11 Days Hiking the Pilgrimage Path from Ganden to Samye Monastery

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11 Days Hiking the Pilgrimage Path from Ganden to Samye Monastery

From US$1458 per adult


Lhasa (9 Nights)

Duration: 11 Days & 10 Nights
Tour Type: Multi-City Tour
Tour Code: CTP205
Theme:Tibet Trekking Tours


Follow one of the most famous and well-respected trekking routes in Tibet. The trail running from Ganden to Samye, two of the area’s most historically significant monasteries, features remote mountain terrains dotted with sacred Buddhist sites and traditional villages.

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US$ 1458

per adult


US$ 1458

per adult


US$ 1458

per adult


US$ 1458

per adult


US$ 1458

per adult


US$ 1458

per adult

Notes: The above rates is based on 4-person group of twin sharing room.

Tour Class
Start Date
End Date
Adult (12+)
Children (2-12)
US$ 3580

1Highlights & Map


Day 01Lhasa

Destinations: Arrive in Lhasa


On our way to hotel, we can enjoy the heart-beating highland view along this Yarlong Tsangpo river (the longest river in Tibet). Get full rest for acclimatization. Overnight at Lhasa. Your local guide will pick you up. Service starts from your arrival. International/Domestic flight/train arrangement is on your own.

Hotel: Lhasa Dhood Gu Hotel

No.19 Shasarsu Road, Trom Si Khang, Lhasa, ChinaShow Map


Day 02Lhasa

Destinations: Lhasa


Today we will visit the highest palace in the world— Potala Palace which is the Dalai Lama's winter palace. It locates on the red hill, a good viewing point in Lhasa. In the afternoon, we go to the renowned Jokhang Temple which will provide us one of your first sights of devout Tibetans. In the temple we will see the glistening Sakyamuni statue which is considered as Tibetan Buddhism's rarity. After it walk abound the Barkhor Street.

Meals: Lunch

Hotel: Lhasa Dhood Gu Hotel

No.19 Shasarsu Road, Trom Si Khang, Lhasa, ChinaShow Map


Day 03Lhasa

Destinations: Lhasa


Morning time will be spent in Norbulinka which is Dalai Lama's summer palace. Noon we will go to visit the Sera monastery where lively lama debating will be seen (except Sundays). This is very interesting. Many lamas sitting or standing in the yard debate a certain topic their teacher has given. Overnight at Lhasa Tibetan flavor dinner with traditional performance at local Tibetan restaurant.

Meals: Lunch+Dinner

Hotel: Lhasa Dhood Gu Hotel

No.19 Shasarsu Road, Trom Si Khang, Lhasa, ChinaShow Map


Day 04Lhasa

Destinations: Lhasa to Ganden to Yama Do


Drive to Gandan Monastery, after visiting the first monastery of Gelupa Sect, start trek to Yama Do via Hebu Valley. It takes about 5 hours to reach the village and camp. Have a good rest here before tackling the pass. Overnight Camping

Meals: Lunch+Dinner

Day 05Lhasa

Destinations: Yamado to Shug-la


This is the day of the pass, We will start trek early morning for the strenuous day. Take about 4 hrs to the pass, Shug-la(5217m) where cairns, yak horns and prayerflags mark the summit. From the pass, walk down to the valley for 1.5 hrs, we will camping at this pleasant valley along the the river. Ovenight camping

Meals: Lunch+Dinner

Day 06Lhasa

Destinations: Trek Shug-la to Valley Junction

Activities: Walk 3 hrs up to the Sukhe La, lower and easier than the Shug-la, descend past two glacial lakes and pass more nomad tents to reach valley junction. Camp near here.Ovenight camping

Meals: Lunch+Dinner

Day 07Lhasa

Destinations: Valley Junction to Ninggong


Walk through the thick forest, stream and a series of meadows for four hours , we reach to Gendo, a stone structure in ruins, this is one of the most attractive sections of the trek.Ovenight camping

Meals: Lunch+Dinner

Day 08Lhasa

Destinations: Niggong to Samye


We drive to Samye monastery noon visit Tibet's first monastery.Samye Monastery was one of the very first Buddhist monasteries of Tibet and the site of the historic "Great Debate" between Indian Mahayanists and Chinese Chan Buddhists. Spiritual pilgrims have journeyed along the path connecting these two monasteries for hundreds of years.

