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Ganden - Samye Valley Trek – 16 Days
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Ganden - Samye Valley Trek – 16 Days

Potala palace- Lhasa, TibetWhen Tibet opened for travelers in 1985 at first time, the Ganden, Samye trail was the most popular trekking route crossing 2 mountain passes, beautiful alpine lakes and nomads. This trek begins from the Ganden Monastery (4180m.), 32 kms by road from Lhasa high above the Kyichu River and ends at the Samye Monastery. The main temple Utse at Samye represents Mot. Meru, centre of the Universe. Cultural Treks & Expedition designed this trek for those people who would like to explore the Tibet.

Trip length:
Nepal 4 – Tibet 13 Days
Grade: Gentle plus Moderate
Starts in: Kathmandu – Lhasa
Ends in: Zhangmu – Kathmandu
Group size: Maximum 12
Accommodation: Guest house and camping
Transportation: 4WD Land cruiser with support truck
Maximum altitude: 5200m.


  • Adventure journey into the innermost Tibetan high country
  • breathtaking panoramic view of 7000+ meter peaks of central Tibet
  • Bizarre culture and lifestyle of Tibetan nomads and herders.
  • Delightful transverse along scenic trail from Ganden to Samye across 5000+meter high pass
  • Visit to Ganden Monastery, the first Monastery of the Gelugpa sect
  • Incredible discovery of Tibetan civilization in Yarlung valley
  • Exciting and informative tour to the historical and cultural attractions of Lhasa



Day 01: Arrival in KTM airport, meet our staff then transfers to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu free.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa: Upon arrival at Gonggar airport, you shall be met and transfer provided to Lhasa City. O/nt at Hotel.
Day 04–05: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour: Visit Potala, Norbulingka Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung, Sera Monastery & Barkhor Bazaar. O/N at Hotel.
Day 06: Drive to Ganden: Drive to Ganden Monastery. Trek to Hebu. Camp.
Day 07: Ganden – Zhukar: Trek over Zhukar La Pass (5200m). Camp.
Day 08: Zhukar – Chetur: Cross Chetur La pass through alpine Lakes. Camp.
Day 09: Chetur–Yomalung: Trek to Yomalung meditation cave en-route, Camp.
Day 10: Yomalung – Samye Valley: Trek to the Samye Valley. Visit the Samye Monastery. Camp.
Day 11: Samye Valley – Brahmaputra: Cross the Brahmaputra River & drive to Tsetang to explore The Yambhulhakhang, Tibet's first castle and Cha-Duk Monastery. O/N at Hotel Tsetang.
Day 12: Brahmaputra – Gyantse: Drive to Gyantse enroute visiting Yamdrok - Tso Lake. O/N at Hotel Gyantse.
Day 13: Gyantse – Shigatse: Drive to Shigatse. O/N at Hotel Shigatse.
Day 14: Shigatse – Tingri: Drive to Tingri visiting Shakya Monastery en-route. O/N at Sakya Guesthouse.
Day 15: Tingri – Nyalam: Drive to Nyalam. O/N at Hotel Snow Lion.
Day 16: Zhangmu – Kathmandu: Drive downhill to Zhangmu & proceed further to the friendship bridge where transportation awaits for the group's journey to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Kathmandu free.
Day 18: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.


Tibet Tour & Trek Cost:       USD Per Person.

Tour Cost Includes:

  • All land transportation by Car, Land Cruiser, Van, Hiace mini Bus (Airport/Hotel/Airport & expedition pick up & drop).
  • 4 Night’s Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at Bed and breakfast basis.
  • Best available standard Hotel accommodation in Lhasa & best available en-route on twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Fully catered camping trek supported by Nepalese (Sherpa) crew & English speaking Chinese or, Tibetan guide while on tour & trekking except Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Shegar.
  • Required Yak & Yak drivers during trek.
  • All transportation in Tibet by 4 WD Land Cruiser and support truck for the entire trip.
  • Private transportation from Tibet border Kodari – Zhangmu to Kathmandu.
  • Tibet visa, travel permit and all applicable taxes and entrance fees.
  • Air Ticket: Kathmandu – Lhasa.
  • PAC bag (Portable Altitude Chamber) & first aid medical Kit.
  • All official taxes and service charge.


Tour Cost Doesn’t Include:

  • Personal transportation except above programs.
  • Major meals lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu – Nepal & Tibet.
  • Personal clothing, tour and trekking equipments as well as sleeping bags. (required)
  • Personal Nature expenses. (Extra expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as sickness, accidents, road blockage, and other occurrences beyond our control.)
  • Emergency evacuation (If incase).
  • Drinks except tea and coffee.
  • Airfare: to & from your country.
  • Nepal entry, re-entry visa fees & international airport departure taxes. ((It is suggested you apply for a multiple entry visa for Nepal initially saving you the Nepal re-entry fee).
  • Personal travel insurance. (Liability for insurance against sickness, accidents, loss of baggage, loss of life etc.)
  • Tips for support crews.


  1. We need a name list of each member 60 days before the trip confirmation for flight reservation.
  2. Clear passport photocopy and a passport size photo of each member which should reach us 30 days before client's arrival in Kathmandu at ((jpeg or gif reduced to max. 25Kb per photo).
  3. If you wish to join tours or trekking in Kathmandu you have to arrive as per the given programs and if you wish join in Lhasa can also possible.
  4. If you are traveling in Nepal before going to Tibet, then you must apply for your Chinese visa in Kathmandu. We can get it within 2 days with your original passport.

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