Ganden to Samye

  • Ganden to Samye: The Lhasa Valley Far Below Ganden - © William Mackesy
  • Ganden to Samye: Ferry on Yarlung, looking across to Samye hills - © William Mackesy
  • Ganden to Samye: Crossing-the-Yarlung, Samye - © William Mackesy
  • Ganden to Samye: Ganden in 1999 - © William Mackesy
  • Ganden to Samye: Ganden in its high bowl - © William Mackesy
  • Ganden to Samye: Pilgrims, Samye - © William Mackesy
  • Ganden to Samye: Samye,-autumn-sun - © William Mackesy

Key information: Ganden to Samye

    • One of Tibet's greatest walks, linking two of its most holy and historic monasteries.

      Journey along herders' tracks across the empty, barren Tibetan plateau from Ganden monastery to the ancient Samye monastery near the Yarlung Tsangpo river.

      Mountains, high pastures, herders and occasional rough hamlets. This is grand, empty scenery.

       

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating80
  • Beauty30
  • Natural interest14
  • Human interest8
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points4
  • Total rating80
  • Note: Tough, carrying packs at altitude

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 80km
  • 4-5 days
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,250m
  • Level of Difficulty: Difficult

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Ganden to Samye: Ferry on Yarlung, looking across to Samye hills - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

One of Tibet's greatest walks, linking two of its most holy and historic monasteries.

Start with a kora (sacred circumambulation) around the great Ganden monastery on its magnificent hilltop above the Lhasa valley, east of Lhasa.

Then journey along herders' tracks across the empty, barren Tibetan plateau from Ganden to the ancient Samye monastery near the Yarlung Tsangpo river.

Mountains, high pastures, herders and occasional rough hamlets. This is grand, empty scenery. Camping is the only option once on trek.

This is a tough walk in remote country where the altitude can cause trouble. Come prepared. See www.besthike.com for further good information.

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Ganden to Samye: Crossing-the-Yarlung, Samye - ©William Mackesy

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Ganden to Samye: Ganden in 1999 - ©William Mackesy

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Ganden to Samye: Ganden in its high bowl - ©William Mackesy...
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