Tibet Ganden Samye Trek is one of the most popular destinations in Tibet. This is the shortest and most popular trekking trail in Tibet. Best for those who love to camp and trek amid beautiful mountains, up and down the hills, Tibet Ganden Samye Trek offers you a great prospect to get along with nature. The whole time you are on this tour, you will be very close to your heart, and you will practice a feeling second to no other when you watch the fantastic view of the Himalayas.
The Tibet Ganden Samye Trek starts from Lhasa and ends in Tsedang; you will begin trekking following the Hebu Valley and Shogarla Pass. After descending from Shogarla, you will reach the scenic Gambala and trek from the riverside of Gambala to Molong. On the last day of this Ganden Samye Trek, you will go to Samye, where Samye Monastery is located.
Today we will fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa, Goggar airport over the tallest mountains in the world. There we will be picked by our travel agents and dropped at our hotel. For the rest of the day, we get time to acclimatize to Lhasa’s High Altitude and time to get ready for the upcoming visit and treks.
Lhasa is a pretty big city and it has loads of things to offer. It deserves at least three days of attention if someone wants to observe this city properly and we will spend three days here. During Lhasa’s visit, we will be in the following places:
Potala Palace: Political and religious center of Tibet, Potala palace is one of the most beautiful monuments in Tibet. With 1000 rooms and 13 stories to explore this is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Tibet. Elegantly decorated with hundreds of Thangka paintings, frescos and images created hundreds of years ago the Potala palace is a perfect example of how ancient monuments should be preserved.
Jokhang Temple: Jokhang temple which was constructed back in the 7th century attracts hundreds of tourists every year. This temple has a very huge Sakyamuni Buddha statue and is considered the holiest place in Tibet.
Sera and Drepung monasteries: Sera and Drepung monasteries were founded in 1419 which are actually numerous white temples and Buddhist buildings at the foot of a rocky hill. Back in its days, Drepung monastery use to have 8,000 monks to teach traditions of Vajrayana, Mahayana, and Sutrayana, the three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism.
Norbulingka palace: Constructed by the 7th Dalai Lama this Norbulingka Palace is not actually just one palace. This is a huge garden with numerous palaces built by many Dalai lamas in different periods of time.
Along with these places, we will be visiting the Barkhor Market with is probably the busiest place in Lhasa and offers anything you want to buy.
Today we will drive from Lhasa to Ganden. Here at Ganden, we will visit the Ganden monastery and start Trek to The Hebu Valley. After trekking for a short time in beautiful Tibetan topography we will camp and that’s the end of our 5th day of the tour.
After the breakfast in Hebu Valley, today we will trek from Hebu valley Shogarla pass. You can photograph the Tibetan Plateaus in the sunset. We call it day and camp here.
Today we will trek from the Shogarla pass to Gambala. After the day’s trek, we will take a rest at the riverside and camp there for the night. You can have fun at the riverside in the evening.
This day we will trek from the riverside of Gambala to Molong. After about 6-7 hours of trekking, we will call it a day and camp.
Today we will trek from Molong to Samya. Reaching Samya we will visit the Samya monastery which happens to be one of the most popular monasteries in Tibet and one of the 6 biggest Monasteries in Tibet. The same day after the Samya monastery visit we will drive from Samya to Tsedang and rest at the hotel.
After breakfast, we will have time to explore Tsedang and visit Yambulakhang palace and the Tandruk monastery in the city. Again we will spend the night in Tsedang.
On the last day of our tour, we will drive to the Goggar airport according to the flight time and fly back to Kathmandu or another destination as you plan.
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Accommodation: Accommodation is typically provided in twin rooms in cities, though a single supplement can be requested for an additional fee. During peak season, it can be difficult to find single or twin rooms in the mountains, so our lodges usually offer dormitory-style accommodation. Our priority is always to provide clean and safe rooms for our guests.
Meals: Our packages in Bhutan include full board meals, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included. For treks, all meals are provided, but you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.
Nepal Visa: If you are planning a trip to Nepal, you must have a valid passport and Nepal Visa. Depending on your country of origin, you may need to obtain a Nepal Tourist Visa before your arrival. To be eligible, your passport should be valid for a minimum of six months from your Tour Start Date. If you are planning on traveling to multiple countries on your trip, make sure to get a multi-entries Nepal Visa.
Bhutan Visa Clearance: All visitors to Bhutan must have a valid Bhutan Visa Clearance before their trip. To obtain it, you must submit a color-scanned copy of your passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months from the start date of your tour. Your tour operator will send you a Visa Clearance prior to your departure, which you must present at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during check-in. Once you arrive at Paro Airport, your passport will be stamped with the original visa.
Tibet Group Visa (TGV): All travelers from any nation intending to go to Tibet from Nepal must obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu with the help of a tour operator. To ensure the successful application of the TGV, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before your travel date. If you are coming from China, you will not require a TGV; instead, you will need a Chinese Visa and Permit. To find out more about the process of entering Tibet, please look into the Tibet entry procedure.
Nepal & Bhutan: Visiting Nepal and Bhutan at the same time is ideal as they share a similar climate. From high mountains to low land sub-tropical plains and jungles, the two countries have similar weather. The best time to visit is from March to April (spring) and October to December (autumn and early winter). During these months, the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder months, while June, July, and August (summer) are typically monsoon seasons.
Tibet: It is best to visit Tibet between April and October when the weather is warm and the skies are clear. However, from November to March, it is still possible to explore certain areas like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, and Mount Kailash, as long as the roads are not blocked by snow. Temperatures during this time may be quite cold.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tibet tour Where is Tibet? Tibet is situated in the South-West of China, also bordering Nepal, India, Burma, and Bhutan. The historical territory of Tibet would make it the world's tenth-largest nation. Tibet is under China's occupation and has been divided, renamed, and incorporated into Chinese Provinces. If China refers to Tibet, It means only part of historical Tibet, which it names China's Tibet Autonomous… Read More »