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Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp
This 13 day tour begins by traveling from Lhasa to Old Tingri. After spending a few days in the cultural and religious center of Tibet, you will depart Lhasa for the Himalaya region. From Old Tingri, you will trek for 3 or 4 days to Rongbhu Monastery, the highest monastery in Tibet, and the North Face of Mt. Everest. Along with amazing views of the mountains, you will pass through several small Tibetan villages where you can experience traditional Tibetan culture up close. This itinerary is just a suggestion and can be modified in any way. Please email or call us for more information.
Tour Type: Trekking tour
Tour Duration: 13 Days
- All travel permits for Tibet
- English speaking Tibetan tour guide
- All transportation in Tibet as per the itinerary
- Pick up and drop off by airport bus
- All administrative fees
- All meals and accommodations for your driver and guide
- Vehicle tolls and vehicle repairs (if necessary)
- All lodging listed in the itinerary; If you travel individually, you will need to share one room with another tourist; while if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement.
- Breakfast each morning
- Entrance fees for the places listed in the Itinerary
- One time welcome meal for the group
- One box of mineral water, shared Oxygen tank in car.
- Transportation costs to and from Tibet
- Chinese visa fees and passport fees
- Lunch and dinner
- Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
- Tips to the driver and guide
Day 1: Lhasa
Welcome to Lhasa! Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station or airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 2: Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Circuit
Lhasa, elevation 3650m, is the holiest city in Tibet and each day pilgrims from across the Tibetan Plateau arrive in the city to worship at one of the many temples found there. You will spend 3 full days exploring the city. The first day you will visit Jokhang Temple, the most famous temple in Tibet. From the rooftop you will see religious pilgrims prostrating in front to the Jowo Buddha statue inside the monastery. Afterwards, you will explore the endless maze of markets and restaurants that line the ancient Barkhor circuit. While exploring the Barkhor circuit, you will rub elbows with Tibetan pilgrims who are prostrating their way around the Tibetan Quarter.
Day 3: Potala Palace and Sera Monastery
In the morning, you will visit the Potala Palace, the most recognizable structure in Tibet. Built in the year 637, the Potala Palace rises 13 stories and has more than 1000 rooms. In the afternoon, you will visit the great monastery of Sera, where monk debates take place each day. If you are interested in hiking, there is a pilgrimage circuit around the monastery that takes about an hour to complete.
Day 4: Drepung Monastery, Ramoche Temple and the Tibetan Quarter
This day you will explore Drepung Monastery. Drepung was formerly the largest monastery in the world and is still one of the 3 most important monasteries in Tibet. Below Drepung is Nechung Monastery, the former home of Tibet’s state oracle. In the afternoon, we will visit Ramoche Temple as well as a small nunnery in the Tibetan Quarter.
Day 5: Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse 260kms, 5.5 hours
You will travel from Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet’s holiest and most beautiful lakes. Yamdrok Lake sits at 4450m and is an amazing turquoise color. The 7191m Mt. Nojin Kangtsang can be seen in the distance. After visiting the lake, you will drive to the mid-sized town of Gyantse. Gyantse, elevation 3950m, is famous for its massive hilltop military fort and for the Pelkor Chode Monastery, which has the tallest Tibetan Buddhist stupa in Tibet.
Day 6: Gyantse-Shigatse 90kms, 1.5 hours
In the morning, you will depart Gyantse for Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. Shigatse, elevation 3840m, is home to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Along with exploring the monastery, you can also hike the ancient pilgrim circuit along with hundreds of Tibetan worshippers.
Day 7: Shigatse-Old Tingri 290kms, 6 hours
From Shigatse, you will drive to the small town of Old Tingri. Along the way, you will cross several high passes offering great views of the plains and snow-capped mountains. Old Tingri sits at 4335m.
Day 8: Trek from Old Tingri-Lungchang 12kms, 3.5 hours
Start trekking along the Ra Chu stream to beyond Choling and Lungchang villages (4350m). Camp overnight.
Day 9: Trek from Lungchang to the base of the Nam La Pass 21kms, 5.5 hours
From Lungchang, you will ascend to the small village of Drokpa at the base of the Nam La Pass. The elevation of Drokpa is 4860m. Camp overnight.
Day 10: Trek from Nam La Pass to Everest Base Camp 27kms, 9.5 hours.
This day you will complete the trek and arrive at Mt. Everest’s North Face Base Camp.
*Alternative is to take an additional day of trekking
Day 11: Everest Base Camp-Lhatse 195kms, 5 hours
This day you will begin the journey back to Lhasa. Leaving Everest Base Camp, you will drive to the mid-sized town of Lhatse. In Lhatse, elevation 4020m, you can visit the small monastery of Lhatse Chode.
*Alternative is to drive to Dram/Zhangmu at the Nepal border
Day 12: Lhatse-Lhasa 420kms, 8.5 hours
You will return to Lhasa where you can explore the Tibetan Quarter one last time to find that perfect last Tibetan souvenir.
Day 13: Depart from Lhasa
This itinerary can be modified in any way. Contact us for prices and more information regarding this trip.