Kathmandu and Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp

Trip Highlights

  1. UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  2. Panoramic view of Himalayan Range.
  3. Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace.
  4. Tibetan monasteries like Tashilhunpo, Sakya, Sera, Shalu and Rongbuk.
  5. Spiritual Yamdrok Tso Lake
Kathmandu and Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp
Trip Duration: 11 days(s) Lodging: Hotels
Transportation: Flight / Private vehicle
Communication: Yes
Group Size: 2+
Best Season: Mar-Apr / Oct- Nov

Trip Overview

Kathmandu and Lhasa Trip via Everest Base Camp is a voyage to experience the beauty of Tibetan territory and culture of local people. This trip begins from Kathmandu pursue by Nyalam, Dingri, Shegar and to the lap of World’s Highest Peak Everest. Also it goes to Shigatse, Gyantse and lastly to Lhasa. During our trip , we visit the spiritual Yamdrok Tso Lake as well as overcome a few high passes. Similarly, we explore Tibetan monasteries like Tashilhunpo, Sakya, Sera, Shalu and Rongbuk.

Outline

Day 01: Arrival
Day 02: Full Day Sightseeing of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Nylam (3,800 m), 6 hrs.
Day 04: Drive to Lotingri (4,050 m), 3 hrs.
Day 05: Drive to Shegar (4,150 m) via Everest Base Camp (5,250 m), 10 hrs.
Day 06: Drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) via Sakya Monastery, 6 hrs.
Day 07: Drive to Gyantse (3,950 m), via Shalu Monastery, 2 hrs.
Day 08: Drive to Lhasa (3,650 m) via Karo La pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake, 5 hrs.
 Day 09: Full day guided sightseeing of Lhasa.
Day 10: Explore Lhasa
Day 11: Farewell

Service includes

  • All accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis.
  • Guided Tibet tour.
  • Entrance fees.
  • All necessary Travel Permits.
  • All transfer in private vehicle.
  • Travel Permit.
  • Tibet Visa Fees.

Service does not include

  • International flights ticket.
  • Meals
  • Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
  • Cost of personal nature like tipping, laundry bills, bar bills etc.
  • Extra cost arises due to unpredicted incidents like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
  • Personal gears.

Itinerary

Day 01: Representative of Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You will be taken for sightseeing in the afternoon by your city guide to Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath Stupa.

Boudhanath stupa: This stupa and its surrounding is known as the Little Tibet in Kathmandu as many Tibetan refugees settled around this holy site for Tibetan Buddhists. This is a giant stupa with a height of 36 meters and a diameter of 100 m, making it the largest stupa in Nepal. As you go inside the premises of the stupa you can see many pilgrims and tourist going around in the process called Kora, a religious circling of the stupa. Having lunch on one of the roof top restaurants observing the activities of tourist and pilgrims is also interesting when you are here.
Pashupatinath temple: Pashupatinath is the biggest and most scared Hindu temple in Kathmandu. This UNESCO world heritage site is a fascinating and a colofurful and playful monkeys in search of food. This place has it all.  place as it has lot of Hindu pilgrims from Nepal and Other parts of the world doing all kinds of religious ceremonies, holy men with all kinds of makeup posing for pictures for tourist and. People having other religious faiths than Hinduism are not allowed inside the main temple courtyard but the outside is also interesting with many temples and small shrines.  The cremation site beside the Pashupatinath temple is also an interesting place to see around this temple area.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing of the Kathmandu valley comprising Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar square.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square- The city of devotees Bhaktapur lies 15 km east from the city center of Kathmandu. It is a open museum full of ancient temples, courtyard, world class wooden and metal architecture and numerous festivals. This is one of the best preserved heritages of Nepal. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square has 4 main courtyards the Durbar Square, the Pottery Square, the Taumadi Square and the Dattatreya square. Besides these 4, there are many courtyards called Bahals, the private residential area of the Newari people. The tallest pagoda style temple of Nepal, Nyatapol makes Bhaktapur a must visit when you are in Nepal.
Patan Durbar Square- Patan or Lalitpur as it is known as is the city of fine arts. Patan has remained as a Buddhist city since ancient times and it is believed that the famous emperor Ashok of India visited this city back in the 3rd century BC. Although the city has more Buddhist monuments than Hindu temples the main Durbar Square area is full of Hindu temples dating back from different periods of Nepalese history. Some famous monuments in Patan include the Taleju temple, the Bhimsen Temple, The golden temple, the temple of 1000 Buddha and the Sun Dhara, meaning golden tap.  Patan city is famous for its export of arts and crafts done in metal.

