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10-day Ganden to Samye Monastery Legendary Trekking Tour, Tibet Trekking Tours
Ganden-Samye Monastery Tourists' Trekking Map_Tibet travel compass

*[Instructions Worth Reading before Your Tibet Trekking Travel Plan]:
         This trekking route was once merely a commercial path which was far from eye-catching from Dechen Dzong (close to Ganden Monastery) to Samye across Gokar La mountain pass. The year 1985 was the first year when Tibet was initially open to individual travelers, so the popularity of this inconspicuous and scarcely known route suddenly boomed and became one of the most recommended trekking itineraries in Lhasa Prefecture. Undoubtedly, the variable mountainous sightseeing and beautiful highland lakes determines the great reputation of the route on Tibet travel list.
Ganden Monastery in Tibet         The trekking route from Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery connects two of the greatest masters of Tibet Buddhism—
Tsongkhapa and Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava, and hikers need to climb over 2 mountain passes and traverse remote areas. So anyone preferring the challenge of an adventurous Tibet tour deserves this trekking plan. It is less intense for tourists to trek from Ganden Monastery (4,240 meters) to Samye Monastery (3,600 meters) due to their elevation distinction. The average hiking duration is 4-5 days, and vigorous walkers can accomplish within 3 days and a half.
         All field rations as well as tents and gasoline furnaces should be well prepared in Lhasa because there will be only one small village and just a few transient nomad tents after Ganden Monastery before we arrive Yamalung and the camping sites at Samye Valley upstream. In case that we meet bad weather, it is much better to stay overnight in nomad tents fabricated by yak hairs than to lodge in caves consisting of natural stones that hardly provide any effective protection.
         Two mountain passes, Shuga La Col (5,240 meters) and Chitu La Col (5,090 meters), need conquering, and even the valley between the two mountain passes is at an average high elevation of 4,940 meters, which could easily contribute to acute mountain sickness (AMS for short). Our local Tibetan tour guide would escort you to the road back the same way by climbing over one of the mountain passes once one of you were found suffering from mountain sickness. Of course, encamping and having a good rest in time at relatively low altitude is an effective solution to acute mountain sickness.
         One of the useful methods to rapidly get acclimatized to altitude sickness is to visit urban Lhasa and spend at least 2 nights there. Meanwhile, it is significant for tourists to visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Tibet Museum, Tibet hospital and Tibet carpet factory etc in Lhasa once you commence your Tibet travel tours.

*[Trekking Itinerary]:
Day 1: Flying or taking a train ride to Lhasa from a Chinese city or Kathmandu (flight only) and having a rest in the hotel in order to acclimatize to the highland elevation
Lhasa Gongkar Airport Picture Lhasa Railway Station

A limousine or private pick-up from Lhasa Gongkar Airport or train station is always arranged during fixed time buckets, and then travelers will be escorted to your hotel in urban Lhasa. Please calm down and do NOT do strenuous exercise so that you can adapt to the high elevation as soon as possible (1-2 days most of the time). Please avoid taking a shower or bath, keep the window open for better air fluidity when sleeping on the first day upon your arrival so as not to catch a cold. Some effective drugs produced in China are recommended to alleviate altitude stress such as Fenbid (headache killer) and Rhodiola rosea capsule (Nuodi Capsule), etc. Soaking Rhodiola rosea in hot water and drinking the solution have turned out NOT effective enough (according to our tourists). Our Tibet travel consultants can help you obtain the medicines once you ask for.
Accommodating in comfortable class hotel in authentic Tibetan style in Lhasa (hot water supply, air-conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi or Ethernet access, showering facilities, English speaking clerks and breakfast the next morning);

