Home » Tibet Trekking Tours » Ganden to Samye Trekking Tour
Ganden to Samye Trekking Tour2018-09-01T09:45:23+00:00

Ganden to Samye Trekking Tour

Ganden to Samye Trekking tour
Book Now
Ganden to Samye trekking tour map

Ganden to Samye trekking tour has much to offer from Lakes, beautiful alpine landscape, herders Camp to the scared site. The Popularity of this trekking route is understandable. The best time for this trekking is from Mid-may to Mid-October. Summer times can be wet yet it is at its greenest with wildflower spangle the alpine meadows.

This trekking tour is for ten days yet we would recommend you in traveling to Shigatse or to the Mount Everest Basecamp prior to this trekking for proper acclimatization.

The Trek starts at the Ganden monastery in Lhasa and ends at another important Buddhist monastery of Samye monastery.

Best suit for everyone

Potala palace from behind

Day 1) Arrival in Lhasa

We will welcome you at the Airport or The Lhasa train station. Then you will be escort to your hotel. It is always advice the travelers to take a good rest for proper acclimatization. please do not any activities which would lead you to dehydrate, like taking bath. And avoid hard work for the first day. Many traveler prefer to take a nap. by the evening i will come to meet you at the hotels and discuss about the itinerary and other stuff. If time let we will have a dinner at Tibetan restaurant.

Jokhang Temple in Lhasa

Day 2) Lhasa Sighseeing

Visit to Jokhang Temple and Sera monastery

In the morning after having your breakfast your guide will meet you at the hotel. Then you will first go to the Jokhang Temple, the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Since you hotel is in the Tibetan quarter of Lhasa city, you will walk to the Jokhang Temple. After visiting the Temple you can some time to explore the Old Lhasa city by your own for couple of hours.

The guide will fix you a time and place to visit. In the afternoon, you will visit the Sera monastery. This is a most well-preserved monastery in Tibet. The monastery you can sit in the courtyard where monks will be debating on Buddhist philosophy. you can stay there for sometimes. this is a very good opportunity for many travelers to take a picture of monks debate. You can tell your guide to give you some free times to explore the monastery on your own if you would like to live in peace for sometimes

Potala Palace

Day 3) Lhasa sightseeing

Visit to Potala palace,  and Drepung Monastery,

In the morning you will visit the grand Potala palace. We will visit the famous Potala Palace, the Important landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later extended in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking up the long steps are challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your foot steps in the spiritual palace of God of compassion which was listed in the world heritage in 1994. After the visit is over you will be descending from back side of the palace.

In the afternoon we will visit the Drepung Monastery, once the world’s largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama before to Potala Palace, You have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of twisted and narrow lane through the monks Living quarters is thrilling.

Ganden Samye trekking tour

Day 4) Driver from Lhasa to Ganden Monastery and Trubshi Village

Visit Ganden Monastery and Trubshi Village

In the morning we will drive to the Ganden Monastery. The Monastery is loceted on Mountain overlooking the amphitheatrical valley. Passing through the Zigzagged road we will reach the monastery located on an altitude of 3900m. The monastery is the principal monastery go Gelugpa sect popularly know as Yello Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded by Tsongkapa in year 1409,( he is the founding father of the sect). The prime attraction of the monastery is the main assemble hall where you can see the his golden throne. And the Golden tomb stupa of Tsongkapa.

Beside the main monastery. It is also well known for a small hiking around the monastery hill. which is called Kora Path. The hiking will take about an hour. In this hike behind the hill, you will see the beautiful Lhasa Kyichu River valley where the River flows towards the Lhasa city. There is a sky burial site on the north-west side of the hill.

After the Hike, we will drive down to the Trubshi Village where we will camp for the Night.

Ganden Samye trekking tour

Day 5) Turbshi (3952) to Hepu (4240m)  and Yama Do (4490m) 5.1km, 4 hours (537m Ascent).

We will load everything on the yaks and then start our trek to Yama Do (campsite). After hiking 45mins from here, we are able to reach the way to Hepu village. Walking around 2 and a half from our starting point leads us to the village of around 30 houses. At the edge of the village, there is a red and yellow masonry structure which is the shrine of Hepu’s Yul Lha (local protecting deity), the Divine White Yak. From Hepu, the trail climbs towards the Shuga pass three and half hours away. Crossing the Tashi-Chu, following the watercourse originating from Shuga pass we can find different kinds of wildflowers all around. Ani Pagong (a small nunnery located above the trail) is situated an hour walk from Hepu. Through marshy meadows, we have to climb up steadily for an hour to get Yama Do, our campsite for today

Ganden Samye trekking tour

Day 6) Yama Do (4490m)- Shuga La Pass (5250m) – Tsotup Chu (4980), 10kms, 5-7 hours, (1000m Ascent), (450 Descent).

