Everest Base Camp to Lhasa
The 9 day tour from Lhasa to Mt. Everest Base Camp is one of the classic overland routes in Asia. During this trip, you will cover over 800 kilometers across some of the most beautiful scenery Tibet has to offer. The world’s highest mountains, beautiful alpine lakes, glaciers, nomadic regions, Buddhist monasteries as well as the Tibetan capital city of Lhasa will all be seen during this amazing tour. This itinerary is just a suggestion and can be modified in any way. Email or call us for more information.
Tour Type: Small private group tour
Tour Duration: 9 Days
Best Time: April to January
Day 1 ARRIVE LHASA
Arrive in Lhasa, Tibet via plane or train. Upon arrival in Lhasa (3700m) you will be welcomed by your English-speaking Tibetan Guide and Tibetan Driver and we will bring you to your hotel. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 2 LHASA TOUR WITH LOCAL GUIDE
In Lhasa (3700m) we explore the Jokhang Temple, the central monastery in Tibet, and the surrounding Bhakor Street, the bustling Lhasa market. In the afternoon we go to Sera Monastery to watch the monks debate in centuries-old manner. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 3 LHASA TOUR WITH LOCAL GUIDE
In Lhasa (3700m) we tour the Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama built in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama, and Norbulinka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, built in the 18th century by the seventh Dalai Lama. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 4 LHASA–YAMDROK LAKE – GYANGTSE
On this day we drive approximately 290km, first stopping along the banks of Yamdrok-Tso, the sparkling turquoise lake, for photos. After, on the way to Gyantse we cross Kampa-la (5050 m) and Karo-la Pass (5045 m) to view the Mount Nojin Kangtsen Glacier falling down near the road. Upon arriving in Gyantse (3950m), we visit the seven-story tall Kubum Stupa and Pelkor Chode Monastery. Also, we admire the Gyantse Dzong (fort) overlooking Gyangste, famous for the British military siege led by Colonel Younghusband in 1903. Overnight in Gyangtse.
Day 5 GYANGTSE –- SHIGATSE – PELBER (NEW TINGRI)
After breakfast we drive 90km from Gyangtse to Shigatse (3900m). In Shigatse we visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, to see the future Buddha’s golden shrine. The Tashilhunpo Monastery is the seat of the Panchen Lama, the 2nd highest in the Tibetan Buddhist religious hierarchy. We also visit Shigatse Market and view the panorama of Shigatse Dzong (fort), with its architecture reminiscent of the Potala Palace. We leave Shigatse in the afternoon and drive to Shegar across Tsou-la Pass (4500m) and Gyatso-la Pass (5220m), with good weather you can see your first views of Mt. Everest. In the evening we arrive at Pelber (New Tingri) (4300m). Overnight in Pelber.
Day 6 PELBAR–RONGBUK MONASTERY- EVEREST BASECAMP
On the scenic drive from Pelber to Everest Base Camp, we will cross the Gau-la Pass (5200m) and see 4 mountains above 8,000 meters, such as Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Cho-oyo (8201m), and Mt. Makalu (8463m). We then arrive at Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, 4km from Everest Basecamp. The 100km drive takes approximately 4 hours due to unpaved roads. Overnight at Everest Basecamp area.
Day 7 RONGBUK MONASTERY–SHIGATSE
We wake up in the early morning to see the stunning sunrise over Mt. Everest, the highest peak on earth at 8,848m (29,029 ft). We take the Ecobus and take pictures in front of its imposing face. We then drive 340km to Shigatse (3900m) and be wrapped again in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 8 SHIGATSE – LHASA
After breakfast we depart Shigatse and drive 280km all the way back to Lhasa along the Northern Route and the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 9 DEPART FROM LHASA
Transfer to Lhasa train station or Lhasa airport.