Tibet Tour with Ganden Samye Trek Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu:
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.
Day 2: Preparation and Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu:
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 details 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 the 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.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa:
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 foods. Also, you can have complete rest and take it easy for the leftovers of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: Explore Lhasa (2 days):
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 long-standing simple university of Tibet housing 7000-8000 monks past to 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.
Day 5: Drive to Ganden and Trek to Hebu:
Today we drive to Ganden, one of the three simple universities of Tibet. Our treks begin at Ganden, bit by bit ascends for some time. Crossing 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.
Day 6: YAMA DO to TSOTUP CHU VALLEY (before Shogar- la Pass):
Around two hours past Yama Do we will ahead Shug-la pass (5250 m). At least it will take one an 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 an half hours from the pass. Next, we will cross the Tsotup the Chu. Nomad herders with their herd of yaks, goat, and sheep can also be found here.
Day 7: TSOTUP CHU To Gambala:
We follow a small tributary from the Tsotup Chu valley for inflowing from the south-west. 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.
Day 8: Gambala to YAMALUNG (I -Malong):
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.
Day 9: Tsedang to Gyantse (3950m):
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 house a remarkable group of Tibetan Buddhist paintings.
Day 10: Gyantse to Shigatse (3900m) 90km:
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.
Day 11: Shigatse to Xegar 94300m) 244km:
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 Hotel.
Day 12: Xegar to Ronbuk (4980m) 90km:
Drive from Xegar to Dza Rongbuk Monastery in the morning. The journey involves driving over Pang La (5120m/16,794 ft) that 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).
Day 13: Ronbuk to Zhangmu (2300m) 252km:
Again we drive to the Friendship Highway and moves 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 sometimes. Again, the way drops through the bank of a river. Upon arrival in Zhangmu-the last Chinese frontier town.
Day 14: Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1300m) 165km:
After breakfast, you will move straight on after necessary border formalities at Nepalese immigration and Chinese immigration. From here, Nepal border is about 20 minutes’ 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.
Day 15: Final Departure to Your Onward Destination:
After the short farewell program, a representative from Himalayan Scenery will escort you to the Tribhuvan International airport before 3 hours prior to your flight schedule. No wonder everything seems so familiar now because, you had come here as the tourist, but going back as a friend. Hope to see you again and have a safe journey.