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Yamdrok Lake ( Tibet)

Trip Overview

Yamdrok Lake is the largest lake at the northern foothills of the Himalayas as well as one of the Great Three Holy Lakes in Tibet, along with Namtso and Manasarovar Lake. The lake is situated at the south of Yarlung Tsangpo river within Langkazi county in Shannan region of Tibet. Perched at an altitude of 14, 570 ft (4,440 m), the holy jaded lake in Tibet stretches over 72 km with an average depth of 20-40 m, the most in-depth point being 60 m, and comprises of dozen of tiny islands.  

Yamdrok lake trekking is one of the best short treks in Tibet and it offers you the most important religious sites in Tibet which are Drepung and Sera monasteries in Lhasa and the most famous Palace of the Potala and Jokang temple.  The highlight of the trekking tour is a visit to Rongbuk Monastery from where the view of the north face of Mount Everest is the most spectacular of all.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Lhasa

Day 02: Sight-seeing of Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Street and Summer Palace

Day 03: Sight-Seeing of Lhasa,Potala Palace and  Sera Monastery

Day 04: Drive Lhasa-Drathang fresco-Langthang Dewachen

Day 05: Zayu Village – Gongbuxue Township

Day 06: Gongbuxue Township- Nimalong Village.

Day 07: Nimalong Village – Tebula Village – Duoque Township

Day 08: Duoque Township –Dalong Town- A Za Township

Day 09: A Za Township - Yumbudor Monastery

Day 10: Yumbudor Monastery Nangkartse - Lhasa

Day 11: Leave Lhasa


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Day 01: Fly to Lhasa

Today we will fly towards Lhasa. 
After reaching Lhasa, We will pick you up at the airport and drive to Lhasa along Yarlung Zangbo River and Lhasa River. Then we will take a rest after we arrived at our hotel.

Day 02: Sight-seeing of Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Street and Summer Palace

In the morning,You will visit  Jokang temple which  is the oldest temple of Tibet which was built by King Songtsan Gampo in the 7th century. Walking around the Bharkor is another interesting thing during your tour in lhasa. You will meet many different people in Bharkor. In the afternoon, you will visit Summer Palace, known as Norbu Lingka in Tibetan and walk inside the park of the summer palace.

Day 03: Sight-Seeing of Lhasa,Potala Palace and  Sera Monastery

Drive towards Potala square. The Potala Palace was originally built in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsan Gampo but the one to the present size was expended by the 5th Dalaia Lama. It has thirteen storey’s high with more than a thousand rooms and divided with White and Red Palace. After the sightseeing of the Potala Palace, walk around the Potala Palace with pilgrimages and you can experience the ancient tradition of Tibetans, walking around Potala, praying matras. After lunch, you will drive to Sera Monastery. You will do a short hike or Kora in Tibetan around Sera monastery with Tibetan pilgrims.

Day 04: Drive Lhasa-Drathang fresco-Langthang Dewachen(3900mts/165Km) 

In the morning, travel from Lhasa to Yamdrok trekking and drive along the Lhasa river and through the tunnel towards south, Lhoka in Tibetan and continues journey along the YarlungTsangpo and some beautiful villages of Lhoka and reach Dranang county after one and half hours drive.

Drathang Fresco is located in Dranangcounty and the reason why we come to visit the fresco here is because firstly it is less tourist discovered monastery and secondly, you will be amazed by the art work between 12-15th century

After visiting Drathangfresco, continues the journey and until reaching Chedishol, the road condition is very good, from Chedishol, turn left and drive on a narrow paved road at the distance of 25km. The journey is full of beautiful and fascinating scenery.

Day 05: Zayu Village – Gongbuxue Township

We will set off from Zayu Village. We could enjoy a harmony idyllic landscape of herds and green fields on our journey. We will trek into the mountain valleys after we climb over the mountain near Zayu Village.

Day 06: Gongbuxue Township- Nimalong Village

We will trek to Nimalong Pass in the morning. We can take an overview of Yamdrok Lake at the mountain Pass. Then we will trek down to Nimalong Village at the foot of the mountain.

Day 07: Nimalong Village – Tebula Village – Duoque Township

Today, we arrive at the bank of Yamdrok Lake again after we climb over a mountain along the highway. We will arrive in Duoque Township after two more hours trekking. Duoque Township is a relatively larger village. There are few teahouses and guesthouses.

Day 08: Duoque Township –Dalong Town- A Za Township

We can purchase some necessary supplies in the town seat of Nangkartse after we arrive in there by trekking or driving. Then we will keep moving toward A Za Township.

Day 09: A Za Township - Yumbudor Monastery

We will leave A Za Township for Yumbudor Ferry, about 10 kilometers away in the morning. We will get on the boat and move toward Yumbudor Monastery, which is located on a small island.

Day 10: Yumbudor Monastery Nangkartse - Lhasa

We will make our way back to Lhasa via Nangkartse.

Day 11: Leave Lhasa

We will transfer you to the airport for your onward journey.

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Useful Info

Why visit Yamdrok Lake?

  • It is the largest freshwater lake at the north foot of the Himalayas in southern Tibet.
  • The lake freezes up in winter. However, melting of snow and glaciers feed the lake throughout the year.
  • The lake is located in a fantastic environment and is a beautiful spiritual retreat.
  • A trip to Yamdrok Yumtso consists of a glimpse of all that Tibet has to offer to a curious eye. A visit to the lake immerses you in the world of Tibet’s extraordinary landscapes, with fantastic options for excursions and walks.
  • In the distance, you will have spectacular views of the holy mountain Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar (7,191 m).
  • Yamdrok is turquoise when the sun shines on it. With the change in the angle of the sun’s rays, the lake reflects different degrees of blue, light blue and sapphire, making it incredibly attractive.


