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Lhasa Namtso Tsetang Tour

Duration:
9 Days
Route:
Lhasa - Lake Namtso - Tsetang - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

If you’re very interested in the Tibetan culture, we highly recommend to you the 9 days Lhasa Namtso Tsetang Tour. After spending several days to see the main attractions in Lhasa, you’ll go to the holy lake Namtso. On the way, you can enjoy the view of the vast grassland and spectacular natural scenery. Meanwhile, you have the chance to take a bath in the famous Yampachen Hot Spring. Tsetang will be the last destination for you in Tibet. It is situated near the flank of Mount Gongbori and is home to the ruins of the ancient Gajiu Monastery. It is known as the cradle of Tibetan's civilization.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Sera monastery
4 Lhasa - Tsurphu - Yangpachen – Damxung (4200m), 160km, approx 3hrs Tsurphu Monastery
5 Damxung - Namtso - Reting – Tidrum, 460km, approx 10hrs Namtso Lake, Reting Monastery
6 Tidrum - Drigung Til – Tsetang (3560m), 300km, approx 5.5hrs Tidrum Nunnery, Drigung Til Monastery
7 Tsetang - Trandruk - Yumbulagang - Chongye – Tsetang, 70km, approx 1.5hrs Trandruk Monastery, Yumbulagang Palace, Chongye Burial Mounds
8 Tsetang - Samye – Lhasa, 160km, approx 3hrs Samye Monastery
9 Lhasa departure Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary

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Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport / Railway Station to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it usually takes about 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After you get to the hotel, for 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 to take a shower if you can help it.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Today your Lhasa tour starts with the world heritage Potala Palace. It’s situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa. Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m at the topmost point. 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.

In the afternoon, take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims. After you visit the temple, you'll have time to walk around the Barkhor Street, which is one of the most devotional circuits as well as the crowded central market of Lhasa since the early days. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

A Tibetan granny turning players at Potala Palace Square.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.

Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in the early morning and then drive to visit the Drepung Monastery, which is located at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples.

After lunch, you are going to visit the Sera Monastery, which is renowned as the most beautiful Tibetan Monastery. Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. To witness the debate sessions of Sera Monastery is the thing you cannot miss. The topic of debate involves all aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. As a part of their study, lamas must participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of study. The debate usually is held at around 3 pm to 5 pm in the afternoon except for Sunday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery is also a Buddhist education base. It is the best place to learn and impart Buddhism.
The yard for Buddhist debates at Sera Monastery.

Today we'll drive from Lhasa to Damxung along the National Highway No. 109. En route, visit Tsurphu Monastery. Tsurphu Monastery is located in Gurum town of Doilungdêqên County, 70km from Lhasa. It was built in the middle of the valley facing south with high mountains surrounding the monastery complex. Yampachen is a town approximately 87km north-west of Lhasa, halfway to Damxung. The area is famous for the Yangpachen hot springs, which have been harnessed to produce much of the electricity for the capital Lhasa. Hot springs in Yampachen are of high mineral contents. Taking a bath in the hot spring, you will feel easy and relaxed. You can choose to bath in an indoor hot spring or an outdoor hot spring. Though it is very comfortable to enjoy the hot spring, you are not advised to bath too long in the hot spring.

Stay overnight in Damxung

Tsurphu Monastery sits at the base of the mountain.

Head to Namtso Lake from Damxung in the morning, it’ll take about 1.5 hours. Namtso Lake means 'the holy lake' in the Tibetan language. The lake covers a total area of more than 1,900 square kilometers, being the second largest salt lake in China. It is also the highest altitude salt lake in the world. After sightseeing, we’ll go to visit the Reting Monastery in Rong-chu Valley. Spend the night at the guesthouse of Tidrum Nunnery where hot springs are available.

Stay overnight in Tidrum

It's the third largest saltwater lake in China.
Reting Monastery

About a half-hour drive from Tidrum, takes you to Drigung Til Monastery overlooking the Zhorong-chu Valley. Please be fully aware that the formidable and mysterious sky burial site nearby, is not allowed for visit or photograph due to religious reasons. Please respect the custom of local Tibetans. 2~3 hours later, we'll continue to go to Tsetang which is the capital of Shannan prefecture and the second-largest town in the region.

Stay overnight in Tsetang

The life of nuns in Tidrum Nunnery is simple and unadorned.
The whole monastery faces south.

Visit the major sights of Yarlung Valley in Tsetang today, of which is considered the cradle of Tibetan civilization. Trandruk Monastery is situated on the southern slope of the Mt. Gangpo Ri about two kilometers from the Tsetang Town. So far, it has a history of about 1,300 years. Yumbulagang also called "palace of mother and son", is counted as the first building in Tibet, with a history of over 2,000 years. Standing on the top of the tower house, you can enjoy the splendid panoramic view of the valley, and dream of the ancient legends of this palace. Finally, we'll go to the Chongye Valley to have a look at the burial mounds. Whilst the valley is sometimes referred to as the 'Graveyard of Imperial Kings', these burial mounds contain not only the remains of Tibetan kings, but also those of their wives and officials.

Stay overnight in Tsetang

Trandruk Monastery
Yumbu means doe, lagang means holy palace.

After breakfast, we’ll drive back to Lhasa. On the way, we’ll go to visit the Samye Monastery which is located abt 30km from Tsetang. It is the first temple to be built in Tibet and the first complete with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these unique features, this splendid temple has become an attraction for visitors from near and far. The best shooting location for Samye Monastery is on the Haiburi Holy Mountain that is ahead of Samye Township. Or you also can choose to take pictures at a pagoda of the hillside if your energy is limited.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

The mural on the second floor of the Utse Hall telling the biography of Master Padmasambhava.
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.
Tour Price and Service
INCLUSIONS
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Government tax;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • Oxygen tank for emergency use;
  • Free use of sleeping bag;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.

EXCLUSIONS
  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • 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.)
  • Meals 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. Each of you is suggested to tip 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, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.
What Our Customers Say

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