6 days Lhasa City plus Namtso Lake tour

⇀ Namtso
⇀ Lhasa
This small group tour takes you to the holy Lhasa city and magical Namtso Lake. Walk around the heavenly terrain of Namtso lake, witness the exotic Tibetan culture and make new friends all on this economical trip.
Group, maximum of 12 person(s)
6 days
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In addition to seeing the highlights in and around Lhasa city, you will visit Tibet's most beautiful holy lake - Namtso. Along the way, you will also see lots of nomad families, with an unique insight and experience of Tibetan locals' life style.

Day 01 :
Arrival in Lhasa [3,658 m]

You will be greeted by your Tibetan guide upon your arrival at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport or the Lhasa railway station. From the airport to your hotel in Lhasa city is approximately 68 km (42 mi), around an hour drive. From the train station into the city is only 15 km (9 mi) and takes a brief 20 minutes.

During the drive, you will have time to enjoy the spectacular scenery Tibetan plateau and glimpses of scattered Tibetan villages. Once you arrive at your hotel and check in, the rest of the day will be free in order to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude. 


Day 02 :
Lhasa City Sightseeing (B)

Start your tour by visiting Potala Palace, it is the most well known known icon of Tibet. The massive complex is a small world within itself and is generally renowned as residence of the Dalai Lamas (Avalokiteshvara). It was first built by the 33rd ruler of his dynasty, King Songtsen Gangpo, in 7th century, but continual restoration efforts keep it looking majestic.


Then proceed to visit Jokhang temple, it's the most scared shrine in Tibet, located in the heart of Lhasa old town. It is the most popular pilgrimage destination of all Tibetans.

Barkhor Street is a popular Kora (religious walking circuit) which surrounds Jokhang Temple, and mingling with pilgrims around the Barkhor Street is a truly authentic experience. It is also a main shopping district where you can buy gifts for your family or friends.

Lhasa Old Town gives a glimpse into the daily life of Lhasa Tibetans. You can visit the Tibetan market stalls on the street and step into specialty stores selling hand-made bags, carpets, etc.

Day 03 :
One Day Tour to Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B)

In the morning, you will visit Drepung monastery, it was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet.

Sera monastery's famous monks debate between 3 pm to 5pm (not available on Sunday), an exhibition certainly worth seeing.

Optional program:At night, your guide can take you to enjoy a local Tibetan show (price is not included).

Day 04 :
Lhasa / Namtso Lake, 250KM, 4 Hours' Drive (B)


Today make your first day excursion to Namtso Lake, the driving is along the Northern Tibetan grassland, you can get a distant view of the Nyenchen Thanglha snow mountain ranges, and cross over the Nargen-la pass [5,190 m].

Namtso Lake is one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet, and also the highest salt-water lake in the world. Visitors can do a bit trekking around the shore of the lake. Stay overnight at the lakeside.

Day 05 :
Namtso Lake / Lhasa, 250KM, 4 Hours' Drive

Get up early to view the beautiful sunrise at Namtso Lake. You can trek along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves. Then head back to Lhasa, happy nomads family dwelled their cozy yak wool tent on the grassy pastures. On the way return to Lhasa from Namtso, we will pass a famous hotspring — the Yampanchen. If some tourists are interested in it, we can stop over for a while and have a bath. (Hot spring cost is on travelers)

Day 06 :
Lhasa Train Station or Airport Send Off (B)

Your guide and driver will ensure you safely reach the Lhasa Airport or train station, which concludes the tour. Thank you for choosing to travel with WindhorseTour.

