Lhamo Lha-tso The Oracle Lake Trekking

Lhamo Lha-tso The Oracle Lake Trekking 12 Days / 11 Nights

Trip Code: HAT47

Trip Type:
Tibet Treks

Maximum Altitude:

12 Days

Trip Starts:

Trip Ends:

Hotels in the ciites and camping during trekking.

Best Time For Travel:
April to October

Trip Over View

Lhamo La-tso is the soul-lake of Palden Lhamo, the protector deity for all of Tibet. The lake is famous as the oracle or vision lake of Tibet. Every Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama visits the lake once in their lifetime in search of their future incarnation.

This is a fairly simple trek and traditionally very important for Tibetans but very unusual for travelers. You will spend the first few days in Lhasa and then drive to the Yarlung Valley. You cross the Tsangpo River to the Samye monastery and begin the trek from Olkha. Then follow what used to be one of the main pilgrimage routes to Lhamo Lha-tso beginning from the heartland of Tibet and moving through high nomadic pastures for three days to arrive at the monastery of Chokorgyel. The next day you will climb to the spectacular vantage point from which high lamas would view the lake and seek visions regarding the future of Tibet.

Our vehicles will come around to meet us at the Chokorgyel camp and you will return to near our starting point to visit some little known early temples before returning for a night in Tsedang. It is an easy hour transfer to the airport for departure the next day.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa.

Day 02-03: At Lhasa.

Day 04: Drive to Samye Monastery (100miles, 4-5hrs).

Day 05: Begin the trek.

Day 06: Trek to Amando.

Day 07: Trek to Chokorgyel Monastery.

Day 08: To Lhamo Lhatso-the Vision Lake.

Day 09-10: Return to Chokkhorgeyl Monastery and the next day drive to Tsedang.

Day 11: An extra day in Tsedang.

Day 12: Depart Tsedang.

Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa

Meet the guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Take a rest for acclimatization. Overnight at Dhod Gu or similar hotel.

Day 02-03: At Lhasa

Spend two full days in Lhasa visiting its highlights that include Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, Jorkhang Temple, Barkhor Street etc.

Day 04: Drive to Samye Monastery (100miles, 4-5hrs)

Drive along the bank of the Yarlungdzanbo River. 30 km before Tsedang, cross the river by ferry and take local transport to the monastery. Samye is the first Buddhist Monastery of Tibet. Overnight camping.

Day 05: Begin the trek

Drive to the Olka Valley. En route, pass by several hotsprings and visit some Gelugpa Sect monasteries including Cholung and Chosang. Overnight in camp.

Day 06: Trek to Amando

It’s a long day to Amando. We see some Nomadic encampments on the way. Overnight in camp.

Day 07: Trek to Chokorgyel Monastery

From Amando walk up about 1/2 hour to the Gyelung-la (5180m) and about 4 hours trek to the Chokorgyel Monastery, built in 1509 by the 2nd Dalai Lama Gendan Gyatso. Overnight in camp.

Day 08: To Lhamo Lhatso - the Vision Lake

Today, we finally make it to the holy Lake of Lhamo Lha-tso. Every Dalai Lama and Panchen Lamas has come here at least once in their lifetime for a vision about their next incarnation. Overnight in camping.

Day 09-10

Return to Chokkhorgeyl Monastery and the next day drive to Tsedang.

Day 11: An extra day in Tsedang

Today, explore the highlights of Tsedang. Visit the first building of Tibet-Yambulakhang Palace, Tradruk Temple and visit the tombs of Tibetan Kings in the Chongye Valley. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Depart Tsedang

Transfer to airport for departure.
  • Includes

    • Mid range hotel in Lhasa and Tsedang and rest of the places will be tented camping.
    • Daily breakfast in Lhasa and Tsedang and full board during trekking.
    • All transfers and sightseeing by a 4WD jeep and support truck for gears and supplies.
    • All camping gears that include sleeping tents, dinning tents, kitchen tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows etc.
    • Service of English speaking tour guide, cook, driver and necessary helps.
    • Pack-animals to carry luggage, gears and supplies.
    • Tibet entry permits.
    • Sightseeing admission fees.


    • Lunch and dinner during hotel stays.
    • Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone etc.
    • Airfares into and out of Lhasa.
    • Airport taxes.
    • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Trip Highlights.
    • Potala Palalce, Drepung Monastery, Jorkhang Temple, Sera Monastery etc in Lhasa.
    • Samye Monastery.
    • Nomadic people and their encampments.
    • Chokhorgyel Monastery.
    • Lhamo Lha-tso Lake.
    • Yambulakhang Palace, Tradruk Temple and Chongye Valley.