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6 Days Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Shigatse-Namtso Lake Tour

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TOT: 6 Days Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Shigatse-Namtso Lake Tour
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Tour Type: Group Tour: Fixed Travel Date & Maximum 12 People in one group
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English speaking guide & Experienced driver
Highlights:
  • Marvel at two incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Potala Place and Jokhang Temple
  • Witness the wonderful monk debating at Sera Monastery
  • Visit the picturesque lake - Yamdrok Lake, one of the three holy lakes in Lhasa
From $722 p/p Free Inquiry
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Day 1  Arrival in Lhasa Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer.

Upon your arrival at the Lhasa airport, your tour guide will greet you and escort you to your hotel and help you get checked in. You will have the rest of the day and evening to rest and relax to become acclimatized to the higher altitude of Tibet.

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Lhasa

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Day 2  Lhasa City Tour -Potala Palace, Canggu Temple, Barkhor Street (B)

Altitude: 3650m  

Potala Palace Initially built in 641 AD and listed as a world heritage site in 1994, the Potala Palace is the most popular tourist attraction in Tibet. The halls, murals, statues and mountain views will make you shocked even if you are not a Buddhist.

Canggu Temple Located in the city of Lhasa Tibet, Canggu Temple enjoys a high reputation in Tibetan Buddhism. This temple is not only a Gelug temple of Tibetan Buddhism but also the only nun temple in Lhasa. There are some tea houses, restaurants, clinics nearby. Most of them are charitable , with high in quality and low in price.

Barkhor Street Located near the Jokhang Monastery, the Barkhor Street was only a place for Buddhists to do a religious circumambulation in ancient times. Nowadays, tourists can buy exquisite souvenirs on the street, such as handicrafts, costumes, tea, prayer wheels and Tibetan incense.


Tips for Visiting Potala Palace

1. The number of visitors to the palace is strictly limited to 2,300 per day. Visitors can only visit during the time specified on the admission ticket.

2. Admission tickets to visit the Potala Palace are sold out almost every day, so it is strongly recommended to book your tickets several days in advance.     

3. There are many steps at the Potala Palace, so it’s best to take it slowly to avoid possible altitude discomfort.

4. Visitors should respect the rules while visiting. Do not wear hats, wear revealing clothes or step on thresholds as these actions violate local customs.

5. Photography and the taking of videos are forbidden inside the Potala Palace.

6. A security search will be taken place at the entrance to the palace. Explosives, flammables, knives, lighters and even water bottles are not allowed inside the Potala Palace.

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Lhasa

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Day 3  Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Karola Glacier - Shigatse (B)

Altitude: 3650m   Distance: 380km, about 7 hours’drive

This morning we’ll take a drive up to the Kampala Pass (elevation 4797 meters) where you’ll have a glimpse of Yamdrok Lake down below as well as spectacular views of the holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. You will want to have your camera at the ready for the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake, which is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet, and the beautiful Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier as seen from the Karol la Pass. Later on we’ll be able to visit the Karola Glacier.

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Shigatse

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Day 4  Shigatse - Tashilumpo Monastery - Nimu - Mountain Donggula - Yampachen Grassland in northern Tibet - Damxung County (B)

Altitude: 4700m   Distance: 330km, about 6 hours’drive

Tashilumpo Monastery

Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation-the Panchen Lama. The immense complex is a rambling warren of chapels, shrines, and halls linked by mysterious alleyways and steep staircases. At the center of the monastery is a courtyard that was used as a theater for religious dances. Just off the great courtyard in Tashilumpo’s main hall, where, like the explorer Sven Hedin, we may hear the monksintone a chantenthralling, mystical, full of yearningsoothing as a cradle, intoxicating as wine, and sedative as morphia. We'll visit this dark and evocative chamber and its many side altars, as well as a distinctive red building called the Jamkhang Chenmo, which houses a massive yet lyrical 90-foot tall statue of Maitreya, the Future Buddha, built in 1914 by the Ninth Panchen Lama while Europe was madly at war.

Yampachen: Far View

Located in Damxung County and 90 kilometers northwest of Lhasa, Yampachen is the first wet steam field developed in mainland China and the highest geothermal power station in the world.

