Overview The 10-day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp and Namtso Lake tour is a remarkable journey that combines breathtaking natural beauty with rich cultural experiences in Tibet. This itinerary also takes you from the ancient city of Lhasa, the heart of Tibetan Buddhism, to the world's highest peak and one of the most sacred lakes in the region. The adventure begins in Lhasa, where you'll also have the opportunity to explore iconic landmarks such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street. Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere as you witness devoted pilgrims and monks practicing their rituals. Leaving…
The 10-day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp and Namtso Lake tour is a remarkable journey that combines breathtaking natural beauty with rich cultural experiences in Tibet. This itinerary also takes you from the ancient city of Lhasa, the heart of Tibetan Buddhism, to the world’s highest peak and one of the most sacred lakes in the region.
The adventure begins in Lhasa, where you’ll also have the opportunity to explore iconic landmarks such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street. Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere as you witness devoted pilgrims and monks practicing their rituals.
Leaving Lhasa, you’ll also embark on a scenic drive through the Himalayas, passing through picturesque valleys, towering mountain passes, and charming Tibetan villages. Along the way, you’ll also stop at historic monasteries like Tashilhunpo and Sakya, where you can admire stunning architecture and gain insight into Tibetan Buddhism.
As you approach Everest Base Camp, anticipation builds. The sight of Mount Everest’s majestic peak is truly awe-inspiring. Spend a night at the base camp, absorbing the grandeur of the world’s highest mountain and witnessing stunning sunrise and sunset views.
Continuing your journey, you’ll head towards the pristine Namtso Lake, also known as the “Heavenly Lake.” Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the turquoise waters of Namtso create a serene and breathtaking landscape. Explore the lake’s shoreline, hike to nearby hills for panoramic views, and revel in the tranquility of this sacred place.
Throughout the tour, you’ll have opportunities to interact with friendly locals, taste traditional Tibetan cuisine, and learn about the unique Tibetan culture and way of life. Experience authentic Tibetan hospitality during your stays in local guesthouses and immerse yourself in the warmth and spirituality of this remarkable land.
The 10-day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp and Namtso Lake tour is a truly unforgettable adventure, combining stunning natural wonders, cultural immersion, and spiritual enlightenment. Prepare to be captivated by the beauty and mystique of Tibet as you create memories that will last a lifetime.
When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. Tourists may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa.
After arriving in Lhasa, you can take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.
For the new-comers of Tibet, to get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet. Having a good sleep in your hotel is a good option. Don not rush to visit attractions inside Lhasa city.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Today’s tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.
Besides, We can taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; The welcome dinner will also be arranged accordingly;
With time permitting, you may go with tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. You can upgrade your service to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD)
Stay overnight in Lhasa
In the morning, you are going to visit Dadong Village, the most beautiful village in Lhasa. Located 25 kilometers southwest of Lhasa downtown, Dadong Village is a well-protected ancient Tibetan village that surrounded by valleys. After arriving, you will visit the Nyimatang Monastery (built in the 11th century), take a light walk in the village, and see what rural life in Lhasa is like. You will also visit a local Tibetan family and enjoy the lunch offered by the family.
In the afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery, which is one of the ‘great three’ Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3-5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house. Inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and the colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse .On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .
Later, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass; Then, we will arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet’s third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress.
After one and a half hours of driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).
Stay overnight in Shigatse
In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama – Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can have lunch.
After that, we will pass Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass(5198m).Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp(5200m). You can get closer to gazt at the Mt. Everest peak. The sunset of golden Everest peak if time and weather permits at the lodging area.
Stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk monastery guest house.
In the morning, you can see the sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area. Then we will visit the Rongbu Monastery – the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together. You can visit the Mt.Everest Sightseeing Spot and take the closest picture of Mt.Everest. Finally, we will drive back to Shigatse.
Stay overnight in Shigatse.
Today, we will drive back to Lhasa by following Yalong Valley. You can stand on the viewing platform and view the vast Yalong River bed. Finally the guide will transfer you back to your hotels in Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso, one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest saline lake in the world. On the way, you can see snow-capped Nyenchen Thanglha Mountain Ranges and lots of nomads and their tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated on the flourishing grassland (in summer). Besides, you can enjoy the view of the Sky-Road Railway with snow mountain background; while standing at the famous Lagenla Pass(5190m), you can view the stunning vista of holy Namtso Lake.
Then we can enjoy our time doing a leisurely trek around Tashi Dor Island and along the lakeshore. Drive back to Damxung. (For environment protection, the Lakeshore guesthouses were close by the government.)
Stay overnight in Damxung.
After breakfast, we will first visit Chimelong Nunnery (Phyirmil Lung Nunnery). Roam over the peaceful small nunnery and get an idea of different Buddhist studies in Tibet, you may also spot a sky burial site (Tibet funeral site) in the distance.
Then, we can go to Tsurphu Monastery, the seat of the Karmapa branch of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Here, you can learn more about the ‘Black Hats’, the Karma Kagyupa school of Tibetan Buddhism. In the summertime (June to September), we can also go for a ‘Linka outing’ (Tibetan-style picnic) in the small village at the foot of the hill of Tsurphu Monastery.
Finally, we will drive back to Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Today’s Cultural Tips: Sky burial is a funeral practice commonly seen in Tibet. The corpse will be disposed of and later devoured by vultures. In Tibetan Buddhism, sky burial is believed to represent their wishes to go to heaven. Only family members of the dead can attend the funeral.
The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
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