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Nyenchen Tanglha Traverse

Nyenchen Tanglha Traverse
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Nyenchen Tanglha Traverse trekking tour is also known as Yangpachen to Namtso trekking tour, In this trek you will see the ecological mosaic of northern Tibet, you will have a close encounter with Tibetan Nomads. Walking right into areas inhabitat by Blue sheep and endangered musked Deer. The trek beguns from Kyang- Rag Monastery near town of Damxung. This tree days trekking is very high elevation trek with 5330m pass and minimum elevation of 4320m.

The best time is for this trek is from May to October

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Arrival in Lhasa

Day 1) Arrival in Lhasa either by air or train. 

A short flight to Tibet will give you a panoramic view of the snowy Himalayan ranges or the days of train journey over The Tibetan plateau by crossing the mighty Thangu-la ranges get you to Lhasa with beautiful sceneries along the route. On your arrival at the Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station, you will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city, from the airport to Lhasa it is about 70km and it takes 1:30 hrs approx, from the train station it is only 25km and it takes about half hour, check in the hotel and take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa.

Lhasa sightseeing visit to Potala Palace

Day 2) Lhasa Sightseeing.

Attractions; Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and bustling Bakhor Street.

Today is your first full day on the high plateau and some of the travelers may experience a little headache, which is very common for travelers by the high elevation, drinking enough water and mild activity on the first few days is important.

In the morning, our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims. After you visit inside the temple you have time to walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as the crowded marketplace in Lhasa since from historical time, in the early days it is the most famous local market but now it becomes center for tourist gifts shop.

In the afternoon we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the essential landmark of Tibet, and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. The 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo first built it in the 7th century, and later in the 17th century it was rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it has been home to the Dalai Lama and his Local Tibetan government. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.

Visit to Drepung and Sera Monastery

Day 3) Lhasa Sightseeing.

Attractions; Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.

Today we will visit Drepung Monastery in the morning, once the world’s largest monastery that housed more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, The structure of the monastery has been changing over time yet you have lots things to see, walking through numbers of narrow and twisted alleys through the monks apartments is more like a typical medieval village. The amazing day will end with a visit to the Sera Monastery in the afternoon, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen Choji Sakya Yeshi who is disciple of Tsongka pa. The sera is home to several hundred monks from the different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening every day in the afternoon except weekends. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.

Lhasa to Shigaste Via Gyantse

Day 4) Lhasa(3600m) – Gyantse (3900m) – Shigatse(3900m), 350 km, 7hrs. 

Attractions; Yamdrok lake, Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and Pelkhor Choede monastery.

We start driving toward the south-west, through the zigzag road climb up the Kampa la pass (4700m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok lake with its turquoise color and snowcapped Mt.Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. Then continues drive along the lake for few kilometers get us to the lunch stop at Nagar-Tse (A small village). The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that pass through; en route we will stop at Carola Pass (5150m) to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. Upon arriving at Gyantse, we visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only well known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls, late afternoon drive to Shigatse which is only 90km. Overnight in Shigatse.

Shigatse to Lhasa

DAY 5) Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, 6 hrs.

Attractions; Tashi Lhunpo monastery, Brahmaputra river.

Today we will visit the Tashi Lhunpo monastery in the morning, Tashi Lhunpo monastery was built by the 1st Dalai Lama-Gedun Drup in 1447 and later it became the seat of the Panchen Lama lineages, there you will see tombs stupa of 7 previous Panchen Lamas and it is a real pleasure to pass through the busy cobbled lanes twisting around the aged buildings that used as monks apartments. And then we will arrive in Lhasa later in the afternoon and make a final preparation for Trekking from Tomorrow. Overnight in Lhasa.

Lhasa to Damxung

Day 6) Lhasa – Damxung, 163km, 3 hrs.

We will drive to Damxung, tracing the Qinghai-Tibet highway from Tolung Dechen on the east bank of the TolungChu River. On the way, we will visit the Yanpachen Hotspring for a bath and visit the Yangpachen Monastery. Yanpachen Monastery is home to the black hat (A sub Sect to Karma Kagyu Sect). Overnight at hotel in Damxung.

Kyang-rag Monastery to Treeline

Day 7)  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 8) 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 9) 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 10) 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 11) 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.


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