Lhasa and Namtso Lake Tour - 5 Days

Duration5 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude3656 M
ActivitiesTours
Group Size2
StartsLhasa
EndsLhasa
Best TimeMarch to October

Explore the enchanting wonders of Tibet with our 5 days Lhasa and Lhasa and Namtso Lake Tour. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, and embark on an unforgettable journey to the breathtaking Namtso Lake.

In Lhasa, discover ancient treasures such as the iconic Potala Palace, the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism at the Jokhang Temple, and the serene monastic life at Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Stroll through bustling Barkhor Street, where vibrant markets offer a glimpse into daily Tibetan life.

Then, venture beyond Lhasa to the pristine shores of Namtso Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world. Marvel at the crystal-clear turquoise waters, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and vast grasslands. Experience the sacred tranquility of Namtso as you take in its awe-inspiring beauty and explore the surrounding natural wonders.

Throughout your journey, enjoy comfortable accommodations, delicious breakfasts, and the expertise of our English-speaking Tibetan guides. With private transportation and all entrance fees included, your adventure in Tibet will be hassle-free and unforgettable.

Join us on this extraordinary 5 days tour and discover the timeless charm and natural splendor of Lhasa and Namtso Lake. Experience the magic of Tibet as you immerse yourself in its ancient culture, majestic landscapes, and spiritual wonders.

Highlights of Lhasa and Namtso Lake Tour

  • Potala Palace: Explore the majestic Potala Palace, an architectural marvel and former residence of the Dalai Lamas, offering panoramic views of Lhasa.
  • Jokhang Temple: Visit the holiest temple in Tibet, housing the revered Jowo Shakyamuni statue and surrounded by the bustling Barkhor Street.
  • Drepung Monastery: Discover the largest monastery in Tibet, nestled at the foot of Mount Gephel, and immerse yourself in Tibetan monastic life.
  • Sera Monastery: Witness the lively debates among monks at Sera Monastery, known for its unique and engaging philosophical discussions.
  • Barkhor Street: Wander through the vibrant markets of Barkhor Street, experiencing the hustle and bustle of Tibetan daily life and shopping for traditional crafts.
  • Namtso Lake: Journey to the sacred Namtso Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, and marvel at its crystal-clear turquoise waters surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
  • Natural Wonders: Explore the pristine beauty of Namtso's shores, with opportunities for hiking, photography, and experiencing the serenity of the Tibetan plateau.
  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in Tibetan culture and spirituality, with visits to monasteries, temples, and encounters with local traditions and customs.
  • Comfortable Accommodations: Enjoy comfortable accommodations in Lhasa and the surrounding area, ensuring a restful and rejuvenating experience after each day of exploration.
  • Expert Guidance: Benefit from the expertise of English-speaking Tibetan guides who will enrich your journey with insights into Tibetan history, culture, and traditions.
Itinerary
Trip PlanExpand all

Your journey begins as you arrive at Lhasa’s Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station, where you will be warmly greeted by your local Tibetan guide. From there, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the heart of Lhasa. The drive offers your first breathtaking views of the Tibetan plateau and the majestic mountains that surround the city.

Upon arrival at your hotel, check in and take some time to rest and acclimate to the high altitude. Lhasa sits at 3,650 meters above sea level, and acclimatization is crucial to ensure a comfortable stay. You are advised to avoid strenuous activities, drink plenty of water, and take it easy for the remainder of the day. Use this time to explore the local area around your hotel at a gentle pace. Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Max Altitude: 3650 m

After breakfast, your first full day of exploration in Lhasa begins with a visit to the iconic Potala Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an architectural marvel and holds great historical and cultural significance as the former winter residence of the Dalai Lamas. Climbing the steps to the palace can be physically demanding, but the effort is rewarded with spectacular views and the chance to explore its grand halls, chapels, and museums filled with Tibetan art and artifacts.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. The temple houses the revered Jowo Shakyamuni statue and is surrounded by the bustling Barkhor Street. Here, you’ll witness countless pilgrims making their way around the temple in prayer and prostration, creating a vibrant and deeply spiritual atmosphere.

Following the temple visit, take a leisurely stroll through Barkhor Street, a lively marketplace where you can immerse yourself in the local culture, shop for traditional crafts, and sample local cuisine. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay in Lhasa.

Today’s sightseeing begins with a visit to Drepung Monastery, once the largest monastery in the world. Located at the foot of Mount Gephel, Drepung offers a serene setting and a deep dive into Tibetan monastic life. Explore its vast assembly halls, chapels, and the kitchen, where you’ll learn about the daily lives of the monks.

In the afternoon, head to Sera Monastery, renowned for its lively monk debates. These debates are a unique and engaging tradition, where monks gather in the courtyard to discuss Buddhist philosophy through animated exchanges. Watching the debates provides a fascinating insight into the intellectual and spiritual training of Tibetan monks.

After the monastery visits, explore the Norbulingka Palace, the former summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. This beautiful park and palace complex is known as the “Jewel Park” and features lush gardens, pavilions, and tranquil ponds. It’s an ideal place to relax and enjoy the peaceful environment. Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Today, embark on a full-day excursion to Namtso Lake, one of the most beautiful and highest-altitude lakes in the world. Located about 250 kilometers from Lhasa, Namtso, also known as the “Heavenly Lake,” sits at an elevation of 4,718 meters. The drive to Namtso offers stunning views of the Nyenchen Tanglha mountain range and vast grasslands.

