Shalu to Nartang Trekking Tour2018-09-01T09:55:31+00:00

Shalu to Nartang Trekking Tour

Shalu to Nartang Trekking Tour
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Shalu to Nartang Trekking tour, makes you following the caravan laden with  follows treasures and scriptures that once passed the same route. This is the trade route between two great buddhist spiritual centers in central Tibet. This route passes through uninhabited dry canyons as well as some villages. The trail is the shortest trekking route in in Tibet for just 15 hours walking The best time for the trekking is from April to the end of October.

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

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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.

Gyantse Panorama from fort

Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse

The Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse is 300km, via visit to Yamdrok Lake, located 100km from Lhasa. The meaning of word Yamdrok is “The jade lake in the upper pasture land” in Tibetan. Further 72 km, the lake is surrounded by many snow capped mountains. The lake one of the three holy lakes in Tibet along the Namtso Lake in northern Tibet and Manasarovar lake in far west Tibet. You will stay over night in Gyantse.

Shalu Monastery

Day 5: Drive from Gyantse – Shalu Monastery (70km) and Trek from Shalu Monastery-Upper Lungsang. 5-6hrs, 19km, (420m Ascent), (240m Descent).

In morning we will first drive from Gyantse to Shalu Monastery. visit Shalu Monastery, It is a small Monastery at 22km south of Shigatse. The monastery was founded in 1040 by Jhetsun Sharab Jungnay. The Monastery is renowned for psychic training and center for scholarly learning. Its mural painting is considered as the most ancient and beautiful in Tibet.  Shalu was the first of the major monasteries to be built by noble families of the Tsang Dynasty during Tibet’s revival of Buddhism and was an important center for the Sakya tradition.

Shalu was the first of the major monasteries to be built by noble families of the Tsang Dynasty during Tibet  great revival of Buddhism, and was an important center of the Sakya tradition. In the morning we will make final preparation for trekking. After lunch, we will trek from Shalu Monastery to Upper Lungsang.

Ngor Monastery

Day 6: Trek from Upper Lungsang – Ngor Monastery (4hrs, 8km)

On today’s Trail  we will cross, the high pass is Char-la pass [4600 m], after we ascend slowly from Upper Langsang to Char-La pass, we will descent down to Ngor Monastery which takes about 50 mins. The Ngor is the Sakya School second most important center. It is the main temple of the large Ngor school of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, which represents eighty-five percent of the Sakyapa School in Tibet. Camp near Ngor Monastery.

Inside Narthang Monastery.

Day 7) Ngor Monastery to Nartang Monastery, 18km, 5 hrs, 300m descent, drive to Lhatse

Today, you will hike from the Ngor to Nartang by passing several villages, saddles, and one electric utility. Visit Nartang Monastery.

From Ngor Monastery there is a motorable road runs down the valley. 15 mins after the monastery is the small village called Pero. After one and half hours Drive, we will see the valley and road bending towards the north while old road trade route to Sakya continues over a saddle towards west. After another one hour, we will reach the village of Dzong Lugari. From Dzong Lugari, we will continue 2 hours trek to reach our destination of Nartang. where our Tibetan driver and the vehicle will wait for us, then we will be transferred Lhatse, o/n in Lhatse Shanghai Hotel, rest.

Mount Everest

Day 8 Drive from Lhatse to Rongphu Monastery (about 200 km)

Today we will drive straight to EBC by crossing several passes along the way, you will have the first views of mighty Himalayans from the pass of Gyatso la(5400m) after Lhatse and distant view of Mt. Everest from its viewing point soon after climb down Gyatso la, shortly after the border check point at Shegar, turn off the Friendship Highway and drive toward south in the valley, cross over the Gawu la pass[5250m] through zigzags road, from the pass you will amaze the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its mighty peaks beyond 8000m, Mt.Makalu(8463m), Mt.Lotse(8516m), Mt.Everest(8844m), Mt.Cho Oyu(8201m) and Mt.Shishapama(8020m) from Left to right, climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and then finally the day’s destination – Everest Base Camp located in the Rongbuk valley. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and it consist both monks and nuns.

Mount Everest Base camp in Tibet

DAY 9. RONGBUK (5000m) – SHEGAR – SHIGATSE, 350km, 7hrs.

As we wakes up the next morning. A amazing view of luminous peaks, highlighted by the sun and it is bittersweet to say farewell to this marvelous landscape that we have gotten to know well. Then we will drive all the way back to Shigatse and relax in Shigatse hotel, take a hot shower in the hotel and have a good rest. Overnight in Shigatse

tashi lhunpo monastery

Day 10) SHIGATSE – LHASA, 280km, 4/5 hrs.

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 which later became the seat of the Panchen Lama lineages, In the monastery you will see tombs of 7 passed Pachen Lamas reincarnations and it is a real pleasure to pass through the busy cobbled lanes twisting around the aged buildings that is monks living quarter. And then we will drive back to Lhasa in the afternoon, along the northern  highway, we will arrive in Lhasa later in the afternoon. Overnight in Lhasa.

Potala Palace in Lhasa

Day 11) Lhasa Airport/ Train Station send off

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


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