Shalu to Narthang Trek
Immerse yourself in the most historic and sacred landmarks in Tibet: the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and the legendary Drepung and Sera monasteries in Lhasa. Take in the incredible architecture, atmosphere and art at Gyantse, and explore Tashilhunpo monastery at Shigatse. Trek to Shalu and on to legendary Narthang, the ancient centres of spiritual, academic and psychic learning. Savour the scenic beauty on the road to Zhangmu at the border.
Tour Duration: 12 to 16 days
June – September
Tour Price Per Person ( please see what's included and what's not ):
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350 US dollars
The following itinerary is based on an 12 day tour:
Day 1: Arrival
Pickup at Lhasa airport, drive to a comfortable hotel in Lhasa. The rest of the day is free, to explore Lhasa on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing:
Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery
Jokhang Temple is the holiest temple in all of Tibet. Barkhor, the market adjacent to the temple, is a haven for shopping. One can buy exotic items like yak skulls encrusted with corals and rubies, traditional hand-woven cloth, traditional hand-carvings in stone, hand-crafted leather, exquisite bronze items, and much, much more.
Sera Monastery dates back to the 15th century. It is located a few miles outside Lhasa. It is well-preserved; its architecture a symphony of white-washed walls and golden spires. From about 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily, lamas debate various points from their traditional scriptures in the courtyards – a very unique sight, and not to be missed if you are there at that time. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.
Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing:
Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery
Potala Palace is a massive palace-fortress that towers over the city of Lhasa, and has done so from the 7th century. The first sight of the Potala is truly awe-inspiring. Potala Palace is the very acme of Tibetan culture, religion and architecture.
Drepung monastery was the world's largest Buddhist monastery, once home to over 10,000 monks. The white lime-washed walls of the monastery shine from a hilltop about 8 km from Lhasa. It is an easy walk up the hill to the monastery. Assembly halls and chapels of great solemnity can be found within its walls. Along with Sera, it is one of two greatest monasteries of the Gelugpa ("Yellow Hats") sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.
Day 4: Gyantse
Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse through many dramatic mountain passes - including Khambo La and Kharo La, provide wondrous views of the Himalayan range – and the amazing turquoise lake Yamdrok Tso. The view of this lake is a truly unforgettable sight. Yamdrok Tso is one of the holiest lakes in Tibet. The drive from Lhasa to Gyantse also passes through valleys and villages of incredible beauty along the way.
At Gyantse, a visit to Gyantse Dzong (fort) and Kumbum. Expansive views of the valley can be seen from the ancient fort at Gyantse. The Kumbum (stupa) is much more than the name suggests. The amazing murals, art and architecture of the stupa is a must-see. Ancient and unique Tibetan sculptures, paintings and bas reliefs are contained within the small chapels inside the multi-storied stupa itself.
Overnight at a hotel in Gyantse.
Day 5: Shigatse (Xigatse)
Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse. Visit to the spectacular Tashlhunpo Monastery, the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama. Here, in the afternoons, we get another chance to see lamas having a debate on traditional philosophy. At Shigatse, there is plenty of ancient Tibetan culture to see, contrasting side by side with modern Tibet.
Overnight at a hotel in Shigatse.
Day 6, 7, 8, 9: Shalu and Narthang
Shalu Monastery is about 20 km from Shigatse. Drive to Shalu, explore the sacred Shalu Monastery.
Shalu monastery is a small monastery, but it is of great spiritual importance to Tibetans. It contains many architectural and historic treasures. Built in 1040 AD, it was a famous centre for academic, spiritual and psychic learning for centuries. It was an important center of the Sakya tradition.
Today, the monastery has been reconstructed and almost fully restored to its former glory. Although only a few chapels are open to the public, this small monastery is not to be missed.
From Shalu, trek to Narthang. This is usually a 4 day trek. It takes you through two spectacular mountain passes en route to Narthang.
Narthang was founded in 1153 AD. With Shalu, Sakya and Tashilhunpo monasteries, Narthang was considered one of the four great monasteries in ancient times. In the past, Narthang was famous for monastic discipline. From the 14th century onwards, it also gained great fame as one of the three great printing centres in Tibet, along with the Potala and the Derge.
Amidst the mud-brick ruins of Narthang monastery today, one can still see parts of its high fortress-like walls that still stand. However, a few monks have returned to the monastery and have begun to restore minor buildings at the lamasery.
Overnight stays at camps and guesthouses.
Day 10: Narthang to Shalu and on to Zhangmu
Trek from Narthang back to Shalu. Drive towards Nyalam and Zhangmu.
Overnight at camp, guesthouse or hotel.
Day 11: Continue the drive to Zhangmu
Overnight at a hotel in Zhangmu.
Day 12: Zhangmu
Cross the border at Zhangmu, into Nepal.
Tour Prices quoted include the following:
- All accommodation as listed
- Airport -hotel-airport transfers in Lhasa
- Sightseeing and entry fees for Potala palace, Jokhang temple , Sera monastery, Drepung monastery, Pelkhor chode and Gyantse Khumbum, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Kailash and Manasarovar Breakfast in Lhasa, and meals while camping
Tour Prices DO NOT include:
- All visa fees (The required Tibet Permit fee is approximately 114 US dollars - we will advise you of the exact cost for this, and any other required visas or permits at the time of your booking / enquiry)
- Flight cost from your home country to Nepal or China (entry points into Tibet)
- Flight cost to Lhasa from Nepal or China (It is possible to fly to Lhasa from these cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Canton (Guangzhou), Chongqing, Kuming, Xian, Xining or Chengdu. It is also possible fly to Lhasa from Kathmandu, Nepal. As a price guide, the flight cost from Kathmandu to Lhasa is approximately 399 US dollars, but we will advise you of the exact cost for your flight from China or Nepal to Lhasa at the time of your booking / enquiry).
- Travel and medical insurance
- All meals except breakfast in Lhasa
- Emergency evacuation
- Personal spending money for sovenirs, extra sightseeing, laundry etc
- Meals other than breakfasts in Lhasa, and those provided during camping
- Expenses arising from events outside the control of Everest Kailash Treks & Tours and/or their agents and suppliers, such as trip delays / trip extensions because of inclement weather, equipment failure. illness or other causes beyond our control
- No refunds can be made for any unused services or accommodation on the trip