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Lhasa with Namtso Lake Tour 5-Day(CL02)

This 5-Day Lhasa with Namtso Lake Tour not only includes major sites of Lhasa, but as well as an excursion to the spectacular Namtso Lake epitomising the dramatic but harsh scenery of northern Tibet. The deep blue Namtso Lake is fringed by prayer flag-draped hills, craggy cliffs and nesting migratory birds, all framed by a horizon of 7000m peaks. It’s cold all-year-long and devastatingly beautiful.


 

  Route Activities
D1 Arrival in Lhasa Transfer from Lhasa Railway/Airport
D2 Lhasa Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park with Lukhang Temple, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
D3 Lhasa Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
D4 Lhasa > Namtso > Lhasa (500km/8hrs) Namtso Lake, Yangpachen Hot Springs
D5 Departure from Lhasa Transfer to Lhasa Railway/Airport

 

Lhasa with Namtso Lake Tour 5-Day map

 

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Upon your arrival in Lhasa Railway/Airport, our Tibetan guide will be there waiting for you holding your name board with our company logo on it. Based on Tibetan tradition, a white Hada(aka. scarf) will be presented to you as a warm welcome to Tibet.
Then transfer to hotel in downtown Lhasa, which is abt 20mins from Lhasa Railway, and 1.5hrs from Lhasa Airport. Guide will help you to check in and set up a pick-up time for the next day before leave.
You are free for the rest of the day. But a good rest is highly suggested, as the first day’s well-rest is crucial for you to acclimatize the high altitude of Tibet.
Overnight: Lhasa


Day 02: Lhasa
Activities: Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Potala Palace: it is the landmark of Lhasa, and one of the great wonders of world architecture. Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The complex, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m.
Zang Gyab Lukhang Park with Lukhang Temple: situated right behind Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park is a lovely place where locals and tourist hang out, with a lovely lake built during the construction of Potala Palace. And there is a small and little-visited temple in a small island in the lake, called Lukhang Temple.
Jokang Temple: included on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace , the Jokhang Temple is located in central Lhasa. With an area of 25,100 square meters (about six acres), it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. In front of the entrance to Jokhang is a forecourt that is perpetually crowded with pilgrims polishing the flagstones with their prostrations.
Barkhor Street: located in the old town of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding Jokhang Temple. It's said that in 647, the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (617-650) built Jokhang Temple. Due to its magnificence, it quickly attracted thousands of Buddhist pilgrims. As a result, a trodden path appeared. It was paved by hand-polished stone boards. Though it is not broad, it accommodates thousands of pilgrims and tourists every day. Varied shops stand on its both sides and thousands of floating stands are on every corner.
Overnight: Lhasa


Day 03: Lhasa
Activities: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Drepung Monastery: situated at the foot of Mt Gambo Utse, 5km from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. Covering an area of 250,000 sq meters, Drepung Monastery is the largest-scale monastery among its kind. Seen from afar, its grand white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. Thus the name was given, Drepung literarily means collecting rice in Tibetan.
Sera Monastery: located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa, Sera Monastery is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, and built it in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Sera literarily means wild rose in the Tibetan. When the monastery was built, the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom, the name was thus decided. Between 3pm~5pm from Monday to Friday, debating is held in the monastery’s debating courtyard, which is a sight so extraordinary and enchanting even you don’t understand a word they’re saying.
Overnight: Lhasa


Day 04: Lhasa > Namtso > Lhasa (500km/8hrs)
Activities: Namtso Lake, Yampachen Hot Springs

Namtso Lake: located in Nagqu Prefecture, abt 260km from Lhasa and 60km from Damxung County. Namtso Lake literarily means the holy lake in the Tibetan. Covering a total area of more than 1,900 sq km, Namtso Lake is the 2nd largest salt lake in China. At an elevation of 4,718m, Namtso Lake is also the highest altitude salt lake in the world with 35km at its deepest point. The Nyenchen Tanglha range, with peaks of more than 7000m, towers over to the south, Namtso Lake is the most beautiful natural sights in Tibet.
Yangpachen Hot Springs: Yangpachen is a small town lies just south of Nyainqêntanglha Mountains, in an upland lush green valley surrounded by the tents of nomads with grazing yak and sheep populating the hillside. Yangpachen Hot Springs field is at an altitude of 4290–4500m which makes it the highest altitude set of hot springs in China, and possibly the world. The highest temperature inside the drilling hole is 125.5°C. Both indoor and outdoor swimming pools have been set up here, in which visitors can enjoy a bath (Bathing fee excluded, abt CNY 50~100/person for different pools).
Overnight: Lhasa


Day 05: Departure from Lhasa
The last day of your tour in Tibet. According to your train/flight time, our guide and driver will come over to your hotel to pick you up then transfer to Lhasa Railway/Airport.
End of service!

 


This 5-Day Lhasa with Namtso Lake Tour not only includes major sites of Lhasa, but as well as an excursion to the spectacular Namtso Lake epitomising the dramatic but harsh scenery of northern Tibet. The deep blue Namtso Lake is fringed by prayer flag-draped hills, craggy cliffs and nesting migratory birds, all framed by a horizon of 7000m peaks. It’s cold all-year-long and devastatingly beautiful.

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