Lhasa Surrounding Tour

We can arrange many different day trips around Lhasa city like the former Buddhist master meditation cave. It’s good for the short hike around the former Indian and Tibetan masters meditation cave and also you can explore the holy lakes and Experience Tibetan nomads life.

Short itinerary;

9 Days Lhasa-Drak Yerpa meditation cave- Gaden monastery-Tsedang -Samye monastery-Lhasa

Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa

ELEV:3650M

Day 02: Lhasa-Jokhang temple -Barkhore square -Ramoche Temple

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 03: Lhasa -Potala palace-Nobulingka summer palaces of successive Dalai Lamas

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 04: Lhasa-Drepung monastery-Sera monastery

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 05: Day trip to Gaden monastery -Lhasa

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 06: Day trip to Drak Yerpa meditation cave -Lhasa 50km drive up and down

Day 07: Lhasa-Mindroling monastery- Yumbhulhakhang palace- Tradruk temple -Tsedang 180km

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 07: Tsedang -Samye monastery

Overnight in Hotel(Samye)

Day 08; Samye monastery-Lhasa

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 09: Depart Lhasa

Price includes:

  • All the necessaries Tibet Travel Permit
  • All the necessaries entrance fees
  • Your accommodation with included breakfast
  • Tibetan English Speaking guide
  • Car and driver for the whole trip
  • Agency service fee
  • guide and driver accommodation and meal
  • permit shipping fee

Price Excludes:

  • Your lunch and dinner
  • your flight or train ticket both way
  • personal expenses
  • guide and driver tips

Feel free to ask if you have any further questions.

Detail itinerary;

9 Days Lhasa-Drak Yerpa meditation cave- Gaden monastery-Tsedang -Samye monastery-Lhasa

Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa

Arrive at the train station (20km) or airport(60km) in Lhasa.  Our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out in this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Day 02: Lhasa-Jokhang temple -Barkhore square -Ramoche Temple

Ramoche temple

Ramoche temple

Morning visits the Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet. In the Tibetan language, it refers to Buddha’s house. The most important statue is said to be made by Buddha Sakyamuni himself time. It was built in the 7th-century 32nd king Songtsen Gampo. The Jokhang temple is the convergence of Tibet’s spiritual and secular life. Here you can meet all kinds of tribes from the Tibetan plateau. The surrounding market is called Bakhore. One of the most important religious paths.

Afternoon visits to the Ramoche temple, It’s the sister temple to the Jokhang, which is completed about the same time. Tradition says that it was built originally to house the much revered Jowo Rinpoche statue, carried to Lhasa via Lhagang in a wooden cart, brought to Tibet when Princess Wencheng came to Lhasa.

Evening explores city by yourself.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 03: Lhasa -Potala palace-Nobulingka summer palaces of successive Dalai Lamas

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

 

Morning visits the Potala palace towers above the city of Lhasa as the national landmark that allures international visitors. The massive 13-storeyed building used to be the former abode for the Dalai lamas. It looks incredibly magnificent from a distance and can be viewed from various places around town. As the nation’s supreme relic, the palace dates back to the seventh century A.D.

Afternoon visits the Norbulingka summer palace, the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas built-in during the 18th century by seven Dalai lamas. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the holiest sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 04: Lhasa-Drepung monastery-Sera monastery

Drepung monastery

Drepung monastery

Morning visit Drepung monastery was founded in 1416 by a charismatic monk and disciple of Tsongkhapa called Jamyang Choji. Within just a year of the completion, the monastery had attracted a population of some 2000 monks. In 1530 the second Dalai lama established the Gaden Palace, the palace was home for the Dalai lamas until the fifth built the Potala Palace.  Drepung monastery is one of the biggest Gelugpa sect Buddhist monasteries in the Lhasa area.

