10 Days Lhasa - Everest Base Camp – Namtso Lake Tour

Lhasa-Shigatse Group Tour

Tour Type: Group Tour

Tour Duration: 10 Days and 9 Nights

Best Time: April to October

Price: 1000 USD Per Person

Overview of Lhasa - Everest Base Camp – Namtso Lake Tour

This will be a great tour, as you will have opportunities to see some of the stunning landscapes of Tibet. To ensure a gradual adjustment to the altitude, you will start out with tours around Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. You will tour around some of the historical and religious sites, such as the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, and Drepung and Sera monasteries.

Then, you will embark on the extended journey which will include overland travel through some of the marvelous landscapes and visits to key stunning sites. For example, the north-facing Mt. Everest (alt. 8848m), the Mt. Shisha Pangma (alt.8012m), the Yamdrok Lake, the Karo La Glacier, and the Pelkhor Chode Monastery in Gyantse, which has one of the best old towns in central Tibet. Next, you will go to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city and home to the largest Buddhist monastery of Tashi Lhunpo. After Shigatse, the tour trajectory will take you through some of the high passes, including the Gyatso La, which offers sweeping views of the world’s highest mountain range, and the north-facing Everest Base Camp. Furthermore, from Shigatse prefecture, you will turn into Namtso lake one of the largest salt lakes in Tibet.

Tour Map of Lhasa - Everest Base Camp – Namtso Lake Tour

Lhasa - Everest Base Camp – Namtso Lake Tour map

Detailed Itinerary of Lhasa - Everest Base Camp – Namtso Lake Tour
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa   Elevation 3650m
  • AM: Arrive in Lhasa & Acclimatization
  • PM: Self-paced exploration around the Bakhor street
Day 2: In and Around Lhasa   
  • Explore the “spiritual heart” of Lhasa city, the Jokhang temple, and the surrounding old quarters
  • Visit Sera Monastery, one of the “Great Three “Buddhist monasteries
Day 3: In and Around Lhasa               
  • Visit the Potala Palace, the iconic landmark building, a World Heritage Site
  • Visit Drepung Monastery, one of the “Great Three” Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, afterward, visit Nechung temple just below Drepung – the seat of the State Oracle of Tibet
  • Continue to explore around old quarters of the town
Day 4: Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Karo La Glacier-Gyantse – Shigatse Distance 380kms Elevation 3840m
  • Depart Lhasa early in the morning, all day overland drive, transiting through:
  • Yamdrok Lake – a freshwater lake that you can see from the summit of Kamba-la (4700m)
  • Karo La Pass – an amazing alpine view of the holy Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar glacier in the backdrop
  • Arrive in Gyantse, a small, but the prominent town in Tibet
  • Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery, and the Gyantse Kumbum – a 32 meters (105 ft) high structure, a nine-tier building with 108 gates
  • Visit the magnificently tiered Pelkhor Chode Monastery, the largest Buddhist stupa in Gyantse
  • Drive a short distance to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet
  • Tour around Tashi Lhunpo, to witness the largest gilded statue of Future Buddha in Tibet
  • Overnight stop in Shigatse
Day 5: Shigatse –Gyatso La –Shelkar Distance 240kms  Elevation 4315m
  • Leave Shigatse city, and travel west to Shelkar, the gateway to Mt. Everest
  • Cross over the Gyatso La Pass (a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5220 meters)
  • Travel on from Shelkar, cross over the Pang La Pass – enjoy a stunning view of the Himalaya Range
  • Arrive Shelkar town and rest
Day 6: Shelkar – Rongbuk Monastery – Everest Base Camp Distance 120kms Elevation 5150m
  • Leave Shelkar and drive to Rongbuk monastery
  • Visit Rongbuk Monastery, claimed to be the highest monastery in the world (5000 meters)
  • Travel on to the tourist Everest Base Camp for the majestic sight/view of the Mt. Everest
  • Overnight at Everest Basecamp tent guest house
Day 7: Everest – Shigatse Distance 350kms Elevation 3840m
  • Head back to Shigatse after viewing the sun rise on Mt. Everest peak
  • Arrive in Shigatse prefecture and rest
Day 8: Shigatse—Shugu La Pass—Namtso Lake Distance 410Kms Elevation 4700m
  • Leave Shigatse, and drive along the Friendship Highway in Lhasa direction
  • Turn left at Takdruka village (what used to be the ferry crossing point)
  • Continue driving through a stunning valley, cross over the Shugu La pass (5259m)
  • Reach Namtso lake – one of the largest salt lakes in Tibet, and throw yourself into the incredible landscape surrounding the lake
  • Overnight in the local guesthouse at Namtso Lake and rest.
Day 9: Namtso Lake – Lhasa Distance 250kms Elevation 3650m
  • Enjoy the sunrise at Namtso lake and take a short walk along the lakeshore – sink in with the beautiful surrounding landscapes
  • Leave Namtso lake and head to Lhasa
  • Reach Lhasa & Rest
Day 10: Depart Tibet           
  • Depart Lhasa for your next journey
Good to Know about Lhasa - Everest Base Camp – Namtso Lake Tour
Best Time of Visit

