Namtso – Tsurpu

Namtso – Tsurpu

We begin by flying past the grand peaks of Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Mt. Everest to Lhasa, the spiritual center of Tibet visited by pilgrims from all parts of the country.

We begin by flying past the grand peaks of Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Mt. Everest to Lhasa, the spiritual center of Tibet visited by pilgrims from all parts of the country. Mingling with them you wander around the Jokhang, Tibet’s holiest temple. We will visit the mighty Potala Palace perched high above the old city, and visit other holy sites around Lhasa. A visit of Reting Monastery, is necessary. It is nestled on a hill above the Kyicho river and surrounded by a juniper forest. We head north to the Nyenchentangla chain and across the Lhachen La (4,150m). We reach the holy lake Namtso and set camp on its shores. We will rest and enjoy the peace of this place, the highest salt lake in Tibet (over 4,600m) while hiking along its southern shore through grassland of the nomads to the cave monastery of Tashi Doje. After visiting the Red Hat monastery, Yangpachen our 4-day trek starts. The trail leads to the beautifully located nun monastery Dorjeling and across the Lhasar La on to Tsurphu Monastery, the head monastery of the Kargyupas north of Lhasa. The return trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu offers specatular views of the high Tibetan plateau before we cross the Himalayan chain to follow the Arniko Highway south. The road leads across 5,000m passes and offers breath-taking views of Cho Oyu, Gaurisankar, Shishapangma and Mt. Everest. We’ll visit Khumbum Chorten in Gyantse, the monastery complex of Tashilunpo in Shigatse, and the Sakya monastery, which was the school of the trance runners in past times. Samding Monastery on the shores of Lake Yamdrok, is a great stop too, as it is the only monastery with a female incarnation as its head lama.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel on (BB)
Day 02: Kathmandu, hotel on B/B
Day 03: Flight: Kathmandu – Lhasa, transfer to hotel (BLD)
Day 04: Lhasa: S/S – Potala Palace, Barkhor market, hotel (BLD)
Day 05: Lhasa: S/S – Norbulingka, Sera Monasery, hotel (BLD)
Day 06: Day trip to Ganden and back to Lhasa, hotel (BLD)
Day 07: Drive to Reting, hotel or camp
Day 08: Reting S/S, camp
Day 09: Drive to Namtso, camp
Day 10: Trek to Namtso – Excursion, camp
Day 11: Drive to Yanghajin Monastery, camp
Day 12: Start trekking, camp
Day 13: Trekking, camp
Day 14: Trekking, camp
Day 15: Trek to Tsurpu, camp
Day 16: Tsurpu: S/S and drive to Lhasa, hotel (BLD)
Day 17: Drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok and visit Samding, hotel (BLD)
Day 18: Gyantse: S/S, Shalu Monastery and drive to Shigatse, hotel (BLD)
Day 19: Shigatse: S/S, hotel (BLD)
Day 20: Drive to Xegar, visit Sakya Moanstery, guest house (BLD)
Day 21: Drive to Zhangmu via Milarepa Cave, hotel (BLD)
Day 22: Cross the border and drive to Kathmandu, hotel (BLD)
Day 23: Final departure, transfer to airport

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