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7 Days Xining Lhasa Highlights with Ganden Monastery

Xining - Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Drak Yerpa - Lhasa

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TOUR CODE: TCT-XNTT-07A
TOUR TYPE: Private Tour with private guides & vehicles

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OVERVIEW
Fly to Xining for the amazing Qinghai Lake, then by train ascending gradually from Xining to Lhasa, then all the way Gyantse, Shigatse and reach Everest for amazing Tibetan cultural and natural wonders.
  • Day 1Pickup from airport and escorted to Qinghai Lake
  • Day 2Drive back to Xining and visit Ta'er Monastery, by train to Lhasa
  • Day 3Pickup from train station and escorted to hotel for acclimatization
  • Day 4Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
  • Day 5Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery + Debate
  • Day 6Drive to visit Ganden Monastery, Drak Yerpa
  • Day 7Transfer to airport/train station for next city
7 Days Xining Lhasa Highlights with Ganden Monastery Map
ITINERARY
Day 1 Xining Arrival - Qinghai Lake (B)
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: Upon arriving in Xining, your local guide will meet you and drive you 3 hours to visit Qinghai Lake, stay overnight at Qinghai Lake. 

Qinghai Lake: Located 130km from Xining and 3205m above the sea level, Qinghai Lake is the largest salt water lake In China. The lake is surrounded by amazing mountains and endless beautiful grasslands, you can enjoy the great views by walking, riding or biking. The lake is the paradise for birders, during summer time, the birds will be up to 100000. 

Accommodations: Overnight at Qinghai Lake
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    qinghai lake

  • qinghai lake

    qinghai lake

Day 2 Qinghai Lake - Xining - Lhasa (B,L)
Transfer Via: Overnight soft sleeper train arranged by us

Highlights: Today you will drive back to Xining city, and visit the famous Ta'erMonastery, then embark your lifetime Qinghai-Tibet Train to Lhasa. Enjoy the fantastic plateau views along this highest railway in the world. 

Ta'er Monastery: As the birthplace of the Tibetan Buddhism master – Tsongkhapa Ta'er Monastery is one of the most famous 6 monasteries of Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and a very important institute to learn Buddhism, Astronomy and Medicine. There are many Buddhist ceremonies organized here in each year. The 3 treasures of Ta'er Monastery are murals, barbola and butter sculptures. 

Accommodations: On the train
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    taer monastery

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    tibet train

Day 3 Lhasa Arrival (B)

Highlights: Today after the amazing views along Qinghai Tibet railway, your train will arrive in Lhasa. Welcome to Lhasa! Today upon your Lhasa arrival, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to hotel. Rest of the day you will have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. 

Tips: 

The altitude in Lhasa is about 3,650m above sea level. Take time out to relax and acclimate to the high altitude after arrival at your hotel. We recommend that you avoid strenuous activity for the first few days. It is advisable that you not take showers. For first time visitors, it is common to have different degrees of high altitude sickness symptom. Drink more water, have fresh fruit and plenty of rest will help to prevent the sickness. Have a good rest tonight, and get ready for tomorrow's journey. 

Accommodations: Stay overnight in Lhasa
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    tibet train

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    barkhor street

Day 4 Lhasa (B)

Elevation: 3500m 

Highlights: Today you will visit the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street 

Potala Palace: Which is known as the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the residence of the Dalai Lama lineages. Stands 13 stories high and owes over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues, the Potala Palace formed a small world in it. 

Jokhang Temple: Listed on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. The temple is a four-storey timber complex with a golden top, with the combination of  Tang Dynasty, Tibetan and Nepal architectural styles. Every day, pilgrims come from every corner of Tibet worship here, make it a perfect site for photograpers.

Barkhor Street: As the oldest street in Lhasa, Barkhor Street is considered as the center of the old city, and a perfect place to lear Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts. The street is full of handicarfts, such as ornaments, knives, tangka,  religious musical instruments, gold and silver ware, masks and a lot more. If you intend to buy some souvenirs for friends or famiy, Barkhor Street will be an ideal place.

Tips: 

1) Some visitors might feel a bit hard to breath when climbing the Potala Palace, so please climb slowly. 

2) Some places are not allowed to take photos, please kindly inquire your guide for details. 

3) When shopping around Barkor Street, you can compare and bargain for the unique souvenirs 

4) During the summer time, the musical fountain show at the Potala Plalace Square is 19:30—22:00PM. 

5) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day. 

Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
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    potala palace

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    jokhang temple

Day 5 Lhasa (B)

Elevation: 3500m 

Highlights: Today you will visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and enjoy the debate. 

Drepung Monastery: Located 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name 'Drepung‘, which, in the Tibetan language, means 'Collecting Rice.. 

Sera Monastery: Which is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From of Mon ~ Fri, every afternoon, you ll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.

Tips: 

1) Today's road condition is good. The tour involves some easy walking and climbing

2) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day. 

Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
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    drepung monastery

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    sera monastery

Day 6 Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Drak Yerpa - Lhasa (B)

Highlights: Today our guide will meet you and drive you to visit Drak Yerpa, afternoon you will proceed to visit the ancestral Monastery--Ganden Monastery. Then drive back to Lhasa.

Drak Yerpa: Located on a hillside in the Yerpa Valley, 16 km northeast of Lhasa, Drak Yerpa is dotted with more than 80 meditation caves.  It is described as the "life tree" or spiritual axis of Lhasa. Before the Cultural Revolution is was the home of several hundred hermits, monks, and nuns. but many was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution (1968-76) , hence the decline of the valley as countless relics and temples were destroyed throughout Tibet. The cliffs were riddled with burrows and caves, some of which were so high up on the fact of the abrupt hill that it would have been risky to climb them.

Ganden Monastery: Located 47 kilometers from Lhasa, Ganden Monastery known as one of the 'Three Great Temples', together with the Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Ganden Monastery stands at an altitude of 3,800m (12,467 feet) above sea level, it is one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, and stands atop of the six famous temples of Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Its great significance in religion, art, politics and culture, and is now being well preserved by the government. The the famous Buddha Painting Unfolding Festival is conducted here every year, which has attracted countless visitors and pilgrims. 

Tips: 

1) Today's road condition is good. The tour involves some easy walking and climbing

2) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day. 

Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
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    ganden monastery

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    drak yerpa

Day 7 Lhasa Departure (B)
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: Today you will be escorted to airport for the flight to next city, the lifetime Tibet tour ends. 

WHAT IS INCLUDE

All Tibet travel permits

Meals as listed in itinerary

Accommodation as listed in itinerary

Domestic flights/trains if listed in itinerary

Lisenced local English-speaking tour guides

Private transportation with experienced drivers

Entrance ticket fees for attractions listed in itinerary

Oxygen for emergey usage (Only for the groups going to Everest or Kailash area)

WHAT IS EXCLUDE

China Visa

Personal expense

Travel insurance (Recommended)

International flights to and out of China

Tips and gratitude to tour guides and drivers

Meals if not specified in the itinerary (Average meals cost is USD5-8/per)

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