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17 Days
Availability : All years
Tribhuvan International Airport
Kathmandu
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 10
Tour Details

The Tibet Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to visit Everest Base Camp, Namtso Lake, Rongbuk Monastery, Yamdrok-Tso Lake, and three large cities in Tibet: Lhasa, Shigatse, and Gyantse. Tourists can enjoy plenty of natural scenery, like the beautiful sacred lake Yamdrok-Tso and the Karo glacier with amazing views of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest.

Furthermore, the trek takes you to Namtso Lake, the second-largest alpine saline lake in Tibet, with an altitude of 4,718m above sea level. The lake’s surrealistic beauty will take away your breath in no time. Furthermore, this trek covers all the main Lhasa tourist sites like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung, Sera Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum, and the Shigatse Tashilhunpho monastery.

 

Highlights of the Tibet Everest Base Camp Trek:
  • A close-up view of Mount Everest from the Tibetan side.
  • Crossing the Kerung, Nepal-China border.
  • Visit Rongbuk Monastery and see the Rongbuk Glacier Zone.
  • Visit Lagen La Pass (5,190m) for a stunning view of Namtso Lake.

 

How to Trek Tibet Everest Base Camp Trek?

The Tibet Everest Base Camp trek starts from Kathmandu as we drive for 9–10 hours to Kerung, Nepal-China border. From Kerung, we cross the Nepa-China border and travel to Tingri, passing Tong La Pass (5,100m). You can observe beautiful mountain scenes on the way to Tingri. From Tingri, head towards Rongbuk, which takes around 3–4 hours to drive. You can visit the Rongbuk monastery and also see the Rongbuk Glacier Zone. After sightseeing in the Rongbuk area, we ascend towards Everest Base Camp for a close-up view of Mount Everest. You can enjoy the scenic view of the base camp and head back towards Rongbuk and then to Tingri. 

After visiting Tingri, you can head towards Shigatse. Shigatse is the second-biggest city in Tibet. The road is full of twists and turns, while you can enjoy the beautiful scenes along the way. From Shigatse, you’ll travel to Sakya. You can visit the Sakya monastery, which is the center of the Sakya sect.

And finally, after visiting Sakya monastery, you can travel to Gyantse. From Gyantse, you can visit the mysterious Palcho Monastery and Yamdrok Lake. From Gyantse, you can reach Lhasa and observe a traditional treatment center and research lab that produces Tibetan medicine. After visiting Lhasa, drive towards Namtso for 6-7 hours. From there, visit Lagen La Mountain Pass (5,190 m), where you will be able to observe the stunning view of Namtso Lake. From Namtso Lake, travel to Lhasa, relaxing and observing scenic views.

 

The Best Times to Go for the Tibet-Everest Base Camp Trek:

The best times for the Tibet Everest Base Camp Trek are spring (Mar-June) and autumn (Sep-Nov).

Price Includes

  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation throughout the tour in an available hotel or guest house, breakfast included.
  • 4-night stay at 4*Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
  • As mentioned, the hotel accommodations are a twin-sharing basic.
  • Flight Lhasa-Kathmandu.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide.
  • Staff costs include their salary, insurance, equipment and accommodation.
  • Tibetan travel permit fees.
  • First-aid kit (carried by the trek leader).

Price Excludes

  • Food and beverage bills.
  • Tipping (tips for a driver).
  • Entrance fees.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • International flights (excl. Lhasa-Kathmandu).
  • Extra costs for upgrading rooms and services at hotels.
  • Donations at temples, schools, monasteries, etc.
  • Personal hiking gear and personal kits.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation and insurance of any kind.
  • Any other items that are not mentioned in the package.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, our representative will meet, greet, and welcome you and transfer you to your confirmed hotel. You can rest, relax, and enjoy your time in the hotel, or you can stroll around the city.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar hotel.

Kathmandu Airport

Day 2Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Our tour guide will come to pick you up along with the private vehicle. Firstly, you will be visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you can observe the typical wood-carved temples and buildings reflecting the ancient Kathmandu city, and then you will be heading towards Swyambhunath, the Monkey Temple, where you can observe the religious harmony and tolerance between the Buddhist religion and Hindu religion, along with enjoying the panoramic view of Kathmandu city and the Himalaya ranges from here.