Afternoon visits the Sera monastery. All the Gelugpa monasteries history is strongly connected to Master Lama Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), the founder of the Gelugpa order, the much venerated and highly learned guru in Buddhist scriptures. The Sera Monastery at the foot of Sera Uste Hill is located 2 kilometers north of Lhasa. It is one of the great three Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 05: Day trip to Gaden monastery -Lhasa

Gaden monastery

Gaden monastery

 

Morning drive to Gaden monastery on the way you can explore some of Tibetan farmer area and also a small town called Takste town. Once you arrive at Gaden we recommended you to do Gaden monastery Khora. Gaden monastery was the original monastery of the Geluk order, founded by Je Tsongkhapa in 1409, and traditionally considered to be the seat of Geluk administrative and political power. The Ganden Tripa or ‘throne-holder of Ganden’ is the head of the Gelukpa school. Tsongkhapa’s preserved body was entombed there is a silver and gold-encrusted tomb by his disciples in 1419. Being the farthest from Lhasa of the three university monasteries, Ganden Monastery consisted of two principal original colleges, Jangtse and Shartse, meaning North Peak and East Peak respectively. The three main sights in the Ganden Monastery are the Serdung, which contains the tomb of Tsongkhapa, the Tsokchen Assembly Hall, and the Ngam Cho Khang the chapel where Tsongkhapa traditionally taught. The monastery houses artifacts that belonged to Tsongkhapa. After the finished visit, the Gaden monastery then drives back to Lhasa with the same route.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 06: Day trip to Drak Yerpa meditation cave -Lhasa 50km drive up and down

Drak Yerpa meditation cave

Drak Yerpa meditation cave

There are several small temples shrines and hermitages and the cliffs contain some of the earliest known meditation sites in Tibet, some dating back to pre-Buddhist times. Among the more famous are those traditionally connected with Songtsen Gampo (604–650 CE), (traditionally the 33rd king of the Yarlung Dynasty and first emperor of a united Tibet). His Tibetan queen, Monza Triucham, founded the Dra Yerpa temple here. You can explore many meditation caves and also it’s good places for a hike. It takes a 2 to 3 hrs hike around the meditation cave area. After finishing visiting Drak Yerpa drive back to Lhasa

Day 07: Lhasa-Mindroling monastery- Yumbhulhakhang palace- Tradruk temple -Tsedang 180km

Yumbhulhakhang Palace

Yumbhulhakhang Palace

 

Today drive to Tsedang. The ancient capital Tsedang is beautifully situated in the fertile Yarlung valley, this valley is the so said cradle of Tibetan civilization, in Tsedang, you will visit the 1st ever Palace Yambulakhang and Tradruk Temple and Mindroling monastery
First, visit the Mindroling Monastery
Mindroling monastery is one of the six major monasteries of the Nyingma school in Tibet. It was founded by Rigzin Terdak Lingpa in 1676. Tendrak Lingpa’s lineage is known as the Nyo lineage. Mindrolling, in Tibetan, means “Place of Perfect Emancipation”.
Mindrolling was heavily damaged in 1718 by the Dzungar Mongols from East Turkistan. It was rebuilt during the reign of the Seventh Dalai Lama (1708-1757). Dungsay Rinchen-Namgyal and Jetsunma Mingyur Paldron, the son and daughter of Terdak Lingpa, supervised its reconstruction.
For nearly 300 years it is monastic university-trained Nyingma scholars and yogis from all over Tibet.
At Mindrolling, special emphasis was placed on the learning of Buddhist scriptures, astronomy, Tibetan lunar calendar, calligraphy, rhetoric, and Traditional Tibetan medicine. Monks traditionally studied thirteen major sutra and tantra texts of the Nyingma and learned the practices stemming from various terma, especially from the lineage of Terdak Lingpa. The monastery had at one time, over one hundred satellites, and its throne holder was one of the most revered in Tibet.
After Finished Visit Mondroling drive to Yumbhulhakhang Palace
Yungbulakhang Palace was the earliest palace built in Tibet between 400 BC and 200 BC, during the reign of the first King Nyatri Tsanpo, in ancient Yarlung Valley, in Nêdong County. It is 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) to the south of Zetang Town, the capital of the prefecture. It is stated to be “several ten meters high and its magnificent contour looks like a part of the cliff. It is built like a fortress, on the apex of Mt. Tashitseri on the east bank of the Yarlung River. The palace looks down over the entire beautiful Yarlung Valley. According to folk legend, the king Nyatri descended from heaven, as also the first Tibetan scriptures and few religious objects were set down here from the heaven, during the rule of the 28th King Lhatotorinyetsan. The palace walls are built in stone while the roof structure is made of earth and timber. It overlooks farmland which is stated to be the “first farmland in Tibet.” The palace is approached through a series of steps built as a measure to defend the palace from enemy attack
After that visit the Tradurk temple
Tradruk Temple, built-in 641 AD in Tsedang, is one of the earliest Buddhist temples in Tibetan history. King Songtsan Gampo built this temple as a protection to his kingdom from the demoness or Ogresses. In later years, it was the winter palace of the King and Princess Wencheng. The temple has precious relics. The monastery also houses the Pear Tangka, which is 2 meters (6.6 ft) in length and 1.2 meters (3.9 ft) in width and made of 29,026 pears studded with precious stones. The Thangka was painted by Naidong during the reign of Pamodrupa Kingdom.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 07: Tsedang -Samye monastery

