Shalu to Nartang Trekking

  • Shalu to Nartang Trekking

Code TH-TB-021 •   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

Overview

Trip Information

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 highway, 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.

Accomodation

You will be staying at  good reviewed  3 star in Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse if you prefer better hotel there is always option to upgrade the hotel and if you prefer to get booked own prefer hotel we are always ready to book for you. There will be camping during trekking period about 4 nights. Our camping tents are well maintained two men tents for group members, dining and kitchen tents along with kitchen table and other necessary equipements.

Altitude Problem and Physical Fitness Required

It is a easy trekking, There is no level of physical fitness is required, everyone could join on the trek. It would be more helpful if you have previous trekking experience as the trail follows average altitude of 3900m one should prepare acordingly. We also advise our guest(s) to consult their doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements before taking the trip. Regular exercise, jugging, stretching and medication or yoga may be good idea before taking the trip.

Meals 

We provide hygenic full board food prepared by our own experienced cook during trekking. All meals during trekking and only breakfast during the driving or touring sessions are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners in the city in Lhasa on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). It is advisable to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100 (USD10 to USD16) for lunch and dinner in a single day. Only basic meal choices like Tibetan bread and tsampa porridge will be available in remote locations. Freshly cooked full board food will be served by trained and experienced cooks on full-board basis during camping.

Recommended Clothing & Accessories

As the tempreture varies greatly between day and night (from Max. 20 degrees celcius to Min. -10 degrees celcius) one should prepare accordingly. Woolen gloves, Balaclava, Sun hat, Thermal wear, Water bottle, Woolen sockes, Personal Towel, Light and Warm parka Jacket, Sunglasses, Sun Cream, Torch with extra batteries, Muffler, Mask, Raincoat, Sweater, T-Shirt, Sleeping bag and comfortable walking shoes are recommended for Ganden to Samye Trekking.

Travel Insurance

Full travel insurance coverage for medicine, Helicopter evacuation, if in case of immergency, lost of belongings and trip cancilation is strongly recommended for Ganden to Samye Trek.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) is the best seasons for this trip. 

Trip Start Dates and Cost

Trip can be started either from Kathmandu or Lhasa. You could even check our fixed group joing trips. Check available trip dates and cost for Everst Advance Base Camp North  or Please contact us for your customized departure date and cost. We are always welcome for customization as per your preference. 

Itinerary

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.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal: N/A

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.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

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.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Breakfast

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. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Guest House

Meal: Breakfast

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!

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 09: Final Departure

Today you have free day at Kathmandu until your airport time. Walk around market or spare time for shopping. And transfer to airport to connect your flight to Home.

Accommodation: N/A

Meal: Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • Necessary Tibet permit
  • All monastery and other necessary entrance fees
  • English-speaking local Tibetan 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 kits and Mineral waters during trekking
  • Kathmandu to Border transportation
  • All camping and kitchen equipment during trekking
  • Camping and kitchen crews
  • Insurance for crews
  • Full board food during trekking only Bed & Breakfast other places

What is not included?

  • Lunch and dinner except 3 days trekking
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Access baggage charge
  • Any flight fare
  • Tibet visa fee (Please contact us for lates visa news and cost)
  • Evacuation cost for in case of immergency
  • Others which is not mentioned on the above included items
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USD 1,250

9 days

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