Lhasa Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp Tour feel you experience the Tibetan cultural capital of Lhasa witnessing monks in debate and prayer, exploring rural villages and lunar landscapes, hiking to Everest Base Camp.
From the sacred peaks of Tibet to lush green Nepalese valleys, explore the best of the Himalaya on this Lhasa Kathmandu Overland Tour. Discover mighty temples and small outposts on a journey that offers incredible vistas at every turn of the trail. Our Tibet expert will take the hassle out of planning and help you find the secluded spots only the locals know and leave you with time to explore. In the thin mountain air of Rombuk, the highest monastery in the world, you will enjoy unparalled views of Mt. Everest. So make sure your camera is charged – you are going to need it.
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Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa
Upon arrival at Lhasa airport, you will be received by your Tibetan guide and transfer to Lhasa. The rest of the day is free on your own to explore Lhasa.
Day 2/3: Lhasa Tour.
On our Lhasa tour we visit Potala Palace and many monasteries of Tibet.
Day 4: Drive to Gyantse (267km, 8 hour’s drive).
The drive to Gyantse is a spectacular one, crossing three passes over 5000 meters and skirting the shores of the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso. Once of major importance as a wool trading centre on the routes between India, Sikkim, Bhutan, Tibet and China, Gyantse retain the feel of old Tibet. The imposing hill fortress, Gyantse Dzong, dominates views of the town. It is also the site of Pelkor Chode Monastery, founded in 1418 and the unique Gyantse Kumbum (meaning 100,000 images), which forms a 3-dimensional mandala containing a seemingly endless series of tiny chapels full of Buddhist images – Buddhas, demons, protectors and saints.
Day 5: Drive to Shigatse (94km, 2 hours)
It is a short drive to Shoats, Tibet second-largest town, and the seat of the Panchen Lama who ranks second in importance to the Dalai Lama.
The huge complex of Tashilunmpo is visited daily by hundreds of devotees, armed with yak butter to feed the lamps, who prostrate themselves around the stupas or walk up to the chapel that houses the 26m-high, gold-plated statue of the future Buddha
Shigatse bazaar also buzzes with life. Stalls, selling everything from slabs of yak butter to yak wool, prayer wheels and rosaries, line the streets and Tibetans vie with each other to win a sale. Be tempted by the antiques, jewelry and fur hats with elaborate gold brocade designs or perhaps visit the carpet factory where hand-woven carpets are made to traditional designs. Then perhaps join the pilgrims on their evening kora (circumambulation) around the perimeter of the monastery.
Day 6: Drive to Sakya (172 km, 4.5 hours)
It is a 4-5 hour trip to Sakya, the base of the once politically powerful Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Its huge fortified walls are testament to the turbulent past of the region. There is time in the late afternoon or early morning to explore the monastery and the ruins of north Sakya across the river.
Day 7: Drive to Rongbuk and Everest Base Camp (296 km, 9 hours)
An exhilarating drive brings us to Rombuk - 5000m and a mere 7km below Everest Base Camp. The view from here is utterly spectacular! Rombuk is certainly the highest monastery in the world and its guesthouse offers very basic accommodation, but the views that surround us more than compensate - lie in bed and watch the moonlight illuminate the mountain. The monastery here was first built in 1902 by the Nyingma Lama and originally housed more than 500 monks. Today, only about 50 monks and nuns remain, sharing the same prayer hall but with separate residences. The nuns here are great fun and will be delighted to have you join their evening prayers. The energetic can make the 7km hike to Base Camp for a closer view this magnificent mountain, for the rest – the bus is a go.
Day 8: Drive to Lao Tingri (296 km, 4 hours)
The road down to Lao Tingri is a rough one – but spectacular views adequately compensate. Lao Tingri is a small, typical Tibetan town on the highway to Kathmandu –Mt Everest and Cho Oyo is still visible.
Day 9: Drive to Zhangmu (208 km, 6 hours)
Drive to the border town of Zhangmu clings precariously to the cliff face, 10km above the bridge across the river which marks the physical China-Nepal border. The small town has become the major trading post between the two countries and is always packed with trucks transshipping their goods. The subtropical oceanic climate endows the small town with warm, humid weather and beautiful scenery throughout the year. The giant hills around Zhangmu are heavily wooded, with frozen icicle during the winter and with beautiful waterfalls in summer.
Day 10: Zhangmu to Kathmandu (100km, 4 hours)
After completing Chinese immigration we drive down to the bridge where we say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and drivers. Completing Nepal immigration it is only 132kms to Kathmandu, but it can be a slow trip – the first section of the road is narrow and winding as it continues down the ravine and occasionally blocked by landslides. All being well we will be in Kathmandu early afternoon with time for shopping and sightseeing before a final dinner together.
Day 11: Kathmandu Airport.
Transfer to Kathmandu airport to get fly back to home. It needs to be at least 3 hours earlier to Kathmandu airport than your flight schedule time.