9 Days Lhasa - Everest - Namtso Lake Tour
Overview of Lhasa-Everest Base Camp-Namtso Lake Tour
Lhasa-Everest Base Camp-Namtso Lake Tour is designed to provide an amazing travel experience. You will begin this 9-day with tours around Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, exploring major attractions such as the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, and Drepung Monastery. This part of the trip is to ensure a gradual acclimatization to the altitude in the subsequent legs of the upcoming trip.
The extended trip, following exploration in Lhasa, will include overland travel through some of the marvellous landscapes and visits to some of the key stunning sites in southwest and central Tibet. For example, the Yamdrok Lake, the Karo La Glacier, and the Pelkhor Chode Monastery in Gyantse, which is one of the oldest 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 to the North Face Everest Base Camp transiting through Gyatso La pass, which offers a sweeping view of the world’s highest mountain range. You will then travel on and visit Namtso Lake, or Heavenly Lake, as otherwise known, which is the largest lake in Tibet.
Tour Map of Lhasa-Everest Base Camp-Namtso Lake Tour
Detailed Itinerary of Lhasa-Everest Base Camp-Namtso Lake Tour
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa Elevation 3590 meters
- AM: Arrive in Lhasa & Acclimatization
- PM:Self-paced exploration around the Bakhor street
Day 2: In and Around Lhasa Elevation 3590 meters
- Explore thethe Jokhang temple – “spiritual heart”of Lhasa city, – and the surrounding old quarters
- Explore Tsamkhung Nunnery, one of the largest nunneries in the Lhasa
- Visit Sera Monastery, one of the “Great Three” Buddhist monasteries
Day 3: In and Around Lhasa Elevation 3590 meters
- Visit the Potala Palace, the iconic building in Lhasa and a World Heritage Site
- Explore Ramoche Temple, considered to be the sister temple to the Jokhang temple
- Continue to explore around old quarters of the town
Day 4: Lhasa- Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse -Shigatse Distance 355kms Elevation 3,840 meters
- Depart Lhasa early in the morning, all day overland drive, transiting through:
- Yamdrok Lake – a gorgeous freshwater lake that comes to your sight 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 prominent town in Tibet
- Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery, and the Gyantse Kumbum – a 32 metres (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 – Everest Base Camp Distance 350 kms Elevation 5150 meters
- 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)
- Reach Shelkar and Travel on
- Cross over the Geu La Pass – enjoy a stunning view of the Himalaya Range
- Visit Rongbuk Monastery, claimed to be the highest monastery in the world (5000 metres)
- Travel on to the tourist Everest Base Camp for a view of the majestic Mt. Everest
- Double back and overnight stop in Rongbuk Monastery
Day 6: Everest Base Camp – Farmers’ Villages – Shigatse Distance 350 kms Elevation 3840 meters
- Leave Everest Base Camp and head back to Shigatse
- Stop by roadside farmers’ villages en route
- Arrive in Shigatse, freshen up and explore Shigatse / Rest
- Overnight stay in Shigatse
Day 7: Shigatse – Namtso Lake Distance Elevation 4749 meters
- Leave Shigatse – set off early
- Visit a hot-spring pool en route and go for a soak (if up for it)
- Drive on to Namtso lake – to witness the largest lake in Tibet, and throw yourself into the incredible landscape surrounding the lake
- Overnight stay at local guesthouse
Day 8: Namtso Lake to Lhasa Distance Elevation 3590 meters
- Leave Namtso for Lhasa
- Arrive Lhasa and Rest
- A gentle stroll around Lhasa – one last time!
Day 9: Depart Lhasa
- Transfer to Lhasa Airport or Train Station
- Depart Lhasa for your next journey
Good to Know about Lhasa-Everest Base Camp-Namtso Lake Tour
Upon joining, each participant will be sent a list of required and recommended gear for this journey that they will be responsible for.
In Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, you will be staying in a comfortable and pleasant boutique or 3-star Tibetan-owned hotels. Accommodation in other areas of Tibet, such as Everest Base Camp will be best locally available guesthouses. In the Everest Region (Shelkar, Everest Base Camp), accommodations will be very basic, as these areas are very remote and poor. Guesthouses often have no heating facilities, but plenty of blankets upon request. Toilets are usually outside and are not always as hygienic. Showers are often unavailable or only available at local shower house.
You must be in good health and physically fit to be able to do foot journeys around towns, villages, and monasteries with their own equipment. Though you will be doing a lot of walking each day, no extensive trekking is required. Most of this tour will take place in mountainous terrain between 3600 meters and 5200 meters (11,800 feet to 17,000 feet) above sea level. You will spend 3 nights in Lhasa for altitude acclimatization before going above 3600 meters. Ascent will be slow and gradual to reduce the risks of altitude-related illness. This tour is not recommended for those who have severe asthma or who have had problems with high elevation in the past.
This is the primary document required in order to visit Tibet after the Passport and Chinese Visa. The permit can only be applied at the Tibet Tourism Bureau, Only a travel agency registered with the Bureau can apply it for. We can make your permit and we will need 25 days for entire process of the permit.
Other Important Information:
Terms of Lhasa-Everest Base Camp-Namtso Lake Tour
- All accommodations (based on double occupancy; single room supplement available)
- Breakfast in Tibet
- All ground transportation in Tibet
- All entrance fees per itinerary
- Local Tibetan guide fees
- All Tibet travel permits
- Lhasa airport pickup and drop-off
Not included in the price:
- Passport, Chinese visa fees
- Lunch or Dinner
- International airfare to Lhasa
- 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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.