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TibetEverest Base Camp And Tibet Pilgrims Tour

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Our Everest Base Camp Trek program begins by traveling from Lhasa to Lao Tingri. After spending a few days in the cultural and religious center of Tibet, you will depart Lhasa for the Himalaya region. The expedition crosses the Tibetan highlands and ventures into the Base Camp of Mount Everest (North side) via trekking which is 5200m high above sea level. 

Your group tour

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa

Welcome to the roof of the world! You will be picked up by local tour guide at the airport hall or train station, then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city in a private vehicle. After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city at the top of the world.

Tips of today:

1. Go for some walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activity after arrival;

2. You’d better not have bath;

3. Drink more water, and have some fruit;

4. Have a good rest.

Overnight at 4 star hotel in Lhasa.


Day 2: Visit the Potala Palace of Tibet

Today we will visit Potala palace and Jokhang. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Both of them are the local points of pilgrims from entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. 

Continue your tour to Jokhang Temple, which is within walking distance from Potala Palace. It is considered the spiritual center of Tibet. You will see many pilgrims worship within or nearby the temple. Enter the first floor of the temple and absorb the religious atmosphere, you will see pilgrims are donating butter oil to keep the lights burning for the Buddha. While learning about more Buddhas and Lamas than you can possibly remember you will gain a feeling for the vast history of Tibetan Buddhism. You might also hear red-robed Lamas praying. Walk up to the roof of the temple, take some pictures of the gold roof and enjoy the beautiful sunshine of Lhasa while observing pilgrims praying in front of the temple.

Finally, join locals in a traditional pilgrimage route by taking a relaxing walk in a large circular path around Jokhang Temple at Barkor Street. The street is filled with pilgrims taking part in religious activities and street venders selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods and religious items. If you like you can also ask your tour guide take you to visit a Thangka workshop to marvel at the fabulous Thangka art work. There are cafes along the street as well. You can relax and enjoy the life in Lhasa in the afternoon.

Tips: As you climb up to the Potala Palace, you might experience slight shortness of breath due to the exertion. Take your time and rest when needed. Please try not to disturb pilgrims; you can take pictures from a distance.

Overnight at 4 star hotel in Lhasa.


Day 3: Exploring the Norbulingka park

After breakfast, you are driven to visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history. Next, come to Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks. Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, where you will get the chance to experience “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. Enjoy the debates!

Tips: Today, you will be driven to the outskirt of Lhasa City. The drive is not long, all within half hour. The road condition is good. A little walking or climbing is involved. Please pack plenty of water with you. Don't forget about your sun glasses and sun-cream. 

Overnight at 4 star hotel in Lhasa.


Day 4: Overland journey towards Gyantse

Today we start our overland journey towards Gyantse. We will cross the Khamba La [4794m] from which there is stunning views across the waters of Yamdrok-tso Lake to the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa [7252m]. We continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La [5045m] where we are treated to the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred metres of the road. After passing through beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages we arrive in the town of Gyantse. 

Overnight at 4 star hotel in Gyantse.


Day 5: Glimpse visit to the tashilhunpo monastery

Before leaving Gyantse we have time this morning to visit the Gyantse Dzong and Pelkor. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century from which there are amazing views of both Gyantse itself and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Pelkor is a large gold-domed stupa and its many small chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals.

We then continue on to Shigatse, a short drive of only 90kms, arriving in time for lunch. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and after exploring the local market we will make a glimpse visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Then take a 3hrs drive to Sakya, check in the hotel and have a rest.

Overnight at a hotel in Sakya.

Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya

Day 6: Exploring Sakya monastery

In the morning, you will visit Sakya Monastery, which is one of the four main Buddhist schools in Tibet. It was from here that the whole of Tibet was governed during the period of Sakya hegemony and even now there are buildings of historic importance to be seen here. You can see the largest book in the world in Sakya's great library written in gold. After exploring Sakya Monastery, we will drive to Lao Tingri. Along the way, you will cross several high passes offering great views of the plains and snow-capped mountains.

Overnight at a hotel in Kangar.

Sakya, Tingri

Day 7: Trekking day to Lun Chang village

Our trekking begins from Old Tingri all the way to the Tingri plain. The trekking route will be along the R-Chu stream and pass part of the Ra-chu Valley, we will see the beautiful valley scenery with extensive meadows and packs of sheep and goats. The rest of the day we can visit a small gompa in Chholun. Tonight will be spent in a comfortable campsite in Lun Chang. This bleak region is home only to herders and barley harvesters.

Overnight in a Campsite.

Tingri, Lun Chang

Day 8: Uphill walking to the top of Nam la Pass

From Lungchang, you will ascend to the small village of Drokpa at the base of the Nam La Pass. The challenging trekking really starts today as we go up into the mountains. Much uphill walking will be done as we climb towards the top of Nam la pass. And we would camp above the top of this pass. 

Overnight in a Campsite.

Lun Chang, Nam La Pass

Day 9: Steep descent into lush vegetation

In the morning we descend steeply into lush vegetation. The trek will allow us to meet the indigenous yak herders and their families. And we will wind our way to the destination of Rongbuk.

