Start your journey to Tibet with a spectacular flight over the snow capped Himalayan Mountains Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m), Mt Everest (8848m) Mt Makalu (8463m) and others, Spending 3 nights in Lhasa, staying right in the centre of the old city. This will allow us plenty of time for acclimatization and easy access to the city's main attractions – including Jokhang Temple and the monumental Potala palace of Kings and Dalai Lamas, with its various chapels along with unforgettable roof top views of the holy city.
For the Lhasa to Everest Base camp trek, Leaving Lhasa in our 4 wheel drive, we'll travel through this amazing country, staying in the best traditional hotels Tibet has to offer. Thoroughly exploring the towns of Gyantse and Shigatse we visit traditional monasteries and fully immerse ourselves in the Buddhist culture.
Along the Highway we travel through some of the most amazing landscapes on Earth. We pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Equally as fascinating is the wealth of cultural interest and there is plenty of opportunity to explore this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns we pass through on our journey back to Kathmandu.
There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.
Your sightseeing trip will start at 9 AM in the morning after breakfast. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. Places we visit are Pasupatinath temple, Buddhanath, Monkey temple, Bhaktpur durbar square and Kathmandu durbar square. The afternoon includes a final briefing and preparations for the trek. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning transfer to the international airport for the hour-long flight to Lhasa. This stunning flight, on a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757, takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gongar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, it is a further 2-hour drive by Land cruiser to Lhasa. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight at hotel.
We spend today visiting several of Lhasa's many monasteries in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet, within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. After lunch we'll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor - a maze of narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa. Overnight at hotel.
In the morning, we visit Potala Palace which dominates the city of Lhasa it’s a spectacular building, containing private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a Palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present Palace was constructed in the 17th century. After lunch, we visit the Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century and was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution. Overnight at hotel.
Drive to Gyantse crossing the Kamba La (4794m) & Koro La Pass (5010m). via the Lake Yamddrok Tso. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning: Visit the Khumbhum Supa & Phalkor Monastery at Gyantse. Embark on a pleasant 2 hrs, drive to Shigatse. Afternoon: Sightseeing tours of the Tashilumpo Monastery and the free Tibetan market. Overnight at Hotel.
Drive over to approx. 8 hrs to Xegar. Overnight at Hotel.
Drive over rocky terrain on 4WD by Land Cruiser to the village of Dza Rangphu. Overnight at Hotel.
A 2 hrs trek from the Tongbuk Monastery will lead you to the base camp of the highest peak on earth. The north face of Mount Everest (8848m) or Mt. Quomolangma in Tibetan. Explore the Base Camp and the Tangphu Glacier. Retreat to lodge. Later in the afternoon, return to tingri (approx. 96 kmss/3hrs). Overnight at Hotel.
Drive downhill to Nyalam crossing two spectacular passes- The Lalung La (5082m) & Nyalam (3800m). Overnight at Hotel.
Drive downhill to Zhangmu and to the Friendship Bridge where transportation awaits for the groups for final journey to Kathmandu.
Leisure day in Kathmandu , If you are interested in continuing onto Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight.
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.