Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp – 10 Days
In Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp we visit beautiful Tibetan cities and towns such as, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Rongbuk and Kyirong. One of the major highlights of this trip is reaching the base camp of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, which we accomplish on the 8th day of our trip. During our Lhasa to Kathmandu tour, we visit popular Tibetan landmarks like Potala, Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Traditional Hospital, Barkhor Bazaar and Gyantse Dzong. This trip also includes touring quite a number of spectacular Tibetan monasteries including, but not limited to, Sera, Drepung, Phalkot, Shalu, Tashilhunpo, Sakya and Rongbuk, the world’s highest monastery with the inclusion of the popular Jokhang temple and Khumbum stupa. On the trip, we also visit the 15th century Ganden Monastery and Drayerpa caves, which are still a meditative sanctuary for Tibetan monks. The Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour via Everest Base Camp also allows us to explore the mystical Yamdrok Tso Lake and conquer a few high passes such as the Lalung La, Karo La, Khamba La, and Gyatso La. The major highlights of this trip are reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest in addition to catching a glimpse of the marvelous Rongbuk Glacier, and enjoying the spectacular views of Shishapangma and Cho Oyu peaks.
Day:01 Lhasa: Arrival in Lhasa and transfer to hotel. 3650m 60km, 1 hrs
We arrive in Lhasa either by taking a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. If we decide to fly from Nepal, then we get to enjoy a beautiful hour-long trans-Himalayan flight that takes us over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks and glaciers. If we choose to go to Lhasa via mainland China, we may fly from any of the major Chinese cities or take the world’s highest train route to Lhasa. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, a representative from our Agent will escort us either from the airport or the train station to our designated hotel in Lhasa. We are advised to take plenty of rest for the remainder of the day in order to minimize altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day:02 Lhasa: Lhasa : Sightseeing to Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5-6hrs
After breakfast, we begin exploring Lhasa visiting the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, better known as Winter palace and the Summer Palace respectively. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city, and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama. The Norbulingka Palace houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital, which is the center for the treatment, training, research and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day:03 Lhasa: Lhasa : Sightseeing to Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5-6hrs
We visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar today. Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is the world’s largest monastery and believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past, but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of whitewashed walls and golden roofs. The main attraction to visit this monastery is to see the monks debating which is held from 3-5 pm every day apart from Sundays. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni when he was twelve-years-old. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowds of pilgrims, it is the nerve center of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day:04 Lhasa: Day Excursion to Ganden Monastery and Drayerpa Caves, 110km, 5-6hrs
Today, we drive 110km to Ganden monastery, Drayerpa Cave and back in Lhasa. Ganden Monastery is located at the top of the Wangbur Mountain (3,800m) in the Lhatse County, around 55km east of Lhasa. It is the oldest and one of the ‘great three’ of the six Gelug Sect monasteries in Tibet. Ganden Monastery has extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures. It also keeps a suit of armor decorated with gems, which was worn by Emperor Qianlong and was bestowed to the monastery as an offering to Tsong Khapa, founder of the Gelug Sect. During the afternoon, we drive to Drayerpa Cave, located in a beautiful valley with a stunning landscape. There are more than 30 caves for Lamas who wish to meditate in a silent environment. In the evening, we drive back to Lhasa and spend the night. Overnight in Lhasa
Day:05 Gyantse: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse 3950m via Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 325km, 5-6hrs
Today, we take a scenic drive to Gyantse. On the way we cross the Khamba La Pass (4,794m) with a brief halt to savor the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m). Soon, we come across another pass, The Karo La Pass (5,045m). From our vehicle, we can enjoy views of huge glaciers tumbling down into the road before reaching Gyantse. In Gyantse, we visit the Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (Fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. Overnight in Gyantse.
Day:06 Shigatse: Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse 3900m via Shalu Monastery: 95km, 2-3hrs
In the morning, we drive towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. On the way, we visit Shalu Monastery. Founded in 1040 A.D, Shalu Monastery is known for its beautiful and ancient mural paintings. Next, we continue to Shigatse. While there, we visit the popular Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the home of the Panchen Lama, which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447 A.D. After sightseeing in Shigatse we will have the rest of the day free for resting, which will help us with acclimatization and the next day’s long drive. Overnight in Shigatse
Day:07 Rongbuk: Drive from Shigatse to Rongbuk via Sakya Monastery 5000m: 390km, 7-8hrs
After breakfast, we drive to Rongbuk beginning our journey right through some beautiful villages and getting the first glimpse of Mount Everest from the foot of the Gyatso la pass (5220m).
