Lhasa Namtso Lake and EBC Tour

Lhasa Namtso lake and EBC Tour is a unique 10 day journey that leads you to the ancient towns of Tibet like Lhasa, Namtso lake, Gyantse, Shigatse, Rongbuk and EBC. This tour begins from the holy city of Lhasa by appreciating its prominent historical and religious sites like Potala Palace and Norbulingkha Palace, Jokhang temple, Sera and Drepung monastery.  Furthermore, we will also explore some other famous sites like Barkhor Bazaar, Gyantse Dzong, Samye, Namtso Lake, Gyantse Khumbum, Phalkot, Shalu, Tashilhumpo and Sakya monastery. Each of these palaces, temples, natural sites has their own history and religious significance.

  • Lhasa Namtso Lake and EBC Tour
  • Lhasa Namtso Lake and EBC Tour 

During Lhasa Namtso Lake and EBC tour we will get to know the Tibetan culture very closely. Another important part of this tour is the opportunity to explore Namtso lake, one the three holiest lakes in Tibet, and also believed by many as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Before visiting this largest salt lake, we will also accomplish one of the major highlights of the tour, reaching the Everest base camp on the day 6 of our tour. Before immerging into the lands of Himalayan region, the extensive holy Yamdrok Lake, flourishing Karo la glaciers, mystic Gyantse Khumbum stupa and Tashi Lhunpo monastery keeps us inspiring with amazement and appreciation. The land of this mighty Himalayan is remarked by geological formations and excellent panorama of Himalayan range.

Spending a night at the foot of the world's highest mountain, wow, you may have a short hike of 8 km at the Everest base camp which is a memorable yet challenging at the high altitude. Then we retrace the journey back along the Friendship highway to Shigantse and continue to Namsto Lake then next day to Lhasa.

Trip Itinerary

Lhasa Namtso Lake and EBC Tour – short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa by Train or Air

Day 02: Sightseeing of Lhasa

Day 03: Further Exploration of Lhasa

Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse

Day 05: Shigatse - Sakya – Tingri

Day 06: Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp

Day 07: Drive from Everest base camp to Shigatse

Day 08: Drive from Shigatse to Namsto Lake

Day 09: Drive from Namsto Lake to Lhasa

Day 10: Final depart from Lhasa

Tour Cost: Please contact us and let us know the number of members in your group, the category of hotels you would like to stay with and any other special desires or interests of yours. We will be glad to quote you the price as per your requirements.

Tour Guides:

We can provide the equipment and infrastructure along with the dedicated, multilingual leaders, guides, and drivers needed to make your trek, pilgrimage, or cultural tour of Tibet a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience!  Alpine Eco Trek is the pioneer in Tibet tours and treks. Its dedicated team has gained long experience in tourism and hospitality specializing in Tibet tours, Treks and mountain overland tours. During your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an English speaking Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide a valuable insight into the Tibetan culture and way of life.

Hotel and Accommodations:

Now, Lhasa has many five stars hotels; there are so many nice and standard hotels in Lhasa, Gyatnse and Shigatse. We can organize any kinds of hotels and guest houses as per your requirements. Please be noted that the facilities and services along Friendship highway, especially Zhangmu, Nyalam, Tingri, Saga and Kailash part are still very basic. Read more


Lhasa, Tibet is now connected with the Railways network with mainland China. From any parts of mainland china you can take the amazing train journey to Lhasa which takes about two days to reach the capital. Roads and highways in Tibet are pretty much in condition now! Normally we use 4WD jeep, Van or minibus to carry tourists and trucks for kitchen logistics and equipments.


While you are in cities you can get verities of good meals but while you are on a trek or along the highways there are less varieties and not so good food so it is advised to bring some dry food of your own all the time. Due to the high altitude you may feel not so hungry or lose your appetite which is common symptom of altitude, no worry and try to eat as much as you can. You need more energy while you are in the high altitude areas. Many travelers suffer from diarrhea in Tibet, so please be careful with the varieties of food and try to have some light meals with more soups and tea.  Please avoid eating raw food like vegetable salads, etc… always try to eat well cooked meals and drink only boiled or sealed packed mineral water.

