Lapchi (Milarepa cave) Trek

Lapchi (Milarepa cave) Trek

Southwest of Tingri and east of Nyalam lies the sacred Lapchi, also known as Milarepa's Hermitage. Milarepa, a famous Tibetan yogi, poet and singer, lived in this region, thus making it the most sacred destination in Tibet after Kailash and Tsari. There are many cave hermitages in Lapchi; the most famous belonged to Milarepa.

This journey starts in Pelgyeling (near Nyalam) along the Friendship Highway. From here we trek to Tashigang, where we will see the cave of Sang Phuk and a chapel founded by Dhuldzin Rinpoche, via Jamgang La (Kang-La) to Lapchi. We'll spend a day exploring Lapchi and then return to Nyalam by retracing our steps.

You could also commence this trek in Kodari as Nyalam is only 35 kilometers from this Nepalese border town. You will need five hours to drive from Kathmandu to Kodari if you choose this route. It is also possible to fly to Lhasa from Kathmandu (as indicated in our sample itinerary) or mainland China and then travel to Tashigang via Gyantse and Shigatse by 4WD. The best time for trekking in this region is between May and September.

Trip Facts:

Country:  Tibet autonomous region 
Destination:  Lapchi
Activities:  Sightseeing, Jeep drive and Trekking
Start/End:  Lhasa / Kathmandu
Trip Duration:  16 Days
Accommodation:  standard hotel in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse & best available en route, camping while trekking
Max. Altitude: 5200 Meters
Group Size:  Min.02 / Max.15
Trip Grade: Moderate
Cost: Please contact us

Lapchi (Milarepa cave) Trekking - Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Gongoar airport, transfer to the Lhasa city. Overnight hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing, visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Norbulinkha Palace
Day 03: Sightseeing, visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Tibetan Medical Center
Day 04: Drive form Lhasa to Ganden. Overnight hotel.
Day 05: Jeep tour: Lhasa to Tsurpu Monastery - Lhasa
Day 06: Jeep tour: Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake and sightseeing tour
Day 07: Jeep tour: Gyantse to Shigatse and sightseeing tour
Day 08: Jeep tour: Shigatse to Lao Tingri
Day 09: Jeep tour: Lao Tingri to Nyalam
Day 10: Nyalam trek to Tshigang
Day 11: Tashigang trek to Jamgang-La
Day 12: Jamgang-La trek to Lapchi
Day 13: Explore around the caves in Lapchi
Day 14: Trek Lapchi to Jamgang
Day 15: Trek Jamgang to Tashigang and drive to Nylam
Day 16: Nyalam drive to Zhangmu, cross border then drive back to Kathmandu

Notice: Participants of the trip must keep in mind that this is an adventure journey that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau where many unexpected and unpleasant events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour conclusion should always coincide with the original plan.

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Tour Cost:

In order for us to quote you the cost, please write us with number of members in your group, type of vehicles you want and the category of hotels you would like to stay in.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing BB basis during tour as per hotel plan.
  • Two men a tent with foam & thermal mattress, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, expert Cook & Sherpa during camping
  • Freshly cooked vegetarian full board meals, continental: - any meals Chinese, Tibetan, and western style.
  • All the sightseeing tours in Kathmandu & main cities in Tibet including Lhasa by an experienced English Speaking tour guide inclusive of private vehicle and all entrance fees.
  • Experienced and friendly English speaking Tibetan guide during tour.
  • Supporting Land cruiser and truck,
  • Chinese visa fees, Tibet Travel Permit and Monastery entrance fees
  • Basic first aid Medical kit bag
  • Required number of crew during the tour.
  • Experienced tour leader / co-coordinator with each group
  • Enough Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
  • 12 Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making Parikrama of Mt. Kailash

Trip cost not includes:

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and in Lhasa.
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry visa,
  • All kind of cold drink like alcoholic and mineral water, Coke, Fanta, Juice etc...
  • Hot and cold shower during the mountain.
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.

Flight Fare:

We provide you ktm-lhasa or Lhasa-ktm air tickets along with tour packages but the price are not fixed always, so please ask before booking your trip. Also if you wish to fly from Beijing to Lhasa and want a help from our side to book the air ticket then contact us and let us know your desire date, our ticketing officer will provide you entire details within 24 hours.

Train Fare:

You can take a train journey from any parts of Mainland china to Lhasa. Let us know from which city you want to come to Lhasa by train then we will provide you train fare with all necessary details. Contact us for more info on train.

Food on the trip

While staying in cities, every day's breakfast is included in the package. This will be a dish of Tibetan or continental origin cooked by the lodgings you stay at. Lunch, dinner and any extra food are up to you; as a rough guide, budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100 (US$10 to US$16) per day.

During the camping, your cook will provide 3 tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelets, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals.

We use as much fresh produce as possible and our cooks and kitchen crew maintain exceptional standards of cleanliness and food preparation hygiene. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for.


Keep in mind that you are traveling overland to highest plateau in the world; the drive goes constantly above 5000m during your journey except Lhasa (3,650m). Driving fast in such an elevation could cause medical conditions (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be fatal. There is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places like in Tibet. The higher the altitude the less is the oxygen in air. Your body needs few days to acclimatize to this less oxygen environment. Although we provide enough information regarding AMS precaution matters, if you get AMS, we do not have other options to treat it other than medication. We advise specially the guest(s) with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.

Clothing & Equipment

During the day a light shirt or jumper and lightweight pants will be suitable, but a warm fleece or down jacket is recommended for the evenings. Sleeping bags for trip also highly recommended. Comprehensive list of equipments will be provided by Mission Eco Trek once you book your trip.

Guide and Staffs arrangements

Throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life. All our Tibet trips are run in cooperation with our Tibetan counterpart, so you can be assured that authentic local touch.


Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses and emergency repatriation.

Rescue & Evacuation

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen, you shall be transferred to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own.

Further Information

Our homepage contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 23742 (Jitendra), 0977 98510 23758 (Thakur).


Two weeks holiday in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek

My wife and I took a 2 week tour in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek in Feb 2011 and had a fantastic time. Mission Eco-Trek provided the very highest caliber guides and Ram Kumar (the proprietor) personally made sure that everything went smoothly. When storms caused our original flights to be cancelled and then cancelled for a second time, he graciously accommodated our changes at no extra cost. The cost was reasonable and the services provided were exceptional -even beyond what we had expected from the contract....

Kevin & Jacque
New York, USA