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Lhasa – Mount Everest Base Camp

Lhasa and Everest Base Camp Tour is an 8-day journey that begins and ends in Lhasa with a visit to the Everest base camp. It covers the beautiful Tibetan cities and towns of Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Rongbuk. While there, we visit popular landmarks like Dalai Lama’s Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, the Tibet Traditional Hospital, Barkhor Bazaar and Gyantse Dzong. We also cross several passes and visit the beautiful YamdrokTso Lake on our Lhasa and Everest Base Camp Tour. Impressive Tibetan monasteries like Sera, Drepung, Jokhang Temple, Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot, Tashilhunpho, Sakya and Rongbuk are ours to admire.

Itinerary:

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft)

    We arrive in Lhasa either from a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. If we decide to fly from Nepal, then we get to enjoy a beautiful hour-long trans-Himalayan flight that takes us over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks and glaciers. If we choose to go to Lhasa via mainland China, we may fly from any of the major Chinese cities or take the world's highest train route to Lhasa. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will pick us up either from the airport or the train station for about an hour’s drive to our designated hotel in Lhasa. We are advised to take plenty of rest for the remainder of the day in order to minimize altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • Day 2 : Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5 - 6 hours

    We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today is the day we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital which is the center for the treatment, training, research and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • Day 3 : Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5 - 6 hours

    After breakfast we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve centre of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • Day 4 : Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12,956ft): 5 - 6 hours

    Today, we take a scenic drive to Gyantse. On the way we cross the Khamba La Pass (4,794m) with a brief stop to savor the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m). Soon, we come across another pass, the Karo La Pass (5,045m). From our vehicle, we can enjoy views of huge glaciers tumbling down into the road before reaching Gyantse. In Gyantse, we visit the Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. Overnight in Gyantse.

  • Day 5 : Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,795 ft): 2 hours

    After breakfast, we drive towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447. After sightseeing in Shigatse we will have the remainder of the day free for resting, which will help us with acclimatization and the next day’s long drive. Overnight in Shigatse.

  • Day 6 : Shigatse to Rongbuk (5,000m/16,400ft) via Sakya: 8 - 9 hours

    After breakfast, we leave Shigatse for Rongbuk. On the way, we visit the Sakya Monastery which is the ancestral temple of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. After the visit to Sakya Monastery, we continue driving towards Rongbuk. Here, we visit the Rongbuk Monastery, which is located at the foot of the mighty Everest and is the highest monastery in the world. While here, we also enjoy the stunning mountainous scenery all around us. Overnight in Rongbuk.

  • Day 7 : Rongbuk to Lhasa with a visit to the Everest Base Camp: 9-10 hours

    We leave Rongbuk in the morning to visit the Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft). On the way, we enjoy spectacular views of high mountains like Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft), Shishapangma (8,013m/26,289ft) and, of course, the mighty Everest (8,848m/29,028ft) also known as Mt. Chomolongma in the Tibetan side. Today, we accomplish one of the major highlights of our trip, reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest. We make approximately a 16km round trip around the Everest Base Camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the view of Everest is more than compensating. After spending some quality time at the base of the world’s highest mountain, we make Lhasa our next destination. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • Day 8 : Final Departure

    Our adventure in the Himalayas comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize photographs. If time permits, we can engage in shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport or the train station for our next journey.

Plans & Pricing:

US$ 2130

Includes:

  • All the Hotel accommodation on BB Plan, 4-5 Star Hotels Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Transportation: All the transfers by private coach and tourist deluxe coach, Airport transfers & Sight seeing During trek twin sharing accommodation with full board meals (three time a day) drinks: Tea coffee, Hot Chocolate.
  • During trek English speaking sherpa Guide and require porters.
  • All the permit park fees and entrance fees and insurance for Nepalese, Sleeping Bag & Duffle bag.

Excludes:

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Chinese visa fee {USD 198 for US clients and USD 85 for other nationalities if traveling from Nepal only, subject to change}
  • International flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa (USD 420, subject to availability) or Mainland China to Lhasa (book yourself)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • Tips for guides and driver
  • Nepal visa (you can grant visa on border)
  • Train ticket from China to Lhasa (if traveling from Mainland China)
  • Meals and accommodation in Nepal (available to book on request)

Travel Guide:

  • Explore the monasteries of Lhasa, including the ancient Sera Monastery
  • Visit the official palace of the Dalai Lama
  • Drive the stunning Friendship Highway from Lhasa to the Chinese-Nepalese border at the Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge
  • Go to Everest North Base Camp at the start of the mighty mountain climbing trails
  • See colorful Tibetan villages and nomadic herdsmen
  • Explore the Tashilumpo Monastery in Xigatse
  • Marvel at the deep blue waters of Yamdrok Tso Lake
  • See the spectacular sight of huge glaciers tumbling to within a few hundred meters of the road
  • Discover the largest book in the world at Sakya Monastery

Happy Clients

This is the first time for our group to visit the Nepal, Bhutan and Kashmir region and we have enjoy it very much. It is very fortunate for us, being our first trip to select your company to arrange for us the tour, and we are very please with your service and support, and your co-ordination with the Bhutan operator. For the Indian operator, except for some minor situations, overall it is satisfactory.
I believe there will be more trips to come and will recommend to you potential future travellers there.

KH Liaw

Dear NepalTravels,