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10 Days Ganden to Samye trek in Tibet



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Tibet Highland tours

Khangyul Tibet Highland Tour

Tibet Highland tours is one of the oldest surviving local travel agency in Tibet.

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10 Days Ganden to Samye trek in Tibet

You will see stunning landscapes, alpine lakes, nomadic culture, Tibetan village life and more! This journey starts in the Tibetan capital city of Lhasa, where you will spend 3 nights exploring all of the main sites. From strolling through the ancient market area around the Barkhor, joining pilgrims in Jokhang and attending the debate of the monks at Sera monastery. After the trek you will explore the Yarlung valley, the cradle of Tibetan civilization


Arrive in Lhasa

Arriving into Lhasa by train or plane you will be greeted by your guide who will help with permit and visa checks. First we will drive to your hotel which is located in a traditional Tibetan house near Barkhor square. After checking in we will get our first taste of Lhasa’s old quarter. Your guide will walk you through Barkhor Square and do a Kora (circulate) around Jokhang Temple. It’s important to take it slow this day to adjust to the jump in altitude! To help with this we will stop at a traditional Tibetan tea house for your first yak butter tea! In the evening you can either explore more of Barkhor on your own and get some shopping done or relax in the hotel. Read more


Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery

Today will explore the Jokhang, the holiest Buddhist temple in the Himalaya’s. Founded nearly 1400 years ago, Jokhang Temple houses the most sacred statue of Buddha. You will work your way through this fascinating temple alongside Buddhist pilgrims from the faraway regions of Tibet. The sound of pilgrims chanting mantras fills the air as does the smell of yak butter candle offerings. In the afternoon, you will go to the 600 year old Sera Monastery, one of Tibet’s largest Buddhist monasteries. Each weekday afternoon starting at 3pm, monks engage in Buddhist philosophy debates, which are fun to photograph. Read more


Potala Palace and Drepung Monast

You will start the day by exploring the Potala Palace, Tibet’s most iconic building. Towering above Lhasa with more than 1000 rooms, the Potala Palace served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lama’s for hundreds of years. After lunch, you will go to Drepung, another of Tibet’s huge monastic complexes. The pilgrimage circuit around Drepung takes about an hour or so and offers spectacular views. Read more


Lhasa to Ganden and trek to Yama Do

After breakfast, you will make the 50 kilometer drive from Lhasa to Ganden, one of Tibet's largest and most impressive monasteries. The 600 year old monastery is unique and built along the side of a mountain. After exploring Ganden, you will begin your 5 day trek to Samye Monastery, located 80 kilometers to the south. The first stage of the trek will take you around the monastery along the pilgrimage path before taking a fork and heading into the mountains in the south to the open valley of Yama Do. The trekking distance this day is around 17 kilometers and will take about 6 hours to complete. Time: 6 hours   Elevation: 4,505 m Read more

Lhasa, Ganden, Yama Do valle

Trek from Yama Do to Tsotup Chu Valley

The second day of the trek will lead you from Yama Do over the pass of Shugu La, elevation 5,250 meters. This pass is the highest along the trek from Ganden to Samye. The top of the pass offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. From the top of the pass, you will descend to the valley floor until you reach the campsite at Tsotup Chu. Along the way, you should encounter some Tibetan nomads with their herds. The distance today is 10 kilometers taking 6 to 7 hours to complete. Time: 6 or 7 hours   Elevation: 4985m Read more

Yama Do, Shugu La Pass, Tsot

Trek from Tsotup Chu Valley to Herders C

The midway point of your trek will take you to a herder’s camp that is used seasonally. Along the way, there are excellent mountain views and as well as pristine alpine lakes. You will cross another high pass today, the Chitu La at an elevation of 5210 meters and then descend to the valley floor. The distance this day is 15 kilometers and will take around 5 hours to complete. Time: 5 hours   Elevation: 4,465m Read more

Tsotup Chu Valley, Chitu La

Trek from Herders Camp to Nyango

The fourth day of the trek is all descent. The last 2 days of the trek will take you through pleasant villages and through some junipers and rhododendrons. The villages you will pass through are excellent places to see traditional Tibetan culture. The trekking distance today is around 18 kilometers and will take about 6 hours. Time: 6 hours Read more

Herders Camp, Nyango

Trek from Nyango to Samye Monastery

The final stretch of your trek will continue going through nice villages offering great mountain views before arriving at Samye, Tibet's first monastery. Samye has a history stretching back more than 1200 years. The trekking distance today is around 18 kilometers and will take 4 or 5 hours to complete.  Time: 4 or 5 hours   Elevation: 3630m Read more

Nyango, Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery to Yumbulagang Temple an

After breakfast, you will make the 60 kilometer drive along the Yarlung River Valley to the Yumbulagang Palace. Yumbulagang is considered the oldest building in Tibet and overlooks the fertile valley below. From the Yumbulagang, you will continue along the Yarlung River Valley to the small city of Tsedang, where you will stay for your last night in Tibet. Read more

Samye Monastery, Yumbulagng
DAY 10

Depart from Tibet

On the final day you can pick up those last souvenirs, or walk the Barkhor before your flight or train out of Tibet. Say goodbye to the Land of Snow!

