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|1||Transfer to Kathmandu airport for the scenic flight to Lhasa / Tibet with a short drive to Lhasa||3,656m/11,990ft||60 KM|
|2||Full-day tour of Lhasa, Drepung, and Shera Monasteries visit Jhorkang Temple and Norbulingka summer palace||3,656m/11,990ft|
|3||Tour of Potala Palace with afternoon free to explore around||3,656m/11,990ft|
|4||Drive to Shigatse via Gyantse (3,950m) visit Phalkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa at Gyantse||3,900m/12,796ft||350 KM|
|5||Morning visit Tashilumpo Monastery with a tour of the market in Shigatse||3,900m/12,796ft|
|6||Drive to Rongbuk Monastery, Near Everest Base Camp||5,009m/16,434ft||335 KM|
|7||Hike or Drive on the Local Vehicle to Everest Base Camp and back to Rongbuk||5,009m/16,434ft||8 KM|
|8||Drive to Shigatse||3,900m/12,796ft||335 KM|
|9||Drive to Lhasa on a short route from Shigatse||3,656m/11,990ft||274 KM|
|10||Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel||1,400m/4,600ft|
|Name and place||Cost in CNY/RMB (1 USD=6.45CNY)|
|Potala Palace, Lhasa||200|
|Genden Monastery, Lhasa||50|
|Summer Palace, Lhasa ||65|
|Jokhang Temple, Lhasa||85|
|Sera Monastery, Lhasa||50|
|Drepung Monastery, Lhasa||60|
|Yamdrok Lake, Shannan city||60|
|Karola Glacier, Gyantse||50|
|Palcho Monastery, Shigatse||60|
|Sakya Monastery, Sakya||45|
|Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse||100|
|Rongbuk Monastery, Shigatse||30|
|Pelkor Chode Monastery, Gyantse||50|
|Everest Base Camp||90|
|Mapangyuntso Lake or Lake Manasoravar||150|
|Everest National Park Vehicle Fee||400 (Land Cruiser), 600 (minivan)|
Morning transfer to Kathmandu and Nepal International airport for the scenic flight to Lhasa / Tibet with a short drive to Lhasa.
Arriving at Kathmandu a few days earlier with a pleasant time, get ready for an exciting journey for Mt. Everest base camp tour. After a good breakfast then transfer to Kathmandu and Nepal international airport for a scenic flight of an hour to reach Tibet soil. On flight boarding in Air China, enjoy a sweeping panorama of Himalayan peaks, with Mt. Everest and other world's highest mountain range.
Soon plane flies over the Himalayas to land at Gongar, in Tibet international airport, after going through immigration with visa formalities, and the head outside of the air terminal. Namaste Nepal Tibetan counterpart tour agent native Tibetan guide and driver receives you. Then take a short smooth drive to reach Lhasa city and then check into a nice Tibetan style hotel with well-furnished rooms.
The hotel is located in the old part of Lhasa near Barkor square a great place populated mostly by Tibetans. Time in the afternoon after checking into your nice room for a leisure walk around the market square around busy Barkor.
The morning after breakfast our native Tibetan guide takes you for a short drive west of Lhasa. The city with modern buildings and wide road, and yet retaining the age-old glory of past centuries cultural heritage.
Drive leads uphill to Drepung Monastery complex, the largest and important monastery of Tibet, built as a university for Tibetan Buddhism learning in the early centuries. The word Drepung means a heap of rice, as you look from the distance with the whole monastery washed in white paints of lime.
Drepung with religious history as well a resident of many high priests till 5th Dalai Lama, then shifted the residence after Potala Palace was completed.
Enjoy a tour of Drepung Monastery interior and prayer main hall, and then head towards Jokhang Temple the first Buddhist religious building built, during the time of King Songsten Gampo. Situated in the main center of Lhasa, within busy Barkhor market.
Visit the Buddhist temple of historic importance and tales of ancient times,
tour of temple interior with color religious painting, visit the scenic terraces, for the scenic photograph of colorful busy Barkhor Market surrounding with close views of Potala Palace.
Afternoon tour a short drive to the southwest to reach Norbulingka, a summer palace of the semi-modern interior with lovely large garden and tall trees, our guide will explain the history and story behind this summer palace.
Our tour ends continues towards another important Shera monastery and watch young monks students practice debates of great interest.
From here ends the day tour and time for refreshing rest and a short stroll around the happening areas of Barkor.
The above tour at places of interest is just a guideline, can change from one place to another as time permits, and your guide will inform visiting first of important sites.
