8 days Mt. Everest Base Camp overland tour to Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide, from airport to Lhasa city is 68km, around an hour drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa. Driving along the Brahmaputra river and Lhasa river, you will not only amazed by the spectacular plateau scenery but also have a chance to see flocks of black-necked crane, wild duck and many other kind of wild birds, if you are not tired, stop at Nethang Giant Buhhda caving on the way. If you take the train to Lhasa, normally you will arrive in the late afternoon or evening, 20 minutes drive will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city. Check into hotel, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight at Lhasa. (B)=breakfast
Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Sera monasteries and Summer Palace - Norbulingka palace. Both Drepung and Sera monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice, the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are well worth to see. Norbulingka is the summer palace of Dalai Lama, you can visit the residences of different lineages of the Dalai Lama. The park is crowded with picnickers and traditional activities during the Shoton (Yogurt festival) in August. Overnight at Lhasa.
Morning drive up to Kampala pass [4794m], you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, the turquoise coloured Lake Yamdrok Yutso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass is wonders of the day. Then along the Friendship southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late afternoon drive to Shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse.
Morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas, do the monastery kora which provide you a great view of the whole Shigatse city. Late morning drive to visit Sakya Monastery which is the main monastery of Sakyapa sect, houses around the monastery are also in a typical gray colour. Hike around the monastery northern ruins and continue the driving to Shegar, after a short ride crossing Gyatso-la pass [5200m], you will have the first sight of Mount Everest in the distance when it is a clear day. Overnight at Shegar.
Early morning start driving to E.B.C, cross the Gawu la pass [5250m] and enjoy the spectacular view of Himalaya mountain ranges and its glorious peaks including Mt.Makalu [8463m], Mt.Lotse [8516m], Mt.Everest [8844m], Mt.Cho Oyu [8201m] and Mt.Shishapama [8020m] from Left to right, driving down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and then to today's destination - Everest Base Camp.
Rongbuk is the highest monastery in Tibet and consist both monks and nuns, it is a good point to view Mount Everest. Visit the monastery and explore the lodging area, enjoy the sunset over the mountain in a clear day. Overnight at local tent guesthouse or Rongbuk monastery guest house (dorm bed).
Morning enjoy the sunrise of Mount Everest when it is a clear day and have breakfast at your guest house. Afterwards start today's drive to Gyirong Border, which is newly opened for foreign tourists to continue their overland travel to Nepal. Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes along the way including Mount Shishapangma and lake Pekutso. Stay overnight at the local guest at Gyirong town.
P.S.: Due to the earthqake in the April of 2015 in Nepal, the border Zhangmu between Tibet and Nepal has been closed. Gyirong Border is another border between Tibet and Nepal, it was an important border for the trading, but now it is also opened for tourists.
After breakfast, drive about 1 hour to Gyirong border and see off to your Tibetan guide. End the services at the border.
Clear the custom and cross the border to Nepal side where you can catch the local landcruiser to Kathmandu. The drive takes about 8-9 hours due to the bad road condition, the shared landcruiser costs roughly 2500RS (about 200-250 CNY) per person. Our agency also provide private transfer at your request, please talk to your travel advisor for the latest price.
Tips: After you cross the border and enter Nepal, you need clear customs at the Nepal Immigration office. If you don’t have your Nepalese visa you can apply at the same time, normally the fee is 25 USD for the single entry visa which is valid for 15 days, 40USD for 30 days and 100USD for 90 days. To apply for the Nepalese visa, you will need to have one passport photo.
I'd like to see some sights from the border to Kathmandu. Is there a tour that does that, or a private car?
Also, can you recommend a company for a Bhutan tour?
In reply to I'd like to see some sights… by Jeff K (not verified)
Thanks for contacting us! Yes, we'd love to arrange a sightseeing tour from the border to Kathmandu as well as the tour in Bhutan. I've sent the details via email, please kindly have a look and feel free to contact me with any questions.
Look forward to hearing from you back soon.
Hello, we (2) are very interrested in your "8days Mt. Everes tBase camp overland tour to KTM" We will arrive in KTM on 25th of September and return on 15 th of October. Can you organise 2 flights from KTM to Lhasa and China visa for both of us? Please let us know soon. If it is only possible by Group it is alright too. Thank you, Bernd Kamradek
In reply to Hello, we (2) are very… by Kamradek Bernd (not verified)
Thank you for your inquiry! This is Victoria, one of the trip advisors of WindhorseTour responding to you. I am more than happy to assist you on your Tibet trip planning.
