10 Days Ganden - Samye Trek

Ganden - Samye Trek Tibet

Tour Type: Private tour

Tour Duration: 10 Days and 9 Nights

Best Time: April to September


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 kilometers (around 25 miles) northeast of Lhasa, from where we trek through extensive stretches of pastureland, crossover 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.

For more Travel information, please send an email to losal@tibetuniversaltravel.com

Tour Map

Ganden Samye Trekking tour map

Detailed Itinerary
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 Elevation 3590 meters
  • AM: Explore the Jokhang temple and the surrounding old quarters
  • PM: Explore Tsamkhung Nunnery, one of the largest nunneries in the Lhasa
  •  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 Elevation 3590 meters
  • 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 17 kms    Elevation: 4505meters
  • 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: 4985 meters
  • 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 15 kms  Elevation: 4465meters
  • 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 Lhasa – Ganden – Samye can be done anytime from mid-April through to late September. We can arrange this journey for groups of two to ten people. Discounts available for groups of 3 or more. For a specific price, please contact us at losal@tibetuniversaltravel.com

Travel Gear:

Upon joining, each participant will be sent a list of required and recommended gear for this journey that they will be responsible for.


In Lhasa and Tsedang, you will be staying at the boutique or 3-star Tibetan-owned hotels. On the trekking leg of the journey, the nights will be spent in tents.


 You must be in good health and physically fit to be able to do foot journey around towns, villages, and monasteries with their own equipment. Most of this tour will take place in mountainous terrain between 3600 meters and 5200 meters (11,800 feet to 17,000 feet) above sea level. This tour is not recommended for those who have severe asthma or who have had problems with high elevation in the past.

greatest walks, offering trekkers a tough challenge with spectacular scenery

Tibet Travel Permit:

This is the primary document required in order to visit Tibet after the Passport and Chinese Visa. The permit can only be applied at the Tibet Tourism Bureau, Only a travel agency registered with the Bureau can apply it for. We can make your permit and we will need 25 days for the entire process of the permit.

Other Important Information: 
  1. Tibet travel regulations
  2. Getting to Tibet
  3. Wheather and Packing list 
  4. Tibet travel Update
Inclusion and Exclusion
Price includes:
  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy; single room supplement available)
  • Breakfast in Tibet
  • All ground transportation in Tibet
  • Local Tibetan guide fees
  • All entrance fees per itinerary
  • All Tibet travel permits
  • Lhasa airport pickup and drop-off
Price excludes:
  • 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 and driver

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Responsible Tourism

Tibet Universal Tours and Travel puts great importance on the promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism practices. It incorporated into our day to day base tour service performances. So, we always strive to ensure that our tour service delivery will have maximum quality. Furthermore, we also strive to the minimum level of negative social, economic, environmental and cultural impacts. Following outlined points are some of our representative measures undertaking in our routine job performances. In addition, these thoughts to be essential for sustainable touristic development in Tibet. 

Social Responsibility:

Whenever and wherever possible, we extend charitable support to disadvantaged groups in remote Tibetan villages. For instance, utilizing the certain percentage of our annual company income we engage in social works. Therefore, we purchase and distribute warm winter clothes for children from rural Tibetan primary schools. As a result, they can keep them warm and happy during cold winter.

Moreover, we believe that every person deserves access to quality healthcare. So, we extend our help on medical expenses to those serious patients who are from remote and rural Tibetan villages. Because they cannot afford to pay their medical treatment when the treatment costs go beyond the local medical insurance coverage.

Economy Responsibility:

In support of contributing to the local economy and we give the local population a central role in the touristic economic development of their own territory.  Therefore, we always strive to ensure that the economic benefits of tourism should go for local communities. So, poverty alleviation by generating financial benefits for both local people and private industries. For instance, we always use locally owned ground transportation and accommodation (i.e. hotels, lodges, and guesthouses). Furthermore, we also recommend local eateries, restaurants, and stores to our guests.

In addition, we are an indigenous local Tibetan travel agency based in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. 100% of our travel company employees are staffed and escorted by professional local Tibetans including local tour guides and drivers.  So, this has created employment and job security opportunities for many educated and inspired Tibetans.

Environment Responsibility:

Tibetan Buddhist reality is profoundly ecological, and Buddhism itself is an ecological religion. It powerfully expresses human identification with nature. Buddhists believe that all things, including humans, exist by their interrelationship with all other parts of nature. Therefore, thinking of one's self as isolated from the rest of nature is being unrealistic.

Respect for life and the natural world

Giving the facts that Tibetans love and respect for life and the natural world. Therefore, to minimize the environmental impact created by tourists, we follow environment-friendly policies. So, we maintain the size of tour groups to have minimal impact on flora and fauna in an area. The necessary carbon emissions that we generate by our footprints of travel to the tour destinations cannot be overlooked. Therefore, we regularly actively participate in carbon reduction or offset activities such as tree planting. Our tour guides, drivers, and logistics staff are aware of waste management. Moreover, we advised them to dispose of all rubbish generated by themselves responsibly and recycle wherever feasible.

Other Safegurds for the Environment friendly tourism

Make the best use of the winter tourist low season, we deliver training workshops on environmental protection. Moreover, the training also includes the preservation and first aid training. So, we arrange it for all our company management staff, tour guides, and drivers in order to increase their knowledge. As a result, they can understand the importance of environmental protection and ecotourism.

Request to Visitors:
    • Be considerate of the communities and environment you visit.
    • Don’t litter, try to carry your own shopping bag to avoid plastic garbage problem. Many Tibetan local villages do not have environmentally sound garbage disposal systems. Therefore, pack garbage out to a larger town where there is a facility.
    • Try to avoid excessive use of plastic bottles. Travelers are requested to bring a reusable water bottle. In addition, we will arrange and supply your drinking water in a bigger container.
    • Reduce energy consumption. Unplug your mobile phone charger, turn off the lights
    More Requests
    • Conserve water. Take shorter showers.

    • Always ask before taking photographs. So, if someone says no, respect their wishes.
    • Educate yourself about the place you are visiting and the people.
    • Respect cultural differences. Moreover, learn from it! People in different places do things differently. So, don’t try to change them. And, enjoy them.
    • Support the local economy. Therefore, buy locally made souvenirs, eat at local restaurants. Furthermore, enjoy the local culture.
    • Support responsible tourism organizations. Because those travel operators who publicly are aiming to make tourism more responsible.

About Us:

Tibet Universal Tours and Travel is a fully officially licensed international tour operator based in Lhasa, owned and managed by 100% local Tibetans. One of the most respected, longest running and best-reviewed tour operators since 1997.

Over 20 years of experience in the Tibetan travel industry, our team consists of the best and experienced Tibet travel guides that will show you the best that this extraordinary place has to offer, unravel all the undiscovered beauty of Tibet unique culture and tradition in front of you.  Whether a guest is looking to join a Tibet group tour or take a private tailor-made journey, we are the best choice.

Other than the above services, we provide stop over tour services in Nepal, Bhutan, and cities in Mainland China, you can also be booking your Tibet Flight and Tibet Train tickets with us. So, what are you waiting for? Reach us to embark on a trip that will last for a lifetime with Tibet Universal Tours and Travel!!!

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