10-Days Private Trip: The Great Monlam Festival Starts in Tibetan New Year!
  • 10-Days Private Trip: The Great Monlam Festival Starts in Tibetan New Year!

    Monlam (Great Prayer) Festival is one of the best times to experience the real and authentic Tibetan with their distinctive culture and people.  It is celebrated at the most monasteries in Tibetan regions during the Tibetan New Year, which is exactly the same time as the Chinese New Year (Lunar Calendar) in Amdo Tibetan area.  At Labrang Monastery, normally lasting for 15 days or so, monks chant sutras with their throaty sound at the main prayer hall every morning and afternoon. Meanwhile, the Tibetans give their offerings and pray for their coming future and well-being.  A special food called Tsotu (made in butter, rice, meat and salt and sugar) is made to make offering for monasteries, who gives various performances to pray for the good of all the people in the new year.

    Highlights:
    • Join the exciting festivals around the Tibet,  one of the largest Gelugpa monasteries in Tibet.
    • Visit impressive Trakkar Monastery and the sky burial site.
    • Join the millions Tibetan pilgrims during the festival day.
    • Lots of religious ceremonies take play during the holiest days.
    • To visit the Thangka painting school, center of Tibetan Art.
    • Visit the Bon-monasteries in Nagwa (Aba).

    Itinerary:

    Day 1 

    Labrang

    Arrive in Lanzhou, you’ll be met by your local guide and driver at the airport before leaving for Labrang.

    Day 2 

    Ganja Grasslands and historical sites

    Drive through the beautiful Ganja Grasslands to visit Bon Monastery which has about  1000 years' history, ancient walled village Bajiao, and the impressive mountain monastery Trakkar Gompa.

    Day 3 

    Repgong

    Tour around this large Tibetan town which is well-known for its intellectual experts in artists, especially Thangka painters.Visit two Thangka painting schools, and watch Losar Cham dance performance(spiritual dance) at the Lower Sengeshong Monastery, featuring splendid masks and costumes.

    Day 4

     

    Labrang

    See the Giant thangka which is displayed at Lower Sengeshong Monastery. In the afternoon, drive to Labrang.

    Day 5

     

    Labrang

    In the morning you can watch the giant Thangka displaying, and enjoy the whole views of the monastery and can overlook from the hill. and afterwards you can visit Labrang monastery, with around 45oo monks today studying at six colleges covering philosophy, medicine and astrology.

    Day 6

      Aba (Ngawa)

    Drive via a vast Muchu grassland and to cross the first bend of the Yellow River. Beofer arrived in Aba town you will see the local traditional architecture; in Aba area you can visit different monasteries to see  their Cham dances.

    Day 7 

    Aba (Ngawa)

    You’ll have a bit of time to have relax in the morning before seeing the beautiful Yak butter sculpture display outside the monastery which starts from 5:00 pm to 3:30am. On this full moon day, Tibetans light aromatic plants and butter lanterns, the largest scale of a year.

    Day 8   Aba (Ngawa)

    An all day session of Cham (spiritual dance) performed at the Bon Monastery, which is one of the largest Bon monasteries in Tibet.

    Day 9  LabrangThe Monlam great prayer festival from all over the Tibetan regions end.  And then enjoy the whole landscape  on the way back to Labrang.

    Day 10  Labrang

    Your last day, we will drop off you to the Lanzhou airport or train station according to your schedule time

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "A current valid passport is required on the day of travel"
    "Not wheelchair accessible"
    "Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required"
    "Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants"
    "A current valid passport is required on the day of travel"
    "The maximum tour group size is around 20 people"
    "This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers"



    • Hora de Inicio12:30 AM
    • Lugar de comienzo: Lanzhou city hotels, airport or train station
    • Duración: 5 to 13 days
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • Accommodations (9 nights local 3-4 star, folkway hotel)
    • Transportation throughout the tour
    • English-speaking tour local Tibetan guides
    • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
    • pick-up and drop-off between hotels and airports/train stations

    No Incluye

    • Gratuities to guides and drivers (recommended)
    • China visa fees
    • International airfare
    • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
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