Ganden to Samye Trekking - 12 Days
Ganden is situated 45 km East of Lhasa on the Highway which follows the south bank of the Kyi Chu to Medro Gongkar. This is one of the most beautiful trekking sites in central Tibet and is considered as an abode of Champa, the future Buddha. Ganden monastery is perched on a ridge (Gokpo Ri), which was chosen by Tsong Khapa (1357-1419) for his first meditation, the monastery was built later. This is one of the great monasteries of six which were built by Gelukpa sect. A trek from Ganden to Samye is one of the most popular trek in Tibet now. Travelers who are flying from mainland China or Kathmandu can join Ganden to Samye trek. However, the region is still restricted for trekking without an especial permit and a Tibetan guide.
Ganden to Samye trek links two of the most important monasteries in Central Tibet and crosses the Yatro Drak range of mountains that divide the Tsangpo basin from the Lhasa Valley. The trek provides superb and pristine scenery along with access to Tibet's first monastery, founded in the 8th Century.
Day 01: Arrive Lhasa
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 04: Free day in Lhasa
Day 05: Drive to Ganden
Day 06: Ganden trek to Yama Do
Day 07: Yama Do trek to Tsotup Chu Valley
Day 08: Tsotup Chu Valley trek to Herder's Camp
Day 09: Herder's Camp trek to Wango
Day 10: Wango trek to Samye and drive to Tsetang
Day 11: Explore Yarlung Valley
Day 12: Drive to Gongkar and Depart