Ganden to Syame Monastery Trekking

Ganden to Syame Monastery Trekking

TripGrade: Strenuous
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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15 Days

Max Altitude:

Shug La Pass (5250m)

Group Size


Trial Access:

Flight and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

April - October

Tibet Ganden Syame Monastery Trekking is one of the most exciting places on Earth for trekking. The high altitude is challenging for some people and for some it is passion.

The Tibetan topography with rugged terrain provides a different hiking experience. The moon-like landscape and the unique culture take the walk to a different level. 

This eighty Kilometers of trekking takes you through the barley fields, nomadic pastureland, and small Tibetan settlements with welcoming people with a great sense of hospitality. Tibet takes you to some of the highest passes in the Tsotup Chu Valley, Shug La (5250m) and Chitu La (5100m).

The major attraction in this trail is the monasteries of Ganden and Samye, two of Tibet’s most important and sacred monasteries. Ganden lies about 45 Km from Lhasa and is the most important among the Gelugpa monasteries in Tibet. The Samye monastery is in the bank of Tsangpo River and was built during the time of Trisong Detsen, the king who contributed to spreading Buddhism in Tibet.

So, why don't you check your adrenaline rush by conquering this amazing trek with Himalayan trekkers?

Starting Price

USD 3999 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in city of temples; Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains.

A representative of  Himalayan trekkers meets, greet, welcome and transfer you to Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive.

Day 2

Explore the city and prepare for the flight to Tibet tomorrow.

Meals included: BB

You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trip to Tibet that starts tomorrow.


Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Scenic flight to Lhasa.

Meals included: BB

Early morning scenic flight to Gangar Airport and after airport procedure transferred to the hotel by a representative of Himalayan trekkers.

Free to explore the markets on your own. Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: An hour plus flight and 30 min drive.

Day 4

Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

Meals included: BB

After breakfast, we will visit the Potala Palace, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. This architectural masterpiece is the symbol of unity of the Tibetans. This palace was built by King Soongtsan Gampo, who was married to Princess Wen Cheng Tang in 641 A.D. It has got 999 houses built on Hongshan Hill with a red building on top. It is one of the grandest palaces in the world to date.

Then, we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple for Tibetan Buddhists. After spending some time at the Jokhang temple we will walk through Barkhor Street, a traditional old street in Lhasa.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5

Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

Meals included: BB

We will start the sightseeing today from Norbulingka - the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, located along the Kyichu River and two kilometers west of the Potala Palace. This Palace has a huge garden covering 360,000 square meters, making it the biggest man-made garden in Tibet. It has got 374 rooms.

The second site is Drepung Monastery, made by Chojey Tashi Palden in the 14th Century. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or "The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind," was the largest, housing more than three-quarters of Drepung's ten to fifteen thousand monks. Now it is one of Tibet’s premier monastic educational institutions.


Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6

Scenic drive to Ganden monastery (4180m).

Meals included: BB

After breakfast, we start driving along the bank of the Kyi Chu River towards Medro Gongkar, towards Ganden. We will drive past the Tibet University after crossing the Lhasa East Bridge and arrive at the Ganden Monastery.

Ganden monastery is the first and most important of the Gelugpa sect and has remained the main seat of this major Buddhist order ever since. Of all the other monasteries in Tibet, it is Ganden that has suffered the most at the hands of the red guards.

We will explore small settlements during the afternoon and take rest.


Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2 hrs drive

Day 7

Trek to Yama Do (4250m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will leave Ganden and walk to the Angor RI. We will climb up for one and a half hours and descend west for some time to reach the Hepu village.

After a brief rest, we walk for another one hour until we reach Ani Panong from where we will start the ascent towards Yama Do, our overnight destination.


Accommodation: Local lodges/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Tsotup Chu valley via Shug La Pass (5250m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is an exciting day as we walk past the highest point of the trek Shug La (5250m) from sea level. The pass is distinctively marked with its large cairn wrapped in prayer flags and yak horns.

