Kathmandu-Lhasa via Everest Base Camp

Trip Highlights

  1. Explore old cities of Lhasa: Gyantse, Shigatse
  2. Visit Everest Base Camp
  3. Magnificent Palaces: Potala and Norbulinka
  4. Stunning Monasteries: Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery
  5. Himalayan Range including Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and many more.
Kathmandu-Lhasa via Everest Base Camp
Photo Magnificent view of Mt. Everest from Tibet.
Trip Duration: 9 days(s)
Max Altitude: Everest Base Camp (5,250m)
Lodging: Hotel, Guest House
Transportation: Private Vehicle
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any
Best Season: Oct - Dec, Feb - Apr

Trip Overview

This is an amazing trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp. This trip offers you a life time experience of the stunning Himalayan Range and the magnificent scenery of the Tibetan territory as well as the culture, traditions and the hospitality of the Tibetan people. This adventurous trip begins from the Kathmandu to Nyalam, Dingri, Shegar then the Everest Base Camp respectively. After that we explore Shigatse,Gyantse and ultimately beautiful city Lhasa. During this trip we visit different monasteries such as Sera, Rongbuk, Shalu, Tashilhunpo and Sakya, few High Passes, spiritual Yamdrok Tso Lake and magnificent landscape with the stunning Himalayan range on its background.

Outline

Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,800m) via driving, 153 km, 5 - 6 hrs.
Day 02: Drive to Lotingri (4,050m), 150 Km, 3 hrs.
Day 03: Drive to Shegar (4,150m) via Everest Base Camp (5,250m), 270 km, 9-10 hrs.
Day 04: Drive to Shigatse (3,900m, 300km, 5 -6 hours
Day 05: Drive to Gyantse (3,950m), 95km, 2 hrs.
Day 06: Drive to Lhasa (3,650 m), 200km, 5 hrs.
Day 07: Full day sightseeing of Lhasa
Day 08: Full Day sightseeing of Lhasa
Day 09: Farewell

Service includes

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

Service does not include

  • International flights ticket.
  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • 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:  Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,800m) via driving, 153 km, 5 - 6 hrs.
We begin our trip for the Tibetan border all along the Friendship Bridge. On the way we can see the pristine beauty of nature with mouthwatering waterfalls, villages, rivers. Upon arrival at the border side we fulfill all the office procedure and cross the Friendship Bridge to reach Tibet. From Kodari, we drive almost 30 minutes to reach another check post at Zhangmu. From here we drive couple of hours to reach Nyalam. The roads are steeply and windy but the beauty of the nature gives you the utmost pleasure of travelling. We stay overnight in Nyalam.

Day 02: Drive to Lotingri (4,050m), 150 Km, 3 hrs.
At morning time we walk the surrounding area of Nyalam which gives us power to adjust in the elevated level. After lunch we move towards Lotingri. We explore the magnificent Milarapha Cave and Chamda Hot spring on the way. We also cross through two extravagant passes: Thong La Pass (5050m) and Lalung La Pass (5082m). Besides the Passes we can see the stunning view of the elevated peaks like world highest peak Mt. Everest (8848m) including Sishapangma (8013m). We stay overnight in Lotingri.

Day 03: Drive to Shegar (4,150m) via Everest Base Camp (5,250m), 270 km, 9-10 hrs.
Today we move to Shegar via driving, after breakfast. The drive is adventurous until we reach Rongbuk because of the bumpy and narrow road. Upon arrival at Rongbuk, we explore the magnificent Rongbuk Monastery, which is considered as the lofty monastery in Tibet. After visiting the monastery, we move towards Everest Base Camp (5250m). On the way we can see the stunning view of the Mt. Shishapangma (8013m) and Mt. Cho-Oyu (8201m) with world highest peak Mt. Everest also renowned as Mt. Chomolongma in Tibet. It is a life time memorable experience to have face-to-face with the mighty peak in the world. . We explore the base camp and about 16 km we make a round trip here. We spend some time here and heads towards the Shegar for overnight stay.

Day 04:  Drive to Shigatse (3,900m, 300km, 5 -6 hours
Today after breakfast we move towards Shigatse through Sakya area. Upon arrival at Sakya area we explore Sakya monastery, it is the inherited and ancient temple of Sakyapa of Tibetan Buddhism. The Dajing Hall, Buddhism Hall, is the major structural design inside the temple. Similarly, after the sightseeing of the Sakya Monastery we visit the different temples in Yarlung and Lhasa which has the different medieval Mongolian arts and culture. After that we head towards the second largest city in Tibet- Shigatse for overnight stay.

Day 05: Drive to Gyantse (3,950m), 95km, 2 hrs.
Today after breakfast we head towards Gyantse via driving. Here, we see the renowned Tashilhunpo monastery which has both cultural and historical significance by first Dalai Lama in 1447. After the sightseeing of Tashilhunpo monastery, we move to Gyantse. we can see Shalu Monastery on the way. It was constructed in 1040 and is famous for its antique and striking Mural paintings. Upon arrival in Gyantse, we explore the stupa named  Khumbum, Phalkot Monastery and of course Gyantse Dzong. Gyantse Dzong is one of the protected Dzongs in Tibet. We stay overnight in Gyantse.

