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10 Days Ganden to Samye Trekking Group Tour

10 Days 4-12 Pax Price from $827 per person
Lhasa - Ganden Monastery - Samye Monastery - Lhasa
Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Barkhor Street, Ganden Monastery, Trekking views, Samye Monastery

Trip Day By Day

Day 1-3 Arrival Lhasa & Lhasa City Tour
Day 4 Lhasa - Ganden Monastery
Day 5-8 Trek from Ganden to Samye
Day 9-10 Samye Monastery - Lhasa

Tour Features

1. Visit all the holy cultural landmarks in Lhasa as well as two of the Tibet’s greatest centers of religious culture
2. 4-5days trekking tour with 80km you will see streams, tussock,beautiful alpine landscapes, cairn covered in prayer flags and yak horns, sacred sites and herders’ camps, the full insight of Tibetan culture.
3. Full board with simple meals and pack animal for luggage carrying for the trekking days

Trip Overview

You should not underestimate this demanding trek as it crosses two passes over 5000meters, connects the two most important monasteries and begins less than 60km from Lhasa. It has emerged as the most popular trek with offer of streams, alps, herders’ camps, holy land as well as two of the Tibet orders’ heart and soul, Ganden(the first Gelugpa monastery) and Samye( the first monastery in Tibet). The route leaves the frank of the valley and follows the valley bottom, extends from village to deserted marshy valley or boulder filed, ends the trek at Samye valley which is a tapestry of fields, woods and villages. The best time to do this trek is from late May to late Sept., summer can be rainy but the mountains emerge its greenest and flowers spangle the meadows.

Tour Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and acclimatization

Highlights: Arrival & Pick-up & Acclimatization

Schedule: Arrive at Lhasa train station or airport, your guide and driver will pick you up there in person with a warm Tibetan style welcome ceremony by presenting you Khata and afterwards transfer you to the hotel, suggest you stay at hotel to have good rest for better acclimatization.

Warm Tibetan Style Pickup Service Warm Tibetan Style Pickup Service

Day 2: Sightseeing in Lhasa[B, D]

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Barkhor Street

Schedule: In the morning, visit Lhasa's landmark-Potala Palace, in which myriad chapels, audience halls, Buddhist frescoes, Thangkas, combinations of Mandela, figures of the Buddha stored. In the afternoon, visit the Johkang Temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of the Tang dynasty, 647 A.D. After the Johkang Temple, we will start a circular pilgrim route along Barkhor Street where you can purchase traditional Tibetan and Nepalese artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, music instrument, Thangkas, and etc., and welcome dinner will be ready for you to know about the group members

Potala Palace Johkang Temple

Day 3: Sightseeing in Lhasa[B]

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Schedule: In the morning, drive to Drepung monastery which used to serve as the government center in Tibet until the fifth Dalai Lama moved to the famous Potala Palace. It is the biggest Buddhism College in Tibet and once homed to more than 10000 monks. In the afternoon, drive to visit Sera monastery which is famous for its scripture debate session among monks that starting every afternoon except Sunday.

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Day 4: Lhasa / Ganden Monastery[B]

Highlights: Ganden Monastery

Schedule: An hour's drive out of Lhasa will take us to Ganden Monastery (3,800 m/12,467 ft), which was founded in 1409 by Je Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelupka (Yellow Hat) sect. We'll visit the monastery and after lunch drive to Gyama Valley, we'll arrange yak and do trekking preparation there.

Ganden Monastery Ganden Monastery

Day 5: Ganden / Hepu / Yama Do, trekking 5-6 hours, 17km[B, L, D]

Highlights: Trekking views

Schedule: The first day of trekking begins at the highest point on the Ganden Kora. From here, we walk along a saddle trail. After leaving this trail with wonderful views, then we will tranverse the west side of the ridge before passing through an ancient Hepu village. Later in the day pass through Ani Pagong, a narrow bottleneck in the trail and former site of a nunnery. You will end the day with an ascent towards Yama Do, where will set up camp.

Trekking views Trekking views

Day 6: Yama Do / Tsotup Chu Valley, trekking 5-7 hours, 10km [B, L, D]

Highlights: Trekking views

Schedule: In the morning leave the valley and make our way through a steep gully rising form the stream bank. Finally, we climb over the Shug La (5250m) and begin our climb down through treacherous boulder fields. Later, we cross Tsotup Chu, a large stream winding through the valley floor. A comfortable camp will be set up in one of the many herder fields.

Trekking views Trekking views

Day 7: Tsotup-chu Valley / Herders Camps, trekking 5 hours, 14km [B, L, D]

Highlights: Trekking views

Schedule: Today follow the Tsotup Chu down through its tributary and head towards the Chitu La pass (5100m). After ascending this rocky pass quickly descend down and find a beautiful place to camp in one of the fields surrounding the stream camping.

