|Group size:||Minimum 2 people||Max-Altitude:||5,250m/17,220ft|
|Arrival on:||Kathmandu, Nepal||Departure from:||Lhasa, Tibet|
|Meals:||Breakfast during the entire tour|
|Accommodation:||Standard hotels with bed and breakfast|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tibet is the highest plateau in the world and is widely known as The Roof of the World . We will be driving in high altitudes that go constantly above 5000m/16400ft during the journey. Driving fast in such an elevation could cause medical conditions (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be fatal. There is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level in high altitudes like Tibet. The higher the altitude, the lesser will be the oxygen in the air. Our body needs a few days to acclimatize to this less-oxygen environment. Although Himalayan Glacier has been providing sufficient information regarding precautions against AMS, it should be understood that if one does get affected by AMS, proper medical care is the only way to treat it.
It is important to make sensible plans in order to avoid AMS during the tour. Therefore, Himalayan Glacier would advise guest(s) to do some trekking or altitude activities in Nepal or elsewhere before taking this trip. It is also important that our guest(s), especially one(s) with known heart or lung or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are all symptoms of AMS.Also, 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 altitude and prevent us from acquiring any AMS symptoms.
We will have a pre-trip meeting at Himalayan Glacier's office in Kathmandu at least 2 days prior to the tour departure date. On this meeting you are expected to handover your original passport and fill out form(s) for the Chinese Visa. There will also be a final trip briefing meeting a day before the trip at 5:00 pm to share some tour insights in order to better prepare you for your trip.
This tour does not include your stay in Kathmandu but if you wish for Himalayan Glacier to arrange you the accommodation of your choice, airport pick up or your tour to some of the most exotic places in Nepal for any kind of adventure activities of your choice, Himalayan Glacier can also arrange you a tour package upon request.
The following basic equipment check list should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.Documents
The documents provided below are a must and should be with you at all times.
Note: Himalayan Glacier will organize all the necessary permits. You can get a visa for Nepal upon landing at the Kathmandu Airport. We will also help you acquire a Chinese visa in Kathmandu. However, if you are planning to enter Nepal via Tibet (China), we recommend you to acquire a Chinese visa from your home country. Please visit Tibet Entry Procedures for more information.
We also recommend that you make copies of your passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule, travelers cheque numbers, etc. Leave a copy with someone at home and put another copy in a separate place in your luggage.Clothing
In Tibet the weather is cool during summer (with cold winds) and excruciatingly cold in winter. Since you will not be staying in one place for long, consider carrying warm, lightweight, hand-washable and quick-drying clothes.
Note: It's always a good idea to keep electronics warm and dry, so storing them in sealed water-proof bags is recommended. Also, note that the electrical current in Tibet is 220v, AC 50 Hz. There are numerous different plug types used in Tibet, so it might be easier to purchase an adapter once you get there.Medical supplies/ First Aid
Take an adequate supply of any prescription medication(s) you use regularly and consult your doctor before the trip. Most over-the-counter medicines are available in Lhasa but are more difficult to obtain outside of urban areas.