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Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp - 9 Days

An excellent road trip from Kathmandu to Nyalam, Lotingri, Shegar, Everest base camp, Shigatse, Gyantse and finally Lhasa
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  • potala palace
  • Jokhang temple
  • tibet road
  • Barkhor bazar
  • yamdrok tso lake
  • Sera Monastery
  • mount everest background
  • northface
Group size: Minimum 2 people Max-Altitude: 5,250m/17,220ft
Destination: Tibet   
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal Departure from: Lhasa, Tibet
Meals: Breakfast during the entire tour
Accommodation: Standard hotels with bed and breakfast

Trip Introduction

Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp is a journey to experience the beauty of Tibetan landscape and to understand the rich culture of its people. This 9-day adventure starts from Kathmandu followed by Nyalam, Dingri, Shegar then the base camp of the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest followed by visits to Shigatse, Gyantse and finally to Lhasa. During our Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp, we also explore the mystical Yamdrok Tso Lake, conquer a few high passes, and visit popular Tibetan monasteries like Sakya, Tashilhunpo, Shalu, Sera and Rongbuk, the world's highest monastery, all the while being surrounded by the magnetic allure of the Himalayas.

If we wish to go back to Kathmandu on our way home, Himalayan Glacier advises us to fly to Lhasa instead and make an overland trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu. This will help us with acclimatization in high altitudes and prevent us from acquiring any AMS symptoms.

Included in the Cost

  • All the necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Assistance in acquiring Chinese visa
  • Pick up and drops from airport(s) and hotel(s)
  • Everest National Park admission fee and Grass dame charge
  • Transportation on private vehicle(s) (van or Hiace or bus)
  • Accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • English speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Kyirong (3,800m/12,467ft): 153 km, 7 - 8 hours
Day 02: Kyirong to Lotingri (4,050m/13,284 ft): 257 Km, 5 hours
Day 03: Lotingri-Rongbuk monastery ( 5,000m/16, 404ft): 160Km, 3 hours drive. Explore Everest by walking to Guru Rinpoche cave and back to Rongbuk monastery: 2 hours
Day 04: Drive from Rongbuk to Shegar and further to Shigatse(3,900m/12,795 ft) via Sakya Monastery: 300km, 7-8 hours
Day 05: Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m/12,959 ft)via Shalu Monastery: 100km, 2 hours
Day 06: Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650 m/11,972ft)via Karo La pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 260km, 5-6 hours
Day 07: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5 - 6 hours
Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5 - 6 hours
Day 09: Final Departure
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Accommodations

We will be staying at Hotel Snow Land in Nyalam, Snow Leopard Guest House in Lotingri/Dingri, Qomolangma Hotel in Shegar, Gesar Hotel in Shigatse, Yeti Hotel in Gyantse and Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional US $350.

Due to remote locations, the facilities in hotels en route to Lhasa (in Nyalam, Lotingri/Dingri and Shegar) will be basic. The hotel in Shigatse and Lhasa are centrally-located 3 star hotels. However, it is possible to upgrade to a 4-5 star hotel by bearing additional costs in Lhasa only.

Meals

Only breakfasts are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). We recommend our guest(s) to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner in a single day. Since the places Nyalam, Lotingri/Dingri and Shegar are remotely located, the meal choices in these places will be basic. We will mainly eat Tibetan bread, dal (lentil soup), bhat (rice), tsampa porridge and other simple local foods.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

The Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp involves five to six hours driving per day, but comparatively little walking (in fact, walking is not mandatory) is required. However, it is all at very high altitude, which will take a physical toll. There are no special physical requirements, but high altitude experience is a plus.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (April and May), summer (June, July and August) and autumn (September, October and November) are the best seasons for Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour. We can also equally enjoy this trip during winter months but it may get a bit cold.

Trip Start Dates

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date.

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684
Day 01: Kathmandu to Kyirong (3,800m/12,467ft): 153 km, 7 - 8 hours
After breakfast, we start our journey with a morning scenic drive along the beautiful Nepalese countryside passing through the Nepalese towns of Trishuli, Dhunche, and Syabrubesi. Driving through the deep and big gorges, cascading waterfalls, rivers, hill-side villages, and forests, we will reach the Nepal-Tibet border at Rasuwagadhi. After necessary formalities at Nepalese immigration and crossing the bridge on the border, we will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and continue our adventurous uphill drive on the Tibetan side to reach Kyirong. Overnight in Kyirong.
Day 02: Kyirong to Lotingri (4,050m/13,284 ft): 257 Km, 5 hours
Today, we will enjoy the pretty borderline along the snow-capped mountain and evergreen forests as we begin our day drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering breathtaking panoramic views of beautiful Himalayan ranges like Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Shishapangma. From Lotingri, one can enjoy the magnificence of the majestic Mt. Everest. Overnight in Lotingri
Day 03: Lotingri-Rongbuk monastery ( 5,000m/16, 404ft): 160Km, 3 hours drive. Explore Everest by walking to Guru Rinpoche cave and back to Rongbuk monastery: 2 hours

