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Ganden Samye Trek

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Duration

Tibet

Country

Strenuous

Grade

5000

Max altitude

Flight and private vehicle

Transportation

Hotel/Mountain lodge

Accommodation

Mid Feb to May, Mid Sept to Mid Dec

Best season

All meals during trek

Meals

Trip Overview

Trek to Ganden Samye will allow you to experience the magical Tibetan's history and culture. You will be lost in the true beauty of Tibet throughout the trip. The journey starts with 3 nights in the beautiful ancient city of Lhasa. We will be exploring the many attractions of Lhasa, including the Potala Palace. We will drive to Ganden and visit the Geugpa Monastery for further acclimatization. The trek to Ganden Samye is one of the most popular treks in Tibet. We will cross two high passes and observe the remote but beautiful regions of Tibet during the trip. It is necessary to acclimatize properly otherwise the trek might be difficult.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is common in this trek, so you need to stay hydrated and careful while ascending through the passes and large valleys. Although it is possible to trek in this place at any time of the year, May to October is considered to be the best time. The ancient Samya Monastery and its surroundings will be the final destination of our trek. We will spend our last day exploring the Yarlung valley which is also called the valley of the tombs. 

 
 
 

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Lhasa 

 Upon your arrival at Gonggar Airport in Lhasa, one of our representatives from the Adventure Victory Team will greet you and drive you to the hotel where you will get additional information on short tours in Lhasa. You will be already above 3,500 meters, so it is better to take rest and explore around for acclimatization. Stay overnight at the hotel in Lhasa, beautiful and soul of Tibet. 

Day 02 Exploring Lhasa

On our first sightseeing tour at Lhasa, we will be visiting Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka. Our Guide will catch you at the hotel after breakfast and drive you to Norbunglikas, an astounding piece of architecture and used to be the summer palace of Dalai Lama. It has more than 400 rooms and Chapels. The garden of the palace, also called Jewel Park is highly acknowledged for being the largest man-made garden in the entire Tibet. 
Our next attraction site will be the Jokhang Temple, which is considered as the most sacred temple of Tibet. King Songtsen Gampo built the temple in the 7th century. You will see hundreds of Tibetan devotees visiting this sacred place. You will find the temple's rich artifacts have been well preserved.

Day 03 Further Exploration of Lhasa

We visit Potala Palace to explore some of the ancient quarters of the Dalai Lama. As you have seen in the pictures, this pace is massive and one of the most monumental structures in Tibet. It was built around the 17th century and resided by Dalai Lama along with his large entourage. All administrative and political decisions were made as well as ceremonies were held here. The sacred imaged, large chapels, tombs of Dalai Lamas, treasuries and storage chambers were nicely preserved at Potala. Our visit to Drepung Monastery will add even more history and culture to our trip. This monastery used to be home for over 10,000 monks and still an amazing sight to see. 

Day 04 Free day in Lhasa

Today is a day for more acclimatize where we relax and explore more of Lhasa. If you want then you can explore Lhasa further or relax in some monasteries. You can enjoy a great meal at any one of the good restaurants in Lhasa. 

Day 05 Drive to Ganden (4500m)

A short drive will take you to Ganden. We will be spending the day exploring the wonderful area. Even though there are many attractions in this town, the highlight is the first Gelugpa Monastery. You will see pilgrims walking the kora around the holy place and at the same time, you can observe their traditions and rituals.

Day 06 Trek to Yama Do (5 hours)

Our trek to Yama begins from the highest point of the Ganden Kora. We will walk along a saddle trail from here. Further ahead, we leave this trail and follow the path on the west side of the ridge which takes us to an ancient village of Hepu. Going ahead, we pass through Ani pagong and then ascend for about an hour to reach Yama Do, where we will set up our camp and stay overnight.

Day 07 Trek to Tsotup Chu Valley (4 to 5hours)

We leave our Campsite at Yama Do after breakfast and continue our trek towards Tsotup Chu Valley. As the watercourse of the valley splits into three branches, we will follow the route going along the central southern branch. To avoid the steep gully, we trek ascending along the east side of the valley towards the crossing of Shuga La Pass. Once we reach the top of the pass, we descend to reach our campsite at Tsotup valley with the views of wide stretched valleys.

Day 08 Trek to Herder's Camp (5 hours)

After having breakfast at our campsite, we leave Tsotup valley and head towards Herder's camp. Our trek starts with a steep climb for about 30 minutes which leads us to a large basin. As we descend towards a basin with three small lakes, the valley opens up. After exploring around the area, we continue our trek towards Herder's camp on the east side of the valley where we will have overnight camping.

Day 09 Trek to Wango (6 Hours

 Leaving the campsite at Herder's camp, we follow the trail that gets wider and easier passing through scrub forest and water flows. The next few hours of the trek are actually one of the best parts of our entire trek. More the 15 different types of scrub trees, vast meadow and blooming rhododendrons will amaze you on your way. Soon after this wondrous landscape, we will trek pass the Changtang village, a permanent settlement after Hebu village. Later in the day, we will reach Samya valley as we trek along the babbling tributary stream. Arriving at the campsite near Wango, we set up our camp for overnight stay.

Day 10 Trek to Samye (2 Hours), Drive to Tsetan

 Samye is two hours trek away from Wango. Throughout the trek, you will enjoy the spectacular view of Samye valley. Damages temples and ancient Buddhist sites are the main highlight of the trek to Samye. We will visit the Samya Monastery, one of the oldest and holiest Buddhist sites, representing the Buddhist universe and Tibetan Architectural masterpiece. After spending some time for exploration at Samya Monastery, we will get in Jeep and drive to Tsedang– Tibet's third-largest city after Lhasa and Shigatse. Overnight, stay at Tesdang.

Day 11 Explore the Yarlung Valley

Today we will be spending our whole day exploring the surrounding of Yarlung Valley. It is believed that the Yarlung valley is the cradle of all the Tibetan civilization. The valley consists of ancient Tibetan tombs and many burial grounds. Besides that, Yambulakhang, an amazing architectural site perched on a cliff can be seen here. After exploring Yarlung Valley, we will drive back to Lhasa, where we stay for the night. 

Day 12 Drive to Gongkar and Depart

Your tip in Tibet ends here. You will be transferred to Lhasa Gongkar Airport for flying back to Kathmandu or your preferred destination. You will be surrounded by the striking Mountain views the entire time during your flight. We hope to see you again. Cheers!

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