Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp Trip will let you visit beautiful Tibetan cities and towns such as Tsedang, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Rongbuk and Zhangmu. One of the major highlights of this trip is reaching the base camp of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, which accomplish on the 9th day of your trip. During your Lhasa to Kathmandu tour, you will visit popular Tibetan landmarks like Potala, Norbulingka and Yambulakhang Palaces, Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazaar and Gyantse Dzong. This trip also includes touring quite a number of spectacular Tibetan monasteries including, but not limited to, Sera, Drepung, Samye, Phalkot, Shalu, Tashilhunpo, Sakya and Rongbuk, the world’s highest monastery. On the trip, you also visit the 15th century Ganden Monastery and explore the Chim Phu and Drayerpa caves, which are still a meditative sanctuary for Tibetan monks.
Arrive in Lhasa, at Gonggar Airport either from a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. If you decide to fly from Nepal, you get to enjoy around an hour long trans-Himalayan flight, considered to be one of the most beautiful air routes in the world. It takes you over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks and glaciers. If you choose to go to Lhasa via mainland China, you may fly from any of the major Chinese cities or take the world's highest train route to Lhasa. Upon your arrival in Lhasa, a representative from Luxury Hoidays Nepal will pick up either from the airport or the train station and drive you to your designated hotel in Tsedang where you are advised to take plenty of rest for proper acclimatization and the next day’s activities. Overnight in Tsedang.
On the way to Lhasa, you will visit Samye Monastery, which is located on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River among the open farmlands. The monastery was founded in 770 A.D by Guru Rimpoche and is Tibet’s first Buddhist monastery with a 1200-year-old history. Next, visit the Chim Phu caves, which is located above the monastery. These caves are used as a long-term retreat by those who wish to meditate in peace. Then visit the beautiful Yambulakhang palace, which is perched dramatically on a pinnacle above the Yarlung river valley and secures great views of the entire region. After touring the palace, you continue to Lhasa to spend the night.
You begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. You will visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, visit the Tibet Museum, the official museum of Tibet, which has a permanent collection of around 1000 artifacts related to the cultural history of WTibet. Overnight in Lhasa.
After breakfast, visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past, but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundreds. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of whitewashed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. You further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowds of pilgrims, it is the nerve center of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Drive 110km to Ganden monastery, Drayerpa Cave and back in Lhasa. Ganden Monastery is located at the top of the Wangbur Mountain (3,800m) in the Lhatse County, around 55km east of Lhasa. It is the oldest and one of the ‘great three’ of the six Gelug Sect monasteries in Tibet. Ganden Monastery has extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures. It also keeps a suit of armor decorated with gems, which was worn by Emperor Qianlong and was bestowed to the monastery as an offering to Tsong Khapa, founder of the Gelug Sect. During the afternoon, drive to Drayerpa Cave, located in a beautiful valley with a stunning landscape. There are more than 30 caves for Lamas who wish to meditate in a silent environment. In the evening, drive back to Lhasa and spend the night.
Take a scenic drive to Gyantse. On the way cross the Khamba La Pass (4,794m) with a brief halt to savor the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m). Soon, come across another pass, The Karo La Pass (5,045m). From your vehicle, you can enjoy views of huge glaciers tumbling down into the road before reaching Gyantse. In Gyantse, visit the Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (Fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. Overnight in Gyantse.
After breakfast, drive towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. On the way, visit Shalu Monastery. Founded in 1040, Shalu Monastery is known for its beautiful and ancient mural paintings. Next, continue to Shigatse. In Shigatse, visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery, which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447. After sightseeing in Shigatse, you will have the remainder of the day free for resting. This will help you with acclimatization and the next day’s long drive. Overnight in Shigatse.
After breakfast, you will leave Shigatse for Rongbuk. On the way, visit the Sakya Monastery, which is the ancestral temple of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. After the visit to Sakya Monastery, continue driving towards Rongbuk. Here, visit the Rongbuk monastery, which is located at the foot of the mighty Everest and is the highest monastery in the world. While here, you also enjoy the stunning mountainous scenery all around us. Overnight in Rongbuk.
