Ganden Monastery, one of the three great Gelukpa sect religious centers in the Lhasa area, is built high on the Gokpori. The highlight of Ganden is the kora, offering fine views of the landscape.
Samye Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. With its ordered design, wealth of religious treasures and stunning location, Samye has strong attractions to tourists.
Ganden to Samye Trekking Trail
The trek route connecting Ganden Monastery and Samye Monastery is one of the popular trekking routes in Tibet. For ordinary tourists, it usually takes 4-5 days to finish the trek. Besides two of Tibet’s greatest centres of religious culture, this Ganden to Samye trek has more to offer, lakes, beautiful alpine landscapes, herders’ camps and sacred sites. Our article here introduces how to plan a perfect Ganden to Samye trek.
Ganden Monastery is about 45km away from Lhasa. You can join in the 10-day Ganden to Samye trek tour provided by BudgetTibetTour group. We will arrange everything well for you.
The Ganden to Samye trek is about 80 kilometers, usually taking 4-5 days to complete for ordinary tourists. The trek starts from Ganden Monastery, through Yama Do, Tsotup-chu Valley, Herders’ Camps, and finally arrive at Samye Monstery. Check the map of Ganden to Samye trek here.
Map of Ganden to Samye Trek
Day 1: Ganden Monastery to Yama Do (17km / 5-6hrs)
The first day of trekking begins at the highest point on the Ganden kora. Walk along a saddle trail, descend towards Hepu village, reach Ani Pagong, and then through marshy meadows to Yama Do(4490m). Yama Do offers extensive camp sites.
Day 2: Yama Do to Tsotup-chu Valley (10km / 5-7hrs)
On the second day, climb over Shuga-la(5250m), the highest point of the trek, then descend through a boulder field, gradually descend to the valley floor, and cross the large Tsotup-chu valley. This is a good camp site, and you’ll have neighbors of herders.
Day 3: Tsotup-chu Valley to Herders’ Camps (14km / 5hrs)
Walk to the Chitu-la(5210m), move to west side of the pass and reach the stone walls of a camp which is the herders’ highest camp. Pass two herders’ camps and cross a meadow. Then you’ll see numerous camp sites.
Day 4-5: Herders’ Camps to Samye Monastery (39km / 10hrs)
Walk through the thickening scrub forest, find Diwaka Zampa bridge and then enter the thickest and tallest part of the scrub forest. Wind through several meadows, and pass Gen Do and a village called Changtang. Walk along the Yamalung Hermitage and reach a bridge. Now you are on the way to Samye, about 3.5 hours walk away.
In Tibet, winter and early spring are too cold and windy for trekking. Mid-May to mid-October is the best time for Ganden to Samye trek. July and August are the two months see much rain and the scenery is the most beautiful of the year. The pasture is rich and meadows are full of wildflowers.
Ganden to Samye Trek - Scenery of Valley
For your perfect Ganden to Samye trek, please check the following packing list.
Ganden to Samye Trek - Tibet Travel Permit
Equipment and clothing:
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Ganden to Samye Trek - Packing List
Some special attentions for the Ganden to Samye trek is listed here for your reference.
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Hello I am planning a trip to Katmandu and on to Lhasa and Mt. Kalias. I am pilgrim. Let me know costs and details I intend to fly or go overload from Katmandu Lhasa etc. Thx.
Dear Mr. To***,
Thanks very much for your inquiry. Travelling to Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu. Firstly, we'll apply for visa invitation letter with copy of your passport. Next, we'll send visa invitation letter to you and our partner in Kathmandu. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you need to meet with our partner and give them your original passport, then they will go to Chinese embassy and apply for Chinese Group Visa for you. When you board plane from Kathmandu to Lhasa, they'll only check your passport and Chinese Group Visa. Apart from Chinese Group Visa, you also need Tibet Permit, we'lll apply for Tibet Permit for you in Lhasa, and our guide will pick you up at Lhasa airport with your permit. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Thanks & Regards
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