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Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour - 8 Days

Drive to the base camp of Mt. Everest, visit amazing lakes and glaciers, famous monasteries, prehistoric cities and towns.
 
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$ 2090 USD
  • Rongbuk Monastery
  • Yamdro-Tso Lake
  • Potala Palace
  • Barkhor Bazar
  • Sakye Monastery
  • Gyantse
  • Sera Monastery
Group size: Minimum 2 people Max-Altitude: 5,250m/17,220ft
Destination: Tibet   
Arrival on: Lhasa Departure from: Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast during the entire tour
Accommodation: Standard hotels

Trip Introduction

The Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour is an 8-day journey that begins and ends in Lhasa. This tour will take us from the capital city to the popular monasteries, pristine lakes, glaciers, rivers, farming valleys and breathtaking scenic  mountain views. Ultimately, passing through the fascinating Himalayas, we will drive to Everest Base Camp, the floor of the highest mountain in the world, and the main highlight of our trip. The spectacular view of the glorious Mt. Everest is such a sight to see and feels as if it was one of the greatest achievements of our life.

This Lhasa to EBC tour covers the beautiful Tibetan cities and historical towns of Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Rongbuk. While there, we will visit the most popular landmarks like the Potala and Norbulingka palaces, the Tibet Traditional Hospital, Barkhor bazaar and Gyantse Dzong. We will also cross several passes and visit the beautiful turquoise-colored Yamdrok Tso Lake. Impressive Tibetan monasteries like Sera, Drepung, Jokhang temple, Khumbum stupa, Tashi Lhumpo, Sakya and Rongbuk are ours to admire. The Lhasa to Everest Base Camp tour, a distance covering around 800 km, offers you a complete tour and merges Tibet’s most famous and sacred sites into an ideal package.

Route Map

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

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa and transfer to hotel. (3,650m/11,972ft), 60km, 1 hour

We arrive in Lhasa either by taking a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. If we decide to fly from Nepal, then we get to enjoy a beautiful hour-long trans-Himalayan flight that takes us over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks and glaciers. If we choose to go to Lhasa via mainland China, we may fly from any of the major Chinese cities or take the world's highest train route to Lhasa. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will escort us either from the airport or the train station to our designated hotel in Lhasa.  We are advised to take plenty of rest for the remainder of the day in order to minimize altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 02: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast, we begin exploring Lhasa visiting the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, better known as Winter palace and Summer palace, respectively. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city, and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama. Norbulingka Palace houses what is considered to be the largest man-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.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 03: 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 14th century, is the world’s largest monastery and 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 whitewashed walls and golden roofs.  The main attraction to visit this monastery is to see the monks debating which is held from 3-5 pm every day apart from Sundays. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni when he was twelve-years-old.  We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowds of pilgrims, it is the nerve center of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit to Tashi Lhunpo monastery (3,900m/12,795ft) 265 km, 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast, we begin today’s trip to Shigatse passing through the 5 km long wide Nimu valley along the Brahmaputra river. The valley contains the county seat and is the main agricultural area in the county. In Shigatse, we will visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama, which was founded by Gendun Drup, the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447. The monastery is located on a hill at the center of Shigatse city, the second largest city in Tibet. The meaning of Tashi Lhunpo in Tibetan is "all fortunes and happiness are gathered here.”  Overnight in Shigatse.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 05: Drive from Shigatse to Rongbuk via Sakya monastery, then visit Rongbuk monastery (5,000m/16,400ft): 385km, 8 – 9 hours

After breakfast, we drive to Rongbuk beginning our journey right through some beautiful villages and getting the first glimpse of Mount Everest from the foot of Gyatso la pass (5220m).

On the way, we visit Sakya Monastery, also known as Pel Sakya, the ancestral temple of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism which provides access to the Buddha’s teachings. After the visit to Sakya Monastery, we continue driving towards Rongbuk. Crossing the Lalung la pass, we reach Rongbuk Monastery, which is located at the foot of the mighty Everest and is the highest monastery in the world. While here, we also enjoy the stunning mountainous scenery all around us, including the breathtaking views of the north face of Mt. Everest. Overnight in Rongbuk.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 06: Visit Everest Base Camp (North face) and drive to Gyantse: 475km, 8 - 9 hours

Early in the morning, we will drive to Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft.), the foot of the world’s highest mountain.  On the way, we enjoy spectacular views of 3 eight-thousander peaks like Shishapangma, Cho Oyu and the mighty Everest, also known as Mt. Chomolongma on the Tibetan side. Today, we accomplish one of the major highlights of our trip, reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest where we get to catch a glimpse of the marvelous Rongbuk glacier. We make a 16km round trip to the Everest Base Camp. After spending some quality time here, we have a long, yet a scenic drive back to Gyantse. Overnight in Gyantse.

