Lhasa Kathmandu: Everest Base Camp - Black Diamond Expedition
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Lhasa Kathmandu: Everest Base Camp

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  • Duration
    Duration:12 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 11 Nights (Standard Hotel)
  • Meals
    Meals :11 Breakfast, 10 Lunch
    10 Dinner
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Moderate
  • Max Altitude
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Overview

Lhasa to Kathmandu: Everest Base Camp tour is one of the most amazing overland trips in Tibet that provides an opportunity to experience the mixed adventures and culture such as visit to stunning Potala Palace with legendary monasteries, beautiful lakes, crossing the dramatic high passes, exploring the highest base camp on the planet with magnificent views of Tibetan mountains and experiencing the Tibetan culture and tradition.

Lhasa to Kathmandu: Everest Base Camp tour begins with a spectacular flight from Kathmandu or aboard train from mainland China and the first few days of adventure trip will be spent in the old city of Lhasa. This time will allow us for excellent sightseeing and proper acclimatization. After a while, the trip departs in four wheel drive along the amazing Friendship Highway towards northern base camp of Mt. Everest before reaching Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Experience the mixed adventures and culture
  • Potala Palace with legendary monasteries, beautiful lakes
  • Magnificent views of Tibetan mountains
  • Spectacular flight to the city of Lhasa

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Lhasa

Arrive at Lhasa from Kathmandu, Nepal. While flying from Kathmandu, enjoy the amazing views of the Himalaya, including Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and the Tibetan valleys. Upon arrival at Gonggar Airport or train station, meet our Tibetan guide who will escort to Lhasa. After 1.5 hours scenic drive along the Brahmaputra River and Lhasa River finally reach wonder city, Lhasa. If going Lhasa by train, it takes around 20 minutes drive to reach the hotel in Lhasa city. Check into hotel. Take it easy today and have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Potola Palace & Jokhang Temple

After breakfast, have an easy visit to Potala Palace- highest palace in the world and is Lhasa’s cardinal landmark which offers an awesome view of entire city. It is the ideal example of architectural work and is mostly renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages. After then visit Jokhang Monastery and Barkhor Market- Jokhang Monastery is the most revered and sacred shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devotees. Barkhor Market is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Monastery and is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Overnight at Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery & Norbulingka Summer Palace

Today tour begins with a visit to Drepung Monastery- the largest monastery among the great three Gelugpa university monasteries which was used to be the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala Palace. After then visit Sera Monastery- the second largest Gelugpa university monasteries in Tibet, is well preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Finally, visit Norbulingka- the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4Sightseeing in Lhasa : Tibet Museum and afternoon free

In the morning, visit Tibet Museum. Officially inaugurated in October of 1999, the museum houses a rich collection of prehistoric cultural relics including Buddha statues in different postures, imperial jade seals, gold albums, gifts granted by emperors, colorful Thankas, and various printed Sanskrit and Tibetan scriptures. We can further see variety of folk art such as unique Tibetan handicrafts, costumes, jewelry, and adornments made of gold, silver, and jade, as well as fine Chinese pottery. Despite the collections, the museum holds the museum building complex with its ornamented beams, pillars, lintels, banners and wall hangings exhibit traditional Tibetan architectural styles. At noon, free for shopping. Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake

Today, start journey by jeep along the Friendship Highway crossing the Kampala pass [4794m], from where enjoy the fabulous view of Yamdrok Lake which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. After then drive westwards over another high pass Karo la pass (5,045 m) from where have a amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar Glacier standing proudly at 7252m. The unforgettable view of fan-shaped turquoise water of the lake and Nyenchen Khangsar Glacier is the wonder of day. Passing through beautiful valleys and colourful Tibetan villages arrive in the town of Gyantse houses beautifully landscaped Tibetan Villages. Overnight in Gyantse.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6Gyantse to Shigatse via Shalu Monastery

After breakfast visit the Gyantse Dzong, Gyantse Kumbum and Palkhor Chod Monastery. Gyantse Dzong- one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet, situated high above the town of Gyantse on a huge grey brown rock, Gyantse Kumbum- an extraordinary architectural masterpiece with a large gold-domed stupa and its nine levels rise in the manner of a step pyramid made it one of the most distinctive temples in the world. and Palkhor Chode Monastery which houses Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa sects together and has combined characters of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture. After sightseeing drive towards Shigatse the second largest city in Tibet. En-route visit Shalu Monastery which is architecturally distinctive with the perfect combination of Han and Tibet architectural styles. Finally arrive in Shigatse and after exploring the local market visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery one of the six big monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism and the home of the Panchen Lama, which is located on the hillside overlooking Shigatse northwest of the town. The main structures found here are the Maitreya Chapel and Kelsang Temple. Overnight in Shigatse.

