Tsurphu Monastery to Namtso Lake Trekking tour 2018-01-12T08:45:25+00:00

Tsurphu Monastery to Namtso Lake Trekking tour

Tsurphu Monastery to Namtso Lake trekking tour
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  • Explore the various architecture marvels of Tibet.
  • Eat different Tibetan fast food with your Tibetan friend.
  • Visit the Grand Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, and monasteries in Lhasa.
  • Hike along the rugged Tibetan terrain
  • The ancient villages with their colorful prayer flags and magnificent monasteries
  • The trekking trail that skirts barley fields and nomadic pastureland
  • Opportunity to observe Tibetan lifestyle at close quarters
  • Experience the real Tibet
Tsurphu Monastery to Namtso lake trekking tour map

The Tsurphu Monastery to Namtso Lake trekking tour is the combination of Tsurphu to Yangchen trek and Nyenchen Tanglha Traverse trail. The trekking begins from Tsurphu Monastery, stops at Yangpachen for a day break and continue to Namtso Lake.

The best time is for this trek is from Mid April to Mid October

Best suit for everyone

Potala Palace in Lhasa

Day 1) Arrival in Lhasa

We will welcome you at the Airport or The Lhasa train station. Then you will be escort to your hotel. It is always advice the travelers to take a good rest for proper acclimatization. please do not any activities which would lead you to dehydrate, like taking bath. And avoid hard work for the first day. Many traveler prefer to take a nap. by the evening i will come to meet you at the hotels and discuss about the itinerary and other stuff. If time let we will have a dinner at Tibetan restaurant.

Jokhang Temple

Day 2) Lhasa Sighseeing

Visit to Jokhang Temple and Sera monastery

In the morning after having your breakfast your guide will meet you at the hotel. Then you will first go to the Jokhang Temple, the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Since you hotel is in the Tibetan quarter of Lhasa city, you will walk to the Jokhang Temple. After visiting the Temple you can some time to explore the Old Lhasa city by your own for couple of hours.

The guide will fix you a time and place to visit. In the afternoon, you will visit the Sera monastery. This is a most well-preserved monastery in Tibet. The monastery you can sit in the courtyard where monks will be debating on Buddhist philosophy. you can stay there for sometimes. this is a very good opportunity for many travelers to take a picture of monks debate. You can tell your guide to give you some free times to explore the monastery on your own if you would like to live in peace for sometimes

Potala palace of Tibet

Day 3) Lhasa sightseeing

Visit to Potala palace,  and Drepung Monastery,

In the morning you will visit the grand Potala palace. We will visit the famous Potala Palace, the Important landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later extended in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking up the long steps are challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your foot steps in the spiritual palace of God of compassion which was listed in the world heritage in 1994. After the visit is over you will be descending from back side of the palace.

In the afternoon we will visit the Drepung Monastery, once the world’s largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama before to Potala Palace, You have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of the twisted and narrow lane through the monks Living quarters is thrilling.

gathering during the cham dance in tsurphu monastery

Day 4) Lhasa – Tsurphu Monastery (4480m), 65km, 4 hours

We will drive to the Tsurphu Monastery, along the Qinghai-Tibet Highway from Tolung Dechen on the east side of the TolungChu river for 26 km, we will then cross the river, from there the trail off the main road and continuing zigzag through village and barley farmland takes about 2 hours to get to the monastery. The monastery lies deep in the valley at 4480 meter above sea level.

The Tsurphu monastery is the traditional seat of Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu sect, built in 1187 by Dusum Khyenpa,  it is the seat of the Karmapa, in the afternoon you have time to explore around the twisted lanes through the aged buildings within the monastery complex.  Overnight at Tsrupu monastic guesthouse or camping.

