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Trip Code: NHT452
Trip Grade: Moderate, Strenuous
Max Elevation: 5420 m
Total Duration: 11 days
Best Time: April - November
Group Size: Min. 2 People
Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour is a magical combination that blends all the sightseeing tour in Lhasa with a drive to the pursuance of every adventure seeker – Everest Base Camp. It contains the best itinerary that includes the major attractions of Lhasa like Potala palace, Norbulingka palace, Drepung monastery, Sera monastery, Jokhang temple and many more. It also includes drive to the Everest Base Camp to admire the beauty that lies in the rocky peaks of the towering mountains. As you stand on the base camp, your eyes will wander from one peak to another to immerse in the surreal taste of the wild and appealing mountains. The close up views of Karo glacier along with Mt. Everest from this point is purely mystical.
Tibet Everest Base Camp tour is not just about mountains and monasteries. The beauty that lies in the high altitude lakes like Lake Yamdrok Tso is fascinating. The tranquillity and serenity that it possess is beyond any words of description. You will find the influence of Buddhism throughout your journey in Tibet and it will add up to your knowledge of Buddhism. It can be an opportunity to learn and get insights about the Buddhist culture and its teachings. It may even help you find peace within yourself.
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Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
11Your arrival at the airport marks the first day of the journey. You will be greeted by one of Neal Hiking Team’s representatives who will proceed to explain the program further to you. Transferred to your hotel with no further planned activities for the day, you may relax for the remainder of the time. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02 - Obtaining Chinese Visa and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
You would be touring various sites in Kathmandu Valley Today. All of the destinations are included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Starting off the day, you would first visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Here, you can have a look at old monarchial palaces of Nepal that date back to medieval times and see temples and statues of various Gods and deities. The durbar square surrounds quadrangles, raveling old courtyards and temples. It is also known as the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square because of the statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram at the entrance of the palace. Next, you would be visiting the Swayambhunath Stupa. It is an ancient religious architectural place of worship atop a hill in Kathmandu. For Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism, the Swayambhunath Stupa is second only to Bouddhanath. It is also known as “The Monkey temple” as well because of its abundance of monkeys around the site. Moving on, the next destination is the Bouddhanath Stupa with its massive mandala which makes it one of the largest spherical structures in Nepal. The stupa also dominated the skyline and is one of the largest in the world. The influx of large population of refugee from Tibet has seen the construction of the most popular tourist site in the Kathmandu area. And lastly, you would be visiting the holy temple of Pashupatinath. It is a sacred religious site for Hindu people and you can sometimes see the cremation ceremony being performed on the banks of the Bagmati River beside the temple as well. You would also be obtaining your Chinese Visa today. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.
Day 03 - Fly to Lhasa and transfer to hotel
Upon your arrival in Lhasa, you will be received by our Tibetan guide at the airport. Then you will be transferred to your accommodation in Lhasa. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude. Overnight at Hotel, Breakfast included.
Day 04 - Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa
We spend our day visiting several monasteries in Lhasa in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, a best-preserved monastery in Tibet within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs. After lunch we visit Norbulingka, a summer palace of the Dalai Lama and the Jokhang Temple, a most sacred shrine in Tibet. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor – a maze of narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa. Overnight at Hotel, Breakfast included.
Day 05 - Second day sightseeing tour in Lhasa
We visit Potala Palace in the morning. It is a palace that dominates the city of Lhasa. It is a spectacular building containing private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a Palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present Palace was constructed in the 17th century. After lunch, we visit the Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century. It used to be the largest monastery in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days the number has fallen down to hundred. Overnight at Hotel, Breakfast included.
Day 06 - Lhasa to Shigatse (3900m/12792ft) 350 Km, 7 hrs
Our drive follows the Tsangpo River. We ascend up to 15,700-foot Khampa La. We see Yamdrok Lake below and in the near distance rises a great snow peak of Ningdzingzonka. We then head westward along the lake and drive toward Gyantse. In Gyantse, we visit the famous Pelkor Monastery. The Pelkor Chode Monastery also includes Gyantse Kumbum. The Kumbum has nine floors and each tier has unique chapels. It is considered the largest of the three Kumbums in Tibet. After one and half hour drive, we arrive in Shigatse. Overnight at Hotel, Breakfast included.
Day 07 - Shigatse to Xegar (4200m) 240 Km, 6 hrs
Morning Visit Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu Monastery. Then Drive to Xegar crossing over Gyatchula (a pass of 5,200m). Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast included
Day 08 - Xegar - Rongbuk (4980m) – Everest Base Camp, 9-10 Hrs
We leave Rongbuk in the morning to visit the Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft). We drive to Everest base camp by local bus. On the way, we enjoy spectacular views of high mountains like Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft), Shishapangma (8,013m/26,289ft) and, of course, the mighty Everest (8,848m/29,028ft) also known as Mt. Chomolongma in the Tibetan side. Today, we accomplish one of the major highlights of our trip, reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest. We make approximately a 16 km round trip around the Everest Base Camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the view of Everest is more than compensating. After spending some quality time at the base of the world’s highest mountain then we drive back to Xegar. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast included.
Day 09 - Xegar to Kerung (3700m) 315 km, 5-6 hrs
Drive to Kerung by over-crossing the high pass of Lulang La (5,050m) from where one can enjoy the magnificent view of the Mt. Xishapagma (8,212m) & Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m). Overnight at Guesthouse in Kerung, breakfast included.
Day 10 - Kerung to Kathmandu: 300 Km, 11-12 hrs
After necessary border formalities continue scenic drive to Kathmandu through the green lush countryside. The Road condition to the Nepal part is rough, unstable and often close due to the landslide and flood. Therefore, expect delay and long journey back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel , breakfast included.
Day 11 - Tour Ends/Farewell
Approximately three hour before your scheduled flight, one of Nepal Hiking Team’s representatives will drop you off at the airport from where you will depart, hopefully with beautiful and fond memories of the tour.
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
- Three star category hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
- Full day Kathmandu valley sightseeing tours including tour guide, entry fee and private vehicle
- Airfare from Kathmandu to Lhasa in economic class.
- Three star category hotels with breakfast in Lhasa and Shigatse as per itinerary.
- Best available Guest House with breakfast at Xegar, Rongbuk and Kerung.
- Tibet Travel permits and Chinese group visa.
- Highly experienced English speaking guide including his salary, foods, accommodation, insurance etc.
- Local bus transport from Rumbuk - EBC – Rumbuk
- All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as per itinerary
- All applicable taxes and service charges
- Lunches and dinners during the tours
- Travel insurance
- Nepal entry and re-entry visa
- Personal shopping, laundry, WiFi internet, unless hotels provide free.
- Tips for guide and driver
Cost & Dates
Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.
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