Discover Tibet's breathtaking natural beauty exploring Yamdrok and Namtso, two of the region's largest sacred lakes, on this two-day tour from Lhasa.
Tibet Lakes 2 Day Tour: Yamdrok & Namtso
Having been picked up from your hotel first thing in the morning, you'll leave the city of Lhasa behind and head into the uniquely beautiful landscapes of Tibet. Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks for which the region is known, you'll reach Gangbala Mountain Pass, located at 16,400 feet (around 5000 metres) above sea level. From this privileged viewpoint, you'll enjoy unparalleled panoramic views over Yamdrok Lake and the holy mountain of Nyenchen Khangsar. Descending to the lakeside via a steeply winding road, you'll be left speechless by the incredible beauty of this place.
Depending what time of year you take this tour, you may be lucky enough to see the pastoral nomads who live and travel across the Tibetan plateau feeding and caring for their sheep and yaks in the lush plains beside the lake.
Back on the road, you'll begin the ascent towards Lakenla, a mountain pass located at over 17,000 feet (5,190 metres) in altitude. From here, you'll be able to see Lake Namtso between the mountains in the distance.
The next stop on your tour will be Tashi Island, one of the five holy islets in Namtso, which is characterised by its sacred caves. You'll have free time to explore the island and take in the spectacular views of the Himalayan scenery.
At the end of the day, you'll spend the night at a guesthouse by the shores of Namtso. After a beautiful sunset, on clear nights, it is possible to see the milky way from your accommodation: an incredible stargazing experience!
Having woken up in one of the most stunning locations imaginable, you'll begin the second day of your Tibetan lakes tour. Namtso is the highest saltwater lake in the world, at an altitude of almost 15,500 feet (4,718 metres) above sea level, and the second largest saltwater lake in China.
Its name, which can also be spelled Nam Co, means "Heavenly Lake", and it is a deeply spiritual place for the Tibetans. Historically, pilgrims would walk over the frozen lake to the islands in winter and stay there in solitude until the ice thawed again in summer. You're sure to be captivated by the magical atmosphere of the holy lake.
Finally, after two days immersed in the beauty of the Tibetan countryside, you'll make the return journey to Lhasa.
To enter Tibet, you will need a special travel permit. In order to arrange your permit, we will ask for photocopies of your valid passport and your Chinese visa, and you'll then be sent your Tibet Travel Permit within approximately 8 working days. You will have to carry your travel documents with you at all times while in Tibet.
This is a private tour organised for you and your partner, friends or family.
Private English language tour
Up to 2 peopleUS$ 1,377
Up to 4 peopleUS$ 1,616
Up to 6 peopleUS$ 1,820
Up to 9 peopleUS$ 2,473
The tour is exclusively in English.
Hotel pick up and drop off.
English speaking guide.
One night accommodation in Namtso.
Tibet Travel Permit.
Transport by private vehicle.
Food and drink.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 42 days before (Lhasa local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).