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Discover the Enigmatic Beauty of Tibet with Namtso Lake

Embark on a remarkable journey to Tibet’s heart with our exclusive Namtso Lake tour. Tailored for those seeking an enriching and efficient exploration, this tour highlights Tibet’s stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Experience the mystical Potala Palace and the majestic Namtso Lake in a journey that blends adventure with cultural immersion.

Tour Overview: A Journey for Every Traveller

The Namtso Lake tour is a versatile expedition suitable for various traveller types. Whether you’re a young adventurer, a couple on a romantic getaway, or a photographer in pursuit of the perfect landscape, this tour caters to a wide array of interests and preferences.

Tour Conditions: Navigating the High Altitudes

Prepare for a moderately challenging adventure, with altitudes reaching over 5,000 meters. The 250-kilometer drive from Lhasa to Namtso, taking roughly 4 hours, offers a visually captivating experience. Despite the high altitude and hilly terrain with numerous turns, the journey is as stunning as it is exhilarating, offering countless opportunities for capturing breathtaking scenery.

Visitors should be aware of the potential for mild high-altitude sickness near Namtso Lake. However, most travellers experience no significant difficulties.

Best Time to Visit: Maximizing Your Experience

Timing is crucial for the Namtso Lake tour. The lake is inaccessible from December to March, making April to November the ideal month for your visit. April is especially unique, offering the rare sight of a frozen lake amidst colder weather, adding a distinct charm to the tour.

Our Namtso Lake tour offers a unique blend of adventure, cultural immersion, and stunning natural beauty. It’s an opportunity not just to see Tibet, but to experience it in a way that stays with you long after the journey ends.

Exploring the Namtso Lake Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Welcoming You to Lhasa, the ‘Roof of the World’

Arrival and Warm Welcome in Lhasa

Your journey begins with your arrival in Lhasa. Here, our dedicated team ensures a seamless and comfortable start to your adventure. Whether arriving by air or rail, you will be greeted by a guide and escorted to your hotel.

Scenic Journey to Your Hotel

As you travel to your hotel, immerse yourself in the stunning vistas along the Yarlung Tsangpo River. This route offers a visual feast, showcasing the unique essence of Tibetan culture. Keep an eye out for the fascinating engravings, the vibrant flutter of Tibetan prayer flags, and the warm smiles of local Tibetans you might encounter along the way.

Exploring and Acclimatizing

Upon arriving at your hotel, the remainder of the day is yours to explore at leisure. This is an excellent opportunity to gently acclimatize to Lhasa’s high altitude and soak in the local atmosphere. Stroll around the neighbourhood, get a feel for the city’s rhythm, and prepare yourself for the exciting days ahead in this remarkable region.

Day 2: Exploring the Heart of Lhasa’s Cultural and Spiritual Heritage

Morning Visit to Norbulingka Park

Your second day in Lhasa begins with a visit to Norbulingka Park, the enchanting summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. As you stroll through the sprawling, beautifully maintained gardens, immerse yourself in the tranquillity and historical significance of this site. Norbulingka is not just a park but a symbol of Tibetan Buddhism’s profound legacy, offering a serene escape and a window into Tibet’s spiritual history.

Exploring Drepung Monastery

The journey continues to the majestic Drepung Monastery, once the largest monastery in the world, housing over 10,000 monks. Here, you’ll gain valuable insights into the daily lives and practices of Tibetan monastic communities. The monastery’s intricate architecture and sacred atmosphere provide a deep understanding of Tibetan Buddhism’s traditions and practices.

Afternoon at Sera Monastery and Buddhism Scriptures Debating

The day’s exploration culminates at the Sera Monastery, famous for its unique and intellectually stimulating “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” sessions. These debates are a hallmark of the monastery, known for their vibrancy, rigour, and spiritual depth. Witnessing these debates offers a rare glimpse into the dynamic and philosophical aspects of Tibetan Buddhism, making for an unforgettable experience.

Concluding a Day of Spiritual Discovery

As the day concludes, reflect on the rich cultural tapestry and spiritual depth you’ve encountered. Lhasa’s monasteries are not just places of worship; they are living, breathing centres of Tibetan culture and spirituality, offering visitors a truly profound and enriching experience.

Day 3: Immersing in the Splendor of Lhasa

Morning Visit to the Potala Palace

Your third day in Lhasa begins with a visit to the iconic Potala Palace, a symbol of Tibet’s cultural and spiritual identity. Constructed in 641 AD, this magnificent edifice served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas. As you explore its vast chambers and corridors, you’ll be awestruck by the Tibetan architectural splendour. The palace is adorned with imposing golden Buddha statues, and you may encounter robed lamas and devoted pilgrims, adding to the aura of this sacred place.

