14 Days Journey to Tibet and Everest base camp tour

‘an adventure of great experience on top of the world within high Tibetan plateau’
Good to Know
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5010.00 m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Private and Group
  • Activities Tours And Cultural Excursion
  • Best Season March To November

Highlights

  •  Enjoy the adventure around the world's largest and highest scenic Tibetan plateau
  •  Panoramic views of Central and Western Himalaya Mountain range with Everest
  •  Exciting overland journey on vast dramatic landscapes and crossing high passes
  •  Enjoy lovely tours of Tibet’s main big cities of Shigatse, Gyantse, and Lhasa
  •  Visit places of great interest and religious sites with the magnificent Potala Palace

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, covering 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 culture.

The major highlights of this wonderful journey are visiting the world's highest Mt. Everest North Base Camp, and the 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 familiarized 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 the top Pang-La Pass at 5,200 m high and offers a spectacular panorama of the Himalayan range. Enjoy super views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga with Cho-Oyu and Shisapangma with an array of peaks. After overlooking grand views of the world's six highest mountain ranges, downhill past Tashi Dzong town to the Rongbuk Monastery area.  

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

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

Enjoy the 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 as the holy seats of the great Panchen Lama, ranked next to Dalai Lama, in Shigatse's tour of interesting sites.

From Shigatse drive to Gyantse another main city of Tibet, and visit the main landmarks of the Kumbum pagoda stupa and places of interest after the Gyantse journey takes you to our 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 superb 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 site, 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.
Important Note

Best Seasons for Journey to Tibet and Everest base camp tour:

The best time for a journey to Tibet and Everest base camp is during mid-spring and in autumn/fall. In Mid-Spring from March to May when days are clear for views as well for tours. Morning and late afternoon till night time will be cold with minimum temperatures of 0 to a maximum of 15-20 degrees Celsius. Can expect snow sometime during the drive on higher areas above 4,000 m high, but days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

Next, the best season is autumn / falls from September to early November months, where days are crystal clear with blue sky but shorter days with sunlight hours.  Morning and late afternoon are much colder as well in the nighttime. Temperatures might drop down to -05 degrees sometimes, with a maximum of 15 to 20 degrees Celsius in the afternoon. Cold morning and nighttime, but a pleasant day for tours and walks.

Tibet with Everest base camp can join during monsoon time from June to August also, Tibet falls within a rain shadow, where heavy rain clouds coming from the south are blocked by the great Himalaya range which is why the country remains dry and arid with little rains during the monsoon time.

Please Note:
Tibet time as per Beijing Standard Time, 2 hrs and 15 minutes ahead of Nepal standard times, currency is Chinese Remimbian Yuan which is about US$ 1 = Yuan 6-7 and NRS 17 for 1 Yuan. Overland drive from Nepal to reach the Tibet entry point from Kodari (Nepal) to Zhangmu (Tibet-China) is not possible at present due to a broken road from landslides of the 25th April & 25th May earthquakes.

The road might open for travel in near future we will keep in touch with us for updates regarding this situation. The only means of entering Tibet is by air to and from Lhasa or from Kyirong located within the Langtang Himal area.

Itinerary Disclaimer:
Journey to Tibet & Everest base camp provided with standard Itinerary days where someday drive and walks can be shorter or longer as per the road condition, some designated overnight stops can change due to available rooms and other facilities, etc…….
 
We will follow the itinerary if its needs to be changed in case of weather, landslides, and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decide to hold full authority for Trekking Planner.
 
Climate and Weather:
Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to the first week of June will be the best time during spring times when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

Morning and night-time as well as in shade can be cold and much freezing temperatures around higher areas above 2,000 m.
 
Other months from September and October are great times for tours in Tibet and other areas of the Himalayas, where days are clear for views, although much colder months of the autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight is much shorter.
 
Altitude Sickness:
Altitude Sickness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) might occur in some people at higher altitudes from 3,000 m taking slowly and drinking much fluid and water can overcome high altitude sickness or AMS.
 
Where some can take protective measures using Diamox or Acetazolamide tablets which prevent and reduce symptoms of AMS and can lower headache in high altitude walks and climb. For people with severe cases and situations of HACE and HAPE where the victim should be brought down to safe and secure places with a medical team or doctors to attend, the fastest means is emergency evacuation by any means of immediate and quick transportation where available.
 
In Tibet, the quickest emergency evacuation taking an early flight from Lhasa or before Lhasa, hiring a Land cruiser to reach the lower area of Tibet, or heading back to Kathmandu for further treatments. For emergency evacuation where travelers should be well insured with a good Insurance policy that covers all medical sides and the use of extra private vehicles or other means of transportation.

Itinerary
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    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.

      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.

        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.

          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.

            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.

              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.

                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.

                  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.

                    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.

                      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.

                        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.

                          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.

                            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.

                              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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                              Inclusions
                              What's Included
                              • All airports pick up drop by private vehicle.
                              • 04 night Twin/Double shearing accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
                              • A high experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, Government license-holding local guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.
                              • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
                              • Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB); Alien's Travel Permit(PSB) to be applied in Shigatse with your original passport which takes abt 30mins;
                              • Kathmandu to Tibetan border by Tourist bus and from edge to Lhasa by 4WD Jeep
                              • Nine-night twin shearing accommodation on BB on the route and in Lhasa
                              • All the guided sightseeing tours with necessary entrance fees in Tibet.
                              • Lhasa to Kathmandu by flight
                              • Welcome dinner in an Authentic Restaurant
                              • First aid kit box
                              • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
                              • Oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
                              • Oxygen tank for emergency use
                              • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary
                              What's Excluded
                              • All the International flight
                              • Single room supplementary
                              • Lunch and dinner during the journey and in Kathmandu
                              • Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation
                              • Your personal expenses such as (laundry, phone calls, bar, and beverage bill, water, etc)
                              • The tips to the trekking crews and drive
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