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[ GW-TT- 002 ] Trekking around Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake trekking is a popular trekking route in Tibet. Namtso Lake, lying at the foot of snow-capped Nyainqentanglha Mountain, is
the highest lake in the world and the biggest salty lake in Tibet, considered as the holy lake in Tibet. The lake is 70 kilometers long from
east to west and 30 kilometers wide from north to south, covering an area of 1,920 square kilometers with an altitude of 4,700 meters
above sea level. Namtso Lake is the seat of Paramasukha Chakrasamvara for Buddhist pilgrims. In the fifth and sixth month of Tibetan
Calendar each year, many Buddhists come to the holy lake pay homage and pray. Walking around Namtso Lake takes about one week.  The
best season for Namtso Lake trekking 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 so we should carry camping, sleeping bags, kitchen equipments and other provision for the entire trekking

Itinerary :

Day01 Arrive in Lhasa
Arrive in Lhasa, rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world, not only limited accessibility for its remoteness and
its high altitude at 3,650 meters, but also the mysterious Tibetan religion. In Tibetan, Lhasa means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land.
The guide will meet you at Konggar Airport, and transfer you to Lhasa city with about 1.5 hours’ driving (90km). On the way, you’ll be
greeted with Nie Tang Buddha – a Buddha image engraved in the mountain face. Upon arrival, rest and acclimatize yourself to the local
time and altitude. (D)

Day02 Lhasa 
The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa’s cardinal landmark - Potala Palace, an awe-inspiring Tibetan architectural complex. The
stone-and-wood-structured Potala Palace consists of the White Palace and Red Palace. The White Palace, comprising halls, temples
and courtyards, serves as the living quarters of the Dalai Lama. The Red Palace includes various chambers for worshipping Buddha and
chambers housing the eight stupa that contain the remains of fifth through thirteenth Dalai Lama. All the stupas are covered with gold foil.
Some 2km to the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure and the holiest temple in Tibet - Jokhang Temple. Bustling with
worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. A golden statue of the young Buddha Sakyamuni at age
12 brought to Tibet by Princess Wen Cheng from Chang'an, capital of the Tang Dynasty, is enshrined in the center of the main hall. The
quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor Market - Lhasa’s most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the Old
Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans. The rest of day is free. (B,L,D)

Day03 Lhasa
Today’s highlight is the sightseeing of Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka and Sera
Monastery in Lhasa. Drepung Monastery, known as the most important monastery of
Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was established in 1416 by Tsong
Khapa's disciple Jamyang Qoigyi, and under the patronage of plutocrats, it developed
as the richest monastery of Gelugpa and became the mother temple of Dalai Lamas.
Norbulingka Park (Treasure Garden) was built in the 1740s during the reign of the
seventh Dalai Lama. Later it was renovated and enlarged and became the Dalai
Lama’s Summer Palace, where they handle political affairs, practiced religious
activities and spent holidays. Sera Monastery, located a few miles to the north of
Lhasa, is one of three famous monasteries in Lhasa along with the Drepung
Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. The debating traditions in the Sera Monastery
are unique among the three famous monasteries in Lhasa. Debates are conducted by
the lamas in the monastery every day beginning at 3:00pm. In a battle of words, they
supplement their efforts by using a variety of gestures including clapping their hands, pushing their partners for an answer, or plucking
their prayer beads to win the virtue of the Buddha. (B,L,D)

Day04 Lhasa
Day is at leisure! You will have one whole day to rest and acclimate in Lhasa. (B)

Day05 Lhasa-Reting Monastery
After breakfast, drive north 180km from Lhasa to Reting Monastery. Reting Monastery, established in 1056 by Atisha’s chief disciple
Drom Tonpa the picturesque Lhasa River, is the ancestral monastery of the Gedain Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery holds the
Cuckoo Worshipping Ceremony on the 15th day of the fourth month in the Tibetan calendar. Walk around some villages down the Kyichu
River Valley. (B,L,D) 
Accommodation: Reting Monastery guesthouse

Day06 Reting Monastery-Namtso Lake-Bali Village-Duojia Temple  
Drive through some rugged road to be on Qinghai-Tibet Highway. You will pass by
Damxung Town and Bali Village where you will be impressive by the walls made by
dairy manure, then reach Duoqia Temple, the biggest temple by Namtso Lake, which
was built in 1716. There is an enigma of this temple in the evening, which is that you
hear the sound of mani stone carving, but when you approach the sound disappear,
and as long as you go away you hear it again. Namtso Lake, lying at the foot of
Nyainqentanglha Mountain, is the highest lake in the world and the biggest salty lake in
Tibet, considered as the holy lake in Tibet. The lake is 70 kilometers long from east to
west and 30 kilometers wide from north to south, covering an area of 1,920 square
kilometers with an altitude of 4,700 meters above sea level. It is said the holy lake
Namtso and the holy mountain Nyainqentanglha are a couple of lovers, who altogether
guard the vast pasture and cattle. (B,L,D)
Accommodation: camping 

Day07 Trekking Duoqia Temple-Buguzari-Bularanka 
After breakfast, start the trekking from Duoqia Temple to Bukuzari, the miracle of the world in the minds of the local people. Inside the
caves in this area, you see numerous images of birds, animals, trees, flowers, clouds, characters, etc. So strange they are! These
images change constantly, sometimes clear and obscured after some while. (B,L,D)
Accommodation: camping 

D08 Trekking Qiaduonanka Island-Angbakonglong Island
On the Qiaduonanka Island, there are many naturally made Buddhist images and characters as well as many caves. The remains of the
former Qiaduo Temple, faces toward the Nyainqentanglha Mountain ridges, which had been destructed during the Cultural Revolution.
Several remaining erected giant stones are regarded as the entrance door of the holy Nyainqentanglha Mountain. During the journey of
today, you will see lots of Mongolian gazelles and blue sheep on the way. (B,L,D)
Accommodation: camping

D09 Trekking Angbakonglong Island-Jiachangcuiguo
Leave from Angbakonglong Island, head for Jiachangcuiguo Bathing Gate, regarded as one of the Four Great Bathing Gates of the Holy
Namtso Lake. It is believed by the people that having bathing and baptism in this holy lake will help them be extricated from the sin and
bring luck and longevity. Today’s trekking on the sandlot along the lake is somewhat hard. Stay overnight by camping by the lake. (B,L,D)
Accommodation: camping

D10 Trekking Jiachangcuiguo-Zhaxi Peninsula
After breakfast, go ahead of Zhaxi Peninsula, the largest peninsulas around Namtso
Lake. The approaching of Zhaxi Peninsula means the completion of walking around
the holy Namtso Lake. Explore Zhaxi Peninsula where features some unusual rock
formations, pinnacles, grottoes and caverns. Some interesting cave paintings can
be seen in various grottoes. Also you will visit Zhaxi Dor Monastery, a cave temple of
Nyingma Sect at the southeast of the Zhaxi Peninsula. (B,L,D)
Accommodation: camping

Day11 Namtso Lake-Yambajing-Lhasa
In the morning walk around the peninsula and then drive back to Lhasa. Pass by
Yambajing, the highest-altitude hot springs in the world, 90 kilometers northwest of
Lhasa. This area is rich in geothermal resources 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 the high-quality hot springs. En route, you will be greeted with the
spectacular scene of vast Northern Tibet Grassland. (B,L,D)

Day12 Depart from Lhasa 
Transfer to the airport, and fly out of Lhasa. TOUR ENDS! (B)

Note: B-Breakfast  L-Lunch  D-Dinner



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