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Private Namtso trekking

Private Namtso trekking is very popular trekking tours for many years. Namtso means Heavenly lake and it is the largest salt lake in Tibet. It is located at 4590 meters above sea level. Its located at the edge to the severely-weathered Chang Thang region from the north of Lhasa. The loop walk across the Nyanchen Thang-la Mountains to the pebbled shores of Namtso takes 7-8 days.Our Trek starts at the Damshung valley and then to the mystical environs of Tash-Do hermitage and the vast Namtso. The final leg of the loop enters a remote region of the Nyanchen Thang-la range. We have to cross the Kong-la pass 5,240m above sea level, and wind through the deep glacial valley on the return to Damshung area. Namtso is also inhabited by large flocks of birds both resident and migratory. Then we drive to Reting Monastery, to Drigong Monastery and return to Lhasa. The trek is challenging, involves crossing of several rivers on foot and requires walking 6-7 hours through rocky and steep mountains. You should be healthy, physically fit, and well prepared to take up this challenge.

  • Days Activities
    Day1 Arrival/Acclimatization
    Day2 Lhasa sightseeing
    Day3 Lhasa sightseeing
    Day4 Gaden Monastery Explore
    Day5 Begin Trekking
    Day6 Acclimatization day
    Day7 Trek to the herder’s camp
    Day8 Cross Kongla
    Day9 Trek to Tashido to Namtso
    Day10 Tashido Explore
    Day11 Trek Finished Drive back to Lhasa
    Day12 Departure from Lhasa Airport/ Train Station

  • Day 01
    Arrival in Lhasa
    On your arrival to Lhasa our guide will receive you at the airport or train station. She will then escort you to the Hotel in Lhasa. journey from airport to Lhasa will take about an hour. After checking in the hotel you are free for the rest of the day to get you proper acclimatization. You can choose to explore the city and our guide will be availible on call if you would need any assistance.
    Day 02
    Lhasa Sightseeing visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Tibetan Medical and Astrology institute, and Bharkor street
    Today is our first day of Lhasa sightseeing. In the morning you will be visiting the Jhokhang temple at the heart of old city. In the afternoon we will be visiting Patala palace and explore Bhakor street. Depending on your interest we can schedule a visit to the Tibetan medical and astrology institute.  In the evening we will walk with thousands of pilgrims making circumambulation in the Bhakor street,our guide will brief about the history and other details.
    Potala palace was built by Tibetan king Songtsan Gampo and later rebuilt by fifth Dalai Lama. It was the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas until peaceful libiration in year 1959. Its builted on a rocky hill overlooking the city of Lhasa, the Potala Palace has a sturdy fortress-like appearance. It contains more than a thousand rooms spreading over an area of 1,300 feet by 1,000 feet. The stone walls are 16 feet thick at the base, but more finely constructed (without the use of nails) in the upper stories. The Potala Palace is made of two main parts, easily distinguished by their color: the Red Palace and White Palace. The two are joined by a smaller, yellow-painted structure that houses the sacred banners hung on the exterior for the New Year festivals. The rooms inside the palace are identified by numbers as well as names.
    Jokhang Temple was builted in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo (r.617-49),  and his two foreign wives who are credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet. The king’s first wife, Princess Bhrikuti (married in the 630s), was the sister of the Nepalese king, while his second wife, Princess Wencheng (married 641), was the niece or daughter of the Chinese emperor. The temple house a sacred image of the Buddha, the Jowo Rinpoche, which Queen Wencheng brought with her from China as a dowry. This statue is still enshrined within the temple and is the holiest object in Tibet.
    Day 03
    Lhasa Sightseeing visit Drepung, Norbulingka Palace, Sera Monastery
    In the morning we will visit the Drepung monastery. After visiting the drepung monastery we will visit the Norbulingkha, the summer palace of the successive Dalai Lamas. After Norbulingkha we will have lunch in the local restaurant and continue with Sera monastery where you can observe philosophical debate between monks.
    Drepung monastery is one of the three great Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet. Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan Monasteries. Freddie Spencer Chapman reported after his 1936 -37 trip to Tibet,that Drepung was at that time the largest monastery in the world and housed 7,700 monks , but sometimes as many as 10,000 monks . It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choeje Tashi Palden (1397-1449) of Lama Tsongkhapa main disciple.
    Norbu Lingka (means “The Jeweled Park”) is a palace and surrounding park in Lhasa, built from 1755. It served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai lamas, Norbulingka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a unique representation of Tibetan architecture. Norbulingka Palace is situated in the west side of Lhasa, a short distance to the southwest of Potala Palace. Norbulingka covers an area of around 36 hectares (89 acres) and considered to be the largest man made garden in Tibet. Norbulingka Park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet, including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music and festivities. The park is where the annual Shun ton or ‘Yoghurt Festival’ is held. Norbulingka consists of several palace complexes, such as the Kelsang Potrang, Tsokyil Potrang, Golden Linka and Takten Migyur Potrang built for different Dalai lamas. Each palace complex is divided into three sections – the palace section, the section in front of the palaces and the woods. Norbulingka both reflects the ethnical, religious features of the Tibetan people and embodies the architecture style. It is of great cultural value and was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2001 as an extension of Potala Palace
    Sera Monastery is one of the great Gelugpa School of learning centre and famous debate session of monks on Buddhist sciences of philosophy, metaphysics, psychology and epistemology. The history of Sera monastery is strongly connected to master lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) the founder of Gelug order, the much venerated and highly learned Guru in Buddhist sacred scriptures. It was under his divine tutelage that his disciple Jetsun kunchen lodroe Richen Senge established the Sera monastery complex in early 15th century AD.
    Day 04
    Visit to Ganden Monastery
    This entire day we will spend in and around Ganden monastery as an rehersel for the coming tour. We really encourage the group member of walk around the ganden Kora.
    Ganden monastery is the main monastery of Gelukpa the Yellow hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Ganden means “joyful” and it is the Tibetan name for Tushita, the realm  of Bodhisattva Maitreya (the future Buddha). The monastery was founded by Jhe Tsongkhapa in 1409. It is strongly suggested to all the member to go for hiking around Monastery.
    Day 05
    Begin Trekking
    From today on our actual trekking starts. for today we will trek for about 3-4 hours.
    Day 06
    Acclimatization day
    Today, we will have an acclimatization hike of about 1,000 ft above our camp and we will enjoy the magnificent views of the grasslands. We will trek for only 3-4 hours.
    Day 07
    Trek to the herder’s camp
    Today trekking would little tougher then yesterday as we will hike for about 7-8 hours  to the Herder’s camp.
    Day 08
    Crossing Kong La (17,000ft)
    Today we will trek from herder’s camp to Kongla which is located at 17,000 ft above sea level, we will trek for about 6-7 hours.
    Day 09
    Trek to Tashi Do and Namtso Lake
    Today we will trek to the most panoramic lake in Tibet called Namtso Lake. we will trek for about 7-8 hours depending on our speed.
    Day 10
    Rest and exploration day at Tashi Dhor
    Today we will take rest and explore the Tashi-do. if you are interest we can extend our trekking for another 1-3 hours around.
    Day 11
    Drive back to Lhasa, Trek finished
    Today is the end of our trekking, we will travel back to Lhasa which will take around 4 to 4:30 hours.
    Day 12
    Departure from Lhasa
    Day after completing the trekking you will be leaving Lhasa and our guide will escort you to the airport or the train station to bit you a farewell.