After that, you will be visiting the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the biggest pilgrimage sites for Hindu people in Southeast Asia. Explore the surroundings, and you can observe the ritual body cremation ceremony process of the Hindus at the bank of the holy Bagmati river. Then you will go to visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Boudhanath Stupa. It was built in 600 A.D. and is the only one of a kind of stupa reflecting Buddhism in the world. Explore the surroundings of Boudhanath Stupa, and after completing your sightseeing, get back to the hotel and rest.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar hotel.

Day 3Kathmandu to Kerung, Tibet (2800 m), (9-10-hour drive)

The trip starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Kerung. Get ready early in the morning, as our staff will pick you up from your hotel to start the drive along the mountain road headed towards the Nepal-China border. On the way, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the countryside and remote villages in Nepal. Once we arrive at the border, we must complete all necessary formalities for Nepali and Chinese immigration before we continue our drive to Kerung Town.

Accommodation: an overnight stay in Kerung.

Day 4Kerbung to Tingri (4300 m), (7-8-hour drive)

After having your breakfast, we continue our drive as we head towards Tingri. Along the road, sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery and snow-capped mountains. Crossing the Tongla Pass (5100 m) will mesmerize you with panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges.

Accommodation: an overnight stay in Tingri.

 

Day 5Tringri To Rongbuk (4980 m), (3-4-hour drive)

This morning, you’ll be traveling to Rongbuk, which takes around 3 to 4 hours. In Rongbuk, we will visit the Rongbuk Monastery, which was built by a local lama in 1899 and is famous for being the highest temple (in altitude) in the world. Walking forward from Rongbuk Monastery, you will see the famous Rongbuk Glacier Zone, which is the largest among all the hundreds of glaciers formed around Mt. Everest. In the evening, view a majestic sunset of the Golden Everest peak.

Accommodation: an overnight stay in Rongbuk.

Day 6Rongbuk to Everest Base Camp (5200 m), Back to Tingri (6-7-hour travel)

Today is a special day, as you’ll be at the foot of Mt. Everest. You can leave your luggage in the guest house where we spend the night and hike for 3 kilometers to take a bus to Everest Base Camp. Enjoy your time in Base Camp and return to Rongbuk. After returning to Rongbuk, collect your luggage before we head towards Tingri via the same route.

Accommodation: an overnight stay in Tingri.

Day 7Tingro to Shigatse (3800 m), (6-7-hour travel)

Our destination for today is Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. Early in the morning, we travel to Shigatse. The road is full of turns and twists, so if you tend to get car sickness, try to sleep or get some medicine. On reaching Shigatse, check in to the hotel and get ready for some sightseeing.

In Shigatse, visit the official seat of the Panchen Lama, the Tashilhunpho Monastery, which is also the largest and most influential Gelug monastery in the Shigatse prefecture. Here, you will see a giant statue of the Future Buddha, the largest of its kind on Earth. The statue is decorated with precious pearls, turquoise, corals, and ambers. After our visit, we return to the hotel and have some rest.

Accommodation: an overnight stay in Shigatse.

Day 8Shigatse to Sakya (3900 m), then to Gyantse (3900 m), (5-6-hour travel)

After breakfast, you’ll travel to Sakya. On reaching Sakya, we’ll visit the Sakya monastery, which is the center of the Sakya sect. In Tibetan, the word Sakya means “gray soil,”  which refers to the weathered gray earth on Bonbori Hill, where the monastery is located. Sakya monastery is famed as the ‘Second Dunhuang’ due to its colossal collection of numerous Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals, and Thangkas. Afterward, we’ll head towards Gyantse to stay the night.

Accommodation: an overnight stay in Gyantse.

Day 9Gyantse To Lhasa (3656 m), (4-5-hour travel)

In the morning, we’ll visit the mysterious Palcho Monastery, where three of the important Tibetan Buddhist sects coexist in harmony. Following the monastery, Kunbum stands at 35 meters high and boasts 76 small chapels displaying over a hundred images of Kriyatantras. Kundum is believed to be the largest such structure in Tibet. Lastly, we will explore the Gyantse Dzong fortress, where the Tibetan army fought against the British army in the early 20th century.

