Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery—Mountain Trek
The trek requires about 11 days including 3-4 days in Lhasa in order to acclimatize. During that time, you will visit the Potala Palace, the Jokhang, the most sacred temple in Tibet, and the Barkor where you will 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.
Please enjoy this slideshow of Lhasa area monasteries:
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 monasterybuilt in Tibet in the 8th century by Padmasambhava and King Trisong Detsen. The construction of Samye began the centuries-long tradition ofBuddhism 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, frescos and an unparalleled collection of sacred relics, Samye is the most revered of all pilgrimage destinations and will always will remain as the heart of Buddhism in Tibet.
Please enjoy this slideshow of Samye Monastery with photos taken in 2009-2010 by D.Y. Wangmo and friends. And don't forget to Google Samye to learn about its history and meaning.