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6 Days Encounter the Nomads at Holy Lake Namtso

Tour Route: Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa

6 Days Lhasa Tour with Lake Namtso
  • Tour Code:
    TTO-PR-LN06
  • Max Altitude:
    4,718 m
  • Tour Type:
    Private tour with private guide and vehicle
  • Phisycal Demand:

    Phisycal Demand Level Guide:
    1. Easy (1 point) - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
    2. Moderate (2-3 Points) - suitable for those having average level for fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 years.
    3. Moderate to Strenous (4 Points) - suitable for those physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking.
    4. Strenuous (5 Points) - suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.

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    springSpringSummerSummerautumnAutumn
  • Theme:
    Nature & PhotographyFamily Tours
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  • Itinerary Details
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Overview

This 6 days Lhasa and Namtso Lake tour will showers you with the best of Lhasa includes the World Heritage Site of the Potala and Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor pilgrimage circuit. The huge monastic institutions of Drepung and Sera lie on the edge of town.

This tour finishes with a visit to the magnificent Nam-tso, which shades the valley floor a miraculous shade of turquoise while the stunning 7000 m peaks encapsulate you in a lost world. It also offers a glimpse of the nomad life of the north.

Highlights

  • Go down into the bowels of the Potala Palace, the impressive but spiritless citadel of the Dalai Lamas. 
  • Join the shuffling, murmuring pilgrims around the shrines of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibet.
  • Follow monks, mendicants and fellow pilgrims around the Barkhor Street, Lhasa’s fascinating medieval pilgrim circuit.
  • Take in a prayer meeting or some monk debating at Sera and Drepung Monastery, two of the largest and most intact of Tibet’s great monasteries.
  • Get a taste of the northern Changtang at the turquoise waters, snowy peaks and nomads’ tents of stunning high-altitude Lake Namtso.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa, get the first impression of Tibetan daily life

Welcome to the roof of the world! Your Tibet journey starts with a warm Tibetan style greeting from your local tour guide who will present you with Hada (traditional Tibetan scarves). 

Then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city at the comfort of your own private vehicle. For most of the way, you follow the Kyichu River, you could see Tibetan homes with their trapezoid shaped windows and fluttering prayer flags, and Tibetans walking beside the roads wearing their distinctive national costumes. Do have a comfort stop near Nietang Buddha where a giant statue of Buddha has been carved out of a stone cliff-face centuries ago.

One of the first buildings you could see as you enter the city is the Potala Palace, sitting majestically on a hill dominating Lhasa. Stay at the hotel after arrival for adapting to the high attitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water just and now.

Stay Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa Highlights Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

After breakfast, we go to the Potala Palace, is the center of the holy city Lhasa, which was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. You will spend one hour wondering around the inside of this magnificent building exploring the rooms previously used by the Dalai Lama and the many Buddhist icons within.

In the afternoon we go inside of the Jokhang Temple. The Jokhang, like most of the larger temple structures have numerous individual temples within it dedicated to specific enlightened beings, protectors, high lamas, or saints. Images, both sculpted and painted, are everywhere. Every inch of wall and ceiling is brightly painted with images of clouds, beings, mandalas, or decorative patterns. Colorful silk banners, three stories high, hang in various places. Color, pattern, and images crowd in around you. The central image inside the building is a 30-foot high gilded image of Maitreya Buddha.

Then stroll around the back alleys of the Barkhor Streat area of Old Lhasa. The streets smelled of yak butter and incense while hordes of pilgrims shuffled along the main Kora (circumambulations) around Jokhang Temple. If someone just walked at a normal pace, one kora would take about 15-20 minutes.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 3: Visit Drepung and Sera Monastery

In the morning have a tour for Drepung Monastery, the ever largest monastery with more than 10 thousand monks, Buddhist debates often occur there. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given its name which, in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks there.

The afternoon is spent touring Sera Monastery, have a little hike for the beautiful valley scenery nearby and picnic there, in the afternoon, visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. Catch the famous debate session of the monks (usually at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.) before returning back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso (250km, 5 hours )

Drive forward to Lake Namtso this morning. Pass by Damxung town and the 5,150-meter Lhachen La and reach the Nam Tso or Tengri Nor (heaven lake in Mongolian) along the newly paved way and set up camp at Tashi Dorie peninsula. In clear weather the water is a miraculous shade of turquoise and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains.

When arrival, enjoying the glory of sunset over the lake. By the lake, you can view the peak of Nyianchentangula (7162m). It is said the holy lake and the holy mountain are a couple of lovers, who altogether guard the vast pasture and cattle. The wide open spaces, dotted with the tents of local nomads are intoxicating. 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.

Stay overnight in Namtso Guest house

Day 5: Drive back to Lhasa via Yampachen (230km,5 hours )

Enjoy the clear morning by Namtso lake, and snap the amazing view of sunrise. You can also have a little hike along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves.

In the afternoon, drive back to Lhasa. You can have a comfort stop in Yangpachen for the fabulous views of the grassland and its famous Yangpachen hot spring  (optional).

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 6: Finish This Unforgettable Tour and Depart from Lhasa

Free time at your disposal this morning, explore the bustling markets of the Barkhor to buy some souvenirs for your families and friends. Then, our guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.

Tour services end and Tibet welcome you back forever.

Service Guide

Service Include

  • Tibet Entry Permit
  • Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle depending on your group size with reliable local driver;
  • Admission fees of tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Professional English speaking tour guide;
  • Accommodations depend on your preference. Please tell us your preferred accommodation class when submitting the enquiry, and we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • All measl listed in the itinerary;
  • Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

Service Exclude

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa
  • Domestic flight / train not listed in the itinerary (If you need ticket booking service, please leave your requirements in the Online Inruiry form.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary;
  • Tips to driver and tour guide, Tip as you wish
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, phone call, optional tour activities and so on.

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