Day 2: Visiting Potala Palace, Tibet Museum, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar Street (Breakfast)
Potala Palace in Tibet Travel Itinerary3 hours of visiting inside
Potala Palace in the morning will be arranged in the first place. Potala Palace had been strongly fortified for decades, but tourists are currently allowed to take photos by paying a certain sum of fee. The Golden Top of Potala Palace is resplendent so is worth a stay there. Intense religious ambience pervades the entire urban Lhasa--numerous effusive followers worship around on bended knees on Potala Square every morning, or circumambulate Potala Palace clockwise for 1, 3, 5 or 7 laps. Initially constructed during Songtsen Gampo’s regime in the 7th century as a profoundly memorable and resplendent groups of buildings (height: 117.9 meters, 13 floors) for marrying princess Wencheng, Potala Palace has became the preaching place of successive Dalai Lamas and the Tibetan center of politics and religion since the 17th century. The great palace, the highest ancient palace buildings constructed in groups, consists of red palace and white palace; the main body of red palace is a spirit tower and various family halls for worshiping the Buddha, where all sorts of Buddhism activities are held; white palace is the site where Dalai Lamas of all sessions live, chant sutras and handle administrative affairs.
Tibet Museum Photo Snapshot         Lying at the other side of East Norbulinka Road,
Tibet Museum is the first museum which is equipped with modern features in Tibet. A variety of precious cultural relics displayed in the museum represent splendid unique culture and centuries-old history.
         Tibet Museum consists of 3 floors—the first floor is tourism shops selling authentic Tibetan souvenirs; the second floor exhibits articles of Tibetan history; the third floor presents visitors specialized and transient exhibition goods such as Thangkas, herbarium (plant specimen), animal specimen and jades etc. The exhibition hall of Tibet museum is comprised of 4 sections of content--prehistoric culture, indivisible history, cultural arts and folk culture.
         The gold seal weighing 8.5 kilograms and casted in pure gold is undoubtedly the most important collection to visitors, which was bestowed to the Fifth Dalai Lama by emperor Shunzhi in Qing Dynasty after the Fifth Dalai Lama paid a visit to the imperial palace of Qing Dynasty in order to attain the support from the powerful empire. The impression of seal was carved in 4 languages—Han (former Chinese), Cang (Tibetan), Man and Meng (the latter three are languages of minority nations), meaning “The Seal of Merciful Dalai Lama in Western Paradise”. From then on, Dalai Lamas of all generations were authenticated by the central government of Qing Dynasty.
         Another legend was about the “Witch Figure” on Thangka painting (hex or succubae, but a righteous character in Tibetan Buddhism) depicting the topographic map of Tibet drawn by Wencheng princess. And the witch on the painting lies on her back with monasteries and temples built on 12 positions of her joints and viscera organs. It is pregnant with meaning that Jokhang Temple was constructed right on the position of the witch’s heart.
         Various items on display are interpreted in Chinese, Tibetan, English and Japanese. Taking photos are prohibited so that the artifacts are well preserved.
Jokhang Temple full of pilgrims         The visiting duration in
Jokhang Temple will be around 30-50 minutes depending on tourists’ willingness and visitors’ flow rate. Considered by believers as the holy land of pilgrims and the center of Tibetan Buddhism, Jokhang Temple located in the old center of Lhasa City was established by princess Wencheng. Thousands of Buddhists annually congregate in Jokhang Temple by kowtowing 1 time once walking for every 3 steps on the whole way from their hometown thousands of miles away. The purpose of their kowtowing is to pray in front of the 12-year old statue of Sakyamuni (the founder of Buddhism) for blessing.
Barkhor Shopping Street in urban Lhasa         The periphery of Jokhang Temple is the well known circumambulating path—
Barkhor Street, also famous as the shopping center of Lhasa, where travelers can experience Tibetan ethnic features and exotic customs by purchasing multitudinous artifacts in numerous shops while witnessing the pilgrims from all corners of the world. As regards to authentic Tibetan beverages, Tibetan butter tea at a reasonable price of 4-5 RMB per kettle is highly recommended, but foreign visitors need to be mentally well prepared about its extremely unique taste which some regard as delectable whereas some frown upon it.

*Warm NOTE:
1. The accurate time when tourists visit Potala Palace will be in accordance with the appointment as the quota of Potala visitors is limited so that the ancient structure will NOT be overloaded.
2. A relatively long time will be spent staying outdoors today, so please prepare sunbonnet (sun helmet), sunglasses, sun screens and potable water.
Overnight in comfortable class hotel in authentic Tibetan style in Lhasa (hot water supply, air-conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi or Ethernet access, showering facilities, English speaking clerks and breakfast the next morning);

