5 Days Tibet Butter Lamp Festival




5 days

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June, July, Aug, Sept


This tour is one of the best selections of Tibet winter tour packages that offers you a great experience of authentic Tibet. Following the lines of Tibetan pilgrims and breathing in the heady fragrance of incense, attending the monastic ritual ceremony, and hearing peaceful Buddhist prayers will enrich your experiences on the Tibetan plateau.

It is one of the most famous Tibet festivals in winter. It is one most sold Tibet winter tour packages in Tibet. Tibetan butter lamp is used to offer in monasteries and temples. The yak butter is used for the lamp.

During This Tibet Butter Lamp Festival, you will get a chance to attend the mass gathering of local Tibetans in Bakhor Street and around the Jokhang temple to mourn the death anniversary of the great Tibetan scholar Tsongka Pa in the 15th century, butter lamps are all around the temples and local houses.

Locals will be marching in long queues and mumbling the mantras. This is a special opportunity to experience Tibet in a different way but authentic. If you are looking to experience local Tibetan culture in a short period of time, then this Tibet tour is the one that you can’t miss.


Tour Cost Includes:
  • - All necessary travel permits to Tibet;
  • - Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the program;
  • - Private transportation in Tibet: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included), SEE VEHICLE PHOTOS HERE;
  • - Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;
  • - Lodging: available from 5 star hotels to budget guesthouses, SEE HOTEL PHOTOS HERE;
  • - Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour;
Tour Cost Excludes:
  • - Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation(recommended);
  • - Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);
  • - International and domestic flight/train.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and ticket availability with your travel consultant);
  • - Meals that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 per person);
  • - Gratuities for the guide and driver:

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons
Laundry service
Outdoor Seating
Smoking Allowed
Wireless Internet

Tour Plan

A short flight to Tibet gives you a panorama of the snowy Himalayan ranges or the days of train ride over high plateau by crossing the mighty Thangu la ranges get you to Lhasa with beautiful sceneries along the route. At your arrival at the Gongkar airport or Lhasa Train Station, you will greet by our Tibetan guide and driver and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city. From the airport, it is about 70km to Lhasa and it takes 1:30 hrs; from the train station it is only 25km and it takes about an half-hour. Check-in the hotel and take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa
Attractions: Jokhang temple, bustling Bakhor street and Drepung monastery. Today is your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have a little headache which is very common for travelers because of the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity during the first few days is recommendable. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is one of the most sacred temples all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims from early days. After that, you have time to walk around the Bakhor Street, which is one of the most devotional circuit as well as the crowded central market of Lhasa. During the old days, it is the most famous local market but now it is changed into a tourist gift shopping center. You will be impressed by the crowds of local pilgrims doing prostration in front of the temple, especially it is more during the winter months. Drepung monastery is one of the world's largest monasteries that houses more than 10,000 monks. It was the resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace. Destructions were taken place at a  different time but still, you have lots of things to see. Walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lanes through the monks’ apartments which are more like a typical village. Continue acclimatizing and alleviating jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa
Attractions: Ganden monastery and ritual ceremony. Today we drive to Ganden monastery which is about 45km east of Lhasa, Ganden Monastery was the first Gelugpa sect monastery in the vicinity of Lhasa and it was founded by the Tsongkapa, then Ganden Ngacho or Butter lamp festival is anniversary of the Tsongkapa’s death, so on this day you will experience a rich spiritual activities at the monastery. Later afternoon drive back to Lhasa and it is good to attend the butter lamp ceremony around the Bakhor street, during the night there will be hundreds of holy butter lamps around the Jokhang temple and crowds of local pilgrims circumambulate around the temple. Overnight in Lhasa
Attractions: Potala palace and Sera monastery. Today we will visit Potala Palace in the morning, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and later in the 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama. Since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking through the long steps is quite challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your footprints in the spiritual palace on God’s compassion, which listed in the world heritage in 1994. The amazing day will be ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery. It was built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen choji Sakya Yeshi who is a disciple of Tsongka pa. A few different monastic colleges in Sera are homes of several hundred monks from different parts of Tibet. The famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening every day in the afternoon except Sunday. Continue acclimatizing and alleviating jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa
Today our guide and driver will send you to the airport or train station and it is time to say your goodbye and depart to your next destination. Before your departure, we appreciate it if you can spend a short time evaluating our services either by filling the feedback form or simply sending us an email. Then the trip officially ends.

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Cristian Pumarino Jun,11 2019 01:29:35
We are 3 people that will travel from Chengdu to Lahsa by train, arriving around August 5th. We want to take 4 days tour in Lhasa.  We need to know how to book the tour with you, the price, how to pay it and what are the documents we need to go there. We will get our tourist visa to visit China after we book the tour. Two of us will travel form Chile in South America and our son -also chilean- will do it form South Africa. Stay tuned to reply
Lakshmi May,23 2019 15:20:14
Hi, I am interested in this tour. But I cannot exert myself much and was wondering if I can skip the Kailash Kora and use other forms of transportation. I do however want to see Mt. Kailash. Also are you able to provide oxygen?
matteo May,18 2019 16:19:11
Hello! we would kindly like to know what’s the cheapest offer you have for this guided tour. We’re two people thank you!!

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