Trip Length: 11 Days
Activity: Cultural Spiritual Experience
Season: All Year Around
Trip Level: Moderate
Transportation: Jeep/Van/ Flight
Ganden Shmye trekking is an eleven days trekking tour that includes Lhasa, Ganden and Samya trip, 4 days trek and camping. This tour has mild trekking and lots of visiting and sightseeing so this tour is suitable for a family and group of school level students. Places, people get to visit in this tour can give them lots of knowledge about the ancient architecture and art and crafts.
In this tour people will get to see extravagant monuments like Potala palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung monastery and Barkhor Market, which is probably the busiest place in Lhasa. Visit to Ganden and Samya and monasteries are also on the list. These are the things we will do during the 11 days period:
Day 1 :
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 to our hotal. For the rest of the day we get time to acclimatize to the Lhasa’s High Altitude and time to get ready for the upcoming visit and treks.
Day 2, 3, 4 :
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 visit we will be in following places:
Potala Palace :
Political and religious centre 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 ion 7th century attracts hundreds of tourist 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 in 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 period 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. Here you can pick up some Tibetan Souvenir for you and some gifts for your loved ones.
Day 5 :
Today we will drive from Lhasa to Ganden. Herea t 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.
Day 6 :
After the breakfast in Hebu Valley, today we will trek from Hebu valley Shogarla pass. You can photo graph the Tibetan Plateaus in the sunset. We call it day and camp here.
Day 7 :
Today we will trek from Shogarla pass to Gambala. After the days trek we will rests at the river side and camp there for the night. You can have fun at the river side in the evening.
This day we will trek from the river side of Gambala to Molong. After about 6-7 hours 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 me one of most popular monastery in Tibet and one the 6 biggest Monasteries in Tibet. The same day after Samya monastery visit we will drive from Samya to Tsedang and rest at the hotel.
After the breakfast, we will have time to explore Tsedang and visit Yambulakhang palace and Tandruk monastery in the city. Again we will spend the night in Ttsedang.
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 other destination as you plan.