Central Tibet and Namtso Tour

8 Days, from AU $1,782

Namtso Lake

Lhasa

View from Lhasa

Potala Palace

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This 8-day trip takes you on the journey of a life-time, visiting the most impressive sights Tibet has to offer. Enter the Potala Palace, pass the Drepung monastery which was used to be a seat of central government until the 5th Dalai Lama built Potala Palace, and make sure to take some snap shots of the spiritual center for Buddhists in Tibet (Jokhang Temple). You will also be able to witness the Namtso Lake in its full glory when the sun reflects on the waters and it almost seems to look like a liquid pool of silver. 

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa

After arriving in Lhasa, you will be met by a local tour guide who will welcome you at the airport/train station after which he will transfer you to the hotel. Here, you have the chance to acclimatize the high altitude.

Day 2: Lhasa

Your tour today will begin from UNESCO World Heritage site - Potala Palace, which is also the winter palace of Dalai Lama. It's situated at 12,139 feet above sea level. It's a 13-story high building that contains over 1,000 rooms, various statues, stupas, murals and artefacts.

Then continue onwards to Jokhang Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a spiritual centre for Buddhists in Tibet. Next to the temple there is Bakhor Street, filled with pilgrims and street vendors, selling traditional Tibetan items such as prayer wheels and jewellery. After the tour through Lhasa, you will be taken back to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 3: Lhasa

In the morning, tourists are going to visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416. Ganden palace is used as Dalai Lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala palace.

In the afternoon, there will be paid a visit to the Sera Monastery---It was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419. The highlight is the Monks debating at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.

Day 4: Lhasa to Namtso Lake (240km, 5 hours)

In the morning, you will drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso. Along the way you will be able to see the Nyenchen Thanglha (snow mountain ranges) and lots of nomads tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated around the mountain side. Namtso Lake is the Heavenly Lake which is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest salt lake. You can do a very relaxing trekking around the lake side and Tashi Island. Your overnight stay will be at the lake shore which is the perfect spot to see the stars.

Day 5: Namtso Lake - Lhasa

Enjoy the clear morning at the lake shore where you can trek along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves. Afterwards, you will be taken to Dumxung where you will have lunch.

In the afternoon, you can enjoy the Yangpachen hot spring (Optional) and have both indoor and outdoor swimming pool filled with hot springs water. Continue driving back to Lhasa.(Shigatse to Lhasa’s transfer perhaps by train)

Day 6: Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse

Today, you will leave Lhasa and head out to Gyantse where you will admire the Gampala pass (4790m) on the way and get a glimpse of the Yambrok-tso (4400m), which is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains. Then, continue driving west towards Gyantse where you will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After a one and a half hour drive, you will arrive in Shigatse; the second largest city in Tibet. Here, you will have your overnight stay.

Day 7: Shigatse - Lhasa

Today, you will explore Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama, built in 1447. This monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha - the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya (Buddha of the future) in the world and a tomb of all the Panchen Lama, containing jewels and gold. In the afternoon, you will drive back to Lhasa, which will take around 6 hours.

Day 8: Depart from Lhasa

It is time to leave Tibet behind and head homewards. You will be transferred to the airport or train station and depart home from there.

Travel Styles

All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.

Standard:from AU $1,782

All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!

Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels/Share House each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us.

Inclusions:
  • All necessary travel permits for Tibet (excluding the Chinese visa)
  • Tourist bus/minibus transportation with experienced local driver during tour
  • Tourist bus/minibus transportation between airport/train statin and Hotel at designated period of time
  • Experienced Local Tibetan private guide
  • 6 nights of Economy Hotel twin sharing accommodation with breakfast (B.B), 1 night Lake Shore Guest House Dorm with humble facility without breakfast
  • One welcome or welfare dinner
  • All admission fee of tourists sites listed in the itinerary
  • Oxygen bottle provided during the trip

Info Exclusions:

  • Chinese visa
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Tips to driver and tour guide
  • Single room supplement if clients request a private room in hotel
Price Dependent:

Availability of accommodation and season.

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