This 6 days tour to Tibet, provides you a chance to experience the culture and lifestyle still well-preserved in its age-old tradition in the middle of a beautiful landscape. And, you will also be visiting the world-famous monasteries, the highest saltwater lake in the world and nomad families.
Drepung and Sera monasteries are 2 of the 3 biggest Gelugpa monasteries in Lhasa, which is our first destination for Lhasa Namtso Lake package. You will love the monasteries for their unique culture and history. Another destination in Lhasa city, we will visit the world-famous Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Potala Palace: a landmark of Tibet, is most known as the residence of Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is the most sacred shrine of Tibet. It was built in the 7th century. You will find pilgrims busy with their full-body-prostration circulation around the temple and Bakhor Street.
Namtso Lake is our next destination in Tibet. It means Sky Lake. The Lake is located in the vast North-Tibet Grasslands. It is the highest saltwater lake in the world. It has bright turquoise water. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It is regarded as one of three holy lakes in Tibet. The lake has a fantastic natural scenery. A visit to this breathtaking holy lake is one of the highlights of this trip.
Welcome to “land of the gods- LHASA”. On your arrival to Lhasa by train or flight at Gongar airport, your tour guide will greet you and escort you to Lhasa city which is 68 km and it takes about an hour. You will amazed by the spectacular plateau scenery and also have a chance to see flocks of black-necked crane, wild duck and many other kind of wild birds, while driving along the Brahmaputra river. If you take the train to Lhasa, normally you will arrive in the late afternoon or evening, 20 minutes drive will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city. The rest of day is free and best to acclimatize the high altitude.
Today, after breakfast you will have guided sightseeing tour around Lhasa.
Visit Drepung monastery in the morning and Sera Monastery in the afternoon.
Drepung monastery: It is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung. Located 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name ‘Drepung‘, which, in the Tibetan language, means ‘Collecting Rice.
Sera Monastery: It is one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, located 1.25 miles (2.01 km) north of Lhasa and about 5 km (3.1 mi) north of the Jokhang. The other two are Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery. The Sera Monastery, as a complex of structures with the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges, was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Je Tsongkhapa. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice (Not available on Sunday), the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are worth to see.
Today, after breakfast you will have guided sightseeing tour around Lhasa.
It is the winter palace of the Dalai lama and was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. Palace stands 13 stories high and owes over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues, the Potala Palace formed a small world in it.
Listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2000, was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. Inside temple you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve.
Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.
Today, after having breakfast at hotel, you will be escorted along Northern Tibetan grassland, distance view of the Nyenchen Thanglha snow mountain ranges, from the Largen-la pass (5190m). You can have the first view of Namtso lake in the distance. Namtso Lake means Sky Lake which is one of the three most holy lakes in Tibet, also it is the highest salt water lake in the world. You can hike at the lakeside and around the Tashi Do peninsula. Overnight at local tent guest house.
While driving back to Lhasa, visit one of the nomad families. Overnight at Lhasa
After breakfast, our representatives will escort you to the Airport as per your flight time.
After the wonderful opportunity to organize this tour for you we wish you a safe and happy journey ahead.
1. How bad is Altitude Sickness in Tibet, and what can I do to avoid, or treat it?
Tibet, Known as the Roof of the World, is one of the highest places on earth. Due to Tibet's high altitudes, many visitors from low-altitude areas suffer from altitude sickness. Most people only suffer minor effects of altitude sickness, which include a headache, loss of appetite, and a tendency to have no energy until their bodies adjust to the high terrain. This adjustment can take anywhere from a few hours, and in rare cases, a few days. If visitors do some simple preparations before going to Tibet, most of the symptoms of altitude sickness can be avoided. Being healthy and in good shape, before you arrive in Tibet will help greatly. It is also recommended that you talk to your local physician about AMS pills to help combat altitude sickness. Once arriving in Tibet, walk slowly and take deep breaths. Your tour guide will be there to offer help and suggestions.
2. What is the weather like in Tibet and when is the best time to travel there?
Generally, weather in Tibet takes some getting used to. Summers are cool, and winters are dangerously cold. Sun radiation is extremely strong in Tibet. Most annual rainfall fall from June to September. In the Lhasa and Shigatse areas, rains usually come in the evening. The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October. The best time to visit Mt. Everest is May and early October. The peak tourism season runs from July 1st to October 15th.
3. What should I take along with while traveling to Tibet?
There are many items that visitors are recommended to take with them when they travel to Tibet. A personal Medical kit, water bottle, sunglasses, sunblock, and a scarf or mask for keeping blocking dust. If you are a photography lover, do not forget your camera, film and batteries, or you will never forgive yourself.
4. What kind of vehicles are available for getting around Tibet?
In Lhasa, there are many options for getting around, such as taxis, buses, minibusses, pedicabs and jeeps. There are also cars and bikes for rent. In more remote areas, the road conditions are not very well developed, making traveling by taxi and bus impossible. In this instance, minibusses and jeeps are the only options.
5. What are accommodations like?
There are many hotels in the major cities or towns of Tibet, though four and five-star hotels are quite limited. These hotels have central heating which is used in winter, but no cooling is available in summer. The facilities and service standard may not be as you would expect from a hotel with this grade in the other parts of the world. In the smaller towns in Tibet, star graded hotels are not available, and in many places only budget guesthouses are available.
6. What cuisine options are there in Tibet? Are there other options besides only local foods?
Due to the harsh living environment of Tibet, the traditional Tibetan food is quite different from cuisine found in other parts of the world, and many visitors do not like it when they try it for the first time. Due to its uniqueness, it is highly recommended that visitors at least sample the local foods. There are many kinds of foods available in Tibet's city's. Chinese food, western food, and Nepali food can be found. In remote towns and areas, choices are limited. Chinese food or Sichuan cuisine is probably the best choice.
7. What are the currency and the ATM system in Tibet like?
Foreign currencies cannot be used directly in Tibet, but you can exchange your money at the Bank of China in Shigatse and Lhasa, and these two cities could accept all major credit cards. Your hotels also can change money for you and ATMs are easy to find. However, in the remote places in Tibet, banking services and the ATM systems are not so easy to find.
8. Will there be problems with the language barrier?
Visitors to Tibet do not need to worry about the language barrier at all. Each visitor will have an English-speaking tour guide, and most of the desk staff in the larger hotels can speak some English. The three main languages used in Tibet are Chinese, Tibetan and English. If you are the individual traveler, you will find many people who can speak these three k languages in Tibet's most popular tourist places.
During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect.