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Lhasa Namtso Lake and EBC Tour

Lhasa Namtso lake and EBC Tour is a unique 10 day journey that leads you to the ancient towns of Tibet like Lhasa, Namtso lake, Gyantse, Shigatse, Rongbuk and EBC. This tour begins from the holy city of Lhasa by appreciating its prominent historical and religious sites like Potala Palace and Norbulingkha Palace, Jokhang temple, Sera and Drepung monastery.  Furthermore, we will also explore some other famous sites like Barkhor Bazaar, Gyantse Dzong, Samye, Namtso Lake, Gyantse Khumbum, Phalkot, Shalu, Tashilhumpo and Sakya monastery. Each of these palaces, temples, natural sites has their own history and religious significance.

  • Lhasa Namtso Lake and EBC Tour
  • Lhasa Namtso Lake and EBC Tour 

During Lhasa Namtso Lake and EBC tour we will get to know the Tibetan culture very closely. Another important part of this tour is the opportunity to explore Namtso lake, one the three holiest lakes in Tibet, and also believed by many as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Before visiting this largest salt lake, we will also accomplish one of the major highlights of the tour, reaching the Everest base camp on the day 6 of our tour. Before immerging into the lands of Himalayan region, the extensive holy Yamdrok Lake, flourishing Karo la glaciers, mystic Gyantse Khumbum stupa and Tashi Lhunpo monastery keeps us inspiring with amazement and appreciation. The land of this mighty Himalayan is remarked by geological formations and excellent panorama of Himalayan range.

Spending a night at the foot of the world's highest mountain, wow, you may have a short hike of 8 km at the Everest base camp which is a memorable yet challenging at the high altitude. Then we retrace the journey back along the Friendship highway to Shigantse and continue to Namsto Lake then next day to Lhasa.

Trip Itinerary

Lhasa Namtso Lake and EBC Tour – short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa by Train or Air

Day 02: Sightseeing of Lhasa

Day 03: Further Exploration of Lhasa

Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse

Day 05: Shigatse - Sakya – Tingri

Day 06: Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp

Day 07: Drive from Everest base camp to Shigatse

Day 08: Drive from Shigatse to Namsto Lake

Day 09: Drive from Namsto Lake to Lhasa

Day 10: Final depart from Lhasa

Tour Cost: Please contact us and let us know the number of members in your group, the category of hotels you would like to stay with and any other special desires or interests of yours. We will be glad to quote you the price as per your requirements.

Tour Guides:

We can provide the equipment and infrastructure along with the dedicated, multilingual leaders, guides, and drivers needed to make your trek, pilgrimage, or cultural tour of Tibet a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience!  Alpine Eco Trek is the pioneer in Tibet tours and treks. Its dedicated team has gained long experience in tourism and hospitality specializing in Tibet tours, Treks and mountain overland tours. During your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an English speaking Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide a valuable insight into the Tibetan culture and way of life.

Hotel and Accommodations:

Now, Lhasa has many five stars hotels; there are so many nice and standard hotels in Lhasa, Gyatnse and Shigatse. We can organize any kinds of hotels and guest houses as per your requirements. Please be noted that the facilities and services along Friendship highway, especially Zhangmu, Nyalam, Tingri, Saga and Kailash part are still very basic. Read more

Transportation:

Lhasa, Tibet is now connected with the Railways network with mainland China. From any parts of mainland china you can take the amazing train journey to Lhasa which takes about two days to reach the capital. Roads and highways in Tibet are pretty much in condition now! Normally we use 4WD jeep, Van or minibus to carry tourists and trucks for kitchen logistics and equipments.

Food:

While you are in cities you can get verities of good meals but while you are on a trek or along the highways there are less varieties and not so good food so it is advised to bring some dry food of your own all the time. Due to the high altitude you may feel not so hungry or lose your appetite which is common symptom of altitude, no worry and try to eat as much as you can. You need more energy while you are in the high altitude areas. Many travelers suffer from diarrhea in Tibet, so please be careful with the varieties of food and try to have some light meals with more soups and tea.  Please avoid eating raw food like vegetable salads, etc… always try to eat well cooked meals and drink only boiled or sealed packed mineral water.

