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6 Days Lhasa Namtso Lake In-depth Tour
Price from only $752 per person

Price notes:

  • 1. based on double occupancy
  • 2. 3 star accommodation level in low season
  • 3. international airfare is not included
  • 4. price is subjected to change according to group size and payment methods

  • Duration: 6 days and 5 nights
  • Tour type: Join-in Small Group Tour
  • Departure: Fixed departure
  • Tour code: TD-JT-06B

Is this trip for you?

  • Physical Demands

    Physical Requirements

    • Capable of walking short to medium distances by oneself in high altitudes. Must be capable of minor ascents and descents.
    • Capable of light walking and hiking in high altitudes. Suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Average fitness level. High altitude hiking for several hours.
    • Possibly includes high altitude hiking of up to 6 hours per day or activities of a similar nature. Requires an elevated level of fitness.
    • Features demanding high altitude treks or cycling. Only suitable for those with a high level of physical fitness and endurance.

    Note: If you have any questions concerning the requirements or the unique demands for your particular tour package, please feel free to contact one of our helpful Travel Consultants for further information.

    It's advisable to have a body check-up or have your doctor's advice before visiting Tibet. Visitors with a record of heart, lung, liver, or kidney problems must seek medical advice before making the decision to go to Tibet Also, people with any of the following problems should not go to Tibet.

    • Have already caught a cold
    • Have severe anemia
    • Have high blood pressure or severe heart disease
    • Have pneumonia, tuberculosis, tracheitis, or bronchitis
  • Tour Pace
    Comfortable

    Tour Pace

    • Leisure: enjoy your tour in a slow pace, allowing plenty of time for photography, you will see the most famous attractions, and spend plenty amount of time in each destination.
    • Comfortable: enjoy your tour in a comfortable pace, you will see most popular attractions, and spend reasonable amount of time in each attraction.
    • Tight: enjoy your tour at a tight pace, as you will be able to see as many tour attractions as possible in the available amount of time.
  • Max Altitude
    5,010m

    Altitude

    High Altitude Sickness is one of the biggest challenges when travelling in Tibet. According to our experience, most people will be fine up to 3500m above sea level, as the altitude go higher up to 4500m, mild symptoms as shortness of breath, headache might occur. Adverse reactions may vary from person to person. In most cases, the symptoms are mild and will subside in several hours to several days as the body acclimatizes.

    Mild Symptoms of AMS include:

    • Headache
    • Shortness of breath with exertion
    • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Loss of appetite
    • Poor sleeping
    • Dizziness or light-headedness
    Definition of High Altitude
  • Journey at a Glance
  • Day1: Lhasa arrival
  • Day2: Lhasa city tour
  • Potala Palace, Barkhor Street

  • Day3: Outskirts of Lhasa tour
  • Drak Yerpa, Sera Monastery

  • Day4: Lhasa - Namtso Lake
  • Namtso Lake

  • Day5: Namtso Lake - Lhasa
  • Yampajain Hot-spring

  • Day6: Lhasa departure

Itinerary Details - Day by Day

Day 1 Lhasa Arrival

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You are warmly welcome to Tibet by hearing Tashi Delek at the Train station/airport from the local guide and you'll be escorted to reserved hotel in Lhasa. After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimate yourself to the high altitude and weather of Lhasa.

Tips of today: 1. Go for some walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activity after arrival; 2. You’d better not have bath; 3. Drink more water.

Day 2 Lhasa ( B,D )
Potala Palace - Architecture listed in World Cultural Heritage

After breakfast, go to visit the No.1 attraction in Tibet - Potala Palace. It is known as the highest palace in the world and one of the most famous architectural works in the world. Standing on the Red Hill of Lhasa, the Potala Palace is a treasure house of Tibetan history, religion, culture, and art. The palace is well worth visiting for its artistic value, historic purposes, and cultural awareness.

There are two attractions for you to visit in the afternoon. First, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple. As the house of the Buddha, Jokhang is the holiest destination for all Tibetan pilgrims; as the spiritual center of Tibet, Jokhang Temple is the perfect place for you to experience the devotion of Tibetans. Last activity is wandering around the crowding Barkhor Street. Whether you are there to take part in the religious site, to do a bit of souvenir shopping, to eat Tibetan or Chinese Muslim food or just for simple site-seeing, the Barkhor Street area is one of the most fascinating and colorful places in all of Tibet.

Tips of today: 1. Wear hat and sun glasses to prevent ultraviolet radiation, but remember to take off when visiting in the monasteries. 2. Usually taking photos is not allowed in chapels inside monastery. 3. Remember to bring your passport which is needed to showcase when check in Potala Palace.

