Tibet-Everest Base Camp Trek 16 Days / 15 Nights
Tibet Everest Base Camp
Hotels, guesthouse and tented camps.
April to October
Best Time For Travel:
Trip Over View
The Everest Base camp trek through Tibet is quite different than the trek on the other side as it’s possible to have unobstructed views of the immense height of Mount Everest, the highest peak on earth. A good portion of the summit is even visible from several points along Kathmandu - Lhasa highway, in particular from the Tingri plains.
The trip begins with a spectacular flight to Lhasa where we will explore the monasteries and palaces of the Dalai Lama while we get properly acclimated. Then we will embark on the scenic drive along Tibet-Nepal southern Friendship Highway that takes us over several high passes, offering stunning views of the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau. The drive along the bank of holy Yamdrok Tso Lake often proves to be one of the most significant journeys in a person’s lifetime.
We will visit the monasteries of Gyantse, Shigatse and Sakya, as well as towns on the way to Tingri; learn different schools of Tibetan Buddhism; and understand Tibetan culture and tradition. We will begin the trek of a lifetime from the plains of Tingri through Ra Chu valley to the region used by herders and their livestock, and eventually cross Nam La (5,250m). The pass offers spectacular views of Cho Oyu, Mount Everest and many other majestic peaks. The trail then descends to an isolated Dzombuk valley and further to Rombuk Monastery. The views of Mount Everest from Rongbuk are simply awesome, and if one chooses, it’s possible to go further to the base camp of Mount Everest by taking a leisurely one hour walk or going by pony cart. From the base camp, we take a ride back to the friendship highway and continue to drive with overnight halts in Tingri and Zhangmu.
In Kathmandu Valley, you will explore the cultural and architectural wonders of three cities-Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan - the principalities of medieval times. Visit the Durbar Squares with former palaces, Hindu Temples and Buddhist Monasteries and stupas. Walk through the narrow streets of traditional markets and interact with the friendly Nepali people.
Day 01: Flight to Lhasa (Alt 3,595m/12193ft). (B)
Day 02: At Lhasa. (B)
Day 03: At Lhasa. (B)
Day 04: Lhasa-Gyantse (13467ft, 176miles, 6 and ½ hrs). (B)
Day 05: Gyantse-Shigatse (12785ft, 57miles, 2 and ½ hrs). (B)
Day 06: Shigatse-Tingri (4300m/14104ft, 232km/145miles, 6-7hrs). (B)
Day 07: Trek to Lungthang (4510m). (B/L/D)
Day 08: Trek to Lamna La (5150m/16892ft). (B/L/D)
Day 09: Trek to Zommung (4790m/15711ft). (B/L/D)
Day 10: Trek to Romgbuk Monastery (4980m/16334ft). (B/L/D)
Day 11: To Everest Base Camp (5200m/17056ft). (B/L/D)
Day 12: Drive to Tingri. (B)
Day 13: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m/7544ft, 185km/116miles, 5-6hrs). (B)
Day 14: Zhangmu-Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft, 121km/76miles, 4-5hrs). (B)
Day 15: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing. (B)
Day 16: Depature. (B)
Day 01: Flight to Lhasa (Alt 3595m/12193ft) (B)
Arrival at Gonkar Airport in Lhasa.We are met and greeted by our representative and drive to Lhasa City (60miles, 2 and ½ hrs). Check in to the hotel and take a rest for acclimatization. Accommodation in Tibetan managed Dhod Gu Hotel.
Day 02: At Lhasa (B)
Full day of sightseeing in Lhasa, visiting Potala Palace of Dalai Lama, Sera Monastery - the last of the three Yellow Sect monasteries to be built in Lhasa and ending the tour in Norbulinka - the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Accommodation in Tibetan managed Dhod Gu 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 Tibetan managed Dhod Gu Hotel.
Day 04: Lhasa-Gyantse (13467ft, 176miles, 6 and ½ hrs). (B)
Drive to Gyantse - the least Chinese influenced city along the highway. The journey involves crossing two high passes Kamba La (15,700 ft) and Karo La (16,500ft) and the follows the bank of Yamdrok Tso Lake for more than 40 miles. Check in to the hotel and take rest for the day. Accommodation in Gyantse Hotel, the best hotel in Gyantse.
Day 05: Gyantse-Shigatse (12785ft, 57miles, 2 and ½ hrs) (B)
Visit the highlights of Gyantse, including Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. From the stupa, take a rickshaw ride back to the car 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 or Manasarovara Hotel.
Day 06: Shigatse-Tingri (4300m/14104ft, 232km/145miles, 6-7 hrs) (B)
Drive to Tingri. The journey involves crossing two high passes Yulung La (16,236 ft) and Gyatso La (17,122 ft). Check in to a hotel and take rest for the day. Accommodation in the best available guest house.
