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Lhasa Tsetang Lhamo Latso Tour

Duration:
7 Days
Route:
Lhasa-Tsetang-Chökorgye-Lhamo Latso-Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

In this tour, the most attractive tourist site is Lhamo Latso Lake which is one of Ü s most important pilgrimage destinations; Lhamo Latso has been revered for centuries as an oracle lake. The Dalai Lamas have traditionally made pilgrimages to Lhamo Latso to seek visions that appear on its surface. The lake is considered the home of the protectress Palden Lhamo. (But not available to foreign travelers at the moment)
DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel.
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Drak Yerpa, Sera monastery
3 Lhasa City Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
4 Lhasa - Samye - Trandruk - Yumbulagang - Tsetang(3580m), 280km, Approx 5hrs Trandruk Monastery, Samye Monastery, Yumbulagang Palace
5 Tsetang – Gyatsa - Lhamo Latso - Gyatsa, 290km, Approx 7hrs Lhamo Latso
6 Gyatsa - Lhasa
7 Depart from Lhasa Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary

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Welcome to Lhasa! Our local Tibetan guide and driver will wait for you at Lhasa Airport/Railway Station by holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek (meaning hello with blessing), and be presented with a white Hada (traditional Tibetan ceremonial by giving you a white scarf). Then transfer you to your hotel in Lhasa city. On the way, you can enjoy the stunning views along the Yarlung Tsangpo River. After checking in your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to have a good rest and acclimatize to the high altitude at the top of the world. If you physically feel good, you can visit the Potala Palace Square, far view the Yaowang Mountain and take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light and have high carbohydrate food, which will be helpful to you to adapt to the high altitude better.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

In the morning, you are heading to Drak Yerpa, a place maybe not that famous but with its advantage. It consists of a monastery and several ancient meditation caves. Some arrow holes on the cliffs are believed to prove that the legendary hero Ling Gesar had visited this valley.

In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate from 3pm to 5pm. It's exciting, even if you don't understand what they are talking about at all. If the debate is not your type, you can also see the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha inside the monastery. Besides, the sight in the Sera monastery is splendid because you can see roses around. That's why people also call it "the court of wild rose."

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Known as the shrine of Lhasa, Drak Yerpa has monasteries and famous ancient meditation caves.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City

In the morning your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby 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 by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it is a museum and world heritage site. 

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 which is 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 is also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

A Tibetan granny turning players at Potala Palace Square.
Jokhang Temple is the holiest place in Tibetan Buddhism.

Head from Lhasa to Samye along the famous Yarlung Tsang River, we will visit Trandruk Monastery is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, having been founded at the same time as the Jokhang Monastery and Ramoche Monastery in Lhasa. It’s around 7km south of Tsetang Hotel. Trandruk Monastery dating back to the 7th-century reign of Songtsen Gampo, Trandruk Monastery is also one of Tibet’s demoness-subduing temples. In order to build Trandruk Monastery here, Songtsen Gampo had first to take the form of a hawk in order to overcome a local dragon, a miracle that is commemorated in the monastery’s name.

Then we will go to visit Samye Monastery is deservedly the most popular destination for travellers in Tsetang. This monastery is surrounded by barren mountains and dramatic sand dunes and a beautiful river crossing the monastery. As Tibet’s first monastery and the place where Buddhism was established, Samye Monastery is also of major historical and religious importance.

We continue to visit Yumbulagang Palace, as it’s considered the oldest building in Tibet, which is a remarkably impressive sight, with a lovely setting.

Stay overnight in Tsetang

Samye Monastery is a good place for monks to study. If you travel there, you may have a chance to observe the monks‘ study and feel all the ritual and their sincerity.
Trandruk Monastery

Today you will drive to Chökorgye Monastery first, which is on the way to Lhamo Latso. People here believe that Chökorgye Monastery is in the shape of an eight-petal lotus, with the image of a wheel of Dharma appearing in the sky, which implies a wonderful land of good fortune. This monastery was built in 1509 by the second Dalai Lama Gentun Gatso and enlarged by the fifth Dalai Lama. Now you can only see the ruin, but its former glory can still be seen from the broken walls.

The Lhamo Latso Lake is the most legendary lake in Tibet, which means the goddess's soul lake in Tibetan. It is said that one can see his past and present life on the lake surface, at about 5000 meters above sea level. Looking down from the top of the mountain, the Lake looks like a gourd. Although Lhamo Latso Lake is not big, it has a special status in the reincarnation system of Tibetan Buddhism. In autumn and spring, the lake will freeze for about 7 months. In summer, the lake sometimes shows her peaceful appearance, sometimes rises waves without any breeze.

Stay overnight in Gyatsa county

Far view of Lhamo La-tso.

Head back from Gyatsa county to Lhasa today via Tsetang, Yarlung Tsangpo River, and Kyi-chu River. Enjoy your last night in Tibet.  

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley
Today your guide and driver will escort you to the Lhasa 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 tour is officially ended.
Our 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.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Yoon***
2019-06-16

I am travelling tibet now and will go to shigatse and come back to lhasa on 6.20 I want to go to lhamo latso lake and wonder if i can join after lhasa trip. I might need a another permit

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2019-06-16

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to join a tour on June 20th to visit Namtso Lake. Usually, it takes 12 working days to get your new permit, so I'm afraid the time is not enough. Sorry, we cannot help you on that.

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.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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