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9 days Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trekking

tour type: tibet trekking adventures & expeditions
duration: 9 days
10 fixed departures in 2013:
may 16
, 30; june 13, 27; july 11, 25; august 15, 29; september 12, 29
if there are 2 or more people, we will manage your own departures anytime from april to mid october.
details of this trip:

the tsurphu to yangpachen trekking is an excellent choice for those who want to get a close look at the tibetan herders (drokpa) and their semi-nomadic lifestyle. although they have permanent winter homes they still spend much of the year camping with their animals.

beginning at tsurphu monastery this rugged walk crosses several alpine valleys before emerging into the broad and windswept yangpachen valley. this is a high elevation trekking exceeds 4400m for the entire duration and a maximum elevation of 5300m at the lasar-la. combining alpine tundra and sweeping mountain panoramas with visit to monasteries and a nunnery, this trekking nicely balances cultural and wilderness activities.

the best time for this trekking is from mid- april to mid of october.

 day 01 arrival by train or air, transfer to lhasa, check in hotel, rest for acclimatization.
day 02 in lhasa, visit potala palace, jokhang temple, barkhor bazaar.
day 03 in lhasa, visit drepung & sera monastery.
day 04 lhasa-tsurphu monastery.
day 05 tsurphu monastery- leten, trekking 4 hours,11km.
day 06 leten-bartso, trekking 5-6 hours, 15km.
day 07 bartso-dorje ling nunnery, trekking 4 hours,15km.
day 08 dorje ling nunnery-yangpachen monastery/yangpachen hotsprings/lhasa, trek 4 hrs,14km.
day 09 depart tibet for next destination
detail itinerary:
day 01 arrive in lhasa, pick up by your guide and private car, then drive to hotel or guesthouse, have a good rest for acclimatization.
once you arrive at gonggar airport or lhasa train station, an easy one hour or half hour drive will take you to your hotel (the traditional kailash hotel, dhood gu hotel, kyichu hotel, yak hotel or shambala hotel, etc.) or guesthouse. the remainder of the day can be spent relaxing and exploring some of the many sights in lhasa.
day 02 visit jorkhang temple, barkhor street, drepung monastery in lhasa.
on this second day morning we will take an easy visit to jokhang temple. this temple is the most revered shrine in all of tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. we will also be given the opportunity to shop in barkor, the crowded central market of lhasa. in the afternoon we will visit sera monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. this well preserved monastery is located just a few miles north of lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. its famous debating activities are happening 3-4pm quite regularly every day, so remind our guide not to miss it.
day 03 visit potala palace, sera monastery in lhasa.
a trip to tibet would not be complete without experiencing the vital potala palace. this palace is lhasa's cardinal landmark and is a wonder of eastern architecture. your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. it has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the dalai lama. this truly amazing day will ended with a visit to the drepung monastery. once the world's largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, drepung monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout hundreds of years.
day 04 drive lhasa to tsurphu monastery.
driving from lhasa to tsurphu monastery, takes about 2 hours, and the altitude will up to 4480m. today you will be spent acclimatizing further and visiting this tsurphu monastery. overnight at tsurphu monastery.
day 05 tsurphu monastery to leten, trekking 4 hours, 11km.
a spectacular first day of trekking up a green valley crisscrossed with mountain streams. be on the look out for various species of mountain goats. several small nomadic communities camp here for the summer herding months, and you may have a stop into a yak-hair tent for a cup of salt butter tea or some fresh yak milk! crest the ridge top four hours later, emerging onto a high plateau with a scattering of rock-enclosed huts, and look for a flat area for camping. from day one, the scenery is breathtaking,classic tibetan beauty.
day 06 leten to bartso, trekking 5-6 hours, 15km.

have your first small pass, the damchen nyingtri, bear to the left at the cairns at the crest, and descend into a magical valley of lichen-coated boulders, meandering streams and expansive, powder-blue sky. three hours later, you will cross the lasar la and descend into the yangpachen valley, with its wide open plateaus, spiky grass hummocks and tundra-like parched, cracked patches of earth, and head towards bartso. the views of brize (translated as female yak herder) and tarze (horse keeper) are superb, and you will feel safe in the care of the local mountain god, nyenchen tanglha. camp near bartso, a drokpa (nomad) village of five or six houses, surrounded by the juniper used for incense all over the tibetan world.

day 07 bartso to dorje ling nunnery, trekking 4 hours, 15km.
leaving the village of bartso behind, head towards a wide trail leading across the valley and over another ridge, from where you will be rewarded with views of nyenchen tanghlha (7111m), the holiest mountain in central tibet. emerge at tajung village, and then climb gently up rolling hills where young nomadic boys and girls picnic on the plateaus as they watch their yaks and sheep graze. the vistas are, again, just amazing! mid-day, you should reach the small djore ling ani gompa (nunnery),near which you will set up camp. it is possible that these nuns, some of the friendliest in tibet, will drag you into the gompa s tea-house and pass around a heaping plate of yak meat (use the bowie knife provided to hack a piece off) before getting into the requisite photo session.
day 08 dorje ling nunnery to yangpachen monastery and hotsprings to lhasa, trekking 4 hours, 14km.
today walking for three or four hours, following the ox-bow nyango chu river snaking its way through the grassy valley, and head for yangpachen gompa. this old kagyupa monastery, with tibetan mastiffs keeping guard, overlooks part of the trans-himalaya range. landcruiser will wait at monastery, pick you up to have a hot springs at yangbachen, then drive back to lhasa.
day 09 depart tibet for your next destination.

your guide and driver with the private vehicle will see you off to the lhasa train station or lhasa gongkhar airport, your tibet tour with our agency ends.


service included:
* hotels or guesthouses in lhasa, other places camping
* tibetan english speaking tour guide
* transportation by private vehicle
* tents & sleeping bags with good mattresses, etc (all necessary trekking equipments)
* lhasa local cook
* full board meals during the trekking days
* sightseeing tickets per the itinerary
* all necessary travel permits including tibet entry permit
* yaks & yak man during trekking days

service not included:
* lunches and dinners excepting the trekking days above
* train & airtickets into/out of lhasa (pls note: we can offer you the tickets booking if needed).
* personal natural expense like laundry, idd calls, internet café
* tips for guide and driver
* travel insurance suggested buying in your own country that will protect you much better
* bank telex transfer charge when paying us through bank telex wire

10 fixed departures in 2013:
may 16, 30; june 13, 27; july 11, 25; august 15, 29; september 12, 29
if there are 2 or more people, we will manage your own departures anytime from april to mid october.

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