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Ganden Monastery Tours

Ganden Monastery
Ganden Monastery is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. It is nestled into the slopes of Wangbur Mountain, at 4,300 meters above sea level, and with a stunning view over the southern bank of the Lhasa River. Together with Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery, Ganden Monastery is part of the three great university temples of Tibet. This cultural and religious significance began early in the 15th century, when the leader of the Yellow Hat Sect, Tsongkhapa, was calling for a reformation of religion. His ideas were so popular, that the Yellow Hats became the biggest and most influential religious group in Tibet and Ganden was established as the sect’s main temple. 

In total, the monastery consist of over 50 buildings painted in blocks of white, maroon and ochre and topped with gold-capped roofs. Chituokhan Buddhist Temple is one of the earliest buildings within Ganden Monastery and is the location where Tsongkhapa and other abbots of the monastery lived. Another highlight is Tsokchen Hall, the monastery’s main assembly hall that can house 3500 monks and is decorated with over a hundred pillars and skillfully carved bronze statues. The tomb of Tsongkhapa, or rather what is left of it after China’s cultural revolution, can be found at Serdung.

Practical Info

Ganden Monastery is located in Dagzê County, about 40 kilometers northeast of Lhasa. Opening hours are from 9am to 4pm, and while you only need a few hours to see the temple, the distance from Lhasa makes a visit to Ganden Monastery a day trip. Busses leave from Jokhang Temple in Lhasa starting at 7am.
Address: Dagzê County, Lhasa, Tibet, China, China
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4-Night Lhasa and Ganden Monastery

4-Night Lhasa and Ganden Monastery

With its combination of dramatic natural scenery and culture steeped in traditions, Tibet is a journey few travelers make but none regret. Discover the beauty of Tibet's nature and culture on this 4-night tour, which includes visits to top Lhasa attractions as well as the famous Garden Monastery. This tour includes your Tibet Travel Permit, as well as all meals, accommodations, and guided sightseeing experiences as per itinerary.
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  • 5 days
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US$848,85
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US$848,85

Lhasa and Ganden Monastery 5 Days Tour

Lhasa and Ganden Monastery 5 Days Tour

★ No shopping. Pure sightseeing. ★ Officially registered Tibetan English guide. ★ High quality service provided by our professional team. ★ Small group tour to guarantee the service and quality. ★ Comfortable tourist vehicle with oxygen and water supply to make sure the safety and comfort. ★ Use fingertip blood oxygen meter to follow guests’ health condition. ★ Hand-picked Tibetan restaurants with safe food and local flavor. ★ Comfortable hotel with good location. ★ Traditional Tibetan welcome dinner and use Tibetan restaurants during the tour as much as possible. ★ Pay more attention to interaction and activities with local communities rather than just tour.
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  • 5 days
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US$557,90
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US$557,90

Day Tour: Tibet Ganden Monastery

Day Tour: Tibet Ganden Monastery

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In this full-day tour from Lhasa you’ll visit cultural treasures at the Ganden Monastery, and experience amazing mountain scenery on the drive there. The 15th-century monastery is located at almost 12,500 feet (3800 metres) on Wangpori Mountain, so visiting is a good way to experience the Tibetan mountains without the strain of trekking in them!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$177,60
Price varies by group size
From
US$177,60
Price varies by group size

5 Days Lhasa &Ganden Monastery Group Tour

5 Days Lhasa &Ganden Monastery Group Tour

This tour covers all the essence of Lhasa city sites like The Potala palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street. Wandering in old lanes of Barkhor street, you can enjoy the sunshine, taste Tibetan sweet tea and chat with the locals, experience the real life of Lhasa. Moreover, you will go to visit the Ganden Monastery, know a much more authentic Tibetan Buddhist culture.
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  • 5 days
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US$663,16
From
US$663,16

4-Night Lhasa Small Group Tour with Ganden Monastery

4-Night Lhasa Small Group Tour with Ganden Monastery

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Enjoy this multi-day tour, which covers historical sites like The Potala palace, Jokhang Temple and Bakor street and the three major monasteries in Tibet: Drepung Monastery, Sera monastery and Ganden Monastery. Apart from that you will have the opportunity to trek Lingkor (circle) and you see the Great Tsongkapa’s meditation cave.
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  • 5 days
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US$580,00
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US$580,00
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Ganden Samye Trekking

Ganden Samye Trekking

Tibet Shambhala Adventure introduce you Tibet differently by arranging different unique and authentic Tibet trek. Ganden Samye trekking is one of the mid level best Tibet trek. It is not only one of the most attractive Tibet treks but also a Tibetan traditional pilgrimage trail between the two famous monasteries which are Ganden and Samye monasteries. Ganden monastery is the first ever Gelukpa school monastery built in 15th century by the great master Tsongka, the founder of the Gelukpa school and the Samye monastery is the first ever Nyingmapa or the first ever Tibetan monastery which was built in 8th century by the 38th Dharma King called Trisong Detsen. It is three and half days Tibet trek and the total distance of the Ganden Samye Tibet trek is around 80Km. The average daily walking hour is around 5-6 hours. The most part of the Ganden Samye Tibet trek is not very difficult except the Shugarla pass which is around 5000m so the day of trekking across Shugar la.
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  • 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$1 684,22
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US$1 684,22