High Altitude Sickness in Tibet

What is High Altitude Sickness?
High altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), or altitude illness, is a pathological condition at high altitude which is caused by the combination of reduced air pressure and lack of oxygen. An altitude above 3000 meters is usually defined as high altitude, and most places in Tibet are higher than this level. Therefore, AMS is one of the biggest challenges when travelling in Tibet. Read more

Detail Itinerary

Lhasa Namtso Lake and EBC Tour – detail itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa by Train or Air
Upon your arrival at Lhasa Airport or train station we will be welcomed by one of our Tibetan guides and transfer you to your final destination Lhasa. Check into hotel and rest and relax of the time. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Lhasa
After breakfast, we start a full day guided tour of Lhasa city which covers the massive Potala palace of the Dalai Lamas, Jokhang; the holiest temple of Tibet and visit to the traditional Bharkhor bazaar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Further Exploration of Lhasa
Today, first we will visit Drepung Monastery which was once home for over 10,000 monks. Drepung Monastery is still a beautiful sight to visit. Incredibly it was one of the few sights to escape the Cultural Revolution without widespread damage. After lunch we will visit Sera Monastery which is the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet. Within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study here overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse
After breakfast, we leave Lhasa on a van through beautiful scenery. We drive via Khamba La pass at 4790m, with a brief halt to savor breathtaking views of Yamdrok Tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, towering at 7252m. Further westwards, we come across another stunning pass, Karo La at 5050m where you can enjoy watching huge glaciers tumbling down. After driving several hours a beautiful Tibetan village becomes visible as you enter the town of Gyantse. Overnight at hotel.   

Day 05: Shigatse - Sakya – Tingri
Today, there will be an arrangement for us to visit Tashilumpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas. After spending few times here, we then drive to Sakya and visit Sakya Monastery, which is the main monastery at Sakya-Pa. We then hike around the monastery and then drive to Lhatse in the late afternoon. Then we head to the world highest pass Gyatso-la pass with 5200 m above sea level, and then drive to Tingri. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp
Today's drive is very short and scenic, from Tingri to Rongbuk it is only 2 to 3 hours drive through the bumpy road. We drive past the wild grassland and cross the torrent and High Mountains. in clear whether, we can have a glimpse of high mountains which are above 8000m including Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m) and Mt Makalu (8463m). Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Drive from Everest base camp to Shigatse
We wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise from Rongbuk and then to view Mt. Everest, whose scenery is fabulous. After exploring Everest Base Camp we will drive to Shigatse. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Drive from Shigatse to Namsto Lake
After we depart Shigatse, we drive to the Northern route along the Yarlung Tsangpo River. From Traduka, we change the road to Shug-la pass and see the beautiful valleys, villages and mountains home to nomads. From here we drive to Yangpachen, where you can relax in the natural hot spring pool. We then drive to Damxung, on the way you will see Mt. Tanggu la (7500m) and drive through grasslands to Namtso Lake. Overnight at Namsto Lake.

Day 09: Drive from Namsto Lake to Lhasa
In the morning we see the sun rise over Namsto Lake. We will visit the world's largest salt lake and drive back to Lhasa by afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

Day 10: Final depart from Lhasa
In the early morning, our guide and driver will drop you off to Airport or train station. Now it's time to say good bye to your guide and driver until next adventure.

Cost Includes/Excludes

Service Includes:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus
  • Tibet entry travel permit and Chinese visa
  • All monasteries entry fees
    Guided tour as per the program
  • Special permit for Namtso Lake and Everest base camp hike,
  • English speaking Tibetan guide during whole trip in Tibet,
  • One hand land cruiser or van during the overland tour,
    Twin sharing hotel in Lhasa on bed and breakfast basis
  • All accommodation enroot in Guesthouses inclusive breakfast during the overland drive.
  • All government taxes and official expense

Service Excludes:

  • Any fares of plane or train
  • Lunch, dinner in the cities
  • Travel insurance
  • Tibet Visa fees
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural Calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc
  • Tips for guide and support crew (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

Why travel with us?

Why travel with us?

Our Goal
At Alpine Eco Trek our goal is to provide an affordable Himalayan travel experience for our clients that is second to none, an experience that reveals the full beauty and grandeur of this magical and holy land. Our trips provide time for both adventure and reflection while establishing genuine and caring connections with our clients with the aim of providing insights into the people and places that make the Himalayan region so fascinating.

