Everest Base Camp Classic
10 Days/9 Nights
Lhasa- Gyantse-Shigatse-Shegar-Ronmgbuk Monastery-Base Camp-Tingri-Zhangmu-Kathmandu
The classic Everest Base Camp Tour begins in Lhasa where you will spend a minimum of 3 days, touring its highlights and at the same time getting properly acclimatized. You will visit the Potala and Norbulingkha Palaces of the Dalai Lama, visit two major Gelugpa Monasteries-Sera and Drepung, visit the ancient Jorkhang Temple and stroll on the traditional pilgrimage path of the Barkhor Bazaar.
From Lhasa, we head out west on the Tibet-Nepal Friendship Highway. Leaving Lhasa behind, you will climb Kamba La pass from where you will enjoy the fantastic views of the Himalayas and for the first time see the beautiful YamdrokTso Lake several hundred feet below. The road drops gradually and follows the bank of the Lake. YamdrokTso is one of the sacred lakes of Tibet and a great destination! Leaving the lake behind, you will climb Karo La (16, 500ft) where again the views of majestic Bhutanese, Nepali and Tibetan Himalayas await. You will stop in two major Tibetan cities Gyantse and Shigatse and visit their monasteries. The road runs on the High Tibetan Plateau parallel to the Himalayas. A few kilometers from Xegar you will leave the Friendship Highway for Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp. The road climbs to Pang La (5,120m).
From the top of the pass, you have stupendous views of the Himalayas-including Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. From Rongbuk, Everest Base Camp is merely an hour hike or you can opt for a horse cart ride. After a night’s stop in Rongbuk, retrace the drive to the Friendship Highway and continue west towards Nepal. You have still quite a few high passes to conquer. The passes are sacred places for Tibetan people where they stop and offer khada, cotton scarves and lungta, prayer flags. You will have stopovers in Tingri and Zhangmu, before you make it to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Flight to Lhasa (Alt 3,595m/11,792ft) (B)
Arrival atGonkar Airport in Lhasa. We are met and greeted by our representative and driven to Lhasa City (60miles, 2 ½ hrs). Check in to the hotel and take a rest to acclimate. Accommodation in middle range DhodGu Hotel or similar.
Day 02: At Lhasa (B)
Full day of sightseeing in Lhasa, visiting Potala Palace-probably the principal target of most of the visitors, Sera Monastery-the last of the three Yellow Sect monasteries to be built in Lhasa and finishing the tour in Norbulinka- the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Accommodation in the middle range DhudGu or Kyichu or Gorkha Hotel
Day 03: At Lhasa (B)
Today, we visit Drepung Monastery-the largest, richest and the most powerful of the three major Yellow Sect monasteries of Tibet, the ancient Jorkhang Temple in the old Tibetan quarter of Lhasa and the Barkhor Street that forms the pilgrim circuit around the Jorkhang Temple. Accommodation in the middle range DhudGu or Kyichu or Gorkha Hotel
Day 04: Lhasa-Gyantse (13467ft, 176miles, 6 ½ hrs). (B)
Drive to Gyantse-the least Chinese influenced city along the highway. The journey involves the crossing of two high passes Kamba La (15,700 ft) and Karo La (16,500ft) and the follows the bank of YamdrokTsolake for more than 40 miles. Check in to the hotel and take a rest for the day. Accommodation in Gyantse Hotel of the top end.
Day 05: Gyantse-Shigatse (12,785ft, 57miles, 2 ½ hrs) (B)
Visit the highlights of Gyantse, likePelkorChode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. From the stupa, we take a rickshaw ride back to the parking lot and drive back to the hotel. Collect your luggage and set out for Shigatse. Check in to the hotel and after refreshments, visit the famous Tashilunbo Monastery-the principal seat of Panchen Lama-the second most venerated religious leader of Tibet. Accommodation in Shigatse hotel of the top end.
Day 06: Shigatse-Shegar (4050m/13500ft, 182km/121miles, 5 hrs) (B )
Drive to Shegar, also known as New Tingri. The journey involves the crossing of two high passes:Tropu La ( 16,236ft) and Gyatso La (17,122 ft). Check in to thehotel and take rest for a while. Later visit the ruins of the historic ShegarDzong, once the capital of the Tingri region. If time permits, visit ShegarChode Monastery, a small Gelugpa institution. Accommodation in Qomolongma Hotel of the top end.
Day 07: Xegar- Dza Rongbuk Monastery. (4980m/16,600ft, 63km/42miles, 2hrs) (B)
Drive from Xegar to DzaRongbuk Monastery in the morning. The journey involves driving over Pang La (5120m/16,794 ft) rewarding you with views of several 8 thousanders like Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Mount Everest. The journey mostly goes through dirt road, passing through several picturesque villages. Upon arrival, check in to a guesthouse or monastery accommodation and after refreshments; take an hour walk/trek to the Everest Base Camp (5200m/17,333ft). The driver will pick you up at the basecamp and drive you back to Rongbuk monastery.
Day 08: Rongbuk-Tingri (151km, 4 ½ hrs) (B)
Retrace the drive to the Friendship Highway and drive to Tingri, a small Tibetan town. Check in to a guesthouse and take the opportunity to hike toTingriDzong or visit the hot springs.
Day 09: Tingri to Zhangmu. (193km, 6 hrs) (B)
Continue driving along the Friendship Highway. You will cross two high passes Lablung La ( 5, 124m) and Tong La ( 5, 120m) and have the last views of Mount Everest, Sishapangma and Cho Oyu. Then the road drops to Nyalam-the last Tibetan town where you may stop for some refreshments. The road drops sharply along the bank of a river. Upon arrival in Zhangmu-the last Chinese frontier town, check in to the hotel and take a rest.
Day 10: Zhangmu-Kathmandu (142km/95miles, 6-7hrs) (B)
After breakfast at our hotel, queue up in Chinese immigration and customs for the last border formalities. From here, Nepal border is about 20 minutedrivedownhill. At the Friendship Bridge, see off the Tibetan Guide and driver and continue to Kathmandu with the Nepali counterpart. Check in to the hotel.
Day 11: Departure (B)
Transfer to airport for flight to your next destination.
- Trip Duration: 10 Days
- Difficulty Level: Tibet Everest Base Camp
- Accomodation: Hotels and guesthouses
- Activities: Cultural Touring, 4WD Adventure, Hiking.
- Trip Starts In: Lhasa
- Trip Finishes In: Kathmandu
- Best Time for Travel: March to November
All transfers and sightseeing by a private air conditioned car or coach
Sightseeing admission fees
English speaking Tour Guide
Tibet Travel Permit
Chinese visa fee
Lunch and dinner except as indicated.
Travel & Health Insurance.
All extra expenses caused due to nature or unforeseen events.
Excess baggage charges
Optional tipping to local staffs, hotels etc.
Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone etc.
Spectacular views of Himalayas and Tibetan plateau from Kamba La ( 15,700ft) and Karo La passes ( 16,500 ft).
Yamdrok Tso-the turquoise green water lake.
Kumbum Stupa and Pelkore Chode Monastery in Gyantse.
Shalu Monastery and Tashilunbo Monastery at Shigatse.
Rongbuk Monastery-the center of religious activities of Everest region.
Everest Base Camp North Face with unobstructed views of Mount Everest and other majestic peaks.
Highest passes ( Gyatso La, 5 220m), Lablung La ( 5, 124m) and Tong La ( 5, 120m) with great views.
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