After a brief stop at the pass to savor the grand vistas you make a sharp descent walking past a boulder field. The trail eventually opens into the valley. Up ahead in a distance the trail crosses the Tsotup Chu, a large stream with rich pastures of yaks, goats, and sheep. You encounter several herders on the way.


Accommodation: Local lodges/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 9

Trek to Herder's Camp.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast we will leave the Tsotup Chu Valley we cross the Tsotup Chu stream and walk further and complete a 30 minutes ascent to a large basin the trail further opens into the valley progressing south to the Chitu La (5100m) capped with several cairns.

On the way, we will see many herders with their cattle and Yaks. After walking for around 4 hours past streams, settlements and Mani walls and chortens we will reach the herder’s camp for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 10

Trek to Wango.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The journey today starts through the scrub forest, junipers bushes and rhododendron trees on the shadier slopes. After walking for some time we reach the Changtang village, where you can see more animals than people. Further walking we can see the Yarlung Tsangpo valley towards the south. You can ascend steeply up to Yamalung Hermitage for 1 hour.

But if you choose not to climb this ascent, you can simply wait near the bridge. Ancient history has it that Guru Rin Poche, after rigorous meditation attained spiritual enlightenment with the blessings from the deity of Amitayus (Tibetan: Tsepame) at Yamalung (also called Emalung). This hermitage houses small temples which shelter monks, sacred springs and stone carvings of 8th Guru Rin Poche, King Trisong Detsen and Indian pundit Shantarakshita. Stone houses come into sight after walking for one hour to the village of Nyango.

The trail overlooks the tributary streams cascading from the north-west to join the Samye valley. The old trade route from Lhasa to Samye via the Gokar La follows this valley. The trail further proceeds towards Wango for overnight.

Accommodation: Tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 11

Trek to Samye and explore.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will continue on the winding trail across the ridge of Dragmar towards the Samye, where a palace, partially rebuilt is on the summit. As per the historians, this was the birthplace of King Trisong Detsen. Further, off the road, you will find a small red and white temple which is believed to have been built under the shade of white sandalwood tree and nourished by the buried placenta of King Trisong in ancient times but was chopped off during Cultural Revolution.

After walking past the Sangbu village and a couple of small settlements we will reach Samye in one hour. Explore Samye settlement and monastery in the evening.


Accommodation: Hotel/local lodges/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 2-3 hrs trek.

Day 12

Explore the Yarlung Valley.

Meals included: BB

Our day starts after the visit to Samye monastery after which we will drive to Tsedang, the third largest city in central Tibet.

We will explore the surrounding of the Yarlung valley, the valley of Tombs.

Some significant monuments in the Yarlung valley include Tandruk Monastery, a 7th-century monastery, which holds fantastic wood-carved altar, interesting relics, and murals. Yumbulhakhang, the castle perched dramatically on a pinnacle above the valley is the oldest known dwelling in Tibet, reputedly the home of the Yarlung Kings.


Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2 hrs drive

Day 13

Drive to Gongar airport and fly back to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

After breakfast, you will have a short drive to Gongar airport from where you will take a connecting flight to Kathmandu.

After arriving at Kathmandu, free to explore on your own.


Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: An hour plus flight.

Day 14

Sightseeing of Kathmandu and farewell dinner.

Meals included: BB

After breakfast, guided sightseeing to some popular landmarks of Kathmandu. 

Free time for shopping of souvenirs and in the evening, farewell dinner with the team of Himalayan trekkers. Overnight. 

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 15

Final departure.

A representative of Himalayan trekkers will assist and transfer you to the airport 3 hours earlier than your scheduled flight.

Hope you enjoyed this trip with us and please do remember us for other exciting and amazing trips in the Himalayas.

Have a safe journey!

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Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Lhasa, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.


Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Whats Included

  • Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet.
  • Hotel with breakfast (meals during trek only).
  • English speaking Tibetan guide per as the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guide Fees.
  • Land cruiser for transportation.
  • Airport transfer with airfare of Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu including airport tax. 
  • Best accommodation during the trek.

Whats Not Included

  • Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation, etc
  • All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills, etc.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal visa fee.


Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.


  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities


  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers


  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash


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