10 days Mt. Everest Base Camp with holy Namtso Lake tour

Lhasa
⇀ Gyantse
⇀ Shigatse
⇀ Sakya
⇀ Mount Everest
⇀ Shigatse
⇀ Namtso
⇀ Lhasa
One of our most popular Tibet tours! Explore iconic sites Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, marvel at the breathtaking Yamdrok and Namtso lakes, and embark on an overland journey to Mt Everest. A perfect mix of cultural depth and natural wonder.
Type
Private
Duration
10 days
Theme
Natural scenery, Overland, Photography
Trip code
WT-203
Price
From CN¥ 8,305 per person
CN¥ 7,550
you save CN¥ 755 (10%)
This tour offers more than just visits to historic palaces and active monasteries; it introduces you to breathtaking natural sceneries. From the turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok to the mighty Nyenchen Kangsar glacier and the great peaks of the Himalayas, these sights will greatly enrich your understanding of the high plateau's geography. As the journey progresses, you’ll delve into the rich culture of western Tibet and ascend to the summit of Mount Everest. The tour doesn't end there; it continues into the northern nomadic areas, where the vast pastures bounded by the Nyenchen Thangla Ranges are a paradise for thousands of nomads. The strikingly blue Lake Namtso exceeds all expectations and promises a memorable night on the Tashi Do peninsula. In a nutshell, this Tibet tour encapsulates the rich cultures and traditions, historical sites, and natural wonders of Tibet.
Day 01 :
Arrival at Lhasa [3,595m]

Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide. From the airport to Lhasa city, it is 68 km—a drive of around one hour that will take you to the holy city of Lhasa. Driving along the Brahmaputra and Lhasa rivers, you will be amazed by the spectacular plateau scenery. You’ll also have the chance to see flocks of black-necked cranes, wild ducks, and many other kinds of wild birds. If you arrive by train, it will typically be in the late afternoon or evening, and a 20-minute drive will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city. Check into the hotel and have a good rest to acclimatize to the high altitude. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 02 :
Lhasa Monasteries Tour - Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B)

Today is your first sightseeing day in Lhasa, you will be arranged to visit two renowned monasteries: Drepung Monastery in the morning and Sera Monastery in the afternoon.

Drepung Monastery was once the world's largest and the governmental seat before the Potala Palace, historically housed up to 10,000 monks. It's renowned for its significant role in Tibetan culture, religion, and education.

Sera Monastery is another the great Gelug university monasteries of Tibet. Renowned for its lively monk debates between 3 pm to 5 pm (daily except on Sunday) on Buddhist philosophy, the monastery is an important center for learning and culture.Your guide will provide a detailed explanation of how Tibetan monks participate in debates to acquire knowledge and progress in their academic studies.

Rest and acclimatize the high altitude in your hotel.

Day 03 :
Another Lhasa City Tour - Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street - Walking tour is arranged today. (B)

In the morning, begin your Lhasa city tour with a visit to Potala Palace, an iconic symbol of Tibetan culture and history. Originally constructed in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo and later rebuilt in the 17th century by the Fifth Dalai Lama, this architectural masterpiece served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas.

Next, proceed to Jokhang Temple, located in the heart of Lhasa’s old town. As Tibet’s most sacred temple, built in the 7th century, it is a central pilgrimage site. The temple is celebrated for its stunning architecture and houses many invaluable religious artifacts.

Surrounding Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street is a renowned Kora (holy walking path) bustling with faithful Tibetan pilgrims. This street provides a unique opportunity to mingle with local devotees. It also functions as a lively shopping district, offering the perfect opportunity to purchase gifts for your loved ones.

End today's Lhasa city tour by joining your guide at one of Lhasa's most vibrant Tibetan sweet tea houses. Here, you can enjoy sipping traditional Tibetan sweet tea while sitting among local Tibetans. Your guide will provide valuable insights into Tibetan social dynamics and daily life, offering a deeper understanding of the culture.