After breakfast, we will drive to Rongbuk monastery through the friendship highway at a distance of 60km; and then turn right towards Rongbuk monastery. We will stop at the top of the Gyawold pass for great views of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu. Then, we continue driving down through many corners for about one and a half hour to reach Rongbuk monastery. We will have our lunch in Rongbuk monastery, and in the afternoon we will walk to Guru Rinpoche cave which takes about an hour. Visit the cave and explore Everest and enjoy a great view of Mount Everest from Guru Rinpoche cave. Late afternoon, we will walk back to Rongbuk monastery. Enjoy the most beautiful sunset views on Everest. Overnight in Rongbuk monastery.
Note that on rare occasions due to bad weather or political riots the local government may close down the road to the Everest base camp for safety reasons and without prior notice.

Day 04: Drive from Rongbuk to Shegar and further to Shigatse(3,900m/12,795 ft) via Sakya Monastery: 300km, 7-8 hours
In the morning, we can enjoy magnificent views of sunrise on Everest, then have breakfast and drive to Shigatse crossing three big mountain passes and passing by many beautiful Tibetan villages. The people in the communities are mostly farmers, and they rear some cattle, sheep, yaks, cows, etc. On the way, we visit the Sakya monastery which dates back to the 12th century, and it is the seat of Sakyapa school in Tibetan Buddhism. The main architectures inside the castle are the Dajing Hall, the Buddhism Hall and the hall where the Sakya archbishop lived. From here, we continue our drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 05: Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m/12,959 ft)via Shalu Monastery: 100km, 2 hours
After breakfast, we visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447. After touring the Tashilhunpo Monastery, we continue our drive to Gyantse. On the way, we visit Shalu Monastery.  Founded in 1040, Shalu Monastery is known for its beautiful and ancient mural paintings. We continue to Gyantse and while there visit Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (Fortress), which is one of the best-preserved dzongs in Tibet. Overnight in Gyantse.
Day 06: Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650 m/11,972ft)via Karo La pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 260km, 5-6 hours
From Gyantse, we continue to Lhasa crossing the Karo La (5,010m/16,432 ft), and Kamba La (4794m/15,725 ft) passes and Lake Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes of Tibet, also believed to be the transformation of a Tibetan goddess. Furthermore, we cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) River and see Potala Palace for the first time from a distance. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 07: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5 - 6 hours

We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today is the day we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17century, Potala Palace provides terrific views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms, and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the most extensive human-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital which is the center for the treatment, training, research, and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5 - 6 hours
After breakfast, we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14century, 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.  Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open-air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve center of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 09: Final Departure
Our adventure in the Himalayas comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize photos. If time permits, we can engage in shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport for our next journey. We can either go back to Kathmandu or continue to mainland China on our way home
Not really satisfied with this itinerary ? Make your own Customize it !

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Route Map

Route maps are just representation of the trekking routes. This does not represent the exact geographical conditions.Click here for Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp route map

Included in the Cost

  • All the necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Assistance in acquiring Chinese visa
  • Pick up and drops from airport(s) and hotel(s)
  • Everest National Park admission fee and Grass dame charge
  • Transportation on private vehicle(s) (van or Hiace or bus)
  • Accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • English speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Not Included in the Cost

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Chinese visa fee
  • International flights to Kathmandu and out of Lhasa
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • Tips for guides and driver
  • Nepal visa

Accommodations

We will be staying at Hotel Snow Land in Nyalam, Snow Leopard Guest House in Lotingri/Dingri, Qomolangma Hotel in Shegar, Gesar Hotel in Shigatse, Yeti Hotel in Gyantse and Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional US $350.

Due to remote locations, the facilities in hotels en route to Lhasa (in Nyalam, Lotingri/Dingri and Shegar) will be basic. The hotel in Shigatse and Lhasa are centrally-located 3 star hotels. However, it is possible to upgrade to a 4-5 star hotel by bearing additional costs in Lhasa only.

Meals

Only breakfasts are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). We recommend our guest(s) to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner in a single day. Since the places Nyalam, Lotingri/Dingri and Shegar are remotely located, the meal choices in these places will be basic. We will mainly eat Tibetan bread, dal (lentil soup), bhat (rice), tsampa porridge and other simple local foods.

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