Lhasa and Everest base camp tour

  • Duration 8 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
All Inclusive PriceUS $1499US $1599
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Highlights

  • Scenic and exciting tour on world highest and largest plateau in Tibet
  • Fabulous scenery on overland journey beyond Lhasa with amazing views
  • Enjoy tour of Lhasa at places of immense interest with world heritage sites
  • Explore scenic country of Tibet to reach at world highest Mt. Everest base camp
  • Exciting tour of Tibet’s important cities of Lhasa, Gyantse and beautiful Shigatse

Lhasa and Everest base camp tour a great combination of true adventure visiting almost all of Tibet vast land within world highest and largest table-land or a plateau, where average altitude rises at the height of 3,500 m / 11.482 ft to above 4,000 m / 13, 124 ft high.

Truly a great adventure to experience once in your lifetime within a week short frame of time that takes you around unbelievable scenic location of arid and barren windswept country lined with snow-capped peaks towards south direction.

Lhasa and Everest base camp tour where all interested people can join visiting places of great cultural interest where tour takes you around Lhasa impressive sites from age-old monasteries to former magnificent Potala Palace.

From Lhasa marvelous tour extends beyond Lhasa where exciting drive takes you over scenic high passes of Khamba-la and Karo-la facing great scenery of huge Tibetan landscapes with turquoise Yamdrok Tsho Lake to reach Gyantse, and at Tibet’s second largest city in Shigatse.

Shigatse located south of Lhasa which is the home to Panchen Lama the second head priest and a figure head after his holiness Dalai Lama (who is in exile since past 1960’s).

At Shigatse where tour takes you to visit beautiful golden roofed Tashilumpo monastery and explore its colorful market as adventure continues towards further south east to reach at Rongbuk Monastery on route Everest North Base Camp.

Drive takes you over highest pass over Gyatsho-la and at Pang-la pass rewards you with breathtaking panorama of world’s six highest peaks from Kanchenjunga and Makalu due far east with Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Cho-Oyu includes Mt. Shisapangma towards south west.

Where all high snow-capped mountain range borders Nepal and Tibet as drive reaches you around remote and isolated corners of Tibet at Rongbuk a place with old monastery and a nunnery.

At Rongbuk explore to another highlights of the adventure visiting Everest North Base Camp at the height of 5,200 m and 17, 060 ft the highest spot of our journey enjoy spectacular views of towering Mt. Everest also called Chomolungma by Tibetans, means ‘Great Mother’.

Enjoying glorious time and experience our adventure takes you back to Lhasa on visiting Shigatse city, from Lhasa where scenic panoramic flight brings you to Kathmandu in Nepal, after a most remarkable time in Lhasa and Everest base camp tour.

Itinerary

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Morning as per flight time for Lhasa flight transfer to Kathmandu airport for scenic flight of an hour or more to land at Gongar in Tibet international airport, which is close to Lhasa, during air views of world’s highest mountains with Mt. Everest.

As plane lands at Gongar Airport, after going through security and immigration then received by our Tibetan guide and driver for short drive towards eastern side of Lhasa city within great areas populated mostly by Tibetans.

Afternoon relax and take a short walk around Barkhor market square where most of the hotels are located.

    During these two days where you will be engrossed with exciting tour around Lhasa visit of Drefung Monastery, one of largest and important monastery in Tibet, built as university for Tibetan Buddhism in earlier days.

    After Drefung, tour of Jorkhang Temple which is another important and interesting site to visit as it boasts historic importance and tales of old days. The tour concludes for the day visiting Bharkor Bazaar.

    Next morning guide will take you on tour to famous and magnificent Potala Palace, originally built during 640 AD. Potala Palace the landmark of Lhasa and Tibet dominates the Kyuchi or Lhasa valley.

    Afternoon tour of another interesting and important Shera monastery and watch young monks in debates one of the high light of the visit. Rest of the day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

      From Lhasa drive towards Shigatse via Gyantse city, journey leads over Khamba-la pass at 4, 800 m high facing wonderful views of Tibetan landscapes, and down to Yamdrok Tsho “The Turquoise Lake” as drive heads towards Karo-La above 5, 050 m high, enjoy views of Nzong-Khangtsa peak.

      As scenic drive enters Gyantse city for tour of Phalkor Monastery, Kumbum Stupa and the local market.

