Everest Base Camp to Nepal border
The 8 day overland tour from Lhasa to Mt. Everest Base Camp and the Nepal border is one of the classic overland routes in Asia. During this trip, you will cover over 950 kilometers across some of the most beautiful scenery Tibet has to offer. The world’s highest mountains, beautiful alpine lakes, nomadic grasslands, Buddhist monasteries as well as the Tibetan capital city of Lhasa will all be seen during this tour. This itinerary is just a suggestion and can be modified in anyway. Please email or call us for more information.
Tour Type: Small private group tour
Tour Duration: 8 Days
Best Time: April to December
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 most sacred monastery in Tibet, and the surrounding Bharkor bazaar, the bustling Lhasa market. In the afternoon we go to Sera Monastery to watch the monks debate in centuries-old manner.
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.
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 Mt. 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.
Day 5 GYANGTSE – SHIGATSE
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.
Day 6 SHIGATSE–PELBER (NEW TINGRI)
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. At the end of the day’s 230km journey we arrive in the evening at Pelber (New Tingri) (4300m).
Day 7 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.
Day 8 RONGBUK MONASTERY–ZHANGMU/KODARI
On the final day we drive to Zhangmu, crossing over Lalung-la Pass at (5,050m) and Nyalam Pass (3,800m), taking in beautiful panoramas of the Himalayan Range including the Mt. Everest (8,848m). The drive will take approximately 8 hours from Everest Base Camp to Zhangmu (Chinese border)/Kodari (Nepalese border). Here you will cross the Friendship Bridge on foot and Our Nepal agency car will transport to Kathmandu (approximately 4 hours, 150km).