Lhasa and Tsedang with Namtso lake explore tour
This 6 days tour takes in all the highlights of central Tibet. Following a circular route from Tsedang to Lhasa we explore to north to the great Namtso Lake.
In Lhasa, we visit the astonishing Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum and Barkhor Bazaar. Here, we also tour a number of impressive Tibetan monasteries like Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple. In Tsedang, we visit the 8th century Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, Chim Phu caves and Yambulakhang palace. A seperate day is set aside to explore Namtso Lake, one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. The lake was also selected as one of the five most beautiful lakes in China by the Chinese National Geography magazine.
IMPORTANT PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION
Casual wears and comfortable walking shoes are the rule of Tibet . Be sure to bring warm clothing as nights and early mornings can be quite chilly to downright cold. Indian Pilgrims strictly no Sari. Bring all the film, medicine, cosmetics, personal toilet items etc. that you will need from home as these are difficult if not impossible to obtain on the way. A small first aid kit is also a good idea. Also quite useful is a route map, to know where you are going and have been each day.
What to take:
Winter wear: Gore-Tex material, though expensive, is highly recommended. Down jacket, raincoat or windbreakers, thermal under wears, Jackets, warm trousers & woolen shirts (cotton will also do), warm sweaters, woolen gloves, sun hat, comfortable shoes, light leather boots in case of snow, woolen balaclava ('monkey cap') & scarf/dust mask to protect your eyes & nose from dust.
Bring with you:
Snacks along the way. Chocolates, dry fruit, toffees, glucose; 'namkeen' etc. Strong water bottle & water purifying tablets. Personal medical kit and Diamox tablet (for high altitude). Sun glasses (to protect your eyes from UV, which is especially strong in high altitudes). Sun block or sun screen lotion, wet tissues (Fresh-ones are excellent to wipe off the dust), clothes-line/clips, needle & thread, deo-spray (handy for smelly boots/feet and for a round of spray in the toilet tent!), toilet paper, torch & spare batteries, daypack (small shoulder bag), Camera & films, Binocular.
This is one of the toughest high altitude road journeys on earth. You Must be physically fit - no two ways about that. Generally patients with asthma & heart problems have a problem acclimatizing to high altitudes. In your interests it is essential you should be examined by your doctor to know about your health condition and your ability to cope up with the rigors of high altitude travel for days in 'no road' conditions, extreme cold and dust.
As you are traveling over high terrain, you are likely to experience symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness (headache, loss of appetite, nausea, exhaustion, sleeplessness, breathlessness etc.) until your body adjusts to the elevation. Drink plenty of water, be calm, and do not exercise. Do not drink alcohol or smoke prior to and during the tour. We also recommend you carry a strip of diamox tablets. Do consult your physician on the dosage.
The unit of Chinese currency is Yuan. USD 1 = 7.00 Yuan. 1 Yuan = INR 6.50 approx.
Risks & Liability:
Nepal alternative treks & expeditions Pvt. Ltd and its associates will put every effort to make your journey smooth and pleasant. However, all the tours in Tibet are conduct strictly under the rules & regulation of Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB). Therefore, Nepal alternative treks & expeditions Pvt. Ltd and its counterpart shall not be responsible for any change and alteration in the program due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, and cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents. Any extra cost incurred thereof shall be borne by the clients on the spot.
Only breakfasts are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). We recommend our guest(s) to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner in a single day. We will mainly eat Tibetan bread, dal (lentil soup), bhat (rice), tsampa porridge and other simple local foods.
Equipment and Packing List
While packing for Lhasa and Tsedang with Namtso lake certain equipments are essential. Please click here for this trip's comprehensive checklist.
Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements
Nepal alternative trek’s tour leaders speak fluent English, know all the complexities and history of the areas they travel in. All Tibet trips are run in cooperation with Nepal alternative trek's Tibetan counterpart, so we can be assured that authentic local touch. For the Lhasa and Tsedang with Namtso lake tour there will be one leader for each group. Nepal alternative treks can run the Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour for as few as two people and up to eight people. However if would like to make a group booking for more than eight people it can easily be arranged and we can choose the dates that best suit us.
