9days Tsurphu Monastery to Yangpachen Trek

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9 Days: Tsurphu Monastery to Yangpachen Trek (Highest point is (Lasala pass  5444m)

Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa

Arrival at train station  in Lhasa, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet. Arrival at train station or airport in Lhasa, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet. (Overnight night in Lhasa)

Day 02: Lhasa-Jokhang temple -Barkhore square

Morning visit the Jokhang temple

It was founded during the reign of king Songtsen Gampo in 642.  According to tradition, the temple was built for the two brides of the king, Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Both wives are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images from China and Nepal to Tibet as part of their dowries, and they were housed here. Many Nepalese artists worked to construct this temple

After finished visit the Jokhang temple walk around the Jokhang temple khora and take picuture with Barkhore area .  You can see many pligirmage all around Tibetan area and most of the them they doing prostrations thousand time every day infornt of Jokhang temple

Afternoon explore Tibet old city area and you can see some of the small temple.  Usually for the small temple no need to pay entrance fee  and  also you can explore the Tibetan Old Market from there you can see lots of different things like yak cheese, yak butter and Yak meat and also many Khampa(Eastern people) bussinessman are exchange presious stone .( Overnight in Lhasa)

Day 03: Lhasa -Drepung monastery -Sera monastery

This morning you are visiting the Biggest Gelugpa sect monastery in Tibet

Drepung monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choeje Tashi Palden (1397–1449), one of Tsongkhapa’s  main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka. Drepung was the principal seat of the Gelugpa school and it retained the premier place amongst the four great Gelugpa monasteries.  It’s also the first central Tibet government and later the 5th Dalai lama move to Potala palace.  Now a day they have 5 colleges  Gomang (sGo-mang), Loseling (Blo-gsal gling), Deyang (bDe-dbyangs), Tosamling (Thos-bsam gling) and Ngagpa (sNgags-pa).

Afternoon 15:00 visit the Sera monastery

Sera monastery is the second biggest Gelugpa learning center which was founded in 1419 by Chamchen Choeji(Shakya Yeshi) he was another important student of Master Tsongkhapa.  Originally Tsongkhapa stayed in retreat in a hermitage above Sera called Sera Choeding and he gave instructions to Chamchen Choeji to built Sera monastery.  There have three colleges in Sera with many Khangsten(Houses)  The three colleges are Sera Je college, Sera Mey college and Ngakpa college.  Most interesting thing you can watch here is the debate courtyard where monks debate on profound Buddhist Philosophy or logic.  This is an important learning method in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries

Day 04: Lhasa-Potala palace-Norbulingka summer palace

Morning visit the Potala palace.  The Potala palace was originally built in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo after he moved the capital from Yarlung to Lhasa. The palace is named after Mount Potalaka the mythical abode of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesva .  It’s is built on the Red hill. after the 17th century 5th Dalai lama moved his government from Drepung to Potala palcee. and expanded the palace.it to the present size. Usually there have 75 monks in Potala palace.

Afternoon visit the Norbulingka summer palace

Norbulingka or the Jewel park is the summer palace for the successive Dalai lama.  In the 18th century the 7th Dalai lama Kelsang Gyasto took treatment bath in a spring here and soon a palace was built for him, which is called Kelsang Palace.  There is also smaller palace called Uyap palace and this was used by the Dalai Dalas when they watched Tibetan Opera dance during the Shorten or (Yoghurt festival) and other events.  The second major palace is called Chensel palace which was built during the 13th Dalai lama, Thupten Gyatso’s time.  Lastly the New palace or the Takten Mingyure palace was built in the early 1950s for the 14th Dalai lama and side it there is an impressive wall painting that shows a complete history of the Tibet starting from the human evolution, the first King and the main historical period and figures.  Besides, we can also see many types of trees and plants and flowers, such as bamboos, pine trees and Junifer ( Overnight in Lhasa)

Day 05: Lhasa- Tsurphu monastery (Camp 4522m)

Drive to Tsurphu monastery and explore around the monastery and prepare for the next day trek.Camp near the Tsurphu monastery area .

Day 06: Tsurphu monastery-Leten(Trekking 4hrs 11km )(5149m)

The first day trekking is only 4 hours, 11km, walk along a green valley crisscrossed with mountain streams. Be on the lookout for various species of mountain goats disguised in gray rocks. Several small nomadic communities camp here for the summer herding months, and you may have a stop into a yak-hair tent for a cup of salt butter tea or some fresh yak milk! Crest the ridge top four hours later, emerging onto a high plateau with a scattering of rock-enclosed huts, and look for a flat area for camping. From day one, the scenery is breathtaking, the landscapes are classic Tibetan beauty.

Camp

Day 07: Leten to Bartso(Trekking 6-7hrs, 15km) two passes Damchen la (5303m) and Lasa la( 5444m)

 

Today, you will walk along a long big valley, up to the highest spot Lasar La(5444m). Have your first small pass, the Damchen Nyingtri(5303m)  bear to the left at the cairns at the crest, and descend into a magical valley of lichen-coated boulders, meandering streams and expansive, powder-blue sky. Three hours later, you will cross the Lasar La(5444m) and descend into the Yangpachen valley, with its wide open plateaus, spiky grass hummocks and tundra-like parched, cracked patches of earth, and head towards Bartso. The views of Brize (translated as female yak herder) and Tarze (horse keeper) are superb, and you will feel safe in the care of the local mountain god, Nyenchen Tanglha. Camp near Bartso, a drokpa (nomad) village of five or six houses, surrounded by the juniper used for incense all over the Tibetan world.(Camping 4994m)

Day 08: Bartso to Dorje ling nunnery (trekking 4hrs 15km)

Leaving the village of Bartso behind, head towards a wide trail leading across the valley and over another ridge, from where you will be rewarded with views of Nyenchen Tanghlha (7111 m), the holiest mountain in central Tibet. Emerge at Tajung village, and then climb gently up rolling hills where young nomadic boys and girls picnic on the plateaus as they watch their yaks and sheep graze. The vistas are, again, just amazing! Mid-day, you should reach the Dorjee ling nunnery and after that our car and driver will come to pick you up from Darjeeling nunnery and drive to Yangpachen hot spring.  You can take show in hot spring and after that drive back to Lhasa 

Day 09: Depart Lhasa or you can possible to add extra places to see like Mt Everest and Mt Kalaish.  

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