As for the guide for Tibet, we use a local native Tibetan guide who knows the country best than other foreign guides, but in a larger group, we sometimes assign Nepalese group escort throughout the tour from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
The morning tour takes you to the most important site at majestic Potala Palace located on a red hill, in the center of Lhasa dominating the whole city within Kyuchi valley.
Out of 100 rooms, visitors are allowed to enter few main halls and prayer rooms, including the meditation cave of King Songsten Gampo, magnificent Potala Palace, which was built in early 640 A.D. over the cave during the time of the 5th Dalai Lama.
A beautiful palace holds as a landmark of Tibet, after an interesting visit with a free afternoon for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
Start early morning having breakfast, depart from the hotel for a long scenic drive beyond Lhasa city reaching around rural farm areas with nice villages. As ride leads on winding uphill to Khamba-La pass at 4,800 m high. The top offers a breathtaking panorama of Tibetan plateau beautiful landscapes with distant snow peaks, and of Yamdrok Tsho the turquoise holy lake.
After a wonderful moment with dramatic views, a downhill drive close to Yamdrok Tsho Lake to reach Nagarktse town for warm lunch in nice Tibetan restaurants.
The journey continues crossing another pass of Kara-La at 5,050 m high facing incredible views of Nzongkhangsa peak with massive ice-fall and glaciers close to the road. Drive then heads to the flat country with nomads camps and yak grazing on a vast field of meadows to reach Gyantse town.
Here, as time permits tour of the famous Gyantse Dzong (fort) Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa, and then a few hours’ of good drive brings you to Tibet second-largest city in Shigatse for two overnights stop.
After breakfast, a short drive to the outside of the famous Tashilumpo huge monastery complex adorned with a shining golden rooftop.
Our guide leads you inside the main monastery visiting prayer rooms and big main halls. This monastery, the seat of his holiness Panchen Lama, the second head of state after Dalai Lama.
Enjoy an interesting tour and witness, a tall bronze statue of Maitreya the future Buddha stands at 21 meters. After a pleasant visit to the monastery with lunch in a local nearby restaurant with tourist standard food served including typical Tibetan cuisine.
Afternoon tour of interesting Shigatse market on the main Tibetan shopping and bartering area, a good place to witness Tibetan culture and traditions.
After the tour back to the hotel, with time to relax or for a short stroll around the streets of Shigatse city.
Early morning start for another long and exciting drive to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest base camp. On leaving Shigatse city outskirt enjoy looking around the rural country village and farm life. A drive takes you to Larze town, located on the junction of Mt. Kailash and Kathmandu-Lhasa highway.
From Large drive climb to reach on top the highest point of the adventure at Gyatsho-La of above 5,220 m / 17, 126 feet, festooned with prayer flags and religious objects. Enjoying views from the pass head down to Shegar town, as our route diverts from the main highway to enter Chomolungma National Park (a name for Everest in Tibetan). Drive continues heading up to another scenic Pang-La Pass at 5, 200 m. Enjoy the tremendous panorama of the Himalayan range that presents the borders with Nepal, views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho-Oyu with the last 14th world highest Mt. Shisapangma.
After a grand panorama downhill to Tashi Dzong town, where the route of Makalu and Kharte, Everest base camp diverts. An hour of good drive following Rongbuk River reach you at Rongbuk Monastery area for an overnight in a simple and nice guest-house.
Here the rooms and accommodation are very basic, with fewer facilities for tourist standard, where travelers should understand the nature of the area of high altitude, including cold, harsh weather conditions, but rooms are clean and tidy with simple food served of a local standard.
Here visit, the world's highest and old Rongbuk monastery with super views of Mt. Everest / Chomolungma. A great place out of this world and this was the original route used by early mountaineers for a climb of Mt. Everest Expedition.
Famous climber Adrian and Mallory used this route and stayed at Rongbuk before they got lost on the climb to Mt. Everest summit in early 1924.
Today the main highlight of the adventure in Tibet, with an option taking a local transport like horse-cart, motorbike taxi or hike for few hours.
As vehicles are not allowed from Rongbuk Monastery to enter Everest base camp, without special permission of related Chinese Government department. Where only Mountaineering expedition lorry, trucks, and four-wheel drive are allowed.
Whether you take the comfort of local transport or walk, finally reaches you at Everest base camp at the height of 5, 200 m high, as mention on the pillar at base camp. Enjoy majestic glorious views of Mt. Everest with Rongbuk glaciers.
