Trip Overview

Lhasa EBC Overland Tour is short duration trip but gives real tease of Tibet. The highlight of this tour is to visit the highest base camp of Everest is a trip of short duration but gives you real tease of Tibet. This tour is being very popular in nowadays. The major attraction of this overland tour of the Everest base camp will be enjoyed traveling the Friendship Highway and home to some of the awe-inspiring scenery of this side of heaven. The first three nights of Tibet Overland with EBC tour will be spent in the old city of Lhasa for excellent sightseeing and proper acclimatization. The alluring Potala Palace, Sera and Drepung monasteries are some of the main sites in Lhasa. Along this tour with Everest base camp, the trip will pass through snowcapped mountain peaks, dramatic high passes, Cristal lakes, and numerous Tibetan settlements, and ancient monasteries, temples. You will have plenty of opportunities to explore this natural and cultural allure. In Gyantse and Shigatse you can immerse yourself in the Buddhist culture and traditions. The highlights of Tibet overland with EBC tour will be your visit to the highest base camp of Everest. Of course, the sheer brilliance of this mountain is something which must be seen firsthand to be truly appreciated.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Day 02: In Kathmandu preparation for Lhasa & Mt. Kailash Tour with sightseeing.
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa 3,650 m and transfer to hotel near Barkhor market square.
Day 04 – 05: In Lhasa sightseeing tour of famous monasteries and palace.
Day 06: Drive to Shigatse 3,900 m via Gyantse 3,950 m and Yamdrok Tsho Lake – 06 hrs.
Day 07: In Shigatse morning visit Tashilumpo monastery and local market.
Day 08: Drive to Shegar or New Tingri 4, 350 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Drive to Rongbuk Monastery 4,950 m and visit Everest Base Camp – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Drive to Nylam 3,650 m – 05 hrs.
Day 11: Drive to Saga 4, 350m via La-Lung pass 5,050 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Drive to Paryang approx 4,460m – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Drive to Horpa East side of Manasarover 4,550 m – 5 hrs.
Day 14: Rest Day at Manasarover perform puja and local excursion.
Day 15: Drive to Tarboche via Darchen 4,600m and walk to Dhiraphuk 4,900 m – 05 hrs.
Day 16: Walk to Zutul-Puk 4, 760 m via Droma-La 5,470 m – 6 hrs.
Day 17: Walk to near Darchen 4,520m -3 hrs and then drive to Paryang – 05 hrs.
Day 18: Drive to Saga -05 hrs.
Day 19: Drive to Zhangmu 1,940 m via Nylam 3,650m -06 hrs.
Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu – 05 hrs.
Day 21: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Lhasa & Kailash with Everest Base Camp Tour.

Evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

Day 02: In Kathmandu preparation for Lhasa & Kailash Tour.
A free day in Kathmandu preparation and paper works to obtain Tibet visa one can join in our optional tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur full of interest within World Heritage Sites, rest of the day last day shopping for the adventure to Tibet.

Day 03: Fly to Lhasa 3,650 m and transfer to hotel near Barkhor market square.
Lhasa & Kailash with Everest Base Camp tour starts with scenic flight of an hour to Lhasa, during air borne catching views of world’s highest mountains with Mount Everest and Makalu, on reaching Gongar Airport in Tibet, received by our Tibetan guide and driver for short exciting drive within hub of Lhasa city.

Afternoon relax and take a short walk around Barkhor market square where most of the hotels are located.

Day 04-05: In Lhasa with tour of Lhasa interesting places and Potala Palace.
Two days in Lhasa busy with exciting and interesting tour of Drefung Monastery one of the largest in Tibet, as well important old monastery of Tibet actually a collage and a university for Tibetan Buddhism in earlier days.

After Drefung, tour of Jorkhang Temple which is another important and interesting site to visit as it boasts historic importance and tales of old days. The tour concludes for the day visiting Bharkor Bazaar.

Next morning guide will take you on tour to famous and magnificent Potala Palace, originally built during 640 AD. Potala Palace the landmark of Lhasa and Tibet dominates the Kyuchi or Lhasa valley.

The 13 storied palaces with 1,000 room stands at 117.19m high include 1000 rooms. Afternoon tour of another interesting and important Shera monastery and watch young monks in debates one of the high light of the visit.

Day 06: Drive to Shigatse 3,900 m via Gyantse 3,950 m – 06 hrs.
From Lhasa drive to Gyantse city, crossing over Khamba-la 4,800m with great views of Tibetan landscapes, then towards Yamdrok Tshso “The Turquoise Lake” and drive over Karo-La at 5,050m with views of Nzong-Khangtsa peak, after a great drive of 4-5 hours reaching at Gyantse here with time visit Phalkor Monastery, Kumbum Stupa.

