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Lhasa & The Everest BC
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* A mesmerizing dramatic  journey on the Trans-Himalayan highway dramatic landscapes
* Rich Buddhist culture, isolated rolling valleys, traditional villages, crossing of thrilling pass
* Visiting the Everest Base Camp, enriched with flora and fauna amidst the towering  peaks and breathe-taking views

Introduction:
Tibet, with its vast landscapes from the verdant forest to the arid dry moonscapes, huddled in the rain shadow behind the mass range of the northern Himalaya, certainly makes this land as mysterious as it was for centuries and it still retains the feel of the medieval period and a tinge of Shangri-la. Located with pride at an average altitude of over 3000 meter, today mankind's enthusiasm and curiosity has flung open the "Mighty doors" to experience the lifestyle, culture and landscape of this "Virgin Land".            A journey of a life time, at the roof of the world, with exciting adventure enroute, crossing over passes, of over 5000meter, stunning picturesque scenery of the landscape, rural villages, people, monasteries and breathe taking views of range of snow capped mountains from Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, Shisapangma to over 6000 meters peaks. Our trip from Tingri onwards is one of the magnificent drives passing through traditional Tibetan villages and nomad’s camps with constant views of the close snow capped peaks, as the journey head towards Everest Base Camp via Pangla-pass at 5,200m and Rongbuk Monastery. Journey continues to the highest monastery at Rongbuk through the large village, high passes, nomads camps and valleys with the ever present vista of the snow capped mountain before reaching the highest camp at Everest Base Camp at 5,200m, with ample time to explore around to its glacier and magnificent view of the nearby peaks including the northern face of Mt. Everest.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day tour.
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa.
Day 04-5: Tour of Lhasa.
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse.
Day 07: Drive to Shigatse after visit Tashilumpo Monastery.
Day 08: Drive to Tingri.
Day 09: Drive to Rongbuk.
Day 10: At Rongbuk and Base Camp.
Day 11: Drive to Zhangmu.
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 13: In Kathmandu at leisure.
Day 14: International Departure.
 Departure Dates  Availability
 27 Apr-10 May  Available
 18 May-31 May  Available
 01 Jun-14 Jun  Available
 28 Sep-11 Oct  Available
 26 Oct-08 Nov  Available
Day 01:

Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu and Tibet portion, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal-Tibet.
   
Day 02:

In Kathmandu with half day tour.

  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
   
Day 03:

Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650m)

  Approximately 1 hr 10 minutes scenic flight over the high Himalayan range, After breakfast early morning drive for the flight to Tibet at Gonggar Airport with an hour scenic flight from Kathmandu by Air China over the majestic Himalayan range offers the spectacular view of Everest and some of its adjoining peaks. Upon arrival at Gongar Airport near Lhasa, meet our Tibetan representative with 2 hrs drive to Lhasa. Afternoon visit the Barkhor Market near the Jorkhang Temple premises the hub of Lhasa.
   
Day 04-05:

In Lhasa.

 

Guided tour in Lhasa in Lhasa, you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursions of the Potala Palace, Norbulinkha Palace, Sera or Drepung Monastery. Tour the fabled City of Lhasa. A completely forbidden City until very recent times, Lhasa was Holy Grail for many central Asian explorers of past generations. The City has of course been altered by the Chinese occupation and the impact of foreign visitors. However much of the original character remains and whilst jostling through the Potala with crowds of ethnic Tibetans, it is hard not to be captivated by this magnificent civilization.

Visit of the great monasteries of Sera and Drepung, both of which were extensively destroyed in the Cultural Revolution but are now being rebuilt. Visit the Jokhang and of course the Potala Palace. Lhasa is at 3,600m/12,000ft and provides an ideal acclimation for the first few days.

   
Day 06:

Drive to Gyantse (3,950m) 5-6 hrs.

 

From Lhasa the drive leads towards near Gongar Airport, just after the bridge over the Yarlung Tsangpa River (Bhramaputra River) our route leads south east branching off from the Gongar, and Tsedang highway. The drive slowly climbs to Khamba-la at 4,800m. From the top great views of the surrounding landscapes and the snow capped peaks and as well of the beautiful Yamdrok Tsho (Turquoise Lake) down below, the drive continues by the Yamdrok Tsho passing through the town of Ngartse and then climbing to the top at Karo-la 5,050m pass. On reaching the top of the pass it can be cold being in the gorge between the massif snow capped peaks, amazing views of the glacier and ice fall of Mt.Nzongkhangsa.7,206m. Time for short break or for possible lunch break at this lovely sight, at this place Drok-pa or the nomads dwells, but at present they have made a permanent house and tents on the nice grassy meadow herding yaks and sheep's and selling some semi precious crude stones and quartz to the tourist. From here it is almost downhill ride passing the village of Ralung. Then continue for another 3 hours drive towards the City of Gyantse.