Tsurphu Monastery the starting point for Tsurphu to Yangpachen trekking tour in Tibet

Day 5. Tsurpu (4480) – Leten  (5090), 4 hours, 11km, (500m Ascent)

The trek starts heading to the west by following the Kora trail surrounded by trees and the day trek takes 4-5 hrs covering a distance of 12km, walking into the green valley by crossing over the mountain streams and watercourses within the valley, the rocky hills along the trekking route is the home for herds of mountain goats, but you may hard to see them easily as they are disguised in the gray rocks, later of the day, you will encounter some nomads camps scattered around and you may get chance to stop there and visit their tents to see how their family tents are looks like. From the crest of the ridges you will find numerous rock house structures that nomads use for different of period when they moving from place to places. Leten is a nomadic place where you can see some nomad families dwelling in a small black tents that surrounded by their flock of sheep and herd of yaks.

Day 2 of Tsurphu to Yangpachen trekking tour in Tibet

Day 6) Leten-  Bartso (4950m)- Tajung (4660m), 20km, 8 hours, (300m Ascent) (600m Descent)

While walking steeply up over the small mount lead you a fascinating valley, cairns at the crest are very common to see on high passes in Tibet, some believe building cairns on the high mountains will improve your luck and some believe that building of small house like cairns will help you to find places to stay after your death, during the Bardo state which is an intermediate period of death and rebirth. Further walking through the valley, you will experience the beauty of Nomads life on the high plateau, cross over the Lasar la Pass (5300m) which will be the highest point of the day, from there you will have the first view of the Yangpache valley, soon after you will get to the day destination Bartso, it is a small nomads villages for about 6 nomad families surrounded by Juniper trees. Camping next to Bartso village.

Day 3 of Tsurphu to Yangpachen trekking tour in Tibet

Day 7) Tajung (4660) – Dorjee ling Nunnery (4474m) (150m Ascent) (150m Descent)

Today is one of the best day of this trekking tour where we will view the nomads herders as well as nuns at the Dorjeeling Nunnery late in the day, continues follow the wide trail and you will view the Holy Mount Nyenchen Thangla (7111m) from a ridge, Mt. Nyenchen Thangla is one of the holy mountain in the region that locals pray and hang prayers flags in front of it for the well-being of the all sentient beings. After you set up your camp next to the Dorjeeling nunnery, you have time to visit the nunnery and interact with Buddhist nuns at the nunnery. Camping next to the nunnery.

Day 3 of Tsurphu to Yangpachen trekking tour in Tibet

Day 8) Dorjeeling Nunnery(4474m) – Yangpachen Monastery (4300m)- Yangpachen, 4 hours trek.

Today trek is about 4 hours trek within the green valley and following the Lango river will meet the Yangpache-Shigatse road, walk two-hour through the giant landscape to a steel bridge (4400m) spanning the river. Meeting the northern road to Shigatse. You will reach the Yangpachen monastery that is established during the 15th century running by Shamar Rinpoche, a lama in Kagyupa order. Some of the murals inside the monastery are interesting ones. Our car and driver will meet us at the monastery, on the way we will stop at famous Yangpachen Hot spring and you can have a bath in the hot spring and get relief after a long days trekking.

After a short time at the hot spring, we will drive to Damshung town, And take a good rest in a four-star hotel

Lhasa to Damxung

Day 9) Day off in Damxung, Visit to the Hot spring

You will visit to the Yangpachen Hotspring for a bath and recreation before continuing to next trail next day.

Kyang-rag Monastery to Treeline

Day 10)  Kyang-rag Monastery to Treeline (4790M), 5 Hours, 18km, (480M Ascent)

We will drive from Hotel to Kyang-Rag Monastery where we will be greeted by our Yaks and Yak Mens. The trek starts from the Monastery ascending 480 meter at 18 kilometers. From the Monastery remain on the east side of the valley heading upstream. About an hour a ford to the west side of the valley to enter the rocky gorge. There few ford to cross and it is good to have hiking sandal dedicated to crossing the stream. after crossing the ford few times, breaking out of gorge at the last ford, we will land on east side of the valley.

