9 Days Tsurphu-Yangpachen Trekking tour

9 Days Tsurphu-Yangpachen Trekking tour
Apr - OctBest Time
TightTour Pace
5400mMax Altitude
Physical Demands
Get a taste of the lifestyle of plateau herders
This trek is an excellent choice for those who want to get a close look at the lifestyle of the nomads. Beginning at Tsurphu Monastery, this rugged walk crosses several alpine valleys before emerging into the broad and windswept Yangpachen valley. Combing alpine tundra and sweeping mountain panoramas with visits to monasteries, this trek nicely balances cultural and wilderness activities.
D1: Arrival at Lhasa
D2-3: Lhasa Sightseeing
D4: Lhasa to Tsurphu Monastery
D5: Tsurphu Monastery to Leten
D6: Leten to Bartso
D7-8: Bartso to Yangpachen Monastery
D9: Tour Ends
Itinerary Details
Includes & Excludes
Tour FAQs
Itinerary Details

 Day 01 Arrive in Lhasa

Tibet trekking, trek in Tibet, hike, tibet trekking tours, lArrive at the Lhasa Gonggar airport, be greeted and offered a white scarf (called Kada) in a Tibet traditional way which brings you good luck. Then drive to the city proper (3650 m) and transfer to your hotel. Stay at the hotel for adapting to the high attitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water just and now, be noted the first day’s acclimation is extremely to ensure you a good health status for the following tour, so please make sure you have yourself lie in bed for all the rest time of the day right after check-in of hotel.


Day 02 Lhasa Sightseeing [B]

Tibet trekking, trek in Tibet, hike, tibet trekking tours, lhasa to YampachenThe first day of 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. In the afternoon, 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.


Day 03 Lhasa Sightseeing [B]

Tibet trekking, trek in Tibet, hike, tibet trekking tours, lhasa to YampachenMorning, you’ll visit Drepung Monastery, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, 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. Overnight in Lhasa. 


Day 04 Drive from Lhasa to Tsurphu Monastery [B]

Tibet trekking, trek in Tibet, hike, tibet trekking tours, lhasa to YampachenThe drive from Lhasa to Tsurphu Monastery takes about 2-3 hours, and the altitude will increase up to 4300m. Tsurphu Monastery is an 800-year-old monastery in central Tibet, and is the seat of the Karmpa branch of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsurphu has an annual festival around the time of the Saga Dawa festival, on 9th, 10th and 11th days of the fourth Tibetan month (around May). Today you will relax acclimatizing further and visiting this Tsurphu Monastery. Overnight at local guesthouse.


Day 05 Trek from Tsurphu Monastery to Leten (11km, 4 hours) [B+L+D]

Tibet trekking, trek in Tibet, hike, tibet trekking tours, lhasa to YampachenThe spectacular first trekking day ascents 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 ridge top four hours later, emerging onto a high plateau with a scattering of rock-enclosed huts, and look for a flat area for camping. From the very first day you can enjoy the breathtaking sceneries of the classic Tibetan beauty.


Day 06 Trek from Leten to Bartso (15km, 5-6 hours) [B+L+D]

Tibet trekking, trek in Tibet, hike, tibet trekking tours, lhasa to YampachenAfter crossing the 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. By nearly three hours, you will cross the Lasar La and decline down to the Yangpachen Valley, rich in wide open plateaus, spiky grass hummocks and tundra-like parched, cracked patches of earth, and pace towards Bartso. The enticing 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. You will camp near Bartso, a drokpa (nomad) village provided with five or six houses encircled by the juniper which is used for making fragrance all over the Tibetan society.


Day 07 Trek from Bartso to Dorje Ling Nunnery (15km, 3.5-4 hours) [B+L+D]

Tibet trekking, trek in Tibet, hike, tibet trekking tours, lhasa to YampachenToday you will leave behind the village of Bartso and head towards a wide trail leading across the valley and over another ridge, from where you will be gifted with the hypnotic views of Nyenchen Tanghlha (7111m), the holiest mountain in central Tibet. You will then reach Tajung village, and then gently ascends rolling hills where young nomadic boys and girls picnic on the plateaus as they watch their yaks and sheep graze. The vistas are just praiseworthy .Towards mid-day, you should reach the small Djore Ling Ani Gompa (nunnery), near which we will set up camp. You may meet some of the friendly nuns in Tibet who will lead you into the gompa s tea-house and where you will be served with the plate with huge lump of yak meat (use the bowie knife provided to hack a piece off) before you begin your photo session.


Day 08 Trek from Dorje Ling Nunnery to Yangpachen Monastery and Hot springs then Lhasa (14km, 3.5-4.5 hours) [B+L]

Tibet trekking, trek in Tibet, hike, tibet trekking tours, lhasa to YampachenToday you will walk for three or four hours to reach the ox-bow Nyango Chu River making its way through the grassy valley, and head for Yangpachen Gompa which is old Kagyupa monastery, with Tibetan mastiffs keeping guard, manifests part of the Trans-Himalaya range. Vehicle will wait at monastery, and show the path up towards the famous hot springs complex at Yangbachen ( self-paid)which is great to ease your aching limbs. Afterwards, you will return Lhasa again. Overnight in Lhasa.


Day 09 Tour Ends [B]

Today, meet your guide in the hotel lobby and take a last memorable look at the holy city before being transported to the airport.


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
Meals not included in the itinerary: Lunch and Dinner
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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Client Feedback

From Mr. Gerard Adrien From Mr. Gerard Adrien
GTT-D-2660, 29-07-2023

Hi Daniel. We are already on our way back to Shanghai. We would like to thank you for the great trip we had. Our guide Jampa and our driver did an excellent job. They are both very recommendable! We enjoyed the trip despite the altitude discomfort we experienced during the first 3 days. Thank you!

From Ms. Elena Maria Valisi From Ms. Elena Maria Valisi
GTT-V-3371, 10-09-2019

I highly recommend this agency. I travelled with other 2 couples who booked through different agencies and they paid a lot more to have less assistance, same hotels/tour/guide/car, less flexibility and no travel insurance included.