Day 3: Visiting [Drephung Monastery] in the morning, which is the largest monastery among all Tibetan monasteries; in the afternoon visiting another well known monastery of Yellow Sect Buddhism—[Sera Monastery], and then heading to [Norbulinka Summer Palace], the imperial palace for short stays of Dalai Lama’s; the extra optional today is to visit a [Tibet carpet factory] to get to know how the fancy Tibet carpets are manufactured. (Breakfast)
Drephung Monastery and its monks hanging a gigantic banner on the slope
Drephung Monastery is a monastery where prominent Buddhists originate from and where Dalai Lamas of 1-5 generations resided. During every Shoton Festival (June 30th according to Tibetan calendar), the Buddha Display Ritual is held in Drephung Monastery. On the same day, Buddhists of Drephung Monastery hang out a portrait of Sakyamuni (the founder of Tibetan Buddhism) which is 20 meters wide and 30 meters high on the slope of Mountain Genpewuchi for visitors to appreciate with reverence and admiration.
Sera Monastery and the fierce Buddhist debate         Sky-burial platforms and a tiny internal monastery accommodating only 3 monks in
Sera Monastery are the most attractive spots. Early in 1418, the 16th year of Yongle of Ming Dynasty, Sera Monastery was built by Sakyajerzy, one of the 8 primary apprentices of Tsongkhapa who was the establisher of Gulug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The entire Sera Monastery is comprised of 3 Chagcams (economical yards) named Geba, Maiba and Aba and 29 villages with the quota of 5,500 people for clergies to live in.

*Warm Tips:
1. Some antique wall paintings (murals or frescos) are preserved in many big halls in Sera Monastery, so it is suggested to bring flash lights.
2. There is NO reason to miss the exclusive and spectacular Sera Monastery monk debate that begins at 3 p.m. every day. Quite a few tourists gather and watch the cultural debate. (Please note that he debate is NOT conducted every day in shoulder and low season when there are just few visitors.)
Norbulinka Summer Palace--one of Dalai Lama's administrative palace         
Norbulinka Park is the summer palace where Dalai Lamas of all previous generations relieve summer heat and manage government affairs. After expanded for over 200 consecutive years, the whole park occupies 360,000 square meters with a variety of buildings mainly in the styles of Gesang Phobrang, Golden Phobrang and Dadengmingo Phobrang, which ranks the top in terms of scale, scenic beauty and the number of historical sites among Tibetan artificial gardens. The sole Tibetan zoo is located in Norbulinka Park.
         The open time of Norbulinka is 9:00-12:00 and 15:00-19:00 with an interval of 3 hours in the midday. Tibetan dramas are performed at 11:00 in Norbulinka Park, which visitors could view as an extra option.
         If travelers still have some excessive time today, a
Tibet carpet factory in urban Lhasa is worth visiting as tourists coming from distinctive cultures can take a good chance to see how the exquisitely decorated Tibet carpets in various colors are processed.

         At night, the Youth Road (Qingnian Road) full of BBQ stalls offering distinctive flavors is a good place to stroll. And people who are bar addicts also have quite a few choices; however, 1-6 a.m. is the only prime time.
Lodging in comfortable class hotel in authentic Tibetan style in Lhasa (hot water supply, air-conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi or Ethernet access, showering facilities, English speaking clerks and breakfast the next morning);

Day 4: Lhasa--Ganden Monastery (Breakfast)
Ganden Monastery, the start of Ganden-to-Samye Monastery trekking tourIt is a short drive (1.5 hours, 45km) from Lhasa to 
Ganden Monastery, which lies at an altitude of 4,500 meters to the east of urban Lhasa. Explore the attractions in and around the ancient town of Ganden, home to the earliest monastery of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Although the monastery is mostly in ruins, it is a fascinating place. Pilgrims arrive in Ganden from all over Tibet to walk around the site of the monastery, and one can observe the rituals they perform on this ‘Kora’ around the monastery.

