9 days Tibet Ganden to Samye trekking tour

⇀ Ganden
⇀ Samye Trekking
⇀ Tsedang
⇀ Lhasa
This trek from Ganden to Samye is the most popular trek route in Tibet. Besides sightseeing in Lhasa, you will have an opportunity to get close the amazing natural scenery and experience Tibetan religious culture on the high plateau.
9 days
Trekking, Culture and Heritage
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A trek from Ganden to Samye is the most popular trek route in Tibet. During this trek, you will see lakes, beautiful alpine forests and meadows, as well as two centres of Tibetan religious culture. The best time for this trek is from May to Mid of Oct. Summer will be wet but the mountians are at their greenest and wild flowers spangle the alpine meadows. Before you start this trek you need a couple of days at Lhasa to acclimatize.

Day 01 :
Arrival at Lhasa [3,658m]

Upon arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, to be met and transferred to your hotel / hostel in Lhasa. Afternoon have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight at Lhasa.(B)=breakfast

Day 02 :
Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Potola Palace & Jokhang Temple (B)

Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 03 :
Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Drepung, Sera Monasteries (B)

Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Sera monasteries. Both Drepung and Sera monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice, the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are well worth to see.

In the afternoon you will also do some preparation with your guide for the following days trekking such as buying food, prepare clothes, camping gears etc. 

Day 04 :
Lhasa / Ganden Monastery [4,500m] /Trubshi village (65km, 2hrs drive) (B)

Morning drive about 60 km eastwards to Ganden Monastery, which ranks the first among the six largest monasteries of Gelugpa. In addition to its magnificent architecture and religious importance, there is a extremely fabulous view on top of the Ganden Wangpo Hill, and Kichu valley is behind Ganden monastery, it is strongly suggested to hiking around the monastery and take a bird's-eye view of the valley. The first nigh campsite is down in the Trubshi valley where we meet the Yaks and yak man, and you can have a rest further to acclimatize the high altitude.

Day 05 :
Trubshi / Hepu / Yama Do, trekking 5-6 hours, 17km

Morning start your trekking to Yama Do, walk along a saddle trail. After leaving this trail with wondrous views traverse the west side of the ridge before passing through an ancient Hepu village. Later in the day pass through Ani Pagong, a narrow bottleneck in the trail and former site of a nunnery. You will end the day with an ascent towards Yama Do, a few nomads families used to dwel their tents in this area for whole summer time, set up camp. o/n camping.

Day 06 :
Yama Do / Shug-la (5,250m) / Tsotup Chu Valley / Chitul Gang, trekking 5-7hours, 10km

In the morning leave the valley and make our way through a steep gully rising form the stream bank. Finally, we climb over the Shug La [5,250m] and begin our climb down through treacherous boulder fields. Later, we cross Tsotup Chu, a large stream winding through the valley floor. Notice that the Tibetan mastiffs of the namad family on the other shore of the river is little aggressive. A comfortable camp will be set up in one of the many herder fields. o/n camping.

Day 07 :
Chitul Gang / Chitu La (5,210m) / Nyagarsumdo / Herders' Camps, trekking 5 hours, 14km

Today follow the Tsotup Chu down through its tributary and head towards the Chitu La pass [5100m], then trek through the rocks along a beautiful lake just after the pass. After ascending this rocky part quickly descend down through several twisted curves in the valley, and encounters some nomads settelments within the valley, find a beautiful place to camp in one of the fields surrounding the stream. o/n camping.

Day 08 :
Herders' Camps / Yarmalung / Samye Monastery / Tsedang [3,515m] , 4-5 hours trekking

The trail gets wider and easier as we go through scrub forests in the main valley where beautiful streams and lush forests surrounded. However, the desert is close by. The next few hours are arguably the most delightful part of the entire trek. More than 15 types of scrub trees, blooming rhododendrons, and vast meadow will amaze you every step of the way! After passing through this wondrous landscape arriving at the first permanent village Changtang since Hepu. From Changtang walking another 1.5 hour to arrive Yarmalung Heritage, where you meet your driver and drive to visit Samye Monastery. After visiting Samye Monastery, drive to Tsedang along Yarlung Tsangpo River for overnight.

Day 09 :
Tsedang[3,515m] / Lhasa airport drop off, fly out.

Tsedang is the ancient capital of Tibet prior to Lhasa and fertile valley of Yarlung is the cradle of Tibetan civilization. (If time is allowed) In the morning you will visit Yumbulakang Palace, the first palace in Tibet. Then transfer to Lhasa airport for your flight out of Tibet, end the travel with WindhorseTour.

