Lhasa & Namtso Lake Group Tour

Duration:
6 Days
Price:
From USD770
Route:
Lhasa - Lake Namtso – Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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Overview

This is one of our best itineraries that cover main tourist sites in Lhasa city, but the most highlight of this tour would be one of the must-visit attractions holy Namtso Lake, it is a second largest saltwater lake in Tibet with an altitude of 4718 meters above sea level and acreage more than 1920 square kilometers, Tibetans look at it as one of the famous Buddhist holy lands.

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Taking a flight into Tibet will give you a panorama of the snowy Himalaya Mountains or 1-2 days of train riding over the high plateau by crossing Tanggula Mountains with beautiful sceneries along the way. Once you arrive, our local Tibetan tour guide and driver will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway with a traditional Tibetan white scarf to wish you good luck! And then transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to have a shower if you can help it.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Day 2 Lhasa Suburb

Today’s first attraction is Drepung Monastery. Drepung means "piles of rice" in Tibetan, which symbolizes prosperity. It was the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks. Also, It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Drepung Monastery is also a Buddhist education base. It is the best place to learn and impart Buddhism.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

Today, you will visit the most famous Potala Palace, which is the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. Potala Palace was the winter palace of successive Dalai lamas. It was built by the 33rd great king of Tibet - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th Century. 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. 

At noon, the tour guide will bring you to a good restaurant to have lunch and have a rest. In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street - one of the most devotional circuits as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it‘s also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

The Potala Palace is the world's highest palace, castle and monastery.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Lhasa- Namtso (4718m)-Damxung, 230km, Approx.6hrs

In the morning, we drive to the holy Namtso lake. On the way to Namtso, you will have a far view of NyenchenThanglha Snow Mountain. Enjoy the view of the vast grassland and spectacular natural scenery.

You'll arrive at Namtso Lake after passing NagelaPass(5150m), it covers a total area of more than 1900 square kilometers, being 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. Besides, you can enjoy the view of Sky-Road railway with snow mountain background; while standing at the famous Nagela Pass, you can see the stunning view of holy Namtso Lake. In the afternoon, you will do leisure trek around Tashi Island. If the weather is good, you will have a chance to enjoy the marvelous sunset view of the lake. Then we will drive to Dangxiong for and accommodation. Starting from 2019, all the guesthouses at the lakeside will be removed due to the environmental protection.

Stay overnight in Damxung, 3★

It's the third largest saltwater lake in China.
Namtso attracts many tourists from home and abroad with its unique charm.
  • Breakfast
Day 5 Damxung - Lhasa 163km, Approx.3.5hrs

In the morning, we will drive you back to Lhasa. We will pass by Yampachen. Yampachen lies just south of the Nyainqêntanglha Mountains, famous for Yampachen Hot Springs, at an altitude of 4290–4500m making it the highest altitude set of hot springs in China. You can enjoy the natural outdoor hot spring bath there, but this is optional, and the cost is not included in the tour cost. The suggested bath time is 40mins.

We will get back to Lhasa to have lunch then head to Norbulingka. Norbulingka is the summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas. You will find lush trees in this royal garden, which is rare to see anywhere else in Tibet. It's also a delicate museum of Tibetan arts and culture.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Kelsang Potrang, as the first palace in Norbulingka, it is named after the 7th Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso
Takten Migyur Potrang built in 1954 by 14th Dalai Lama is called the New Palace
  • Breakfast
Day 6 Depart from Lhasa

Today your guide and driver will escort you to the airport or railway station for your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a few minutes to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email when you back home. Your whole trip officially ended.

