Lhasa to Everest Base Camp

Important Notes: Permit is required to visit Tibet hence booking should be done in advance as it will take about 20 working days to get the permit alone, on top of other processing. Permit requires copies of your passport and Chinese visas which you have to get before the permit. When applying for Chinese visa, take note to avoid mentioning Tibet so as not to complicate process.

Tour Departure Dates: August 5th, August 8th, August 18th and August 20th.

About the tours: Most popular Everest Base Camp adventure tour begins in Lhasa with its historic architectural monuments and monasteries. This tour includes all of the best sights, sounds, and smells Tibet has to offer. The expedition to the great Mt. Everest, one of earth’s most remote corners, could also give you a chance to view the sunrise and sunset there. You can do nothing but feel marvel for the nature’s masterpiece.

 

I T I N E R A R Y

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Lhasa by flight or train (3658m)

You will be greeted by your Tibetan guide once you arrive in Lhasa Gonggar airport or train station. From airport to Lhasa city is 68km, around one hour and half drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa; from the train station it is only 15km and takes 20 minutes by drive. Afternoon, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight in Lhasa.

We recommend either flying by transfer flight through Chengdu or flying to Xining the night before and taking the afternoon train to Lhasa.

Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing (BD)

About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung Monastery, once world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day’s sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains. Drepung is one of Lhasa’s two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera Monastery. Around 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The ‘Buddhism Scriptures Debating’ in Sera is very famous. A “Welcome Dinner” is arranged for today. Overnight in Lhasa.

Note: the sightseeing sequence of Day 2 & Day 3 may be adjusted according to the reservation of visiting Potala Palace.

Day 03: Lhasa Sightseeing (B)

Today you’ll visit Jokhang Temple and Potala Palace. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Jokhang Temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa. The circuit around the Jokhang called Barkhor Street is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Afterwards stroll on the narrow streets of Lhasa old town to meet local people and visit their markets. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 04: Lhasa – Gyantse (3980m) – Shigatse (3840m) (360km, 6-7 hrs drive, B)

After breakfast, you’ll first start the drive to Chushul, here you will cross Kambala Pass which is 4794m high, Kambala Pass will provide you the first sight of the holy lake – Yamdrok tso. Then drive down to the bank of Yamdrok tso Lake, it takes about half an hour driving along the beautiful the bank to the nearest town – Nangartse. After lunch, continue on Southern Friendship Highway towards west, enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains, valleys and grasslands with the groups of nomads. En route we will stop at Karo la to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. Arrival at Gyantse in the afternoon, in Gyantse, you will be arranged to visit the famous stupa – Gyantse Kumbum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet, as well as Pelkor Choede. Afterwards drive to Shigatse, about 90km away from Gyantse, the drive will take about 1.5 hours. Upon arrival, check in the hotel. Overnight in Shigatse.

Day 05: Shigatse – Rongbuk Monastery/EBC (5150m) (350km, about 9-10 hrs drive, B)

Today, we will drive forward to Rongbuk via Lhatse and Shegar and cross over Gyatsola [5200m] and Gawu la pass [5250m]. At the top of Gawu la, you will see the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its glorious peaks viz Mt. Makalu [8463m], Mt. Lotse [8516m], Mt Everest [8844m], Mt. Cho Oyu [8201m] and Mt. Shishapama [8020m] from left to right. Climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and today’s destination – Everest Base Camp. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in Tibet and consists of both monks and nuns and is also situated at a good location to see Mt. Everest. Overnight at local tent guesthouse or Rongbuk guesthouse (dorm beds only, share room with other tourists).

Day 06: Rongbuk – Shigatse (3840m) (350km, about 9-10 hrs drive)                     

Get up early this morning and if you are lucky enough, you will see sunrise at E.B.C. To hike from the Tent guesthouses community to the E.B.C, it will take you about 2 hours (8km). Or you can take the dedicated minibus (in winter season our driver will drive you up to Base Camp). Late morning or early afternoon start driving back to Shigatse. Overnight in Shigatse.

Day 07: Shigatse – Lhasa (3595m) (270km, about 6 hrs drive, B)

In the morning, visit Shigatse Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas which may sometimes be crowded with local pilgrims. Afterwards drive back to Lhasa along the northern friendship way, marvelous landscapes and sceneries along the Brahmaputra River will accompany you all the way back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 08:  Lhasa airport / train station drop off (B)

Today, Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.

 

Price per pax in USD

Dates Jan to Mar Apr to Jun Jul to Aug Sept to Oct Nov to Dec
Price 749 806 921 878 780
SRS 124 141 141

*SRS refers to single room supplement

 

Land Tour Cost Includes Land Tour Cost Excludes
1.      Airport or train station pick-up in due time (The free airport pick-up is at 12:30PM in the morning and 16:30PM in the afternoon; Railway station service is always free.)

2.      Airport or train station see-off in due time (Vehicle leaves at 07:30AM and 11:00AM in the morning from hotel; Railway station service is always free.)

3.      Accommodation: 3* hotel in Lhasa & Shigatse; dorm-bed tent or guesthouse at EBC (share room with other tourists).

4.      Meals: mainly Breakfast. See detailed itinerary for complete listing.

5.      English Speaking Guide: All of our guides are local Tibetans with infectious smiles and a passion for sharing their homeland.

6.      Vehicle Rental & Driver: All of our vehicles are well maintained and safe. Our drivers are experienced in driving in the Tibetan landscape. Vehicle type will be arranged as per group size.

7.      Travel Permits: All Tibet traveling permits.

8.      Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

9.      Welcome Dinner in Lhasa

1.      Transportation to and from Tibet

2.      Entrance fee to all the scenic spots mentioned:

3.      (Potala Palace = 200 RMB, Johkang Temple = 85 RMB, Drepung Monastery = 60 RMB, Sera Monastery= 50 RMB, Yamdork Lake = 40 RMB, Karola Glacier = 50 RMB, Pelcho Monastery = 60 RMB, Tashilumpo Monastery = 40 RMB, Rongbuk Monastery = 25 RMB, EBC = 180 RMB, amounts to 830 RMB / 122 USD total)

4.      Other services of non-Tibet parts

5.      Breakfast at Everest Base Camp

6.      Meals not specified in the itinerary

7.      Tips for the tour guide and driver