Lhasa Tsetang Lhamo Latso Tour

Duration:
8 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)

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

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

Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

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.
The yard for Buddhist debates at Sera Monastery.
Day 3 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

far view of Potala Palace.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
Day 4 Lhasa - Samye - Trandruk - Yumbulagang - Tsetang(3580m), 280km, approx 5hrs

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

Lamas at Samye Monastery
Trandruk Monastery is the first Buddhist hall in Tibetan history.
Day 5 Tsetang - Gyatsa – Chökorgye, 360km, approx 6hrs

The Chökorgye Monastery is located in the City of Tsetang County and also the nearest accommodation to Lhamo Latso where only guesthouse with basic dorm room are available. 

Stay overnight in guesthouse with basic dorm rooms in Chökorgye.

  • Chökorgye Monastery
Day 6 Chökorgye - Lhamo Latso(5000m) - Chökorgye, 350km, approx 7hrs

The Lhamo Latso Lake is the most legendary lake in Tibet, means a fairy lake or goddess lake. The lake lever is 5000 meters high, one of the freshwater alpine lakes in Tibet. The lake shapes like an ellipse with an area of one square kilometer, and looks like a mirror surrounded by mountains. 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. But the road condition from Chökorgye to Lhamo Latso is bumpy, total around 350km for return but takes around 7-8 hours by driving.

Stay overnight in a guesthouse with basic dorm rooms in Chökorgye.

Far view of Lhamo La-tso.
Day 7 Chökorgye - Lhasa, 200km, approx 4hrs

To see family life is one of the most interesting things during your stay in Tibet, the local Tibetan people will welcome you to their houses, greet you in their traditional way and entertain you with their typical food and tea. Through this way, you will experience the real Tibetan culture, explore the Tibet civilization and discover the beautiful landscape of Tibet with your families or friends. 

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 8 Depart from Lhasa
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.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

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

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Catherine

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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