• Memorable trekking experience by following the famous route from Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery
  • Beautiful high plateau landscapes and peaceful local rural villages along the trekking
  • The scared sights in the holy city Lhasa
  • Breathtaking view of sunrise and sunset

At a glance

Avg. Distance per day
9 km
Starting Point
Ending Point
Average Time
6 hrs
Highest point
5250 m


The magnificent Ganden Monastery, situated in the Wangbur Mountain, on the southern bank of Lhasa River in Tagtse County, 47 km from Lhasa, stands at an altitude of 3,800 m above sea-level. It is one of the original and grandest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, and stands atop of the six famous temples of Gelugpa – a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. The significance of this bliss is not only spiritual and artistic, but also as a cultural and political artifact preserved by the National Key Cultural Relic Preservation scheme in 1961. The monastery hosts one of the majestic Buddhist celebrations, the Buddha Painting Unfolding festival, thereby attracting numerous visitors and disciples. The name ‘Ganden’ holds vast importance. In Tibet, it represents the name for the paradise for future Buddha. Hence, the Ganden Monastery is regarded as the divine route through which the future Buddha will put a conclusion to misery and the world will achieve salvation.

If you are a Tibetan theology enthusiast, the Ganden to Samye Monastery trek is undoubtedly one of the best experiences you can have with a deep insight of the Tibetan Buddhism and a beautiful exposure to the true taste of Tibetan highland adventure. The trekking route is regarded as one of the best hikes in the world. This unique trip has a lot to offer- an overview of Tibetan religious culture, blue sacred lakes, high snowy mountains, lush alpine meadows, periodic herders’ camp, tranquil Tibetan villages, holy sites eventually culminating at the barren surroundings near the Samye Monastery. Secluded valleys lie along the high hills, only inhabited by high-altitude nomads and their yaks.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Arrive in Lhasa
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 05: Drive to Ganden
Day 06: Trek to Yama Do
Day 07: Trek to Tsotup Chu Valley
Day 08: Trek to Herder’s Camp
Day 09: Trek to Wango
Day 10: Explore the Yarlung Valley
Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu

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