Not far away from Friend-ship Highway, 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 Arrive in Lhasa by Train or by Flight
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.
Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing - Potala Palace/Jokhang Temple/Barkhor Street
Tour starts from the religious Potala Palace(3700m) built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king-Songtzen Gampo. The present one was built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. After lunch, you will visit Jokhang Temple, situated in the old section of Lhasa. King Songtzen Gampo built this temple in the mid-7th century A.D. Now it is the most sacred place in Tibet. Pilgrims come here to pay homage from all over Tibet. Visit Barkhore Street in the evening.
Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery/Sera Monastery.
Today we will have visit to 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.
Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse- Shigatse (7 hours driving )
Drive to Gyantse after breakfast. On the way, dazzling Yamdrok-tso Lake (4441m)can be seen from the summit of the Kamba-la pass(4794m). Yamdrok is one of Three Holy Lake in Tibet. When you arrive at Gyantse, visit Pelkor Chode Monastery. The Monastery is founded in 1418, notable for its superb Kumbum Chode(10,000 Images Stupa)(4040m). Later transferred to Shigatse.
Day 5 Shigatse/Shalu Monastery, Start to Trek
Drive to Shalu Monastery from Shigatse by 47km asphalt road. Visit Shalu Monastery, the seat of Buton Rinchendrub(1290-1346), who was the great codifier of the Tibetan translations of the Indian Buddhist canon. Then start trekking in the afternoon to Upper Lungsang.
Day 6 Trek from Upper Lungsang/ Ngor Monastery, (trekking 4hours, 8km)
Trek through the farming fields to the Ngor village. The Ngor monastery is renowned for its Sanskrit library and Newar-style murals. There were once five assembly halls, 18 colleges and 400 monks, but presently there are only 25 monks.
Day 7 Trek from Ngor Monastery/Nartang Monastery Shigatse, (trekking 5hours, 18km)
Trek from Ngor to Nartang by passing several villages, saddles, and one electric utility. Transfer to Shigatse after arriving in Nartang Monastery.
Day 8 Shigatse/Lhasa(B): Tashilumpo 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.
Day 9 Depart from Lhasa
Today our guide will send you to airport or train station based on your depart time. Tour ends.
1. Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
2. All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
3. Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
4. Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
5. 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.
6. All meals listed in the above itinerary;
Escorted by private Tibetan guide and private vehicle with experienced driver; leave in late Spring, Summer and late Autumn!
Physical Demands: 5 star
1. 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. )
2. 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.)
3. Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
4. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
5. 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.