To enter Tibet from Nepal side, you must prepare about 3-4 working days in Kathmandu to apply for a Group China Visa in Chinese embassy in Kathmandu, however, the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu will be closed from 19 September till 7 October 2019, therefore, we would suggest you may consider entering Tibet from one of the cities of mainland China, we can provide an invitation letter if you need for your personal China visa application.
For more details, I have sent you by email, please check the details and feel free to get back to me for any questions that you might have. With your replies, we can adjust the proposal to meet your requirements best.
All the best!
Hi do you have a price for the above on an ultra low budget?
We will be arriving to Lhasa by train and leaving from Kathmandu into India
In reply to Lhasa to EBC to Kathmandu ending at the Indian border by Claire Danahay (not verified)
Thank you for the enquiry. This is Anita from WindhorseTour.
We also have group tours available for Mt. Everest Base Camp Overland Tour to Kathmandu for your choice. Could you kindly advise when you prefer to travel to Tibet? So that we can provide further information.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
I am interested in 8 days Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour via Everest Base Camp. I liked your itinerary. I'll be travelling alone. Do you have any group tour that I can join?
In reply to Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland tour via EBC by Anasua Bhowmik (not verified)
Thanks for the comments. This is Yuki from WindhorseTour.
We do have group tours from Lhasa to Nepal border overland tour after Mt. Everest all year around, but only for 7 days. I have sent the details via email, please have a look and share the comments & thoughts you may have.
Look forward to your reply soon.
I am looking for trip to Lhasa and base camp. Could you advise the best time to visit so that i get clear views of all the peaks ?
In reply to I am looking for trip to by mohan (not verified)
Thanks for your inquiry. This is Victoria from WindhorseTour responding to you. I am more than happy to help you with your Tibet tour planning.
Generally speaking, the best times of the year to explore the route from Lhasa to Kathmandu are from May to June and early October when the views of Mt. Everest are usually clear before and after the monsoon brings cloud cover. And more detailed information has been sent to you by email. Please read over the details and kindly share me your thoughts. With your replies, we can offer you some further assistance.
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Hi. I want to book a tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu via EBC in end of september 2017. Is there a transit to Kathmandu possible, cause of the damaged Friendship bridge in Zhangmu?
In reply to Hi. I want to book a tour by Mathias Hantzsch (not verified)
Thank you for contacting us. This is Victoria from WindhorseTour responding you.
I would like to answer your question first, as I aware that you have heard the damage of Friendship Bridge and it is still under re-construction, with regrets to share you that it is still closed till now and we are not sure if it will be open at the end of September or later. At this stage, the only transit to Kathmandu is taking flight from Lhasa airport. And a detailed proposal with quotation based on these situation has sent to you by email, please kindly go through it and feel free to share me your thoughts and comments.
Looking forward to your reply!
Im indonesian citizen , im holding Indonesian passport. Do i need visa to go to tibet ?
In reply to Indonesian citizen need visa for tibet ? by elle (not verified)
Thanks for contacting us. To answer your question - yes, if you plan to travel to Tibet, you would need to apply for Chinese Visa first, then we will help you apply for the Tibet Entry Permit. I've sent you an email with more details for your reference, please check it and let me know if you have any further questions.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you again.
I would like to arrange a trip that allows me to take in Lhasa, Kathmandu, Everest and more importantly the Buddhist temples, Monasteries and to really feel the spiritual culture of the people and the Buddhist monks etc. I would like to do a 10 to 15 day trip and would also like to know the following:
1. I would like to travel alone
2. Do I arrange my own flights to Kathmandu or Lhasa? Are there flights direct from UK? How much are they return?
3. What type of clothes / shoes are recommended at the various times of the year?
4. What is the price going to be approximately? Please break this down into the various costs
5. I want to do this trip in 2018 as my year in 2017 is planned. But I need to know what that overall cost is likely to be
6. I would like to be tattooed by a Buddhist Monk. Is their anywhere on the tour where I can have this done?
7. I am already heavily tattooed but can easily cover up (they are all buddhist related)...is this a problem with travelling in Tibet and Nepal?
