NAMSTO LAKE & POTALA PALACE TOUR

NAMSTO LAKE & POTALA PALACE TOUR

( 13 Nights / 14 Days )

overview

Lhasa is the heart and soul of Tibet. It isa city of wonders, despite the large-scale encroachments of modern Chinese influence. It is the second most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau, after Xining, and at an altitude of 3,490 meters, making it one of the highest cities in the world. The city contains many culturally important Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhangtemple, and Norbulingka palaces. Many of these are located in Chengguan District, the city seat.

Namsto is renowned as one of the most beautiful places in the Nyainqêntanglha mountain range. Its cave hermitages for centuries have been the destination of Tibetan pilgrims. A surfaced road across Laken Pass at 5186 m completed to the lake in 2005, enabling easy access from Lhasa and the development of tourism at the lake.

 

Settlements in the area include Dobjoi, Donggar and Cha’gyungoinba. The TashiDor monastery is located at the southeastern corner of the lake.

 

Around the area’s natural elements, historical and anthropological background, a 2010 romantic drama Shangri-La, starring China’s popular actor Hu Ge, was broadcasted at CCTV1 and received positive reviews.[2][3] Some scenes in the 2002 Hong Kong film The Touch were filmed at the lake. Namsto Lake featured in the BBC TV series Himalaya with Michael Palin.

It is often incorrectly written that Namsto is the highest lake nationally (or even the world), or the highest salt lake in the world, but there are many smaller lakes at altitudes of more than 5,500 m (18,000 ft.) in the Himalayas and in the Andes. The highest freshwater lake is Sengli Lake at an altitude of 5,386 m (17,671 ft.), and with a surface area of 78 km2 (30 sq. mi), while the highest saltwater lake is Meiriqie Lake at an altitude of 5,354m with a surface area of 64 km2 (25 sq mi) (both are located in the Tibet Autonomous Region). However, Namtso is the highest lake in the world with a surface area of more than 500 km2 (190 sq. mi). The Qingzang Railway helped efficient transportation and is a leisure way for sightseeing. A normal tour to Namtso often starts at Lhasa by taking the shuttle bus at 7-8 am, arriving at the lake’s shore by noon, and returning at 3-4 pm the same or the other day, costs RMB150 for a one-day return trip. The traditional fashioned turquoise, silver, choral, amber and carnelian jewelry, handmade cheese and the Thangka craft are tourist’ favored local souvenir.

itinerary

  • Day 01

    KATHMANDU – LHASA – TSETHANG

    You will take your flight to Lhasa by China Airlines. Upon arrival at the Airport, you will be taken to Tsethang (100 kms, 2-hour drive). Overnight stay will be at the hotel provided with bed and breakfast.

  • Day 02

    TSETHANG – LHASA

    We will transfer from Tsethang to Lhasa via Samye monastery, 220 Kms (4-5 hrs drive).

    Overnight stay will be at the hotel provided with bed and breakfast.

  • Day 03

    LHASA

    We will visit Potala palace – built in 7th century by Tibetan King SongtsenGampo and later renovated by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17thcentury.

    In the afternoon, we will visit Sera monastery. It is 5 kilometers north of Lhasa City. JamchenChoejie built it in 1419. Sera are one of three major monasteries in Tibet.

    Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

  • Day 04

    LHASA

    Sightseeing tour of Jokhang Temple, it is the holiest shrine in Tibet with a golden statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. The buddha was brought to Tibet by Chinese princess Wenchen.Drepungmonasterywill also be visited. It is the largest monastery in Lhasa, built in 1416 by JamyangChoejie. You can shop at the Barkhor Bazaar. We will then visit Norbulingkha – the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, whichwas built in 18th century. Overnight stay will be at the hotel provided with bed and breakfast.

  • Day 05

    LHASA – DERDOM HOT SPRING

    We will transfer to Derdom hot spring via Ganden monastery, Drigung monastery, (150kms, and 3 hrs. drive).Overnight stay will be at the hotel provided with bed and breakfast.

  • Day 06

    DERDOM HOT SPRING – RETING MONASTERY

    We will transfer to Reting monastery (130 km and 3 hr. drive). Overnight stay will be at the hotel provided with bed and breakfast.

