Namtso is the second biggest salt lake in Tibet, located about 210 Kilometers north of Lhasa. Lhasa Namtso Lake Trek is a fairly rugged off-the-beaten-path but is considered one of the most rewarding treks in Tibet. During the trek, you will get an opportunity to see the nomads on the move of their Yak herds and get the flavor of Tibet’s high grasslands.
Lhasa Namtso Lake Trek (10 Days) is full of trekking and driving. Best for those who love to camp and walk amid beautiful mountains, up and down the hills, this tour offers you a great prospect to get along with nature. During the Lhasa Namtso Lake Trek Itinerary, you walk and drive along the beautiful turquoise lakes in the highest part of the world and move through the glacier valley in the Tibetan Plateau. The whole time you are on this tour, you will be very close to nature, and you will practice a feeling second to no other when you watch the fantastic view of Namtso Lake.
Alternatively, you can take your flight back to another destination from Lhasa if you no longer wish to drive to EBC via the friendship highway, which also shortens your trip.
This day you will fly from China/Kathmandu to Gongkar airport, over the greatest mountains in the world, absorbing their timeless beauty. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel, where you will rest and get acquainted with the Tibetan Environment.
Please read: If you are connecting from Kathmandu, make sure to arrive in Kathmandu at least 3-4 working days before the flight to Lhasa as you will need an extra few days to process the Tibet Group Visa.
The second and the third day of the tour are dedicated to Lhasa city and its marvelous architectural beauty. You will be visiting the Jokhang temple, Sera and Drepung monasteries, and Potala Palace along with Barkhor Street and the Lhasa streets.
Jokhang temple which was constructed back in the 7th century attracts hundreds of tourists every year. This temple has a very huge Sakyamuni Buddha statue and is considered the holiest place in Tibet. Sera and Drepung monasteries were founded in 1419 which are actually numerous white temples and Buddhist buildings at the foot of a rocky hill. Back in its days, Drepung monastery use to have 8,000 monks to teach traditions of Vajrayana, Mahayana, and Sutrayana, the three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism.
Potala palace with 1000 rooms and 13 stories to explore this is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Tibet. Elegantly decorated with hundreds of Thangka paintings, frescos and images created hundreds of years ago the Potala palace is a perfect example of how ancient monuments should be preserved.
This is the day you will begin your trek. After a drive along the Tibet-Qinghai highway to Yangpachen and further to Damsung which is at the altitude of 4130m, we will have a short hike through the beautiful Tibetan meadow and call it a day and camp. We will also visit a monastery on the way.
This day consists of 7-8 hours trek. On this day we pass through glaciated valley and herder’s camp where we’ll camp for the night.
Descending to the Broad Basins and hiking along with green Tibetan Meadows, today we will cross the Kong La from where we can have an amazing view of Namtso Lake and Nyenchen Thangla Ranges.
On this day, we get to witness the nomadic camps and their herds of animals as we hike through the green carpet of grasses. We will have lunch by the lake and follow the jeep trail all the way to Tashi Do hermitage and finally camp at the end of the day.
This day is put aside for self-exploration of Tashi Do Hermitage and the lake.
We drive back to Lhasa via Yangbachen. Spend the night at the hotel.
Depending on your flight/train time, our team will transfer you to the airport/train station for your return flight from Tibet. You can also drive to the Kyirong border through the Tibetan highway. Customize the itinerary Lhasa Everest Base Camp Kathmandu Tour.
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Accommodation: Accommodation is typically provided in twin rooms in cities, though a single supplement can be requested for an additional fee. During peak season, it can be difficult to find single or twin rooms in the mountains, so our lodges usually offer dormitory-style accommodation. Our priority is always to provide clean and safe rooms for our guests.
Meals: Our packages in Bhutan include full board meals, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included. For treks, all meals are provided, but you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.
Nepal Visa: If you are planning a trip to Nepal, you must have a valid passport and Nepal Visa. Depending on your country of origin, you may need to obtain a Nepal Tourist Visa before your arrival. To be eligible, your passport should be valid for a minimum of six months from your Tour Start Date. If you are planning on traveling to multiple countries on your trip, make sure to get a multi-entries Nepal Visa.
Bhutan Visa Clearance: All visitors to Bhutan must have a valid Bhutan Visa Clearance before their trip. To obtain it, you must submit a color-scanned copy of your passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months from the start date of your tour. Your tour operator will send you a Visa Clearance prior to your departure, which you must present at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during check-in. Once you arrive at Paro Airport, your passport will be stamped with the original visa.
Tibet Group Visa (TGV): All travelers from any nation intending to go to Tibet from Nepal must obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu with the help of a tour operator. To ensure the successful application of the TGV, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before your travel date. If you are coming from China, you will not require a TGV; instead, you will need a Chinese Visa and Permit. To find out more about the process of entering Tibet, please look into the Tibet entry procedure.
Nepal & Bhutan: Visiting Nepal and Bhutan at the same time is ideal as they share a similar climate. From high mountains to low land sub-tropical plains and jungles, the two countries have similar weather. The best time to visit is from March to April (spring) and October to December (autumn and early winter). During these months, the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder months, while June, July, and August (summer) are typically monsoon seasons.
Tibet: It is best to visit Tibet between April and October when the weather is warm and the skies are clear. However, from November to March, it is still possible to explore certain areas like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, and Mount Kailash, as long as the roads are not blocked by snow. Temperatures during this time may be quite cold.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tibet tour Where is Tibet? Tibet is situated in the South-West of China, also bordering Nepal, India, Burma, and Bhutan. The historical territory of Tibet would make it the world's tenth-largest nation. Tibet is under China's occupation and has been divided, renamed, and incorporated into Chinese Provinces. If China refers to Tibet, It means only part of historical Tibet, which it names China's Tibet Autonomous… Read More »