Tsurphu to Yangbachen Trek, Namtso Yangbachen to Tsurphu Monastery

The Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek is an excellent choice for those who want to get a close look at the Tibetan herders (drokpa) and theirTsurphu to Yanbachen Trekking semi-nomadic lifestyle. Although they have permanent winter homes they 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 trek exceeding 4400m for the entire duration and a maximum elevation 5400m  at the Lasar-la.

Combining alpine tundra and sweeping mountain panoramas with visits to monasteries and a nunnery, this trek nicely balances cultural and wilderness activities. The Best time for this trek is from Mid- April to Mid of October.

  • Trip Itinerary
  • Cost Include/Exclude
  • Additional Information
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Day 01 Arrival at Lhasa
Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station our representative will meet and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa. Afternoon have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight at Lhasa.

 

Day 02 Lhasa City sightseeing, 
visit Potola Palace & Jokhang Temple?Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace.  Overnight at Lhasa.

 

Day 03 Lhasa City sightseeing, 
visit Drepung monastery, Sera monasteryToday you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Sera monasteries. Overnight at Lhasa.

 

Day 04 Lhasa, Tsurphu Monastery 
The drive from Lhasa to Tsurphu Monastery takes about 2-3 hours, and the altitude will increase up to 4300m. When you arrive you will spend time acclimatizing further and visiting Tsurphu Monastery. Overnight at Tsurphu monastery guesthouse.

 

Day 05 Tsurphu Monastery, Leten
A spectacular first day of trekking ascent up in a green valley crisscrossed with mountain streams. Be on the lookout for various species of mountain goats disguised in gray rocks. 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 ridgetop 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, the landscapes are classic Tibetan beauty.

 

Day 06 Leten, Bartso
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, Dorje Ling Nunnery
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 (7111 m), 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's 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, Yangpachen Monastery, Yangpachen Hotsprings, Lhasa.
Today walk 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 for at monastery, pick up to have a hot springs at Yangbachen, then drive back to Lhasa.

 

Day 09 Lhasa airport /train station send-off
Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport or train station, end of the trip.Tibet warmheartly welcome you back home . we would love to send you all the best wishes for your continue happy journey.

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:08 Nights / 09 Days
  • Mode of Transport:Land Cruiser
  • Accommodation:Hotel / Camping
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max. Height:5020m
  • Start From: Tsurphu
  • End To: Yangbachen
  • Best Season: March Through Late October

Trip Map

Tsurphu to Yangbachen Trek map

 

Cost Include:

  • Airport Pick up & transfer in Lhasa.
  • Accommodation with twin sharing beds at deluxe hotel in Lhasa
  • Local Tibetan English speaking guide
  • All monuments entry permits
  • Guest House/Camping arrangement supported by Tibetan crew 
  • Full board Meals during the Trekking
  • All transportations by Toyota Land cruisers (4 wheel drive) on 4 sharing basis
  • Supporting truckNormal Tibet Entry Visa fee
  • Camping equipment, cooking utensils, Cook and kitchen helpers, Yaks or horses and Yak men, sleeping bags.

Cost Exclude:

  • Flight tickets Kathmandu - Lhasa -Kathmandu
  • Emergency evacuations/Rescue, if required
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Lunch and dinner while in Lhasa and Kathmandu
  • Travel & Medical Insurance.Others which is not mentioned on the above included items

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:08 Nights / 09 Days
  • Mode of Transport:Land Cruiser
  • Accommodation:Hotel / Camping
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max. Height:5020m
  • Start From: Tsurphu
  • End To: Yangbachen
  • Best Season: March Through Late October

Trip Map

Tsurphu to Yangbachen Trek map

 

If you are looking for short trekking arround Lhasa then this trek would probably be your ideal choice. This trek can have lots of extension touring arround Lhasa and Namtso, Including Shigatse, Tsedang Samye and Toward Nakchu and Yamdrok Lake even toward ganden. Please suggest your extension if your vacation time permits you.

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:08 Nights / 09 Days
  • Mode of Transport:Land Cruiser
  • Accommodation:Hotel / Camping
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max. Height:5020m
  • Start From: Tsurphu
  • End To: Yangbachen
  • Best Season: March Through Late October

Trip Map

Tsurphu to Yangbachen Trek map

 

Testimonials

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:08 Nights / 09 Days
  • Mode of Transport:Land Cruiser
  • Accommodation:Hotel / Camping
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max. Height:5020m
  • Start From: Tsurphu
  • End To: Yangbachen
  • Best Season: March Through Late October

Trip Map

Tsurphu to Yangbachen Trek map

 

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