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Lhamo Lhatso Trek 12 Days

Lhamo Lhatso Trek  
Trip Duration : 12 Days
Trek Length : 4 Days
Trip Rating : Moderate
Maximum Altitude : 16,728ft
Activity : Cultural tour & trek
Lodging : Hotels & tent
Transportation : by Vehicle and Flight
Begins & Ends : Lhasa
Best Season : June-Sept
Trip Date :
Land Cost :
Single Supp :
Group Size : 2-16 Persons

 

Trip Fast Facts:

Duration: 12 Days
Trek length: 4 Days
Trip Rating: Moderate
Maximum altitude: 16,728ft
Activity: sightseeing and trekking
Lodging: Hotel and tent
Transportation: by vehicle and flight
Trip begins and ends in: Lhasa
Best season: June to September is the best time to travel this part of Tibet.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive Lhasa
Meet at Gongkar Airport and transfer to Lhasa. Along the way we can see view of Tibetan farmlands and traditional houses with colorful prayer flags at the top, which is for all the prayers on the flags taken away in to the universe. We cross two holy rivers Tsangpo and Kyichu flowing in two different valleys which have fantastic views and various types of wild birds joyfully swim there. As we enter Lhasa valley, we can see the enchanting scenery as well as all these new construction of ever growing city in the sky. Arrive at your hotel and check in. Then depart for an excursion to see the energetic Bhakor market.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: D.

Day 2 Lhasa
Morning depart to visit Potala Palace, which is one of rich cultural heritage monuments in the world located at the top of Red hill in Lhasa valley found in 7th century by Yarlung king of Tibet. According to legends the king found a hermitage pavilion at the top of the hill (location of Potala Palace) where he took meditation for awhile and then later became residence of many kings thereafter. Later on it was divided into two parts, red palace and white palace. The red palace for religion where all the Buddhist relics is stored, making it one of most sacret spiritual pilgrimage in Tibet. So every Tibetan comes to visit there and pay worship. The white palace is living quarter of the Dhalai Lama, and it is for political activities by the successors of the Dhalai Lama. It was winter palace for him before his exile to India.

Lunch served at Tibetan cultural meals at the restaurant near by old city. After lunch, visit one of the most secret Buddhist temples in Lhasa according to legends the temple was built on the demon’s hearts on its sleeping grounds. It is one of the hundred temples that Songtsen Gampo commissioned to build over the body of demons. The most sacret statue of Budhha Shakyamuni only one left behind, it received consecration by Buddha himself. So it is brought to Tibet by Chinese princes Wenchen, who came to Tibet for king Songtsen Gampo’s wife and invited that statue for gift to him. Later on the king built it at the central of the city for control the evil’s spirits. Tibetans believe their wishes become successful after they offer prayers in front of it; thus, they come to offer prostration and worship there often.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: BLD.

Day 3 Lhasa
Drive to visit Drepung Monastery about 7km out of the city located at the foot of mount Bombari. The monastery was commissioned by another disciple of Tsongkapa in 1416 for teaching of yellow hat sect to spread it in Tibet.
Once it was the seat of more than 10 thousand monks. Many of the Golden throne holders were produced from this monastery. The whole monastery complex has four colleges and general assembly halls. Each of them housed thousands of monks to study and practice religion in their whole life. The great festival of the monastery is Yogurt Festival held every August during which a huge Thangka is displayed on the mountain at sunrise. Large numbers of people come to receive blessings from the sacred Thanka.

Afternoon, head to Sera Monastery, one of the pillars monastic universities where ordained monks joined there to study Buddhist religion and all the courses of the religion’s philosophical practice. This monastery was built at the base of sacret mountain in 1419 by one of Tsongkapa’s disciples. In its heyday there were several thousand of monks in this monastery. Many people consider it to be the best institute for Buddhist studies. Every afternoon, monks discuss Buddhist philosophy and debate at the court yard. It is quite exciting to see monks debate at this monastery. Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar.
Meals: BLD.

