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Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour via Northern EBC-10 days

This classical trip to Northern Everest Base Camp tour from Kathmandu is a journey of lifetime to explore and experience the Tibetan awesome culture, brown rolling hills, wrecked forts, artistic ornate monasteries, centuries old caravan trails and a breathtaking scenery central Himalayan range of Nepal & Tibet along with the most dramatic views of Mt. Everest with its Kangshung Face looks. This northern Everest Base Camp tour offers many exciting memorable encounter along the way (peoples and cultures) that you can't express or explain unless you are a part of it.

Driving from Kathmandu onward Tibet via Nepal Tibet friendship border to Rongbuk to Everest Base Camp traverse through the high passes and rugged terrain and an incredible formation of the highest plateau of the world, fascinates you. Driving across the stark windswept Tibetan Plateau to the spectacular Rongbuk Valley and Everest Base Camp is the most highlighted. The views of the north Kangshung face of Mt. Everest from Rongbuk and Everest base camp are simply sensational.

Remaining tour onward is through the local Tibetan villages en route, onward few Tibetan cities, Shighatse, Gyantse and Lhasa. You would have two days of complete excursion in Lhasa highlights before ending your tour with us.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam -3,750m (12,300ft)-156Kms
Day 02: Nyalam to Tingri (4390m) -147 Kms.
Day 03: Tingri (4390m) - Ronbuk (5100m)- 105 Kms - visit Everest Base Camp
Day 04: Ronbuk- Xegar to Lhatse (4050 M)- 245 Kms.
Day 05: Lhatse -Sakya Monastery to Shigatse (3900m)- 185 Kms.
Day 06: Shigatse to Gyantse (3950m)-90kms
Day 07: Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m)-259kms.
Day 08: Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa
Day 09: Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa
Day 10: Departure from Lhasa to your onward destination

Important Trip Notes & Activities

Pleased acknowledge that you are joining us for the adventure trip in remote Himalayan region, where weather conditions, health and fitness of the member or unexpected natural disaster can compel us to change the itinerary and if so you have to understand it but we would try our best to keep the suggested itinerary as per the original schedule.

Your safety and satisfaction of the trip is our prime concern while travelling with us and we ensure you our best team, logistics, professional services to make sure that you would have an amazing trip of lifetime with us. Also note that our trip leader deserved the final decision if the trip has to amend, change the route or cancel due to the extreme conditions for the safety precaution. However, he will try his best to ensure that the trip runs as according to the stated plan but be prepared for flexibility if necessary.

Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam 
Altitude: 3,750m/12,300ft Distance of driving: 156Kms/ 6hrs drive 
You would be picked up from your hotel lobby by 6:00 AM this morning and transfer to our van/group bus. At 6:15, we would start our drive from Kathmandu to Kodari- Nepal Tibet friendship border via friendship highway (1,873m/6,140ft). After completing immigration and custom formalities, you would meet our Tibetan guide then drive up hill to Zhangmu (2,300m/75,44ft)- it is a Tibetan border town. After another check here, we drive further ascent to Nyalam for overnight. On the way you will see fantastic view of deep valley with some overflowing waterfalls.

Day 02: Nyalam to Tingri 
Altitude: 4390m/14402ft Distance of driving: 147 Kms/5-6 hrs drive 
Today we drive onward to (Approx. 5-6 hours) to Tingri crossing two spectacular passes. Nyalam pass (3800m) and Lalung La pass (5082m). This drive provides fabulous view of the high mountains including, Mount Everest (8848m) Jugal Himal, Mt. Makalu (8464m) and more. Overnight in Tingri.

Day 03: Tingri to Ronbuk & visit Everest Base Camp 
Altitude: 5100m/16732ft Distance of driving: 105 Kms/4-5 hrs drive 
It is an easy and short drive to Rongbuk. Get the room; refresh up then start trip onward to Rongbuk Monastery to Everest Base Camp.  

Rongbuk monastery is the highest monastery in Tibet. Visit this monastery with the amazing view of Mt. Everest (Mount Quomolangma). Afternoon drive to Base Camp by available local bus as our tour land cruiser is not allowed, walk is (16 kms round trip) around base camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensate for this. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you. Evening, return back to Rongbuk and overnight.

Day 04: Ronbuk - Xegar to Lhatse 
Altitude: 4050 m/13287ft Distance of driving: 245 Kms/ 7hrs drive 
Depending on weather conditions, while having breakfast in Rongbuk at your guest house, you would again have a amazing views of sunrise view of Mt. Everest Kangshung face. Today, we drive onward to Lhaste via Xegar. Crossing highest pass of the route- Gyamtso La- 5220m, we descent to the plains, passing some lonely monasteries en route to Lhatse. After Lhatse, we drive onward through the main friendship highway, cross another pass- Pang La- 5150m- views from here are incredible, one can see widen Himalayan Shangri-la from Makalu to Shishapangma. Drive descent to Lhatse for overnight.

