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 Samye Ganden Trekking

Samye Ganden Trekking

Samye Ganden Trekking will give you a chance to visit around all the main sights in central Tibet which includes the Yarlung, the frame of Tibetan civilization. Moreover, it presents a range of vista from high passes of snow to lush alpine pastures to the infertile areas of Samye Monastery.  And, the main fascination of trekking to Samye Ganden is Ganden Monastery, striking alpine lakes, two high passes over 5000m, strolling on jungle and alongside river, wild flowers, Samye Monastery, Samye valley, Rongbuk Monastery, cultural and historical tour to Lhasa, Everest Base Camp and more.

Best seasons for the Samye Ganden trek is from May to October. Summer can be soggy but the mountains are much greener at this time and wild flowers glitter the alpine fields. Usually, Samye Ganden trekking path has been famous as pilgrimage path for local Tibetans and they also visit to the most holy monasteries of Ganden which is popular as one of the 3 monastic Universities of Tibet and Samye monastery which is built in near the beginning of 8th century is the oldest monastery in Tibet. Moreover, in Lhasa you will be going around all major spots including famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and more.

Tibet trekking especially to Samye Ganden Trekking is exciting for all who is willing to do some trekking in Tibet. We Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks design Samye Ganden Trekking in a way that you will experience the most beautiful and unforgettable trekking with us.

Samye Ganden Trekking - Outline Itinerary

Day 01 ] Arrival in Lhasa(3650m), meet our representative and transfer to hotel, Overnight in Hotel
Day 02 ] Exploring Lhasa, Overnight at Good Hotel
Day 03 ] Further Exploring of Lhasa, Overnight at Hotel
Day 04 ] Drive to Ganden (4500m), Overnight at Hotel
Day 05 ] Trek to Yama Do(5 hours)
Day 06 ] Trek to Tsotup Chu Valley (4 to 5hours)
Day 07 ] Trek to Herder's Camp (5 hours)
Day 08 ] Trek to Wango(6 Hours)
Day 09 ] Trek to Samye (2 Hours), Drive to Tsetang
Day 10 ] Explore the Yarlung valley
Day 11 ] Departure on Your Destination


1)  Tibetan English speaking trekking/tour guide
2)  Accommodations in Good Hotels, Guest Houses or Camp as available
3)  Private vehicle for all transfer per the itinerary in Tibet
4)  Private driver
5)  All necessary Travel permit
6)  Entrance tickets for all the sights per the itinerary
7) Petrol for the tour vehicle

Cost Excludes

Tibet group visa, USD175 for US citizen, USD85 for other nationalities
Personal Nature expense like Laundry, IDD calls, etc
Bank Telex wire transfer processing fee
Tips for your guide and driver
Photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites
Insurance & emergency rescue charges, cancel or shortening down the trek/tour by the bad weather, altitude sickness, or any political reasons refund won’t be entertain and all not mentioned above etc..

Samye Ganden Trekking - Detailed Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival Lhasa (3680m.)
Upon your arrival at Lhasa, our Tibetan guide will welcome you either in airport or train station depending on you. After around an hour drive you will arrive to the Lhasa city and check into the Tibetan style hotel. You will have a free afternoon for resting and relaxing. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Exploring Lhasa
Today you will go for sightseeing around Lhasa and take a trouble-free visit to Jokhang Temple. The temple is regarded as the most holy spot in Tibet and devotees go to visit the temple from different areas of the Tibet. Also, you will go around the Barkhor Bazaar, the swarming mid market of Lhasa. As you drive little miles north of Lhasa, in the afternoon, you will arrive at Sera Monastery belonging to fifteenth century which has whitewashed walls and is covered with golden roofs. It is also home to numerous monks. The prominent debating activities go on frequently every day.

Day 03: Further Exploring of Lhasa
Today too, you will go around Lhasa and you will visit the Potala Palace, the most important set to perceive in Lhasa. This fortress is Lhasa's fundamental milestone and has a wonderful eastern architecture. Since the 5th or 6th century it has been a fort and was formerly residence to the Dalai Lama. This really astonishing day will conclude with the visit to Drepung Monastery which was some time ago the world's biggest monastery where 10,000 monks accommodate. It lies veiled in rocky ridges just beyond the city.

