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Lhasa-Shigatse-Namtso Lake 8 Days Tour

Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-Namtso Lake-Lhasa

From $930
TOUR CODE: G-TB-010
TOUR TYPE: Group,Family,Culture,Photography

Summary

The 8-day tour includes 2 biggest cities in Tibet: Lhasa and Shigatse as well as 2 of the 3 holy lakes (Yamdrok Lake and Namtso Lake). We combine both culture and natural landscape together so you can appreciate every aspect of Tibet's beauty. If weather permitting, you can also have a short experience trekking while at Namtso Lake, Tashidor Island. 
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Lhasa arrival
Upon arrival, our guide will be waiting for you at the airport/train station and welcome you and take you back to Lhasa city for check-in. You will see the Yarlung Tsangpo River and Lhasa River on the way back. After you arrive the hotel, the rest day is for you to rest and get acclimatized. If you feel well, it's OK to walk around or nearby but it's suggested to take good rest so you can be prepared for the sightseeing next day.

Day 2: Lhasa city tour
Today we will visit the famous Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.

Drepung Monastery is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries that housed for more than 10,000 monks. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. It was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet. And then you also can visit the biggest monastery kitchen in the monastery and enjoy Buddhist sculpture carving workshop near Drepung.
Drepung Monastery Drepung Monastery

Sera Monastery is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. We will watch the Monks Debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour  the Tibetan religious scripture printing house and see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha inside the Monastery.
Sera Monastery Sera Monastery

Optional: If you want to, we can arrange the Wencheng Princess Show at night. Price starting from 60 USD.

Day 3: Lhasa city tour
Today we will visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.

Potala Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Potala Palace Potala Palace

Jokhang Temple is known as the center of the Tibetan Buddhism, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. Around the temple, you can see a great many of pilgrims praying in front of the temple. If you want to, we can do kora with local pilgrims.
Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple

We will stroll in the old alleys of Barkhor Street where you can drink the sweet tea, chat with locals and even bargain with the street vendors to understand the real life in Lhasa.
Barkhor Street Barkhor Street

Later we will have welcome dinner together with the whole group members.

Day 4: Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse
Today we will drive from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse. On the way, we will pass Gangbala Pass and have bird view of the beautiful Yamdrok Lake (1 of 3 Holy Lakes in Tibet). Later on we will pass Karola Glacier and Manda Dam on the roadside. After we arrive in Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and enjoy the far view of  Gyantse Fortress.
Yamdrok Lake Yamdrok Lake

Day 5: Shigatse-Lhasa
In the morning, we will visit the Tashilunpo Monastery-home of Panchen Lama. You can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future god) in the world. Afterwards we will drive back from Shigatse to Lhasa following  the  Yalong Valley and enjoy the scenery of on the way.
Tashilunpo Monastery Yalong River

Day 6: Lhasa-Namtso Lake
This morning we will drive from Lhasa to Namtso Lake. It is 1 of 3 holy lakes in Tibet and is the second largest salt lake in China. At an elevation of 4718 meters, it is also the highest altitude salt lake in the world, the furthest depth being more than 33m. On the way to Namtso Lake, you will  see snow-capped Nyenchen Thanglha Mountain Ranges and lots of nomads and their tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated on the flourishing grassland ( in summer). Besides, you can enjoy the view of Sky-Road Railway with snow mountain background; while standing at the famous Lagenla Pass(5190m), you can view the stunning vista of holy Namtso Lake. Time permiting, you can do an experience trekking around Tashidor Island along the lakeshore. 
Namtso Lake Namtso Lake

Notice: Afterwards we will drive back to Damxung or Yangpachen instead of staying overnight at the lake because starting from 2019, due to the local construction, all guesthouse nearby the lake is tore down for the sake for environmental protection. 

Day 7: Damxung/Yangpachen-Lhasa
This morning we will enjoy the hot spring at Yangpachen (Please prepare your own swimming suit). The famous Yangpachen lies on the southern slope of the Nyenchen Tangula Mountains and is famous for its geothermal scenery. Thanks to its special condition, a resort is built here, making having hot spring spa a feasible chance for local people and travelers. After the relaxed spa, we will drive back to Lhasa city.
Yangpachen Hotspring Yangpachen Hotspring

Day 8: Tibet departure
Our guide will drop you to the airport/train station based on your departure time. Tour ends.

Price Guide

Time Nov. 16-March 31 April 1-June 25 June 26-Aug. 25 Aug. 26-Oct. 15 Oct. 16-Nov. 15
Price 890 USD 930 USD 1040 USD 970 USD 930 USD

Discount
1. 3 pax booking together get 5% discount.
2. Booking 3 months in advance get 5% discount.
Notice: 2 discounts cannot be used together.

Price Includes
1.   Local Transfer: from 5-23 seat depending on the group tour size
2.   Accommodation (3-star sharing twin room)
3.   Local English speaking guide
4.   Entrance tickets listed above
5.   Tibet Travel Permit 
6.   Daily Water
7.   Oxygen supply when needed
8.   Welcome dinners
9.   Service fee
10. Government tax
11. Travel Accident Insurance
12. Pick-up service and drop-off service at fixed time
13. Permit delivery fee inside China
14. Yangpachen hot spring fee

Price Excludes
1. Tips to guide and driver
2. Meals 
3. Your own expenses
4. Single room supplement
5. Domestic/international train/flight to and leave Tibet

Notice

1. Because it's a group tour, when matching the roommate for you, we will try to find same-sex travelers for you as our priority. If there is no suitable roommate, we will inform you first to see if you are OK to share with a different-sex traveler. If no, we can consider to pay single room supplement to have a single room or get some refund to have a guesthouse (4-8 beds per room, no breakfast, no private bathroom).
2. We have free pick-up service for airport at 10:00 am; 13:30 pm; 17:00 pm and free drop-off service for airport at 06:30 am; 08:00 am; 12:00 pm. For train station pick-up and drop-off, we will arrange for you at any time.
3. We will only deliver the permit to your hotel/address in China. If you don't stay any night at China or if you prefer to get the permit in your home country/at the airport in Mainland China, there will be extra cost (about 50-75 USD dollars).
4.This tour itinerary is for your reference only. We may adjust the sequence based on the current situation (road condition, weather, reservation of Potala Palace, etc.). Our company will not be held responsible for uncontrollable forces like political policy, unrest, protest, natural disaster, weather, delay/cancel of train/flight.
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