High Altitude Sickness in Tibet

What is High Altitude Sickness?
High altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), or altitude illness, is a pathological condition at high altitude which is caused by the combination of reduced air pressure and lack of oxygen. An altitude above 3000 meters is usually defined as high altitude, and most places in Tibet are higher than this level. Therefore, AMS is one of the biggest challenges when travelling in Tibet. Read more

Detail Itinerary

Lhasa Namtso Lake and EBC Tour – detail itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa by Train or Air
Upon your arrival at Lhasa Airport or train station we will be welcomed by one of our Tibetan guides and transfer you to your final destination Lhasa. Check into hotel and rest and relax of the time. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Lhasa
After breakfast, we start a full day guided tour of Lhasa city which covers the massive Potala palace of the Dalai Lamas, Jokhang; the holiest temple of Tibet and visit to the traditional Bharkhor bazaar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Further Exploration of Lhasa
Today, first we will visit Drepung Monastery which was once home for over 10,000 monks. Drepung Monastery is still a beautiful sight to visit. Incredibly it was one of the few sights to escape the Cultural Revolution without widespread damage. After lunch we will visit Sera Monastery which is the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet. Within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study here overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse
After breakfast, we leave Lhasa on a van through beautiful scenery. We drive via Khamba La pass at 4790m, with a brief halt to savor breathtaking views of Yamdrok Tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, towering at 7252m. Further westwards, we come across another stunning pass, Karo La at 5050m where you can enjoy watching huge glaciers tumbling down. After driving several hours a beautiful Tibetan village becomes visible as you enter the town of Gyantse. Overnight at hotel.   

Day 05: Shigatse - Sakya – Tingri
Today, there will be an arrangement for us to visit Tashilumpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas. After spending few times here, we then drive to Sakya and visit Sakya Monastery, which is the main monastery at Sakya-Pa. We then hike around the monastery and then drive to Lhatse in the late afternoon. Then we head to the world highest pass Gyatso-la pass with 5200 m above sea level, and then drive to Tingri. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp
Today's drive is very short and scenic, from Tingri to Rongbuk it is only 2 to 3 hours drive through the bumpy road. We drive past the wild grassland and cross the torrent and High Mountains. in clear whether, we can have a glimpse of high mountains which are above 8000m including Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m) and Mt Makalu (8463m). Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Drive from Everest base camp to Shigatse
We wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise from Rongbuk and then to view Mt. Everest, whose scenery is fabulous. After exploring Everest Base Camp we will drive to Shigatse. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Drive from Shigatse to Namsto Lake
After we depart Shigatse, we drive to the Northern route along the Yarlung Tsangpo River. From Traduka, we change the road to Shug-la pass and see the beautiful valleys, villages and mountains home to nomads. From here we drive to Yangpachen, where you can relax in the natural hot spring pool. We then drive to Damxung, on the way you will see Mt. Tanggu la (7500m) and drive through grasslands to Namtso Lake. Overnight at Namsto Lake.

Day 09: Drive from Namsto Lake to Lhasa
In the morning we see the sun rise over Namsto Lake. We will visit the world's largest salt lake and drive back to Lhasa by afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

Day 10: Final depart from Lhasa
In the early morning, our guide and driver will drop you off to Airport or train station. Now it's time to say good bye to your guide and driver until next adventure.

Cost Includes/Excludes

Service Includes:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus
  • Tibet entry travel permit and Chinese visa
  • All monasteries entry fees
    Guided tour as per the program
  • Special permit for Namtso Lake and Everest base camp hike,
  • English speaking Tibetan guide during whole trip in Tibet,
  • One hand land cruiser or van during the overland tour,
    Twin sharing hotel in Lhasa on bed and breakfast basis
  • All accommodation enroot in Guesthouses inclusive breakfast during the overland drive.
  • All government taxes and official expense

Service Excludes:

  • Any fares of plane or train
  • Lunch, dinner in the cities
  • Travel insurance
  • Tibet Visa fees
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural Calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc
  • Tips for guide and support crew (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

Why travel with us?

