Group Tour to Mt. Everest Base Camp - 8 Days

 

Tibet Group Tour
Trip Code: 
FDT-04
Length of Trip: 
8 Days
Group Size: 
Maximum of 12 people.
Tour Highlights: 
Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse - Shigatse - Shegar - Rongbuk - E.B.C - Lhasa
  • Group Tour
  • Overland
Itinerary
Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour Route
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Day 02: Lhasa City Sightseeing
Day 03: One Day Tour to Ganden and Sera monastery
Day 04: Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse / Shigatse
Day 05: Shigatse / Lhatse / Shegar / E.B.C
Day 06: E.B.C / Shegar / Shigatse
Day 07: Shigatse / Lhasa
Day 08: Departure from Lhasa
Tour Features: 

This tour begins in Lhasa - the historic, holy capital of Tibet. The tour not only visits the historic palaces and functioning monasteries, but will also pass through the breathtaking natural scenery of the Tibetan plateau, such as turquoise Yamdrok Lake, the mighty Nyenchen Kangsar glacier and past the great peaks of Himalayans, ending with the spectacular view of the world's highest mountain - Mt. Everest, a once in a lifetime view. Overall, the tour will definitely enrich your knowledge of the high plateau and rich culture of western Tibet.

Tour Itinerary: 
Day 01:
Arrival in Lhasa [3658m]
Spectacular scenery of the Tibetan plateau along the way from airport or train station to your hotel

Your Tibetan guide will greet you at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa railway station, and transport you to your hotel in the city. From the airport to Lhasa is 68 km (42 mi), roughly an hour drive to your hotel. The drive from the train station is only 15 km (9 mi) and takes 20 minutes. During the course of the ride, you will not only be amazed by the spectacular scenery of the Tibetan plateau, the scattered Tibetan villages, but certainly by the hospitality of your guide and driver, as well! After checking into the hotel, you will have the remainder of the day to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude.  

Day 02:
Lhasa City Sightseeing (B=breakfast)
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Lhasa Old Town

Potala Palace is the best known cultural landmark in Tibet. It is most renowned as the residence of the lineage of Dalai Lamas (Avalokiteshvara), though the massive structure contains a small world within itself. It was first built by 33rd ruler of his dynasty, King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century, but still is in surprisingly good repair because of continual rejuvenation projects.

Jokhang temple is the most scared building in Tibetan Buddhism, located in the heart of Lhasa old town. It is the most sought after pilgrimage destination for all Tibetans.

Barkhor Street is a popular Kora (holy walking path) which surrounds the Jokhang Temple. Always full of Tibetan faithful, visitors may find mingling with local pilgrims around the Barkhor Street uniquely engaging. It is also a popular shopping district where you can buy gifts for your family and friends.

Lhasa old town gives a glimpse into the daily life of Lhasa Tibetans, which has remained largely unchanged for centuries. You can visit the outdoor markets and specialty stores of handmade bags, carpets, etc.

Day 03:
One Day Tour to Ganden Monastery and Sera Monastery(B=breakfast)
Short hike at Ganden monastery and famous monks debate at Sera monastery

Tibetan Mandala Sera Monastery

Ganden Monastery is the largest of the six major monasteries of Buddhism's Gelugpa sect. In addition to its magnificent architecture and religious importance, there is an extremely fabulous view on top of the Ganden Wangpo Hill. Kichu Valley is behind Ganden monastery, and we suggest visitors hike around the monastery and for an exquisite bird's-eye view of the valley.

Sera monastery's famous debating monks go back and forth in their debates every day between 3 pm to 5pm (except on Sunday), a performance well worth seeing. After lunch at Ganden monastery, the tour visits Sera.

Optional program: In the evening, your guide can take you to enjoy a local Tibetan performance (price is not included).

 
Day 04:
Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse [4040m] / Shigatse[3836m], 360 KM 7 hours' drive (B=breakfast)
Yamdrok Lake, Karo la glacier, Gyantse Kumbum, Tsampa Workshop

Yamdrok Lake  is one of the 3 holiest lakes in Tibet and the easiest one to reach from Lhasa. The scenery on the way to Yamdrok Lake is fantastic - the road winds through snow-capped mountains and drives along the lake for about half an hour, during which you can get out of the car to go down to touch the blue water and take photographs.

Karo La pass [5100m] overlooks Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. A short stop is arranged for this great photo opportunity.Yamdrok Holy Lake

Gyantse Kumbum is one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. A kumbum is a type of Tibetan chapel, and Gyantse's boasts multiple levels and 108 small chapel rooms.

At the Tsampa workshop, you can see how barley is made into Tsampa (the Tibetan staple food) by a series of small machines and water-powered mills.

Day 05:
Shigatse / Lhatse [4021m] / Shegar [4300m] / E.B.C, 340 KM, 7hours' drive (B=breakfast)
Shigaste local market, Gyastsola pass, Gawula pass, winding roads, sunset at E.B.C

Shigatse local market features bamboo products, and special ornaments and decorations. While your guide makes final arrangements for your Everest permit, you can explore the market on your own.

Gyatsola [5200m] & Gawu La pass[5250m] When you arrive at these two passes, you will have a chance to get out of your car to enjoy the view and take pictures of these majestic wonders. At Gawu La pass, you will see the spectacular Himalayan Range and the glorious peaks of Mt. Makalu [8463m], Mt. Lotse[8516m], Mt. Everest[8844m], Mt. Cho Oyu[8201m] and Mt. Shishapama [8020m] (from left to right in your view at the pass).