Day 04 :
Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake [4,441m] / Gyantse [3,980m] / Shigatse [3,840m], 360KM, 7hrs (B)

In the morning, drive up to Kampala Pass [4794m] where you will catch a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso, celebrated as one of Tibet's most sacred and visually stunning lakes. Perched at an altitude of 4450 meters, the lake is famous for its vivid turquoise hue. From there, you can also catch a glimpse of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang, towering at 7191 meters. After soaking in the beauty of the lake, your journey will continue to Gyantse. This mid-sized town, located at 3950 meters above sea level, is renowned for its impressive hilltop military fort and the Pelkor Chode Monastery, which is notable for housing Tibet's tallest Tibetan Buddhist stupa. While in Gyantse, you'll visit the Gyantse Kumbum stupa, a marvel of Tibetan architecture. Then head to Shigatse for overnight, the 2nd largest city in Tibet.

Day 05 :
Shigatse / Sakya [4,280m] / Dinggye Xilin Viewpoint / New Tinggri [or Shegar, 4150m], 300KM, 6hrs (B)

Morning you will visit Tashilunpo Monastery, one of the six prominent yellow hat sect monasteries and renowned as the seat of the Panchen Lama. Tashilunpo Monastery houses the world's largest statue of Maitreya Buddha. The monastery's impressive halls and intricate artwork provide a glimpse into Tibetan spirituality and culture. Visitors can explore the vibrant religious life within its walls and admire the stunning architecture. 
Afterwards drive to Sakya Monastery, the principal monastery of Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet, it is famous for its collection of thousands of religious scriptures, artwork and its striking gray and red exterior, which symbolizes the sect's name, "Sakya," meaning "grey earth." Hike around the monastery northern ruins to feel the 1000 history.

Continue driving to Shegar (or New Tingri) via Dinggye County. Make a stop at Dinggye Xilin Viewpoint for a spectacular view of the majestic Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse, the world's fourth highest peak. Witness the vast and beautiful wetland at the foot of Mount Everest, which transforms into thousands of sand dunes in winter, offering a distinct style of beauty. Arrive in Shegar in the late afternoon. Overnight at Shegar.

Day 06 :
Shegar or New Tingri [4,150m]/ Rongbuk Monastery [4,900m] / E.B.C [5,150m], 100KM, 2-3hour drive (B)

In the morning, as you enter Mount Everest National Nature Reserve, the winding road takes you to Gawula Pass [5,250 m]. Here, you'll experience breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas, including a remarkable view of Mount Everest, which stands at 8,844 meters. You'll also see four other majestic peaks over 8,000 meters: Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m), and Mt. Shishapama (8,020 m).

You will switch to the local sightseeing bus at Tashi Zong Village, and from there, it is another hour's drive before you reach Everest Base Camp (E.B.C.).
Arrive at Everest Base Camp in the afternoon, visit Rongbuk Monastery, the world’s highest buddhism monastery at 5154 meters above sea level where nuns and monks live together and witness a splendid sunset (just depending on the weather) over Everest.

Stay overnight at the tent guest house at E.B.C or the monastery guest house near Rongbuk. 

Day 07 :
Everest Base Camp - Shegar - Gyatsola pass [5200m] - Shigatse, 340 KM, 7 Hours' Drive (D)

If the weather is favorable, you'll have the opportunity to witness a magnificent sunrise at Everest, with the first rays of sunlight turning the mountain into a glowing red spectacle.

