10 Days Lhasa-Tsedang-Gyantse-Shigatse-Namtso Lake
Tour Type: Private tour
Tour Duration: 10 Days and 9 Nights
Best Time: April to September
Overview of Lhasa-Tsedang-Gyantse-Shigatse-Namtso Lake Tour
Lhasa-Tsedang-Gyantse-Shigatse-Namtso Lake Tour is an package for the amazing experience of tourist. You will begin this 10-day journey with tours around Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, exploring major best-loved sights of religious and historic significance in the city, including the Potala Palace, the Norbulingka Palace, the Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Following the explorations around Lhasa, the trip will take you to Lhoka region the cradle of the Tibetan civilization–where you will have an opportunity to witness the first palace –Yumbu Lhakang -and the first Buddhist monastery – Samye Monastery, as well as what is considered to be the stretch of the earliest agricultural farmland in the Tibetan civilization.
In addition, during the tour, you will be travelling to the central west part of Tibet. Along with this route, you will be amazed at a number of gorgeous sights. We will stop by the Yamdrok Lake and the Karo La Glacier, to sink in with their tranquillity and majesty, before we hit and explore around Gyantse. Making most of our time in Shigatse, we will pay a visit to Tashi Lhunpo monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in the Tsang province or the west-central Tibet. After Shigatse, the tour will take you to Namtso Lake, one of the largest salt lakes in Tibet, after crossing a couple of high passes: namely, the Shugu-la pass (5440m) followed by kyang-la pass (5240m).
Tour Map of Lhasa-Tsedang-Gyantse-Shigatse-Namtso Lake Tour
Detailed Itinerary of Lhasa-Tsedang-Gyantse-Shigatse-Namtso Lake Tour
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa Elevation 3590 meters
- Arrive in Lhasa – collection from Lhasa airport or train station
- Check in hotel
- Rest and acclimatization
Day 2: Explorations around Lhasa
- Take a walk up and visit the Potala Palace, the fascinating landmark building in Lhasa, the winter residence of every Dalai Lama from the fifth to the current 14th
- Explore the Jokhang temple, the“spiritual heart” of Lhasa city
- Stroll around Barkhor street and the surrounding old quarters of the town
Day 3: Explorations around Lhasa
- 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
- Head to and explore around the Norbulingka Palace –the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas, as well as a great horticulture park
Day 4: Lhasa – Drak Yerpa Monastery – Sera Monastery
- Visit Drak Yerpa monastery 16 kilometers northeast of Lhasa – a short drive from Lhasa
- Double back and return to Lhasa
- Visit Sera Monastery, one of the “Great Three”Buddhist university monasteries noted for their Buddhist dialectic debate session usually held in the afternoons
Day 5: Lhasa – Tsetang – Samye Distance 205kms Elevation 3576 meters
- Drive to Tsedang, the capital seat of Yarlung valley (otherwise known as Lhoka region)
- Visit Yumbu Lhakang famed as the first Tibetan palace
- After Yumbu Lhakang, double back to Tsedang
- Visit Tandruk temple en route – one of the earliest Buddhist temples in Tibet
- Then, drive on to Samye monastery -the first monastery in Tibet
- Explore around the monastery renowned for its architecture and the rich murals
- Overnight stay in local guesthouse in Samye
Day 6: Samye – Gyantse 360kms Elevation 3980 meters
- Depart Samye early in the morning, all day overland drive
- Cross over Kamba-la pass (4700m)
- Descend and drive by the Yamdrok Lake – a freshwater lake stunningly gorgeous
- Drive up another pass –the Karo La – for an amazing view of the Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar glacier
- Continue drive and reach the town of Gyantse, historically considered the third largest and most prominent town in Tibet
- Overnight stay in Gyantse
Day 7: Gyantse -Shigatse Distance 115kms Elevation 3840 meters
- In Gyantse, visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery, and the Gyantse Kumbum – a 32 meters (105ft) high structure, a nine-tier building with 108 gates
- Leave Gyantse, drive a short distance to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibets
- En route stop by a couple of typical farming villages (featuring widest agriculture farmlands in Tibet)
- Visit Shalu monastery (a slight detour south) renowned for mural painting and Buddhist scholastic learning and training
- Travel on to Shigatse city
- Overnight stop in Shigatse
Day 8: Shigatse—Shugu La Pass—Dhamshung Distance: 325kms Elevation: 4290m
- Tour around Tashi Lhunpo, the largest Buddhist monastery in the Tsang province of Tibet, and witness the largest gilded statue of Future Buddha in Tibet
- Take a gentle exploration stroll around the local market
- Then, 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 Dhamshung – a small town on the northern nomadic upland
- Overnight stop in the county seat
Day 9: Dhamshung to Namtso Lake – Lhasa Distance: 65kms Elevation: 4718m
- Set off – making a short drive to Namtso Lake
- Reach Namtso lake – one of the largest salt lakes in Tibet, and throw yourself into the incredible landscape surrounding the lake
- Take a short walk along the lakeshore – sink in with the beautiful surrounding landscapes
- Leave Namtso lake and head to Lhasa
- Reach Lhasa & Rest
- Take a gentle stroll around the holy Jokhang Temple one last time
Day 10: Depart Lhasa
- Transfer to the Lhasa airport or train station
- Depart Tibet
Good to Know about Lhasa-Tsedang-Gyantse-Shigatse-Namtso Lake Tour
Best Time of Visit
This classic tour 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 persons. For a specific price, please contact us at email@example.com
- All accommodations (based on double occupancy; single room supplement available)
- All ground transportation in Tibet
- Local Tibetan guide fees
- All entrance fees per itinerary
- All Tibet travel permits
- Lhasa airport pickup and drop-off
- 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, etc
- Photography fees inside temples and monasteries
- Gratuities to the Tibetan guide and driver
Upon joining, each participant will be sent a list of required and recommended gear for this journey that they will be responsible for.
On this tour, you will be staying in comfortable and pleasant boutique or 3 Star Tibetan-owned hotels. Accommodation in other areas will be very basic, as these areas are very remote and poor. Guesthouses have limited facilities. Toilets are usually outside and are not always as hygienic. Showers are often unavailable or only available at local shower house.
Participants must be in good health and physical fit to be able to spend each day walking around towns, Villages and monasteries with their own equipment. Though you will be doing a lot of walking each day, no trekking is required. Most of this tour will take place in mountainous terrain between 3600 meters and 4200 meters 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.
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.