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Lhasa / Tsedang 8-Day Tour (Ganden and Samye)

Tour Price: from $993 USD
Tour Length: 8 Days
Trip Available: Please See Note.
Visits: Lhasa - Shannan
Attractions: Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Ganden Monastery, Sera Monastery, Samye Monastery, Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, Gyantse Dzong
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Ganden is the first Gelugpa monastery and has remained the main seat of this major Buddhist order ever since. It has stupendous views of the surrounding Kyi-chu Valley and fascinating kora. The mountains round Ganden provide you with a good warming-up before the trek.
Discount: 3 travelers or more book the tour at the same time (5% off)

Detailed itinerary

Day 01 Arrival at Lhasa by flight or train [3658m]

You will be greeted by your Tibetan guide once you arrive in Lhasa Gonggar airport or train station, from airport to Lhasa city is 68km, around one hour and half drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa; from the train station it is only 15km and takes 20 minutes by drive. Afternoon have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 02 Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Streets and Lhasa old Town (B) – Walking tour is arranged today.

Potala PalaceToday is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Jokhang temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Afterwards stroll on the narrow streets of Lhasa old town to meet locals people and visit their markets. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 03 Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Ganden and Sera monasteries (B)

Morning you will make a excursion trip to Ganden Monastery(about 70km drive from Lhasa), which ranks the first among the six largest monasteries of Gelugpa. In addition to its magnificent architecture and religious importance, there is a extremely fabulous view on top of the Ganden Wangpo Hill, and Kichu valley is behind Ganden monastery, it is strongly suggested to hiking around the monastery and take a bird's-eye view of the valley. Early afternoon drive back to Lhasa to visit Sera monastery for its famous monks debating between 3pm to 5pm(not available on Sunday). Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 04 Lhasa / Samye / Tsedang, 290KM, 5hours (B)

Samye monasteryMorning drive to Tsedang city which is located at the Yarlung Valley,  which is reputed as 'the cradle of Tibetan civilization', here you will be arranged to visit the first monastery and first palace in Tibet. After 2 hours drive along the Yarlung Tsangpo river you will reach Tsedang, here your guide will process your PSB permit, afterwards visiting the first Palace - Yumbulakang Palace, then drive to Samye monastery, Samye is the first monastery in Tibet, boasting over 1200 years of history. Nestled in a scenic valley, Samye is an important pilgrimage location shaped like a mandala. Late afternoon drive back to Tsedang for overnight.

Day 05 Tsedang / Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse, 300KM, 6-7hours (B)

After breakfast, drive along Yarlung Tsangpo River back to Chushul, here you will cross Kambala Pass which is 4794m high, kambala Pass will provide you the first sight of the holy lake - Yamdrok tso. Then drive down to the bank of Yamdrok tso Lake, it takes about half an hour driving along the beautiful the bank to the nearest town - Nangartse, normally groups will have their lunch here. After lunch, continue on Southern Friendship Highway towards west, enjoy the spectacular views of the snow capped mountains, valleys and grasslands with the groups of nomads. Arrival at Gyantse in the afternoon, in Gyantse, you will be arranged to visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumpum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. Overnight at Gyantse.

Day 06 Gyantse / Shigatse, 90KM, 1.5 hours (B)

Gyantse DzongMorning visit Gyantse Dzong where you will see the whole Gyantse city. Afterwards drive to Shigatse, about 90km away from Gyantse, the drive will take about 1.5 hours, on the way you will stop at Tsampa factory which is the traditional factory for locals to make Tsampa powder. Upon arrival at Shigatse, check into the hotel. Afternoon visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas in Shigatse, and do its kora which provide a great view of whole Shigatse city. Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 07 Shigatse / Lhasa, 280KM, 5hours (B)

Morning visit the lively free market in old area of Shigatse, where you can buy the local handicrafts and also other local Tibetan stuff.. Late morning start driving back to Lhasa along the northern friendship way, marvelous landscapes and sceneries along the Brahmaputra River will accompany you all the way back to Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 08 Lhasa airport / train station dropping off (B).

Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time come to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.

Group Tour Departure Dates for 2012
Apr 16 30    
May 8 20 30  
Jun 8 20 30  
Jul 8 20 30  
Aug 8 16 24 30
Sep 8 20 30  
Oct 2 16 24  
Comfortable class (3-star hotels)
(dates omitted)
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Apr. to Jun. ¥5790 US$933 ¥1230 US$198
Jul. & Oct ¥6235 US$1005 ¥1270 US$205

Lhasa: Yak Hotel; Shigatse: Manasaovar Hotel; Tsedang: Yulong Hotel; Gyantse: Chugu Hotel

1. Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy. Tour cost in USD is subject to exchange rate of the day you book the tour. (Rate in chart is 1:6.2)
2. Because you need original copy of the Tibet permits to board the plane, in this way, all the clients in one group who depart from the same city should take the same airplane. So please discuss with us first to fix the flight schedule before you issue the air tickets, sorry for any inconvenience it may cause. Price Includes:
1. Airport or train station transfer: The free airport pick-up is at 3:20 p.m. and see off is at 12:00 p.m. These are the most common times in and out of Lhasa, but if you would like to schedule a different time enter/leave Tibet we will be happy to arrange for you. Please ask your travel consultant for the price.
2. Accommodation: 7 nights
3. Meals: mainly Breakfast. See detailed itinerary for complete listing.
4. English Speaking Guide: All of our guides are local Tibetans with infectious smiles and a passion for sharing their homeland. From them you'll receive extensive information about the history, geography, culture, religion, traditions, art and music.
5. Vehicle Rental & Driver: All of our vehicles are well maintained and safe. Our drivers are experienced in driving in the Tibetan landscape. Vehicle type will be arranged according to group size.
6. Travel Permits: All Tibet traveling permits.
7. Entrance Fees: All entrance fees listed in the itinerary(except optional sites)
8. Vehicle and personal entry permit for Qomolangma Nature Preserve

Price Excludes:
1. Transportation to and from Tibet.
2. Other services of non-Tibet parts
3. Private expense like laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, etc.
4. Extra expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events (delays, road washouts, etc.)
5. Meals not specified in the tour itinerary
6. Tips for the tour guide and driver r (General Standard: normally 50-80RMB/day for the guide, 30-50RMB/day for the driver).

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