Meals: Lunch+Dinner

Day 09Lhasa

Destinations: Samye to Tsetang


Get to Ferry by local truck, cross Yarlung Tsanpo River about an hour, after then , transfer to the Tsedang . Afternoon, visit Yumbu Lhakang which is the first palace in Tibet. Tradruk Temple.which once was the palace to king Songtsen gampo. Overnight hotel.

Meals: Lunch+Dinner

Day 10Lhasa

Destinations: Depart from Tsetang

Activities: Transfer to airport for your departure. Service ends at your departure. Your local guide will say goodbye to you after transferring you to the airport. International/Domestic flight/train arrangement is on your own.

3Price Policy

Price Includes

  • Hotel accommodation in twin shared room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner).
  • Private car/coach for transfers service and sightseeing program as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Local English-speaking tour guide for transfers and sightseeing program as indicated in each city.
  • Entrance fees to scenic spots as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Service charge and government Taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Entry or exit China international airfare or train tickets.
  • Domestic airfare or train tickets.
  • Hotel room/cruise cabin single supplement.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
  • Gratuities to the tour guide, driver and hotel bellboy.
  • Fees for entry visa to China.
  • Traveler insurance.
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary.
Note: Tipping is now considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration. However, this is a matter of personal discretion. You may use following as a reference.Suggested Tipping: for local guide: $8 to $10 per person(guest) per day, for driver: $4 to $5 per person(guest) per day.
Cancellation and Refund Policy for Tours Reservation
Cancellation in advance Cancellation penalty
More than 30 days No Cancellation Fee
30-10 days 50% of the full payment
9-0 days or no show 100% of the full payment

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Reviews (100% / overall satisfaction:)

Ms. Ms Daudova


Dec.06, 2012

Overall Satisfaction:
"hELLo, China"
Thank you Carol, I should have sent you this e-mail along with my gratitude alittle bit earlier, but after back home I was busy with some other things. First of all, I feel so lucky to have you as my guide and to have a tour with this team. Tibet is a great place to go. If any friends of mine want to go there, without doubt I would recommend your company to them. Warm regards!

Ms. Ms Alidett

(United States/America)

Dec.03, 2012

Overall Satisfaction:
"Sweet trip, ever!"
I just got back home, feeling so jetlag and excited. This 11-day-trip in Tibet really gives me a great memory. I have always dreamt of going there someday, and now I make it! The guide, the driver and the itineraries offered by China Travel Depot are just grest. I have a really special experience there in China.

Ms. Mr. Matti


Nov.29, 2012

Overall Satisfaction:
"My Pilgrimage"
I am very impressed by this trip, people, and architectures. Tibet is really the coolest place to go. A pure and isolated city, I should say, like a paradise in real life. I have been very curious about religion, customs and livelihood of Tibetans. And thanks to China Travel Depot, I successfully touched this mysterious place. I was there, in the picture where people can only see through TV or Internet! I feel so excited! Thank you, Tibet, thank you China Travel Depot!

6Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers


Apr. 03,2013 01:57

Asked by Ms.K Rice (United States/America)

How much does Llasa trip cost for 2 people
How much does Llasa trip cost for 2 people
Answers 1

Apr. 03,2013 14:05

Answered by Mr.Gary from ChinaTravelDepot (China)

Could you please tell me travel date? Do you accept the whole tour "11 Days Hiking the Pilgrimage Path from Ganden to Samye Monastery " or you can tell me the sights you want to visit and I will design a tailor-made tour for you.
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