Ganden Samye Trek

15 Days | Fly in/Fly out to and from Kathmandu | Min. 4 persons. | Max altitude: 5,200m | 5 Days of trekking

This trek gives you a real taste of Tibetan highland adventure and an insight into Tibetan Buddhism. Interspersed with excursions to ancient monasteries, this trek is also recommended for the admirer of Tibetan theology. Trekking in Tibet offers you an altogether different experience. As you hike along the rugged Tibetan terrain, you will be greeted with sights so different and new. From the arid Tibetan topography that resembles a moonlike landscape to the ancient villages with their colorful prayer flags fluttering high and guarded by magnificent monasteries. As you traverse along the 80km trekking trail that skirts barley fields and nomadic pastureland, you get an opportunity to observe Tibetan rural lifestyle at close quarters and experience the real Tibet.

The main highlight of this trek is the trekking trail which connects the two important monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism, Ganden and Samye. Ganden Monastery, which lies 45 km east of Lhasa, is the first monastery of the Gelukpa sect. Built by Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelukpa order, the monastery is renowned as one of the biggest and most important Gelukpa monasteries in Tibet. The Samye monastery with its gleaming facade is reached by crossing the Tsangpo River.  Founded in 779 AD by Trisong Deutsen, the monastery has a collection of pagodas and temples. Excursions to the Tandruk Monastery (which holds wonderful specimen of Tibetan art) and the Yambulakhang castle (the home of the Yarlung Kings) are also included in your itinerary.


ITINERARY

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 02:  A half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city and it's historical sites.
Day 03:  A full day sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur and Patan.
Day 04:  Fly to Gongkar Airport and drive to Lhasa. Transfer to hotel.
Day 05:  Visit Drepung Monastery, the Jokhang Temple and the lively Barkhor Market.
Day 06:  Visit Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace and the Tibet Museum.
Day 07:  Drive to Ganden Monastery.
Day 08:  Trek to Yama Do.
Day 09:  Trek to Tsotup Chu.
Day 10:  Trek to Herders Camp.
Day 11:  Trek to Wango.
Day 12:  Trek to Samye and drive to Tsedang.
Day 13:  Drive to airport to catch your flight to Kathmandu.
Day 14:  Rest day in Kathmandu.
Day 15:  Transfer to airport. Trip concludes!