         The broad paved road is in good condition. As Ganden Monastery is at an altitude of roughly 4,500m, be sure not to strain yourself physicaly, especially if you are still not fully acclimated. Be sure to bring snacks and plenty of water with you!
Accommodating in Ganden Monastery guesthouse (hot water supply at night and in the morning; soft beds; breakfast the next day);

Day 5: Ganden Monastery—Yama Do (5-6 hours, 17 kilometers, downhill 450 meters, uphill 300 meters, breakfast)
First day of Ganden-Samye Monastery trekking tourGetting started from the parking at Ganden Monastery, you can see a path southwards treaded by numerous walkers. We will arrive at the first village called “Hepu” by trekking southwards for about 3 hours along the ridge. 1 hour of uphill trekking will be on the way. There is a marker stone representing the zenith of the mountain ridge not far from the trekking path.
         From the peak point west down to Kyichu Valley is the direction to Lhasa. After climbing over the west slope of the ridge for 30 minutes, we will reach a mountain spur with a stone marker, and then will come the way downhill access to Hepu Village. It will take us 20 minutes from the spur to a glimpse of spring water and another 30 minutes to arrive at Hepu Village.
         From Hepu Village along the pathlet upwards, another 3 and a half hours will be consumed in order for us to arrive at Shug La mountain pass. First, you will see a yellow stone building which is the house of sacred yak god guarding Hepu Village. And then we will trek eastwards and cross the small bridge across Tashi-chu Mig River; in summer, you could readily wade through the river to the west bank. Later, we will hike down along the valley for several minutes to find the intersection of two rivers. Finally, we will reach the source of Shug La River by tracking its countercurrent along the east bank.
         One hour after leaving Hepu Village, we will get to a precipitous narrows in the valley called Ani Pagong where a nunnery once stood. Subsequently in approximately 1 hour after crossing a stretch of squashy grassland, here comes our camping site Yama Do today. The correct path leading to the valley bottom is along the middle or southward river branch rather than either of the other two branches stretching southeast or southwest.
Overnight by camping at Yama Do.

Day 6: Yama Do—Tsotup—Chu Valley (5-7 hours, 10 kilometers, 1,000 meters uphill, 450 meters downhill)
The second day of Ganden-Samye trekking travelIt will take us around an hour to ascend from the valley bottom to the east slope (to your left) where there lies a narrow corridor of rocks away from the alluvial channel. 45 minutes later, we will arrive at a mountain basin besprinkled with grass clusters. There is still over 1 hour remnant at least before we reach Shug-la pass from the basin. And only if you finally reach Shug-la mountain pass can you see Shug-la whose pass is placed with prayer flags and yaks’ horns.
         The path sharply goes downhill for 200 meters. Please note that we will need to hike to the left along the stone marker and cross the ridge stretching southeastwards and paralleled to the valley. 1.5 hours later, you will observe that the mountain pass has gone unreachable. At this time, we are wading across a big river named Tsotup-chu originating from the valley. One should be cautious when wading in rainy season as the river water could get torrential and icy. This area is abundant in aquatic plants so the shepherds herd their yaks, goats and sheep and camp here. There will be 2 to 2.5 hours of trekking journey from the big river to the second mountain pass called Chitu-la. The other alternative route to Samye Monastery is along the mainstream of Tsotup-chu River after climbing over Gampa-la mountain pass (5,050 meters) and walking over 2 lakes until Chitu-la pass. The path to the south of Gampa-la pass is vertical to the river, so it could put tourists into trouble when wading across the river in rainy season or when the river water is completely frozen.
Lodging by camping at Chu Valley.

Day 7: Tsotup-chu River Valley—Herd Camping Site (5 hours, 14 kilometers, 300 meters uphill, 400 meters downhill)
The third day of Ganden-Samye trekking tripAfter we go by Tsotup River Valley, the mainstream flows to southeast while the smaller tributary directs to southwest. Go along the smaller branch and the mainstream will quickly vanish from our sight. Afterwards, we will hike for about 30 minutes to get to an expansive basin. And then go ahead across the west area of the basin (to hikers’ right), later, we will turn into the first valley on our right where walkers have a broad vision--the mountain pass in the distance and rock clusters at the faraway end of the valley in front. There is a path in the west valley (on the right) and it will swerve to the east of the valley as we approach the mountain pass ahead.
         Seen from Chitu-la Mountain Pass at the elevation of 5,100 meters, a narrow path to the west of the mountain pass leads decurrently until the steep palisades in the south of the mountain. Subsequently, what is appearing is a basin with three small lakes after we overcome a short section of unusually precipitous downhill path (nearly vertical). Advance along the west of the lake and we are reaching the south end of the basin in about 45 minutes, where the local shepherds usually set up their tents.
         Soon after we walk by the shepherd tents, the valley is narrowed by high vertical palisades on both sides and hikers have no choice but to walk through the valley bestrewed with rocks. In this valley, the steep downhill path is veiled by countless rocks, so is invisible transiently. Later, we will cross the west side of a slightly broad valley floor (to your right) and the path will be retrieved in about 20 minutes. Another 10 minutes’ walk will take us to a mild filed on the east valley in which shepherds camp in certain seasons of a year. Afterwards, we are returning to the west side of the valley by trekking across the end of this mild field. When the path soon guides us to a cluster of willow shrubs and roses in a valley, the path vanishes again. Do NOT worry at this time as we can finally arrive at Samye Monastery by trekking down the rivulet.
         15 minutes after trekking, a valley branch will come up. Walk to the east side of the valley, and we will reach another temporary settlement of shepherds in another quarter. From the shepherd settlement, we are leaping to the west bank of the brook in order to avert the cliffs on the other side of the rivulet. Later today, after trekking across large grassland, we will move back to the east river bank where the path extends for quite a few hours of walk in the east of the valley.
Overnight by camping at the herd camping site.

