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Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tours

Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour is a 10-day extensive package which takes you all the way from Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, to the Everest Base Camp. Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour offers the sight to stunning landscapes and the majestic mountains. You will get to know the culture and lifestyle of Tibetans while you will also have an unforgettable experience of taking a close look up to the highest mountain of the world. Joining this Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour package will take you through spectacular passes into the spiritual heart of the country.
As a warm up for travelling all the way to Everest Base Camp Tour, you will first pay the visit around Lhasa which includes site like Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, Norbulinga Palace, Drepung monastery, Sera Monastery and thus you will try adjusting to the high altitude of Tibet.
Next, you will pass through Gyangtse and Xigatse before taking an exciting journey to Northern Base Camp of Everest. You will visit through Rongbuk glacier before passing to Mount Everest. Finally, admiring the beauty of Everest, you will retreat back to Lhasa. You will exit from Tibet through Friendship Bridge to Nepal.

Itinerary Outline:
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3650 m)
Day 02: Lhasa Tour
Day 03: Another day of sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 04: Drive to Gyantse (3950m)
Day 05: Drive to Xigatse (3900m)
Day 06: Move to Tingri (4,100 m)
Day 07: Drive to Ronbuk (4,980 m)
Day 08: Hike from Ronbuk to Everest Base Camp and back to Ronbuk
Day 09: Travel to Nyalam (3,700 m) / Zhangmu (2,300 m)
Day 10: Travel back to Kathmandu (1320m)
 

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)
On the first day, you will catch a flight to Lhasa from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu in the morning. The flight takes about 70 minutes in total to conclude. This Trans-Himalayan Route is considered one of the most beautiful routes in the world and it offers magnificent views of Everest (8,848 m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. Upon your landing, the Local tour guide will welcome you with Hada- a Tibetan style greeting. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to your hotel in Lhasa (3650m). You will see Yarlong Tsangpo River, Big Buddha engraving on the hill and colorful prayer flags along the way. After about 45 minutes of drive you will arrive to a hotel. Give some time for refreshment. Later you can take a short walk to the local area and try to sychronise with Lhasa’s tune. You will stay overnight in a hotel at Lhasa.

Day 02: Lhasa Tour
On the second day, you will pay a visit to the Sera Monastery which stands majestically ever since it was erected in 1419 on a hillside with a colorful architecture. Sera in Tibetan tongue refer to Wild Rose Garden which suggests there once used to grow wild roses in the area. While at Sera Monastery, we can see the monks engaged in lively discussion and also the collection of Buddhist scriptures, ancient murals, Thankas, statues and scriptures written in gold dust, scroll of wonderful paintings and tapestries. Many Buddhists come here for pilgrimage from all over Tibet. Next, you will head for Norbulinga Palace- the summer palace of Dalai Lama which possesses the finest garden in Tibet. In the end, you will return to your hotel following the pilgrimage circuit around the ancient streets of the old city near the Barkhor market. You will then rest in a hotel.

Day 03: Another day of sightseeing in Lhasa
Today you will explore the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. The 17th century Potala Palace which stands tall at 3650m altitude offers a breathtaking view of Lhasa’s city area including Tibetan architecture thus making it the preferred place for photo shooting. The palace contains private rooms, many large state rooms and chapels used previously by Dalai Lamas. You might experience slight shortness of breath while climbing up to Potala Palace due to exertion. If so, take a brief rest.
Next, you will take a Tibetan tour to Dreprung which is one of the largest monasteries in Tibet. Legend says Dreprung which was built in the 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as of now, only a few hundred monks and nuns are living here. You will be free in afternoon for which shopping would be the great idea.

Day 04: Drive to Gyantse (3950m)
Your destination for the day will be Gyantse. Gyantse is located near Nyang- chu river and is the fourth largest city in Tibet. Gyantse is inhabited chiefly by 3 different ethnic groups- native Tibetan people, Muslim people and the newly emigrated Han Chinese people. While in Gyantse, you would like to visit Pelkor Choede- a yellow hat Monastery known as the center of Gyantse, Gyantse Dzong- the fort and Gyantse Kumbum (Pelkor Chorten)- a massive 8 storey structure with Buddhist images and statues which lies within Pelkor Choede. You will stay overnight in Gyantse.

Day 05: Drive to Xigatse (3900m)
On the 5th day of your Tibet travel, after having your breakfast, you will head towards Xigatse which is located 300km far from Lhasa. Xigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and it receives largest numbers of visitors every year. Xigatse lies to the west of Lhasa on the northern Highway. Two holy rivers Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo) and nyangchu meet at Xigatse which happens to be the seat of Panchen Lama- the second most important leader in Tibet as well. You will stay overnight in Xigatse. There is a lively market "free" at the foot of the ruins of the fortress of Xigatse, where you can buy local handicrafts embedded with coral and turquoise, Tibetan daggers, Chinese porcelain and yak butter. You will stay overnight at Hotel in Xigatse.

Day 06: Move to Tingri (4,100 m)
Today you will travel along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape of Tibet. You will visit the Monastery of the Panchen Lama and visit Tashilhumpu city. Then you will visit beyond Lhatse and cross the highest pass- Gyamtso La(5220m) on your journey. From Gyamtso La, you will lower down and pass through monasteries and camps of nomadic herders before finally arriving to Tingri. You will stay overnight in hotel at Tingri.

Day 07: Drive to Ronbuk (4,980m)
Early in the morning, you will leave Friendship Highway to head south over Pang La(5150m) towards Main Himalayan Range. You will take a brief rest to admire the view of Mount Makalu and Shishapangma. Then you will move forward to Ronbuk and visit Ronbuk Monastery before spending the night at Ronbuk.
Day 08: Hike to Everest Base Camp and back to Ronbuk
Today you will explore around Everest Base Camp and you will have a view of the sunrise on Mt. Everest. The topography in Everest Base Camp is dry and barren. You can have a stunning look of north face of the world's highest mountain towering above you. You can rent a horse cart or walk to the Everest Base Camp and explore the area before returning back to Ronbuk. You will stay in a restaurant at Ronbuk.

Day 09: Travel to Nyalam (3,700m)/Zhangmu (2,300 m)
From Ronbuk, you will drive back to Tingri after crossing the pass at Lulang (5,050 m). You will take a brief rest to admire the magnificent view of Mt. Xishapagma (8212 m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m) and then lower down to descend from the arid Tibetan Plateau to Zhangmu through the winding mountain road with hundreds of waterfalls. You will stay overnight at Zhangmu.

Day 10: Travel back to Kathmandu (1320m)
After fulfilling border formalities, you will begin scenic journey to Kathmandu through the lush green landscape. A few miles drive from Zhangmu will take you to Friendship Bridge across Bhote Koshi River which leads you to control of immigration in Kodari. At this point, you will depart with your guide and the driver of Tibet and cross the river to meet his escort from Nepal. You will then drive back to Kathmandu.
 

 

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