Ganden Samye Trek is among Tibet’s most popular and challenging treks. It was first opened to foreign travelers in 1985. Ganden to Samye Trek offers stunning Himalayan views, including Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Kailash (6638m), Cho Oyu (8201m), and Shishapagma (8013m). Besides these astonishing Himalayan views, the trekker can also witness high altitude pristine lakes and unique high-altitude alpine forests and observe great Tibetan history and culture. Along the way, you will encounter two high passes and experience some tremendous and remote regions of Tibet. Crossing two high passes: Shuga la Pass (5250m) and Chitu la Pass (5210m), is the most challenging part of this trek. However, if you are well acclimatized, you can easily cross the passes without difficulty.
Ganden Samye Trek
Best time for Ganden to Samye Trek
The best time to do the Ganden to Samye trek is from mid-May to mid-October, which is the peak trekking season in Tibet. During this time, the weather is generally stable and the temperatures are mild, making it ideal for trekking.
However, it’s important to note that the weather in Tibet can be unpredictable and change quickly, so it’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before embarking on any trekking trip. Additionally, you should be prepared for cold temperatures, especially at night, even during the peak trekking season.
It’s also important to keep in mind that the area around Ganden and Samye can get quite crowded during peak season, so if you’re looking for a more solitary trekking experience, you may want to consider going during the shoulder season (late April to mid-May or mid-October ).
During Your Trek
Drive from Kathmandu to the city of Lhasa via Nyalam, Shegar, Shigatse, and Gyantse. Sightseeing in Lhasa, where you will explore The Potala Palace and other monasteries. Then a 32km drive from Lhasa to Ganden, where we begin our trek. Ganden to Samye Valley trekking starts from the Ganden Monastery (4180m) and ends at the Samye Monastery, the first Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.
Group or private
Ganden to Samye Trek is one of the most popular and challenging trekking destinations in Tibet. We operate this trek in an organized group. A Customized itinerary with personalized travel and accommodation is also available upon request.
Would you like to go to the Kailash Trek? Please take a look at the Tibet Kailash Tour.