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Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland with Everest Base Camp

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Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland with Everest Base Camp

Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland with Everest Base Camp is the most popular of all our tours in Tibet and covers all the best that the land has to offer. The tour starts with a spectacular flight across the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Visit Monasteries of Tibet, Medieval city Kathmandu, Journey to Everest Base Camp Tibet the exhilarating Tibet tour with Lhasa Everest base camp tour which we offer. This Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland with Everest Base Camp is the Classic tour itinerary to visit Lhasa and Everest Base camp. The tour covers the Potala palace of the Dalai Lamas, the holiest of the Tibetan temple- Jokhang and visit to the traditional Bharkhor Street. Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp is a journey to experience the beauty of Tibetan landscape and to understand the rich culture of its people. The golden sunshine and blue sky is the dreams of many travellers all over the world, it is also the pilgrimage destination of all Tibetans, mingling with local pilgrims around the Barkhor street is an extra-ordinary feeling.

Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland with Everest Base Camp
The Tibet with Mount Everest Base Camp Tour is a very comprehensive tour of Tibet with visits to the cultural, historic and natural attractions of Tibet. One of the major highlights of this trip is reaching the base camp of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest, which we accomplish on the 13th day of our trip. Along the Highway we travel through some of the most amazing landscapes on Earth. The tour includes all the important places of interest in central & south Tibet including a visit to Rongphu Monastery and Mt. Everest Base Camp. After flying in to Lhasa from Kathmandu, Chengdu or Beijing, From Ronbphu drives across along the Friendship Highway through the Himalayas to Kathmandu, Nepal. This is a wonderful and attractive tour, including snow-capped mountains, huge glaciers, sacred lakes and other natural landscapes, and several famous monasteries and palaces in Tibet.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly (Kathmandu etc) to Lhasa (3650m)
Day 04: Lhasa Shightseeing
Day 05: Lhasa shightseeing
Day 06: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)261 km
Day 07: Gyantse sightseeing & drive to Shigatse (3900m)90km
Day 08: Shigatse sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m)244 km
Day 09: Drive to Rongbuk Monastery (5000m)68 km
Day 10: Everest base camp & drive to Tingri (4390m)65 km
Day 11: Tingri to Zhangmu (2300m) 181 km
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m) -123 km
Day 13: Departure
Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland with Everest Base Camp

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, Arrive in the energetic capital city of Nepal meet your representative and transfer to the hotel. Time to rest and relax after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu
While we collect your passport and apply for Chinese visa at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu, you will go for sightseeing tour. We cover the Kathmandu Durbar square, Swyambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa. Evening briefing about your Tibet tour.

Day 03: Fly (Kathmandu etc) to Lhasa (3650m)
Enjoy the fantastic trans Himalayas flight that flies past mt Everest to Lhasa . Our Tibetan guide receives you at Lhasa’s Gongkar airport and takes you to Lhasa city through and scenic drive of 1.5 hr. Explore the nearby streets on your own or rest and acclimatize.

Day 04: Lhasa Shightseeing
Potala Palace:
The Potala palace is perched on the top of the Red Hill and dominates the skyline of Lhasa. The palace can be divided into two sections, the White Palace and the Red Palace. It was built by Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and used it as his centre of meditation. It was however in 1645 under the fifth Dalai Lama, Lozang Gyatso, that the palace took a massive shape as the white palace became complete. The construction of the Red Palace began in 1690 and was completed within a span of 4 years. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas, until the 14th Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959. Today the palace serves as a state museum of China. The palace has vast inward-sloping walls and has many windows and its roofs are flat at various levels. The central part of this group of buildings is quadrangular. This towering central portion of Potala is called the Red palace. It contains the principal halls and chapels and shrines of past Dalai Lamas. It still holds items like murals, Holy Scriptures and sutras that are invaluable to Buddhism. Today the Potala Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the most visited structures in the world.

