10 Days Ganden-Samye Trekking

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1. Based on double occupancy.
2. Comfortable hotels in cities and guesthouses in some remote places.
3. Flight and train are not included.
4. Tour cost is only for reference, please inquire for detailed quotation.
5. The more people, the cheaper cost.
Trip Length: 10 days / 9 nights Trip outline: Lhasa-Gaden monastery-Samye monastery-Yarlung-Yumbulhakhang-Lhasa Activity: Cultural Spiritual Experienc,Plateau Trekking tours Season: Summer,Autumn,Spring Trip Level:      Explain>>

In order to make it easier for you to choose the right trip, we have graded our trips with certain Trip Level System from 1 to 4 according to the degree of activities and altitude. We have also suggested the most suitable groups or individuals for each Trip Level.
In the Trip Overview of each itinerary there is also a brief description of what the Trip is like.
Our staffs at the Explore Tibet are always happy to answer any questions you have and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests and level of fitness.
1. Easy
Light walking and hiking that is suitable for all level of fitness, generally altitude range between 3500m/9800ft to 4000m/13000ft. Hotels and guesthouses accommodation.
Suitable for family with kids and senior groups.

2. Moderate
May included moderate level of hiking, biking, horse riding and maximum altitude of 5000m/16000ft. Hotels and guesthouses accommodation.
Suitable for family with kids bigger than 12 years, individual having average level for fitness.

3. Moderate to Strenuous
May include high altitude hiking up to 6 hours, long hour driving and sometimes overnight at around 5000m/16000ft, require a moderately high level of fitness, camping and basic lodging facility.
Suitable for adult family, individuals physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking.

4. Strenuous
May include high altitude trekking and mountaineering, camping and basic lodging facilities, altitude range from 3600m/9800ft to 6000m/19000ft.
Suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.

Inquiry Tailor-Made
This is the one of the most challenging trekking in Tibet that covers 80km from Ganden monastery to 1st ever Tibetan Buddhism monastery Samye, crossing the steep and sky pointing Shugar la pass( 5250m) and Chitul la pass(5210m), within the alpine green valleys lone nomads families are dwelling in their black tents and tending their herds on the grassland, couple of natural lakes on the Chitul la pass is source of streams following down within the valley, the rocky surrounding is home for herds of wild goats, the scrub forest and fragrant junipers beautiful down in the valley basin, specially end of May and June the valley is beautiful with blossoms of rhododendrons, then finally the trail meet the Yarlung valley and end the trekking at Samye monastery, an easy day excursion within the ancient Tibet capital Yarlung make its way to some historical palaces and tombs before left to the airport.
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Days Trip Outline Activities Accommodation
Day 01 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m) Pick up and transfer to hotel, rest at hotel. Yak hotel
Day 02 Lhasa sightseeing Bakhor streetJohkang Temple, Potala Palace Yak hotel
Day 03 Lhasa sightseeing Sera MonasteryDrepung Monastery Yak hotel
Day 04 Lhasa-Gaden-Trubshi village (4000m), 65km, approx 2hrs Gaden Monastery, Trubshi Village Camping
Day 05 Trubshi-Hepu-Yama (4456m), 17km, approx 6hrs Hepu Village,  Ani Pagong Camping
Day 06 Yama Do-Shuga la (5250m)-Chitul gang (4907m), 10km, approx 7hrs  Alpine Valleys, Nomad Herder’S Camp Camping
Day 07 Chitul Gang – Chitul La Pass(5210m)- Nyagarsumdo- Herder’S Camp, 14km, approx 5 Hours Chitul Pass , Herder’S Camp Camping
Day 08 Herder’S Camp – Nyango Village – Samye Monastery(3630m), 39km, approx 4hrs  Nyango Village, Hepo Hill, Samye Monastery Monastery hotel
Day 09 Samye monastery-Tsedang (3700m), 50km, approx 1hr Yumbu Lhakang Palace, Chongye Valley Yulong hotel
Day 10 Depart from Tibet Send off to train/airport  

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Tour Cost Included:

- All necessary travel permits to Tibet;

- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the program;

- Private transportation in Tibet: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included), SEE VEHICLE PHOTOS HERE;

- Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;

- Lodging: available from 5 star hotels to budget guesthouses, SEE HOTEL PHOTOS HERE;

- Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour;