12 Day Samye & Ganden to Mt Everest

12 Day Samye & Ganden to Mt Everest

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The 12 days group tour journey has the highlights of traveling to Authentic Tibetan monasteries including Samye Monastery, Ralung monastery, Sakya monastery, and Ganden monastery. This fantastic tour allows Travelers to visit the beauties of all the four different schools of Buddhism in Tibet. Samye monastery is the first monastery in Tibet from Nyingma School. Ralung monastery was once the largest monastery in Tibet from Kagyu school with authentic old buildings. Sakya monastery is the largest Sakya school monastery, and Ganden monastery is one of the main monasteries of Gelukpa school.
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  • 12 days
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US$2 421,06
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US$2 421,06
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10 Day Ganden hike & Mt Everest

10 Day Ganden hike & Mt Everest

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The highlight of the Tour is the 1-2 hours hike at Ganden monastery and Drak yerba meditation caves. All the tour to the Mount Everest base camp is traveling in the vehicle so to make the tour special, Tibet Travelers has included the beautiful hike from the backside of Ganden monastery to see the view of the whole Ganden valley and the Yerba valley. Next, you will make the scenic drive to Shigatse going via Yamdrok Lake, Karo La Glacier, and the Gyantse Kumbum Stupa. From Shigatse, you will visit Sakya monastery on the way to the North Face Base Camp of Mt. Everest where if the weather is clear, Travelers can witness the beauties of sunset, sunrise, and stars in the night at world’s highest peak! From Everest, you will then return to Lhasa via Shigatse through Nyemo valley and Yangpachen hot spring. We will start a day tour to Ganden monastery to witness the beauties of the hiking in Tibet.
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  • 10 days
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US$2 210,53
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US$2 210,53
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7 Day Shigatse & Bon Yungdrungling

7 Day Shigatse & Bon Yungdrungling

Our 7-day overland group tour from Lhasa to Shigatse via visiting one of the most significant Bon religion monasteries in Tibet ( The Yungdrungling Bon monastery​ ) After arriving in Lhasa, next day travel to Ganden monastery and Drak Yerba meditation caves for a short 1-2 hours hike to see the beauties of the valley.
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  • 7 days
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US$1 473,69
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From
US$1 473,69
Price varies by group size

Tsetang-lhasa Tour

Tsetang-lhasa Tour

Tsetang to Lhasa tour is started in the southern part of Tibet and it is a classical Tibet vacation. The southern Tibet, known as Lhoka is one of the most scenic parts of the Tibetan high plateau, where Tibet's ancient cultural heritage can be explored against a backdrop of shifting sand dunes, forested glades, visionary lakes, and jagged snow mountain. Your Tibet vacation starts at Lhasa airport and will be warmly welcomed by the Tibetan tour guide and will lead you to the Yarlung valley, visiting Yumbu Lhakang, the first Tibetan castle and Traduk temple, the first temple of Tibet. Samye monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$863,16
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US$863,16

9 Day Yamdrok Lake & Namtso Lake

9 Day Yamdrok Lake & Namtso Lake

Our 9-day overland group tour from Lhasa to Shigatse via visiting two of the most important lakes in Tibet (The Yamdrok Lake and the Namtso Lake ) We will also visit one of the most significant Bon religion monasteries in Tibet ( The Yungdrungling Bon monastery )  This is one of the slower and less driving tours from Tibet Travelers. 
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  • 9 days
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US$1 894,74
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US$1 894,74
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Private 4-Day Lhasa Tour Combo Package

Private 4-Day Lhasa Tour Combo Package

Experience Lhasa over four days with this private tour experience. Pickup and drop-off at the airport or train station are provided on Day 1 and Day 4. On Day 2 and Day 3, enjoy tours with a private guide to Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, Ganden Monastery, and Sera Monastery. Lunch is included on Days 2 and 3; all other meals are at your own expense. Please note, hotel accommodation is not included or arranged; you must book your accommodation on your own.
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  • 4 days
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US$1 200,00
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US$1 200,00
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Namtso & Yamdrok Motorbike Tour

Namtso & Yamdrok Motorbike Tour

Tibet Shambhala Adventure specializes not only for Tibet trekking and Tibet but also specializes for Tibet motorbike tour. Driving around Yamdrok and Namtso lake motorbike tour is a completely new and unique Tibet motorbike tour. Arriving in Lhasa, the ancient holy city of Tibet and our Tibet travel guide and driver will welcome you and accompany you to the holy city of Lhasa. Sightseeing tour in Lhasa with a visit of Potala Palace, Jokang temple, Bharkor Bazar and two largest monastic college of Drepung and Sera.
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  • 15 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$2 105,27
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US$2 105,27

