Lhasa, Ganden, Drigug, Tridum and Yerpa

Lhasa, Ganden, Drigug, Tridum and Yerpa 7 Days / 6 Nights

Trip Code: HAT92

Trip Type:
Classic Circuits of Tibet

Maximum Altitude:
4500m

Durations:
7 Days

Trip Starts:
Lhasa

Trip Ends:
Lhasa

Accomodation:
Hotels and guesthouses

Best Time For Travel:
March-November

Trip Over View

If you want to see a more genuine Tibet and if you don’t want to run the risk of getting “templed out”, you will have to get out of Lhasa and go to the country side. This itinerary covers such areas which are within an easy reach of Lhasa by 4WD jeeps. While monasteries or shrines seem to be the major destinations, the landscapes and the sights you get to see on the way are even more interesting. You will spend the first three days in Lhasa, visiting its major attractions which are the customary visits, and getting properly acclimated.

From Lhasa, you will drive to the Ganden Monastery - the famous 15th century monastery that lies 25 miles east of Lhasa and is set in a natural, hilly amphitheatre. You will continue 56 miles further, north east to Drigung reputed to have the best sky burial ceremony of all and the only place where you are permitted to see the ceremony. That night, you will stay in the monastery’s dormitory and in the early morning, you will have a chance to see the sky burial-a unique funeral service like you have never heard or seen. Do not try to take photos here. From Drigung, you will take approximately a 4-hour trek to Tirdrom Nunnery, set in a beautiful valley with numerous hermitages and caves in the surrounding hills. Tirdrom is famous for its sulphur hot springs that are believed to be good for the treatment of arthritis, gastritis etc. That night, you are guests in the nunnery’s guesthouse and the following morning, you will have a stroll along Tirdrom and return drive to Lhasa via Yerpa - famous for its more than 80 meditation caves.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Flight to Lhasa. (B)

Day 02: At Lhasa. (B)

Day 03: At Lhasa. (B)

Day 04: Drive to Ganden Monastery ( 4500m, 14760ft).

Day 05: Take chance to see the sky burial at Drigung if allowed.

Day 06: Tridom to Lhasa.

Day 07: Departure.

Day 01: Flight to Lhasa (B)
Arrival in Lhasa’s Gonkar Airport. You are met and greeted by our representative and transferred to Lhasa City (1 hr). Check in to the hotel and take a rest to acclimate. Accommodation in Dhood Gu or Yak Best Wing or Gorkha Hotel.

Day 02: At Lhasa (B)
Full day of sightseeing in Lhasa. Visit the Potala Palace - that dominates the Lhasa sky, Sera Monastery - the last of the three Yellow Sect monasteries to be built in Lhasa and conclude the tour in Norbulinka - the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Accommodation in Dhood Gu or Yak Best Wing or Gorkha Hotel.

Day 03: At Lhasa (B)
Today, we visit Drepung Monastery - once the largest, richest and the most powerful of the three major Yellow Sect monasteries of Tibet, the ancient Jorkhang Temple and the Barkhor Street that forms the pilgrim circuit around the Jorkhang Temple. Accommodation in Dhood Gu or Yak Best Wing or Gorkha Hotel.

Day 04: Drive to Ganden Monastery ( 4500m, 14760ft)
Visit the seat of the chief abbot of Gelugpa Sect. Continue driving to Drigung. Accommodation in a guesthouse.

Day 05: Take chance to see the sky burial at Drigung if allowed
Trek to Tridom Nunnery with medicinal hot springs. Accommodation in local guesthouse.

Day 06: Tridom to Lhasa
Stroll in Tridom in the morning and drive to Yerpa, visit the meditation caves and return to Lhasa. Accommodation in middle range Dhudgu or Kyichu or Gorkha Hotel.

Day 07: Departure
Transfer to airport. Service ends.

  • Includes

    • Accommodation on twin sharing.
    • Daily Breakfast.
    • All transfers and sightseeing by a private air conditioned car or coach.
    • Sightseeing admission fees.
    • English speaking Tour Guide.
    • Tibet Travel Permit.

    Excludes

    • International and internal air fare.
    • Airport Taxes.
    • Chinese visa fee.
    • Lunch and dinner except as indicated..
    • Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature.
    • Travel & Health Insurance.
    • All extra expenses caused due to nature or unforeseen events.
    • Excess baggage charges.
    • Optional tipping to local staffs, hotels etc.
    • Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone etc).