Lhasa Trekking

Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp


Day 01:  Welcome to Lhasa! Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station or airport and transfer you to your hotel.
 

Day 02: Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Circuit
Lhasa, elevation 3650m, is the holiest city in Tibet and each day pilgrims from across the Tibetan Plateau arrive in the city to worship at one of the many temples found there. You will spend 3 full days exploring the city. The first day you will visit Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front to the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterwards, you will explore the endless maze of markets and restaurants that line the ancient Barkhor circuit. While exploring the Barkhor circuit, you will rub elbows with Tibetan pilgrims who are prostrating their way around the Tibetan Quarter.
 
Day 03: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery
In the morning, you will visit the Potala Palace, the most recognizable structure in Tibet. Built in the year 637, the Potala Palace rises 13 stories and has more than 1000 rooms. In the afternoon, you will visit the great monastery of Sera, where monk debates take place each day. If you are interested in hiking, there is a pilgrimage circuit around the monastery that takes about an hour to complete.
 
Day 04: Drepung Monastery, Ramoche Temple and the Tibetan Quarter
This day you will explore Drepung Monastery. Drepung was formerly the largest monastery in the world and is still one of the 3 most important monasteries in Tibet. Below Drepung is Nechung Monastery, the former home of Tibet’s state oracle. In the afternoon, we will visit Ramoche Temple as well as a small nunnery in the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 05: Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse 260kms, 5.5 hours

You will travel from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet’s holiest and most beautiful lakes. Yamdrok Lake sits at 4450m and is an amazing turquoise color. The 7191m Mt. Nojin Kangtsang can be seen in the distance. After visiting the lake, you will drive to the mid-sized town of Gyantse. Gyantse, elevation 3950m, is famous for its massive hilltop military fort and for the Pelkor Chode Monastery, which has the tallest Tibetan Buddhist stupa in Tibet.

Day 06: Gyantse-Shigatse 90kms, 1.5 hours

In the morning, you will depart Gyantse for Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. Shigatse, elevation 3840m, is home to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Along with exploring the monastery, you can also hike the ancient pilgrim circuit along with hundreds of Tibetan worshippers.

Day 07: Shigatse-Old Tingri 290kms, 6 hours

From Shigatse, you will drive to the small town of Old Tingri. Along the way, you will cross several high passes offering great views of the plains and snow-capped mountains. Old Tingri sits at 4335m.

Day 08: Trek from Old Tingri-Lungchang 12kms, 3.5 hours

Start trekking along the Ra Chu stream to beyond Choling and Lungchang villages (4350m). Camp overnight.

Day 09: Trek from Lungchang to the base of the Nam La Pass 21kms, 5.5 hours

From Lungchang, you will ascend to the small village of Drokpa at the base of the Nam La Pass. The elevation of Drokpa is 4860m. Camp overnight.

Day 10: Trek from Nam La Pass to Everest Base Camp 27kms, 9.5 hours.

This day you will complete the trek and arrive at Mt. Everest’s North Face Base Camp.
*Alternative is to take an additional day of trekking.

Day 11: Everest Base Camp-Lhatse 195kms, 5 hours

This day you will begin the journey back to Lhasa. Leaving Everest Base Camp, you will drive to the mid-sized town of Lhatse. In Lhatse, elevation 4020m, you can visit the small monastery of Lhatse Chode.
*Alternative is to drive to Dram at the Nepal border

Day 12: Lhatse-Lhasa 420kms, 8.5 hours

You will return to Lhasa where you can explore the Tibetan Quarter once last time to find that perfect last Tibetan souvenir.
 
Day 13: Depart from Lhasa
This itinerary can be modified in any way. Contact us for prices and more information regarding this trip.

Ganden-Samye Trek


Day 01:  Welcome to Lhasa! Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station or airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 02: Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Circuit

Lhasa, elevation 3650m, is the holiest city in Tibet and each day pilgrims from across the Tibetan Plateau arrive in the city to worship at one of the many temples found there. You will spend 3 full days exploring the city. The first day you will visit Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front to the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterwards, you will explore the endless maze of markets and restaurants that line the ancient Barkhor circuit. While exploring the Barkhor circuit, you will rub elbows with Tibetan pilgrims who are prostrating their way around the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 03: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

In the morning, you will visit the Potala Palace, the most recognizable structure in Tibet. Built in the year 637, the Potala Palace rises 13 stories and has more than 1000 rooms. In the afternoon, you will visit the great monastery of Sera, where monk debates take place each day. If you are interested in hiking, there is a pilgrimage circuit around the monastery that takes about an hour to complete.