From Gyantse a short drive of few hours to Tibet’s second largest city after Lhasa, in Shigatse tour of Tashilumpo monastery. Traditional seat of Panchen Lama (2nd high order after Dalai Lama) this monastery contains a 27 m, high gold plated Buddha known as Mytri (future Buddha).
The hotel in Shigtase is quite large and comfortable

Day 07: In Shigatse morning visit Tashilumpo monastery and local market.
A day in Shigatse for tour of famous and beautiful Tashilumpo Monastery complex, adored with glittering golden roofs afternoon with time to visit and wander around local Tibetan market of great interest.

Day 08: Drive to Shegar or New Tingri 4, 350 m - 05 hrs.
Morning after a pleasant stop for two nights at Shigatse heading towards dry and windswept Tibetan plateau driving on Lhasa-Kathmandu or Friendship highway as the journey leads to Larze town, from here heading towards a high pass called Gyatsho-la at 5,220 m high and then dropping down at Shegar / Xegar also known as New Tingri for overnight stop.

Day 09: Drive to Rongbuk Monastery 4,950 m and visit Everest Base Camp - 05 hrs.
From New Tingri or Shegar, route leads away from Lhasa / Kathmandu highway towards North heading into Everest base camp within Rongbuk area, drive leads on top Pang-la pass with superb panorama of world highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and adjoining peaks, then drive descend to Tashi Dzong village to reach at Rongbuk Monastery with its many smaller hermitage caves.

This holy and remote spot was first introduced to the world in 1920's by 1st British expedition teams of George and Irving Mallory and well-known novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton.

At present most of the retreat cells are abandoned with only few small shrines scattered at end of the valley. According to Rimpoche (high priest and saint) of this area, the monastery was first established as a religious site around 250 to 350 years ago. From Rongbuk a short drive of 20-30 minutes to Everest North Base Camp.

Please note that vehicle are not allowed to enter Everest Base Camp from Rongbuk onwards, where special permission and permits required, but you can visit taking a horse cart, local motorbike runs as taxis or walk to Base Camp which takes about 4 hrs to and from base camp.

Day 10: Drive to Nylam 3,650 m - 05 hrs.
After a wonderful time around Rongbuk Monastery with fantastic views of Mt. Everest North Face, our journey continues taking another route past Rongbuk River towards flat plain past traditional Tibetan villages and Nomads camps with Yak grazing in the fields, as the drive leads through Lungja and Ra chu villages to reach at Old Tingri by the Lhasa & Kathmandu highway with views of Everest and Cho-Oyu peaks.

From here drive leads towards Nylam over La-Lung la pass with exceptional views of Shisapangma-Langtang-Dorje Lakpa with Gaurishanker peaks which border Nepal and Tibet.

With wonderful views our journey heads downhill to much lower elevation for overnight stop at Nylam a small and growing town for overnight stop.

Day 11: Drive to Saga 4, 350m via Larze 4,350 m - 06 hrs.
Morning starts with a drive on high Tibetan plateau through high passes driving near La-Lung la as the drive leads towards Mt. Shisapangma areas, journey continues past farm fields of Nomads / Yak herder camps. As our drive heads further west to remote areas of Tibet as the day ends at Saga town for overnight stop.

Day 12: Drive to Paryang 4,550 m-06 hrs.
From Saga drive leads towards complete wilderness, after few hour climb to a pass then descends to long stretch of Tibetan plains, with views of distant peaks bordering western Nepal.
Drive passes farm villages and towns then reaching an isolated Paryang town.

Paryang at 4,550 m a small town of 15-20 houses serving as Guest houses and Lodge, where the facilities are simple and basic facilities.

Day 13: Drive to east of Lake Manasarover 4,550m- 06 hrs.
Morning drive dry country with few stops through small villages and nomads camps, driving over Myam-la at 5,050m to reach the eastern shore of holy Lake Manasarover for overnight stops.

Day 14: Rest Day and acclimatization at Manasarover.
Rest day for acclimatization and short walk around Lake Manasarover, a sacred lake located between Mt. Kailash 6,714m and the Gurla Mandhata mountain range at 7,694 m.
Manasarover floats beneath the shadow of holy Kailash as the lake formed in the mind of Gods.
The best time to circle around Manasarover is in late autumn and early spring, when the streams and rivers are shallow. An optional circuit with drive around Manasarover Lake can be done on request taking about 5 hrs.

Day 15: Drive to Tarboche via Darchen 4,600m and walk to Dhiraphuk 4,900 m - 05 hrs.
After a wonderful rest at holy Manasarover Lake, a short drive to popular Darchen town of the area which is also the start and end of holy Kailash circuit or kora, Darchen with hotels and guesthouses a busy place with hundreds of pilgrims during auspicious time for parikrama / kora (circumambulation).

From Darchen drive leads North West at holy spot Tarboche where our walk begins with view of Kailash West Face.

Kailash stands at 6,714m, heart of ancient Shangshung kingdom supposed country of pre-Buddhist Bonpos origin.  After 4 hrs walks brings you at Diraphuk Gompa for overnight stop in a simple lodge.

