Tsurpu to Yangpachen and Dorjeling Nunnery Trekking

Tsurpu to Yangpachen and Dorjeling Nunnery Trekking 9 Days / 8 Nights

Trip Code: HAT85

Trip Type:
Tibet Treks

Maximum Altitude:

9 Days

Trip Starts:

Trip Ends:

Hotels in the ciites and camping during trekking.

Best Time For Travel:
April to October

Trip Over View

Tsurpu Monastery is located high (4390m/14,400ft) in a tributary of the Tolung Valley, 65km (40 miles) by road from Lhasa. This is the seat of the Karmapa School, also known as the Black Hat sect, of the Kagyupa order. A wild and scenic trek of 4 days starts from the Tsurpu Monastery, crosses Lasar La (5270m/17,300ft), and then winds through a series of remote valleys to the seldom visited Dorje Ling Nunnery. The trek concludes at Yangpachen Monastery, set in the vast Yangpachen Valley at the foot of the Nyenchen Thanglha Mountains.
This is a high-elevation trek combining alpine tundra and sweeping mountain panoramas with visits to monasteries and Dorje Ling Nunnery, this trek nicely balances cultural and wilderness activities. The best time for this trek is from mid-April to mid-October. Summer months can be rainy but be prepared for snow at any time. Plan on at least 3-4 days for this walk.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Flight to Lhasa.

Day 02-03: At Lhasa.

Day 04: Morning drive to Tsurpu Monastery (4480m , 70km ).

Day 05: Begin the trek.

Day 06: Trek to Bartso.

Day 07: Trek to Dorje Ling Nunnery (4 hrs, 15km).

Day 08: Trek to Yangpachen Monastery (5 hrs, 14km).

Day 09: Depart Lhasa.

Day 01: Flight to Lhasa

Meet our local representative upon arrival at Lhasa airport and then transfer to the hotel. Today, we take a rest for acclimatization. Accommodation in Dhod Gu Hotel.

Day 02-03: At Lhasa

Spend two full days in Lhasa visiting its highlights: Potala Palace, Jorkhang Temple, Barkhor street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Norbulinka. Accommodation in Dhod Gu Hotel.

Day 04: Morning drive to Tsurpu Monastery (4480m , 70km )

Drive to Tsurpu Monastery, the seat of the Karmapa branch of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Bhuddhism. The Karmapas are also known as the Black Hats. Overnight at Guest house or camping in Tsurpu.

Day 05: Begin the trek

Today, we hike a distance of 11km in 4 hrs and camp in the county of Leten.

Day 06: Trek to Bartso

Approx. 3 hrs trekking north from Leten to Lasar La (5270m / 17,300ft), the highest point of this trek. En route, we will view the Damchen Nyingtri, which is holy to the god ruling the environs as per Tibetan tradition. Today, we will cover 15 km in 6 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Dorje Ling Nunnery (4 hrs, 15km)

Trek north-west to Dorje Ling Nunnery, en route view the great Nyenchen Tanglha, the 7111m mountain that gives its name to the range. It is the holiest mountain in central Tibet and is said to be inhabited by a god of same name. Total walking 4 hrs, 15 km.

Day 08: Trek to Yangpachen Monastery (5 hrs, 14km)

Trek north-west for approx. 1 hour to reach Yangpachen valley. Arrive at the monastery in another 15 minutes. The monastery was home to 115 monks but many of them have fled to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim. Same day, drive back to Lhasa. Accommodation at Dhod Gu Hotel.

Day 09: Depart Lhasa

Depart Lhasa for your next destination.
  • Includes

    • Mid range hotel in Lhasa, guesthouse in Namtso Lake and rest of the places, there will be tented camping.
    • Daily breakfast in Lhasa 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 in and out of Lhasa. 
    • Airport taxes.
    • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
    • Travel insurance.