Lhasa Namtso Lake Tour - 5 Days

Lhasa Namtso Lake Tour

Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Tibetan Thangka Studio, Drak Yerpa, Sera Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Tashihunpo Monastery, Namtso Lake, ampachen Hot Spring, Tsurphu Monastery 

Lhasa Namtso Lake Tour starts with scenic flight over the Himalaya, after the memorable Lhasa Tour we head to Namtso Lake, meaning heavenly lake, is located in a mountainous area about 60km, northwest of Damxiong County.The Lake extents 70km. from east to west. and 30km. from south to north, covering an area of 1,920 sq km. and altitude of 4748m above sea level. It is the biggest lake in Tibet and the second biggest salt lake in China as well as the highest lake in the world. Namtso Lake is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, playing an important role among Tibetans. Every sheep year in Tibetan calendar, the Trekking Namtso Lake Festival is held and countless pilgrims from far away visit the Lake to pay homage. Tibet, a place for the traveler to cast away any preconceptions you may have and join in the journey of discovery along the way at least for a while. We have designed a several tours to suit of interests although we are always open to create new ideas and respect your suggestion.
 
Outline Itinerary
Day 01 Join Kathmandu, our company representative will pick you from airport. 
Day 02 Culture guided tour in UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites/Preparation.
Day 03 Fly to Lhasa, check in hotel, rest for acclimatization 
Day 04 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple 
Day 05 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa: Drak Yerpa, Sera Monastery
Day 06 Nam Tso Lake excursion and back to Lhasa 
Day 07 Final Departure (fly onward to Kathmandu, Nepal or extend to China by air or train)
 

Day 01: Join Kathmandu 13
Arrive in Kathmandu and you will be received by our company representative and transferred to the selected hotel. And a short brief about your trip. Stay overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: City sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full day Sightseeing in UNESCO listed historical sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath(monkey temple), and Pashupatinath in Kathmandu Valley with experience Tour Guide by private car/van, Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 03: Arrival in Lhasa
Our local Tibetan guide will wait you at Lhasa airport or railway station holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek(meaning hello with blissing), and be presented with a white Hada(traditional Tibetan ceremonial by give you a white scarf). Then transfer to hotel in Lhasa city. To rest well on your first arrival in Lhasa(3650m) is essential to ease Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS, also known as altitude sickness). Try your best to resist the temptation of going out.

Day 04: Lhasa Sightseeing in Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Tibetan Thangka Studio, O/N in Lhasa
Potala Palace: Lhasa’s cardinal landmark, Potala Palace is one of the great wonders of world architecture. As has been the case with centuries of Pilgrims before you, the first sight of the fortress-like structure will be a magical moment that you will remember for a long time. Entry to Potala is up two steep access ramps that will soon leave you wheezing in the oxygen-depleted air. Travel light and not to worry abt your water supplies for there are bottled mineral water for sell all along the way up to the top of Potala. Jokang Temple: also known in Tibetan as the Tsuglhakhang, Jokhang Temple is the most revered religious structure in Tibet. Thick with yak butter, the murmur of mantras and the shuffling of wide-eyed pilgrims, Jokhang is an unrivalled Tibetan experience. In front of the entrance to Jokhang is a forecourt that is perpetually crowded with pilgrims polishing the flagstones with their prostrations. Barkhor Street: Barkhor is a quadrangle of streets that surroungs the Jokhang complex. It is an area unrivalled in Tibet for its fascinating combination of sacred significance and push-and shove market economics. This is both the spiritual heart of the Holy City & the main shopping district for Tibetans. Tibetan Thangka Studio: Thangka is a painting on silk with embroidery, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala of some sort. The thankga is not a flat creation like an oil painting or acrylic painting but consists of a picture panel which is painted or embroidered over which a textile is mounted and then over which is laid a cover, usually silk. Generally, thangkas last a very long time and retain much of their lustre.

Day 05: Lhasa Sightseeing (Tour of the most important monasteries in Tibet) O/N in Lhasa
Drak Yerpa: for those with an interest in Tibetan Buddhism, Drak Yerpa(4885m), abt 16km northeast of Lhasa, is one of the holiest cave retreats in Ü of Tibet. Among the many ascetics who have sojourned here are Guru Rinpoche and Atisha(Jowo-je), the Bengali Buddhist who spent 12 years proselytizing in Tibet. King Songtse Gampo also medicated in a cave, after his Tibetan wife established the first of Yerpa’s chapels.

