10 Days Highlights of Chongqing and Lhasa to Sacred Namtso Tour
(CTT002) Chongqing - Flight to Lhasa Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa
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Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
Trip Level Guide:
- Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
- Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.
- Moderate to Strenous - suitable for ones physically fit; have experiences of high altitude trek.
- Strenuous: suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
The 10-day Chongqing and Tibet tour covers some of the highlights of historical, cultural and natural attractions in and around Chongqing. Not only can tourists enjoy the breathtaking night view of Jialing River and Yangzi River but also taste the tingling spicy hot spot. The old street in Ciqi Kou, vivid Buddhist sculpture in Dazu and stunning limestone bridges in Wulong, etc. will be your most memorable experience in hilly Chongqing city. And all of these are just an appetizer before the spiritual journey begins in Tibet. During your stay in Lhasa, you can visit the magnificent Tibetan monasteries, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and watch the fervent pilgrimage (kora) staged by devout Tibetan pilgrims. Besides, the jaw-dropping view of sacred Namtso Lake is going to upgrade your understanding of how beautiful the alpine saline lake can be. The sense of holiness of Tibetan Buddhism and exotic Tibetan customs are just another good reason to have this tour.
At a GlanceDay 1
Arrive in ChongqingDay 2
Chongqing Tour: Three Gorges Museum, Ciqi Kou (Porcelain Village), , Hongya CaveDay 3
Chongqing Tour: Dazu Rock Carving Day TourDay 4
Chongqing Tour: Wulong Karst Geology ParkDay 5
Fly to Lhasa, acclimate the high elevation of LhasaDay 6
Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor StreetDay 7
Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera MonasteryDay 8
Lhasa to Namtso Lake (250km, 5 hours)Day 9
Namtso Lake back to Lhasa via Yampachen (230km, 5 hours)Day 10
Departure from Lhasa
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Chongqing
Upon your arrival in the Chongqing airport or railway station, your local tour guide will escort you to your reserved hotel in Chongqing. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Recommended places for sightseeing and dinner:
a. Visit Jiefangbei Square, the “Times Square” in Chongqing
b. Taste well-renown hot pot in Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street
c. Enjoy the stunning night view of Yangzi and Jialing rivers from E’ling Park
Stay overnight in Chongqing
Day 2: Chongqing Tour: Three Gorges Museum, Ciqi Kou (Porcelain Village), , Hongya Cave
In the morning, we will visit Three Gorge Museum, where tourists can learn the historical facts of Chongqing before Three Gorge Dam is built. You can also enjoy the statues, ceramics, Buddhist art and bronze relics rescued from the rising waters of the dammed Yangtze River. Besides, you can see many historical photographs which give you an interesting insight into the small minorities inhabited in and around Chongqing in the past, etc.
After Lunch, the whole tour group is about to tour one of the must-see attractions in Chongqing, i.e. Ciqi Kou. The ancient town gives you a glimpse of the traditional cobbled streets and the distinct courtyard and lifestyle in hilly Chongqing. Some of the well-preserved shrines and temples are worth a visit. Though being a bit touristy, Ciqi Kou is packed with intriguing souvenir shops and tasty food stalls and home-run hostels. Do walk to the end and enjoy the river bank and ferry boats there.
In the evening, we will stop by Hongya Cave. With gorgeous neon lights sparkling around the Hongya Cave and Qiansimen Jialing River Bridge, you can taste hot pot and local snacks while enjoy the stunning night view of Jialing River Bridge and the commercial boats below, which is why Chongqing is named as “Small Hongkong”. You may also join the crowds to watch the live performance of street artists.
Stay overnight in Chongqing
Day 3: Chongqing Tour: Dazu Rock Carving Day Tour
Located approximately 108km away from downtown of Chongqing, Dazu Rock Carving is on the world heritage list as one of the eight most brilliant grottoes in the world. The massive and gigantic Buddhist sculptures date back to 7 AD and bear the influence of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. You can learn the story of Buddha and different schools of traditional Chinese philosophical thinking and closely explore the sleeping Buddha, etc.
After the day tour is done, we will head to Wulong County
Stay overnight in hotels or guesthouses in Wulong
Day 4: Chongqing Tour: Wulong Karst Geology Park
Wulong Karst Geology Park is one of the most stunning natural heritages around Chongqing. The Karst topography is biggest features of this enormous geology park. We will visit Three Natural Bridges, a series of incredible limestone bridges in Xiannv town, namely Tianlong Bridge, Qinglong Bridge and Heilong Bridge. The incredible limestone bridegs and gigantic sinkhole make Three Natural Bridge the famous setting in renown Chinese director’s movie “Curse of the Golden Flower” and the Hollywood blockbuster “Transformers 4: Age of Extinction”.
After the tour, we will drive back to the downtown of Chongqing (around 3 hours’ drive) and have a rest for tomorrow’s morning flight to Lhasa.
Stay overnight in hotels in Chongqing
Day 5: Fly to Lhasa, acclimate the high elevation of Lhasa
Take a morning flight from Chongqing to Lhasa. Upon your arrival, your local tour guide will escort you to your hotel in Lhasa. The rest of the day is for you to take a good rest so as to adapt yourself to the high altitude of Lhasa.
Travel Tips: For new-arrivals in Lhasa, never run, do jumping and rush to tour Lhasa city because of your excitement, all you need to do is have a nice sleep in the hotel and give your body time to get acclimatized. For the first couple of day, do not have shower or drink alcohol and eat too much. Drinking more water and eat veg are recommended.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 6: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor 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 souvenirs.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 7: Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery
In the morning ,you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace used to be Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before he moved to the Potala palace.
In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 8: 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 9: 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 10: Departure from Lhasa
The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
- Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
- All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
- Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
- Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
- All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
- Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
- All meals listed in the above itinerary;
- Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
- First aid kit;
- International flight to and out of China;
- Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
- Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (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.
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