Day 4 Lhasa to Woka
Depart early in the morning and drive through Yarlung valley to Woka prefecture. We have chance to see Tibetan farming and herding animals today as the area we travel through is rich with agriculture and is nomadic area of central Tibet. It is five hours drive and we cross the Tsangpo River to the land of farmers and nomads regions of Woka Valley. According to history, it is a holy land of Tsongkapa himself, just before he reform his personal order yellow hat sect, he was there for contribution of hundred thousand times of prostration to his reforming tradition. There are also some monasteries of different sects in this valley. Late afternoon, drive to visit the monastery where Tsongkapa’s prostration and made countless pieces of statues. It is very silent spot for Buddhist practice. Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 5 Trek
We will have early breakfast and start our first day of trek around 9:00am.
We will trek through scenic landscapes and clean streams. Along the way, we will see some farming houses and nomad tent camps. We have the opportunity to interact with the locals today. The faunas we would likely see on this trek are mountain rabbits, foxes, and musk deer if you are lucky.
We will have a picnic lunch en-route and continue trek to Lamtse where we will camp for the night. Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 6 Trek
We will have breakfast at camp and start trekking around 9:00am.
We will trek about 6 hours through the valley visible ahead of us bellow the mountain pass entering the land of the Tibetan nomads. The natural landscape here is breathtaking with snowcapped peaks above and clean flowing rivers balanced by soft green valleys and alpine scrub vegetation.
We set our tents on this unspoiled ground for the night.
Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 7 Trek and reach Chokorgyal
We will trek uphill part of the trail for awhile, cross the mountain pass and then down all the way to Chokorgyal. A large part of the trail goes through the tussock and small difficulties at times to walk through such a field. It is approximately 6 hours walking to Chokorgyal gompa (monastery).
This monastery was dedicated the 5th Dalai Lama and monks practice the order of the yellow hat sect. we will visit to see some of original leftover relics.
We will set our camp at a very beautiful site where we’ll hear the birds singing. Here some of wild animals are friendly and may come close to you.
Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 8 Day Hike Lhamo Lhatso Lake
There is option of driving up to the view point of lake or trek there.
The roundtrip hike is about 8 hours.
Local people come to the spiritual lake to offer prayers and meditate to predict their future and fortune. Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 9 Dakla Gampo
Drive back to Gyatsa and stop to visit Dakla Gampo monastery, located at top of a hill near by Tsangpo River. It is one of most sacred monasteries of Karma Kagyub in central Tibet. Present day Karmapa was interested to visit there quite often when he was in Tibet. According to legends there exists strength of power in dark retreat. Kagyub followers participate here for practice.
Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 10 Tsedang
Drive to Tsedang, the capital of Yarlung valley. This area is very rich in cultural relics from all over Tibet. It is believed that in this region of Tibetan originated man from monkey, and began the Tibetan civilization.
Overnight Tsedang Hotel. Meals: BLD.

Day 11 Tsedang (Yarlong Valley)
Morning drive to visit first castle of Yarlung kings named Yumbulakang, which was build in 2BC. The castle got damage during cultural revolution, but restored same size as before. Tibetan legends say that the castle was located on a leg of female deer.
Afternoon, drive to Samye Monastery. This is first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet at the beginning of Buddhist religion in Tibet. Padmasambava (aka Guru Rinpoche in Tibetan) organized to build the monastery this valley and ordained many Tibetan to study religion. This monastery is home for many secret relics. Overnight Tsedang Hotel. Meals: BLD.

Day 12 Departure from Lhasa
Drive to Gongkar Airport for your flight out. Meals: B.

Essential Information:

Chinese Visa:
The Chinese Embassy changes the visa rules from time to time. Normal visa fee at present is US$45 per person and additional US$14 per person for US Passport holders. If the visa is to take on the same day an additional fee of US$35 will be applicable.

Tibet Transportation:
2-3 persons are transferred by land cruiser and van. Four person and up are transferred by using bus. Out of Lhasa transfers are by land cruisers for your comfort.

Flight Connection to Lhasa, Tibet:
Kathmandu to Lhasa flights are on Tue, Thu, Sat and Sun. These flight days are current and subject to change without prior notice.

 

Service Includes:

  • Land transfers as per above itinerary by bus or land cruiser along with local Tibetan guide,
  • Lodging: Hotel 5 nights and 6 nights tent on twin sharing as per itinerary,
  • Meals: full board (three meals a day as per itinerary),
  • Lhasa historic monument sightseeing,
  • All camping equipment,
  • Two persons per tent while trekking,
  • Chef and helpers during the trek part of the trip,
  • One luggage van for camping crew and equipment,
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure (2-3 persons transfer by land cruiser, and 4 persons and up transfer by bus),
  • Entrance fees to monuments,
  • Yaks and yak herders fees, and
  • Tibet travel permits fees.

Service Excludes:

  • Kathmandu-Lhasa roundtrip airfare US$596 per person and airport departure tax, (Airfare is current and subject to change),
  • China visa fee US$45 per person and additional US$14 per person for US Passport holders and express visa processing fee US$35 per person,
  • Nepal visa fee Single entry US$50 per person for 30 days and Multiple entry US$80 for 60 days,
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic,
  • Expenses of personal nature, charge for photography,
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation charges.

Kathmandu stopover and trip extensions, please inquire for details.

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