Ganden to Samye Trek

Ganden to Samye Trek

Though this trekking route is popular, the walk is a challenge and the altitude gains are higher than what is often recommended. We start our trek at 13,940 feet at Ganden and head toward the Samye Monastery. The highest pass we cross is Shogu La at 17,220 feet.

The trek provides a rich variety of scenery: from high snowy passes to lush alpine meadows — finally culminating at the barren, desert-like surroundings near the Samye Monastery. Along the high passes we discover secluded valleys — only inhabited by high-altitude nomads and their yaks. This pilgrimage route is well used by Tibetans, who find it convenient to combine a visit to Ganden (the principal monastery of the Gelugpa) with a reasonably direct but hard walk to Samye (Tibet’s first monastery). With a slow amble, this trek is fulfilling and pleasant. Its two passes are moderate, while displaying beautiful views.

Ganden to Samye Trek Itinerary

Day 01 : Welcome to Nepal. upon your arrival at Nepal our representative welcome you and assists to transfer in your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu (1,350m).
Day 02 : Kathmandu Valley city tours and preparation for upcoming trek.
Day 03 : Kathmandu to Lhasa. On arrival in Tibet, our local guide will meet you outside the customs hall at Gongar Airport and transfer you to Lhasa where we check into our hotel. On the way, enjoy the view along the Yarlong Tsangpo River (the longest river in Tibet). It is important for your acclimatization that this afternoon be spent resting. (Beakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 04 : Lhasa Sightseeing:  Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street. The first day of sightseeing starts with Lhasa's most well known landmark — the Potala Palace. It is a prominent icon and a structure of massive portions. Later this afternoon, we visit the Jokhang Temple — the spiritual center of Tibet. Each day, many pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek great distances to this shrine. Next, we visit Barkhor, the oldest street and still a traditional scene of old Tibet. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 05 : Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. About five miles west of central Lhasa is Drepung, once the world's largest monastery with about 10,000 attending monks. From the hillside enjoy expansive views of the entire Lhasa City against the backdrop of the rugged mountain peaks. Drepung is the largest of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa Monasteries. Three miles north of central Lhasa, Sera Monastery is smaller and more serene.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 06 : Free day in Lhasa to explore the neighborhoods and sample the local cuisine by yourself or with new friends
Day 07 : Monastery and start of our trek. In the morning we drive about 90 minutes from Lhasa to visit Ganden Monastery. After sightseeing, we'll continue an hour to the village of Dupshi. One hour of moderate hiking transports us to Ani Pangong — the site of a former nunnery. Total hike: Three miles, two hours.
Day 08 : Ye–dropka. A few hours of steady climbing carries us through pristine meadows to our lunch break at Yama Do. One more hour along the trail takes us to our peaceful campsite and a restful afternoon. Total hike: Three miles, two hours.
Day 09 : Yama Do & Tsotup Chu Valley. Two hours of steep hiking leads us along to Shug-La Pass where we make the final steep ascent to the rare air of 17,220 feet! The route continues across Shug-La Pass following a cairn–lined trail. We descend gradually, reaching the valley in ninety minutes from the pass. We cross the Tsotup Chu, a long stream winding along the valley floor. Nomad herders with their yaks, goat and sheep dot the landscape. Tonights camp is near a stream crossing. Total hike: Six miles in four to five hours
Day 10 : Tsotup Chu Herder's Camp. From the Tsotup Chu Valley, we follow along a small tributary entering from the southwest. Our path rises steeply for 30 minutes, finally reaching the mouth of a large basin. The terrain ahead is not particularly difficult as we reach Chitu-La Pass (16,728 feet), marked by several large cairns. A short steep descent leads us into a basin holding three small lakes. Our trail is not always clearly marked and passes seasonal campsites before finally reaching the valley floor and our well–deserved camp. Total hike: Nine miles, about five hours.
Day 11 : Yamalung Herder's Camp. Our trail is now wide and easy to follow — meandering through forest of shrubs and rhododendrons for three hours. We amble through a series of meadows before reaching Gen Do, a stone structure in ruins. The forest thins rapidly and we reach the first permanent village of Chantan (13,776 feet) after leaving Hebu. In 30-40 minutes we arrive at the trail fork for Yamalung Valley. The Yamalung Hermitage is another one hour steep climb from the valley floor. Total hike: Nine miles, about five – six hours.
Day 12 : Yamalung to Samye Monastery. From Yamalung Valley, we drive along rustic roads to reach Samye — passing the small villages of Nyango, Wango and Pisha. From Pisha, the entire lower valley of Samye and the golden spires of Samye Monastery are revealed to our view. We visit Samye Monastery during the afternoon and explore the surrounding village area. It's a nice time to relax a bit from our strenuous days on the trail with a comfortable night.
Day 13 : Drive to Tsedang. Depending on current road conditions, we may opt to drive and hop aboard a ferry to reach Tsedang. We also have the option to drive the entire way. Either way, it's a scenic and enjoyable morning, often with unexpected encounters! Upon our arrival in Tsedang we'll visit Tibet's oldest building — the Yongbulakhang. Sacred texts are said to have miraculously fallen on the palace roof — heralding the first appearance of Buddhism in Tibet. Overnight is at our hotel in Tseda
Day 14 : Tsedang to Airport, Transfer to Kathmandu hotel
Day 15 : Free day in Kathmandu you can continue little sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Day 16 : After this amazing trek if you are interested for other activities like Safari, Short hiking, Rafting, Biking, Tours, Peak climbing or more trekking in other region we can organize as your desire. If you decide to leave Nepal we will transfer to airport for your onward destination.
Day 17 : trek to kalapathar After this amazing trek if you are interested for other activities like Safari, Rafting, Biking Tours, Peak climbing or more trekking in other region we can organize as your desire. If you decide to leave Nepal we will transfer to airport for your onward destination.

