Lhasa to Shigatse 6-Day Holiday Blast
Lhasa to Ganden Monastery—Day Trip
Who says it’s too cold to visit Tibet for the holidays? Actually, December Lhasa has an average daytime temperature of 7-10 C (45-50 F), offers beautiful clear skies and great hotel discounts! You will need a jacket, preferably down, and with the sun shining at this altitude, you will be comfortable.
The Western influence makes the holiday season in Lhasa extra special. Many stores will be decorated with Christmas trees and Santas and many restaurants and hotels will have special celebrations. At the same time, the feel of this history-laden city, the extraordinary landscapes wherever you look and the local culture are all very much present.
Lhasa to Tsurphu & Nenang Monasteries—Day Trip
About 45 km from Lhasa, Ganden Monastery was founded in the 15th century by Tsongkapa. For centuries, Ganden, named after the paradise of Maitreya Buddha, has been a major institution of the Gelukpa tradition.
Tsurphu Monastery to Yangpachen Nunnery Drive-Trek
The drive from Lhasa to Tsurphu, which passes through beautiful farmlands and pastures, is about two hours long. Founded in the 12th century by the 1st Karmapa, Tsurphu is the seat of the famous and powerful lineage of the Karmapas.
Lhasa to Namtso Sky Lake—Day Trip
This 10-day tour from Tsurphu Monastery to Yangpachen Nunnery begins with 3-4 days in Lhasa to acclimatize. Then you'll drive to Tsurphu Monastery, the home of the famous Karmapa Lamas of Tibet.
Lhasa to Drak Yerpa Caves—Day Trip
Located about 250 km from Lhasa along the Qinghai Tibet highway, Namtso Sky Lake lies at an elevation of 4,718 m/15,549 ft and is the second largest salt water lake in Tibet. Bordering the sacred Nyenchen Tanglha snowy peaks, you can explore Tashi Do Hermitage.
Lhasa to Yamdrok Yutso Turquoise Lake—Day Trip
Drak Yerpa, Caves of Mystical Realization, lies about two hours northeast of Lhasa. Built on the limestone cliffs of the Yerpa Valley, this area is renowned for its historic complex of temples and 108 meditation and retreat caves, some of which date from the earliest period of Buddhism in Tibet.
Lhasa to Sera Monastery & Pawangka Hermitage—Day Trip
Leaving the city of Lhasa, you will drive along the scenic Kyi Chu River and cross the highest river in the world—the Tsangpo River which becomes the Brahmaputra in India. After climbing a high pass, you'll arrive at Yamdrok Yutso Turquoise Lake.
3-4 Days: Lhasa Monasteries+Ganden Monastery or Yamdrok Turquoise Lake
Founded in 1419, Sera Monastery is located 55km north of Lhasa. Sera is still one the great Gelugpa institutions in Tibet. About 600 monks are currently in residence, down from a historical population of 5,000. The half-dozen colleges feature spectacular prayer halls and chapels.
5-6 Days: Lhasa Area Monasteries, Terdrom Nunnery, Sacred Hot Springs, Drigung Til Monastery
The holy city of Lhasa was founded as the capital of the Tibetan Empire in the 7th century by the Emperor Songtsen Gampo. Since the beginning of the ascendancy of the Dalai Lamas in the 17th century, it has had no rivals on the Tibetan Plateau.
5-6 Days: Lhasa Area Monasteries-Yarlung Monasteries-Yumbu Lhagang
A few hours northeast of Lhasa, the Rep‐chu Gorge is the sanctuary of Zhoto Tidro, also known as Terdrom Nunnery. This is among the most favored of all hermitages because it was here that a great female adept named Yeshe Tsogyal, practiced ascetic meditation with the master Padmasambhava for many years.
6-10 Days: Lhasa Monasteries-Gyantse-Everest Base Camp-Namtso Sky Lake
The Yarlung Valley (where Gongkar Airport is located, south of Lhasa) is called the cradle of Tibetan civilization because it is here that the first King descended from the sky and landed on top of a sacred hill near Tsetang, thus fulfilling a prophecy. T
This trip offers an in-depth experience of Lhasa and its monasteries and then takes you out into the countryside for a pleasant drive to the stunning Yudrok Yutso Turquoise Lake via La Gampa, a high mountain pass.