This trek has much to offer: lakes, beautiful alpine forests and meadows, as well as two centers of Tibetan religious culture. The best time for the trek is from mid-May to mid-October. Summer can be wet but the mountains are at their greenest and wild flowers spangle the alpine meadows. Before you start the trek you need a couple of days in Lhasa to acclimatize.
The Trek At A Glance
Duration: 4-5 days
Standard: medium to difficult
Start: Ganden Monastery
Finish: Samye Monastery
Highest Point: Shug-la (5,250m)
Nearest Large Towns: Lhasa and Tsetang
Summary: this demanding trek crosses two passes over 5000m, connects two of Tibet's most important monasteries and begins less than 50km from Lhasa.
OUTLINE TREKKING ITINERARY:
Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa. Altitude: 3,658m: Get transferred to Lhasa city and acclimatize. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 02: Lhasa sightseeing: Visit Potala Palace , Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 03: Lhasa sightseeing: Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 04: Lhasa-Ganden Altitude: 3,658m - 4,500m: Est. Distance: 60km, about 1.5 hour's driving Road Conditions: tar road, then bumpy mountain road approaching Ganden Visit Ganden Monastery . Overnight in monastery guest house
Day 05: Ganden-Hepu-Yama Do: Trekking 5-6 hours, 17km. Camping
Day 06: Yama Do-Tsotup Chu Valley: Trekking 5-7 hours, 10km. Camping
Day 07: Tsotup Chu Valley-Herders' Camp: Trekking 5 hours, 14km. Camping
Day 08: Herders' Camp-Nyamgo-Samye: Trekking 5-6 hours, 9km. Overnight in Samye guesthouse
Day 09: Samye-Yongbulakang-Tsedang. Altitude: 3,600m: Est. Distance:150km, about 2.5 hours' driving Road Conditions: gravel road Visit the first palace Yongbulakang, than back to Tsedang. Overnight in Tsedang
Day 10: Leave Lhasa: Get transferred to the airport/train station and leave.