Tibet Tour with Ganden Samye Trekking

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  • Duration 14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Trip Area Tibet
  • Best Season between May and October


  • Sweeping flight to Lhasa with the grand panorama of mountains with Mt. Everest
  • Cultural and Historical tour of Lhasa around places of great importance
  • Tour of Drepung-Sera-Jokhang and Potala Palace including Ganden monasteries
  • Trekking on hidden and of the beaten tracks to Samey with incredible views
  • Adventure over scenic high passes with the tour of great historical Samey monastery

Tibet Tour is a mesmerizing journey within the world's highest plateau of Tibet. Also, it includes cultural tours and an adventure ‘Ganden to Samye Trekking’. Here, you will have the consonance of pristine natural backdrops. With ventures ‘Ganden to Samye trekking’, here you will observe in in-depth Tibetan local life and its simple way of living.

Lhasa, the Centre of the Tibetan Buddhist world for over a period. Here, you will visit the first view of the red and white Potala Palace rising above the Holy City raising goosebumps. As the charming whitewashed old Tibetan quarter carries on to preserve the quintessence of traditional Tibetan life.

Garden to Samye Trekking, an enthralling trip starting from the capital city of Nepal (Kathmandu) taking a picturesque flight to the beautiful city of Lhasa. Here, in Lhasa, for some days to get acclimatize to the high altitude by visiting well-known and important sites of Drefung-Shera-Jokhaang monasteries with wonderful Potala Palace the landmark of Tibet.

Trek from Ganden to Samye, leads to the most attractive and pleasant walk which involves a steep uphill route. It can be quite energetic because of the high altitude at above 5,000 meters around high passes of Shuga La (5,240m) and Chitu-La (5040m/16,700ft). This trek will head ahead south to reach the first ridge at 4,510m/14,800ft.

Our trip continues along the valley leading up to the first pass, Shuga-la, and after the last village of Hebu. During some moments of the trek, there are few places where you need to cross the rivers and rivulets. The way passes through travelers and shepherd's camp with the hillside scattered with heavily built shelters. Along this place, is the fairy rhododendron, which is a charming and pleasant sight during the summer when it’s in bloom in small bouquets of pink, white and purple.

Through beautiful country and meadows of green carpets, the camp is made where there is a creek nearby on the summer pastures. Before Chitu-la there is a small glacial lake, after they pass the trail follows the creek all the way to the Samey valley through the Yamalung pilgrimage site of the Nyingmapa sect, as you come to the village of Nyango. A good hour of walks brings you to the first great Buddhist Monastery in Tibet. This tour and trek will make a memorable and great time for further days.


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In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip.

After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to transfer you to our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure on your own to relax the jetlag. But we definitely help you with the information to go around in case you’d like to do so.

We spend a full day in Kathmandu today which will be a necessary acclimatization day as well. Early in the morning after breakfast, we will meet for the trip briefing where we will talk about this amazing trip in detail and answer your questions if you have any.

After the brief meeting is over, we are taking you for an amazing cultural sightseeing tour of heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. The sites we take you for sightseeing today include Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.

Early morning, we will transfer to the airport for a scenic flight to Tibet. This beautiful flight takes us right across the main Himalayan range. Also, it offers magnificent mountain views.

After one hour, landing at Gonggar Airport we will meet our Tibetan guide. Then, we drive for two hours by Landcruiser jeep to Lhasa where we will check in to the Hotel. Here, you can have some food. Also, you can have complete rest and take it easy for the leftovers of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight at Hotel.

Today and tomorrow, we will have a great time as we have two full days in Lhasa to make the pleasure trip to the following places. Here you can explore the ancient sculpture and the Nepalese people’s living way.

Jokhang Temple - The Jokhang is the foremost and holiest Buddhist temple in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. It is the major pivot of the dedication of hundreds of Tibetans from near and far who circle it to achieve mystical merit. The Jokhang was first built in the 7th century and has an enormous gold image of Sakyamuni Buddha or Jowo Rinpoche.

Drepung Monastery - Drepung is the biggest and most long-standing simple university in Tibet housing 7000-8000 monks past the Cultural Revolution. Connecting to Drepung Monastery is the Nechung Monastery, the habitation of Tibet's state.

Potala Palace - Potala is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It is assumed to contain one thousand rooms. This palace is said as one of the spectacles of the world in the early 14th century.

We will also visit the Barkor bazaar situated in Lhasa, an imaginative gathering place for Tibetan merchants.

Today we drive to Ganden, one of the three simple universities in Tibet. Our treks begin at Ganden, bit by bit ascending for some time. Crossing the west side of the ridge from the burden, the track reaches a spur overcame by a cairn, a spring, and then the village of Hebu in two hrs. And from Hebu it takes one hour to reach Ani Pangong, a small monastery. The trail climbs steadily for one hour along with muddy meadows to Yama Do.

