5 Days Pilgrimage Tour to Ganden Monastery & Drak Yerpa Hermitage
  • 5 Days Pilgrimage Tour to Ganden Monastery & Drak Yerpa Hermitage

    Despite rampant Chinese-let modernisation, Lhasa (literally the ‘Place of the Gods’) is still largely a city of wonders.  Your first view of the red and white Potala Palace soaring above the holy city will raise goosebumps and the charming whitewashed old tibetan quarter continues to preserve the flavaour of traditional tibetan live.  It is here in the Jokhang an otherworldly mix of the flickering butter lamps, wafting incense and prostrating pilgrims, and the encircling Barkhor pilgrim circuit that most visitors first fall in love with Tibet.  Besides, this tour will continue bring to all the three biggest monasteries in Tibet: Drepung monastery, Sera monastery and Ganden Monastery.  Also Drak Yerpa is one of the holiest hermitages in Tibetan Buddhism and got 80 meditation caves and lots to temples.  

    Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa - Lhasa Airport Pick Up

    Upon your arrival at the Lhasa airport, your tour guide will greet you and escort you to your hotel and help you get checked in. You will have the rest of the day and evening to rest and relax to become acclimatized to the higher altitude of Tibet.

    Day 02: Lhasa City Sightseeing - Potala Palace - Jokhang Temple - Barkhor Street (B)

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the incredible Potala Palace – the highest palace in the world. After exploring the numerous interesting chapels and learning about the traditional culture and history of the palace and the city, we will move on to the spiritually significant Jokhang Temple, one of the most important temples in Tibetan Buddhism. To see the “real” Lhasa, we’ll stroll through Barkhor Street with its thriving local market where you can pick up some local Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian handicrafts and souvenirs.

    Day 03: Lhasa City Sightseeing - Sera Monastery – Drepung Monastery

    (B) 

    Today features visits to 2 of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism – the Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Drepung Monastery is located on the hillside west of Lhasa – at one time the world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks living there. After Drepung, we will move on to the Sera Monastery. The main highlight of the Sera Monastery is watching the crowd of monks debating inside the shady courtyard behind the main temple. 

    Day 4: Lhasa to Ganden Monastery & Drak Yerpa Hermitage(B)

    Today we will take the short drive to the Ganden Monastery, located about 60 kilometers east of Lhasa.

    The monastery is situated on the Wangpori Mountain at an elevation of 3800 meters above sea level. You may want to follow the Lingkor Trek (religious circuit) around the monastery where you can also see Tsongkhapa’s mediation cave, many religious figure statues and a beautiful view across the Lhasa valley. On the way to Ganden Monastery, we will spend some time at Drak Perpa Hermitage. It is a mountain retreat endowed with remarkable spiritual power situated about 30km northeast of Lhasa, it’s fascinating to drive on the paved road, across the Ngachen-la pass (4000m), and turn into the Yerpa Valley, spend the time by stepping into many small caves and chapels with Tibetan pilgrims. Drive back to Lhasa in the late afternoon.

    Day 05: Lhasa Departure (B)

    Today you will have free time until your tour guide escorts you to the Lhasa train station or airport for your departing train or flight from Lhasa. This will end your tour services in Tibet.

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
    "Not wheelchair accessible"
    "Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants"
    "Travelers are required to provide photocopy of passports and China L visas at least 20 days prior to travel date."
    "With its much higher elevation, some visitors may experience symptoms of altitude sickness. We recommend taking everything slowly, getting plenty of rest the first day and staying very well hydrated by drinking plenty of water to minimize the effects of the high altitude. Usually you will fine by the second day, but if you do experience severe and/ or worsening symptoms, please contact your tour guide or a member of our staff immediately."
    "The tour operator will contact you after the booking is confirmed."
    "If you enter by plane from mainland China, the Tibet permit will be delivered to you before you board the flight in mainland city."
    "If you enter by train from mainland china, You will only need a printed copy of the Tibet permit, which you will receive from the local operator via email"
    "If you enter Tibet from Nepal, you have to get your GROUP VISA in the Chinese embassy of Kathmandu, whether you have already Chinese visa or not.Group Visa is an A4 size sheet of paper, with all members of the tour and their passport number, date of birth and profession listed. The dates of entry and exit are precisely mentioned. To apply the Group visa, you will need an invitation letter from Tibet Tourism Bureau. After confirming the tour, you need to send us the copy of your passport and then we can apply the invitation letter with your passport copy. After getting the invitation letter, we will send it to our local stuff at Kathmandu. Then you will meet our local stuff at Kathmandu after your arrival in Kathmandu. Please do remember, you'll need at least 3 working days to apply your Group Visa."
    "This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers"



    Hora de Inicio
    After your arrival in Lhasa ( Pick up service provided)

    • Lugar de comienzo: Lhasa Airport or Train Station (Pick up service provided)

    • Duración: 5 days
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • Private professional English-Speaking local tour guide
    • Licensed Vehicle with experienced driver
    • Airport (or train)pick up and drop off
    • 4 nights accommodation in Lhasa city (Based on double occupancy)
    • Breakfast provided by the hotel
    • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
    • A container of Oxygen for emergency use
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Lodging and meal allowance to the guide & driver
    • Reservation fee for visiting Potala Palace
    • 2 bottles of drinking water per person per day

    No Incluye

    • Meals not specified in the itinerary (All lunches & dinners)
    • All Entrance tickets to the sightseeing places
    • Flight/Trian tickets in and out of Tibet
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
    • Any losses incurred from the force majeure factor like government control, natural disaster etc.
    • Tips to the guide & driver ( Tips is not required but expected)
    • Single room supplement
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