This is a circuit combining two small treks in central Tibet and a trip to Everest

Combination of two treks off the beaten track in central Tibet, this trip mixes the must visit Potala, Jokhang and Kumbum of Gyantse with two easy treks for experimented hiker. The first one connects, through the pastures, the large monastery of Ganden to the monastery of Samye, an oasis in a desert environment on the banks of Yarlung Tsangpo. The second trek takes us to meet the nomads to the banks of the beautiful turquoise lake Yamdrok. The journey ends beautifully by approaching Everest and by a return to Lhasa.

HIGHLIGHTS

- Discovery of Lhasa and visit to the monasteries-oasis of Samye and Gyantse
- A classic trek from Ganden, combined with a unique trek to the Turquoise Lake
- Trek through the immensities of the Tibetan Plateau in search of nomads and Lake Yamdrok.
- The view of Everest from the Rongbuk Monastery
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Moderate
  • Best Period: May - June & September - Mid October
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Number of walking days: 8
  • Highest Altitude: 5250 Meters
  • Accomodation: Hotel - Guest House & Camp

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Day
1 h 30 min. drive to Lhasa (3650 mts). Check-in and acclimation walk in the old town.
- Accommodation: Hotel
Visit to the most famous and exclusive cultural sites of the ancient Tibetan capital: the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Shrine (the most sacred temple in Central Tibet and a pilgrimage centre), the Barkhor Market, the monastic complex of Drepung, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama : Norbulinka, etc., ...
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
Visit to the most famous and exclusive cultural sites of the ancient Tibetan capital: the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Shrine (the most sacred temple in Central Tibet and a pilgrimage centre), the Barkhor Market, the monastic complex of Drepung, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama : Norbulinka, etc., ...
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
Short transfer to the monastery of Ganden 60 km-far from Lhasa (4260 mts) which will be the starting point of the trek. Kora of the monastery. Gradual climb of 1 h. 30 min. to a stone chorten from where we enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Kyichu Valley to Lhasa.
We continue to the West on a ridge to a belvedere with a cairn before arriving at the village of Hepu after two hours of walking. Visit to the Ani Pangong Convent. We end the day with a steep down of one hour to Yamado via a swampy area.
- Duration: 5 to 6 hours
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
We start hiking around 8:30 am climbing approximately 2 hours to the Shug La Pass (5250 mts). Along the way, we cross many cairns.
After 1 h. 20 min., we cross the Tsotup Chu stream. It is likely that we meet nomads grazing their flocks of goats, yaks or Himalayan sheep.
- Duration: 4 to 5 hours
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
We go up along a stream coming from the Tsotup Chu towards the Southwest. A consequent ascent of half an hour until reaching a new basin. The Chitu La Pass, reported by several cairns at 5100 mts is easily crossed. The descent is steep at the beginning, up to three small lakes, then progressive to the bottom of the valley.
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
We take a winding path through the bushes, shrubs of rhododendrons and small clearings before reaching the ruins of Gendo after 3 hours. The forest fades. We arrive at Chantan, the first village (4020 mts). We leave behind the Hebu Valley to follow the Yamalung Valley. Then, steep climb to a hermitage. The vehicles waits for us to take the Samye track.
Visit to the oldest Tibetan monastery built on a mandala plan following the instructions of Guru Rinpoche. It was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution and restored afterwards. Bivouac on the banks of Yarlung Tsangpo - Brahmaputra.
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
Transfer to Mindroling, small dry-stone monastery in a bucolic setting. Then, we leave the Brahmaputra Valley and continue to the village of Langthang Dewachen (3900 mts).
The second half of our hike begins on an easy trail to the Bumthang Monastery. We camp at a place called 'the Eagle's Nest'.
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
Stage in gradual climb to go for camping at the foot of the Jeshul La Pass that we will cross the next day. In a spectacular and wild setting, you can see birds of prey like the golden eagle or other endemic species such as Marco Polo Blue Sheep, Antelopes and Himalayan gazelles. Magnificent.
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
Quite steep ascent at the Jeshul La Pass (5000 mts) where we discover the Lake Yamdrok, the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas. Easy descent to the monastery Ganden Chöling where we will probably have lunch in the monks’ kitchen.
We continue downhill and cross the villages of Kangru and Karma before passing the last pass of Penzi La (4650 mts). Arrival on the banks of Lake Yamdrok where we set the camp in an extraordinary setting.
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
This turquoise lake is venerated by Tibetans because an old prediction says that if one day it dries up, Tibet will cease to exist .... We reach the vehicles north of the lake along the lake to the south to arrive at Gyantse via the Karola pass (5200 m), and at the foot of the imposing NorjinKangsang Glacier.
- Accommodation: Overnight at Hotel Yeti in BB

Early morning departure for a long drive to Rongbuk crossing three passes. Hook by the splendid site of Phuntsholing, near the powerful river Brahmaputra. From the highest monastery in the world (4900 mts), the view of Everest and the main range of the Himalayas is breathtaking.
- Accommodation: Guest House or Monastery of Rongbuck on BB plan

Morning visit Rongbuck and then drive to Sakya, which means the gray earth and was the seat of the Sakyapa school that ruled Tibet in the fifteenth century, an impressive and strange Mongolian style whose library is probably the most important Tibet.
- Hotel in Tibet in room, breakfast Mansarovar hotel in BB
Return to Lhasa via the highly sinister city of Shigatse: visit of the TashiLumpo monastic complex residence of the Panchen Lama. Short route along the Brahmaputra to Lhasa where we will enjoy free time.
- Accommodation: Lubhum Tsang Boutique en BB
Free time then transfer to the airport and return flight

NOTES

As far as we know, there is only one train leaving from Beijing at 9 pm and arriving in Lhasa on June 1st at around 12 pm
But we will inquire if there are schedule changes or more departures than usual.



What's included

- Transfers by private vehicle according to the itinerary
- Nights in hotels in Tibet as indicated in the itinerary
- Trek full board in bivouac
- Water, only during the trek
- Camping and kitchen equipment (except sleeping bag)
- Local camping team: cook, assistant and pack animal during the trek
- Carrying luggage up to 15 kg / person during the trek
- An English-speaking Tibetan guide for the whole stay in Tibet
- Visit sites and monasteries according to the itinerary
- Site entries according to the itinerary
- All necessary permits in Tibet according to the itinerary
- Oxygen bottles available

What's not included

- Lunch and dinner (+ or - $ 11 / meal) during the nights in the hotel
- Stay away from Tibet
- China Visa
- Fees for hand-to-hand license delivery during your transit in China
- International and train flights
- Supplement August and September in China
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Personal expenses, drinks, tips
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