Now valley is wider and west side of the slope is heavily forested. The trail is on the east edge of the slope. after two or two and Half hour we will reach tree line 4790m. There are many excellent sites for camping.

Treeline to Kyangla-pass

Day 11) Treeline – Kyangla pass (5330M) – Kyang-Do (5120M),  8-9 Hours, 25km, (540m Ascent), (490m Descent).

In 200m trail returns to the east side of the valley and remains until crossing the pass. Valley will become more sinuous and steeper. The trail enters tundra zone and becomes faint in places. You will have a view of high peaks of Nangchen Thangla towering over your line of travel.

Further, the valley becomes steeper and narrow. the trail is still on east yet hardly visible. Soon the line of brown cairns comes into view marking the Kyang-la Pass (5330m).

Behind the pass is known and Kyang valley. Fill up your water as it scares down the valley. The Valley bends to the north and it will take us down to the Namtso basin. Soon glory of the great lake will come to view. In 45 minute we will reach the valley floor. The valley is wide and open and after few moment we will reach our camp side in Kyang-Do.

Kyang-Do to Tashi-Do

Day 12) Kyang-Do to Tashi Do (4730m), 4-5 Hours, 17km, (80m Descent)

Leave the Valley and skirt its west side by walking across plan. In an hour you will reach the base of the hill. Don’t stay on the valley floor although it may seem the best route- Further down swampy ground would come between you and Tashi-Do. Walk around the tawny hill and look for the white building to the north. Walk towards the building. Our drivers will be waiting for us there to take us to the Tashi-Do. Night at Tashi-Do Guest house.

Namtso Lake to Lhasa.

Day 13) Namtso lake – Lhasa, 250km, 6 hrs.

Today we will drive back to Lhasa. Then we will arrive in Lhasa later in the afternoon and you have some time to explore around the Bakhor to shop gifts for your families and friends at home. Overnight in Lhasa.


Day 14) Lhasa Airport/ Train Station Sends off.

Today our guide and driver will send you to the airport or train station and it is time to say your goodbye and depart to your next destination.

Please book the tour a month before the real date of visit. I need at least 17 days to process the Tibet Travel Permit
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We are fully committed to responsible and Sustainable tourism practice in Tibet. We have a privilege to be able to host you in Tibet, yes we also understand that we have a responsibility in protecting and contributing back to nature and our local follow people and economy.

We are a Local Tibetan travel agency in Lhasa.  Our agency is 100% staffed with local Tibetan tourism professionals. We only hire local Tibetan guides and other tours crews. We used service from local business only. 100% of the travel money goes to local Tibetan families where you are visiting. We use 20% of the net profit into Environmental conservative projects with local governments and individuals.

We are all born in Tibet. We know how important Tibetan environment is for the eco-system of the entire world. We will love of mountains, glacier, and rivers. We will do our best to reduce environmental impact from your tours in Tibet.

Following are Our ways:

    • No Plastic Bottles in the tour
      We will provide your drinking water in a bigger container, each and every traveler are request to bring their own reusable water bottle. In this way, we can reduce hundreds of water bottles each tour against few big container, which we can later reuse.
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      During your trekking in Tibet, you will be walking across a very fragile ecosystem.  We do take extra care in our trekking tours preventing environmental effects.

Following are how are take care of our environment our trekking tours.

  1. We nothing leave nothing behind.
    We make sure we take all our rubbish and leave nothing behind.
  2. We protect the grassland
    A little destruction on Tibet’s fragile environment is irreversible. So, in the trekking tours we will not make drainage surrounding your tent, rather we will provide trekkers with a better tent with bathtub style floors to prevent rainwater getting into your tent. We will not dig the grassland and put small tent to make a toilet. Even when we try to the put the grass back, it is not the same. So when you are answering your nature called please enjoy the nature. Maybe you are you will not enjoy the natures call in the wilderness for sometimes.
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We always inform all our clients about local customs, beliefs, and ethics. So that it would be easier for our home visit, and culture programs.

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