Tsurphu to Yangpachen trekking – a real tease of Tibet

Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek offers a real taste of Tibetan culture, landscapes and the lifestyle of nomadic people of Tibet. Fascinating hiking with excursions to the ancient monasteries, Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek is also recommended for the enthusiasts of Tibetan religion. This trek offers different experience and designed for those who are pretty much curious to learn about the Tibetan herders and their Semi-nomadic lifestyle. As the trek lead us through the rugged Tibetan terrain, we will be greeted with sights so different and new; from the barren Tibetan countryside that resembles a lunar landscapes to the alpine villages with their colorful prayer flags and ancient monasteries.

Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trekking

As we begin our trip to Tsurphu Monastery, the pleasant walk through the rugged terrain crosses several alpine valleys before emerging into the wide-ranging and windswept Yangpachen valley with is positioned above the altitude extending from 4400m to even above 5300m at the Lasar-La. Combining alpine tundra and widespread mountain panoramas with visit to the ancient monasteries and a nunnery, Tsurphu to Yangpachen trekking perfectly offers the trekkers to observe cultural and wilderness activities closely.

Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trekking – Short Program

Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa airport or train station and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Guided tour in Lhasa city.
Day 03: Guided tour in Lhasa city.
Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Tsurphu Monastery.
Day 05: Trek from Tsurphu Monastery to Leten, walking 4 hours, 12km.
Day 06: Trek from Leten to Bartso, walking 5-6 hours, 15km.
Day 07: Trek from Bartso to Dorje Ling Nunnery, walking 4 hours, 16km.
Day 08: Trek from Dorje Ling Nunnery to Yangpachen Monastery/hot springs/Lhasa, trek 4 hrs, 14km.
Day 09: Final transfer to airport or train station.

Trip Cost: Please contact us and let us know the number of people in your group and the category of hotels and guest houses that you would like to stay with while in the cities. Once we hear from you, we'll send you a quote within 24 hours.

Note: This tour can be started with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. If you wish start from Kathmandu, you will need to arrive in KTM at least 2 days before the trip departure. We need your passport copy at least 25 days before the trip departure.

Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trekking – Day to Day itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa airport or train station:
Upon your arrival at airport or train station our guide will greet you and transfer to hotel in Lhasa. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing and acclimatizing. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Guided tour of Lhasa city, visit Jokhang Temple, Barkhor bazaar and Drepung monastery.
After breakfast, around 8 am your tour guide will meet you at your hotel and take you for an easy visit to Jokhang Temple which is the most revered shrine in the all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout pilgrims. Since Jokhang is the bustling bazaar, you will be given the chance to shop around barkhor bazaar, the crowded central market of Lhasa. Afternoon will be busy visiting Drepung Monastery, once the world’s biggest monastery, home to some 10000 Tibetan monks, Drepung monastery situated hidden in rocky ridge just beyond the city.   Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

Day 03: Guided tour of Potala palace, Sera monastery in Lhasa.
After breakfast at hotel, we begin a suturing trip to Potala palace, there is saying, a trip to Tibet will not be complete without visiting the stunning Potala palace, so first of all, our guide will take you to this wonderful palace which is Lhasa’s cardinal landmark and is a wonder of eastern architecture. Your fist site of this huge and stunning structure will be a thrilling moment remembered for years to come. This palace has been a palace since the 5th or 6th century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. In the afternoon you will be taken to visit Sera Monastery, a 15th Century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls, this extremely well preserved monastery is lies just a few kilometers north of Lhasa and is home to some hundred monks. This monastery is also famous for debating activities which is happening 3 to 4 pm quite regularly every day, we will remind our tour leader not to miss it.

Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Tsurphu monastery.
After an early breakfast, we will take a scenic drive from Lhasa to Tsurphu monastery; it takes about 2 hours, and the altitude will up to 4480m. Today, we spend the whole day doing nothing just relaxed and acclimatizing. Overnight at Tsurphu monastery.

Day 05: Trek from Tsurphu monastery to Leten, walking 4 hours, 12km.
breakfast will be at Tsurphu monastery, the stunning first day of our trek up a green valley crisscrossed with Mountain Rivers. We can also see various kinds of mountain goats. During the summer heading months, there will be several small nomadic communities camp here and we may stop into a black tent for a cup of salt and yak butter tea. Summit the ridge top four hours later, emerging onto a high and arid plateau with a scattering of cock-enclosed huts, and find for a flat area for camping. Today is the first day of our trek and we are already enjoying breathtaking and classic Tibetan beauty. Overnight under tent.

Day 06: Trek from Leten to Bartso, walking 5 to 6 hours, 16km.
Breakfast will be at camp; we start our trek and corss the small pass, the Damchen Nyingteri, bear to the left at the cairns at the summit and descend into a beautiful valley of lichen-coated boulders, meandering streams and open, powder-blue sky. After three hours walk, we will cross the Lasar La and descend into the magical Yangpachen valley, with its extensive plateaus, spiky grass hummocks and tundra – like arid, cracked patches of earth, and head towards Bartso.  The views of brize (translated as female yak herder) and traze (horse keeper) are breathtaking, and we will feel safe in the care of the local mountain god, Nyechen Tanglha. We camp near Bartso, a nomad’s village of 5 or 6 houses, surrounded by the Juniper used for incense all over the Tibetan world. Overnight under a tent.

Day 07: Trek from Barto to Dorje ling Nunnery, walking 4 hours 14km.
After breakfast, we leave the Bartso village and head towards a wide trail leading across the valley and over another ridge, from where we will see the views of Nyenchen Tanghlha (7110m), the sacred mountain in central Tibet. Emerge at Tajung village; climb slowly up rolling hills where young nomadic boys and girls picnic on the plateaus as they watch their yaks and sheep graze. The views are again so marvelous! By the afternoon we will reach the small Djore ling ani Gompa (nunnery), near which we will fix our camp. Overnight under a tent.

Day 08: Trek from Dorje Ling Nunnery to Yangpachen monastery and hot springs to Lhasa, walk 4 hrs, 14km.
After breakfast at camp, we start our three to four hours trekking following the Ox-bow Nyango Chu river snaking its way through the grassy valley and head for Yangpachen Gompa. This is an old Kagyupa monastery, with Tibetan Dogs keeping guard, overlooks part of the trans-Himalaya range. We catch our Jeep or van from monastery and drive to the hot springs at Yangbachen, after enjoying the bath at a hot spring we will drive to Lhasa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Final transfer from Tibet to your next destination:
After an early breakfast, our guide will drop you off to airport or train station for your onward journey.

Services Includes

  • Tibet Travel Permit with Tsurphu to Yangpachen trekking permits.
  • Sightseeing tour as per the above program
  • All the necessary entry fees for Monasteries, Palaces, and temples
  • Twin sharing Hotel in Lhasa with breakfast
  • Normal hotel and guest houses en route with breakfast basis
  • All the necessary camping facilities with meals during trekking
  • Private Jeep or Van or Mini Bus (depend on group size).
  • Group visa notification letter and Chinese visa invitation letter.
  • All the necessary pick up and drop with our service charges and taxes.

Services Excludes 

  • Lunch and dinner while in the cities and drinks.
  • Air fares
  • Emergency rescue evacuation cost
  • Other personal expenses tips, donation, laundry, call and bottle drinks
  • Photography charges
  • Any cost arising from Landslides, road blockage & additional transportation cost.
  • Chinese Visa fees

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