New calendar for this tour will be posted on December 30th, 2023. If you have a question about this tour or wish to be notified when it is published, please let us know

Tour notes:

Complementary airport pick up and drop off is included.
We have 2 scheduled arrival pick up shuttles that depart the airport for Lhasa city at 12:20 pm and 16:00 pm.
We have 2 scheduled departure drop off shuttles that depart Lhasa city at 7:30 am and 11:00 am.
Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

All required government taxes and fees.
Domestic travel accident insurance.
Meals allowance for your guide and driver.
All required Tibet permits and domestic travel documents.
3 Star hotel located near Barkhor Street (shared twin room with private bathroom)
Lodging at Namtso Lake will be in the local Guest House (dormitory bed with semi-private bathroom)
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Local Tibetan guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.
Welcome dinner.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Meals that are not specified in the tour itinerary.
Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
Flight tickets or train tickets in and out of Lhasa (Please note: We can offer you train and/or plane tickets in and out Lhasa from all cities within China. Please check the latest price with us via email.)
Private Lhasa Train station or Airport transfer if your arrival time isn’t within our free service time. 250 CNY per vehicle from/to train station and 400 CNY per vehicle from/to airport.
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Donna Sheng
Donna Sheng
Sun, 04/22/2018

This trip is for me and my daughter. We plan to start the trip around the middle or last week of July, 2018.
I want a trip based on this Lake tour. But if it is possible, we also like to consider to skip the 3rd day in the Lhasa,
and spend that day to do Trekking somewhere along the road, we can spend the night in the camp place
(or tent). We just like to add more possibility to see the local people and know more about the culture.

Catherine Gorno
Catherine Gorno
Mon, 11/28/2016

Hi, I am organising a trip to Tibet for my husband and myself, so 2 people. We would like to travel in April 2017.
We intend to travel from London to Moscow by plane then take the Trans-Mongolian train from Moscow to Beijing, stopping in Ulaan Baatar in Mongolia for 3 / 4 days and then back on the train from Ulaan Baatar to Beijing.
We would like to stay for a few days in Beijing to visit the wall of China and various sights.

We intend to arrange and book the trip up to Tibet ourselves to reduce the cost but we would also like to know how much you would charge us for arranging such a trip.

Then we would like to go to Lhasa by train and to stay in Tibet for about a week. Now we know we need to have a guided tour so could you also give us a separate quote for a tour of approximately 7 days which includes:
Lhasa, maybe Drigung, Tidren and Namtso, unless you can recommend something different if you have set tours already organised.

Many thanks for your help.
Catherine and Andy

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Anita Fan
Thu, 12/01/2016

In reply to by Catherine Gorno (not verified)

Hi Catherine and Andy,

Thanks for your inquiry. This is Anita from WindhorseTour.
I just sent you an email with detailed itinerary with quotation. Please kindly go through it and let me know if you have any questions.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Best Regards,

Francis Khoo
Francis Khoo
Thu, 12/05/2013

I am organizing a private tour for a family of 10 adults to Lhasa Tibet. The tour must include 2 night stay in Beijing on 7th & 8th Sept 2014. 10 adult air tickets on 9th Sept from Beijing to Qinghai where the fast train starts to Lhasa. 5 rooms for 1 night in A minimum 4 star hotel in Qinghai on 9th Sept. 10 adult train ticket from Qinghai to Lhasa on 10th Sept 2014. 5 rooms for 5 nights stay in minimum 4 star hotel in Lhasa from 10th Sept to 15th Sept. 10 adult air tickets from Lhasa to Tianjin on 15th Sept 2014, 5 rooms for 2 nights hotel (4 stars) in Tianjin on 15th Sept and 16th Sept. Then private tour bus on 17th Sept from Tianjin to Beijing, 5 rooms for 2 nights in Beijing from 17th Sept to 19th Sept. Depart Beijing on 20th Sept at 2.05am. Please quote accordingly. Thank you.

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Murphy Feng
Fri, 12/06/2013

In reply to by Francis Khoo (not verified)

Hi Francis, 

Thank you for sharing your detailed travel plan with us! I have drafted a tentative proposal based on that and just sent it to you by email. Could you please check it and let me know your opnion? 

I'm looking forward to hearing from you again.