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Tibet Overland & Everest Base Camp (Lhasa-EBC-Lhasa)

Rongbuk Valley
Tibet Overland & Everest Base Camp is the overland tour of Tibet towards the Everest Base Camp and back to Lhasa. The tour covers all the major cities around Tibet such as Gyantse, Shigatse and also visits Rongbuk where world’s highest monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, is located and the Everest Base Camp too. If you are looking into witnessing age old Tibetan culture, tradition, art and history as well as have the passion for some adventure, then this tour is just for you. The tour will leave you with many unforgettable memories from exploring around ancient Tibetan cities, monasteries, temples to driving along the vast Tibetan plateau, crossing high mountain passes, observing the world’s highest mountain ranges including Mt. Everest from a closer proximity.
 
Initially, the tour begins with arrival at the Gonggor Airport in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa. You will spend three days at Lhasa for sightseeing around the city and also to get acclimatized. Lhasa is located at (3,650m) on the banks of Kyichu River. The city is blessed with many architectural and historical sites like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Norbulinka, Barkhor Bazaar etc. A guided city tour will take you along to all these sites, and after Lhasa, drive alongside Yamdrok Lake (turquoise Lake) towards Gyantse, Shigatse, Shegar and to Rongbuk. Visit the Everest Base Camp from Rongbuk and also the world’s highest monastery at Rongbuk. Afterwards, drive back to Lhasa to conclude the tour.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Tibetan art, culture & history.
  • Visit world’s highest monastery & Everest Base Camp.
  • Explore Potala Palace, Norbulinka, Barkhor Market.
  • Visit Yongbulakhang & Changdrup monasteries.
  • Enjoy Cultural & Spiritual Experience.
  • Winess spectacular Himalayan views including Mt. Everest.
  • Enjoy guided Lhasa Sightseeing.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Fly to Lhasa (3,650m)

Day 02 : In Lhasa - Sightseeing

Day 03 : In Lhasa - Sightseeing

Day 04 : In Lhasa - Sightseeing

Day 05 : Lhasa to Shigatse (3,800m) via Gyantse (3,950m) 7 hrs

Day 06 : Shigatse- Shegar (3,900m) 6 hrs

Day 07 : Shegar-Rongbuk Monastery- E.B.C. 5 hrs.

Day 08 : Rongbuk- Shegar- Shigatse 6-7 hrs

Day 09 : Shigaste- Lhasa 7 hrs

Day 10 : Trip concludes

What is Included

  • Private transportation as per the group size.
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis except guest houses.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Everest base camp entry permit.
  • All Monastery entry fees as per your itinerary.
  • Tibet travel permit.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Train or Air fare of any sectors.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Natural or political disturbance which beyond our control.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, porter charge etc.

Day 01 : Fly to Lhasa (3,650m)

Arrive at Gonggor Airport, Lhasa. Upon arrival, our local representative will meet you then transfer to your hotel. Lhasa is about 100 km away from Gonggor Airport. Afternoon: Complete rest for acclimatization. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 : In Lhasa - Sightseeing

Early in the morning after breakfast, visit Yongbulakhang & Changdrup monasteries. Yongbulakhang monastery is about 15km distance from Tsedang town and it’s the first palace of the first king of Tibet. The mountain slope palace was originally built in the second century, but the replica was rebuilt in the 1980s. Changdrup monastery was built by the king Sangchom Gombo in the 7th century and it’s about 4km distance from Tsedang hotel. Afterwards, drive back to Lhasa. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 : In Lhasa - Sightseeing

The morning begins with breakfast then city tour around Lhasa with visits to Potala Place, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market. Potala Place is now a museum which used to be the winter palace of Dalai Lama. It is located upon a red hill ‘Ri Marpo’ about 130 meters above Lhasa valley. Potala Palace itself rises 170 meters further making it the highest monumental in Tibet. Jokhang Temple is the most scared & oldest temple in Lhasa and located at Barkhor Square. Jokhang means ‘House of Buddha’. Barkhor Market has a history of over 1000 years and surrounds the Jokhang Temple. It’s one of the Lhasa most bustling areas selling local necessities to handicrafts. After finishing the sightseeing, back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 : In Lhasa - Sightseeing

Sightseeing in Lhasa continues with visits to Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery & Norbulinka. Sera Monastery is the second largest in Tibet build in 1419. Around 1959, it housed more than 5000 monks. Though after Chinese invasion & the Cultural Revolution, it was badly damaged but it is still standing and largely repaired. Drepung Monastery is the largest in Tibet and in the world as well and once housed 10,000 monks. It was founded in 1416 and was the principal seat of the Gelugpa school with high standard of academic study until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. Norbulinka Palace, summer palace of Dalai Lama located three kilometers west of the Potala Palace. Afterwards, back to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05 : Lhasa to Shigatse (3,800m) via Gyantse (3,950m) 7 hrs

