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Ganden - Samye Trek

Trip Code: TGS

15 Days

Ganden, Tibet

Ganden - Samye is one of the most popular treks in Central Tibet. Both these places are situated 45 km east of Lhasa to the south bank of the Kyi Chu to Medro Gongkar. This trek is a  most pleasant for nature, culture and adventure enthusiasts. The trail passes through lakes, high snowy passes, and mountains, lush alpine meadows, nomads’ tents, Tibetan settlements, sacred sites, in the end culminating at the barren, desert-like surroundings near the Samye Monastery (3540m).  Samye is Tibet's first monastery founded in Tibet during the reign of King Trison Deutsen.

The Ganden Monastery is perched on a ridge-Gokyo Ri, which was chosen by Tsong Khapa for his meditation. This monastery is considered one of the greatest amongst the other six monasteries which belong to Gelukpa Sect. Ganden to Samye trek links two of the most important monasteries in Central Tibet and the trail crosses the Yatro Drak range of mountains that divide the Tsangpo basin and the Lhasa Valley. The trek provides superb and pristine scenery along with access to Tibet's first monastery. The best time for this trek is from May to Mid of Oct.  Trek Himalayan highly recommends Ganden - Samye trek only for those who have experience in hiking and camping in higher-elevation wildernesses.

Trip Highlights

The most popular trek in Tibet, offers highland adventure & insight into the Tibetan Buddhism, Lhasa sightseeing, crossing over high passes, visit Samye monastery, encounter nomads, trip begins with direct flight to Lhasa & ends driving back to Kathmandu

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TGS811 Mon ,Mar 19, 2018 Mon ,Apr 02, 2018 USD 3885 Available Book Now
TGS812 Mon ,Mar 26, 2018 Mon ,Apr 09, 2018 USD 3885 Available Book Now
TGS815 Mon ,Apr 09, 2018 Mon ,Apr 23, 2018 USD 3885 Available Book Now
TGS816 Mon ,Apr 16, 2018 Mon ,Apr 30, 2018 USD 3885 Available Book Now
  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Gongar & Drive to Lhasa (3660m)
  • Day 04: Lhasa sightseeing
  • Day 05: Lhasa sightseeing
  • Day 06: Drive Lhasa to Ganden Monastery (2hrs)
  • Day 07: Trek Ganden -Hepu - Yama Do (5-6 hours, 17km)
  • Day 08: Trek Yama Do & Tsotup Chu Valley (5-7hrs, 10km)
  • Day 09: Trek Tsotup-Chu Valley to Herders' Camps (5 hrs, 14km)
  • Day 10: Trek to Yamalung Herder's Camp
  • Day 11: Trek Yamalung Herder's Camp -- Nyango -- Samye Monastery ( 5-6 hrs)
  • Day 12: Drive Samye Monastery - Yumbulakang Palace & Trandruk Monastery/ Tsedang
  • Day 13: Tsedang to Airport
  • Day 14: Free day in Kathmandu
  • Day 15: Final Departure to your home country
  • International arrival/departure transfers
  • Kathmandu half day sightseeing escorted by City Guide ( any foreign language accordingly )
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B basis
  • Monuments entrance fee while sightseeing in Kathmandu & Lhasa with English speaking city guide
  • Private transportation during sightseeing tour in Kathmandu & Lhasa
  • Tibet entry permit fee
  • Trekking permit fee
  • Supporting truck and jeeps
  • Flight with tax: Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu (Fly In & Out)
  • Accommodation in Lhasa & other towns in Tibet on twin sharing basis with Breakfast
  • Full-board Camping Trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) while on trek
  • Necessary camping equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen equipment , sleeping bags (with inner sheets) & foam mattresses
  • Supporting staff (a professional trekking guide and porter(s), cook & kitchen boy(s) as well as their necessary wages, insurance, meals, transportations and allowances
  • International flight fare and departure taxes
  • Nepal entry/re-entry Visa fee
  • Tibet (Chinese) Visa fee (Collect on upon arrival)
  • Single supplement for hotel accommodation
  • Note: Additional cost applies for single tent on camping trek
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu/Lhasa 
  • Travel / Medical insurance & rescue evacuation cost
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral water/boiled water), laundry
  • Any extra cost involved in case of political turmoil, cancellation of flight, illness, and natural disaster
  • Photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evacuation fee, transport, extra hotel night, food etc.)
  • Tips for staffs (hotels, restaurants, guide, driver)
  • Any other services not specified in the ‘Cost includes
  • Trip Duration: 15 Days
  • Total Trekking + Tours days: 11 Days
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 04 Nights
  • Trip Starts / Ends: Kathmandu
  • Activities:  Ganden-Yama Do-Samye  Trek + Kathmandu & Lhasa Cultural sightseeing
  • Mode of Transportation: Flight & Private Comfortable Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Best Season: March - Oct
  • Accommodation: Hotels + Guest house  + Camps
  • Type of Trip: Private  & Regular Departure
  • Service available: Standard
  • Trek grade:  Medium – hard
  • No. of Pax : From 2 & above
  • Meals during trip:  Breakfast throughout, Lunch & Dinner on Camping Trek

Note: It is mandatory to send your scanned passport details 4 weeks prior to trip departure at:

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USD 3885

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