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.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 07: Gyantse sightseeing and drive back to Lhasa via Yamdrok Tso Lake: 270km, 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast, we visit Palchoe monastery (also known as Pelkor Chode Monastery or Shekar Gyantse), Kumbum Pagoda Stupa (hailed as the "king of pagoda"), Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong, which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. After sightseeing, we drive to Lhasa. On the way, we can see huge glaciers tumbling down into the road as well as some excellent mountain vistas. Soon, we come across the Karo La Pass (5,045m) on the roadside with its beautiful glaciers including the Karo la glacier. We cross the Khamba La Pass (4,794m) with a brief stop to savor the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso Lake (Turquoise Lake), also known as Yamdrok Yumtso, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m). Overnight in Lhasa.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 08: Final Departure

Our adventure in the Himalayas has come to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize photographs. If time permits, we can engage in last minute shopping or stroll around. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport or the train station for our next journey.

Included meals:Breakfast

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.

Included in the Cost

  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Pick up and drops from airport and hotel
  • Private vehicles (van or Hiace or bus) for transportation
  • Accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • Everest National Park admission fee and Grass dame charge
  • 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 Nepal or mainland China
  • Chinese visa fee
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • Tips for guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Nepalese visa fee

Accommodations

We will be staying at Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa, Yeti Hotel in Gyantse, Gesar Hotel in Shigatse and Rongbuk Monastery Guest House in Rongbuk. It is also possible to upgrade to a better hotel in Lhasa, but the accommodations in other cities and towns are the best available ones. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional US $ 440.

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. We will mainly eat Tibetan bread, dal (lentil soup), bhat (rice), tsampa porridge and other simple local foods.

Acclimatization

The higher the altitude, the less oxygen there is in the air. Our body needs a few days to acclimatize to this less-oxygen environment. During this tour we will be spending the first three nights in Lhasa which will give us plenty of time for acclimatization. We will also be driving in high altitude areas during the rest of our journey. Therefore, exercising or jogging regularly, preferably in high altitude for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea. Himalayan Glacier still recommends its guest(s), especially those 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.

Visa & Entry Procedures

We at Himalayan Glacier would like to assist you in making your Tibet tour an adventure of a lifetime as well as trouble free. Therefore, please visit this page for information on Tibet entry procedures and other things you should know about before travelling to Tibet.

Best Time to Travel

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

Equipments & Packing List

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.

  • Valid passport
  • Medical insurance card(s)
  • Address book
  • Airline tickets, e-tickets, etc.
  • Passport size photographs (minimum 4)
  • All necessary permit(s)

We recommend that you make copies of your passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule, travelers check 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.

  • Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
  • A pair of shorts, mid-thigh or longer
  • Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
  • T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts
  • Undergarments (optimum supply)
  • Sport bras for women (roads can be bumpy)
  • Rain jackets and pants
  • A warm cap and a sun hat with brim and chin strap
  • Bandanna or scarf
  • Belt
  • Pajamas
  • Decent swim suit
  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes (if possible waterproof)
  • Tennis shoes or sandals
  • Comfortable, breathable socks ("Smart wool" or "Thorlos" are both excellent)
Toiletries
  • Soap, shampoo (2-in-1 shampoo with conditioner is preferable instead of carrying a separate conditioner bottle)
  • Shaving items
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Hairbrush, comb, mirror, nail clippers
  • Wet-wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sun-block lotion (at least SPF 15)
  • Facial tissue
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Small towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Q-tips
  • Tampons and sanitary napkins
  • Sewing kit
  • Baggage
  • Duffel bag or a suitcase
  • Day pack bag for daily activities and easy access
  • Waterproof plastic bags or zip-lock bags (Plastic garbage bags are useful to protect sleeping bags, etc. from wet weather, and zip-lock bags are useful for storage in dusty/wet environments)
Electronics
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, lenses, filters, memory disks (you will not be able to download)
  • Video camera, tapes
  • Tripod
  • Batteries (extra batteries are always a good idea)
  • GPS
  • Alarm clock
  • iPod, MP3 player
  • Calculator (for currency conversion) or  calculator app
  • Battery chargers, plugs

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.

  • Ibuprofen or aspirin
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Iron supplements (for women)
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  • Band-Aids/plasters
  • Gauze bandages and tape
  • Throat lozenges
  • Vitamin supplements (available in Lhasa but of lower quality and dosage)
  • Anti-histamines
  • Ace bandage
  • Malaria pills (consult your doctor)
  • Anti-biotics (consult your doctor)
  • Water-purification tablets
  • Bottled mineral water and thermoses of boiled water are available for purchase everywhere throughout Tibet.  However, water-purification tablets can be useful during excursions.
  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets
Miscellaneous Items
  • Good UV protection sunglasses with straps (this is very important against strong high-altitude sun)
  • Eyeglasses or contacts and plenty of cleaning solution (carrying extra eyeglasses is recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • Swiss knife
  • Notebook (small size recommended), pencil and pen
  • Playing cards, games, books, frisbee, football, kite
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Cash, travelers checks, credit cards ($500 or more in cash and/or travelers checks, including some small U.S., Euros, or local currency)
  • Money belt (waterproof is best)
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season
  • Salt and pepper for bland food, flavoring for coffee or water
  • Water bottles and Camelback (useful on bumpy roads)

Trip Start Dates and Cost

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Additional Information

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