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8-Day Nyingchi, Lhasa and Lake Namtso Sightseeing Tour

8-Day Nyingchi, Lhasa and Lake Namtso Sightseeing Tour

Tour Type: Group Tour: Fixed Travel Date & Maximum 12 People in one group
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & air-conditioned

Highlights

  • Enjoy the stunning scenery in Nyingchi area, mountains, lakes, forest, etc
  • Admire the pearl on the roof of the world – the Potala Palace
  • Visit two of the tree holy lakes in Tibet - Yamdrok lake & Namtso Lake
Itinerary
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Day1  Nyingchi Arrival, Sekyim-La Pass, and Lulang Forest Sightseeing

Welcome to Nyingchi, which means the "Throne of the Sun" in Tibetan language. The attractions in Nyingchi will let you feel the warmth of the sun. Let’s start the sightseeing right after you leave the airport. The Sekyim-La Pass is your first destination. With an altitude of 4,728 meters (15,511 feet), the Sekyim-La pass is a perfect site to admire sea of cloud, forest scenery and the Mountain Namjia Bawa, whose meaning is the "Rock Fell Down from the Sky" in the Tibetan language. It is covered by snow all year round.

Continue the trip to the Lulang Forest, which enjoys the reputation of the “South Yangtze Area in Tibet”. The mist, forests and countless types of flowers are the features of the South Yangtze River Area. In Tibet, this scenery can only be seen in Nyingchi. Some local people build their houses in this earthly paradise. Don’t be jealous of them. You will have plenty of time to take photos there.

Why is altitude sickness less common in Nyingchi?

It is Because Nyingchi is the area with the lowest altitude (3,000 meters or 9,842 feet) in Tibet. And the 53.6% of the land in Nyingchi is covered by forest. This gives Nyingchi air high Oxygen content and high air quality. Both these factors help protect people from acute altitude sickness. However, not everyone is immune to the sickness.

Accommodation:Style Hotel or Similar

Day2  Drive to Lhasa with a Stop Beside the Lake Basumtso

We will drive to Lhasa along the beautiful Niyang River today. Although you might not want to wait too long to see the holy capital of Tibet, the Lake Basumtso is absolutely worth a stop. Snow-capped mountains, forests, pastures with waterfalls, and relics of ancient buildings can all be found here. What else could you expect from this place, seemingly from out of a painting? You will spend the night in Lhasa.

Accommodation:Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa or Himalaya Lhasa Hotel

Day3  Lhasa City Sightseeing - Potala Palace - Jokhang Temple - Barkhor Street

Today, you will visit the sacred Potala Palace, which was built during the Chinese Tang Dynasty in the 7th century AD and listed as a World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO Organization in 1994. The buildings, artworks, and statues of Tibetan Buddhism are all highlights of this ancient architectural complex. Standing on the mountain where the Potala Palace is located, you will have a bird’s eye view of the city of Lhasa. Of added interest, check out the back of a Chinese Currency 50 Yuan note, and you will see a picture of the Potala Palace printed there!

Continuing on your trip to the Jokhang Temple, also known as the Qoikang Monastery, you will find the life-size statue of the 12-year-old Shakyamuni (Buddha). Jokhang Temple is believed to be the sacred heart of Tibet, because the Shakyamuni Buddha is located in the there. That historical fact makes the Jokhang Temple even more scared than the Potala Palace. It is said the city of Lhasa was built based on the Jokhang Temple. After leaving the Temple, we will take a stroll along Barkhor Street. This ancient street is the route for pilgrimages around the Jokhang Temple and a perfect place to buy local Tibetan style handcrafts including shoes, hats, tea, bowls and quilts. If you are hungry, stop at one of the many small food stands and buy a mouth-watering Tibetan Style dessert, such as "Tu", a sort of pastry made with yak butter, brown sugar and water. If you want something more substantial, try a tasty bowl of "Thenthuk", a hand-tossed Tibetan noodle soup, a local favorite.

Did you know Shakyamuni lived around 500 BC and was the founder of Buddhism?

Accommodation:Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa or Himalaya Lhasa Hotel

Day4  Drepung and Sara Monasteries Visit, Monk's Debate

Two other Tibetan monasteries are today’s destinations. The first one is the Drepung Monastery, which means "store rice" in the Tibetan language. Built on a mountain, just outside Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery looks like a huge pile of rice. The Buddha statues collection, in the 6 assembly halls of the monastery, can teach you more about Tibetan religions.

The Sera Monastery, located at the foot of Tatipu Hill, is today’s last stop. Over 10,000 statues of Buddha’s Warrior Attendants are the major exhibitions in the monastery. The most intriguing experience here is listening to and watching monks’ debate about Buddhist scriptures. The monks will jump, wave their hands and talk loudly during the debate. Although it looks like they are about to get into a fist fight, it is absolutely healthy for them. They are just learning about the spirit of Buddhism via debate!

