Trip Grade Moderate
Duration: 14 Nights/15 Days
Max. Altitude: 5200M
Destination: Tibet
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Activity: Trekking & Hiking
Theme: Tented Camps

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Ganden Samye Everest Trek

Ganden-Samye- Everest Trek is one of the adventure travel holidays in Tibet. Tibet is known as the ‘roof the world’ and trekking in roof of the world provides you special feelings of you’re actually in the roof of the world. This Ganden-Samye-Everest Trek starts from the capital of Tibet, Lhasa and then trek to northern part to Ganden and Samye. Lhasa, Ganden and Samye are very important places of Tibet and have special important in Tibetan Buddhism. The trekking combines the regions of Lhoka, the cradle of Tibet, and Shigatse as well as Everest region including Samye monastery, Traduk temple, Sightseeing in Gyantse and Shigatse. Ganden to Samye trek is dominated by high mountain passes including Xugar la pass (5250 meters), Pangla Pass (5000 meters), passing nomad camps, wild animals and beautiful stream water and this Tibet trekking is one of the famous pilgrimage route in the olden days between the two famous monasteries of Ganden and Samye.

 

Ganden-Samye-Everest Trek with Trekking Experts begins with flying to Lhasa from Kathmandu. You’ll visit the most historical and cultural site of the central Tibet including the Potala Palace, Jokang temple, Bharkor Bazar, Drepung and Sera monasteries in the ancient Lhasa city. After three nights sightseeing and acclimatization in Lhasa, your Tibet trek drives you towards Ganden monastery which is the largest and first monastery of Gelukpa sect. You will start your first camp at Drushi valley for acclimatization next to Ganden monastery and then continue 4 days most beautiful Tibet trek from Ganden monastery to Samye monastery, dominated by fascinating nomadic camps, grazing their animals on the beautiful mountain grass land. After the trek, you will enjoy the sightseeing of Samye monastery, the first monastery of Tibet, built in 8th century and then to Tsetang, the cradle of Tibet, where the first Castle, first monastery, first Kings, first generations of Tibet. Continue your Tibet travel towards Gyantse and Shigatse, visit the cultural center of the western Tibet and then to Nepal Tibet border. On the way, have an excursion to Mount Everest and Everest Base Camp.

Trip Highlights

Visit the Tibetan Buddhism Hub; Lhasa
Explore around most important places of Tibet Lhasa, Ganden, Samye, Shigatse and Everest Base Camp
Explore the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Tashilunpo Monastery
Visit to Everest Base Camp from Tibet part
Trekking in the roof of the world

Itinerary

You will be warmly welcomed by our Tibetan guide and driver and accompany you to the holy city of Lhasa along with the view of Bharmaputra, known as Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibetan and a giant stone carved Buddha with more than a thousand years history.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 3650 meter

Today you’ll visit around Lhasa and rest there for acclimatization as you’re already at above 3650 meters from sea level. After breakfast, you’ll the most famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Tibetan local market; Barkhor. Potala palace is Lhasa's most important landmark and a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment which will be remembered for your rest life time. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once the home to the Dalai Lama. Well another visit you will take is to Jokhang Temple which locates at Barkhor Bazaar. This temple is the most revered shrine in Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. You will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkor Bazaar, the crowded central market in ancient section of Lhasa where the residence of many local people is.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 3650 meter

Today after breakfasts in hotel, you will drive to west Lhasa city section (about 11km) and give a visit to the Drepung Monastery, which was once the world's largest monastery. Housing 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout so many hundreds of years. In the afternoon, the site you will visit is Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located just a few miles North of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. Its famous debating activities are happening 3-4pm quite regularly every working day; you will not give it a miss.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 3650 meter

You will start your tour at around 9Am and drive along the Lhasa River dominated by beautiful Tibetan villages and flocks of yaks grazing on side mountain of Ganden monastery. You will visit the monastery then go to your campsite and have lunch.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 4500 meter

You’ll start your trek at around 9 Am after the breakfast. The trail gradually ascends for 1.5 hrs before reaching a saddle marked by a cairn with views of Kyichu valley to Lhasa. Traversing the west side of the ridge from the saddle, the trail reaches a spur surmounted by a cairn, a spring and then the village of Hepu in 2 hrs. 1 hr from Hepu reaches Ani Pangong, a small nunnery. The trail climbs steadily for 1 hour through marshy meadows to Yama Do.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 4350 meter

You will start your trek at around 8.30Am. In 2 hrs past Yama Do, ascend Shug-la pass (5250 m ). It takes at least 1.5 hrs from the basin negotiating boulders and lumpy ground along the final steep climb to the pass. The route continues over the Shug-La pass following the cairned trail descending gradually and reaching the valley in 1.5 hrs from the pass. Cross the Tsotup Chu. Nomad herders with their herd of yaks, goat and sheep can be found here.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 4900 meter

You will start your trek as usual and from the Tsotup Chu valley, follow a small tributary entering from the south-west. The route follows steeply upwards for 30 mins until you reach a large basin. The terrain is not particularly difficult to reach Chitu-la pass (5100 m) which is marked by several cairns . A short steep descent will bring you into a basin with three small lakes. The trail at many points is not clearly marked and goes past several seasonal camping sites before it reaches the valley floor.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5 Hours Walk
  • 5100 meter

Start the trek at around 8.30 Am. The trail is now wide and easy to follow and goes through forest of shrubs and rhododendrons for 3 hrs. The trail winds through a series of meadows before reaching Gen Do, a place with a ruined stone structure. The forest thins rapidly and reaches the first permanent village of Chantan (4020 m ) after leaving Hebu. In 30-40 minutes, arrive at the turn off at Yamalung Valley. Yamalung Hermitage is another 1 hour steep climb from the valley floor. From Yamalung Valley, you will meet your driver and will take one hrs and half to reach Samye monastery.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 4020 meter

After the breakfast, you will visit Samye monastery. If you are not scared of waking up earlier, you can also go to see the monks chanting in the monastery assembly hall which is already held from 7Am. After the sightseeing of the monastery, we will drive along the Bharmaputrariver and get to Tsetang in 2 hrs. Visit YumbuLhakang and Traduk temple in Tsetang.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 50 kilometers (2 hours’ drive) Hours Walk
  • 3100 meter

You will start your tour at around 9 Am from your hotel and then drive towards Gyangtse through 3 big mountain passes, Kampa La, Karo La, Simila respectively. Karola is the highest pass among them which is over 5000Mts with it's most beautiful glaciers, beautiful Yamdrok lake emerged as coral color from the top of Kampala pass. You will have your lunch at Nakartse country which is just between the Yamdroklake and Karola glaciers.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 340 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 3950 meter

You will start your tour at around 9Am from your hotel and then drive towards Palchoe monastery for a few minutes. Visit Palchoe monastery and Kubum Pagoda stupa. After the sightseeing, you will have your lunch and then continue your journey to Shigatse by passing one of the biggest farming land in Tibet where people grow barley, wheat, different kinds of vegetables. In the evening you’ll visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery and old market of Shigatse.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 90 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 3900 meter

You will start your tour at around 8.30 Am from your hotel and drive through two big mountain passes, Tso La 4500m and Gyatso La 5220m and some beautiful villages and the first view of Mount Everest from the foot of Gyatso la pass. Continuously, drive through Pangla pass 5000m from which you will have a fantastic view of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Makalu respectively which are over 8000Mts.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 340 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 5000 meter

You will start your trek from Rongbuk monastery at around 10Am and it will take you to two hrs to get there. On the way you can visit a miraculous cave of Mila Repa. After two hrs trek, you get to the Everest base camp. It is the best point of enjoying the world's highest mountain and taking photos of it. You can have a basic lunch at Everest Base camp since there are many local tented tea houses where they sell instant noodles or bread etc. You will drive through a dusty road for 70Km until you get to the friendship high way where Old Dingri is located. Old Dingri is one of the popular places to stop a night in order to view Mount Everest for tourists especially for those who are unable to go to Mount Everest because of altitude problem. On the way, visit Langkor monastery which is one of the most interesting monastery in Dingri region.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 78 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 4350 meter

After breakfast, you’ll continue to return to Kyirung.

  • Tourist-class hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 318 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 2800 meter

After earlier breakfast, you’ll transfer border; cross border and then will drive to Kathmandu.

  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

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What’s Included

9 nights at three star-hotel or tourist-class hotel s on twin sharing basis with full board service (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 5 nights in tented camps during the trekking on twin sharing basis with full board service (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Ground transfer by private van/bus in Tibet as per program 20 kg baggage per person for trek and flights

All entry fees to the sites and monasteries All camping fee Yamdrok lake conservation fee Karola glacier conservation fee Everest conservation fee for all members, guide and vehicle Everest base camp conservation fee for all members and guide

1 English speaking experienced Tibetan trekking guide 1 experienced Tibetan trekking cook Required kitchen team (kitchen helpers) Required yaks to carry personal baggage, camping equipment, kitchen utensils and trekking food

One 2-men sleeping tent for every two members 1 Foam mattress for every member Dining Tents and kitchen tent Required toilet tents Required Shower tents Required tables and chairs Required kitchen utensils with fuel Solar light for lighting purpose only

Comprehensive First Aid Kit Oxygen in the vehicle and during the trek incase needed

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc. Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Tibet visa fee All accommodation, meals and flights before and after Tibet (i.e. Nepal) Emergency helicopter rescue charges Tips for trekking crew

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