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Shalu to Nartang - Tibet Trekking

It is a good opportunity to get a feel for trekking in Tibet. The two passes en route, Showa-la and Char-la, are not particularly high or difficult and the trail heads are easily accessible from Shigatse. This trek begins at the historic Shalu Monastery and traverses west over a couple of small ranges to Ngor Monastery. From Ngor it is a downhill slog to Nartang Monastery. The route passes through several villages as well as uninhabited dry canyons. It is about a 10 hour walk to Ngor from Shalu, which is best divided into two days and another seven hours from there to Nartang.

Note: The processing time for a Tibet Permit is 20 days. It would be wise to confirm your Tibet tour at least 30 days before travel to ensure adequate time is available to process the Tibet Permit.

Day 1 Lhasa Arrival

Welcome to the roof of the world! You will be pick up at the airport or train station, then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city at the comfort of your own private vehicle. En route, enjoy the breathtaking view along the Yarlong Tsangpo River. Tibetan features can be seen along the way, including Big Buddha engravings on the hill near the road, colorful prayer flags and friendly Tibetan people.

After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city at the top of the world.


Tips of today: 1. Go for some walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activity after arrival; 2. You’d better not have bath; 3. Drink more water, and have some fruit; 4. Have a good rest.

Day 2 Lhasa Sight seeing

After breakfast, you will firstly visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history. Next, come to Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks.

Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, where you will get the chance to experience “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. Enjoy the debates!


Tips of today: 1. Obey Buddhist manners and talk appropriately. 2. Feel free to ask tour guide questions about Buddhism or else; 3. Don't forget take your sun glasses and suncream.

Day 3 Wondering Lhasa

The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. Finally, walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street.


Tips of today: 1. Don't climb the Potala in a rush, which may cause hard breath; 2 Please don't disturb pilgrims. You can take pictures from a distance. 3. Don't fear to bargain and compare price if you do shopping in Barkor Street; 3. If you still have energy in the evening, you can go to the square on your own in front of the Potala Palace around 8:30pm to enjoy the 2-hours music fountain for free; 4. On this day, you will be mainly outside, please bring plenty of water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses.

Day 4 Namtso Lake

Today, you’ll be driven to Namtso Lake, about 250km northwest from Lhasa (paved road), the second-largest saltwater lake in China. It is over 70km long and reaches a width of 30km. In clear weather the water is a stunning shade of turquoise and you will be surrounded by magnificent views of the nearby mountains. The wide open spaces, dotted with tents of local nomads, are breathtaking. You may also walk along the lake or climb up the hill near the lake to explore the area.


Tips of today: While we recommend that you stay in a hotel back in Lhasa in the interest of comfort, you do have the option to stay at a guest house near Namtso Lake. The guesthouses lack showers. There is only one public toilet in the area which has no light to offer at night. However, if you are able to put up with the discomfort, staying at the guesthouse will allow you to a great view of the sunset and sunrise, as well as a great view of the stars at night!

Day 5 Lhasa to Gyangste

Today you will be transferred from Lhasa to Gyantse (6.5-hour drive). En route, you’ll stop to see Yamdrok Lake, one of three most famous holy lakes in Tibet. For Tibetans, it is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and the home of the “wrathful deities”. The scenery of turquoise blue water in the lake with the reflection of surrounding snow-capped mountains is awesome. After arrival in Gyantse, you will tour Pelkor Monastery to admire fancy frescoes, statues and sculptures. Overnight at Gyantse.


Tips of today: 1. Wear warm clothes to prevent from cold and wild; 2. The road condition from Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake is good; 3. Feel free to ask your driver to stop so you can stretch your legs or take some pictures.

Day 6 Gyangtse to Shalu Monastery

Trek: 5-6 hours, 14km

After breakfast, you will drive from Gyantse to Shalu Monastery (2 hours). After visit of Shalu Monastery, proceed trekking till Upper Lungsang and will experience the distinctive local life and Nature, Overnight in Tent.

Tips: Be careful while trekking! Make sure you bring some snacks and plenty of water.

