Half Day Xining Taer (Kumbum) Monastery Tour

Kumbum Monastery(also known as Ta’er Monstery), in Qinghai Province, is the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gulugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Located in a narrow valley southwest of Xining, the monastery is home to the “Tree of Great Merit” a sandalwood tree that was brought to life after Tsongkhapa’s birth in 1357. Today, there are four monastic colleges at Kumbum with over 400 monks in attendance.

Detailed Itinerary

Times shown in the schedule are for your reference only.

  • Step 1: Pick up from your hotel by your tour guide and driver.
  • Step 2: Drive to Kumbum Monastery. (40mins)
  • Step 3: Arrive at Kumbum Monastery. Visit the Dharama protector hall. (20mins)
  • Step 4: Visit the Longevity Temple, used to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday. (20mins)
  • Step 5: Visit Dharma Kalachakra Hall, a part of tantra Buddhism. (20mins)
  • Step 6: Visit the Assembly Hall, where the monks gather daily to study and chant. (20mins)
  • Step 7: Visit the Silver Stupa Temple, the site where the founder of Yellow Hat Sect was born. (20mins)
  • Step 8: Visit the yak butter sculpture hall, where sculptures are made from yak butter. (20mins)
  • Step 9: Lunch time. (1hr)
  • Step 10: Walking along the pilgrims’ route around the monastery. (30mins)
  • Step 11: Drive back to Xining. (40mins)
  • Step 12: Drop-off service at your hotel.

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Lunch as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes.

Service Excluded:

  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.