Tibet Tour with Everest Base Camp (10 days)
|Trip Duration||10 days|
|Min. Group Size||2+|
|Meals:||3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)|
|Acommodation:||2-3 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
Standard Hotel Accommodation in Tibet
Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa.
Early morning transfer to the airport and board the plane for the flight over the Himalaya to Lhasa. If the weather is clear there is a wonderful view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and other peaks en route. On arrival at Gonggar airport (which is 90 km. from Lhasa), you meet your vehicle and drive east along the broad Yarlung Tsangpo valley to Tsedang (3400m.). After checking in to your hotel, you drive south to see the oldest building in Tibet. The Yumbu Lakhang, a beautiful castle-like dwelling and monastery, dramatically perched on a spur looking out over the fertile valley below. If time permits you may be able to visit a small monastery close to Tsedang, or an interesting carpet factory where you can see the whole process of carpet making. Stay overnight at hotel.
Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse crossing The Kamba La(4794m.) and Karo La Pass (5010m.) via The Lake Yamdrok-Tso.
Today is a full day picturesque drive crossing over a colorful Yamdrok Lake, Kambala Pass at 4,794 m and Karola Pass at 5,010m. In Gyantse you spend time visiting the Pelke Chode Monastery and Kumbum stupa in Gyantse before driving through a landscape of fields and low hills of Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest town at 3,900m. Shigatse is situated near the junction of the Ngang and Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) rivers, with many traditional low ceiling, flat roofed, mud brick Tibetan houses, but quite a lot of ugly modern Chinese buildings as well. It is home of the Tashilunpo monastery, traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, and one of the great centers of Tibetan Buddhism. Shigatse also has an interesting bazaar, where various traditional items can often be found at more or less reasonable prices. Shigatse has always been an important trade and administration center and also has political and religious significance, once being the seat of the Panchen Lama. The town is essentially divided into two parts: the old Tibetan style area in the city and the concrete, modern Chinese part of the town. The older streets and alleys here are very pleasant to wander and there are a few sights of interest to warrant a stay of a day or two. Stay overnight at hotel.
Drive from Shigatse to Tingri.
Your trip today takes you to Tingri, the trekkers’ gateway to Mount Everest. The name of this windblown settlement comes from the sound made by a special black rock, thrown all the way from India to Tibet by an incarnation of the Buddha, when the rock struck the ice near the present site of the town. Stay overnight at hotel.
Drive from Tingri to Rongbuk.
Drive over Pangla pass to Rongbuk Monastery situated below the giant North Face of Mt. Everest. Stay overnight at hotel.
Excursion to Everest Base Camp.
Two hours trek from The Rongbuk Monastery will lead you to the base of the highest peak on Earth The North Face of Mount Everest (8848m.) Or Mount Quomolangma in Tibetan. Explore the base camp and The Ronghu Glacier. But the views are stupendous on a clear day, and feature a huge sweep of the Himalaya range including peaks over 8000, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. When you finally get to Base Camp, the first sight of the mighty Everest simply leaves you speechless. Stay overnight at hotel.
Drive from Rongbuk to Nyalam.
Drive downhill to Nyalam crossing two spectacular passes- The Lalung La (5082m.) and Nyalam Pass (3800m.). Stay overnight at hotel.
Drive downhill to Zhangmu and to Kathmandu.
On this, your last day in Tibet, you will descend to Zangmu or Khasa, some 560 miles from the beginning of our journey in Lhasa. Today you will take the plunge, dropping 15,000' to the lowest point in the Sun Kosi valley. After completing all Chinese customs procedures, depending on the state of the road, you will either walk or drive to the Nepal border, cross customs, and continue on to Kathmandu.
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