Why travel with us?

Small Group
A Smaller number of people means more attention and better access to the group leader for a more intimate and personalized experience. The primary goal of our trek to the sacred Mount Kailash is to provide our customers with an eco-friendly, well-equipped and well-instructed crew members. A maximum of 20 or fewer pilgrims will be taken for the holy trek at a time. We ensure that the group formed is sufficient for each one of the trekkers to be well attended, as well as large enough to enjoy the journey along with other pilgrims.

Commitment to Safety
The top priority of our company is to provide our valued customers with a strategically approach to their safety and security. Each year we make equal or more efforts to refine the previous operations and work on improving the already existing safety procedures. We make sure the guides and trainers provided to the customers are experienced and knowledgeable in first aid and emergency management. They are also well-trained for any emergency situations that might occur in the higher altitudes or while trekking. However, we request our customers to take precautions beforehand itself, and make precise and necessary food arrangements and give personal hygiene the most preference. Every necessary equipment such as sleeping bags, warm down jacket etc. required for the holy trek will be provided to you. Our customer's health and safety is our prior concern, therefore we carry first aid kits and Portable Altitude Chambers (Gaymow Bag) for any high altitude sickness emergency.

Stress Free Travel
Even tiny hurdles along the way can ruin the excitement of the journey. Alpine Eco Trek aims to minimize almost every hassle and tedium that is most likely to come in the way while trekking. This not only kills the mood but distracts you from admiring the most beautiful parts of the journey. Hence, starting from your arrival day itself, our team fully devote themselves to your service. Our crew members make sure every aspect of the travel including accommodation, transportation, and the food is taken care of beforehand. We make confirmations with every lodges, hotels, private bus and vans for an efficient and reliable service before we start the trek. Every entrance fees for monasteries, palaces, etc. on the way will be included in the itinerary itself and a deluxe van or a regular van will be on standby, giving us the freedom to explore the area if requested.

Quality Service
Compromising the quality of the services that Alpine Eco Trek offers, is never an option under any circumstances. Every trek we organize is an updated version of the previous treks in which we make the necessary changes and reconsider various aspects. From the equipment provided to the travelers, for example, sleeping bags, quality down jackets to the littlest guidance on the trek, every aspect of the trek is precisely focused and worked on, for the comfortable trip of our customers. The main focus is given to the most basic factors of the tourism activities and that is the availability of transportation, comfortable accommodations, and healthy food. The holy trip to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar requires various equipment which is also taken care by us. We particularly request each of our valued customers to give us their genuine feedbacks on the overall journey to Mount Kailash that helps us monitor our drawbacks and helps design quality operations and adopt approaches useful for a better trek in the future.

Well Trained Staff
We are a firm believer that for every company to run successfully, the internal management and the team must be strong. Hence, we have built a team of professionals who show extreme passion and determination towards their work. We ensure that every customer is accompanied by a well-trained, soft-spoken and an enthusiastic team leader who makes the journey more enjoyable.

Competitive Price
To gain the trust and reliability from any customer, transparency is a must. Therefore, Alpine Eco Trek works on providing the trekkers with an affordable, competitive and transparent cost which remains same for every traveler.

Our Goal
lpine Eco Trek aims to provide the best Himalayan pilgrim travel at the most reasonable price. We believe in building a fine bonding with our customers, keeping quality and reliable services in mind. The mission of our trips is also to offer a wide range of adventure and thrill, covering most the attractions of the region. We take our customers to the most beautiful, worth seeing sites, giving them an insight into the local culture and lifestyle, while also establishing a genuine friendly bond with both, the locals and the crew.

Guidelines& Considerations
Following are some of the guidelines and considerations to make while picking a travel company for your trip:

01) Make sure that the company takes good care of their own staffs and guides by providing them with the necessary equipment, food, proper clothing, along with a good pay for their work. This shows the work ethics of the company and a respect for their staffs. Secondly, observe and be confident on how focused the itineraries provided to you are on promoting the culture and beauty of Nepal.

