Shalu to Nartang Trekking
9 Days •
- Trip Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
- Group size: 1-20 Pax
- Ends in: Kathmandu
- Departure City: Lhasa
- Max Altitude: 5100m
- Activities: Sightseeing/Tour/Trekking
Shalu to Nartang trek would be an ideal choice to have both cultural tour and hiking adveture experience along the way to Lhasa. Not far away from Friend-ship Hwy, Shalu to Nartang trek follows the ancient trade route between two great Buddhist monasteries, the Shalu and the Nartang, while you trek through the route, you can feel the caravans laden with scriptures and treasures that once passed this way. The route passes through several villages as well as uninhabited dry canyons. It is also the shortest Tibet trekking route, just about 15 hours walking, you can divided into 2 or 3 days according to your personal physical condition. A easy trek on above 3800m from sea level on the Tibetan landscape which gives you a plenty of experience on Tibetan life style.
Day 01: Arrive Lhasa and transfer to Hotel.
Our guide will assist you to check in Tibet with your permit at Lhasa airport. After completion of immigration formalities, you will be dropped to your hotel. The distance between airport to Lhasa city where you hotel is located is 65km, 1 hrs drive is required.
Day 02: Lhasa full day sightseeing [B]
Full day guided tour in Lhasa. In the morning visit Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet? In the afternoon visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship every day. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.
Day 02: Lhasa full day sightseeing [B]
It is another full day sightseeing in Lhasa, In the morning visit Drepung monastery the sacred land of Gelug Sect., which was established in 1416 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. Afterwards visit Norbulinka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. In the afternoon visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. The "Buddhism Scriptures Debate" in Sera is very famous.
Day 4: Lhasa?Gyantse?Shalu Monasgery, Camping [B,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 campping 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 Panchen Lama.
Stay overnight in Shigatse.
Day 07: Shigatse to Kyirong (3900m) Drive / 480km / 7 hrs [B]
We depart today little early as we have long way to drive toward border town to Nepal. It is one of the best overland drive on the friendship highway between Nepal and Tibet. As now a new route has been opened from Kyirong a fantastic traverse to be witnessed through the Langtang region.
Day 08: Kyirong to Kathmandu (1300m) / 210km / 7 hrs [B]
From Kyirong the border town in Tibet side to the immigration is about 60km drive which takes around 45m and then you will be cleared immigration formalities by our representative at the border. After that we will have fantastic drive toward Kathmandu on the hilly road via Syabru and Dhunche. Once you arrive Kathmandu we will share our experience by hosting a farewell dinner, its a celibration time!