15 days Tingri to Everest Base Camp -15 Days
This amazing trek offers yet another Tibet trekking adventures through the soul of Tibet. While transferring along culturally stimulating nomadic territories, fortified villages, alpine valleys, nomadic settlements, barley field and succession of glaciated mountain passes, you cannot help get awe-struck by the incomparable beauty of nature and snow-capped peaks. South Tibet unveils its mysteries and charms as you proceed from Tingri to Everest base Camp at 5200 meters.
As you near Rongbuk at 5000 meter, the trek gets more adventurous. A mere thought of Everest Base Camp nestled few kilometers away from you at Rongbuk is sufficient enough to heighten your adventure spirit. Amidst the picturesque surreally sculpted Rongbuk glaciers, you trek up to Everest Base Camp. A seemingly infinite series of broad ridge-top paths and alpine meadows leads to Lamna La pass at 5,150 meters overlooking splendid panorama. You can explore rarely-visited areas amid glacier-carved environment.
Everest trekking offers you great opportunity to have unique experience. The Everest area is situated in eastern Nepal. It is protected by the Sagarmatha National Park, established in 1976 with an area of 1148 square kilometers. The park is largely composed of the rugged terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas. Altitude ranges from 2845 meters above sea level (9,330ft) to the top of the world, Mt. Everest at 8848 meters (29,028ft). Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, which is known in Nepal as "Sagarmatha" the goddess mother of the world, has long been the greatest attraction for nature lovers and trekkers alike. Solukhumbu, the heartland of the Everest Region and an integral part of the Himalayan mystique, thus provides a welcome destination for these adventurers.
Throughout this trek trekkers are overwhelmed with views of unbelievable peaks, Buddhist monasteries, and friendly Sherpa villages. Perhaps some may even have a glance of the Yeti! The local people believe that the Pangboche Monastery actually has in its possession the real scalp of this Himalayan legend. As we proceed slowly to allow for maximum acclimation, we will have plenty of opportunity to visit monasteries and Sherpa homes of this region. Most of our Sherpa crew comes from the Sherpa households of this area. Incredible views of Everest and the surrounding peaks are the inescapable fare while we ascend Kala Patthar.
Before you head off high into wilderness of Tibetan highlands you shall be expertly guided to the exquisite sights of around Lhasa, Gyangtse, and Shigatse.
Day2: Lhasa sightseeing visit Jokhang, Norbulinga, Sera Monastery
Day3: Free Day for your self explore
Day4: Free day in Lhasa for Acclimitization
Day5: Drive to Gyangtse
Day6: Drive to Shigatse
Day7: Drive to Tingri
Day8: Rest Day at Tingri
Day9: Trek to Lungthang
Day10: Trek to Lamna Pass
Day11: Trek to Zommug further to Lalung La
Day12: Trek to Rongpuk
Day13: Trek to Everest Base Camp
Day14: Drive Base Camp to Nyalam/Zhangmu
Day15: Departure from Nyalam/Zhangmu to Kathmandu
Day1: Arrive Lhasa
Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station our representative will meet and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa. Afternoon have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight at Lhasa.
Day2: Lhasa Sightseeing visit Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, Sera monastery
Your tour begins with a visit to Jokhang Temple, An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts you Jokhang Temple ("House of the Lord") in Lhasa is the holiest site in Tibetan Buddhism, attracting crowds of prostrating Tibetan pilgrims and curious foreign tourists every year. It hosts the annual Great Prayer Festival, as well as all ceremonies of initiation for the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lamas. Jokhang Temple was founded in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo (r.617-49), the first ruler of a unified Tibet, and his two foreign wives who are credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet. The king's first wife, Princess Bhrikuti (married in the 630s), was the sister of the Nepalese king, while his second wife, Princess Wencheng (married 641), was the niece or daughter of the Chinese emperor. The temple was constructed to house a sacred image of the Buddha, the Jowo Rinpoche, which Queen Wencheng brought with her from China as a dowry. This statue is still enshrined within the temple and is the holiest object in Tibet. Norbulingka Palace, situated in the west side of Lhasa is just around a km southwest of Potala Palace. Norbulingka meaning 'Treasure Park' covers an area of around 360000 sq. m. and is considered to be the biggest man made garden in Tibet. You will be amazed to know that there are more than 370 rooms inside its premises. It is called summer palace because after the 7th Lama, Dalai Lamas used to visit here during summers to hold religious and government related activities. As a part of "Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace", UNESCO added Norbulingka in its list of world heritage sites. The Sera Monastery at the foot of Tatipu Hill is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. It is one of three famous monasteries in Lhasa along with the Drepung monastery and the Ganden monastery. The Sera Monastery is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsong Khapa. Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa's disciples built the monastery in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The monastery was named Sera which mean wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built.
Day3-4: Free day in Lhasa for acclimatization
You get an entire day free for acclimatization. After proper rest, you can either indulge in sightseeing, shop or do whatever you fancy. You also get an option of undertaking an additional tour to places such as the Tibetan Medical Centre, Ganden Monastery and Tsurphu Monastery. But this will incur extra costs.
