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Ganden To Samye Trek

Ganden To Samye Trek

This short four or five day trek is one of the most popular treks in Tibet and links two of the Tibet's most important monasteries Ganden and Samye.It involves crossing two passes Shuga la(5250m) and Chitu la(5100m). It is a strenous trek but the rewards are worth the effort. .The trek starts from the famous Ganden monastery some 50 km from Lhasa , passes through many small villages , sheep herder's camps and exotic sceneries and ends in the Samye monastery in Yarlung valley.Like in all our trekking programme in Tibet it starts after we explore the heritage sights in Lhasa.

Trip Fact

  • Trip Duration: 13 Day(s)
  • Max Altitude: 5250
  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Best Season: April-Feb
Day 1 : The flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa is spectacular. From Gongkar airport it is about 1½ hours’ drive to Lhasa, first along the Yarlung Tsangpo then into the Kyi Chu Valley.

Day 2-3 : With a relaxed pace to allow for the effects of altitude, explore this fantastic city on the roof of the world. The spiritual heart of Tibet is the Jokhang Temple and every morning is full of life as pilgrims bring offerings of butter and barley flour. The Potala Palace rises above the city and, more than any other sight, symbolizes the history and culture of Tibet. Nearby are the huge monastic universities of Drepung and Sera – still active institutions.

Day 4 : At leisure

Day 5 : Ganden (4500m) is the seat of the head of the Gelukpa order, the Ganden Tripa. Founded by Tsong Khapa in 1417, the monastery has exercised powerful political influence and perhaps because of this suffered almost total destruction in the 1960s. Rebuilding is well underway, but the extent of the damage is quite evident. The kora, pilgrimage curcuit, here is one of the most fascinating with numerous pilgrims and great views of the Kyi Chu valley.

Day 6 : From the high point of the Ganden kora continue to ascend towards the top of the ridge, marked by a cairn. From here the view is down the Kyi Chu Valley to Lhasa. Pass through Hepu village with its red and yellow protector-deity residence on the edge of the village – the Divine White Yak. The trail continues along the stream as the valley narrows to the site of a ruined nunnery before emerging onto marshy meadowland and Yama Do.

Day 7 : Damp alpine meadows continue to the pass, Shuga La (5250m) where cairns, prayerflags and yak horns mark the summit. Descend past a small lake into the Tsotup Chu Valley, an area of rich pasture supporting yak, sheep and goats. There are often herders camped here and it is an ideal opportunity to get a glimpse of this traditional Tibetan lifestyle.

Day 8 : Climbing a wide basin the Chitu-La (5100) is visible as a rocky rampart at the head of the valley. On the far side small lakes dot a shrub area where herders have carved out small level areas for their tents. A narrow gorge leads out onto the wider meadows where there are larger herder’s camps along the river.

Day 9 : Scrub willow and rosebush forest become thicker as you descend down the river, into forest of juniper and rhododendron. This is one of the most attractive sections of the trek, especially in May and June when the rhododendrons are in flower and the hillside is a blaze of color. There is a shrine to the protectoress of the area, Dorje Yudronma, and further down the valley, the first permanent settlement since Hepu – Chanda. Looking south the mountain range across the Yarlung Tsangpo is visible in the distance.

Day 10 : A detour leads to Yamalung hermitage where Guru Rinpoche meditated and received empowerment from the Buddha Amitayus. There are several small temples, a sacred spring and numerous carvings; the temple enclosing Guru Rinpoche’s meditation cave contains a hand and footprints of the saint.

From the tiny hamlet of Pisha you can see Hepo Ri, one of Tibet’s most sacred mountains, in the middle of the Samye Valley below. From here the valley is a tapestry of fields, woods and villages contrasting with the sandy river bank. Tiny temples and shrines dot the path down towards the golden roofs of Samye.

Samye, built in the form of a mandala, was the first monastery to be built in Tibet and where Guru Rinpoche subdued many local demons, converting them to Buddhism.

Day 11 : Visit Samye Monastery

Day 12 : Visit Yambulakhang, Thandrek and Tombs of Tibetan Kings. Overnight at hotel

Day 13 : Drive to Gonggar and fly back to onward destination

Service Includes

01. Twin sharing different standard accommodation as per different category package with breakfast.
02. All necessary transportation by 4 WD Toyota Landcruiser.
03. Sightseeing tour as per the Program, an English speaking Guide and monastery entrance fees.
04. China/ Tibet visa fees, Tibet permit and necessary domestic and international flight as per itinerary.
05. Special Trekking permit for Shyame & Ganden parts.
06. Accommodation in two men dome tent & all meals cooked by our own exp. cook during the treks
07. All camping and cooking equipments for treks.


Service Excludes

01. All expenses of personal Nature.
02. Nepal re-entry visa fee and airport Departure Tax
03. Charge for photography, air ticket reconfirmation fee and Insurance etc…

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