9 Days Shalu to Nartang Trekking Tour

9 Days Shalu to Nartang Trekking Tour
Apr - OctBest Time
MediumTour Pace
4550mMax Altitude
Physical Demands
Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / Lhasa
Shalu to Nartang trek is an easy trek tour in Tibet. The 2.5 days short trek starts from the historical Shalu Monastery, and follows the ancient trade route, where you can imagine the caravans laden with treasures and scriptures once along the road. En route, you’ll pass through rural Tibetan villages and wild dry canyons as well. The tour ends with an easy visit to Shigatse.
DAY BY DAY SUMMARY
D1: Arrive in Lhasa
D2-3: Lhasa Sightseeing
D4: Lhasa to Shalu Monastery
D5: Shalu to Upper Lungsang
D6-7: Upper Lunsang to Nartang
D7-8: Shigatse to Lhasa
D9: Tour ends
Itinerary Details
Includes & Excludes
Tour FAQs
Itinerary Details

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa by flight or train [3650m]

Upon your arrival at Lhasa, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and driver who will accompany you to your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to acclimatize to the high altitude.

Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing [B]

Morning, you'll visit Drepung Monastery (founded in 1416), once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks at its peak and one of the "great three" Gelugpa school in Lhasa. It's located on the Gambo Utse Mountain, and walking up to the hill is pleasant, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains. In the afternoon, you'll have a chance to witness the famous 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' session at Sera Monastery (founded in 1419) which is held as per a set schedule at 3:00pm everyday except Sunday. Overnight in Lhasa.

Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
Sera Monastery

Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing [B]

Today’s sightseeing starts from Lhasa's cardinal landmark-Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. Then, we will drop a visit of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then we will visit Barkhor Street, the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.

Potala Palace
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple

Day 4 Lhasa / Gyantse / Shalu Monastery [3980m] [B]

After breakfast, you’ll first start the drive to Chushul, here you will cross Kambala Pass which is 4794m high, Kambala Pass will provide you the first sight of the holy lake-Yamdrok tso. Then drive down to the bank of Yamdrok tso Lake, it takes about half an hour driving along the beautiful the bank to the nearest town - Nangartse, normally groups will have their lunch here. After lunch, continue on Southern Friendship Highway towards west, enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains, valleys and grasslands with the groups of nomads. Far in the distance you’ll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang [7191m], and the staggering Karo-la Glacier [5045m]. Arrival at Gyantse in the afternoon, in Gyantse, you will be arranged to visit the Phalkor Monastery and the famous stupa-Gyantse Kumbum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. Afterwards drive to Shalu Monastery which is a nice combination of Han and Tibet architectural styles. About 76 km away from Gyantse, the drive will take about 1.5 hours. Camping tonight.

Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok Lake
Shalu Monastery
Shalu Monastery

Day 5 Trek from Shalu Monastery to Upper Lungsang [4170m] (19km, 5-6hours, 420M ascent, 240m descent) [B] + [L] + [D]

Following a section of motorable road from Shalu Monastery, you start your trekking here. After about 30 minutes walking, you will come across the Ri-Puk Hermitage, located on a hillside on the west side of the valley. There are several trails leading up to it. The trails will lead you to a village called Phunup where you can get to know how local Tibetan lives their daily life. Later you will come to Showa-la [4170m], the highest place for today’s trekking. Descends the easy-to-follow trail, you will meet a poplar and willow copse which is an ideal place for lunch. In the afternoon, you will pass several villages and cross valleys before you reach Lower Lungsang [4060m]. After a few minutes’ walking, you will reach Upper Lungsang which you will camp and stay overnight.

View along the way
View along the way
View along the way
View along the way

Day 6 Trek from Upper Lunsang to Ngor Monastery [4550m] (8km, 4hours, 550m ascent, 240m descent) [B] + [L] + [D]

After about 45 minutes walking from Upper Lunsang, through gravel washes, livestock trails, abandoned farm lands, and gorges, you will come to a small reservoir [4190m]. It is a good place to collect water. The following trek will be a little hard considering the crossing of gullies and climbing of rocks. Finally, you will come to the highest pass of the trek, Char-La [4550m]. Ngor Monastery is visible from here. Another 45 minutes later, you will reach today’s destination, the Ngor Monastery. If you are short of time, you can ask your driver to meet you here and drive to Nartang Monastery. Otherwise, camp here and have a good rest for the next day’s trekking.

