12 days adventure to the rooftop of the world

Tibet and Mt. Everest Base Camp

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    This exhilarating journey begins with a flight from Chengdu to Lhasa, then travels overland from Lhasa to north Everest Base Camp. You will visit the great Buddhist monasteries that are open at the time of your visit. The views of the Himalayas from the northern side are dramatically different from the Nepalese side of the border, and it's easy to see why Tibet merits the title "Roof of the World". Weather, politics, and season may influence the areas of Tibet that are open to your visit. You will have an excellent personal guide who will make the most of the time you have on the plateau and offer a candid interpretation of all that you observe. "> This exhilarating journey begins with a flight from Chengdu to Lhasa, then travels overland from Lhasa to north Everest Base Camp. You will visit the great Buddhist monasteries that are open at the time of your visit. The views of the Himalayas from the northern side are dramatically different from the Nepalese side of the border, and it's easy to see why Tibet merits the title "Roof of the World". Weather, politics, and season may influence the areas of Tibet that are open to your visit. You will have an excellent personal guide who will make the most of the time you have on the plateau and offer a candid interpretation of all that you observe.

    Day 1 - Arrive Chengdu


    Upon arrival in Chengdu, you are met and transferred to your centrally-located hotel. Chengdu is a prosperous and lively metropolis famous for its delicious spicy food and attractive teahouses. The afternoon is free to either take a rest or stroll around the city. There will be a briefing in the evening regarding the tour. Your passports will also be collected for presentation to the Chinese Embassy in order to obtain your Tibet permits.

    Day 2 - Chengdu/Lhasa


    Leave Chengdu for your two-hour flight to Lhasa, which guides over the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, providing undoubtedly one of the most beautiful flights in the world. Arrive at Gongga airport, and drive for an hour and a half to reach the downtown area of Lhasa. Starting with this drive, you are immersed deep into a culture unknown to most people. Situated at 11,480 ft., Lhasa and surroundings may appear slightly barren except for the trees lining the roadside. You will spend most of the afternoon resting and adjusting to the high altitude.

    Day 3 - Lhasa


    The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa’s cardinal landmark, Potala Palace. Perched high above Lhasa on the Marpori (red mountain), the Potala is a place of spiritual pilgrimage and a mammoth tribute to Tibetan architectural skills. It was started by the fifth Dalai Lama and has been the official winter residence of successive Dalai Lamas ever since. Built of wood, earth, and stone, the Potala has 13 stories rising over 380 feet high. The whole structure is a maze of over 1,000 rooms, with 10,000 shrines and some 200,000 statues. No steel frame was used, nor were any no nails used in the woodwork. Just east of the Potala is the Jokhang Temple, the religious and geographical center of Lhasa. From morning until night, an astounding display of chanting, prostrating pilgrims revolve around Barkhor Bazaar (Lhasa's inner pilgrim circuit, which runs around the Jokhang) and the Jokhang. Hundreds of faces, ornaments, clothes, and colors swirl around in a gigantic whirlpool of religious fervor. The temple was founded in 650 by Songsten Gampo on the site of what was once a great underground lake in which visions of the future could be seen. Overnight again in Lhasa.

    Day 4 – Lhasa


    About five miles west of Lhasa is the Drepung, once the largest monastery in the world and founded by Jamyang Choje Tashi Pelden, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, in 1416. Various paths lead up from the road past storerooms and quarters that once housed as many as 10,000 monks. Continue on with your visits to another great Gelupga monastery – the Sera, a monastic university that is smaller than Drepung, but similar in the layout of its building. Sera was, at one time, famous for its fighting monks, who spent years perfecting the martial arts. Only 100 monks remain out of a population that once exceeded 5,000.

