Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trek / Tour - 12 Days

Tsurphu Monastery

This is a 10 days’ tour which commences from Lhasa, winds across Tsurpho monastery, passes through several high valleys and finally ends at the broad windswept Yangpache valley, where the Yangpache monastery is located. Along the trail, we are greeted by beautiful hot springs and plenty of nomadic societies. During the tour, we get a real sense of the rich local culture of the Tibetans. The trek caters you the alpine, tundra and fascinating mountain views coupled with a visit to several monasteries and a nunnery. We bet you are sure to be flabbergasted by way you get seesawed between the assortment of culture and boondocks.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 02: Trip Preparation and Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Fly to Lhasa (3650m)

Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa

Day 05: Another sightseeing in Lhasa

Day 06: Lhasa-Tsurphu Monastery (4480m/2hrs)

Day 07: Tsurphu Monastery-Leten (5105m/4-5hrs)

Day 08: Leten-Bartso (5300m/3hrs)

Day 09: Bartso-Dorje Ling Nunnery (15km/4hours)

Day 10: Dorje Ling Nunnery-Yangpachen Monastery (4300m/4hrs) - Lhasa

Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu and rest of time free for either relaxation or shopping

Day 12: Final departure

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, our representative will receive you and then transfer you to the hotel. A short briefing will be given about your trip and trekking itineraries. You can spend the rest of the time strolling around the nearby places. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 02: Trip Preparation and Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Marron Treks will assist you in Trip Preparation and other formalities. After the completion of all the formalities hop in to our transport vehicle for a guided tour to the most historical and renowned landmarks in Kathmandu. You will be exploring the sites like- Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and the Boudanath, which are all included in the UNESCO world’s cultural heritage list. Overnight in hotel.
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa
We take a flight to Lhasa. While onboard, we can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Himalayas. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa
After breakfast, we commence our sightseeing with a visit to Jokhang Temple. It is surrounded by Barkhor Street in the center of Lhasa. Our next visit will be to the Sera monastery which is situated in the north of the city. Here in this monastery, we can attend a debate session which is held from 15.30 hrs to 16.30 hrs every Monday to Friday. All these sights reveal the history, culture and life of the Tibetan people. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 05: Another sightseeing in Lhasa
We have another sightseeing day in Lhasa. Today our Tibetan guide will take you to the Drepung monastery, which is the largest of its kind in Tibet. The unveiling ceremony of the giant Thangka of Buddha is held in this monastery. After lunch, we will have a visit to the Potala Palace, which was the main residence of Dalai Lama. Today this palace is a museum. Finally, we get back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 06: Lhasa-Tsurphu Monastery (4480m/2hrs)
We drive around 70 kms from Lhasa to the Gurum town, where the Tsurpho monastery is located. We spend our day exploring this splendid monastery. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 07: Tsurphu Monastery-Leten (5105m/4-5hrs)
Walk for about 4-5 hours to reach Leten which is at a distance of 11kms from the Tsurphu monastery. This trek will take us to the green valley which lies to the west of the monastery. We cross Karmapa Lingka from where the valley is divided into two branches. We continue along the route instructed by our guide. After an hour, we meet the main stream from the northwest where we can see small nomadic community camps. Four hours later, we emerge into a high plateau with a scattering of rock-enclosed huts. The scenery depicting the classic Tibetan beauty is indeed breathtaking. Overnight in Leten.
Day 08: Leten-Bartso (5300m/3hrs)
Today we trek to Bartso, which is 15kms away and it takes us about 5-6 hours to get there. Walking for nearly 3 hrs from Leten brings us to the ‘Laser La Mountain Pass’. It is highest mountain between Tsurpho monastery and Yampachen. On reaching Bartso, we can see the Tibetan families settled all over the area. Overnight in Bartso.
Day 09: Bartso-Dorje Ling Nunnery (15km/4hours)
Leaving behind the Bartso village hauling some wonderful memories, we proceed to Dorje Ling Nunnery, our next destination. On the way, get engrossed in fascinating view of the holy mountain, Nyenchen Tanghlha (7111m). Slowly we come across Tajung village and walk trudge up the uphill route. The view from the top is amazing. Finally we reach Dorje Ling Nunnery, our campsite.
Day 10: Dorje Ling Nunnery-Yangpachen Monastery (4300m/3 - 4 hrs)-Lhasa
We trek towards Yangpachen monastery. Today we are going to have to walk for about 3-4 hours to cover the distance of 14kms. Our trek starts from Dorje Ling Nunnery. Trailing along the route gradually for an hour, we reach Yangpachen valley, surrounded by the Nyainqenthanglha Range. After few minutes, we cross the iron bridge and walk towards Yangpachen monastery. We can take the snapshots of this monastery and could go to hot springs at Yangbachen. Drive back to Lhasa for overnight stay.
Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu and rest of time free for either relaxation or shopping
We will have breakfast and then proceed to check in for your flight. Upon arrival to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel. Take your time to relax and refresh yourself by indulging yourself in shopping or strolling around some of the cultural and historical landmarks of Kathmadu. Thamel is your hot spot for shopping where you can haul all the souvenirs representing Nepal and its culture. May be that in addition to your interesting trip anecdotes, you would also want to take back some stuff for your friends and relatives. In the evening, a farewell dinner with a range of traditional Nepali cuisines, will be hosted by Marron Treks. Enjoy the dinner, pack/prepare yourself for a flight back home and have a beauty sleep. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12: Final Departure
Unless you would want to extend your trip and try out some of our other adventurous packages like Bungy Jumping, Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting etc., this will be your last day in Nepal. A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the airport for the final departure to your homeland. Have a safe flight back home. Please let us know about your desire for trip extension so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

During Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trek /Tour we opt you accommodate in 3 star or 5 star hotels like Hotel Royal Singhi (3 star),  Hotel Manaslu (3 star), Radisson (5 star), Yak & Yeti (5 star) or similar in Kathmandu City.
While you are in Tibet, we arrange 3-4 star Standard Hotel as per your requirement. Along the trekking route, you will be placed in the best available tea-house or campsite.
We ensure that the food served during the trek is healthy. Generally, we opt for fresh local community food of Tibet such as Tsampa(staple food of Tibet), Buttered tea, Meat and other Tibetian food. This gives you a real sense of the culture and life patterns of the local people, simultaneously providing you the opportunity to boost the sales of the local products. Other than that a wide range of Continental, Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisine like Pizza, Spaghetti, French Fries, Soups, Breads etc are also available for your retreat. 
Our Guides:
Guides play the most significant role in trekking. Marron Treks has literate, experienced and helpful trekking guides who are multilingual speakers and are very well versed to the culture, language, location and every single detail pertaining to Tibet. Hence your trek becomes informative as well as entertaining.
Best Season
The time frame between April to October is considered to be the best for Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trek
Travel Insurance:
It is advised that you arrange your travel insurance before leaving your homeland. The main thing is to make sure that your insurance covers you for both medical as well as evacuation costs. Having a travel insurance with you makes you trip safe and hassle free.
To Enter Tibet
There are two common routes for entering Tibet. They are as follows:
1. Kathmandu to Lhasa by flight
2. Kathmandu to Kodari by road.
Obtaining Visa
It is mandatory for all the foreigners to have a valid Chinese visa along with the three different permits viz. Tibet Tourism Bereau (TTB) Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit which is issued by the Police Security Bereau(PSB) , and the Military Permit. These permits give you hassle free access to the unopened areas of Tibet. We do not want you to get into the rigmaroles of obtaining these all by yourself. So, after the confirmation of your tour, you need to send us your passport details (Name, Date of Birth, Sex, Nationality, Passport Number and Occupation). We will commence the documentation for your visa and permits processing instantly. Upon your arrival to Nepal, you will be granted the visa as well as the permits.

 Cost Includes
  • All permits and entry fees
  • All hotel accommodation on BB basis
  • English speaking guide
  • Sightseeing & transfers by Hiace van/bus as per the itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • China visa fee $ 150.00 for US Citizens and $130.00 for other nationals,
  • Airfares- one-way $ 420.00 and round trip $ 771.00 ( subject to change)
  • Hard/Cold Drinks
  • Entrance Fee
  • Visa fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tip to Guide and Porter
  • Any other expense not mentioned in the 'cost includes' section.

Since we are not trekking to soaring altitudes, we do not actually have to travel with a cartload of gears. Traveling light is the best way to travel, but yes we need to make sure that we don't miss out the necessary items. Here's a suggestive list for you, but you needn't be so strict about it and can always have your own checklist.
A neck warmer (for winters)
Fleece jacket
Hiking shorts
Pants/Hiking trousers
Undergarments (avoid cotton)
Full sleeved shirts
Rain suit(hooded)
Light wool glooves
Hiking shoes/Running shoes
Light wool socks
Sandals/ Flip-flops
Day pack
Map and Guide Book
Water and Water purifying tablets
Water bottle(s)
Processed foods / Chocolate bars / Crisps
First-aid kit
Sun Cap/Hat
Detergent bar
Toilet paper
Hand sanitizers
Air freshener & Insect repellents
Moisturizers and antiseptic creams
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items in this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret as they might just come handy during the trip
Camera, memory card and battery charger
GPS unit Altimeters
Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
Books and magazines

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