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      Lhasa Nam Tso Lake Trek 15 days Trek

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      Hiking along roads is usually unpleasant, but this track is an exception: most of the traffic consists of yak herers and people on horseback. Years ago this was the caravan route for the salt traders of the ChangThang.

      Nam-tso, or the heavenly lake lies 190 km North-West of Lhasa at an elevation of 4718 m and is the second largest salt-water lake in Tibet. Surrounded by spectacular snow-covered mountains, it is a place of desolate beauty and the site of a holy hermitage that draws pilgrims from all over Tibet.

      Our trek passes through glaciated valleys and mountains of the Nyenchen Thanglha range to the pebbled shores of the lake. During the summer months the wide open spaces are filled with nomad herders and their herds of yaks and tents - an intoxicating sight. We shall also visit sacred spots, holy shrines, and the bird sanctuary.

      The other highlight of this trip is visit to Rongbuk Monastery and the Everest Base Camp.

      Tour Date Destinations
      Day 1Arrive at Lhasa for acclimatization by air or train
      Day 2Sightseeing in Lhasa
      Day 3Sightseeing in Lhasa
      Day 4Begin trek
      Day 5Trek (7-8 hrs)
      Day 6Trek (6-7 hrs)
      Day 7 To Tashi Do and Namtso Lake (7-8 Hrs)
      Day 8Rest and exploration day at Tashi Do
      Day 9Namtso - Lhasa
      Day 10Lhasa-Gyangtse (3990 m), 350 kms
      Day 11Gyangtse-Shalu-Shigatse (3860 m), 90 kms
      Day 12 Shigatse-Sakya-Shegar/Dingri (4350 m)
      Day 13 Shegar-Rongbuk (5050 m)
      Day 14Rongbuk-Nylam
      Day 15Nylam-Zhangmu-Kathmandu

      Day 1

      Destination: Arrive at Lhasa for acclimatization by air or train

      Today' s Activities: Airport/train station transfer to hotel, Acclimatize to the High Altitude.

      Meals:

      Fly into Lhasa or arrive in Lhasa by train. Local guide will meet you and transfer you to Lhasa. On the way, you can appreciate the heart-beating highland view along the Yarlong Tsangpo river (the longest river in Tibet and highest river on the earth with an average altitude of 4,000 meters), originating from Jiemayangzong Glacier on the northern Himalayas.

      Day 2

      Destination: Sightseeing in Lhasa

      Today' s Activities: Jorkhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monaste

      Meals:

      On this second day morning we will take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple. This temple is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. We will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkor, the crowded central market of Lhasa. In the afternoon we will visit 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, so remind our guide not to miss it.

      Day 3

      Destination: Sightseeing in Lhasa

      Today' s Activities: Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery

      Meals:

      A trip to Tibet would not be complete without experiencing the vital Potala Palace. This palace is Lhasa's cardinal landmark and is a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. This truly amazing day will ended with a visit to the Drepung Monastery. 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 hundreds of years.

      Day 4

      Destination: Begin trek

      Today' s Activities:

      Meals:

      We drive along the Tibet-Qinghai highway to Yangpachen (4324 m) and further on to Damshung,(4130 m) a windblown roadside town. Our trek begins from here. Today we will only have a short trek and goes up through a beautiful meadow. We will also visit a monastery en route. Camp.

      Day 5

      Destination: Trek (7-8 hrs)

      Today' s Activities:

      Meals:

      Today we pass through glaciated valley and reach a herder's camp where we camp for the night.

      Day 6

      Destination: Trek (6-7 hrs)

      Today' s Activities:

      Meals:

      We cross Kong La from where you have spectacular views of Namtso Lake and the Nyenchen Thangla ranges. Descend to a broad basin and hike along green meadows.

      Day 7

      Destination: To Tashi Do and Namtso Lake (7-8 Hrs)

      Today' s Activities:

      Meals:

      We hike along green meadows and pass through several nomad camps and their herds of animals. We have lunch by the lake. We then follow the jeep trail all the way to Tashi Do hermitage. Camp.

      Day 8

      Destination: Rest and exploration day at Tashi Do

      Today' s Activities:

      Meals:

      Rest day for self exploration of Tashi Do hermitage and the Lake.

      Day 9

      Destination: Namtso - Lhasa

      Today' s Activities:

      Meals:

      Head for Yanpacheng. Cross over the Lhachen La and stop at Damxung to have lunch. Afterwards drive about 2 hours along the Qinghai-Tibet Highway to come to Yanpacheng. Yanpacheng is 90 km to the north of Lhasa and is rich in terrestrial heat and densely distributed with various fountains, geysers, hot springs, boiling springs as well as hot-water lakes. It is a wonderful enjoyment to take a bath in an indoor swimming pool, which is supplied by fresh hot springs of Yanpacheng. In the afternoon drive back to Lhasa.

      Day 10

      Destination: Lhasa-Gyangtse (3990 m), 350 kms

      Today' s Activities:

      Meals:

      Today we finally begin our overland journey culminating in Kathmandu, Nepal. One of the first sites we will see while traveling along the majestic Friendship Highway is the Khamba La Pass. The breathtaking view at Khamba La allows one to see all the way to the summit of Nazin Kang Sa, turquoise coloured Yamdrok Lake. Truly an amazing view! While continuing westward we will travel over the Karo La, a high pass surrounded by stupendous glaciers. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages we pass through. The day will end in the town of Gyantse. We will spend the night in a hotel in this historical city.

      Day 11

      Destination: Gyangtse-Shalu-Shigatse (3860 m), 90 kms

      Today' s Activities:

      Meals:

      Drive to Shigatse. En route visit Shalu Monastery.Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama who is the second in the Buddhist religious hierachy and Shigatse Market.

      Day 12

      Destination: Shigatse-Sakya-Shegar/Dingri (4350 m)

      Today' s Activities:

      Meals:

      Drive to Shegar across Tsoula pass (4500 M) and Gyatso la pass (5220 M). En route visit Sakya Monastery.

      Day 13

      Destination: Shegar-Rongbuk (5050 m)

      Today' s Activities:

      Meals:

      Drive via Pangla pass (5200 M) to Rongbuk Monastery, world's highest monastery situated at 5200 M.

      Day 14

      Destination: Rongbuk-Nylam

      Today' s Activities:

      Meals:

      After watching sunrise over Everest, we drive on to Nylam. Nylam Guest House.

      Day 15

      Destination: Nylam-Zhangmu-Kathmandu

      Today' s Activities:

      Meals:

      Drive to Zhangmu & on to Kathmandu. En route visit Milarepa Cave. We descend from the high arid Tibetan plateau into the lush greenery of Nepal.


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