Gaden to Samye trek via EBC

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11 days Gaden to Samye trek 

Day 01:  Arrive at Lhasa

ELEV: 3650 m

Arrival at train station  in Lhasa, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet. Arrival at train station or airport in Lhasa, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet. (Overnight night in Lhasa)

Day 02: Lhasa-Jokhang temple-Barkhore square

Morning visit the Jokhang temple

It was founded during the reign of king Songtsen Gampo in 642.  According to tradition, the temple was built for the two brides of the king, Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Both wives are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images from China and Nepal to Tibet as part of their dowries, and they were housed here. Many Nepalese artists worked to construct this temple

After finished visit the Jokhang temple walk around the Jokhang temple khora and take picuture with Barkhore area .  You can see many pligirmage all around Tibetan area and most of the them they doing prostrations thousand time every day infornt of Jokhang temple

Afternoon explore Tibet old city area and you can see some of the small temple.  Usually for the small temple no need to pay entrance fee  and  also you can explore the Tibetan Old Market from there you can see lots of different things like yak cheese, yak butter and Yak meat and also many Khampa(Eastern people) bussinessman are exchange presious stone .( Overnight in Lhasa)

Day 03: Lhasa-Drepung monastery-Sera monastery

This morning you are visiting the Biggest Gelugpa sect monastery in Tibet

Drepung monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choeje Tashi Palden (1397–1449), one of Tsongkhapa’s  main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka. Drepung was the principal seat of the Gelugpa school and it retained the premier place amongst the four great Gelugpa monasteries.  It’s also the first central Tibet government and later the 5th Dalai lama move to Potala palace.  Now a day they have 5 colleges  Gomang (sGo-mang), Loseling (Blo-gsal gling), Deyang (bDe-dbyangs), Tosamling (Thos-bsam gling) and Ngagpa (sNgags-pa).

Afternoon 15:00 visit the Sera monastery

Sera monastery is the second biggest Gelugpa learning center which was founded in 1419 by Chamchen Choeji(Shakya Yeshi) he was another important student of Master Tsongkhapa.  Originally Tsongkhapa stayed in retreat in a hermitage above Sera called Sera Choeding and he gave instructions to Chamchen Choeji to built Sera monastery.  There have three colleges in Sera with many Khangsten(Houses)  The three colleges are Sera Je college, Sera Mey college and Ngakpa college.  Most interesting thing you can watch here is the debate courtyard where monks debate on profound Buddhist Philosophy or logic.  This is an important learning method in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries

Day 04; Lhasa-Potala palace-Norbulingka summer palace

Morning visit the Potala palace.  The Potala palace was originally built in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo after he moved the capital from Yarlung to Lhasa. The palace is named after Mount Potalaka the mythical abode of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesva .  It’s is built on the Red hill. after the 17th century 5th Dalai lama moved his government from Drepung to Potala palcee. and expanded the to the present size. Usually there have 75 monks in Potala palace.

Afternoon visit the Norbulingka summer palace

Norbulingka or the Jewel park is the summer palace for the successive Dalai lama.  In the 18th century the 7th Dalai lama Kelsang Gyasto took treatment bath in a spring here and soon a palace was built for him, which is called Kelsang Palace.  There is also smaller palace called Uyap palace and this was used by the Dalai Dalas when they watched Tibetan Opera dance during the Shorten or (Yoghurt festival) and other events.  The second major palace is called Chensel palace which was built during the 13th Dalai lama, Thupten Gyatso’s time.  Lastly the New palace or the Takten Mingyure palace was built in the early 1950s for the 14th Dalai lama and side it there is an impressive wall painting that shows a complete history of the Tibet starting from the human evolution, the first King and the main historical period and figures.  Besides, we can also see many types of trees and plants and flowers, such as bamboos, pine trees and Junifer ( Overnight in Lhasa)

Day 05: Lhasa -Gaden monastery drive to Drupshi  (Camping)

A visit to the earliest Gelug Pa ( Yellow hat tradition of Buddhism ) monastery to be founded in Tibet by the great founder of the Yellow hat tradition, the source of the great traditions of Dalai Lamas, Penchen Lamas and various other highly respected Buddhist personages!