Overnight at Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse.

Nam La Pass, Rongbuk
Guest House de Monastère (Rongbuk)

Day 10: Discover the famous Rongbuk glacier

Walking forward from Rongbuk Monastery, you will see the famous Rongbuk Glacier, which is the largest among all the hundreds of glaciers formed around the Mt. Everest. The three glaciers north of the Mt. Everest flow south and congregate at a river traversing the foot of the monastery. This is called 'Rongbuk River', and the water there is extremely cold. Then trek 8km to EBC and enjoying the barren yet awe-inspiring surroundings of the Everest Base Camp. Then trek down to Rongbuk, drive to Lao Tingri. 

Overnight at Lao Tingri.

Rongbuk, Tingri

Day 11: Spot view at the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas

After breakfast, drive about (360km) to Shigatse. Time permitting, we will visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas, do the monastery kora which provide you a great view of the whole Shigatse city. 

Overnight at Manasarovar hotel.

Tingri, Shigatse
Mansarovar (Xigazê)

Day 12: Enjoy a beautiful sunset view of the Yarlung Zangbo River

After breakfast, drive to Samye Monastery the first Buddhist Temple in Tibet. It was founded in 779 by King Trisong Detsen and located in the quiet piedmont area of north bank of Yarlung Zangpo River. Samye is also the first complete with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. It has become a top destination for Tibetan Buddhists who will walk thousands of miles for weeks to finish their pilgrimage to this monastery. Today we will also have a chance to enjoy a beautiful sunset view of the Yarlung Zangbo River. 

Overnight at Samye.

Shigatse, Samyé, Yarlung Tsangpo river

Day 13: Visiting the cradle of Tibetan civilization

Drive from Samye to Tsetang, the third largest city in Tibet. Tsetang is known as “the cradle of Tibetan Civilization” for two reasons: first, its mild weather and fertile land conceived the great Tibet dynasty; second, it’s the birthplace of the first Tibetans who were said to be the offspring of a monkey and a demoness. Today you will visit the Yumbulakang and Samye monasteries.

According to a legend of followers of the Bon religion, Yumbulakang was erected in the second century B.C. for the first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsenpo, who was descended from the sky. Yumbulagang became a shrine and under the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, a monastery of the Gelugpa school. Yumbulakang monastery was severely damaged during the Cultural Revolution, though it has been extensively rennovated since. 

Overnight at 4 star standard Tsetang Hotel.

Samyé, TsetangYumbulagang

Day 14: Depart from Tibet

After breakfast, take 2hrs drive to Lhasa Gongga Airport, see off.


LhasaPotala-PalastesGyantseShigatseSakyaTingriLun ChangNam La PassRongbukSamyéYarlung Tsangpo riverTsetangYumbulagang

Price and dates for group departures

Approx. $3,040 / 14 days
Excluding international flights
2 to 3 pax4 to 5 paxSingle Supp
Price per person in double room$3,380$3,040$530
Contact the Agency for 2019 Tour Dates

Included in the price:

  • Local transportation: A private vehicle (minibus in the area with good road) will accompany us for the entire tour. While we are trekking, our vehicle will transfer our food and luggage to the appointed site or hostel and wait or meet us at the end of the trekking tour
  • Equipment as required: rope (if necessary), water (4 liters per person per day), 2-way radios, first aid kit
  • Leader: Experienced English-speaking tour leader, one cook and one cook helper during the trek
  • Camp equipment: tents and mattress
  • All the Foreigner's Travel Permit and the remote area/border area if needed
  • Entrance fees: All first-entrance tickets to the tourist spots mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation: 4 star hotel in Lhasa, twin and tri-share clean hostel in the small counties or villages, occasionally private home if indicated
  • Meals: All meals during the trek(B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Extra supplier or staff (only needed when the area we will trek to is non-residential and not accessible for any vehicles): cook to prepare fresh food for the group when necessary, Yaks and yakman for carrying luggage, food, and all supporting equipment while trekking/camping
  • Travel agency liability insurance

Not included in the price:

  • Sleeping bags when camping
  • Meals not list in the itinerary
  • Personal gear required: if camping, a sleeping bag sufficiently warm to protect against -12°C or 2°C (10°F-35°F) in April-May and August-September, against -5°C or 7°C (23°F- 44°F) in June, against -17°C or -6°C (1°F -21°F) in June. Also: hiking boots; it may different from the area, we will provide you the exact information when you confirm a tour. Raincoat; cap; camera; sun-cream; sun-glasses; pocket knife; day-pack, etc
  • Meals in your free time or on the train/plane
  • Expenses of a personal nature: favorite snacks, soft drinks, laundry, local or long-distance calls, etc
  • Tips to tour guide and driver
  • Tourist accident insurance. NB - you are strongly suggested to buy travel and health insurance before you start out from your home country
  • Single supplement costs (for those who want accommodation on a single basis)
  • The medicine for the sickness or accident while on the way
  • Visa to China
  • Domestic and international flights and related airport taxes not listed in the itinerary
  • Supplementary trips, entrance fees and services not mentioned
  • Extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
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