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8 Days Namtso & Classic Tibet Tour

8 Days Namtso & Classic Tibet Tour
Visits: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Namtso Lake
Days: 8 days Group size: 2-12 pax Price: $930
Highlights: Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Street,Drepung Monastery,Sera Monastery,Yamdrok tso,Phalkor Monastery,Gyantse Kumbum,Tashilunpo Monastery,Namtso Lake
This classic route covers the first and second largest city Lhasa and Shigtase, with two holy lakes in Tibet-Yamdrok Lake and Namtso Lake. Superb monasteries, vast plateau scenery, snow-capped mountains, lost glacier on the earth, scattered Tibetan villages, great pilgrim kora of Potala, Barkhor, you can just join in the shuffling pilgrims, just walk like a local Tibetan! Good road condition and more comfortable, easier travel in Tibet for 8 day!

Itinerary Details Date & Price Includes & Excludes

Day 1 Arrival at Lhasa by flight or train [3658m]

You will be greeted by your Tibetan guide once you arrive in Lhasa Gonggar airport or train station. From airport to Lhasa city is 68km, around one hour and half drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa; from the train station it is only 15km and takes 20 minutes by drive. Afterwards, free time for relax, have a good rest and drink more water to acclimatize the high altitude on the plateau. Overnight in Lhasa.


Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing [B] + [D]

Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang Temple and Potala Palace. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Jokhang Temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa. The circuit around the Jokhang called Barkhor Street is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Afterwards stroll on the narrow streets of Lhasa old town to meet local people and visit their markets. A "Welcome Dinner" is arranged for today. Overnight in Lhasa.

 Potala Palace  Jokhang Temple
Potala Palace Jokhang Temple

Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing [B] 

About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung Monastery, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day's sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains. Drepung is one of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera Monastery. Around 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous. Overnight in Lhasa.

 Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery 
Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Day 4 Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse [3840m], 360km, 6-7hrs drive [B]

After breakfast, you’ll first start the drive to Chushul, here you will cross Kambala Pass which is 4794m high, Kambala Pass will provide you the first sight of the holy lake - Yamdrok tso. Then drive down to the bank of Yamdrok tso Lake, it takes about half an hour driving along the beautiful the bank to the nearest town - Nangartse, normally groups will have their lunch here. After lunch, continue on Southern Friendship Highway towards west, enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains, valleys and grasslands with the groups of nomads. Far in the distance you’ll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m). Arrival at Gyantse in the afternoon, in Gyantse, you will be arranged to visit the Phalkor Monastery and the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. Afterwards drive to Shigatse, about 90km away from Gyantse, the drive will take about 1.5 hours. Upon arrival, check in the hotel. Overnight in Shigatse.

 Yamdrok tso Phalkor Monastery 
Yamdrok tso Phalkor Monastery

Day 5 Shigatse / Lhasa 270km, 4hrs drive [B]

Morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas in Shigatse, and do its “kora” which provides a great view of whole Shigatse city. Then start driving back to Lhasa along the northern friendship way, marvelous landscapes and sceneries along the Brahmaputra River will accompany you all the way back to Lhasa. Free time at own disposal upon arrival. Overnight in Lhasa.

 Tashilunpo Monastery  Tashilunpo Monastery
Tashilunpo Monastery Tashilunpo Monastery

Day 6 Lhasa to Namtso Lake [B]

Namtso Lake located at Damxung, which is a pure pasturing area in Tibet, where there’s a chance to find yaks and sheeps scattered on the vast grassland. This heavenly lake lies at an elevation of 4,718 m (15,479 ft), and has a surface area of 1,920 square ilometers. Before arriving the lake, the snow-capped Nyenchen Tonglha Mountains will catch your eyes, after we finally reached the lake, the deep blue endless water makes you feel you are staying at the side of seashore. The sunset of the lake in good weather is extra bonus if staying one night at lake. Overnight at local geusthouse.

 Namtso Lake  Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake Namtso Lake

Day 7 Back to Lhasa

In the morning, get up early and view the mighty sun rise of the holy heavenly lake, we people are too small. Stroll along the lakeshore and get a peace far from the city. Then drive back to Lhasa city, you may enjoy the Yampajain hot-spring (optional, self-paid) on the way back. 

Day 8 Lhasa airport / train station dropping off [B]

Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.

Price Quotation:

Comfortable Class Jan. to Mar. Apr. to Jun. Jul. to Aug. Sept. to Oct. Nov. to Dec.
price/person (USD) - 930 1039 1008 -
price/person (CNY) - 5,950 6,650 6,450 -

Single Supplement:

Comfortable Class Jan. to Mar. Apr. to Jun. Jul. to Aug. Sept. to Oct. Nov. to Dec.
price/person (USD) - 131 150 150 -
price/person (CNY) - 840 960 960 -

Group Tour Departure Dates for 2017
Apr   7    10   13  17  20   23  27  30 
May 2  4  7   11  15  20  23  27 
Jun 3  5 10 13 15 20 23 27
Jul 2  6 8 11 14 18  20   29 
Aug 1  5 8 12 15  18  22  30 
Sep 2  4 9 12 16  23   28   30 
Oct 2  5 8  12  17  21  24  28 

What's included in this price?
Transport: Private minivan or minibus with driver
Lhasa airport / train station pick-up and drop-off
3 star hotel or similar class in Lhasa & Shigatse
Buffet breakfast from the hotel
Local English-speaking Tibetan guide
All personal entrance tickets
All necessary Tibet permits
One welcome dinner in Lhasa
What's excluded in this price?
Lunch and dinner
Tips for the guide and driver
All airfare, air tax or train ticket fare
Service fee charged from the bank for the payment
Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, phone calls, etc.
Extra expenses of additional days caused due to unexpected events

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