Tibet Monastery Tour 12 days
This 8 night’s 9 days tour in Tibet (3 nights in Kathmandu) takes you around Lhasa and the surrounding settlements. The capital of Tibet Lhasa derives it name from two words LHA and SA, where Lha means god and SA means Land in Tibetan. Lhasa as it name signifies is a open museum to study Tibetan Buddhism as there are lots of monasteries, Gompas, Palaces and ancient statues and paintings from ancient time till 18th century and they are still very lively. This 8 night’s Tibet tour provides an insight into the religious aspect of life in Lhasa and provides the opportunity to interact with the Tibetans. In this tour we will make Lhasa out hub and drive to different directions visit monasteries and other heritages every day.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2: explore the city and prepare for the flight to Tibet tomorrow.
You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trip to Tibet that starts tomorrow.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu and Arrive Gongar Airport. Upon arrival transfer to Lhasa.
After a 2 and half hours flight we will arrive in Gongar Airport and half an hour drive from there we will reach Lhasa
Day 4: Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
After breakfast we will visit the Potala palace, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. This architectural masterpiece is the symbol of unity of the Tibetans. This palace was built by King Soongtsan Gampo, who was married to Princess Wen Cheng Tang in 641 A.D. It has got 999 houses built on Hongshan Hill with a red building on top. It is one of the grandest Palaces in the world till date.
After lunch we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most scared temple for Tibetan Buddhists. After spending some time at the Jokhang temple we will walk through the Barkhor Street, a traditional old street in Lhasa.
Day 5: Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
We will start the sightseeing today from Norbulingka - the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, located along the Kyichu River and two kilometers west of the Potala Palace. This Palace has a huge garden covering 360,000 square meters, making it the biggest manmade garden in Tibet. It has got 374 rooms. The second site is Drepung Monastery, made by Chojey Tashi Palden in the 14th Century. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or "The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind," was the largest, housing more than three quarters of Drepung's ten to fifteen thousand monks. Now it is one of Tibet’s premier monastic educational institutions
The last site for today is Sera Monastery, built in 1419; this grand Monastery was home to more than 5,000 monks and five monastic colleges. Although much less active now, with only several hundred monks currently in residence, one of the most interesting times to visit the monastery is in the afternoon when monks, after finishing their morning scripture classes, can be seen debating in the courtyard.
Day 06: Drive to Tsurphu Monastery and Yangbachen hot spring.
After breakfast we will take a drive of one hour/70km west to reach the Tsurphu Monastery which resides in a valley floor. This famous monastery of Tibet is seat of Karmapa branch of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. If you feel acclimatized you can do the Tsurphu Kora which provides excellent view of Tsurphu below. We will drive to Yangbachen hot spring before we return back to Lhasa for overnight.
Day 07: Drive to Ganden monastery and Tridum nunnery
After breakfast we will start the drive to Ganden Monastery which is 120Km away from Lhasa and takes around one and half hours of drive. After Ganden Monastery we will visit Tridum Nunnery, located in a narrow gorge at the confluence of two streams. You can have the famous medicinal hot-springs there. We will experience the accommodation of guesthouse of Nunnery Guesthouse (Dormitory).
Day 08: Drive to Drigun Til Monastery and then to Lhasa.
We will start early in the morning today to visit Drigung Til, head monastery of the Drigungpa school of the Kagyupa order, where 280 monks are living and practicing Buddhism. Up to the hill of Drigung Til, there is one the holiest sky-burial site in Lhasa region, if you want to see the sky-burial; you need to ask for the permission from the family of the deceased and the senior lama who conducts the ceremony. Drive to Lhasa for overnight.
Day 09: Visit Samey Monastery, Yumbu Lhakhang and Tsonge Tomb.
A short drive from Lhasa takes us to Tsedang where we can visit the Samey Monastery, Yumbulhakhang palace and Tsongey Tomb. Overnight stay at Lhasa.
Day 10: Excursion to Yamdrok Tso.
A short drive from Lhasa will take us to Tsedang and from there we will start the excursion to Yamdrok Tso. After the excursion we will drive back to Lhasa.
Day 11: Fly from Gongar Airport to Kathmandu.
After a two and half hours flight we will arrive in Kathmandu Airport and Transfer to hotel.
Day 12: Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of the trek.
You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.
- Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet.
- Hotel with breakfast.
- English speaking Tibetan guide per as the itinerary.
- Entrance fees.
- Guide Fees.
- Land cruiser for transportation.
- Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
- All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
- Travel insurance.
- Nepal visa fee.
- Air fare to Lhasa and back.