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Lhasa & Namtso Lake Group Tour

5 Days
From USD760
Lhasa - Lake Namtso – Lhasa
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Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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This 5-day Tibet tour combines a classic Lhasa tour with an excursion of Namtso Lake and takes you to visit sacred Jokhang Temple, ancient Potala Palace, vast grasslands with yak and sheep, and crystal heavenly lake Namtso in the pure blue sky, allowing you to fully experience Tibetan culture, history and nature. The highlight of this tour is one of the must-visit attractions holy Namtso Lake, which is called the Heavenly Lake by Tibetans, with an altitude of 4718 meters above sea level. Namtso is also one of the "Three Sacred Lakes" in Tibet, and one of the famous Buddhist holy places.

DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel Lhasa, 3★/4★
2 Lhasa Suburb Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
4 Lhasa- Namtso- Lhasa, 460km, Approx. 6hrs Holy Namtso Lake Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
5 Depart from Lhasa Send off to the airport/railway station B

Daily Itinerary


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 to the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not have a shower if you can help it.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

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 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 is reputed as the most beautiful Tibetan monastery in Lhasa. The most attractive activity at Sera Monastery is to watch Buddhist scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

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 the 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 the most sacred temple in 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★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

In the morning, we drive to the holy Namtso Lake. On the way to Namtso, you will have a far view of the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains. Enjoy the view of the vast grassland and spectacular natural scenery.

You'll arrive at Namtso Lake after passing NagelaPass(5150m). When standing at the famous Nagela Pass, you can see the stunning view of holy Namtso Lake. Being the second largest salt lake in China, Namtso covers a total area of more than 1900 square kilometers, the furthest depth being more than 33m. Namtso is also the highest altitude salt lake in the world with an elevation of 4,718 meters. Besides, you can enjoy the view of the Sky-Road railway with snowy mountains background. In the late afternoon, you will drive back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

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 get back home. Your whole trip is officially ended.

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2023-09-01 ~ 2023-10-07 2023-10-08 ~ 2023-10-31 2024-04-01 ~ 2024-04-30 2024-05-01 ~ 2024-06-30 2024-07-01 ~ 2024-08-31 2024-09-01 ~ 2024-10-07 2024-10-08 ~ 2024-10-31
USD840 USD770 USD760 USD770 USD880 USD840 USD770

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2023-09-01 ~ 2023-10-07 2023-10-08 ~ 2023-10-31 2024-04-01 ~ 2024-04-30 2024-05-01 ~ 2024-06-30 2024-07-01 ~ 2024-08-31 2024-09-01 ~ 2024-10-07 2024-10-08 ~ 2024-10-31
USD900 USD830 USD820 USD830 USD940 USD900 USD830


Starting DatePrice FromBookedBook Now
2023-10-10 USD770 open for booking Book
2023-10-17 USD770 open for booking Book
2023-10-24 USD770 open for booking Book
2023-10-31 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 Off / 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

Our Service


* Lodgings: 4 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★;

* Meal: 4 Breakfasts;

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

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

* Pick-up from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to your hotel at 9:30 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 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 fees mentioned in the itinerary

* Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit;

* 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;


* International flight to and out of China;

* Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you 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 a 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 the gratuity 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 --- 4.4%. Wire transfer --- 2%);

* Personal expenses;

* Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.


* 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 the 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 for certain attraction entrance fees which will be solely decided by GTT.

* Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travelers, a 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

Asked by Kah ***

Hi there, just want to know this 5 Days trip. I will be reach Lhasa on the 25th morning, is there any tour on the 25th? I plan to stay on my own hotel in lhasa. Any discounts if i don't take in your hotel?

Answered by Beatrice 2023-07-06

Dear Kah***,

We don't have a group departure on 25 Oct but we can open one for you now. If you stay at your own booked hotel, we can deduct the room fee from the group tour cost.


Asked by Step***

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?

Answered by Catherine 2020-01-12

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? 

Asked by Jeff***

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

Answered by Cherry 2020-01-03

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.

Asked by Eszt***

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

Answered by Catherine 2019-12-04

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.

Asked by JONA***

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?

Answered by Catherine 2019-11-10

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,

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