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Ganden Samye Valley Trek

Ganden Samye Valley Trek

Scenery during Ganden to Samye Valley Trekking in Tibet

Overview

Trip Highlights;
  • Sightseeing tour of Lhasa - Potala palace, Norbulingka Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Tibet Museum and other interesting sites.
  • Trek through the ancient trail - exploring Ganden and Samye valley.
  • Crossing of challenging Shug La Pass 5250m & Chitu La Pass 5100m
  • Explore the pristine wilderness, traditional Tibetan religion and culture and sacred sites.
Trip Introduction;
Ganden Samye Valley Trek is regarded as one of the best treks in the world. The trek has a lot to offer - an overview of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, traditional Tibetan villages, splendid views of high mountains, alpine meadows, scenic high passes, sacred sites, pristine wilderness and desert like surroundings near Samye Monastery. Starting from Ganden, the trek includes the crossing of two challenging passes - Shug La Pass at 5250 meters and Chitu La Pass at 5100 meters, to reach Samye. After the completion of the trek, exploration around Yarlung Valley is made before heading back to Lhasa and to Kathmandu. Ganden Samye Valley trek is an excellent opportunity for those wanting to explore the isolated region of Ganden and Samye Valley.  
 
Ganden Samye Valley Trek with Nepal Guide Treks starts at Lhasa - the holy city. At Lhasa we will spend two days full sightseeing around the historical buildings and religious sites including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka Palace, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. From there we will make a drive to ancient town of Ganden - the starting point of the trek. We start the trek following the ancient trail that passes along Yama-Do,  and then crossing the Shug La Pass at 5250 meters towards Tsotup valley. From Tsotup valley, we head for the crossing of the rocky mountain pass of Chitu La at 5100 meters towards the beautiful camping grounds and fields of Herder's Camp. From here our trail widens and becomes easier. We trek through rhododendron and scrub filled forests and along a beautiful stream all the way to reach Wango. We continue on a short trail to Samye. At Samye we will explore many old and holy sites including Samye Monastery before driving towards Tsedang. Our forward journey heads through Yarlung Valley, back to Lhasa. The memorable and amazing experience at Ganden Samye Valley Trek ends with a sweeping flight from Lhasa back to Kathmandu and to your destination. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Lhasa [3600m/11808ft] and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing Tour at Lhasa [ Potala Palace & Norbulingka Palace]
Day 03: Sightseeing Tour at Lhasa [Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Bazaar]
Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Ganden [4500m/14760ft] [2 hrs drive]
Day 05: Trek from Ganden to Yama-Do [4456m/14615ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 06: Trek from Yama-Do to Tsotup Valley [5250m/17220ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 07: Trek from Tsotup Valley to Herder's Camp [5100m/16728ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 08: Trek from Herder's Camp  to Wango[3800/12464ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 09: Trek from Wango to Samye [3630m/11906ft] [2-3 hrs Trek] & Drive from Samye to Tsedang [3700m/12136ft] [1 hrs Drive]
Day 10: Explore the Yarlung Valley & Drive back to Lhasa
Day 11: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu or to your preferred destination.

Note: The above itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Lhasa [3600m/11808ft] and transfer to Hotel
Our representative from Nepal Guide will greet you at Lhasa airport on your arrival schedule at Gongar Airport. You will then be transferred to the hotel in Lhasa where you will get additional information about the Short Tour to Lhasa. As you have reached over 3,500 meters above the sea level, it is best that you rest and stroll around the places in the evening for acclimatization. Spend the overnight at the hotel in Lhasa - the capital , heart and soul of Tibet.  
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast Program

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour at Lhasa [ Potala Palace & Norbulingka Palace ]
After breakfast we will visit the Potala Palace which is one of the most monumental of structures in Tibet. The massive palace was built around the 17th century. We will explore and reveal the enormity of Potala Palace which was designed to serve numerous diverse functions. It was the place where Dalai Lama and his large entourage resided and where all the ceremonies were held. All administrative and political decisions concerning the country were made from here. The sacred images, spectacular tombs of Dalai Lamas, large chapels, storage chambers, treasuries - all contributes to Potala's extraordinary status.