The package journey from Lhasa to Shigatse can be done anytime from mid-April through to late October. We can arrange this journey for groups of two to ten people. Discounts available for groups of 3 or more person. For more specific information, please contact us on our email at tibetuniversaltours@hotmail.com

Price includes:
  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy; single room supplement available)
  • Breakfast in Tibet
  • All ground transportation in Tibet
  • All entrance fees per itinerary
  • Tibet travel permits (All)
  • Local Tibetan guide fees
  • Lhasa airport pickup and drop-off
Price excludes:
  • Passport, Chinese Visa fees
  • Lunch or Dinner
  • International airfare to Lhasa, Tibet
  • Travel vaccinations
  • Insurance (travel, medical, etc)
  • Souvenirs or personal items such as laundry, excess baggage fees, snacks, alcohol drinks
  • Photography fees inside temples and monasteries
  • Gratuities to the Tibetan guide and driver
Travel Gear:

Upon joining, each participant will be sent a list of required and recommended gear for this journey that they will be responsible for.

Accommodation:

You will be staying in comfortable and pleasant boutique or highly-rated 3 Star Tibetan-owned hotels throughout this tour.

Eligibility:

Participants must be in good health and physical fit. You will do a fair amount of walking each day, although no trekking or hiking is required. 

Departure Dates Price (per person)/Status
19th April 2019 1050 USD/ 4 Booked
26th April 2019 1050 USD/ 1 Booked
3rd May 2019 1050 USD/ 2 Booked
17th May 2019 1050 USD/ 3 Booked
1st June 2019 1050 USD/ 1 Booked
8th June 2019 1050 USD/ 4 Booked
16th June 2019 1050 USD/ 2 Booked
21st June 2019 1050 USD/ 1 Booked
24th June 2019 1050 USD/ 2 Booked
29th June 2019 1050 USD/ 2 Booked
4th July 2019 1100 USD/ 2 Booked
11th July 2019 1100 USD/ 1 Booked
16th July 2019 1100 USD/ 2 Booked
20th July 2019 1100 USD/ 2 Booked
26th July 2019 1100 USD/ 1 Booked
31st July 2019 1100 USD/ 2 Booked
2nd August 2019 1100 USD/ 2 Booked
2nd August 2019 1100 USD/ 2 Booked
8th August 2019 1100 USD/ 1 Booked
16th August 2019 1100 USD/ 2 Booked
22nd August 2019 1100 USD/ 1 Booked
30th August 2019 1100 USD/ 2 Booked
5th September 2019 1100 USD/ 2 Booked
13th September 2019 1100 USD/ 1 Booked
20th September 2019 1100 USD/ 1 Booked
25th September 2019 1100 USD/ 2 Booked
28th September 2019 1100 USD/ 2 Booked
1st September 2019 1100 USD/ 4 Booked

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Responsible Tourism

Tibet Universal Tours and Travel puts great importance on the promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism practices. It incorporated into our day to day base tour service performances. So, we always strive to ensure that our tour service delivery will have a maximum quality. Furthermore, we also strive to the minimum level of negative social, economic, environmental and cultural impacts. Following outlined points are some of our representative measures undertaking in our routine job performances. In addition, these thoughts to be essential for a sustainable touristic development in Tibet. 

