Trip Name: Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour via Lhasa
Tour Type: Private Tour / Group Tour
Activities: Natural and cultural sightseeing/ Hiking to Everest Base Camp
Culture: Tibetan Lifestyle, Awesome Mountain scenery
Route: Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse – Shegar – Rongbuk – Everest Base Camp – Lhasa
The adventurous Lhasa Overland Tour via Everest Base Camp (EBC) is the most remarkable road trip in Tibet. This roadside journey will take you through some of the best countrysides on the Tibetan plateau.
The tour begins by exploring Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. You’ll discover the stunning holy city by visiting several important landmarks such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung, and Sera Monastery. All these iconic landmarks hold both religious and cultural significance. While sightseeing these places, you’ll learn about Tibetan Buddhism, culture, and religion and get spiritual experience too.
Further, you’ll take a scenic drive to Shigatse via Gyantse. On the way, there are several small side roads off the highway that leads to pristine Yamdrok Lake and high passes like Karo La and Khamba La. In Gyantse, you can explore Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. You can even enjoy the distant view of Gyantse Fortress.
From here, you continue your road trip to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. It is also famous for the massive Tashi Lhunpo monastery. You can explore the monastery and admire the beautiful ancient mural paintings. Then you proceed towards Rongbuk Monastery, one of the major attractions of the Lhasa Overland Tour. It is one of the highest Tibetan monasteries in the world that lies near to base camp of the north side of Mt. Everest.
Mt. Everest (locally known as Mt. Chomolungma) (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,485m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188m). While touring around Rongbuk Monastery, you’ll get an excellent chance to experience the authentic life of Tibetan monks and nuns. The next day, you’ll enjoy the sunrise view over the peak of Mt. Everest. Then you visit the North Everest Base Camp and get close sight of the mighty Everest peak.
Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp is best suited for those adventure seekers who wish
to explore the world’s highest base camp, arid landscapes, ancient culture, and tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This tour is a comprehensive tour of Tibet with visits to the cultural and historical attractions of Tibet majorly. The tour includes all the important places of interest in the central and south part of Tibet, including a visit to Rongbuk monastery (Ancient & Highest Monastery in Tibet) and Mt. Everest base camp. Hence, this tour is safe and suitable even for the child and to all kinds of senior people.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Kerung (3550 m), 7 hrs
You will departure from Kathmandu in the early morning to Nepal – Tibet boarder enjoying the great local landscapes driving along the friendship highway. There will be immigration formalities both Nepal and Tibet side then after you will continue drive up the steep switch back road to Kerung. Overnight stay in Kerung at guesthouse with breakfast.
Day 02: Drive from Kerung to Tingri (4350 m), 5 hrs
With morning breakfast, the Journey commences towards Tingri which goes across the Tibetan plateau with stunning Mountain views from Lalung-La pass (5050m). Tingri is an old town, from where you will be able to watch more views of the Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho-Oyu. Overnight in Tingri with a very basic guest house (dormitory room with common toilet).
Day 03: Drive from Tingri to Rongbuk village (4920 m), 4 hrs
Today you will reach to Mt. Everest Base Camp today, Rongbuk, where the highest Monastery in the world situates. It is situated some 8 km from Everest Base Camp. You will be able to view the magnificent valley of Mount Everest and Cho-Oyu that can be seen from the guest house. Overnight in Rongbuk with a very basic guest house (Dormitory room with common toilet).
Day 04: Rongbuk to Shigatse (3900 m), 8 hrs
There will be a morning excursion to the Mt. Everest Base Camp. As usual after the breakfast, we head to Shigatse, which is one of the historical towns of Tibet. On the way, you will enjoy Sakya Monastery which is one of the largest Monasteries in Tibet for Sakyapa group of Mahayana Buddhism. In Shigatse, you will visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This is the official Panchen Lama’s residence. Overnight stay in Shigatse at a comfortable hotel with attached bath rooms.
Day 05: Drive from Shigatse to Gyantse (3950 m), 2 hrs
After the visit in the Tashilhunpo Monastery of Shigatse, there will be a short drive to Gyantse with its amazing sites – Khumbum, Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Dzong. Overnight stay in Gyantse at a comfortable hotel with attached bathroom.
