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Journey to Tibet and Everest base camp tour

Trip code
Package name Journey to Tibet and Everest base camp tour
Duration 14
Max. elevation 5010.00 m
Transportation Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
Accomodation Double/Twin sharing in hotel/lodge
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Nyalam-Tingri-Ronbuk-Shigatse-Gyantse-Lhasa-Kathmandu
Cost USD 0 per person



‘an adventure of great experience on top of the world within high Tibetan plateau’

Journey to Tibet and Everest base camp tour, an exciting adventure on top of the world within the highest and largest plateau. Trekking Planner presents this great journey, covers the best of Central Tibet in the close shade of the high Himalayan range. Journey to Tibet and Everest base camp provides enjoyable moments of a lifetime experience, visiting places of great cultural interest.

This trip leads you from complete wilderness to semi-modern towns and cities visiting beautiful sites of historical wonders. 

Besides beautiful scenery of dramatic landscapes of high snow-capped peaks, the adventure takes you around to explore Tibetan immense cultures.

The major highlights of this wonderful journey are visiting the world's highest Mt. Everest North Base Camp, magnificent Potala Palace.

Trekking Planner's fabulous Journey to Tibet & Everest base camp starts from Kathmandu with an exciting enjoyable tour. Allows you to get familiarize with Tibetan and Nepalese cultures of both Hindu and Buddhism religions.

From Kathmandu, starts our overland journey to Tibet, heading higher leaving the lush green vegetation and tall tree lines. As drive enters a wide barren and arid country within the world’s highest and largest plateau. Drive takes you to the high pass of Laylung-La facing a panorama of the high great Himalayan range that borders Nepal and Tibet. The world’s last 14th highest Mt. Shisapangma can be seen from the pass with an array of snow peaks. Ride on a windswept plain to Old Tingri town, located on a roadside with views of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu.

Old Tingri is also a gateway to Everest and Cho-Oyo base camp, heading further from Tingri close to Shegar town. Our route diverts from the main Tibet / China and Nepal Friendship Highway towards Rongbuk and Everest base camp.

An interesting drive reaches you on top Pang-La Pass at 5,200 m high offers a spectacular panorama of the Himalaya range. Enjoy super views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga with Cho-Oyu and Shisapangma with array of peaks. After overlooking grand views of the world's six highest mountain ranges, downhill past Tashi Dzong town to Rongbuk Monastery area.  

Reach our first main destination and highlight of the journey at Rongbuk treasures excellent views of Mt. Everest. In Tibetan called Chomolungma, here with free day enjoy a hike to Everest base camp, as well visit the small monastery. 

At Rongbuk with options, walk or ride on horse cart, motorbikes serve as taxis, from here onwards vehicles are restricted.

Enjoy fabulous moments of a lifetime at Everest North Base Camp, facing close views of the world's highest peaks. From here adventure continues to Lhasa on the same route to join the main Friendship Highway then reach Shigatse.

 Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet after Lhasa famous for the Tashilumpo monastery and its huge religious complex. As well the holy seats of the great Panchen Lama, ranks next to Dalai Lama, in Shigatse tour of interesting sites.

From Shigatse drive to Gyantse another main city of Tibet, visit the main landmarks of the Kumbum pagoda stupa and places of interest. After Gyantse journey takes you to our last final destination in Lhasa, the fabled and the capital city of Tibet.

A scenic drive over Simi-La and Karo-La with views of Nzongkhangsa peaks and glaciers that extends near the main highway. As the journey continues past Yamdrok Tsho a beautiful salt lake the word Yamdrok means Turquoise in Tibetan. 

Journey heads up at Kongma-La pass rewards with a super panorama of Tibetan beautiful landscapes and high snow peaks. Slowly drive heads downhill past farm villages and towns to enter Lhasa, where Potala Palace dominated the city.

On reaching Lhasa, accommodation in a nice hotel located close to the famous colorful Barkor market, the main square. In Lhasa, our local Tibetan guide takes you around the most important sites that the city is famous for.

Tour of large old Drepung, Shera monasteries with Jhorkang Temple the oldest religious sites, includes the magnificent Potala Palace. The most famous landmark of Tibet, perched high above the city stands majestic with its past historical glories.

