Lhagang Grasslands and High Lakes Treks

The Lhagang Grasslands are a group of high plateaus around the low Le River Valley.  Nomadic yak herders moved into this area about 500 years ago, coming from the Golok and Sertar grasslands to the north.  Their descendants still live in the area, working with yaks and living in clans on the high plateau as their ancestors did.

In the high grasslands west of Lhagang, the plateau reaches 4600 meters, and is dotted with marshland and deep sinkhole lakes, with sheer rock sides, connected to the ground water system.  Legend says that a wave sometimes will sweep all the yaks, tents, and saddles from one lake, into another 20 kms away.

These high plateaus are the arena of silence, wind, and the high wolf dens: green in summer, yellow in autumn and winter.  Open land.

Marsh

Tseiyum Lake and Gyergo Nunnery Stay:

Ride up into the high Lhagang grasslands, stopping for a temple visit and lunch with a nomadic family – or, if the weather is nice, have a grassland picnic.  Stay the night with a nomadic family.  The following day, try milking yaks in the morning and then ride on to Gyergo Nunnery.  Visit the sights there – the temple, mani wall, and monk’s college. Stay the night with a family at Gyergo, and the next day ride up to high Meituk Tso, a lake with gorgeous high peak views.  Have lunch at the lake and then ride back to Lhagang.  (6 hours ride each day and 2 home stays included.  Includes all meals, beds, guiding, and horses (if riding). No packhorses.

See our Short Trek Catalog 2018 for further details and prices.

 

High Plateau Lake Trek

3 days, ride or hike, with car return (+optional nomad tent stay before trek)

Trek far into the grasslands west of Lhagang.

Day 1: Set out for Yibei Lake, a deep sinkhole lake in the highest part of the Lhagang Wide Grasslandgrasslands. Day 2: Ride or hike across high wetland, filled with wild birds, to a overlook to the north and west, and get a sense of the scope of the land. Visit sacred Ragni Lake, another sinkhole, and camp nearby. Day 3:  Ride or hike to Genup Gompa, an original small nomad temple on the edge of the high plateau.  Meet a car this evening to return to Tagong or the ecolodge.  Includes meals, tents, guides, and car.  Add 90 yuan for optional tent stay the night before.

See our Short Trek Catalog 2018 for further details and prices.

 

High Plateau Lake Trek

4 days, ride or hike (+optional nomad tent stay before trek)

Trek far into the grasslands west of Lhagang.

YibeiDay 1: Set out for Yibei Lake, a deep sinkhole lake in the highest part of the Lhagang grasslands. Day 2: Ride or hike across high wetland, filled with wild birds, to a overlook to the north and west, and get a sense of the scope of the land. Visit sacred Ragni Lake, another sinkhole, and camp nearby. Day 3: Ride or hike to Genup Gompa, an original small nomad temple on the edge of the high plateau. Day 4, return to the Khampa Nomad Ecolodge on foot or by horse, crossing deep valleys and high hills. Includes meals, guide, horses (riding or packing), and tents. Sleeping bags and mats can be rented. Add 90 yuan for nomad tent stay the night before the start of the trek.

See our Short Trek Catalog 2018 for further details and prices.