Everest Base Camp Tour via Lhasa is a quick glance at the sacred Tibetan capital city and an unforgettable tour to the Everest Base Camp from the northern side. It is a wonderful trip to witness the majesty of the highest mountain in the world, Everest (8848m), without having to trek for days on end. The tour is also an opportunity to discover the artistic formations and Mongolian architectures that have been subjected throughout the Tibetan highland.
The tour starts from Lhasa, and driving pass several traditional villages and crossing several high passes, it takes you to the North Everest Base Camp. In Lhasa, the ancient architectural miracles in monasteries, historical palaces, and museums can be discovered. Visiting Jokhang Temple, the holiest monastery in Tibet, you discover the neighboring Barkhor Street where you can circumambulate while visiting the many colorful shops. The attractive Potala and Norbulingka Palaces are some of the high points during the Lhasa sightseeing. The isolated scenery, the Buddhist monasteries, and Tibetan buildings provide a striking cultural taste to the tour, making it spiritually fulfilling. The route from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp is comprised of many high passes, including Kampa La (4797m) and Karo La (5050m), which give you amazing view of the gorgeous Shishapangma (8013m). Exploring Gyantse Dzong and the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, you arrive at the Everest Base Camp via Pang La (5150m), which gives outstanding views of Lhotse (8414m), Cho Oyu (8188m), and Mount Everest (8848m). Beside this, you have a chance to visit the beautiful Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world with the mighty Everest (8848m) in the backdrop. The trips end as you move from Zhangmu to Kathmandu.
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|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||5545 m|
We arrive in Lhasa by taking a direct flight from Nepal. We get to relish a lovely hour-long trans-Himalayan flight that offers us the view of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m), and other snowy peaks. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, a representative will escort us from the airport to the hotel in Lhasa. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.
After having breakfast, we start exploring Lhasa visiting the stunning Potala and Norbulingka. Made in the 17th century, Potala Palace offers astounding sights of the whole city. The Norbulingka Palace is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet.
We explore Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Bazaar today. Drepung Monastery is one of the world’s major monasteries and is supposed to have protected around 10,000 monks in the past. The past, philosophy, and spiritual principles of the Tibetan people are intensely focused and centered in this wonderful monastery. Sera Monastery is a conserved monastery of whitewashed walls and golden roofs. The main highlight to visit this monastery is to see the monks’ discussion which is held from 3-5 pm every day apart from Sundays. Jokhang Temple is another significant sacred site which unties more deep-rooted secrecies of Tibetan Buddhism. Inside, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni. Overnight in Lhasa.
Today we take a picturesque drive to Gyantse. On the way, we pass the Khamba La Pass (4794m) with a brief halt to relish the exquisiteness of the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three biggest sacred lakes in Tibet, and the attractive Nazin Kang Sang Glacier (7252m). Soon, we come across another pass, the Karo La (5045m). We can adore the visions of huge glaciers falling down into the road before arriving in Gyantse. Overnight in Gyantse.
Early morning in Gyantse, we explore the Phalkor Monastery, Khumbhum Stupa, and Gyantse Dzong (Fortress), one of the finest conserved Dzongs in Tibet. Then we move towards Shigatse, the second major city in Tibet. On the way, we visit the beautiful Shalu Monastery, which is known for its lovely murals from the ancient times. Next, we move to Shigatse to visit the typical Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the home of the Panchen Lama, which has both ancient and cultural status for being founded by Gendun Drukpa, the First Dalai Lama. After exploring the monastery, we will have the rest of the day free to explore Shigatse Tibetan Market. Overnight in Shigatse.
Today we will drive along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La Pass (5220m). The pass provides an amazing view of Shishapangma (8013m) along with the emerging peak of Everest (8848m). As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Xegar. Overnight in Xegar.
Enjoying the view of Everest (8848m), today we start driving towards Rongbuk. Crossing Pang La (5150m), we reach the whitewashed Rongbuk Monastery, which is situated at the base of the mighty Everest and is the highest monastery in the world. While here, we also relish the fabulous mountainous scenery all around us, including the magnificent views of the north face of Mt. Everest (8848m). Overnight in Rongbuk.
Early morning, we will drive to North Everest Base Camp, the base of the world’s tallest mountain. On the way, we get outstanding views of three 8-thousand peaks: Shishapangma (8013m), Cho Oyu (8188m), and the mighty Everest (8488m), also known as Mt. Chomolongma on the Tibetan side. Upon reaching the breathtaking base camp area, we get an enchanting view of the massive Everest (8848m) along with the wonderful Rongbuk Glacier. We explore the base camp area for some time before heading back to Rongbuk Monastery for the overnight stay.
Leaving Rongbuk behind, we head towards Nyalam today. We cross a few small passes enjoying the picturesque landscape to reach Tingri. A winding trail from Tingri brings us atop Lalung La (5030m) for an absolutely mind-blowing view of Shishapangma (8013m), only 8-thousand in Tibet. We cross the pass to arrive at Thong La (5153m), from where a downhill drive takes us to Nyalam, where we will be staying for the night.
Early in the morning today, we drive away from Nyalam to reach the border town of Zhangmu. We then cross the Friendship Bridge over Bhote Koshi River to arrive in the Nepalese side of the border in Kodari. From Kodari, we will drive back to Kathmandu relishing the soothing views of rolling hills and fast flowing rivers. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel for the overnight stay.