Trekking from Ganden to Samye

Tour Code: CM-TT09

This is an excellent basic trek which combines important historical sites with a beautiful hike through high altitude nomadic areas . The frist three days will be spent in Lhasa visiting the vital Jokhang temple, the Potala Palace and other sites aroued this ancient capital.These days also give the group time to acclimatise with the comfort of hotel rooms ,restaurants ,shopping , and other urban amenities .On the fourth day we visit the massive hilltop complex of Ganden monastery and camp at the star Ėoff point for the trek.

The frist day of the trek involves leaving behind the last village and a gradual but steady walk up a side valley .We will cross the frist pass on the second day nad come into the high altitude pastures inhabited only by nomads and their Yaks in the summer months ,The next two days take us over a lower pass and into a sheltered valley containing the hidden retreat site of Yamalung .Finally, we shall enter the broad valley of the Tsangpo,Tibetís major river which runs west to east draining all of central Tibet before dropping south to become the Brahmaputra. We include a visit to the active hillside hermitage of Samye Chimphu before setting up camp in the fields near the main monastery of Samye itself, This is Tibetís frist monastery founded in the 8th century by the Indian master ,Guru Rinpoche. The entire monastic complex is designed as a structural Mandala and contains a wide range of architectural and artistic styles from India ,China and Tibet.

We regain motorized transport to leave this wonderous complex amidst sanddunes to cross the wide Tsangpo valley and spend our last night in Tsetang, the cradle of Tibetís early dynastic Kings.A early morning departure the Last day takes you drict to the airport and departing flights.

Day01, Arrive Lhasa, overnight in Shambala hotel.  (B/L/D) 

Day02-03, Visiting in Lhasa.  (B/L/D)

Day04, visit Ganden monastery and camp. (B/L/D)

Day05-8, Trekking and camping . (B/L/D)

Day09, Camp at Samye monastery . (B/L/D)

Day10, Arrive Tsetang, Hotel at Tsetang. (B/L/D)

Day11, See off at airport after b'fast. (B)




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