Lapchi (Milarepa cave) – 23 days
This journey to the Milarepa Cave region is generally considered among the finest pilgrimages which Tibet has to offer, with Lapchi the next most sacred destination in the Himalayas after Mount Kailash and Tsari.
Milarepa was a hugely well-loved Buddhist master, who lived in this region from 1040-1123. Devout pilgrims flock from all over Tibet to visit the hermitages and monasteries associated with this illustrious yogi and poet. Lapchi, situated to the southwest of Tingri and east of Myalam, is also connected with the important Tantric cult of Demchok.
The fabled retreats of Tashang, Chumar, Drin, Drakmar and Lapchi are all within the mountains of the Lapchi Kang range and despite the ravages of the Cultural Revolution, these sites and their surrounding countryside still retain a magical quality.
The abrupt transition of the terrain from the arid, high altitude desert of Dingri to the lush green valleys of Lapchi is breathtaking and it is difficult to conceive of a more powerful visual contrast.
We begin our trek from Pelgyeling near Nyalam, on the Friendship Highway. We hike to Tashigang, where the cave of Sang Phuk can be seen, as well as the chapel founded by Dhuldzin Rinpoche and Jamgang La (Kang-la), eventually reaching Lapchi.
The best time to undertake this trek is between May and September.
Trekking itinerary for Lapchi (Fly in / drive our tour)
Duration: 23 days
Day 01: On arrival in Kathmandu, we meet you at the airport and transport you to aHOTEL.
Day 02: Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Our guide meets you at the airport and transports you to Lhasa (98 km)
Day 04: Lhasa tour. You visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Norbulinkha Palace
Day 05: Lhasa tour. You visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Tibetan Medical Center
Day 06: Jeep tour: Lhasa to Ganden – Lhasa tour
Day 07: Jeep tour: Lhasa to Tsurpu Monastery – Lhasa
Day 08: Free day in Lhasa
Day 09: Jeep tour: Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake and sightseeing tour
Day 10: Jeep tour: Gyantse to Shigatse and sightseeing tour
Day 11: Jeep tour: Shigatse to Lao Tingri
Day 12: Jeep tour: Lao Tingri to Nyalam
Day 13: Lapchi trekking. Nyalam – Tshigang
Day 14: Lapchi trekking. Tashigang to Jamgang-La
Day 15: Lapchi trekking. Jamgang-La to Lapchi
Day 16: Explore around the caves in Lapchi
Day 17: Trekking back to Nyalam
Day 18: Trekking back to Nyalam
Day 19: Overland tour, Nyalam – Zhang-Mu – Kathmandu
Day 20: Drive to Zhangmu, cross border then drive back to Kathmandu
Day 22: Free time
Day 23: Fly out from Nepal