    Day 5 - Lhasa/Gyantse


    Get set for a long drive today. It is a 160-mile drive to Gyantse. On the way you will stop and visit Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet’s three holy lakes, which is first seen from the Kamba-La pass at 16,400 feet. You’ll be mesmerized by the deep turquoise color. For Tibetans, Yamdrok is a very holy lake, home of wrathful deities. Far in the distance, you will also be able to see the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangsang. Descending from the mountain, you may decide to take a leisurely walk by the lakeside while enjoying views of barley fields. Leaving Yamdrok is as spectacular as arriving as you cross the 16,550-foot Karola with its awesome roadside views of the Nojin Kangtsang glacier. After about 55 miles, and as you’re still enjoying the glacier scene, you arrive in Gyantse. Here stands the famous 115-foot high Kumbum, packed with exquisite Tibetan sculptures and paintings, a truly stunning architectural wonder.

    Day 6 - Gyantse/Tingri


    In the morning, you explore Gyantse, a town renowned for the exploits of Colonel Younghusband in the 1920s. You walk down the newly-rebuilt main street, along with the Nepali Kumbum stupa. Your adventure continues with an eight-hour drive over rough, dusty roads to Shegar. In the morning, you cross the Jai Tsuo Pass with stunning views of the Himalayan peaks to the south. Although the scenery is desolate, the countryside is dotted with busy villages and ruined monasteries. Among these villages is the major town of Lhaze, which makes a convenient halfway stop where you have a local-style lunch break. After a long day of driving, you arrive in Shegar, your last stop before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Shegar is a small village of about 1,500 inhabitants with an interesting fort.


    Day 7 - Tingri/everest base camp


    You leave early in the morning from the hotel, branching off onto a small road that leads to Everest Base Camp. It is a rather long day (approx. 6-7 hours drive), but extremely rewarding. The initial part of the journey involves climbs in a series of zigzags to the top of the Pang La pass (17,000 feet), where you stop to take photos of Mount Everest before descending to the Rong Phu Valley. You continue on to the famous Rongbuk Monastery and then on to the Base Camp itself, situated at 16,500 feet above sea level. When you finally reach the base camp and witness the first sight of mighty Everest, it will leave you speechless. All the hardship you bear along the way makes sense at this time with sensational views of Everest with its towering north face dominating the horizon. This is certainly a major highlight on your incredible journey. The Tibetan name for Everest is “Quomolangma”, which literally means The Third Goddess. The best moments to watch Everest are in the early morning and in the late evening when Everest is shining like a real goddess in the sun. Overnight near Base Camp.


    Day 8 - Mt. Everest base camp/Shigatse


    The drive today takes you back to Shigatse.


    Day 9 - Shigatse/Lhasa


    Return to Lhasa, where you will have the afternoon free to explore. Enjoy a free afternoon exploring


    Day 10 - Lhasa/Chengdu/onward


    Flight back to Chengdu, then onward for your flight back home or add on a few days for further explorations.

    On demand, best for May to June, September to October



    INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:


    --Most meals

    --All entry fees and sightseeing

    --Tibet Travel Permit

    --All overnights in hotels with double occupancy

    --Private Transfers

    --English Speaking guides

    --Chengdu - Lhasa round way Flights 



    SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:

    --All services not mentioned and all items of a personal nature

    --Tipping or gratuities to guides and drivers

    --Mandatory international travel insurance

    --Excursions other than those specified in trips

    --Extra cost if  tour is delayed or changed due to reasons beyond control



    Dreams came true !What a memorable trip in Tibet ! I have been to Nepalese EBC but Tibet was just amazing !

    Our guide and driver were super friendly and helpful. Thanks for a wonderful trip.


    Luis Azua - France



GROUP SIZE

2-16 persons

START/FINISH

Chengdu/Lhasa

DURATION

10 days

TRIP GRADE

Moderately difficult

ROUTE

Chengdu (flight included) - Lhasa - Gyantse - Sakya - Mt. Everest BC - Shigatse - Lhasa (flight included) - Chengdu

LODGING

Hotels

HIGHLIGHTS
✥Visit Holy city Lhasa
✥Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery
✥Circumambulate Barkhor Street
✥Encounter Tibetan Nomads
✥Ride around Yumdrok Lake
✥Rarely visited Sakya Monastery
✥Ride over Tibetan Himalayas
✥Night stay at Mt Everest base camp

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