Tibet Everest Base Camp Trekking
Everest Base Camp trek is the second popular trekking route in Tibet. And most of the time you will walk on a plateau over 4300m, you will even cross over one pass Nam-la 5300m, so this trekking route is a really difficult high-elevation. However, because of the high-altitude, it offers splendour views of north face of Everest and other snow mountain peaks around. The Everest Base Camp Trek tour can be done from April to late October. Our tour involves a few days sightseeing at Lhasa at first and some detour off the Friendship High way to Old Tingri to acclimatize.
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 heart land 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 over whelmed 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.
Day1: Arrival/Acclimitization (overnight in Lhasa three star hotel)
Day2: Lhasa sight seeing (overnight in Lhasa three star hotel)
Day3: Lhasa sight seeing (overnight in Lhasa three star hotel)
Day4: Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Gangtse Monastery-Shigatse (overnight in Shigatse three star hotel)
Day5: Shigatse-Old Tingri (overnight at local guest with dorm bed)
Day6: Trek to Tanak (overnight at camping area)
Day7: Trek to Chorong (overnight in area of chorong camping)
Day8: Trek to Rongpung Monastery (overnight in Rongpung Monastery Guest House)
Day9: Trek to Everest Base Camp (overnight in guest house)
Day10: Base Camp to Shigatse (overnight in Shigatse three star hotel)
Day11: Shigatse-Lhasa (overnight in Lhasa three star hotel)
Day12: Departure from Lhasa Airport/ Lhasa Train station
Trekking Itinerary Day to Day
Day1: Arrival at Lhasa
Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station our representative or Tibetan guide will meet you and transfer to hotel in Lhasa which is about one an half hour from airport. Afternoon have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight at Lhasa.
Day2: Lhasa City sightseeing visit Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple
Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Potala Palace in Lhasa was the primary residence of the Dalai Lama until 1959. Potala Palace is a state museum, a popular tourist attraction, and a UNESC world heritage site. It was also recently named one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World" by the television show Good Morning America and the newspaper USA Today. Construction of the present palace began in 1645 under the fifth Dalai Lama, Lobsang Gyatso, an important figure in Tibetan history. Known as the "Great Fifth," he unified Tibet and made the Yellow Hat sect the state religion. The White Palace was completed in 1648, after which it was used as winter quarters by the Dalai Lama. 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.
Day3: Lhasa City sightseeing visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Sera monasteries. Drepung Monastery was founded in 1416; 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. The Shoton Festival begins with the dramatic unfurling of a giant Thangka banner of the Buddha, amidst incense smoke, the sound of bugles, and scripture recitations. Devotees rush to make offerings before it is rolled up again in less than two hours. 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. 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.
Day4: Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse Monastery-Shigatse
Morning drive up to Kampala pass [4794m], you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, the turquoise colored Lake Yamdrok Yutso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass is wonders of the day. Then along the Friendship southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa Gyantse Kumbum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. Late afternoon reach in Shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse.
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, Yamdok Yumtso Lake is the transformation of a goddess.
Gyantse: is a small agricultural town is at 13, 050 ft above sea level and is famous for its wool carpets and Palkhor Choide Chorten. The Palkhor Monastery built in 1427, is notable for its superb Kumbum (10,000 images)stupa, which has nice tiers and, according to the Buddhist tradition, 108 chapels. The lower tiers contain excellent murals. In Gyantse you can visit A Kumbum stupa
Kumbum ("One hundred thousand holy images", is a multi-storied aggregate of Buddhist chapels in Tibet. It forms part of Palcho monastery. The first Kumbum was founded in the fire-sheep year 1427 by a Gyantse prince. It has nine lhakangs or levels, is 35 meters (115 ft) high surmounted by a golden dome, and contains 77 chapels which line its walls. Many of the statues were damaged during the Cultural Revolution but have since been replaced with clay images, though they lack the artistic merit of the originals. The 14th century murals showing Newari and Chinese influences, survived much better.The Kumbum or great gomang (many-doored) choerten at Gyantse is a three dimensional mandala , meant to portray the Buddhist cosmos. The Kumbum, like other mandalas, which are portrayed by a circle within a square, enables the devotee to take part in the Buddhist perception of the universe and can depict one's potential as they move through it. Mandalas are meant to aid an individual on the path to enlightenment. The Kumbum holds a vast number of images of deities throughout its structure with Vajraholder the cosmic Buddha, at the top.
Day5: Shigatse-Old Tingri
Morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas in Shigatse, then drive by Friendship Hwy to Old Tingri via Lhatse and Shegar. Guide will do preparations for the trek - hire horse carriage. You may have a good view of Cho Oyu. Overnight at Old Tingri (Local Guest house, dorm bed).
Day6: Trek to Danak
The trek begins in Old Tingri and you pass through Rachu and Lungjang as your head south towards Everest in the distance. The opened valley of Rachu river goes narrower and gradually it ascent for a gain in elevation. A water-powered barley mill is passed along the way. Camping at Danak.
Day7: Trek to the Chogorong by crossing the Nam- La Pass
As you continue trekking up to the valley, Everest disappears behind the mountains and as the trail turns to the southeast and begins to climb to the pass, when you climb down the snowmelt river from Mt. Everst and Mt. Cho Oyu running in the valley, the campsite is just at the foot of the mountain. Camping at Chogorong.
Day8: Trek to Rongbuk Monastery
Today continuous along the river within the valley and cross the river by a tiny & wooden bridge at the Junction of rivers from Everest and Cho Oyu, you will meet the car road to the Everst Base camp after the bridge. Continue along the main road towards south, tracing the road will lead you to your destination and the mighty peak of Everest gradually appears infront of you, the typical Rongbuk Monastery consist both monks and nuns in it, the humble stupa at the monastery is the one that can be seen on most post cards and posters of the Mt.Everest. Overnight at Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse.
Day9: Trek to Everest Base Camp
Today you can have a good relax at Rongbuk, and then head up to E.B.C. It only takes 2 hours hike to E.B.C from Rongbuk, dozens of black tents beside the road is the local tent guesthouses community, at EBC the local PSB will register all tourist's identities, heaps of prayer flag on a small hill is the best position to see the Mt.Everst and it is also the final boundary that tourists can go. Then return back to either Rongphu guesthouse or local tent guesthouse taking the assigned minibus, or you can trek back on the same way if you like. Overnight in the guesthouse.
Day10: Everest Base Camp to Shigatse
Today enjoy the aureate peak of Everest sunrise and then drive back to Shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse.
Drive back Lhasa via northern friendship Hwy, this part is driving along the main body of Brahmaputra River and various landscapes and sceneries are worthwhile to stop at some point. Sometimes speed limitation is sensitive in this part. Afternoon have a good rest at Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa.
Day12: Departure from Lhasa airport/Train Station
Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport or train station, end of the trip. Tibet warmheartedly welcome you back home forever. All the best wishes for your continue happy journey.