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Drakyul and Woka Valley Trek 13 Days

Drakyul and Woka Valley Trek 13 Days  
Trip Duration : 13 Days
Trek Length : 7 Days
Trip Rating : Easy to Moderate
Maximum Altitude : 12,136ft
Activity : Cultural tour & trek
Lodging : Hotels & tent
Transportation : by Vehicle and Flight
Begins & Ends : Lhasa
Best Season : April-Oct
Trip Date :
Land Cost :
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Group Size : 2-16 Persons

 

Trip Fast Facts:

Duration: 13 Days
Trek length: 7 Days with overnight in tents
Trip Rating: Easy-moderate hiking
Maximum altitude: 12,136ft
Activity: sightseeing and trekking
Lodging: Hotel and tent
Transportation: by vehicle and flight
Trip begins and ends in: Lhasa
Best season: April to October is general good time to travel in Tibet considering weather and road conditions.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive Lhasa
Meet at Gongkar Airport and transfer to Lhasa. Along the way we can see view of Tibetan farming and traditional houses with colorful prayer flags at the hilltops, which is for all the prayers on the flags taken away in to the universe. We cross two holy rivers Tsangpo and Kyichu flowing in two different valleys which have fantastic views and various types of wild birds joyfully swim there. As we enter Lhasa valley, we can see the enchanting scenery as well as all these new construction of ever growing city in the sky. Arrive at your hotel and check in. Then depart for an excursion to see the energetic Bhakor market.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: D.

Day 2 Lhasa
In the morning, do easy excursions to visit Jokhang temple, which is one of the oldest temples in Tibet founded by the 33rd King of Tibet in the 7th century. This temple was built for the statue of the Buddha brought by the Nepalese princess. Once you get in the temple, you can see the famous Newari arts of Nepal. In the afternoon, you will get to visit the Sera Monastery, which is one of the largest monasteries of Tibet. There you will see the debating of the monks in the court yard. You can take pictures of the monks there.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: BLD.

Day 3 Lhasa
Morning depart to visit Potala Palace, which is one of rich cultural heritage monuments in the world located at the top of Red hill in Lhasa valley found in 7th century by Yarlung king of Tibet. According to legends the king found a hermitage pavilion at the top of the hill (location of Potala Palace) where he took meditation for awhile and then later became residence of many kings thereafter. Later on it was divided into two parts, red palace and white palace. The red palace for religion where all the Buddhist relics is stored, making it one of most sacret spiritual pilgrimage in Tibet. So every Tibetan come to visit there and pay worship. The white palace is living quarter of the Dhalai Lama, and it is for political activities by the successors of the Dhalai Lama. It was winter palace for him before his exile to India. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Drepung Monastery, which is the largest monastery of Tibet. Once it was the seat for more than 10 thousand monks. Many of the Gaden thrown holders were produced from this monastery. In the afternoon, you will get to see the Potala palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas and the seat of the local Tibetan government.
Overnight: Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: BLD.

Day 4 Lhasa-Ngadra village via Dorje Drak Monastery
This morning you will drive to Dorje Drak Monastery, which belongs to the Nyingmapa sect. It is a nice monastery situated near a cliff. You will see a lot of villages on the way till you reach to the monastery. Afterwards, we continue drive about 1 hour to Ngadra village. Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 5 day hike to Drak Yangdzong caves
This morning you will start to drive by the Yarlung Tsangpo River through some villages. But once you turn on the way to Drak Yangdzong caves, you will see the great views of the valley and the beautiful villages. After you get to your campsite, you need to trek an uphill trail to get to Drak Yangdzong. The view from there is fantastic and can see many kinds of trees. The cave on the halfway up a mountain, founded by Padmasambawa, has a deep entrance through a long step way about 15 meters. To get inside the cave, one has to crawl with a rope through a narrow and smooth passageway.

