Central Tibet and Everest Base Camp Tour – 13 days

Central Tibet and Everest Base Camp Tour – 13 days

Start Point

Kathmandu

End Point

Kathmandu

Duration

16N/17D

Grade

Easy

Max Altitude

5150 meter

Meals

B+L+D

Accomodation

Hotel/Resort

No. of Person

Min. 02 Pax

Highlights

  • Potala Palace: One of the most iconic landmarks in Lhasa, the Potala Palace is a grand architectural marvel that was once the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas. It’s perched on a hill and offers breathtaking views of the city. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its intricate artwork, religious relics, and historical significance.
  • Jokhang Temple: This is the most sacred temple in Tibetan Buddhism and is located in the heart of Lhasa’s old town. It attracts thousands of pilgrims each year. The temple’s central location makes it a hub of religious and cultural activity, and its unique architectural style reflects a blend of Tibetan, Indian, and Nepalese influences.
  • Barkhor Street: Surrounding the Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street is a bustling marketplace and pilgrimage circuit. It’s famous for its traditional Tibetan architecture, vibrant markets, and numerous stalls selling religious artifacts, crafts, and souvenirs.
  • Norbulingka Palace: This palace served as the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. It features beautiful gardens, ponds, and pavilions, all showcasing Tibetan architecture and design. The palace complex provides insight into the daily lives and traditions of the Tibetan royalty.
  • Sera Monastery: One of the three major monasteries in Lhasa, Sera Monastery is known for its vibrant debates among monks, which are held in a courtyard. The monastery’s stunning architecture and religious significance make it a must-visit attraction.
  • Drepung Monastery: Another important monastery, Drepung Monastery was once the largest monastery in the world and was a center of Tibetan Buddhist learning. The monastery’s white buildings against the backdrop of the mountains make for a picturesque scene.
  • Tibet Museum: This modern museum provides insights into the history, culture, and art of Tibet. It houses an extensive collection of artifacts, paintings, sculptures, and historical documents that offer a comprehensive view of the region’s heritage.
  • Namtso Lake: While not located within the city itself, Namtso Lake is a stunning natural wonder located a few hours’ drive from Lhasa. It’s one of the highest saltwater lakes in the world and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan mountains.
  • Tibetan Cuisine: Lhasa offers a chance to indulge in authentic Tibetan cuisine. Try dishes like momos (dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), and yak-based dishes. Tsampa, a roasted barley flour, is a staple food in Tibetan culture.
  • Cultural Festivals: Lhasa hosts various cultural festivals throughout the year, celebrating Tibetan traditions, arts, and religious practices. The most famous festival is Losar, the Tibetan New Year, which showcases vibrant celebrations and rituals.

Experience the Central Tibet and Everest Base Camp Tour, an immersive journey that provides a deep dive into Tibetan culture and offers awe-inspiring views of Mount Everest from its base camp on the Tibetan side. Our expedition employs top-notch Landcruisers that are well-equipped to navigate the challenging terrains ahead.

Our adventure begins as we head south through the Khamba La pass, treated to breathtaking vistas of Scorpion Lake. This route leads us to Gyangtse, a charming Tibetan town that has retained its unspoiled essence. Here, we explore the medieval Pelkhor Chode Temple complex, featuring the impressive Kumbum stupa, and also visit Gyangtse fort, a site of historical significance due to the British Younghusband expedition’s assault in 1904.

Continuing our journey via Shalu, we reach Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city. Our itinerary includes a visit to Tashilhunpo Monastery, once the residence of the Panchen Lama, which holds immense cultural importance. En route to Everest Base Camp, we may explore the exceptional Sakya monastery, contingent on road conditions. Our path then takes us over the Pang La pass, leading to an overnight stay near Rongbuk Monastery. This location, associated with figures like Mallory, Irving, and even Tintin, promises unforgettable panoramas of Everest’s northern facade.

Traversing highland passes and embracing some of the world’s most magnificent mountain vistas, we eventually cross the Himalayas. Our descent introduces us to cultivated foothills before we return to the Kathmandu valley, concluding a remarkable journey filled with cultural immersion and breathtaking natural beauty.

Detail Itinerary

Our representative pick you up at airport and transfer to Hotel.

Tour begins 10 am to 4 pm. You will visit Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Monastery and Patan Durbar Square.

Today, you will fly to Lhasa via great Himalayan views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and Gokyo Ri Himalaya etc and land to Gongar Airport, Lhasa.

Visit to Sera Monastery with your tour guide. This is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Equally adventurous and exciting rhythm builds up while touring Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important holy site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to Barkhor Markets can be quite a alter from other visits as you wander around the city trying every details around the stalls and you may purchase some goods that displays Tibetan culture, custom and tradition

Visit to Potala Palace and Drepung monastery will grant invaluable insights. From the Mar Po Ri Hill where the Potala Palace, the 17th century great monumental structure stands, you can get an tremendous view of entire city. Potala Palace, a huge structure, its interior space being in excess of 130,000 square meters has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, many grand state rooms and chapels. Your next visit will be to Drepung Monastery, a residence of Dalai Lama before Potala Palace which was built in 14th century and used to shelter around 10,000 monks some time ago. Tibetans’ immensely believe and respect this monastery.

Following friendship bridge and passes Khamba La Pass and one can see Yamdrok Tso Lake, Blue Lake, huge glacier and some beautiful villages.

Gyantse prides on Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century and overlooks a mesmerizing view of entire Gyantse and surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has large gold domed 35m high chorten(stupa ) and houses with several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. Kubum means 100,000 images in Tibetan. After enjoying and exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Shalu monastery built with Han, Tibetan and Indian style architecture is about one and half hour away from Gyantse on the way to Shigatse. After a brief observation of the monastery you drive further to Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery is the major attraction of Shigatse being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet.

From Shegar, you drive to the south crossing Pang La pass at 5150m/16890. Along the drive, you can laze around in the splendor of majestic views of snowcapped peaks such as Makalu and Shishapangma. After driving for 85 km, you eventually reach Rongbuk from where you get spectacular sight of Mt. Everest. The program today is to explore to Everest Base Camp through the day. Drive to EBC is allowed only for expeditions, so you need to walk 8 km (one way) or take a horse or local bus to reach the Everest Base Camp. You will also visit Ronbuk Monastery, a Buddhist pilgrimage site founded in 1902 by a Nyingmapa Lama in an area of meditation huts that had been in use by monks and hermits for over 400 years. Hermitage meditation caves dot the cliff walls all around the monastery complex and up and down the valley. Many walls and stones, carved with sacred syllables and prayers, line the path

Leaving Dza Rongbuk, we drive through the village of Chhosang, Phadrukchi, over Pang La, across Phung Chhu or Arun River, and into Tingri.

From the Tingri plain we drive across the high Tibetan plateau to the trade post town of Tingri, the border town. En route visit Milarepa Cave where Tibet’s greatest yogi of the 11th century Milarepa meditated.

Across Friendship Bridge where our representative will meet you and drive you to Kathmandu

Visit yourself some places in Kathmandu or shopping for family or rest at Hotel.

Today, we will see you off at Hotel and transfer to Airport toward next destination.

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