Ganden and Samye Trekking - 16 Days

Pilgrimage sojourn to Gaden and Samye monasteries of Tibet

Trek to Ganden to Samye, passing the village of Hebu wild flowers, nomad tents, and yaks lie scattered in the landscape leading to Shuga La (17,200 Ft.). Crossing the valley floor on the other side the gradual ascent to Chiju La (16,70 Ft.’) begins. The view of the surrounding areas from the pass is breathtaking. Dense alpine vegetation carpets the decent and wild flowers, birds, and possibly musk deer may be seen. Past the village of Yamalung and Nyengo south the trail ends at Samye. Samye, first monastery founded in Tibet during the reign of King Trison Deutsen under the spiritual guidance of Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) and the Indian abbot Shantarakshita.

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Renowned as the center where sutra and tantra texts were originally translated from Sanskrit, Samye today reflects the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was modeled on the Odantapuri temple in Bihar and is an architectural representation of the Buddhist cosmology. And Ganden, founded by Tsongkhapa (founder of Ghelukpa sect), the great Tibetan philosopher saint, was the first Gelug monastery and traditionally remains the principal seat of the ‘virtuous order’. Ganden in Buddhist cosmology is the western paradise of Tushita where Maitreya or Jampa in Tibetan, the future Buddha dwells.

Ganden is situated 45 km East of Lhasa on the Highway that follows the south bank of Kyi Chu to Medro Gongkar. This is one of the most beautiful sites in central Tibet, which is considered as an abode of Champa, the future Buddha. The monastery perched on the ridge called Gokpo Ri, the site was chosen by Tsong Lhapa (1357-1419) for his first meditation where the monastery built later. This is one of the great monasteries out of six, built by Gelukpa sect. This itinerary linking two of the most important monasteries in Central Tibet crosses the Yatro Drak range of mountains that divide the Tsangpo basin from the Lhasa Valley. The trek provides a superb means of access to Tibet’s first monastery an institution founded in the 8th Century.


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15 nights 16 days Ganden Samye trek Tibet
Tibet adventure trip of a life time!

Trip Details & Facts

Trek to Ganden to Samye, passing the village of Hebu wild flowers, nomad tents, and yaks lie scattered in the landscape leading to Shuga La (17,200 Ft.). Crossing the valley floor on the other side the gradual ascent to Chiju La (16,70 Ft.') begins.

The Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival Kathmandu, check into hotel rest day.
  • Day 02 : Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03 : Drive to Nyalam (Nepal -Tibet border town)
  • Day 04 : Drive to Shegar
  • Day 05 : Drive to Shigatse
  • Day 06 : Drive to Gyantse
  • Day 07 : Drive to Lhasa
  • Day 08 - 09 : Sightseeing of Lhasa
  • Day 10 : Drive to Ganden monastry and sightseeing
  • Day 11-13 : Trek to Samye monastry via Shuga La and Chitu La Pass
  • Day 14 : Trek to Nigu river and drive to Gongar Airport
  • Day 15 : Early morning fly to Kathmandu (1300m)
  • Day 16 : Final departure

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  • Day 01 : Arrival Kathmandu, check into hotel rest day.

    Arrival Kathmandu, check into hotel rest day.

  • Day 02 : Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

    Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

  • Day 03 : Drive to Nyalam (Nepal -Tibet border town)

    Drive to Nyalam (Nepal -Tibet border town)

  • Day 04 : Drive to Shegar

    Drive to Shegar

  • Day 05 : Drive to Shigatse

    Drive to Shigatse

  • Day 06 : Drive to Gyantse

    Drive to Gyantse

  • Day 07 : Drive to Lhasa

    Drive to Lhasa

  • Day 08 - 09 : Sightseeing of Lhasa

    Sightseeing of Lhasa

  • Day 10 : Drive to Ganden monastry and sightseeing

    Drive to Ganden monastry and sightseeing

  • Day 11-13 : Trek to Samye monastry via Shuga La and Chitu La Pass

    Trek to Samye monastry via Shuga La and Chitu La Pass

  • Day 14 : Trek to Nigu river and drive to Gongar Airport

    Trek to Nigu river and drive to Gongar Airport

  • Day 15 : Early morning fly to Kathmandu (1300m)

    Early morning fly to Kathmandu (1300m) by magnificent view of Mt Everest and Nepal Himalayas, evening join Nepali cultural show and dinner.

  • Day 16 : Final departure

    Final departure

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What is included

  • 3 star category hotels in main cities bed and break fast basis
  • All camping facilities and meals in tibet trek part
  • All airport transfers and road transport mostly by private vehicle
  • All payment fir environmental rules
  • All costs of portrage and Yak animals as per service specified
  • All sightseeing as specifies in the expanded trip itineraries
  • Insurance for Nepalese staffs and Liaison officer

What is not included

  • Lunch and dinner in main cities
  • Altitude tents, foods and climbing equipment for team members and sherpas
  • Personal equipment and Insurance, Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
  • All international flights and airport taxes
  • Expenses of personal natures

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