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Trekking to Yamdrok Lake

In this trekking itinerary, we’ll take you from Tsurpu monastery to Yangbachen, via Lasar-la pass (5300m), stopping at the Yangbachen Hot Springs. This complete tour combines alpine tundra and sweeping mountain scenery with visits to monasteries and a nunnery, nicely balancing cultural and wilderness activities. The best time to participate in this trekking is from mid-April to mid-October.

Duration: 9 Days

Tour Type: Trekking Tour

Difficulty Level: High-fitness level

Group Size: Max 2-8

Total Fair: $1420 Per Person

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Contact Information

107, Beijing East Road Cheng Guan District Lhasa,Tibet China

Zip code 850000

+86 139 890 15156 

+86 139 890 15156 


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Day 1Arrival and pick up, either, at the Gongkar airport or at the Libu train station in Lhasa

Day 2Lhasa sightseeing: Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market and Potala palace.

Day 3:  Lhasa sightseeing: Drepung and Sera monastery.

Day 4: Lhasa to Tsurpu monastery. Visit Tsurpu monastery.

Day 5:Trekking from Tsurpu monastery to Leten.

Day 6Trekking from Leten to Bartso.

Day 7Trekking from Bartso to Dorje Ling Nunnery.

Day 8:  Trekking from Dorje Ling Nunnery to Yangpachen Monastery and Yangpachen Hotsprings. Drive back to Lhasa.

Day 9: End of tour. Your tour guide will arrange transportation to either the Gongkar airport or the Libu train station in Lhasa.




Day 1:Your tour guide will welcome you, either at the airport or at the train station. The distance from the airport to Lhasa is about 70km, approximately 1:30 hrs. drive. The distance from the train station is only 25km, about 30 minutes’ drive. After that, he will provide you with some necessary instructions about your tour arrangements in Lhasa.
We will accommodate you at the Three Starts hotel or you own choice of hotel.

Day 2Today is your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have a headache. This is very common for all travelers because of the high altitude, so drink enough water and avoid strenuous activity during this first few days to help you adjust to it.
In the morning our guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a visit to the Jokhang Temple which is the center of the holy city of Lhasa. Jokhang temple is one of the most sacred temples in Tibet and has always been bustled with earnest local pilgrims. After that, you will have time to walk around the Bakhor Street, one of the most devotional circuit as well as the most crowded central market in Lhasa. In the old days, it was the most famous local market but nowadays it has evolved into a very touristic gift shopping center. You will be impressed by the crowds of local pilgrims doing prostration in front of the temple, especially during the winter months.
In the afternoon you will visit the Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. It was built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and, later in the 17th century, rebuilt by the 5th Dalai Lama. Since then, it served as the home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking though the long steps is quite challenging, but it is worthwhile to leave your footprints in the spiritual palace on God’s compassion, listed in the world heritage.
We will accommodate you at the Three Starts hotel or your own choice of hotel.

Day 3:This morning we will visit Drepung and Sera Monasteries Deprung monastery is one of the world’s largest monasteries, housing more than 10,000 monks. It was the residence of the Dalai Lama prior to moving to the Potala Palace. Destruction has taken place at different times, but you can still fully enjoy it. You can walk through numbers of narrow and twisted lanes of monks’ apartments, which are more like a typical village.
This amazing day will end with a visit to the Sera Monastery. It was built in the 15th century by the Jamchen choji Sakya Yeshi who was a disciple of Tsongka pa. The monastic colleges in Sera house several hundred monks from different parts of Tibet. The famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks takes place every afternoon except on Sundays. Continue acclimatizing to the new altitude and alleviating your jet lag the rest of the day.
We will accommodate you at the Three Starts hotel or another hotel of your choice.

Day 4: We will begin our drive from Lhasa to Tsurphu Monastery, about two hours. The first day will be spent acclimatizing and visiting this Tsurphu Monastery. Tsurphu Monastery is at an altitude of roughly 4,500m, be sure not to strain yourself physically, especially if you are still not fully acclimatized. And make sure to bring snacks and plenty of water with you!
Overnight camping at Tsurphu monastery.

Day 5:Today, we will be trekking from Tsurpu monastery to Leten, 11km, about four hours. The first day of the trek will take you through several nomadic areas. These nomads live in black yak fur tents during the brief summer season. There will be plenty of opportunities to see traditional style nomadic culture in this area and can you will get to drink some Dri (female yak) butter tea.
Overnight camping at Leten.