Did you know?

The monks’ debate is usually a 1-versus-1 challenge. When one monk is asking questions, the other monk can only answer "yes, no or not sure;" when the monk who is asking questions can’t ask any more questions, the other monk starts asking questions. When one monk has to answer "yes" to successive questions, he loses the debate. Normally there is no winner or loser in a debate. That is the spirit of Buddhism.

Accommodation:Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa or Himalaya Lhasa Hotel

Day5  Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake – Karola Glacier – Gyantse (Kumbum Monastery) – Shigatse

Today, we will leave Lhasa for Shigatse, the home of 5 mountains whose heights are over 8,000 meters (26,246 feet). On the way, we will see the charming Lake Yamdrok first. With an altitude of 4,441 meters (1,446 feet), the Lake Yamdrok is the highest fresh-water lake in the world. The color of the lake is sky blue due to the reflection of the blue sky. Sometimes it turns to deep blue when the angle of sunshine changes. The water of the lake comes from the snow on the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain, so local people believe the water can purify their souls.

We will head towards the Karola Glacier after visiting the lake. The altitude will go up to 5,560 meters (18,241 feet) on the way to the glacier, which is only 300 meters (1,082 feet) away from the highway. The glacier looks like a huge Tangka (Tibetan Scroll Painting) under the sunshine. It was used in scenes in many Chinese movies, such as the Red River Valley and The Knot.

Visit the Kumbum Monastery before you spend the night in Shigatse. The 9-story One Hundred Thousand Buddhist Pagoda is a must-visit attraction in the monastery. Over 100,000 sculptures of Buddhas and 1,000 frescos collected in the monastery make it a paradise for art.

Did You Know the Yamdrok, Namtso and Manasarovar are three sacred lakes in Tibet?

Accommodation:Shigatse Gesar Hotel or similar

Day6  Shigatse - Tashilunpo Monastery – Lhasa
We will get an early start today to visit the Tashilunpo Monastery, which was founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama. After visiting this ancient monastery, one of the most important sites in Tibetan Buddhism, then we will head back to Lhasa.

Accommodation:Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa or Himalaya Lhasa Hotel

Day7  Lhasa - Namtso Lake – Lhasa (500 kilometers, 10-hour drive time)

Known as the most sacred lake in Tibet, the Namtso Lake is a must-visit attraction for tourists to Tibet. Today you will head north from Lhasa to unveil her mystery. Although you need to spend 10 hours on the road for the Lhasa-Namtso round trip, the grassland and wild animals will make the drive colorful and interesting. The Mountain Nyenchen Tanghla is reflected clearly on Lake Namtso, the highest saltwater lake in the world. Sometimes, the fish swim through the huge mountain’s reflection. It looks like these fish are swimming on the top of the mountain. Besides fish, the Tibetan goats and yaks are also the prevalent in the Lake Namstso area.

Accommodation:Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa or Himalaya Lhasa Hotel

Day8  Transfer to Lhasa Airport – Departure from Lhasa
Your day will be free until we pick you up to take you on the 90-minute drive to the Lhasa airport for your departing flight.

Accommodation:None

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Price Includes

    • All necessary Tibet Travel Permit. (Including Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, border Pass
    • Private professional English-Speaking tour guide
    • Licensed Vehicle with experienced driver
    • All Entrance tickets to the sightseeing places listed
    • Airport (or train)pick up and drop off
    • Accommodation listed in the itinerary
    • Breakfast provided by the hotel
    • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
    • A container of Oxygen for emergency use
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Lodging and meal allowance to the guide & driver
    • Reservation fee for visiting Potala Palace
    • 2 bottles of drinking water per person per day
    • One Welcome dinner in Lhasa

Price Excludes

    • Meals not specified in the itinerary (All lunches & dinners)
    • Places not listed in the itinerary
    • Flight/Train tickets in and out of Tibet
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
    • Any losses incurred from the force majeure factor like government control, natural disaster etc.
    • Tips to the guide & driver ( Tips is not required but expected)
    • Single room supplement

8-Day Nyingchi, Lhasa and Lake Namtso Sightseeing Tour FAQ

  • When is the best time to go to Nyingchi for the Peach Blossom Festival?

    The best time to admire the Peach Blossom varies due to the altitudes of different places in Nyingchi area. For example, in the low-altitude places, such as Pomi, the peach blossom will be most beautiful at the end of March. And in Bayi Town, where the altitude is higher than Pomi, the peach blossom will be at its best time in the middle of April.

    The Gala village is the most renowned place to admire peach blossom in Nyingchi, besides, the Lake Basumtso and Lulang Forest are also good sites for peach blossom appreciation.

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