The Ganden Monastery Trek in Tibet offers you an altogether different experience. As you hike along the rugged Tibetan terrain, you will be greeted with sights so different and new: from the arid Tibetan topography that resembles a lunar landscape, however, to the ancient villages, colorful prayer and magnificent monasteries. As you traverse along the 80-kilometer trekking trail that skirts barley fields and nomadic pastureland, you get an opportunity to observe Tibetan lifestyle at close quarters and experience the real Tibet. Before your Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery trek commences, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour to Lhasa.

During the trek you will be supported by an expert and dedicated trekking crew. With them you cross two high passes in the Tsotup Chu Valley, Shug La (5250m) and Chitu La (5100m). You will also get to explore various monasteries that lie along the trekking trail. The chief highlight of this trek is the trekking trail which connects the two important monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism, Ganden and Samye. Ganden Monastery, which lies 45 km east of Lhasa, is the first monastery of the Gelugpa sect. Built by Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa order, the monastery is renowned as one of the biggest and most important Gelugpa monasteries in Tibet. The Samye monastery with its gleaming facade, is reached by crossing the Tsangpo River.  Founded in 779 AD by Trisong Detsen, the monastery has a collection of pagodas and temples.

Excursions to the Tandruk Monastery (which holds a wonderful specimen of Tibetan art) and the Yambulakang Castle (the home of the Yarlung Kings) are also included in your itinerary.

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12 Days
Difficulty Level: Soft Adventure Trek
High Altitude: 5250m
Trip Duration: 12 Days
Group Size: Max 16 pax in a group.
Trip Start: From Lhasa
Trip End: Lhasa
Activity Camping Trek
Accomodation: Hotel and Camping trek.
Transportation: As per the group size.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01
    Arrive in Lhasa (3660m)
  • Day 02
    Sightseeing tour in Lhasa.
  • Day 03
    Sightseeing tour in Lhasa.
  • Day 04
    Drive from Lhasa to Ganden (4180m/45kms).
  • Day 05
    At Ganden for acclimatization.
  • Day 06
    Trek to Yama Do (4250m).
  • Day 07
    Trek to Tsotup Chu Valley across (5250m) Shug La.
  • Day 08
    Trek to Herder's Camp.
  • Day 09
    Trek to Wango – (Yamalung Hermitage).
  • Day 10
    Trek to Samye & drive to Tsedang (before leaving Samye visit to Samye Monastery).
  • Day 11
    Explore the Yarlung Valley – (Tandruk Monastery).
  • Day 12
    Drive to Gongkar airport for final departure.

Includes & Excludes

  • 4 Nights’ accommodation at 3 star hotel in Lhasa and best available en route with breakfast on twin sharing.
  • All guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and Lhasa, with entry fees.
  • Tibet Travelling permit.
  • Special permit for Everest Advance Base camp.
  • Transportation by Van or coaster with support truck during trek.
  • Fully catered camping trek supported by Chinese crew & Tibetan guide.
  • Required yaks & yak drivers during trek.
  • Surface transfers Kerung/Kathmandu.
  • Airport transfers.
  • PAC bag (Portable Altitude Chamber) & first aid medical kit.
  • International airfare.
  • Any meals during hotel stay in Tibet.
  • Any cost incurred during emergency evacuation due to any reason (usually insurance covers this expense).
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature.

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