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Lhasa & Holy Lake Namtso Tour - 05 DAYS

Lhasa & Holy Lake Namtso Tour

Lhasa & Holy Lake-Namtso tour is ideal for those with limited time but still want to see the major attractions in Tibet and be a bit adventurous. From a day spent exploring the intricate architecture of Potala Palace to experiencing the unique beauty of Namtso Lake, experience Tibet the way it is meant to be experienced.

Namtso Lake is the highest lake in the world sitting at 4,718 meters (almost 3 miles) above sea level. Some 60 kilometers (37 miles) to the northwest of Damxung County seat, it is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and is adored by the local people. During the Tibetan year of sheep, pilgrims from far away come to walk around the lake, a mission that takes over ten days to complete.

Legend has it that Namtso Lake is the beautiful daughter of nearby Bam Lake. She was married to the Nyainqentanglha Mountains. As time went by, she could not stand the frigid weather and loneliness any longer and so, with a sad heart, threw all her jewels, ornaments, and necklaces into the lake. Thus, it is said that there are boundless treasures at the bottom of Namtso Lake.

Grades and Fitness

This tour is moderately challenging, as the maximum altitude is over 5,000 meters above sea level. The drive from Lhasa to Namtso, about 250km, takes around 4 hours. The road is in good condition, but it is a bit hilly and has many turns. The scenery you will see during the ride is impressive, so be sure to take the opportunity to take pictures! The conditions near Namsto Lake can be harsh. Some customers may have mild high altitude sickness symptoms, but most people don't have any problems.

Best time to visit

Namsto Lake will be closed from December to March, so the best time to take this tour is from April to November. In April the lake is frozen and tends to have a unique appearance, though it is quite cold.


Outline Itinerary

Day Program Places Attitude Walking / driving duration
01 Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel Kathmandu    
02 Fly to Pokhara (25 min)  and trek from Phedi to Dhampus
Dhampus 1650 m 3 hrs walking
03 Trek from Dhampus to Landruk Landruk 1620 m 6 hrs walking
04 Trek from Landruk to Chhomrong Chhomrong 2210 m 6 hrs walking
05 Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan Dovan 2600 m 7 hrs walking
06 Trek from Dovan to Macchappuchare Base Camp MBC 3700 m 7 hrs walking
07 Trek from MBC to Annapurna Base Camp ABC 4130 m 2 ½  hrs walking
08 Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo Bamboo 2400 m 6 hrs walking
09 Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda Jhinu Danda 1760 m 6 hrs walking
10 Trek from Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul & drive to Pokhara Pokhara 825 m 6 hrs walking
11 Pokhara to Kathmandu by drive Kathmandu 1356 m 7 hrs driving
12 Depart Kathmandu      

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVAL IN LHASA

  • Arrive Lhasa
  • Transfer to hotel & Acclimatization
  • Overnight at the hotel

Welcome to the roof of the world! Your Tibet journey starts with a warm Tibetan style greeting from your local tour guide who will present you with Hada (traditional Tibetan scarves). You will be picked up at the airport, then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city at the comfort of your own private vehicle.

During the hour long drive to your hotel in the city, enjoy the breathtaking view along the Yarlong Tsangpo River. Tibetan features can be seen along the way, including Big Buddha engravings on the hill near the road, colorful prayer flags and friendly Tibetan people.

After you arrive at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and become acclimatize to this high altitude city at the top of the world.

Overnight at the hotel

Meals included: No

Tips:
The altitude in Lhasa is about 3,650m above sea level. Take time out to relax and acclimate to the high altitude after arrival at your hotel. We recommend that you avoid strenuous activity for the first few days. It is advisable that you not take showers. For first time visitors, it is common to have different degrees of high altitude sickness symptom. Drink more water, have fresh fruit and plenty of rest will help to prevent the sickness. Have a good rest tonight, and get ready for tomorrow's journey.

Day 02

IN LHASA

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
  • Overnight at the hotel

Morning you will be taken to Potala Palace. Take the challenge of walk up to Potala Palace (3,650m above sea level) and get a great view of Lhasa's urban areas. Great photographic opportunities along the way up as you will have a great view of the traditional Tibetan architecture. Hear the story of the Dalai Lamas and see chapels that the Dalai Lamas studied, rested and worked in. Pass former Dalai Lamas' graves which are decorated with treasure beautiful treasures.

Continue your tour to Jokhang Temple, which is within walking distance from Potala Palace. It is considered the spiritual center of Tibet. You will see many pilgrims worship within or nearby the temple. Enter the first floor of the temple and absorb the religious atmosphere, you will see pilgrims are donating butter oil to keep the lights burning for the Buddha. While learning about more Buddhas and Lamas than you can possibly remember you will gain a feeling for the vast history of Tibetan Buddhism. You might also hear red-robed Lamas praying. Walk up to the roof of the temple, take some pictures of the gold roof and enjoy the beautiful sunshine of Lhasa while observing pilgrims praying in front of the temple.

