Ganden Samye trekking is a 20 days trekking tour that includes Lhasa, Ganden, and Samya trips, 4 days trek, and camping. This tour has mild trekking and lots of visiting and sightseeing so this tour is suitable for a family and group of school level students. Place’s people get to visit on this tour can give them lots of knowledge about ancient architecture and art and crafts.
On this tour, people will get to see extravagant monuments like Potala palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung monastery, and Barkhor Market, which is probably the busiest place in Lhasa. Visit Ganden and Samya and monasteries are also on the list. These are the things we will do during the 20 days period:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
On reaching Kathmandu international airport received by our staff and guide with warm welcome then transfer to your hotel in the center of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed in your rooms join for briefing regarding your trekking.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
Today we do preparation and Kathmandu sightseeing in world heritage sites, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhu temple (Monkey Temple), Baudanath (Buddist temple) and Patan Durbarsquare.
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa 3,660 m and drive to your hotel
Early morning after breakfast you will be transferred from the Hotel to the International Airport Kathmandu. You fly with sweeping panoramic flight to Tibet, on arrival you will be received at the Gongar Airport by our Tibetan guide. Less than two hours of good drive reaches you at Lhasa and to the best Lhasa’s Hotel, afternoon free for short walk around the Market Square.
Day 04-05: In Lhasa with sightseeing tour at places of great interest
Guided tour in Lhasa of JOKHANG TEMPLE, BARKHOR MARKET SQUARE, POTALA PALACE, NORBULINGKA SUMMER PALACE with SERA & DREPUNG MONASTERIES. At Lhasa with an interesting tour of important sites around its historical and religious places.
Day 6: Ganden (4500m) is the seat of the head of the Gelukpa order, the Ganden Tripa.
Founded by Tsong Khapa in 1417, the monastery has exercised powerful political influence and perhaps because of this suffered almost total destruction in the 1960s. Rebuilding is well underway, but the extent of the damage is quite evident. The kora pilgrimage circuit here is one of the most fascinating with numerous pilgrims and great views of the Kyi Chu valley.
Day 7: From the high point of the Ganden kora continue to ascend towards the top of the ridge.
marked by a cairn. From here the view is down the Kyi Chu Valley to Lhasa. Pass through Hepu village with its red and yellow protector-deity residence on the edge of the village – the Divine White Yak. The trail continues along the stream as the valley narrows to the site of a ruined nunnery before emerging onto marshy meadowland and Yama Do.
Day 8: Damp alpine meadows continue to the pass, Shuga La (5250m).
where cairns, prayer flags and yak horns mark the summit. Descend past a small lake into the Tsotup Chu Valley, an area of rich pasture supporting yak, sheep, and goats. There are often herders camped here and it is an ideal opportunity to get a glimpse of this traditional Tibetan lifestyle.
Day 9: Climbing a wide basin the Chitu-La (5100).
is visible as a rocky rampart at the head of the valley. On the far side, small lakes dot a shrub area where herders have carved out small level areas for their tents. A narrow gorge leads out onto the wider meadows where there are larger herder’s camps along the river.
Day 10: Scrub willow and rosebush forest become thicker as you descend down the river.
Into the forest of juniper and rhododendron. This is one of the most attractive sections of the trek, especially in May and June when the rhododendrons are in flower and the hillside is a blaze of color. There is a shrine to the protectress of the area, Dorje Yudronma, and further down the valley, the first permanent settlement since Hepu – Chanda. Looking south the mountain range across the Yarlung Tsangpo is visible in the distance.
Day 11: A detour leads to Yamalung hermitage where Guru Rinpoche meditated.
and received empowerment from the Buddha Amitayus. There are several small temples, a sacred spring and numerous carvings; the temple enclosing Guru Rinpoche’s meditation cave contains a hand and footprints of the saint. From the tiny hamlet of Pisha, you can see Hepo Ri, one of Tibet’s most sacred mountains, in the middle of the Samye Valley below. From here the valley is a tapestry of fields, woods, and villages contrasting with the sandy river bank. Tiny temples and shrines dot the path down towards the golden roofs of Samye. Samye, built in the form of a mandala, was the first monastery to be built in Tibet and where Guru Rinpoche subdued many local demons, converting them to Buddhism.
Day 12: Today may be spent exploring the village.
a typical and fascinating Tibetan farming community, climb to the top of nearby Hepo Ri for magnificent views, wander the willow studded sand dunes along the river, a life with bird life or, for the more energetic, a trek to the Chimphu hermitages. At the head of the beautiful Chimphu valley, there is a small gompa (nunnery) and the hillside is littered with meditation huts.
Day 13: An early morning ferry across the Yarlung Tsangpo.
is a fitting beginning to one of the most scenically spectacular drives in Tibet. Cross the Khamba La and Kora La (passes), along with the shores of Lake Yamdrok Tso to Gyantse. Once an important trading town, Gyantse retains a feel of ‘old’ Tibet.
Day 14: In the morning visit Gyantse’s monastery – Pelkor Choede.
and the justifiably famous Kumbum, within the same complex. There may also be time to visit the dzong (fort) that towers above the town. In the afternoon we make the short (2-3 hour) drive along the valley to Shigatse.
Day 15: Tashilhunpo is the seat of the Panchen Lama.
second only in importance to the Dalai Lama. Its numerous halls contain a 21.6-meter wooden statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha, and elaborate, jewel-encrusted reliquary chorten. In the afternoon we drive to Xegar.
Day 16: Turn off the Friendship Highway.
for a stunning drive through Qomolangma National Park to reach the tiny Rhongphu Gompa at 5000m. The view from here is utterly spectacular!
Day 17: Trek or drive the 7kms to Everest Base Camp (5200m).
before heading to Lao Tingri via a rough, yet scenic track crossing small rivers and passes.
Day 18: Another high pass gives a last.
spectacular view of the Himalaya before we leave the Tibetan Plateau, descending to Zhangmu – on the China-Nepal border.
Day 19: Completing border formalities.
The drive back to Kathmandu continues down the Vote Khosi valley.
Day 20: Depart or plan another trip
All airport pick-up and drop-off transport services by private vehicles.
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card (permit).
Well Trained English-speaking Trekking guide.
Porter – 2 guests = 1 porter who carries 20-25 kg of your luggage.
Accommodation in Hotel / Lodge during the trek.
Meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
Food and accommodation as well as Insurance and equipment for guides and porters.
Your travel insurance and Personal nature expenses
Drinks (tea/coffee, beer, cokes, mineral water), beverages, and a hot shower
Tips for trekking staff
Entrance fees while sightseeing
Meals & accommodation while you are in Kathmandu.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.