Another important town, almost a city which was until recently the third largest settlement in Tibet, at Gyantse visit Kumbum stupa.This was built in the early 15th century and contains thousands of frescoes. At Gyantse we will take the comfort of the Hotels, the hotel in Gyantse is a step down from the hotel in Lhasa but still not too bad by Tibetan standards. In Gyantse with time to visit the Kumbum monastery and its market (time permitting otherwise this tour can be done in the early morning before leaving for Shigatse.)

   
Day 07:

Drive to Shigatse (3,900m) 2-3 hrs ride

  Journey continues towards Shigatse the second largest city in Tibet after Lhasa, today's drive covers 95 k.m. The road has recently been improved from the bumpy and rutted portion. After leaving the Gyantse journey begins on the 15 k.m of long straight sections, with no hills to climb, just vanishing points. The road follows the Nyang Chu River passing through many scattered farm villages and fields and finally approaching towards Shigatse. In Shigatse visit the very large complex of Tashilumpo monastery.
This is the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama and contains a 27m high gold plated Buddha known as Matria (the future Buddha), afternoon visit the local market.
   
Day 08:

Drive to New Tingri (Shegar) (4,350m) 6 hrs.

  We travel from Shigtse to New Tingri. The drive is on the main Kathmandu / Lhasa highway, the road has improved since past few years. The drive leads to two high passes, one at 4,500m and 5,220m. Driving through the town of Larze where the road to Mt.Kailash joins, after Larze the drive climbs to the highest pass at Gyamshola Pass, 5,220m. After the pass reaching the New Tingri or Shegar, The main old Shegar town is further south from the main friendship highway, but most of the Hotel and inns are located on the main highway. New Tingri is also the gateway to Everest Base Camp and to Kharte (Makalu region).
   
Day 09:

Drive to Rongbuk Monastery

  From Shegar drive leads off the Nepal / China Friendship highway, on leaving the city suburb the ride passes through farm lands, villages and small town after 3 hours of good drive coming to the junction that leads towards the off trail to Rongbuk Monastery after 3-4 hours of drive reaching at Rongbuk Monastery for the overnight. From here the view of Everest North Face is really mind blowing. Depending upon the time, one can reach Everest Base Camp on a horse cart within half an hour, as the motor car is not allowed within this limit, except for very elderly people and kids.
   
Day 10:

Visit Rongbuk and Everest BC (5,200m)

 

Rongbuk Gompa and its many hermitage retreats were introduced to the world in the 1920's through the account of the 1st British expedition's teams of George and Irving Mallaory and from the well-known novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton. At present most of the retreat cells are abandoned and only few small monasteries scattered at this end of the valley is in function. According to the Rimpoche of this area, the monastery was first established as a religious site around 250 to 350 years ago.

Today an option for a short walk of less than 2-3 hours or one can ride on horse cart and motorbike as taxi, from here pass the main road for short while taking the east high path passing through number of isolated and ruin monuments, then descending to the main road after 30 minutes walks to a fresh running stream(the local pilgrims considers as a holy water), after being on the main track the road continues on this easy wide trail coming to the ruins of Sherab Chholing, just above the road from the Stupa with piles of prayers stones we will have time for a short visit to these old hermitage caves enroute our destination at Everest Base Camp. After a visit to the hermit cave, walks continues for another hour and half on the gravel, rocky track with the last climb over the rocky dunes for 20 minutes, after the climb coming towards Everest Base Camp, at Base Camp one can see a old guest-house built by the Chinese Government perched on top of the moraine hill near the bunch of prayer flags with majestic views of Mt. Everest behind.

   
Day 11:

Drive to Zhangmu (2,100m)

  After a great time at Rongbuk with a visit to the Everest Base Camp, drive continues to join the main highway at Old Tingri, from this wind blown town the road is good and well maintained another four hours drives brings you back to the tree line and lush vegetation after leaving the high Tibetan plateau behind at the last town of Nylam. Before reaching Nylam, panoramic views of Shisapangma, Dorji Lakpa, Gauri Shanker and Langtang mountain range can be seen on a clear day. On reaching Zhangmu check into the Hotel. Zhangmu at 2,100m is a hill town with a mixture of Chinese, Nepali and Tibetan people.
   
