Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour via Everest Base Camp - 8 Days
Within this eight days Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour via Everest Base Camp you will be able to make a truly adventurous and fun filled tour over the roof of the world and from wilderness to the center of Tibetan culture. Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour via Everest Base Camp combines everything that you are wishing to squeeze out in the shortest possible time and without missing any of the fantastic places. This overland Tibet tour includes Asia's most impressive ancient cultures along with geographical wonders from Lhasa streets and Dalai Lama's Potala Palace to medieval towns of Tibet and ancient monasteries including monastery in the highest place of world, the Rongbuk Monastery as well as the Everest Base Camp with the sheer grandeur of Everest's north face.
After exploring the historic treasure, we make a detour of Everest Base Camp, and make a face to face encounter with world's highest mountain. Continuing via Sakya, Shigatse - with the Tashilhunpo monastery (the seat of Panchen Lama) and Gyangtse, and discovering the medieval villages, cultures, and lifestyles of the highlands, we finally reach Lhasa. In Lhasa we will visit most holy Jokhang Temple (House of Buddha and Bodhisattvas) 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 Lama.
Day1: Arrival / Acclimatization (2300 meters above sea level, stay in hotel in Nyalam)
Day2: Nyalam- Old Tingri (4350 meters above sea level, stay in guest house owned by local Tibetan)
Day3: Old Tingri- Rongbuk (5200 meters above sea level, stay in Rongbuk guest house or Tent at EBC)
Day4: EBC- Shigatse ( 3840 meters above sea level, stay in Shigatse)
Day5: Shigatse- Gyangtse- Lhasa (3650 meters above sea level, stay in Lhasa)
Day6: Lhasa sightseeing visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery (3650 meters above sea level, stay in Lhasa)
Day7: Lhasa sightseeing visit Drepung Monastery and Summer Palace (3650 meters above sea level, stay in Lhasa)
Day8: Departure from Lhasa
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu- Nyalam (3,750m/12,300ft): 153 Km/5 hrs
After morning breakfast we start our journey along the Friendship Highway for the Tibet border. Lunch at the border and then we pass through the Nepal side of the customs and immigration. Cross the Friendship Bridge to arrive at Tibet! Then we take a 30 minutes drive from Kodari to Zhangmu, where second immigration formalities have to be done. From Zhangmu to Nyalam is to an hour's scenic drive. Overnight at Hotel in Nylam.
Day 02: Acclimatization-Nyalam-old Tingri (4050m/13,284 ft): 147 Km/5-6 hrs
In the morning, we take some walk around Nyalam which would help us to acclimatize with the high altitude. Then we rest for some time, take our breakfast, and head for Tingri. Cross two spectacular passes: Nyalam pass (3800m/12,464 ft) and Lalung La pass (5082m/16,668 ft). Enjoy the fabulous views of the high mountains including, Mount Everest (8848m/29,028 ft) Jugal Himal, Mt. Makalu (8464m/27,761 ft) and more. Overnight at guest house in old Tingri.
Day 03: Old Tingri-Rongbuk(5050m/16564ft): 105 Km
Visit Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft) after breakfast easy and short drive to Rongbuk. Rongbuk monastery is the highest monastery in Tibet. Enjoy the unique view of Mt. Everest also known as Mount Qomolangma in the Tibetan side. It's certainly a great experience to be face to face with the greatest mountain on earth, Mt. Everest. We make about 16 kilometers round trip around the Everest base camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest are more than compensating. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you. Overnight at EBC in local tent or Monastery Guest House
Everest Base Camp -the common and easy answer is- it is a rudimentary campsite on Mount Everest (8,848m/29,021ft), that is used by the Mt. Everest summit climbers during their ascent and descent. Our trek takes you to the Base Camp (5,320m/17,450ft) of the roof of the world- Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,021ft). Except, summit to this roof of the world, trekking to Everest Base Camp is also an incredible experiences as well as it is the most deserving trekking destination of the world.
Everest Base Camp trek is famous for its spectacular Himalayan Shangri-la, the loyalty and friendliness of its inhabitant’s local peoples (Sherpa), their richest cultural and traditions and for the most famous Buddhist monasteries. Everest Base Camp is a glacier moraine. Reaching and exploring Everest Base Camp is an experience of lifetime. Another highlight of this trek is hike to Kalapathar (BlackRock); it has most dramatic views of Mt. Everest, Pumari, Nuptse, and Lhotse along with the entire incredible views of Khumbu region Himalayan peaks.
Day 04: EBC-Sakya Moanstery-Shigatse (3800m/12,464 ft): 345 Km
Morning drive to Sakya to visit famous Sakya Monastery. Sakya Monastery is the ancestral temple of Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was founded by Khon Konchog Gyalpo of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), also the founder of Sakya sect of Lamaism. Sakya means "Grey Soil" in Tibetan since the soil surrounding it is gray. The monastery is to the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. In the evening we arrive in Shigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet. Overnight at Shigatse.
Day 05: Drive Shigatse-Gyangtse-Lhasa (3650m/11,972 ft): 365 Kms/ 7 hrs
In the morning visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery. After breakfast, embark on a pleasant 2 hours drive to Gyangtse. Here we visit the Kumbum Stupa and Palkhor Monastery. From Gyangtse, we continue to Lhasa cross the Carola (5010m/16,432 ft) and Khamba La (4794m/15,725 ft) pass and Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake). You will cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace. Overnight at Lhasa.
Day 06: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Sera Monastry, Jokhang Temple.
Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to Potala Palace, Jokhang and then Sera Monastery. Potala Palace was built on a rocky hill overlooking the city of Lhasa in the seventh Century by the order of 33rd King Songtsan Gampo, The Potala Palace has a sturdy fortress-like appearance. It contains more than a thousand rooms spreading over an area of 1,300 feet by 1,000 feet. The stone walls are 16 feet thick at the base, but more finely constructed (without the use of nails) in the upper stories. The palace is fronted by a great plaza at the south base of the rock, enclosed by walls and gates. A series of fairly easy staircases, broken by intervals of gentle ascent, leads to the summit of the rock. It is important to become acclimated to the high altitude of Lhasa before making the climb. 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 Wengcheng brought with her from China as a dowry. This statue is still enshrined within the temple and is the holiest object in Tibet. 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 means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. The monastery is magnificent and covers an area of 114,946 square meters (28 acres). Its main buildings are the Coqen Hall, Zhacang (college) and Kamcun (dormitory). Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals can be found in these halls. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and these employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa's other famous monasteries.
Day 07: Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung manastery, Norbulinga summer Palace
Like the previous day, you experience invaluable insights during your visits Norbulinga which is the summer Palace of successive Dalai Lama and Drepung Monastery. Drepung monastery was founded in 1416. Drepung Monastery on the outskirts of Lhasa was once Tibet's largest and most influential monastery, with over 10,000 monks. Today, Drepung houses about 700 monks and attracts pilgrims and visitors from around the world.Drepung is especially known as the site of the annual Shoton Festival, with its dramatic unfurling of a giant thangka painting on the hillside.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 square meter 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 Dalai 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.
Day 08: Final departure Lhasa
Your adventure in the Himalayas comes to an end today! If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative will take you to the airport for your onward journey. You can either get back to Kathmandu or continue to mainland China on your way to home. We end here our unforgettable Tibet tour and Tibet will warm heartedly welcome you back home forever. We send you all our best wishes for your continuous happy journey.