After an enjoyable, memorable time in Lhasa, as well as around Tibet a scenic panoramic flight brings you back to Kathmandu. 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On fresh arrival in Kathmandu at Nepal International airport, received by Trekker Planners staff for short transfer to your hotel. Located around the hub of the city within Thame area, the most interesting place. On checking into your rooms after getting refreshed from the jet-lag, join in for group briefing provided by our staff for your overland Journey to Tibet and Everest base camp.

Evening includes a welcome group dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurants with cultural programs from all parts of Nepal as entertainments.

Day 2 : Full day in Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and preparation.

A day in Kathmandu, before leaving for Tibet an interesting guided tour around Kathmandu important places, where much of historical and religious monuments listed in World Heritage Sites. Rest of the afternoon at leisure and preparation for the Journey to Tibet and Everest base camp.

Day 3 : Drive to Nylam 3,450 m via Zhangmu 2,300 m - 06 hrs.

An early morning start having breakfast, a drive of more than 6 hours to enter Tibet first border town and beyond. Drive heads east on main Nepal-Tibet / China Friendship or Arniko Highway.

A great way to observe Nepal rural farm villages and towns as journey follows Bhote Kosi River upstream to Kodari, the border of Nepal and Tibet / China.

After passport and visa formalities walk and across the border line at a bridge to enter into Tibet / China, received by our counterpart agent Tibetan guide and drivers. Drive to Zhangmu town the main Chinese immigration and custom post, here with time for visa and passport check-up, and then continue the journey within forest of pines and rhododendron trees facing views of waterfalls.

As road winds up higher to reach at Nylam town for overnight stop on the best available lodge-hotels or guest house, a first night in Tibet as altitude gains from here onward.

Day 4 : Drive to Old Tingri 4,100 m via Lalung-La Pass 5, 050 m - 04 hrs.

Spending first nigh in Tibet at Nylam, today short drive of four hours having breakfast drive leads on a nice road, past farm villages to cross high Lalung-La Pass to enter vast Tibetan plateau. From the top spectacular views of 

Mt. Shisapangma world’s last 14th highest at 8, 013 m with array of peaks that borders between Nepal and Tibet. After enjoying the grand scenery down towards flat windy plain to reach Old Tingri for lunch and overnight, a perfect place and height for acclimatization before heading higher destinations.

From Tingri catch first look of Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho-Oyo, here with time to explore and witness local Tibetan culture and farm life.

Day 5 : Drive to Rongbuk Monastery 4, 980 m via Shegar -05 hours.

After an enjoyable time in Tingri, drive further on a windswept country as our route diverts from near Shegar also called New Tingri. Then our journey heads north east on leaving the main highway to cross scenic Pang-La pass at 5, 200 m high almost the same height of Everest North base camp. 

Enjoy super panorama of Himalayan range that straddles the southern border with Nepal and Tibet, facing views of six world’s highest mountains Mt. Everest,

Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga in the east with Cho-Oyu and Shisapangma towards south west. From the top descend to a town called Tashi Dzong, then following a nice road and Rongbuk River upstream to Rongbuk Monastery area.

World highest monastery and a meditation sites of Buddhist monks and nuns, in the close backdrop of Mt. Everest, also called Chomolungma in Tibetan.

Here with time to marvel the beautiful rugged scenery as well of high snow- capped peaks, after lunch and checking in a simple guest house tour of the small monastery and enjoy the views.

Day 6 : At Rongbuk Monastery (world highest monastery) drive or hike to Mt. Everest North Base Camp.

A day in Rongbuk, from here vehicles are not allowed to enter towards base camp, but one can take a few hour hike or ride in horse-cart and motorbikes that serves as taxis. Walk or ride leads on rough dirt road over moraine and glaciers to reach at Everest North Base Camp at 5,200 m high. Where you will be at the closest distance from the world highest Mt. Everest.

Enjoy the artic wilderness landscapes and of high snow mountain range, then retrace the walk or ride back to Rongbuk Monastery, after achieving one of our highlight and target.

Day 7 : From Rongbuk drive to Shigatse city 3, 900 m-06 hrs.

From Rongbuk drive on the same scenic route to Shegar and then back on main highway, as drive leads to highest pass of the adventure to cross over Gyatsho-La Pass at 5, 220 m. The pass festooned with prayer symbols and Buddhist flags, as drive heads down on winding road to Lharze, a moderate size town situated on the junction of Mt. Kailash route and to Shigatse city. 

