6 Days Lhasa Namtso Lake In-depth TourFrom $600Tour Code: LST-03

Lhasa, Potala Place, Johkang Temple, Namtso Lake, Yampachen Hoy Spring

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D1 Arrival in Lhasa

Whether you arrive in Lhasa by train or by plane, your tour guide will meet you at the train station or at the airport to take you to your hotel and help you get checked in. Along the way into downtown Lhasa from the airport, you will be able to see the Yarlung Tsangpo/Bhamaputra River along the way – the largest and longest river in Tibet. Once you are at your hotel, you will have time to rest and relax to become acclimatized to the higher altitude, or, if you are ready to get started sightseeing, you can visit Potala Square with its different colored fountains and fantastic views of the Potala Palace.

Meals: None
Accommodation: Overnight at Lhasa 3-Star hotel
D2 Lhasa Tour - Potala Place, Johkang Temple, Barkor Street

Today we will start off with the fantastic Potala Palace, which historically served as the winter home of the Dalai Lama. It was first used in the 7th century by the 33rd king of Tibet. The most valuable collections in the Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of the former Dalai Lamas and the meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. After lunch, we will move on to the Jokhang Temple, which was also founded in the 7th century by the 33rd great king of Tibet to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni as he was at the age of twelve – this is perhaps the most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple is Barkhor Street where you can perform the “Kora” (a religious circuit around a sacred building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals. The Barkhor market is also a great place to pick up locally made handicrafts and souvenirs.

Meals: Breakfast   None  
Accommodation: Overnight at Lhasa 3-Star hotel
D3 Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery

This morning we will visit the Drepung Monastery – one of the great three Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge, on Tosngkhapa’s main disciples, the Drepung Monastery is home of Ganden Palace, which formerly served as the Dalai Lama’s palace before later moving on to the Potala Palace. In the afternoon we will move on to see another of the great three of the Gelug monasteries in Tibet – the Sera Monastery. Founded in 1419 by another main disciple of Tsongkhapa, Jamchen Chojey, the main attraction of this monastery is the lively scene of the monks debating Buddhist scriptures in the courtyard behind the monastery in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast   None  
Accommodation: Overnight at Lhasa 3-Star hotel
D4 Lhasa - Namtso Lake (250 kilometers, 5-hour drive time)

With this option, in the morning we will have a beautiful drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso, one of the four holy lakes of Tibet. Along the way we will see the spectacular Nyenchen Thanglha mountain range with its scenic snow-capped mountain peaks. We will also see numerous tents of nomads who live on the mountainsides with their grazing yak and sheep. Namtso Lake is known as the Heavenly Lake, and it is the highest altitude salt lake in the world. We will have time this afternoon for some relaxing trekking along the lakeshore and to explore Tashi Island. We will spend the night at the lake with the opportunity for some fantastic stargazing if the skies are clear (they usually are).

Meals: Breakfast   None  
Accommodation: Overnight at local Guest House
D5 Namtso Lake – Yampachen – Lhasa (230 kilometers, 5-hour drive time)

This morning we can spend some time on the lakeshore with additional time to explore Tashi Dor Island to explore its meditation caves if we didn’t get there the night before. We will drive on to Dumxung to enjoy a nice lunch before driving on to Yampachen. Here you can find the Yangpachen hot springs where they have both indoor and outdoor pools filled with hot springs water. If you like, you can enjoy the hot springs at your own expense. Afterward we will drve on to Lhasa where you can have some free time to enjoy your last night in Tibet.

Meals: None
Accommodation: Overnight at Lhasa 3-Star hotel
D6 Depart from Lhasa

Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel to escort you on to the Lhasa airport or train station and help you make sure that you find the right place to board your flight or train for your departure from Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast   None  
Accommodation:

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Price Guide

Price Includes:

Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
All necessary Tibet travel permits.
All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
Meals, as noted in the itinerary.
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

Price Exclude:

China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
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.

Booking Instructions

1. Reservations

 
1) Send your request through our website form. With each inquiry, please include the following information:
 
a. Your desired destinations;
b. Departure date
c. Length of your trip
d. Your name, email address and country of citizenship.
 
We will confirm your inquiry with a reply within 24 hours.
 
2) You can call us directly at our service center at +86-891-6384692 (landline) or +86-1889089998 (mobile)
 
3) You can come to our office in Chengdu in person to make reservation:
 
We highly recommend you that you reserve your tour at least 30-50 days before the actual travel date. We will send you a letter of confirmation 
via email once you have confirmed your booking with us, informing you of the your proposed flights, hotels and your trip details.
 
2. Payment Methods
 
We can confirm your tour reservation with a payment of 30% of the total tour cost plus 100% of the cost of any flights or train tickets required for your tour. You can then pay the balance due for your tour to our local staff after your arrival in Lhasa.
 
3. Luggage Allowances
 
The regulations of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China states that, the free baggage allowance within China is 20kg (44 pounds) for economy class flights, 30kg (66 pounds) for business class flights, and 40kg (88 pounds) for first class flights, plus limited carry-on luggage. Excess baggage charges are the sole responsibility of the traveler. Regulations within China specify that all suitcases must have a locking device attached. Failure to follow this regulation may result in refusal by airport staff to load suitcases onto the aircraft.
 
4. Itinerary changes and cancellations
 
We make every effort to operate tours as listed on our website, however, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary, or substitute the activities, hotels, meals or transportation as we deem necessary. We also have the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for every reason, like unforeseen circumstances, or circumstances beyond our control. In this cases we will re-book you on different day, however if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full field claim.
 
5. Meals
 
All of our tours include a daily breakfast. Lunch and dinner is not included as we prefer to give the freedom to our clients to try the local food by themselves. Meals are usually served at the hotel. Dinner may also be served at a local restaurant. Although we cannot guarantee special meal requests, we will do our best to provide you with specialized dietary needs for meals as well as your special needs for hotel rooms such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bed sizes, etc.

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