After lunch we will visit Norbulingka Palace which was established by the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso around the 18th century. Since the middle of 18th century the palace has been the official summer residence of the Dalai Lama. The palace consists of more than 400 rooms and chapels. Besides, the ' Jewel Park ' or the garden of the palace is highly acknowledged for being the biggest man made garden in whole Tibet.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast Program

Day 03: Sightseeing Tour at Lhasa [Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Bazaar]
After breakfast we will visit Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 AD by Sakya Yeshe - a principal disciple of Tsong Khapa. The complex of Sera comprises of 'Tsokchen' (Great Hall), three 'tratsangs' and thirty 'khangtsens'. A khangtsen is a residential compound with chapels reserved for monks coming from different parts of Tibet, whereas a tratsang is an educational institution that offers specialized studies to monks.

Then we will visit Drepung Monastery which was founded in 1416 AD by Jamyang Chöje - a leading disciple of Tsong Khapa. The major structures of the monastery follow a simple architectural comprising of a courtyard, a large hall and inner chapels. Also, the tombs of three Dalai Lamas are sited at Drepung. Around 500 monks and their young novices have returned to live at Drepung since the early 1980's.

Our next attraction destination is Jokhang Temple. It has earned its reputation as Tibet's most sacred temple. The temple was built by King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. The vast majority of its extant statues dates from 1980 onwards whereas most of its murals are from the 18th and 19th centuries. We will explore the temple's rich historical artifacts that have been well preserved.  

To end our long sightseeing day we will take a walk around the busy market of Barkhor Bazaar. The open air stalls, souvenir shops and crowds of pilgrims truly makes this market the center-point of Lhasa. After a long day of sightseeing we head back to our hotel for the overnight stay.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast Program

Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Ganden [4500m/14760ft] [2 hrs drive]
Today we will depart Lhasa and drive towards Ganden - the starting point of the trek. The drive journey takes a little more than two hours. We will visit Ganden Monastery which was founded as a cave hermitage in 1409 AD by Tsong Khapa (also known as Je Rimpoche). The monastery is one of the three great Gelukpa religious centers in Lhasa. Although the site of the monastery is mostly in ruins, pilgrims from all over Tibet visit Ganden Monastery to perform rituals while doing 'kora' around the monastery. We will camp at Ganden as for our overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: Bed & Breakfast Program

