From Lhasa to Everest Base Camp (13 Days/12 Nights) From AED6,145*

Ref: ZCTLBC

  • Camp at Mount Everest Base Camp

  • Travel the Friendship Highway

  • Summit the Kamba-la Pass

  • Discover Gyantse’s old town

  • Visit sacred Tibetan temples

Day 1: Lhasa - Arrival (altitude: 3700 M)

  (-/L/-)

Begin this Lhasa to Everest Base Camp tour with an arrival into Lhasa.

 

A guide and driver will be waiting upon arrival to provide transport to the hotel. Take some time to relax at the hotel and get acclimated to the major change in altitude.

 

If arriving by plane from Shangri-La (in Yunnan) or from Qinghai province by train, an altitude adjustment period is not necessarily required.

 

Depending on the location of the chosen hotel, it is possible to walk into town or get a short drive into town. Enjoy lunch in a restaurant with beautiful views of Barkhor and the Jokhang Temple.

 

For immediate immersion into the Tibetan world, pay a visit to the 8th century, Nepalese & Indian-inspired Jokhang Temple. 

Continue with a walk through Lhasa’s old town, providing the first opportunity to scout out some amazing souvenirs on display in the region. We will provide a visit to a handicrafts shop where gifts are both unique and locally sourced.

 

Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa

(B/-/-)

Begin the morning with a visit to the Potala Palace, the one-time residence of the Dalai Lama. About three hours should be set aside for visiting the palace’s labyrinth of staircases, apartments, ceremonial rooms, and chapels.

 

Continue beside the palace on a portion of the Kora to get a full appreciation of the enthusiasm and endurance of the pilgrims who still consider the Potala as a major sacred site… despite the absence of its principal resident.

 

Begin with a visit to the Sera Monastery (located 5km from the city center). 

 

Return to the hotel. Overnight in Lhasa.

 

Day 3: Lhasa - Ganden (3900m) - Lhasa

(B/L/-)

Begin the day with a visit to the Drepung monastery, the third of the trio of Gelugpa temples. 

 

Next stop is the original monastery and stronghold for the Gelugpa sect: Ganden monastery. Transfer back to Lhasa.

 

Note: it is advised that this trip is undertaken after an acclimation period of two or three days. Ganden monastery is located at around 3900m altitude, 200m higher than Lhasa.

 

Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Lhasa - Zedang (3600m)

(B/--/-)

Begin the morning with a journey to Zedang, where King Trisong Detsen built the Samyé Temple (the first temple of Tibet) in 775. 

 

Transport will be provided to the hotel, followed by a visit to the temple (located around forty minutes along the road across the Yarlung). 

 

Note: while it may seem logical to do this visit on the outward journey, it is necessary to first go to Zedang to obtain a visit permit for the temple.

 

At the end of the day, pay a visit to Yongbulakhang. A small “castle” perched on a nearby hill, this is the oldest building in Tibet. It takes a good half-hour to complete the climb to the viewing platform, which offers spectacular vistas of the Yarlung valley and its checkerboard pattern of crops.

 

Overnight in Zedang.

Day 5: Zedang -  Yamdrok Lake - Karola Glacier (Alt: 5000m)

(B/L/-)

Start with an early rise for a day of traveling. Despite the long hours of the drive, the landscapes and passing scenery will be simply unforgettable.

Enjoy a brief photo op with yaks or Tibetan Mastiffs (the “Tibetan Guard Dog”).

Continue the journey along the lake to Nagarze, where lunch will be had in the small town. Pay a visit to its small Samding Temple, which offers more great views of the lake.

 

Continue onwards to the Karola Glacier (altitude of 4960m), which at the start of the 20th century was the location of the highest battle in the history of the British Empire. 

 

At the end of the day arrive in Gyantse. Previously an independent kingdom, this commercial crossroads on the trans-Himalayan route links central Tibet to Sikkim.

 

Overnight in Gyantse

Day 6: Gyantse (3980m)

(B/-/-)

Begin the morning with a trip to the Pelkhor Chode (or “Palcho” Monastery), built in 1418. 

Visit to the fortress and the museum.

 

Wrap up the day with a walk in the Tibetan old town, which has miraculously avoided urban development and is probably the most authentic town in Tibet. Magisterially overlooked by the Dzong.

  

Spend the remainder of the day free at leisure; a great opportunity to purchase a rug in one of the workshops which make Gyantse famous.

 

Overnight in Gyantse.

Day 7: Gyantse - Sakya (4280m)

(B/-/-)

Depart in the morning for Sakya, with a stop in Shigatse to acquire a permit for entry to Everest (this procedure takes around 30 minutes).

 

Pay a visit to the monastic city of Sakya, hub of the Sakyapa School and base of the Sakya Lamas who once ruled the entire kingdom of Tibet.

 

Take a walk through the old town neighboring the monastery and meet with a cutler; Sakya knives are renowned for their quality.

