Lhasa & Namtso Lake Tour


Trip Introduction

This tour covers the major tourist sites of Lhasa City: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Bakor street, Drepung monastery and Sera monastery, and you can see Namtso, 180km Northwest of Lhasa, is one of the most beautiful places in the Nyenchen Tanglha mountain range. Namtso means "Heavenly Lake" In the Tibetan "Nam" means Sky and "Tso" means Lake. Namtso Lake is at an elevation of 4,718 meters, covering an area of 1,940 square kilometers. Namtso Lake is the highest salty-lake in the world, and one of the 3 holy lakes of Tibet. It is also the second largest salt lake in China. The water here is a storybook crystal-clear blue. Clear skies join the surface of the lake in the distance, creating an integrated, scenic vista. Soul of every visitor who has ever been here seems to be cleansed by the pure lake water.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa
Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potala Place, Johkang Temple, Barkor Street
Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery
Day 4: Lhasa to Namtso Lake (250km, 5 hours)
Day 5: Namtso Lake back to Lhasa via Yampachen (230km,5 hours)
Day 6: Depart from Lhasa

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa airport and transfer to Lhasa (95 km - It takes approx. 2 hours to Lhasa through the Yerlung Tsangpo and the Lhasa Kyichu River). Overnight Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2: Lhasa Tour
After breakfast, visit Potala palace, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet. It was built in the 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo and later renovated by the 5th Dalailama in the 17th century.  Afternoon visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor market, this is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses of golden statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought to Tibet by the Chinese princess Wenchen. Overnight Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Lhasa Tour
After breakfast, visit Drepung monastery, which is the largest Monastery of the Gelugpa sect in Lhasa, which was built in 1416 by Jamyang chojie a disciple of Tsongkhapa. Afternoon visit Sera monastery located in north of Lhasa city, It was built in 1419 by Jamchen Choeji, a disciple of Tsongkhapa,the founder of the Gelugpa sect. Sera monastery is one of the three major monasteries of yellow sect in Tibet. Overnight Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Lhasa to Namtso Lake (250km, 5 hours)
In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso. On the way, you can see Nyenchen Thanglha (snow mountain ranges) and lots of nomads tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated around the mountain side. Namtso Lake is the Heavenly lake which is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest salt lake. You can do a very relaxing trekking around the lake side and Tashi Island. To spend a night at lake shore is fantastic to see the stars. Overnight Guest house

Accommodation: Guest House, Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Namtso Lake back to Lhasa via Yampachen (230km, 5 hours )
Enjoy the clear morning at the lake shore, you can trek along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves. Drive to Dumxung to have lunch.

In the afternoon, you may enjoy Yangpachen hot spring (Optional) and have both indoor and outdoor swimming pool filled with hot springs water. Finally, drive back to Lhasa. Overnight Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6: Departure from Lhasa
Departure from Lhasa to airport and fly to your next destination

Meals: Breakfast

Dates & Prices

We have Join-in small group with fixed departure dates so, please kindly check our departure date list as given below and select one from them or if you couldn’t find the suitable date for your travel schedule, please contact us and we will help you to plan a holiday according to your schedule. And also please note that this is tailor-made tour. You can add or reduce the days as per your time availability. All tailor-made trip or same trip can be organized on private basis.

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What is Included in the Cost

    • Airport/Train station pickup and drop
    • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
    • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
    • English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group;
    • Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on the group size;
    • Hotel accommodation using Economic Class (3-Star Hotels), If you travel individually, you will need to share one room with another tourist; while if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement.
    • Group tours only include a welcome dinner after your arrival in Tibet.
    • One shared big Oxygen tank in the car;
    • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;

What is Excluded in the Cost

    • International flight to and out of China;
    • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price, please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
    • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about US$ 3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
    • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
    • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Code: ftt003
  • Trip duration: 6 Days
  • Grade: Easy
  • Group size: 12
  • Max-Altitude: 4718m.
  • Activity: Sightseeing Tours
  • Starts in: Lhasa
  • Ends in: Lhasa
  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Transportation: Private Transport
  • Best Time: Spring, Autumn & Summer
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