Day 6:TWe’ll continue the trek from Leten to Bartso, 15 km, about five to six hours. After crossing the Damchen Nyingtri pass, we will trek towards the left at the cairns of the crest, and descend into a magical valley of lichen-coated boulders, meandering streams and infinite 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 junipers, used for incense all over the Tibetan world.
Overnight camping at Bartso.

Day 7:Today’s trekking from Bartso to Dorje Ling nunnery is 15km which could take about four hours. Bartso trekking is towards a wide trail leading across the valley and over another ridge. You’ll get an excellent view of Nyenchen Tanghlha, which rises to 7162m. You will continue the trek to Tajung village, surrounded by grazing yaks and sheeps. A couple of hours later you will arrive at Dorje Ling Nunnery.
Overnight camping at Dorje Ling Nunnery.

Day 8:In this last day, you will trek from the Nyango River to the Yangpachen Monastery, a total of 14km, about four hours. This is the last day trekking, but still you need to trek 14km which takes four hours. You will hike following the Nyango River to the Yangpachen Monastery. Yangpachen Monastery has a history of more than 500 years. It was the second seat of the Shamarpas, from the time of the 4th Shamarpa (1453 -1524) through the time of the 10th Shamarpa (1742 – 1792). From 1490 to 1791, during the three centuries of living Buddha’s incarnation, Yangpachen Monastery was successively repaired and rebuilt, expanding to a large-scaled monastic architectural complex with a great number of cultural relics treasured up in it. According to the record of 1791, there were 1,135 rooms (including 778 storied houses and 357 monks’ houses), 103 monks and 9 monars inside the monastery. Yangpachen Monastery was destroyed in the Cultural Revolution but was rebuilt later.
In the Yangpachen Monastery you’ll see many monks’ frocks, hangings, gold and silvers, coppery and irony wares as well as the women’s jewelries of high value. From the monastery, we will drive to Yangpachen Hotsprings Hot Springs and then back to Lhasa.
Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Day 9:End of tour. Your tour guide will arrange transportation to either the Gongkar airport or the Libu train station in Lhasa.


To protect the Potala Palace, a limited number of tourists can go inside. The palace is made of clay and wood, and has become very fragile over the years, thus it is very easy to damage it if too many tourists enter at the same time. Visiting time inside the Palace is restricted to no more than two hours. Due to crowding conditions, tickets are very limited, especially during the summer high season. Sightseeing may also be changed from morning to afternoon, or switched from one day to another according to the situation or the space available.

Please be flexible to this possibility.


 1Please bring your passport

 2Tickets should be booked one day in advance

 3: The visit cannot be scheduled ahead of time, the ticketing officer will let your tour guide know when there is availability

 4:You should be at the first security checkpoint one hour ahead of the scheduled time of visit, if you are late then you will not be allowed to re-book a ticket for one week


The following 16 services are included:

 1Payment for Tibet travel permit and all other necessaries permits     to Tibet

 2All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary

 3: Meals as specified in the itinerary.

 4Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable tourist vehicle to accommodate Group Size.

 5Professional English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide

 6Comfortable hotel accommodations

 7: About your hotel accommodation: you will need to share a room with another member but if you prefer to be by yourself, you will need to pay a single room supplement.

 8Breakfast in hotels

 9Arrangements including planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

 10Welcome Group dinner at a local restaurant in Lhasa.

 11: Transportation between Lhasa Gongkar airport or train station and your hotel.

 12Welcome dinner is only possible in Group tours after your arrival in Tibet.

 13:Tibet Handy Map.

 14Drinking water at the tour bus during travel.

 15: Shared oxygen tank inside the tour bus.

 16: Trekking staffs, mat, sleeping tent, kitchen tent, yak, yak herder and all meals during the trekking

The following 6 points are excluded:

 1International flight in and out of China

 2Domestic flight/train in and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the  domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price, please contact our travel experts for further details)

 3: Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself. Usually it costs about $3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).

 4Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please avoid alcoholic beverages during your Tibetan trip), optional tour activities, etc

 5Tip to tour guide and driver

 6Travel insurance covers trips cancellation cost in emergency evacuations, due to bad weather condition, avalanche, or natural disasters


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