Trekking views Trekking views

Day 8: Herders Camps / Nyango / Samye Monastery, 5-6 hours trekking, 38km [B, L, D]

Highlights: Trekking views, Samye Monastery

Schedule: The trail gets wider and easier as following it through scrub forests in the main valley. Beautiful streams and lush forests surrounded. However, the desert is close by. The next few hours are arguably the most delightful part of the entire trekking. More than 15 types of scrub trees, blooming rhododendrons, and vast meadow will amaze you every step of the way! After passing through this breathtaking landscape, we will be arriving at the first permanent village Changtang since Hepu. From Changtang walking another 1.5 hours to reach Nyangohere where you can take a tractor to Samye Monastery. Visit Samye Monastery in the afternoon.

Overnight at Samye Monastery guesthouse.

Trekking views Samye Monastery

Day 9: Samye Monastery / Yumbulakang Palace & Trandruk Temple/ Lhasa [B]

Highlights: Yumbulakang Palace & Trandruk Monastery

Schedule: In the morning, we drive from Samye Monastery to Tsedang town, afternoon visit Yumbulakang Palace (first palace in Tibet) and Trandruk Temple (first temple in Tibet) near the town. Then drive back to Lhasa and stay over night there.

Yumbulakang Palace Trandruk Temple

Day 10: Lhasa departure[B]

Schedule: Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at airport in Lhasa. Welcome to Tibet next time.  

Price & Dates

Quotation for 10days Trekking from Ganden to Samye group Tour in 2019.
  2 pax 3-4 pax 5-6 pax 7-8 pax 9-10 pax 11-12 pax
30th May 2019 USD 1815 p/p USD 1655 p/p USD 1425 p/p USD 1370 p/p USD 1325 p/p USD 1255 p/p
12th Sept. 2019 USD 1910 p/p USD 1730 p/p USD 1485 p/p USD 1420 p/p USD 1370 p/p USD 1300 p/p
What's included in this price?
1. Free group pick-up from airport & free group drop-off from hotel, BUT only three times available, surcharge (RMB 450) occurs if your flight schedule does not meet the free transfer time. Stay at airport for 1-2 hours to await other tourists is possible since this is a group pick-up service.
Group Pick-up Time at airport 09:30 - 10:30 12:30 - 13:30 15:30 - 16:30
Group Drop-off Time leaving hotel 06:30 from hotel 08:30 from hotel 12:30 from hotel
A. The drive length is about one hour between airport and downtown
B. It’s free to have pickup and drop-off between train station and downtown
2. English speaking local Tibetan Guide.
3. Well maintained vehicle throughout the whole tour.
4. All Tibet traveling permits concerned, such as TTP and PSB.
5. Clean and comfortable 3 star standard hotels with private bath room and breakfast in Lhasa. The quote is based on 0.5 room per person, twin sharing. Twin sharing tents with sleep mat. (you need to bring sleep bags on your own for hygiene)
Lhasa (Day 1,2,3,9) Yak Hotel or Gangyen Hotel  3*
Ganden/Samye (Day 4, 8) Guesthouse Basic
Trekking (Day 5,6,7) Twin sharing tent Basic
6. Oxygen supply/water on Vehicle.
7. Delivery fee of Tibet permits.
8. Guide and driver's food and accommodations.
9. All travel permit and all other necessary permits for this trekking;
10. Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
11. Entrance fee to all the scenic spots mentioned
12. Yak and yak man for the trekking to carry the luggage, food and tents.
13. All meals listed in the above itinerary(simple meals during the trekking)
What's excluded in this price?
1. Transportation to and from Tibet
2. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your trip), optional tour activities, etc.
3. Meals not specified in the itinerary
4. Tips for the tour guide and driver
5. Bank service charge and tax.
6. The single supplement for the tour 580RMB (May) 680RMB (Sept).
The single supplement occurred when solo traveler stayed in a twin room alone. To help our solo travelers to save money, you may agree to share a room with another independent traveler. In this way, no extra charge is needed. We offer the opportunity for tourists to share a room with others during the tour. So they do not need to afford the single room supplement. When you accept this offer, we would assume that tourists are willing to share the twin room with any group member. The gender and age difference is not taken into our consideration. If you do mind these differences or are sensitive to accommodation with strangers especially with opposite sex, you may pay single room supplement for a single room when booking.

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Mr. Ju*** from: 4 Days Lhasa Holy Landmarks Express
January 07, 2020 08:25

Hi, I plan to arrive in Lhasa on the 9th of March in 2020 by train and would like to do a 4 day tour. Unfortunately there are no tours scheduled between January and April, will there be tours added or are there not any planned?

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Julian Franz

Answered by Helen
January 07, 2020 07:14

Hello Mr. Ju***,

    Thanks very much for your inquiry. We currently have no group tour in February and March, if you would like to travel Tibet in these months, we are able to arrange a private tour for you. While there are several confirmed departure date for the group tour in January and April, if your time is flexible, you may consider joining a group tour in April. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Warm regards.

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