Around two hours past Yama Do we will ahead Shug-la pass (5250 m). At least it will take one and half hours from the basin transferring sarsen and clumpy ground through the final steep climb to the pass. We continue over the Shug-la pass following the cairns (human-made piles of stones) trail descending smoothly and reaching the valley in one and half hours from the pass. Next, we will cross the Tsotup the Chu. Nomad herders with their herd of yaks, goats, and sheep can also be found here.

We follow a small tributary from the Tsotup Chu valley for inflowing from the southwest. The track follows suddenly uphill for 30 minutes till you reach the large basin. The territory is not particularly tough to reach Chintu-la pass (5100 m) which is marked by many cairns. A short steep descent will bring you into a basin with three small lakes. The trial at many points is not clearly marked and goes past several season camping sites before it reaches the valley floor.

Today, the trail will be easy to follow and wide, goes along the forest of shrubs and beautiful rhododendrons for 3 hours. The way winds through a series of pastures before reaching Gen Do with a ruined stone structure. The forest disperses swiftly. After leaving Hebu, we reach the first village of Chantan (4020 m). Within 30-40 minutes we will arrive at Yamalung Valley. 

We start our overland journey with splendid views across the waters of Yamdrok-Tso Lake to the snowy summit of Nazin Kang SA 7252 m. We carry on westwards over another high pass the Karo La 5045 m. Here, we enjoy the beautiful sight of a huge glacier falling down, within a hundred meters of the road.

After crossing through the beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages we arrive in the town of Gyantse. We also visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. From Dzong, amazing views of both Gyantse itself and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley, and Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa with its many small chapels housing a remarkable group of Tibetan Buddhist paintings.

Along the friendship highway, we continue our journey through the Tibetan plateau to Shigatse, a short drive of only 90 km. Sightseeing in Shigatse: Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet. After knowing the local market we will make a complete visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the large running monasteries in Tibet where you can explore within its high surrounding walls.

Today, en route visit Shakya monastery & Shekar Chode, we continue along the Friendship Highway, marveling once more at the barren yet spectacular landscape of Tibet. Beyond the small town of Lhatse, we cross the highest pass on our journey, the Gyamtso La [5220m]. From here we descend to the plains, passing lonely monasteries and the camps of nomadic herders, en route to Shegar and our overnight accommodation at the Hotel.

Drive from Xegar to Dza Rongbuk Monastery in the morning. The journey involves driving over Pang La (5120m/16,794 ft) which rewards you with the views of several 8 thousand’ like Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Mount Everest. The journey mostly goes through the dirt road, passing through several picturesque villages. Upon arrival, check in a guesthouse or monastery accommodation, and after refreshment; take an hour walk trek to the Everest Base Camp (5200m/17,333ft).

Again we drive to the Friendship Highway and move straight on towards Tingri, a small Tibetan town. Along the Friendship Highway, we carry on. You will pass two high passes Lablung La (5, 124m) and Tong La (5, 120m) and we will have the last stunning view of Mount Everest, Sishapangma, and Cho Oyu. The trial moves to Nyalam-the last Tibetan town where you stop for some time. Again, the way drops through the bank of a river. Upon arrival in Zhangmu-the last Chinese frontier town.

After breakfast, you will move straight on after necessary border formalities at Nepalese immigration and Chinese immigration. From here, the Nepal border is about a 20-minute drive downhill. Next, to the Friendship Bridge, see of Tibetan Guide and driver and continue to Kathmandu with the Nepali corresponding person. After reaching Kathmandu the representative of Himalayan scenery take you to the hotel. If time remains you can visit the tourist market (Thamel) or you can have complete rest.

    After the short farewell program, a representative from Himalayan Scenery will escort you to the Tribhuvan International airport 3 hours prior to your flight schedule. No wonder everything seems so familiar now because, you had come here as a tourist, but going back as a friend. Hope to see you again and have a safe journey.

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    Cost Details


    • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
    • Flight from Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu.
    • Necessary Tibet travel permits and Visa for China.
    • Private transportation by jeep
    • Three-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Kathmandu city tours, tour guides, and private transportation
    • English-speaking Tibetan guide
    • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis
    • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fee as per our itinerary
    • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the tour
    • Accident insurance for all staff
    • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
    • Government taxes & office service charge


    • Personal Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
    • The US $ 20 Local Government Tax
    • Snacks /Drinks and other personal expenses
    • WiFi internet and phone call unless it’s free.
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

    Useful Info

    In Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, your safety precedes every other thing. During the trip, the factors such as weather, natural disaster or a multitude of other factors which are beyond our control can subsequently bring changes in the itinerary. Although all the itinerary we provide to you is guided and standard; please note that your team leader has the authority to alter or even drop the planned itinerary of any part if it is necessary due to safety concerns. All the alternations or changes to the standard itinerary are made by the leader by taking into consideration the best interest of the whole group. We give our best effort to stick with the above-mentioned itinerary; however, in case of any unpredicted event which is beyond our control, you need to be flexible and take after the guideline as instructed by your leader.

