Lhasa Namtso Lake Trek


Trip Facts

Trip Code
HWT066
Trip Duration
10 Day(s)
Activities
Hiking, Culture
Start Point
Lhasa
End Point
Lhasa
Max Altitude
5050m
Group Size
1-12 Pax
Best Season
April - November
Difficulty Level
Demanding
Accomodations & Meals

  • 4N 3-Star Hotels in Lhasa
  • 5N Guesthouses/Camps (Trek)
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 6 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • Water (Pay extra on the trek)
Locations Covered

  • Lhasa
  • Dhamsung
  • Glaciated Valley
  • Kong La
  • Namtso Lake
  • Tashi Do

Overview


Namtso, the second biggest salt lake in Tibet which located about 210 Kilometers north of Lhasa. Lhasa Namtso Lake Trek is fairly rugged off-the-beaten-path but considered one of the rewarding treks in Tibet. During the trek, you will get an opportunity to see the nomads on the move their Yak herds and get the flavor of Tibetan's high grasslands.   Lhasa Namtso Lake Trek (10 Days) is kind of full of trekking and driving. Best for those who love to camp and walk in the midst of beautiful mountains, up and down the hills, this tour offers you a great prospect to get along with nature. The whole time you are on this tour; you will be very close to nature and you will practice a feeling second to no other when you watch the wonderful view of Namtso Lake. During the course of the Lhasa Namtso Lake…

Namtso, the second biggest salt lake in Tibet which located about 210 Kilometers north of Lhasa. Lhasa Namtso Lake Trek is fairly rugged off-the-beaten-path but considered one of the rewarding treks in Tibet. During the trek, you will get an opportunity to see the nomads on the move their Yak herds and get the flavor of Tibetan’s high grasslands.

 

Lhasa Namtso Lake Trek (10 Days) is kind of full of trekking and driving. Best for those who love to camp and walk in the midst of beautiful mountains, up and down the hills, this tour offers you a great prospect to get along with nature. The whole time you are on this tour; you will be very close to nature and you will practice a feeling second to no other when you watch the wonderful view of Namtso Lake. During the course of the Lhasa Namtso Lake Trek Itinerary, you walk and drive along the beautiful turquoise lakes in the highest part of the world and when you move through the glacier valley in the Tibetan Plateau.

 

Alternatively, you can take your flight back to another destination from Lhasa if you no longer wish to drive to EBC via friendship highway, and this shortens your trip as well.

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This day you will fly from China/Kathmandu to Gongkar airport, over the greatest mountains in the world, absorbing their timeless beauty. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel, where you will rest and get acquainted with the Tibetan Environment.

Please read: If you are connecting from Kathmandu, make sure to arrive in Kathmandu at least 3-4 working days before the flight to Lhasa as you will need an extra few days to process the Tibet Group Visa.

  • Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa

The second and the third day of the tour are dedicated to Lhasa city and its marvelous architectural beauty. You will be visiting the Jokhang temple, Sera and Drepung monasteries, and Potala Palace along with Barkhor Street and the Lhasa streets.

Jokhang temple which was constructed back in the 7th century attracts hundreds of tourists every year. This temple has a very huge Sakyamuni Buddha statue and is considered the holiest place in Tibet. Sera and Drepung monasteries were founded in 1419 which are actually numerous white temples and Buddhist buildings at the foot of a rocky hill. Back in its days, Drepung monastery use to have 8,000 monks to teach traditions of Vajrayana, Mahayana, and Sutrayana, the three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism.

Potala palace with 1000 rooms and 13 stories to explore this is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Tibet. Elegantly decorated with hundreds of Thangka paintings, frescos and images created hundreds of years ago the Potala palace is a perfect example of how ancient monuments should be preserved.

  • Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa
  • Breakfast Provided 

This is the day you will begin your trek. After a drive along the Tibet-Qinghai highway to Yangpachen and further to Damsung which is at the altitude of 4130m, we will have a short hike through the beautiful Tibetan meadow and call it a day and camp. We will also visit a monastery on the way.

 

  • Overnight at Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided 

This day consists of 7-8 hours trek. On this day we pass through glaciated valley and herder’s camp where we’ll camp for the night.