Samye monastery

Samye monastery

 

Morning drive to Samye only 60km drive and visit the Samye Monastery is the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet. It was probably first constructed between 775-9 CE under the patronage of KingTrisong Detsen of Tibet who sought to revitalize Buddhism, which had declined since its introduction by King Songtsän Gampo in the 7th century. The monastery is in Dranang, Lhoka Prefecture. It was supposedly modeled on the design of Odantapuri in what is now Bihar, India. The 18th-century Puning Temple of Chengde, Hebei, China was modeled after the Samye Gompa. Samye Monastery is laid out in the shape of a giant mandala, with the main temple representing the legendary Mount Meru in the center. Other buildings stand at the corners and cardinal points of the main temple, representing continents and other features of tantric Buddhist cosmology. The main temple is full of Tibetan religious art in mural and statue forms, as well as some important relics. Many Tibetan Buddhists come on pilgrimage to Samye, some taking weeks to make the journey. After Noon explore the local town and short walk to Hipu ri hill From Hipu ri hill you can have a very good view of the Samye monastery. I recommended you hike this hill during sunset time.

Overnight in Hotel(Samye)

Day 08; Samye monastery-Lhasa

Drive back to Lhasa

Day 09: Depart Lhasa

Our guide and driver will transfer you to the Lhasa airport or train station and end the Tibet part tour

Price includes:

  • All the necessaries Tibet Travel Permit
  • All the necessaries entrance fees
  • Your accommodation with included breakfast but for the guesthouse breakfast is not included
  • Tibetan English Speaking guide
  • Car and driver for the whole trip
  • Agency service fee
  • guide and driver accommodation and meal
  • permit shipping fee

Price Excludes:

  • Your lunch and dinner plus guesthouse breakfast
  • your flight or train ticket both way
  • personal expenses
  • guide and driver tips

Feel free to ask if you have any further questions.

Short itinerary;

9 Day Lhasa surrounding Tour

Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa

ELEV:3650M

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 02: Lhasa-Jokhang temple -Barkhore square -Ramoche Temple

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 03: Lhasa -Potala palace-Nobulingka summer palaces of successive Dalai Lamas

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 04: Lhasa-Drepung monastery-Sera monastery

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 05: Lhasa-Gaden monastery-Tridrum Nunnery(hotspring)

 Overnight in Guesthouse(Tridrum)

Day 06: Tridrum nunnery-Drigung Til monastery -Reting monastery

Overnight in Guesthouse(Reting)

Day 07: Reting monastery-Namsto lake-Damxung

Overnight in Hotel(Damxung)

Day 08: Damxung-Tsurphu monastery -Lhasa

Overnight in Hotel (Lhasa)

Day 09: Depart Lhasa

Price includes:

  • All the necessaries Tibet Travel Permit
  • All the necessaries entrance fees
  • Your accommodation with included breakfast but for the guesthouse breakfast is not included
  • Tibetan English Speaking guide
  • Car and driver for the whole trip
  • Agency service fee
  • guide and driver accommodation and meal
  • permit shipping fee

Price Excludes:

  • Your lunch and dinner plus guesthouse breakfast
  • your flight or train ticket both way
  • personal expenses
  • guide and driver tips

Feel free to ask if you have any further questions.

Detail itinerary;

9 Day Lhasa surrounding Tour

Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa

Arrival at train station or airport in Lhasa, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 02: Lhasa-Jokhang temple -Barkhore square -Ramoche Temple

Morning visit the Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet . In Tibetan language it refers to “Buddha’s house” because the main statue is said to be made by Buddha Sakyamuni himself time. The Jokhang temple is the convergence of Tibet’s spiritual and secular life. Here you can meet all kinds of tribes from the Tibetan plateau. The surrounding market is called “Bakhore”. One of the most important religious paths.

