Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour – itinerary
Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa:
you will be met by our local guide and transferred to your hotel in Lhasa city (2-hour drive). On the way you will see the Giant Stone Buddha carved into the side of a mountain. After checking into hotel, the rest of the afternoon is your own to relax and let your body adjust to Lhasa's high altitudes. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa:
This day we'll visit various Buddhist monasteries including Sera Monastery, one of the best preserved monasteries in Tibet, where several hundred monks live and study within it's whitewashed walls and golden roofs. After lunch, we'll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jhokhang Temple, the most sacred shrine in Tibet. Surrounding the Jhokhang is the Barkor - a maze of narrow cobbled streets, the central market of Lhasa. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa.
Today, we will visit the Potala Palace which dominates the city of Lhasa, spectacular building, it contains the private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century. After lunch, we'll visit the Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century and was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Lhasa - Gyantse (3950 m):
Today we start our overland journey towards Rongbuk valley. We follow the Friendship Highway by jeep, we cross the Khamba La (4794m) from which there are stunning views across the waters of Yamdrok-tso Lake to the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7252m). As we continue our journey to westwards over another high pass the Karo La (5045m), we can view the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred meters of the road. After few hours, we arrive to Gyantse passing the beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages. Total distance: 261 km. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Gyantse (3950 m) - Shigatse (3900 m):
Before leaving Gyantse, we can visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum, which is a large gold-domed stupa and its many small chapels house an impressive arry of Tibetan Buddhist murals. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century from which there are amazing views of both Gyantse itself and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley.
Thereby, we continue the journey to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. After a short drive of only 90 kms, we take our lunch. Thereafter, exploring the local market we will make a detailed visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Total distance: 90 km. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Shigatse (3900 m) - Shegar (4050 m):
Today we restart the journey following the Friendship Highway, through spectacular landscape of Tibet, crossing the highest pass on our journey, the Gyamtso La (5220 m). Then we continue towards the plains passing lonely monasteries and the camps of nomadic herders, en route to Shegar. Total distance: 244 km. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07: Shegar (4050 m) – Rongbuk:
As we leave Shigatse, we turn off the Friendship Highway and head south over the Pang La (5150 m) towards the main Himalayan range that give magnificent view stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma. Below the pass, as we turn the corner into the Rongbuk Valley, we can watch the charming view of Everest than ever. Total distance: 68 km. Overnight at guest hosue.
Day 08: Everest base camp hiking:
In the morning hiking to Everest Base Camp and back to Rongbuk (5000 m) and drive back to Tingri (4390 m). Total distance: 65 km. Overnight at Guest house.
Day 09: Tingri (4390 m) - Zhangmu (2300 m):
Today we leave Tingri, crossing two high passes, the Lalung La (5124 m) and the Shung La (5200 m). On the way, we're rewarded by the magnificent scenery of the surrounding peaks including Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. Then we rejoin the journey towards the arid Tibetan Plateau to Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. As we leave Tibet, it appears an incredibly lush and green town. Total distance: 181 km. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10: Zhangmu (2300 m) - Kodari - Kathmandu (1350 m):
Leaving Zhangmu, we join the Friendship Bridge passing the Bhote Koshi River and mark the Chinese - Nepalese border. After that short drive, we say goodbye to our Tibetan guide. Then we drive and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari, there we have our Nepalese guide, completing the entry formalities we'll drive towards the Kathmandu, which may take 5 hours, but it depends on road and weather condition.
Notice: Participants of the trip must keep in mind that this is an adventure journey that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau where many unexpected and unpleasant events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour conclusion should always coincide with the original plan.
Tour Cost: In order for us to quote you the cost, please write us with number of members in your group, type of vehicles you want and the category of hotels you would like to stay in.
Essential information :
Keep in mind that you are traveling overland to highest plateau in the world; the drive goes constantly above 5000m during your journey except Lhasa (3,650m). Driving fast in such an elevation could cause medical conditions (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be fatal. There is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places like in Tibet. The higher the altitude the less is the oxygen in air. Your body needs few days to acclimatize to this less oxygen environment. Although we provide enough information regarding AMS precaution matters, if you get AMS, we do not have other options to treat it other than medication. We advise specially the guest(s) with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.
Guide and Staffs arrangements
throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life. All our Tibet trips are run in cooperation with our Tibetan counterpart, so you can be assured that authentic local touch.
Time in Tibet
08 hours ahead of GMT. Note Tibet is linked to Beijing time so when you cross the border to Nepal the time change is considerable. Nepal is 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of GMT.
Health & Experience Required
Tibet Everest Base Camp tour involves five to six hours driving per day, but comparatively little walking (indeed, walking is not mandatory). However, it is all at very high altitude, which will take a physical toll. There are no special physical requirements, but high altitude experience is a plus.
Autumn (August, Sept, & Oct), winter (November & December), spring (April & May) & summer (June & July) are the best seasons for attempting this wonderful Trans Himalayan overland journey. No matter about the group size, Tibet Everest base camp tour can be arranged for both individuals and small group travelers any time on your request.
Rescue & Evacuation
In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen; you shall be transferred to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own.
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses and emergency repatriation.