Central Tibet trek
Moderate trekking from Ganden to Samye | 16 days
Beginning with a spectacular flight to Lhasa, this five-day trek will take you into some of the hidden parts of inner Tibet. The route offers a beautiful high-altitude journey over the passes of Shuga La (5,240m) and Chitu La (5,040m) along a trail passing through nomadic shepherds’ camps on hillsides dotted with marmot dens. On reaching Samye (3,595m) there will be time to pay homage to its monastery and visit Tsedang before boarding the flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 1: Fly to Kathmandu in Nepal
Days 2&3: Kathmandu
Day 4: Fly to Lhasa in Tibet
Days 5&6: Visit the Dalai Lama’s Potala Palace, Barkhor market and Jokhang temple
Day 7: Drive to Ganden (4235m)
Days 8-12: High altitude trek over the passes of Shuga La and Chitu-la
Day 13: Visit historical Tsedang
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 15: Kathmandu
Day 16: Fly to London
guide price £3,265 per person
Fiona’s travel tips
FOR THE ACTIVE: Try mountain biking across the Tibetan Plateau — you’ll need to be fit!
MY FAVOURITE PLACE: Sitting among Tibetan monks listening to early morning chanting.
READ: The Epic of Mt. Everest by Frances Younghusband; Trespassers on the Roof of the World by Peter Hopkirk and Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer by Patrick French.
BEST TIME TO GO: April to October
JOURNEY TIME: 15 hours (indirect)
“Could I please pass on my thanks to my excellent guides both in Kathmandu and Lhasa. I took a great food tour in Kathmandu which involved nipping around the back streets on Vespa scooters! The food was great. I had lassi, samosas, sweet Tibetan food, water buffalo Mo Mo (dumplings) and traditional Newali food. The Mo Mo were out of this world, I loved them, could eat them all day!
Bring on Mustang next year! I spoke to many guides who had been there, it sounds brilliant.”
Ian Stubbs, Nepal and Tibet, September/October 2017
“Far Frontiers Travel really does offer a tailor-made service. We contact Fiona with a list of what we want to do and see, and she somehow makes it all work. Nothing is ever a problem, and she always creates the itinerary that is exactly what we want. Considering we like to travel independently and really experience the culture of the destination, that is no mean feat.”
Chris and Jean Betts, Nepal and Tibet