It’s the classic tour itinerary to visit mystic Lhasa and the charming Lake Namtso. It is not only a tour of Buddhist culture but also an enjoyable round trip of Lhasa and Namtso Lake. If you are not accustomed to the high altitude, then this is one of the best itineraries for the main tourist attractions in Lhasa, such as the World Heritage Site of the Potala Palace, mystical the Jokhang Temple, the Barkhor pilgrimage circuit, sprawling Sera and Drepung monastery. After three-days sightseeing in Lhasa, you will have a day trip to the Lake Namtso, which was selected as one of the five most beautiful lakes in China by Chinese National Geographic magazine. Here, you will enjoy the breathtaking views of the crystal lake, marvelous Nyenchen Thangulha mountain ranges, even countless beautiful stars twinkling at the lake at night. It will be a fantastic memory for you to visit the heaven Namtso Lake.
Day 1: Arrival Lhasa When you arrive at Lhasa, our local Tibetan tour guide and driver will greet you at the airport or train station, then transfer you to the hotel for some good rest and acclimation. Accommodation: Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★ Day 2: Lhasa SuburbIn the morning, you will have a tour of Drepung Monastery. It will show you many precious stupas, sculptures, paintings, Thangka. Besides, every year, it will hold the famous Shoton Festival.After lunch, you will visit Sera Monastery, another one of the "Great Three" Gelug monasteries in Tibet. It was founded in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. Meals: Breakfast, Welcome DinnerAccommodation: Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★Day 3: Lhasa CityToday's journey will first take you to the Potala Palace, the traditional residence of the Dalai Lama. The most precious collection in the Potala Palace is the gold-plated tomb of the former Dalai Lama and the 33rd heavenly meditation cave of Tibet.After lunch, you will head to visit the Jokhang Temple where has venerated statue of the 12-year-old Sakyamuni Buddha. Then wander around Barkhor Street, where you can do kora with pilgrims, buy some porcelain souvenirs, and taste sweet tea in the tea house.Meals: BreakfastAccommodation: Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★Day 4 Lhasa to Namtso Lake (250km, 5 hours)In the morning, we will leave Lhasa city for Namtso Lake. Along the way, you will see the snow-capped mountains of Nyenchen Thanglha, nomads' tents with yak and sheep grazing along the mountainside. Arrival Namtso Lake, you can do a relaxing trekking around Tashi Island and enjoy the stunning sunset of Lake Namtso. At night, you will enjoy the beautiful view of the stars at the lake shore.Meals: BreakfastAccommodation: Stay overnight at Namtso Guest houseDay 5 Namtso Lake back to Lhasa via Yampachen (230km,5 hours ) In the morning, you will enjoy the breathtaking sunrise view of the lake, then do leisure trek around Tashi Island to see famous monastery and mystic hermit caves. After lunch, we will go back to Lhasa. On the way, you will visit Yampachen Hot Spring.Meals: BreakfastAccommodation: Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★Day 6 Depart From LhasaToday, you guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the airport or railway station.Meals: Breakfast