5 Days Lhasa Small Group Tour with Three Major Monasteries

Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world, which has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century. Therefore it contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites. During this tour, we will explore the famous three Major Monasteries in Tebit – Drepung monastery, Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery.


  • Get close to the roof of the world – Tibet.
  • Feel the strong Buddhism atmosphere in Tibet.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lhasa Arrival
  • Day 2: Lhasa
  • Day 3: Lhasa
  • Day 4: Lhasa
  • Day 5: Lhasa Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Lhasa Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Lhasa

Welcome to the roof of the world – Lhasa! Upon arrival, met by tour guide and transferred to you hotel. Have a good rest and get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet.

Day 2 Lhasa

Sightseeing and Activities: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Barkhor Street
Accommodation: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast at hotel, the Lhasa tour begins with the must-see attraction – Potala Palace, the largest monastery of its type in the world and official home to Dalai Lama.

In the afternoon, move on to Jokhang Monastery and walk along the Barkhor Street nearby. Enjoy the local Tibetan culture here. If time allows, visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center(Optional).

Besides, taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house and then enjoy the welcome dinner. In the evening, enjoy Tibetan Culture Show(optional).

Day 3 Lhasa

Sightseeing and Activities: Drepung monastery, Sera Monastery
Accommodation: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at hotel, drive to visit Drepung Monastery – one of the three great monasteries in Tibet. Visit the biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung.

In the afternoon, move on to another one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet – Sera Monastery. Visit Monks debate, Tibetan religious scripture printing house, three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.

Day 4 Lhasa

Sightseeing and Activities: Ganden Monastery, chapels of Genden monastery, the tomb of Tsongkhapa, Tibetan village visit
Accommodation: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast

Ganden Sumtseling Monastery in Shangrila

Today we will drive about 60km to visit Ganden Monastery – the last one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, which was founded in 1409 by Je Tsongkhapa Lozang-dragpa, founder of the Gelug order. On the way, enjot the beautiful Kyichu River and have a far view of the splendid monastery complex on the top of the mountain.

Later we will visit chapels of Genden monastery and the tomb of Tsongkhapa. Al last, visit Tibetan famer’s village nearby.

If possible, hike around the Gaden Kora and enjoy the view of Kychi valley(both optional).

Day 5 Lhasa Departure

Sightseeing and Activities:
Meals: Breakfast

Today your wonderful Lhasa tour will complete. Be escorted to the airport for your flight and service ends.

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodations: hotels based on twin occupancy as specified(Except day tours);
  • Sharing English-speaking tour guide;
  • Sharing vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.