As everyone knows, summer is the best time to trip to Tibet and it is also the best time to trip to Tibet Everest Basecamp and Namtso tour. Tibet Shambhala Adventure provides a beautiful combination of a Tibet trip with a trip to Everest Basecamp and Namtso lake. The program of Tibet Everest Basecamp and Namtso lake tour is started in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet including a visit to the most cultural and heritage site of Tibet including the Potala Palace and Jokang temple. Both the Potala Palace and Jokang temple are officially listed in the Unesco world heritage site. During your visit to the Potala Palace and Jokang temple, you will indeed see the beautiful and friendly Tibetan people, doing pilgrimage tour, offering lots of butter lamps, praying to the statues of the Buddha and God for the sake of all sentient beings. They wear different colorful Tibetan traditional clothes and turning hand prayer wheels and counting their rosary while they are whispering Mantra. You will indeed have an authentic experience of your Tibet trip while you are visiting the cultural highlight of Tibet in Lhasa.
After the sightseeing tour in Lhasa, you will continue your Tibet Everest and Namtso tour via visiting beautiful Yamdrok lake, Karola glacier, overnight in Gyantse which is a beautiful small Tibetan town where you can see lots of Tibetan traditional items again such as the local Tibetans wearing in traditional dress, riding traditional horse carts while they are going to the market, visiting Palchoe monastery and Kubum Pagoda stupa is another highlight during your trip to Tibet Everest Basecamp and Namtso lake tour.
Continue your journey to Everest Basecamp with a visit to Shigatse. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and it is the capital city of the western part of Shigatse. You will visit the largest monastery of Tashi Lhunpo in the western part of Tibet and it is also the seat of the Penchecn Lama. You will still drive to Everest Basecamp from Shigatse at the distance of around 340km with a very good road condition. You will enjoy seeing beautiful Tibetan villages. They are both farmers and nomads where they grow some barley, keeping their rear cattle and other livestock including Yaks. You will enjoy a fabulous landscape of the great Himalayan mountain range including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Jo Oyu, Shisha Pangma from the top of Pangla pass at the elevation of 5000mt above sea level. Of course, the view of Mt Everest from Everest Basecamp near Rongbuk monastery is an extraordinary and to spend a night at Rongbuk monastery is very much worthy since you can enjoy extremely a beautiful view of Mt Everest sunrise and sun set .
After the Everest Basecamp tour, the second
highlight of Tibet Everest Basecamp and Namtso lake tour is trip to Namtso
lake. You will take a loop to Namtso lake after passing by Shigatse city, crossing
Brahmaputra river, passing by the most beautiful Jomo Kang Gar snow mountain
while you are crossing over 4900mts high pass , driving through Yampachen
herbal hot spring and a beautiful view of Tibetan nomad camp on the huge
northern grassland. Before reaching Namtso lake , you will spend overnight at
Damxiong county because nowadays, you can not stay at Tashido hermitage for the
night since all the lodges and restaurants were moved down to Damxiong county
in order to have a better protection for the environment of Namtso lake and
Nyenchen Thangla mountain range but this does not matter for your Namtso lake
trip quality as you can still spend as much of the time around Namtso lake and
you can still walk around Tashido Hermitage and the shore of the Namtso lake as
The next morning, you will cross a 5000mt
high pass called Lagaenla. From the top of the pass, you will get a fantastic
view of Namtso lake and entire Nyenchen Thangla mountain range which is the
second largest and longest mountain range after the great Himalayan range. There
is desolate plateau, the vast expanse of the lake and towering snow-capped
mountains, In general, during your Tibet Everest & Namtso tour, you can
enjoy the unique landscape and culture of Tibet.
Namtso lake is located in the middle of Tibet
Autonomous Region and to the northern part of Lhasa city- Namtso township, Damxiong
county, Lhasa city, it is the second largest lake in Tibet and the third largest
salt lake in China. The altitude of Namtso lake is 4718 meters above sea level,
approximately rectangular in shape, more than 70 kilometers long from east to the
west and more than 30 kilometers wide from north to the south “Nam”
means “sky”in Tibetan and “Tso” means lake so together, it means Sky
lake and for Tibetans, it is one of the three sacred lakes and also one of the
famous Buddhist holy places in Tibet.
Nowadays, more and more people are attracted by the beautiful view of Namtso lake, visitors can ride the Yak and take photos, at the same time, you can take around 2-3 hours hike along the shore of Namtso lake, enjoying a spectacular view of entire Namtso lake and Nyenchen Thangla snow mountain range. Many Tibetans and Chinese young Lovers come here and take a worship for their future life. Many of them come to Namtso lake and at Tashido, they take wedding photos and make their life’s wishes and promise for a new couple. There is a huge naturally stone made gate, opening to the sky and according to the legend, the natural stone gate is the incarnation of the goddess Namtso and Namtso lake is the mental creation of Goddess Namtso and her husband Nianqing Thangla Mountain. The Namtso lake and Nyenchen Thangla mountain is always close to each other so the young couple who is wishing for their wedding and taking lots of wedding photos is also wishing to have a beautiful and long lasting couple life as the as Namtso alke and Nyenchen Thangla symbolize their faithful love forever.
If you had more time to explore around Namtso lake, Tibet Shambhala Adventure highly recommends to take three days excursion around Namtso lake but you will have to bring all your camping equipment because on the way, you can not get guest houses to stay. You can camp near by Tibetan nomad camp, visit different Tibetan nomad camps and small nomad villages. At the same time, you can do at least around 4-5 hours walk during your Namtso lake round excursion. It is another extremely beautiful Namtso lake Kora where you hardly see other tourists and you can really take indeed off the beaten trail and walking in the northern plateau in the surrounding of a very quite nad beautiful nature landscape.
The best time to trip to Tibet Everest base camp and Namtso tour is from mid April until end of October. You can still travel to the Everest base camp and Namtso throughout the year if there is not a heavy snow on the mountain passes but it is very cold at the Everest base camp and lake side from mid December until end of February. Usually, there is snow over the pass in around January and February in Tibet, especially in those high altitude places of over 4500mt so before planning a trip to Tibet, it is always better to find a right local Tibetan travel agent and get the useful information about Tibet tour.
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