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Tibet - Ganden Samaye Trek from Nepal (12 Days)

Tibet is a historical region covering much of the Tibetan Plateau in Central Asia. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as the Monpa, Qiang and Lhoba people and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han and Hui Chinese people. Tibet is the highest region on Earth with an average altitude of 4,900 meters above sea level (16,000 ft.).

This itinerary is a guideline only and we will follow the itinerary as far as possible but due to weather conditions, health conditions, natural disasters and other unfavorable phenomenon your guide might decide to amend or skip the itinerary for your own safety. Your guide will help you at any time with providing information regarding conditions and safety during the treks.

In the morning, our guide and vehicle will receive you from your hotel and then head towards the Kerung border. The ride is about 8-9 hours covering 165 Km in North-West direction. Here, the road is little bumpy compared to south Nepal and is full of twists and turns. After reaching the Tibet border, complete the immigration formalities and enter the Chinese Autonomous Region. We cross the bridge at the border & enter Tibet. We will be staying at the hotel/guest house near the Kerung border.


Accommodation: Overnight in Kerung Border.


Wake up in the morning and begin our day drive from Kerung to Shigatse which is around 480 kilometers drive in South-East direction. Shigatse is the Tibet's second-largest city, lying near the union of the Nyang Chu and the Tsang Po, on the main route between Gyantse and West Tibet. Shigatse is the home to the famous Tashilumpo Monastery.


Accommodation: Overnight in Shigatse.


In the morning, visit the official seat of the Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo Monastery, which is also the largest and most influential Gelug Monastery in Shigatse prefecture. Here you will see a giant statue of Future Buddha, the largest one of its kind on earth (26.2 meters high and 11.5 meters wide). The statue is decorated with precious pearls, turquoises, corals and ambers. Afterwards, return to the hotel and have breakfast. Then, we head to Gyantse and visit the mysterious Palcho Monastery where three of the important Tibetan Buddhism sects coexist.


The tour continues by going to Kumbum, which is 35 meters high and has 76 small chapels with hundreds of images of Kriyantras and is believed to be the largest such structure in Tibet. Lastly, we'll visit the GyantseDzong Fortress, which was used by the Tibetan army in the fight against the British army in the early 20th century. Later on, we'll leave Gyantse and head towards Lhasa. Along the road, you will see the Karola Glacier on your left. We make a quick spot to admire the beauty of the holy Yamdrok Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake with 675 square meters in the northern Himalaya, and head from Lhasa. On reaching Lhasa, check-in to the hotel and have some rest.


Accommodation: Overnight in Lhasa.


After breakfast, we begin exploring Lhasa by visiting the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, better known as the winter and summer palace respectively. Built-in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama.

Norbulingka Palace houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we'll visit the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site that unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni when he was twelve-years-old. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaae (a market), the open-air stalls, shops, and crowds of Pilgrim make it the nerve center of Lhasa.

Accommodation: Overnight in Lhasa.

It is a short drive from Lhasa to Ganden Monastery, which lies at an altitude of 4,500m. On reaching Ganden, explore the attractions in and around the ancient town, which is home to the earliest monastery of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Although the monastery is mostly in ruins, it is a fascinating place. Pilgrims arrive in Ganden from all over Tibet to walk around the site of the monastery, and one can observe the rituals they perform on this ‘Kora’ around the monastery.

Accommodation: Overnight in Ganden.

From today, we start our trekking part of our journey. From the highest point of the Ganden kora, trek along an ancient trail and enjoy the scenic views of nature and landscape. Then, walk along a ridge to reach the ancient Hepu village. In the afternoon, you’ll walk through Ani Pagong, a narrow part of the trail that was once home to a nunnery. Afterwards, we ascend and finally reach Yama Do.


Accommodation: Overnight in Yama Do.


We resume our trekking early in the morning as we hike from Yamo Do through a steep gully to the bank of a stream. On ascending, we pass through the Shug La pass and start descending to the fields of glacial boulders. TsotupChup is a large stream that flows through the valley, and we will cross this stream towards the end of the trek.


Accommodation: Camping in Tsotup Valley.


Go on an exciting 6-7 hour trek covering 14km. Follow the Tsotup Chu towards the rocky mountain pass of Chitu La. Descend from there into the exquisitely beautiful camping grounds and fields around the tributary of the Tsotup Cho, walking through the picturesque Herder’s camp along the way.


Accommodation: Camping in Herder Camp.


Herder’s camp to Wango is a long-distance with 25 Km to cover for us taking a 6-hour hike. As the trail progresses, the path becomes widens and the walking becomes easier. Follow the trail through beautiful rivulets of water and fertile forests and pass through the varieties of trees, scrubs, rhododendrons in full bloom, and vistas of meadows that will take your breath away. There is also a desert not too far away. This part of the trek is amazing. On walking for some time, you will pass the village of Changtang, and you can choose to visit the holy Buddhist meditation site of Yamalung, an ancient hermitage. Eventually, the trail goes to the Samye valley along a beautiful stream.


Accommodation: Camping in Wango.


Today is the last day of our trekking. As we leave Wangdo, we follow the trail leading to Samye which is 2 hours trek to Samye Monastery. You’ll have spectacular views from Pisha and the vista of the Samye valley along the way. From the high point of Dragmar, explore many temples, and ruins. At Samye itself, explore one of the oldest and holiest Buddhist sites, Samye Monastery. Later, our vehicle will receive you from Samye and then transfer you to Tsedang, the third-largest city in Tibet.


Accommodation:  Overnight in Tsedang.


Tsetang is known as “the cradle of Tibetan Civilization” for two reasons: first, its mild weather and fertile land conceived the great Tibet dynasty; second, it’s the birthplace of the first Tibetans who were said to be the offspring of a monkey and a demoness. Today you will visit the Yumbulakang and Trundruk monasteries. Our guide will give you detail information on history and myths about the Tsedang and later get ready to drive to Lhasa.


Accommodation: Overnight in Lhasa.


Have your breakfast early in the morning and our agent in Tibet representing Asian Heritage will come to pick you up at the hotel to transfer you to the airport regarding your flight time to Kathmandu.

Have a safe journey onwards.

Includes

Accommodation in Local lodge or hotel in Tibet on B/B basis.
All land transportation on a private vehicle.
Flights from Lhasa to Ktm.
Necessary permits.
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, food, and accommodation.
One local tour guide in every city and his wages and salaries.
Yak and Yak man during the trek for carrying purposes & small truck to bring logistic, food, and equipment


Excludes

Food and drinks/ Beverage bills.
Personal Expense.
Entrance fees for all heritage sites during sightseeing.
Tipping (Tips).
Travel Insurance.
International Flights.
Extra costs for upgrading rooms and services at hotels.                                      
Donation in temples, schools, monasteries etc.
Personal Hiking gear, personal kits.
Emergency rescue evacuation insurance of any kind.
What's not included in Includes.

Includes

Accommodation in Local lodge or hotel in Tibet on B/B basis.
All land transportation on a private vehicle.
Flights from Lhasa to Ktm.
Necessary permits.
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, food, and accommodation.
One local tour guide in every city and his wages and salaries.
Yak and Yak man during the trek for carrying purposes & small truck to bring logistic, food, and equipment


Excludes

Food and drinks/ Beverage bills.
Personal Expense.
Entrance fees for all heritage sites during sightseeing.
Tipping (Tips).
Travel Insurance.
International Flights.
Extra costs for upgrading rooms and services at hotels.                                      
Donation in temples, schools, monasteries etc.
Personal Hiking gear, personal kits.
Emergency rescue evacuation insurance of any kind.
What's not included in Includes.

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