I hope you can help as this is the trip I have longed for my whole life
In reply to More Details Please by Colin Merryweather (not verified)
Thanks for your inquiry. This is Anita from WindhorseTour.
I would love to answer your question as below:
1. For the flights to Kathmandu or Lhasa, we would love to book the flights to Lhasa, or you can also book it on your own, if you preferred. But we do not organize international flight tickets. For your information, there is no direct flight from UK to Lhasa or Kathmandu. As for the cost of flights to Lhasa, it depends on where you will take the flight. There are daily flights/ trains to Lhasa from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shanghai etc, Chengdu and Chongqing could be the best choices as they are called the gateway cities to Lhasa with more flights options.
2. In June, light winter clothes are still needed around Lhasa, and you could wear T-shirts in the sunshine, but we suggest that you cover up to avoid sunburn. For shoes, sturdy sneakers or hiking boots are recommend. The solar radiation is more intense the higher you go. Have a coat and gloves for higher mountains. Sunglasses and sun hats can protect you too.
3. With respect to the tattoo, there isn't any problem for traveling in Tibet or Nepal with tattoo. If you would like to be tattooed by a Buddhist Monk, I would suggest you do it at Kathmandu, as it is not available in Tibet.
4. I would like to share with you that the border Zhangmu between Tibet and Kathmandu was destroyed badly and closed for tourist groups since last April earthquake in Nepal, we are not sure when it will be open again since the geology condition in that area is still not stable. Now the government plans to open another border between Tibet and Nepal called Gyirong, but currently, the exact open date hasn't been confirmed yet.
I just sent you an email with more details, please kindly have a check and feel free to get back to me if you have any further concerns.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
I'm interested to join for main destination POTALA, EBC, and finish at Kathmandu. But I heard that after earthquake, no road establish to Nepal Border. Or maybe it already open now. I'm interested to join around April 2017. For now, its just me and I'd like to join to 6-8 people. Do you have the fixed date for apr 2017? Thanks.
In reply to ask for potala,ebc,kathmandu by Tommy (not verified)
Thanks for your inquiry, this is Murphy from WindhorseTour.
We do offer group tours for this itinerary and we have some opening groups in next April. I've just sent you an email with more details and suggestions about your travel plan. Please kindly check it and let me know if you have any further questions on it!
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Hi, I would like to know if you can do tibet tour on just mountains and nature without the temples. I am keen to do the 8 days for 2 pax. Kindly advice
we are a group of 3 travelling to China in June and would like to visit Tibet and Nepal.
Your tour sounds like something we are looking for.
Is there a group starting in late June? Or would it only be possible to have a private tour for the three of us?
Please also let me know how much it would cost extra to upgrade to higher class hotels.
Also, I would like to have some advise how to get to Lhasa from Xi'an best/cheapest.
In reply to Hi Lycoris, by Alessa Widmaier (not verified)
Thanks for your inquiry! This is Anita from WindhorseTour.
Yes, we have a group tour in late June. I've just sent you an email with more details and suggestions about your travel plan. Please kindly check it and let me know if you have any further questions on it! Look forward to hearing from you soon.
My husband and I with our 9 year old son would like to take this trip in early October this year. Do you think that is a good time for the views of the mountain?
Also we would not like to spend 3 days in Lhasa as the itinerary since we are a bit short on time. Please let us know if that is possible. Also is there a way we can go from Kathmandu and come back via Kathmandu as well (instead of reaching from Lhasa to the Base Camp)?
Please let me know if these are possible.
In reply to Mt. Everest Base Camp Overland Tour to Kathmandu - 8 Days - See by Sreyoshi (not verified)
Thanks very much for your inquiry! July and August are the best season to visit Tibet, October is also ok. Yes based on a private tour you can make this tour shorter. For more details I have sent you an e-mail with tour proposal and quotation, please kindly check it.
Do you have 8 day tour available on March or April 2016?
In reply to Tibet Tour by Emilia (not verified)
Nice to hear from you! First, I need to tell you that Sorry to tell you that Tibet region will be closed to tourists in March. This has been the case since the political unrest of 2008. In this case, you can only visit Tibet after April 2. And yes, we have this group in April. I have just sent you an email with the details, please check it.
Looking forward to hearing from your thoughts soon!
Hi, does anyone know if the food is included?
