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Tibet Ganden Samye Trek

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Duration: 13 Days

Highest access: 4600m

Group Size: Min 2 to Max 14

Location: Tibet

Grade: Moderate

Best season: Spring, Autumn

Transportation: Flight/Private vehicle

Accommodation: Hotel

  • Overview
  • Tibet Ganden Samye Trek Itinerary
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Tibet Ganden Samye Trek has come out as the most remarkable trek in Central Tibet and it is taken as an address of Champa, the future Buddha. The Samye Monastery or Samye Gompa is the first Buddhist monastery that was built in Tibet. It was well-known first constructed between 775 and 779 CE under the backing of King Trisong Detsen of Tibet who desired to revitalize Buddhism which had denied since its introduction by King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. The monastery is situated in Dranang Shannan Prefecture. It was supposedly modeled on the design of Odantapuri monastery in what is now Bhiar, India. The 18th century Puning Temple of Chengde, Hebei, China was designed after theSamye Gompa.

Ganden placed 45 km East of Lhasa on the Highway which pursues the south bank of the Kyi Chu to Medro Gongkar. Ganden Monastery or Ganden Namgyeling is one of the‘’Great Three’’Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet, situated at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, 36 km ENE from the Potala Palace in Lhasa with an altitude of 4,300m. The other two Green Monasteries such as Sera Monastery and Dreoung Monastery. its name is Ganden Namgyal Ling (dga' ldan rmam rgyal gling) whereas Ganden means “Joyful’’. It is the Tibetan name for Tusita, the heaven where the Bodhisattva Maitreya is said to dwell Namgyal Ling means “victorious temple".

The best season for the trek is from mid-May to Mid-October whereas summer season can be wet but the mountains view will be clearly visualized and wildflowers color the alpine meadows. This demanding trek crosses two passes over 5,000m, connects the Tibet two most important monasteries and takes less than 50 km from Lhasa.

Day 01
Arrival at Kathmandu 1,400m, Welcome by Himalayan Magic Treks member than transfer to Hotel, briefing about program. Stay over night at Hotel on Bed & Breakfast  Plan.
Day 02
visa preparation day, and Sightseeing in Kathmandu capital City with cultural guide. Overnight at Hotel on Bed & Breakfast Plan.
Day 03
Arrive in Lhasa by Air China. You will be met your guide and transferred to your hotel in Lhasa.
Day 04
Visiting the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor in the morning and the Tibetan Medical Center an easy and relaxing day.
Day 05
Visiting the Potala Palace and the Sera Monastery is also wonderful Monastery in Lhasa.
Day 06
Visiting Drepung Monastery in the morning. You will have the afternoon free to prepare for the trek.
Day 07
Lhasa - Ganden 54kms - 1 1/2hrs.A visit to the earliest Gelug Pa ( Yellow hat tradition of Buddhism ) monastery to be founded in Tibet by the great founder of the Yellow hat tradition, the source of the great traditions of Dalai Lamas, Penchen Lamas and various other highly respected Buddhist personages. Its history dates back to the 15th century. We will have a picnic lunch in the vicinity of the monastery. In the afternoon we start our trek crossing the Ganden ridge at 4510 metres, passing Hebu Tibetan village, with overnight camping at the base of Shuga la pass valley.
Day 08
4650m - The Junction Lake 4600m - 6 - 7hrs.This is the day we tackle the highest pass on the trek " The Shug Ga La pass at 5240 m ", In the morning in the first hour we will have a steep ascent, but will take it easy and do it slowly, as we will have plenty of time. Our planned duration of trek is for your holiday trek, not for local herders. Never push yourself too hard, particularly when you will be altitudes, you will make it to the summit of the pass in a reasonable time, benefiting from your exercises the previous days! Being at the pass after such a challenge on your own legs is so beautiful, you have made it. We will have our lunch at the pass if it is not too windy and cold. Treks ahead will become easy for you now, as we descend from the pass, the scenery will be quite different. We will continue to trek across a small river and head on to our camp, next to a tiny high altitude lake at the entrance of Chi Tsu Valley, which we are going to explore the next day, Arrival at the camp after the satisfying day and having some coffee and tea while looking out at stunning nature will be so relaxing. It will have been such a perfect day but not yet. We are forgetting our special camp dinner, which will top off our day gloriously.
Day 09
4600m - Nying Go Sumdo - 3800m - 6hrs.This day we will trek through the Chi Tsu Valley, crossing the Chi Tsu Pass at 5090 m. Passing a few tiny lakes at the pass, we have a beautiful, deep descent. The scenery changes a lot down the valley, which makes the day so different, beautiful and easy, we will have lunch at a cozy meadow corner on our descent from the pass. Our camp will be at Nying Go Sumdo junction, a nice meadow campsite between two rivers.
Day 10
3800m - Samye 3560m - 4 to 5 hrs.An easy and beautiful day, it will be nice to be in bustling Tibetan farming villages and to visit a big monastery after being out in the nature for a couple of days. Arrival at Samye monastery, we will set up our camp in the meadow picnic ground behind the monastery. After our lunch break, we visit the monastery (the very first Buddhist monastery founded by the 37th king of the Yarlung Dynasty with the participation of the famous Indian Tantric master Guru Rinpoche and Kenchen Shiva Tso in the 8th century. This is the monastery where the first 7 Tibetan monks were ordained and translated the Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit and Pali into Tibetan), the structure of the monastery is so distinctive and fascinating. An awesome day a bit of trek and a beautiful monastery, Samye monastery hotel.
Day 11
Samye - Chim Pu Valley and Its Meditation Caves.This will be a beautiful and unusual day hike into the Chim Pu Valley and its meditation caves. Their history goes back to the times of the founding of the Samye monastery, 1200 years ago. These hermitage caves are still in use for many Buddhist devotees, nuns and monks meditators. We will have a bit of a climb to make it to the caves, but it will be very worthwhile. Being at the caves a d feeling the atmosphere the peace will soak in. This will makes our trekking tour so rewarding.  An once-in-a-lifetime experience! Late evening we will return to the Samye monastery hotel.
Day 12
Samye – Lhasa airport 70kms, Leaving Samye, transfer to the airport for departure to Kathmandu.
Day 13
Departure from Kathmandu to your onward destination.

The Trip cost will Vary Depending on the Group Size duration of days and Services required please contact us via our website with your Details to obtain a Quote.

 Cost Includes:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & Drop by Private Transfer
  • Three Nights accommodation with breakfast at Standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary
  • Accommodation during the Tibet Ganden Samye Tour
  • All Sightseeing Trip in Tibet and entry fees
  • An English speaking guide during the trip
  • Meals (Bed and breakfast) during the Tibet Ganden Samye Tour
  • All transportation in Nepal and Tibet Ganden Samye Tour
  • Tibet Travel Permit and all necessary permits
  • Tourist service charge, Vat.
  • Government Service charge
  • Tour Guide for sightseeing trip in Kathmandu and his insurance and salary

Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and during the Tibet Ganden Samye Tour
  • Photographic charges in the monasteries
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fees and Nepal re-entry Visa
  • Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue)
  • Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides
  •  Political disturbance and strikes etc
  • Any other costs whatever, that is not mentioned in the cost included
  • Items and expenses of personal nature.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment.
  • Tips for guide, driver