6 Days Essences of Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa - Lake Namtso - Lhasa
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Small group tour (less than 12 people) with fixed departure
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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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This 6 days Lhasa and Lake Namtso group tour not only showers you the best of the holy, venerable city of Lhasa, includes the World Heritage Site of the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, the Barkhor pilgrimage circuit, and the huge monastic institutions of Drepung and Sera lie on the edge of town, but also gives a chance to gaze at the magnificent Lake Namtso, which shades the valley floor a miraculous shade of turquoise while the stunning 7000 m peaks encapsulate you in a lost world. It offers a glimpse of the nomad life of the north as well.
- Wind your way up through the Potala Palace, the holy land and landmark of Tibet.
- Join the shuffling, murmuring pilgrims around the shrines of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibet.
- Let yourself be swept 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.
At a GlanceDay 1 Arrive in Lhasa Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street Day 3 Visit Drepung and Sera Monastery Day 4 Drive about 5 hours from Lhasa to Lake Namtso Day 5 Drive back to Lhasa via Yampachen Day 6 Depart from Lhasa
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa
Welcome to Tibet! Upon arrival, be greeted by local guide at airport and be presented with traditional Tibetan White Scarf to wish you good luck!
Then our driver will take you to your hotel. You will enjoy the spectacular scenery and the typical Tibetan villages on the way.
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.
Day 2: Lhasa Sightseeing - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
After breakfast, we go to the Potala Palace, a golden feather upon the roof of the world, which Tibetans proudly claim to be the prime miracle since the creation of this world. It is visible from any distance, with the golden roof shinning in the sun, 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 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.
Day 3: Visit Drepung and Sera Monastery
In the morning, you will 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.
After lunch, you are going to 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. You can have a little hike for the beautiful valley scenery nearby and picnic there. And you may have the chance to see the famous monks debate (usually from 15:00 to 17:00) before returning back to Lhasa.
Day 4: Drive about 5 hours from Lhasa to Lake Namtso
Drive forward to Lake Namtso this morning, set up camp at Tashi Dorie peninsula after arrival and enjoying the glory of sunset over the lake if the weather is clear. 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.
If lucky enough, there is the opportunity to get a peek at the otherwise inaccessible nomadic life.
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
Enjoy the clear morning by the lake, you can have a little trek along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves.
In the afternoon, drive back to Lhasa, have a comfort stop in Yangpachen for the fabulous views of the grassland and its famous Yangpachen hot spring (optional, hot spring fee does not included in price).
Day 6: Depart from Lhasa
Today, 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.
Cost & Calendar
Class/Price for Per Person
Apr.1 to Jun.24
Jun.25 to Aug.25
Aug.26 to Oct.15
Discount: 3 travelers book the tour at the same time (5% off)
6 people have booked this trip.
Guaranteed departure; be the first one to reserve this trip.
Guaranteed departure; be the first one to reserve this trip.
1. Tibet Entry Permit
- Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle depending on the group size, and reliable Tibetan local driver;
- Tourist vehicle for 2 day Namtso Lake Tour
3. Admission fees of tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
4. Professional Tibetan English speaking tour guide for 2 days Lhasa tour and 2 days Namtso Tour;
- All lodging listed in the itineray at comfortable class; if you travel individual, you will need to share one room with another tourist, or you will have to pay the single room supplement if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself.
6. All measl, including a welcome authentic Tibetan dinner, listed in the itinerary;
7. Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
1. International flight to and out of China
2. Domestic flight / train to and out of Lhasa (If you need ticket booking service, please leave your requirements in the Online Inruiry form.)
3. Meals not specified in the itinerary;
4. Tips to driver and tour guide, Tip as you wish
5. Bath cost of Yangpachen Hot Spring and other personal expenses, like laundry, phoncall, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
About Hotel We Use
In Lhasa: Comfortable 3 Star Hotel
By Lake Namtso: Local Tent Guest House at Tashido Island
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