Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour from Kathmandu

Trip Overview

The Everest Base Camp Tour from Tibet is a very exclusive tour of Tibet with visits to the cultural, historic and natural attractions when visiting Tibet. The tour includes all the important places of interest in central & south Tibet including a visit to Rongbuk Monastery and Mt. Everest Base Camp. After flying in to Lhasa from Kathmandu, we explore the cultural and historic sites of Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse. After that we drive overland, in 4-WD Toyota jeeps, across the Tibetan highlands and high passes to the fabled Rongbuk Monastery and Mt. Everest Base Camp from where the view of the great North face of Mount Everest is simply amazing & breathtaking.

You drive down Friendship highway by a luxury Toyota land cruiser 4 WD passing through small Tibetan settlements where you get upfront views right from your vehicle of nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains amidst a backdrop of awe-inspiring mountain peaks.

In conclusion of our trip, we finally drive from Rongbuk along the Friendship Highway through the Himalayas to Kathmandu, Nepal. This overland tour will be a mystical venture of unforgettable experiences that will be remembered by the fireside for many winters to come.

OUTLINE ITINERARY
Day 01: Kathmandu – Lhasa (3,600 m)
Day 02-03: Tour of Lhasa city:
Day 04: Lhasa – Gyantse(50m) 261 km:
Day 05: Drive to Xigatse – (3900m) 90km
Day 06: Drive Xigatse to Rongbuk – (5000m) 320km
Day 07: Excursion at Rongbuk.
Day 08: Drive to Nyalam
Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu – (1400m) 152km

Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu – Lhasa (3,600 m)
You will be met at the Gonggar Airport by our Tibetan guide & representative. After going through immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa at (3650 meters). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old ancient city. After checking in to your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Refresh & relax at your will, drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude. Your first overnight in Lhasa
Note: There is no fixed program arranged for today. It’s your day, use it wisely.

 

Day 02-03: Tour of Lhasa city:
On the 2nd & 3rd day of your Lhasa trip, you will be engrossed with sightseeing tours to the magnificent Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor market, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and an interesting nunnery. Drepung Monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden (1397-1449), one of Tsongkhapa’s main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka.

 

Drepung was the principal seat of the Gelugpa School until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala and it retained the premier place amongst the four great Gelugpa monasteries. Drepung was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet, a reference to the great Buddhist monastic university of India. We next stroll down Barkhor Street, which has a history of over 1,000 years, & surrounds the Jokhang Temple. It was originally an important route for Tibetan Buddhists to walk clockwise around to show their devotion. This religious deed is called ‘Barkhor’ in Tibetan Language. As one of the most bustling sections in Lhasa nowadays, Barkhor Street features the sale of various kinds of handicrafts and living necessities from local areas, & also includes wares from neighboring India and Nepal. Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 04: Lhasa – Gyantse(50m) 261 km:
As we get going along the Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La, at 4794 meter, with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso turquoise Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, standing at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another pass, Karo La at 5045m. If you look carefully down the road, you can see huge glaciers that seem to be tumbling down. After driving 261 km, beautifully landscaped colourful Tibetan villages come into view as you enter the booming town of Gyantse. Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 05: Drive to Xigatse – (3900m) 90km
Gyantse is proud of the Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong, a 14th century historical fort, overlooks the entire Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After exploring Gyantse, you take a 90 km drive and arrive at Shigatse, (3900m) the second largest Tibetan city. Tashilhunpo Monastery, being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is the major attraction of Xigatse. Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 06: Drive Xigatse to Rongbuk – (5000m) 320km
After driving for 320 km, you finally reach Rongbuk at 5000m. You can then view spectacular sights of Mount Everest. It’s a scenic drive through the highest point at Gyatchu La pass (5,220m) en-route and we continue to drive towards south from Tingri towards the Top of the world Mt. EVEREST about 80km to Rongbuk. Over night in Guest house.

 

Day 07: Excursion at Rongbuk.
We explore Everest Base Camp at (5030m) to the hilt. A 2 Hrs. Trek from the Rongbuk Monastery Will Lead You the Base of the Highest Peak on Earth – The North Face or Mount Everest (8848m) or Mount Quomolangma in Tibetan. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensates for it. It truly is such an awesome place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you. Later in the Afternoon we do an excursion of Rongbuk Monastery & drive down to. Over night in our Guest house.

 

Day 08: Drive to Nyalam
You will cross two high passes of Lalung La (5,124m) and Tong La at (5,120m) and have the last views of the towering Mount Everest, Sishapangma and Cho Oyu. Of course, these views are only possible if the weather permits it. Then the road drops down on our way to Nyalam. Overnight in our Guest house.

 

Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu – (1400m) 152km
We begin our journey back to Kathmandu with a few kilometers of some cool cruising away from Zhangmu to the Friendship Bridge across the Bhote Koshi River; which brings you to the Immigration Control in Kodari. Here, you will bid farewell to your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet your Nepalese escort who will drive you down to Kathmandu. After driving 5 hours for 114 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu.


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