Ganden to Samye

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

Key information: Ganden to Samye

    • Start with a kora (sacred circumambulation) around one of Tibet's greatest monasteries.
    • Journey along herders' tracks across the empty, barren Tibetan plateau from Ganden monastery in the Lhasa valley to the ancient Samye monastery near the Yarlung Tsangpo river.
    • Mountains, high pastures, herders and occasional rough hamlets. This is grand, empty scenery.
    • This is a tough walk in remote country where the altitude can cause trouble. Come prepared. See www.besthike.com for further good information.

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

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

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Ferry on Yarlung, looking across to Samye hills - © William Mackesy
Ganden in 1999 - ©William Mackesy

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Ganden in its high bowl - ©William Mackesy...
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