10 Days Tibet Ganden to Samye Trek in Tibet-Tibet Travel




10 days

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Best Months To Travel

June, July, Aug, Sept


The Ganden to Samye Trek Tour is one of the most challenging Trekking Tibet that covers 80km from Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery. Samye Monastery is the 1st ever Tibetan Buddhism monastery and crosses the steep sky pointing to Shugar la Pass ( 5250m) and Chitul la Pass (5210m).

Within the alpine green valleys, lone nomadic families are dwelling in their black tents and tending their herds on the grassland.  A couple of natural lakes on the Chitul la Pass are the source of streams following down within the valley.

And the rocky surrounding is home to herds of wild goats, and the scrub forest and fragrant junipers are beautiful down in the valley basin, especially at the end of May and June the valley is beautiful with blossoms of rhododendrons.

Then finally the trail meets the Yarlung Valley and ends the hiking at Samye monastery, an easy day excursion within the ancient Tibet capital Yarlung makes its way to some historical palaces and tombs before leaving for the airport.


  • 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 canisters for each person;
  • Lodging and meals for guide and drivers;
  • First aid kit;
  • Liability travel insurance;
  • Basic camping gear: tents, mattresses, and sleeping bags;
  • Yaks and porters during the trekking days;
  • Cook and cooking gear; (Optional)
  • Full board meals during the trekking days; (Optional)
  • 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 itinerar

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons
Laundry service
Outdoor Seating
Smoking Allowed
Wireless Internet

Tour Plan

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 the city, you will have the first glimpse of the 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 the Tibetan area centered by the mystical Jokhang temple and the bustling Bakhor street. In the following couple of days, we have thoughtfully arranged a few worthy visits to some world heritages and sites of breathing Tibetan Buddhists along with 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 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.
After days of acclimation in Lhasa, we drive through a number of switchbacks to Ganden monastery perching up on the Wangku hill. It offers a great view of the Lhasa River valley from the ridge. Then the campsite is down in the Trubshi valley where we meet the Yaks and yak man. This is starting point of the Ganden Samye trekking. After spending a night, the next day we start trekking within the valley studded with tussock grass and shrubs. Traverse the lofty Shugala pass (5250m) through a steep trail over the lumpy ground 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. The rest of the trek is easily climbing down following the stream. And nomadic families 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 passes through several villages to Samye monastery.
Explore the ancient capital Yarlung, which is also known as the cradle of Tibetan civilization. The first Palace, Yumbu Lhakang standing on a small hill was the central power of Tibet during the king’s dynasty prior to the 7th century. Moreover, the collective 22 king’s tombs were located in Chongye town before you leave for the airport. We will appreciate you spending a few minutes to evaluate our services for future improvement you can either leave the feedback form to your guide or just write us an email. At your departure, your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the airport per your schedule. The trip officially ended then.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Cristian Pumarino Jun,11 2019 01:29:35
We are 3 people that will travel from Chengdu to Lahsa by train, arriving around August 5th. We want to take 4 days tour in Lhasa.  We need to know how to book the tour with you, the price, how to pay it and what are the documents we need to go there. We will get our tourist visa to visit China after we book the tour. Two of us will travel form Chile in South America and our son -also chilean- will do it form South Africa. Stay tuned to reply
Lakshmi May,23 2019 15:20:14
Hi, I am interested in this tour. But I cannot exert myself much and was wondering if I can skip the Kailash Kora and use other forms of transportation. I do however want to see Mt. Kailash. Also are you able to provide oxygen?
matteo May,18 2019 16:19:11
Hello! we would kindly like to know what’s the cheapest offer you have for this guided tour. We’re two people thank you!!

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