Ganden to Samye Trek

Duration: 13 Nights 14 Days

Ganden to Samye Trek

This trip begins with a drive along the Friendship Highway to Lhasa or a direct flight from Kathmandu. There are stops at the major towns/settlements en route paying visits to Sakya, Tashilumpo, Palcho Monasteries and Khumbum Stupa. This, the first step of the drive, takes five days to reach Lhasa. Three days are allocated to Lhasa for acclimatization and sightseeing tours that cover the visit to the spiritual centers of Tibet: the Jokhang Temple, Sera and Drepung monasteries and the Potala Palace. The next five days are set aside for trekking, which begins with a 45 km drive to Ganden from Lhasa. There one can visit the monastery, one of the main centres of the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism. The trek involves crossing two mountain passes, both above 5000m, and the total trekking distance is 80 km. This trek has all the desirable qualities of the perfect excursion: elevation, moisture and adventure. Upon arrival at Samye, one can visit the one and only monastery that represents the Nyingmapa sect (red capped) of Buddhism. 



Itinerary & Map

  • Day 01
    Drive from Kathmandu to Kodari (6 hrs). After immigration formalities in Zhangmu (2300m), continue drive to Nyalam (3450m) and overnight at guest house 

  • Day 02
    Drive from Nyalam to Lhatse, visit Milarepa's cave en route. Overnight at hotel 

  • Day 03
    Drive from Lhatze to Shigatse (3900m) and overnight at hotel 

  • Day 04
    Morning visit to Tashilhumpo Monastery. Afternoon drive to Gyantse (3950m), visit Kumbum Monastery and overnight at hotel 

  • Day 05
    Drive from Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m) pass by the glacier and Yamdrok Lake, arrive Lhasa and overnight at hotel 

  • Day 06 - 07
    Sightseeing tours in Lhasa (Potala palace, Sera Monastery, Jokhang temple, Bakhor Market and Drepung Monastery) 

  • Day 08
    : Drive to Ganden, visit the monastery and start trekking. Overnight at camp 

  • Day 09 - 11
    On trek 

  • Day 12
    Trek ends at Samye. Overnight at camp 

  • Day 13
    Drive to Yarlung Tsangpo river, cross the river by ferry and drive to Tsedang. Overnight at hotel
  • Day 14
    Transfer to Gonggar airport and fly to Kathmandu. Tour ends.