11 Days Hiking the Pilgrimage Path from Ganden to Samye Monastery

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Visiting: Lhasa   

Brief Introduction:

• Hiking and trekking excursions

Camping Local family visit

Day 1

Destinations: Arrive in Lhasa

Today's Activities:On our way to hotel, we can enjoy the heart-beating highland view along this Yarlong Tsangpo river (the longest river in Tibet). Get full rest for acclimatization. Overnight at Lhasa.


Day 2

Destinations: Lhasa

Today's Activities:Today we will visit the highest palace in the world— Potala Palace which is the Dalai Lama's winter palace. It locates on the red hill, a good viewing point in Lhasa. In the afternoon, we go to the renowned Jokhang Temple which will provide us one of your first sights of devout Tibetans. In the temple we will see the glistening Sakyamuni statue which is considered as Tibetan Buddhism's rarity. After it walk abound the Barkhor Street.

Meals: Lunch

Day 3

Destinations: Lhasa

Today's Activities:Morning time will be spent in Norbulinka which is Dalai Lama's summer palace. Noon we will go to visit the Sera monastery where lively lama debating will be seen (except Sundays). This is very interesting. Many lamas sitting or standing in the yard debate a certain topic their teacher has given. Overnight at Lhasa Tibetan flavor dinner with traditional performance at local Tibetan restaurant.

Meals: Lunch+Dinner

Day 4

Destinations: Lhasa to Ganden to Yama Do

Today's Activities:Drive to Gandan Monastery, after visiting the first monastery of Gelupa Sect, start trek to Yama Do via Hebu Valley. It takes about 5 hours to reach the village and camp. Have a good rest here before tackling the pass. Overnight Camping

Meals: Lunch+Dinner

Day 5

Destinations: Yamado to Shug-la

Today's Activities:This is the day of the pass, We will start trek early morning for the strenuous day. Take about 4 hrs to the pass, Shug-la(5217m) where cairns, yak horns and prayerflags mark the summit. From the pass, walk down to the valley for 1.5 hrs, we will camping at this pleasant valley along the the river. Ovenight camping

Meals: Lunch+Dinner

Day 6

Destinations: Trek Shug-la to Valley Junction

Today's Activities:Walk 3 hrs up to the Sukhe La, lower and easier than the Shug-la, descend past two glacial lakes and pass more nomad tents to reach valley junction. Camp near here.Ovenight camping

Meals: Lunch+Dinner

Day 7

Destinations: Valley Junction to Ninggong

Today's Activities:Walk through the thick forest, stream and a series of meadows for four hours , we reach to Gendo, a stone structure in ruins, this is one of the most attractive sections of the trek.Ovenight camping

Meals: Lunch+Dinner

Day 8

Destinations: Niggong to Samye

Today's Activities:We drive to Samye monastery noon visit Tibet's first monastery.Samye Monastery was one of the very first Buddhist monasteries of Tibet and the site of the historic "Great Debate" between Indian Mahayanists and Chinese Chan Buddhists. Spiritual pilgrims have journeyed along the path connecting these two monasteries for hundreds of years.

Meals: Lunch+Dinner

Day 9

Destinations: Samye to Tsetang

Today's Activities:Get to Ferry by local truck, cross Yarlung Tsanpo River about an hour, after then , transfer to the Tsedang . Afternoon, visit Yumbu Lhakang which is the first palace in Tibet. Tradruk Temple.which once was the palace to king Songtsen gampo. Overnight hotel.

Meals: Lunch+Dinner

Day 10

Destinations: Depart from Tsetang

Today's Activities:Transfer to airport for your departure.



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