EVEREST BASE CAMP FROM TIBET

EVEREST BASE CAMP FROM TIBET
Country: Tibet, China
Destination: EVEREST BASE CAMP FROM TIBET
Arrival At: Lhasa
Departure From: Lhasa
Duration: 7 Nights 8 Days
Accommodation: Hotel & lodge
Meals: Breakfast
Tour Grade: Moderate
Transfer By: Private Vehicle
Group Size: 1-12 people

DAY 1 LHASA ARRIVAL REST IN LHASA
DAY 2 LHASA WALKING TOUR
DAY 3 LHASA SIGHTSEEING
DAY 4 LHASA SHIGATSE DRIVE
DAY 5 SHIGATSE TO SHEGAR TO RONGPHU MONASTERY TO CAMPSITE
DAY 6 CAMPSITE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK (4 KM) DRIVE BACK TO SHIGATSE
DAY 7 SHIGATSE -GYANTSE – KAROLA GLACIER – LAKE YAMDROK
DAY 8 DEPARTURE

DAY 1 LHASA ARRIVAL REST IN LHASA
Meal: N/A

Your guide will meet you at airport or Lhasa railway station. After checking in hotel, you’d better rest well for high altitude acclimatization [with altitude of 3650m]. Travel tips: you are suggested to buy some necessary high altitude medicine to help get well acclimatized. However if you feel quite good, you may walk little bit in Barkhor Streets area to have first impression of Tibetan people’s daily city life.

DAY 2 LHASA WALKING TOUR
Meal: Breakfast
Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar

Today what we will visit in Lhasa is the vital Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple with the vicinities. Potala palace is Lhasa's most important landmark and it is a wonder of Eastern architecture. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once the home to the Dalai Lama. Serving as the winter palace for the Dalai Lama for several centuries, Potala Palace contains hundreds of murals, painted scrolls, sculptures, historical and religious documents, and other rare objects. Today another visit we will take is to Jokhang Temple which locates at Barkhor Bazaar. This temple is the most revered shrine in Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. We will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkhor Bazaar, the crowded central market in ancient section of Lhasa where the residence of many local people is.

DAY 3 LHASA SIGHTSEEING
Meal: Breakfast
Sightseeing: Drepung and Sera Monastery

After breakfasts in hotel, we will drive to west Lhasa city section (about 11km) and visit to the Drepung Monastery, which was once the world's largest monastery. Housing 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery lies hidden in between the rocky ridges which are just beyond the city. In the afternoon, the site we will visit is Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located just 5km to North of Lhasa city and is home to several hundred lamas. Its famous debating activities happen around 3-4pm quite regularly every working day and we will not give it a miss. Travel tips: Sera Monastery highlight sightseeing is to visit the Monk's debating activity which happens from 3 pm to 5:30pm normally from Monday to Saturday. If Day03 is on Sunday, we could visit Sera Monastery on Day 2.

DAY 4 LHASA SHIGATSE DRIVE
Meal: Breakfast
Sightseeing: Tashilhunpo Monastery
Distance: 280km, about 4-5 hrs.)

Today's activities: Landscape driving from Lhasa to Shigatse city, Tashilhunpo Monastery. It is 280 kilometers from Lhasa to Shigatse city. We will leave Lhasa around 8 am and get to Shigatse city around 2 pm. We can have lunch somewhere on the road and we will have stops where it is good to take pictures and rest. From 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm we would visit Tashilhunpo Monastery. Tips: this afternoon, our guide will take your passport to obtain the PSB permit to Everest Area, it will take about half hour (pending the queue at the office), and you may either wait in the vehicle or just walk around. The application could be arranged next morning alternatively according to the local PSB situation.

DAY 5 SHIGATSE TO SHEGAR TO RONGPHU MONASTERY TO CAMPSITE
Meal: Breakfast
Driving distance: 340 Km (9-11 hours)

Landscape driving from Shigatse city to Rongphu Monastery, 4 km trekking from Rongphu Monastery to Everest Base camp. note: the toilet in Everest Base Camp region is quite simple and not clean.

DAY 6 CAMPSITE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK (4 KM) DRIVE BACK TO SHIGATSE
Meal: Breakfast
Sightseeing: Trek to Everest base camp

Wake up this morning below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain on earth. For those tourists want to go to Base Camp in the morning to have closer view to Everest, we can take the local environment tour vehicle to Everest. B.C, we come back to Campsite and then we drive back to Shigatse (340km), and be wrapped again in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau.

DAY 7 SHIGATSE -GYANTSE - KAROLA GLACIER – LAKE YAMDROK
Meal: Breakfast
Sightseeing: Pelkhor Choede Monastery, Karola Glacier, Yamdrok Lake
Driving distance: 350 km, 7-8 hrs

In the morning you'll start the drive to Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. At Gyantse city, we are going to visit Pelkhor Choede Monastery and Kumbum Pagoda. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you'll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you'll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangsang (7191m) and the staggering Karola Glacier (5045m).

DAY 8 DEPARTURE
Meal: Breakfast

Breakfast at hotel and Airport drop , If your flight or train is in the afternoon, enjoy the free time in the morning. You can walk around the ancient Barkhor Streets; do some last moment shopping before transported to the airport or station.

INCLUSIONS
All travel permits for Tibet
English speaking Tibetan tour guide
All transportation in Tibet as per the itinerary (vehicle ranging from mini bus to 23 seats tour coach)
All meals and accommodations for your driver and guide
Accommodation: 3 to 4 star standard Hotel on sharing twin room with breakfast buffet in Lhasa and Shigatse
Hotel in Lhasa, Hotel in Shigatse, Tent or Guest House at Rongpuk (dormitory basis for one night) with breakfasts
Entrance fees for the places listed in the Itinerary
One-time welcome dinner for the group

EXCLUSIONS
Transportation costs to and from Tibet
Chinese visa fees and passport fees
Lunch and dinner
Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
Tips to the driver and guide

INCLUSIONS
All travel permits for Tibet
English speaking Tibetan tour guide
All transportation in Tibet as per the itinerary (vehicle ranging from mini bus to 23 seats tour coach)
All meals and accommodations for your driver and guide
Accommodation: 3 to 4 star standard Hotel on sharing twin room with breakfast buffet in Lhasa and Shigatse
Hotel in Lhasa, Hotel in Shigatse, Tent or Guest House at Rongpuk (dormitory basis for one night) with breakfasts
Entrance fees for the places listed in the Itinerary
One-time welcome dinner for the group

EXCLUSIONS
Transportation costs to and from Tibet
Chinese visa fees and passport fees
Lunch and dinner
Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
Tips to the driver and guide