One of the classic trekking routes in Tibet, this 9-day trek tour offers you a chance to immerse yourself in the breathtaking views of alpine pasture. Not far away from Lhasa, the trail starts from Tsurphu Monastery and ends at Yangpanchen Monastery. You will pass expansive valleys and rolling hills, see Tibetan nomads herding yaks and sheep, and visit remote monastery and nunnery. This trek perfectly combines the cultural and wilderness activities, revealing the hidden beauties of Tibet.
Itinerary Day by Day
Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa
When you arrive in Lhasa by train or flight, your tour guide will hold a board with your name on it at the exit to welcome you. Then you will be transported to your hotel. You may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River on the way to the hotel.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Tips: If this is your first visit to Tibet, you will need to acclimatize to the increased elevation, to prevent altitude sickness. This is best done by resting in the hotel and minimizing any physical exertion.
Day 2 Lhasa Tour: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)
Today, you’ll pay a visit to the famous Potala Palace, the world culture heritage. You can explore its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, Thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.
Then tourists will head to the holiest temple in Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, built during Songtsen Gampo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang dynasty, 647 A.D. Here you can observe sincere pilgrims making prostration in front of Jokhang Temple. While entering inside the temple, you can see the holiest statue of Buddha. Around the monastery is the famous Barkhor Street, where you can do the kora with pilgrims and locals. And then we’ll go to explore the old market and you may have chance to see the traditional jewelry trading between people from different part of Tibet.
Finally, you’ll taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house and enjoy a welcome dinner at night.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
After finishing the sightseeing, if time allows, you may go with tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. Besides, you can also choose to upgrade your tour to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD).
Day 3 Lhasa Tour: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B)
Today, you will visit two of the three prestigious Gelugpa monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416, Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet. Situated at the foot of Gambo Utse Mountain, Drepung was once home to more than 10000 monks. Here you can see the biggest monastery kitchen inside and then pay a visit to the Buddhist Sculpture Carving near Drepung.
After having lunch, you’ll continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The highlight is the monk debate held in the courtyard at around 3-5 in the afternoon. Besides, you can also see the colorful Rock Painting of Buddha and the three sand Mandalas and then visit the Tibetan scripture printing house.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 4 Lhasa to Tsurphu Monastery (2-3 hours, 79km)
In the morning, we will depart from Lhasa and drive to the Tsurphu Monastery, which is about 4300 meters above sea level. It will take several hours. After lunch, tourists will pay a visit to the Tsurphu Monastery, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and the birthplace of living Buddha's reincarnation system. Then we will rest for half a day to acclimatize to the following trekking.
Camping around Tsurphu Monastery.
Day 5 Trek from Tsurphu Monastery to Leten (4-5 hours, 11km)
The first stop of our 4-day trek tour is Leten, a small village at an altitude of 5105m. Starting from Tsurphu Monastery, we will walk along a green valley crisscrossed with mountain streams. You may find mountain goats hidden in gray rocks. If you travel in summer, you can also see nomads camping for herding.
The trek will continue on a high plateau until we find a flat area for camping near Leten. During the first day of trek, you will appreciate the breathtaking scenery on the way and feel the typical beauty of Tibet landscapes.
Camping around Leten.
Day 6 Trek from Leten to Bartso (5-6 hours, 15km)
Today, we will first trek to the highest spot - Lasar La (5300m).Passing through Damchen-la (5200m), the trail will turn left at the cairns at the crest, and then descend to the expansive valley with meandering streams.
We will arrive at Lasar La about three hours later, then descend to the wide open Yangpachen valley, and then move on towards Bartso. Bartso is a drokpa (nomad) village of several houses, surrounded by the juniper used for incense throughout Tibet.
Camping around Bartso.
Day 7 Trek from Bartso to Dorje Ling Nunnery (4 hours, 15km)
The third day trek begins as we continue the trails across a wide valley. We will pass a ridge, from where you will appreciate the breathtaking views of Nyenchen Tanglha (7111 m), the holiest mountain in central Tibet. After arrive at Tajung village, we will climb gently up to rolling hills, where you can see young nomadic boys and girls herding yaks and sheep on the plateau.
At noon, we are about to reach Djore Ling Ani Gompa (nunnery), where the friendly nuns may invite you to the Nunnery’s tea house and share you tasty yak meat, before the photo session.
Camping around Nunnery.
Day 8 Trek from Dorje Ling Nunnery to Yangpachen Monastery (4 hours, 14km)
The driver will meet you at Dorje Ling, and you can choose to trek for another three or four hours, until reach Yangpachen Nunnery. The road follows the ox-bow Nyango Chu River across a grassy valley. Yangpachen Nunnery is an old monastery of Kagyupa sect, providing a perfect spot for overlooking part of the Trans-himalaya ranges. Before returning to Lhasa, you can have a relaxing time at Yangbechen hot springs (optional).
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 9 Depart from Lhasa
The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station, and help you with boarding.
- Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permit to Tibet
- All lodging listed in the itinerary. If you travel individually, you will need to share one room with another tourist. If you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement
- Meals listed in itinerary
- Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
- Local Tibetan English-speaking guide
- Local tour transfer, comfortable tourist vehicle according to group size
- One shared big Oxygen tank in the car
- Tourist accident/casualty insurance
- First aid kit
- Chinese visa
- International flight to and out of China
- Domestic train/flight to and out of Tibet. (We offer domestic train/flight ticket booking service, please contact our travel experts for the details.)
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
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