On the way, we visit Sakya Monastery, also known as Pel Sakya, the ancestral temple of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism which provides access to the Buddha’s teachings. After the visit to Sakya Monastery, we continue driving towards Rongbuk. Crossing the Lalung la pass, we reach the Rongbuk Monastery, which is located at the foot of the mighty Everest and is the highest monastery in the world. While here, we also enjoy the stunning mountainous scenery all around us, including the breathtaking views of the north face of Mt. Everest. Overnight in Rongbuk.
Day:08 Kyirong: Drive from Rongbuk to Kyirong 1895m via Everest Base Camp: 335km, 7-8hrs
Early in the morning, we will drive to Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft.), the foot of the world’s highest mountain. On the way, we enjoy spectacular views of 3 eight-thousander peaks like Shishapangma, Cho Oyu and the mighty Everest, also known as Mt. Chomolongma on the Tibetan side. Today, we accomplish one of the major highlights of our trip, reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest where we get to catch a glimpse of the marvelous Rongbuk glacier. We make a 16km round trip to the Everest Base Camp. After spending some quality time at the base of Mt. Everest, we make Kyirong our next destination. This is the last contact with the Tibetan plateau where pilgrims stop to hang prayer flags, burn incense and throw prayer notes into the air. Overnight in Kyirong.
Day:09 Kathmandu: Drive from Kyirong to Kathmandu 1400m 130km, 8-9hrs
On completion of the border formalities after breakfast, we travel onward to Kathmandu. The highway connecting Tibet to Nepal via Kyirong passes through the Nepalese towns of Trishuli, Dhunche, Syabrubesi and Rasuwagadi driving along small mountainous road. On the way, we can have glimpses of numerous waterfalls, rivers, gorges and lush forests and enjoy the scenic views. On arrival in Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel, where we can take a rest for a while. Later in the evening, we will enjoy an authentic Nepali cuisine on our farewell dinner hosted by office staff. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day:10 Departure on your own destination
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Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Asiana Nepal Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.
We will be staying at Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa, Yeti Hotel in Gyantse, Gesar Hotel in Shigatse, Rongbuk Monastery Guest House in Rongbuk, Kyirong Hotel in Kyirong and Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa in Kathmandu. The hotels in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse are 2-3 star hotels but due to their remote location, the hotels in Rongbuk and Kyirong are very basic. It is also possible to upgrade to a better hotel in Lhasa, but the accommodations in other cities and towns are the best available ones. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost 570 USD.
Only breakfasts are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). We recommend our guest(s) to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner every day. We will mainly eat Tibetan bread, dal (lentil soup), bhat (rice), tsampa porridge and other simple local foods.
- All necessary Tibet travel permits
- Pickups and drops from airport and hotel(s)
- Everest National Park admission fee and Grass dame charge
- Use of private vehicles (van or Hiace or bus) for transportation
- Accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis with breakfast
- English speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide
- All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
- All applicable taxes and service charges
- 1 night hotel accommodation in a 3-starred boutique hotel (B&B) with all taxes
- Farewell Dinner at Kathmandu
- Train ticket from China to Lhasa
- Chinese visa fee
- International flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa or from China to Lhasa
- Accommodation in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
- Tips for guides and driver
- Nepal visa
Price per person
Highest Access: 3650m
Duration: 10 days (typically) Days
Group Size: 02-35 persons
Entry & Exit: Lhasa / Kathmandu
Cost: Group Join Basis Full Board Services
Single Person US $ 2995
02-04 Person US $ 2795 per person
05-08 Person US $ 2595 per person
09-12 Person US $ 2395 per person
12-15 People US $ 2195 per person
Above more 16 people 1895 per person
Fixed Departure Date: 09 Sep 2019 to 22 Sep 2019
Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu & B, L, D in during Driving and tour period
Transportation: Car, Jeep, Mini Bus, flight
Best season: spring: April-May and autumn: September-October