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Tibet Tour with North Everest Base Camp 9 Days

Tibet Tour with North Everest Base Camp  
Trip Duration : 9 Days
Trek Length :
Trip Rating : Easy
Maximum Altitude : 16,695ft
Activity : Cultural-Scenic tour
Lodging : Hotels
Transportation : by Vehicle and Flight
Begins & Ends : Kathmandu
Best Season : April-Oct
Trip Date :
Land Cost :
Single Supp :
Group Size : 2-16 Persons

Featuring: Ancient Monasteries and culture, and North Everest Base Camp
Trip Grade: Easy
Best Time: This trip is best done from April to October

Highlights:

This trip begins with a breathtaking trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. While at Lhasa, we will visit many fascinating cultural highlights including the majestic Potala Palace that is the former home of the Dalai Lamas; the Drepung Monastery that is the biggest monastic school with 7,700 practicing monks at its peak; the Jokhang Temple that is the holiest shrine of Tibet and situated in the heart of Lhasa; and the Norbu-Linka, Sera and Ganden Monasteries. We will visit the Tibetan Medical Center where ancient Tibetan medical practices are respected and applied, and the Barkhor Market filled with attractive traditional souvenirs where nomadic traders, pilgrims and visitors alike gather together.

The second part of the trip involves a spectacular overland journey on the 920 kilometer stretch of Friendship highway between Lhasa and Kathmandu with a journey to Rongphu (Rongbuk) to see the North face of Mount Everest (8848m) and the monastery. From here, we will trek two hours from the lodge to Everest Base Camp (5090m). As the road journey continues there are numerous excursions to some of the renowned sites such as Kumbum Stupa, Phalkor Monastery, Tashilunpo Monastery, and the Free Tibetan Market. The trip offers an amazing insight into the life and culture of the friendly Tibetan people. The journey encompasses visits to the ancient monasteries where monks continue traditional chanting, many temples and stupas. During this journey, natural wonders abound of mountains, rivers, and lakes including the tranquil shores of the Turquoise Lake (Yamdrok Tso).

Itinerary:

Day 1 Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650m / 11,872ft)
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Kathmandu Airport for flight to Lhasa.
Meet at Gongkar Airport and transfer to Lhasa city which takes one hour drive. Arrive at your hotel, check in and at leisure for acclimatization.
Overnight at Kyichu Hotel or similar.

Day 2 Lhasa: Jokhang temple, Norbulinka and Sera Monastery
We’ll spend the day exploring Lhasa, beginning with the 7th century Jokhang Temple, which combines architecture from the Tang Dynasty as well as Indian Buddhist temples. We’ll experience the moving sensation of immersion in the kora at the Jokhang, and as such, touch an ancient and enduring spiritual pulse. Stepping into the stream of humanity, you will be swept into a clock-wise circuit, or kora, around the temple grounds. It’s an electrifying experience to join the kora at Lhasa, like a water droplet uniting with a strong and ancient river. You’ll pass pilgrims performing chaktsal, or ritual prostration, around the entire kora circuit.
At the Barkhor Market that surrounds the temple, hundreds of merchants sell their wares to the innumerable pilgrims. One can buy everything from incense, prayer scarves and Yak butter. 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.

After lunch we’ll visit the Dalai Lama’s former summer palace, Norbulingka, a tranquil and shady retreat. We’ll then 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. We’ll also 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, boisterous fun.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: B.

Day 3 Lhasa: Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery
Breakfast at hotel and depart to visit Potala Palace, which is one of rich cultural heritage monuments in the world located at the top of Red hill in Lhasa valley found in 7th century by Yarlung king of Tibet. According to legends the king found a hermitage pavilion at the top of the hill (location of Potala Palace) where he took meditation for awhile and then later became residence of many kings thereafter. Later on it was divided into two parts, red palace and white palace. The red palace for religion where all the Buddhist relics is stored, making it one of most sacret spiritual pilgrimage in Tibet. So every Tibetan comes to visit there and pay worship. The white palace is living quarter of the Dhalai Lama, and it is for political activities by the successors of the Dhalai Lama. It was winter palace for him before his exile to India. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Drepung Monastery, which is the largest monastery of Tibet. Once it was the seat for more than 10 thousand monks. Many of the Gaden thrown holders were produced from this monastery. In the afternoon, you will get to see the Potala palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas and the seat of the local Tibetan government.
Overnight: Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: B.

Day 4 Gyangtse
Drive to Gyantse (3,650m) crossing The Kamba La (4,794m) &
Kara La (5,010m) pass by The Lake-Yamdrok Tso.
Overnight at Gyantse Hotel (B).

Day 5 Shigatse
Morning, visit Kumbum Stupa and Phalkor Monastery, and drive to
Shigatse (3,900m).
Afternoon: Sightseeing tour of The Tashilunpo Monastery and the Free Tibetan Market. Overnight at Shigatse Hotel (B).

Day 6 Rongphu monastery
Drive over rocky terrain on 4WD to Rongphu monastery
(4,920m). Overnight at guesthouse (B).

Day 7 Everest base camp trek and to Old Tingri
Early breakfast and begin trek for 2 hour from the lodge at Dza Rongphu to Everest Base Camp (5,090m) and then drive to Old Tingri.
On a clear, full length panoramic view of the North Face of Mount
Everest (8,848m) can be seen. Overnight at guesthouse. (B).

Day 8 Nyalam
Drive downhill to Nyalam (3,750m) crossing two spectacular passes –
Lalung La Pass (5,082M) & Tongla Pass (5,120m)
Overnight at Tashi Guesthouse (B).

Day 9 Zhangmu
Drive downhill to Zhangmu and to The Friendship Bridge (Kodari),
where transportation awaits for the group for final journey to Kathmandu
(1,200m). Arrive your hotel, check in and at leisure. End of service.

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 mini van and bus.

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.

 

 

Tour Cost Includes:

  • Eight night accommodation on twin sharing with daily breakfast,
  • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary,
  • Entrance fees to monuments as per the itinerary,
  • English speaking local guide service,
  • Private ground transfers,
  • Tibet travel permit.

Tour Cost Excludes:

  • Kathmandu-Lhasa one-way airfare US$396 per person(Airfare is current and subject to change),
  • Departure tax in Kathmandu US$17,
  • 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,
  • Expenses of personal nature,
  • Meals such as lunch and dinner 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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