Jokhang Temple: The Jokhang Temple is the most revered Buddhist temple in Lhasa and of Tibet, built by King Songtsen Gampo in about 642 AD. This temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was originally called, Rasa Tulnang Tsuklakang (House of Mysteries). In the 11th century a learned Buddhist monk named Atisha, taught here and it was after that, that the Jokhang temple got recognition. Today the temple covers an area of about 25,000 sq. ft. The Jokhang temple is a fourstoried structure. The style is basically Indian in its approach but has been well blended with Nepalese and well as Tibetan influences. The roofs of the temple are gilded with bronze. The rooftop has statues of two golden deer surrounding a Dharma wheel.

Day 05: Lhasa shightseeing
Guided tour of Drepung and Sera monastery. We visit the two biggest Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet where there used to be up to 10,000 monks living in the by gone days. These monasteries also serve as University to learn Buddhism for the monks and the spiritual debate among monks is the thing not to miss here.

Sera Monastery: In 1419 Jamchen Chojey also popularly known as Sakya Yeshe, one of the two principal disciple of Tsongkhapa, founded of a Gelukpa University, which later came to known as the Sera Monastery, and became one of the Great Three Gelukpa Monasteries of Tibet. The Sera university monastery had three basic schools. The first is the Sera Mey Dratsang which was built in 1419 for the purpose of providing basic information on the doctrines of Buddhism and for the orientation of the monks. The second was the Sera Jey Dratsang, built in 1435, which was the largest, and was reserved for itinerant monks. The third one known as Ngagpa Dratsang which was built in 1559 was a school for the teaching of the Gelukpa dogmas. Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals can be found in these halls. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and these employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa’s other famous monasteries.

Day 06: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)261 km
we drive fabulous scenery past Khamba La, at 4794 meter, with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, standing at 7252 m. Further westwards, we come across another pass, Karo La at 5045m where you can see huge glaciers tumbling down. After driving 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse.

Day 07: Gyantse sightseeing & drive to Shigatse (3900m)90km
Guided tour of Kumbum stupa and Pelkhor temple in Gyantse then drive to Shigatse. In Shigatse we visit the famous Tashilhunpo monastery, the seat of the panchen Lamas.

Day 08: Shigatse sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m)244 km
It is yet another scenic day driving past small town of Lhatse and cross Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Shegar.

Day 09: Drive to Rongbuk Monastery (5000m)68 km
We drive southward and cross Pang La pass at 5150m. Enjoying superbly beautiful mountain scenery, we reach to Rongbuk at 5000m. On a clear day, one can see a long range of the Himalaya including peaks over 8000, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung Kang and Cho Oyu. Rest and explore the area.

Day 10:Everest base camp & drive to Tingri (4390m)65 km)
Reaching to the very base of mt Everest at 5150 m would be the highlight of the whole trip and that is today! The scenery is simply breathtaking. The mountains look even better during sunrise and sunset. We drive back Tingri (on the main highway from where we deviated to the base camp the previous day) for our overnight stay.

Day 11: Tingri to Zhangmu (2300m)181 km
You will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shug La pass at 5200m. Spectacular views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar will greet you while descending from arid Tibetan Plateau to the green, small town of Zhangmu near Nepal Tibet boarder.

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m) -123 km
Complete the immigration formalities; leave your vehicle form Lhasa at the border. Our guide from Kathmandu will receive you at the border, get Nepal visa (if you do not have one) and drive along a superbly scenic highway to Kathmandu.

Day 13: Departure
You will be transferred to the airport in time to board your flight for onward journey.

Includes:

  • Accommodations in bed & breakfast basis except full board in Chitwanin 3-4 star hotels
  • All transportations by a private vehicle
  • All sightseeing as on itinerary
  • English speaking local Guide
  • All entrance fees of the monuments
  • Tibet Visa (if Us citizen pp extra)
  • Flight Lhasa-Kathmandu
  • Tibet Permit

Hotels included

  • Kathmandu: HotelShanker or Hotel Manaslu
  • Pokhara:HotelBarahi
  • Chitwan:Hotel Royal Park
  • Zhamgmu:Hotel Zhangmu
  • Xegar:HotelQomolongma
  • Shigaste: Hotel Shambala
  • Gyantse:Hotel Gyantse
  • Lhasa:Hotel Yak