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Trip Fact

Trip Duration 18 Days
Destination Tibet
Trip Grade Moderate
Activity Trekking
Max. Altitude 5,200m.
Accomodation Hotel + Lodges
Transportation Aeroplane / Tourist Bus
Meals Breakfast
Starts in Kathmandu – Lhasa
Ends in Kyirong – Kathmandu
Group size Maximum 12
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When 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 (4,180m.), 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 Highlights

  • 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

Detail Itinerary

Tour, Trekking Cost Includes:

  • All land transportation by Car, Land Cruiser, Van, Hiace mini Bus (Airport/Hotel/Airport, expedition pick up and drop).
  • 4 Night’s Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at Bed and breakfast basis.
  • Best available standard Hotel accommodation in Lhasa and best available en-route on twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Fully catered camping trek supported by Nepalese (Sherpa) crew and English speaking Chinese or, Tibetan guide while on tour and 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 – Kyirong to Kathmandu.
  • Tibet visa, travel permit and all applicable taxes and entrance fees.
  • Air Ticket: Kathmandu – Lhasa.
  • PAC bag (Portable Altitude Chamber) and 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 and 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 and 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.

Spring Itinerary

Detailed Tour Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m.) 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 and 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 (5,200m). 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 – Kyirong: Drive to Nyalam. O/N at Hotel Snow Lion.
Day 16: Kyirong – Kathmandu: Drive downhill to Kyirong and 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.

Autumn Itinerary

Detailed Tour Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m.) 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 and 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 (5,200m). 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 – Kyirong: Drive to Nyalam. O/N at Hotel Snow Lion.
Day 16: Kyirong – Kathmandu: Drive downhill to Kyirong and 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.

Mountain Info

    Trip length: Nepal 4 – Tibet 13 Days
    Grade: Gentle plus Moderate
    Starts in: Kathmandu – Lhasa
    Ends in: Kyirong – Kathmandu
    Group size: Maximum 12
    Accommodation: Guest house and camping
    Transportation: 4WD Land cruiser with support truck
    Maximum altitude: 5,200m.

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