Kathmandu to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp overland adventure tour takes you into exotic Tibet from Kathmandu. En route to Tibet we will follow the great Himalayan barrier dominated by the 8000 m Mount Everest, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma. Travel across the Tibetan plateau to explore more sacred places and experience incredible Tibetan culture. Enjoy unparalleled vistas of Mt. Everest from its base camp. Enjoy Tibet's main sights and superb scenery.
After several hours on the road we will arrive at Rongbuk Monastery which is located at the foot of Mount Everest and has earned the title of the world's highest monastery standing at 4,980 meters high. Then we’ll drive or hike to Mt. Everest Base Camp (about 5,200m). In Lhasa, we accompany the lively crowd moving around the Jokhang Temple, the largest temple in the Tibetan capital, but we also go to remote places where others do not go as Ralung monastery of the Kagyu School located in unique scenery in the heart of the plateau.
Day 01: Upon your arrival,
A representative from All Nepal Hiking will receive you at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). Our representative will transfer you to your hotel and will explain you about the trek and trip in brief. You may ask our guides if you’ve any query regarding the trek. Our staffs will also assist you for the trek preparation. In the evening, you may enjoy the Kathmandu night around your hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu - Tibet border – Zhangmu - Old Tingri
Today we’ll drive to Tibet border. Zhangmu. We continue our drive to Old Tingri and stay there overnight. Have a good rest and prepare for your Mt. Everest trip. Stay overnight in Old Tingri. After you arrive at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and become acclimatize to the altitude.
Day 03: Old Tingri - Mt. Everest Base Camp - Tingri
After several hours on the road you will finally arrive at, Rongbuk Monastery, which is located at the foot of Mount Everest and has earned the title of the world's highest monastery standing at 4,980 meters high. Take a shuttle bus or hike to Mt. Everest Base Camp (about 5,200m). You can appreciate the spectacular Himalayan and the highest mountain in the world. Then drive to Tingri for overnight.
Day 04: Tingri - Shigatse
Today you’ll drive to Shigatse and stay there overnight. En route visit Sakya monastery. In the 13th century, the monastic town of Sakya emerged as an important center of Buddhist scholarship. With Mongolian military support, the Sakya lamas became rulers of all Tibet. Sakya Monastery, built in 1268, is a massive fortress like compound with high defensive walls in the southern section of the monastery. There are a lot of historical articles in the monastery, among them are: Imperial certificates, gold signets, crowns, and clothes given by the Yuan Dynasty emperors. Sakya monastery has over 84,000 Tibetan volumes of on astronomy, medicine, calligraphy, and history.
Day 05: Shigatse - Gyangtse
Today, drive to Gyantse from Shigatse. VisitTashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama and one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Admire the beautiful frescoes, statues and sculptures. Here you will see a giant statue of Future Buddha, the largest one of its kind on earth, decorated with precious pearls, turquoises, corals and ambers. Stay overnight at Gyantse.
Day 6: Gyangtse - Yamdrok Lake- Tsetang
After a drive of about 100km, you will get to appreciate the Holy Lake of Yamdrok, one of three most famous holy lakes in Tibet. Next, head to Tsetang, which is known as “the cradle of Tibetan Civilization”. Also, take a look at Trandruk Monastery. The Trandruk Monastery was built to commemorate Songtsen Gampo's great deeds. Many pilgrims come to Trundruk monastery to worship.
Day 07: Tsetang - Samye Monastery - Lhasa
In the morning we drive to Samye monastery with spectacular views from Pisha and the vista of the Samye valley along the way. From the high point of Dragmar, explore many temples, and ruins. At Samye itself, explore one of the oldest and holiest Buddhist sites, Samye Monastery. Its ancient buildings are a Tibetan architectural masterpiece. Samye monastery was the first Buddhist monastery erected in Tibet. The first floor is Tibetan style, the second is Han style, and the third is Indian style. Head to Lhasa.
Day 08: Lhasa
Take the challenge of climbing up to Potala Palace (3,650m above sea level) and get a great view of Lhasa’s urban areas. Continue your tour to Jokhang Temple, which is within walking distance from Potala Palace. It is considered the spiritual center of Tibet. Finally, join locals in a traditional pilgrimage route by taking a relaxing walk in a large circular path around Jokhang Temple at Barkhor Street. You can relax and enjoy the life in Lhasa in a lazy afternoon.
Day 09: Lhasa
After breakfast, you are driven to visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history. Next, come to Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks.
Day 10: Lhasa Departure
Today is free until our representative will escort to the airport or train station.
Extra days in Kathmandu
There are several activities in and around Kathmandu. we can offer plenty of suggestions: mountain biking in Kathmandu city or rafting in the Trisuli river or to Bhotekoshi river,an Everest Encounter flight, sightseeing trips to Bhaktapur or Patan (Kathmandu Valley's other historic capital cities), a night at Hotel in Nagarkot for a bit of luxury and expansive sunrise/sunset mountain panoramas, visits to interesting temple villages such as Changu Narayan, a few days at in Pokhara or a relaxing excursion to Chitwan National Park or Bardia National Park. All Nepal Hiking will help you by arranging your extra excursion!