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8 Days Shalu to Nartang Trek

8 Days Shalu to Nartang Trek (Best Countryside Hiking Trail)

(THT003 ) Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse - Trekking for 2 days - Shigatse - Lhasa

Overview

Not far from Friendship Highway, Shalu to Nartang Hike follows the old trade route between two major Buddhist monasteries, the Shalyu, and the Nartang, as you wander the route, the people feel the once passed the caravans, laden with scriptures and treasures. The route passes through several villages as well as uninhabited dry canyons. It is also the shortest Tibet trekking route, only about 15 hours hiking, you can get in 2 or 3 days according to your personal physical condition. The optional hike is the season from early April to late October.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival-Lhasa(3650m)

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

Day 2-3: Two full days Lhasa Sightseeing(B)

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

Day 4: Lhasa/Gyantse/Shalu Monasgery, Camping (D)

In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse .On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .

Later, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass; Then, we will arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress.

After one driving, we arrive in Shalu Monastery, Visit Shalu Monastery, the seat of Buton. Rinchendrub(1290-1346), who was the great master of the Tibetan translations of the Indian Buddhist. Near Shalu, is the beginning of our trekking tour. moving to the best camp site few kilomiters away from Shalu, we will have our first camping in here. 

Day 5: Shalu (3980m)/ upper Lungsang(4060m), Trekking 5 -6 hours, 12km, Camp (B,L,D)

We start trekking after breakfast at the camp to Upper Lungsang which is 4060m above sea level. on the way, you will pass Ripu hermitage, flood plain, Phunup village, showa-la pass. In this way, you will have experience the Tibetan farmer's countryside life and see how local Tibetan in countryside practise their buddist life. 

Stay overnight at upper Lungsang Camp

Day 6: Upper Lungsang/Ngor Monastery/Nartang Monastery/Shigatse, (trekking 5 -6 hours, 14km) (B,L)

Trek through the farming fields to the Ngor village. The Ngor monastery is renowned for its Sanskrit library and Newar-style(a tribe in Nepal) murals. There were once five assembly halls, 18 colleges and 400 monks. Cross the Char-la pass(4550m), there was once a trade link between Shalu and Sakya Monastery, but now has disappeared. Need to trek cross a steep slope of raw expanses of rock. Trek from Ngor to Nartang by passing several villages, saddles, and one electric utility. near the ending, we will drive to Shigatse City, which is the second biggest city of Tibet, also the seat of Pamcham Lama.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 7: Shigatse/Lhasa(B), visit Tashilunpo monastery

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

Day 8: Lhasa airport dropping off (B)

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.

Prices of Shalu to Nartang Trekking

May to JunePriceFor Booking
2-3 Pax US$ 1,421 Request Booking
4-5 Pax US$ 1,080 Request Booking
July to Oct.PriceFor Booking
2-3 Pax US$ 1,631 Request Booking
4-5 Pax US$ 1,215 Request Booking

Note: The prices above are for private booking, so you can enjoy this trekking tour at any time you want. Besides, the prices above are just the reference price, based on the average number of tourists in a group. The actual price is subject to fluctuation, either higher or lower, according to the number of tourists, market price and traveling time. Contact us for the details.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • All travel permit and all other necessary permits for this trekking;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on the group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • One shared big Oxygen tank in the car;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • Flight or train to and out of Tibet;
  • Domestic flight/train to Tibet not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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