Grassland in northern Tibet

It is located among the Kunlun Mountains, Tanggula Mountains and Gangdise Mountains.It is not only a paradise for wildlife, but also a culturally place with rich sedimentary layers.

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Damxung

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shigatse tashilunpo monastery

Day 5  Damxung - Namtso Lake - Jokhang Temple - Lhasa (B)

Altitude: 3650m   Distance: 350km, about 7 hours’drive

Namtso Lake
Today is a great day for witnessing Tibet’s natural beauty. Namtso Lake, one of the famous Tibet tourists’ attractions, is one of the 3 holy lakes in Tibet, playing an important role among Tibetans. On the way to namtso the road conditions is very good and comfortable. Start from Lhasa around 280 km you will arrive at a scenic point call Nyenchen Thankghula pick (the height is 7162m) and this mountain is the one of the holiest mountain in Tibet. At that moment you will have time to view that mountain and you are standing around at 4800m when that time you can show your photographic skills to that mountain. After that some times on the way also you will see some of the nomads families are roaming on the grass land of the north Tibet. Also on the way to Namtso lake there are lots of real Tibet yak, sometimes if you are lucky you will see some of the wild animals like wild donkeys, wild yaks, wild rabbits and wild fox ext. then also you will pass the pick called Laken La (the height of Laken La 5190m).

Jokhang Temple

The Jokhang Temple is the final destination for pilgrims. A statue of the 12-year-old Sakyamuni, who lived in India in the fifth century BC, and who was the creator of Buddhism, is collected in the monastery. This is the reason why Buddhists consider Lhasa a Sacred Land.

Kind Notice: If Namtso Lake is not allowed to be visited due to the weather conditions, such as heavy snow, ice on road, our itinerary will be adjusted as follows:
DAY 4 Shigatse-Jokhang Temple-Lhasa
DAY 5 Lhasa-Ganden Monastery(Kora trekking around the monastery)-Lhasa

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Lhasa

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Day 6  Depart from Lhasa Airport Drop off(B)

Today you will have free time until your tour guide escorts you to the Lhasa train station or airport for your departing train or flight from Lhasa. This will end your tour services in Tibet.

Accommodation: None

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Price Includes.
    1 Transportation
    7-17 seats regular tourist buses.
    Because overall reception capacity is relatively limited and local vehicles are relatively old in Tibet, the condition of the vehicles is not as good as that of other cities in China. Sometimes air conditioners in vehicles cannot work normally due to Tibet special climatic conditions;
    In certain part of roads, it requires limited speed (for example, It needs to take at least two driving hours to complete the appointed kilometers), so the driver will randomly choose the stopping place to rest.
    If it’s less than 4 passengers doing Lhasa city tour, we will probably arrange the tour guide to take taxi. And the taxi fee will be at the tour guide expense.
    2 Accommodation (1 twin room with breakfasts)
    See hotels options above
    3 Meals
    a. All breakfasts
    b. One featured meal: Tibetan welcome banquet in Lhasa;
    Please take care of other meals by yourself; if you give up the meal due to your own reasons, the meal fee will not be refunded. If there are travelers who are not used to dining in Tibetan areas, they can prepare their own meals.
    4 Guide
    Professional Chinese-English speaking tour guide
    5 Entrance ticket
    Potala Palace/ Canggu Temple/ Yamdrok Lake/ Karola Glacier/ Tashilumpo Monastery/ Namtso Lake/ Jokhang Temple
    We guarantee travelers visit the first entrance of the scenic spots listed in the itinerary. If the scenic spot cannot be visited due to policy reasons or weather conditions, the ticket fees will be fully refunded.
    If the entrance ticket price is temporarily adjusted by the scenic spot or Tibet governments promotion policy in low season, we won’t add or refund the difference.
    The sceneries mentioned in the itinerary other than the above-listed spots are all passing sceneries and do not involve entrance ticket fees.
    6 Tibet Permits
    Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Border Pass
    7 Travel Insurance  
    Travel Accident Insurance, Vehicle Seat Insurance, Travel Agency Liability Insurance
    8 Pick up and Drop off  
    Pick up and drop off at the airport (or train station)
    9 Oxygen and Water
    a. A container of Oxygen per person for emergency use
    b. 2 bottles of drinking water per person per day
    c. 4L Medical oxygen cylinder with car
    10 Service fees
    a. All taxes, fees and handling charges
    b. Reservation fee for visiting Potala Palace
Price Excludes.
    1 Single Room Supplement
    Two people in a room. If travelers need to stay in a single room, he must make up for the price difference for the single room.
    2 Room Loss Fee
    The room fee incurred during the itinerary change needed to be paid by own.
    3 Personal Expenses  
    Laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
    4 Force Majeure
    Due to irresistible objective reasons and non-travel agency reasons (such as natural disasters, wars, strikes, etc.) or airline flight delays or cancellations, consulate visa delays, insufficient number of travelers and other special conditions, travel agency has the right to cancel or change the itinerary, everything beyond Expenses (such as visa fees, accommodation, meal and transportation fees, air ticket fees adjustments, etc.) The travel agency has the right to charge travelers additional fees.
    5 Tips to the guide and driver  
    Tips are not required but expected, we suggest 30 CNY per person per day to the guide and another 30 CNY per person per day to the driver.
    6 Transportation  
    Flight/Train tickets in and out of Tibet
Booking Information