Day 06:  Drive to Lhasa (3,650 m), 200km, 5 hrs.
Today after breakfast we depart for Lhasa by crossing the Karo La Pass  and Kamba La Pass with an elevation 5010m and 4794 m respectively with a magnificent Turquoise lake- yamdrok Tso. This lake is considered as one of the three main sanctified lakes in Tibet. In addition, we pass the Yarlung Tsangpo also known as Brahmaputra River and see the magnificent Potala palace from the distance for the first time. We stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 07:  Full day sightseeing of Lhasa
Today after a delicious breakfast we start our sightseeing of Lhasa. Today we explore the magnificent Norbulinka and Potala Palaces. Potala palace was constructed in 17th century and it grants superb view of the whole city and residence of the Dalai Lama with several impressive rooms and garden. 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 and is also the summer Palace of Dalai Lama. On the same way, we explore the Tibet Museum which is taken as the authorized museum of Tibet. Museum possesses more than 1000 permanent artifacts associated to the history and culture of Tibet. Overnight stay at Lhasa.

Day 08:  Full Day sightseeing of Lhasa
Today is the second day of sightseeing of Lhasa. Today we explore Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar and Drepung Monastery. Drepung Monastery was constructed in 14th century and assumed to have privileged about 10000 monks in the years ago but now there are only few hundreds. Tibetan people are highly concerted in this stunning monastery with the culture, religious belief and history.  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. Similarly, we visit Barkhor market; it is heart of Lhasa with its open shops and mass of pilgrims. Overnight stay at Lhasa.

Day 09:  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.

Trip FAQs

When is the best time to visit Tibet?
May to October is considered the best time to visit Tibet, especially the Everest base camp trip in Tibet.

What's the weather like in Tibet?
Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri – Nyalam have good weather throughout the year besides in peak winter as there is snowfall.
Mt.Everest Area: May to October is the best time as there is not snowfall and the temperature is comparatively warmer during this time of the year.
Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar: May to October is the best time as other time of the year the weather is Harsh most of the time with snow and rainfall. May to October also the weather can be bad sometimes but not bad enough that tours can’t be operated.
Eastern Tibet: Don't go to this area in July or August (the rainy season) because the rain could ruin the road, and make terrible landslides. In winter, the road could be frozen.
Northern Tibet: With the average altitude of 4,500m, this area offers very limited time for tourists. Summer (July to August) is the prime time to enjoy the great plain in northern Tibet.

What should I bring to travel in Tibet?
It pretty much depends on where in Tibet you are going.  If you are travelling in May –June casual thirsts and pants are enough with light jackets for the evening and the morning. If you are travelling to high altitudes or Everest region we recommend warm clothes and jackets.  Having sun glasses, sun blocking cream, moisture scream is a must to protect from the not so friendly environmental conditions of Tibet.

What is high season? What is the definition for high season, shoulder season and low season?
High season marks the most popular times of the year for travel in Tibet, due to the weather, holiday periods or other reasons. Therefore hotels, airlines and travel agencies are heavily booked, and prices are higher than at other times.
The seasons are usually defined as follows:
High season: July 1 to October 15.
Shoulder season: May 1 to June 30.
Low season: October 16 to April 30.
Travelers should also be aware that the peak holiday periods: first week in May, first week in October, and Chinese Spring Festival (often takes place in late January or early February) are particularly busy. Prices and bookings will be even higher than usual.

What currency do I have to use in Tibet?
Chinese Yuan or RMB is the currency in Tibet. Foreign currencies are not accepted in any place. You can exchange money in Nepal or at Banks and hotels in Tibet.

Are there ATM machines in Tibet?
Big cities in Tibet like Lhasa and Shigatse have ATM machines in major squares. Smaller towns and villages don’t have ATM so if you are travelling beyond Lhasa and Shigatse having cash is the best idea.

What credit cards are accepted in Tibet?
IN the big cities of Tibet all kinds of credit cards are accepted by some  hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. You can use Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's club, and the JCB card of Japan. Again if travelling to villages and remote areas having cash along with you is the best thing.

What documents do I need if I am planning to travel to Tibet?
You need to have a valid passport, a valid China visa and a Tibet travel permit (sometimes people call it Entry permit or TTB, or Tibet visa).

Do I need Visa for China?
All visitors traveling to mainland China, whether for business or pleasure, require a visa. No Visa is required prior to enter Hong Kong; a Visa will be issued upon arrival. If you travel beyond Hong Kong, even for a few hours, you will need a China visa to enter China.

What is Tibet Travel Permit?
Tibet travel permit is the official document issued by Chinese government to visit Tibet for foreigners.

Does the hotel room have access to internet?
Very few.

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