Day 12:

Drive back to Kathmandu

  Early morning at 9 a.m. Beijing standard time which is 2 hrs 15 minutes ahead than Nepali Standard Time, going through the immigration and custom formalities at Zhangmu, continue a short drive to the Friendship Bridge. From here a few minutes walk leads to the Nepal Border at Kodari. Here again with the Immigration formalities 4-5 hours of good scenic drive brings you back at Kathmandu.
   
Day 13:

In Kathmandu.

  A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight.
   
Day 14:

Transfer to Airport for Departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing trip.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Tibet for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 3.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Lhasa.
 4.  Guided sightseeing tours of Kathmandu & Tibet as per itinerary with applicable entrance fees.
 5.  Internal flight Kathmandu / Lhasa / Kathmandu.
 6.  Transportation as per itinerary by private vehicle.
 7.  All applicable Travel Permit and Entry fees in Tibet.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal & Tibet entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu & Tibet Hotels.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 6.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 7.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


Chitwan National Park:

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies. ...(More)

 

Bardia National Park:

The far west Nepal is one of the least explored regions of the Himalayas. Within this region is a seldom visited National Park, which still offers challenging adventure. Bardia National Park is the largest park in the lowland Terai covering an area of 968 sq kms and remains a very much untouched wilderness which appeals to the nature lovers. The park situated in Nepal’s Western Terai was established to protect representative ecosystems ...(More)

 

Kathmandu:

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites. ...(More)

 

Pokhara:
Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and ...(More)

 

Nagarkot:

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. ...(More)

 

Tibet:

Encircled within Himalayan fortress, the image of Tibet has portrayed as “Shangr-la” in the western world. A ‘Land of Snows’ and the ‘Roof of the World’ is mysterious in a way that few other places are. Following virtual closure after the Chinese annexation of the Buddhist Kingdom, Tibet was opened to foreign tourism in 1984. Tibet has become dream adventure destination for the people living in the most sophisticated silicon cities. ...(More)

 

India:
The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape  ...(More)

 

Bhutan:

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values ...(More)

 

River Rafting:

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. ...(More)

 

Mount Everest Flight:
Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty ...(More)

 

Bungy Jumping:

(Jumping beyond imagination): Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border. ...(More)

 

Paragliding:

(Flying like a bird): Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. ...(More)

 

Ultralight Flight:

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience. ...(More)

 

Hotels:

We have allowed our packages with just right number of nights of hotel accommodations which enables you to spend nights with quick visits of local market or monuments in the area. However if you have some extra days before or after your main package holiday, you can spend extra nights in Kathmandu or nearby destinations so that you can cover the interesting sights or just relax while you are here. ...(More)

 

Hotel Yak & Yeti:

The Hotel Yak & Yeti with the historic character, suitable for both short or long stay, is fashioned as the fusion of modern design and the noblesse of original heritage interiors. This exceptional city centre hotel is located minutes away from both domestic and international airport. It continues to be the city's leading luxury hotel for business and leisure. ...(More)

 

Hotel Shanker:

Shanker Hotel is housed in a palace built at the turn of the 19th century by a Rana Maharajah with a penchant for French architecture, international cuisine and Eastern hospitality. It was converted into a hotel in 1964. The façade and traditions were kept intact but the interior was redesigned to give travelers the kind of comfort they would expect of a world class hotel. You will live in palace when you live at Hotel Shanker. ...(More)

 

Hotel Malla:
Superbly located between the Royal Palace and Kathmandu's fashionable tourist district, Thamel, in the heart of the city. The Malla Hotel is only a 20 minutes drive from Kathmandu's International airport. Besides excellent accommodation and Central location the Malla Hotel is Offering a well equipped business center, extensive meeting and conference facilities, a health club with the latest work out equipment, sauna, massage, steambath and jacuzzi. ...(More)

 

Hotel Marshyangdi:

Hotel Marshyangdi situated in the heart of Thamel is the best choice for those who want to be in the main tourist hub of Kathmandu. Because of its friendly & professional staff, home like atmosphere, Marshyangdi has been a popular name and home away from home for most of the repeated visitors. The hotel now has 50 deluxe and 5 mini suite rooms besides the regular standard rooms. ...(More)

Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Lhasa & The Everest BC
  • Trip Duration : 14 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Cultural Tour
  • Highest Altitude : 5220 m
  • Month : Apr-Nov