Shalu to Nartang Trekking this one of most popular trekking in west-side of Lhasa city, Shalu Monastery(3980m) walk the motorable road south up the valley. 30mins from Shalu you will pass by and visit the Ri-pu
1hr or so from Shalu, the road forks: take the south fork. In the south of the road, a conical-shaped hill and a village called Phun at its base can be made out. Gradually the trail climbs to a small white ridge. As you approach you will see a line of white cairns marking its summit(4030m). Look for the trail that ascends to the cairns, a 1hr walk from the fork in the road. From the ridges summit, Phunup village is to the south and the Showa-la is to the west.
The trail descends gradually to enter the stream bed coming from the Showa-la, 30mins from the cairns. The climb up to the pass and descent on the other side is through some heavily eroded, waterless ravines and slopes. Bring plenty of drinking water. From the stream bed the trail soon climbs back up the right side of the valley only to drop back in and out of the stream bed in quick succession.
Day 2-3Two full days Lhasa Sightseeing(B)
Day 4Lhasa to Tsedang: Yumbu lhakhang, Samye Monastery
Day 5Tsedang to Gyantse: Korola Glacier, Yamdrok-tso, Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum
Day 6Gyantse/Shalu Monastery(3980m)/ upper Lungsang(4060m), (trekking 5 -6 hours, 14km) (D)
Day 7Upper Lungsang/ Ngor Monastery, (trekking 4hours, 8km) (B,L,D)
Day 8Ngor Monastery/Nartang Monastery Shigatse, (trekking 5hours, 18km) (B,L)
Day 9Shigatse/Lhasa(B): Tashilunpo monastery
Day 10 Lhasa airport dropping off
Transfer to Lhasa downtown after arriving in the Lhasa Gongar airport or the Lhasa train station. Have a rest in Lhasa to acclimatize the high altitude.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Go sightseeing inside Lhasa in the first two days in Tibet. Visit fabulous and typical Buddhist and historic sites, such as Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple,Barkhor street, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.
In Potala palace, explore the grandest of this myriad chapel, its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens(stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, figures of the Buddha. You will visit three important monasteries in Lhasa, the first and foremost is Johkang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism, which attracts pilgrims all over Tibetan Area, built during songtsen gonpo’s reign by princess wencheng of tang dynasty, 647 A.D. The other two, Monasteries Sera and Drepung Monastery, locate in suburb of Lhasa, are hosted by hundreds of Monks, learning, praying, studying, and living there. The famous Monks debiting held in the courtyard of Sera Monastery in the afternoon.
You will also explore the circular pilgrim route barkhor while traveling at Johkang Temple, contact local folks, and if possible purchase some traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, Tibetan music instrument, Thangkas, and tradition Tibetan clothes etc.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Today we will drive to Tsedang, the capital of Shannan Prefecture, located at Yarlung Valley. It’s reputed as “the cradle of Tibetan Civilization””. You go to visit Yumbu lhakhang ,the first imperial palace on the rocky hill for a first Tibetan king and you could have nice view the whole valley from there.
Then visit Samye Monastery which is the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, built in the 8th century. A unique monastery layout was designed in the form of giant mandala,a representation of the Buddhist universe. The main temple in the center represents Mt. Meru, the mythical mountain at the center of the Buddhist universe. The four continents in the ocean around Mt. Meru are represented by the four temples at the cardinal points, each flanked by two smaller temples to symbolize islands in the ocean.
Stay overnight in Tsedang
Today, we have to drive from Tsedang to Gyantse. On the way, the group will pass over the Gampala pass (4790m), and tourists will enjoy stunning Karola Glacier andhave a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountain and in the distance you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .
We head westward along the lake and drive towards Gyantse. Gyantse was historically Tibet’s third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum.
Stay overnight in Gyantse
Drive to Shalu Monastery from Gyantse by 49km asphalt road. Visit Shalu Monastery, the seat of Buton Rinchendrub(1290-1346), who was the great codifier of the Tibetan translations of the Indian Buddhist canon. Then start trekking in the afternoon to Upper Lungsang.
Trek through the farming fields to the Ngor village. The Ngor monastery is renowned for its Sanskrit library and Newar-style murals. There were once five assembly halls, 18 colleges and 400 monks, but presently there are only 25 monks.
Trek from Ngor to Nartang by passing several villages, saddles, and one electric utility. Transfer to Shigatse after arriving in Nartang Monastery.
Stay overnight in Shigatse.
Drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse in 4 hours. On the way, visit the largest Monastery in west Tibet, the Tashilunpo monastery, as the last but famous historic sites for your Tibet tour. Tashilunpo monastery is one of the six great Gelukpa institutions and was founded in 1447 by a disciple of Tsongkapa, Genden drup who was the first dalai lama. Jamkhang Chenmo contains the world’s largest gilded copper image (26m high) of future god Jampa.
Drive along the Friendship Highway back to Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Transfer to the Lhasa airport/Train station to end the service. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer in Tibet, you can extend your trip to other parts of China like Gyantse,Shigatse, Everest Base Camp,etc. – If you need, please contact us.