Day 04: Drive to Ganden (4500m.)
After a short drive you will reach in Ganden. This day is meant for acclimatization and you will go around this breathtaking area. There are many fascinating places in this prehistoric town. However, the major highlight of Ganden is the Gelugpa Monastery. Though this monastery was demolished over the years, there is yet much to observe. Many pilgrims march to the Kora all around this sacred location and one can view their many customs all along the way.

Day 05: Trek to Yama Do (4400m.) (5 hours)
Today you will be trekking at the highest set on the Ganden Kora. From here you stroll all along a hindering path. After departing from this track with wonderful views we get ahead through the west region before walking through a primitive Hepu village. After that in the daytime you go away at the back of Ani Pagong, a thin bottleneck in the path and earlier site of a nunnery. You will finish the day with a climb to Yama Do, where you need to set up our camp.

Day 06: Trek to Tsotup Chu Valley (3900m.)  (4 to 5 hours)
In the early morning, you depart from the gorge floor and make way through a vertical channel rising above from the river bank. Eventually, you ascend up to the Shug La and start your way down all the way through treacherous rock fields. Later on, you traverse Tsotup Chu, a big stream twisting through the valley ground. A camp will be set in one of the several herder fields.

Day 07: Trek to Herder's Camp (3800m.) (5 hours)
Today you will go behind the Tsotup Chu downward and head to the Chitu La pass. After climbing this pebbly pass you will descend down and discover a striking place to set your camp in one of the fields adjacent to the stream. To find your campsite you will wander via calm camps for almost an hour. Another stunning day of your trek is ended.

Day 08: Trek to Wango (6 Hours)
The path gets broader and trouble-free as you follow scrub jungles in the core valley. Attractive streams and lush woods encircle you as we march. The next few hours are perhaps the stunning part of our trek. Over 15 sorts of scrub trees, vast field, blooming rhododendrons will astonish you on the way. After witnessing this incredible scenery you will come across the Changtang village. Alternatively, you can hike to the Yamalung, an ancient and sacred Buddhist meditation spot. Later, in the day time we stick together the Samye valley all along the tributary river. You set your camp not far from Samye.

Day 09: Trek to Samye (3600m.) (2 Hours), Drive to Tsetang (3600m.)
In the morning you will be astonished by the views from Pisha and the whole Samye valley can be observed from here. After arriving at the peak of Dragmar you can trek around the several temples too. And, you get ready for a superb spot, Samye monastery, which is the best part of the trek. At the last part of the trek today, you spend the night in Tsetang, Tibet's third largest city.

Day 10: Explore the Yarlung valley (5400m.)
Today, you visit the valley of the burial place, Yarlung Valley. Also, Yungbulakang palace; an astonishing architectural set hanging on a cliff can be seen here. And, it is the oldest building in Tibet. Overnight in Tsetang in Yarlung Valley.

Day 11 Departure
After having your breakfast, you will be transferred to train station or airport for departure.

Trip Duration: 11 Days
Country: China (Tibet)
Trip Start from: Lhasa
Trip Ends at: Yarlung Valley
Trip Grade: Moderate
Per day walking/Hiking: 4- 6 hrs
Activities: Tour and Trekking
Maximum High Altitude: 4500m Ganden
Meals during Trip:  Breakfast in City & all meals during Trekking
Accommodation during Trip: Hotels in Cities, Lodges/Guest Houses or Camping in Trek
Mode of Transportation:  Private Comfortable Jeep/Car/Van/Hiace/Tourist Bus
Trip Route:  Lhasa- Ganden- Yama Do- Tsotup Chu Valley- Herders camp- Wango- Samye- Yarlung Valley

Clothing and equipments

Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.


1. Boots

Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.

2. Track shoes

A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.

3. Jacket

Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.

4. Shirt and Sweaters

Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.

5. Trousers

A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.

6. Underwear

Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.

7. Tracksuit

A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.

8. Sleeping Bag

As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)

9. Sun Hat, SunCream/Block & Lip Salve

Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.

10. Personal First Aid Kit

You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)

11. Hat/ Glove/ Sandle/ Shocks/ Underwear

a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.

Equipments and Accessories

a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph

Trip Photos

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