Tours in Tibet

Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour

Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour
  • Total Duration

    14 days
  • Duration in Tibet

    10 days
  • Trek Grade

    Moderate to Adventurous
  • Trek Starts

    Kathmandu
  • Trek Ends

    Kathmandu
“A cultural journey in the high valleys, world’s highest monastery with Himalayan backdrop”

Overview

A journey of a life time at the roof of the world, visiting the ancient monasteries and the colorful bazaar, and finally on the foot of Mt.Everest at the Base Camp certainly makes this trip a memorable trip, as this trip covers all the best part of Tibet.

Tibet, with its vast landscapes from the verdant forest to the arid dry moonscapes, huddled in the rain shadow behind the mass range of the northern Himalaya, certainly makes this land as mysterious as it was for centuries and it still retains the feel of the medieval period and a tinge of Shangri-la. Located with pride at an average altitude of over 3000 meter, today mankind's enthusiasm and curiosity has flung open the "Mighty doors" to experience the lifestyle, culture and landscape of this "Virgin Land". Stunning picturesque scenery of the landscape, rural villages, people, monasteries and breathe taking views the snow capped mountains from Mt.Everest, Cho-Oyu, Shisa-pangma and array of snow capped peaks. Our Tibet trip from Lhasa, Shigaste, Shegar and to Old Tingri onwards is one of the magnificent drive passing through traditional Tibetan villages and nomads camps with constant views of the close snow capped peaks, after a great tour of the great historical cities our route head towards Everest Base Camp via Pangla-pass at 5,200m and towards Rongbuk Monastery where the view of Mt. Everest is beyond imagination.

Drive continues to the highest monastery at Rongbuk through the large village of Tashi Dzong, and valleys with the ever present vista of the snow capped mountain before reaching our highest destination at Everest Base Camp at 5,200m, with ample time to explore around and heading back to join the main Friendship Highway and the Trans Himalayan Trade Route at Tingri. Journey continues on the good road to the last frontier town at Zhangmu and then back to Kathmandu.


Departures

SPRING - AUTUMN

24 April to 07 May
06 May to 19 May
03 June to 16 June
12 August to 25 August
03 September to 16 September
14 October to 27 October

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and Transfer to Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office sta ff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will als o review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseein g tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus.Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resid ent monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa (3650m)

This morning you’ll be transferred to the intl. airport and fly to Lhasa over the majestic Himalayan range with the spectacular view of Everest (8848m), Makalu (8463m) and some of its adjoining peaks. Upon arrival in Lhasa airport, your guide will transfer you to the Hotel in Lhasa and a fternoon at leisure for acclimatization and relax and overnight at Hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel

Please note it is important today and the next couple of days to take things easy and not rush around, to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water to allow your body to acclimatize. If you feel well and want to explore and take a gentle walk locally that’s fine but we don’t plan anything on this first day in order to allow you to rest and acclimatize first.

