Namtso Lake Trek (Lhasa-Namtso Lake-Kathmandu)

15 Days


Namtso Lake Trek involves trekking and driving through the Tibetan plateau. The program involves camping and hiking amidst spectacular mountains, up and downhill and it’s a great trip to get along with nature. The entire time of your tour you will be surrounded by nature and it’s a great feeling to watch the sunrise over Mt. Everest as well as drive past the great lake located at the top of the world in the Tibetan plateau. The tour is ideal for adventure enthusiasts and for those who wish to be closer to nature away from the hustle and bustle of city lives. The tour is a mixture of sightseeing and hiking with the city tour being done at the ancient city of Lhasa then drive to Lake Namtso located 4718 meters. Later on, cross the Tibet & Nepal border to eventually arrive at the Kathmandu city.

Outline Trekking Itinerary for Namtso Lake Trek
Day 01 : Arrive Lhasa
Day 02/03 : Lhasa – Sightseeing
Day 04 : Drive to Damsung & being trek
Day 05 : Trek (7-8 hrs)
Day 06 : Trek (6-7 hrs)
Day 07 : To Tashi Do and Namtso Lake (7-8 Hrs)
Day 08 : Rest and exploration day at Tashi Do
Day 09 : Namtso – Lhasa
Day 10 : Lhasa-Gyangtse (3990 m), 350 kms
Day 11 : Gyangtse-Shalu-Shigatse (3860 m), 90 kms
Day 12 : Shigatse-Sakya-Shegar/Dingri(4350 m)
Day 13 : Shegar-Rongbuk(5050m)
Day 14 : Rongbuk-Nylam
Day 15 : Nylam-Zhangmu-Kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy guided city tour of the ancient Lhasa City.
  • Visit Potala palace, Sera & Drupung monasteries.
  • Explore Age old Buddhist culture & traditions to discover.
  • Visit ancient monasteries & shrines.
  • Hike in the natural world.
  • Explore serene lake located on the top of the world.


Arrive Lhasa and our local representative will meet/greet you at the airport then transfer to your hotel as booked. Full day is rest for acclimatization. Overnight at Hotel (Lhasa.

On the first day in Lhasa, you will be taken for the whole day. We start right after breakfast, where first begin by the Potala Palace, which is atop a hill and was first built King Songtsen Gompo and added to its magnificent by successive kings and Dalai to its refineries’. Then, we pay a visit to Norbulinka and Ramoche Monastery. Norbulinka means Treasure Park and is thought to be the largest man made garden in Tibet. Whereas the Ramche Monastery was first built in the 7th century by Hand architecture of China. We are then transferred by to our hotel.

Completing breakfast, we continue seeing other places in Lhasa. We begin by going to Sera Monastery, we means wild roses in Tibetan. It is a Monastery 5 Km to the north of Lhasa with a vast complex of a main assemble hall and three universities which has a capacity to house 4 to 5 thousand monks. Next we go to Jokhang Temple that is in the heart of Lhasa and has the most precious item, a golden Shakyamuni gifted by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on her wedding to King Songtsen Gompo. Eventually we go to Barkhor Market to check out what bargains of religious and culture items we might get of the culture of Tibet here. We then return to our hotel for the night.

Today begins the trek where after breakfast you will drive to Yangpachen along the Tibet-Qinghai highway then further to Damsung located at an altitude of 4130 meters. It’s a short hike today through the beautiful Tibetan meadow en-route visiting a monastery and camp. Overnight at Camp.

Today’s trek is for about 7-8 hours. The trail passes through glaciated valley and herder’s camp where the camp will be set. Overnight at Camp.

The trial descends to border basins and you will trek along green Tibetan meadows. Cross the Konga la at which point spectacular view of Namtso lake and Nyenchen Thangla ranges can be spotted. Overnight Camp.

Today pass along the nomadic camps and see their herds of animals hiking cross green carpet of grass. Lunch by the side of the lake and then follow the jeep trail till Tashi Do hermitage and camp at the end of the day. Overnight Camp.

Explore around Tashi Do Hermitage and Namtso Lake. Overnight Camp.

This day drive back to Lhasa via Yangbachen. Overnight at Hotel.

After breakfast, drive to the turquoise lake via Yamdrok to Gyangtse crossing Kampa La pass (5050m) and Karo la pass (5045m). Also visit Kubum Stupa and Pelkor Chode Monastery. Overnight at Hotel.

Drive to Shigatse en-route visit Shalu monastery Tashihunpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama who is considered the second highest Buddhist tutor in Tibet after Dalai Lama. Overnight at Hotel.

Today cross the Tsoula pass (4500m) and Gyatso la pass (5220m) and drive towards Shegar. En-route you will pay a visit to Sakya monastery. Overnight at Hotel.

This day drive to the world’s highest monastery ‘Rongbuk monastery’ located at an altitude of 5200 meters. To reach the monastery you will have to drive past Pangla pass (5200m). Overnight at Guest House.

Witness the spectacular panorama of the sunrise over Mt. Everest from Rongbuk which is just about 4 km away from the northern base camp of Everest. Afterwards, drive to Nyalam and rest for the night. Overnight at Hotel.

The final day of the tour and you will drive from Nyalam to Zhangmu, the border town between Nepal and Tibet. En-route visit the Milarepa cave, After clearing the immigration formalities at the border drive towards Kathmandu over a lush green landscape.


What is Included

  • Accommodation on Hotel/Guest House and tent Camp as per the itinerary.
  • Transportation by 4WD Land crusier.
  • All Sightseeing and entrance fee as per the itinerary.
  • All Necessary Travel and Trekking Permit.
  • All trekking Equipment in including mattress and tent.
  • One Small Supporting Truck to bring logistic support + foods. (Above 03 Pax)
  • Yak and Yak man during the Trek to bring Luggage and food.
  • Daily Breakfast during stay in Hotel and full board (B/L/D) Basis during stay in Tent Camp.
  • Necessary Government taxes and Service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner during stay in Hotel/Guest House.
  • Sleeping bag and Down jacket (Good Quality thick one)
  • Laundry,Telephone call and hot water Bottle
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips for Guide, Driver and Sherpa Staffs.
  • Travel expenses.
  • Gyammow Bag (Pressure Bag)
  • Medical fee if in case of emergency.
  • Hiring porter or Horse.
  • Rescue and Evacuation Service
  • Any Additional cost due to Natural calamity and Unforeseen Circumstances and etc.

Trip Information

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Namtso Lake Trek with your personal guide and can be organised as per the desired traveling dates.

We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people.

Tour duration
The trek duration is 14 nights/15 days.

The climate of the Tibet fluctuates continuously so it is better to carry warm clothes. If you just want to trek or tour at a lower altitude, fleece jackets and pants are enough. While for a higher altitude trekking, down jackets are necessary.

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Namtso Lake Trek (Lhasa-Namtso Lake-Kathmandu)

Trip Facts

  • Tibet
  • 14 Nights/15 Days
  • All year round
  • Jeep / Van / Flight
  • Moderate
  • Lhasa
  • Kathmandu
  • Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking
  • Lhasa, Potala palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market, Norbulinka, Namtso Lake
  • Hotels/Guest Houses/Camping

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