Ganden to Samye Trekking

  • Ganden to Samye Trekking

Code TH-TB-002 •   12 Days •  

  • Trip Duration: 12 Days
  • Group size: 1 - 20 Pax
  • Ends in: Lhasa
  • Departure City: Lhasa
  • Max Altitude: 5210m
  • Activities: Sightseeing/Trekking


Trip Information

Ganden to Samye trek explores Central and south Tibet including the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley, the cradle  of Tibetan civilization. Additionally it includes a short 5 days trek. Ganden to Samye trek is a 5 days trek that connects two most important monasteries of Ganden and Samye. It offers fantastic walking, superb scenery, and interaction with Tibetan villagers and highland nomads. It is a fairly demanding trek and crosses two passes over 5000 meters. Participants must be physically strong and in good health. This trip is for those who have limited time to have experience both trekking and sightseeing tour while you are in Lhasa. This trip is one of the best option to take trekking arround Lhasa. And also it completes sightseeing in Tsedang and Lhasa valley.


You will be staying at Yak hotel or Gyangyen Hotel in Lhasa. It is a good reviewed and decorated with Tibetan arts and furnished by wooden. It is comfortable hotel for sure during your stay in Lhasa. In Ganden it is a local guesthouse clean room with attached bath. After that the trekking starts from Ganden Monastery, There will be camping during trekking period about 4 nights. Our camping tents are well maintained two men tents for group members, dining and kitchen tents along with kitchen table and other necessary equipements. Once you arrive Samye monastery. You will be staying at Guesthouse similar like at Ganden.

Altitude Problem and Physical Fitness Required

Trekking to Ganden to Samye requires two 5000m passes along the way, high physical fitness along with prior experience at trekking in high altitudes. It will help if you have previous trekking experience preferably in high altitudes. It is also important that you have a positive attitude and a strong determination and will power. We also advise our guest(s) to consult their doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements before the trip. Regular exercise, jugging, stretching and medication or yoga may be good idea before taking the trip.


All meals during trekking and only breakfast during the driving or touring sessions are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners in the city in Lhasa on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). It is advisable to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(USD10 to USD16) for lunch and dinner in a single day. Only basic meal choices like Tibetan bread and tsampa porridge will be available in remote locations. Freshly cooked full board food will be served by trained and experienced cooks on full-board basis during camping.

Recommended Clothing & Accessories

As the tempreture varies greatly between day and night (from Max. 20 degrees celcius to Min. -10 degrees celcius) one should prepare accordingly. Woolen gloves, Balaclava, Sun hat, Thermal wear, Water bottle, Woolen sockes, Personal Towel, Light and Warm parka Jacket, Sunglasses, Sun Cream, Torch with extra batteries, Muffler, Mask, Raincoat, Sweater, T-Shirt, Sleeping bag and comfortable walking shoes are recommended for Ganden to Samye Trekking.

Travel Insurance

Full travel insurance coverage for medicine, Helicopter evacuation, if in case of immergency, lost of belongings and trip cancilation is strongly recommended for Ganden to Samye Trek.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (April and May) and Autumn (September and October) is the best seasons for the Ganden to Samye Trek from Lhasa city. 

Trip Start Dates and Cost

Check available trip start dates and cost for Ganden to Samye Trek on the Fix Departure section or Please contact us for your customized departure date and cost.


Day 01: Arrive Lhasa and transfer to Hotel.

After your arrival at Lhasa, Our guide will be waiting to assist you at the airport with necessary permit to check in Tibet. You will be cleared immigration and then drive to your booked hotel at Lhasa city. Lhasa city is 65km far from the Gongar Airport.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (Twin Sharing)

Meal: N/A

Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing

Today fully guided sightseeing will be commenced, Today first you will visit Norbulinka the summer palace of HH Dalai Lama and then Drepung Monastery and then Nechung Monastery and Evening Jokhang Temple.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (Twin Sharing)

Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Lhasa Sightseeing

Today another fully guided sightseeing of Potala Palace and Then Sera Monastery and Tibet Musium after that Evening walk arround Barkhor Tibetan Market.

Accommodation: 3 star Hotel (Twin Sharing)

Meal: Breakfast

Day 04: Drive Lhasa - Ganden Monastery

Today after breakfast we will drive to Ganden Monastery which is about 45km east of Lhasa. Ganden Monastery is the first Gelukpa sect monastery. Today you will visit Ganden Monastery and then preparation of trek.

Accommodation: Guest House

Meal: Breakfast

Day 05: Trek Ganden to Hepu Nomad Camp - 7 hrs - Camping

A fantastic trekking toward Hepu valley which is one of the nomadic valley near Lhasa. You could enjoy with Yaks and local Tibetan people along the way. Overnight stay will be at camping.

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Trek Hepu to Yema Do (4450m) - 7 hrs

Trek Hepu to Yema Do (4450m) - 7 hrs - Camping

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Trek Yema Do to Chitup Chu (4907m) - 6 hrs - Camping

Trek Yema Do to Chitup Chu (4907m) - 6 hrs - Camping

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Trek Chitup Chu over Chitula Pass (5210m) to Herders Camp - 8 hrs - Camping

Trek Chitup Chu over Chitula Pass (5210m) to Herders Camp - 8 hrs - Camping

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Drive to Lhasa enroute visit Yumbulhakhang and Tsonge Tomb.

Drive to Lhasa enroute visit Yumbulhakhang and Tsonge Tomb.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (Twin Sharing)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Lhasa Free day for personal purpose.

Lhasa Free day for personal purpose.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (Twin Sharing)

Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: Final Departure

Free unti flight or train reporting time. You will be dropped off to airport or train station for final departure.

Accommodation: N/A

Meal: Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • Tibet travel permit and Ganden Samye Trekking Permit
  • All camping equipment
  • All cooking equipmentWell trained western cook with kitchen helper
  • Camping supporter Crew
  • English speaking Local Tibetan Guide
  • All sightseeing tours wherever required
  • All monastery entrance feesFull board food during 5 days trekking
  • Yak and Yak man for Baggage, food, equipment and fuel supply.
  • Transportation by 4500 CC Toyota Land Cruiser
  • And Experience local Tibetan Driver
  • Hotel with daily breakfast while touring

What is not included?

  • Lunch & Dinner while in Tour
  • Any flight and train fare
  • Travel InsurancePersonal expenses
  • Extra bar billEvacuation cost in case of immergency
  • Pony hiring cost
  • Single room or tent suppliment.
  • Others which is not mentioned on the above included items

USD 1,150

12 days

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