    Note that the company won’t be responsible for any result of alterations on itineraries or any delays due to unforeseen circumstances.

    Hotel and Accommodation

    In cities and large towns, you will be accommodated in good quality properties that are centrally located, atmospheric and reliable.

    We provide you with a 2 to 3-star standard hotel while you are in Kathmandu (i.e. for 2 Nights). During your Tibet tour, we provide you with the standard hotels (also 2 to 3-star hotels) for your accommodation.

    In Tibet Tour besides the 2 / 3 stars hotel, some 4 / 5 - star luxury accommodation is also available. If you want to change the accommodation plan to luxury, please do let us know so that we can arrange and book the hotel for you for your Kathmandu stay.


    A variety of meals are available in most hotels where we stay overnight. Among the food served in the hotel, some of the most popular are Indian, Chinese, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Tibetan, and the more common continental food. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are also available in every restaurant and hotel.

    All the food and Beverages included in the package are provided by the company itself. We will be served all meals in Tibet. We will have breakfast and lunch at the hotel where we stay for the night. On the everyday tour, the tour leader will decide the available place and stop for the lunch.

    Upon your arrival at Kathmandu after the successful trekking journey, we will provide a farewell dinner consisting of authentic Nepalese cuisines.

    Transportation for the Trip

    We at Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition provide all the necessary transportation facilities for your trip. We provide private vehicles for airport pick up. We also provide all private ground transportation facilities during your trip to Tibet.

    Guide, Crew Member, and Group Size

    The Ganden Samye Trekking; in the Land of Snow is organized for a lone traveler to a maximum of 15 people at once. In case of more travelers, we split the group into two as per the number of travelers. Each group is accompanied by a well-experienced and professional English-speaking tour guide.

    Booking and payment

    For the trip outside Nepal; such as Bhutan, Tibet, and India you will need to pay 50% of the total cost as advance payment. Once you have paid the 50% of the total cost along with a copy of your passport and flight details we can confirm and book your trip to Bhutan, Tibet, and India. The remaining cost can be paid after you arrive in Nepal for your trip. You will have various options to pay i.e. either you can pay by cash or you can do bank transfers and use credit cards. So, you can check our website for bank details and if you are willing to pay by using cards you can navigate to our website or contact us for more info.


    In Tibet, the Tibetan Language is mainly spoken. Tibetan is the official language of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. The written language is based on Classical Tibetan and is highly conservative.

    Apart from the Tibetan language, the English language is also used in the tourism business. Similarly, languages such as Nepali and Hindi are also spoken by the Nepalese and Indian Merchants.

    Some useful Tibetan phrases during tours:

    Hello: Tashi dele

    How are you: Kherang kusug depo yin pey

    Good day: Nyinmo delek

    Thank You: thoo jaychay

    See you: Lok jey gay

    Goodbye( when leaving): kale shoo

    Personnel Expenses

    Personnel Expenses are largely influenced by your habit of expenditure. We provide you with all the necessary food and accommodation facilities inside the cost of your Tibet Trek and Tour. So, you only need money to pay for your drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and snacks while strolling on the trail of Bhutan. Likewise, you can also use the money to buy you souvenirs for the trip, entrance tickets, hot showers, tips, and many more.

    Note that, tips and gratuities are not mandatory, but it is fine if you wish to. If you feel like the service provided to you is excellent, then you can tip directly to the staff. Of course, there is no obligation to tip if you are disappointed with the service you receive. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate an amount of 5 - 10% of the total package price for tips. The amount you give depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.

    Visa Processing

    China visa is pre-processed by our company itself. We just need to have your passport copy by scan on our e-mail. We will
    send you an electronic visa in your mail. You need to print and carry the e-visa to fly to Tibet. In Tibet immigration, authorities will stamp your passport.

    Your passport must be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel in Tibet.

    * Notes: There are regular flights from Kathmandu Nepal, to Tibet. for flights and packages please contact us now*

    Why Book With Us?

    • Best price
    • Best safety records
    • Easy payment processing
    • Customizable trips as per your needs
    • Departure for every booking
    • Best customer care
    • Specialized care and considerations
    • Easy cancellation conditions

    Booking Requirements

    Please provide us with your full credentials or a copy of your passport. Give your weight so that preplan your group’s trips for proper weight distribution. You may deposit 20 to 30 percent advance of the total package amount while booking. You may pay the rest of the amount before the flight. You can also pay us by card, bank transfer, or online. Please visit here for payment details.

    Cancellation Policy

    If you are unable to make your trip, let us know in advance. We will refund you as per our booking terms and conditions and available time frame. At times, there might be delays or cancellations of flights due to weather and unforeseeable reasons. In such cases, we will make our best effort to adjust your bookings and rearrange the schedule.

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