Lhasa - Namtso Lake Tour

Lhasa - Namtso Lake Tour

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Hotel / Lodge

Grade

Easy

Altitude

4,718 m

Transportation

Land , Flight

Group Size

1+

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Lhasa-Namsto Lake Tour will take you to Lhasa and Namtso Lake at 4718m, the highest point of the trip. Sightseeing in Lhasa involve tour of Potala & Norbulinka Palace, the old summer palace of the Dalai Lama., Drepung & Sera Monastery and Jokhang Temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism. Stroll through the ancient Barkhor Bazaar that are full of handicrafts, fur-lined hats, silver and turquoise jewellery, rosaries, prayer flags and charms, as well as beautiful Tibetan carpets. The Namtso Lake at 4718m is a nature’s delight. On your way back don’t forget to capture the views of Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586m.), Mount Makalu (8,463m.) and Mount Everest (8,848m.) from air.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

Day 02: This day you visit Potala Palace, Sera Monastery and Norbulinka.

Day 03: This day you are programmed to visit Drepung Monastery, Jorkhang Temple and Barkhor Street.

Day 04: Lhasa - Lake Namtso(250kms, driving about 5 hours) - Damxung (60kms, driving about 1 hour)

Day 05: Damxung - Lhasa (190kms, driving about 4 hours)

Day 06: Early morning transfer to Gonggar airport and fly to Kathmandu.

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Early morning, you are transferred to the airport to board the plane for the flight over the Himalaya to Lhasa. If the weather is clear there are wonderful views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and other peaks en route. On arrival at Gonggar airport (which is 60 km. from Lhasa), you will meet your Tibetan guide and drive to Lhasa. After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local areas and acclimatize yourself to the air, temperature and high altitude of Lhasa.Stay overnight at hotel.

 

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One of the highlights is the visit to the symbol of Tibet; the Potala Palace set high on Red Hill, the winter home of the Dalai Lama until 1959. Potala Palace is regarded as one of the most beautiful architectural building in the world. You will climb up the palace along the zigzag stone paths with white-and-red walls to the top of the palace where you can not only appreciate the exotic Tibetan-style architecture, but also get a great view of Lhasa’s urban areas, then walk into the inner space of Potala Palace to explore the stately chapels and learn about the history of the palace. 

In the afternoon, you will visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419, 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 there. Another great treasure is the Norbulingka– the beautiful Norbulingka which used to be the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas in the ancient time, and now is a public park. It is famous for its Potrang, the private palaces of former Dalai lamas with grandiose Tibetan architecture style.Stay overnight at hotel. 

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Today, you will visit Drepung monastery, one of the great monasteries of the Gelukpa (yellow hat) sect, just outside Lhasa.  Drepung, in Tibetan, means “prosperity”. Since its establishment, Drepung Monastery has always been one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. In its heyday, there were more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in the monastery. Throughout its history, many important and famous Tibetan leaders used to study here, especially the Dalai Lamas. So,Drepung Monastery is also respectfully known as the “Mother School of Dalai Lamas”.

In the afternoon, you visit Jorkhang temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where innumerable pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Surrounding the Jorkhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Market place which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. Around the Barkhor there are numerous stalls selling all sorts of handicrafts: brightly colored boots and fur-lined hats, silver and turquoise jewelry, rosaries, prayer flags and charms, as well as beautiful Tibetan carpets and all manner of ordinary household ware. Stay overnight at hotel.

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Namtso Lake is the highest saltwater lake in the world with an altitude of 4718 meters, also the second largest saltwater lake in China (after the Qinghai Lake). It’s quite common for tourists who are awestruck at the Namtso at the first sight. With the snowy mountains in the background, the crystal-clear dazzling blue water, Namtso is stretching to the horizon. There is no wonder why it was called “Heavenly Lake”. With hundreds of colored prayer flags, attached to the rugged, spiked cliffs facing the lake, Namtso seems more than just a scenic spot. The sound of prayer wheel, fluttered in the strong wind to remind its holiness.

View the magnificent sun set and catch the best views of Lake Namtso with your camera. And the Hilltop on Tashi peninsula is a high point to shoot the beautiful sunset of Namtso Lake and Nyainqentanglha Range. After visiting, drive 1 hour to Damxung.Stay overnight at hotel.

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Today, you will drive back to Lhasa. En route, you have chance to bath in the spectacular hot springs which are formed from terrestrial heat in Yangpachen(optional).Stay overnight at hotel.

 

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The flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu takes one hour and during your flight, you can see YarlungTsangpo River, YamdrokTso [Lake], Mount Kanchanjungha (8,586m.), Mount Makalu (8,463m.) and Mount Everest (8,848m.). But the visibility depends on the weather condition. Your Tibet Tour ends on your arrival at Kathmandu Airport.

What Is Included ?

  • All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide
  • All ground transportation throughout the Tibet tour by van 
  • Travel Permits 
  • China/Tibet visa
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels with breakfast during the Tibet tour on twin sharing basis 
  • Flight ticketsfrom Kathmandu to Lhasa and Lhasa to Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing tour in Tibet
  • Monasteries entry fees while sightseeing in Tibet

What Is Excluded?

  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch and dinner during the Tibet tour
  • Tips, drinks and expense due to unforeseen circumstance 
  • Service other than mentioned above
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

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