Ganden Samye Trek (Lhasa-Ganden-Samye)

11 Days


Ganden Samye Trek is an exhilarating tour combined with trekking that visits the ancient city of Lhasa then hike around Ganden and Samye. The trekking involved is a mild hiking program and also a guided city tour of Lhasa visiting it’s popular monasteries and shrines like Potala palace, Sera & Drepung monasteries, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor market. This trek is suitable for any beginners trekkers, families, or school level students. The places you visit and trek around give you a full insight into the ancient Tibetan art and culture including it’s amazing architecture and traditional crafts. The program begins with a scenic flight over the world’s highest mountain series towards the ancient city of Lhasa. Explore Lhasa with a guided city tour that goes around for three days then drive to Ganden and begin the trek that ends with visiting Samye Monastery then drive to Tsedang, spend two nights to eventually drive to Goggar airport to catch your onward flight back home or to your other planned destination.

Outline Trekking Itinerary for Ganden Samye Trek
Day 01 : Arrive Lhasa
Day 02/03/04 : Lhasa – Sightseeing
Day 05 : Drive to Ganden & trek to Hebu Valley
Day 06 : Hebu Valley – Shogarla pass (Trek)
Day 07 : Shogarla pass – Gambala (Trek)
Day 08 : Gambala – Molong (Trek)
Day 09 : Molong – Samye (Trek) & drive to Tsedang
Day 10 : In Tsedang
Day 11 : Trip concludes & drive to Goggar Airport

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy guided city tour of the ancient Lhasa city.
  • Visit Potala palace, Sera & Drepung monasteries, Jokhang Temple.
  • Explore Barkhor Market, the busiest area in Lhasa with great shopping for souvenirs.
  • Visit Ganden Monastery, one of the three great monasteries in Tibet.
  • Experience easy hiking in the Ganden & Samye monasteries.
  • Discover ancient monasteries and shrines
  • Witness Tibetan art & architecture with age-old culture & traditions.


Fly past the world’s tallest mountains series towards the Goggar airport. Upon arrival you will be met by our representatives and drive to Lhasa and check-in hotel. The first day in Lhasa is to rest at the hotel to get better acclimatize to Lhasa’s high altitude and to be prepare for the upcoming tour and trek. Overnight at Hotel.

After breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing of Potala Palace, and & Norbulinka. Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa. Norbulingka meaning ‘Treasure Park’ covers an area of around 360000 sq. m. and is considered to be the biggest man made garden in Tibet. After sightseeing you will be transferred to hotel for your Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

After breakfast full day sightseeing of Sera Monastery, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Market. Sera Monastery, 5 Kms north of Lhasa, Sera setting is one of Lhasa’s prettiest monasteries. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided here and was virtually extinguished by the Chinese. Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, it houses Tibet’s most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Barkhor Market place, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. After Sightseeing you will be transferred to hotel for your Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

After breakfast, visit Tibetan Medical Institute. Afternoon free for shopping or other activities on your own. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

After breakfast, drive from Lhasa to Ganden. In Ganden, visit the Ganden Monastery which is one of the three great monasteries of Tibet (other being Sera & Drupung). It was built in 1409 by Je Tsongkhapa Lozang-dragpa and though destroyed after 1959, it has since been partially rebuilt. Afterwards, being the trek to Hebu Valley. It’s a short trek today in the beautiful Tibetan landscape and camp. Overnight Camp.

Today the trek is towards Shogarla pass from Hebu Valley. En-route the Tibetan plateau is very picturesque during the sunset. Overnight Camp.

The trek today is from Shgarla pass to Gambala. It’s a day’s trek and then arrives at the riverside where camp will be set. Explore around the riverside during the evening. Overnight Camp.

Trek towards Molong from Gambala. The Trek today is about 6-7 hours then call it a day and camp. Overnight Camp.

After breakfast start the trek from Molong to Samya. Upon reaching Samye pay a visit to the Samye Monastery, the most popular and one of the biggest monasteries in Tibet. After exploring around the monastery drive the same day to Tsedang and check-in hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10 :
In Tsedang

There’s a great deal to explore around Tsedang where you will visit Tandruk monastery. Then stay one more night at Tsedang. Overnight at Hotel.

The last day of the tour and you will be transferred to the Goggar Airport for your fly back home or to your other planned onward destination.


What is Included

  • Accommodation on Hotel/Guest House and tent Camp as per the itinerary.
  • Transportation by 4WD Land crusier.
  • All Sightseeing and entrance fee as per the itinerary.
  • All Necessary Travel and Trekking Permit.
  • All trekking Equipment in including mattress and tent.
  • One Small Supporting Truck to bring logistic support + foods. (Above 03 Pax)
  • Yak and Yak man during the Trek to bring Luggage and food.
  • Daily Breakfast during stay in Hotel and full board (B/L/D) Basis during stay in Tent Camp.
  • Necessary Government taxes and Service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner during stay in Hotel/Guest House.
  • Sleeping bag and Down jacket (Good Quality thick one)
  • Laundry,Telephone call and hot water Bottle
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips for Guide, Driver and Sherpa Staffs.
  • Travel expenses.
  • Gyammow Bag (Pressure Bag)
  • Medical fee if in case of emergency.
  • Hiring porter or Horse.
  • Rescue and Evacuation Service
  • Any Additional cost due to Natural calamity and Unforeseen Circumstances and etc.

Trip Information

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Ganden Samye Trek with your personal guide and can be organised as per the desired traveling dates.

We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people.

Tour duration
The trek duration is 10 nights/11 days.

The climate of the Tibet fluctuates continuously so it is better to carry warm clothes. If you just want to trek or tour at a lower altitude, fleece jackets and pants are enough. While for a higher altitude trekking, down jackets are necessary.

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Ganden Samye Trek (Lhasa-Ganden-Samye)

Trip Facts

  • Tibet
  • 10 Nights/11 Days
  • All year round
  • Jeep / Van / Flight
  • Moderate
  • Lhasa
  • Tsedang
  • Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking
  • Potala palace, Sera & Drepung monasteries, Jokhang Temple, Ganden Monastery, Ganden & Samye monasteries hike
  • Hotels/Guest Houses/Camping

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