|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|
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!
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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