Day 06: Drive from Gyantse to Lhasa (3650 m), via Yamdrok Tso Lake: 7 hrs
The main feature of this day is the beautiful turquoise lake (Yamdrok Tso). After crossing the Kamba- La, Karo La and the Yarlung River (Brahmaputra), the journey ends in Lhasa. Overnight stay in Lhasa at a comfortable hotel with attached bathroom.
Day 07: Sightseeing tour with guide (full day)
There will be the sightseeing tour with a guide of Lhasa. You will visit Jokhang temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace (the summer Palace of Dalai Lama). Overnight stay at a same hotel.
Day 08: Sightseeing tour with guide (full day)
There will be the sightseeing tour with a guide of Lhasa. You will visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery along Tibetan medical center too. Overnight stay at a same hotel.
Day 09: Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu overnight at Hotel
Day 10: Full day Sightseeing at Swayambhunath Monkey Temple and Buddha
It is one of the world’s 2000 years old Buddhist stupa that lies on a hilltop and its origins are linked to the founding of the Kathmandu valley by draining the water of the lake by Bodhisattva Manushree., 2 km far from the main Kathmandu city. Swayambhunath manifested in the lake as a brilliant light emanating from a lotus and Manjushree let the water out by slashing a passage through the surrounding hills to facilitate paying homage to swayambhu, thus making the valley inhabitable. This spectacular Buddhist stupa with the Buddha’s eyes gazing serenely down is worth visiting and is enlisted World Heritage Site. From the hilltop the views of the Kathmandu valley and the mountains look fabulous. A huge white dome surrounded by 13 spires, the stupa is one the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal and the world’s most enchanting, magnificent site.
Boudhanath is the center of Tibetan culture in Nepal and is regarded one of the largest stupas in South Asia. It is located in the area of ancient trade route to Tibet where Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many decided to live around Boudhanath. It is one of the serene place to visit around and is enlisted World Heritage Site too.
Day 11: Transfer to airport, departure to your own destination
- Pickup, drop off, upon arrival and departure by Tourist Bus/Van/Car (depending on
- group size)
- Kathmandu – Lhasa – Kathmandu Flight tickets
- Drop and pick up by private vehicle in Lhasa Gonggar Airport
- 3 nights Hotel in Lhasa on Bed & Breakfast Basis-Double Room
- Best available Hotel end-route with Bed & Breakfast Basis-Double Room on tour
- Transportation by deluxe Bus/Mini Bus or Van (depending on group size)
- All kinds of entry fee and Tibet travel permits/
- Group visa fee for Tibet
- Nepal re-entry visa fee
- Lunch and dinner along the trip
- For Nepal & Tibet trip passport size photographs
- Items expenses of personal nature
- Any cost which arise due to a change of the itinerary because of natural calamities Political disturbance
- Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included
- Emergency Evacuation rescue cost
- Personal travel insurance
- Hard & Soft Drinks
- Tips for Guide/Driver
Flying out to Tibet requires a Chinese visa and a Tibet Travel Permit which can both be acquired in Kathmandu with the help of a travel company (Tibet via Nepal). A valid visa for China isn’t the same as a Tibet Travel Permit. Those with a Chinese traveler visa will at present need to apply for a Tibet travel permit. The permit is still required for remote foreign traveler travelling to Tibet from territory China. To obtain the permit you have to book a guide for your whole trip and pre-organize private transport for trips outside Lhasa. The trip outside Lhasa likewise requires extra permits which are arranged by the travel agent you are going with.
All who intend to enter Tibet must hold at least 6 months valid passport.
Passport – valid for 6 months
Chinese Visa — you can apply for one from a Chinese Embassy or through China Highlights (who entry from China)
Group Visa — who entry from Nepal to Tibet after Tibet tour traveler can visit China mainland with valid group visa.
Individual Visa will be cancel when we apply for group visa (if visa is in the passport)
Tibet Entry Permit — it is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is an absolute necessity for outsiders entering Tibet.
A few people who wish to travel to specific areas in Tibet must also obtain:
Travel Permit — it is required when you are planning to movement to closed areas in Tibet. These are issued after you land in Tibet.
Military Permit — it is acquired to travel to some militarily sensitive regions.