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7 Days Chongqing & Lhasa & Namtso Lake Tour

Chongqing - Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa

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TOUR CODE: TCT-CQTT-07A
TOUR TYPE: Private Tour with private guides & vehicles

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OVERVIEW
You will get multiple experience from this tour: seeing the highlights in Chongqing, fly to Tibet to appreciate the cultural and natural wonders of Lhasa and sacred Namtso Lake.
  • Day 1Pickup from airport and escorted to hotel
  • Day 2Highlights: Welcome to Chongqing! Upon arrival, be met by our tour guide and escorted to hotel. Free for the rest of the day.
  • Day 3Fly to Lhasa and rest for acclimatization
  • Day 4Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
  • Day 5Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery + Debate
  • Day 6Drive to visit Namtso Lake and back to Lhasa
  • Day 7Transfer to airport/train station for next city
7 Days Chongqing & Lhasa & Namtso Lake Tour Map
ITINERARY
Day 1 Chongqing Arrival
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: Welcome to Chongqing! Upon arrival, be met by our tour guide and escorted to hotel. Free for the rest of the day. 

Accommodations: Overnight in Chongqing
  • Chongqing hotpot

    Chongqing hotpot

  • Chongqing street food

    Chongqing street food

Day 2 Chongqing (B,L)

Highlights: Today you will visit Ciqikou Old Town, Erling Park, Three Gorges Museum. Then board your lifetime Yangtze cruise around 20:00-20:30.  

Ciqikou Old Town: Perched on a hill overlooking the Jialing River in the west of the city, Ciqikou Old Town, which means Porcelain Village in Chinese, dates back to the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). You will see lots of Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture, local shops, tea houses, local Sichuan street performance and more.

Erling Park: Located on the Erling Mountain of western side of Chongqing City, the Erling Park is one of the old private gardens in the city. The Jialing River and the Yangtze River are flowing at the foot of the park from south and north. The topography of the Erling Mountain is very high and steep standing toweringly at the gate of the mountain city - Chongqing as if it was guiding for the mountain city. Due to its relatively high altitude; there you can have a bird's eye view of the whole city.

Three Gorges Museum: Opened in 2005. Chongqing Three Gorges Museum is the largest monographic museum in China occupies 40,000 square meters. The exterior of the museum has cambered walls and vitreous dome, representing the history & culture of Three Gorges Project and its origins. It is near People’s Square and the Great Hall of the People. It is also called the Chongqing Museum.

Accommodations: Overnight in Chongqing
  • erling park

    erling park

  • ciqikou ancient town

    ciqikou ancient town

Day 3 Chongqing - Lhasa (B)
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by us

Highlights: Today you will be free until be escorted to airport for the flight to Lhasa. Welcome to Lhasa! Today upon your Lhasa arrival, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to hotel. Rest of the day you will have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. 

Tips: 

As the altitude of Lhasa is up to 3,500meters, so it is recommended to avoid strenuous activities or alcohol drinking for the first few days, taking NO shower upon new arrival is advisable. New commers usually have different level of high altitude sickness symptom, the best treatment is to drink more water, have enough rest , if neccessory you can ask the guide to bring you some oxgen bags to better acclimatize. These measures will help you to overcome or prevent the sickness.

Accommodations: Stay overnight in Lhasa
  • barkhor street

    barkhor street

  • barkhor street

    barkhor street

Day 4 Lhasa (B)

Elevation: 3500m 

Highlights: Today you will visit the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street 

Potala Palace: Which is known as the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the residence of the Dalai Lama lineages. Stands 13 stories high and owes over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues, the Potala Palace formed a small world in it. 

Jokhang Temple: Listed on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. The temple is a four-storey timber complex with a golden top, with the combination of  Tang Dynasty, Tibetan and Nepal architectural styles. Every day, pilgrims come from every corner of Tibet worship here, make it a perfect site for photograpers.

Barkhor Street: As the oldest street in Lhasa, Barkhor Street is considered as the center of the old city, and a perfect place to lear Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts. The street is full of handicarfts, such as ornaments, knives, tangka,  religious musical instruments, gold and silver ware, masks and a lot more. If you intend to buy some souvenirs for friends or famiy, Barkhor Street will be an ideal place.

Tips: 

1) Some visitors might feel a bit hard to breath when climbing the Potala Palace, so please climb slowly. 

2) Some places are not allowed to take photos, please kindly inquire your guide for details. 

3) When shopping around Barkor Street, you can compare and bargain for the unique souvenirs 

4) During the summer time, the musical fountain show at the Potala Plalace Square is 19:30—22:00PM. 

5) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day. 

Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
  • potala palace

    potala palace

  • jokhang temple

    jokhang temple

Day 5 Lhasa (B)

Elevation: 3500m 

Highlights: Today you will visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and enjoy the debate. 

Drepung Monastery: Located 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name 'Drepung‘, which, in the Tibetan language, means 'Collecting Rice.. 

Sera Monastery: Which is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From of Mon ~ Fri, every afternoon, you ll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.

Tips: 

1) Today's road condition is good. The tour involves some easy walking and climbing

2) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day. 

Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
  • drepung monastery

    drepung monastery

  • sera monastery

    sera monastery

Day 6 Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa (B)

Distance: 500km round-way   Drive: 10 hrs    Elevation: 4730m 

Highlights: This morning you will get up early to catch a 4hrs drive to visit the Tibetan holy lake--Namtso Lake. The high plateau sceneries of yaks, sheep, grasslands, snow mountains will certainly impress you. After spending some time at Namtso Lake,you will be driven back to Lhasa. 

Namtso Lake: Located 250km aways from Lhasa, sitting at 4,718 meters above sea level, Namtso Lake is the highest lake in the world and one of the 3 holy lakes in Tibet and one of the 5 most beautiful lakes in China. The Namtso Lake is highly adored by the local Tibetans, during the Tibetan year of sheep, pilgrims from far away come to walk around the lake for pilgrimage, which ttakes over ten days to complete. With the lake surface assuming sky blue, the lake and the sky seem to form a perfect picture, makes visitors feel themselves are strolling in a fairy land.  

Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
  • namtso lake

    namtso lake

  • namtso lake

    namtso lake

Day 7 Lhasa Departure (B)
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: Today you will be escorted to airport for the flight to next city, the lifetime Tibet tour ends. 

WHAT IS INCLUDE

All Tibet travel permits

Meals as listed in itinerary

Accommodation as listed in itinerary

Domestic flights/trains if listed in itinerary

Lisenced local English-speaking tour guides

Private transportation with experienced drivers

Entrance ticket fees for attractions listed in itinerary

Oxygen for emergey usage (Only for the groups going to Everest or Kailash area)

WHAT IS EXCLUDE

China Visa

Personal expense

Travel insurance (Recommended)

International flights to and out of China

Tips and gratitude to tour guides and drivers

Meals if not specified in the itinerary (Average meals cost is USD5-8/per)

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