Day 03: Drive to Nylam (3,800 m), 6 hrs.
After our delicious breakfast, we begin our trip along the Friendship Highway for the Tibetan border. On the way, we pass through magnificent waterfalls, rivers and Himalayan range with local villages. Upon reaching the Tibet-Nepal border we have our lunch and pass through the immigration and customs of Nepalese side. After crossing the friendship bridge, we will reach Tibet. Similarly, after 30 minutes drive from Kodari to Zhangmu we have to pass through another checkpoint and clear all the formalities. We drive on a windy road from Zhangmu to Nylam. Overnight stay at Nylam.

Day 04: Drive to Lotingri (4,050 m), 3 hrs.
Today in the morning we explore the surrounding area of Nylam which will help for acclimatize. After having our lunch we move towards Lotingri. While travelling on the way we see Milarapha cave and Chamda Hot Spring for a little exciting afternoon. While driving, we face two impressive passes i.e. Thong La Pass (5050 m) and Lalung La Pass (5082 m).  Apart from these passes we will see the mouthwatering view of the Himalayan range including World Highest Peak Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and Shishapangma (8,013 m). Overnight stay at Lotingri.

Day 05: Drive to Shegar (4,150 m) via Everest Base Camp (5,250 m), 10 hrs.
Today is the most important and awaited day of our journey. After delicious breakfast we depart from Lotingri to Shegar. The drive from Lotingri to Rongbuk will be full of adventure because of the bumpy and windy roads. We explore Rongbuk Monastery at Rongbuk, which is considered as the highest monastery in Tibet. Furthermore, we move towards Everest Base Camp (5,250 m) by enjoying the magnificent view of elevated mountains like Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Shishapangma (8,013 m) and most astonishing world highest peak Everest also renowned as Mt. Chomolangma in Tibetan language. It will be your life time memorable experience to come face to face with the giant peak on earth. Similarly, we make about 16 km round trip around Everest Base Camp. Overnight stay at Shegar.

Note that on exceptional circumstance due to bad weather or political conditions the local government might shut down the road to Everest Base Camp for security reasons without any notice.

Day 06: Drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) via Sakya Monastery, 6 hrs.
After breakfast we move towards Sakya. Upon arrival at Sakya we explore Sakya Monastery, which is one of the traditional temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The important architectures inside the fortress are the Dajing Hall, the Buddhism Hall and the hall where Sakya archbishop reside. After exploring the Sakya Monastery whose Medieval Mongolian crafts and architecture is very much different from temples in Lhasa and yarlung, we move on to the second biggest city in Tibet, Shigatse. Overnight stay at Shigatse.

Day 07: Drive to Gyantse (3,950 m), via Shalu Monastery, 2 hrs.
After delicious breakfast we explore the most renowned Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse which is both culturally and historically importance as being discovered by Gendun Drup, the first Dalai Lama in 1447. After exploring the monastery, we move towards Gyantse. On the way we explore Shalu Monastery, which was discovered in 1040. This monastery is famous for its impressive and traditional Mural Paintings. Furthermore, we move towards Gyantse and in Gyantse, we explore Khumbum stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Fortress (Dzong), which is one of the protected Dzongs in Tibet. Overnight stay in Gyantse.

Day 08: Drive to Lhasa (3,650 m) via Karo La pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake, 5 hrs.
Today after breakfast we move towards Lhasa by crossing the Karo La Pass (5,010 m) and Kamba La Pass (4,794 m) with Yamdrok Tso Lake (Turquoise Lake) which is one of the three largest holy lakes of Tibet. The lake is also supposed to be the transformation of Tibetan Goddess. Similarly, we pass through the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) River and have a glance of magnificent Potala Palace for the first time. Overnight stay at Lhasa.

 Day 09: Full day guided sightseeing of Lhasa.
After delicious breakfast, we move for our second day full day sightseeing of Lhasa. Today we will visit the renowned Potala Palace, magnificent Ramoche Monastery and Norbulinka. Potala Palace is situated at the top of the hill and was constructed in 1645 by the Great fifth Dalai Lama. It is renowned palace and took almost 45 years to complete. Legends say that the outer construction too about 3 years and due to expire of Dalai Lama the interior were not finished until 12 years. Similarly, Norbulinka literally means "Treasure Park". It is situated at the area about 360000 sq. m and is taken as the one of the largest artificial garden in Tibet. We stay overnight at Lhasa.

Day 10: Explore Lhasa
Today is exciting day as we visit the Barkhor market, Sera and Jokhang Monastery.  Sera monastery is one of magnificent monasteries situated at 5 km north of Lhasa city. This pretty monastery was once a residence of more than 5000 monks. Jokhang Temple lies at the centre of Old Lhasa. It is a residence of Tibet's most valuable spiritual remnant, a golden Sakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a present by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the time of her marriage to the Tibetan King Songtsen Gompo. We stay overnight at Lhasa.

Day 11: Farewell
Finally, we conclude the trip in the mountain region. Today we exchange our experience and feelings regarding the trip and also exchange the emails and photos. And Adventure Mission Nepal representative will guide you to the airport for the final departure. Hope to see you again for next trip.

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