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Tired of Stereotyped Visits in Downtown Lhasa? Just Go for the Trek from Ganden to Samye

Latest Update: August,23 2018

Arguably, the best way to gain the authentic Tibetan experience is on foot. After a couple of days of tours in downtown Lhasa and acclimatization to high altitude, for the discerning travelers, it’s time to explore Tibet far beyond Buddhist courtyard and cozy sweet tea house.

As the top trek from Lhasa region, the trek from Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery proves to be a perfect choice when your wanderlust strikes. You are expected to follow the wilderness trails trodden by Tibetan monks and pilgrims for pilgrimage for centuries.

Trek from Ganden to SamyeLhakpa, Tibetan guide with his clients

The enchanting trek route gives trekkers a chance to acquit yourself with remote villages, highland flora and peaceful alpine lakes embedded in rolling mountains and gushing valleys.

What to Expect for Ganden to Samye Trek?

Ganden to Samye Trek Route

Difficulty: moderate to strenuous
Duration: 4-5 days
Distance: 80km
Trek Route: Ganden - Yama Do - Tsotup Chu Valley - Herders’ Camp - Samye
Season: late April to early June, Sept. to mid-Oct.
Highest Mountain Pass: Shuga-la (5284m)
Accommodation: camping
Good for: cultural explorers & trekking enthusiasts

Though the entire trek follows a slow descent from Ganden Monastery (4240m), 40km northeast of Lhasa to Samye Monastery in Lhoka Prefecture, it remains a physically-demanding trek after all, given the thin air. You will be walking on steppes and rugged mountain trails along steep valleys.

Trek from Ganden to Samye

Plenty of up-and-down climbing is also involved when you need to pass high passes and deep canyons, particularly the Shuga-la Pass (5284m) and Chitu-la Pass (5245m) on day 2 and day 3 of the trek respectively. For the beginner of the trek, it would put your heart and legs to a real test.

Pass high pass and deep valleys during Ganden to Samye trek

However, the incredible blue sky with fluffy clouds, spectacular canyons, rarely-seen lovely highland flowers, isolated Tibetan village and Tibetan nomads’ tent, and the adventure with your Tibetan guide would give you lasting Tibetan experience to remember. Know more about how to prepare Ganden to Samye Trek

See blue sky and white clouds during Ganden to Samye trek

We Guarantee Your Travel Safety with Most Tourist-Friendly Service

Due to the thin air and unique topography and climate, trekking in Tibet is not easy, physically. To make sure our clients can make most of their trek, our entire team work tirelessly to provide the safest and most tourist-friendly service for you.

Trek from Ganden to Samye

Apart from the handling the necessary travel documents for trekking, our Tibetan guide will properly arrange the yak caravan and porter to carry the logistic supply for the Ganden to Samye trek.

Yak caravan and porter available during Ganden to Samye trek

We purchase the whole set of quality trekking gears and you can easily rent things like trekking pole, sleeping bags, camping tent, and tent lamp, etc. for your trek. And after you leave Ganden, most of the time you will camp and spend the night in designated and safe areas in the wilderness.

Camping during trek from Ganden to Samye

Following the footsteps of our versatile and resourceful Tibetan guide would be the best guarantee for your safety. Not only will he show you the best landscape, he would also closely follow your health condition through the trek. To your surprise, many of our Tibetan guides are good cooks for homemade Tibetan and Chinese dishes. They will be pleased to help you pitch camps and make you refreshing tea and sit with you beside a campfire and share with you the legendary stories along the ancient pilgrimage trek.

Our Tibetan guide is cooking dishes for clients during the trekking

Meanwhile, the well-trained Tibetan guide also carries with first-aid medicine, mobile device, and knows basic medical treatment when you have an emergency. So, you may rest assured that your trek is totally safe. And in fact, as you trek, the entire team behind is following your progress.

Trek from Ganden to Samye

In addition to trek from Ganden to Samye, Tibet has more popular treks to offer, such as classic EBC trek from old Tingri, and holy 3-day kora around Mt.Kailash, etc. For more treks in Tibet, please email us an inquiry. Our travel consultants will discuss with you and customize your Tibet trekking tour, based on your interest, tour date and priorities.

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