Day 05: Trek from Ganden to Yama-Do [4456m/14615ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
We start our trek from Ganden heading south up Wangpori, following the same route up the ridge as the pilgrims high 'kora' route. The terrains along the ridge is a desert of rocks with only thin layer of vegetation. Following the slightly rising trail we will trek across the valley from the saddle and cross the first pass - Zhukar La Pass. Then we will descend to reach the village of Hebu on a well defined trail. Our trek continues passing through the village and then climb steadily for about an hour to reach Yama Do, where there are extensive camping sites. We camp here for the overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Yama-Do to Tsotup Valley [5250m/17220ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we will leave our campsite at Yama Do and continue our trek. The valley's watercourse splits into three branches, so we will follow the trail that goes along the central southern branch - not the southeast branch nor the southwest branch. Our trail ascends along the east side of the valley to avoid a steep gully as we head towards the crossing of Shuga La Pass at 5,250 meters. From the top of the pass, our trail descends with stunning views of wide stretched valleys to reach our campsite at Tsotup valley.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Tsotup Valley to Herder's Camp [5100m/16728ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Today we will leave our campsite at Tsotup valley and we continue our trek by climbing steeply for about thirty minutes to reach a large basin. Soon the valley opens up as we descend towards a basin with three small lakes. We will take a short rest for exploring around the area and then continue our trek towards a flat and seasonal herder's camp on the east side of the valley for overnight camping. 
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Herder's Camp  to Wango[3800/12464ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After having our breakfast we leave our campsite at Herder's camp and follow a rather easy trail passing through fertile forests and water flows. This part of the trekking is actually one of the best as we approach the village of Changtang, which is the permanent settlement after Hebu village. Soon our trail leads to Samye valley as we trek along the banks of a beautiful stream. We will arrive at a good campsite near Wango where we camp for our overnight stay. 
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Wango to Samye [3630m/11906ft] [2-3 hrs Trek] & Drive from Samye to Tsedang [3700m/12136ft] [1 hrs Drive]
Today we will trek for about two hours to reach Samye. Our trek goes along with spectacular views of Samye valley. Ruins of temples and ancient Buddhist sites is what makes Samye an attractive destination. At Samye, we will pay our visit to one of the oldest and holiest Buddhist sites - Samye Monastery. The ancient buildings reflects the work Tibetan Architectural masterpiece. After exploration at Samye Monastery, we will take a drive from Samye to reach Tsedang - the third largest city of Tibet after Lhasa and Shigatse. We will spend our overnight at Tsedang.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Explore the Yarlung Valley & Drive back to Lhasa
Today we will spend our day exploring around Yarlung valley. In fact Tibetan civilization began in Yarlung valley. The valley comprises of ancient Tibetan tombs with many burial grounds. Also, Yumbulakhang building - the most ancient building in Tibet lies in Yarlung valley. After that we will drive back to Lhasa. In the evening feel free to stroll around the streets of Lhasa. 
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast Program

Day 11: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu or to your preferred destination.
You will be transferred to Lhasa Gonggar Airport as per your flight schedule for flying back to Kathmandu or to your preferred destination. 

Date & Price

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

Check our assured departure schedules given bellow:

Start Date End Date Price in USD Availability Booking
September 22, 2017 October 2, 2017 $ 2255 OPEN Book Now !
October 6, 2017 October 16, 2017 $ 2255 OPEN Book Now !
October 15, 2017 October 25, 2017 $ 2255 OPEN Book Now !

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Your Program Duration = 11 Days

All the Prices are in USD Per Person basis.

Service includes

  • All necessary Tibet Travel Permits 
  • Nepal to Tibet Visa Procedure and Fees
  • Trekking permits and fees
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa & Lhasa to Kathmandu
  • All ground transportation by Private Vehicle including Airport Pick up and Drop.
  • Accommodation in standard hotels for cities
  • BB Plan in cities 
  • Camping accommodation during trekking
  • All meals includes in trekking period
  • All essential camping equipments 
  • General first aid kids
  • Required numbers of Trekking Guide and supportive staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and insurance
  • City sightseeing as per itinerary with local Guide
  • All necessary entry fees for city sightseeing
  • Cost of Government and Local Taxes 

Service does not includes

  • Lunch and Dinner in cities 
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu outside the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides, drivers, cook and porters
  • Personal Trekking Equipments & personal expanses 

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Reviews

Ganden Monastery to samye Valley tour

Recently, I and my group went to Tibet for amazing trekking trip. Our group was led by working team from Nepal Guide Treks. We had an incredible time on the 12 days trek. The scenery was stunningly beautiful and continually impressed us throughout the trip. We took endless photos of the awesome views and have so many amazing memories from our time in Tibet. 
Highly recommend Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition!! Best Company. 
Hanes & groups from Austria 


Amazing Samye Valley

We trekked Upper Mustang last year with Nepal Guide Treks. We impressed by their service – they organized first class holiday trip. 
This year we again decided to use Nepal Guide Treks to make our Tibet holiday. As we got Samye valet trek in Nepal Guide’s website – we booked this trip with them. Our holiday was great. We satisfied from accommodation, meals, guide, vehicle, driver and all things they provide us. 
We wont forget Nepal Guide for our other holiday trips. 
Tom and friends from Australia



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