Leave Rongbuk in the morning to visit the Everest Base Camp (5,250m). On the way, you enjoy spectacular views of high mountains like Cho Oyu (8,201m), Shishapangma (8,013m) and, of course, the mighty Everest (8,848m) also known as Mt. Chomolongma in the Tibetan side. You will accomplish one of the major highlights of your trip, reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest. You will make approximately a 16km round trip around the Everest Base Camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the view of Everest is more than compensating. After spending some quality time at the base of the world’s highest mountain, make Zhangmu your next destination. On the way, cross the Lalung La Pass (5,124m), Shung La Pass (5,200m) and Nyalam Pass (3,800m) which offers enchanting views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Then drive gradually down from the dry Tibetan Plateau towards the verdant and fertile vegetation of Zhangmu on the Nepalese side of the border. Overnight in Zhangmu.
Note: On rare occasions due to bad weather or political riots the local government may close down the road to the Everest base camp for safety reasons and without prior notice.
A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu to Friendship Bridge over the Bhote Koshi River brings you to Immigration Control in Kodari where you are expected to complete some custom formalities. Then depart with your Tibetan guide and walk across the river where a Nepalese staff will be waiting for you. After around 4 hours of driving through deep valleys reach Kathmandu. There is a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.
We are just back from a superb vacation in Tibet and Nepal and were very impressed with the good organization for us by Luxury Holidays Nepal. Everything from the warm reception, assistance with permits, planning and organization of our trek in the Himalaya,... was just perfectly done and they have also been very flexible and willing to make changes were we wanted. Despite sometimes impossible traffic the organizers were always very reliable and super punctual.
We enjoyed our tour in the mountains very much and were very well led and supported by the perfect team of guides and porters selected for us. They set just the right pace so we all managed the whole trek and didn't have any trouble with the height.
Visited October 2015
We will be staying at Yarlung River Hotel in Tsedang, Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa, Yeti Hotel in Gyantse, Gesar Hotel in Shigatse, Rongbuk Monastery Guest House in Rongbuk and Zhangmu Hotel in Zhangmu. The hotels in Lhasa, Tsedang, Gyantse and Shigatse are 2-3 star hotels but due to their remote location, the hotels in Rongbuk and Zhangmu are very basic. It is also possible to upgrade to a better hotel in Lhasa, but the accommodations in other cities and towns are the best available ones. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost 375 USD.
Only breakfasts are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). We recommend our guest(s) to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner every day. We will mainly eat Tibetan bread, dal (lentil soup), bhat (rice), tsampa porridge and other simple local foods.
Transportation on Journey:
Luxury Holidays Nepal will offer you private luxury vehicle for airport transferal and sightseeing
Group Leader during the journey:
Luxury Holidays Nepal will facilitate you with the trained traveling guide in your group.
Payment of the Due Balance:
The rest amount of your trip can be paid in our office after your arrival or via online payment before your arrival in Nepal (Online payment). If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. There is no handling charge for payment by bank transfer.
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. Also, please send us your redemption code and voucher number through this link (Voucher Redemption).
Booking your international flight:
If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites.
makemytrip.com, www.kayak.com, www.vayama.com
They usually have good offers.
The altitude sickness will get from 3000 meters. Normally below three 3000 meters will not have altitude related problems usually for people for stable health. But above it can cause altitude-related sickness. If you have a health condition which might cause problems, please consult a doctor about the advisability of doing the trek. For Your information, your traveling guide will also have pills for Altitude Sickness and other basic medicine. We recommend you to take pills for diarrhea, cold, fever and nausea.
We do not hope that there may arise any serious problem for you in your journey, but if you get caught by serious illness, then we will do our best to take you to the nearest hospital possible. But you will be responsible for all the expenses that take place in the evacuation process. So, it is good for you to have insurance which will cover your cost. Be insured (See the travel insurance page)
Trip Extensions/ Add on trips:
If you like our service and you want to extend your trip, then we can further organize your trip to India, Bhutan and Tibet. And other trekking and activities of Nepal like Everest Trek, Langtang Trek, Manaslu Trek, Bunjee Jumping, Rafting, Peak Climbing, Tours, etc.
A general rule of thumb for tipping is to USD 40 to USD 70 per Traveler, depending on the length of the trek. Porters do appreciate a personal tip, although it is not uncommon for the Guide and his Porters to pool the tips they have collected before splitting it amongst themselves, with the Guide is getting a little more for overseeing the welfare and safety of both the Travelers and Porters as a whole. That said, this is just a guide and you may tip, however much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trip a memorable one.
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1. During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect.
2. The given prices are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.
Luxury Holidays Nepal also organizes trips on small groups, so we recommend you to reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away. Hurry! The adventure awaits you.