication, and other necessary medications should be carried for emergencies. (Please adhere to medical advice and avoid excessive medication use.)

    4) Electronic Devices: Bring necessary electronic devices such as phone, camera, earphones, and chargers, including power banks and charging cables.

    5) Minimal Cash and Bank Cards: Though mobile payment is widespread in Lhasa, some places might still require cash payments. It's advisable to carry a small amount of cash and at least one bank card for your travel needs.

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