Afternoon visit the Ramoche temple: Ramoche temple is considered to be the sister temple to the Jokhang  which was completed about the same time. Tradition says that it was built originally to house the much revered Jowo Rinpoche statue, carried to Lhasa via Lhagang in a wooden cart, brought to Tibet when Princess Wencheng came to Lhasa.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 03: Lhasa -Potala palace-Nobulingka summer palaces of successive Dalai Lamas

Morning visit the Potala palace towers above the city of Lhasa as the national landmark that allures the international visitors. The massive 13-storeyed building used to be the former abode for the Dalai lamas. It looks incredibly magnificent from a distance and could be viewed from various places around town. As the nation’s supreme relic, the palace dates back to the seventh century A.D.

Afternoon visit the Norbulingka summer palace the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas  built in during the 18th century by seven Dalai lama.  Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 04: Lhasa-Drepung monastery-Sera monastery

Drepung monastery was founded in 1416 by a charismatic monk and disciple of Tsongkhapa called Jamyang Choji.  Within just a year of the completion the monastery had attracted a population of some 2000 monks.  In 1530 the second Dalai lama established the Gaden Palace, the palace that was home to the Dalai lamas until the fifth built the Potala palace.  It was from here that the early Dalai lamas exercised their political as well as religious control over central Tibet, and the second, third and fourth Dalai lamas are entombed here.

Afternoon visit the Sera monastery: All the Gelugpa monasteries history is strongly connected to Master Lama Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), the founder of the Gelugpa order, the much venerated and highly learned guru in Buddhist scriptures. The Sera Monastery at the foot of Sera Uste  Hill is located 2 kilometres northern of Lhasa. It is one of the “great three” Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 05: Lhasa-Gaden monastery-Tridrum Nunnery(hotspring)

After breakfast, Drive to visit Ganden Monastery which is about 60Km away from Lhasa. Then drive to Tidrum Nunnery, it has a great location in a narrow gorge at the confluence of two streams. You can have the famous medicinal hot-springs there.

( Overnight in Tridrum nunnery guest house)

Day 06: Tridrum nunnery-Drigung Til monastery -Reting monastery

Early drive to Drigung Til. It 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 the family of the deceased and the senior lama who conducts the ceremony. After that, we continue our drive through the Changthang plains to Reting Monastery. Reting Monastery is an important Gelukpa monastery in Central Tibet, situated in a sprawling juniper clad hill.

(Overnight in Reting monastery Guest house)

Day 07: Reting monastery-Namsto lake

Today we will drive to Namtso Lake, the 2nd largest salt-water lake in Tibet. The Nyenchen Thangla mountain ranges tower over the lake. During the summer months Namtso is dotted with nomad herders and their yaks and tents. Walk around the lake and you can find some Mani Ringmo by the lake drive back to Damxung town

.(Overnight in Hotel(Damxung)

Day 08: Damxung -Tsurphu monastery -Lhasa

Morning  drive back to Lhasa. On the way, visit Tsurphu Monatery which is the seat of the Karmapa branch of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. End of the trip in Lhasa.

Overnight in Hotel( Lhasa)

Day 09: Depart Lhasa

Our guide and driver will transfer you to the Lhasa airport or train station and end the Tibet part tour

Price includes:

  • All the necessaries Tibet Travel Permit
  • All the necessaries entrance fees
  • Your accommodation with included breakfast but for the guesthouse breakfast is not included
  • Tibetan English Speaking guide
  • Car and driver for the whole trip
  • Agency service fee
  • guide and driver accommodation and meal
  • permit shipping fee

Price Excludes:

  • Your lunch and dinner plus guesthouse breakfast
  • your flight or train ticket both way
  • personal expenses
  • guide and driver tips

Feel free to ask if you have any further questions.

8 Days -Lhasa -Yamdrok lake-Gyangste-Shigatse-Lhasa

Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa

Arrival at train station or airport in Lhasa, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet. (Overnight in Lhasa)

Day 02: Lhasa-Jokhang temple -Barkhore square -Ramoche Temple

Barkhore square khora

Barkhore square khora

Morning visit the Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet . In Tibetan language it refers to “Buddha’s house” because the main statue is said to be made by Buddha Sakyamuni himself time. The Jokhang temple is the convergence of Tibet’s spiritual and secular life. Here you can meet all kinds of tribes from the Tibetan plateau. The surrounding market is called “Bakhore”. One of the most important religious paths.

