Namtso Trek / TBT – 06
Namtso lake is a popular excursion destination among travellers to Tibet, many people prefer to make a trekking there. Situated at an altitude of 4718 m it is a extremely beautiful lake with turquoise blue water. The 70 km long and 30 km wide salt water lake has the Nyechen Tangla mountain range (7000 m peaks) on its back ground to enhance its beauty. The wide open spaces around the lake, dotted with the tents of local nomads are intoxicating. The 190 km drive from Lhasa to Nam Tso lake involves the high Yangpachen pass (5630 m), making proper acclimatization a must. Never take this trip lightly because it is short. The best season for trekking in Nam Tso Lake is late May to October, however you must be prepared at all times for wet weather, snow and cold winds. It is a very remote region and all the supplies must be carried ourselves.

Our trip starts with a sensational Trans Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. We explore different cultural and other heritage sites of Lhasa and start the trek. After the trek we drive for overland journey to Kathmandu. En route we visit the magnificent Gyantse fort and Kumbum monastery in Gyantse and Tashilhunpo monastery in Shigatse, cros s high passes and visit nomad camps , see the world's highest peaks and conclude our trip in Kathmandu.
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Brief Itinerary
Day

Activities

01 Arrive in Lhasa (3660 m). Rest of the day free to acclimatize.
02 Visit Potala Palace, Sera Monastery & Norbulingka.
03 Visit Drepung, Sera, Jokhang Monasteries and Barkhor Market.
04 Drive to Reting Monastery.
05 / 08 Trek from Reting to Joktso La.
09 Drive from Joktso La to Damshung.
10 / 12 Trek from Damshung to Namtso.
13 Camp at Namtso.
14 Drive back from Namtso to Lhasa.
15 Departure

Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa (3660 m). Rest of the day free to acclimatize.
Fly to Lhasa, about 1 hour flight offer panoramic Himalayan views including Mt. Everest. And other mountains ranges. Pick up from Gonggar airport, after finished immigration formalities it takes about 1 hour 30 minutes drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa. It is advisable to rest in Hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Visit Potala Palace, Sera Monastery & Norbulingka.
Tour starts from the religious Potala Palace built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king-Songtzen Gampo. The present one was
built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. It became known as the "Winter Palace" by the 1750, when the 7th Dalai Lama built the
Norbulingka Park as his summer residence. fter that, you will visit Norbulingka Park. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace in this
summer palace for successive Dalai Lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season. Today
Norbulingka has become a public park for picnicking, relaxing and entertainment. Later, visit Sera Monastery which is dedicated to the
Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsong Khapa. Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa's disciples
built the monastery in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The monastery was named Sera which mean wild rose in the Tibetan
language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Visit Drepung, Sera, Jokhang Monasteries and Barkhor Market.
Full day sightseeing takes you to Drepung Monastery. "Drepung" means "the hill of rice', because this white Monastery looks like a big hill
of rice in Tibetan. This monastery occupies an area of 150,000 square meters with 7700 lamas and becomes the largest monastery in
Asia. After that, you will visit Jokhang Temple, situated in the old section of Lhasa. King Songtzen Gampo built this temple in the mid-7th
century A.D. Now it is the most sacred place in Tibet. Pilgrims come here to pay homage from all over Tibet. Take a leisure walk at
Barkhor Street, located in the heart of Lhasa circling the Jokhang Temple. It means a pilgrim's inner circuit, and is the earliest street of old
Lhasa city.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Drive to Reting Monastery.
Drive to Reting. The Reting Monastery is 45km northeast of Lhasa. Reting Monastery was founded by Atisha's chief disciple Dromtönpa in 1056 in the Reting Tsampo Valley north of Lhasa as the seat of the Kadampa lineage. He brought some of Atisha's relics with him. It was the first major monastery of the Sarma revival. Tsongkapa (1357 – 1419) reformed the Kadampa School which then became known as the Gelug School and Reting became an important Gelugpa monastery, the seat of the Reting Rinpoche.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05/8: Trek from Reting to Joktso La.
The next four days you will be trekking from Reting to Joktso La. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and absolute tranquillity, far away from the hectic and noise of citylife. Stay overnight in camps on the way.
Overnight at Camp.
Day 09: Drive from Joktso La to Damshung.
Drive to Damshung. The rest of the day is free. Have a rest and get prepared for the next part of the trek.
Overnight at Camp.
Day 10/12: Trek from Damshung to Namtso.
The second part of your trek starts, from Damshung to Namtso. On the way you will pass through crags and woodlands and encounter the drokpa, seminomadic shepherds of the region. Their colourful camps dot the way. Learn about their fascinating lifestyle and ancient customs. On the way you will already have fantastic views of the sparkling Namtso Lake. On the first day you will pass by Kyang-Rag Monastery. It is clinging to the cliff face, a glistening white hermitage. While in the beginning the landscape is heavily forested you will pass the tree line towards the end of the day and reach flower-spangled meadows in the tundra zone. The path will follow a stream upstream towards the Kyang La pass. Soon after passing there at 5,330m altitude you will have splendid views of Namtso lake: bright strips of land leading into the cobalt-blue, scintillating water.
Overnight at Camp.
Day 13: Camp at Namtso.
A day of rest at Namtso, and the possibility to explore the area.
Overnight at Camp.
Day 14: Drive back from Namtso to Lhasa.
Bid farewell to Namtso Lake and drive back to Lhasa today. It is a drive of 235 km and takes 5 hours approx to cover by land. Check in to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15: Departure
Drive to airport and fly to Kathmandu or to Chengdu for onward journey to China.
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- Discover Lhasa
- Central Tibet I
- Lhasa & Overland to Nepal
- Tibet Encounter
- Everest Base Camp
- Namtso Trek
- Highest Trek In The Planet
- Shaulu – Natang Trek
- Ganden – Samye Trek
 
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