Day 3 Lhasa ( B )
Pilgrims are prostrating in the Jokhang Monastery

After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up in your hotel. Then drive about 30 minutes to visit the Drepung Monastery. This Gelug monastery has a history of more than 500 years. It used to be the largest monastery in the world with totally 10,000 monks there. Many precious stupa, sculptures, paitings, Thangka...are displayed in the hundreds of chapels. And the annual Shoton Festival is organized here.

In the afternoon, you will visit another famous Gelug monastery around Lhasa city - Sera Monastery, which is famous for its “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. It is only 3km away from Lhasa city. Enjoy the debating.

Tips of today: 1. Feel free to ask tour guide questions about Buddhism or else; 2. Obey Buddhist manners and talk appropriately; 3. If you don't know where to have meals, restaurant in your hotel is a great choice.

Day 4 Lhasa - Namtso ( B )
Beautiful Namtso Lake

Today, you will visit the holy lake - Namtso Lake. During driving to Namtso Lake, we can see crowds of Yaks and sheep. And you will pass the Nagenla Mountain with the altitude of over 5000m. After arrival at Namtso Lake, you can take a rest along the lakeside and appreciate the sunset and feel the peace of nature.

In clear weather the water is a stunning shade of turquoise and you will be surrounded by magnificent views of the nearby mountains. The wide open spaces, dotted with tents of local nomads, are breathtaking. You may also walk along the lake or climb up the hill near the lake to explore the area.

Accommodate at Namtso Lake.

Tips of today: 1. Best time to visit Namtso is from June to September; 2. Wear warm and thick clothes to prevent from cold and wild. 3. Accommodation condition in Namtso area is basic.

Day 5 Namtso Lake - Lhasa ( B )
Yangpachen

In the morning, get up early and view the magnificent sun rise of this holy lake. Rising 4,718 meters above sea level and covering an area of 1,920 square kilometers, Namtso has 70 kilometers in length from east to west and 30 kilometers in width from south to north.

Then drive back to Lhasa. En route, you have chance to bath in the spectacular hot springs which are formed from terrestrial heat in Yangpachen(optional).

Tips of today: 1. You have to pay money if you take photos with yaks and Tibetan Mastiff; 2. Wear warm coat because it is very chilly in the early morning of Namtso.

Day 6 Lhasa Departure ( B )

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Today is free for you until your tour guide transfer you to the airport in time for your flight or drop you off at Lhasa train station.

Tips of today: 1. Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel. 2. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

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"Our Expert Says"

This trip is ideal for those with limited budge but still want to see the major attractions in Tibet and be a bit adventurous. From a day spent exploring the intricate architecture of Potala Palace to experiencing the unique beauty of Namtso Lake, experience Tibet the way it is meant to be experienced.

  • Recommended Groups: All groups. Best for youth, couples, and photographers.
  • Conditions: This tour is moderately challenging, as the maximum altitude is over 5,000 meters above sea level. The drive from Lhasa to Namtso, about 250km, takes around 4 hours. The road is in good condition, but it is a bit hilly and has many turns. The scenery you will see during the ride is impressive, so be sure to take the opportunity to take pictures! The conditions near Namsto Lake can be harsh. Some customers may have mild high altitude sickness symptoms, but most people don’t have any problems.
  • Best time: Namsto Lake will be closed from December to March, so the best time to take this tour is from April to November. In April the lake is frozen and tends to have a unique appearance, though it is quite cold.

We also provide private tour

“If you prefer to travel with only your group, we also have a private customizable tour for the same itinerary. Highly recommend you get a quote for both type of tours to compare. Private tours are usually more expensive than group tours. However, if you have a few people in your group, the price won't be much different. If you are travelling alone, a group tour is the best choice. ”

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Note: 1. The above departure dates are subject to change, you'd better contact us to comfirm the final depature before your booking;2. The quoted price is based on double occupancy, 3 star accommodation level in low season, and subject to change according to group size and payment methods.

What's included in this price?

  • Tibet Entry Permit and Alien's Travel Permit.
  • Admission fee of all tourist sites in itinerary.
  • Professional Tibetan English speaking tour guide.
  • Travel Agency Service Charge.
  • Transportation
  • - Transfer between airport/train station and Lhasa city.
    - Lhasa City transportation, Tourist Vehicle according to Group size.
    - Lhasa Namtso transportation, Tourist Vehicle according to Group size.
  • Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Accommodation based on 3 star hotel twin sharing room with breakfast buffet in Lhasa. Tent or guesthouse in Namtso.
  • Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • All accommodations, based on 3-star facility sharing twin room with breakfast buffet.
  • Welcome Tibetan Style dinner.