Day 05: Lhatse- Sakya Monastery to Shigatse 
Altitude: 3900m/12795ft Distance of driving: 185 Kms/6hrs drive 
This morning, we drive off route- 30kms to Sakya, visit famous Sakya Monastery. This is the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built in the 6thyear (1073) of the Xining reign of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) by Khon Konchog Gyalpo, the founder of Sakyapa sect of Lamaism. Sakya, meaning "Grey Soil" in Tibetan since the soil surrounding it is gray; it is the central monastery of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

Afternoon, we drive to Shigatse- the second biggest city in Tibet. Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 06: Shigatse to Gyantse 
Altitude: 3950m/12959ft Distance of driving: 90kms/2hrs drive 
This morning, you will visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the free bazaar of Xigaste. After lunch embark on a pleasant 2 hours drive to Gyantse. Here you visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. Overnight in Gyantse.

Day 07: Gyantse to Lhasa 
Altitude: 3,650m/11,970ft Distance of driving 259kms/8hrs drive 
Today drive is bit longer, we drive approx of 08 hours, crossing 2 passes The Karo La (5010m) and Kamba La (4794m) pass and Lake Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake). You will cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahamaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 08: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa 
Altitude: 3640m/11,942ft Day Explore 
We breakfast at hotel then start our first day tour of Lhasa- Forbidden City of Tibet. Our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to Barkhor Market can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city savoring every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods to exhibition of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as you return to the comforts of your hotel.

Day 09: Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa 
Altitude: 3640m/11,942ft Day Explore 
Your sightseeing of this forbidden city of Tibet continues today as well. You experience invaluable insights during your visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. This 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans’ respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery. Explore the surrounding and return back to your hotel in evening. Over night at Lhasa.

Day 10: Departure from Lhasa to your onward destination 
Today we serve you breakfast then your trip ends by this morning. Means you are free now; you are responsible for the onward travel plans and destination and required arrangements of flights, train etc. onward Kathmandu or mainland China. If you would like to fly back to Kathmandu, write us while booking your trip with us, we can pre-arrange your Lhasa- Kathmandu return flight at your required date in advance (additional cost).

Price: US $1980 per person

What is Included?

• Hotel arrival and departure transfer by private vehicle

• All necessary Tibet travel permits

• Northern Everest Base Camp Special permit and fees

• Lhasa- EBC- Lhasa transfer by non AC Land Cruiser (4WD TOYOTA)

• Accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis hotels in City and guest house at villages en route

• English speaking Tibetan guide/ his entire cost

• All sightseeing fees and monument fees as per required in above given itinerary

• All applicable taxes and service charges

• Gov & Local charges as required

What is Excluded?

• Chinese visa fee (US$ 198 for the US citizens and US$ 85 for the other national people)

• Nepal re-entry visa fee

• Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu( ask us for the reservation)

• Your travel insurance

• Meals other than breakfast in Tibet

• Kathmandu- Lhasa flight ticket and airport taxes( you may buy this ticket and join us this trip or ask us for the reservation)

• Personal Tip

• Any additional expenses due to unforeseen circumstances

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

We do have several departure dates for our trekking /climbing trips. Please find your convenient departure date from the below listed year and write us. Being as a Nepal based adventure travel Company, we do have permanent trekking set up in mountains so we are very much flexible for the departure dates for our every Himalayan trip. Please view our available group dates as stated and if the listed dates are not matching your expected time for this trip, write us with your personal date, we are happy to organize this trip to you as per your own selected date and we can open the same date for our group departure date.

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Start Date Availability Price
27 February, 2018 Available US $1980 Book Now

Our Tour group:
This is our group based tour thus peoples from any countries can join us on this tour. We would mostly have a group of 8 to 20 peoples on this tour.

Tour Leader: 
Your tour Guide is Tibetan Certified Guide. He is in good communicate English, knows the places you would visit and make a special look after throughout the trip. 

Health & Altitude Problems 
Traveling in Tibet involves high altitude and can be strenuous. Clients with heart and lung problems or blood diseases should consult their doctor before booking the trip. Very rare cases of altitude sickness have been reported. Simple headache; fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Some advice: drink approx. 3 liters of water per day, do not strain yourself, move slowly, breathe deeply and take regular rests.

Customs & Airport
There is no prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders or radios as long as they are registered with a custom official. Printed matters considered unsuitable by the Chinese Government are prohibited, Customs regulations forbid the ex- port of art objects created prior to 1959 or souvenirs in amounts deemed to be excessive. There is only one airport in Tibet and only one international flight to Kathmandu, Nepal is in operation.

Clothing & Equipments:
From Oct. to March warm clothes are required due to cold and from April to September only light clothes will be enough. However, a jacket and a sweater are advised throughout the year as the weather may unexpectedly change at any time.

Meals & Accommodations:
This tour is based with bed (accommodation) and breakfast basis only thus you have to look after your lunch and evening meals by yourself. Even though, there are many Chinese/Tibetan restaurants throughout the tour, foods are very nice and you can have your choice of food with your own taste.

Your accommodations will be provided a twin share room with attached bath throughout the tour. During the tour, you will have Hotel Flora or similar at Lhasa and comfortable guest house en route. Single room supplement will be charge US$ 300.

Price US $1980

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Meals Bed with Breakfast
Room hotels in city and Guest House en route
Max Elevation 5,200m at Rongbuk
Group Size 2 - 8 Persons
Best Month March - October

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