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10 Days Ganden to Samye Trekking Tour

Duration: 10 Days

Max Altitude: 5250m

Tour Pace: Comfortable to Adventure

Departure Date: Flexible - best from May to October

Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Ganden Monastery, Samye Monastery, Yumbulakhang, Trandruk Monastery

Itinerary Details Includes & Excludes Tour FAQs
This extraordinary route takes you past herders’ camps, high alpine lakes and Guru Ringpoche hermitage, as well as over 5000m-plus passes. Hire a horse/yak to trek along the road with beautiful scenery, with just the marmots for company. Thousand years’old temple or hilltop fort lies around every bend in the road. This tour is suitable for tourists who are not planning to spend too much time on vehicle, but to prefer enjoy it more with their feet only.

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa
Arrive at the Lhasa Gonggar airport, be greeted and offered a white scarf (called Kada) in a Tibet traditional way which brings you good luck. Then drive to the city proper (3650 m) and transfer to your hotel. Stay at the hotel for adapting to the high attitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water just and now, be noted the first day’s acclimation is extremely to ensure you a good health status for the following tour, so please make sure you have yourself lie in bed for all the rest time of the day right after check-in of hotel.

Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing
The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa's cardinal landmark-Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. In the afternoon, we will drop a visit of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then we will visit Barkhor, the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet.

Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing
About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung Monastery, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day's sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains. Drepung is one of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other isSera Monastery. Around 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous. 

Day 4 Drive to Gavenknden and Trek to Yama Do (17km, 5.5 hours) [B+L+D]
In the morning we visit the Gandan Monastery and our trek begins from here. The trail gradually ascends for 1.5 hours before reaching a saddle marked by a cairn with views of Kyichu valley to Lhasa. Traversing the west side of the ridge from the saddle, the trail reaches a spur surmounted by a cairn, a spring and then the village of Hepu in 2 hours. 1 hour from Hepu reach Ani Pangong, a small nunnery. The trail climbs steadily for 1 hour through marshy meadows to Yama Do. Camp overnight at Yama Do.

Day 5 Trek from Yama Do to Tsotup Valley (10km, 4-5 hours) [B+L+D]
In 2 hours past Yama Do we ascend Shug—la pass (5250m). It takes at least 1.5 hours from the basin negotiating boulders and lumpy ground along the final steep climb to the pass. The route continues over the Shug—la pass following the cairned trail descending gradually and reaching the valley in 1.5 hours from the pass. Cross the Tsotup Chu. Nomad herders with their herd of yaks, goat and sheep can be found here. Camp overnight in Tsotup Chu Valley.

Day 6 Trek from Tsotup Chu Valley to Herder’s Camp (14km, 6-7 hours) [B+L+D]
From the Tsotup Chu Valley, follow a small tributary entering from the south—west. The route follows steeply upwards for 30 mins until you reach a large basin. The terrain is not particularly difficult to reach Chitu—la pass (5100m) which is marked by several cairns. A short steep descent will bring you into a basin with three small lakes. The trail at many points is not clearly marked and goes past several seasonal camping sites before it reaches the valley floor. Stay overnight at the Herder's camp.

Day 7 Trek from Herder’s camp to Yamalung (5-6 hours) [B+L+D]
The trail is now wide and easy to follow and goes through forest of shrubs and rhododendrons for 3 hrs. The trail winds through a series of meadows before reaching Gen Do, a place with a ruined stone structure. The forest thins rapidly and we reach the first permanent village of Chantan (4020 m) after leaving Hebu. In 30—40 mins we arrive at the turn off at Yamalung Valley. Yamalung Hermitage is another 1 hour steep climb from the valley floor. Camp overnight in Yamalung.

Day 8 Trek from Yamalung to Samye (4 hours) [B+L+D]
From Yamalung Valley it takes 3.5 — 4 hours to Samye. We go past the villages of Nyango, Wango and Pisha. From Pisha the entire lower valley of Samye and the golden spires of Samye Monastery can be seen. Then drive 40 km to Tsetang, the capital of Shannan Prefecture.

Day 9 Tsedang Sightseeing
In the morning, make a trip in the Yarlung Valley to visit the Yumbulakhang, a medieval-European castle-like structure, reputed as Tibet’s oldest building. It doesn’t take that long to explore Yumblagang, perhaps the best part of the visit is the walk up along the ridge abour the building. There’re fabulous views of the Yarlung Valley. Then have a tour to Trandruk Monastery, where you can see stunning Tangkha of Pearls decorated with a total of 29,026 pearls.

Day 10 Tsedang / Gonggar Airport
Today, meet your guide in the hotel lobby and take a last memorable look at the holy city before being transported to the airport.

What's included in this price?
Transport: Private minivan or minibus with driver
Free Lhasa airport / train pick-up and drop-off
Twin-sharing / double room accommodation in Tibet
Local English-speaking Tibetan guide
All entrance fees of sightseeing places mentioned in itinerary
All necessary Tibet permits
Government tax
What's excluded in this price?
Chinese Visa fee
Tips for the guide and driver
Flight or train tickets into and out of Lhasa
Meals not included in the itinerary: Lunch and Dinner
Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, etc

 What is a Private Tour?

 

A Private Tibet Tour Package means you will have your own private guide, driver, and vehicle for your own disposal. You don't have to share the vehicle with others even if you are a single traveler. You would have full attention of your guide and driver. Our professional guide would love to share local culture, knowledge and stories.

 

Your private guide would also help you make an easier, comfortable, flexible and enjoyable tour. You can stop on the road to get a rest or take pictures during the drive. You have the flexibility of changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time at some tourist sites.

 

When traveling with your family or friends, a private tour would be your first choice.

 

Arrival Pick-up / Departure See-off

 

We will arrange the private airport or train station pick-up and see-off for you. Upon your arrival in Lhasa, you can find our guide waiting at the pick-up area, holding a name sign, welcome you with a warm smile. You will be transferred to hotel. Drink more water, get enough rest, take some time to acclimatize to the high altitude on the first day of your arrival.

 

Accommodation Choices

 

For private tour, we can arrange hotels according to your requirements. There are options of budget guesthouse, 3 star hotel, 4 star hotel, high-end luxury hotel or bouquet heritage hotel. If you have your own preferred hotel, just let us know, we will help you with the booking, everything would be arranged as per your interests.

 

Meal Choices  

 

Our tour packages generally include breakfasts. Meanwhile, lunches and dinners are optional to be arranged either by yourself or by us.

 

It’s easy to find nice restaurants in Lhasa, and you could also ask for suggestions from your guide. They always know where you can find something tasty.

 

The price would be different according to different food:

 

1.      If you choose noodles, around RMB 10-15 per person.

2.      If you like some fast food like KFC, around RMB 20-35 per person. 

3.      If you prefer some food at a decent restaurant, around RMB 50-70 per person.  

4.      The local Tibetan hotpot, around RMB 80-100 per person. That is a really good one too!