- Itinerary Detail
Often referred as the room of the world, Tibet is Buddhist country best known for its mystery and charm. Tibet is a highest plateau in the world with a average altitude exceeding 3500m. Touring through this untamed nomadic land introduces to the monasteries, yaks, sand dunes and high altitude desert land covering the whole horizon.
Kathmandu Lhasa tour via Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular and accepted tour in Tibet capturing the hearts and minds of all the trekkers. This enthralling tour to the top of the world is an adventurous and a joyous tour which takes us from wilderness to the core of Tibetan culture.
Our tour starts with a drive from Kathmandu following the friendship bridge. In the way we will cross
the monasteries like Sakya, Shalu, Natang and remote villages where the people are living the life far from the modern civilization. In the way we will pass through Nyalam, Shigatse and Gyantse known for Gyantse Kumbum. The most appreciated highlights of this trip are visit to Everest Base camp which offers the panoramic and self-enriching view of Mt Everest from the north side, most impressive ancient culture, and awe inspiring landscape, from the streets of Lhasa to Dalai Lama’s Potala palace, medieval towns of Tibet and the ancient monasteries.
Day 1: Drive to Nyalam(3750m); 162km
Early in the morning after having breakfast we will start the drive from Kathmandu to Friendship Bridge. After crossing Friendship Bridge our Tibetan guide will receive you and give you the detail information about the tour. After completing the immigration formalities we will continue the drive to Zhangmu and finally to Nyalam. Stay overnight at guesthouse in Nylam.
Day 2: Drive to Lotingri/ old Tingri(4050m); 147kms
Today we will drive to Old Tingri which takes around 5-6hours. Today we will cross Nyalam(3800m) and Lalung la (5082m) pass which offers the spectacular mountain vista including the view of Everest, Jugal Himal and Makalu along with many other. Upon arrival to Old Tingri check into the hotel and in the remaining time explore the area and get acclimatize with the altitude.
Day 3: Drive to Ronbuk(5050m); 105kms visit Everest Base
Make a few hours of drive to Ronbuk from Old Tingri. Ronbuk monastery is located in the foot of Mt Everest and has earned the name for being the world’s highest monastery at the altitude of 4,980m. From Ronbuk monastery you can make a short hike or take a bus ride to Everest Base Camp which is just 16kms round trip. The base camp offers the spectacular view of Everest towering over you. In the evening return back to Ronbuk for overnight stay.
Day 4: Ronbuk to Xegar to Lhatse(4050m); 245kms
Early in the morning enjoy the view of sunrise over the Everest and visit the Rongbuk monastery. Today we will drive to Lhatse via Xegar crossing the Gyamtso La (5220m) pass. After crossing the pass the path goes down to the plains and we will pass monasteries and temporary houses of nomadic herders. After crossing Xegar we will turn off the friendship Highway and head south over the Pang La(5150m) towards the Himalayas. The area offers the spectacular view of Himalayas from Makalu to Shishapangma. Stay overnight at Lhatse.
Day 5: Lhatse to Sakya& Natang Monastery to Shigatse(3900m); 185km
Early in the morning drive to Sakya monastery which is situated 30kms away. : Sakya monastery built in 1268 is a ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and has a enormous compound and looks like old fort with a high defensive walls surrounding the southern portion of the monastery. The monastery has many historical articles including imperial certificates, gold signets, crowns and clothes used by Yuan dynasty emperors. The monastery too has 84,000 volumes on astronomy, medicine, calligraphy and history. After few hour of excursion in the monastery we will have our lunch and we will drive to Natang monastery. In the past the monastery had some 3,000monks and 13sutra hall. The sutra printing house here was the oldest of the three major ones in the Tibetan inhabited areas. The monastery too has a great collection off Tibetan printing blocks and hand copied Buddhist scriptures. In the evening we will drive to Xigatse which is the second biggest city of Tibet.
Day 6: Shigatse to Gyantse via Shalu monastery (3950m); 90kms
In the morning we will visit Tashihunpo monastery which is the seat of Panchen Lama. Panchen Lama is the second most respected Buddhist tutor in Tibet after Dalai Lama. The monastery has beautiful frescoes, statues and sculptures. After having lunch we will make a smooth 2hour drive to Gyantse where we will visit Kumbum stupa and Phalkot Monastery. In the way we will visit Shalu monastery. Built in 1087 Shalu monastery is situated 20kms southeast of Shigatse. A fine blend of Tibetan and Han architectural style the monastery is famous for sandalwood slips carved with Buddhist scripture and jar filled with sacred water. The murals in the monastery are rich and offer the rich example of arts and architecture. Stay overnight in Gyantse.
Day 7: Drive to Lhasa (3650m)
Crossing Karo La(5010m) and Kamba La(4794m) pass and following Yamdrok Tso lake we will drive to Lhasa. This 8hours of drive brings you to Yarlung Tsangpo river which offers the distant view of Potala palace.
Day 8-9: Lhasa Tour
In the eighth and ninth day of our tour we will explore the most authentic and culturally blessed Lhasa. We will devote this two days for the architectural beauty of Lhasa city. We will pay our visit to Jokhang temple, Sera and Drepung monasteries and Potala Palace. The history of Jokhang temple goes back to 7th century and has a huge statue of Sakyamuni Buddha and is considered as the holiest place in Tibet. Sera and Drepung monasteries were built in 1419 and back then Drepung monasteries used to have 8,000 monks to teach traditions of Vajrayana, Mahayana and Sutrayana. Another place of visit is Potala Palace which has 1000 rooms and 13stories which is elegantly decorated with Thanka paintings, Frescos and images created hundreds of year ago and considered as the most popular tourist hub in Tibet.
Day 10: Final departure from Lhasa or extend your tour