Meals: Breakfast
Max Altitude: 3,900m
Trek duration: 2 hrs

Day 7Shigatse to New Tingrivia Sakya

After breakfast drive towards Shegar (New Tingri). On the way visit Natang Monastery which contains oldest printing house and collection of Tibetan printing blocks and hand-copied Buddhist scriptures. After then drive to Sakya Monastery- one of the largest monasteries in Tibet, and is home to the Sakya sect of Buddhism. It contains thousands of statues, paintings, murals, stupas, mandalas, and other holy objects, as well as libraries of scriptures in Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian, and Sanskrit piled from floor to ceiling. Then drive along the Friendship passing small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m enjoying the view of spectacular Himalayan ranges from Mt. Makalu to Mt. Shishapama. Finally reach Shegar in the evening. Overnight in Shegar.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery and visit Everest Base Camp

Early morning drive towards Rongbuk crossing Pang La pass (5150m/16890ft). Enjoy the majestic view of snow capped peaks throughout the drive. Climbing up and down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and then to the Rongbuk. It is the highest monastery in Tibet and consist both monks and nuns, it is a good point to see Mt.Everest. Enjoy the marvelous, unique and face to face view of Mt. Everest with the famous Rongbuk Glacier (one of the largest glaciers) nearby, which would be definitely the great lifetime experience. After then drive 16 km round trip by local bus to the Everest Base Camp or can do trekking from the Tent guesthouses community to Everest Base Camp, which will take about 2 hours (6km). The dream of travel enthusiasts comes true while reached in a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering to the sky. In the evening drive back to Rongbuk and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast
Max Altitude: 5,150m/16896ft

Day 9Rongbuk to Old Tingri to Zhangmu

Morning enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Everest (if weather is clear). After breakfast drive towards Zhangmu via Old Tingri & Nyalam, crossing Thongla [5300m] pass, savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. The road driving over the pass of Tongla is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks and it is like a road to the sky. Overnight at Zhangmu.

Meals: Breakfast
Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 10Zhangmu to Kodari (Nepal Boarder) to Kathmandu

After breakfast clear the customs and cross the Friendship Bridge at the Nepal-China border across Bhote Koshi River. After some customs formalities, continue drive to Kathmandu. Enjoying the scenery of great white waters, beautiful landscapes and deep valleys along the way, finally reach the Kathmandu. Rest and overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast
Drive Duration: 5hrs

Day 11Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath

After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing tour by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square showcases Nepalese art and architecture at its best. The architecture is typical of the Malla dynasty who ruled over Nepal from the 12th to the 18th century. Swayambhunath Temple is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large monkey population residing in the area. Pashupatinath Temple is situated on the banks of river Bagmati and is one of the principal temples of Lord Shiva. The Bauddhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in South Asia which is built on the ancient trade route to Tibet.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12Departure day / Shanghai

You will be transferred to TIA by one of our representatives as per your flight schedule.

Meals: Breakfast

Included

  • All transportations as per the itinerary
  • All necessary Tibet Travel permit
  • Kathmandu to Lhasa flight fare
  • Chinese Visa
  • Accommodation in twin shared room in a hotel
  • Experienced English speaking Guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast
  • All government taxes and service charge

Excluded

  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Tips, portage or any expense of personal nature

Accomodation

During your adventurous journey to Lhasa and Kathmandu, Black Diamond will ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. In Kathmandu, you will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category of accommodation. As you commence your tour, you will be staying in basic teahouses/ hotels /lodges. Hotels or lodges serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge. All hotels in this tour region have bathrooms and toilet facilities in the rooms.

Meals

During your Lhasa Kathmandu tour, only breakfasts are included. Travelers are expected to pay for lunches and dinners on their own. At the Hotels where we spend an overnight during the tour, you will be served a balanced and nourishing breakfast. 

For Lunch, we will stop at one of the hotels along the way to our next destination. While on the Lhasa tour, you will enjoy the local food such as Tibetian Bread, Tsampa, Momos, Thukpa, and  Yak meat dishes. 

When to Travel?

The best season for the tour to Kathmandu and Lhasa is between April and May or September and October. Travelers can witness the majestic landscapes with blooming flowers and lush greenery. Additionally, the skies are clearer, offering better views of the stunning Himalayan landscapes and iconic attractions like the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple.

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