Lhasa to Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp - 13 Days


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Great Nepal Treks & Expedition brings to you an amazing 13-days guided trip from Tibet to Kathmandu, following the trails of the infamous Everest Base Camp. As of now, Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal and trekkers usually start their journey in Kathmandu, to Lukla'a Tenzing Hillary airport and finally start trekking through the trails of the Khumbu region to reach the Everest Base Camp. But with an aim to offer a different side and experience of the region, the other way round and without having to break a sweat, we have come up with this Tibet to Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp package. This is a 12-day long trip where you will be starting your journey at Lhasa and from Lhasa, you will travel through numerous Tibetan villages like Shigatse, Gyantze, and much more.

Meanwhile, the main attractions of the trip include Tibet itself and the Everest Base Camp and the fun part of the trip is you will not be trekking. Without having to trek, you will still get the most breathtaking and Instagram worthy scenes of Mt. Everest and other Nepalese peaks like Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and much more. If you are interested in this trip, make sure to take a look at the detailed itinerary and book a trip for you.


Arrive at the Gongkhar airport in Lhasa. You're met by your Tibetan guide for the drive to Tsedang. Rest of the day free for rest and acclimatize as you adjust to the high altitude.

Today your guide accompanies you by car to Samye Monastery - Tibet's first Buddhist monastery. In the afternoon you continue on to Yambulagang Palace, home of the first 32 kings of Tibet. There are great views of the surrounding countryside from the palace.
 

This morning you're driven in a private vehicle to the capital, Lhasa. Upon arrival you check into your hotel and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to wander through the Tibetan market and streets of the old city.

Visit the superb Potala Palace this morning, which is the seat of the Dalai Lamas. In the afternoon, explore Sera Monastery, where you may be able to watch the monks debating. Later you visit Lhasa's only nunnery, near Barkhor Square.

This morning you can enjoy a tour of Lhasa's most important temple, the Jokhang. Afterwards, travel to the outskirts of Lhasa to visit the seat of the State Oracle at Drepung.

Your private driver escorts you to Gyantse today on the Southern Friendship Highway crossing Kambala Pass, the beautiful Turquoise Yamdrok Tso Lake and later, snow-capped peaks. On arrival in Gyantse the evening is at your leisure to explore one of Tibet's most traditional town.

Today is spent with your guide visiting the impressive Pelkor Chode Monastery, The Kumbum Monastery and Gyantse Dzong. Lateryou will be driven to Shigatse via Shalu Monastery. In the afternoon visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the former seat of the Panchen Lama. Afterwards you will have some time at leisure to wander around and visit the local markets.

This morning you're driven from Shigatse to Xegar, visiting Sakya Monastery. The seat of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism, it was founded in 1073. You'll visit a number of the monasteries.

Today, enjoy the passing scenery on the drive towards the Himalaya, eventually arriving at isolated Rongbuk Monastery, which sits in the shadow of Everest. Once at Rongbuk, we have the option of either walking (approximately two hours) or take a horse cart to the Everest Base Camp, as cars are not permitted in the valley for environmental reasons. You'll spend the night here at an altitude of 5,000 m (16,400 ft). 

Having spent the morning taking in the staggering views of Everest, you then make the journey to Keyrung or Gyirong, the border crossing between Tibet and Nepal.On the way visit Peku Tso Lake. 
 

Transfer to the border, then walk across the border. Transfer to Kathmandu.

Have the balance of the day free to shop for souvenirs and do some local sightseeing.  Make sure to get up to the Monkey Temple for spectacular views of the city and to watch the energetic monkeys divieinto the ponds. If time permits you may wish to visit a spa or natural therapy center to soothe those tired muscles. Enjoy your final overnight in Kathmandu at your local hotel.

If your plans today include a departing flight, a Great Nepal Treks and Expeditions representative will escort you to the airport. If you have other plans, we are here to assist you in any way necessary to make that transition.  

Inclusion

  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis as mentioned on above Itinerary using Three star category Hotels in Tibet and Nepal and best available basic hotels in Rongbuk and Keyrung. 
  • Bed and Breakfast at all placesas mentioned in the program and one complementary farewell dinner with authentic Nepalese cuisine and cultural show in Kathmandu.
  • All necessary transportation using Private car/van/busincluding arrival and departure transfers, sightseeing tours as per itinerary including transfer of baggage in the same transport.
  • English speaking Licensed Tibetan tour guide in Tibet as per the Itinerary.
  • Services of 01 Office Representative on airport arrival/ departure transfers as per the Itinerary
  • Necessary TIBET TRAVEL PERMITS and EVEREST BASE CAMP PERMIT.
  • Supplimental oxizen in vehicle while in Tibet.
  • Monument Entrance fees at all places in Tibet as per Itinerary.
  • Necessary service charge and government taxes.

Exclusion

  • Chinese Visa fees or train ticket charge while entering from China.
  • Any international airfares (Flights into Lhasa and out of Kathmandu).
  • Travel insurance of any kind.
  • Lunch and dinner while in Tibet & Nepal.  An average meal in just about any restaurant will run about $5 - $10 depending on what you order.  Western oriented restaurants may be a bit more.
  • Personal expenses like telephone bills, laundry charges, table drinks, tips, camera/video-camera fee at monuments etc. 
  • Tips for drive, guide (Not mandatory but highly appreciated)
  • Any items not mentioned in above include section

Accomodation

We will be staying our 08 nights in Tibet and 02 nights in Kathmandu using 2-3 star category standard hotels (upgrades are available at an additional cost). We will use best available basic hotels for two nights stay in Rongbuk and Kyirong with primitive facilities. 

Trip Facts

  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate Moderate
  • Country: Tibet & Nepal
  • Max. Altitude: 5,250m/17,220ft
  • Best Season: April, May, June, September, October
  • Group Size: 10 Pax Maximum
  • Trip Start/Ends: Lhasa/Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Air/ Land transportation

Trip highlights

  • Travel another way round from Tibet to Kathmandu through the infamous Everest Base Camp.
  • Spend your days and night in Tibet's villages like Shigatse, Gyantze, and many others.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest and other Nepalese peaks like  Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, etc.
  • Enjoy trekking adventure and scenic beauty without breaking a sweat.