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Trekking to Yamdrok Lake

Upon your arrival to the holy city of Lhasa, the lovely blue sky and impressive glimpses of many monasteries will greet you. We will spend a couple of days in Lhasa, appreciating its prominent historical and religious sites like the breathtaking Potala Palace, the magnificent Jokhang Temple, as well as the Drepung and Sera monasteries. These first couple of days will also help many of our visitors recover from jet-lag and get acclimatized to the higher altitude.
We will travel from Lhasa to Nangkartse. The dazzling Yamdrok Lake is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-La (4790m), the Yamdrok lake is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet. Most western travelers enjoy the beautiful scenery of lake from the Kamba-la and from the town of Nangkartse, where you will spend the night. The views of the valley from Samding Monastery are another highlight of this well-crafted itinerary.

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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Duration: 7 Days

Tour Type: Trekking Tour

Difficulty Level: High-fitness level

Group Size: Max 2-8

Total Fair: $1120 Per Person

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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 Yamdrok Lake.

Day 5:Trekking from Yamdrok Lake to Samding monastery.

Day 6Samding monastery to Lhasa.

Day 7End of the tour. Your tour guide will arrange your transportation to 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: This morning we’ll begin our drive from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake (4600m) and Langkatse, 150km, approximately three hours. We’ll be hiking, trekking, bird watching (especially in spring), and enjoying the clean fresh air in the nature. The sunset scenery at lake is simply, so you’ll have plenty of time to snap some beautiful pictures before dinnertime.
Overnight camping at the Yamdrok Lake.

Day 5:Today we will be trekking around Yamdrok Lake immersing and relaxing ourselves in the primitive nature scenery. We will stop to visit the Samding monastery, an interesting site where the master is a female while her followers are monks. Samding Monastery is the seat of the Dorje Pakmo incarnation line, one of the few female incarnation lines in Tibet. It was established as a hermitage at the edge of Yamdrok Lake by the Second Samding Dorje Pakmo, Kunga Zangmo, with the support of the local rulers of Yardrok who were her patrons. Samding was built on the site of a pre-existing institution that was founded in the twelfth century by Khetsun Zhonnu Drub and has been a bastion of the Bodong school since the fourteenth century.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be cooked during the tour.
Overnight camping near Samding monastery.

Day 6:Today we’ll drive from Samding monastery to Lhasa, stopping to visit a local typical Tibetan clothes manufacturer.
Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Day 7:End of the tour. Your tour guide will arrange your 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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