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May to Aug
Lhasa Namtso Tour
The Lhasa Namtso Tour stands out as one of the most beautiful journeys in the Nyainqêntanglha mountain range. Attracting Tibetan pilgrims to its cave hermitages for centuries. In 2005, a surfaced road was completed, connecting Lhasa to Namtso Lake via the scenic Laken Pass. At an elevation of 5,186 meters, providing easy access for travelers.
The development of tourism around Namtso Lake has resulted in enhanced infrastructure and amenities, transforming it into a sought-after destination. This transformation has not only brought accessibility but also a chance for visitors to delve into the local lifestyle. And culture by exploring settlements like Dobjoi, Donggar, and Cha’gyungoinba during the tour.
Tashi Dor Monastery and Scenic Laken Pass
A notable cultural and religious site on this journey is the Tashi Dor Monastery, gracefully positioned at the southeastern corner of Namtso Lake. This monastery holds significance and might serve as a captivating stop on the tour, offering travelers a deeper understanding of the region's rich heritage.
As the tour traverses the picturesque Laken Pass, standing tall at 5,186 meters, participants can expect awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscape. This pass not only adds a touch of adventure to the journey but also serves as a vantage point for capturing the natural beauty of the Nyainqêntanglha mountain range.
With the increasing popularity of Namtso Lake among travelers seeking natural beauty and cultural immersion. The region continues to flourish as a must-visit destination. The serene landscapes, coupled with cultural experiences, make the Lhasa Namtso Tour a remarkable adventure for those eager to explore the beauty and heritage of this Tibetan gem.
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa [3658m]
Day 02: Lhasa City Tour (B)
Day 03: Lhasa-Gaden-Lhasa(B)
Day 04: Lhasa-Namtso-Lhasa(B)
Day 05: Lhasa-Depart. (B)
Similarly You will be greeted by your Tibetan guide upon your arrival at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport or the Lhasa railway station. From the airport to your hotel in Lhasa city is approximately 68 km (42 mi), around an hour drive. From the train station into the city is only 15 km (9 mi) and takes a brief 20 minutes. During the drive, you will have time to enjoy the spectacular scenery Tibetan plateau and glimpses of scattered Tibetan villages. Once you arrive at your hotel and check in, the rest of the day will be free in order to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude.
However Potala Palace is the most well known known icon of Tibet. The massive complex is a small world within itself and is generally renowned as residence of the Dalai Lamas (Avalokiteshvara). It was first built by the 33rd ruler of his dynasty, King Songtsen Gangpo, in 7th century, but continual restoration efforts keep it looking majestic. Jokhang temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet, located in the heart of Lhasa old town. It is the most popular pilgrimage destination of all Tibetans. Barkhor Street is a popular Kora (religious walking circuit) which surrounds Jokhang Temple, and mingling with pilgrims around the Barkhor Street is a truly authentic experience. It is also a main shopping district where you can buy gifts for your family or friends. Lhasa Old Town gives a glimpse into the daily life of Lhasa Tibetans.
B, L, D Hotel
Morining visit to Ganden Monastery is the largest of the six primary monasteries of Buddhism’s Gelugpa sect. In addition to its magnificent architecture and religious importance, there is an extremely fabulous view on top of the Ganden Wangpo Hill. Kichu Valley is behind Ganden monastery, and we recommend a hike around the monastery for a bird’s-eye view of the valley. After lunch, visit to Sera monastery’s famous monks’ debate between 3 pm to 5pm (not available on Sunday), an exhibition certainly worth seeing. The group will be driven here to see the debating after lunch at a special restaurant at Ganden.
Optional program: At night, your guide can take you to enjoy a local Tibetan show (price is not included).
Lhasa / Namtso Lake / Nomad Family Visit / Lhasa After breakfast at hotel, Drive along the Northern Tibetan grassland, one can get a distant view of the Nyenchen Thanglha snow mountain ranges, and cross over the Nargen-la pass [5,190m]. Namtso Lake is one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet, and also the highest salt-water lake in the world. Visitors can do a bit trekking around the shore of the lake, and then in the afternoon, drive back to Lhasa. En route, a visit with a nomad tent family has been arranged, giving a unique chance to see their daily life and share a cup of authentic butter tea. Late afternoon, drive back to Lhasa.
Lhasa Train Station or Airport Drop Off. Our guide will be there at airport to assist you with boarding pass and see you off.
- Private professional Local Tibetan English-speaking tour guide.
- Private vehicle with driver and Luggage Transfers.
- All necessary Tibet travel permits.
- All accommodations, based on double-occupancy with attached bathroom in city and Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
- Meals, as noted in the itinerary. (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
- Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
- Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
- Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
What's not included?
- China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
- Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
- Meals not listed in the itinerary.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
- Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
- Excess Baggage Charges, Single room supplement.
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