11 Day Ganden To Samye Trek


Why Travelers Like This Trek


  • The best way to learn about Tibet is to see it with your own eyes
  • It’s the best trek close to Lhasa
  • Sprawling ruins of Ganden remain a stunning sight. This is one of Travelers favorite Tibetan monastery, built high on a cliff in a natural amphitheater. After the tour buses leave, it’s a wondrous place
  • High lakes and bleak, remote mountain pass
  • Getting immersed in Tibetan history and their bizarre version of Buddhism from both new and old schools of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Optional side-trip scramble up to an ancient Nyingmapa retreat called Yamalung and Chimpuk 
  • Fantastic weather during the trekking season. (In October Travelers did not see a cloud in the sky for weeks, other good months are June, July end, September)
  • Beautiful sand dunes close to Samye
  • View of the Yarlung Tsangpo River 
  • The Samye is the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet
  • Chances to meet Yogis if you have merit
  • Great place to witness the beauties of Nomads and Nature

Season Price on Group size:

April 15th to June 19th:

1 Person: 5,100 US Dollar 

2 People: 2,400 US Dollar Per Person 

3 People: 2,200 US Dollar Per Person 

4 People: 1,900 US Dollar Per Person 

5 People: 1,700 US Dollar Per person

6 People: 1,500 US Dollar per person 

June 20th to October 25th:

1 Person: 5,300 US Dollar 

2 People: 2,600 US Dollar Per Person 

3 People: 2,300 US Dollar Per Person 

4 People: 2,000 US Dollar Per Person 

5 People: 1,800 US Dollar Per person

6 People: 1,600 US Dollar per person 


Below price is two people shared one room. If Travelers prefer to have a separate room, the cost is 200 US Dollar extra. 

Tour Type: 11-Day Smallest Group Trek

Group Size: Minimum 2 People and Maximum 6 People

Tour Duration: 11 Days

Price: Lowest 1,500 USD

    • All travel permits for Tibet
    • English speaking Tibetan tour guide
    • Pick up and drop off by airport bus
    • All transportation in Tibet per itinerary
    • Vehicle tolls and Vehicle repairs(if necessary)
    • All administrative fees
    • All meals and accommodations for your guide
    • All lodging listed in the itinerary; If you travel individually, you will need to share one room with another tourist; while if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement
    • Breakfast each morning
    • Entrance fees for the places listed in the itinerary 
    • One time welcome meal for the group
    • One box of mineral water plus shared 
    • Oxygen tank in the car
    • Camping Equipment (1tent for 2 people share) 1 Mattress and 1 Sleeping bag per person 
    • Cook for the trek
    • Food in the trek
    • 1 Yak per person
    • Transportation costs to and from Tibet
    • Chinese visa fees and passport fees
    • Lunch and dinner during the tour
    • Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
    • Tips to the driver and guide

Day 1: Arrive In Lhasa

Welcome to Lhasa!  Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station or airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa old city with 200 meters from Jhokang Temple 

Day 2: Jokhang Temple And The Barkhor Circuit

Lhasa, elevation 3650m, is the holiest city in Tibet and each day pilgrims from across the Tibetan Plateau arrive in the city to worship at one of the many temples found there. You will spend 3 full days exploring the city. The first day you will visit the Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop, you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front of the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterward, you will explore the endless maze of markets and restaurants that line the ancient Barkhor circuit. While exploring the Barkhor circuit, you will rub elbows with Tibetan pilgrims who are prostrating their way around the Tibetan Quarter.

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa old city with 200 meters from Jhokang Temple 


Day 3: Potala Palace And Sera Monastery

In the morning, you will visit the Potala Palace, the most recognizable structure in Tibet. Built in the year 637, the Potala Palace rises 13 stories and has more than 1000 rooms. In the afternoon, you will visit the great monastery of Sera, where monk debates take place each day. If you are interested in hiking, there is a pilgrimage circuit around the monastery that takes about an hour to complete.

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa old city with 200 meters from Jhokang Temple 


Day 4: Drepung Monastery, Ramoche Temple And The Tibetan Quarter

This day you will explore Drepung Monastery. Drepung was formerly the largest monastery in the world and is still one of the 3 most important monasteries in Tibet. Below Drepung is Nechung Monastery, the former home of Tibet’s state oracle. In the afternoon, we will visit the Ramoche Temple as well as a small nunnery in the Tibetan Quarter.

Overnight at 3-star Dhood Gu hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa old city with 200 meters from Jhokang Temple 


Day 5: Lhasa-Ganden Trek From Ganden Monastery To Yama Do 17kms, 5 To 6 Hours

In the morning, you will drive the 55kms from Lhasa to Ganden Monastery. Ganden was founded in the 15th century and is one of the most famous monasteries in Tibet. You will depart from Ganden and trek to the meadows of Yama Do, elevation 4456.

Camping with meals 

Day 6: Trek To Tsotup Chu Valley (5 To 6hours,10km)

In the morning, leave the valley floor and make our way through a steep gully rising from the stream bank. Then, climb the Shug La and begin our climb down through treacherous boulder fields. Later, cross Tsotup Chu, a large stream winding through the valley floor. A comfortable camp will be set up in one of the header fields.

Camping with meals

Day 7: Trek To Herder's Camp (5 To 6 Hours,14km)

Follow the Tsotup Chu down through its tributary and head towards the Chitu La pass. After ascending this rocky pass, we will quickly descend down and find a beautiful place to camp in one of the fields surrounding the stream. To find our campsite we will meander through quiet herder camps for nearly an hour. Another beautiful day of our trek is over!

Camping with meals

Day 8: Trek To Yamalung (6 Hours,39km):Changtang village, Yamalung Hermitage

During the 39km journey, you will trek about 15km, while the rest 24km you can enjoy the ride on tour vehicle. The trail gets wider and easier as we follow through scrub forests in the main valley. Beautiful streams and lush forests surround us as we walking. The next few hours are arguably the most beautiful part of our trek. More than 15 types of scrub trees, blooming rhododendrons, and vast meadow will amaze your every step of the way! After passing through this wondrous landscape, we will trek through the Changtang village. Less than an hour away, participants can choose to make the one-hour hike to the Yamalung Hermitage. Yamalung is an ancient and holy Buddhist meditation site. The driver will pick you at Yamaling and drive to Samye monastery for the night. 

Overnight at Samye Guesthouse( No private bathroom / No shower) 


Day 9: Visiting Chimpuk Meditation Caves As A Day Trip From Samye

Today we finish the trek from Ganden to Samye. The highlight of the day will be Chimpuk meditation caves where the first Tibetan Yogis meditated in the 8th Century. Chimpuk is located in the east part of the mountains. Great place to visit nunnery and Yogis if you have merit.

Overnight at Samye Guesthouse( No private bathroom / No shower) 


Day 10: Samye Lhasa 200kms, 5 Hours

Samye is the first Monastery built in Tibet during the 8th Century. Samye has the combination of India, Chinese and Tibetan artist works, which makes Samye monastery very special as compare to other monasteries in Tibet. After visiting Samye, we finish the trek and drive back to Lhasa enjoying the view of Yarlung Tsangpo river along the way.

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa old city with 200 meters from Jhokang Temple 


Day 11: Lhasa Airport / Train Station Dropping Off

Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time comes to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.


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