Day 8: the shepherd settlement--Samye Monastery (5-7 hours, 39 kilometers, 1,200 meters of downhill)
The fourth day of Ganden-Samye Monastery Hiking TourThe mountain path on the east bank of the rivulet begins to become spacious. We are getting to another small river meandering from the valley east in approximately one hour after going through shrub clusters that gradually turn wider. A small stone-and-wooden bridge can be seen at the site 200 meters above the intersection of the two rivers where the rivulet directs to the right, and the mountain path here enters the tallest and widest shrub area. The particular altitude, humidity and mountain geography unanimously create the vigorous verdant heaven whereas a desert lies only several kilometers away from here.
         The following 3 hours will be the most pleasurable episode through the whole
Ganden-to-Samye Monastery Tibet trekking tour. The woodchoppers told that 15 sorts of trees and shrubs with the maximum height of 6 meters are found in this region. Aromatic needle junipers flourish on the south slope with ample sunlight while azaleas suffuse the shady and cool north slope. Every May is the time when azaleas are in full bloom, and the entire valley is dressed in pink and white floral robes at the end of May.
         The path among the mountains crosses some sprawling grassland and in around one hour we will arrive at a ruined stone structure named “Gen Do” from which there is a shrine consecrating the immemorial goddess “Dorie Yudronma”. After wading through a creek following the shrine, the woods gradually turn sparse, and the second village called “Changtang” will appear in about 1 hour after Hepu Village in this Tibet travel package. Like “Changtang”, the vast northern Tibet area, which feeds on animal husbandry, the village “Changtang” is named after the expansive northern Tibet area. In contrary to hospitable and unsophisticated local Tibetan people, their Tibetan mastiffs look unusually ferocious. Fortunately, all their dogs are firmly tied. From Changtang Village, we can overlook the distant Brahmaputra Grand Canyon. Continue proceeding along the stream for 45 minutes, we will see a mountain path access to Yamalung Monastery. Take a careful look and you will find a small stone marker on the right of the path pointing to a rivulet bridge; from the stone marker, a rather steep path leading to Yamalung Monastery can be found, which will take us 1 hour.
         From the fork on the road access to Yamalung Monastery, the path becomes wide enough so that an additional vehicle can be driven on the path. 15 minutes later, we will meet a bridge from which the path maintains on the west side (right) of the brook until Samye Monastery about 3.5 hours ahead. Walk by the small bridge and we will reach “Nyango Village” constructed with stones in 20 minutes; a gigantic river branch stretching northwest affluxes into Samye Valley.
         The village that we are arriving in half an hour is called “Wango Village”, and another 1 hour ahead lies “Pisha Village”. Seen from the end of Pisha Village, a mountain named “Hepo” stands erect in the middle of Samye Valley--one of the most sacred mountains in Tibet. You can look down at the entire Samye Valley from Pisha Village--numerous and intricate fields, trees and villages. Please fill your kettles or jugs because it will be hard to scoop up water from the river after Pisha Village.
         15 minutes’ trekking after passing by Pisha Village spans a mountain ridge named “Dragmar” on the path. A palace partially rebuilt stands upright on the ridge top. According to the legend, the king Trisong Detsen was born in the palace where there was ever a magnificent monastery but in destruction today. There is a tiny red and white monastery consecrating ancient stumps by the side of the path. Legend has it that the archaic red and white algum grew well under the nourishment of the placenta (maza) buried underground when king Trisong Detsen was born.
         Another 20 minutes’ walking is leading us to Sangbu Village where we can look far into the distance at the gleaming golden sunlight reflected from the top of Samye Monastery. The next procedure is to forward to the glaring Samye Monastery for around 1 hour by tracking the jeep ruts in the woods and on the margin of deserts. The temperature is constantly rising as we are approaching Samye Monastery. It could even get sweltering in May or June and the top of Samye Monastery with gold inlay is getting more sparkling. Finally, 10 minutes after walking through the enclosure, the Ganden-to-Samye Monastery trekking tour will end with your entering the main hall of Samye Monastery.
         The rest of the time today will be spent visiting
Samye Monastery and having a good break after the previous 4 days of trekking journey.
Accommodating in Samye Monastery guesthouse (hot water supply at night and in the morning; soft beds; breakfast the next day);

