Tibet Monastery Tour

Tibet Monastery Tour

TripGrade: Strenuous
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Duration:

12 Days

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Group Size

Min 2 Pax

Trial Access:

Flight and comfortable drive

Best Season:

All Year Round

The Tibet Monastery Tour in Tibet, Roof of the world (3 nights in Kathmandu) takes you through Lhasa, the Forbidden City, and the surrounding settlements.

The capital of Tibet, Lhasa, derives its name from two words "LHA" and "SA", where Lha means "God" and SA means "Earth" in Tibetan. Lhasa, is an open museum to study Tibetan Buddhism along with Tibetan culture and tradition as there are many monasteries, gompas, palaces, and ancient statues and paintings that are still very lively.

This 12-day Tibet Monastery Tour provides insight into the religious aspect of life in Lhasa and provides the opportunity to interact with the locals. On this tour, you will leave downtown Lhasa and head in different directions to visit monasteries and other heritages every day. 

So, join us for this authentic journey and make your soul divine and purified. 

Starting Price

2549

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m) & sightseeing

A representative from Himalayan Trekkers will be welcome, greet and escort you to the hotel.

In case of early arrival, you will be guided for sightseeing of Pashupatinath Temple - one of the holiest Hindu Temple in Nepal and Boudhanath - the biggest stupa in Nepal. 

Otherwise, check-in at the hotel and relax. You can stroll around Thamel during your spare time.  

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

Day 2

Kathmandu Sightseeing

Meals included: Breakfast

After a warm breakfast, you will be received by the city tour guide with a private vehicle for the sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square - former royal palace of the Shah and Malla kings , Swaymbhunath (monkey temple) - a Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site located at a hilltop overlooking the valley and will also explore the evening local markets.

Another cozy night at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs sightseeing

Day 3

Fly to Gonggar Airport & transfer to Lhasa

Meals included: Breakfast

After early breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for a scenic flight to Gongar Airport. You will be escorted to the hotel in Lhasa by our representative. 

Free to explore the local markets and streets in the evening.  

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: An hour plus flight and 30 min drive.

Day 4

Full-day Lhasa sightseeing

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we will visit the Potala Palace, the winter Palace of the Dalai Lamas from 1649 to 1959. This architectural masterpiece is the symbol of unity of the Tibetans. It has got 999 rooms built on Hongshan Hill overlooking the holy Lhasa city. 

After lunch, we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple for all Tibetan pilgrims. After spending some time at the temple, we will walk through Barkhor Street, a traditional old street in Lhasa and return back to the hotel for another cozy night. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs sightseeing

Day 5

Another day of Lhasa exploration

Meals included: Breakfast

We will start the sightseeing today from Norbulingka - the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas, located along the Kyichu River. This Palace has a huge garden covering 360,000 square meters, making it the biggest man-made garden in Tibet.

The second sightseeing site is Drepung Monastery, built in in the 14th Century. It was once the largest monastery in Tibet along with Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery. 

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 in peak days. 

Back to the hotel by the evening. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs sightseeing

Day 6

Drive to Tsurphu Monastery & Yangpachen hot spring

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we will take a drive to reach the Tsurphu Monastery which resides in a valley floor. This famous monastery of Tibet is the seat of Karmapa branch of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism.

If you feel acclimatized you can do the Tsurphu Kora which provides an excellent view of Tsurphu below. We will drive to Yangbachen hot spring before we return back to Lhasa for overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs total drive

Day 7

Drive to Ganden Monastery & Tridum Nunnery

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we will start the drive to Ganden Monastery which is 120Km away from Lhasa. The monastery is one of the largest monastery in Lhasa and has an important role in Tibetan Buddhism. 

Later, we will visit Tridum Nunnery, located in a narrow gorge at the confluence of two streams. You can enjoy the famous medicinal hot-springs there.

We will experience the accommodation of the guesthouse of Nunnery Guesthouse (Dormitory). Overnight.

Accommodation: Guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 2-3 hrs drive

Day 8

Drive to Drigun Til Monastery - Lhasa

Meals included: Breakfast

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.

Drive back to Lhasa for overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs drive

Day 9

Excursion to Yamdrok Tso Lako

Meals included: Breakfast

Today, we take a short drive from Lhasa to Tsedang.  From there, we will start the excursion to Yamdrok Tso. After the excursion, we will drive back to Lhasa.

Stroll in the streets and markets in the evening. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: An hour plus drive

Day 10

Visit Samye Monastery, Yumbu Lhakhang & Tsonge Tomb

Meals included: Breakfast

A short drive from Lhasa takes us to Tsedang where we can visit the Samye Monastery, Yumbulhakhang Palace, and Tsongey Tomb.

We will drive back to the city by the late afternoon. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: An hour plus drive

Day 11

Fly back to Kathmandu

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

With a warm breakfast, you will be transferred to the Gongkor Airport for your scenic flight to Kathmandu.

After arriving Kathmandu, free on your own.

In the evening, farewell dinner with the team of Himalayan trekkers.

Overnight. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2 hrs flight & 30 min drive.

Day 12

Final departure

Meals included: Breakfast

A representative of Himalayan trekkers will assist and transfer you to the airport 3 hours earlier than your scheduled flight. 

WIsh you a safe journey!

Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, and Lhasa, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, this package includes stay at the monastery guest house. But you can personalize if possible.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.

For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome or Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet
  • Hotel accommodation as per the itinerary with breakfast
  • English speaking Tibetan guide per as the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide and Drive fees
  • Land cruiser for all ground transportation
  • A mineral water bottle 
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All applicalbe taxes and surcharges 

Whats Not Included

  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Inetrnational Airfare and airport taxes 
  • Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu Airfare 
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner)
  • Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, tips to guide and driver, liquor, etc.)
  • Any costs occurred under unavoidable circumstances (flight delay or cancellation, road blockade, etc.) 
  • Anything not mentioned in the INCLUSION section 


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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