Today is most difficult the day that cross the highest point at Shuga la pass from a steep valley, the tail is mostly on the left side of the valley, almost 2hours walking take us to the basin of the Shuga pass, the highest point of the trek is remarked with few prayer flags that were battered by gale, and there are some yak skulls places on some rocks near the flags. As we got to the top, we can see the downstream valley from the top, but the descending trail on a quite sharp narrow within the rocks. Chitul Gang is flowing by side where we will find some of the local nomad herders dwelling in their black tents guarded by a couple of dogs. Cross the river and continue to our campsite. We will have to talk in a knee-deep freezing water, So we will have to remove our shoes to cross the river. I would recommend a hiking sandal would be great. After crossing the river we will reach the Camping site in half an hour.

Ganden Samye trekking tour

Day 7) Tsotup Chu (4980) – Chitul la (5210) Herder’s Camp. 14km, 5 hours, (300m Ascent), (400m Descent)

Palang Tsodue Lake is the next highlighted view for our trek that is 30mins steeply up walking to a small hill. A mild trek within the valley lead to the Chitu-la, the highest point of the day. Once we reach to the basin, we will take the right side of the valley and somewhere near the pass, a trail leads to left side obviously we have to take the trail to climb up the pass. Near the basin, we will see three of small lakes and passing the cairns (5077m) and nearby we will find a herders campsite. Another hour walk through a scrub willow and rosebush forest leads us to another herder’s campsite. Beyond this camp for 15mins, we will find a bigger campsite and we will see numerous herders tents camped near the spot where the side valley coming from Gampa pass joins the main valley. By crossing the stream (4497m), we will spend the overnight in the campsite. Camping

Ganden to Samye monastery trekking tour

Day 8) Herder’s Camp (4460m) -Yamalung Hermitage – Samye Monastery (3630m), 39km. 10 hours, (1200m Descent)

Our final day is quite long journey yet quite easy trek. We will walk through the thickening scrub forest for an hour then by crossing the Diwaka Bridge (4380m), meanwhile taking the rights side of the valley take us to the thickest and tallest scrub forest. Which is the best way for trekkers to take a rest here, as the next area is desert condition area. However, locals say that woodcutters use to find 15 different kinds of woods including juniper trees. Walking for one and half-hour, we will cross the Gen Do shrine, which is for the protector of the area called goddess Droji Yudrukma. Then we will cross the Changtang (desert area) passing through the Yamalung Hermitage (a place where the Guru Rinpoche meditated and received empowerment from Buddha of longevity). Here we will find different kinds of meditation caves belong to Dalai Lamas and other holy persons. Walking for 6hrs take us to the village called Sangbu and from the distance, we will see the Hepo hill next to Samye monastery.

Overnight in Monastery hotel at Samye.

first View of the potala palace

Day 9) Samye Monastery to Lhasa (136 Km)

In the morning We will visit the Samye Monastery. This monastery is the first monastery in Tibet during the time of King Trisong Ditsen, 8th century. Containing more than 1200yrs of history shaped like a mandala structure located 50km away from the west of Tsetang. This monastery is only one at that time which contains the three atons of Buddha.

After visiting the monastery, we will continue our journey back to Lhasa along the Yarlung River.

Tibet Group Tour

Day 10) Departure from Lhasa, Tibet

Our tour Guide and Driver will escort you to the Lhasa Airport for Departure


Traveler Reviews brought to you by
itibet travel, Lhasa
184, Beijing Middle Road Chengguan Chu, Lhasa 850000, China
4.0 of 5 bubbles
48 Reviews
Ranked #22 of 52 Outdoor Activities in Lhasa
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:
Very Good
Recent Reviews:
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Our 17 day trip with local Tibetan guide and driver from Lhasa to Mt. Kailash and the remnants of the ancient Guge kingdom really delivered the authentic Tibet experience we were looking for. We did not only stop at the well known landmarks but also...Read More
Bangkok, Thailand
Tenzin Woaber runs i-Tibet and this is definitely one of the best travel agencies in Tibet. They are locally run and use only local guides, drivers, hotels and all the money goes to support ethical tourism and the local economy (and believe me when I... Read More
Copenhagen, Denmark
I travelled to Tibet under the professional guidance of i-Tibet travel and was very happy and satisfied. We travelled for 17 days and felt in very good hands. Most of all the personal, warm, honest and welcoming Tenzin Woaber made the experience one to remember...Read More
We are a group of four going on a private tour with iTibet. I made my research and comparison on a lot of tour agencies in Tibet and ended up with iTibet, the decision didn't disappoint me both in terms of budget and quality of...Read More
1-4 of 48 Reviews

These reviews are the subjective opinions of individual travelers and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.

