Ganden to samye trek itinerary, cost, map & difficulty details

ganden to samye trek - Ganden to samye monastery trek

Ganden to samye trek in Tibet

Ganden Samye trek has been one of the most famous treks, since Tibet opened for tourism in 1985. Ganden Samye trek begins from the Ganden monastery which is at a height of 4180m. The Ganden monastery is 32 km away from Lhasa by road and is above the Kyichu River. This trek ends at the Samye monastery. Lhasa city, Tibet, China

Utse is the main temple at Samye and this temple represents Mount Meru, which is center of the Universe. Trekking trail crosses two mountains and enjoy the beauty of the alpine lakes, it is one of the most beautiful trekking route in the world. Apart from being an enjoyable trip through snowy passes, lush green meadows, herder’s camp and the beautiful Tibetan villages it is regarded as a pilgrimage trip offered by the Buddhism and culture of Tibet.

The secluded valleys along the high passes are occupied by nomads and their yaks. This is a preferred pilgrimage of the Tibetans who want to visit both Ganden and Samye in one trip. Breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks as well as the views of Tibetan countryside will make the journey an unforgettable one.

The Ganden to Samye trek is however a challenging treks starts at 4180m and when it reaches Shogu La Pass, it has an altitude of 5250m. Only experienced trekkers can go for this trek without support. The trekkers from Lhaza spend one day at Ganden for acclimatization.

Ganden monastery was founded by the great Tibetan philosopher Tsong Khapa in the early 15th century. It is one of the largest and most ancient Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. This monastery is situated on the Wangbur Mountain which is on the south bank of Lhasa River. The Ganden temple is one among the three great temples; the other two are Sera and Drepung in Lhasa.

Pilgrims from all parts of Tibet arrive here and observe rituals. Ganden monastery is known for its Buddha Painting unfolding Festival. Trekking to Ganden and Samye monasteries starts with Himalayan flights to Lhasa, then explore cultural and heritage sites of Lhasa, Ganden and Samye. After visiting Yarlun valley drive back to Kathmandu crossing two high passes and amazing remote regions of Tibet.
Samye monastery is situated on the north bank of Yarlung Zangpo River. This monastery was found by King Trisong Detsen in the year 779. Samye is the first monastery with the three Buddhist jewels Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. The Buddhists from Tibet walk all the way for weeks for their pilgrimage to the Samye Monastery.

The Tibetan villages along the trekking trail are the best examples of the ancient culture of Tibet. Their lifestyle is very simple and they follow the ancient customs and traditions. The trekkers are overwhelmed with the unusual scenic beauty of these uninhabited places.

Mid-May to mid-October is the best time for the Ganden Samye trek. Ganden to Samye trekking tour will take you go through much of Tibet’s history and culture. Remember us to organize this trip as per your desire and duration of holidays from Kathmandu.

Ganden to samye trek itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Nepal, after arrival in Nepal airport our representative welcome and assists to transfer hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu tours and preparation for Ganden Samye Trek.

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, explore around Lhasa.

Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa-Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor.

Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa-Drepung and Sera Monastery.

Day 06: Drive from Lhasa to Ganden (4500m).

Day 07: Trek from Ganden to Yama Do.

Day 08: Trek from Yama Do to Tsotup Chu Valley.

Day 09: Trek from Tsotup Chu Valley to Herder’s Camp.

Day 10: Trek from Herder’s Camp to Wango.

Day 11: Trek from Wango to Samye then drive to Tsetang.

Day 12: Explore around Yarlung valley then Drive to Gongkar airport.

Day 13: Flight back to Kathmandu, evening farewell dinner.

Day 14: After this amazing Ganden to samye trek if you are interested for other activities like Safari, Rafting, Biking, Tours, Peak climbing or more trekking in other region we organize trip according to your desire. If you decide to leave Nepal we will transfer to airport for your onward destination.

Service include

#Tibet travel visa and permit fees

#4 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 night’s BB basis

#Ground transportation in Tibet by Toyota Land Cruiser

#English Speaking Nepali Tour Leader and Tibetan Guide

#Accommodation in Tibetan lodges or tents

#Enough Oxygen cylinder entire of tour

#All entrance fees of monuments and monasteries as per trip

#Full board meals while on Tibet trip (B.L.D)

#Sherpa and support staff (guides, porters and cook)

#Yak to carry luggage, food, equipment and fuel

#Portable altitude chamber bags

#Farewell Dinner

Service exclude

*Travel Insurance of Guest

*Personal expenses bar bill and beverages

*Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu

*Emergency evacuation cost in case of emergency

*Any additional meals in Kathmandu except mentioned in the itinerary

*Pony hiring cost

*Others which is not mentioned on service include

*Trips for Driver and staff

Trip note of Ganden to samye trek

Base Camp Excursion, Kathmandu, Nepal always thinking about guest’s safety, it is our paramount concern. When you are planning Ganden to samye trek to Tibet, you should be aware that it is rigorous and challenging trip where we have to spend all the time at high altitudes. Sometime health condition of member, natural disaster, and weather condition of mountain region changed unexpectedly we cannot guarantee it. Please note that group leader has the authority to cancel any part of Tibet Ganden to samye trekking if it is necessary due to safety concerns, be prepared to be flexible if required. Otherwise group leader follow the above itinerary. Ganden to samye trek can be operated in both tea houses and camping basic on request. Before departing to Tibet Consult your personal Doctor and check your health condition, involve in regular physical exercise, reduce drinking alcoholic beverage and smoking habits also.

Additional information

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Holiday Trip Fact

Price: On request
Grade: Moderate
Season: April to October
Duration: 14 Days
Operation: Lodge / Camping
Activities: Trekking, sightseeing
Group Size: Min 4
Highest access: 5250m
Start From: Kathmandu
Ending at: Kathmandu