Day 06: Namtso Lake Excursion, O/N in Lhasa
It is a real pleasure to explore the busy cobble lanes twisting around the aged buildings. Covering 70,000 sq meters, Tashilunpo is essentially a walled town in its own right. from the entrance to the monastery, visitors get a grand view. Above the white monastic quarters is a crowed of ochre buildings topped with gold—the tombs of the past Panchen Lamas. To the right, and higher still, is the festival Thangka Wall that is hung with massive, colourful thangkas during festivals. Namtso Lake: Namtso(elev 4730m) is the second-largest saltwater lake in China and one of the most beautiful natural sights in Tibet. It is over 70km long, reaches a width of 30km and is 35km at its deepest point. When the ice melts in late April, the lake is a miraculous shade of turquoise and there are magnificent views of nearby mountains. The wide open spaces, dotted with the tents of local nomads, are intoxicating. Overnight in Lhasa

Day 07: Departure from Lhasa to Nepal or further destination
After breakfast at your hotel make the most of the last morning of your tour in Lhasa. Transfer to Lhasa Airport or Railway Station for next destination. End of service.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers by private car/van depending on group size in Kathmandu
  • 2 Nights deluxe room in 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast on double occupancy basis.
  • Half day guided tour in Kathmandu as per mentioned in itinerary
  • 4 Nights deluxe room in ¾ hotel in Lhasa with breakfast double/twin occupancy basis .
  • All breakfast during the tour in Nepal and Lhasa.
  • Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
  • Private transportation in Van/Bus in during the tour in Tibet.
  • Lhasa permit, Chinese visa fee
  • Sleeping bag/ Down Jacket if needed on Returnable basis.
  • Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipment)
  • Experienced tour leader / co-coordinator with each group.
  • Farewell dinner in one of authentic Nepalese Restaurant with Live culture show.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner during the tour in Nepal and Tibet
  • International flights to/from Nepal and Tibet
  • Personal expenses like shopping, phone calls, bar and beverage drinks, laundry etc.
  • Any additional expenses, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities, flight delays
  • Personal travel insurance, international air ticket, Nepal visa
  • Personal tour equipment and rescue operation charge in case of emergency
  • Transportation leaving Lhasa (air tickets or train ticket or drive back to Nepal)
  • Your personal entrance fees to all the scenic spots or you can skip some if you do not visit all.
  • Any expenses which arise due to a change of the itinerary or tour extensions
  • Tips for the tour support staffs.
  • Bank charge of payment when pay deposit in our company bank account.
  • Personal Pony Charges (will cost approximately US$ 280- US$ 325 per pony and helper for three days)
  • Trip cancellation charge due to Tibet government rules and other which are not in our hand.
  • Services other than specified.

Tibet Entry Permit

  • A Tibet Entry Permit is the most important thing. You should leave at least 30 days to arrange it before your trip.

Clothing: the Warmer the Better

  • As Tibet is quite high it is cold even in summer. The higher the elevation is, the colder it is. And the temperature changes dramatically between daytime and night. So even if you travel to Tibet in summer, we recommend you to pack warm boots, a woolen sweater, thick pants, and a warm coat or down jacket for Everest Base Camp Hike

Footwear

  • Boots are a good choice to protect your feet from little stones and sand, as well as for keeping warm. Pair of slippers/sandals is useful in some simple hotels that you will need for shower etc. If you want to climb mountains or go hiking, a pair of trekking shoes is needed.

Food

  • There are no Western restaurants in Tibet, and only a few hotels offer Western food. Bring some food you like in case you don't like Tibetan food. If you are going to visit remote and high areas, bring some food that can replenish energy quickly, like chocolate, nuts, and compressed biscuits.

Personal Tour Equipment

  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by vehicle/yak/porters.
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally.
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole if required
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries., rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose pocket or hiking knife.

Head/Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses/snow glasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place.

Tibet enjoys a dry climate and strong sunshine all year round. To protect yourself from sunburn and drying out, bring a pair of sunglasses, sunhat,lip balm, moisturizer, and sun block.

Toiletries

  • In some stops on your Tibet trip there are toilets. However, they often don't provide toilet paper. So, if you have to go to the toilet, bring some in your pocket/bag.
  • Hotels in some areas may not provide toiletries. Bring shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and a (quick-drying) towel with you.
  • Wet tissues or disinfectants are helpful since it is inconvenient to wash your hands and face in many areas.

Medical Supplies

  • Medicine for altitude sickness: Before your trip, ask your doctor for suggestions, and bring some medicine in case of emergency situations, such as medicine for colds, headaches, stomach ache, and fever. Read more about and its treatment.
  • Medicine for injury: Band-Aids, gauze, bandages, etc.
  • Medicine for insect stings/bites.


Other Things

  • Vacuum flask: Warm drinks help you keep warm on the plateau.
  • Enough water: Don't dehydrate.
  • Gifts for locals: Bringing some small gifts for local kids is a friendly act to show your kindness, such as pens, notebooks, and candy.
  • Flashlight or candles: These are helpful at night in some hotels (with poor lighting or power failure) or when you want to enjoy the night view of Tibet away from the street lights.
  • Extra batteries: You may not be able to charge batteries for your camera, phone, flashlight, etc., overnight in remoter areas, or if there is a power outage.
  • Light windproof raincoat: You won't want to wear your thick warm coat when hiking.

Preparing Well Is Recommended
If you don't want to pack too many things or forget something, most items above like warm clothes, food, daily articles, medicine, are available in Kathmandu/Lhasa. Of course it's better to prepare well and save your precious time in Tibet for things other than shopping. See also our general Packing List for Nepal Trekking.

 

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Elevation: 4730m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Group Size: Small Private Groups/Join Group
  • Best Time: May - October
  • Transportation: Flight

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