Its history dates back to the 15th  century. We will have a picnic lunch in the vicinity of the monastery. In the afternoon drive Drupshi and Camp  very close to villages area and experience with local villages to acclimatize 

Day 06: Trek  from  Drupshi to Yamado (10 km 3-4hrs walk)

ELEV: 4500 m

Today walk up to Shugala valley and camp near the Yamado nomads area in summer you can see several nomads tent there

Day 06: Trek  -Yamado – Balang tso small lake -Chi Tu Valley, 18 km walk  (6-7hrs walk)

ELEV: 4980 m

This is the day we tackle the highest pass on the trek ” The Shug Ga La pass at 5240 metres “, In the morning in the first hour we will have a steep ascent, but will take it easy and do it slowly, as we will have plenty of time. Our planned duration of trek is for your holiday trek, NOT for local herders! Never push yourself too hard, particularly when you at

such altitudes! You will make it to the summit of the pass in a reasonable time, benefiting from your exercises the previous days! Being at the pass after such a challenge on your own legs is so beautiful, you have made it! We will have our lunch at the pass if it is not too windy and cold.

Treks ahead will become easy for you now! As we descend from the pass, the scenery will be quite different. We will continue to trek across a small river and head on to our camp, next to a tiny high altitude lake at the entrance of Chi Tu Valley, which we are going to explore the next day!!! Arrival at the camp after the satisfying day and having some coffee and tea while looking out at stunning nature will be so relaxing. It will have been such a perfect day—but NOT yet! We are forgetting our special camp dinner, which will top off our day gloriously!

Day 07: Trek Chi Tu Valley-herders camp – (16km) (6hrs walk)

ELEV: 4460 m

This day we will trek through the Chi Tu Valley, crossing the Chi Tu Pass at 5090 metres. Passing a few tiny lakes at the pass, we have a beautiful,deep descent. The scenery changes a lot down the valley, which makes the day so different, beautiful and easy! We will have lunch at a cozy meadow corner on our descent from the pass!!! Our camp will be at Nying Go Sumdo junction, a nice meadow campsite between two rivers. We can also have an evening fire if weather permits!

Day 08: Trek herders camp to a=Amalung nunnery (3hrs walk  drive to Samye monastery

An easy and beautiful day, it will be nice to be in bustling Tibetan farming villages and to visit a big monastery after being out in the nature for a couple of days! Arrival at Samye monastery, we will set up our camp in the meadow picnic ground behind the monastery. After our lunch break, we visit the monastery (the very first Buddhist monastery founded by the 37th king of the Yarlung Dynasty with the participation of the famous Indian tantric master Guru Rinpoche and Kenchen Shiva Tso in the 8th century. This is the monastery where the first 7 Tibetan monks were ordained and translated the Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit and Pali into Tibetan ), the structure of the monastery is so distinctive and fascinating!

An awesome day—a bit of trek and a beautiful monastery!  Samye monastery hotel

Day 09: Samye -Chimpu valley and it’s meditation cave for the former Tibetan and Indian master.(10km drive and after that 2 hrs hike around Chimpu hills.  and drive back to Samye monastery 

ELEV: 3630 m

This will be a beautiful and unusual day hike into the Chim Pu Valley and its meditation caves. Their history goes back to the times of the founding of the Samye monastery, 1200 years back! These hermitage caves are still in use for many Buddhist devotees, nuns and monks mediators!

We will have a bit of a climb to make it to the caves, but it will be very worthwhile. Being at the caves an d feeling the atmosphere—the peace will soak in.

This will makes our trekking tour so rewarding!  A once-in-a-lifetime experience! Late evening we will return to the Samye monastery hotel.

Day 10: Samye to Lhasa (160km)

ELEV: 3650 m

Morning drive to Samye and prepare for the depart

Day11: Depart Lhasa

Depart Lhasa or you can possible to add some extra trip like Everest base Camp, Mt Kailash tour, Eastern Tibet tour and northern Tibet tour.

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