Lhasa to Namtso Lake Tour is a classic tour itinerary for Tibet visit. Meanwhile, if you are not used to the high altitude, then this is one of the best itineraries for you. It covers all the main tourist sites in Lhasa like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung, and Sera monastery. The Namtso lake tour adds a special touch in the Nepal Tibet Tour itinerary.
The major highlight of this tour definitely would be one of the must-see attractions, sacred Lake Namtso. This heavenly lake is the second largest alpine saline lake in all of Tibet. With an altitude of 4,718m above sea level, its unreal beauty will take your breath away in a snap. In fact, it is one of those rare places on Earth where you feel the beauty of Nature as something material.
You can quite describe the air as drinkable and wind as tasteful around here. The aura will leave you admiring mountains in a place where you feel reluctant to return.
Highlights/Attractions of the trip
- Potala Palace, winter residence of Dalai Lama
- The Sera monastery and of course, Drepung monastery – the largest Monastery
- Visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market in the old Tibetan quarter
- Namtso lake, also the highest salt lake
- Tibetan Buddhism
- Visit Tashi Island
The popularity of Namtso Lake in Lhasa
The Namtso lake holds a great regional cultural significance mixed with the majestic natural sceneries. Lhasa to Namtso Lake tour is a great getaway from the hustle-bustle in cities. There’s a belief that the lake possesses the power to purify your soul. Moreover, pilgrims from around the world are attracted to Tibet’s culture and visit the region every year.
Since the area is an ideal habitat for several species of birds and wildlife, it is not rare to witness a few in action. It’s the perfect add-on to the natural beauty of this lake. Besides, you can also view the 5 islands in this lake that is surely enough to please your eyes to a great extent.
The lake is also very popular as a photography destination. You can literally wing it and shoot a picture randomly and it will come out great. Although, the best time to take a photograph would be a brief time of sunrise and sunset.
Check out the itinerary for this amazing trip from Lhasa to Namtso Lake and contact us for discussing your requirements. We can help you out with customizing this package in no time!
Day 1: Arrive 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.
Day 2: Lhasa Tour – Potala Place, Johkang Temple, Barkor Street (B)
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. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.
Day 3: 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. You can visit biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung.
In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 – 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.
Day 4: Lhasa to Namtso Lake (250km, 5 hours )
In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso, one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest saline lake in the world. On the way, you can see snow-capped Nyenchen Thanglha Mountain Ranges and lots of nomads and their tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated on the flourishing grassland ( in summer) . Besides, you can enjoy the view of Sky-Road Railway with snow mountain background; while standing at the famous Lagenla Mountain Pass(5190m), you can view the stunning vista of holy Namtso Lake.
Then we can do leisure trek around Tashi Island and enjoy sunset of Namtso. At night, we you enjoy night view of the milky way at the lake shore.
5: Namtso Lake back to Lhasa via Yampachen (230km,5 hours )
Enjoy the sunrise view of the Namtso Lake 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) and have both indoor and outdoor swimming pool filled with hot springs water. Finally, head back to Lhasa.
Day 6: Depart from Lhasa
The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
- Arrival and Departure transfers from airport to hotel in Lhasa
- 04 – nights twin sharing accommodation at 3 star hotel in Lhasa
- 01 – night twin sharing accommodation at 3 star hotel in Namtso Lake
- Tibet Travel Visa arrangements
- 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
- Everday Breakfast at the Hotel/Guest House
- First Aid kit
- Oxygen cylinder at Tibet side
- Government Tax
- Personal Travel insurance and Rescue Evacuation on the tour
- International flight to and out of Tibet
- Domestic flight/train
- Meals- Lunch and Dinner during the Journey
- Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and option tour activities