Ganden to Samye Trek Serivce Include

Four nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on B/B basis;
3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek and climbing period.
Full board Accommodation of Lodges, Guesthouses in Twin Sharing Bases during the trek and tent will be available during the climbing period All camping equipment in Base camp;
Domestic airfare and hotel/airport transfer.
An experienced English speaking guide trained by government of Nepal.
Highly experienced staffs.
Staffs food, clothing, salary,insurance,equipment,flight etc.
All necessary grounded transportation by comfortable vehicles.
All governmental procedure permits fees and local taxes.
Travel and Rescue arrangements.
Exclusive Medical Kit Bag.
Google trekking Nepal T-shirt.
Welcome & farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant.

Ganden to Samye Trek Serivce Exclude

Visa fee/ Airfare to and from your home city
Meal in Kathmandu (Lunch & Dinner)
Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower.
Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue if required.
Wake talkies &Filming permit.
Meal in Kathmandu (Lunch & Dinner)
Travel and Rescue insurance
Personal trekking/ climbing equipments
Personal expenses (Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bill, Extra porters cost, Dessert, Chocolates, Camera battery charges).
Tips for Guides & Porters.
Optional extra trips cost (Jungle safari, Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Paragliding ).

Ganden to Samye Trek note

All the conditions are stated in the itinerary for the travelers who prefer full package program. Clients safety and Security is vital concern even as traveling with Dawn in Nepal Adventure and we informed that your travel leader / guide has the authority to modify or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is necessary due to the Weather conditions, health conditions, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The travel leader will try to make sure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required

Ganden to Samye Trek Addition Information

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Holiday Trip Fact

Price: on request
Grade: Strenuous
Season: Spring, Summer & Autumn
Duration: 21 days
Operation: Tented Camp
Activities: S/S+ Trekking
Group Size: min. 2
Highest access: 5250m.
Start From: Lhasa
Ending at: Lhasa

Highlight of Tour

Panoramic views of Mt. Shisapangma, gripping city of Lhasa, Tibetan landscapes, explore large numbers of monasteries in Samey and Lhasa, ever-smiling Tibetan people.

Fixed Departure