  • Breakfast

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2020-09-01 ~ 2020-10-07 2020-10-08 ~ 2020-10-31
USD840 USD770

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2020-09-01 ~ 2020-10-07 2020-10-08 ~ 2020-10-31
USD900 USD830

Schedule

Starting DatePrice FromBookedBook Now
2020-09-25 USD840 open for booking Book
2020-10-02 USD840 open for booking Book
2020-10-09 USD770 open for booking Book
2020-10-16 USD770 open for booking Book
2020-10-23 USD770 open for booking Book
2020-10-30 USD770 open for booking Book

No desired date of departure? Please send us an inquiry and we will try to arrange your tour according to your plan.

Discount Policy

You may only enjoy one of the advantageous policy, not both.

Option A:3 or More to Join the Same Group $30 / person
Option B:Tour in Apr~Oct
  • To book 6-month prior tour starts 5% Off / person
  • To book 3-month prior tour starts 3% Off / person

Booking Policy

A minimum of 2 people for opening a new group is required.

Confirmed Dates Book at least 12 working days ahead of time
Dates Listed2 Persons or above, 45-day prior
Dates Not Listed2 Persons, 90-day prior
3 Persons or above, 45-day prior

Our Service

INCLUSIONS

* Lodgings: 4 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★,  1 Night, dorm bed at GUESTHOUSE;

* Meal: 4 Breakfasts & 1 Welcome Dinner

* Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;

* Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on first & last day;

* Pick-up from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to your hotel at 9:30 am, 13:00 pm and 16:00 pm on the first day;

* Drop-off from your hotel to Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 6:00 am,8:30 am and 12:30 pm on the last day;

* Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide

* Attractions: all entrance fee mentioned in the itinerary

* Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB);

* Travel Agency Liability insurance;

* Government Tax;

* Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express)

* Food & lodgings for guide & driver;

* Oxygen tank for emergency use;

* Two bottles of mineral water per person per day;

 
 
EXCLUSIONS

* International flight to and out of China;

* Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We’d like to book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)

* If you miss the free transfer schedule due to flight delay or cancelation, then you are required to pay private transfer from USD 80/vehicle/time.

* Lunch & Dinner are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.

* While Gratuities for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. You are suggested to tip each of them 5-10 USD/day in total;

* All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. Wire transfer --- 2%);

* Personal expenses;

* Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Note

* Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) usually takes about 12-working-day to apply. If you couldn’t provide the required docs & info on time, an extra handling fee will be charged. Please consult your travel consultant for details;

* We reserve the right to change the itinerary order and attractions in Lhasa;

* If you prefer to book your own hotels over those included in our group tour, please meet the rest of the group at their daily hotel on time. We don’t include the transfers to your own hotels;

* We need to pick up and drop off all members of the group on first & last day from Lhasa Airport/Railway, thus there may not always have guide presence but driver;

* Due to the special nature of Tibet travel, any unforeseeable and unavoidable objective circumstances, including but not limited to natural disasters, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, strikes, public health emergencies, government action, major traffic jams, delay or cancellation of flight/train, attractions temporarily closed. etc., resulting in a change of itinerary, the increased cost will be paid by travelers; if any attraction visits have to be canceled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for a refund except certain attraction entrance fee which will be solely decided by GTT.

* Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travelers, the single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveler to share the twin room, the single supplement will be refunded.

* All members of the same group must be with the same tour guide during the whole trip. So all members must follow the same itinerary and visit the same attractions. If anyone requests to change the scheduled arrangement for own reasons, you need to get permission from other members and accept the possible payment change if any.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Step***

2020-01-12

I plan to be in shanghai from 23/4/20 to 21/5/20. I would like to do a 6 day tibet tour but I will not get my china visa until 15/5/20 at the earliest (because I am in France and cannot apply for a Chinese visa until I return to the UK on 9/4/20). Will there be enough time to arrange Tibet permit etc if I want to travel to Tibet on 6/5/20? If so, should I book my flights now?

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a 6 Days Lhasa & Namtso Lake Group Tour. I guess you mean April 15 the earliest you can get your China visa, right? Usually, It requires 12 working days to get your Tibet permit and another 3 days to express it to Shanghai to you. We can expedite the process, but it depends on the situation in May. As far as I know, some guests obtain their China visas from where they are staying, but not in their own country. Can you please check the possibility with France consulate? 

