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Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trekking Tour

9 Days
From USD1786
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This 9-day tour offers you the chance to explore Tibetan monasteries, admire the breathtaking scenery of alpine pastures and witness Tibetan herders for their semi-nomadic lifestyle up close. During the first few days, you will visit Potala Palace, the highest ancient fortress-style building complex in the world, and Jokhang Temple, the most sacred Tibetan monastery, as well as Barkhor Street, the pilgrimage path around Jokhang Temple and now the shopping center for tourists, etc.

Starting from Tsurphu Monastery, where the living Buddha reincarnation system of Tibetan Buddhism began, you will encounter encamped nomads grazing their livestock, cross the 5,300-meter Lasar-la Pass, admire the majestic Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains, set foot on the Qiangtang grassland, visit Yangpachen hot springs, and take a bath to wash away the dust. The best trekking time is from April to October.

DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery
4 Lhasa - Tsurphu Tsurphu Monastery
5 Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trek①: Tsurphu - Leten Tsurphu - Leten
6 Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trek②: Leten - Bartso Leten - Bartso
7 Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trek③: Bartso - Dorjeling Bartso - Dorjelng
8 Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trek④: Dorjeling - Yangpachen; Drive Yangpachen - Lhasa; Yampachen Hot Springs, Yangpachen Monastery
9 Departure from Lhasa Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary


This is the first day in Tibet. Your guide will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport/Railway Station and transfer you to your hotel. It usually takes around 1 hour to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20 minutes from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check-in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like going out, you can wander around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water, and do not move strenuously. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Today your Lhasa tour starts with the world heritage Potala Palace. It’s situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa. Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m at the topmost point. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

In the afternoon, take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims. After you visit the temple, you'll have time to walk around the Barkhor Street, which is one of the most devotional circuits as well as the crowded central market of Lhasa since the early days. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

In the morning, we will visit Norbulingka, which is a typical Tibetan-style royal garden, the summer resort of the Dalai Lama. There are a lot of towering trees, exotic flowers and plants in the garden, as well as many collections of cultural relics, Buddha statues, pagodas, thangkas, murals, etc. They are all very precious treasures.

In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung Monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and cover the hillsides. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

It takes several hours to drive to Tsurphu Monastery from Lhasa, including 2 hours of bumpy road from the main road to Tsurphu. The altitude will be up to 4300m and it takes half a day to acclimatize for the following trekking.

Tsurphu Monastery is the main temple of the Karma Kagyu sect. The reincarnation system of living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism was first created here and was later promoted by other sects in Tibet.

Camp outside of the village under the monastery

(4hrs/ 11km/ 500m ascent)

Today is the first day of hiking. There is a fork in the path about 1 kilometer after starting from Tsurphu Monastery. You should continue walking to the right. The following is the most difficult part of this hike. It is a standard goat path so the travel speed is slower. Following the Baima Qiongzong Canyon, you will pass a small village at 4 kilometers. You can cross the Tsurphu River there and after hiking about 2 kilometers, you will see an ancient Mani Stone piles. There are two trails, both of which can lead to tonight's Campground, but the road on the left is a little easier to go. After crossing a mountain pass, you can see a small village with white Tibetan-style houses dotted on the grass like stars, which is "Leten Village".

Camp at Leten Village

Tsurphu - Leten
Tsurphu - Leten

(5hrs/ 15km/ 300m ascent/ 600m descent)

The trail from Leten Village to Bartso Village is also a goat road in the standard sense. About 6 kilometers from Leten Village, you will reach the highest point of the route, Lasar-la Pass, with an altitude of 5,300 meters. From Lasar-la Pass, you can see the Nyainqentanglha Mountains towering on the northern Tibetan grasslands, which is very spectacular. This breathtaking beauty will make you believe that all the hardships you have put in along the way are worth it! After descending the mountain pass and reaching the grassland, we will camp at the second small village, Bartso Village.

Camp at Bartso Village

Leten - Bartso
Leten - Bartso

(4hrs/ 15km/ 150m ascent/ 150 descent)

After starting from Bartso Village, you will cross a river, follow the mountain trail, bypass the pasture, and climb over the mountains. In front of you on the right is the endless Qiangtang grassland and small villages. Continue climbing along the slope on the left until you reach the top of the mountain and then descend back down. A river flows through the valley, with a few scattered houses. Over the mountains beside the river is the path to Dorje Ling. Snow-capped mountains, green grass, sheep, cattle, folk houses, and temples, all of these will make you feel relaxed and happy today.

Camp at Dorje Ling

Bartso - Dorjelng
Bartso - Dorjelng

(4hrs/ 14km/ mostly level)

In the morning, pack up the camp and personal equipment, set off after breakfast, and arrive at Yangpachen Monastery at noon. This temple has a history of nearly 500 years and is the main temple of the Karma Kagyu Red Hat Line of Tibetan Buddhism. After sightseeing at Yangpachen Monastery, your 4-day trek officially comes to an end. Your vehicle will be waiting here to transfer you to the nearby swimming pool-sized Yangpachen Hot Springs which is great to ease your aching limbs, after which, transfer back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

Tour Price and Service

From US$1786 p/p

Based on 3-star hotels for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies according to travel season, number of people and level of accommodation.


  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • Breakfast provided by hotels;
  • Yaks & herders during your trekking;
  • A professional cook and all meals during your trek;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Government tax;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • Oxygen tank for emergency use;
  • Sleeping bags;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.


  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)
  • Meals are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.
  • While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;
  • All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.4%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by KS***


1. Understand that the this trekking tour is 9 days in total. However, is is possible to shorten the tour to 8 days instead (Maybe exclude Day 3 Lhasa Suburb)? If so, how much is it for a private tour for 1 pax on 19 Sept?
2. Does the trekking tour include accommodation stay during non-trekking days?
3. Does the package include porters, guides and cook during tekking days?
4. Does the package include all 3 meals per day?


Answered by Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the Tsurphu to Yangpachen Tibet Trekking Tour. 

Yes. This tour package includes 3 nights in Lhasa. We will arrange two Yarks and one herder and a guide(also as a cook) for you.

It includes breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Lhasa and all meals during the trekking. 

Asked by Mel ***


We would be interested to learn more information about this trip for our family of 2 adults and 2 children (13 &10). Would it be possible to extend the trip to include more trekking? We are looking to travel late September / October. Please could we have an idea of costs. Many thanks

Answered by Beatrice

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have Tsurphu to Yangpachen Tibet Trekking Tour in late September or October. The price in Sep. is a little bit higher than that of in Oct. 

Asked by May ***

Hi there, I am interested with this particular tour Tsurphu to Yangpachen Tibet Trekking Tour. I am a solo traveller but I'm quite happy to join in with other group if there's any. I am planning to do on the 3rd week of September 2018 as I will be back in Kathmandu on this month and so keen to do another trekking. How much would it be?

Thank you

Answered by Amy

Dear Perry, 

Very nice to hear that you are interested in taking our 9 Days Tsurphu to Yangpachen Tibet Trekking Tour, but this is not a group tour, so you can take it as a private tour only with much higher cost than a 10 days group tour as you are a solo traveler.

If you like to join our group tour including trekking, here I'd like to suggest you join our 10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt.Everest Namtso Group Tour or 15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour

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