Beautiful trek running through the valleys and mountains of Central Tibet. We will spend the first 3 days in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. We will visit the most important landmarks of the capital, including the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and two main monasteries – Sera and Drepung. Staying in Lhasa at an altitude of 3600 meters will allow you to acclimatize before we head towards the Tsurphu Monastery.
Day 1 – Arrive in Lhasa by plane or by train
You arrive at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport or the train station. The airport is 62 km/ 39 miles away from the city, and it takes approximately one hour to get to the hotel from there. On the way to Lhasa, you will enjoy beautiful views of mountains. The train station is located in Lhasa, and you will only need a short transfer to the hotel.
Depending on the time of your arrival, you might have some free time to spend in Lhasa. Our guides will be happy to advise you on what you can do with your time in Lhasa. Remember, that Lhasa is located at 3,650 meters/ 12,000 ft above sea level and you will need some time to acclimatize.
After you check in the hotel, you are welcome to explore the city, visit nearby temples, do some shopping, try delicious Tibetan food in one of the local restaurants, or just take a rest.
Walking around Barkhor Street can be an excellent choice for your first day in Lhasa. You will join crowds of pilgrims, local Tibetans, and monks circumambulating the Jokhang Temple.
Most importantly, on your first day in Tibet, be sure to relax, enjoy your day and allow some time for acclimatizing. It is essential to acclimatize to the high altitude of Tibet to prepare for the upcoming trek.
Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
This tour visits the two most important religious sites in Tibet.
The Potala Palace was the seat of the Dalai Lamas since the 17th century. First, the guide will take you to the Chak Pori Hill to take photos of the majestic Palace. We will then go inside and spend approximately 1.5 – 2 hours there. While there, you will see many of its most famous artifacts.
There will be free time for lunch after visiting the Potala Palace.
Time permitting, you can walk around the Potala Palace and join many of the local Tibetans.
Next, we will walk towards the Jokhang Temple. It was built in the 7th century to display the Jowo Shakyamuni Statue – the statue of the 12-year-old Buddha before his enlightenment. The statue was created at the time when the historical Buddha lived. It is elaborately decorated with gold, jewels, and precious stones.
After visiting the temple, we recommend taking a walk around Barkhor Street.
Day 3 – Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
We are visiting the two most important monasteries in the capital.
We will first visit Drepung Monastery, which once was the largest monastery in the world with over 10,000 monks living there. It was the residence of Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace was built.
There will be free time for lunch after the Drepung Monastery.
In the afternoon we are visiting Sera Monastery. It was founded by Tsongkhapa’s disciple in the 15th century. Nowadays it is famous for monks debate that you can witness. Debates are a very important part of learning and understanding Buddhism. Monks gather in the courtyard in the shade of the trees to refine their knowledge.
In the evening you will have some time to pack for our trek and prepare everything you might need.
Day 4 Lhasa / Tsurphu Monastery.
From Lhasa to Tsurphu monastery is two and half hours drive on paved road. Before drive to Tsurphu, count your supplies during trekking, Altitude there will rise to 5300m, when you arrive there acclimatize to elevation. Visit monastery in afternoon and take rest in monastery guesthouse or set up camp by river bank-extensive camp site.
Day 5 Tsurphu Monastery /Leten (11km, 4 hours)
Begin your trekking with climbing up the green valley to the west of Tsurphu monastery. Narrow trail passes in mountain streams and wooden logs cross the stream. Look out for little herds of Na, wild blue sheep. Mani walls (curved mantra on huge rocks) in valleys are beautiful spot to take rest. After an hour walk away from mani walls, you will reach flat settlement of several seasonal nomadic families. If prefer quite, set up camp below Leten.
Day 6 Leten / Barts. (15km,5 hours).
Three hours walk from Leten, you will reach Lasar-la pass 5300m high. In between a spur attached to peak Dham chen Nyingtri is heralded by Prayer flags and cairns. Trail leads to wider plateau and up to Lasar-la pass which descends steeply into Yangpachen valley. On the way, holy Mt. Nyenchen Thanglha snow-capped is visible in far. Families at Bartso village provide permanent supply of water, its decent place to camp here.
Day 7 Bartso / Dorje Ling Nunnery (15km,4 hours)
Continue your trekking to Dorje ling nunnery via Tajung village. Trail from Bartso leads down to gully of Tajung village. Climbing up and down the open meadow passes through domestic animals grazing in wild, if have climbed high，Mt. Nyenchen Thanglha and its ranges are still visible in distance. Dorje Ling nunnery is downstream here.
Day 8 Dorje Ling Nunnery / Yangpachen Monastery / Lhasa (14km, 4hours)
Fill up your water bottle with stream which rotate the mani wheel. Follow Nyangpo-Chu which drains into Yangpachen valley. After over 3 hours you will reach Yangpachen hot spring, you can have bath there. Drive back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 9 – Lhasa to Airport/Train station
Please prepare in advance for your departure. It takes approximately one hour to drive to the airport and around thirty minutes to reach the train station. We will arrive at the airport three hours before your departure flight if you are traveling to Nepal and two hours before any domestic flight.