Finally, join locals in a traditional pilgrimage route by taking a relaxing walk in a large circular path around Jokhang Temple at Barkor Street. The street is filled with pilgrims taking part in religious activities and street venders selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods and religious items. If you like you can also ask your tour guide take you to visit a Thangka workshop to marvel at the fabulous Thangka art work. There are cafes along the street as well. You can relax and enjoy the life in Lhasa in a lazy afternoon.

Overnight at the hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Tips: As you walk up to the Potala Palace, you might experience slight shortness of breath due to the exertion. Take your time and rest when needed. Please try not to disturb pilgrims; you can take pictures from a distance. In Barkor Street, you will have a chance to pick a few unique souvenirs for your friends and do remember to bargain and compare the price in different shops. If you still have energy in the evening, you can go to the square on your own in front of the Potala Palace around 8:30pm to enjoy the 2-hours music fountain for free. Alternatively, enjoy looking at all the beautiful pictures you took during the day and make sure to get enough sleep! On this day, you will be mainly outside, please bring plenty of water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses

Day 03

IN LHASA

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit Norbulingka Park, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
  • Overnight at the hotel

After breakfast, you are driven to visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama, and then come to Drepung Monastery, once the largest Monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday.

Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, and the "Buddhism Scriptures Debating" in Sera is very famous. Enjoy the debate!

Overnight at the hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Tips: Today, you will be driven to the outskirt of Lhasa City. The drive is not long, all within half hour. The road condition is good. A little walking or climbing is involved. Please pack plenty of water with you. Don't forget about your sun glasses and sun-cream.

Day 04

LHASA - NAMTSO

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit Nmatso Lake
  • Overnight at the hotel

Today, you'll be driven to Namtso Lake, about 250km northwest from Lhasa (paved road), the second-largest saltwater lake in China. It is over 70km long and reaches a width of 30km. In clear weather the water is a stunning shade of turquoise and you will be surrounded by magnificent views of the nearby mountains. The wide open spaces, dotted with tents of local nomads, are breathtaking. You may also walk along the lake or climb up the hill near the lake to explore the area.

Overnight at the hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Tips: While we recommend that you stay in a hotel back in Lhasa in the interest of comfort, you do have the option to stay at a guest house near Namtso Lake. The guesthouses are available there is lack showers. There is only one public toilet in the area which has no light to offer at night. However, if you are able to put up with the discomfort, staying at the guesthouse will allow you to a great view of the sunset and sunrise, as well as a great view of the stars at night! A torch is a must if you choose to stay overnight near the lake.

Day 05

LHASA DEPARTURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Free time till departure
  • Lhasa

Breakfast at the hotel

Today will be free until you are escorted to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

Tips: Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charge, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

Cost Details

Cost Include

Transport, Entrance Fee, Guide, etc

  • Welcome with flower garland by our representative upon arrival
  • Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu transfers
  • One half day tour with an English speaking guide by a private vehicle in Kathmandu
  • Pokhara/Kathmandu by tourist deluxe bus including lunch
  • Monument entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Free Natraj Trekking Kit Bag

Accommodations

  • 02 nights accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu (as per the choice of package)
  • 01 night accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara(as per the choice of package)
  • 24.3% VAT and Service Charge

Airfare

  • Airfare Kathmandu/ Lukla/Kathmandu

Trekking Portion

  • 08 nights accommodation at local lodge (Teahouse) during the trek
  • All tours and transfers to and from trekking point by a private vehicle
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the entire trek
  • Services of an experienced trekking guide and one porter to every two trekkers during the trek
  • TIMS CARD FEE
  • Annapurna Area Conservation Fee (ACAP)
  • Insurance for trek guide and porters

Cost Exclude

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Personal expenses (Tips, beverage, laundry, telephone call, etc)
  • Travel Insurance/ Emergency Evacuation Cost
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara

The above rates are valid till December 31, 2013

Note: The price does not include: undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice.

Dates & Prices

DEPARTURE DATES

We will easily organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date Please send us an e-mail at info@natrajtours.com.np for the package cost

PRICE

Standard Hotels Option (3 star) Superior  Hotels Option (4 star) Deluxe  Hotels Option (5 star)
Group Size Cost in USD
Per Person
Group Size Cost in USD
Per Person
Group Size Cost in USD
Per Person
01 Person US$ 1220 01 Person US$1330 01 Person US$1420
02 Person US$855 02 Person US$930 02 Person US$970
03-05 Person US$825 03-05 Person US$895 03-05 Person US$940
06-09 Person US$745 06-09 Person US$820 06-09 Person US$860
10-14 Person US$700 10-14 Person US$775 10-14 Person US$815
15 & above Person US$675 15 & above Person US$750 15 & above Person US$790
Single supplement US$80 Single supplement US$120 Single supplement US$170

Standard Hotel Option (3 Star)

Places Name of the Hotel Website
Kathmandu  Hotel Manaslu or similar www.hotelmanaslu.com
Pokhara Base Camp Resort or similar www.basecampresort.com

Superior Hotel Option (4 Star)

Places Name of the Hotel Website
Kathmandu  The Shanker Hotel or similar www.shankerhotel.com.np
Pokhara Temple Tree Resort & Spa or similar www.templetreenepal.com

Deluxe Hotel Option (5 Star)

Places Name of the Hotel Website
Kathmandu  Hotel Yak & Yeti or similar wwww.yakandyeti.com

Practical information

Equipment Check List for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

You are advised to consider the following equipments as essentials while packing for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Please use this list as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be done according to your needs, interests, duration of your trip, season of your trip, etc. You can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu.

