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Tsurphu to Dorjelin Trek 10 Days

Tsurphu to Dorjelin Trek  
Trip Duration : 10 Days
Trek Length : 4 Days
Trip Rating : Moderate to Strenuous
Maximum Altitude : 17,384ft
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: 10 Days
Trek length: 4 Days
Trip Rating: Moderate-strenuous (hiking up the pass and some part of the trek is strenuous while majority of the walk is easy to moderate).
Maximum altitude: 17,384ft
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
Upon arrival Lhasa Gongkar Airport, meet your private guide and driver and transfer to your Tibetan boutique style hotel.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: D.

Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing
Explore Lhasa today. If you're picturing Tibet, chances are you're picturing the Potala Palace, and this morning you’ll visit this World Heritage Site. Stroll through its 13 stories, housing 1,000 rooms, and see what remains of its antiquities.

Afterwards, continue to the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of the country. Founded in the mid 7th century, today it hums with pilgrims saying prayers and spinning wheels amid the smoke of yak butter lamps. The surrounding streets hold a current of humanity making their clock-wise circuit, called a kora, around the temple grounds. Experience the electrifying sensation of immersion in the kora at the Jokhang, and as such, touch an ancient and enduring spiritual pulse.

At the Barkhor Market which surrounds the temple, hundreds of merchants sell their wares to the innumerable pilgrims. One can buy everything from incense and prayer scarves to yak butter and Pringles. While literally rubbing shoulders with the local Tibetans, it becomes clear why these people are renowned throughout the world for their good humor and gentle, gracious ways.
Afternoon- you will be free at your leisure.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: BL.

Day 3 Lhasa Drepung and Sera Monastery
This morning, visit Drepung, one of the world's largest monasteries which was built in 1416 by Jamyang Choje, a pupil of Tshong Khapa (the founder of the Gelugpa Sect). Drepung literally means "heaps of rice," and the fertility of its fields supported a monastic community, that before 1959, ranked as Tibet's largest monastery with 7,770 monks. For over 500 years, Drepung served as the major pillar of the theocratic state, serving as the main political headquarters for the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It also served as the residence of the Dalai Lama, until the Potala Palace was constructed in 1645.
Afternoon- we visit Sera Monastery, noted for its theological debates. The monks grill each other on the profound insights and esoteric minutiae of sacred texts: if a monk answers incorrectly, the others clap and the sound reverberates throughout the chamber. It’s good-natured and boisterous fun. We will also visit the New Tibet Autonomous Region Museum, which opened in 1999. It contains four galleries: Prehistoric culture, arts, art of Thangka painting and folklore culture. Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: BL.

Day 4 Lhasa to Tsurphuk Monastery
Today- we will drive around 65km west of Lhasa, the Tsurphuk Monastery, and seat of the Karmapa branch of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsurphu was founded in the 1180s by Dusum Khyenpa, some 40 years after he established the Karmapa order in Kham, his birthplace. It was the third Karmapa monastery to be built, and after the death of the first Karmapa, it became the head monastery for the order. The large assembly hall in the main courtyard houses a stupa containing relics of the 16th Karmapa, as well as statues of Amitabha and Sakyamuni, the Historical Buddha. The Tsurphu Kora, a walk of 2 or 3 hours, it winds up some 150m, providing splendid views of Tsurphu below. Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 5 trek Tsurphuk to Lading
Today- we start our trek on the dirt road to the west of Tsurphu monastery.
It is 11 kilo meters and will take about 4 hours of walking.
You are going to trek through a narrow valley from where you will see nomad tents and the yaks. The landscape here are quite interesting, you will see the bare Mountains and the beautiful valley. After trek on the gradual slope for the Lading La pass for about an hour. You will get to Lading which is sited near the top of a ridge. Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 6 Trek Lading to Tampa
Trek from Lading to Tampa by crossing Lasala Pass 5300m is 15 kilo meters and takes about 6 hours. Today- an early start is necessary for trekking towards Tampa. You will see more Nomadic places with the yaks. The scenery for today is slightly different from the other days. You’ll also have to cross a tributary stream before a valley junction. After you get to a small valley junction, you will need to trek between the two rivers. Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 7 Trek Tampa to Dorjelin nunnery
Trek from Tampa to Dorjeling Nunnery. It is 10 kilo meters and will take approximately 4 hours. Today- you will have the opportunity to see spectacular snowcapped peaks (weather permitting). Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 8 Dorjelin to Namtso Lake
After breakfast, we will drive about half an hour to Qinghai-Tibet High Way and go to Namtso Lake. It is a breathtaking beauty on earth should not be missed by any traveler who visits Tibet. Its purity and solemnest are symbols of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. In Tibetan, Namtso means 'Heavenly Lake.' It is considered one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Namtso is famous for its high altitude (4720 meters), vast area (1961 square kilometers) and beautiful scenery. Being the second largest saltwater lake in China only after Qinghai Lake, Namtso Lake is the biggest lake throughout Tibet. Meanwhile, it is the highest altitude saltwater lake in the world. The water here is a storybook crystal-clear blue. Clear skies join the surface of the lake in the distance, creating an integrated, scenic vista. Soul of every visitor who has ever been here seems to be cleansed by the pure lake water. Besides the beautiful scenery in Namtso, it is also a famous sacred Buddhist place. There is a Tashi Dor Monastery in Tashi by land. In every Tibetan sheep year, thousands of Buddhism pilgrims will come here to worship. As a rule, they will walk clockwise along the Namtso Lake in order to receive the blessing of the gods. Afternoon, drive back to Lhasa. Overnight: Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: BLD.

Day 9 Ganden to Drak Yerpa
After breakfast, we go to explore the magnificent Ganden Monastery and its Ganden kora. Here we are rewarded with unforgettable views of Kyi-Chu (the Lhasa River) and the valley. The city of Lhasa is nowhere in sight, which gives this place a wonderful feeling of remoteness. On a clear day, we’ll be able to spot the snow-covered high Himalaya in the distance.

Afterwards, we head to Drak Yerpa Hermitage Cave. Built on a hillside with more than 80 meditation caves, Drak Yerpa is described as the "life tree" or spiritual axis of Lhasa. The site had a powerful spiritual heritage; having been visited by Songsten Gampo, Padmasambhava, Yeshe Tsoygel, Padampa Sanggye, and Asisha, it was the home of several hundred hermits, monks, and nuns before the Cultural Revolution. Tucci in 1949 describes it: "Yerpa appeared suddenly before my eyes as a bend of the road, a cascade of small white buildings along steep overgrown cliffs. One could have thought one was not in Tibet. Giant junipers and tufts of rhododendron topped a thick tangle of undergrowth, brushwood and grass victoriously fighting the hard barrenness of rocks. The cliffs were riddled with burrows and caves, some of which were so high up on the fact of the abrupt hill that it would have been risky to climb them."
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: BLD.

Day 10 Departure from Lhasa
After breakfast, transfer to Gongkar Airport for your flight out. Meals: B.

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.

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 4 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,
  • Yaks and yak herders fees, 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,
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation charges.

Kathmandu stopover and trip extensions, please inquire for details.

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