Day 16: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,760m - 06 hours.
After Dhiraphuk, morning walk on nice path for an hour and then climb to reach the top at Dromo-la the highest point of Kailash walk, a holy spot at 5,470m /18,525ft. A big boulder represents goddess Dolma or Dromo (Tara) this place festooned with prayer flags.
This spot is the physical and spiritual high point of pilgrimage.

From here descend to the bottoms of the hill and then walk to Zutul-Puk Gompa for overnight stop, Zuthul means cave. The place is named after a cave where poet, saint Milarepa meditated; his footprint still remains on the roof.

Day 17: Walk near Darchen 4,520m -3 hrs and then drive to Paryang - 05 hrs.
Last day of holy walk and kora or Parikrama, an easy morning walk of few hours on broad plain passing many prayer mani walls, then coming to a narrow valley with short section of gorge as the route turns towards west to Darchen, last leg of the walk make a dramatic exit from river valley on to the plain as walk passes to mani walls decorated with carved yak skulls.

A short walk from brings you near Darchen to end this great journey, from here drive leads over Maium-la and then reaching a windswept town at Paryang for overnight stop.

Day 18: Drive back to Saga from Paryang -05 hrs.
A moderate hour drive to reach Saga town from Paryang journey continues on the same route for five hours to reach at Saga for overnight stop in a nice lodge or hotels.

Day 19: Drive to Zhangmu 1,940 m - 06 hrs.
After exciting time with super views of mountains at its closest straddling with Nepal / Tibet border, morning a long drive to reach Zangmu a border town, from Saga after few hour drive joining the main road Lhasa / Kathmandu highway at Lalung-la.

After a short stop continue drive heading over Laylung pass 5,050 m, with downhill to Nylam town and back into forest area, on leaving high and Tibetan dry plateau with views of beautiful waterfalls, after little hour drive from Nylam reaching Zhangmu town for last overnight stop in Tibet.

Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu via Kodari - 06 hrs.
Morning as per China Beijing Standard Time (of 2 hrs and 15 minutes ahead than Nepal standard time) after passport and visa formalities, a short drive leads at Friendship Bridge separating Tibet / China with Nepal territory.

On reaching at the Friendship Bridge, bidding farewell to our Tibetan guides and driver and then enter Nepal for the drive to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to your hotels with afternoon free for individual activities and shopping.

Day 21: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfers you to airport for your flight homeward bound or to respective destination with wonderful experience on Lhasa & Mt. Kailash with Everest Base Camp Tour.

Note:
Drive to enter Nepal or to reach any Tibet entry point from Kodari to Zhangmu, not possible at present due to broken road from landslide of 25th April & 25th May earthquakes.

The road might open for travel in near future we will keep in touch for latest updates regarding the situation.

The only way to enter Tibet is by air to Lhasa or drive from Kyarong around Langtang areas which is recently opened for foreign travelers.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfers from/ to Kathmandu airport to the city
  • China visa and permit  arrangements in Kathmandu
  • Guided tour in Kathmandu, all entry fees
  • 3 or 4 star hotels in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast plan, twin sharing rooms.
  • Arrival transfer from Lhasa airport to Lhasa city.
  • Three star standard hotel in Lhasa/ Shigatse / Gyantse and best available hotels along the Lhasa Kathmandu highway. Rooms on twin sharing, bed and breakfast plan. Please note that Shegar, Rongbuk and Zangmu have only basic hotels and no luxury.
  • Transportation by 4WD land cruiser , driver and gasoline   charges included
  • Sightseeing tours with English speaking local Tibetan guide
  • All entry fees, Tibet travel permit/visa
  • Everest region protection fee, Everest.  region  car entry fee , local mini bus between Rongbuk  and Base Camp

Cost Excludes

  • Single supplement charges (compulsory if no one to share the room with )
  • Kathmandu Lhasa airfare
  • Airport tax, personal clothing & equipments,
  • Nepal re entry visa fee  (USD 25 and requires one photograph )
  • Any unforeseen expenses like due to landslide, evacuation etc.
  • Any additional tour services  which  are not mentioned above
  • Porter if used near Nepal Tibet boarder , Tips for guide and driver

Please be noted that the price per person is fixed as stated below. We provide group discounts of 10% for booking of two or more than two person. If a group booking of 10 or more than 10 people, then it is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip for a person. And if your group is much larger, please contact us to negotiate about the discount. By the way, we also provide private and tailor made trip best suited for you.
Note: Start dates are your arrival date in Nepal, whereas, End dates are the returning date from Nepal.

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Status
21st October 2017 21st October 2017 $

Private Trip

Considering our clients' wish, we also provide private trip to them by which they can spend their memorable moments without any disturbance.

Tailor Made Trip

Taking this itinerary as base, you can make your own itinerary. You can add your own activities like Kathmandu Sightseeing, Trishuli River Rafting, Bungee Jumping etc.





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