Day 07: Trek to Lungthang (4510m) (B/L/D)
The first day of our Himalaya trekking tour takes us across the Tingri plain as we make our way south towards Cho Oyu. In the village of Chholung there is a small Gompa we can visit. Not far from Chholung we arrive at our campsite in Lungthang - the last village in this part of the Tingri plains. It is a bleak region surrounded by barren flats, yet the people manage to harvest barley. Most villagers here are also herders.
Day 08: Trek to Lamna La (5150m/16892ft) (B/L/D)
Today we really start trekking as we are heading up into the mountain towards the top of the Langma La [5,150m]. It is a hard day’s trekking with a lot of uphill walking, but it is even more rewarding are the views of the Himalayas which get better the higher we go. Tonight we camp near the top of Langma La.
Day 09: Trek to Zommung (4790m/15711ft) (B/L/D)
We start the day with a steep descent from Langma la, towards our destination for the day Zommug. The vegetation here is considerably lusher, than on the Dingri side of the pass, capable of supporting hundreds of yaks and a few herders' families. As we get closer we can see the white washed walls of Zommug village, the highest permanent settlement in the Everest region. Zommug is set high above the valley in a moonscape of barren hills with views of Mount Everest and Gyachung Kang. Because crops cannot survive at this elevation, all of the families residing here rely upon animal husbandry.
Day 10: Trek to Romgbuk Monastery (4980m/16334ft) (B/L/D)
To the south of Zommug is the famed Dza Rongbuk Monastery reached by either a spectacular high route or an easier low path. Once a flourishing retreat center, it was built by Dzatrul Ngawang Tenzin Norbu in early 1901-02. The majestic Everest stands towering high above in full glare.
Day 11: To Everest Base Camp (5200m/17056ft) (B/L/D)
Everest Base Camp and the Rongbuk Glacier are approximately 1 and ½ hrs above the monastery. The route passes retreat caves, the ruins of the nunnery of Sherab Chholing and the fast flowing Dzaka Chu. Just before the terminus of the Rongbuk Glacier is Everest Base Camp. Across a creek is the ocean of ice that makes up the Rongbuk Glacier, with views of the Himalayan range that are among the most spectacular ever.
Day 12: Drive to Tingri (B)
Today we leave Rongbuk valley and say goodbye to the impressive view it has offered us. We drive over the Pang La [5,150m] and re-join the Friendship Highway and continue to Tingri. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 13: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m/7544ft, 185km/116miles, 5-6 hrs) (B)
Continue driving along the high Tibet Nepal Friendship Highway towards Zhangmu. You will conquer the high twin passes, Lablung La ( 5,124m/16, 806ft) and Tong La ( 5,120m/16,794ft). From the top of Tong La, you will enjoy the views of Mount Cho Oyu, Everest and Sishapangma. Then the road drops dramatically towards Nyalam, the last Tibetan town of this journey. Time permitting, visit Milarepa Cave where Guru Padmasambhava, who introduced Buddhism in Tibet meditated in the 11th century. Follow the road along the river to Zhangmu - the Chinese frontier town. Accommodation in Zhangmu Hotel.
Day 14: Zhangmu-Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft, 121km/76miles, 4-5 hrs) (B)
Complete Chinese customs and immigration formalities at Zhangmu and drive 5 miles further down to the Friendship Bridge where you switch the guide and vehicle. From here on, the road conditions are smooth, it takes about 3 and ½ hrs to reach Kathmandu. If time permits, we visit Swayambhunath Stupa - the 2000 years old legendary Buddhist shrine, also popular by the name of Monkey Temple.
Day 15: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing (B)
Explore the temples, stupas and Durbar Squares of Kathmandu Valley. Visit Pashupatinath - the holiest Hindu Temple, Bouddhanath -the largest Buddhist shrine of Nepal and medieval principalities - Bhaktapur and Patan. Overnight hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Depature (B)
Transfer to the airport for flight to your next destination or extend your trip to Chitwan National Park (2 nights/3 days), Pokhara Valley (2 nights/3 days) etc.
- Accommodation on twin sharing as listed in the cities and tented camping during trekking.
- Meals: Breakfast only during hotel/guesthouse stays and and full board during trekking.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
- Entrance fees in sightseeing places.
- English speaking Guide /Leader.
- Tibet Travel Permit.
- All camping gears that includes tent, mattresses, sleeping bags.
- Kitchen utensils.
- Supporting truck for group size 4 pax or more.
- Cook and Sherpas.
- Pack animals.
- International and internal air fares.
- Airport Taxes.
- Chinese visa fee.
- Lunch and dinner except as indicated.
- Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature.
- Travel & Health Insurance. (We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance which covers, trip cancellation, trip delay, baggage, medical, emergency evacuation etc.)
- Medical Immunizations.
- 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).