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9 Days Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trek Tour

Lhasa - Tsurphu Monastery - Yangpachen - Lhasa

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Tour Code: TCT-PT-09E
Tour Type: Private Tour with private Tibetan guide & Vehicle

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The Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek is an excellent trekking route for those who want to get a close look of the Tibetan herders (drokpa) and their 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 with average 4400m for the entire duration and a maximum 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.
  • Day 1Lhasa airport/train station pickup and transfer to hotel
  • Day 2Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
  • Day 3Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery + Debate
  • Day 4Lhasa drive 3 hours to Tsurphu Monastery
  • Day 5Tsurphu Monastery trek 5 hours (11km) Leten
  • Day 6Leten trek 6 hours (15km) to Bartso
  • Day 7Bartso trek 4 hours (15km) to Dorje Ling Nunnery
  • Day 8Dorje Ling Nunnery trek 4 hours (14km) to Yangpachen Monastery, drive to Lhasa
  • Day 9Transfer to airport/train station for next city
Day 1Lhasa Arrival

Highlights: Welcome to Lhasa! Today upon your Lhasa arrival, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to hotel. Rest of the day you will have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. 


The altitude in Lhasa is about 3,650m above sea level. Take time out to relax and acclimate to the high altitude after arrival at your hotel. We recommend that you avoid strenuous activity for the first few days. It is advisable that you not take showers. For first time visitors, it is common to have different degrees of high altitude sickness symptom. Drink more water, have fresh fruit and plenty of rest will help to prevent the sickness. Have a good rest tonight, and get ready for tomorrow’s journey. 

Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
    Day 2Lhasa City (B)

    Elevation: 3500m 

    Highlights: Today you will visit the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street 

    Potala Palace: Which is known as the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the residence of the Dalai Lama lineages. Stands 13 stories high and owes over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues, the Potala Palace formed a small world in it. 

    Jokhang Temple: Listed on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. The temple is a four-storey timber complex with a golden top, with the combination of  Tang Dynasty, Tibetan and Nepal architectural styles. Every day, pilgrims come from every corner of Tibet worship here, make it a perfect site for photograpers.

    Barkhor Street: As the oldest street in Lhasa, Barkhor Street is considered as the center of the old city, and a perfect place to lear Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts. The street is full of handicarfts, such as ornaments, knives, tangka,  religious musical instruments, gold and silver ware, masks and a lot more. If you intend to buy some souvenirs for friends or famiy, Barkhor Street will be an ideal place.


    1) Some visitors might feel a bit hard to breath when climbing the Potala Palace, so please climb slowly. 

    2) Some places are not allowed to take photos, please kindly inquire your guide for details. 

    3) When shopping around Barkor Street, you can compare and bargain for the unique souvenirs 

    4) During the summer time, the musical fountain show at the Potala Plalace Square is 19:30—22:00PM. 

    5) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day. 

    Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
    • potala palace

      potala palace

    • jokhang temple

      jokhang temple

    Day 3Lhasa City (B)

    Elevation: 3500m 

    Highlights: Today you will visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and enjoy the debate. 

    Drepung Monastery: Located 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name 'Drepung‘, which, in the Tibetan language, means 'Collecting Rice.. 

    Sera Monastery: Which is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From of Mon ~ Fri, every afternoon, you ll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.


    1) Today's road condition is good. The tour involves some easy walking and climbing

    2) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day. 

    Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
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      drepung monastery

    • sera monastery

      sera monastery

    Day 4Lhasa - Tsurphu Monastery (B)

    Distance: 79km    Drive: 3hrs    Elevation: 4500m    

    Highlights: The drive from Lhasa to Tsurphu Monastery takes about 3 hours with an increase of altitude up to 4300m. When you arrive you will spend time acclimatizing further and visiting Tsurphu Monastery. 

    Accommodations: Overnight at Tsurphu monastery guesthouse
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      tsurphu monastery

    • tsurphu monastery

      tsurphu monastery

    Day 5Tsurphu Monastery - Leten

    Trek: 4hrs    Distance:11km    Elevation: 5000m    

    Highlights: Begin your trekking with climbing up the green valley to the west of Tsurphu monastery. Narrow trail passes in mountain streams and wooden logs cross the stream. Look out for little herds of Na, wild blue sheep. Mani walls(curved mantra on huge rocks) in valleys are beautiful spot to take rest. After an hour walk away from mani walls, you will reach flat settlement of several seasonal nomadic families. If prefer quite, set up camp below Leten.

    Accommodations: Camping
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      tibet trekking tour

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      tibet hiking trekking

    Day 6Leten - Bartso

    Trek: 5hrs    Distance:15km    Elevation: 5300m    

    Highlights: Three hours walk from Leten, you will reach Lasar-la pass 5300m high. In between a spur attached to peak Dhamchen Nyingtri is heralded by Prayer flags and cairns. Trail leads to wider plateau and up to Lasar-la pass which descends steeply into Yangpachen valley. On the way, holy Mt. Nyenchen Thanglha snow-capped is visible in far. Families at Bartso village provide permanent supply of water, its decent place to camp here.

    Accommodations: Camping
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      tibet hiking trekking

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      tibet hiking trekking

    Day 7Bartso - Dorje Ling Nunnery

    Trek: 4hrs   Distance:15km   Elevation: 5000m    

    Highlights: Today you will continue trekking to Dorje ling nunnery via Tajung village. Trail from Bartso all the way down to gully of Tajung village. 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.

    Accommodations: Camping
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      tibet hiking trekking

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      tibet hiking trekking

    Day 8Dorje Ling Nunnery - Yangpachen Hot Spring - Lhasa

    Trek: 4hrs   Distance:14km   Elevation: 4300m    

    Highlights: 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.

    Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
      Day 9Lhasa Departure (B)

      Highlights: Today our guide will send you to train station or airport for your next destination. Your lifetime Tibet tour is completed now. 


        All Tibet travel permits

        Meals as listed in the itinerary

        Accommodation of shared basis 

        Transportation with experienced driver

        Lisenced Tibetan English-speaking tour guide 

        Entrance ticket fees for attractions listed in the itinerary

        Oxygen for emergey usage (Only for the groups going to Everest or Kailash area)


        Personal expense

        Travel insurance (Recommended)

        Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver

        Flights to and out of Lhasa (We offer flight/train bookings if you need)

        Meals that not specified in the itinerary (Average meals cost in Tibet is USD5-8/per)

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