Tour notes:

Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

Please contact one of our Tour Advisors to get a custom quotation made to your requirements.
All required government taxes and fees.
All required Tibet permits and domestic travel documents.
Necessary oxygen and medicine for the acute high altitude sickness.
Your selection of 3, 4 or 5 Stars hotel (shared twin room, private bathroom and daily breakfast)
All necessary Yak(s) or Horse(s) with caretakers for portage of luggage.
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build and from the local community. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Local Tibetan guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Meals that are not specified in the tour itinerary.
Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
Flight tickets or train tickets in and out of Lhasa (Please note: We can offer you train and/or plane tickets in and out Lhasa from all cities within China. Please check the latest price with us via email.)

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Sun, 06/02/2019

Hi, I'm keen to do a 7-10 day trek in Nov 2019. Was thinking of doing EBC from Lhasa - may I know if this tour is still available, the trip quotation, itinerary and what will be included? Will it be camping in tents or is accommodation in teahouses?

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Anita Fan
Tue, 06/04/2019

In reply to by Mich (not verified)

HI Mich,

Thank you for the enquiry! This is Anita from WindhorseTour.
We would love to make your trek tour happen, however, the treks in Tibet (trek to EBC, Ganden-Samye, etc) are not available from middle October when the snow begins. Most area will be freezed with ice and heavy snows, and the trekking route will also be blocked.
If your time is flexible, we would advise you to trek during end of May - early of October.
I just send the email with all details and the suggested alternative option. Please kindly go through it and let me know if you have any further comments.

mei-yun chang
mei-yun chang
Mon, 04/02/2018

I am interested in the trekking tour 10 days from ganden to samye. I will be in bejing on may 31. take train to Lhasa ASAP, Can you reserve the train tickets for my family of 4 adults? and how much for 4 of us for this trekking tour if we have our own camping gear? how much if we do not have the camping gear? there is no hotel or hostel in village?

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Anita Fan
Mon, 04/02/2018

In reply to by mei-yun chang (not verified)

Hi Mei-Yun,
Thank you for the enquiry. This is Anita from WindhorseTour.
We would love to book the train ticket from Beijing to Lhasa for you.
For the trekking from Ganden to Samye, I would like to share that the hotel or hostel is not available during the trekking, we will provide you the camping gear (including - 15 °C cotton sleeping bag, sleeping mats, tents, outdoor oven & gas etc), and you can also choose to take your own camping gear with 200 CNY per person lower.
I have also sent an email to you with more details, please kindly go through it and let me know if you have any further questions.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best Regards,

Thu, 08/24/2017

I am looking to trek in Tibet for 1-2 weeks around the beginning of October. I will be travelling alone.
DO you have any group treks then? or private treks? The Ganden to Samye trek looks great, but i am also open to other options.
I would like a trip that spends more time trekking than on the bus.
Thank you,

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Alice Xiang
Alice Xiang
Thu, 08/24/2017

In reply to by Aliza (not verified)

Hi Aliza,

This is Alice from Windhorse Tour, thanks very much for your inquiry.

I have sent you an e-mail with detailed explanation and quotation. Please kindly go through it and tell me if you have any question or comment.

I look forward to your reply!

Best regards


Sun, 06/11/2017

Can you please advise of the price for one adult and also dates for September 2017.

Thanks for your rime


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Anita Fan
Tue, 06/13/2017

In reply to by Xao (not verified)

Hello Xao,

Thanks for your inquiry. This is Anita from WindhorseTour.
I just sent an email with detailed itinerary and quotation to you. Please kindly go through it and let me know if you have any further questions or comments.
I will look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best Regards,

Tessira Crawford
Tessira Crawford
Thu, 01/05/2017

How much would it cost to do the 10 day tour with two?

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Yuki Yi
Fri, 01/06/2017

In reply to by Tessira Crawford (not verified)

Hello Tessira,
Thanks for your comments. This is Yuki from WindhorseTour. Here I would like to share that this trekking tour is only available from May to end September due to snow falls!
I have sent you an email with the detailed itinerary and quotation, please kindly have a look and let me know for any further questions on it.
Look forward to your reply soon.
Kind Regards,

Mon, 02/15/2016

Please quote me the price of trekking tour both of 10 days and 12 days to EBC.
What include and not include in this tour? Accommodation and food include? I read some thing about cooking, we need to cook our own food right? Do we need to bring our own food?
Thank you

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Yuki Yi
Sun, 02/21/2016

In reply to by mae (not verified)

Hello Mae,

Thanks for your comments! I have sent you the detailed information via E-mail, please take a look. Any other questions on it, I would be more than happy to help you out.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best Regards,

Helen Wang
Helen Wang
Thu, 05/03/2012

Hi Barb, thanks for visiting our website. If you don't bring your own camping equipments, then we will provide you the camping gears including the tent, mats and sleeping bags, besides this, we can also provide you the cook, cook gears for the trekking part, normally we will provide separate price for the tour and hiring cook/cook gears. During the trekking, we will hire some Yaks / Yak porters to carry the luggage for the groups.


Barb McCreery
Barb McCreery
Wed, 05/02/2012

What do you supply when camping/guesthouse - sleeping mats and bags, tents , down jackets(is it really cold) etc ??

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