Ganden Monastery, one of the three great Gelukpa sect religious centers in the Lhasa area, is built high on the Gokpori. The highlight of Ganden is the kora, offering fine views of the landscape.
Samye Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. With its ordered design, wealth of religious treasures and stunning location, Samye has strong attractions to tourists.
Ganden to Samye Trekking Trail
The trek route connecting Ganden Monastery and Samye Monastery is one of the popular trekking routes in Tibet. For ordinary tourists, it usually takes 4-5 days to finish the trek. Besides two of Tibet’s greatest centres of religious culture, this Ganden to Samye trek has more to offer, lakes, beautiful alpine landscapes, herders’ camps and sacred sites. Our article here introduces how to plan a perfect Ganden to Samye trek.
Ganden Monastery is about 45km away from Lhasa. You can join in the
10-day Ganden to Samye trek tour
provided by BudgetTibetTour group. We will arrange everything well for you.
The Ganden to Samye trek is about 80 kilometers, usually taking 4-5 days to complete for ordinary tourists. The trek starts from Ganden Monastery, through Yama Do, Tsotup-chu Valley, Herders’ Camps, and finally arrive at Samye Monstery. Check the map of Ganden to Samye trek here.
Map of Ganden to Samye Trek
Day 1: Ganden Monastery to Yama Do (17km / 5-6hrs)
The first day of trekking begins at the highest point on the Ganden kora. Walk along a saddle trail, descend towards Hepu village, reach Ani Pagong, and then through marshy meadows to Yama Do(4490m). Yama Do offers extensive camp sites.
Day 2: Yama Do to Tsotup-chu Valley (10km / 5-7hrs)
On the second day, climb over Shuga-la(5250m), the highest point of the trek, then descend through a boulder field, gradually descend to the valley floor, and cross the large Tsotup-chu valley. This is a good camp site, and you’ll have neighbors of herders.
Day 3: Tsotup-chu Valley to Herders’ Camps (14km / 5hrs)
Walk to the Chitu-la(5210m), move to west side of the pass and reach the stone walls of a camp which is the herders’ highest camp. Pass two herders’ camps and cross a meadow. Then you’ll see numerous camp sites.
Day 4-5: Herders’ Camps to Samye Monastery (39km / 10hrs)
Walk through the thickening scrub forest, find Diwaka Zampa bridge and then enter the thickest and tallest part of the scrub forest. Wind through several meadows, and pass Gen Do and a village called Changtang. Walk along the Yamalung Hermitage and reach a bridge. Now you are on the way to Samye, about 3.5 hours walk away.
In Tibet, winter and early spring are too cold and windy for trekking. Mid-May to mid-October is the best time for Ganden to Samye trek. July and August are the two months see much rain and the scenery is the most beautiful of the year. The pasture is rich and meadows are full of wildflowers.
Ganden to Samye Trek - Scenery of Valley
For your perfect Ganden to Samye trek, please check the following packing list.
Ganden to Samye Trek - Tibet Travel Permit
Equipment and clothing:
Food and drugs:
Ganden to Samye Trek - Packing List
Some special attentions for the Ganden to Samye trek is listed here for your reference.
Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.
1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?
2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?
Dear Ms. Ho***,
Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards
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