Day 04: Drepung Monastery, Ramoche Temple and the Tibetan Quarter

This day you will explore Drepung Monastery. Drepung was formerly the largest monastery in the world and is still one of the 3 most important monasteries in Tibet. Below Drepung is Nechung Monastery, the former home of Tibet’s state oracle. In the afternoon, we will visit Ramoche Temple as well as a small nunnery in the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 05: Lhasa-Ganden Trek from Ganden Monastery to Yama Do 17kms, 5 to 6 hours
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In the morning, you will drive the 55kms from Lhasa to Ganden Monastery. Ganden was founded in the 15th century and is one of the most famous monasteries in Tibet. You will depart from Ganden and trek to the meadows of Yama Do, elevation 4456.

Day 06: Trek from Yama Do to Gampa La Pass 12kms, 6 to 7 hours

Hike up out of the bowl crossing the pass at Tseb La (5220m). After crossing a broad valley and another pass (5000m), descend to our camp beside the Gampa La at 4820m.

Day 07: Trek from Gampa La Pass to nomad encampment near Gen Do 14kms, 5 hours

Continue the trek to Samye passing through more valleys and nomadic areas.

Day 08: Trek from Gen Do to Samye Monastery 37kms, 10 hours

This day you will complete the rest of the trek to Samye Monastery.
*Alternative is to take an additional day to trek to Samye
 
Day 09: Samye Monastery
You will take the day to explore Samye Monastery, the first monastery in Tibet.

Day 10: Samye-Lhasa 200kms, 5 hours

You will return to Lhasa with enough time to wander around the Tibetan Quarter one final time.

Day 11: Depart from Lhasa

This itinerary can be modified in any way. Contact us for prices and more information regarding this trip.

 

Tsurphu-Yangpachen Trek


Day 01:  Welcome to Lhasa! Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station or airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 02: Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Circuit

Lhasa, elevation 3650m, is the holiest city in Tibet and each day pilgrims from across the Tibetan Plateau arrive in the city to worship at one of the many temples found there. You will spend 3 full days exploring the city. The first day you will visit Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front to the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterwards, you will explore the endless maze of markets and restaurants that line the ancient Barkhor circuit. While exploring the Barkhor circuit, you will rub elbows with Tibetan pilgrims who are prostrating their way around the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 03: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

In the morning, you will visit the Potala Palace, the most recognizable structure in Tibet. Built in the year 637, the Potala Palace rises 13 stories and has more than 1000 rooms. In the afternoon, you will visit the great monastery of Sera, where monk debates take place each day. If you are interested in hiking, there is a pilgrimage circuit around the monastery that takes about an hour to complete.

Day 04: Drepung Monastery, Ramoche Temple and the Tibetan Quarter

This day you will explore Drepung Monastery. Drepung was formerly the largest monastery in the world and is still one of the 3 most important monasteries in Tibet. Below Drepung is Nechung Monastery, the former home of Tibet’s state oracle. In the afternoon, we will visit Ramoche Temple as well as a small nunnery in the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 05: Lhasa-Tsurphu Monastery 75km 3hours

Driving from Lhasa to Tsurphu Monastery takes about 2 hours, and the altitude will go up to 4500m. The first day will be spent acclimatizing and visiting this Tsurphu Monastery.

Day 06: Trek from Tsurphu Monastery-Leten 11kms, 4 hours

The first day of the trek will take you through several nomad Tibet areas. These nomads live in black yak wool tents during the brief summertime. There will be plenty of opportunities to see traditional style nomad culture in this area and to drink some yak butter tea.

Day 07: Trek from Leten-Bartso 15kms, 5 hours

After crossing the Damchen Nyingtri pass, you will trek towards the left at the cairns at the crest, and descend into a magical valley of lichen-coated boulders, meandering streams and expansive blue sky. Three hours later, you will cross the Lasar La and descend into the Yangpachen valley and hike towards Bartso, a nomad village of five or six houses, surrounded by the juniper used for incense all over the Tibetan world.

Day 08: Trek from Bartso-Dorje Ling Nunnery 15kms, 4 hours

From Bartso, trek towards a wide trail leading across the valley and over another ridge, from where you will get an excellent view of Nyenchen Tanghlha, which rises to 7162m. You will then arrive at Tajung village where yaks and sheep graze. A couple of hours later you will arrive at Dorje Ling Nunnery. You will set up camp near this area.

Day 09: Trek from Dorje Ling Nunnery-Yangpachen Monastery 14kms, 4 hours

On the last day, you will hike following the Nyango River to the Yangpachen Monastery This old Kagyupa monastery overlooks the Nyenchen Tanglha Range. From the monastery, your vehicle will transport you to the hot springs and then back to Lhasa
This itinerary can be modified in any way. Contact us for prices and more information regarding this trip.

