Tibet Overland and Everest Base Camp tour commences with a spectacular flight across the Himalayas to Lhasa from Kathmandu. Lhasa is one of the prime identities of Tibet. We explore significant heritage sites, holy monasteries and traditional markets. These sites include Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Bharkhor market and Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Potala Palace and Jhokhang Temple are magnificent piece of art and architecture representing ancient civilization and history. Bharkhor market is a Tibetan traditional market where we happen to have insight of Tibetan identities through different arts basically offering to the gods. Drepung and Sera monasteries are center for Buddhist culture and history.
The tour now shifts with jeep drive from Lhasa to Tashilumpo at Shigatse. Tashilumpo is an ancient monastery with excellent form of ancient art and architecture. Then, we go to visit Kumbum Stupa at Gyantse and we explore it. We also drive via alluring turquoise lakes.
At the same time , we enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery and now we get to Rongbuk monastery. After we explore this monastery, we ultimately get Everest Base Camp Trek. Stepping at Everest Base Camp is a memorable. Here, one can enjoy magnificent mountain views dominating the skyline. Then , we cross the Tibet Nepal border and drive to Kathmandu still enjoying country setting and landscaped. The terraced landscapes and arid setting of the route will really be an excellent experience to the tourists.
What is the trip about ?
|Trip Standard||In Hotels, Guest House and Lodge|
|Tour Grade||Moderate with High altitude|
|Highest Spot||5,220 meters at Gyatso-la pass.|
|In Tibet||09 Nights & 10 Days|
|Total Trip||13 Nights & 14 Days.|
|Season||April to November|
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa 3,650 m and transfer to hotel.
Day 04-05: In Lhasa with sightseeing at places of interest.
A completely forbidden city until present times, Lhasa was a holy grail for many central Asian explorers in the past centuries, the Lhasa city has been changed and altered by the Chinese occupation and in the impact of foreign visitors, however much of the original character remains and whilst jostling through the Potala with crowds of ethnic Tibetans, it is hard not to be captivated by this magnificent culture, religion and traditions.
Visit of the great monasteries of Sera and Drepung, both of which were extensively destroyed in the Cultural Revolution but are now being rebuilt,
visit the Jokhang and the Potala Palace.
DDay 06: Drive to Gyantse 3,950 m – 05 hrs.
These area being situated in a narrow mountain gorge with amazing views of ice falls and glacier of Mt. Nzongkhangsa at 7,206 meters, after an awesome moment here drive continues for another three hours to Gyantse for the overnight stop. Gyantse town, almost a city which was until recently the third largest settlement in Tibet, in Gyantse visit Kumbum stupa built in the early 15th century and contains thousands of frescoes.
In Gyantse after Kumbum monastery visit the market as time permits in this high altitude.
Day 07: Drive to Shigatse 3,900m – 03 hrs
The road follows the Nyang Chu River passing through many scattered farm villages and fields and finally approaching towards Shigatse.
In Shigatse visit the very large complex of Tashilumpo monastery.
This is the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama and contains a 27m high gold plated Buddha known as Matria (the future Buddha), afternoon visit the local interesting market.
DDay 08: Drive to Shegar or New Tingri 4, 350m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Drive to Rongbuk Monastery & Everest Base Camp.
Depending upon the time, one can reach Everest Base Camp on a horse cart within half an hour, as the motor car is not allowed within this limit, except for elderly people and kids.
Day 10: Visit Rongbuk Monastery & Everest Base Camp 5,200m.
Morning options for short walk of less than 2 hours or one can take a horse cart ride or motorbike as taxis, from here through number of isolated and ruin monuments, then descending to the main road after 30 minutes walks to a fresh running stream(the local pilgrims considers as a holy water), after being on the main track the road continues on this easy wide trail coming to the ruins of Sherab Chholing, above the road from the Stupa with piles of prayers stones, with time for a visit in this old hermitage caves on route to Everest Base Camp. From continue for another hour on the gravel, rocky trail towards Everest Base Camp, at Base Camp with majestic views of North Face of Everest with Rongbuk glacier. After a great time here return back to Rongbuk for overnight stop.
Day 11: Drive to Zhangmu 2,30 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu -05 hrs.
From here a few minutes’ walk reaches to Nepal Border at Kodari the frontier post, at Kodari with immigration formalities then a nice pleasant drive brings you back to Kathmandu after almost five hours of scenic drive.
Day 13: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 14: International departure homeward bound.