- Oxygen canisters: 2 canister for each person;

- Lodging and meals for guide and drivers;

- First aid kit;

- Liability travel insurance;

- Basic camping gears: tents, mattresses and sleeping bags;

- Yaks and porters during the trekking days;

- Cook and cooking gears; (Optional)

-  Full board meals during the trekking days; (Optional)

Tour Cost Excluded:

- Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation(recommended);

- Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);

- International and domestic flight/train.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and ticket availability with your travel consultant);

- Meals that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 per person);

- Gratuities for the guide and driver:

DAY 1 – 3. Our representatives greet your arrival at the airport/train station and it is a short drive to the holy Lhasa city along the Lhasa river within a valley enclosed by barren mountains, far before reaching to the city you will have the first glimpse of tremendous Potala Palace appearing out from the rest of the city by perching on the red hill. Then check in the hotel which is located in the old part of the town and which is also known as Tibetan area that centered by mystical Jokhang temple and the bustling Bakhor street. In the following couple of days we have thoughtfully arranged few but worthy visit to some world heritages and sites of breathing Tibetan Buddhists along acclimation and alleviating Jet-lag, you have plenty of time to walk shoulder to shoulder with devoted local pilgrims in the bustling Bakhor street, it is also a real pleasure to explore the busy cobbled lanes twisting around the aged buildings in the supernatural Drepung and Sera monastery, and our knowledgeable guides enhance your experiences with a thorough historical and cultural explanation. These days are flexible and easy to do on your own exploration around the town and hang around the Bakhor street during your leisure. In addition we do arrange special experiences of short visit to typical Tibetan village family or receive rare scared blessings from high lamas with local pilgrims per client’s interest.
 
DAY 4 – 8. After days of acclimation in Lhasa, we drive through numbers of switch backs to Ganden monastery perching up on the Wangku hill, it offers a great view of the Lhasa river valley from the ridge, then campsite is down in the Trubshi valley where we meet the Yaks and yak man, after an overnight pause next to the village we start the trekking within the valley studded with tussock grass and shrubs, and traverse the lofty Shugala pass (5250m) through a steep trail over the lumpy ground is the most challenging part of the trek, then by a mild slope cross the Chitul la pass(5210m) and from the ridge it offers beautiful mountain panoramas and views of Balang Tsodu lake down in the basin, rest of the trek is easily climbing down following the stream, nomad families are dwelling in their black yak wool tents, the scrub willow and rosebush forest is beautiful during the summer with blossoms of rhododendrons, gradually the trail pass through the several villages to Samye monastery.

 

DAY 9 - 10. Explore the ancient capital Yarlung, which is also known as cradle of Tibetan civilization, the first King’s palace Yumbu Lhakang standing on a small hill was the central power of the Tibet during the king’s dynasty prior to 7th century, moreover the collective 22 king’s tombs are located in the Chongye town, before you left to the airport, we will appreciate you for spending few minutes to evaluate our services for future improvement and you can either leave the feedback form to your guide or just write us an email, at your departure, your guide and driver meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the airport per your schedule. The trip is officially ended then.
Tour Cost Includes:

- All necessary travel permits to Tibet;

- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the program;

- Private transportation in Tibet: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included), SEE VEHICLE PHOTOS HERE;

- Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;

- Lodging: available from 5 star hotels to budget guesthouses, SEE HOTEL PHOTOS HERE;

- Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour;

- Oxygen canisters: 2 canister for each person;

- Lodging and meals for guide and drivers;

- First aid kit;

- Liability travel insurance;

- Basic camping gears: tents, mattresses and sleeping bags;

- Yaks and porters during the trekking days;

- Cook and cooking gears; (Optional)

-  Full board meals during the trekking days; (Optional)

Tour Cost Excludes:

- Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation(recommended);

- Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);

- International and domestic flight/train.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and ticket availability with your travel consultant);

- Meals that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 per person);

- Gratuities for the guide and driver:

Tibet is a country, which is totally different from any other places around the world, just because of its political sensitivity, rich culture diversity and peculiar geographical formation. Although this means it is not the easiest place to travel, which is also what makes it so special.
In order to make your trip worry free and indisputable, here we have carefully collected all the essential information that will give you a clear image of the trip as well as logistics during your stay in Tibet, this also will be helpful for your trip preparation before you leave, so please go through it and make sure you are well prepare for the trip, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our tour consultant or write us on sales@exploretibet.com

Legitimate Claim;
As we mentioned above, Tibet is politically very sensitive and any political activities are restrictedly prohibited, so we always advising our clients to keep away from any political conversations or activities that bound against the policy of People’s republic of China. Your involvement in such activities would influence the whole group as well as future of all your guides, driver and the company. If any one does, then we have the full right to cancel the trip and we are not responsible for so caused hassle and costs.
 