Mount Kailash Trek


Day 01:   Welcome to Lhasa! Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station or airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 02: Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Circuit

Lhasa, elevation 3650m, is the holiest city in Tibet and each day pilgrims from across the Tibetan Plateau arrive in the city to worship at one of the many temples found there. You will spend 3 full days exploring the city. The first day you will visit Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front to the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterwards, you will explore the endless maze of markets and restaurants that line the ancient Barkhor circuit. While exploring the Barkhor circuit, you will rub elbows with Tibetan pilgrims who are prostrating their way around the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 03: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

In the morning, you will visit the Potala Palace, the most recognizable structure in Tibet. Built in the year 637, the Potala Palace rises 13 stories and has more than 1000 rooms. In the afternoon, you will visit the great monastery of Sera, where monk debates take place each day. If you are interested in hiking, there is a pilgrimage circuit around the monastery that takes about an hour to complete.

Day 04: Drepung Monastery, Ramoche Temple and the Tibetan Quarter

This day you will explore Drepung Monastery. Drepung was formerly the largest monastery in the world and is still one of the 3 most important monasteries in Tibet. Below Drepung is Nechung Monastery, the former home of Tibet’s state oracle. In the afternoon, we will visit Ramoche Temple as well as a small nunnery in the Tibetan Quarter.

Day 05: Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse 260kms, 5.5 hours
You will travel from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet’s holiest and most beautiful lakes. Yamdrok Lake sits at 4450m and is an amazing turquoise color. The 7191m Mt. Nojin Kangtsang can be seen in the distance. After visiting the lake, you will drive to the mid-sized town of Gyantse. Gyantse, elevation 3950m, is famous for its massive hilltop military fort and for the Pelkor Chode Monastery, which has the tallest Tibetan Buddhist stupa in Tibet.

Day 06: Gyantse-Shigatse 90kms, 1.5 hours

In the morning, you will depart Gyantse for Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. Shigatse, elevation 3840m, is home to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Along with exploring the monastery, you can also hike the ancient pilgrim circuit along with hundreds of Tibetan worshippers.
 
Day 07: Shigatse-Lhatse 150kms, 3 hours
From Shigatse, you will drive to Lhatse, which lies at 4020m. In Lhatse, you can wander around the Lhatse Chode Monastery and observe the local Tibetan culture found in town.
*Alternative is to add a day or two and include Everest Base Camp

Day 08: Lhatse-Saga 300kms, 6 hours

This route will begin to take you through the nomadic regions of Tibet’s far west. You will pass by the turquoise waters of Ngamring Lake and cross numerous river valleys before arriving in the small town of Saga, elevation 4490m.

Day 09: Saga-Paryang 230kms, 5 hours

You will continue following the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra River going through vast expanses of grasslands home to yaks and sheep before arriving in Paryang, elevation 4590m.

Day 10: Paryang-Lake Manasarovar 250kms, 6 hours

After driving through wide expanse of high altitude grasslands, you will arrive at the holy lake of Manasarovar, which lies at 4585m. Manasarovar is an important pilgrimage destination not only for Tibetans, but also for Hindu’s from India and Nepal. From the lake, you can see Mt. Kailash in the distance.

Day 11: Lake Manasarovar

You will stay a second night at Lake Manasarovar, the highest fresh water lake in the world.

Day 12: Lake Manasarovar-Darchen 35kms, 1 hour

In the late morning, you will make the short drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen, the starting point of the Kailash trek. Darchen sits at 4670m. In Darchen, you can stock up on supplies for the trek.

Day 13: Trek from Darchen-Dira Phug 18kms, 5 to 6 hours

Walk along beautiful rocky cliffs and take pictures of breathtaking waterfalls. Take deep breaths of fresh air. From time to time, the face of Mt. Kailash will appear. Dira Phug sits at 5050m.

Day 14: Trek from Dira Phug-Dolma La Pass 22kms, 8 hours

Hike across a valley up to the Dolma-La Pass. By the late afternoon arrive at Zuthal Puk, the cave of miracles where the Tibetan poet-saint Milarepa once stayed.

Day 15: Trek from Dolma La Pass-Darchen 14kms, 4 hours

After finishing your circuit of Mt. Kailash, your car will pick you up and take you to Darchen. Stay overnight at Lake Manasarovar.
 
Day 16: Lake Manasarovar-Paryang 250kms, 6 hours
You will begin the journey back to Lhasa.

Day 17: Paryang-Saga 230kms, 5 hours

Journey back to Lhasa

Day 18: Saga-Shigatse 450kms, 9 hours

Journey back to Lhasa
*Alternative is to drive to Dram at the Nepal border

Day 19: Shigatse-Lhasa 270kms, 6 hours

Journey back to Lhasa

Day 20: Depart from Lhasa

This itinerary can be modified in any way. Contact us for prices and more information regarding this trip.