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Tibet sightseeing and Everest Base Camp Tour - 8 Days

Enjoy sightseeing in Lhasa, Shigatse, Rongbuk and Gyantse; and visit Everest base camp on an amazing tour in Tibet
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Group size: Minimum of 4 people Max-Altitude: 5,250m/17,220ft
Destination: Tibet   
Arrival on: Lhasa, Tibet Departure from: Lhasa, Tibet
Meals: Breakfast during the entire tour
Accommodation: Standard hotels

Trip Introduction

On Tibet sightseeing and Everest Base Camp Tour we travel directly to Shigatse from Lhasa and visit Gyantse later. The 8-day tour begins and ends in Lhasa where we visit Potala and the Norbulingka palaces, Barkhor Bazaar, the national museum and others. Then we drive to Shigatse, Rongbuk and Gyantse before returning back to Lhasa. In Rongbuk, we also visit the north base camp of Everest which will be an invigorating experience for us. On the ‘Tibet sightseeing and Everest Base Camp Tour’, we also tour the serene Yamdrok Tso Lake.

Route Map

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

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft)

A Himalayan Glacier representative will pick us up from the Lhasa airport and drop us off at our hotel. Alternately, we can also come to Lhasa via the train route connecting mainland China to Tibet. Next, we check into our hotel and unpack. We spend the rest of the day resting at our hotel room as this will give us the much need rest and help us acclimatize to the high altitude of Lhasa, Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.

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

We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Potala Palace is a relic of the 17th century and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. It also offers us excellent views of the entire city. Norbulingka Palace is a summer palace and boasts 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 to 6 hours

After breakfast, we begin our tour of Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Built in the 14th century, Drepung Monastery is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past. On our visit to Sera Monastery we admire its washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Furthermore, we stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market) admiring its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims. Overnight in Lhasa.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 04: Lhasa to Shigatse (3,900m/12,795ft), city sightseeing: 5-6 hours

We drive to Shigatse directly and not via Sakya. After reaching Shighatse, we visit Tashilhunpo Monastery which is both historical and culturally important in Tibet as it was founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447. After the tour, we drive back to our hotel and rest for the remainder of the day. This will help us with acclimatization as well as prepare us for the next day’s long drive. Overnight in Shigatse.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 05: Shigatse to Rongbuk (5,000m/16,400ft) via Sakya Monastery: 8 to 9 hours

We travel to Rongbuk and visit Sakya Monastery en route. The monastery is the ancestral temple of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. After the tour, we continue our drive and only stop at Rongbuk. Here, we visit the picturesque Rongbuk Monastery ideally located at the foot of Mt. Everest. It is also the highest monastery in the world. Overnight in Rongbuk.

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

We leave for the Everest Base Camp (5,250m) early in the morning. On the way, we admire views of Cho Oyu (8,201m), Shishapangma (8,013m) and Mt. Everest (8,848m), also known as Chomolongma in Tibet. The base camp is barren but the fantastic sight of the tallest mountain on earth provides us with a sense of accomplishment. Next, we drive 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, drive to Lhasa via Yamdrok Tso Lake: 5-6 hours

We begin our tour of Gyantse’s landmarks after breakfast. We visit Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. After completing the tour, we drive to Lhasa and tour Yamdrok Tso Lake on the way. We are in awe of the turquoise waters of the lake which is also one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.

Included meals:Breakfast
Day 08: Final departure

Our Lhasa and Everest Base Camp Tour ends today. We pack our belongings and make sure that we have not left anything in our hotel room. A Himalayan Glacier representative will drop us off at the Lhasa airport for our next flight.

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, Gesar Hotel in Shigatse, Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse in Rongbuk and Yeti Hotel in Gyantse. 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 $ 0.

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(USD10 to USD16) 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 Lhasa and Everest Base Camp 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 altitudes 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.

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 and Everest Base Camp 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

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.

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