8 Day Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trek


One of the shortest treks in Tibet is the Tsurphu monastery to Yangpachen monastery trek. 

Tsurphu monastery is the main monastery of Je Karmapa black hat, and Yangpachen monastery is the main monastery of Je Karmapa red hat.

One of the best ways to witness the beauties of grassland, mountain, and nomads. 

The beauty of the trek is the sound of the birds and peaceful nature far from the vehicle road. 

A night in Namtso Lake after the trek to witness the beauties of sunset, sunrise, and stars at night. 

  • Notes:
  • Below price is two people shared one room.  
  • If Travelers prefer to have a separate room, the cost is 100 US Dollar extra. 
  • Season Price: 
  • November to April: 1,500 USD per person 
  • May to October: 1,700 USD per person


  • Price Discount:
  • If more than four people booked together, discount 200 US Dollar per person.

Tour Type: 8-Day Smallest Group Tour

Group Size: Min 3 People / Max 6 People

Tour Duration: 8 Days

Price: Starting From 1500 USD

  1. All travel permits for Tibet
  2. English speaking Tibetan tour guide
  3. Pick up and drop off by airport bus
  4. All transportation in Tibet per itinerary, a vehicle for the trip outside of Lhasa, taxis inside Lhasa
  5. Vehicle tolls and Vehicle repairs(if necessary)
  6. All administrative fees
  7. All meals and accommodations for your guide
  8. All lodging listed in the itinerary
  9. Breakfast each morning
  10. Entrance fees for the places listed in the itinerary 
  11. One time welcome meal for the group
  12. One box of mineral water plus shared 
  13. Oxygen tank in the car
  14. Camping Equipment (1tent shared 2 people ) 1 Mattress and 1 Sleeping bag per person 
  15. Cook for the trek
  16. Food in the trek
  17. 1 Yak per person


    • Transportation costs to and from Tibet
    • Chinese visa fees and passport fees
    • Lunch and dinner
    • Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
    • Tips to the driver and guide


Day 1: Welcome to Lhasa! Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station or airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight at 3-star Dhoodu Gu hotel

Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Circuit

Lhasa, elevation 3650m, is the holiest city in Tibet and each day pilgrims from across the Tibetan Plateau arrive in the city to worship at one of the many temples found there. You will spend 3 full days exploring the city. The first day you will visit the Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop, you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front of the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterward, you will explore the endless maze of markets and restaurants that line the ancient Barkhor circuit. While exploring the Barkhor circuit, you will rub elbows with Tibetan pilgrims who are prostrating their way around the Tibetan Quarter.

Overnight at 3-star Dhoodu Gu hotel


Day 2: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery

In the morning, you will visit the Potala Palace, the most recognizable structure in Tibet. Built in the year 637, the Potala Palace rises 13 stories and has more than 1000 rooms. In the afternoon, you will visit the great monastery of Sera, where monk debates take place each day. If you are interested in hiking, there is a pilgrimage circuit around the monastery that takes about an hour to complete.

Overnight at 3-star Dhoodu Gu hotel


Day 3: Lhasa-Tsurphu Monastery

Driving from Lhasa to Tsurphu Monastery takes about 2 hours, and the altitude will go up to 4500m. The first day will be spent acclimatizing and visiting this Tsurphu Monastery.

Camping (B-L-D)

Day 4: Trek from Tsurphu Monastery-Leten 11kms, 4 hours

The first day of the trek will take you through several nomad Tibet areas. These nomads live in black yak wool tents during the brief summertime. There will be plenty of opportunities to see traditional style nomad culture in this area and to drink some yak butter tea.

Camping (B-L-D)

Day 5: Trek from Leten-Bartso 15kms, 5 hours Dorje Ling Nunnery 15kms, 4 hours Yangpachen Monastery 14kms, 4 hours

After crossing the Damchen Nyingtri pass, you will trek towards the left at the cairns at the crest, and descend into a magical valley of lichen-coated boulders, meandering streams, and expansive blue sky. Three hours later, you will cross the Lasar La and descend into the Yangpachen valley and hike towards Bartso, a nomad village of five or six houses, surrounded by the juniper used for incense all over the Tibetan world. From Bartso, trek towards a wide trail leading across the valley and over another ridge, from where you will get an excellent view of Nyenchen Tanghlha, which rises to 7162m. You will then arrive at Tajung village where yaks and sheep graze. A couple of hours later you will arrive at Dorje Ling Nunnery. You will set up camp near this area.

Camping (B-L-D)

Day 6: Trek from Dorje Ling Nunnery- Yangpachen Monastery (Hot spring swimming pool)  Namtso Lake 

On the last day, you will hike following the Nyango River to the Yangpachen Monastery This old Kagyupa monastery overlooks the Nyenchen Tanglha Range. From the monastery, your vehicle will transport you to the hot springs and then to Namtso Lake.

Overnight in Sheep Guest house

No private bathroom and no shower


Day 7:  Namtso / Lhasa [3,595m], 250Km, 4hours drive

You will see the sunrise at Namtso Lake, walk a little bit along the lakeside,  afternoon drive back to Lhasa, happy nomads family dwelled their cozy yak wool tent on the grassy pastures and some close to the road are visitable for having a new experience, before reaching Lhasa the fertile valleys are nice looking with villages and their orthogonal fields.

Overnight at 3-star Dhoodu Gu hotel


Day 8:  Lhasa airport/train station dropping off (B).

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


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