Sunset at E.B.C: Most people say that sunset over Everest is more stunning than sunrise, but since one can only go to E.B.C once per ticket, the group can choose to see the sunset or the sunrise. The trekking from  E.B.C. from Rongbuk guest house or the Tent guest house community to E.B.C will take you about 2 hours  to hike the 6 km (3.7 mi). Or you can take the dedicated minibus (25 RMB/per person, round-trip). For winter tours, your driver will drive you there as there is no sightseeing bus there.

Optional program: Rongbuk is the highest monastery in Tibet and is functioning with both monks and nuns. You can visit and see the workings of the monastery (price is not included).

Note: It is cold and windy in the valley, so we recommend taking a sleeping bag with you. Also, food options are scarce, so be sure to prepare for providing your own meals at Rongbuk.

Day 06:
E.B.C / Shegar / Shigatse, 340 KM, 6-7 hours' drive
Sunrise at E.B.C, winding roads, beautiful scenery on the way

If you did not go to see the sunset at E.B.C the day before, rise early on the morning of day 6 to catch the magnificent sunrise. Afterwards, the drive will go all the way to Shigatse.

Day 07:
Shigatse / Lhasa, 300 KM, 5-6 hours' drive (B=breakfast)
Tashilunpo monastery and its Kora

Tashilunpo monastery is one of the six prominent yellow hat sect monasteries and is the seat of the Panchen Lama lineage. There is a panoramic view of the whole monastery from the entrance, as well as a massive Jamba Buddha Statue. Around the monastery is another Kora path, which is a leads to a great hike behind the monastery and provides a great view of the whole city of Shigatse.

Afternoon drive back to Lhasa along the Northern Friendship Highway, with marvelous landscapes and scenery along the Brahmaputra River continuing all the way back to Lhasa.

Day 08:
Lhasa train station or airport dropp off (B=breakfast)
Scenery on the way

Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport or train station, which concludes the tour.

What's Included
Group Tour Notes: 
Complementary airport pick up and drop off is included.
Our arrival pick up shuttle will depart the airport for Lhasa city at 3:30 pm (for clients arriving on flights scheduled to land before 3:00 pm).
Our departure drop off shuttle will depart Lhasa city at 12:00 pm with arrival at the airport by 1:00 pm (for flights departing after 3:00 pm).

General Inclusions:

  • All required government taxes and fees.
  • All required Tibet permits and domestic travel documents.
  • 3 Stars hotel (shared twin room, private bathroom and daily breakfast)
  • Lodging at E.B.C. will be at either Rongbuk Monastery's Guest House or E.B.C Tent Guest House (dormitory bed with semi-private bathroom)
  • All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
  • Local Tibetan guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
  • Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.

General Exclusions:

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver.
  • Meals that are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Flight tickets or train tickets in and out of Lhasa (Please note: We can offer you train and/or plane tickets in and out Lhasa from all cities within China. Please check the latest price with us via email.)

Comments

jovannna's picture

trip for 4 peoples

Murphy Feng's picture

Hi Jovanna,

Thanks for contacting us!

As you mentioned, you're planning a trip to E.B.C for 4 of you, could you please tell me when you plan to start this trip? It's very important because that would impact on the tour cost. Also we need to ask you few more questions about your plan, so I just sent you an email with the details, please check it and I'm looking forward to hearing from you again!

Cheers,

Murphy

Isabel's picture

Hello!!

I would like to know if you could arrange a private tour to Tibet for us. We are 4 people, and we would prefer a 4 x 4 car.
This is our suggested route:

Day 1/June 12th - Arrived into Lhasa from Chengdu
Day 2/June 13th - Potala Palace in the morning and Barkhor Square in the afternoon.
Day 3/June 14th - Drepung Monastery in the morning and Sera Monastery in the afternoon.
Day 4/June 15th - Samye Monastery.
Day 5/June 16th - En route to Gyantse, visiting Yamdrok Tso. Sleep in Gyantse.
Day 6/June 17th - From Gyantse to Shigatse, visiting Thasilunpo Monastery. Sleep in Shigatse.
Day 7/June 18th - From Shigatse to Lhatse, visiting Sakya Monastery. Sleep in Lhatse.
Day 8/June 19th - From Lhatse to Shegar to Rongbuk Monastery. Sleep in Rongbuk Monastery.
Day 9/June 20th - Visiting EBC. From Rongbuk Monastery to Lhatse. Sleep in Lhatse.
Day 10/June 21th - From Lhatse to Lhasa. Sleep in Lhasa.
Day 11/June 22th - Free day in Lhasa
Day 12/June 23th - From Lhasa to Lake Namtso. Sleep in Lake Namtso.
Day 13/June 24th - Visiting Lake Namtso. Return to Lhasa. Sleep in Lhasa.
Day 14/June 25th - Lhasa to Chengdu.

We don´t want any accomodation and not any meals. We just need a car, a driver and a guide.
Of course, we do need the Tibetan Permit, and the fligt to/from Chengdu / Lhasa.

Could you send us a quotation of this tour if you could arrange???

Thanks a lot in advance!!!

Regards, Isabel

Yuki Yi's picture

Dear Isabel,
Thanks for your inquiry! Your plan is great! It's mixing with culture, religion and natural wonders. I sent you the tour itinerary with quotation for you review. Please check the details and kindly let me know your comments and thoughts. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best Regards,
Yuki

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