Sera Monastery is one of the three great Gelugpa university monasteries in Tibet (The other two are Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery). The monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa. Sitting at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa, it is especially famous for the unique Buddhist activity “Monk Debate” that takes place in the afternoon. Between 3pm and 5pm from Monday to Saturday, the monks gather together and challenge each other on matters of philosophy. It is one of the most extraordinary sights you can expect among all your Tibetan monastery visits.
Our unique 1 Day Sera Monastery Hiking Tour is an especially interesting opportunity to combine outdoor adventure with Tibetan Buddhism sightseeing. You will enjoy a day of intermediate level mountain hiking in the northern suburb of Lhasa. You will also spend time touring Sera Monastery and observing a monk debate session. Take this tour and you will find out there is so much fun you can have in Lhasa Tibet!
Sera Monastery Hiking Tour Highlights:
- Hike Sera Mountain and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Lhasa and its surroundings
- Visit Sera Monastery and observe monk debate session
What you can expect
Your local Tibetan hiking guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and begin the tour. You will start from the Sera Utsé Hermitage at the foot of Sera Mountain and hike uphill towards Sera Monastery. The total hike will take about 6 hours, during which you are free to take short breaks and stop for lunch while enjoying the great views surrounding you.
You will arrive at Sera Monastery. The highlights of our visit include touring the main architectural structures of the monastery and watching a monk debate session in the main courtyard. Inside the halls, you can find delicate religious objects and decorations such as scriptures in gold powder, colorful statues, and narrative murals. Our guide will tell you about the history of the monastery and everything you want to learn about Tibetan Buddhism. During the debate session, you will see hundreds of red-robed monks assemble in small groups striking different poses as a way to engage in religious topics. It is a spectacle you can't observe anywhere else.
We will leave Sera Monastery and drive you back to your hotel in Lhasa.