Kathmandu Tribhuwan Airport
3 Hours Before Flight Time
You arrive at the Gonggar Airport in Lhasa, Tibet’s administrative capital and one of the highest cities in the world. If you fly in to Lhasa from Nepal, you will enjoy an hour of breathtaking views of The Himalayas on what is considered to be one of the most beautiful air routes in the world. If you choose to travel via mainland China, you may fly in or take the world’s highest train route to Lhasa. You will be greeted by a representative of Alpine Club of Himalaya upon your arrival at the airport or train station. You are advised to rest for the rest of the day to adjust to the altitude and minimize altitude sickness, as Lhasa has an elevation of about 3,600 m (11,800 ft) and lies in the centre of the Tibetan Plateau with the surrounding mountains rising to 5,500 m (18,000 ft), and thus the air only contains 68 percent of oxygen. Overnight in Lhasa.
Lhasa, which means the “place of the gods”, is also the religious capital of Tibet, where Buddhist master Padmasambhava is said to have magically pinned down the earth demoness and built the foundation of the Jokhang Temple over her heart. You will visit the Potala Palace, which was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama and is now a museum and World Heritage Site. The building measures 400 metres east-west and 350 metres north-south, with sloping stone walls that have copper poured into the foundations to help proof it against earthquakes. The palace has thirteen stories containing over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues, and is situated at 117 metres (384 ft) on top of Marpo Ri, the “Red Hill”, rising more than 300 m (about 1,000 ft) in total above the valley floor. It is magnificent and provides a breathtaking view of the valley.
Next we visit the Norbulingka Palaces, which was built by the 7th Dalai Lama and served both as administrative centre and religious centre, was also the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Also a World Heritage site, the palace has what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Museum, the official museum of Tibet, which has a permanent collection of around 1000 artifacts related to the cultural history of Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.
In the morning, we drive to Ganden Monastery, one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet located at the top of Wangbur Mountain at an altitude of 4,300m. Ganden Monastery has extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures, with more than two dozen major chapels with large Buddha statues. The monastery also houses artifacts that belonged to Tsongkhapa, including his tomb. It also has an armor suit decorated with gems worn by Emperor Qianlong, which was bestowed to the monastery as an offering to Tsong Khapa, founder of the Gelug sect. We then drive to Drayerpa Cave located in a beautiful valley with a stunning landscape, that has more than 30 caves for Lamas who wish to meditate. In the evening, we drive back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
We visit the Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Bazaar. The Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. The Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery with white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We then stroll through the Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the epicentre of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Departure day; you can complete your last minute shopping. Representatives of Serene Himalaya will transport you to the airport.
Note – March is usually close so please dont book this tour during the month of March. ***Flights are not included in this tour
Genuinely couldn’t have asked for more. Travelling with them and felt safe and supported. They encouraged to make the most of the immersive experience. Their advice, conversation and presence was amazing. Really appreciate for all the effort given by everyone.thx Sujan n team
late review for serene team, it was my first time going to tibet and see everest from tibet side. its awesome. we have group trip and everything planned and organized very well. Thx team , i hope i can visit again.
Before and after the trek Sujan met with us to ask us how our trip made. We really enjoyed because Serene Himalaya make us enjoy our time in Nepal.Great experience. Serene Himalaya was so supportive and active to explain all questions I had and offered me the best help ever. They set up the achievement of my particular ambitions.