Lhasa and Everest Base Camp Tour

Duration: 8 Days

Trip Overview:

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.

Trip Highlights:

  • World Heritage Sites, Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace
  • Sera Monetary and Drepung Monastery, two of three  great Gelug university Gompas of Tibet
  • Jokhang Temple, sacred temple of Tibet
  • TashiLhunpo Monastery, houses successive Panachen Lamas
  • Rongbuk Monastery , highest monastery in Tibet
  • View of the north face of Everest from the Everest Base Camp
  • YamdrokTso Lake, one of three holy lakes in Tibet

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa and transfer to hotel.: 60km, 1 hour
  • Day 02: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 03: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit TashiLhunpo monastery: 265 km, 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 05: Drive from Shigatse to Rongbuk via Sakya Monastery, then visit Rongbuk Monastery : 385km, 8 – 9 hours
  • Day 06: Visit Everest Base Camp (North face) and drive to Gyantse: 475km, 8 - 9 hours
  • Day 07: Gyantse sightseeing and drive back to Lhasa via YamdrokTso Lake: 270km, 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 08: Final Departure
  • Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa and transfer to hotel.: 60km, 1 hour

    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

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 3,650m/11,972ft
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • Day 02: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5 - 6 hours

    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

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 3,650m/11,972ft
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • Day 03: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5 - 6 hours

    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

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 3,650m/11,972ft
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit TashiLhunpo monastery: 265 km, 5 - 6 hours

    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

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 3,900m/12,795ft
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • Day 05: Drive from Shigatse to Rongbuk via Sakya Monastery, then visit Rongbuk Monastery : 385km, 8 – 9 hours

    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.

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 5,000m/16,400ft
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • Day 06: Visit Everest Base Camp (North face) and drive to Gyantse: 475km, 8 - 9 hours

    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.

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • Day 07: Gyantse sightseeing and drive back to Lhasa via YamdrokTso Lake: 270km, 5 - 6 hours

    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

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • Day 08: Final Departure

    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

    • Accommodation: N/A
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: N/A
    • Meal: N/A

Cost Includes

  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Pick up and drops from airport and hotel
  • Airfare from Kathmandu to Lhasa in economic class.
  • Private vehicles (van or Hiace or bus) for transportation
  • Accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • Everest National Park admission fee and Grass dame charge
  • 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

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Reentry visa fee
  • Accommodation in Nepal or mainland China
  • Chinese visa fee
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • Tips for guide(s) and driver(s)

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.

Visa Information
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.

 Passport

  • All who intend to enter Tibet must hold at least 6 months valid passport
  • Passport - valid for 6 months
  • Chinese Visa — you can apply for one from a Chinese Embassy or through China Highlights (who entry from China)
  • Group Visa — whom entry from Nepal to Tibet after Tibet tour traveler can visit China mainland with valid group visa.
  • Individual Visa will be cancel when we apply for group visa (if a visa is in the passport)
  • Tibet Entry Permit — it is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is an absolute necessity for outsiders entering Tibet.
  • A few people who wish to travel to specific areas in Tibet must also obtain:
  • Travel Permit — it is required when you are planning to the movement to closed areas in Tibet. These are issued after you land in Tibet.
  • Military Permit — it is acquired to travel to some militarily sensitive regions.

Weather Information

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.

Safety Guidelines

We recommend you to go through our following safety guidelines and stay tuned with the latest happenings.

  • Have at least 2 copies of Tibet Permit.
  • Keep your belongings properly.
  • When you feel uncomfortable due to altitude change or have any troubles, report to train staff promptly.
  • Never rush to visit attractions shortly after you arrive in Lhasa.
  • Shop around but avoid undue bargaining with street vendors and never buy wildlife and unknown Tibetan herbal medicine and fake products.
  • Take your money and important belongings with you all the time.
  • Spend a few days in Lhasa for acclimation and always follow a gradual ascent when traveling to higher places to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Refrain from heavy drinking and smoking.
  • Respect the religion, customs and avoid taboos in Tibet.
  • Pay special attention to unique alpine climate (such as sunburn, dramatic temperature change, etc.)
  • Keep necessary medicines at the consult of your doctor.
  • Never travel alone at night or venture into unknown places without informing your guide.
  • In most places, cash is only accepted. Do prepare enough and small change.
  • If an emergency arises, report it to your guide promptly.
  • Don’t carry any documents or papers related to Dalai Lama or feel Tibet.
  • We also recommend not carrying any guidebook to Tibet.
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Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-32
  • Trip Duration 8 Days
  • Destination Tibet
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Popular
  • Accomodation Standard hotels
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