Day 7 Upper Lungsang- Ngor Monastery

Trek: 4hours, 8km, Camping at Ngor Monastery

Day 8 Ngor Monastery- Nartang Monastery- Shigatse

Trek: 5 hours, 18km, Overnight at Shigatse

Today trekking from Ngor to Nartang by passing several villages, saddles, and one electric utility. After arriving at Nartang Monastery, our driver will pick you up to Shigatse.

Day Shigatse – Lhasa

Today you’ll drive back to Lhasa (5 hours) along the legendary Yarlung TsangPo River, the mother river of Tibet. Along the journey, you will view fantastic landscape of the valley and snow mountain, and get the special feeling of travelling in the wilderness, far from modern civilization.

After a rest in Lhasa, you’ll have a Tibetan-style farewell dinner in a typical Tibetan restaurant, with traditional Tibetan songs and dances.


Tip of today: You may get to Lhasa in the early afternoon, you can just go for a walk around Barkhor Street, or Potala Square, or do some shopping of souvenirs.

Day 10 Departure from Lhasa

Today is free for you until your tour guide transferr you to the airport in time for your flight or drop you off at Lhasa train station.


Tips of today: 1. Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel. 2. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

Prices 2015
Tour codeDestinationdurationtour type1 person2-5 person6-9 personmore than 10
TB-LA-4DLhasa City 4 days Private Tours$470 $450$430$400
TB-SG-6DShigatse and Lhasa 6 daysPrivate Tours $780$750$700$650
TB-CT-7DNyingchi and Lhasa 7 days Private Tours $800$780$750$700
TB-NM-5DLhasa and Namtso 5 days Private tours $680 $650$620 $580
Price per Person: More people, you will get more discount, Extra charge applicable for not included in Itinerary

What's included in this price?

1. Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
2. Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
3. All necessary Tibet travel permits.
4. All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Above three star rated hotels in towns and city. Guest house or tent in remote areas.
5. Meals, depend as noted in the itinerary.
6. Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
7. All Service Charges (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
8. Accident / Casualty Help

What's excluded in this price?

1. China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
3. Meals not listed in the itinerary.
4. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
6. Excess Baggage Charges.
7. Single room supplement.

Value for money:

While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to ensure the lowest possible price is to invite more people on the trip. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.

  • Price:US $1600 per person
  • Duration: 10 Days and Nights
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Tour Pace:Comfortable
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Hi Altitude: 5,100 m
  • Physical Demands:Normal
  • Main Attractions: Palkhor Monastery, Yangpachen, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street,
  • Tour Code:TB-SNTR-10D

Miscellaneous info:

This "Golden Route" of Tibet tour will take you to two cities near Lhasa: Gyantse and Shigatse. Stay overnight at a small town, Gyantse, which is known as the "Heroic City", because it was the site of a major battle during the British invasion in 1904. While there you will experience Tibetan rural culture and a local market. Then visit Tibet's second largest city Shigatse, which is the most important farming area in Tibet. You will also visit two of the most revered monasteries in Tibet: Pelkor Chode Monastery (which belongs to multiple religious sects) and Thashilunpo Monastery (the seat of the Panchen Lamas. Inside there is a huge gilded bronze Buddha statue as well as many other beautiful statues).

Recommended Groups: Suitable for most groups including: Young Couples, youths, and students. Great shooting opportunity for photographers too. This tour will go through Karola pass at 5,010m, however most activities will be in an attitude lower than 3,900m, so a reasonable level of fitness is needed.

Conditions: The road condition from Lhasato Gyantse (255km, 5-6 hours) is a bit rough and mainly over mountains. With three stops on the road to see Yamdrok Lake, Karola glaciers and a visit to a Tibetan family for lunch break, we make sure the tour pace is comfortable and well arranged. You will be able to see the beautiful landscapes of Tibet and Tibetan rural life on the way. The road condition from Gyantse to Shigatse and then back to Lhasa is good with a paved road.

Best time: Available all year round. Highly recommend May, June, September and October. Winter can be a bit cold.

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