Please remember that at the start of the trek, apart from your day pack, your luggage that will be carried by porters should have weight limitation of approximately 12 kg.

Head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Lower Body:

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:

  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15 Degree Celsius degrees
  • Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit (Personal medicine)
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles /Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug

Toiletries

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars/ Reading book/Trail Map/Guide book
  • Pencils and small notebooks
Walking Grades and Fitness

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is graded as Moderate Trek and suitable for all walkers who have the capability to walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Some days, you may even need to walk more than above. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in a good health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can achieve the 12-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is a good idea to improve your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an advantage but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital that you consult with your doctor before you decide and set up for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform Natraj Trekking before booking the trek.

Lodges/teahouses in trekking

Our accommodation whilst on trek on twin room sharing basis in a simple locally run lodges, known as teahouses and it's a great pleasure to support these small local businesses. Rooms are simply furnished with just a bed and occasionally a small table. You will need to bring a sleeping bag. Please note, normally washing and toilet facilities are shared and may be in a separate part of the teahouse or outside. It's great to enjoy the company of your fellow travellers and share a tale with other trekkers in the evening in the dining area.

If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room with someone else of same sex of your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single rooms on request by paying extra as indicated on cost section. But, you need to understand that in teahouses/lodges of higher elevation area single room is not always possible. We guarantee single room in Kathmandu & Pokhara only. During your trek single room is not possible

Meals & drinking water

On this trek we provide standard breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water (extra cost to be paid) and treat with water purification pills.

Luggage while trekking

During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porter. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 kg. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel's safekeeping. You may also leave your extra things at your hotel which is not required for your trek in your main luggage. Please note that we will provide complimentary kit bag for you before your trek starts so that you can pack all your necessary things.

Trekking crew

On tea house trek you will be accompanied by a team of local crew whose aim is to make the trek as comfortable and enjoyable as much possible. The crew consists of a trek guide/leader and a team of porters to carry all your gear. On average, there will be a ratio of one porter to every two trekkers.

The most important thing that makes your Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek guide and the crew members with ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by experienced trek guide. All of our trekking guides/leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude.

Typical day on trek

Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Personal expenses

On this trek breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided during your trek. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places).

Meeting and greeting in Kathmandu

You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a 'meeting and greeting' service at the Kathmandu Airport. You just pass through the Customs and come out of the Arrival Terminal Hall after collecting your baggage where you will see our representative /guide standing with a placard that states Natraj Trekking' with your own name.

Climate & best time to go

Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, only colder (obviously). The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature. However, please note, there may be snowfall / avalanches during the winter.

Itinerary changes

Depending on the prevailing situation, itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your trek guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.

Nepal Visa

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the air port or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph.

If you are obtaining Nepal Visa upon arrival (please note that some of nationalities cannot get visa upon arrival), please be noted that Nepal Visa Application Form can be received through us by e-mail. Two passport size photo graphs are required and following visa fee to be paid at the airport as per your stay in Nepal

Visa Facility			Duration 		Fee
Multiple Entry  		15 Days 		US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple Entry  		30 Days 		US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple Entry  		90 Days			US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Note: Please note that visa fees and rules are subject to change.
Rescue/evacuations

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu.

Insurance

It is recommended of joining any of Natraj Trekking trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance. Altitude 4130m to be covered by Insurance Company

Why with Natraj Trekking

Natraj Trekking is the one of the leading and oldest trekking agency in Nepal since 1967. We organize Tibet, Bhutan & India tour as well. We excel in this field because we genuinely love what we do and are committed to providing you with the best services as we commit you.

Responsible travel

The beautiful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. At Natraj Trekking, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact on the environment as much as possible.

Care for porters and staffs

We make sure that all porters and all other staff climbing in high altitude conditions are provided with adequate clothing and equipment. We also ensure that the porters we hire are insured. We run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group (IPPG- www.ippg.net).

Know before you go

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs, including advice re: the legality of and local attitudes towards same-sex relationships.

Tipping

Tipping is the accepted way of saying 'thank you' for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.


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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 05 Days (Lhasa to Lhasa)
  • Trip Grade: Easy to moderately challenging due to high altitude only
  • Activities: Cultural Tours & drive to beautiful lake- Namtso
  • Best Seasons: April to November
  • Accommodations: 4 nights accommodation in Lhasa
  • Meals: As mentioned in the itinerary
  • Trip Starts/Ends: Lhasa
  • Transportation: Private vehicle
  • Group Size: Any

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