Trekking to Everest Base Camp from Tibet – 14 Days
An amazing mountain flight over the highest himalayas in the world and three full days in holy city of Lhasa and more… Everest North Face!
In recent years there have been many changes to the Tibetan world but its staggeringly rich, and easily misunderstood, culture remains resilient and continues to fire the imagination of the Western mind. Moreover Tibet is no longer the inaccessible land that it once was, and although by no means always comfortable, travel to the Roof of the World, with all its rewards, is well within the grasp of today’s adventurous traveller.
The Himalayan Caravan begins its journey by exploring Nepal’s bustling capital, Kathmandu. From here one of the most beautiful mountain flights in the world takes us past Everest, across the width of the Himalayas and into Tibet.
We spend our first few nights in Lhasa, the holy city and the capital of Tibet. It will give you sufficient time to get acquainted with Tibetan culture and hospitality. It also provides you great many opportunity to explore city’s majour sightseeing destinations including Potala palace, Dreprung and Sera Monastery.
Using high quality Landcruisers, we travel south via the Khamba La pass, with its stunning views of Scorpion Lake, to Gyangtse. We visit the medieval Pelkhor Chode Temple complex with its huge Kumbum stupa, and also see Gyangtse fort. We carry on via Shalu to Tibet’s second city, Shigatse and visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, formerly home of the Panchen Lama. As we continue to Everest Base Camp we will, depending on road conditions, visit the important and unusual monastery at Sakya, before crossing over the Pang La pass to spend a spartan night at Rongbuk Monastery. Here in the footsteps of Mallory and Irving (and Tintin!) we are likely to be rewarded with unforgettable views of Everest’s northern face. Carrying on over highland passes and through some of the most stunning mountain vistas in the world we eventually cross the Himalayas and begin our descent down through cultivated foothills and back to the Kathmandu valley
Itinerary of Everest Base Camp from Tibet in Detail
Day 1 Arrival Kathmandu.
Transfer to Hotel. Evening: Trip briefing Overnight at Kathmandu hotel
After breakfast, a day of heritage sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. Evening: Trek preparation Overnight at Kathmandu hotel
Day 03 : Kathmandu-Lhasa by flight
Transfer to the airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa on Air China. This one-hour trans Himalayan Flight will give you an opportunity to have an aerial view of the Mt. Everest and other Himalaya Peaks (weather permitting). Arrival Gonggar airport around 13.30 hrs. local time. After clearing immigration and customs it will be a two hours drive to cover the 93 KM. to Lhasa, which is situated at an altitude of 3650m. Upon arrival we check in at the Hotel, right in the heart of the old city.
Day 04-05-06: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
During these three days in Lhasa we visit the Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, the Narbulinka and of course the famous Jokhang temple including the surrounding Barkhor.
Day 07: Lhasa-Gyantse.
You begin your overland adventure with a full day drive to Gyantse. Along the way you cross the Kamba La (4794m) and the Karo La pass (5010m), both grant spectacular views. After the Kamba La you come to Yamdrok Tso, also known as the Turquoise Lake. You will want to have your camera ready. Altitude 3900m.
Day 08: Gyantse-Shigatse.
This is a busy Day. In the morning visit Gyantse stupa and monastery followed by a 2 hrs. Drive to Shigatse. Here see the. Giant Buddha in the famous Tashilunpo monastery. The seat of the Panchen Lama.
Day 09: Shigatse-Shegar/Lhatse.
Takes you to visit Sakya monastery. Here you can spend the afternoon enjoying the scenery. You’ll spend the nigh t in the Tibetan truck stop town of Lhatse.
Day 10: Shegar/Lhatse-Rombuk.
Begins with the Tsho La (4500m) and ends with the spectacular view of Mt. Everest from Rombuk monastery (5,000m). Relax tonight and stroll around the monastery.
Day 11: Rombuk-Lao Tingri.
Get up early and start the 2-3 hour leisurely walk (1-way) to the base-camp (5,200m) itself. You should return early afternoon to head to Lao Tingri. Lao Tingri is a small Tibetan town that offers the best view from a toilet that you’re liable to get any where in the world.
Day 12: Lao Tingri –Zhangmu-Kathmandu.
Make sure you have some photos left for the panoramic view of the Himalayan range as you cross the Lalung La pass (5050m). On your way to the border town of Zhangmu you may visit Pelgyeling monastery where Milarepa’s cave (Tibet’s most famous Yogi) is situated. This evening relax in Nepal.
Day 13 Free day in Kathmandu
Day 14 Fly home.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
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