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Overland Tour to Everest Base Camp – 10 Days

If you don't want to take a challenging trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, the best option is to take an overland tour to Everest Base Camp in Tibet.

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing, Hiking and Overland Drive
Trip Duration: 10 Days
Max Altitude: 5,220 m/17,123 ft
Trip Starts From: Lhasa
Trip Ends At: Lhasa
Trip Region: Tibet
Best Season: 
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
Trip Level: Demanding
Between Moderate to Strenuous trip at an altitude up to 4,000m with side trips to higher elevations. This is classified as ill-defined trails, away from major settlements. Considered to be harder therefore preparation for fitness and good health conditions are essential.
Trip Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Xegar - Rongbuk - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa

Trip Information

If you don’t want to trek for many days in the challenging trail to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, the best alternative you have is to take an overland tour to Everest Base Camp in Tibet. This is what this awesome trip offers. Either via Nepal or China, arrive at the legendary city of Lhasa. There will be two days of guided sightseeing, stopping at magnificent Potala Palace, the former residence of Dalai Lama. After the culturally rich tour of Lhasa, we will take a drive to the base camp with several stops along the way. The drive through the stunning Tibetan landscapes is a major treat. And then we arrive at Rongbuk that offers breathtaking views of the world’s highest Mt Everest. A two-hour hike to the Everest Base Camp is a chief highlight and will bring you very close to Mt Everest.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 Arrive at Lhasa (3,650 m). Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 02 Guided City Tour of Lhasa. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 03 Guided City Tour of Lhasa. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 04 Drive to Gyantse (3,950 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 05 Drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) via Shalu Monastery – 2 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 06 Drive to Xegar (4,150 m) via Sakya Monastery – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 07 Drive to Rongbuk Village (4,920 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 08 Hike to and from Everest Base Camp and Drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) – 8 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 09 Drive to Lhasa (3,650 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 10 Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01 - Arrive at Lhasa (3,650 m)

    Welcome to Lhasa! Today upon your Lhasa arrival, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to hotel. Rest of the day you will have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.

    Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

  • Day 02 - Guided City Tour of Lhasa

    After breakfast, we set off for a full day guided sightseeing tour. Today, we visit Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace (the summer palace of Dalai Lama) and Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Square.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 03 - Guided City Tour of Lhasa

    Today, we visit two of the very significant Monasteries, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, of Tibet. Both monasteries are located off the main city. Also, we visit Tibetan Medical Centre in the evening.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 04 - Drive to Gyantse (3,950 m) - 6 hours

    Early morning, we proceed for Gyantse via Lake Yamdruk (Yamdruk Tso). Gyantse is the fourth largest city in Tibet (after Shigatse and Chamdo). It is small as cities go (population perhaps 15,000) and largely Tibetan in character not touched so much by outside Chinese influence. Strategically sited at a junction between Shigatse and Lhasa, it lies along the caravan routes from Sikkim and Bhutan in the south, Gyantse assumed an important role as a military center and market town- particularly for wool and handicrafts. Gyantse jeweled with some ancient Monastery and Stupa. We visit Khumbum stupa, Gyantse Dzong and Palkor Choide Monastery in Gyantse.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 05 - Drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) via Shalu Monastery - 2 hours

    After breakfast, we head out to Shigatse. On the way, we visit Shalu Monastery. In Shigatse we visit the Tashilungpu Monastery, the official Panchen Lama’s residence, built in 1447, although it did not really become the seat of the Panchen Lama until almost 200 years later.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 06 - Drive to Xegar (4,150 m) via Sakya Monastery - 7 hours

    Today, you have an extensive distance to travel to reach Xegar (New Tingri) via two high passes enroute. Also, you will visit Sakya Monastery on the way. The Monastery is located 21 km off the highway.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.

  • Day 07 - Drive to Rongbuk Village (4,920 m) - 4 hours

    You are reaching to your ultimate destination (Rongbuk – Base of Mt. Everest) today via Pangla pass. Rongbuk, where the highest Monastery in the world is established lies some 8 kms from Everest Base Camp. There are magnificent views up the valley of Mount Everest and Cho-Oyu which can be seen from the guesthouse.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.

  • Day 08 - Hike to and from Everest Base Camp and Drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) - 8 hours

    Early morning walk to the base camp and explore around it. Then come back to move forward to Shigatse.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 09 - Drive to Lhasa (3,650 m) - 6 hours

    Morning after breakfast, continue driving to Lhasa via northern route.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 10 - Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure

    Today our guide will send you to train station or airport for your next destination. Your lifetime Tibet tour is completed now.

    Breakfast included.


    COST INCLUDES

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle

  • Twin-share accommodation at two-star hotels in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse with breakfast included (7 nights only)

  • Dormitory-based guesthouse accommodation in Xegar and Rongbuk with breakfast included (2 nights only)

  • All ground transportation in tourist vehicle (car/van/minibus)

  • Authorized English-speaking Tibetan guide

  • Guided sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Tibet travelling permit (We will mail the permit for those who are flying from China to Lhasa and we will provide the hard copy in Kathmandu for those who traveling via Kathmandu.)

  • Sightseeing entrance fees for all the sites mentioned in the itinerary

  • Everest region entrance fee

  • The required number of ground staff for the tour like helpers and drivers

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff

  • All government taxes, vat and tourist service charges

  • All official expenses


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare and airport departure tax (We can book flights to enter and leave Tibet either via Nepal or China.)

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)

  • Nepal entry visa if you are travelling to Tibet via Nepal (You can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

  • Internet and telephone calls

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks

  • Lunch and dinner in Tibet (Depending upon your spending habits, USD 15-20 per day is enough for one person.)

  • Tips for the guide (Tipping is expected.)

  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section


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