Lhasa, Samye and Tsedang

Lhasa, Samye and Tsedang 6 Days / 5 Nights


Trip Type:
Circuits of Tibet

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6 Days

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This is a short trip comprising of Lhasa, Samye and Tsedang. These sites have very important places in the history, culture and religion of Tibet. Tsedang, situated 138 miles southeast of Lhasa is the gateway to the ancient Yarlung valley – the base from where Yarlung kings unified Tibet. It was only later that the power center moved to Lhasa when King Songtsen Gambo of 7th century moved his capital to Lhasa. Samye Monastery is the first Buddhist monastery of Tibet and is a testimony of the acceptance of Buddhism in Bon dominated Tibet.

You will spend the first 3 days, visiting the Dalai Lama’s Potala and Norbulingkha palaces, Drepung and Sera - the two great Gelug Monasteries, Jorkhang Temple - the ancient Buddhist temple and Barkhor Street that forms the most venerated pilgrimage circuit, kora, of Tibet. If you find that Lhasa’s altitude sickness has already passed, you can try optional hikes in the hills behind Sera or Drepung monasteries. En route from Lhasa to Tsedang, you will cross Yarlungdzangbo River by ferry, take a truck ride for another 20-25 minutes along the rough and bumpy road to visit Tibet’s first Buddhist Monastery. Retrace the way to the ferry crossing and continue to Tsedang which of course is not an inspiring town in itself but has some great sites related to Tibetan history. Ancient Yambulakhang palace, Tradruk Temple and burial mounds of Tibetan kings are worth visiting.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Flight to Lhasa. (B)

Day 02: At Lhasa.(B)

Day 03: At Lhasa. (B)

Day 04: To Tsedang via Samye Monastery (3,100m/ 10, 168ft, 122miles, 4 hrs).(B)

Day 05: At Tsedang. (B)

Day 06: Tsedang-Departure (55 miles, 2 hrs). (B)

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

Day 02: At Lhasa (B)
Full day of sightseeing in Lhasa. Visit Potala Palace - that dominates the Lhasa sky, Sera Monastery - the last of the three Yellow Sect monasteries to be built in Lhasa and take a tour concludes 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 you will 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: To Tsedang (B) via Samye Monastery (3100m/ 10168ft, 122miles, 4 hrs)
Drive to Tsedang. En route, cross the Yarlungdzangbo River by ferry and visit the Samye Monastery - the first monastery of Tibet. Upon arriving in Tsedang, check in to the hotel. After refreshments, stroll along the Tibetan quarter of the city. Accommodation in high end Tsedang hotel.

Day 05: At Tsedang (B)
Vsit Tradruk Temple, Yambulakhang Palace and burial mounds of Tibetan kings at Chongye Valley. Accommodation in high end Tsedang hotel.

Day 06: Tsedang-Departure (55 miles, 2 hrs) (B)
Transfer to Gongar 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.


    • International and internal air fares.
    • 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).