After an exciting and rejoicing moment head back to Rongbuk with time for a leisure tour of the monastery interior and around the shelter for meditation, in the early days, it was a place for deep long meditation and a nunnery.
Today, another long day drive but interesting after completing our hard effort to Everest base camp, drive on the same scenic route to reach Shigatse in the comfort of a nice hotel. A luxury after an overnight in Rongbuk guest-house.
Our last day in Tibet, from Shigatse to Lhasa taking another short route following Brahmaputra River, Tibetan call as Yalung Tsangpo which flows from Mt. Kailash, around South West Tibet. Drive finally reach you at Lhasa on the good time of the afternoon with time for lunch or on the way.
On the final day in Lhasa and Tibet enjoy the rest of the afternoon with individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
As per time for the flight to Kathmandu, enjoy breakfast, and depart from the hotel for an hour good drive to Gongar airport.
Here before entering the airport terminal bid farewell to our cheerful Tibetan guide and driver, and then through immigration and security check as you board in a big airplane of Air China Airlines. After a little more than an hour landing at Kathmandu, after a memorable experience in Lhasa / Tibet and great adventure Everest Base Camp Tour.
At Kathmandu airport, transfer to your respective hotel, with the rest of the day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs in Kathmandu.
ormally, some people get a slight headache after rest, and drinking enough fluid and water, helps to acclimatize from the symptoms of AMS or altitude sickness.
Chances are small, that you get severe AMS, as we have set the itinerary day with enough time in Lhasa and on route to Everest base camp.
Our flexible program itinerary helps and supports proper acclimatization before reaching a higher altitude to Everest base camp.
Some people take the Diamox pill for safety measures and precaution, which you can carry as per your doctor and guide advice.
Tibet with an average height of 3,500 m, where you have to take things slow with enough rest, drinking much fluid like safe drinking water, green tea, or soup will help to overcome the symptoms.
In the whole Tibet like in mainland China use Beijing Standard Time. Which is 8 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) 2 hours and 15 minutes ahead of Nepal Standard Time Zone.
In Tibet use Chinese currency which is about the US $1 equals 6: 50 Chinese Renminbi Yuan, which is the official currency of the People's Republic of China, and translates to “people's money.
In major cities like Lhasa and Shigatse, the hotels are all tourist standard with
good facilities, large clean room with attached bath/toilets running hot and cold water, with room service 24 hours on request.
The food in Lhasa and Shigatse are up to the standard, for larger group a set of buffet meals of variation from continental, Chinese, and Tibetan as well for breakfast.
But while staying at Rongbuk Guest-House, the accommodation are simple and Spartan but clean, with simple Tibetan and Chinese food available like dumpling/momo (normally of Yak, pork meats or vegetable) as well fries noodles with veg, meat or eggs including local Thukpa, a noodle soup flavored as per your choice from veg, meat or just plain and simple.
It is wise to bring small snacks and refreshing drinks, especially for long drives like to Shigatse and towards Rongbuk near Everest base camp.
You can bring chocolate, dry snacks or dried fruits as well biscuits or cookies and soft drinks or hot in good warm thermos/flask.
Depending upon the time of booking and holiday duration of some people, we do have set departure dates in all our tours, for Tibet minimum of 3-4 people and a maximum of more than 10 people in the group.
The larger group much better as the tour cost will be slightly lower in a small group, we also organize and run this tour for a minimum of 2-3 person also, a special rate to cover all tour package.
Yes, it can be done we have another week-long overland trip to Lhasa from Kathmandu and with a flight back or vice-versa. But on this tour we have included flights both ways to and from Lhasa, to save time where some people might have limited holiday for the trip.
In and around the whole Tibet, the weather is fine and clear most of the season, as the land with high altitude gets much sun for long hours, although cold morning and from late afternoon till night time. Can get very windy especially on the drive to Shigatse and Everest base camp during the afternoon time till 4 p.m.
Chances of snowfall sometimes around high passes and altitude wise, do get light rain around monsoon time of June to mid-September, but mostly dry and arid country as weather-wise. Does not get heavy rain like in southern countries of the Himalayas range.
As Tibet is located at a high altitude during day time the sun is strong with UV rays, where travelers need strong sunblock cream to be safe from Ultra Violet lights, as well as wearing sun-hat, sunglass, and long sleeve shirts.
Yes, can be done but you have to inform us on booking so that we can make necessary arrangement for you, especially the entry visa for Tibet which will be in the group a paper visa. After the tour, your name has to be struck off from the list from the group name list. Where you can obtain a new visa for mainland China with help from our counterpart agent in Lhasa / Tibet.