This 8-day Lhasa & Namtso Bike Tour, has 4 days for riding at a moderate difficulty level which most people can accomplish. Apart from biking in Lhasa, this particular route also offers superb view along the way. During the tour you will witness vast green grassland dotted with nomad’s tents, sheep and yaks, turquoise Namtso Lake with magnificent Nyenchen Thanglha range over 7000m tower over, sky-railway rushing through aside the road, and experience swimming-pool like Yampachen Hot Springs with snow-capped mountains surrounding you in the background…
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)||Pick up and transfer to the hotel.|
|2||Lhasa Suburb||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|3||Lhasa City||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|4||Lhasa - Damxung (155 Km)|
|5||Damxung - Namtso (75 Km)||Namtso Lake|
|6||Namtso - Yampachen (123 Km)|
|7||Yampachen - Lhasa (75 Km)|
|8||Departure from Lhasa by Flight||Send off to airport/railway station|
This is the first day that you enter Tibet. Your guide will greet you at the airport or railway station and transfer you to the lovely hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check-in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like to go out, you can wander around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
In the morning, we will go to visit Norbulingka. Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.
In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung monastery, which means Monastery of Collecting Rice in the Tibetan language. It’s a white magnificent construction that looks also like a pile of rice in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks before Tibet liberation.
In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later in the 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site.
In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.
Riding bike about 155km from Lhasa to Damxung along Tolung-chu and Qinghai-Lhasa Train Line, totally takes abt 8hrs. The road is in decent condition. Enjoy the fabulous view along the view. Damxung means "select pasture" in the Tibetan language. Damxung county has an area of 10,036 square kilometres, with rugged topography. Damxung is long and narrow, measuring 185km from the northeast to southwest extremes, and at most 65km across. The terrain is rugged, including the western Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains, with their highest peak rising to 7,111 metres. As of 2013 the population was 40,000, with most of the people engaged in animal husbandry.
Riding bike about 75km from Damxung to Namtso, takes abt 4hrs, with Nyenchen Thanglha snow mountain ranges in view. Today’ most difficult ride is to climb to Mt. Nagenla Pass (5190m), but the good thing is our vehicle is standing-by, always ready to take you if the bike ride becomes too difficult for this section. After going through Mt. Nagenla Pass, you can see vast green grassland dotted with nomad’s tents, sheep and yaks. Soon afterwards the turquoise Namtso Lake will come into view taking your breath away.
Rise up early to see sunrise at Namtso Lake, and you can also do a light trek to Tashi Dor Island at the lake shore, exploring its meditation caves. Then ride bike to Yampachen, at a distance of 123km, taking about 7hrs. Yampachen is a small town lying in Yampachen Valley, a long and narrow graben basin which covers an area of about 450 square kilometers. It is about 90 kilometers long and less than 10 kilometers wide. The mountains standing around Yampachen Valley are 5500-6000 meters above sea level. There are modern glaciers on the top of these mountains and relics of the ancient glaciers in the valley. Located at approximately 4500 meters above sea level, Yampachen is famous for its geothermal resources that produce much of the electricity for the capital Lhasa. It is also famous as a hot spring resort. Yampachen lies just south of Nyainqêntanglha Mountains, in an upland lush green valley surrounded by the tents of nomads with grazing yak and sheep populating the hillside.
Treat yourself a lovely bath/swim at Yampachen Hot Springs with snow-capped mountains surrounding you in the background, consider it a reward after biking at the top of the world for 3 days so far. After this refreshment, ride back to Lhasa, at a distance of 75km, taking about 4hrs.
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.
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