Fitness Level : Gentle Max-Altitude : 5250m / 17224.20ft
Country : Tibet Group Size : 2-12 people
Trip Start : Kathmandu, Nepal Trip Finish : Lhasa, Tibet
Meals : Breakfasts at all locations
Accommodation : Standard hotels at all locations

What's Included

  • Airport transfers to/from hotel
  • Twin share accommodation at all locations
  • Breakfast at hotels
  • Guided excursions with a local, experienced English speaking  guide in Tibet
  • All necessary paper work and Tibet travel permits
  • Internal travel in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • All monuments entrance fees
  • All government and local taxes

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu to Lhasa tour explore the cultural, political and economic hub of Tibet
  • Visit the majestic Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace: The summer palace of Dalai Lama
  • Discover the hidden secrets and myths behind the antique and ornate Tibetan monasteries like the Sera Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery and Rongbuk Monastery
  • Pay homage to the most revered religious structure in Tibet, Jokhang Temple
  • Experience the turquoise brilliance of Yamdrok-Tsho lake
  • Set foot on the world’s tallest mountain at Everest Base Camp and enjoy the mountain view of Everest and Shishapangma
  • Enjoy the overland ride from Kathmandu to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp

Trip Description

If you ever want an adventure combined mystical holiday in the Himalaya join us for this trip, Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp. A majestic blend of Himalayas, fascinating landscapes, natural and cultural splendor of Tibet can be experienced. Experience Buddhist and Tibetan culture while you unfold the mysteries and stories from the Lhasa tour- the heart and soul of Tibet, its ancient monasteries, cultural relics and natural marvels. And while doing so, you also have an opportunity to get up close with the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest and enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas. The trip begins from Kathmandu and takes you to some of the fascinating places and sites on your way which includes Nyalam, Rongbuk and Everest Base Camp followed by Shigatse, Gyantse and finally to Lhasa making it one of the unforgettable experiences for you.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Transfer from Kathmandu to Kodari, cross the border, transfer to Nyalam
Day 02 : Transfer from Nyalam to Lotingri
Day 03 : Transfer from Lotingri to Rongbuk, sightseeing of Rongbuk monastery and Everest Base Camp
Day 04 : Transfer from Rongbuk to Shigatse
Day 05 : Sightseeing of Tashilhunpo, transfer to Gyantse sightseeing of Pelkor monastery and Gyantse Dzong
Day 06 : Transfer from Gyantse to Lhasa Yamdrok-Tsho
Day 07 : Lhasa city sightseeing program: Potala, Drepung
Day 08 : Lhasa city sightseeing program: Jokhang, Norbulingka, Sera
Day 09 : Transfer to tha airport, final departure

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Transfer from Kathmandu to Kodari, cross the border, transfer to Nyalam

Begin your adventure in Kathmandu, the nerve-center of Nepal from where you head straight for the Tibetan border towards Friendship Highway. Breathtaking views and sights of cascading waterfalls, rivers and hill-side villages will keep you company throughout your drive. As you reach the border, you have your lunch and then complete the Nepalese side of immigration and custom formalities. As soon as you cross the Friendship Bridge, you formally step in Tibet! You then take a 30-minute drive from Kodari to Zhangmu where you must pass another checkpoint and drive on a steep winding road From Zhangmu to Nyalam. Overnight in Nyalam.

Accomodation: Hotel Snowland
Day 02 : Transfer from Nyalam to Lotingri

Given the need to acclimatize yourself as you ascend to higher altitude, you saunter around Nyalam in the morning and depart for Lotingri for lunch. You then come across Milarapha Cave and Chamda Hot spring where you can take a plunge and relax yourself.  Now you come across two amazing passes: Thong La Pass (5050m/16,568ft) and Lalung La Pass (5082m/16,668 ft) where you can dwell on the breathtaking views and scenes of the high mountains including Mt. Everest (8848m/29,028 ft) and Shishapangma (8,013m/26,289 ft), Jugal Himal, Mt. Makalu. Overnight in Lo Tingri.

Accomodation: Snow Lepoard Guest House
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 03 : Transfer from Lotingri to Rongbuk, sightseeing of Rongbuk monastery and Everest Base Camp

Following the bumpy and coarse roads you head towards Rongbuk right after breakfast. Visit the Rongbuk monastery located at the foot of the mighty Everest and is the highest monastery in the world en route. While here, you can find yourself surrounded by the stunning mountainous and enjoy the Himalayan range. The monastery and its large chorten make a great photograph with Everest thrusting its head skyward in the background. Resume your drive towards the Base Camp of Everest.

You can enjoy the stunning view of the Himalayan range and marvel at staggering mountains like Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906 ft), Shishapangma (8,013m (26,289 ft) and,  of course, the mighty Everest also known as Mt. Chomolongma in the Tibetan side. You make approximately a 16km round trip around the Everest Base Camp where you can’t help but feel transcendental as you encounter the highest peak of the world up close towering you. Overnight in Rongbuk.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse
Day 04 : Transfer from Rongbuk to Shigatse

After breakfast you drive towards Shigatse via Sakya. In Sakya, you visit the Sakya Monastery, which is the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The main architectures inside the castle are the Dajing Hall, the Buddhism Hall and the hall where the Sakya archbishop lived. After the visit of the Sakya Monastery whose medieval Mongolian architecture is quite different from temples in Lhasa and Yarlung, you continue your drive to Shigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet. Overnight in Shigaste.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Gesar Hotel
Day 05 : Sightseeing of Tashilhunpo, transfer to Gyantse sightseeing of Pelkor monastery and Gyantse Dzong

Today is the day you visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447. Covering 70,000 sq metres, the monastery is essentially a walled town in its own right. Circumnavigating the compound is a one hour kora that takes you into the hills behind the monastery.