 

Note: There is a dance festival at the Sakya Monastery, generally held in January. Demonstrations are sometimes organized in the town outside of these dates; inquire for further information.

 

Overnight in Sakya

Day 8: Sakya - Rongbuk (5000m) - Everest Base Camp

(B/L/D)

Depart in the morning for Tingri. Around noon, a lunch will be provided where the first grand views of Everest (8848 meters) and neighbouring Cho Oyu (8153 meters) can be seen. After lunch, continue onto the Rongbuk Monastery, situated along one of the highest roads in the world (with an average of 5000 meters in altitude and some parts at higher than 5200 meters).

 

Note: the poor condition of the road and the high altitude make this section a little testing. It is imperative to be in top health (consulting a doctor before leaving for the trip is highly recommended.)

 

Continue on to visit the “highest temple in the world,” which offers unbelievable views of Mt. Everest and its north face- only visible from Tibet.

After 20 minutes on the road, arrive at the base camp of Mount Everest. Known as Qomolangma in Tibetan and Zhufeng in Chinese. For a truly authentic overnight experience, settle into a traditional nomadic tent, which generally consist of up to a dozen single beds arranged like a dormitory and a stove fuelled with yak excrement. The tents do not have showers and the toilet facilities are two private (but simple) cubicles shared by the whole camp. There is a post office at base camp, which is naturally the highest in the world.

 

Note: it is also possible to stay in a guesthouse closer to the Rongbuk Monastery or in Tingri. For those interested, please inquire further.

 

Swap the private vehicle and driver for a public bus that (in just five minutes) traverses the north face of the mountain. Take the bus back to camp or enjoy a scenic walk back (taking less than half an hour) to take in the grandiose surroundings.

 

Dinner (traditional cuisine) and overnight in the tent.

Day 9: Everest Base Camp - Shigatse (3850m)

(B/-/-)

Start the day with one of the world’s most unforgettable experiences: sunrise over Everest. Follow this up with a very local breakfast, comprised of tsampa (a mixture of yak butter, tea and flour)- a staple dish in the Tibetan world.

 

Take the reverse route back to Shigatse, stopping for lunch in Lhatse.

 

Before arriving in Shigatse, stop for a visit to the Phuntsholing Monastery. Behind the monastery is a ruined fortification providing stunning views of the valley.

 

Arrival in Shigatse towards the end of the afternoon. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

 

Overnight in Shigatse.

Day 10: Shigatse

(B/-/-)

Begin Day 10 with a visit to Tashilhunpo, a Gelugpa monastery (Yellow Hat Sect) founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama, who is buried there.

The monastery is like a small village with its maze of paved alleyways. Spend some time exploring the region before visiting its principal structures and remarkable golden roofs. The Maitreya Chapel houses a 26 meter-high Buddha statue that took nearly ten years to make and required the work of several craftsmen.

 

After exploring the monastery, stroll through the Tibetan market, where the best views of the Shigatse Dzong can be found. The market is also a great opportunity to find some traditional jewelry, prayer wheels, and other typical Tibetan objects.

 

Overnight in Shigatse.

Day 11: Shigatse - Namtso Lake (4700m)

(B/-/-)

Start the day traveling out to Namtso Lake (the “celestial lake”), an immense stretch of turquoise water bordered by seemingly never-ending chains of snow-capped mountains. 

 

Pay a visit to the small Tashi Dor Monastery and walk along the lakeside.

 

Note: this part of the journey will again hit some altitudes of over 5200 meters. As such, it is important to save this visit for the end of the itinerary, providing ample time to acclimate to the altitude.

 

Overnight in a guesthouse close to the lake (basic facilities)

Day 12: Namtso Lake - Lhasa

(B/-/-)

Begin the morning with an ascent to the observation point of the ‘twin hills.’ Weather permitting, there will be a breathtaking sunrise over the lake.

 

Enjoy breakfast and begin the journey back to Lhasa.

 

Upon arrival to Lhasa, settle in to the hotel and afternoon is free at leisure.

 

Overnight in Lhasa

Day 13: Lhasa - Departure

(B/-/-)

After breakfast, wrap up this Lhasa to Everest Base Camp tour with transport (provided) to the airport for the departing flight. (There are currently direct flights to Beijing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Chongqing, Shangri-La or Kunming.)

If you would like to customize this itinerary, please provide us with your requirements by contacting us.

Services Include

  • Tibet Travel Permit

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room

  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).

  • English speaking guide(no shopping basis rates) (for other languages supplements apply)

  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle

  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

  • One oxygen metal bottle

Services Do Not Include

  • Other meals not mentioned

  • Visa for China

  • Other services than mentioned

  • International and domestic flights

  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature

  • Tips, Travel insurance

  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

* The price is subject to different factors such as the number of persons, hotel, date of booking...

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