After breakfast, a scenic drive to Gyantse begins with crossing Khampa-La Pass (4794m) and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7252m) alongside the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. Soon afterwards, another pass is encountered ‘Karo La Pass (5045m) where you will observe a huge glacier tumbling down the road before reaching Gyantse. In Gyantse, we visit the Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. The drive then proceeds to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. The popular Tashilunpo Monastery is located in Shigatse which holds both historical and cultural importance in Tibet and was founded by the first Dalai Lama of Tibet in 1477, Gendun Drup. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06 : Shigatse- Shegar (3,900m) 6 hrs

Today drive to Shegar, also known as New Tingri. The trail crosses two high passes Tropu La & Gyatso La. Upon arrival at Shegar, visit the ruins of historic Shegar Dzong, once the capital of Tingri region. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07 : Shegar-Rongbuk Monastery- E.B.C. 5 hrs.

Early in the morning , drive to Rongbu via Lhatse crossing over Gyatso La & Pang La passes and enjoying the spectacular Himalayan views along the way in a clear day. Rongpu Moastery is the highest monastery in the world from where good view of Mt. Everest can be seen. Afternoon start trekking from Rongphu to E.B.C (5250 m), it takes about 2 hours. Afterwards, back to Rongpu. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08 : Rongbuk- Shegar- Shigatse 6-7 hrs

If you are lucky enough, you will see sunrise at E.B.C. Late morning start driving back to Shigatse. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09 : Shigaste- Lhasa 7 hrs

After breakfast, drive back to Lhasa which will take 7 hours.

Day 10 : Trip concludes

Trip concludes & transfer to Gonggor Airport for your onward destination.

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Tibet Overland & Everest Base Camp Tour with your personal guide and can be organised as per the desired traveling dates.

Vehicle
We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people.
 
Tour duration
The tour duration is 09 nights/10 days.

Clothing
The climate of the Tibet fluctuates continuously so it is better to carry warm clothes. If you just want to trek or tour at a lower altitude, fleece jackets and pants are enough. While for a higher altitude trekking, down jackets are necessary.

When is the best time to visit Tibet?
The best time to visit Tibet is from April to November as the weather will be cold from December to February.

Will high altitude be a problem for me?
High altitude sickness is a main issue while traveling to Tibet. Tibet has average altitude of 4000m so people with heart or lung problems are strictly advised to consult their physician before traveling to Tibet. People with normal fitness are also advised to follow the instruction given in the pre-departure briefing.

How to get Tibet Travel Permit?
Travel permit to Tibet is issued by Tibet Tourism Administration. The copy of your passport and Chinese visa, together with other information such as your occupation should be provided in order to apply for the permit. You can take help from your local travel agency.

Can I travel with my kids?
The cities like Lhasa, Shigatse or Gyantse can be traveled with the kids. However traveling to Mt. Kailash or other remote regions with your kids is not advised.

Are there ATM facilities in Tibet?
Yes the major cities in Tibet provide the facilities of ATM.

How to get into Tibet?
There is only one international flight to Tibet which is from Kathmandu (Nepal). Overland tour to Tibet is also possible from Nepal. Domestic flights are available from most cities of China like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming, Chongqing and Guangzhou.

Is individual travel possible in Tibet?
Yes it is possible to travel alone, but restrictions are imposed on travel to many areas.

What should I pack for Tibet?
While traveling in Tibet Sunglass, Sunhat, Good walking shoes, sleepers, warm enough clothes are recommended.

What happens if I get Sick?
We advise you to keep basic medicines with you. Our guide will also take basic medicines. If you get altitude sickness during the travel please inform your guide in time so that a timely precaution can be taken. In case of serious condition you will be taken to hospital of Lhasa or Kathmandu.

Can I get laundry facility at hotel?
You get this facility mostly in three star or above hotels. There are few laundry outlets in the cities but not outside the cities

Is communication to home possible while on trek? What about internet?
There are telephone facilities in cities as well as in the villages at many places , from where you can make international calls. Internet facility is available in the cities. You can also use your mobile phone at most part of Tibet .

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Tibet

Duration: 10 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activity: Cultural Sightseeing/Hiking

Season: All Year Around

Accommodation: Hotel

Transportation: Jeep / Van / Flight

Start/End: Lhasa

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