Social Responsibility:

Whenever and wherever possible, we extend charitable support to disadvantaged groups in remote Tibetan villages. For instance, utilizing the certain percentage of our annual company income we engage in social works. Therefore, we purchase and distribute warm winter clothes for children from rural Tibetan primary schools. As a result, they can keep them warm and happy during cold winter.

Moreover, we believe that every person deserves access to quality healthcare. So, we extend our help on medical expenses to those serious patients who are from remote and rural Tibetan villages. Because they cannot afford to pay their medical treatment when the treatment costs go beyond the local medical insurance coverage.

Economy Responsibility:

In support of contributing to the local economy and we give the local population a central role in the touristic economic development of their own territory.  Therefore, we always strive to ensure that the economic benefits of tourism should go for local communities. So, poverty alleviation by generating financial benefits for both local people and private industries. For instance, we always use locally owned ground transportation and accommodation (i.e. hotels, lodges, and guesthouses). Furthermore, we also recommend local eateries, restaurants, and stores to our guests.

In addition, we are an indigenous local Tibetan travel agency based in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. 100% of our travel company employees are staffed and escorted by professional local Tibetans including local tour guides and drivers.  So, this has created employment and job security opportunities for many educated and inspired Tibetans.

Environment Responsibility:

Tibetan Buddhist reality is profoundly ecological, and Buddhism itself is an ecological religion. It powerfully expresses human identification with nature. Buddhists believe that all things, including humans, exist by their interrelationship with all other parts of nature. Therefore, thinking of one's self as isolated from the rest of nature is being unrealistic.

Respect for life and the natural world

Giving the facts that Tibetans love and respect for life and the natural world. Therefore, to minimize the environmental impact created by tourists, we follow environment-friendly policies. So, we maintain the size of tour groups to have minimal impact on flora and fauna in an area. The necessary carbon emissions that we generate by our footprints of travel to the tour destinations cannot be overlooked. Therefore, we regularly actively participate in carbon reduction or offset activities such as tree planting. Our tour guides, drivers, and logistics staff are aware of waste management. Moreover, we advised them to dispose of all rubbish generated by themselves responsibly and recycle wherever feasible.

Other Safegurds for the Environment friendly tourism

Make the best use of the winter tourist low season, we deliver training workshops on environmental protection. Moreover, the training also includes the preservation and first aid training. So, we arrange it for all our company management staff, tour guides, and drivers in order to increase their knowledge. As a result, they can understand the importance of environmental protection and ecotourism.

Request to Visitors:
    • Be considerate of the communities and environment you visit.
    • Don’t litter, try to carry your own shopping bag to avoid plastic garbage problem. Many Tibetan local villages do not have environmentally sound garbage disposal systems. Therefore, pack garbage out to a larger town where there is a facility.
    • Try to avoid excessive use of plastic bottles. Travelers are requested to bring a reusable water bottle. In addition, we will arrange and supply your drinking water in a bigger container.
    • Reduce energy consumption. Unplug your mobile phone charger, turn off the lights
    More Requests
    • Conserve water. Take shorter showers.

    • Always ask before taking photographs. So, if someone says no, respect their wishes.
    • Educate yourself about the place you are visiting and the people.
    • Respect cultural differences. Moreover, learn from it! People in different places do things differently. So, don’t try to change them. And, enjoy them.
    • Support the local economy. Therefore, buy locally made souvenirs, eat at local restaurants. Furthermore, enjoy the local culture.
    • Support responsible tourism organizations. Because those travel operators who publicly are aiming to make tourism more responsible.

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