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6 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Tour

6 Days Travel to Sky Lake - Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group Tour

(SG005A) Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa

Overview

This is the Classic tour itinerary to visit Lhasa and the holy lake Namtso lake. Meanwhile, if you are not used to the high altitude, then this is one of the best itineraries that cover the all the main tourist sites in Lhasa like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkor street, Drepung and sera monastery.

Of course, the highlight of this tour would be the one of the must-see attractions sacred lake Namtso.The heavenly lake is  the second largest alpine saline lake in Tibet with an altitude of  4,718 meters above sea level. Its surrealistic beauty will take your breath away in no time. Just as a tourist noted:" It is one of those rare places on Earth where you feel the beauty of Nature as something material. You can drink the air and taste the wind admiring mountains in a place where you feel reluctant to leave."

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa

When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. Tourists may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa.

After arriving in Lhasa, you can take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potala Place, Johkang Temple, Barkor Street

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the only most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, in the meantime you can buy some souvenirs.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery

In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “ three greet” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace was used as Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala palace.

In the afternoon, Sera Monastery--It was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419 by Jamchen chojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The Most attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

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.

Stay overnight in Namtso Guest house

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, head back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 6: Depart from Lhasa

The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2017 & 2018

Class/Price for Per Person Apr.1 to
Jun.24
Jun.25 to
Aug.25
Aug.26 to
Oct.15
Economic Class (3-Star Hotels) 750 US$ 850 US$ 800 US$

Please select a departure date in following charts.

If there are no tour dates suitable for you and we can set up a new date based on your schedule and invite tourists to join you, please kindly contact us and we’ll make every effort to collect more travelers.

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Please Note:

  1. If you couldn’t find a tour date suitable for your travel schedule in the above form, please contact our travel experts and they will help you plan a delightful vacation to Tibet at the BEST local price.
  2. Discount: 1.) 5% off for those booking the tour togher with other two travelers at the same time; 2.) 5% off for those booking the tour 3 months in advance.
  3. (Note: the above preferential policies can only be enjoyed by either one of them, not both.)

  4. The above price is not availble to tourists with Indian passport. To Indian citizens with Indian passport, please refer to theTibet Visa for Indian Passport for details.

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Knowledgeable 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;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; 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;

Service Excluded:

  • 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 USD3-15 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.

Shuttle Service between hotels and Airport/Train Station:

As for Lhasa Gongar airport is 70km from the downtown, it is hard for us to arrange free shuttle service at any given time.

So, our travel agency can only offer free shuttle service to pick up/drop off tourists between hotels and Gongga airport twice a day at a designated time. Some of the tourists may have to wait for others for a longtime beyond our designated time.

The free airport pick-up time is as follows on the day the itinerary begins:

  • Pick up tourists around 12:20 pm ( for flights arrival at airport before 12:20pm)
  • Pick up tourist around 16:00pm (for flights arrival at airport before 15:40pm)

The free airport drop time is as follows on the day the itinerary closes:

  • Pick up tourists around 7:30am ( for flights which depart from Lhasa around 9:30am-13:00pm)
  • Pick up tourists around 11:00am (for flights which depart after 13:00pm)

All the shuttle service from/to the train station on the date of tourists' arrival and departure would be free.

Exception

  • If tourists want shuttle service not included in the designated time frame or they prefer not to wait for the free shuttle service, they are required to pay extra 400RMB/car for private airport shuttle service, which needs a report to travel consultant when booking the tour.
  • If tourists’ come after or before the designated schedule, they are required to pay extra 400RMB/car for private airport shuttle service or 250RMB for train station, which needs a report to travel consultant when booking the tour. the same rule applied to the departure.
  • If tourists miss the free shuttle service as a result of flight delay and need a private pick up service, extra 400RMB/car is required.

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