Ganden Samye trekking is one of the most popular trekking tour in Tibet. It will start from Ganden Monastery which is located 70 km eastward from Lhasa, and it ends at Samye monastery which is located 170 km southward from Lhasa. In this tour you will trekk for four days from Ganden to Samye monastery. The highest point in the trekking route are Shugkar La pass which is 5250 meter above sea level and Chitu la passes which is 5100 meters above sea level. The best time for trekking in this route is May to mid October. Summer will be wet yet the mountains are at its greenest with wild flowers spangle the alpine meadows. Before we start this trek you have a couple of days in Lhasa for proper acclimatization.
|Day2||Lhasa sight seeing visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple|
|Day3||Lhasa sight seeing visit Drepung Monastery, Norbulinga, Sera Monastery|
|Day4||Lhasa- Gaden Monastery|
|Day6||Yamadu-Tsotops Chu valley-Chitul Gang|
|Day7||Chitul Gang-Herders Camp|
|Day8||Herders Camp- Nyango|
our tour guide and the car will receive you at the airport or the train station, then there will escort you to the Hotel in Lhasa. The journey from airport to Lhasa is about one hour with beatifull view of Tibetan country side. Rest of the day is free for you to get proper acclimatisation.
This is the first day in Tibet with activities. today you will be visiting the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Bhakhor street. In the morning you will be visiting the Jhokhang Temple and the Potala after lunch. After visiting the Potala palace our guide take you to Bharkor street which is one of the oldest market in Tibet.
Potala palace was built by Tibetan king Songtsan Gampo and later rebuilt by fifth Dalai Lama. It was the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas until peaceful libiration in year 1959. Its builted on a rocky hill overlooking the city of Lhasa, the Potala Palace has a sturdy fortress-like appearance. It contains more than a thousand rooms spreading over an area of 1,300 feet by 1,000 feet. The stone walls are 16 feet thick at the base, but more finely constructed (without the use of nails) in the upper stories. The Potala Palace is made of two main parts, easily distinguished by their color: the Red Palace and White Palace. The two are joined by a smaller, yellow-painted structure that houses the sacred banners hung on the exterior for the New Year festivals. The rooms inside the palace are identified by numbers as well as names.
Jokhang Temple was builted in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo (r.617-49), and his two foreign wives who are credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet. The king’s first wife, Princess Bhrikuti (married in the 630s), was the sister of the Nepalese king, while his second wife, Princess Wencheng (married 641), was the niece or daughter of the Chinese emperor. The temple house a sacred image of the Buddha, the Jowo Rinpoche, which Queen Wencheng brought with her from China as a dowry. This statue is still enshrined within the temple and is the holiest object in Tibet.
Barkor street is the oldest traditional market in Lhasa. It circulate the Jhokhang temple and other Tibetan residential areas. In old Tibet you can buy goods from all over the world from the luxuries good like swatch to the handicraft products from China. In contemporary Tibet almost all the shops in Barkhor street sells souvenir for visitors visiting Lhasa. Barkhor is also a spiritual place for Tibetan Buddhist all over the world. you will see thousands of pilgrims from all over Tibet prostrating and circumambulating the street as Jhokhang temple is located inside barkhor street.
On the third day in Lhasa you will be visiting two of the biggest monastery in Tibet. Drepung monastery and Sera Monastery
Drepung monastery was founded in 1416; on the outskirts of Lhasa was once Tibet’s largest and most influential monastery, with over 10,000 monks. Today, Drepung houses about 700 monks and attracts pilgrims and visitors from around the world. Drepung is especially known as the site of the annual Shoton Festival, with its dramatic unfurling of a giant Thangka painting on the hillside. It was the home of the Dalai Lamas before the Potala palace was built in the 17th century. Resembling a heap of white rice from a distance, it was dubbed “Monastery of the Collecting-Rice” in Tibetan. The first floor of the Assembly Hall holds a striking statue of Dalai Lama XIII, magnificently lit by filtered sunshine and pungent yak butter lamps. Readings of the scriptures are often held here at midday, during which novices race one another to fetch tea from the kitchen for their elders. To the left (west) of the Assembly Hall is the kitchen, where butter tea is prepared and donations are accepted. The most revered image at Drepung is a 15m (49-ft.) tall statue of the 8-year old Maitreya Buddha (the future Buddha), designed by Tsongkhapa and housed on the third floor of the main building. Visitors are offered holy water; to receive it, cup your right hand above your left, take a sip, and splash the rest on your head. Several courtyards in the forest around the monastery are used by the monks for debating the sutras (Buddhist scriptures). The winners of the debates can take a test to earn the senior degree of Geshi.
Sera monastery is one of the great Gelugpa school of learning centre and famous debate session of monks on Buddhist sciences of philosophy, metaphysics, psychology and epistemology .The history of Sera monastery is strongly connected to master lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419).
In this morning we will drive to Ganden monastery. This is the starting point of your trekking. Today you will visit the Ganden monastery. which is the main monastery of Gelukpa the Yellow hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Ganden means “joyful” and it is the Tibetan name for Tushita, the realm of Bodhisattva Maitreya (the future Buddha). The monastery was founded by Jhe Tsongkhapa in 1409. It is strongly suggested to all the member to go for hiking around Monastery. we will have to stay overnight at Ganden monastery’s guest house.
This is the first day of trekking. Trekking begins at the highest point of the Ganden Kora. From here we will walk along a saddle trail. After leaving this trial with wondrous views traverse the west side of the ridge before passing through an ancient Hepu village. Later in the day we will pass through Ani Pagong, a narrow bottleneck in the trial and former site of a nunnery. You will end the day with a ascent towards Yama do, a few nomads families used to dwell there for entire summer days. we will camp there for the night.
In the morning we leave the valley and make our way through a steep gully rising from the stream bank. Finally, we climb over the Shug la (5250m) which is the highest point in the entire tour, and begin our climb down through treacherous boulder fields. Later, we will make cross Tsotup Chu, a large stream winding through the valley floor. Notice that the Tibetan mastiffs of the nomads 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 and overnight camping.
Today we will follow the Tsotup Chu down through its tributary and climb upwards the Chitu La pass[5100m], then we will trek through the rocks along a beautiful lake after beyond the pass. After ascending this rocky path we will quickly descend down through several twisted turn to the valley, we will meet some nomads settle in the valley. This valley is a beautiful place to camp and we will camp tonight in the valley.
Trekking get wider and easier as we go through scrub forests in the main valley surrounded by beautiful stream and lush forest. The desert is close by and in next few hours will be the most delightful part of the entire trek. More than 15 different types of scrub trees, blooming rhododendrons, and vast meadow will amaze you with every step. After passing throught this wonderful landscape we will arriving at the first permanent village Changtang since Hepu. From Changtang we will