Lhasa, Barkhor


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Lhasa
Hotel Shambhala Palace
Day 4
Location Yama Do
Hotel Camping
Day 5
Location Tsotup Chu Valley
Hotel Camping
Day 6
Location Herders Camp
Hotel Camping
Day 7
Location Nyango
Hotel Camping
Day 8
Location Samye
Hotel Samye Hotel
Day 9
Location Tsedang
Hotel Tsedang Hotel


Package includes

  • All travel permits for Tibet
  • English speaking Tibetan tour guide
  • All transportation in Tibet as per the itinerary
  • All administrative fees
  • All meals and accommodations for your driver and guide
  • Vehicle tolls and vehicle repairs (if necessary)
  • All accommodations as listed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast each morning plus lunch and dinner
  • Entrance fees for the places listed in the Itinerary
  • 2 boxes of water in car plus Oxygen tank as well.
  • All the camping equipment: Sleeping bag, tent, Mattress, cooking stove, gas cook and food on the trek.
  • Yaks and Yak man for the trek if necessary.

Package excludes

  • Chinese visa fees and passport fees
  • Personal expenses (Flight , train , laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
  • Tips to the driver and guide


5 Reviews

Angela, United States

One of the best tours I have so far! My friend, my sister, and I joined the Tibet Highland 6 days 5 nights tour starting on June 29, 2017. As non-Chinese citizens, we were required to have a permit to enter Lhasa. The tour company provided very professional service that made the process super easy. We really enjoyed the tour – the agenda was very well planned, the hotel was located in the heart of old town Lhasa, and our tour guide DamDul was the best!!! Read more

Emily, Korea, Republic of

An unforgettable trip! My husband and I traveled to Lhasa for 5 days with Tibet Highland Tours. Prior to arriving in Lhasa, Passang was very helpful over email. He suggested a wonderful itinerary for our short time in Tibet. Once we arrived our guide Tenzin was extremely helpful. We found our guide to be kind, welcoming and very knowledgeable about Tibetan culture and Buddhism. Both Passang and Tenzin's English was of a very high standard. For us the highlight was the beautiful Potala Palace and watching monks debate scripture. I wish we could have stayed longer and seen more Tibet. I emailed a number of tour companies prior to going with this one and they were much more expensive for the same itinerary. I would recommend this company and if I returned to Tibet I would use Tibet Highland Tours again. Read more

Evan, Australia

We joined 10 Days Lhasa-Everest Base Camp- Namtso lake with Tibet Highland Tours and it was excellent. It's always my dad's dream to go to Tibet and finally his dream came true, in such an incredible way. I am glad that chose Tibet Highland Tours, their well designed itinerary and brilliant service left us the memory for life. They are a lovely team with group of beautiful people. Passang has been my consultant from the start and he is very patient and prompt with every of my question. He has tried to give me as much detail as I need. Tibet is a special place with a totally different culture and all different rules, I asked many questions before hitting on the road to ensure a stress-free trip like many of the Tibet first timers. Passang was polite and patient with all my concerns. But I would not have worried so much if I knew this was such a great and experienced agent. Lobsang was our tour guide and he is a young man that ready for his clients at all times. He is a little shy, but it doesn't mean that he is not a good guide interpreter. We were all benefited from his knowledge, especially when there were many aggressive souvenir sellers along the way and Lobsang gave us all the tips needed for an enjoyable time. Nice breakfast provided every morning, comfortable accommodation with 4 stars at the majority, experienced driver Zhaxidawa gave us a very safe journey, all these are indispensable parts to make an unforgettable experience, along with the amazing and second to none scenery of Tibet! The only thing was when we were being transferred to the airport. We were supposed to be sent directly to the airport by the tour organiser but got sent to a bus station instead, they asked us to take the airport bus ourselves at their expenses. They put us in a taxi and prepaid for us in the end but we got held by the taxi driver as he tried to get more passengers on the road to go together before he wanted to leave. Our tour organiser had to pay some additional fare to the driver to get us on the road eventually. It wasn't the biggest drama, and the tour organiser has been responsible that they stayed at the station until saw us leaving with the taxi. But we got stressed as we needed to catch the flight and the taxi driver was not a friendly looking guy, we were just hoping that in good hands and get to the airport on time with no other issues on the way. This could have been a smoother ending if the tour organiser arranged in a better way. Overall, Tibet Highland Tours is highly recommended to anyone who wants to see Tibet with a tour, for their itinerary, experience, no forced shopping at all, small group are all the reasons that you want to choose them. Read more


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