Tibet Native Tours & Travels

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Trekking & Hiking Tour

Trekking in Tibet is a perfect way to explore Tibet and a wonderful experience of a lifetime that you can’t get anywhere else on earth. By trekking Tibet, you can enjoy the unique scenery in secret places of Tibet and have a full insight of Tibetan culture.
Tibet Trekking Types and Routes

Tibet trekking can be classified into Tibet pilgrimage trek, Tibet culture trekking and sightseeing trek. For instance, Mt. Kailash Trek is a typical pilgrimage trekking tour in Tibet. It is also a tour of hiking Tibet.

The inaccessible remote mountain areas of Tibet create lots of possibilities of trekking routes for adventure travelers. There are several popular trekking routes in Tibet, such as Mt. Kailash Trek, Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trek, Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trek, Shalu to Nartang Trek, Lake Manasarovar Kora,Ganden to Samye Trek, Nyenchen Tanglha Traverse, Everest Advance Base Camp Trek, etc.

Trip Introduction

Not far away from Friend-ship Hwy, Shalu to Nartang trek follows the ancient trade route between two great Buddhist monasteries, the Shalyu and the Nartang, while you trek through the route, you can feel the caravans laden with scriptures and treasures that once passed this way. The route passes through several villages as well as uninhabited dry canyons. It is also the shortest Tibet trekking route, just about 15 hours walking, you can divided into 2 or 3 days according to your personal physical condition. The optional walking season is from the beginning of April to the end of October.

Day 1:  :  Arrival-Lhasa(3650m)
Day 2-3:  :  Two full days Lhasa Sightseeing(B)
Day 4:  :  Lhasa to Tsedang: Yumbu lhakhang, Samye Monastery
Day 5:  :  Tsedang to Gyantse: Korola Glacier, Yamdrok-tso, Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum
Day 6:  :  Gyantse/Shalu Monastery(3980m)/ upper Lungsang(4060m), (trekking 5 -6 hours, 14km) (D)
Day 7: :  Upper Lungsang/ Ngor Monastery, (trekking 4hours, 8km) (B,L,D)
Day 8:  :  Ngor Monastery/Nartang Monastery Shigatse, (trekking 5hours, 18km) (B,L)
Day 9:  :  Shigatse/Lhasa(B): Tashilunpo monastery
Day 10: :  Lhasa airport dropping off

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Day 1:  :  Arrival-Lhasa(3650m)

Transfer to Lhasa downtown after arriving in the Lhasa Gongar airport or the Lhasa train station. Have a rest in Lhasa to acclimatize the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 2-3:  :  Two full days Lhasa Sightseeing(B)

Go sightseeing inside Lhasa in the first two days in Tibet. Visit fabulous and typical Buddhist and historic sites, such as Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple,Barkhor street, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.

In Potala palace, explore the grandest of this myriad chapel, its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens(stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, figures of the Buddha.

You will visit three important monasteries in Lhasa, the first and foremost is Johkang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism, which attracts pilgrims all over Tibetan Area, built during songtsen gonpo’s reign by princess wencheng of tang dynasty, 647 A.D. The other two, Monasteries Sera and Drepung Monastery, locate in suburb of Lhasa, are hosted by hundreds of Monks, learning, praying, studying, and living there. The famous Monks debiting held in the courtyard of Sera Monastery in the afternoon.

You will also explore the circular pilgrim route barkhor while traveling at Johkang Temple, contact local folks, and if possible purchase some traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, Tibetan music instrument, Thangkas, and tradition Tibetan clothes etc.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 4:  :  Lhasa to Tsedang: Yumbu lhakhang, Samye Monastery

Today we will drive to Tsedang, the capital of Shannan Prefecture, located at Yarlung Valley. It’s reputed as “the cradle of Tibetan Civilization””. You go to visit Yumbu lhakhang ,the first imperial palace on the rocky hill for a first Tibetan king and you could have nice view the whole valley from there.

