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5 Day Legends of Lhasa, Ganden monastery, & Yamdrok Lake

5 Day Legends of Lhasa, Ganden monastery, & Yamdrok Lake!

Join our amazing 5-day Group Tour and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Ancient city of Lhasa and its surroundings, including a day trip to Yamdrok Lake & Ganden Monastery.

To ensure a fantastic stay in Tibet, we have secured lodging at the luxurious Shambhala Hotel. This upscale 4-star hotel offers oxygen in every room and is conveniently situated just 50 meters from the renowned Lhasa Old Town Jokhang Temple and Bhakor Street. Be sure to explore Lhasa's Old Town and engage with the welcoming pilgrims who visit daily.

Throughout your journey, our knowledgeable Tibetan tour guides, fluent in English, will accompany you and provide valuable insights into Tibet's rich culture and religion. The Trip Advisor rating system has awarded us with a 5-star rating. Join us for an unforgettable adventure!

Group Price & Size

880 US dollars per Person

Minimum 4 People & Maximum 9 People 

Single room occupancy supplement: 250USD (hotels only)



Day1. Arrive In Lhasa (3700m)

Your Tibetan guide will warmly greet you at the Lhasa airport or train station and accompany you to the hotel, which sits at an elevation of 3600 meters. You'll have the opportunity to discover the charming Old Town of Lhasa and stroll through the bustling markets of Barkhor Square.

Stay at the luxury Shambhala Deluxe Oxygen Room Hotel, a 4-star accommodation in Lhasa city, just 50 meters from Jokhang Temple.

Tibet from sky

Day2. Lhasa Sightseeing  (3700m)

The day begins with a visit to the Jokhang, regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in the Himalayas. This revered site attracts a multitude of Buddhist pilgrims daily, some of whom have traversed over a thousand kilometers on foot to behold this ancient 1400-year-old temple. Your itinerary also includes an exploration of one of Tibet's marvels, the grand Potala Palace, boasting 1000 rooms and holding the title of Tibet's most emblematic structure. Ascending the palace steps, you will tour its key chambers, designated as a renowned UNESCO heritage site. Post lunch, a visit to the venerable Sera Monastery, a sprawling complex with a history dating back 600 years, awaits. Here, you can witness monks engaging in lively debates on Buddhist philosophy. Concluding the day, you have leisure time to meander through the Old Town at your own pace.

Stay at the luxury Shambhala Deluxe Oxygen Room Hotel, a 4-star accommodation in Lhasa city, just 50 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B: Breakfast)

Day3. Lhasa - Ganden Monastery hike - Drakyerpa cave day trip

Today, we started traveling to Ganden monastery, the most important monastery in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The highlight will be the 1-2 hour hike from the back side of the mountain to see the whole Ganden valley. Since there is only a vehicle trip on most of the tours to make the tour unique, arranging the hiking tour is one of Tibet Travelers' specialties for the Travelers. The hiking route is also known as the pilgrim kora route for the local Tibetans. Very few Travelers can be seen, so it's unique. We will also visit the tomb of Tsongkapa, the Throne of Ganden, the Great Hall of Ganden Monastery, and Ganden Tsogchen, where monks perform prayers. 

Ganden monastery

In the afternoon, we will visit the 7th-century meditation caves of the previous great master in DrakYerpa. We will also do meditation in the great master's meditation caves. We will also have a 1-2 hour hike to the meditation cave to see the beauties of Yerpa Valley.  Later, we will drive to Lhasa through the high pass Nachen la Pass near Lhasa. (120km, 1-hour drive one way)  (4500m)

Stay at the luxury Shambhala Deluxe Oxygen Room Hotel, a 4-star accommodation in Lhasa city, just 50 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B: Breakfast)

Day4. Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake day trip

Today, travelers will journey from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet’s most sacred and breathtaking lakes sitting at 4450m with a distinct turquoise hue. En route, they will pass by the Yarlung Tsangpo River and numerous quaint villages. After covering approximately 90km, they will traverse the Gambala Pass at 4900m, offering a panoramic view of Yamdrok Lake before descending to explore its surroundings through hiking. The return journey to Lhasa spans 180km and takes about 2 hours each way, concluding the excursion at 4800m above sea level.

Stay at the luxury Shambhala Deluxe Oxygen Room Hotel, a 4-star accommodation in Lhasa city, just 50 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B: Breakfast)

Day5. Depart Lhasa

We recommend buying the late afternoon flights so you will have free morning time at Lhasa for the market or walk around Bhakor Street. Travel to the airport or train station 2 hours before your departure schedule.  End of the tour and have a safe trip home. 



Tour Type: Group Tours

Group Size: 4 to 9 People

Tour Duration: 5 Days

Price: 880 USD

  • All travel permits for Tibet
  • English-speaking Tibetan tour guide
  • Pick up and drop off by airport bus
  • All transportation in Tibet per itinerary, a vehicle for the trip outside of Lhasa, taxis inside Lhasa
  • Vehicle tolls and vehicle repairs(if necessary)
  • All administrative fees
  • All meals and accommodations for your guide
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Entrance fees for the places listed in the itinerary 
  • One-time welcome meal for the group
  • One box of mineral water plus shared 
  • Oxygen tank in the car
  • Transportation costs to and from Tibet
  • Chinese visa fees and passport fees
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs, etc)
  • Tips to the driver and guide

Short Itinerary

Day1.Pick up and Transfer to Hotel

Day2.Lhasa Sightseeing (Jokhang, Sera, Potala Palace)

Day3.Day trip to Ganden monastery, Drakyerpa 

Day4.Day trip to Yamdrok Lake

Day5.Depart from Lhasa

The Potala Palace

Ganden monastery

Yamdrok Lake full view Tibet Tour

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