9 days, 8 nights
Difficulty Level: 3
Price (US$): From $2,995.00
Months Available: April through December
On this short trip to Tibet, you will visit Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, and the bustling Tsedang. The trip begins in Tsedang which is considered the cradle of Tibetan civilization. The first king of Tibet who is said to have descended from heaven ruled over Tibet from the Yambu Lakhang monastery. From Tsedang, you will drive to Samye the site of the Samye monastery, the oldest monastery in Tibet.
You will continue to Lhasa, the forbidden city, and the site of the Potala Palace the ancient palace of the Dalai Lamas. In and surrounding Lhasa are many other important monasteries such as the Sera Monastery, the Jokhang temple and the Drepung Monastery. You will visit all these monasteries and the Ganden monastery complex which is located about 32 miles from Lhasa. The drive to Ganden monastery will give you an excellent oppurtunity to experience the barren Tibetan plateau which would otherwise only be possible by trekking.
Day 01 – Kathmandu (4,200 ft.)/Beijing
Arrive Kathmandu or Beijing. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight Hotel. (Dinner)
Day 02 – Free day in Kathmandu (4,200 ft.)/Beijing
Free day in Kathmandu. Optional sightseeing of Pashupatinath and Bodhnath in Kathmandu or The Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Your Tibet permit will be obtained today. (Breakfast)
Day 03 – Tsedang (11,800 ft.)
Fly from Kathmandu or Beijing to Gonggar Airport (Tibet). Met on arrival and transfer to Tsedang. Day free. Overnight Hotel. (No meals)
Day 04 – Tsedang (11,800 ft.)
Visit Samye Monastery, Tibet’s oldest monastery built in the 7th century under the patronage of Tibet’s first king. Continue to Yambu Lakhang, the fortress of the first kings of Tibet overlooking the Yarlung valley. Return to Tsedang. Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 05 – Lhasa (11,900 ft.)
Drive to Lhasa (three hours). Visit the Jokhang temple at the Barkhor Square. The Jokhang is the most sacred temple for many Tibetans and was built by King Trsong Tsang Gampo. A not to miss experience is to circumbulate the temple along with thousands of Tibetans. Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 06 – Lhasa (11,900 ft.)
Visit Potala Palace, the official residence of the Dalai Lama until he fled to India after the Chinese invasion. The palace has over a 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues. Continue to Sera Monastery, one of the three major Gelukpa temples along with Drepung monastery and Ganden monastery. A highlight is watching the monks practicing their debating skills in the monastery courtyard. Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 07 – Ganden Monastery excursion (12,450 ft.)
Drive to Ganden Monastery 29 miles outside of Lhasa city. The drive gives you a good opportunity to experience the Tibetan country-side. After visiting the main chapel, you have the option to circumambulate the entire complex. Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 08 – Kathmandu/Beijing
Transfer to the airport for flight to Kathmandu or Beijing. (Breakfast)
Day 09 – Final departure
Transfer to the airport for final departure. (Breakfast)
Per person price for 2016
2 participants: $3,825 USD per person
3 – 4 participants: $3,525 USD per person
5 or more participants: $2,995 USD per person
Single Supplement: $500 USD
Price does not include:
“Michael & I would like to extend our sincere appreciation for your excellent service in putting this trip together for us. Although the trekking was quite arduous because of the extreme altitude and difficult terrain, the astounding views to which we were treated make the difficulties pale in our memories.
The Tibetan guide chosen for us by Jwalant could not have been better. A university educated student of Tibetan history and culture, he graciously and patiently led us through many of Tibet’s precious cultural sites, all with perfect English. The Nepali team Jwalant brought together for our trip, including Monju, Padam and Pema, were amazing. Even in the most extreme conditions, their proficiency in cooking delicious and nutritious food led us to eat huge meals even when we thought we had lost our appetites!
Thank you, Jwalant, for doing a great job in putting together this complex trip for us, and for choosing Tashi as our Tibetan guide! ”