Tibet Discovery Tour with Mt. Everest Base Camp
The Tibet discovery tour with the Everest Base Camp not only gives trekkers an opportunity to reach the base camp of the highest peak in the world, but also is best for observing the dry arid Tibet, its raw mystical beauty and the style of living of the warm welcoming ethnic inhabitants here.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Medium Group
The Tibet discovery tour with the Everest Base Camp not only gives trekkers an opportunity to reach the base camp of the highest peak in the world, but also is one of the best trek for observing the dry arid Tibet, its raw mystical beauty and the style of living of the warm welcoming ethnic inhabitants here.
The trek commences with the arrival at Lhasa Ghonkar Airport. The capital city and the heart of Tibet, Lhasa has a lot to explore. The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkor Street, Norbulingka Park, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monsatery , etc. are places worth exploring. The history of Dalai Lamas, the graveyard of the Dalai Lamas, insights to Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan architecture and the serene people of the Lhasa City are the added attractions to be explored.
After the completion of sightseeing in Lhasa, Shigaste can be reached via Gyantse. The holy Yamdrok Lake can be visited along the way. Gyantse is home to the massive Karola Glacier the Palkor Monastery and the Kubum Stupa. Shigaste is the second largest city of Tibet and consists of the Tashilumpo Monastery. From here, a drive to the Everest Base Camp passes through the town Shegar (New Tingri) and the Rongbuk Monastery situated at an altitude of 5200 m beneath the Everest Base Camp. The paths are adorned with views of the massive mountains like the Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Cho Oyu and Gyachung. Upon reaching the base camp through bumpy roads, the hypnotic views of the incredible Everest will leave trekkers speechless. Everest is best viewed in the early morning or the late evening when the views of the sun setting under or rising over the Everest will leave a mesmerizing impact. Upon returning back to Shigaste, the Northern route is adopted to return back to Lhasa. Along the way, tourists will get an opportunity to mix up with the warm inhabitants of Tibet and observe their unique culture.
The Tibet discovery tour with Mt. Everest is best suited for tourists who have a flair for observing the traditions, cultures and geographical variety of the dry, arid Tibet and also experience the opportunity to be in the Base Camp of the highest peak in the world with little difficulty.
- Overnight hotel: As per indication in the itinerary with daily breakfast.
- Transportation: As per indication in the itinerary by 4×4 WD.
- Guide: A good local English speaking guide as per indication the itinerary.
- Permits: All necessary Tibet travel permits and documents.
- Entrance fees: To the sights listed above in the program only.Everest (Qomolangma) Nature Reserve and Ecological entrance fees for the vehicle and guide.
- Expenses incurred due to natural calamities, landslides, adverse weather condition or political upheaval.
- Flight delays or cancellations due to adverse weather condition or technical reasons.
- Tips to guide and support team and FINE for venturing into prohibited areas.
- Expense of personal nature and taking photo fees in the monasteries.
- Personal travel insurance, services in Nepal and China mainland side.
- International and Domestic airfare with airport taxes.
- Medical cost & emergency rescue.
- Meals during the whole trip.
- China and Nepal visa fee.
Arrival at Lhasa Gongkar airport . Lhasa (3600m)
Upon arrival in Lhasa Gongkar airport, you are met by Tibetan Guide and driver then transferred to your hotel in the city. Today, we just take easy to cope with the effects of the altitude. Free afternoon for complete rest / to acclimatize to altitude. Lhasa is the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region, and is a city that has captivated the fascination of the west for centuries. Lhasa is basically famous for its traditional seat of the Dalai Lamas & Johang temple where it houses the holiest shrine of Shakyamuni-Buddha’s image. Overnight at Hotel
Lhasa sightseeing. ( B )
Visit the World Heritage site of the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple. Jokhang temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. After the visit, take a walk in a clock-wise circuit or Kora around the temple grounds, along with the stream of humanity. Stroll through Barkhor market square. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara: The Buddha of compassion). Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Overnight at Hotel
Lhasa sightseeing. ( B )
Today you will visit Drepung monastery in the morning which lies about 8km from the Lhasa city centre and Sera monastery in the afternoon. Both Drepung and Sera monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice, the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are well worth to see. Overnight at Hotel
Drive Lhasa to Shigatse (3900m) via Gyantse town (3950m). ( B)
Today, we drive along the Lhasa Kathmandu Highway to see Yamdrok Tso Lake. After about 1 hour drive from the city, you will cross Yarlung Tsangpo (also known as Brahmaputra) River and then climb up to Gamba la pass (4797m). From the pass, you will get the first view of this brilliant turquoise-blue lake. Yamdrok Tso Lake is one of four holiest lakes in Tibet. Along with the lake, you will also see in distant, the massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m).
Then continue driving along the Karo la pass and glaciers which offers also nice views. Will pass through the town of Gyantse where you will pay a visit to Gyantse Kumbum and Pelchoe monastery. After the visit keep driving towards Shigatse-the second biggest town which lies 90km. Overnight at Hotel
Drive Shigatse to Shegar (New Tingri) (4050m) ( B )
Morning pay a visit to Shigatse Tashi Lumpo monastery which was founded in 1447 by the first Dalai lama known as Gedun Drupa. It house the world’s highest sitting Maitreya Buddha (future Buddha) chapel, the golden Stupa tomb of the 10th Palchen Lama, 5th~9th Palchen lama’s tomb as well and the assembly hall. After the visit, pay a visit to the Shigatse local flea market. Continue driving towards the town of Shegar known as New Tingri which lies about 240km from Shigatse. Overnight at Hotel
Drive Shegar to Rongbuk (4980m) to Everest Base camp (5200m) then return to Shigatse. ( B )
Today is perhaps the highlight of the trip as we come face to face if weather permits to the world’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest. Rise early and head off the main overland route and then road rise steeply up the foothills. From the top of the Pangla la pass 5120m you will see the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its glorious peaks likes Mt. Makalu 8463m, Mt. Lotse 8516m, Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m and Mt. Shishapangma 8020m from Left to right, later on driving down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Dzom and then towards today’s destination – Everest Base Camp. Rongbuk monastery 4980m is the highest monastery in Tibet and thus the world. It consist of both monks and nuns, it is still a good point to see Mt. Everest. Then retrace all the way back to Shigatse. Overnight at Hotel
Return back to Lhasa via Northern route. ( B )
Retrace back to Lhasa from Shigatse via the Northern route. Upon arrival in Lhasa, check in the hotel and rest. Free afternoon. Overnight at Hotel
Departure day. Drop at Lhasa airport. End of service. ( B )
Pick up the clients at hotel, and get them transferred to the Lhasa airport. Time to say goodbye to your Tibetan guide and driver. End of our service with drop at airport.
Thamel in Kathmandu has a variety of food options and you should be able to find just about anything. While trekking you will become all too familiar with dal baht, the traditional Nepalese dish consisting of rice, lentils, and seasonal vegetables (meat is often available too). Dal baht may not be your first choice for a post-trek meal but genreally it’s tasty and the portions are generous, making for happy trekkers.
You won’t regret bringing a box of protein bars and vitamins from home. Dal baht provides carbs and some protein but isn’t exactly packed with nutrition; bars make a great snack on the trail or backup for a less than stellar meal. Snickers are ubiquitous in the villages and serve the same general purpose.