Ganden Samye trek is one of the most beautiful sites in central Tibet, which is considered as an abode of Champa, the future Buddha. The monastery perched on the ridge called Gokpo Ri, the site was chosen by Tsong Lhapa (1357-1419) for his first meditation where the monastery built later. This is one of the great monasteries out of six, built by Gelukpa sect. This short four or five day trek is one of the most popular treks in Tibet and links two of the Tibet's most important monasteries Ganden and Samye.It involves crossing two passes Shuga la(5250m) and Chitu la(5100m). It is a strenous trek but the rewards are worth the effort.
This trek starts in Lhasa, the sacred city and capital of Tibet, where we will explore its great palaces, monasteries and temples. We drive to Ganden Monastery and start 4-day trek over the Tibetan mountains to Samye, the first and holiest monastery of Tibet. The trek through highland yak pastures and over Shugu La pass (5200m/17000ft) takes us to a sacred mountain where many great Buddhist saints and teachers meditated, including Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu. Overnight hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lhasa
Day 04: Drive Lhasa to Ganden, visit Ganden Monastery. Start camping trek
Day 05: Ganden to the base of Shuga La Pass
Day 06: Trekking cross Shuga La Pass
Day 07: Trekking cross Chitu La Pass
Day 08: Trekking to Samye monastery. Overnight in guesthouse
Day 09: Tour of the Monastery and Tsetang. Overnight in hotel
Day 10: Drive to Gonggar and fly back to Kathmandu
Day 11: Final Departure