Then visit Samye Monastery which is the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, built in the 8th century. A unique monastery layout was designed in the form of giant mandala,a representation of the Buddhist universe. The main temple in the center represents Mt. Meru, the mythical mountain at the center of the Buddhist universe. The four continents in the ocean around Mt. Meru are represented by the four temples at the cardinal points, each flanked by two smaller temples to symbolize islands in the ocean.

Stay overnight in Tsedang

Day 5:  :  Tsedang to Gyantse: Korola Glacier, Yamdrok-tso, Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum

Today, we have to drive from Tsedang to Gyantse. On the way, the group will pass over the Gampala pass (4790m), and tourists will enjoy stunning Karola Glacier andhave a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountain and in the distance you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .

We head westward along the lake and drive towards Gyantse. Gyantse was historically Tibet’s third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum.

Stay overnight in Gyantse

Day 6:  :  Gyantse/Shalu Monastery(3980m)/ upper Lungsang(4060m), (trekking 5 -6 hours, 14km) (D)

Drive to Shigatse first to issue the Alein’s Travel Permit. Then Drive to Shalu Monastery. Visit Shalu Monastery, the seat of Buton. Rinchendrub(1290-1346), who was the great master of the Tibetan translations of the Indian Buddhist. Then start trekking in the afternoon to Upper Lungsang. on the way, you will pass Ripu hermitage,flood plain, Phunup village, showa-la pass.


Day 7: :  Upper Lungsang/ Ngor Monastery, (trekking 4hours, 8km) (B,L,D)

Trek through the farming fields to the Ngor village. The Ngor monastery is renowned for its Sanskrit library and Newar-style(a tribe in Nepal) murals. There were once five assembly halls, 18 colleges and 400 monks. Cross the Char-la pass(4550m), there was once a trade link between Shalu and Sakya Monastery, but now has disappeared. Need to trek cross a steep slope of raw expanses of rock.


Day 8:  :  Ngor Monastery/Nartang Monastery Shigatse, (trekking 5hours, 18km) (B,L)

Trek from Ngor to Nartang by passing several villages, saddles, and one electric utility. Transfer to Shigatse after arriving in Nartang Monastery.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 9:  :  Shigatse/Lhasa(B): Tashilunpo monastery

Drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse in 4 hours. On the way, visit the largest Monastery in west Tibet, the Tashilunpo monastery, as the last but famous historic sites for your Tibet tour. Tashilunpo monastery is one of the six great Gelukpa institutions and was founded in 1447 by a disciple of Tsongkapa, Genden drup who was the first dalai lama. Jamkhang Chenmo contains the world’s largest gilded copper image (26m high) of future god Jampa.
Drive along the Friendship Highway back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 10: :  Lhasa airport dropping off

Transfer to the Lhasa airport/Train station to end the service. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer in Tibet, you can extend your trip to other parts of China like Gyantse,Shigatse, Everest Base Camp,etc. – If you need, please contact us.

Dates and Cost

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

Our Travel Expert Teams

  • Office Manager and Senior sales. I am a Tibetan born in Tibet, with a strong likeness of being a travel advisor. I like to choose tourism management course in college. now I am working in the Tibet Native Travel company. Our team is fully dedicated to our client's service.

    Sonam Gyatso( Travel Advisor )

  • I am your travel consultant and had worked as a tour guide for 9 years in TNT and had been to every corner of Tibet. with this fruitful experiences, I was appointed as the travel consultant in since 2010

    Jamyang Thinley ( Travel Advisor )

  • I have been working as a tour guide in the German language, + English language for last 17 years in Tibet. I assure you, that I can be a perfect choice for all German travelers. Now I am operating german travelers from the German-speaking country.

    Phurbu Tashi ( English + German Travel Advisor )

  • I have been working as a public relations for last 14 years, I love my work and handle it very easy way. I was professional for these works. such as, applying for the permit, booking air tickets and train tickets.

    Migmar ( Permit Man )

  • It's me Wolfgang from Germany. First, from the beginning, I was a group leader to the Himalayan region since 1989. After the decade of years leading the tour to major Himalayan region Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Ladhak. I worked with reliable local travel agency these significant places.

    WolfGang Henzler (European Co-worker )

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