Emergency contacts:
Being a responsible company, we are always available for 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator or sales person (whose contact numbers are will be listed on your tour agreement), for any reason if you are not able to reach to him/her then please ring us on the below numbers;
Lhasa Head Office: (0891)-6329441 (the area code 0891 is not necessary if you are calling from Lhasa)
Chengdu Office: (028)-86262365
Note: office working time is 9am – 7pm from Monday to Friday.
Sonam Jamphel (Sales Manager) 0158890904080 or 018980810151 (Available for 24 hours a day)
 
Chinese Visa
Every one should have the valid passport (with minimum 6 months validity) and Chinese visa to travel into China and the Chinese visa is also valid in Tibet, generally the Chinese visa is can be applied either by your self or use a visa service agency in your home country, but the visa application and requirements are little vary in different countries, so please check with your regional Chinese Embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements.
NOTE; It is your responsibility to obtain the Chinese visa, so just for your information it is better not to list Tibet as your travel destination on your visa application form, just list Chengdu or Beijing, whichever your in-bound city is as your travel destination. If you enter Tibet from Nepal then you don’t need the Chinese individual visa and please check the next line for what you need.
 
If You Enter Tibet From Nepal
If you enter Tibet from Nepal, then the permit and Chinese visa formalities are slightly different, to enter from Nepal, you don't need the Chinese individual visa and instead you should obtain the Tibet group visa from Chinese Embassy in Nepal, you can’t apply it directly and you should have a local Nepalese agency to apply for it, so our Nepalese partner agency will assist you for that application, normally the application takes 2 to 5 working days for different cost and it only can be applied when you arrive in Nepal, because your original passport is needed along the application. More about the Tibet Group Visa and cost please check here
 
Tibet Travel Permit and Its Process
Tibet travel permit is compulsory for all the travelers to visit Tibet and it can be obtained within 15 days prior to the trip starting dates, once you have booked the tour with us, we will obtain it for you which is included in the tour package. We need clear scan copies of your Chinese visa and passports to apply for the permit.
For more detail and latest permit updates, please check here
 
Etiquettes and Taboos:
Cultural Considerations: Be aware that your cultural values may differ from those of locals. These may include different concepts of time, personal space, communication, etc., which are not wrong or inferior, just different. Making the extra effort to respect local customs and cultural differences will enhance your interactions with locals during your time in Tibet and contribute to building mutual respect between locals and tourists.
Appropriate attire: Most Tibetans are pretty conservative from our western perspective so it is always polite to wear long pants at all times (guys and girls). If you wear shorts in rural villages or in the Bakhor district in Lhasa you will definitely get stranger looks than normal! Women should wear long pants or skirts. Shirts should not be revealing and bras should be worn. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore these cultural norms and can be seen in towns and villages wearing shorts and revealing summer attire; while it may be comfortable, it is not appropriate, especially when visiting monasteries. Don’t be shy to inform other tourists of the proper dress for monasteries; perhaps they are not aware of the cultural considerations and etiquette.

Itinerary Disclaimer
Generally we adhere to the original itinerary that we described but sometimes little alterations can be born due to the situations that are beyond our control. On the other hand, in order to make our trip for your personal experiences and flexible, we allowed our clients to make minor changes by discussing with us (office staff) and guide (field staff). The trip detail itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destination or activities is by no means of guarantee that they will be encountered or carried due to the local circumstances and climate.
 
Keeping in touch with folks at home
If your family members or colleagues or friends want to connect with you during the tour, then you can either provide your guide mobile number to reach you during the trip or if you don’t know your guide number at the time, please don’t feel hesitate to provide our company contact numbers listed in the Emergency Contact section and we can find a way to reach you through guide mobile.
 
