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4WD Expedition to Tibet & Mt.Everest Base Camp

Drive to Everest

  • Introduction
  • Itinerary
  • Date & Pricing
  • Reviews
  • Map

    The ancient Tea Horse Road was once the primary route for goods traveling from China to Tibet and India. Today, the road remains as a unique natural and cultural opportunity. The Tea Horse Expedition follows the famed road from Yunnan to Lhasa, stopping in some of the most untouched and organically beautiful areas of the region. Observe remarkable cultures in their local environments, and savor the spectacular scenery all around you. 

    Start your journey from Kunming, we will drive to Dali, he ancient cultural city, Shaxi the old tea caravan town, reaching in Lijiang, learn about the variety cultures that inhabit the region, before embarking on the rest of your journey. Drive to Weixi, stopping at the spectacular Cizhong Church along the Upper Mekong River and spend the night in the culturally diverse village. Continue your drive along the Yangtze, Mekong and Salween rivers, stopping in Deqen, Yerkalo, and Zugong. Traverse majestic mountain passes and descend into spectacular valleys as you continue down the road towards your triumphant arrival in Lhasa. 

    Enjoy a few days exploring the historic city at your leisure before heading to Mt. Everest base camp. We drive 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"

    Day 1  Kunming

    Arrival in Kunming, met and taken to your centrally located hotel. Group welcome dinner.


    Day 2  Kunming – Dali

    Getting Chinese driver licenses in the morning. We shall then drive to Dali in the afternoon.


    Day 3  Dali – Lijiang

    Drive to Lijiang, Check in your hotel in the old town.


    Day 4  Lijiang to Shangri_la

    Drive to Shangri_la, via tiger leaping gorge.


    Day 5  Shangri_la to Deqen

    Continue to Deqin, first view of mighty Kawakarpo Mountain.


    Day 6  Deqin to Markham to Zogang

    Drive cross Salween River and over Tongdala Pass. We will reach Zogong.


    Day 7  Zogang to Rawu lake

    We will have a short hike around Ranwu Lake.


    Day 8  Rawu to Bayi

    Continue to Lunang, on the foot of Sechela Mouantin. Drive to Bayi.


    Day 9  Bayi to Lhasa

    We reach Lhasa in early afternoon.


    Days 10-11   Lhasa

    Visit Potala Palace, Sera, Drepung and Jokhang. Lots of things and monuments to visit.


    Day 12 Lhasa - Gyangtse (4000m)

    We leave the Yarlung valley and wind our way up the road to Gambala pass (4800m) and have a great view of Yumdrok Lake, the second largest lake in Tibet, we climb up to Gambala mountain and have a great view of Yumdrok lake, onward over the 5,100 m Karo La Pass to Gyangtse. 


    Day 13 Gyangtse - Sakya (4300m)

    We will visit the Gyangtse Dzong, the old fortress of the town. We also visit the Buddhist Pelkhor Monastery was built in 1427 with a Nepalese influence and is known as the monastery of the ten thousand paintings. We take the final ride on a side road to Sakya where the Sakya Monastery based.


    Day 14 Sakya - Everest Base Camp(5200m)

    On the way down to Shegar you will view the Mt, Everest in the distance. Ride cross the Pang La we arrive at Rongbuk monastery, this will the highlight of the adventure to ride over the Himalayas to Everest base camp. We will have the view the 8000 meter mountains on the pass. From Rongbuk Monastery, we take a short hike to base camp and watch the sunset on the highest mountain in the world.


    Day 15 Everest Base Camp - Shigatse  (3900m)

    Nothing compares to waking up in the glorious morning of Chomolungma. We ride to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet, is also the home to Panchan Lama. 


    Day 16  Shigatse - Lhasa

    We drive back to Lhasa via another road with its fantastic panoramas to Lhasa. We ride on roads through the valley with its farms and pastures. We will follow the Yarlungzangpo river and finally reach Lhasa. Upon arrive in Lhasa we check in the hotel and celebrate out adventure with a Lhasa beer, or maybe two ! 


    Day 17 Lhasa to Chengdu

    We will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Chengdu.

    Apr.24(Sunday) - May.10(Tuesday),2022

    Oct.09(Sunday) - Oct.25(Tuesday),2022

    Tour Prices in US$

    $4200/person for 6+ persons

    3 - 5 persons add $600/person
    2 - 2 persons add $1500/person
    Private dates add US$500/person
    Singleroom Supplement: $680/person


    --All overnights in hotels in double occupancy

    --Tibet Travel Permit

    --Chinese Driver Licence

    --All Meals

    --4WD SUV ( four passengers in each vehicle)

    --English Speaking guides

    --All entry fees and sightseeing

    --Travel Insurance

    --Vehicle Insurance


    --All services not mentioned

    --Tipping or gratuities

    --Mandatory intl travel insurance

    Photographing enthusiasts' family from Toronto, hired ActiveChina to organize our month long overland tour to Tibet. We drove from Kunming to Lhasa with our guide. Once in our life time journey, travelled through the least visited region of Tibet. Thousands of pictures of nomads, monks, festivals, temples and mountainscape taken. We highly recommend this company to anyone plans to visit China.

    David Liang - Canada 


    We joined ActiveChina's self driving tour to Mt.Everest base camp and it was one of our best adventures. As big fans of remote corners f the world, we actually felt this experience was precious and unforgettable. The driving was long but never a dull moment, the journey took us from the foothills of the Himalayas to the heart of the greatest mountain range. Hotels were surprisingly good even in these remote towns, our guide and assist driver did everything to make a wonderful journey for us ! 

    Paula - Chile 


Maximum 10 cars




17 days, 13 driving driving days, 2 sightseeing days


Moderate overland touring on high altitudes


Kunming - Dali - Shaxi - Lijaing - Deqin - Zuogong - Pomi - Bayi - Lhasa - Gyantse - Tingri - Everest B.C. - Shiagatse - Lhasa



✥Tea Horse Caravan Road
✥Great River Trenches of Asia
✥Rarely visited eastern Tibet
✥Traverse the Himalayas
✥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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