02) Make sure the company is a certified company and is registered under the appropriate local travel and trekking associations. Also, make sure that it is operating under the laws of the land(s) in which you will travel.

03) Ensure that the travel company you select is experienced and holds an overall knowledge about the local environmental issues of the site you are traveling to. The company should be considerate and sensitive to the issues and should respect the culture, tradition, and privacy of the inhabitants of the region.

04) Make sure that the company gives importance and consideration to the littlest details of the trip such as toilet arrangements, cooking fuel, rubbish disposal, first aid, etc

05) Make sure the company that you choose has an appropriate travel insurance and it abides by the regulations regarding operations of travel and trekking company.

Alpine Eco Trek follows all the above-mentioned guidelines in order to provide its customers with the most trouble free, eco-friendly and safe journey that they desire.


Tibet Tours and Trekking Frequently Asked Questions

Question 01: What kind of permits do I need to visit Tibet?
Answer: Normally you will need two kinds of permits for travelling in Tibet: the entry permit (TTB permit) and the Alien's travel permit (PSB permit).

A. TTB permit – Tibet travel permit
When you fly from Kathmandu or any city to Lhasa you will need to show TTB permit (Tibet Visa) when you check in at the airport. Even while buying a flight ticket to Lhasa you need to show this permit.

B. PSB permit – Alien's Travel permit
if you like to visit restricted area you will need to buy an Alien's travel permit issued by PSB of Tibet.

Question 02: How to get Tibet travel permits?
Answer: To get the travel permits, you need to send us below details:
01) Full Name:
02) Sex:
03) Date of birth:
04) Passport number:
05) Nationality

The details you provide us must be exactly the same as on your passport and you need to tell us your profession because journalists and people that are involved in political matters could be revoked ( they need a different procedure to get a permit).

We suggest you to apply your permit at least 25 days prior to your entry date. Please note that if you do not book any tour with Alpine Eco Trek, we can't help you get the permits. No one can provide permit only service. Tibet Tourism Corporation will not issue travel permits to individuals and will direct you to a travel agency like Alpine Eco Trek. We can organize a travel permit to almost anywhere in Tibet but only if you book a package tour with us.

Question 03: What are the essential points about Tibet Travel Permit?
A. we can provide Travel permit to all kinds of people except Diplomats, Journalists and Governments officials who should travel to Tibet under the arrangement by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government.

B. After issuing a permit, we could help you to buy your air tickets or train tickets.

C. The permit we provide you is a copy, the original will be with guide, in Tibet you are not allowed to bring permit with you and not even allowed to travel to anywhere you want because except Lhasa you need another permit named as Aliens Permit. Otherwise if you are stopped by the police or army you will be sent out of Tibet or have trouble politically and economically. Tibet is still very sensitive destination in Asia. Moreover, the travel agency which helped to get you the permit will also be in trouble. Therefore seriously not any legitimate travel agency could sell you the Tibet Permit if you do not book a tour with them. We don't think so you would like to be in trouble while you are enjoying your hard earned holiday due to a SOLD Tibet permit after you pay a lot of money for the your trip to Tibet.

D. There is a service charge to get the Tibet Travel Permits. And, it takes time, paper work, transportation fee and delivery fee for us to get a permit for you, so Alpine Eco Trek will charge an extra fee for the permits.

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Further Information:
www.kailashtourtrek.com contains as much information as possible about Tibet tours and Treks. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 10 days

Mode of Trek: Adventure overland drive

Trip starts: Lhasa fly in

Trip ends: Lhasa

Group size: Minimum 2 & Maximum 10 people

Elevation: Nearly 5500m

Transportation: 4WD Land cruiser or mini buses

Note: The best season to do Lhasa Namtso Lake and EBC Tour is from April to December; please try to travel always with a local and direct agent and small group – private departure dates available. All the travelers except Chinese passport holders travelling to Tibet must be in possession of a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining.

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