Yamdrok Lake Homestay Tour

Yamdrok Lake Homestay Tour

The 10 days tour will allow you to visit the most of Tibet's highlights, including the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepunag and Sera Monasteries, Yamdrok Lake, etc. It is perfect combination of the cultural and natural sites. Start now to plan your lifetime Tibet tour.
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$1 031,58
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US$1 031,58

5-Night Lhasa City Private Tour

5-Night Lhasa City Private Tour

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Travelers interested in learning about the culture, traditions, and religion of Tibet will enjoy this carefully planned tour. You’ll visit some of the most important Tibetan Buddhist sites in Lhasa, including the must-see Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, various monasteries, and more. As well as comfortable four-star accommodation you’ll also spend a night in a homestay, so you can learn more about the daily life and customs of ordinary Tibetans.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$730,53
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US$730,53

Lhasa Sight Seeing Tour

Lhasa Sight Seeing Tour

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Tibet Shambhala Adventure has officially been chosen as one of the top ten best Tibet tour company by the Tibet Tourism Bureau in 2018 and also the most creative Tibet travel agency by the Tibet travel agent association. All the staff members of Tibet Shambhala Adventure are Tibetans, and they are all well-trained, educated and experienced in providing any kinds of Tibet travel service throughout Tibet.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$525,27
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US$525,27

Tibet: Culture adventure and expedition to Everest Base Camp

Tibet: Culture adventure and expedition to Everest Base Camp

This is a classic itinerary to Mt.Everest. Adventurers will have two days to explore the life of Lhasa and get acclimatized to high altitude before they travel to Everest Base Camp. You will experience local culture and genuine communication with locals.such as Thangka Painting, local home-made food cooking class, Teaching Tibet language writing ,See the On-the-spot Monk Debate in the Debating . On the way from Lhasa to Mt. Everest, we will pass many amazing attractions which will make your eyes busy, such as Cycling around one of four particularly holy lakes,Visit a Barley Mill to explore locals'diet and see how traditional Tibetan food is made.View a Panorama of the Himalaya at Gyawula Pass, Glaciers, Heritage Towns and others . You get the chance to see Everest Peak closely and having a walk around. The night view of the universe near the highest place of the world is amazing. You will experience new and interesting things every day. Travel should be like this.
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$4 221,06
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US$4 221,06

Tibet: Culture and Adventure Treking Tour

Tibet: Culture and Adventure Treking Tour

The 8-days itinerary allows adventurers to be exposed to the breathtaking sacred lake lying aside NychenTanglha mountain rage after visiting the main attractions in Lhasa. You can see Tibetan nomads’ and their tents and flourishing grassland in summer time with flocks of sheep and herds of yaks... In this trip we offer things as simple as a home-cooked meal by local people or sharing a glimpse of the life of mountain peoples, we see local monks’ life ,View the Dungxumg grassland where the nomadic people live , stay overnight at the lakeshore; view sparkle milky stars, cycling around one of four particularly holy lakes and others - not simply getting from point A to point B, or ‘seeing the sights’. You will study local knowledge (writing tibetan words ) and experience culture ( painting Tangka ) and have genuine communication with locals.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$4 389,75
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US$4 389,75

5-Day Small Group Lhasa and Ganden Monastery Tour

5-Day Small Group Lhasa and Ganden Monastery Tour

This small group tour covers all the highlights in Lhasa city: Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Street and all the three biggest monasteries in Tibet: Drepung monastery, Sera monastery and Ganden Monastery. Situated at an elevation of 3800m,Ganden Monastery is the main seat of Geluk order. Trek at Lingkor you can see the Great Tsongkapa’s meditation cave and the beautiful view of Lhasa valley. The local Tibetan English-speaking guide will help you understand Tibet culture better and you don't need to worry about the Tibet permit issue. Airport or train station pickup and drop-off also included for added convenience.
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$583,75
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US$583,75
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5 Days Pilgrimage Tour to Ganden Monastery & Drak Yerpa Hermitage

5 Days Pilgrimage Tour to Ganden Monastery & Drak Yerpa Hermitage

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Despite rampant Chinese-let modernisation, Lhasa (literally the ‘Place of the Gods’) is still largely a city of wonders.  Your first view of the red and white Potala Palace soaring above the holy city will raise goosebumps and the charming whitewashed old tibetan quarter continues to preserve the flavaour of traditional tibetan live.  It is here in the Jokhang an otherworldly mix of the flickering butter lamps, wafting incense and prostrating pilgrims, and the encircling Barkhor pilgrim circuit that most visitors first fall in love with Tibet.  Besides, this tour will continue bring to all the three biggest monasteries in Tibet: Drepung monastery, Sera monastery and Ganden Monastery.  Also Drak Yerpa is one of the holiest hermitages in Tibetan Buddhism and got 80 meditation caves and lots to temples.  
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$763,16
Price varies by group size
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US$763,16
Price varies by group size

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