It is one of the most popular treks in Central Tibet. Ganden is situated 45 km east of Lhasa on the Highway which follows the south bank of the Kyi Chu to Medro Gongkar. The Ganden Monastery is perched on a ridge-Gokpo Ri, which was chosen by Tsong Khapa for his meditation. This monastery is considered one of the greatest amongst the other six monasteries which belong to Gelukpa Sect. Ganden to Samye trek links two of the most important monasteries in Central Tibet and crosses the Yatro Drak range of mountains that divide the Tsangpo basin and the Lhasa Valley. The trek provides superb and pristine scenery along with access to Tibet's first monastery. The best time for this trek is from May to Mid of Oct.
Day 01: Arrival Lhasa :
Upon your arrival at Lhasa (Gonggar Airport 96km from the main city) & transfer to Lhasa and check in the Hotel. Afternoon free for acclimatization.
Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing:
Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market. O/N in Hotel.
Day 03: Lhasa Sightseeing:
Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. O/N in Hotel.
Day 04: Lhasa / Ganden Monastery:
After your breakfast at Hotel we drive from Lhasa to Ganden, which takes about 2 hours. Today you will be spent acclimatizing further and visiting this wonderful Monastery. Overnight at Ganden (Guesthouse).
Day 05: Ganden / Hepu / Yama Do: Today we start trekking 5-6 hours, 17km:
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 wondrous views we traverse the west side of the ridge before passing through an ancient Hepu village. Later, on the same day we 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. O/N in Camp.
Day 06: Yama Do / Tsotup Chu Valley:
After Breakfast at our Camp we start trekking 5-7hours, 10km: In the morning we leave the valley and make our way through a steep gully rising from 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. O/N in Camp.
Day 07: Tsotup-chu Valley / Herders' Camps: trekking 5 hours, 14km
Today we follow the Tsotup Chu down through its tributary and head towards the Chitu La pass (5100m). After ascending this rocky pass we quickly descend down and find a beautiful place to camp in one of the fields surrounding the stream. O/N in Camp.
Day 08: Herders' Camps / Nyango / Samye Monastery: 5-6 hours trekking,
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 trek. More than 15 types of scrub trees, blooming rhododendrons, and vast meadow will amaze you every step of the way! After passing through this wondrous landscape we arrive at the first permanent village Changtang after Hepu. From Changtang we walk another 1.5 hours to arrive Nyangohere where you ride on a tractor to Samye Monastery. Visit Samye Monastery in the afternoon. O/N at guesthouse.
Day 09: Samye Monastery / Yumbulakang Palace & Trandruk Monastery/ Tsedang
Drive from Samye to Tsedang, afternoon we visit Yumbulakang Palace and Trandruk Monastery near the town. Overnight at Tsedang. O/N in Hotel.
Day 10: Final Departure: We make final departure to the airport/train station for your onward journey to the next destination / back home
Service Includes :
Airport transfers, transport to Lhasa by air and return to Kathmandu by road; Sightseeing as per itinerary all meals on trek, services of a professional Sherpa team, and all equipment including sleeping/dining/toilet tents, sleeping bags (with inner sheets) and foam mattresses; trek staff insurance. Hotel accommodation on sharing basis with breakfast.
English speaking guide in Tibet and all land transportation inside Tibet, trek permit & entrance fees etc.
Service Excludes :
All arrangements in Kathmandu; Nepali visa and Tibet entry permit, Chinese visa; personal insurance; train tickets, personal tips; unexpected expenses in the event of emergency evacuation and price rises beyond our control.
THIS ITINERARY IS MEANT ONLY AS A GUIDELINE AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE TO SUIT LOCAL CONDITIONS.