In the cave there are very wonderful and much shining glass like feel.
There are two rock thrones of Padmasambawa and Yeshi Tsogyal, who spent many years to take meditation. Drak Yong Dzong and other four caves, the places of hermitages are of extraordinary geomantic significance. They are all places where Padmasambawa concealed important treasure troves. They all have prophecies associated with treasure that predict the coming of treasure-finders who would meditate there and discover the treasures that Padmasambawa concealed. It believed that one can see Padmasambawa’s body impression at Drak Yong Dzong cave. Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 6 Samye
This morning you will drive to Samye Monastery by the river. Here you can also see sand dunes. The Samye Monastery was the first monastery ever founded in Tibet and it is the main monastery for the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism.
Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 7 day hike to Chimpuk caves
This morning travel by a truck, you will drive to Chimpuk caves for about an hour. The caves were mainly used by the great Indian hermits in the past. You will enjoy the great views of the valley. Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 8 Samye to Tsedang via Keru Lhakhang
This morning you are going to drive from the Samye Monastery to Tsedang via Keru Lhakhang. Here you will see some of the earliest statues in Tibet. The central Buddha image reputedly dates from the period of King Tride Tsukten, father of Trisong Detsen (8th century). Overnight Tsedang Hotel. Meals: BLD.

Day 9 Woka via Kamarthang
This morning drive through the river bank of Yarlung Tsangpo and cross it to forward Sangri. On the way stop to visit Kamarthang gompa. This was once the residence of Tibet's celebrated female yogini Machik Labdron. Both the temple and cave have fine images of Machik Labdron and her Indian teacher Phadampa Samgye. Afterwards- head to Woka Valley. Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 10 Woka Cholung, (optional horse riding)
From Woka, we will trek through the villages to visit local people and the meadows to enjoy scenery.
Here-you have an option of renting horses and riding them Tibetan style or travel on foot. It is said that if you rife the horse, will love and never forget in your life.
Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 11 Dzingchi Monastery to nomads
Today you will drive on the road and you will see a lot of animals including the yaks. You will also see the great southern pasture land of Tibet.
Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 12 back to Lhasa
Today you are going to drive back to Lhasa on the paved road by the Lhasa River on the other side. Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: BLD.

Day 13 Departure from Lhasa
After breakfast transfer to Gongkar Airport. Meals: B.
End of Tibet trip service.

Essential Information:

Chinese Visa:
The Chinese Embassy changes the visa rules from time to time. Normal visa fee at present is US$45 per person and additional US$14 per person for US Passport holders. If the visa is to take on the same day an additional fee of US$35 will be applicable.

Tibet Transportation:
2-3 persons are transferred by land cruiser and van. Four person and up are transferred by using bus. Out of Lhasa transfers are by land cruisers for your comfort with 3 persons per vehicle.

Flight Connection to Lhasa, Tibet:
Kathmandu to Lhasa flights are on Tue, Thu, Sat and Sun. These flight days are current and subject to change without prior notice.

Service Includes:

  • Land transfers as per above itinerary by bus or land cruiser along with local Tibetan guide,
  • Lodging: Hotel 5 nights and tent 7 nights on twin sharing as per itinerary,
  • Meals: full board (three meals a day as per itinerary),
  • Lhasa historic monument sightseeing,
  • All camping equipment,
  • Two persons per tent while trekking,
  • Chef and helpers during the trek part of the trip,
  • One luggage van for camping crew and equipment,
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure (2-3 persons transfer by land cruiser, and 4 persons and up transfer by bus),
  • Entrance fees to monuments, and
  • Tibet travel permits fees.

Service Excludes:

  • Kathmandu-Lhasa roundtrip airfare US$596 per person and airport departure tax, (Airfare is current and subject to change),
  • China visa fee US$45 per person and additional US$14 per person for US Passport holders and express visa processing fee US$35 per person,
  • Nepal visa fee Single entry US$50 per person for 30 days and Multiple entry US$80 for 60 days,
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic,
  • Expenses of personal nature, charge for photography,
  • Woka valley horse ride fee (riders must pay horse owner on spot),
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation charges.

Kathmandu stopover and trip extensions, please inquire for details.

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