Afternoon Exploration of Jokhang Temple

The journey then takes you to the Jokhang Temple, revered as the spiritual heart of Tibet. This temple attracts countless pilgrims who travel great distances to pay their respects. As you observe these devout worshippers, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the profound spiritual dedication that defines Tibetan Buddhism.

Evening Stroll along Barkhor Street

Conclude your day with a leisurely walk around Barkhor Street. This street is not only a bustling marketplace but also a sacred pilgrimage route for Tibetan worshippers. Following this circular path, as the locals do, offers a unique opportunity to engage with Lhasa’s vibrant daily life and spiritual customs.

Reflecting on a Day of Cultural and Spiritual Richness

As the day comes to an end, take a moment to reflect on the extraordinary experiences and the rich tapestry of cultural and spiritual traditions you’ve witnessed. Your visit to these historic sites of Lhasa is not just a tour; it’s an intimate journey into the heart of Tibetan heritage.

Day 4: The Majestic Journey to Namtso Lake

Setting Off for Namtso Lake

On your fourth day, gear up for an exhilarating drive to the stunning Namtso Lake, located about 250 kilometres northwest of Lhasa. The journey to the lake is an adventure in itself, taking you along a well-maintained road that winds through Tibet’s captivating landscapes.

Experiencing the Grandeur of Namtso Lake

Namtso, a saltwater lake and the second-largest in China, is a marvel of natural beauty. Spanning over 70 kilometres in length and 30 kilometres in width, the lake captivates visitors with its vastness and serenity. On a clear day, the lake transforms into a mesmerizing canvas of turquoise, set against the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains.

Exploring the Lake and Its Surroundings

The area around Namtso Lake is as enchanting as the lake itself. You’ll see nomadic tents dotting the landscape, adding to the region’s rustic charm. You have the option to leisurely wander along the lake’s shores, absorbing the tranquil atmosphere, or to undertake a short hike up a nearby hill. Reaching the hill’s summit offers a panoramic view of the lake and its surroundings, a sight that is truly breathtaking and offers a moment of profound connection with nature.

Concluding a Day of Natural Wonders

As the day draws to a close, take a moment to embrace the peacefulness and beauty of Namtso Lake. This location is more than just a picturesque spot; it’s a place where the grandeur of nature and the essence of tranquillity merge, leaving a lasting impression on all who visit.

Day 5: Farewell to Lhasa

Leisure Time and Reflection

On your final day in Lhasa, you’ll have some leisure time to relax and reflect on the unforgettable experiences you’ve had during your stay. This is a great opportunity to take a final stroll through the city, capture some last-minute photos, or simply soak in the unique atmosphere of Lhasa one last time.

Departure and Transfer

When it’s time to depart, our tour guide will be ready to assist you with a smooth transfer to either the Lhasa airport or the train station, depending on your travel plans. This hassle-free service ensures that your journey home begins as comfortably and stress-free as possible.

Concluding Your Journey

As you leave Lhasa, take a moment to look back on the rich cultural and spiritual insights, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality you’ve experienced. Your journey through Tibet, from the vibrant streets of Lhasa to the serene expanses of Namtso Lake, is sure to leave you with memories and insights that will last a lifetime.

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Prices and Services

What’s included in this price?

  • Travel Documents: Includes all necessary Tibet travel and approval documents.
  • Attraction Tickets: All itinerary attraction tickets are covered.
  • Guide and Driver: Experienced English-speaking Tibetan guide and driver.
  • Accommodation: Standard rooms in three-star hotels, upgrades available.
  • Transport: Local travel and airport/train station transfers included.
  • Meals: Hotel-provided buffet breakfasts.
  • Insurance: Travel accident insurance for the trip.
  • Driver & Guide Expenses: Their meals, accommodation, and travel costs.

What’s excluded in this price?

  • Single Room Fee: Additional cost for single room occupants.
  • Visa Costs: For Chinese visa or group visa from Kathmandu.
  • Major Transport: Flights and trains to/from Tibet (booking service available).
  • Other Meals: Meals beyond the provided breakfasts.
  • Tips: Optional for guides and drivers.
  • Unforeseen Expenses: Costs from force majeure events or personal reasons.
  • Personal Spending: Anything not listed in the included fees.

