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Trekking the Pilgrimage Trail - Ganden to Samye

Trekking the Pilgrimage Trail - Ganden to Samye

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 12 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 8 people
Destination(s): Tibet  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Pilgrimage/Spirituality  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1620 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2270 US Dollar (USD)

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.

Tour Itinerary:

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.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All hotel accommodation on twin-sharing basis
- All land transfer mentioned in the itinerary
- Service of local English speaking guide
- Admission charges to all places and activities mentioned in the itinerary
- All meals as indicated
- Drinking water and snacks on coach
- Tibet Travel Permit
- Water, Tea and coffee during meals
- All group camping material and support staff, cooks, during hiking/trekking.

Price Excludes:
- International and domestic air fares
- Personal telecommunication/laundry charges
- Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
- Normal level of gratuities for drivers, local guides and staff
- Alcoholic beverages except local beer
- Travel insurance and evacuation service.

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