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10 days Ganden Samye tough trekking Tour


Trekking Overview: Though this trekking route is popular, the walk is a challenge and the altitude gains are higher than what is often recommended. We start our trek at 13,940 feet at Ganden and head toward the Samye Monastery. The highest pass we cross is Shogu La at 17,220 feet.
The trek provides a rich variety of scenery: from high snowy passes to lush alpine meadows-finally culminating at the barren, desert-like surroundings near the Samye Monastery. Along the high passes we discover secluded valleys- only inhabited by high-altitude nomads and their yaks. This pilgrimage route is well used by Tibetans, who find it convenient to combine a visit to Ganden (the principal monastery of the Gelugpa) with a reasonably direct but hard walk to Samye (Tibet's first monastery). With a slow amble, this trek is fulfilling and pleasant. Its two passes are moderate, while displaying beautiful views.

Trekking Overview: Though this trekking route is popular, the walk is a challenge and the altitude gains are higher than what is often recommended. We start our trek at 13,940 feet at Ganden and head toward the Samye Monastery. The highest pass we cross is Shogu La at 17,220 feet.


Trip outline


Day01 Arrive in Lhasa,pick up,rest
Day02 Lhasa Excursion: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Day03 Lhasa Excursion:Tibetan Museum, Norbulinka, Sera Monastery
Day04 to Day08 trek from Ganden to Samye
Day04 Lhasa-Ganden(45km)Start Trek from Ganden to Hepu (5.5hrs) [full board meals by cook/camping]
Day05 Yama Do- Tsotup Chu Valley (4-5 hrs) [full board meals/camping]
Day06 Tsotup Chu-Herder's Camp (5 hrs) [full board meals/camping]
Day07 Herder's Camp-Yamalung (5-6 hrs) [full board meals/camping]
Day08 Yamalung-Samye (4 hrs) [full board meals]
Day09 Samye Monastery/Lhasa
Day10 Departure

Day to day Arrangements

Day01 Arrive in Lhasa
Our guide will pick up your party with your name sign on a paper at Lhasa Ghongkhar airport or Train station, then transfer you to the hotel in Lhasa city. The rest time is free for relax for acclimatization.

Day02 Lhasa Excursion: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Brief Introduction: Gaze up at the cardinal landmark in Lhasa- Potala Palace; with a structure of massive proportions, it would be an awe-inspiring place to explore.
The spiritual heart of Tibet Jokhang Temple, thick with the smell of yak butter and the murmur of mantras and bustling with awed pilgrims, is an unrivalled Tibetan experience. Strolling around the bustling Barkhor Street the most famous pilgrimage circuit also the big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties, probably be the best introduction to the old town for newcomers.

Day03 Lhasa Excursion: Tibetan Museum, Norbulinka, Sera Monastery
Brief Introduction: Tibetan Museum, collecting thousands of historic local craft works, fabulous Thangka, exotic pottery? give you a fully expression of the gorgeous Tibetan culture. Norbulinka, which used to be the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama, also considered as the unique garden in Lhasa. Now it has become a very famous park in Tibet. In the afternoon, the lively lama debating will be seen in the Sera Monastery?s (except Sundays) debating courtyard. Many lamas sitting or standing in the yard debate a certain topic their teacher has given. This is very interesting and famous.

Day04 to Day08 trek from Ganden to Samye Monastery (80km,4 and a half days)
Day04 after early breakfast in hotel in Lhasa, drive 1 hour to Ganden Monastery, begin trek [full board meals by cook/camping]
Early morning drive to Ganden, one of the 3 monastic universities of Tibet. Our trek begins from Ganden. The trail gradually ascends for 1.5 hrs before reaching a saddle marked by a cairn with views of Kyichu valley to Lhasa. Traversing the west side of the ridge from the saddle, the trail reaches a spur surmounted by a cairn, a spring and then the village of Hepu in 2 hrs. 1 hr from Hepu reaches Ani Pangong, a small nunnery. The trail climbs steadily for 1 hour through marshy meadows to Yama Do.

Day05 Yama Do- Tsotup Chu Valley (4-5 hrs) [full board meals by cook /camping]
In 2 hrs past Yama Do we ascend Shug-la pass (5250 m). It takes at least 1.5 hrs from the basin negotiating boulders and lumpy ground along the final steep climb to the pass. The route continues over the Shug-la pass following the cairned trail descending gradually and reaching the valley in 1.5 hrs from the pass. Cross the Tsotup Chu. Nomad herders with their herd of yaks, goat and sheep can be found here.

Day06 Tsotup Chu-Herder's Camp (5 HRS) [full board meals by cook /camping]
From the Tsotup Chu valley, follow a small tributary entering from the south-west. The route follows steeply upwards for 30 mins until you reach a large basin. The terrain is not particularly difficult to reach Chitu-la pass (5100 m) which is marked by several cairns. A short steep descent will bring you into a basin with three small lakes. The trail at many points is not clearly marked and goes past several seasonal camping sites before it reaches the valley floor.

Day07 Herder's Camp-Yamalung (5-6 hrs) [full board meals by cook/camping]
The trail is now wide and easy to follow and goes through forest of shrubs and rhododendrons for 3 hrs. The trail winds through a series of meadows before reaching Gen Do, a place with a ruined stone structure. The forest thins rapidly and we reach the first permanent village of Chantang (4020 m) after leaving Hepu.. In 30-40 minutes we arrive at the turn off at Yamalung Valley. Yamalung Hermitage is another 1 hour steep climb from the valley floor. 

Day08 Yamalung-Samye (4 HRS) [full board meals by cook/camping]
From Yamalung Valley it takes 3.5 - 4 hrs to Samye. We go past the villages of Nyango, Wango and Pisha. From Pisha the entire lower valley of Samye and the golden spires of Samye Monastery can be seen. En route there are several nice meadows for camping.

Day09 Samye Monastery/Lhasa
Today we visit Samye Monastery the first monastic institute built by King Trisong Detsen under the spiritual guidance of Padma Sambawa in early 8th century. After that we may drive back to Lhasa. The rest time is free at your dispose.

Day10 Departure
Your tour guide and driver will pick you up at hotel and transfer to the train station or airport for next stop

Service included
01) 9 night's accommodation in Tibet (3 star or similar class in Lhasa, camping during the trekking)
02) A private vehicle and experienced driver.
03) Yaks and yak men for the trekking
04) Cook and other necessary equipment for cooking.
05) Tents during the trekking
06) Airport pick-up and train station or airport drop-off for the arrival and departure
07) All the land transportation fee to the places mentioned in the itinerary.
08) Tibetan English-speaking tour guide.
09) Service charge for preparation, arrangement, coordination before and during the trip.
10) The necessary Tibet travel permits, also known as TTB, PSB and etc.
11) All necessary entrance fees of sightseeing places mentioned in the itinerary
12) Meals mentioned in the itinerary (full board meals by cook during the trekking days)

Service not included:
01) All airfares, air tax and train tickets.
02) Private expense like laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, etc
03) Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (delays, porter service because of land slides and other natural events.)
04) Tour guide?s and driver's tips (usually USD5-10 per person per day, it is flexible, you may pay more or less based on the service quality accordingly.)
05) Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

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