Ganden - Samye Trek - 9 days
The Ganden to Samye trek route has proved to be one of the most captivating of all Tibetan treks with rich variety of scenery from high snowy passes to lush alpine meadows to the desert like environs of the Samye monastery.
There are secluded valleys inhabited by nomads and yaks. This pilgrimage route is well-used by Tibetans who combine a visit to Ganden, The principal monastery of yellow hat sect with a hard but reasonably direct walk to Samye , the first monastery of Tibet.
From US$ 1924.00
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Day 01 Arrive Chengdu
Upon arrival in Chengdu, you will be met and transferred to hotel.
Day 02 Chengdu - Lhasa Breakfast
A mid - morning flight from Chengdu will take you to Lhasa, the exciting capital of Tibet. You will be met at the airport by a representative of Third Eye Travel in Lhasa and transferred to hotel, where rooms have been booked for you. Afternoon at leisure for acclimatization.
Day 03 Lhasa - Breakfast
Today will be spent exploring palaces. First on your list will be the Potala Palace. The palace of the Dalai Lama a treasure of Tibetan culture was, till 1965, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet and quite possibly, the singularly most important building in all Tibet. It was built in the seventh century by Tsongtsen Gampo as a fort and later renovated by the fifth Dalai Lama in the seventeenth century to its present specifications. Your next stop will be Norbulingkha the winter palace of the Dalai Lama which was built in the eighteenth century.
Day 04 Lhasa - Breakfast
Today you will visit the Drepung monastery. This is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monks and nuns. It was built in 1419 and the second , third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. A visit to the kitchen of this monastery is a must. Look out for the washing machine in which the monks mix their butter tea! Your next stop will be the Jokhang Temple. This is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a golden statue of the Buddha which was brought to Tibet by the Chinese princess “Wen Chen”. You then stop off at Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is a bustling flea market and is, generally, the place to buy souvenirs and meet other tourists.
Day 05 : Lhasa – Shugu La Pass- Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
After breakfast, drive about 70 KM to Ganden with your trekking crew. Ganden is one of major monasteries among three monasteries in Tibet. Today you will begin the trek from the Ganden complex. This is also the beginning of the Ganden circuit and you will most likely meet pilgrims on their way to circumambulate the monastery. Pack your bags and trek to the bottom of Shugu la pass (Jooker la pass) via Helbu village. Overnight camping.
Day 06 : Shugu La Pass – Shedi Tso - Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Continue to Shugu La pass, cross the pass, descend to Shedi Tso lake. Overnight camping.
Day 07 : Shidi Tso to Nyango valley - Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Continue to Nyango Valley. Overnight camping.
Day 08 : Trek Nyango - Yamalong Hermitage – Tsetang - Breakfast /lunch/Dinner
Trek to Yamalong. Our Yaks and Yakman will return to Ganden, and we will continue to Samye village (15 minutes) by local tractor. Upon arrival, visit the Samye monastery. Later drive to Tsedang city. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 09 : Tsetang – Chengdu- U.S.- Breakfast
Transfer to airport and fly to Chengdu and connect your international flight.
**End of the Tour***