      After Gyantse short drive of few hour to Tibet’s 2nd biggest city after Lhasa, and in Shigatse transfer to a nice hotel.

        Morning from Shigatse drive outside city area heading south to New Tingri or Shegar, driving on Kathmandu / Lhasa highway to cross over highest point of the journey at Gyatsho-la 5, 220 m high and then downhill to Shegar / New Tingri.

        After a brief stop at Shegar continue drive on leaving the main highway to reach North Side of Everest at Rongbuk drive takes you over Pang-la pass rewards panorama of world highest peaks includes Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and adjoining peaks, from here descend to Tashi Dzong village to reach Rongbuk Monastery and its many smaller hermitage caves.

        This holy and remote spot was first introduced to the world in 1920 by 1st British expedition teams of George and Irving Mallory and well-known novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton.At present most of the retreat cells are abandoned with only few small shrines scattered at end of the valley. According to Rimpoche (high priest and saint) of this area, the monastery was first established as a religious site around 250 to 350 years ago.

          From Rongbuk, short drive on local transport of 20-30 minutes to reach at Everest North Base Camp, or one can hike for few hours.(Note: Vehicle are not allowed to enter from Rongbuk to Everest Base Camp, only on special permission with authorized permits, most of the visitor takes horse cart, local motorbike as taxis from Rongbuk or walk to Base Camp which takes approx. 2 hours)
          At Base Camp enjoy incredible views of towering Mt. Everest North Face with other high peaks and return to Rongbuk monastery for drive back on same scenic highway to reach at Shigatse for overnight stop.

            Morning tour of Tashilumpo monastery, traditional seat of Panchen Lama (2nd high after Dalai Lama) the monastery contains a 27 m high gold plated Buddha known as Mytaria (the future Buddha).From Shigatse drive to Lhasa taking different shorter local route to reach back into fabled city in Lhasa for last overnight in Tibet.

              Morning as per flight time for Kathmandu or other destination, guide will transfer you to Gongar airport of an hour interesting drive, after bidding farewell to Tibetans guide and driver board in big aircraft for scenic flight to Kathmandu, Nepal or other destination.

                Lhasa and Everest base camp tour provided with standard Itinerary days where some day tour can be shorter or longer, designated overnight stops provides you with all meals while on tour in Lhasa and around Tibet.

                We will follow the itinerary if its need to be changes in case of bad weather and local political and government rules, our leader and guides decides holding full authority for Trekking Planner Inc, USA.

                Cost Details

                Includes

                • All airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
                • Twin/double shearing accommodation on BB (Lodgings: 6 Nights, twin/double room and 1 Night, dorm bed at GUESTHOUSE or TENT)
                • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
                • Guided sight-seen tour with private vehicle and entrance fees
                • Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB); Alien's Travel Permit(PSB) to be applied in Shigatse with your original passport which takes abt 30mins;
                • Travel Agency Liability insurance
                • First add kit box
                • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
                • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
                • Oxygen tank for emergency use
                • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary

                Excludes

                • All the International air fare to and from Lhasa , Tibet (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
                • Single room supplementary
                • Lunch and dinner during the journey
                • Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation
                • Your personal expenses such as (laundry, phone calls, bar and beverage bill, water, etc)
                • The tips to the trekking crews and drive

                Essential Info

                Best Seasons for Lhasa and Everest base camp tour:

                Around Tibet with Lhasa tour one can visit from April to October including the monsoon wet months of June to August, as Tibet falls within rain-shadow where all black heavy rain clouds blocked by high Himalayan Mountain that makes Tibet a dry and arid country.

                The best times from April to June during spring and pre-summer season and from September and October months during autumn / fall.

                April to June much longer sunlight hours where most days are clear from morning till late afternoon, can get cloudy sometimes with chance of snows around higher elevation cold in the morning and night time.

                September and October during autumn / fall when days are crystal clear from morning till mid-afternoon, but days are shorter with sunlight hours, much cold with freezing temperatures in the morning and night as well in shades.

                Climate and Weather:

                Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to first week of June will be the best time during spring times, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

                Morning and night time as well in shade can be cold and much freezing temperatures around high hills.

                Other best months during September and October great times for tour when most days are clear for views, although much colder months of autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight is much shorter.

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