10 Days Nomadic Trekking Namtso-Tsurphu-Yangpachen




10 days

Best Months To Travel

June, July, Aug, Sept


Tsurphu to Yangpache trekking is one of the best Tibet Trekking that will balance the cultural and wilderness experience, before heading up into the isolated Tsurpu valley. We will spend a couple of days in Lhasa for acclimation and physically prepare for the hiking by visiting the mystical Potala palace, divine Jokhang temple, and stupendous Drepung and Sera monasteries around the city.

Then we start the adventure by driving over the bumpy trail within the Drowolung valley and meet our yaks and porters at the isolated Tsurphu monastery deep in the alpine valley, the trekking begins from the monastery and in the coming 4 days.

You will enjoy the Tibet Nomadic Trekking, it will be totally remote into the native nomadic land with beautiful mountain panoramas, closely experience the nomadic lifestyles within the wilderness, camping next to the remote Dorje Ling nunnery is rarely achieved in other places, then drive to stunning Namtso lake and explore around the Tashi Do peninsula, following the pilgrim footstep around the knoll is a great experience


Tour Cost Includes:

  • All necessary travel permits to Tibet;
  • Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the program
  • Private transportation in Tibet: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included), SEE VEHICLE PHOTOS HERE
  • Private guide: English-speaking local Tibetan guide
  • Lodging: available from 5 star hotels to budget guesthouses, SEE HOTEL PHOTOS HERE
  • Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour
  • Oxygen canisters: 2 canisters for each person
  • Lodging and meals for guide and drivers
  • First aid kit
  • Liability travel insurance
  • Basic camping gears: tents, mattresses and sleeping bags
  • Yaks and porters during the trekking days
  • Cook and cooking gears; (Optional)
  • Full board meals during the trekking days (Optional)
Tour Cost Excludes:
  • Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation (recommended)
  • Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.)
  • International and domestic flight/train.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and ticket availability with your travel consultant)
  • Meals that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 per person)
  • Gratuities for the guide and driver:

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons
Laundry service
Outdoor Seating
Smoking Allowed
Wireless Internet

Tour Plan

A short flight to Tibet give you a panorama of the snowy Himalayan ranges or the days of train ride over high plateau by crossing the mighty Thangu la ranges get you to Lhasa with beautiful sceneries along the route, at 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 it is about 70km to Lhasa and it takes 1:30 hrs, 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.
Attractions; Potala palace, Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor street. Today is your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have a little headache which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so 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 Bakhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa since from long time, in the early days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping center. In the afternoon we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet, and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo first built it in 7th century, and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.
Attractions; Drepung monastery and Sera monastery. Today we will visit Drepung Monastery in the morning, once the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was a resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, destructions were taken place in different time but still you have lots things to see, walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lane through the monks apartments is more like a typical village. The amazing day will ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen choji Sakya Yeshi who is disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening every day in the afternoon except Sunday. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.
Attractions: Typical Tibetan villages and farmland within the valley isolated Tsurpu monastery. We will drive to Tsurphu monastery, following the Qinghai-Tibet highway from Tolung Dechen on the east bank of the Tolung-Chu for 26km, then we will cross the river via the Lungpa Zampa(bridge), from there the dirt trail off the main road and an inclined rough road takes about 2 hours to get to the monastery, continues zigzagging through the Drowolung villages and barley farmlands within the narrow valley find the monastery deep in the valley sits at 4480m. Tsurpo monastery is the traditional seat of Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu sect, built in 1187 by Dusum Khyenpa, continues driving along the bumpy road within the valley will take us to the final destination Tsurphu monatery, it is the seat of the Karmapa, and one of the two main strongholds of the Karma Kargyu school in Tibet (the other being at Karma Gon in Lhato), 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.
Attractions: Shupshading is a seasonal herder’s camp, located 4700km. 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 tent that surrounded by their flock of sheep and herd of yaks.
Attractions: Lasar pass (5400m) and Damchen Nyingtri (cairn,5270m).  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.
Attraction: Nyinga Ri (4800m), Dorji Ling nunnery.  Today is one of the best day of the 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 mountains in the region that locals pray and hang prayers flags in front of it for the wellbeing 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.
Attractions; Yangpachen Monastery, Yangpachen hot spring, Tibet train routes and holy lake Namtso. Today 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 are able to reach to the Yangpachen monastery that is established during the 15th century running by Shamar Rinpoche who is leading 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 (Fees at the hot spring is on your own), late in the afternoon drive back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa. Today we are driving to Namtso lake via Damshung town, the lake is 3 hours drive from the Yangpachen and passing the long steep road leads us to the Lagen pass (5190m) with piles of prayer flags on the top. There we can view the Namtso Lake from the distance. Down within the valley, you can also see nomadic black tents all around the vast grasslands. Namtso Lake is the second largest saltwater lake in whole China with 70km in length and 30km width. Overnight guesthouse.
Attraction: Tibetan Nomadic family. We trace the road back to Lhasa along the Qinghai-Tibet train track, en route we will visit stop at a nomad family tent, local nomads moving places to places except winter, experiencing their home from the inside and spend awhile with them and get to know lifestyle of plateau nomads. Then we cross the Legen la pass and follow the Damchu River downstream to Lhasa via Tulong. Overnight in Lhasa.
Now you are leaving from Tibet and you are going to send off by our staff to train station or Lhasa Airport.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Cristian Pumarino Jun,11 2019 01:29:35
We are 3 people that will travel from Chengdu to Lahsa by train, arriving around August 5th. We want to take 4 days tour in Lhasa.  We need to know how to book the tour with you, the price, how to pay it and what are the documents we need to go there. We will get our tourist visa to visit China after we book the tour. Two of us will travel form Chile in South America and our son -also chilean- will do it form South Africa. Stay tuned to reply
Lakshmi May,23 2019 15:20:14
Hi, I am interested in this tour. But I cannot exert myself much and was wondering if I can skip the Kailash Kora and use other forms of transportation. I do however want to see Mt. Kailash. Also are you able to provide oxygen?
matteo May,18 2019 16:19:11
Hello! we would kindly like to know what’s the cheapest offer you have for this guided tour. We’re two people thank you!!

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