1. When is the best time to visit Tibet?

The best time to visit Tibet is from April to end of october.

2. What currency do I have to use in Tibet?

Currency in Tibet is Renminbi (RMB). Foreign currencies cannot be used directly. Foreign currencies may be converted into RMB at all banks, bank branches or hotels at the exchange rate quoted on the foreign exchange marker on the day.

3. What credit cards are accepted in Tibet?

Most of the internationally accepted credit cards are usable in Lhasa. They include: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's club, and the JCB card of Japan. Credit cards are accepted only in large shopping stores. Credit card symbols are displayed in the visible place in shops and hotels indicating credit cards are accepted.

4. What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept major two ways of payment:

  • Wire transfer [we will send you our company bank account info via email];
  • Credit card [we will send you a credit card authorization letter via email]

B. Travel Document:

1. What documents do I need if I am planning to travel to Tibet?

You need to have at least six months valid passport, a valid China visa (if you are coming from mainland china) Tibet group visa (if you are coming from Katmandu we will do in Kathmandu) and a Tibet travel permit.

2. Do I need Visa for China?

If you are travelling to Tibet from mainland china then you need a valid Chinese visa which you can obtain at Chinese embassy in your home town

3. Do I need double/multi-entry visa if I come to Tibet from China mainland and return China mainland after the trip?

No, because Tibet is a part of China, if enter Tibet from other cities in China mainland and after the trip in Tibet, get back to China mainland again, only a single entry visa is required.

4. Do I need any special requirements on Tibet visa while coming from Kathmandu?

Before you are coming to Lhasa from Katmandu, you must get Tibet group visa from Katmandu because no matter you've already got the visa in your country or not, you must get a visa in Katmandu.

5. What's the procedure to get Tibet group visa in Katmandu?

Step 1: After you book the tour with us, provide us your copy of passport.

Step 2: We will apply the 'Visa Invitation Letter' from Tibet Tourism Bureau with your copy of passport and send it Kathmandu.

Step 3: After your arrival in Katmandu, we will ask your original passport, and then we go to the Chinese Embassy to apply the Tibet group visa. With the 'Visa Invitation Letter', you can get your Tibet group visa easily. Normally, it will take 3 working days.

6. Can I get the Tibet Travel Permit easily?

You can get the Tibet Travel Permit easily through a travel agency except diplomats, journalists, and government officials who should travel to Tibet under the arrangement by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government.

7. When do I need to apply for the Tibet travel Permit?

You need to apply for the travel permit at least 30 days prior to your entry date.

C. Tour Booking:

1. Do you offer join-in tour or can I join a group?

Yes, we do have Group Tour or joining Tour. Let us know your interest and time then we will provide you options to join the trips.

2. What is your cancellation policy?

  • More than 30 days before trip start date – 10% of land cost
  • 15-30 days before trip start date – 20% of land cost
  • 7-14 days before trip start date – 30% of land cost
  • 4-6 days before trip start date – 50% of land cost
  • Less than 4 days before trip start date – 100% of land cost

Lodging and Dining:

1. What are the hotels like in Tibet?

Hotels in small cities and the Everest Base Camp are very simple.

2. Does the hotel room have access to internet?

Tibet large and deluxe hotels usually provide wireless access to internet for guest rooms. But there are still some hotel rooms, not all, in Lhasa and rest Tibetan cities don’t have access to internet, so you should inquiry your guide for internet access hotels.

3. is there 24-hour hot water running?

24 - Hour hot water supply depends on different hotels and hostels where you can check first, do some preparation or choose an available one in major cities like Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse. But it’s hard to find perfect one in remote and harsh places.

4. What can I eat in Tibet?

Tibet owns its distinctive Tibetan food, like Tsampa,Tibetan Noodle, Momo, Milk Curd, Yogurt and local dishes. With the development of tourism, there are more cuisines brought into Tibet, e.g. Sichuan Cuisine, western food, Nepali food, Indian food and many other Chinese cuisines. In Lhasa, tourists have a wide range of choice while limited options in remote towns and areas.


1. What vehicle do you use in Tibet?

If your arranged tour is mainly in downtown Lhasa, you can easily get to Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street or nearby attractions at short distance by walking or taking a local rickshaw. If you want to tour around Lhasa, we suggest you to use minivan as the road condition around Lhasa is pretty good, and the minivan cost less as well.

Safety & Health

1. What medicines should prepare before coming to Tibet?

Here are the lists of medicine:

  • Diamox (most common medicine for the high altitude sickness).
  • Aspirin
  • flu tablets
  • throat lozenges
  • nasal decongestants.

2. What to do, if started symptoms of High altitude sickness?

Get adequate rest and drink lots of water, Administrating oxygen can help if the symptoms are worsening. The real treatment for acute high altitude sickness is descending down to lower altitude as soon as possible. If the patient doesn’t show any improvement in 3 to 4 hours.  patient should go to hospital for proper treatment. High altitude sickness can be deadly if it is not treated accordingly.

3. Who should avoid visiting Places of higher altitude?

Following are categories of people who should avoid visiting Places of higher altitude;

  • Women with an advance pregnancy
  • Children under three years of age
  • Traveler with severe fever, cold
  • Patient with Acute pulmonary diseases
  • Travelers with acute cardiovascular diseases

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Duration 11 Days
Transportation Flight/Land
Group Size 4-20
Difficulty Moderate
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