Lhasa to Namtso Lake Trekking-7 Days

Trip Facts:

Trip Name : Lhasa to Namtso Lake Trekking
Trip Duration : 6 Nights 7 days tour
Max. Altitude : 4,718 m (15,479ft)
Best Season : May, June September and October
Meal : Breakfast at hotel, self lunch and dinner

Trip Highlights:

  • Sightseeing tour to various cultural/historical/natural world heritage sites of Lhasa
  • Visit historical and pilgrimage places
  • Explore the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
  • Explore the Monasteries around the Lhasa
  • Pay visit to holy Lake Namtso
  • Discover the lifestyle of people of Lhasa


Lhasa to Namtso Lake Trekking includes cultural, historical and religious tour around Tibet’s most famous and important sites like Drepung Monastery, Sera Monasatery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street and market with magnificent Potala Palace.

Namtso Lake is the largest lake in Tibet Autonomous Region which is located 5 hours north from the Lhasa. It is called as heavenly lake in Tibet. Namtso is at an altitude of about 4718 meters. The lake is surrounded by the snow covered Nyenchen Tanglha Range, the highest mountain in north Tibet. Namtso is regarded as the holy lake by Tibetan Buddhists. During the year of the Sheep in the Tibetan calendar believers make a pilgrimage to Lake Namsto.

What to Expect:

Lhasa to Namtso Lake Trekking includes cultural, historical and religious tour around Tibet’s most famous and important sites like Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jorkhang Temple, Barkhor Street and market with magnificent Potala Palace. It also visits the holy lake Namtso situated at an altitude of 4718m.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu (1300m) – Lhasa (3,650)

Fly for about an hour over the panoramic Himalayan Region to the Capital of Tibet Lhasa at an elevation of 3,650 meters situated on the bank of Kyichu River. Land on Gonggar Airport then drive for an hour to Lhasa. Acclimatize in hotel. O/N at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing at Lhasa

Today we visit to the famous place of Lhasa like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market. The Potala Palace is located on Red Hill by the side of the Lhasa River. It is a treasure house where you can see precious arts and learn Tibetan culture and history. Climbing the steps up to the top, you can see the great views of Lhasa city as well as beautiful plateau landscape far away. On other hand Jokhang Temple houses Tibet’s most religious relics, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Then we pay visit to Barkhor Market which surrounds the Jokhang Temple. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Lhasa Excursion

Enjoying Lhasa to Namtso Lake Trekking, today we visit Drepung Monastery which lies 8 km west of Lhasa and is largest Monastery in the Tibet that occupies over 10,000 of Monks. The ground of Monastery is organized on the caves and temples for Jamyang Qoigyi, together with two magnificent white pagodas. Then we drive for Sera Monastery which is situated 5 km north to Lhasa. The monastery is magnificent and covers an area of 114,946 square meters (28 acres). Its main buildings are the Coqen Hall, Zhacang (college) and Kamcun (dormitory). Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive to Namtso and Tashi do

Today we drive for the holy Lake Namtso which is 240 km northwest of Lhasa. At an altitude of 4,718 meters above sea level, it is the second largest saline lake in China, the largest lake in Tibet and the highest saltwater lake in the world. In Tibetan, Namsto means Heavenly Lake and is considered as one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. The Tashi Peninsula, the biggest island here stretches long and wreathed Namtso into its center, offering travelers a land for spiritual refreshment. The town of Nam Tsho Qu is on the plains to the right east of the lake. The caravan route skirts this end of the lake, entering the low hills beyond for the journey across the northern plateau. There are two way to approach Tashiy Dorje. Both choices take about the same amount of time, on reaching Tashiy Dorje which flat and arid at the shore of lake Namtso.

Day 05: Hike around the Namtso Lake

Today we hike and trek with holy circuit around the Tashiy Dorje, Chhungchhung which is about two hour lakeside walk under the sculpted limestone cliffs. The climb to the summit 4,720m takes less than 30 minutes and is best approached from the east side near the mani wall. Piles of carved prayer stones decorate the summit and the views outstanding in all directions.

Day 06: Drive to Lhasa

Today we drive back to Lhasa for about 5 hours enjoying the beautiful landscapes and passing farm villages and towns following the Kyuchi (Lhasa) River.

Day 07: Departure

Your Lhasa to Namtso Lake Trekking terminates today so early in the morning drive for Gonggar airport and catch the flight and bid farewell to the mystic land Tibet.

Cost Includes:

  • Private transportation as per the group size
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide
  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis except guest houses
  • Daily breakfast
  • Everest base camp entry permit
  • All Monastery entry fees as per your itinerary
  • Tibet travel permit

Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Train or Air fare of any sectors
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Natural or political disturbance which beyond our control…
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, porter charge etc.

Trip Note

During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factor, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!