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Shalu to Ngor and Everest Trek 13 Days

Shalu to Ngor and Everest Trek  
Trip Duration : 13 Days
Trek Length : 3 Days
Trip Rating : Moderate
Maximum Altitude : 15,416ft
Activity : Cultural tour & trek
Lodging : Hotels & tent
Transportation : by Vehicle and Flight
Begins & Ends : Kathmandu
Best Season : April-Oct
Trip Date :
Land Cost :
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Group Size : 2-16 Persons

Featuring: Buddhist monasteries of different sects, hermit caves, remote villages and scenic excursions with some trekking.

Trip Fast Facts:

Duration: 13 Days
Trek length: 3 Days with overnight in tents
Trip Rating: Moderate (hiking up the pass and some part of the trek is strenuous while majority of the walk is easy to moderate).
Maximum altitude: 15,416ft
Activity: sightseeing and trekking
Lodging: Hotel and tent
Transportation: by vehicle and flight
Trip begins in: Lhasa, Tibet
Trip ends in: Kathmandu, Nepal
Best season: April to October is general good time to travel in Tibet considering weather and road conditions.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive Lhasa
Upon arrival Lhasa Gongkar Airport, meet your private guide and driver and transfer to your Tibetan boutique style hotel.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: D.

Day 2 Lhasa
Explore Lhasa today. If you're picturing Tibet, chances are you're picturing the Potala Palace, and this morning you’ll visit this World Heritage Site. Stroll through its 13 stories, housing 1,000 rooms, and see what remains of its antiquities.

Afterwards, continue to the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of the country. Founded in the mid 7th century, today it hums with pilgrims saying prayers and spinning wheels amid the smoke of yak butter lamps. The surrounding streets hold a current of humanity making their clock-wise circuit, called a kora, around the temple grounds. Experience the electrifying sensation of immersion in the kora at the Jokhang, and as such, touch an ancient and enduring spiritual pulse.

At the Barkhor Market which surrounds the temple, hundreds of merchants sell their wares to the innumerable pilgrims. One can buy everything from incense and prayer scarves to yak butter and Pringles. While literally rubbing shoulders with the local Tibetans, it becomes clear why these people are renowned throughout the world for their good humor and gentle, gracious ways.
Afternoon- you will be free at your leisure.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: BL.

Day 3 Lhasa
This morning, visit Drepung monastery, one of the world's largest monasteries which was built in 1416 by Jamyang Choje, a pupil of Tshong Khapa (the founder of the Gelugpa Sect). Drepung literally means "heaps of rice," and the fertility of its fields supported a monastic community, that before 1959, ranked as Tibet's largest monastery with 7,770 monks. For over 500 years, Drepung served as the major pillar of the theocratic state, serving as the main political headquarters for the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It also served as the residence of the Dalai Lama, until the Potala Palace was constructed in 1645.
Afternoon- we visit Sera Monastery, noted for its theological debates. The monks grill each other on the profound insights and esoteric minutiae of sacred texts: if a monk answers incorrectly, the others clap and the sound reverberates throughout the chamber. It’s good-natured and boisterous fun. We will also visit the New Tibet Autonomous Region Museum, which opened in 1999. It contains four galleries: Prehistoric Culture, Culture and Arts, Art of Thangka Painting and Folklore and Culture. Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: BL.

Day 4 Ganden to Drak Yerpa
After breakfast, we go to explore the magnificent Ganden Monastery and its Ganden kora. Here we are rewarded with unforgettable views of Kyi-Chu (the Lhasa River) and the valley. The city of Lhasa is nowhere in sight, which gives this place a wonderful feeling of remoteness. On a clear day, we’ll be able to spot the snow-covered high Himalaya in the distance.

Afterwards, we head to Drak Yerpa Hermitage Cave. Built on a hillside with more than 80 meditation caves, Drak Yerpa is described as the "life tree" or spiritual axis of Lhasa. The site had a powerful spiritual heritage; having been visited by Songsten Gampo, Padmasambhava, Yeshe Tsoygel, Padampa Sanggye, and Asisha, it was the home of several hundred hermits, monks, and nuns before the Cultural Revolution. Tucci in 1949 describes it: "Yerpa appeared suddenly before my eyes as a bend of the road, a cascade of small white buildings along steep overgrown cliffs. One could have thought one was not in Tibet. Giant junipers and tufts of rhododendron topped a thick tangle of undergrowth, brushwood and grass victoriously fighting the hard barrenness of rocks. The cliffs were riddled with burrows and caves, some of which were so high up on the fact of the abrupt hill that it would have been risky to climb them."
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: BLD.

Day 5 Lhasa to Gyantse
Today we start our journey early in the morning towards Gyangtse.
Once we drive for about an hour, we will start our trekking on the first pass.
It is wonderful to look at the valley down where you will see fantastic views of the valley and the river. Once we get to the pass, you can enjoy the view of the great lake and snow peaks in the distance (weather permitting). Sometimes you will experience excellent views. Then we’ll drive along the lake for about an hour and get to the second pass from where you can see the glacier which is pretty close. From here, we drive through narrow valleys to Gyangtse. On arrival, you can visit the Monastery and the multiple door stupa.
Overnight Gyantse Hotel. Meals: BLD.