Pre Trip Meeting
We will have a pre-trip meeting at Nepal alternative trek’s office in Kathmandu at least 2 days prior to the tour departure date. On this meeting you are expected to handover your original passport and fill out form(s) for the Chinese Visa. There will also be a final trip briefing meeting a day before the trip at 5:00 pm to share some tour insights in order to better prepare you for your trip.
This tour does not include your stay in Kathmandu but if you wish for Nepal alternative treks to arrange you the accommodation of your choice, airport pick up or your tour to some of the most exotic places in Nepal for any kind of adventure activities of your choice, Nepal alternative treks can also arrange you a tour package upon request.
Spring (April and May), summer (June, July and August) and autumn (September, October and November) are the best seasons for this tour. We can also equally enjoy this trip during winter months but it may get a bit cold.
Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa and transfer to Tsedang (3,550m/11,646ft): 95km, 1.5 hours
We arrive in Lhasa, at Gonggar Airport either from a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. If we decide to fly from Nepal, we get to enjoy around an hour long trans-Himalayan flight, considered to be one of the most beautiful air routes in the world. It takes us over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks and glaciers. If we choose to go to Lhasa via mainland China, we may fly from any of the major Chinese cities or take the world's highest train route to Lhasa. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, a representative from Nepal alternative treks will pick us up either from the airport or the train station and drive us to our designated hotel in Tsedang where we are advised to take plenty of rest for proper acclimatization and the next day’s activities. Overnight in Tsedang.
Day 2: Tsedang to Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft) via Samye Monastery, Chim Phu caves and Yambulakhang palace: 150 km, 8-10 hours
On the way to Lhasa, we visit Samye Monastery, which is located in the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River among the open farmlands. The monastery was founded in 770 A.D by Guru Rimpoche and is Tibet’s first Buddhist monastery with a 1200-year-old history. Next we visit the Chim Phu caves, which is located above the monastery. These caves are used as a long term retreats by those who wish to meditate in peace. Then we visit the beautiful Yambulakhang palace which is perched dramatically on a pinnacle above the Yarlung river valley and secures great views of the entire region. After touring the palace, we continue to Lhasa to spend the night.
Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum: 5-6 hours
We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today is the day we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Museum, the official museum of Tibet, which has a permanent collection of around 1000 artifacts related to the cultural history of Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 4: A day excursion to Namtso Lake: 8 hours
After breakfast, we drive for 4 hours to visit Namtso Lake (4,718m/15,479ft), located about 240km to the northwest of Lhasa. Today, we witness the size and grandeur of the world’s highest salt water lake and also acclimatize to the high altitude. The word ‘Namtso’ literally means ‘heavenly lake’. With its deep blue water and the fact that it is surrounded by the amazing Himalayan ranges, we realize that the name given to the lake is indeed a perfect match. After spending some quality time at the lake, we drive back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 5: Lhasa sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5-6 hours
After breakfast we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundreds. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve centre of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 6: Final departure
Our Explore Lhasa and Tsedang with Namtso Lake tour comes to an end today. There is nothing else to do but shop for souvenirs or just rest in our hotel room. A representative from Nepal alternative treks will take us to the airport which is approximately 1 hour away from the main city.
Adriana V. Diaz
The places was great .The travel was incredible. I think its necessary do this travel. This company is professional to organize everything necessary for trekking and tour. Thanks Tej !
For the whole package is so good. I am very satisfied with the service. Good guide for sightseeing is also Ok. I will probably come back and use the company’s service again soon! Thanks for everything!
The trek was excellent. The service has been brilliant from before we left the Uk and the whole trip. We will always remember this trip. I will recommend this company to everyone and I hope you continue to be successful Tej.
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