  • Please Note:

    Free airport pick-up service is only available for the flights arriving at Lhasa between 11:00 AM ~ 12:00 AM, 14:30 PM ~15:30 PM. There are two schedules of free airport drop-off vehicles at 10:30 AM and 13:00 PM. Train pick-up/drop-off service is free for all train schedules. If your flight arrive or departure with different time,and need transfer service, we will charge 58$ per transfer.

What's excluded in this price?

  • Single room supplement.
  • China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.

Value for money:

While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to obtain the lowest possible price is to invite more people to join you to make bookings. (Please notice that the price discounts are only valid for you and friends invited by you, irrelevant to other members in the final group that you will be part of.)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.

FAQs of This Trip

  1. What is a Tibet Group Tour?

    Save money, make lifetime friends on the way!

    Getting more people in the group is a great way to save money. Our group tour is very suitable for solo travelers and students. When inquiring, please ask our travel consultants if there are other people also travel alone and indicate if you would mind to travel with like-minded people.

    Our group tour is a join-in tour. You will travel with other visitors from all over the world. You will share the costs of hiring vehicle, guides and accommodation with other visitors. 

    Our group size is from 2-20 people. To make sure the tour guide is able to take good care of everyone in the tour, there will be less than 8 people for most of our group tours. We had handled tours only had 3-4 peoples, which is like a private tour.

     

  2. Recommended Tibet Packing List

    For clothing, we suggest casual style and layered clothing because temperatures in Tibet vary greatly during a day. Down coat is necessary if you go beyond Lhasa and Shigatse to remote areas, e.g. the Everest Camp or further to Mt.Kailash. Sun glasses, sun block,moisture cream are necessary too.

    For food, 2L of water each day, and some snacks. We also find the energy drink Red Bull is a great energy boost while traveling in Tibet.

    For medicines, we suggest that you take some pain-killer pills with you and enough medicine for colds, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment andthroat-moistening pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive tochilly weather conditions. Please consult your doctor prior to your travel toTibet. Medicine is a must for travelers to Tibet.

     

  3. Tibet Travel Permits and China Visa
    All foreign tourists and Taiwan tourists must apply for a Tibet Entry Permit issued by the TTB (Tibet Tourism Bureau) for entry to Lhasa or any other parts of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

    We will take care of all necessary Tibet permits in all of our Tibet tours. It is included in the price quotation and it is part of our tour services. It's advisable to apply for your travel permits at least 10 days prior to your entry date. The earlier, the easier for us to get a permit for you.

    Please tell us your real occupation when applying a tibet travel permit. Journalists and people involved with political matters (such asdiplomats and government officials) require more complicated procedures to beissued a permit.

    A valid passport and a valid China visa is needed when applying a Tibet travel permit. The cost of a Chinese Visa is not included in our tour, so you have to apply for your China Visa in your country by yourself. If you have any question in terms of applying a China visa and filling out the application form, feel free to contact our Travel Consultant.
  4. Meal Information

    Breakfast: If you are staying in a star hotel, breakfast is usually included. If you are staying in a guesthouse or tent, breakfast is not included.

    Lunch and Dinner:
    We don’t usually include lunch and dinner in our tour itinerary. We do arrange lunch or dinner for you at your request though. However, we prefer to give you the freedom to choose the food you want and pay on the spot. From our previous customers' responses, we find that most of our clients prefer to leave the dinners open on their own so that they can enjoy some time to themselves. They can choose either to go to a local restaurant for a little adventure or to have a simple dinner in the hotel where they stay. They may also prefer to choose a restaurant which appeals to their own unique tastes.

    We have created a list of our favorite restaurants in Tibet and hand-picked some local restaurants to recommend to our customers. In Lhasa, you can choose Chinese food, Western food, Tibetan food as well as Nepalese food and Indian food. In "off-the-beaten-road" destinations, choices are limited. Our tour guide will be more than happy to recommend good restaurants for you and take you to the restaurants available according to your tastes and preferred style of dishes. Soon you’ll develop your favorite Tibetan dishes!

     

  5. Questions About Attractions and Tour Activities

    Acclimatize: We suggest that you take it easy for your first few days in Tibet. Don't push yourself physically since your body will require some time to get used to the high altitude.

    Photography: When photographing Tibetans, please be sure to get their permission first. Also, when inside the religious sites, please be aware that if photography is permitted. It is not allowed to take pictures while inside the halls of Potala Palace and JokhangTemple. Make sure you bring a flashlight if you want to see the inside of the monastery, though please ask for permission when taking pictures in the monastery. Some Monastery might charge visitors a 10-30RMB fee for taking pictures. Please ask your tour guide if you are not sure.

    Free time: During the free time of your trip, like the rest of the first day and the last day before departure, you can walk around on your own and do some shopping if you wish.

