from US$1283 per person

9 day Tibet Tour with Trekking from Tsurphu to Yangpachen


The Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek is an excellent choice for those who want to get a close look at 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 exceeding 4400m for the entire duration and a maximum elevation 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. The Best time for this trek is from mid- April to Mid of October.

Hiking Duration: about 4-6 Hrs per day, 4 days total
Hiking Distance: about 6.8 Km-15 Km (9.3 Miles) per day, 4 days total
Starting Point: Tsurphu
End Point: Yangpachen

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  • Length:
  • Cities Visited/Stayed:
  • Tibet
  • Highlight Attractions:
  • Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Square, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Tsurphu Monastery
  • Experience & Features:
  • Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Tsurphu Monastery, Leten, Damchen Nyingtri pass, Bartso, Mt. Nyianchengtangula, Tajung village, Dorje Ling Nunnery
  • Physical Rating : 3
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is given a Physical Rating, which indicates how much physical activity is required to participate in it.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Always very easy to go! Sometimes getting around on your own, up and down steps and carrying your own small backpack.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : Light walking or hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : May include moderate hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking and other activities that require only an average/moderate level of fitness to enjoy.
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : May include high altitude hiking of up to 4-6 hours per day some days of the tour or other activities that require a moderately high level of fitness.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : High altitude trekking suitable only for those with a higher level of fitness and endurance.
  • Cultural Shock Rating : 3
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is also given a Culture Shock Rating, designed to help you choose a trip that is suitable to your travel tastes and preferences.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Little or no adjustment at all is required. The comforts of home are here for the most part.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : A generally easy trip but there may be the occasional local home accommodation, remote lodging or some public transportation, simple meal or language barrier.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : Expect an occasional cold shower and remote or even multi-share accommodation, and public transportation or train ride without shower on board…Remember though, this is all part of your CET authentic travel experience!
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : Expect to rough it here and there. This may mean a packed public bus, very remote and rustic accommodation, and no access to western-style food.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : You are totally off the beaten track with none of the comforts of home, and are exposed to a totally foreign culture to what you are accustomed ... Sounds fantastic, doesn't it!
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Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa

Upon your arrival to Lhasa, you will be welcomed at the airport or the train station by your local guide and then transferred to your hotel. Relax and acclimatize yourself to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa. 

Meals: (D)

Day 2: Sightseeing in Lhasa

Visit the renownedPotala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street and a local Tibetan family. The rest time of the day will be free at leisure.

Stay overnight in Lhasa. 

Meals: (B/L/D)

Day 3: Sightseeing in Lhasa

Do sightseeing in Lhasa and visit some other highlights of Lhasa-Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery today to get further acclimatization.

Stay overnight in Lhasa. 

Meals: (B/L/D)

Day 4: Lhasa-Tsurphu Monastery (4300m), 79km, 2-3hrs drive

In the fresh morning air, we'll drive from Lhasa to Tsurphu Monastery for about 2-3 hrs. After arrival, visit the monastery and prepare for next few days trekking tour. The altitude will increase up to 4300m.

Stay overnight in tent.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Day 5: Trekking from Tsurphu Monastery to Leten, 11km (6.8 miles), 4hrs

After breakfast, we'll start our first-day trek up a green valley to Leten. On the way, you could come over various species of mountain goats and some small nomadic community camps for summer herding, and may stop into the herder's tent for a cup of salt butter tea or fresh yak milk. The classic beauty of Tibet will be with you for the entire trek tour.

Stay overnight in tent. 

Meals: (B/L/D)

Day 6: Trekking from Leten to Bartso, 15km (9.3 miles), 5-6hrs

Climb over the Damchen Nyingtri pass and descend into a beautiful valley. After three hours, you'll pass the Lasar La to the Yangpachen valley, and then head to Bartso, a drokpa village with several houses. Today's view is also breathtaking with streams, wide open plateaus, powder-blue sky, etc.

Stay overnight in tent. 

Meals: (B/L/D)

Day 7: Trekking from Bartso to Dorje Ling Nunnery, 15km (9.3 miles), 4hrs

Follow a wide trail across the valley to another ridge, from where you'll be rewarded with views of Mt. Nyianchengtangula (7111m). After pass the Tajung village, you may see some young nomadic boys and girls picnic on the plateaus while watching their yaks and sheep graze. In the afternoon, set up camp near the small Dorje Ling Nunnery.

Stay overnight in tent. 

Meals: (B/L/D)

Day 8: Trekking from Dorje Ling Nunnery to Yangpachen Gompa, and drive to Hot Spring, then back to Lhasa, trekking for 14km (8.7 miles), 4hrs

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. Our van will be waiting for us at the monastery and pick us up, driving to the Hot Spring and have a hot bath at Yangbachen. Finally drive back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa. 

Meals: (B/L/D)

Day 9: Leave Lhasa

Comfortable private transfer to the airport and help you board the plane to your next destination. Your wonderful Tibet trek tour ends.

Meals: (B)

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Group Size 1 person 2-5 persons 6-9 persons ≥10 persons
Tour Cost $1980 $1730 $1450 $1283

* Price in every box above is for each person.
* Price is in US dollar. It may vary a little bit according to US dollar exchange rate fluctuation, car fuel price change and government tax adjustment, etc.
* The price is only for your reference and  it is subject to seasons, high or low.Please send us your inquiry if you are interested.

Service Included:
1. Transport: Minivan and landcruiser available depends on tourists’ numbers;
2. Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts twin beds room with breakfast), Dorm bed (1 nt without breakfast), Tent (3 nts);
3. Guide: English-speaking local Tibetan tour guide;
4. All Entrance tickets;
5. All necessary Tibet permits;
6. Yak and Yak man for Luggage during trekking (each traveler with 1 yak, and 3 yaks with 1 yak man);
7. 3 bottles of oxygen & medicine for the high altitude each person;
8. Airport or train station pick-up and send-off;
9. Tent, mattress and sleeping bags (optional);
10. Meals during trekking days (day 05-08), including cook, food, fruits and all necessary cooking equipments (optional).

Service Excluded:
1. Flight tickets or train tickets in and out of Lhasa (Note: We can offer you train tickets in and out Lhasa from Beijing/ Shanghai/ Chengdu/ Xi'an/ Xining, etc, and flight tickets in and out Lhasa from Chengdu/ Kathmandu/ Beijing/ Shanghai/ Guangzhou/ Xian/ Kunming, etc. Please check the latest price with us by email.)
2. Personal expense such as laundry, drinks, internet, fax, telephone calls etc;
3. Meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary, lunches, dinners and breakfast in guest house;
4. Tips for your guide and driver.

How to Dress (only for reference):
Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
Long, loose and comfortable pants
Warm enough clothes
Fleece, Jacket, hat and gloves
Umbrella or waterproof jacket in a cloudy day or rainy day
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry in case of rain

What to Bring (only for reference):
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses (very important in Tibet)
Insect Repellent
Bottled Water
Small towel
Camera, film and memory chip, battery
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).

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