  • Day 07

    RETING MONASTERY – NAMTSO LAKE

    We will go to Lake Namtso, (120kms, 4-5 hrs. drive).Overnight stay will be at the hotel provided with bed and breakfast.

  • Day 08

    NAMTSO LAKE

    We will explore Lake Namtso and will trek to the monastery. Overnight stay will be at the hotel provided with bed and breakfast.

     

  • Day 09

    NAMTSO LAKE – SHIGATSE

    We will transfer to Shigatse from Lake Namtso, (410kms, 10-hrs. drive). Overnight stay will be at the hotel provided with bed and breakfast.

  • Day 10

    SHIGATSE – GYANTSE

    We will drive to Gyantse and after visiting, we will go back to Shigatse. We will tour to Kumbum, PelkorChode monasteries and Tashilunpo (180 km, 5-hrs. drive).Overnight stay will be at the hotel provided with bed and breakfast.

  • Day 11

    GYANTSE – TINGRI

    We will go to Tingri. On the way, we will visit Shakya monastery (240 km, 6-hrs. drive).Overnight stay will be at the hotel provided with bed and breakfast.

  • Day 12

    TINGRI – RONGBUK

    We will have a tour to Rongbuk, and we will visit the Everest Base Camp (120 km, 4-hrs. drive).

    Overnight stay will be at the hotel provided with bed and breakfast.

  • Day 13

    RONGBUK – ZHANGMU

    We will transfer to Zhangmu (300kms, 8-hrs. drive).

    Overnight stay will be at the hotel provided with bed and breakfast.

  • Day 14

    ZHANGMU – NEPAL BORDER – KATHMANDU

    Upon exiting Nepal, we will pass the Friendship Bridge (Tibet-Nepal border). We will continue to driving to the hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight stay will be at the hotel provided with bed and breakfast.

     

    Tips: You are advised to pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet, and towel. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure to check out the hotel before 12 p.m.

prices

Per Person on Twin Sharing in US$ Suppliment
1 2-3 4-6 7-9 10-14 15 & ABOVE Single Room Half Board Full Board

include/exclude

cost include
  • Best hotel accommodation "A" Grade. (Twin Sharing)
  • Meals (Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner)
  • Transport within Bhutan.
  • Experienced and English speaking guide.
  • City tour as per itinerary.
  • Welcome and Farewell drinks for larger groups with bond fire and cultural program staged.
  • Medical Facilities on free of cost (consulting doctors & medicine)
cost exclude
  • Airfare.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Telephone calls and any personal expenses.
  • Visa fee of US $ 20 per person.
  • Tourism Development Fund US$ 10 per pax.

Fixed Departure Dates

Scenic Nepal Tour (06 D/05 N)- KTM-Chitwan Park / Pokhara

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

VEHICLE ALLOCATION

Pax Travelling Vehicle Type
2 – 3 ADULTS Toyota / Ford Figo / Tata Indica / Nissan Car
4 – 10 ADULTS Toyota Hi–Ace 13 Seated With Roof For Baggage.
11–14 ADULTS Toyota Or Nissan Jumbo Hi–Ace 16 Seated With Roof For Baggage.
15–21 ADULTS Japanese Costar Bus -24 Seated
22–30 ADULTS Deluxe Tata Mini Bus -35 Seated
31–35 ADULTS Deluxe Coach -40 Seater

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Note

TRIP PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Payment Terms:

  • 30 % payments: At the time of confirmation.
  • Full payment: 7 days Prior to Nepal arrival in our account only.

 

Cancellation

  • 60 – 30 days prior to departure 10% of the tour cost.
  • 29 – 15 days prior to departure 20% of the tour cost.
  • 14 to 7 days prior to departure 40 % of the tour cost.
  • 6 days or less no refunds

 

Our cancellation policy applies in every instance. There will be no exception for any reasons therefore; we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. This low cost insurance protects all deposits and payments should you have to cancel your trip due to personal or family illness. Should you or anyone in your choice purchase this insurance, please deal directly with the insurance company. Baggage and accident insurance are also available.

 

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