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Ganen to Samye Trekking

Ganen to Samye Trekking
 Lhasa-Ganden & Samye Monastery-Tsedang -Lhasa
Day 1: Arrival & Acclimatization
Day 2:Lhasa city tour
Day 3: Lhasa city tour
Day 4: Lhasa-Ganden Monastery
Day5:  Ganden - Hepu - Yama Do
Day6: Yama Do-Tsotup Chu Valley
Day7:  Tsotup-chu Valley-Herders Camps
Day8:  Herders Camps-Nyango -Samye Monastery
Day9:  Samye Monastery - Yumbulakang Palace -Tsedang
Day10:  Tsedang / Airport departure

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Tour length: 10 days

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The Ganden to Sayme trek is the best one close to Lhasa, it 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.

Itinerary Details Tour FAQTour Map

Day 1 Arrival & Acclimatization

Airport pick-up Train station pick-up

Schedule today: Arrival in Lhasa at airport or train station, pick-up and transfer to hotel for acclimatization, or you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Day 2Lhasa city tour (Tour of the world heritages and Tibetan history)

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street

Potala Palace Jorhkang Temple

Schedule today: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Jorhkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO.

Day 3 Lhasa city tour (Tour of the most important monasteries in Tibet)  

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Schedule today: In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery-Sera Monastery, where the largest scale of scripture debating among monks is famous all across Tibet. We will watch the debate session and you may join in too with the help your guide.

Day 4 Lhasa-Ganden Monastery

Highlights: Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery Trekking preparation

Schedule today: An hour's drive out of Lhasa will take us to Ganden Monastery (3,800 m/12,467 ft), which was founded in 1409 by Je Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelupka (Yellow Hat) sect. We'll visit the monastery and after lunch drive to Gyama Valley, we'll arrange yak and do trekking preparation there.


Day5  Ganden - Hepu - Yama Do, trekking 5-6 hours, 17km

Highlights: Trekking views

Trekking views Yama Do

Schedule today: 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 wonderful views, then we will tranverse the west side of the ridge before passing through an ancient Hepu village. Later in the day 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.

Day6 Yama Do-Tsotup Chu Valley, trekking 5-7 hours, 10km

Highlights: Trekking views

Trekking views Trekking views

Schedule today: In the morning leave the valley and make our way through a steep gully rising form 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.

Day7  Tsotup-chu Valley-Herders Camps, trekking 5 hours, 14km

Highlights: Trekking views

Trekking views Trekking views

Schedule: Today follow the Tsotup Chu down through its tributary and head towards the Chitu La pass (5100m). After ascending this rocky pass quickly descend down and find a beautiful place to camp in one of the fields surrounding the stream camping.

Day8  Herders Camps-Nyango -Samye Monastery, 5-6 hours trekking

Highlights: Trekking views

Trekking views Samye Monastery

Schedule: 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 trekking. More than 15 types of scrub trees, blooming rhododendrons, and vast meadow will amaze you every step of the way! After passing through this breathtaking landscape, we will be arriving at the first permanent village Changtang since Hepu. From Changtang walking another 1.5 hours to reach Nyangohere where you can take a tractor to Samye Monastery. Visit Samye Monastery in the afternoon.

Day9  Samye Monastery- Yumbulakang Palace & Trandruk Temple-Tsedang

Highlights: Yumbulakang Palace & Trandruk Monastery

Yumbulakang Palace Trandruk Monastery

Schedule: In the morning, we drive from Samye Monastery to Tsedang town, afternoon visit Yumbulakang Palace (first palace in Tibet) and Trandruk Temple (first temple in Tibet) near the town. Overnight at hotel in Tsedang

Day10  Tsedang / Airport departure

Is there pick-up service in Lhasa and how?
Yes,we will arrange pick-up service for you at Lhasa train station or airport; inthe pick-up area, our guide and driver will pick you up with a paper with yourname on it. You can get out of Lhasa train station or airport with your Tibetpermit, please give your permit to our guide after meeting; and our driver andguide will transfer you to hotel.
What are hotels like throughout this tour? Can we live atdifferent hotels?
The hotels we choose for this tour in Lhasa are our commonlyarranged clean and comfortable hotels; you will live at either Yak Hotel or NewMandala Hotel depends on booking time and room availability; both hotels are of3 star hotel at Barkhor Street.
If you have your own preferred hotels in Lhasa, we can helpto book too, the price difference may occur.
Will your tour guide be with us all day?
No, our tour guide will be guiding you when you visiting acertain attraction, like a palace or monastery. You are on your own aftervisiting a certain attraction. That is to say, you have your own free time togo bar, shopping or hanging out. Please make sure you are escorted by our guidewhen visiting an attraction; if you are caught visiting without a guide, bothyou and our company will be punished.
Why don’t you include the entrance fees? How much is theentrance fees for each attractions and in total?
Tibetan culture and civilization is characterized bymonasteries, there are some significant monasteries in our itinerary too; butmany times, our customers told us they do not want to visit this many monasteryas most of them look the same, so we decide to not to include entrance fee butlet our customer pay by themselves based on their interests. You can skip someattractions too if you have no interest on all of them. The entrance fee ofattractions in our itinerary is Potala Palace = RMB 200, Johkang Temple = RMB85, Drepung Monastery = RMB 50, Sera Monastery = RMB 50, Ganden Monastery = RMB45, Samye Monastery = RMB 40, Tradruk Monastery = RMB 70, Yumbulahkang Palace =RMB 60, it amounts up to RMB 595, equals to USD 94 (1 USD = 6.3 RMB)
How much does the food in Tibet cost?
Our tourincludes breakfast for all days in Tibet. A normal lunch or dinner in Lhasacosts the same price that costs in Beijing or Shanghai. Noodles costs about RMB15 per bowl; fried vegetable with meat and rice cost about RMB 25 per dish, soit approximately costs you RMB 70 per person per day on both lunch and dinnerat normal standard. The vegetarian food is also available in Tibet, and priceis lower than a dish with meat.  
What are the tents, mattresslike during the trekking? And do we have to bring any extra equipment?
Our tents and mattress are designed for using at highlands,so it is quite safe and comfortable. However, you are advised to bring your ownsleeping bag, make sure yours is warm enough for using at highlands.   
What is food like duringthe trekking? Do we cook by ourselves?
During the trekking part of this tour, we will arrange a professionalcook with the group to make food for everybody. He only makes some hot food atbreakfast and dinner, and prepares some food packaged for lunch on the way.Bread, egg, coffee, porridge and fruits will be provided at breakfast; rice,meat, and vegetables are available at dinner; the packaged food for lunchincludes fruits, chocolate, milk, cookie and etc. The food varies; you do noteat the same food at each breakfast, lunch and dinner.   
How do we transport ourluggage while trekking?
You do not haveto back your heavy luggage with you besides some water and food. At this tour,we will arrange packing animal—yak, to transport our heavy luggage; generally,two persons need 3 yaks as well as 1 yak porter. Suppose you have 4 peopletogether, we will arrange you 6 yaks and 2 yak porters.
How much is the tip to ourguide and driver? Is there a standard?
Tour guide work is a tough job on the roof of the world,and to tip the local guide and driver is a common practice in Tibet tourism;however, there is no standard for the tip amount, it quite depends on guide anddriver’s service quality. Generally, if the group size is over 5 pax, wesuggest our customers to tip the guide USD 8 per person per day while tip thedriver USD 4 per person per day; if the group size is smaller than 5 pax, wesuggest to tip the guide USD 10 per person per day while tip driver USD 5.
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