You then head towards Gyantse where you visit Pelkor monastery and Gyantse Dzong (Fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. Like most Tibetan towns, Gyantse radiates old-world charm when its whitewashed buildings are viewed from on high. In addition to Gyantse, clear views are afforded of the entire fertile pound of the Pelkor Chode Monastery. Founded in 1418, the red-walled Pelkor Chode was once a compound of 15 monasteries that brought together three different orders of Tibetan Buddhism- a rare instance of multidenominational tolerance. Overnight in Gyanste.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Yeti Hotel
Day 06 : Transfer from Gyantse to Lhasa Yamdrok-Tsho

Continue your drive from Gyantse towards Lhasa and cross the Karo La (5,010m/16,432 ft) and Kamba La (4794m/15,725 ft) passes en route. Along the way you will pass the mystifying Yamdrok-tsho lake also known as the Turquoise Lake which is one of the three largest sacred lakes of Tibet. Yamdrok-tsho, at almost 4,500 meters is one of the highest altitude lakes in the world with water an incredible hue of turquoise and teal. You might as well pack a picnic for the views from above the lake are stunning. And with almost nobody around, you are sure to experience a very unique and tranquil picnic. Overnight in Lhasa.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Kyichu Hotel
Day 07 : Lhasa city sightseeing program: Potala, Drepung

Begin your sightseeing right away after breakfast with Potala Palace. The majestic white and red building complex, set against grey/green mountains and blue sky, is an iconic image of the Roof of the World. The magnificent Potala Palace, once the seat of the Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas, is Lhasa's cardinal landmark. It is a huge treasure house of Tibetan history, religion, culture, and art. The palace is widely known for precious sculptures, Buddha statues, murals, antiques, and religious jewelry housed within. It is the must-see attraction which is included on almost all Tibet tour itineraries. Up next is Drepung Monastery which was built in the 14th century. The monastery is 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. Overnight in Lhasa.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Kyichu Hotel
Day 08 : Lhasa city sightseeing program: Jokhang, Norbulingka, Sera

Today you visit the sacred Jokhang Temple followed by Norbulingka Palace and Sera Monastery. Jokhang Temple is the most revered religious structure in Tibet which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. The Jokhang also known in Tibetan as the Tsuglhakhang, is. Thick with the smell of yak butter, echoing with the murmur of mantras and bustling with awed pilgrims, the Jokhang is an unrivalled Tibetan experience.

You move on to Norbulingka Palace, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama comprising of houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. In the seventh lunar month of every year, it is crowded with picnickers for the Shotun festival, when traditional Tibetan opera performances are held. Finally you make your towards Sera Monastery which is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. The monastery is worth a visit particularly in the morning when the monastery is at its most active, but also between 3pm and 5pm (not Sundays), when debating is usually held in the monastery’s debating courtyard. Feel free to take a leisurely walk through the streets of Barkhor Bazaar in the evening. Take plenty of time to explore the local shops. Overnight in Lhasa.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Kyichu Hotel
Day 09 : Transfer to tha airport, final departure

Your journey to the Roof of the World comes to an end note today. If time permits, you might even indulge in shopping and explore the local market at Barkhor Bazaar. Our cheerful representative will drop you off to the airport. You can either go back to Kathmandu or continue to mainland China on your way home. Safe travels!

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What's Included

  • Airport transfers to/from hotel
  • Twin share accommodation at all locations
  • Breakfast at hotels
  • Guided excursions with a local, experienced English speaking  guide in Tibet
  • All necessary paper work and Tibet travel permits
  • Internal travel in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • All monuments entrance fees
  • All government and local taxes

What's not Included

  • Chinese/Tibet Visa fee
  • Extra night accommodation if required in Tibet and Nepal
  • Lunch and evening meals in Tibet or in Nepal
  • Any optional activities other than above included ones during free time
  • International flights/train fare (international or national)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Services not mentioned in the ‘Trip Cost Included’ section

Accommodation

On this tour 3-star hotels will be used in Xiagste and Lhasa and hotels en route (Nyalam, Lotingri, Rongbuk) to Lhasa will be basic due to the remote locations on twin sharing basis.  You will be staying at Hotel Snowland in Nyalam, Snow Leopard Guest House in Lotingri, Rongbuk Monastery Guesthoue in Rongbuk, Yeti Hotel in Gyanste, Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa and Gesar Hotel in Xigatse. It is also possible to upgrade to a better hotel in Lhasa by paying additional amount. Single supplement will be provided on request for which there is an additional amount USD 350.

Meals

 While in Tibet mostly you can find Chinese, Western and Tibetan food so you can have any meal of your choice during this trip. But in remote towns and areas, your choices could be limited. Only breakfasts are included in this trip. Breakfasts will be served in the hotel where you are staying whereas for lunch and dinner, you can go in any restaurant of your choice. Our guide will help you in this matter. You are advised to allocate around 8 to 20 USD per meal. The cost of your lunch and dinner also depends upon the standard of restaurants. Local restaurants are cheaper. Also, note that the hotel facilities including meals are very basic in rural parts of Tibet, outside of the major cities and towns.

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