Ganden Cultural Trekking

Explore the century’s old Ganden Monastery and Potala palace in Lhasa

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12 Days Lhasa to Lhasa

  • Max. Altitude: 4200 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 10
  • Best Time: Apr. to Dec
  • Trip type: Trekking
  • Accommodation: Lodge, camp

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Strenuous Level

Among the hardest available treks in Nepal, but still these treks are in reach of most people however one must be fit.

Ganden Cultural trek is one of the most stunning and popular trekking trips in central Tibet and it takes about 4 to 5 days to pass through Shuga-la pass (5250m). This adventure partly makes very appealing as you would start the trekking from Ganden Monastery and end in Yarlung valley where you can world famous Samye Monastery and Yumbulhakhang.

You will have an opportunity to explore Lhasa while you acclimatize and rest and shop few days after this medium to difficult trekking.

The best time for Ganden Cultural trekking is from May to October. Summer can be wet but the mountains are at their greenest and wildflowers color the alpine meadows. Barring heavy snow, it's also possible for those with a lot of trekking experience and the right gear to do this trek in the colder months. Ganden Cultural trekking crosses two passes over 5000m, connects two of Tibet's most important monasteries and begins less than 50km from Lhasa. It has emerged as the most popular trek in Central Tibet.

Ganden cultural trekking – itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa (3650 m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Ganden (4500m) 45 km
Day 05: At Ganden for acclimatization
Day 06: Trek to Yama Do.
Day 07: Trek to Tsotup Chu Valley across 5250 meter Shuga-la pass.
Day 08: Trek to Herder's Camp.
Day 09: Trek to Wango – (Yamalung Hermitage).
Day 10: Trek to Samye & drive to Tsedang
Day 11: Explore the Yarlung Valley
Day 12: Drive to Gonggar Airport and Depart.

Trip cost: In order for us to quote you the cost, please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trip then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Ganden cultural trekking – itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa (3650 m) - 45 minutes drive from Gonggar airport to Lhasa – 93 km. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa - (Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Square). Overnight at hotel. =

Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa - ( Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace). Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Ganden (4500m) 45 km – Ganden Monastery. Overnight guesthouse

Day 05: At Ganden for acclimatization

Day 06: Trek to Yama Do. Overnight at tented camp

Day 07: Trek to Tsotup Chu Valley across 5250 meter Shuga-la pass. Overnight at tented camp.  

Day 08: Trek to Herder's Camp. Overnight at camp.

Day 09: Trek to Wango – (Yamalung Hermitage). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Trek to Samye & drive to Tsedang (before leaving Samye visit to Samye Monastery). Overnight at guest house.

Day 11: Explore the Yarlung Valley – (Tandruk Monastery). Overnight at guest house.

Day 12: Drive to Gonggar Airport and Depart.

Notice: Participants of the trip must keep in mind that this is an adventure journey that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau where many unexpected and unpleasant events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour conclusion should always coincide with the original plan.

Service Includes

  • Accommodation on twin sharing BB basis during tour as per hotel plan.
  • Two men a tent with foam & thermal mattress, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, expert Cook & Sherpa during camping.
  • Freshly cooked vegetarian full board meals, continental: - any meals Chinese, Tibetan, and western style.
  • All the sightseeing tours of main cities in Tibet including Lhasa by an experienced English Speaking tour guide inclusive of private vehicle and all entrance fees.
  • Experienced and friendly English speaking Tibetan guide during tour.
  • Supporting Land cruiser and truck,
  • Chinese visa fees, Tibet Travel Permit and Monastery entrance fees
  • Basic first aid Medical kit bag
  • Required number of crew during the tour.
  • Enough Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
  • Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while trekking.

Service Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in cities.
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry visa,
  • All kind of cold drink like alcoholic and mineral water, Coke, Fanta, Juice etc...
  • Hot and cold shower during the mountain.
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.

Flight fare:

We provide you ktm-lhasa or Lhasa-ktm air tickets along with tour packages but the price are not fixed always, so please ask before booking your trip. Also if you wish to fly from Beijing to Lhasa and want a help from our side to book the air ticket then contact us and let us know your desire date, our ticketing officer will provide you entire details within 24 hours.


Food on the trip

While staying in cities, every day's breakfast is included in the package. This will be a dish of Tibetan or continental origin cooked by the lodgings you stay at. Lunch, dinner and any extra food are up to you; as a rough guide, budget Yuan 95 to Yuan 150 (US$15 to US$20) per day.

During the camping, your cook will provide 3 tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelets, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals.

We use as much fresh produce as possible and our cooks and kitchen crew maintain exceptional standards of cleanliness and food preparation hygiene. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for.


Clothing & Equipment

We use as much fresh produce as possible and our cooks and kitchen crew maintain exceptional standards of cleanliness and food preparation hygiene. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for.


Acclimatization

Keep in mind that you are traveling overland to highest plateau in the world; the drive goes constantly above 5000m during your journey except Lhasa (3,650m). Driving fast in such an elevation could cause medical conditions (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be fatal. There is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places like in Tibet. The higher the altitude the less is the oxygen in air. Your body needs few days to acclimatize to this less oxygen environment. Although we provide enough information regarding AMS precaution matters, if you get AMS, we do not have other options to treat it other than medication. We advise specially the guest(s) with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.


Guide and Staffs arrangements

Throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life. All our Tibet trips are run in cooperation with our Tibetan counterpart, so you can be assured that authentic local touch.


Rescue & Evacuation

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen; you shall be transferred to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own.


Insurance

Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses and emergency repatriation.

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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