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Small Size Namtso Travel-Budget Tibet Group Tour 2016

2016 Tibet Namtso Lake Budget Trip outline

Day01 Arrival & transfer to Lhasa, check in hotel, rest for acclimatization 
Day02 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa (walking tour): Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Bazaar,Tibetan Tea House Leisure time; 
Day03 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa: Drepung (or optional Norbulinka Park or Similar) & Sera Monastery 
Day04 Lhasa Yangpachen Geothermal-Damxung County-Lake Nam-Tso-Lhasa (less than 8 people,small size group tour) 
Day05 Final Departure (fly onward to Kathmandu, Nepal or extend to China by air or train)

How we are DIFFERENT?

100% Lhasa LOCAL Travel Agency-Selecting Best Standard Tibetan travel guides;

Prices are more reasonable but not the lowest; Service quality is always our concern;

100% small group size tour (less than 10 pax) to maintain service quality and avoid mass tourism;

Instant support to all members before, during and after the trip;

Absolutely no forced shopping or tourist trap and No Hidden Cost;

100% friendly to local environment by practicing the knowledge of Responsible Tibet Tourism. 

Lhasa Namtso Lhasa group tour arrangements

Day 1 Arrival by train or air, transfer to Lhasa, check in hotel, rest for acclimatization 
Upon your arrival at Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Newwu Train Station, you will be picked up by our guide with your name sign (optional upgraded private car and driver service is upon requests), and then take shuttle bus to Lhasa city. Please be not so anxious to walk much around hotel to see this that, because you do need a good rest in your hotel for smooth acclimatization, otherwise you maybe under the weather little bit and easy get mountain sickness. Accommodation: 3 stars standard and centrally located hotel 

Day 02 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa 
Today what we will visit in Lhasa is the vital Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple with her vicinity. Potala palace is Lhasa's most important landmark and she is a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment which will be remembered for your rest life time. It has been a palace since the 7th century and was once the home to the Dalai Lama. Well another visit we will take is to Jokhang Temple which locates at Barkhor Bazaar. This temple is the most revered shrine in Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshipers. We will also be given the opportunity to visit the Barkhor Bazaar, the crowded central market in ancient section of Lhasa where is the residence of many local people.

Travel tips: in the tour season from May1 to Oct.30, the Potala ticketing time is to be known one day in advance, the ticketing time can range from 8:30 am to 4 pm generally speaking. The sightseeing time inside is no more than one hour. Today's sightseeing activity is flexible except for the Potala Palace.

Day 03 Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa 
After breakfasts in hotel, we will drive to west Lhasa city section (about 11 km) and give a visit to the Drepung Monastery, which was once the world's largest monastery. Housing 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout so many hundred of years.

In the afternoon, the site we will visit is Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located just a few miles North of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. Its famous debating activities are happening 3-4pm quite regularly every working day, we will not give it a miss.

Day 4 Lhasa Yangpachen Geothermal-Damxung County-Lake Nam-Tso-Lhasa (500 km round-trip, one day join in trip) 
To experience the natural views of Tibet is a dream of many travelers. Today is a great day for witnessing Tibet’s natural beauty. Mountains, grasslands, and the holy Namtso are on order for today. Namtso, one of the famous Tibet tourists’ attractions, is one of the 3 holy lakes in Tibet, playing an important role among Tibetans. Every sheep year in Tibetan calendar, the Trekking Namtso Festival is held and numerous pilgrims from far away visit the lake to pay homage. Travelers will see the great mountains, huge grasslands, local nomads, sheep, yaks, goats, horses. After the landscape and nomad culture experience tour, the tour group can have the option of relaxing and reflecting on the day’s experiences at Yangpachen hot spring. (the fee is about 16$ p.p optional).

lake Namtso, is 4718m high. It is the second largest saltwater lake in China, the first being Koko Nor (Qinghai-Lake) in Qinghai province. Every summer, thousands tourists come here to enjoy this one day highlight trip. In clear weather the water is a miraculous shade of turquoise and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains. The wide open spaces, dotted with the tents of local drokpas (Nomads) are intoxicating. 

Day 5 Departure (fly onward to Kathmandu, Nepal or extend to China by air or train)
You will take shuttle bus to airport or taxi train station for final departure (However private transfer is upon request, surcharge is US$80 one time for hotel to airport, and US$20 one time to railway station), your 5 days budget Tibet tour with us ends. And hopefully it will leave you unforgettable memory in your whole life.

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