  6. High Altitude Sickness Information: How can I prepare for high altitude adjustment?

    Anxiety is the common cause of mountain sickness. Our customers age range from 20 years old to 70 years old, there is no evidence that suggests that age has anything to do with the occurrence of mountain sickness.

    Taking a Tibet tour with Tibet Discovery, our tour guide will take care of you and give advice on how to avoid high altitude sickness on arrival. A bottle of oxygen will be prepared for each person for emergency use when the tour includes visiting places like Mt. Everest, Lake Namtso, Mt. Kailash and activities like trekking and biking. Always remember that if you have any problems or feel uncomfortable, please tell your guide immediately or contact our travel consultant.

     

     

  7. Tibet Discovery’s Service and Value

    Tibet Discovery’s Service and Value:

    Travel Insurance:
    We provide a limited Accident/Casualty Insurance in Tibet through China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance which only covers accidents that occur within Tibet. This policy’s indemnity is relatively low, so if you would like a more inclusive plan, then it is best to purchase one in your home country before your departure.

    Refund Policy: Cancellations made…
    30 or more days prior to departure result in a 90% refund
    29-15 days prior to departure result in an 80% refund
    14-7 days prior to departure result in a 70% refund
    6-2 days prior to departure result in a 50% refund
    Less than 2 days prior to departure or a no show result in no refund.
    Note:
    Additional cancellation fees, if applicable, imposed by the service providers other than Tibet Discovery tours (i.e. flight ticket booking, train ticket booking, hotels reservation, etc.) will be deducted from the money refunded. While this is the official policy, in cases where our customers face unexpected and unavoidable problems, we can sometimes offer a more generous refund.

    Before the trip: Before your trip, feel free to contact our Travel Consultants for any further information you need. All of our tours are fully customizable, so if you are not satisfied with any part of a tour pakage, just let us know and our expert Travel Consultants will do their best to design the perfect tour for you.

    During the trip:
    If you have any questions or concerns during your trip, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your Travel Consultant will do his or her best to resolve any problems you have and ensure that your trip runs as smoothly as possible.

    After the trip:
    Once you have returned home and have had a chance to settle back in, we’d love to hear from you. We welcome your comments, suggestions, pictures, and whatever else you want to share with us about your trip. We are always striving to improve our customers’ experiences, and also love to hear about their adventures!

  8. Best time to visit Tibet

    Best time to go:

    Peak Season: June, July, August, September (June to October 15th )
    In July and August, the crowds will be considerably larger and the costs for vehicle, food, accommodation, and tour guides are higher. June-August generally has great weather, though during July and August, Tibet tends to be extremely crowded as many Chinese travel there for their summer vacation. As July and August is the peak season to travel to Tibet. We highly recommend you avoid those two months to reduce the costs.

    Best Value: April, May, and Late October to November (April 16th to May 31st)
    Late April to Early June, late October to November is the best value time to go, as the weather still nice and the cost is considerably less. The tour costs between this time is usually a few hundred dollars cheaper than peak season.

    Shoulder Season: Late November December, January, February, early April (Nov 16th to April 15th)
    December-February tends to be a slow period for travel to Tibet. The weather is generally quite cold, though there will be no crowds like there are during the peak season. Another benefit to traveling during the shoulder season is that prices are considerably lower. The view might not be as vivid but you can enjoy another side of Tibet.

    Note: Above information applies to most Tibet tours. For specific best travel time, please contact our travel consultant.

Reviews of This Trip

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Dear Lyn,

Thank you for your email.

It was indeed a memorable holiday for us, which I would say everything went well according to plan.

Thank you for your kind assistance and arrangements for this holiday, and yes I would certainly recommend you to my friends if they do intend to tour China.

Best regards

Eddie

 May 5, 2017
Catherine,

Replies to Questions 1-4

1) Yes --your travel agent was very efficient .She helped us thru our Travel and Visa problems in the months before our trip and ensured Tibet  Entry Permit was at our Chinese Hotel upon arrival.

---we had numerous emails on Tibet entry from Nepal or China, and she handled them well.

2) We were happy with our tour arrangements from Airport Pickup to Train arrival in  Chengdu....our Hotels were excellent and our Guide and Driver were very efficient.

3) Yes---We would recommend your company to anyone wishing to visit China and its Territories.

4) Yes----you can use our comments

Thanks for your assistance and advice

Norm and Denise

Australia May 7, 2017
Hi Lyn,

My tour of Lhasa was great . Your guide and driver were amazing , hotel and staff were perfect and tour schedule and sites visited were just right . I will definitely share with my friends and recommend your office to all. Thank you for organizing this tour for me and when I'm ready to visit China I will contact you for sure

Boris

 April 25, 2017

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