Afternoon visit the Ramoche temple: Ramoche temple is considered to be the sister temple to the Jokhang  which was completed about the same time. Tradition says that it was built originally to house the much revered Jowo Rinpoche statue, carried to Lhasa via Lhagang in a wooden cart, brought to Tibet when Princess Wencheng came to Lhasa.

Day 03: Lhasa -Potala palace-Nobulingka summer palaces of successive Dalai Lamas

Norbulingka new summer palace

Norbulingka new summer palace

Morning visit the Potala palace towers above the city of Lhasa as the national landmark that allures the international visitors. The massive 13-storeyed building used to be the former abode for the Dalai lamas. It looks incredibly magnificent from a distance and could be viewed from various places around town. As the nation’s supreme relic, the palace dates back to the seventh century A.D.

Afternoon visit the Norbulingka summer palace the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas  built in during the 18th century by seven Dalai lama.  Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history

Day 04: Lhasa-Drepung monastery-Sera monastery

Sera monastery monks debate

Sera monastery monks debate

Drepung monastery was founded in 1416 by a charismatic monk and disciple of Tsongkhapa called Jamyang Choji.  Within just a year of the completion the monastery had attracted a population of some 2000 monks.  In 1530 the second Dalai lama established the Gaden Palace, the palace that was home to the Dalai lamas until the fifth built the Potala palace.  It was from here that the early Dalai lamas exercised their political as well as religious control over central Tibet, and the second, third and fourth Dalai lamas are entombed here.

Afternoon visit the Sera monastery: All the Gelugpa monasteries history is strongly connected to Master Lama Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), the founder of the Gelugpa order, the much venerated and highly learned guru in Buddhist scriptures. The Sera Monastery at the foot of Sera Uste  Hill is located 2 kilometres northern of Lhasa. It is one of the “great three” Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet

Day 05: Lhasa -Yamdrok lake-Karola glacier-Gyangtse

Karola glacier

Karola glacier

The first day we drive westwards to Mt.Kailash will reach Gyantse , which is the second biggest town in Tibet. on the way to Gyangtse , we will pass kangpa-la with 4794m, from the top of the pass in clear weather, we can see the Yamdrotso lake in fabulous shade of deep turquoise, Just a few kilometers’ driving through the shore of lake yamdrok-yutso reaches Nangartse county and is the largest town on the lake side. and stop lunch at Nangartse town and after finished lunch drive toward Gyangste, after half hours you have to cross the 5050m karo-la pass  with its awesome roadside views of the Nanchan- Kangtsang glacier.  After Karola glacier you will reach to Gyangtse former main Tibet trade center between Nepal, Indian and Bhutan. and 1904 English Young Husband who first come to Tibet on 1904 and usually Gyantse is famouse in wool and also very good farming area in Tibet.

Day 06: Gyangtse-visit the Kumbum stupa & phelchoe monastery-Shigatse

Gyangtse Dzong or castle

Gyangtse Dzong or castle

Morning vist Kumbum stupa and Phelchoe monastery  Gyantse’s pride is the Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century and overlooks a mesmerizing view of entire Gyantse and surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Having driven to an altitude of 3900 meter, you find yourself at Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet.

Day 07 : Shigatse -Visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery -Lhasa

Shigatse TashiLhunpo monastery

Shigatse TashiLhunpo monastery

The primary target today is the giant monastery in Shigatse city, (Tashilunpo Monastery), the preaching place of Panchen Lama who is the most prestigious Tibetan leader in vast Shigatse Prefecture. Tashilunpo Monastery is one of the four famous monasteries of Gelugpa Sect where travelers can look up at the tallest copper statue of (Great Figure of Buddha). the exclusive relaxing place in Tibet where travelers will have the chance to view Brahmaputra sightseeing, grasslands in desert, sand dunes and Tibetan incense workbenches.  We are returning to Lhasa after lunch. On the whole way, what will be permanently impressive are unique Tibetan customs, the small valley of River Brahmaputra and alpine scenery

Day 08: Depart Lhasa

Our guide and driver will transfer you to the Lhasa airport or train station and end the Tibet part tour