Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery—Mountain Trek 4-5 days
This trek requires about 11 days including 3-4 days in Lhasa to acclimatize while visiting famous landmarks.
You will visit the Potala Palace, the Jokhang, the most sacred temple in Tibet, and the Barkhor where you can mingle with Tibetans from all over the country. There's also time to visit Sera Monastery where you can watch the monks debating, every day but Sunday.
Leaving Lhasa, we'll drive to Ganden Monastery and visit this beautiful complex before starting the trek from Zhaqi valley.
During the trek, you will cross two high passes, traverse mountains, enjoy beautiful lakes and meet nomads. This is quite adventurous and you should be in excellent physical condition. The trek alone is 4-5 days. You will be accompanied by a guide, a cook, transport yaks and camping equipment.
Samye is the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet in the 8th century by Padmasambhava and King Trisong Detsen. The construction of Samye began the centuries-long tradition of Buddhism that spread throughout the Plateau and continues today, despite the marks of modern history.
Encircled by a stone wall with a large central temple and ancillary temples, the geometric or mandala lay-out of the Samye represents the Buddhist cosmos. Renowned for its architecture, gilded statues, frescoes and an unparalleled collection of sacred relics, Samye is the most revered of all pilgrimage destinations and will always be the heart of Tibetan Buddhsm.
From Samye, you can return to Lhasa or exit from the Gongkar airport.