Upon arrival, you’ll be captivated by the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the lake, set against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Namtso Lake is considered sacred by Tibetans, and you’ll see many pilgrims making a kora (circumambulation) around the lake. Take time to explore the area, enjoy a picnic lunch by the lakeside, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty and tranquility of this sacred site.

In the late afternoon, return to Lhasa, where you’ll have some free time to relax or explore more of the city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Your final day in Lhasa begins with a relaxed breakfast at your hotel. Depending on your departure schedule, you might have some free time for last-minute shopping or a casual stroll around the city. Your guide will then transfer you to Lhasa Gonggar Airport or the railway station for your onward journey, marking the end of a memorable adventure in Tibet.

This 5-day Lhasa tour offers a perfect blend of cultural, historical, and natural experiences, providing a deep and enriching insight into the heart of Tibet.

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Cost Details
Included
  • Comprehensive Transfers: Includes transfer services from Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station to your hotel upon arrival and from your hotel to the airport or railway station upon departure.
  • Hotel Stays: Comfortable accommodations in hotels with twin sharing rooms for the duration of the tour.
  • Daily Breakfast: Breakfast provided every morning at your hotel.
  • Entry Fees: All entrance fees to the mentioned sightseeing attractions, such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Palace, and Namtso Lake.
  • English-Speaking Tibetan Guide: Services of a knowledgeable, English-speaking Tibetan guide for all sightseeing and activities.
  • Private and Comfortable Transportation: Private vehicle transportation for the entire duration of the tour, ensuring comfort and convenience for all transfers and sightseeing.
  • Tibet Travel Permit: Arrangement and fees for obtaining the necessary Tibet Travel Permit.
Excluded
  • Lunch and Dinner: Lunches and dinners are not included in the tour package.
  • Transportation: Transportation to and from Lhasa
  • Flight and Train Tickets: Your flight or train tickets to and from Lhasa are not included in the tour cost.
  • Personal Expenditures: Costs for personal items such as laundry, phone calls, internet access, and shopping.
  • Travel Insurance: Any personal travel insurance, including medical and travel cancellation coverage.
  • Equipment and Gear: Personal equipment and gear for the trip.
  • Bar Bills: Expenses for beverages and bar bills.
  • Tipping: Gratuities for guides, drivers, hotel staff, and other service providers.
Essential Information

Important Tips for Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse Tour

Acclimatization

  • Take It Easy: On your first day in Lhasa, rest and avoid strenuous activities to help your body adjust to the high altitude.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help combat altitude sickness.
  • Medication: Consider consulting your doctor about medication to prevent altitude sickness.

Health and Safety

  • Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical expenses and emergency evacuations.
  • Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including local guides and your country's embassy or consulate in China.

Weather and Clothing

  • Layering: The weather can be unpredictable, so dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures.
  • Sun Protection: Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the strong sun at high altitudes.
  • Comfortable Footwear: Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes suitable for walking and uneven terrain.

Cultural Respect

  • Dress Modestly: When visiting monasteries and religious sites, wear modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
  • Ask Before Photographing: Always ask for permission before taking photos of people, especially monks and local residents.
  • Observe Local Customs: Be respectful of local customs and traditions, such as not touching religious artifacts or pointing your feet towards statues of the Buddha.

Money and Shopping

  • Local Currency: Carry enough Chinese Yuan (CNY) as credit cards are not widely accepted, especially in remote areas.
  • Bargaining: Bargaining is common in local markets, so don't hesitate to negotiate prices.
  • Authentic Souvenirs: Look for authentic Tibetan handicrafts like prayer wheels, thangkas, and jewelry as souvenirs.

Communication

  • Language: Learn a few basic phrases in Tibetan and Mandarin. Your guide will help with translation, but knowing some local language can be appreciated.
  • SIM Cards: Consider purchasing a local SIM card for your phone to ensure you have reliable communication throughout your trip.

Documentation

  • Permits: Keep your Tibet Travel Permit and other important documents handy, as you may need to show them at checkpoints.
  • Passport Copies: Carry photocopies of your passport, visa, and travel permit in case the originals are lost.

Food and Water

  • Safe Drinking Water: Avoid tap water and drink bottled or boiled water. Be cautious with ice and uncooked foods.
  • Local Cuisine: Try traditional Tibetan dishes, but be mindful of hygiene. Stick to well-cooked foods to avoid stomach issues.

Photography

  • Respect Rules: Some monasteries and religious sites have restrictions on photography. Respect these rules to avoid offending locals or facing fines.
  • Extra Batteries and Memory Cards: Bring extra camera batteries and memory cards, as charging facilities may be limited in remote areas.

Local Interaction

  • Respect Privacy: While interacting with locals, be respectful of their privacy and traditions.
  • Gifts for Locals: If you wish to give gifts to locals, opt for items like school supplies for children rather than money.

Environmental Responsibility

  • Leave No Trace: Be mindful of your environmental impact. Dispose of waste properly and avoid using single-use plastics.
  • Support Local Businesses: Purchase goods and services from local businesses to support the local economy.

Emergency Preparedness

  • Know Your Itinerary: Keep a copy of your itinerary and contact information for your tour operator.
  • Health Precautions: If you have pre-existing health conditions, consult your doctor before the trip and carry necessary medications.