Day5: Drive to Gyangtse
Following Friendship Highway; you drive past Khamba La at 4794 meter with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok Lake and Nyenchen Khan sang standing proud at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another Carola pass at 5045m. If you glance at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down into the road. After hours of driving for 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyangtse.
Yamdrok Lake: is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. It is over 72 km (45 mi) long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake does have an outlet stream at its far western end. Around 90 km to the west of the lake lies the Tibetan town of Gyantse and Lhasa is a hundred km to the northeast. According to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess.
Gyangtse: is a small agricultural town is at 13, 050 ft above sea level and is famous for its wool carpets. The Palkhor Monastery built in 1427, is notable for its superb Kumbum (10,000 images) sputa, which has nice tiers and, according to the Buddhist tradition, 108 chapels. The lower tiers contain excellent murals. A Kumbum ("One hundred thousand holy images", is a multi-storied aggregate of Buddhist chapels in Tibet . It forms part of Palchoe monastery.
Day6: Sightseeing & drive to Shigatse
Gyangtse prides on GYANTSE DZONG and KUMBUM. Gyangtse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century and overlooks a mesmerizing view of entire Gyangtse and surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has large gold-domed Stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyangtse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Having driven to an altitude of 3900 meter, you find yourself at Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet.
In Shigatse you can visit Tashilunpo monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery: is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Also called the Heap of Glory, the monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse. Founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, the monastery's structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. Tashilhunpo Monastery covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters (3,229,279 sq. ft.). The main structures found in the Tashilhunpo Monastery are The Maitreya Chapel, The Panchen Lama's Palace and The Kelsang Temple. Tashilhunpo is the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas.
Day7: Sightseeing & drive to Tingri?
After wandering around TASHILHUNPO MONASTERY, the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and major attraction of Shigatse, you will transverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyatso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Tingri where you will meet your trekking crew (cook and trek guide from Nepal)
Day8: Rest day at Tingri
A rest day at Tingri to ensure further acclimatization before you head off high into total wilderness of tough Tibetan highlands. Your camping crew will set up a camp little off the friendship highway. Views of surrounding mountains from a small hillock near your campsite is awesome.
Day9: Trek to Lung Thang
The trail heads away from Tingri plain towards Cho Oyo. As you near the village of Chholung, a small Gompa comes into sight. Further on, barren plains open up. Amazingly, even in these barren fields local villagers yield good harvest of barley. Mostly, you will find herders in this territory. You can select a superb campsite at Lung Thang to spend the night.
Day10: Trek to Lamna Pass (5,150m)
You may find the trail quite strenuous. But as soon as your eyes bask in the splendor of majestic vistas of surrounding mountain peaks, you will realize that this trek has indeed been very self-rewarding and worthwhile. Camping atop this pass dwarfs other materialistic pleasures.
Day11: Trek to Zommug Further away from Langma la pass
You have to take steep descents through verdant vegetation. En route, you encounter yak herders. The trail continues towards the whitewashed walls and barren fields of Zommug village. Amazing vistas of Mount Everest and Gyachung Kang visually rejuvenates you as you enter Zommug. Since lands being infertile are unable to yield agricultural crops, local villages are largely dependent on animal husbandry for livelihood. At a superb location, you will camp for the night
Day12: Trek to Rongbuk
As the morning seeps in, you march towards Rongbuk. Within few hours along Rongbuk Glacier, North Face of Everest becomes visible flaunting its unparallel beauty. Rongbuk Monastery lies ahead 15 kilometers below Everest Base Camp at an elevation of 4,980 m, at the foot of the Rongbuk Glacier. This monastery was reconstructed into present pristine form in 1960 Cultural Revolution. In a way, Rongbuk is regarded as a gateway to Mount Everest. You will get to set your campsite at an outstanding location with the breathtaking view of Mount Everest as the backdrop.
Day13: Trek to Everest Base camp
It is a 9 km walk along dirt road to the base of Mt. Everest. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensate for this. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you
Day14: Drive Base Camp to Nyalam
You have to take a 215 km drive from Base Camp to Nyalam along Friendship Highway transferring past Pang La pass. On the way you can halt at Tingri for lunch. Further away amidst the stunning view of Everest, Cho Oyo and other mountain peaks, you accelerate past Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shung La pass at 5200m. The trail further commands far-reaching views of enchanting Shishapangma, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar enchant as you leave behind arid Tibetan Plateau. The route then progresses towards pristine and fortified town of Nyalam where you can find a suitable accommodation at a hotel.
Day15: Drive Nyalam to Kathmandu
Heading away from Nyalam, drive for one hour to the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter. Few kilometers drive follows Friendship Bridge along Bhote Koshi River to Immigration Control in Kodari where you bade goodbye to your Tibetan guide and handle re-entry formalities to return to Kathmandu. After 5 hours of driving for 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu. Tibet warmheartedly welcome you. We would love to send you all the best wishes for your continue happy journey.