Conservation and Cultural Awareness
The Himalayan region is especially fragile, not only in terms of flora and fauna, but also with respect to the cultural and religious beliefs and customs of its people. At Alpine Eco Trek we follow a “tread lightly, leave nothing behind” philosophy that seeks to respect and honor the region and its people.

Guidelines& Considerations
Here are some guidelines and considerations that we believe will help you to choose a qualified travel company. If you keep them in mind when reviewing the many travel options you have, we believe you will choose Alpine Eco Trek to lead your next Himalayan travel adventure.

01) Before booking a trip be confident that your trip provider respects the land and culture in which you will be traveling, and that guides, porters and other staff members receive fair pay and are provided with proper clothing and footwear, as well as nutritious food and accommodations.

02) Make sure your company is registered with the appropriate local travel and trekking associations, that they are a certified company professionally established and operating under the laws of the land(s) in which you will travel.

03) Ensure that the travel company you select is fully knowledgeable about local environmental issues, and that they are sensitive to and aware of all issues pertaining to the inhabitants of the region.

04) Make sure that the company you choose attends to the small but important details of toilet arrangements, cooking fuel and rubbish disposal, first aid and,

05) That they have the appropriate travel insurance and abide by the regulations regarding operation of a travel and trekking company.

You can be assured that Alpine Eco Trek follows all of these guidelines at all times.

FAQs

Tibet Tours and Trekking Frequently Asked Questions

Question 01: What kind of permits do I need to visit Tibet?
Answer: Normally you will need two kinds of permits for travelling in Tibet: the entry permit (TTB permit) and the Alien's travel permit (PSB permit).

A. TTB permit – Tibet travel permit
When you fly from Kathmandu or any city to Lhasa you will need to show TTB permit (Tibet Visa) when you check in at the airport. Even while buying a flight ticket to Lhasa you need to show this permit.

B. PSB permit – Alien's Travel permit
if you like to visit restricted area you will need to buy an Alien's travel permit issued by PSB of Tibet.

Question 02: How to get Tibet travel permits?
Answer: To get the travel permits, you need to send us below details:
01) Full Name:
02) Sex:
03) Date of birth:
04) Passport number:
05) Nationality

The details you provide us must be exactly the same as on your passport and you need to tell us your profession because journalists and people that are involved in political matters could be revoked ( they need a different procedure to get a permit).

We suggest you to apply your permit at least 25 days prior to your entry date. Please note that if you do not book any tour with Alpine Eco Trek, we can't help you get the permits. No one can provide permit only service. Tibet Tourism Corporation will not issue travel permits to individuals and will direct you to a travel agency like Alpine Eco Trek. We can organize a travel permit to almost anywhere in Tibet but only if you book a package tour with us.

Question 03: What are the essential points about Tibet Travel Permit?
Answer:
A. we can provide Travel permit to all kinds of people except Diplomats, Journalists and Governments officials who should travel to Tibet under the arrangement by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government.

B. After issuing a permit, we could help you to buy your air tickets or train tickets.

C. The permit we provide you is a copy, the original will be with guide, in Tibet you are not allowed to bring permit with you and not even allowed to travel to anywhere you want because except Lhasa you need another permit named as Aliens Permit. Otherwise if you are stopped by the police or army you will be sent out of Tibet or have trouble politically and economically. Tibet is still very sensitive destination in Asia. Moreover, the travel agency which helped to get you the permit will also be in trouble. Therefore seriously not any legitimate travel agency could sell you the Tibet Permit if you do not book a tour with them. We don't think so you would like to be in trouble while you are enjoying your hard earned holiday due to a SOLD Tibet permit after you pay a lot of money for the your trip to Tibet.

D. There is a service charge to get the Tibet Travel Permits. And, it takes time, paper work, transportation fee and delivery fee for us to get a permit for you, so Alpine Eco Trek will charge an extra fee for the permits.

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Further Information:
www.kailashtourtrek.com contains as much information as possible about Tibet tours and Treks. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 10 days

Mode of Trek: Adventure overland drive

Trip starts: Lhasa fly in

Trip ends: Lhasa

Group size: Minimum 2 & Maximum 10 people

Elevation: Nearly 5500m

Transportation: 4WD Land cruiser or mini buses

Note: The best season to do Lhasa Namtso Lake and EBC Tour is from April to December; please try to travel always with a local and direct agent and small group – private departure dates available. All the travelers except Chinese passport holders travelling to Tibet must be in possession of a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining.

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