The Ganden Monastery complex was formerly one of the three great religious censers for the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Samye Monastery was the first great Buddhist monastery in Tibet, founded in 775 AD during the reign of King Thrisong Detsen. Despite its popularity, the Ganden to Samye trek is a tough walk that crosses two high passes through a remote region.
The easiest starting point is Ganden (4240 m), for it is considerably higher in elevation than Samye (3600 m). The best time for trekking in this region is from late April until late October, though the intermediate valleys between these monasteries receive a healthy share of the Summer monsoon from the middle of June until early Sep.
Day 1: Fly to Lhasa. Afternoon explore bustling Barkhor Street and old city quarter.
Day 2: Potala Palace. Sera Monastery. Chupsang Nunnery.
Day 3: Lhasa to Ganden Monastery. Trek to Hebo Village.
Day 4: Trek from Hebo Village to Drogpa, a large meadow surrounded by snow-peak mountains.
Day 5: Trek Drogpa to Chitu La pass (4,940 m/16,207 ft).
Day 6: Chitu La - Nyango Village via Yemalung.
Day 7: Trek Yemalung to Samye Monastery.
Day 8: Samye Monastery to Tsedang. Visit Changzhu Monastery and Yunbu Lagang.
Day 9: Fly out Lhasa to gateway cities of Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong or Katmandu.
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Asia Tibet Outdoor: Land Rambler Hiking & Trekking Pilgrimage/Spirituality