Here for refreshing stop or possible lunch stop, drive continues for few hours towards Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city with famous Tashilumpo Monastery; the seat of Panchen Lama. Here in hotels are much better than other few nights.

Day 8 : Morning tour of Tashi-Lumpo monastery and local market and drive to Gyantse 3, 950 m -04 hours.

After a good breakfast, morning short drive to Tashilumpo Monastery entrance our guide will lead you inside the monastery interior. As tour leads you from one interesting rooms to another adorned with great statues of Lord Buddha with other famous saints, as well tombs of past Panchen Lama.

Enjoying the tour of the famous monastery with golden rooftop, a short visit to the markets place, an opportunity to observe local culture, traditions and custom. After lunch drive to Gyantse; a small bustling city with historical background in early days the main trade hub of British India, Nepal and Bhutan. After checking in at respective hotel visit Khumbum Chorten built around 1400 AD. 

Day 9 : Drive to Lhasa 3, 650 m via Yamdrok Tsho Lake - 06 hrs.

Today an exciting drive to our main destination Lhasa, morning after hearty breakfast, drive to cross a small pass over Simi-La. 

As journey continues to reach a cool area and a gorge in between high peaks of Nzongkhangsa, as drive takes you on top Karo- La Pass at 5,010 m, facing grand views of ice-fall and glaciers close to the road. After a scenic moment continue drive towards beautiful Yamdrok Tsho the Turquoise Lake. Driving close to the shore of the lake, then head for a long climb on winding up to reach on top Khamba- La Pass 4,795 m, offers tremendous views of Tibetan picturesque landscapes with high snow-capped peaks. After a grand panorama from the last pass, drive downhill past nice farm villages and towns. As our journey enters the fabled city in Lhasa, a blend of modern and old. The old area in Lhasa located east of the city close to colorful Barkhor market and the square, where our hotels located. Afternoon time for short walk and enjoy the stroll among Tibetan pilgrims from all parts of Tibet, visiting Lhasa on a holy pilgrimage.

Day 10 : Full Day in Lhasa with guided tour at places of great interest.

In Lhasa enjoy full two days with tour of famous sites, our guide takes you for short drive and visit Drepung Monastery the largest and the oldest monastery of Tibet, as well a university for Tibetan Buddhism scholars and home of many Dalai Lamas before Potala Palace was built. 

Tour of Jorkhang Temple, another interesting monument the first Buddhist prayer site with historic importance of old golden days. Conclude the day tour visiting Bharkor Bazaar located around the Jorkhang Temple, an exciting place to be. 

Day 11 : Full Days in Lhasa tour of best sites with Potala Palace.

Next morning guide will takes you to famous, magnificent Potala Palace, originally built during 640 AD. Potala Palace the famous landmark of Lhasa and Tibet, which dominates whole of Kyuchi valley and Lhasa city.

The 13 storied palace with 1,000 room stands at 117.19 m high, tour inside the Potala Palace includes several rooms of great religious importance. The seats of Dalai Lama from 5th to present 14th Dalai Lama, who is in exile since Tibet was annexed with mainland China in late 1950’s.  Afternoon tour of Shera monastery an interesting place north of Lhasa city, here after the tour of monastery interior enjoy watching young monks in debates one of the high light of the visit. 

Day 12 : Drive to Lhasa airport at Gongor and fly to Kathmandu.

Having breakfast with last morning in Lhasa, drive to Gongor Lhasa Airport an hour drive, and then bid farewell to our native Tibetan guide and drivers as you enter the air terminal for scenic flight back to Kathmandu. 

Grand panorama of Himalayan range with views of Mt. Everest, Makalu during an hour or more flight. As the plane lands at Kathmandu airport, received by Trekking Planner staff for short transfer to your hotels after a wonderful experience in Journey to Tibet and Everest Base Camp.

Day 13 : Full day in Kathmandu at leisure for individual activities.

A leisure and free day, where one can enjoy individual activities and shopping for souvenirs, as well enjoy another sightseeing tour around adjoining cities of Kathmandu, like Patan and Bhaktapur well worth visiting. 

Day 14 : Final departure for homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal, after an enjoyable time and experience on Journey to Tibet & Everest base camp, with excellent services of Trekking Planner including Tibetan guide and drivers, as per the flight time our staff transfers you for the final departure homeward bound.


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