The majestic building - temple, palace and fortress - seems to be one with the rock on which it stands. Broad stairs lead up to the residence of the Tibetan god kings. It is a trove of immeasurable wealth. The heart of the old city is the Jokhang. Buddhist prayer flags flutter in the wind and juniper fires appease the gods. Mingling with the Tibetan pilgrims you will wander around the Jokhang, Some even prostrate the whole length of the way around the temple. We visit Tsurphu Monastery, head monastery of the Kagyupa sect, as well as Drepung, Sera and Ganden, important monasteries of the Gelugpa and once flourishing centers of Buddhist spirituality.
Then we embark on our 9-day trek. In Rutok, east of Lhasa, our crew is anticipating us. For 6 days we trek eastward passing settlements and the black yak hair tents of the nomads. Pastures dotted with flowers lead us across passes to the oracle lake. Amongst the holy lakes of Tibet Lhamo Latso take a special place. It is a pilgrimage destination for the god kings. At least once in their life every Dalai Lama and high authorities comes here to meditate and experience visions and they look for signs of the coming incarnation of a Dalai Lama. A place of utter peacefulness and serenity. On our way back the trail pass through the village of Gyatso Chu, home of the best walnuts in Tibet, and cross a pass leading to Tsetang. We visit the Yarlung valley, the birthplace of Tibetan civilization, on a day trip. A visit of Samye, the very first monastery of Tibet, concludes our journey.
You will be staying at good reviewed 3 star in Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse if you prefer better hotel there is always option to upgrade the hotel and if you prefer to get booked own prefer hotel we are always ready to book for you. There will be camping during trekking period. Our camping tents are well maintained two men tents for group members, dining and kitchen tents along with kitchen table and other necessary equipements.
Altitude Problem and Physical Fitness Required
It is a easy trekking, There is no level of physical fitness is required, everyone could join on the trek. It would be more helpful if you have previous trekking experience as the trail follows average altitude of 3900m one should prepare acordingly. We also advise our guest(s) to consult their doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements before taking the trip. Regular exercise, jugging, stretching and medication or yoga may be good idea before taking the trip.
We provide hygenic full board food prepared by our own experienced cook during trekking. 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.
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 (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) is the best seasons for this trip.
Trip Start Dates and Cost
Lhasa will be your starting city for Lhamo Lhatso trek. You could even check our fixed group joing trips. Check available trip dates and cost for Everst Advance Base Camp North or Please contact us for your customized departure date and cost. We are always welcome for customization as per your preference.