  • Overnight at Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided 

Descending to the Broad Basins and hiking along with green Tibetan Meadows, today we will cross the Kong La from where we can have an amazing view of Namtso Lake and Nyenchen Thangla Ranges.

  • Overnight at Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided 

On this day, we get to witness the nomadic camps and their herds of animals as we hike through the green carpet of grasses. We will have lunch by the lake and follow the jeep trail all the way to Tashi Do hermitage and finally camp at the end of the day.

  • Overnight at Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided 

This day is put aside for self-exploration of Tashi Do Hermitage and the lake.

  • Overnight at Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided 

We drive back to Lhasa via Yangbachen. Spend the night at the hotel.

 

  • Overnight at Tented Camp
  • Breakfast and  lunch provided 

Depending on your flight/train time, our team will transfer you to the airport/train station for your return flight from Tibet.  You can also drive to the Kyirong border through the Tibetan highway. Customize the itinerary Lhasa Everest Base Camp Kathmandu Tour.

  • Breakfast is provided 

Have questions? Make us an enquiry, our experts will help you customize and plan your perfect trip. Let’s get started!

What's Included


  • All necessary Tibet Travel permit
  • Accommodation in Hotel, Guest House, and Tent Camp Basis
  • All transfers by private transport
  • One Tibetan English speaking tour guide
  • One Supporting Sherpa and cook during trekking (3 Pax above)
  • All conservation entry fees for clients & Sherpa
  • Meal Plan on Full board Basis (B/L/D) during stay in Camp and B/B basis during a stay in Hotel or Guest House
  • All Sightseeing and Monastery Entrance Fee
  • All trekking equipment

What's Excluded


  • Tibet Group Visa Entering from Nepal (US$175 for Americans, US$ 155 for Canadian, US$ 85 for Others)
  • Flight fare or train fares
  • Lunch and Dinner during stay in Hotel or Guest House
  • Yak and Yak men to carry your personal belongings (if necessary)
  • Sleeping bag, walking stick, down jackets
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry, Telephonic service
  • Personal Expenses and Bar bill, drinks, Tips
  • Tips for Supporting Staff
  • Any extra cost due to weather of political-related problem

Customer Reviews


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John UY . Jul 24, 2019
3 Country Tour - Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my…

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my wife was really surprised! Thanks for that one, sir! Our only interest was Bhutan and they offer everything including visas. Then, he was kind enough to suggest Tibet and we were like, why not? Since it’s a neighboring country and we haven’t visited it either. We ended up booking the 3 Country tour. Including Nepal yes! Nepal was very entertaining and with our very educated guide Anish! He knew his stuff. Smiling fella! Minus the rain coz we missed our helicopter ride to see up close and personal the all-mighty Mt Everest. But don’t get me wrong. Even if Anup knew that our helicopter ride would be canceled he still showed up, at 6 am! He kept trying and calling constantly if there could be any possibility that we could do the tour but sadly no. That is customer service at its finest. Haven’t encountered such customer service like his. 5 stars on that! Tibet was something else. Altitude sickness yes but we managed. Karma our guide was very accommodating and will give us time to wander around on our own. Knows how to manage time especially visiting the Potala Palace. When he said he’ll meet us at 7 am. He was at the hotel right on the dot. Talk about punctuality! Bhutan was magical! The moment when you land. Everything is just a breeze. Even immigration was very friendly! I have no complaints! Sangay our guide was great! We felt like we weren’t tourists. More like friends. He explained everything perfectly. He even told us to roll down our windows coz of the fresh air. The hike to Tiger’s Nest is no joke but Sangay was there all the way. We have no negative feedback the whole time we were there in the kingdom of Bhutan. A must place to visit! Our only concern was the breakfast at Shambhala Palace in Tibet. To us, it was a cool experience to have Tibetan breakfast such as the tsampa but to the others, they might not be able to enjoy it. Fewer choices of food but that didn’t bother us. Eggs, toast coffee, and tea. No continental breakfast here but we were happy about it. The hotel is nice though! Loving the touch of every piece of furniture they have. Hi-tech shower! When we had dinner they have to fetch it from the other hotel coz the cook wasn’t there anymore. They didn’t say the kitchen is closed. They still provide. We were shocked! We felt bad for the guy delivering the food to us but we gave him a decent tip. Wish we knew all their names coz they were all very nice to us from the beginning when we arrived greeted with a smile and the day we left. The security guard even gave us bottled water on the way back to Nepal. We will surely miss those hardworking folks over there! Keep smiling! One word. Anup will do anything to make your trip a memorable one coz ours was. Even side trips such as having breakfast and having us tried all the dishes or snacks that we wanted to try! Also, even if we were at other Countries he keeps in touch thru WhatsApp just to make sure everything was still in order. He even kept on checking the helicopter ride when we were away! Thumbs up, sir! Hope your business will continue to grow and may you have more customers and friends to come! You are indeed an amazing travel consultant. Thanks again for having us and making our trip a memorable one! Thank   you all, Mr and Mrs. Uy
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Trip Information


