Lhasa and Everest Base Camp Tour- 8 Days with Adventure Club Trek will give an experience that will last a lifetime. Starting off from Lhasa, known as the city of Gods, this trip takes you up to the altitude of 5,250m at Everest Base Camp. While in Lhasa you will get acquainted with the culture, religion, and beliefs of the Buddhist people. We will be visiting two of the World Heritage Sites- Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace, also respectively known as the winter Home and summer home for the Dalai Lamas. The administrative capital of Tibet is also home to Sera Monastery and D repung Monastery. The main attraction of this tour is the trip to the Everest Base Camp from where you can enjoy the views of three eight-thousanders-Mt. Shishapangma (8,013m/26,289 ft.), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906 ft), and Mt. Everest (8,848m)
On the way to Everet Base Cmap, we will also visit the second largest city of Tibet, Shigatse including another Tibetan town, Gyantse where we will explore Palchoe monastery, Phalkot Monastery, Kumbum Pagoda Stupa and Sakya Monastery among others. The 8-day-long trip to Lhasa and Everest Base Camp tour is the perfect mixture of Himalayan landscape with the Buddhist culture, architecture, and traditions. Tibet is the only place on earth where you can find such coming together of culture, religion, and tradition with some of the highest mountains in the world. Booking this trip with a Nepalese Tour Company means you get better prices and Tibet Travel Permit (TTP) a lot easier.
You can reach Lhasa via a direct flight from Nepal or mainland China. But, if you decide to the one and a half hour flight from Kathmandu, Nepal you can experience what is considered one of the world's best air route, catching glimpses of Mt. Everest, world's highest peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other mountains in the Himalayan ranges. Other options include flying from any major cities in China or taking the train to Lhasa, world's highest train route. Upon your arrival at Lhasa, you will be received by a representative of Adventure Club Trek and taken to your hotel. Today we rest and acclimatize. Overnight in Lhasa
After breakfast, we will visit two of the main attractions of Lhasa; both listed as the World Heritage Sites- Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace. Located on the Red Hill, Potala Palace was the home for the Dalai Lamas. Also called the Winter Palace, it has over 1,000 rooms and contains more than 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues. You get the full panorama view of the city of Lhasa from here. Also listed as the World Heritage Site, Norbulingka Palace was the summer home for the Dalai Lamas. Norbulingka was meaning Jewelled Park; it is surrounded by a park known as the largest park ever made by man in Tibet. We then make our way to the Tibet Traditional Hospital, China's biggest traditional medicine production center. Overnight in Lhasa
We start the day by visiting Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery, two of three Gelug university Gompas of Tibet. Built in the 14 century, Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet and housed more than 10,000 monks in the past, but the number has decreased in recent days. Spectacular with its Whitewashed walls and golden roofs Sera Monastery holds the debate between monks every day from 3-5pm except for Sundays. Our next destination is the Jokhang Temple; it is the most sacred temple in Tibet and holds the history of Buddhist beliefs and culture. The temple has a statue of a twelve-year-old Buddha Sakyamuni inside. We then make our way into Barkhor Bazaar which lies on streets that surround the Jokhang temple. Filled with open stalls and shops, the place is packed with pilgrims. Overnight in Lhasa
After breakfast, we leave for Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. Heading west of Lhasa, we pass Nimu valley and follow Brahmaputra River’s trail to reach our destination. Our day in Shigatse will be spent visiting the TashiLhunpo Monastery which means “all fortune and happiness gathered here," it was founded by the first Dalai Lama, GendunDrup. Located in the center of the city, the monastery houses the successive Panchen Lamas. Overnight in Shigatse
Breakfast at Shigatse, and then we head towards Rongbuk. Passing through some villages, we get to Gyatso La (5220m), a high pass from where we'll get the first peek of Mt. Everest. En route we'll visit Sakya Monastery or PelSakya, an ancestral temple that provides access to Buddha's teachings. We continue our journey and cross the Lalung La before reaching Rongbuk. There, our day will be spent visiting the world's highest monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, located at the foot of Everest. This place provides a majestic view of the north face of Everest. Overnight in Rongbuk.
After an early breakfast, we will head towards Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft.). On the way, we catch glimpses of Cho Oyu, Shishapangma and also Mt. Everest famously called Mt. Chomolongma on the Tibetan side. We will get to see the Rongbuk glacier at Everest’s base camp, and after spending some time there, we will head out to Gyantse for the overnight stay.
At Gyantse, we will visit places like Palchoe monastery, Phalkot Monastery, Kumbum Pagoda Stupa (King of Pagoda) and GyantseDzong(one of the best-preserved dzongs in Tibet). After visiting the sites, we make our return to Lhasa. We will cross two big passes Karo La (5,045m) and Khamba La (4,794m) with majestic views of the YamdrokTso (Turquoise Lake), one of three holy lakes in Tibet, Karola Glacier and Nazin Kang Sang Glacier (7,252m). Overnight in Lhasa
Our trip comes to an end today. You can share e-mails and photos with our travel companions before your departure. Adventure Club Trek’s representative will take you to the airport or train station for your next tour
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
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 traveling 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.
The weather in Tibet is similar to that of Mainland China, though with lower temperatures due to higher altitudes. Summers have warm days with strong sunshine and cool nights, but summer days can even be chilly at higher elevations. Winters are cold but there isn't all that much snow. Lhasa enjoys much sunshine even in winter. Most of Tibet experiences frost at least 6 months of the year. Some high lakes are frozen from October to March. The weather varies a lot from region to region. Lhasa is an ideal destination because it is in a valley area of lower elevation.
We recommend you to go through our following safety guidelines and stay tuned with the latest happenings.