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Touch the Sky: A Day Trip to the Heavenly Namtso

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Embarking on a Journey from Lhasa to Namtso: A Day of Tibetan Discovery

The allure of Tibet, with its spiritual resonance and natural grandeur, calls for travellers from all corners of the globe. Among the many jewels in Tibet’s crown is the serene Namtso Lake, a destination that promises an escape into the heart of Tibetan culture and landscape. Our journey to this majestic lake began in the early hours from the spiritual city of Lhasa, offering a day filled with awe, cultural immersion, and natural beauty.

Namtso in a Nutshell: A Day Tour of Tibetan Splendor

Early Departure: Embracing the Tibetan Dawn

Our adventure commenced at 6:30 AM, leaving behind the awakening streets of Lhasa. The road to Namtso Lake, situated at a staggering altitude of 4,718 meters, was a path that led us not only across physical landscapes but also through a journey of cultural understanding. With the highest point of our trip reaching 5,190 meters, we were prepared for the significant drop in temperature, about 5-7 degrees lower than the already cool climes of Lhasa.

First Encounter: Black Tent Observation Deck

By 9:15 AM, we reached our first major stop – the Black Tent Observation Deck. Here, the majestic Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain stood before us, its imposing presence a testament to the grandeur of the Tibetan Plateau. Amidst this scenic splendour, a simple yet profound cultural exchange took place. A local child, selling freshly made highland barley cakes, offered us a taste of traditional Tibetan cuisine for merely 5 yuan. His polite bow, a gesture of respect and gratitude, was a heartwarming moment, reflecting the deep-rooted courteousness in Tibetan culture.

Ascending Nagenla Mountain Pass

Our journey then took us to the Nagenla Mountain Pass, located at an altitude of 5,190 meters. Here, we were greeted with an even closer view of the snow-capped mountains, a scene straight out of a Himalayan fairytale. The winds at this elevation were relentless, challenging our balance and composure, adding an element of adventure to our experience. A humorous incident with Ronda – perhaps a reference to a personal belonging or a travel companion – added a light-hearted touch to our high-altitude adventure.

The Heart of the Trip: Namtso Scenic Spot

Next, we boarded a scenic spot bus for a journey of over 30 kilometres to the Tashi Peninsula in Namtso. The lake, in its frozen state, was a mesmerizing sight. The ice sparkled under the sun’s rays, and local Tibetans led yaks along the shore, a scene reminiscent of traditional Tibetan pastoral life. Walking along the lake, we contemplated a return in the summer for a more comprehensive exploration of the Tashi Peninsula, which also houses a temple on the island.

Cultural Immersion and Quiet Reflections

As noon approached, we witnessed Tibetan locals chanting sutras by the lake – a spiritual ritual that imbued the atmosphere with a sense of peace and devotion. This moment of reflection was profound, marking the fulfilment of a long-held desire to visit Namtso. The frozen expanse, with hues of white and light blue, and the surrounding snow-capped mountains created a landscape of unparalleled beauty, a testament to the unique allure of the Tibetan plateau.

Exploring the Frozen Beauty of Namtso

The scenic bus tour around the island allowed us to appreciate the unique beauty of the frozen lake. The thick ice layer, which locals said would not melt until May, added a distinct character to the lake, different from its summer vibrancy but equally captivating.

Mid-Journey Respite: Nyenchen Tanglha Hot Spring

Our journey then led us to the Nyenchen Tanglha Hot Spring, located near Yangbajing. Here, we observed Tibetan locals bathing in the springs, known for their therapeutic properties. The land around the hot springs, tinged yellow presumably due to sulfur content, hinted at the geothermal activity of the region. The site was also adorned with prayer flags and stone piles, symbolizing the human world, and a pile of sheep skulls, indicative of a local sacrificial ritual.

Evening Return: Culinary Delights in Lhasa

As evening approached, we began our return to Lhasa, arriving around 7:45 PM. Our day culminated with a meal at Qianzhan Yak Yogurt Shop, where we indulged in the local delicacies: ice cream-soaked yoghurt, highland barley cake, barley twists, and tsampa accompanied by butter tea. This culinary experience was not just about satisfying hunger but also about connecting with Tibetan culture through its flavours.

Reflecting on a Day of Tibetan Wonders

As we retired for the night, reflections on the day’s experiences filled our thoughts. From the early morning departure to the evening’s meal, each moment of the journey from Lhasa to Namtso and back was a step deeper into the heart of Tibet. The day’s journey was more than just a trip; it was a profound exploration of the beauty and cultural richness of the Tibetan landscape and lifestyle. This experience, from the spiritual city of Lhasa to the serene and majestic Namtso Lake, offered a tapestry of memories that will be cherished forever.

What’s included in this price?

1. Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
2. Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
3. All necessary Tibet travel permits.
4. All accommodations, based on double occupancy. Above three star rated hotels in towns and city. Guest-house or tent in remote areas.
5. Meals, depend as noted in the itinerary.
6. Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
7. All Service Charges (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
8. Accident / Casualty Help

What is excluded in this price?

1. China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
3. Meals not listed in the itinerary.
4. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
6. Excess Baggage Charges.
7. Single room supplement.

Value for money:

While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know the value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer and at a reasonable price.

A great way to ensure the lowest possible price is to invite more people on the trip. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.


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Can I cancel my tailor-made tour ?

Yes! If you want to cancel your tailor-made tour due to some factors, you can. But you will be liable to pay cancellation charges that are bounded by Tour Tibet cancellation policy. Please read more about Terms and Conditions.

Can I arrange my Tibet tour on my own? Is it easier and cheaper ?

No. When you plan to tour Tibet, you first need to apply for the Tibet Travel Permits, which must be entrusted to a local travel agency for application from Tibet Tourist Bureau.

Can I talk to a travel consultant in person ?

Yes! We welcome our clients to come to our company and speak with our travel consultant face to face. And then customize your Tibet tour together with you.

How can do the payment ?

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements and your tour is confirmed, you need to pay a deposit of 20% of the total cost of your trip, via PayPal, Credit Card, Western Union, Wire Transfer.
When starting your tour, you need to finish the final payment and then start your dream Tibet tour with us!

Have to Travel on certain dates?

Because all of our tours are customizable, you can travel with us on any date you wish ( depending on flights ).
The itineraries provided on our website are the only sample, and you can change any destinations to suit your tastes and budget. Your travel consultant will provide advice and answer your questions.

Have I need travelling as a member of a group?

No. Our tailor-made trips are arranged on an individual basis, which means you are not tied to the wishes of a group and you can arrange your itinerary at your own pace.
If you are interested in a Group Tour, we do offer an arranged tour in a small group of up to 16 people.

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