1.The above routes accept Chinese people(people from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) and foreign visitors to attend the group booking, foreign guests and Taiwan tourists to Tibet, please contact us to apply for Tibet Permit!

2.Due to Covid-19, there has international travel restrictions for Tibet travel, so we can not guarantee travelers in one group are all English speakers. Our professional tour guide will provide Chinese-English service if there has English speakers in the join-in group. Therefore, we will not make any reimbursement for tour guide language reason.

3.June, July, August, September is peak season. Joining our group can guarantee the ticket of Potala Palace. The Potala Palace may be adjusted to the other days because of the current limitation of 2,300 visitors per day to protect the historic site.

4.Without affecting the original standards and scenic spots, we might change the sequences of scenic spots according to the actual situation on the day of the trip.

5.Patients with severe hypertension, asthma or heart disease should not join the group. Patients with colds should only go to Tibet after recovery.

6.Due to force majeure factors in case of landslides, mud-rock flow, avalanche, flood, earthquake and other natural phenomena influence or airline flight delay, cancel to causes such as the increase of expenses or unable to follow a normal schedule, we shall not bear the liability for compensation according to the tourism related regulations, but we will actively coordinate processing, in order to ensure a smooth trip.

7.Any failure to complete the activities during the tour due to the guests' own reasons or early departure will be considered as a waiver and the fee will not be refunded.

8.Tibet is a borderland area inhabited by ethnic minorities with limited tourist reception conditions. We hope that visitors can have reasonable expectations, respect the cultural beliefs and living habits of ethnic minorities and live in harmony with each other.

9.If there is a single room due to gender reasons, we will arrange a triple room (or double standard room with and extra bed) or fill the single room difference by the guest.

10.The shops in scenic spots do not belong to the travel agency's shopping shop arrangement. Please consider carefully.

11.Self-paid items are considered according to the time and the proportion of the approved members on the day, and no mandatory consumption is made.

Warm Tips

1.Travelers with severe high blood pressure or heart disease should not go to Tibet. Please do not bring serious colds into Tibet. Don’t go before the serious colds recovered!

2.Tibet is located in the plateau and most of the travelers might have plateau reaction. Please pay attention to rest and have proper diet (do not eat too full, because it will increase the burden of the stomach). Travelers can be appropriate to take some drugs, such as: Gaoyuan An, Rhodiola, Nuodi Kang; travelers with serious can appropriately take oxygen or hanging saline.

3.Because of the long drive in Tibet, travelers will spend a lot of time in the car, and inevitably can not eat on time, please bring some snacks and biscuits during drive.

4.Due to the special conditions in Tibet, please pay attention to keep warm. On the first day of arrival, please do not try to take a bath. Taking a bath will accelerate blood circulation and increase the body's demand for oxygen.

5.Tibet has a strong sunshine, especially dry climate, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm and other essential are necessary.

6.From April to November is the best time for sightseeing.

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