Day 9: Samye Monastery--Tsetang--Lhasa (Breakfast)
Trundruk Monastery in Tsedang in Tibet
Tsetang is known as “the cradle of Tibetan Civilization” for two reasons: first, its mild weather and fertile land conceived the great Tibet dynasty; second, it’s the birthplace of the first Tibetans who were said to be the offspring of a monkey and a demon. Today you will visit the Yumbulakang Monastery and Trundruk Monastery.
         According to a legend of followers of the Bon religion,
Yumbulakang was erected in the second century B.C. for the first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsenpo, who was descended from the sky. Yumbulagang became a shrine and under the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, a monastery of the Gelugpa school. Yumbulakang monastery was severely damaged during the Cultural Revolution, though it has been extensively rennovated since.
         According to legend, the site where the 
Trandruk Monastery lies once was a large lake and an evil dragon with five heads lived in the lake. The evil dragon caused havoc for the people living around the lake. In order to defeat the dragon and save the villagers, Songtsen Gampo turned into a roc and fought with the dragon, finally managing to kill it. The Trandruk Monastery was built to commemorate Songtsen Gampo's great deeds. Many pilgrims come to Trundruk monastery to worship.
         Drive back to Lhasa to stay overnight.
Lodging in comfortable class hotel in authentic Tibetan style in Lhasa (hot water supply, air-conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi or Ethernet access, showering facilities, English speaking clerks and breakfast the next morning);

Day 10: Lhasa Gongkar airport or train station seeing-off
Our guide and local Tibetan tour guide will escort you to Lhasa Gongkar airport or train station, and you will head to your next destination after the adventurous and pleasurable Tibet travel.

Services Included:
1. Meals (Meals mentioned in the itinerary elaborated above, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner or please view the detailed depictions at the end of daily tour);

*About the Meals During Trekking Days:
11 outdoor meals on trekking where there is no restaurant, so the meals in the open air are very simple, you will have beef, milk, coffee, Tibetan tea, noodles, fresh vegetables, Tibetan snacks and bread. Please kindly assist your tour guide to prepare the food.
2. Transports:
- Transfer between airport/train station and Lhasa city;
- Two days tour in urban Lhasa by taxi or private minivan according to group size;
- Lhasa-Ganden Monastery, and Samye Ferry-Lhasa, Private Minivan;
- Some short distance transferring during trekking in countryside by tractor;
- Ferry across the Brahmaputra River;
3. All sightseeing and entrance fees listed in the itinerary;
4. English speaking local Tibetan tour guide with abundant trekking experience;
5. All Accommodations:
- Comfortable Hotels or Guest House in Lhasa;
- Guesthouse in Ganden Monastery, Samye Monastery;
- Camping in outdoor during trekking;
6. Tibet Entry Permit, the tour guide's service fee, accommodation and meals cost;
7. Trekking animal support like yaks or horses to help travelers take the heavy bags and the food;
8. Travel Insurance only for accident (Please ensure that you have purchased necessary travel insurance appropriate for international tours back in your own country as the Tibetan travel insurance has limitations in compensation amount);

Service NOT Excluded:
1. Lunch and dinners NOT mentioned in the itinerary above;
2. Tips for driver and tour guide or tips as you wish (suggested amount: 20-50RMB/tourist/day);
3. Single room supplement;
4. The extra cost for the overweight luggage (Too much luggage in trekking tour is NOT recommended).


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