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Kathmandu to Lhasa via Everest Overland 8 Days Tour

Kathmandu-Gyirong-Everest Base Camp-Tingri-Shigatse-Lhasa

From $1030
TOUR CODE: G-TB-014
TOUR TYPE: Group,Family,Culture,Photography

Summary

Traveling from Kathmandu to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp is one of the most exciting and adventurous ways to visit Tibet. Instead of normal 7-day tour, we upgrade this route to 8 days so we can have more time to get acclimatized and ready for the trip gradually! Unlike most agents in the market, which arranges the drive at night to save cost, our jeep transfer from Kathmandu to the border will be in the daytime to make sure your safety and your comfortableness. During the trip, we will visit Himalaya mountains, lakes, glaciers and major cities. Let's start the wonderful trip now!

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu - Syabrubesi (137km, 8-10 hrs depending on the road condition)
After breakfast, our driver will pick you up in your hotel during 9:00-9:30 am and drive to China-Tibet border. During the driving, we can see the deep gorges, snow-capped mountains on the way. We will also drive across the LuangTang National Park. Tonight we will stay overnight in village guest house in Syabrubesi
Notice: Please make sure you have the Chinese group visa applied properly in advance in Kathmandu!

Day 2: Syabrubesi - Gyirong (40km, 4-5hrs) (B)
After breakfast, we will drive to the border and acorss the customs. Our Tibetan guide will be waiting for you at the China side with your permit ready. Then we will drive to Gyirong  Town to take rest and get acclimatized. In the afternoon, you can take a stroll to visit Paba Temple (2850m), a Gelugpa temple built by Tibetan King Songtsan Gambo at the proposal of his wife Nepali princess Bhrikuti. The Nepali style temple with delicate murals is only within minutes’ walk from your hotel. Tonight we will stay at a basic hotel in Gyirong Town.
Paba Temple Gyirong Border

Day 3: Gyirong - EBC - Tingri (480km, 11 hrs) (B)
Today, we will first pass through Peikutso Lake and grassland then we continue to drive to Everest Base Camp and visit the world highest Monastery, the Rongbuk Monastery. On the way, you can view the splendid panoramic Himalaya Mountain Range at Gyawula Pass (5200m). After the fantastic view, we will continue to Tingri, a lower place to stay the night.
Sunrise of Everest Base Camp Rongbuk Monastery

Day 4: Tingri - Shigatse (280km, 7 hrs) (B)
Today, following the G318 road, we will drive from Tingri back to Shigatse, where we will visit the seat of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery, one of the most important monasteries in Tibet.
Tashilunpo Monastery Tashilunpo Monastery

Day 5: Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa (375km) (B)
After breakfast, we will drive from Shigatse back to Lhasa via Gyantse. On the way, we can see many Tibetan farmer villages and visit the Pelkor Monastery, Manak Dam, Karola Glacier and Yamdrok Lake.
Yamdrok Lake Yamdrok Lake

Day 6: Lhasa city tour
Today we will visit the famous Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.

Drepung Monastery is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries that housed for more than 10,000 monks. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. It was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet. And then you also can visit the biggest monastery kitchen in the monastery and enjoy Buddhist sculpture carving workshop near Drepung.
Drepung Monastery Drepung Monastery

Sera Monastery is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. We will watch the Monks Debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour  the Tibetan religious scripture printing house and see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha inside the Monastery.
Sera Monastery Sera Monastery

Optional: If you want to, we can arrange the Wencheng Princess Show at night. Price starting from 60 USD.

Day 7: Lhasa city tour
Today we will visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.

Potala Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Potala Palace Potala Palace

Jokhang Temple is known as the center of the Tibetan Buddhism, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. Around the temple, you can see a great many of pilgrims praying in front of the temple. If you want to, we can do kora with local pilgrims.
Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple

We will stroll in the old alleys of Barkhor Street where you can drink the sweet tea, chat with locals and even bargain with the street vendors to understand the real life in Lhasa.
Barkhor Street Barkhor Street

Later we will have farewell dinner together with the whole group members.

Day 8: Lhasa departure
Our guide will drop you to the airport/train station based on your departure time. Tour ends.

Price Guide

Time Nov. 16-March 31 April 1-June 25 June 26-Aug. 25 Aug. 26-Oct. 15 Oct. 16-Nov. 15
Price 1030 USD 1030 USD 1130 USD 1130 USD 1030 USD

Discount
1. 3 pax booking together get 5% discount.
2. Booking 3 months in advance get 5% discount.
Notice: 2 discounts cannot be used together.

Price Includes
1.   Local Transfer: from 5-23 seat depending on the group tour size
2.   Accommodation (3-star sharing twin room)
3.   Local English speaking guide
4.   Entrance tickets listed above
5.   Tibet Travel Permit 
6.   Daily Water
7.   Oxygen supply when needed
8.   Farewell dinners
9.   Service fee
10. Government tax
11. Travel Accident Insurance
12. Pick-up service and drop-off service at fixed time
13. Permit delivery fee inside China
14. Eco bus fee at Everest
15. Jeep transfer from Kathmandu to border

Price Excludes
1. Tips to guide and driver
2. Meals 
3. Your own expenses
4. Single room supplement
5. Domestic/international train/flight to Tibet

Notice

1. Because it's a group tour, when matching the roommate for you, we will try to find same-sex travelers for you as our priority. If there is no suitable roommate, we will inform you first to see if you are OK to share with a different-sex traveler. If no, we can consider to pay single room supplement to have a single room or get some refund to have a guesthouse (4-8 beds per room, no breakfast, no private bathroom).
2. We have free pick-up service for airport at 10:00 am; 13:30 pm; 17:00 pm. For train station pick-up and drop-off, we will arrange for you at any time.
3. Please make sure you arrive 3 working days earlier to Kathmandu to apply for the special Chinese group visa.
4.This tour itinerary is for your reference only. We may adjust the sequence based on the current situation (road condition, weather, reservation of Potala Palace, etc.). Our company will not be held responsible for uncontrollable forces like political policy, unrest, protest, natural disaster, weather, delay/cancel of train/flight.
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