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

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 year Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama visit the lake once in their lifetime in search of their future incarnation.

Lhamo Lha-tso-The Oracle Lake trekking is a fairly simple trek and traditionally very important for Tibetans but very unusual for travelers. We spend the first few days in Lhasa, and then drive to the Yarlung Valley. We cross the Tsangpo River to Samye monastery and begin the trek from Olkha. Then we 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 we 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 we 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.

Lhamo Lha- Tso- The Oracle Lake Trekking - Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa.

Meet the guide at the airport and transfer to hotel. Take rest for acclimatization. Overnight 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, 4-5 hrs)

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

Day 05: Begin the trek.

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

Day 06: Trek to Amando.

It’s a long day to Amando. You will see some Nomadic encampments on the way. Overnight 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 Chokorgyel Monastery, built in 1509 by the 2nd Dalai Lama Gendan Gyatso. Overnight camp.

Day 08: To Lhamo Lhatso-the Vision Lake.

Today, you will finally make to the holy Lake of Lhamo Latso. Every Dalai Lama and Panchen Lamas had come here at least once in their lifetime for a vision about their next incarnation. Overnight 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 Chongye Valley. Overnight hotel.

Day 12: Depart Tsedang

Transfer to airport for departure.


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