Fitness Level : Gentle Max-Altitude : 5250m / 17224.20ft
Country : Tibet Group Size : 2-12 people
Trip Start : Lhasa, Tibet or Kathmandu, Nepal Trip Finish : Kathmandu, Nepal
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

  • Lhasa to Kathmandu tour explore 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 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
  • Overland journey in a true Himalayan adventure in Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp

Trip Description

For an epic overland journey along one of the world’s wildest routes, the trip Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp is the ideal adventure for you. From remote retreats to pristine views of Everest’s north face, these beautiful strips of pavement weave their way through some of the most gorgeous landscapes, with inspiring images reflecting in your rear-view mirror. As you travel through the rugged terrains, you unfold the mysteries and stories that surround Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, its ancient monasteries, cultural relics and natural marvels.

While on Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp we take you through the cultural centers of Tibet like Lhasa, Gyantse and Xigatse as you drive past high passes and beautiful turquoise lakes and finally to the northern base camp of Mt. Everest before reaching Kathmandu. In Lhasa, you explore the heritage sites, ancient monasteries, old traditional quarter of the city including some of the popular Tibetan landmarks like Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Drepung and Sera monasteries, Gyantse Dzong to name a few. You cannot help but feel transcendental as you experience the raw beauty and inner peace while travelling through this exotic trail whilst undertaking the Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp. So fasten your seatbelts for a road-trip adventure of a lifetime!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Gongkar airport, transfer to Lhasa, accommodation
Day 02 : Lhasa city sightseeing program: Potala, Drepung
Day 03 : Lhasa city sightseeing program: Jokhang, Norbulingka, Sera
Day 04 : Transfer to Gyantse via Yamdrok-tsho
Day 05 : Sightseeing of Gyantse Dzong and Pelkor monastery, transfer to Xigatse, sightseeing of Tashilhunpo monastery
Day 06 : Transfer to Rongbuk, sightseeing of Rongbuk monastery
Day 07 : Sightseeing of EBC, transfer to Zangmu
Day 08 : Cross the border, transfer to Kathmandu
Important Notes
We reserve the right to amend the itinerary in cases of unforeseen circumstances: weather conditions, a health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The tour leader will make the changes for safety reasons and also to improve the trip as well as your experience. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, so one needs to be flexible if required.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Gongkar airport, transfer to Lhasa, accommodation

Your adventure begins with your arrival in Lhasa at Gongkar Airport either from a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. Should you choose to fly from Nepal, you will be entitled to an hour-long trans-Himalayan flight which is considered to be one of the most mesmerizing air routes in the world that takes you over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) allowing you to savor the breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan range. If you choose to be at Lhasa via mainland China, you may fly from any of the major Chinese cities or take the world’s highest train route to Lhasa. A Wind Horse Adventures representative will pick you up either from the airport or the train station upon your arrival for about an hour’s drive to your designated hotel in Lhasa. You are advised to take thorough rest for the remainder of the day in order to minimize altitude sickness and acclimatize yourself. Overnight in Lhasa.

Accommodation: Kyichu Hotel
Day 02 : 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 03 : 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 04 : Transfer to Gyantse via Yamdrok-tsho

After breakfast, you will now drive towards Gyantse while you enjoy the beautiful view. Along the way you will pass the mystifying Yamdrok-tsho 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. You also come across the spectacular Karo La Pass (5,045m) and enjoy the scenic beauty as you pass through huge glaciers tumbling down into the road before reaching Gyantse. Overnight in Gyantse.

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

Like most Tibetan towns, Gyantse radiates old-world charm when its whitewashed buildings are viewed from on high. Start your day with a 20 minutes hike to the top of the Gyantse Dzong (fortress), one of the best preserved dzongs from 14th century. 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.

You now head towards the second largest city after Lhasa in Tibet, Xigatse. While en route, you also visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery 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. Your tour for the day concludes as you return to the comforts of your hotel in Xigatse. Overnight in Xigaste.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Gesar Hotel
Day 06 : Transfer to Rongbuk, sightseeing of Rongbuk monastery

After breakfast, you leave Xigatse for Rongbuk. You visit the Rongbuk Monastery which is 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. You cannot miss the chance to sit, read and dine with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above us. Overnight in Rongbuk.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse
Day 07 : Sightseeing of EBC, transfer to Zangmu

You leave Rongbuk in the morning to visit the Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft). Enjoy the spectacular views of high mountains like Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft), Shishapangma (8,013m/26,289ft) and, of course, the mighty Everest (8,848m/29,028ft) also known as Mt. Chomolongma in the Tibetan side on your way. Today, you accomplish one of the major highlights of your trip, reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest. You make approximately a 16km round trip around the Everest Base Camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the view of Everest is more than compensating as you can’t help but feel transcendental. After spending some quality time at the base of Mt. Everest you make Zangmu your next destination. On the way, you cross the Lalung La Pass (5,124m/16,068ft), Shung La Pass (5,200m/17,056ft) and Nyalam Pass (3,800m/12,464ft), which offers enchanting views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. You further drive downwards towards the verdant and fertile vegetation of Zangmu in the Nepalese border. Overnight in Zhangmu.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Zhangmu Hotel
Day 08 : Cross the border, transfer to Kathmandu

After a few kilometers drive from Zangmu to Friendship Bridge over the Bhote Koshi River brings you to Immigration Control in Kodari where you are expected to complete some custom formalities. You then bid farewell to your Tibetan guide, walk across the river where a Wind Horse Adventures representative will be waiting for you. You now take 4 hours drive through deep valleys and reach Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal. You can take some time off in the noon and explore the bustling streets and local markets from around Kathmandu. Then it's time to get cleaned up at the hotel, which has abundant hot water.

Included meals: Breakfast
Important Notes
We reserve the right to amend the itinerary in cases of unforeseen circumstances: weather conditions, a health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The tour leader will make the changes for safety reasons and also to improve the trip as well as your experience. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, so one needs to be flexible if required.

Want to customise this trip? You can contact us

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 (Zangmu and Rongbuk) to  Kathmandu will be basic due to the remote locations on twin sharing basis.  You will be staying at Zangmu Hotel in Zangmu, Rongbuk Monastery Guesthoue in Rongbuk, Yeti Hotel in Gyantse, 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 390.

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.

The given prices are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

Wind Horse Adventures also organizes trips on small groups, so we recommend you to reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away. Hurry! The adventure awaits you.

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