Day 04: Lhasa sightseeing
Today, you will go for city for sightseeing of Sera Monastery, one of the most important and old monastery of Tibet, as well a school for Tibetan Buddhism. The Jorkhang Temple is another interesting place to visit as it boasts a lot of historic importance and tales. Conclude the day tour by visiting Bharkor Bazaar and back to hotel for overnight stay. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 05: Lhasa sightseeing
Today it’s also another day for the sightseeing tour to Potala Palace, originally built during 640 AD. The 13 storied palaces stand 117.19m high with 1000 rooms, big and small. Afternoon we visit Drepung monastery; the largest of all monasteries in Tibet. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3950m) 261km
Morning drive to Gyantse, the drive lea ds to the scenic highway past the Khamba-la at 4800m and towards the Yamdrok Thso (The Torquoise lake) and towards the Karo-La 5,050m overlooking great view of the Nazong-Khangtsa peak and its massif ice fall just by the road, after a great drive of five hours, then reaching to Gyantse for the overnight halt and at Gyantse with time for a visit of Phalkor Monastery, Kumbum Stupa and the local market. Afternoon sightseeing of Kumbum Monastery if time and condition of the group permits or else, we can do it the next morning before heading to Shigatse and evening leisure. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 07: Drive to Shigatse (3900m) 90km
This is about two hours driving, and when in Shigatse visit of the very large complex of Tashilumpo monastery. This is the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama and contains a 27m high gold plated Buddha known as Matria (the future Buddha). The hotel in Shigtase is quite large and comfortable and afternoon sightseeing of Tashilumpo monastery and the local market. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 08: Drive to Xegar (41 00m) 06 Hrs
Travel on the Friendship Highway from Shigtse to Shegar. The drive is on the main Kathmandu / Lhasa highway, the road has improved since past few years and again crossing high passes, one at 4,500m and 5 ,200m. Driving through the town of Larze where the road to Mt.Kailash joins, after Larze the drive climbs to the highest pass at Gyamshola Pass, 5,220m. After the pass reaching at Shegar for the overnight stop. Shegar has a historical monument the Dzong (Fortress all around its hill top monastery). Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 09: Drive to Ronbuk ( 4980m) 05 Hrs
Morning after breakfast from Shegar, the drive soon leaves the main highway heading to wards the dirt road and climbing on the winding trail to the top of Pang-la at 5,200m. From Pang-la you can observe the greatest panoramic scenery of the high mountain, including five world’s highest peak Mt.Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu an d Mt. Shisapangma. With a great moment here drive leads downhill and to wards the large farm village of Tashi Dzong. From here following the wide winding dirt road with few ups and down, the main road continues its slow ascent, twisting away from the river through arid landscapes of rocky hills and plains, throughout this area are hundreds of small rock piles erected by devout Tibetans who have made the pilgrimage journey to Rongbuk Monastery and the abode of Mother Goddess. Getting past the creek gully, then the route follows the road into a s eries of morainal hills for another hour or less arriving at Rongbuk Monastery with superb full views of the massive North Face of Mount Everest that dominates the entire head of this valley and overnight stop near the Monastery with time to visit this ancient monastery. Rongbuk Gompa and its many hermitage retreats were introduced to the world in the 1920's through the account of the 1st British expedition’s teams of George and Irving Mallory and from the well-known novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton. At present most of the retreat cells are abandoned and only few small monasteries scattered at this end of the valley is in function. According to the Rimpoche of this area, the monastery was first established as a religious site around 250 to 350 years ago.
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5200m) 04 Hrs
Today's final day of this great trip is a short walk of less than 3-4 hours, or one can take a taxi on the two wheels and horse cart to Base Camp. As the Everest or Chomolungma authority does not allow vehicle to enter through from Rongbuk only on special cases, the cost for a horse cart is about Yuan 70-80 on motorbike it’s almost the same cost. Journey continues on this wide trail coming to the ruins of Sherab Chholing, just above the road from the Stupa with piles of prayers stones with time for a short visit to these old hermitage caves on route to Everest Base Camp. After a visit to the hermit cave, another hour and half on the gravel, rocky track with the last climb over the rocky dunes for 20 minutes, after the climb coming towards Everest Base Camp, as the path reaches the base camp one can see a guest-house built by the Chinese Government perched on top of the mor aine hill near the bunch of prayer flags with majestic views of Mt. Everest behind. After a wonderful morning with time to marvel the surrounding scenery head back to Rongbuk for overnight stop. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 11: Drive to Nyalam 06 Hrs
After a great time at Rongbuk, morning drive leads past to the trail that we have driven following the river Rongbuk for some time, then driving past number of isolated settlements and villages and through the farm fields of barley and yellow mustard fields. Our route follows north towards Lama-la pass, after climbing on the winding road for an hour reaching at the top of the pass at 5,100m. Our journey descends after another hour of steady drive coming back to the main Kathmandu-Lhasa highway at Old Tingri. This scenic drive continues with brief a stop on route at the top of Lay-Lung la at 5,050m, the last high pass of this trip which offers marvelous mountain scenery from Langtang range, Mt.Shishapangma and towards Mt.Gaurishankar to Numbur peaks, bordering Nepal. After a great moment here drive leads downhill towards Nylam for the overnight stop. Overnight stay in Hotel (Time permitting might carry on towards Zhang mu to make it easier shorter for the next day)
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu 07 Hrs
After the passport and visa formalities, our drive continues near the Friendship Bridge just few minutes away from Nepal side. Here we leave and bid farewell to our Tibetan guide and drivers and walk towards Kodari, Nepal for the good drive of 4-5 hours to Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 13: Leisure at Kathmandu
A free day in Kathmandu for individual activities such as explore the Thamel or shopping or relax at the hotel, if you are interested for extensions your days, contact with us and you can join in our extension trip. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 14: Final departure
Today keep in mind your international flight time, so make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from our amazing country, Nepal.

Useful Information

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals,to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools,lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fundraising programs,student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work closely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements,budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation,guides,transport,permits,peak fees,equipment requirements,food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And you can get on with enjoying yourself.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (*permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, intended to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one -5 to -20 sleeping bag
Two T-shirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants

Toiletry Items

Towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.

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