For the Mt. Everest fans, we crafted a special trekking tour itinerary to visit the Mt. Everest Base Camp. This tour itinerary begins from Lhasa and then, give you considerable amount of time to acclimatize the altitude, then exploring other remote parts of Tibet and during that period you will also experience the Tibetan culture, traditional life of Tibetans by escorting you to the Monasteries and other sites. Then from Old Tingri, your trek starts and this trekking is for 4 days, along the way to the Mt. Everest Base Camp you will come across the snow mountains of Himalayan Ranges, this journey is unlike another tour you will experience the Tibet in a different way.
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa Tour
Your arrival in Tibet will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and Tibetan driver by presenting a white scarf (Khada in Tibet) at the Airport or the Train Station. This is a very traditional way of welcoming a friend in Tibet. The Distance from Airport to Lhasa city is about 60km and from the Train station to Lhasa is about 15km. We take the first day easy for acclimatize the altitude. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 02. Lhasa Escorted Tour
After your breakfast at the Hotel, our meet you at the hotel lobby and will escort to visit the Potala Palace, the Winter Palace of the Dalai Lamas. It was built in the 7th Century by the King Songtsan Gampo and later, in 17th Century the palace was extended the building to the present size and then, became the palace of the Dalai Lamas and also used as the Tibetan local administrative center of the Dalai Lama. This palace is the largest and intact group of ancient buildings in Tibet, which is listed in the world heritage. In the afternoon, our guide will take you to visit the Jokhang Temple which is located in the heart of Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is considered as the holiest temple in Tibet, where there is the image of Buddha Sakyamuni which has the history of 2500 years. It is also the main worshiping place for Tibetans and Buddhist. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 03. Lhasa Escorted Tour
In the morning, we are going to visit the Drepung Monastery. The Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Geluk pa school in Autonomous Region of Tibet. During the 17th century the monastery had housed more than 10,000 monks and it was became the palace of Dalai Lama. There are 7 colleges in the monastery and big assembly hall for all the monks. In the afternoon, after the lunch we drive to the Sera Monastery, which was built in the 14th century by the disciple of Tsonga Pa who is the founder of Geluk Pa school or the seat. The most interesting thing to witness in this monastery is the debating of monks. They are debating on the Buddhist philosophy and it is very helpful for the monks to sharpen their mind. The debate will be held from Monday to Saturday from 3:00pm to 5pm, though no debate on Sunday. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 04. Lhasa – Gyantse – Gyantse - Shigatse;
Today is the time to depart from Lhasa to explore the remote parts of Tibet. In the Morning our guide and driver will drive from Lhasa to Shigatse. On way to Shigatse we will come across the Kampa La pass (4700m) and will have an awesome view of Lake Yamdrok and the Nyenchen Kangsar Range, the highest peak has 7,300m height from sea level. Then driving near by the turquoise colored lake Yamdrok after another half an hour, then reached in Nangkhar Tse where you can have some lunch. After the lunch, driving through the beautiful valley to see the Tibetan nomadic camps, Karola Glacier (it is the 7th largest glacier in TAR). Crossing the Simi la pass and a man-made lake for hydroelectricity. After your arrival in Gyantse, we visit the Phelchor Choede Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. Gyantse Kumbum is the most magnificent building in Tibet and the shape of the building is very familiar with solid or three dimension mandala. Continue drive to Shigatse after the visit and stay overnight in Shigatse.
Day 05. Shigatse - Lhatse - Old Tingri.
Early morning drive towards Tingri Shegar over Gyatso-la pass 5248 m high, one of highest pass in Tibet. It’s a 240 km drive, so take a nap, or enjoy the landscapes whooshing by your window. Lunch in Lhatse. Overnight in Tingri Shegar.
Day 06. Trek from Old Tingri to Lungchung (12 km, 4 hrs)
From Old Tingri, pass through villages near friendship highway. Bridge over Ra-chu river lead you to foot of hills on left of old Tingri. Valley flows along outline of Ra-chu village, lower part of Ra-chu village is green in warmer season. Track moves upward to lungchung after one and half hours. Camping near Lungchung village.
Day 07.Trek from Lungchung to Nam-la pass (21 km, 8 hrs)
Trekking at the edge of gorge lead to stony track, Valley nearby leads you way to today’s destination. You will gain the view of Mt. Cho-Oya if sky is clear. There are both spring and stream in the swampy valley of grasses. Crossing few villages and nomadic area, track moves up to Nam-la pass. Gazelles and wolves can be seen in far. From top of Nam-la pass, you will see the unpaved road to EBC. Camp near Dza-chu river before you reach road.
Day 08. Trek over Nam-la pass - Rongphuk monastery (27 km, 7 hrs)
In the morning, you can see lots of cars moving towards Everest base camp, trek on the road to Rongphuk monastery. Dza-chu river run along the road about 15 km. Unpaved road moves in zigzag way, you can walk directly to Rongphuk monastery. Overnight at Rongphuk Monastery guest-house.
Day 09. EBC – Shigatse;
In the Morning, we will explore the Mt. Everest base camp & then, drive back to Shigatse through the same route. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 10. Shigatse – Lhasa;
Today we can take it little easy to drive back to Lhasa. In the morning we visit the Tashi Lunpo Monastery, which was built by the 1st Dalai Lama called Je Gendun Drup in 1447. Tashi Lunpo Monastery is the largest monastery in the Tsan Region and later the monastery had become the palace for the Panchen Lamas. The main attraction of the Monastery is the Statue of future Buddha Maitreya, which is the last statue in Tibet was built in 1914 by the 9th Panchen Lama. In the afternoon, we drive back to Lhasa through the friendship highway. There is an option to visit an Incense Cottage factory owned by Tibetans, the most stunning thing is to see the watermill used for making the incense. After you arrive in Lhasa, you can have some to visit around Lhasa city and explore the Barkhor Street. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 10. Departure from Lhasa;
Today is the end of the trip and we highly suggest our travelers to give a short time to fill the evaluation form to improve our quality service for the future. Then, our guide will be waiting at the Hotel lobby and take you to the Airport or Train station accordingly.