Tibet Entry Letter Processing

  • Who Needs to Apply:  Foreign tourists, Taiwan
  • Required Documents: Passport, Chinese visa, Home Return Card for Taiwanese.
  • Application Fee: Free for group participants.
  • Processing Time: 7-14 working days. Submit applications at least 1 month in advance.

Altitude and Altitude Sickness

  • Elevations: Lhasa (3,600m), Shigatse (3,800m), Everest (5,200m), Namtso (4,900m)
  • Health Considerations: Assess your health, especially if you have mobility issues, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or asthma.
  • Adaptation: Usually takes 1-3 days. Inform your guide in case of severe discomfort.

Elevation of Major Cities in Tibet

Tibetan Toilets

  • Urban Hotels: Western-style toilets, clean and hygienic.
  • Scenic Areas: Mostly flush squat toilets; some non-flush dry toilets.
  • Remote Areas: Squat toilets in towns and hotels; find natural cover in uninhabited areas.

Tibet Weather and Clothing

  • Climate: Variable weather with significant day-night temperature differences. Rainy in summer, sunny in other seasons.
  • Dressing Method: Layered clothing is recommended. Adjust layers according to the season and weather.

Transportation to Tibet

  • Train: Qinghai-Tibet Railway; limited sleepers, difficult to book in peak season.
  • Flight: Direct flights to Lhasa or Nyingchi; altitude sickness similar to train travel. Off-season airfare discounts were available.

Tibetan Food

  • Variety: Chinese, Western, Tibetan, and Nepalese options available in cities.
  • Tibetan Cuisine: Distinct flavour, different from mainland Chinese food.
  • Vegetarian Options: Available in cities and during travel.
  • Meals: Only hotel breakfast is included in the tour fee. Other meals are at your discretion.

Value for Money

A Journey Worth Every Penny

The journey you embark on with us is more than just a trip; it’s an experience of a lifetime. While we believe that such an adventure is beyond any price tag, we also understand the importance of value for those planning their dream tour.

Compare and Contrast

for the Best Deal

 When evaluating tour options, it’s crucial to compare apples to apples. Our tours are meticulously crafted to provide a comprehensive experience of Tibet’s rich culture, profound history, and breathtaking beauty, all at a price that’s as reasonable as it is rewarding.

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with Group Travel

One of the best strategies to make the most of your budget is to travel in a group. The larger the group, the lower the cost per person. This is especially beneficial for solo travellers – consider joining one of our group tours for both companionship and savings. For more details, our travel consultants are just a message away.

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for the Best Rates

Early birds do get the best deals! To lock in the most favourable rates, we highly recommend contacting us at least one month prior to your intended departure date. This helps secure a better price and ensures a smoother planning process for your Tibetan adventure.

TOURS FAQs

How many ways can I contact you ?

We offer the following contact ways:
E-mail: info@tourtraveltibet.com
Phone: +86-891-6348848 (24/7)
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Can I Cancel My Tailor-Made Tour?

Yes, you have the option to cancel your tailor-made tour. However, be aware that cancellation charges will be applied as per the Tour Tibet cancellation policy. For detailed information, please review our Terms and Conditions.

Can I Arrange My Tibet Tour on My Own? Is It Easier and Cheaper?

Arranging a Tibet tour independently is not possible due to the need for a Tibet Travel Permit. This permit is mandatory and must be obtained through a local travel agency authorized by the Tibet Tourist Bureau.

Can I Talk to a Travel Consultant in Person?

Absolutely! We encourage our clients to visit our office and discuss their travel plans directly with our travel consultants. Together, we can tailor your Tibet tour to fit your preferences and requirements.

How Can I Make the Payment?

Once you are happy with your tour arrangements and have confirmed your booking, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required. This deposit can be paid through PayPal, Credit Card, Western Union, or Wire Transfer. The remaining balance is due at the start of your tour.

Do I Have to Travel on Certain Dates?

No, you don’t. Our tours are fully customizable, allowing you to choose any travel date that suits you (subject to flight availability). The itineraries on our website are samples, and you’re free to modify any aspect to match your personal preferences. Your travel consultant is here to assist and guide you through the process.

Do I Need to Travel as Part of a Group?

Not necessarily. Our tailor-made trips are designed on an individual basis, meaning you have the flexibility to plan your itinerary according to your own interests and pace. However, if you are interested in a group experience, we offer small group tours limited to a maximum of 16 people.
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Couple Traveller

I highly recommend tours with Impression Tour travel Tibet They are very flexible, provides very good guides and drivers, everything was on time. Buses we used were super clean, our overall experience was very good. We made a trip to South and West parts of Tibet in September 2017.

February 23, 2018