PAYMENT & CANCELLATION 

Payment: 30% of the total tour cost is required as an advance deposit to confirm the tour with HimalayanWindows (HW). The remaining balance can be paid 3 days before the departure date. Payment can be made through Wire Transfer or Credit Card. We process your credit card payment securely and no extra fee is charged.

Cancellation: For cancellation more than 30 days before the Tour Start Date, No Cancellation fee is charged. For cancellation from 29 calendar days up to and including 4 calendar days before the Tour Start Date, a charge of 30% of the total invoice amount is charged. For a cancellation occurring within 3 days of the date of travel or No Show shall be charged 100% of the total invoice amount. Learn more about Terms and Conditions.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS 

Accommodation: Accommodation is in twin rooms in cities unless a special request is made for a single supplement with an additional fee. Accommodation is in twin or dormitory at lodges on the trek especially in a peak season, it is difficult to find single/twin rooms in the mountains. Our main focus is to provide clean and safe rooms to our valued guests.

Meals: Basically, every package we offer includes breakfast; lunch and dinner are provided based on the cost we offer on the tour. In Bhutan, every package is on a full board plan that includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. During the trek, we provide all meals where you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Nepal Visa: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Nepal needs to obtain a Nepal Visa. Nepal visa can be obtained on arrival and some countries need a visa before traveling to Nepal. Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Make sure to obtain a multi-entries Nepal Visa if you are planning cross country tours.

Check the latest update and requirements to enter Nepal post-COVID-19

Bhutan Visa Clearance: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Bhutan needs to obtain a Bhutan Visa Clearance before the travel to Bhutan. We obtain your Bhutan visa; you need to send your color scanned clear passport copy. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Before flying to Bhutan, a Visa Clearance will be sent to you from your tour operator, you have to print the clearance paper and show it at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during the Check-in. The original visa would be stamped into your passport upon arrival at the Paro airport. Learn more about Bhutan travel info.

Tibet Group Visa (TGV): Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Tibet from Nepal needs to obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu through the help of a tour operator. Make sure to land in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before the travel date t process for TGV. If you are traveling from China, no TGV is required, a Chinese Visa & Permit are needed, though. Learn more about the Tibet entry procedure.

BEST TIME TO VISIT 

Nepal & Bhutan: Nepal and Bhutan share the climate from high mountains to the low land sub-tropical plains and jungles. Both countries have similar weather and ideal to visit at the same time of the year. March to April (spring) & October to December (autumn and early winter) are the best time to visit as the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder and June, July, and August (summer) are monsoon season.

Tibet: The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October as the weather is warmer, fresh, and sunny skies. November to March are usually very cold, but still possible to visit if the route is not blocked by the snow, especially in the regions like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, Mount Kailash, etc.

TRAVEL INSURANCE 

HimalayanWindows advises bringing proper Travel Insurance to all the travelers who are interested in traveling in the Himalayas. Travel Insurance is a policy that helps cover medical problems, emergency evacuation, theft, loss of belongings, last hour tour/ticket cancellation, etc.

FAQS


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tibet tour Where is Tibet? Tibet is situated in the South-West of China, also bordering Nepal, India, Burma, and Bhutan. The historical territory of Tibet would make the world’s tenth-largest nation. At present, Tibet is under China’s occupation and has been divided up, renamed, and incorporated into Chinese Provinces. If China refers to Tibet, It means only part of historic Tibet; what it names the… Read More »

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