My family and I are interested in doing the 8 day tour to Kathmandu. We want to get there around the 19th of August and we would like to join a group to travel with!!!
Im looking forward to hearing from you
In reply to Hi, does anyone know if the by Clara (not verified)
Thanks for contacting us!
We've only included the breakfast which provided by hotels. The daily lunch and dinner is not included, the tour guide will recommend some restaurants for you reference. The cost is about 50-90 CNY per day per person for lunch and dinner in the major cities such as Lhasa or Shigatse. In the remote areas of Tibet, the cost will be a little lower, which is about 30-60 CNY per day per person.
I've just sent the tour itinerary with quotation for you review and comment, please go through the detailed and kindly let me know for any further question on it!
Looking forward to your reply!
Dear: We are two women planning to arrive to Lhasa around 21th october 2014. In that case, we want to know if you have tours available from Lhasa to Katmandu in that dates. On the other hand, we would like to join to another group in order to decrease the price of a possible tour. So, could you tell me if it is possible and how much is? Many thanks
In reply to Tour Lhasa to Katmandu, end of october by Rowena (not verified)
Thanks for contacting us!
Yes, we have a group tour of the same route for this tour at October 21, 2014. I've just sent you an email with more details and suggestions about your travel plan. Please check it and let me know if you have any further questions on it!
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
We are a couple that want to go from Lhasa to Kathmandu via base camp in November. Can you please let us know about the tour dates?
im a lone traveller and im interested in a Lhasa Mt Everest Kathmandu tour starting around the 15th january.
are any tours available ?
In reply to Hello Murphy by chris (not verified)
Thanks for contacting us! I've just sent you an email with more details and suggestions about your travel plan. Please check it and let me know if you have any further questions on it!
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
I'm a lone traveler wishing to embark upon tibet tour (wt-202). I wish to travel next month. Are there any tours available for next month, if so what are the dates and can I join a group.
In reply to wt-202 by golda white (not verified)
Thanks for contacting us. I have sent you an email with detailed suggestions about your Tibet trip in this April. Hope that's helpful and please feel free to contacting us for any further assistance!
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
We are 2 adults (Australian), we'd like to do the overland tour 2 Nov to 10 Nov Lhasa to Kathmandu. Your Mt Everest Base Camp overland tour seems close to what we'd like to do. Below is a list where we'd like to go.
Could you please advise the costs for 2 adults and would it be possible to get a Tibetan permit?
Thanks and Regards
Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace (and Potala Kora, The Lukhang), Jokhang Temple, Wothang, take a Kora around The Barkhor and Barkor Square (We’d like sufficient time in Potala and Jokhang).
Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka (Pabonka Monastery is there is still time)
If there is time a visit to Ramoche Temple is also good, as well as Lhasa Village Handicrafts.
Drive to Shigatse via Gyantse: sightseeing: Lake Yamdrok, see Mt Nojin Kangtsang, Karo-la Glacier
Gyantse sightseeing: Gyantse Kumbum, Gyantse Dzong (fort)
Shigatse sightseeing: Tashilhunpo Monastery, Phuntsoling Monastery (visits to these two monasteries only if time permits)
Visit Tashilumpu Monastery and drive to Shegar, passing Lhatse and Gyamtso La Pass
Shegar sightseeing: Rongphu Monastery, Everest Base Camp
Drive to Old Tingri: see Mt Everest, Luozi, Makalu, Zhuoayou
Transfer to Kodari Border and transfer to Nepal
Hi, a few questions please. 1. Firstly, can I bring my son? He will be 11yrs old at the time of travel - we would like to depart in August or September 2013. The rest of our trip (other countries) still in planning stage. 2. I see we travel very high up - is this a problem for children? If so, is oxygen available for purchase if required? 3. can i take a train from Kathmandu to Lhasa? Otherwise I can organize flights. 4. i work for Qantas Airways in Australia in sales department - do you kindly provide travel industry discount for airline sales staff? If so, what would the discount be? Thank you. I hope to hear from you soon. Nicole
In reply to Mt. Everest Base Camp Overland 8 Day Tour to Kathmandu by Nicole (not verified)
Happy to receive your message. I also sent my reply via email:
Looking forward to your reply.
Lhasa Mt Everest Kathmandu for 3 adults leaving around the beginning of september. Please quote for the private tour with the best class of hotels where available