© 2018 TripAdvisor LLC

Responsible Tourism

We are fully committed to responsible and Sustainable tourism practice in Tibet. We have a privilege to be able to host you in Tibet, yes we also understand that we have a responsibility in protecting and contributing back to nature and our local follow people and economy.

We are a Local Tibetan travel agency in Lhasa.  Our agency is 100% staffed with local Tibetan tourism professionals. We only hire local Tibetan guides and other tours crews. We used service from local business only. 100% of the travel money goes to local Tibetan families where you are visiting. We use 20% of the net profit into Environmental conservative projects with local governments and individuals.

We are all born in Tibet. We know how important Tibetan environment is for the eco-system of the entire world. We will love of mountains, glacier, and rivers. We will do our best to reduce environmental impact from your tours in Tibet.

Following are Our ways:

    • No Plastic Bottles in the tour
      We will provide your drinking water in a bigger container, each and every traveler are request to bring their own reusable water bottle. In this way, we can reduce hundreds of water bottles each tour against few big container, which we can later reuse.
    • Incentives on guide and Driver
      We provide incentives to our guides and drivers base on their initiatives in conserving the natural environment. We often decide not to hire guide how are unethical toward sustainable and responsible tourism.
    • Staff Training every winter
      Winter is a low season in Tibet tourism, we always use this window of opportunity provide skills required for Responsible tourism, Sustainable tourism practice, first Aids and emergency first responder training. One of our managers is certified Humanity Supply Chain management from by fritz institute. We also work closely with individuals from Tibetan Village project, Tibet Eco Travel initiatives and Local Tibet Red Cross society and other NGOs.
    • We plan a tree for every three tours.
      Every spring we plant trees for every three tours we organize in Tibet. Tibet’s weather is very harsh for a young sapling to grow with a help. So we would buy the trees and ask local farmers to adopt trees. We Tibetan consider planting a tree helps themselves in holistically. So far are we are very successful in planting trees against the small number of tours we organize. We hope in future we will work closely with local government to plan trees with their help.
    • Smaller group size
      We do not believe in touristy tours for Environmental Impact. Traveling in groups of small numbers has less impact on committed in an area than traveling in the 60s to 70s people together. So all our tours are less than 12 people normal road travel and less for trekking tours
    • Trekking tours and environmental care in the wilderness of Tibet
      During your trekking in Tibet, you will be walking across a very fragile ecosystem.  We do take extra care in our trekking tours preventing environmental effects.

Following are how are take care of our environment our trekking tours.

  1. We nothing leave nothing behind.
    We make sure we take all our rubbish and leave nothing behind.
  2. We protect the grassland
    A little destruction on Tibet’s fragile environment is irreversible. So, in the trekking tours we will not make drainage surrounding your tent, rather we will provide trekkers with a better tent with bathtub style floors to prevent rainwater getting into your tent. We will not dig the grassland and put small tent to make a toilet. Even when we try to the put the grass back, it is not the same. So when you are answering your nature called please enjoy the nature. Maybe you are you will not enjoy the natures call in the wilderness for sometimes.
  3. Collecting the garbage along the way.
    We have a saying in Tibet, if you can’t help, don’t harm. Here is our helping part. We always extra yaks carrying the Garbages, our yak men will be collecting while waiting for the clients at the campsite. Yak man walks faster than all and they have a free time at the camp. While cook prepares for meals and drinks, We pay yaks men’s incentives in collecting the rubbish around the camp.

We always identify our business as a social enterprise. We dedicate 30% of our annual net profit to Social and environmental projects. Every winter we will buy a huge amount of winter cloth from the market for small children to donate to schools. In this way, we are providing the warm winter cloth for children and encouraging them to go to school.

Any purchase related to business, we do with the local business. We also encourage travelers to purchase the products directly from the local producer, which is why we always trees for guide to take the visitor to the local handicraft centers and producers.

Whenever there is someone need for medical help. Our company staff member would gather money for it. The management has decided how much ever is donated by our staff, Company will double that amount by donating the equal amount, what has been collected from the staff’s members. And all our staffs are very generous.

We always inform all our clients about local customs, beliefs, and ethics. So that it would be easier for our home visit, and culture programs.

Sustainable toursim in Tibet
i-tibet travel logo

Join Our Newsletter  

Stay updated with all latest updates, upcoming tours & much more.