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.
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.
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.
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 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.