Day 01: Fly
to Lhasa Gonggar airport and drive 95 km to Lhasa. O/n at hotel.
Day 02-03: Sightseeing in Lhasa
visiting Potala, Jokhang Temple, Sera and Drepung monastery. O/n
Day 04: Drive Lhasa to Tsurphu
monastery, which is 60 km, away from Lhasa. O/n at hotel.
05: Trek TSURPHU TO LETEN (4 hours):
The trek begins at Tsurphu, heading west or up the valley. Follow
the kora trail 15 minutes west to a walled copse of old trees
with a brook. The monks use this garden like wood in the summer
so we have to ask permission before you set up camp. Then another
forty-five minutes of walking through a rocky chasm on a well
graded trail brings you to Shupshading, a herders camp on a shelf
above the trail. After 30 minutes cross a seasonal stream coming
from the northwest (right). Soon the trail switches over to the
south (left) side of the valley. Forty-five minutes onwards the
The left branch switchback up the ridge south
of the valley and then traverses west in to the Drokpa settlement
of Leten (5000m), which is divided by the stream running through
it. (Spend one or preferably two days in Leten for acclimatizing).
Day 06: Trek Leten to Bartso
It is about a 3 hours walk from Leten to the Lasar-la. Head for
the northern half of the Settlement. The route climbs steeply
up the north side of the Leten valley and reaches the Bartso.
Day 07: Trek BARTSO TO DORJE
LING NUNNERY (4 hours)
Look northwest from Bartso to the opposite side of the valley.
Clearly visible, a wide trail winds up from the valley to the
top of the ridge. Ford the Valley Stream and make for this trail,
a 20 minutes walk over marshy ground from Bartso. It takes another
25 minutes to reach the summit of the ridge. From the top you
will see a saddle north of an intervening valley. On the far side
of this saddle is the Dorji Ling Nunnery. Still more than 2 hours
away. Views of Nyanchen Tanglha. The 7111m mountain, which gives
its name to the range, is fantastic from here. This huge massif
has a distinctive flat summit. Nyanchen Tangla is the holiest
mountain in central Tibet and is said to be inhabited by a God
of the same name. From the saddle, drop down to the valley in
25 minutes to village of TAJUNG. Stay to the left of the 14 whitewashed
houses and fords the stream below it. Another 25 minute traverse
will bring you to a stream at the base of the ridge aligned east
to west. A broad trail appears on the north bank of the stream.
Follow it to the top of the ridge. From this point you will have
good views of the village just up stream of Dorji Ling nunnery.
The nunnery, which is out of view, sits at the bottom of a rock
outcrop visible from the ridge Top. The centerpieces of this friendly
nunnery is a red Lhakhang in the midst of a group of little white
houses. The Lhakhang is simply decorated, reflecting the modest
means of the 52 nuns who call this place home. Good place for
camping is found in meadows around
Nunnery. O/n camping.
Day 08: Trek DORJI LING NUNNERY
TO YANGPACHEN MONASTERY (3 hours):
From Dorji Ling follow the motorable road west, or downstream.
In 15 minutes the road
Crosses to the south bank of the valley watercourse and soon forks.
Take the right fork over the small concrete bridge and continue
down the east bank of the stream along the track. Forty-five minutes
from Dorji Ling the valley. The road stays close to the east bank
of the river skirting meadows that afford fantastic camping and
encompassing views of the Trans-Himalaya. There you will meet
driver who has been waiting for your arrival to pick you up and
drive you back to Lhasa. O/n at hotel.
Day 09: Drive to airport and
fly to your next destination.