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6 days Lhasa plus Namtso Lake tour

Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa
Duration: 6 days Departure: All year around
Highlights:
Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Namtso Lake, Yangpacheng Hotspring
As one of three holy lakes in Tibet dotted on vast nomadic area, the blue and pure Namtso Lake (alt.4718 meters) is more commonly known as the Sky Lake for its height. With the reflection of grand snowcapped Nyingchen Tangula Mountain range over the lake, the holy Sky Lake looks more magnificent. By staying one night at the guesthouse near the lake shore, you can appreciate the fabulous sunset and sunrise view over the vast expanse of the Namtso Lake.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Arrival upon Lhasa
D2: Lhasa City Tour
D3: Lhasa City Tour
D4: Lhasa - Namtso Lake
D5: Namtso Lake - Lhasa
D6: Leave Tibet
at from $710 per person

Day 1: Arrival upon Lhasa

Schedule Today: Arrive upon the holy city of Lhasa by train or flight, our local Tibetan guide and driver will pick you up at the train station or airport with a warm traditional Tibetan style greeting by presenting our guests the white silk scarf of Hada to wish you a safe and pleasant journey in Tibet. Then, transfer you to the hotel booked in the downtown, you have to rest and take it easy at your first day in Tibet in order to acclimatize yourself better for the upcoming tours. Rest in the hotel or stroll the Barkhor Street are options for the first day.

Lhasa Airport Qinghai-Tibet Train
Lhasa Airport Qinghai-Tibet Train

Day 2: Lhasa City Tour

Schedule Today: After breakfast in the hotel, we leave for the landmark of Lhasa - the Potala Palace, the palace was built in the 7th century by the King Songtsanganpo to welcome his wife Princess Wenchen from the Tang Dynasty, later it became the winter palace for the Dalai Lamas when the Great 5th Dalai Lama moved his residence here. Inside the palace are countless precious treasures that cannot be valued by money. In the afternoon, we will visit the Johkang Temple also built in the 7th century, this is the first temple in Tibet and also the pilgrim center of Tibet Buddhism, around the Johkang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Street with pilgrims from all over Tibet. It is exactly because of this Tibetan quarter - Johkang Temple and Barkhor Street, the city name of Lhasa (means “land of Buddha”) came from.

Potala Palace Johkang Temple
Potala Palace Johkang Temple

Day 3: Lhasa City Tour

Schedule Today: After breakfast in the hotel, drive 20 minutes to the Drepung Monastery in the western suburb of Lhasa. This monastery was built in the 15th century by the Yellow Sect of Tibetan Buddhism; it was the largest monastery in Tibet with monks' population more than 10000 at its heyday. Also, it served as the winter palace for the Dalai Lama first to the fifth until the Fifth Dalai Lama moved its residence to the Potala Palace. In the afternoon, we are going to visit the Sera Monastery on the northern edge of Lhasa city, this 600 hundreds old monastery though is not as large as the Drepung Monastery, yet its lively sutra scripture debating among the monks in the afternoon makes it distinctive. The interesting and exaggerating expressions and movements by the monks when they debate make this visit a unique experience.      

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery
Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Day 4: Lhasa / Namtso Lake (250km)

Schedule Today: After breakfast in the hotel, leave Lhasa to Namtso Lake in north. The highway to Namtso Lake is only 250km long but takes around 5-6 hours due to speed control. The best scenery on the way comes when the snowcapped Nyching Tanggula Ranges appears imposingly on your left hand, with the grazing yaks and sheep on endless nomadic grassland and the Qinghai-Tibet train passing besides the highway. Namtso Lake is one of three holy lakes in Tibet, because it's very high at 4718 meters, so people also call it the Sky Lake as if the blue sky falls on the earth. The sunset and starry view here is stunning.

Namtso Lake Namtso Lake Sunset
Namtso Lake Namtso Lake Sunset

Day 5: Namtso Lake / Lhasa (250km)

Schedule Today: If the weather is good, wake up early in the morning to watch the fabulous sunrise view over the holy lake. The golden sun ray turns the snowcapped Nyching Tanggula peak in background into red, with its reflection shinning in the blue water. Take a short rest or do a short hiking before turning back to Lhasa. On the way, we will pass by famous Yangpachen Hotspring beneath the snowy mountain, if you are interested in taking a bath there; you could do that on your own, self-paid for the hotspring fee.

Namtso Lake Sunrise Yangpacheng Hotspring
Namtso Lake Sunrise Yangpacheng Hotspring

Day 6: Leave Tibet

Schedule Today: Tour ends. Our guide and driver will send you off to the airport or train station based on your schedule. Welcome to Tibet next time.

Quotation of this 6 days small group tour based different months in 2018 & 2019

April to June July to August September to Oct.15th 
USD 710 P/P USD 810 P/P USD 760 P/P

Service Inclusions:

  1. Pickup and drop-off service at airport or train station in Lhasa
  2. Well maintained tourists' vehicle with an experienced driver
  3. An English speaking local Tibetan guide.
  4. Clean and comfortable 3 star standard hotels in Lhasa with breakfasts included; simple guesthouse nearby the Namtso Lake with breakfast excluded.
    Note: all our hotels are based on two beds room (per person per bed), if you want to (or have to) stay at one room by yourself, you have to pay the single room supplement fee by yourself.
  5. All the travel permits needed to travel into Tibet
  6. The entire entrance fee to all the scenic spots in the itinerary
  7. Travel insurance for accident only
  8. Government tax and service fee
  9. Water per day per bottle
  10. One welcome dinner in Lhasa

Service Exclusions:

  1. Lunches and dinners plus one breakfast at Namtso Lake
  2. Transport fee into and out of Lhasa
  3. Tips to guide and driver
  4. Your other personal expense
  5. Bank service fee when you transfer deposit to us
  6. Single room supplement fee if ever
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