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Tsedang and Lhasa Tour - 6 Days

Immerse yourself in the mystical allure of Lhasa, Tsedang and explore the amazing Ganden Monastery and Drayerpa Cave
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$ 1260 USD
  • Potala Palace
  • Jokhang temple
  • Norbulinka palace
  • Barkhor Bazaar
  • Drepung Monastery
  • Ganden-Sumtseling-Monastery-in-Shangrila,
Group size: Minimum 4 people Max-Altitude: 4,718m/15,479ft
Destination: Tibet   
Arrival on: Lhasa, Tibet Departure from: Lhasa, Tibet
Meals: Breakfast during the entire tour
Accommodation: Standard hotels

Trip Introduction

Tsedang and Lhasa Tour covers popular landmarks in Lhasa and Tsedang with a day tour of Ganden Monastery and Drayerpa Cave. In Lhasa, we visit the astonishing Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Traditional Hospital and Barkhor Bazaar. Here, we also tour a number of impressive Tibetan monasteries like Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple. In Tsedang, we visit the 8th century Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, Chim Phu caves and Yambulakhang palace. A separate day is set aside to explore the Ganden Monastery and Drayerpa Cave which are the top two attractions around Lhasa thanks to the amazing location of Ganden Monastery and the Drayerpa Cave’s mystical allure.

Included in the Cost

  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Pickups and drops from airport and hotel
  • Private vehicle(s) for transportation
  • Accommodation in Lhasa and Tsedang on twin- sharing basis with breakfast
  • English- speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa and transfer to Tsedang (3,550m/11,646ft): 95km, 1.5 hours
Day 02: Tsedang to Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft) via Samye Monastery, Chim Phu caves and Yambulakhang palace: 150 km, 8-10 hours
Day 03: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5-6 hours
Day 04: Ganden Monastery and Drayerpa Cave: 5 - 6 hours
Day 05: Lhasa sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5-6 hours
Day 06: Final departure
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Accommodations

3-star hotels will be used for accommodation on this tour. We will be staying at Yarlung River Hotel in Tsedang and Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa. It is also possible to upgrade to a better graded hotel in Lhasa by paying an additional cost. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost 300 USD.

Meals

Only breakfasts are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). We recommend our guest(s) to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner every day. Our food will mostly include Tibetan bread, dal (lentil soup), bhat (rice), tsampa porridge and other simple local foods.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (April and May), summer (June, July and August) and autumn (September, October and November) are the best seasons for Tsedang and Lhasa Tour. We can also equally enjoy this trip during winter months, but it may get a bit cold.

Trip Start Dates and Cost

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Additional Information

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Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa and transfer to Tsedang (3,550m/11,646ft): 95km, 1.5 hours
We arrive in Lhasa, at Gonggar Airport either from a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. If we decide to fly from Nepal, we get to enjoy around an hour long trans-Himalayan flight, considered to be one of the most beautiful air routes in the world. It takes us over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks and glaciers. If we choose to go to Lhasa via mainland China, we may fly from any of the major Chinese cities or take the world's highest train route to Lhasa. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will pick us up either from the airport or the train station and drive us to our designated hotel in Tsedang where we are advised to take plenty of rest for proper acclimatization and the next day’s activities. Overnight in Tsedang.
Day 02: Tsedang to Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft) via Samye Monastery, Chim Phu caves and Yambulakhang palace: 150 km, 8-10 hours
On the way to Lhasa, we visit Samye Monastery, which is located in the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River among the open farmlands. The monastery was founded in 770 A.D by Guru Rimpoche and is Tibet’s first Buddhist monastery with a 1200-year-old history. Next we visit the Chim Phu caves, which is located above the monastery. These caves are used as a long term retreats by those who wish to meditate in peace. Then we visit the beautiful Yambulakhang palace which is perched dramatically on a pinnacle above the Yarlung river valley and secures great views of the entire region. After touring the palace, we continue to Lhasa to spend the night.
Day 03: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5-6 hours
We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today is the day we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital which is the center for the treatment, training, research and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 04: Ganden Monastery and Drayerpa Cave: 5 - 6 hours
In the morning, we drive to Ganden Monastery, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain (3,800m) in the Lhatse County, 57km east of Lhasa. It is the oldest and one of the ‘great three’ of the six Gelug Sect monasteries in Tibet. Ganden Monastery has extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures. It also keeps a suit of armor decorated with gems, which was worn by Emperor Qianlong and was bestowed to the monastery as an offering to Tsong Khapa, founder of the Gelug Sect. During the afternoon, we drive to Drayerpa Cave located in a beautiful valley with a stunning landscape. There are more than 30 caves for Lamas who wish to meditate in a silent environment. In the evening, we drive back to Lhasa and spend the night.
Day 05: Lhasa sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5-6 hours
After breakfast we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar.  Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundreds. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery.  Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve centre of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 06: Final departure
Our Mystical Tour in Lhasa and Tsedang comes to an end today. There is nothing else to do but shop for souvenirs or just rest in our hotel room. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport which is approximately 1 hour away from the main city.
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Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Route Map

Route maps are just representation of the trekking routes. This does not represent the exact geographical conditions.Click here for Tsedang and lhasa tour route map

Included in the Cost

  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Pickups and drops from airport and hotel
  • Private vehicle(s) for transportation
  • Accommodation in Lhasa and Tsedang on twin- sharing basis with breakfast
  • English- speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Not Included in the Cost

  • Accommodation in Nepal or Mainland china
  • Chinese visa fee
  • International flight(s)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • Tips for guides and driver
  • Nepal visa

Accommodations

3-star hotels will be used for accommodation on this tour. We will be staying at Yarlung River Hotel in Tsedang and Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa. It is also possible to upgrade to a better graded hotel in Lhasa by paying an additional cost. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost 300 USD.

Meals

Only breakfasts are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). We recommend our guest(s) to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner every day. Our food will mostly include Tibetan bread, dal (lentil soup), bhat (rice), tsampa porridge and other simple local foods.

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