11 Day Ganden To Samye Trek


11 Day Ganden To Samye Trek


Why We Like This Hike

  • 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 our favourite Tibetan monastery, built high on a cliff in a natural amphitheatre. After the tour buses leave, it’s a wondrous place.
  • high lakes and bleak, remote mountain passes
  • getting immersed in Tibetan history and their bizarre version of Buddhism
  • you can extend the hike Samye to Taktse for an 8-10 day loop
  • optional side-trip scramble up to an ancient Nyingmapa retreat called Emmaling
  • fantastic weather during the trekking season. (In October we did not see a cloud in the sky for weeks.)
  • beautiful sand dunes close to Samye

Tour Type: 11-Day Private Group Tour

Group Size: Min 3 People / Max 6 People

Tour Duration: 11 Days

Price: 1300$ + 50$ For Single Supplement

    • 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 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
    • Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
    • Tips to the driver and guide


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

Overnight at 4-star Tashinota hotel 

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 Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop, you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front to 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 4-star Tashinota hotel (B)=breakfast

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.

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 Ramoche Temple as well as a small nunnery in the Tibetan Quarter.

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.

Trek From Yama Do To Gampa La Pass 12kms, 6 To 7 Hours

Hike up out of the bowl crossing the pass at Tseb La (5220m). After crossing a broad valley and another pass (5000m), descend to our camp beside the Gampa La  at 4820m.

Trek From Gampa La Pass To Nomad Encampment Near Gen Do 14kms, 5 Hours

Continue the trek to Samye passing through more valleys and nomadic areas.

Trek From Gen Do To Samye Monastery 37kms, 10 Hours

This day you will complete the rest of the trek to Samye Monastery.

*Alternative is to take an additional day to trek to Samye

Samye Monastery

You will take the day to explore Samye Monastery, the first monastery in Tibet.

Samye Lhasa 200kms, 5 Hours

You will take the day to explore Samye Monastery, the first monastery in Tibet.

Depart From Lhasa

This itinerary can be modified in any way. Contact us for prices and more information regarding this trip.


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