10 Days Ganden - Samye Group Trek
Tour Type: Group Tour
Tour Duration: 10 Days and 9 Nights
Best Time: April to October
Price: 1400 USD Per Person
Overview of Lhasa-Shigatse Group Tour
This 10-day trekking adventure will be yet another most fulfilling experience. In the way of adjusting to the altitude, you will start out exploring main tourist attraction sites of extraordinary views and sensation on the first three days, with visits to the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, and exploration strolls around the old quarters of the city.
After 3 nights in Lhasa, we will then drive to Ganden Monastery, which lies 40 kilometres (around 25 miles) northeast of Lhasa, from where we trek through extensive stretches of pastureland, cross over Shugu La pass (5200m/17000ft), witness awesome landscapes along the terrains, to finally arrive at Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. It will be, no doubt, a vigorous and delightful trek known for the diversity of landscapes and sceneries: high Snowy Mountain passes, gorgeous lakes, lush alpine meadows, peaceful Tibetan villages, and highly revered sacred sites.
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa Elevation 3590 meters
- AM: Arrive in Lhasa & Acclimatization
- PM: Self-paced exploration around the Bakhor street
Day 2: In and Around Lhasa
- Explore the Jokhang temple and the surrounding old quarters
- Visit Sera Monastery, one of the “Great Three” Buddhist monasteries, noted for their Buddhist dialectic debate session usually held in the afternoons
Day 3: In and Around Lhasa
- Visit the Potala Palace, the Buddhist icon building and a World Heritage Site
- Explore Ramoche Temple, considered to be the sister temple to the Jokhang temple
- Continue to explore around old quarters of the town
Day 4: Lhasa to Ganden, then Trek to Yama Do Distance 17kms Elevation 4505m
- Drive to, and explore around the Ganden Monastery
- Trek out into the mountains in the south, enjoying a scenic view of the landscape
- Ascend to Yama Do valley
- Overnight camping at Yama Do
Day 5: Trek from Yama Do to Tsotup Chu Valley Distance 10kms Elevation 4985m
- Leave Yama Do and trek uphill the Shug La pass (5250 meters)
- Enjoy the great panoramic views of the surrounding mountains
- Then, descend into Tsotup Chu valley (a main spot for grazing yaks and sheep)
- Overnight camping at Tsotup Chup
Day 6: Trek from Tsotup Chu Valley to Herders Camp Distance 15kms Elevation 4465m
- Leave Tsotup Chu and trek on to Herders Camp, the midpoint of the entire trek.
- Enjoy the excellent views of the mountains in the distance and a pristine alpine lake
- Cross over another high pass today – the Chitu La pass at an elevation of 5210 m
- Descend to the gorgeous valley floor
- Overnight camping at Herders’ Camp
Day 7: Trek from Herders Camp to Wango Distance 18kms Elevation 4500m
- Leave Herders Camp
- Descend into the wider and easier valleys below
- Follow the trail, witnessing beautiful rivulets of water, woodlands and amazing sand-dunes
- Pass through the village of Changtang, and hike to Yamalung, a holy hermitage
- Overnight camping
Day 8: Trek from Wango to Samye Monastery Distance 18kms Elevation 3630m
- Set on a last 2-hour trek towards the final destination of the trekking: Samye Monastery
- Reach Samye Monastery, one of the oldest and holiest Buddhist sites,
- Explore around the monastery
- Overnight stay at guesthouse in Samye
Day 9: Samye Monastery to Yumbulagang Temple and Tsedang Elevation 3520m
- Leave Samye
- Drive along Yarlung River to Yumbu Lhakang famed as the first Tibetan palace
- Then, head back to Lhasa
- Rest and overnight stop
Day 10: Depart Lhasa
- Transfer Lhasa Airport or train station
- Depart Tibet
Good to Know
Best Time of Visit
The package journey from Ganden to Samye Group Trekking can be done anytime from mid-April through to late October. We can arrange this journey for groups of two to ten people. Discounts available for groups of 3 or more person. For more specific information, please contact us on our email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- All accommodations (based on double occupancy; single room supplement available)
- Breakfast in Tibet
- All ground transportation in Tibet
- All entrance fees per itinerary
- Tibet travel permits (All)
- Local Tibetan guide fees
- Lhasa airport pickup and drop-off
- Passport, Chinese Visa fees
- Lunch or Dinner
- International airfare to Lhasa, Tibet
- Travel vaccinations
- Insurance (travel, medical, etc)
- Souvenirs or personal items such as laundry, excess baggage fees, snacks, alcohol drinks
- Photography fees inside temples and monasteries
- Gratuities to the Tibetan guide and driver
Upon joining, each participant will be sent a list of required and recommended gear for this journey that they will be responsible for.
You will be staying in comfortable and pleasant boutique or highly-rated 3 Star Tibetan-owned hotels throughout this tour.
Participants must be in good health and physical fit. You will do a fair amount of walking each day, although no trekking or hiking is required.
April to June
- 100 $ for Single Supplement
July to October
- 100 $ for Single Supplement
November to February
- 100 $ for Single Supplement
|Departure Dates||Price (per person)/Status|
|24th May 2019||1400 USD/ 2 Booked|
|1st June 2019||1400 USD/ 3 Booked|
|21st June 2019||1400 USD/ 2 Booked|
|29th June 2019||1400 USD/ 1 Booked|
|12th July 2019||1400 USD/ 2 Booked|
|19th July 2019||1500 USD/ 1 Booked|
|27th July 2019||1500 USD/ 3 Booked|
|9th August 2019||1500 USD/ 1 Booked|
|23rd August 2019||1500 USD/ 2 Booked|
|6th September 2019||1500 USD/ 2 Booked|
|14th September 2019||1500 USD/ 3 Booked|
|27th September 2019||1500 USD/ 2 Booked|
|4th October 2019||1500 USD/ 4 Booked|
|10th October 2019||1500 USD/ 2 Booked|
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