Ngor Monastery
Ngor Monastery
Veiw along the way
Veiw along the way

Day 7 Trek from Ngor Monastery to Nartang Monastery [3910m] (19km, 5-6hours, 410m descent) [B] + [L]

Today’s trekking is kind of easy. You will pass through some valleys, local Tibetan villages and saddles, then cross over a small stream and an electric utility line before reaching Nartang Monastery. Drive to Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. Today, you’ll stay overnight at hotel and have a good rest back from the trekking.

Nartang Monastery
Nartang Monastery
Scripture Printing House
Scripture Printing House

Day 8 Shigatse / Lhasa, 270km, 4hrs drive [B]

Morning visit Tashilhunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas in Shigatse, and do its “kora” which provides a great view of whole Shigatse city. Then start driving back to Lhasa along the northern friendship way, marvelous scenery along the Yarlung Tsangpo River will accompany you all the way back to Lhasa. Free time at own disposal upon arrival. Overnight in Lhasa.

Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery
Yarlung Tsangpo River
Yarlung Tsangpo River

Day 9 Lhasa airport / train station dropping off [B]

Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.

 

Includes & Excludes
What’s included in this tour package?
Transport: Private minivan or minibus with driver
Free Lhasa airport / train pick-up and drop-off
Twin-sharing / double room accommodation in Tibet
Local English-speaking Tibetan guide
All entrance fees of sightseeing places mentioned in itinerary
All necessary Tibet permits
Government tax
What’s excluded in this tour package?
Chinese Visa fee
Tips for the guide and driver
Flight or train tickets into and out of Lhasa
Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, etc
Tour FAQs

※What is a Private Tour?

 A Private Tibet Tour Package means you will have your own private guide, driver, and vehicle for your own disposal. You don't have to share the vehicle with others even if you are a single traveler. You would have full attention of your guide and driver. Our professional guide would love to share local culture, knowledge and stories.
 
Your private guide would also help you make an easier, comfortable, flexible and enjoyable tour. You can stop on the road to get a rest or take pictures during the drive. You have the flexibility of changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time at some tourist sites.
 
When traveling with your family or friends, a private tour would be your first choice.
 
※Arrival Pick-up / Departure See-off
 
We will arrange the private airport or train station pick-up and see-off for you. Upon your arrival in Lhasa, you can find our guide waiting at the pick-up area, holding a name sign, welcome you with a warm smile. You will be transferred to hotel. Drink more water, get enough rest, take some time to acclimatize to the high altitude on the first day of your arrival.
 
※Accommodation Choices
 
For private tour, we can arrange hotels according to your requirements. There are options of budget guesthouse, 3 star hotel, 4 star hotel, high-end luxury hotel or bouquet heritage hotel. If you have your own preferred hotel, just let us know, we will help you with the booking, everything would be arranged as per your interests.
 
※Meal Choices  
 
Our tour packages generally include breakfasts. Meanwhile, lunches and dinners are optional to be arranged either by yourself or by us.
 
It’s easy to find nice restaurants in Lhasa, and you could also ask for suggestions from your guide. They always know where you can find something tasty.
 
The price would be different according to different food:
 
1.      If you choose noodles, around RMB 10-15 per person.
2.      If you like some fast food like KFC, around RMB 20-35 per person. 
3.      If you prefer some food at a decent restaurant, around RMB 50-70 per person.  
4.      The local Tibetan hotpot, around RMB 80-100 per person. That is a really good one too! 
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From Mr. Vikrant Bhushan From Mr. Vikrant Bhushan
GTT-D-2984, 07-11-2018

We had a wonderful trip to Lhasa, EBC and Namtso lake. Thanks for arranging the trip. Tashi, Tenzin and Lopsung have been very helpful, attentive to our needs and supportive.

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What can my wife and I say, it was beyond all our expectations. Firstly your expert knowledge aided us in our decision-making. The hotel in Lhasa was centrally located with so many shops, restaurants...