Later on, we’ll leave Gyantse and head towards Lhasa. Along the road, you will be able to see the beautiful Karola glacier on the left side of the road. A bit further, we’ll make a quick stop to admire the beauty of the holy Yamdrok Lake, which is the largest fresh lake (675 sq. m.) in the northern Himalayan mountains. After you reach Lhasa, check in to the hotel and have some rest.

Accommodation: an overnight stay in Lhasa.

Day 10Sighseeing in Lhasa I

After having your breakfast, we begin exploring Lhasa by visiting the beautiful Petal and Norbulingka Palaces, better known as the Winter Palace and Summer Palace, respectively. Built in the 17th century, Petal Palace provided amazing views of the entire city, and it houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama. Norbulingka Palace houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. The next sight we’ll visit is the Tibet Traditional Hospital, which is the center for the treatment, training, research, and production of Tibetan medicine.

Accommodation: an overnight stay in Lhasa.

Day 11Lhasa to Namtso (4718 m), (6-7-hour travel)

After breakfast, we will leave Lhasa and drive to Lake Namsto, one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest saline lake in the world. On the way, you can view some of the snow-capped Nyenchen Thanglha mountain ranges. Furthermore, if you travel in the summer, you will be able to see the nomads with their yaks and sheep grazing on the flourishing grasslands. During the drive, you can enjoy the view of the Sky-Road Railway with a snowy mountain background.

From the Lagen La Mountain Pass (5190 m), you will be able to have a stunning view of Namsto Lake. Later on, we can do a leisurely trek around Tashi Island and enjoy the sunset at Namtso. At night, you can enjoy the night view of the Milky Way at the lakeshore.

Accommodation: an overnight stay in Namtso.

Day 12Explore Namtso Lake

Today, you have a free day that you can use to explore Namtso Lake and its surroundings. In the morning, you can walk along the lakeshore to Tashi For Island to explore the meditation caves. Spend your day exploring the lakeshore.

Accommodation: an overnight stay in Namtso.

Day 13Namtso to Lhasa (5-6-hour travel)

After having your breakfast, we make our way back to Lhasa. It is a long drive, so use this leisure time to relax and have some rest as we drive along a scenic road towards Lhasa.

Accommodation: an overnight stay in Lhasa.

Day 14Sightseeing in Lhasa II

After breakfast, we’ll visit the Depung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is the world’s largest monastery and is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past. However, these days, there has been quite a decline, 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 made of whitewashed walls and golden roofs. The main attraction to visiting this monastery is to see the monks debating, which is done every day from 3 to 5 pm, apart from Sundays.

Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site that unravels the deeper mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Inside, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni when he was twelve years old. Furthermore, we’ll stroll through Barkhor Bazaar, a local market with open-air stalls, shops, and crowds of pilgrims.

Accommodation: an overnight stay in Lhasa.

Day 15Flight Lhasa-Kathmandu

Our Tibetan agent will come to pick you up at the hotel to transfer you to the airport or railway station regarding your departure time. Have a safe journey onward. The representative from Asian Heritage will pick you up from the airport in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar hotel.

Day 16Sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur

Today, our guide will receive you and then drive you to Patan. You’ll be driven to one of the ancient cities inside Kathmandu Valley, i.e., Patan Durbar Square, for sightseeing. In Patan, you will be visiting other UNESCO World Heritage sites: Krishna Temple and Patan Durbar Square. Later on, visit the Patan Museum, where you can learn more about the history of Patan and the kings who reigned here. Later, visit the Golden Temple, a major attraction for both Hindu and Buddhist people, and Banglamukhi Temple.

Then, after we visit Bhaktapur, you will be amazed by the architecture, as until today the city has been able to be kept intact in its old form. You can observe the old wood-carved buildings all around Bhaktapur. Explore the surroundings and, afterward, visit the Nyatapola Temple, one of the biggest temples in Nepal. You will visit Pottery Square. Here, you can also take the pottery-making class using traditional methods. You will be taught to design your pot, and once you have your basic shape hammered out, you can even choose to adorn your creation with beautiful patterns and inscriptions.

Accommodation: an overnight stay at Yatri Suites & Spa or a similar hotel.

Bhaktapur, Nepal

Day 17Departure

The Tibet-Everest Base Camp Trek comes to an end today. After breakfast, our representative will pick you up with a private van and drop you off at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your scheduled flight back to your home or other destination.

Have a safe journey onward, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

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