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10 Days Gaden to Samye Trek

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10 Days & 9 Nights
Availability : April 01’ - Nov 30’
Lhasa
Lhasa
Min Age : 13+
Max People : 10
Tour Details

Price Includes

  • Tibet Travel Permit Related Services
  • Admission fees: to scenic spots as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals: Specified as per to itinerary
  • Tour guides: excellent private English-speaking guide
  • Transfers: land transfer with drivers as specified
  • Accommodations: hotels based on double/single occupancy as specified
  • Government taxes & fees
  • Arrangement: planning, handling, operational and communication charges
  • Oxygen Canister in Car
  • First Aid Kits

Price Excludes

  • International flights to/from China, as well as transportation to/from the above city (For Land Only)
  • China visa fees
  • Gratuities to guides & drivers and any expense of personal nature
  • Our tour package does not include Travel Insurance. Please DO purchase the Travel Insurance before your trip to against any unforeseen circumstance.

 

Note: If your arrival time is different from others and you don’t want to wait for the free shuttle bus, then we can arrange private airport pick up/transfer for additional cost CNY400. It is free for train station pick up / transfer. Please let us know your arrival time and detail information of flights/train.

 

Meals & Accommodations: As Specified in the itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Lhasa

Upon arrival in Lhasa, our guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Feel the height of the world roof and adapt to the high altitude. Our agency staff would give you a brief orientation about the trip and collect the balance amount from you. Get familiar with the height of the roof of the world and take rest well to have a successful trip.

Overnight: Lhasa

Day 2Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

Lhasa is a unique city which is attracted by many tourists from all over the world for it’s different culture and wonderful nature. Start our trip from the magnificent Potala Palace which is built in 7th century and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels in the morning. You will experience its audience halls, the jewelled and Golden burial Chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, Thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during king Songtsen Gonpo’s reign by princess Wencheng and its famous Barkor Kora, where you can appreciate the traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, Tibetan music instrument, Thangkas, and tradition Tibetan clothes and the like.

Overnight: Lhasa

Day 3Lhasa: The Great Sera & Drepung Monasteries

We will start our group tour at 09:00 am. Drive 8kms to north-west of Lhasa to visit Drepung Monastery, situated at the foothill of a beautiful mountain and was built in 1416. It was once the home of 10000 monks and Ganden Podrang in Drepung is famous for it was the administrative center during fifth Dalai Lama until the Potala palace was built. Shoton Festival is organized by this monastery in a very grandiose way. After lunch, tour continues to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa’s disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is its Buddhist monk’s debate held in the courtyard.

Overnight: Lhasa

Day 4Lhasa: Gaden Monastery 48km

Today, we are visiting Gaden Monastery, established in 1409 by the Buddhist reformer and founder of the Gelukpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Tsongkhapa. This monastery is also the seat of the Gaden Tripa (a monk who could rank the top of the numerous Buddhist Philosophy debates and examinations). After learning the monastery’s mystery interior, going to take an hour long kora (circumambulation) around its outer circle. Through it, you will enjoy the wonderful landscapes of Lhasa’s uniquely surrounded mountains, Kyichu (Happy River), and the beautiful valley villages. It would be followed by driving down to Trubshi Village for the overnight camp at there.

Overnight: Camping at Trubshi Village

Day 5Trek Day 1: Yama-Do 18km

Every stuffs brought would be loaded on yaks and begins our trek to Hepo. It’s a short hike to Hepu village. Village’s Yul Lha (local protector deity), the Divine White Yak shrines from the edge of the village. The group continues to climb up towards the Shuga Pass where wild flowers bloom around the descending waters of the pass’ Tashi-Chu. Tonight’s camping will be at Ani Pagong (a small nunnery) is situated about an hour from Hepu.

Overnight: Camping at Yama Do

Day 6Trek Day 2: Chitu Gangn 11km

The trek progressed to walk on the left side of the valley until arriving in a basin below the Shuga Pass (5255m), the highest peak of the trek. The pass is marked with wind-worn prayer flags and yak skulls. From the top of the mountain, we can see the lower valley and begin a steep descent through a narrow rocky trail. The river of Chitu Gang flows along us as we enter the valley to find local nomad herders dwelling in black tents with guarded mastiffs. Then, we will be at our campsite after crossing over the river followed by a short walk.

Overnight: Camping at Chitu Gangu

Day 7Trek Day 3: Nomad Camp 14km

Steep but small hill to trek to reach Palang Tsodue Lake. Today is quite an easy trek as it is within the valley for a while and then lead us to the Chitu Pass (5210m). We would stop to enjoy the three beautiful small lakes surrounded with cairns (small, man-made piles of stone), and a nomad campsite before the top of the pass. Trek continues by passing through willow, scrub, a forest of rosebushes, we would see an another nomad camp. Finally we would arrive at a Tibetan nomads hub and we see numerous Tibetan nomad tents pitched near the adjacent valley coming from Gampala Pass which joins the main valley. Our camp will be after crossing a clear stream.

Overnight: Camping at Nomad Camp

Day 8Trek Day 4: Samye 36km

The last day of the trekking is mostly in the woods. This could be quite a long yet you will learn different types of wild floral and fauna. In the end of the forest, we would pass Gen Do Shrine, dedicated to the region’s protector goddess, Dorji Yudrukma, and cross the Yamalung Hermitage. At this point, we find several meditation caves belong to the Dalai Lamas and other holy retreat persons. Further hiking takes us to Hepori and we finally arrived in Samye Monastery.

Overnight: Samye Monastery Guesthouse

Day 9Visit to Tsethang

This morning, we are visiting Samye Monastery. Samye is Tibet’s first monastery and holds over 1200 years of rich Buddhist and architectural history. Next, we will visit Chimpu Hermitage to learn about the meditation caves of Guru Rinpoche and Khangdo Yeshi Tsogyal (one of three consorts of Guru Rinpoche). mediated in during the 7th century. This area remains a famous place for retreats and hermitages. After learning about the histories from 7th century, we would trace back to Lhasa.

Overnight: Lhasa

Day 10Departure to your Next Destination

Our guide and drive would drop you at Gongkar Airport/ train station.

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