Meals
In order to provide you the maximum flexibility of what, where and when to eat, we generally doesn’t include meals in the tour cost except breakfast included at the hotels, but our local guide will suggest you good local restaurant per your requirements. In the cities like Lhasa, Tsedang, Gyantse, Shigatse and Zhangmu you can find good restaurants serve wide range of Tibetan food, continental food, Nepalese food, Indian food and Chinese cuisine, but in Tingri, EBC and in remote places, there is a limited choice for noodles and pan cakes. Approximate cost of a meal in Tibet is USD3 – USD10 per person/meal depending on your individual requirement.
 
Destination Guide Recommended Reading List:
Tibet is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Tibet. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be. While we include a recommended reading list, which you can refer to for in-depth information, the following is a recommended reading list that might be helpful for you.
Tibetan History | Tibetan Culture & Arts | Tibetan Religion |
 
Lhasa and the TAR:
  • Tibet: The Lonely Planet Country Guide
  • Trekking in Tibet: A Traveler's Guide by Gary McCue
  • Tibet Handbook: Moon Travel Guide
  • Fodor's Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan: Expert Advice and Smart Choices: Where to Stay, Eat, and 
Explore On and Off the Beaten Path
  • To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron
  • The Mount Kailash Trek by Constance Roos/Sian Pritchard-Jones
  • Trekking Tibet by Gary McCue/George Schaller
  • The Heart of the World, A Journey to the Tibet's Lost Paradise by Ian Baker
  • My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel 
 
Kham and Amdo regions:
  • Footprints Tibet Handbook by Gyurme Dorje
  • Lonely Planet China (See Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu Provinces)
  • Bradt Guide Tibet by Michael Buckley
 
Domestic Flights and Trains to Tibet
There is only one international flight to Tibet, which is from Kathmandu (Nepal), and then there are lots of flights from different cities in Mainland China like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai and so on. Please Check Flight Schedule and Cost Here
There is no international train to Tibet and all the trains are from Mainland China like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xining and so on. Please Check Train Schedule and Cost Here
 
Responsible Tourism Initiative: 
Tourism has the potential to have positive and negative effects on the local environment and peoples. Making a conscious decision about how you travel can make a difference. Whether you are traveling to the Amazon rainforest or to Mt. Everest Base Camp, taking the initiative to reduce negative impacts and help sustain local communities is the responsible thing to do. Read more how we practice Responsible Travel
 
How & What To Pack
It is important to pack light and effectively, specially when you travelling to a new place, you need to know some necessary items should be carry with, depending on the length of your trip and where you go, you can get away with a minimal amount of clothing. One medium-large backpack or rolling duffle and a day pack should be just right for a 2-4 week trip. We suggest you to check our packing guideline here

Complaint & Feedback
We are always trying to provide the best service that can achieve a memorable Tibet tour for you, but sometimes you might be dissatisfied with some arrangement as different people has various aspirations and requirement, so please let us know instantly and we will try to solve everything right away to avoid repeating mistakes unknowingly. As we are looking for every single opportunity to improve our services, so your valuable suggestions and constructive complaints are very much appreciated. 

The lake side cmaping trip was excellent, and visit the Pelde village is a beautiful experience and we had a great day by sharing and interpreting with local village people.

------Sarah & Samson group, travled in May, 2010

 

“We enjoyed our trip and the experiences were above expectations. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!”

 ---Paola Erba & family (Italy) , traveled on 8th August, 2012.

 

“Our guide and driver were excellent always glad to help, went out their way to make our experience the best”. 

----Alberto Zuniga (Costa Rica), traveled on 24th May, 2012.

 

“Visiting Tibet was a dream comes true for us, and particularly for Colin, who has wanted to visit the Potala Palace since he was a child. We've been to other Buddhist countries and regions -- Sikkim, Nepal, and all over Southeast Asia -- but Tibet seems particularly remote and starkly beautiful. We don't know anyone else who has been to Tibet."

-- from James & Colin (USA). Travelled in Oct 2012. 

 

“We were extremely pleased with our guide and itinerary, our guide gave us good suggestions for activities when we were on our own, responded well to our requests and was adaptable, and was good company for these few days. he talked with local people and monks to give us more interesting experiences.”
----Ruth Rosenfeld and her son (USA), traveled in May, 2011.

 

“Overall very enjoyable experiences, thanks to our knowledgeable and caring guide. We look forward to coming back next time.”

----QuynhTien Cao & Gia Chan Vuong (Australia), traveled in December, 2011.

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