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6-7 Days Drigung Chu White Water Rafting Trip

Trip Length
3-4 hours on the water with 1-day rafting trip; 2 days on the water with 2-day whitewater rafting tour
25km for 1-day rafting; 40km for 2-day rafting
Class III / IV whitewater


Drigung Chu White Water RaftingDrigung Chu is 2 hours' driving distance from Lhasa, situated in an exquisite alpine valley. Continuous class III rapids are interspersed with incredible granite gorges and challenging class IV rapids. The 2-day trip runs more whitewater and also includes a visit to the Tidrum Nunnery and sublime hotsprings.

To undertake this trip you should be able to swim and you must be fit and fairly well acclimatized (at least 4 days in Lhasa). This run is quite technical so you will be expected to paddle often. This trip is for those looking for an exciting river adventure in a unique environment. Our guides feel this run is the most beautiful river in Tibet!

This classic class 3/4 run is about 2-hour drive east of Lhasa. It can be down as a long day trip or better done as a 2 or 3 day trip. There is about 50km of class 3+ granite boulder dodging or continuous class 4 in high water. There is one class V+ gorge in the middle that is easily portaged and a classic class 4 gorge about 5km downstream. There are a number of interesting monasteries in the valley and the famous Tidrum nunnery and hotsprings about 20mins drive up a side valley.

Itinearary Day by Day

Day 01 Arrive at Lhasa for acclimatization by air or train

Today's highlights:

Airport/train station transfer to hotel, Acclimatize to the High Altitude.


Fly into Lhasa or arrive in Lhasa by train. Local guide will meet you and transfer you to Lhasa. On the way, you can appreciate the heart-beating highland view along the Yarlong Tsangpo river (the longest river in Tibet and highest river on the earth with an average altitude of 4,000 meters), originating from Jiemayangzong Glacier on the northern Himalayas.

Day 02 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Today's highlights:

Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Barkhor Street


The cardinal landmark of Lhasa, Potala Palace, is a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. Potala Palace is a place where you can appreciate the Tibetan culture, religion and art of architecture as well.

Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple to pray for their now and future. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques.

Barkhor Street, the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet.

Day 03 Lhasa-Yamdrok Yumtso-Lhasa

Today's highlights:

Yamdrok Yumtso Lake


About hundred kilometers, you will appreciate the holy Lake of Yamdrok Yumtso Lake.The sacred lake of Yamdrok Yumtso is revered as a talisman, supporting the life-spirit of Tibet. It is said that should its waters dry, Tibet will no longer be habitable. Down to the Lake to have a picnic or hike.

Day 04 Lhasa-Ganden or Drak Yerpa-Lhasa

Today's highlights:

Ganden Kora, Drak Yerpa


Drive to Ganden monastery, the first monastery belonged to Yellow Hat sect. You could see the countryside views there. One the way have a family visit (optional) You can have a easier or harder hike at Ganden. High kora or low kora depends on your physical condition. The high kora climbs Angkor Ri south of Ganden and then drops down the ridge to join up with the lower kora. The low kora is easier than high kora.

Drak Yerpa hermitage is one of the holiest cave retreats in Tibet. The site is deeply peaceful and has stunning views. There are many caves and retreats higher up the cliff face. There, you can have a climb on the hill. It is said that Lhasa is the shrine of Tibet, Drak Yerpa is the shrine of Lhasa. Without seeing Drak Yerpa in Lhasa is just like making a dress without the collar.

Day 05 Drigung Chu White Water Rafting Trip

Today's highlights:

Drigung Chu Rafting


Pick you up at your hotel at 08:00 a.m around. Drive 2 hours to Drigung Valley. Full day spent on rafting. Back to Lhasa around 18:00 p.m after the rafting trip.

Day 06 Bid farewell to Lhasa

Today's highlights:

Airport/train station transfer


Transfer to Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station to take flight or train out of Lhasa.

Optional (2-day rafting trip)

Day 05 Pick you up at your hotel at 08:00 a.m around. Drive 2 hours to Drigung Valley. Afternoon time spent on rafting, then visit the hot spring and nunnery there.

Day 06 Full day spent on rafting. Back to Lhasa around 18:00 p.m after the rafting trip.

Day 07 Bid farewell to Lhasa

What We Will Provide for Rafting Tibet

Transport to and from the river
All personal rafting gear including: full length wetsuit, lifejacket, helmet and wetsuit boots
Picnic lunch and snacks (all meals on 2-day rafting)
English/Chinese/Tibetan speaking guides
Water resistant container for personal essentials
State of the art rafts and expert safety kayakers

What You Need to Bring

Bathing/swim suit
Sun hat and sunscreen (SPF 15 lip balm is recommended)
Sunglasses with strap
Refillable water bottle
Camera and protective camera bag
Pair of shorts to go over wetsuit

If 2-Day Rafting, the Extra Stuffs You Need to Bring

Warm clothing for off the river and evenings
Sleeping bag (available for rental if required)
Personal Toiletries
Spare film and batteries
Small torch/flashlight
A book or cards

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"Your overall service is excellent. Brian, our travel consultant, Wangdak, our Tibetan guide, and Tashi, our driver, are all very kind and helpful. It has been an excellent and very interesting tour in Lhasa. Within the 4 days of tour, it was enriched with some other interesting places to visit. Drak Yerpa is very nice! Thank you!!!"

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