Day 6 Gyantse to Shalu monastery and Chak village
After breakfast, we drive about an hour and visit the Shalu Monastery, which looks little different from other monasteries. We will trek over a small pass and then down to Chak village to spent the night in the tent. Meals: BLD.

Day 7 Chak to Ngor monastery
After breakfast, we will trek for about three hours in a valley passing through some villages to a pass. From the pass, you can enjoy the scenic valley and also see the Ngor Monastery, which belongs to the Sakya sect of Buddhism.
We’ll make a short visit to the monastery and head to our camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 8 Ngor to Shigatse
After breakfast, we will continue our journey towards Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. Today, we will travel through a vast valley dotted by some villages. On arrival, we will visit Tashilhumo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447 and a prominent Gekupka monastery. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha and a tomb of the 4th Panchen Lama containing masses of jewels. Overnight Shigatse Hotel.
Meals: BLD.

Day 9 Shigatse to Xegar via Sagya Monastery
Breakfast at hotel, and then we will drive towards Shegar in the vast valley where we will see many villages on either sides of the main road. Today, we go over two high passes. After the first pass, we will sidetrack for some twenty kilometers to visit a Sakya sect of Buddhist monastery in a village that once served Tibet for about two hundred years. We will take picnic lunch en-route and continue journey to Xegar.
Next we go over the highest pass on this highway called Gyatso La at 5220m (17,122ft). After the pass we will also see some nomadic people with their tents. On a clear day, it is possible to see Mount Jhomolangma (Everest) in the distance. Overnight Baiba Hotel. Meals: BLD.

Day 10 Xegar to Dza Rongphuk Monastery
Breakfast and an early start towards Mount Jhomolangma (Everest) as we have to pass a check point. We cross Gyawo La at 5,090m (16,695ft) where will stop to enjoy the fantastic views of the Himalayan range with the famous peaks. After the pass, we travel down past some village and get to Rongphuk Monastery so that we can hike to the Everest base camp the next day.
Overnight tending guesthouse. Meals: BLD.

Day 11 Day excursion to Everest base camp
Today, we will have a late morning breakfast and trek to Everest base camp for about two hours. We’ll enjoy fantastic view of Mount Jhomolangma and trek back to our camp. We will see superb view of Everest again at sunset from Rongphuk. Overnight tending guesthouse. Meals: BLD.

Day 12 Rongphuk to Zhangmu
Today, we’ll need to start our day early to get to Zhangmu.
The distance is not far, but we have to make stops along the way where road construction is in progress. We will see some of the great snowcapped Himalayan peaks from the passes. After the pass, you will travel down valley all the way to Zhangmu. Today you will see a great change from the bare mountains to the topical forest like environment. Overnight at hotel. Meals: BLD.

Day 13 Zhangmu to Kathmandu, Nepal
After breakfast clear Chinese Customs and meet your Nepalese guide and vehicle from Nepal. Drive through the scenic road to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Meals: B.

Essential Information:

Chinese Visa:
The Chinese Embassy changes the visa rules from time to time. Normal visa fee at present is US$45 per person and additional US$14 per person for US Passport holders. If the visa is to take on the same day an additional fee of US$35 will be applicable.

Tibet Transportation:
2-3 persons are transferred by land cruiser and van. Four person and up are transferred by using bus. Day 5-13 morning transfer by land cruiser (3 persons per car).

Nepal Transportation:
Transfer from Nepal-Tibet Border of Kodari to Kathmandu is by car, jeep, land cruiser or mini bus. Occasionally some transfers are made by cars. However, we provide bigger and better vehicles for comfort and safety majority of the time.

Flight Connection to Lhasa, Tibet:
Kathmandu to Lhasa flights are on Tue, Thu, Sat and Sun. These flight days are current and subject to change without prior notice.

 

Service Includes:

  • Land transfers as per above itinerary by bus or land cruiser along with local Tibetan guide,
  • Lodging: Hotel 11 nights and tent 2 nights on twin sharing as per itinerary, (Day 10-11 in Rongphuk Monastery tending guesthouse with basic comfort),
  • Meals: full board (three meals a day as per itinerary),
  • Lhasa historic monument sightseeing,
  • All camping equipment,
  • Two persons per tent while trekking,
  • Chef and helpers during the trek part of the trip,
  • One luggage van for camping crew and equipment,
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure (2-3 persons transfer by land cruiser, and 4 persons and up transfer by bus),
  • Entrance fees to monuments,
  • Yak and yak herders fees,
  • Everest environment fees,
  • Tibet travel permits fees, and
  • Day 13 transfer from Nepal-Tibet border to Kathmandu, 1 night lodging at quality 3-4 star hotel with breakfast and transfer out to airport is included in the price.

Service Excludes:

  • Kathmandu-Lhasa roundtrip airfare US$396 per person and airport departure tax, (Airfare is current and subject to change),
  • China visa fee US$45 per person and additional US$14 per person for US Passport holders and express visa processing fee US$35 per person,
  • Nepal visa fee Single entry US$50 per person for 30 days and Multiple entry US$80 for 60 days,
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic,
  • Expenses of personal nature, charge for photography,
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation charges.

Kathmandu stopover and trip extensions, please inquire for details.

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