This is one of the best Nepal-Tibet trips. After the panoramic trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa and exploring the valley of Tibetan civilization, the historical Monasteries and Lhasa city, you will reach just 8-km near Everest Base Camp from Tibet side. Rongbuk is the highest placed Monastery in the World and from here it takes 3-4 hours walking/hiking or rent a horse to reach Everest Base Camp. After the high excursions and a long driving back to Lhasa at the end, and fly back to Kathmandu.
DAY 01: Fly KATHMANDU – LHASA: 1220 – 1555 (AIR CHINA)
The panoramic Himalayan flight over the Top of the World (W/P) will be the first attraction of this trip. Upon arrival at Gongar airport, your Tibetan guide will pick you up from airport and transfer to hotel (about 95km and 2 hrs drives).
DAY 02: LHASA
Visit POTALA PALACE, JOKHANG TEMPLE and BARKHOR MARKET
Morning visit Potala- one of the most famous architectural works of Tibet is erected on top of Red Hill in Lhasa . In the 7th Century after the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo's marriage with Princess Wencheng of the Tang court, the Palace was build for meditation. In the mid 17th century it was rebuilt by the 5th Dalai Lama to its present size and ever since it became the winter palace of Dalai Lamas. The construction took fifty years from its beginning to completion.
The tour continues to Jokhang Temple-situated in the center of the old section of Lhasa. It was built in the mid 7th century A. D. and later extended by successive rulers; it has now become a gigantic architectural complex. Located in the east, facing to west, it is a four-storied temple with splendid golden temple. Late afternoon explore around the famous Barkhor market (shopping street)…O/N
DAY 03: LHASA
Visit DREPUNG MONASTERY, SERA MONASTERY and NORBULINGKA - morning visit Drepung - Situated 5 km distance to the western suburb of Lhasa at foot of Mt Ganpoi Ute. Drepung monastery was founded in 146 by Jamyang Choje a disciple of Tsongkapa the founder of Gelukpa Sect. The monastery occupying an area of 250000 square meters with a fixed number of 7700 monks is the largest monastery in Tibet. The monastery keeps plentiful historical relics, Buddhist scriptures arts and crafts. The tour continues to sera monastery-situated 3 km distance to the northern suburb of Lhasa. Sera monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choje a disciple of Tsongkapa, the Gelugpa sect. The monastery is erected grandly at a mountain slope with a colorful architecture. Sera monastery together with Ganden and Dprerung monastery in Lhasa are known as the three great monasteries in Tibet. Also visit Norbulingka, the summer Palace of Dalai Lama. O/N
DAY 04: LHASA – GYANTSE - SHIGATSE
The most important attraction for today is Yamdro-tso Lake and Kubum monastery in Gyantse. From the top of the pass kangpa-la at 4700m high in clear weather, you can see the fabulous shade of deep turquoise, Yamdro-tso Lake is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour. Kubum monastery, means 100,000 images in Tibetan, is the town's foremost attraction, The 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome, is awe-inspiring. You can visit every chamber in the monastery. After Gyantse, continue drive to Shigatse(12,600 ft.) is most famous for its Tashilhumpo monastery - the seat of Panchen lama, who is regarded as reincarnation of the Buddha of endless enlightenment. Items of interest inside this monastery built in 1447 by the first Dalai lama are the relics of Sakyamuni, the hall of Maitreya, and a mind-boggling collection of thankas, frescoes and statues. While Tashilhunpo’s magnificent outside leaves you gasp in admiration, the inside of this monastery introduces you more religious tranquility and sincerity. There is a bustling `free' market at the foot of the ruins of Xigaze fortress where one can buy local handicrafts embedded with coral and turquoise, Tibetan daggers, Chinese porcelain and yak butter.
DAY 05: SHIGATSE – XEGAR: 255 km
Trip via visiting Sakya - Xegar town with a population of 3000, its importance lies in the fact that it is the Center of this large and remote country and also because it is the Base from where expeditions to Mt. Everest and other peaks are Launched. Today’s route involves a high pass Gyatchu-la (5200m) and the famous Sakya before Xegar, also known as New Tingri. Refresh yourself and rest. O/N Xegar Snowland Hotel or similar.
DAY 06: XEGAR – RONGBUCK/EBC
Drive westwards the Friendship way to Tingri. On the way you will pass the checking point with your TTB permit, travel permit and passport; your guide will purchase the entrance of Everest Base Camp. There is about 90-km bumpy road from Tingri to Rongpuk, road is under construction, with the very rough road, pass the wild grassland, cross the rapids river and high mountains. If it is in clear whether, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as: Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Choyu (8201m), Mt Makalu (8463m). Overnight at Monastery Guesthouse or Tent house.
DAY 07: RONGBUK-TINGRI
Hiking to Everest Base Camp (8-km) 3-4 hours return trip… and later return drive to TIngri for overnight at a guesthouse.
DAY 08: TINGRI – SHIGATSE
Drive back from Tingri to SHIGATSE, driving about 7-8 scenic hours, overnight at a medium Hotel.
Day 09: SHIGATSE- LHASA
Drive to Lhasa, 5-6 hours scenic drive, overnight at a medium hotel.
DAY 10: Fly LHASA – KATHMANDU: 1155 – 1120 (AIR CHINA)
After breakfast at the hotel, your guided trip will be transferred to Lhasa airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.
*** This itinerary is tentative plan as per our best knowledge and previous experience. If your health situation and altitude problem, the itinerary can be changed for your safety.