Jeff***

2020-01-03

Hi we are keen to check if its possible for a private 6 days tour of Lhasa - Namtso for 4 adults? We are more keen for a private tour instead of the small group tour. Can you advise what will be the cost of the private tour? Also if we have longer time like 7-8 days, what private tour can your recommend on Lhasa? We will still like to see the holy lake and we do not need to go EBC. What can you suggest and what will the cost be like for 4 adults? Kind Regards, JL

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Cherry

Great Tibet Tour is a local tour operator based in Lhasa, Tibet. It founded in 2005 and recommended by Lonely Planet as one of the best reputed local Tibet travel agencies. We specialize in arranging Tibet travel for foreigners, as well as other parts of China & Nepal.

In your inquiry, you mentioned two of you would like to have the 6 Days Lhasa & Namtso Lake Tour. If you would like to have a 7~8 days tour, I recommend 8 Days Lhasa to Shigatse and Namtso Group Tour.

Eszt***

2019-12-04

Dear Travel Agency, my mum (age 61) has an important item on her bucket list- - to see Tibet. I would accompany her in 2020. As he ankle / knee is not in the best condition, could you pls offer a trip which contains less hiking, exclude longer excursions but contains some beauty spots to see from Tibet? If you can offer a good trip to us, will you be able to help also with flight possibilities and visa topics? We would travel from Germany OR Hungary. many thanks for your help in advance. Eszter

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to accompany your mum to realize her dream of Tibet. The 6 Days Lhasa & Namtso Lake Group Tour is fine. It includes Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, the landmark of Lhasa; Namtso lake, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet; Norbulinka, the summer palace of Dalai lama. All of these spots worth going. The way to Namtso is a bit longer, but we will drive you there, with little hiking. When do you plan to do this tour? We can book international and domestic flights for you. Do you identify a stopover city in China? For Tibet visa, we will handle it for you here in Lhasa. We need a copy of your passport and China tourist visa for application.  For your china tourist visa, please consult with your local Chinese consulate, how long in advance you can get a china visa and tell me the time. We can help you provide supporting documents. If you have any further questions or doubts please let me know without hesitation, it is my pleasure to work with you at any time.

JONA***

2019-11-10

Hi there, I would like to travel to Tibet in May 2020 with my wife. We currently live in Japan, and we are British citizens. I understand the following is the process to obtain entry into Tibet: 1. Obtain China visa, but not stating that we will go to Tibet. 2. get the Tibet permit 3. Book tour. Is this correct? Also what I don't understand is wherever the tour starts as soon as we arrive in Tibet? Would it be possible to stay in tibet for say 6 days, when the tour is only 4 days? Also would your company provide support for obtaining the visa and tibet permit?

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 6 Days Lhasa & Namtso Lake Group Tour in May. We can arrange the tour for you. Firstly, please choose an itinerary you like and book this tour. After that, you will be provided with a supporting document for your visa application. With a copy of the passport and visa, we can handle all the Tibet permits for you.  You can stay in Tibet for 6 days if your tour is only 4 days. 4 days for sightseeing and 2 days for free time with a guide. But this will be pre-planned in your Tibet itinerary because your flight in/out date will be printed on your permit.  Here is the itinerary of 6 Days Lhasa & Namtso Lake Group Tour,

MARI***

2019-07-31

Hi, I was hoping you would have the Lhasa & Namtso Lake Group Tour starting sometime in November, on the 15th or later. Thank you!

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 6 Days Lhasa & Namtso Lake Group Tour with the departure date on Nov.15th. There is no Namtso Lake tour from November to next March. Namtso Lake is frozen in winter. If it snows, the road to Namtso will be closed. May I recommend 6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour for you? We have this group tour with the departure date on Nov.18th. Is it available to you?

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