Lhasa Samye Ganden Trek with Leisure Holidays

Lhasa Samye Ganden Trek

Lhasa Samye Ganden trek is an eleven days trek suitable for a family or a group of students who want to have a memorable tour. You will visit ancient architectures, religious Monasteries and different places during this trek. You can see Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Barkhor Market in this trip. Ganden and Samya Monasteries are also on the list.

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Outline Itineraries:

Day 01: Arriving at Lhasa

Day 02-03-04: Lhasa

Day 05: Lhasa - Ganden

Day 06: Shogarla Pass

Day 07: Gambala

Day 08: Molong

Day 09: Samya

Day 10: Tsedang

Day 11: Final day - Lhasa Airport

Detail Itineraries:

Day 01: Arriving at Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa and experience the Himalayan range while you fly in. You will be received by our representatives and will take you to your hotel. You need to get ready for the trek once you are in Lhasa.

Day 02-03-04: Lhasa
Lhasa is a big city and has lots to offer. It deserves at least three days of attention. You can visit various places while in Lhasa.

Potala Palace: Political and religious centre of Tibet, Potala palace is one of the most beautiful monuments. With 1000 rooms and 13 stories to explore, this is probably the most popular tourist attractions in Tibet. Elegantly decorated with hundreds of Thangka paintings, frescos and images created hundreds of years ago the Potala palace is a perfect example of how ancient monuments should be preserved.

Jokhang Temple: Jokhang temple which was constructed back in the 7th century attracts hundreds of tourists every year. This temple has a very huge Sakyamuni Buddha statue and is considered the holiest place in Tibet.

Sera and Drepung monasteries: Sera and Drepung monasteries were founded in 1419 which are actually numerous white temples and Buddhist buildings in the foot of a rocky hill. Back in its days, Drepung monastery used to have 8,000 monks to teach traditions of Vajrayana, Mahayana, and Sutrayana, the three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism.

Norbulingka palace: Constructed by the 7th Dalai Lama, Norbulingka Palace is not just one palace. This is a huge garden with numerous palaces built by many Dalai lamas in different period of time.

Barkhor Market, the busiest place in Lhasa and offers anything you want to buy. Here you can buy Tibetan Souvenirs.

Day 05: Lhasa - Ganden
Drive from Lhasa to Ganden. At ganden, you will visit the Ganden monastery and start Trek to the Hebu Valley.

Day 06: Shogarla Pass
After breakfast in Hebu Valley, you will trek towards Shogarla pass.

Day 07: Gambala
Trek from Shogarla pass to Gambala. After the days trek you will rest at the river side and camp there for the night. You can have fun at the river side in the evening.

Day 08: Molong
Trek from the river side of Gambala to Molong. After about 6-7 hours trekking you will call it a day and camp.

Day 09: Samya
Trek from Molong to Samya. After reaching Samya, you will visit the Samya monastery which happens to me one of most popular monasteries in Tibet and one the 6 biggest Monasteries in Tibet.

Day 10: Tsedang
After breakfast, you will have time to explore Tsedang and visit Yambulakhang palace and Tandruk Monastery in the city. The night will be spent in Ttsedang.

Day 11: Final day - Lhasa Airport
The last day of the trek, you will drive to the Lhasa airport and fly back.

Lhasa Samye Ganden Trek Highlights

Tibet Trekking :
Lhasa Samye Ganden Trek

Cost Includes

  • Lodging and fooding during the entire trek.
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees.
  • Transportation
  • Travel and Trekking permits

  • Trekking equipments including mattress and tent
  • All arrangements to carry your luggage

Cost Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Nepal re-entry fees
  • Laundry, telephone and bar bills, gratuities
  • Medical fees in case of emergency
  • Rescue and Evacuation Service
  • Any expenses due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances

Upon Arrival

When you arrive at Tribhuban International Airport, our staff will greet you and transport you to your accomodations. After resting, the next day you will have a sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural landmarks. Before departing for your trek, we will review your itinerary, introduce you to your guide and help with the final preparations for your journey.

Accommodations

You will be spending four nights at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast and while Everest Base Camp Trek, we provide the best available lodges/guesthouses on a twin-sharing basis. We provide private bathrooms with hot shower whether possible normally at Phakding, Namche and Lukla.

Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible.

Meals and Drinking Water

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. During the Everest Base Camp Trekking; your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

The general travel information that may help your journey to and through Nepal make comfortable and hassle free.

Visa requirement:

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 US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)

International flight accessibility to Nepal:

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal situation in Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal.

Flying From Europe: Best connecting to Kathmandu are Silk Air via Singapore, Etihad from Abu Dhabi, Qatar Airways via Doha, Thai Airways via Bangkok, Dragon Air via Hongkong. Flying From USA: North West or Cathay Pacific to Hongkong and connect with Nepal Airlines (RA) to Kathmandu.

Flying From Australia: Silk Air and Dragon Air connect directly to Kathmandu or fly by Quantas to Bangkok and connect with Thai Airways to Kathmandu.

Airport tax: Airport tax is not applicable for international flight. NRP 200 per person per sector is payable for domestic flight only.

Customs Formalities

All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs of the port of entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. The duty on articles brought by the visitor varies according to the volume and value of the goods. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods, such as tobacco and liquors, within the prescribed quantity free of duty. Carrying narcotic, arms, ammunition are strictly prohibited. Tourists are required to fill up disembarkation and embarkation cards upon their arrival and departure.

Green Channel

Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.

Import

Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarettes (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.

Export

It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal's cultural heritage and belong here. The Department of Archaeology at Ramshah Path near Singha Durbar has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country.

Currency and Foreign Exchange

The unit of the Nepalese Currency is Rupee. 1 Nepal Rupee = 100 paisa. Nepal rupee notes come in Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 500, 1000. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the foreign exchange counters at the airport. It is advised to exchange foreign currency only through the banks and authorized forign exchange. Daily foreign rates as determined by Nepal Rastya bank are published on daily newspaper or its official site www.nrb.org.np

Travel Insurance

It is strongly advised to have travel coverage insurance while traveling to Nepal. You should leave a copy of your insurance while you are away on tour.

High Altitude sickness:

Whilst on the trek, one can suffer mild to serious symptoms of high altitude sickness which is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Major initial symptoms of high altitude sickness are Nausea, vomiting Loss of appetite, Insomnia/sleeplessness, Persistent headache, Dizziness, light headedness, confusion, Disorientation, drunken gait, Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, Slight swelling of hands and face, Breathlessness and Breathing irregularity, Reduced urine output. Symptoms of AMS can appear at altitude above 300 meters. As we ascend in the mountain, air pressure becomes thin and consequently the amount of available oxygen also falls. Adequate acclimatization is always recommended in the mountain. Plenty of daily liquid intake is essential to minimize AMS effect. Our trekking team crews also carry First aid Kit along with them. In case of any difficulty When trekking in the Himalayas, you will be suggested to halt the trek rest at the guesthouse or if the symptoms cause any serious concern, it is necessary to descend to the lower altitude. In case of emergency, you will be immediately airlifted to Kathmandu city for further treatment.

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