After a morning of exploration, begin your journey back to Shigatse along G219 & G318 highway, stop at Gyatsola pass [5200m] for the last peek of Mount Everest in a clear day. Arriving in Shigatse in the late afternoon, your guide will take you to a local Langma Hall (a traditional Tibetan Dance Hall). Enjoy dinner with your fellow group members while experiencing traditional Tibetan dance and performances, celebrating your once-in-a-lifetime journey to Mount Everest.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 08 :
Shigatse / Shuege la [5,300m] / Namtso [4,718m] / Damxung [4,300m] , 470Km, around 7-8 hours drive (B)

Early in the morning, drive 80 km back towards Lhasa via the Northern Friendship Highway to Dazhuka. From there, cross the bridge over the Brahmaputra River and head through the valley northward to Namtso Lake. Along the way, you will pass many typical Tibetan villages set in peaceful environments. Cross the Shuege-la Pass, soaring over 5,300 meters high. In the afternoon, arrive at Namtso and take the sightseeing bus to the Tashi Do peninsula. Enjoy a leisurely hike around Tashi Dor and the Namtso lakeshore. Climb to the top of the hill on Tashi Dor for a panoramic view of Namtso Lake, where the circular lake resembles a boundless blue sea surrounded by snow-capped mountains. If the weather permits, witness the stunning sunset at Namtso Lake. Afterwards, return to Damxung County for an overnight, the nearest town to Namtso Lake.

Day 09 :
Damxung / Lhasa [3,595m], 250Km, 4hours drive

In the morning, start your journey back to Lhasa, enjoying the beautiful, vast northern grasslands along with the Nyenchen Tanglha mountain ranges. Along the way, you’ll encounter happy nomadic families dwelling in cozy yak wool tents on the grassy pastures. With your guide’s help, some tents close to the road can be visited, offering a unique experience during the summer months. In the afternoon, explore Lhasa freely on your own and take your last chance to shop for souvenirs at Barkhor streets for your friends and family. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 10 :
Lhasa airport / train station dropping off (B).

Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time come to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.

Period
2 Persons
3 Persons
4-6 Persons
Apr. to Jun and late Oct.
Regular price
Sale price
CN¥ 12,485
CN¥ 11,350
CN¥ 9,735
CN¥ 8,850
CN¥ 8,305
CN¥ 7,550
Jul. to mid Oct.
Regular price
Sale price
CN¥ 13,585
CN¥ 12,350
CN¥ 10,615
CN¥ 9,650
CN¥ 9,075
CN¥ 8,250

Tour notes:

All of our tours can be customized to suite your requirements, interests and budget. It is our specialty! Please feel free to contact us.
The tour price is based on 3 star standard hotels. At your request we can provide pricing for different levels of service such as budget hostel, luxury 4 star standard hotels or deluxe 5 star standard hotels.
Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

All required government taxes and fees.
Please contact one of our Tour Advisors to get a custom quotation made to your requirements.
All required Tibet permits and domestic travel documents.
Where possible 3 star hotels will always be provided, if the city or town does not have then the local guest house or monastery guest house will be provided (i.e. tent / dormitory bed, no private bathroom etc.)
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.)
Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
Comfortable and clean 7/8 seats minivan for groups of 5 persons or less; for larger groups minibus and tourist coach are available.
Vehicle and guide's entrance tickets to Everest Natural Reserve Region.

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.
Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
Sightseeing bus ticket at Everest Base Camp (E.B.C.) - 25 RMB per person. If you prefer you can hike up.
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.)

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Comments

Adriano
Adriano
Mon, 02/05/2018

Me and my wife would like to do a trip from Lhasa to base camp Everest.
We are arriving (from Italy) on April 20th and the departure is on April 30th.
We prefer to be alone with a guide because I like to do photos.
Can you send me a program?
Waiting for your reply.

Adriano

Replied by
Tagong grassland by July Yuki
Yuki Yi
Mon, 02/05/2018

In reply to by Adriano (not verified)

Hi Adriano,
Thanks for contacting us. This is Yuki from WindhorseTour. I've just sent you the email including the details for the trip to Mount Everest Base Camp from Lhasa, please have a look and kindly let me know for any further questions on it.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Kind regards,
Yuki

Umberto Cevenini
Umberto Cevenini
Tue, 07/04/2017

Dear Mr, Dear Madam,

My name is Umberto and me and my girfriend are living and working in Beijimg currently.
We would like to know if it would be possible for you to organize the Mt. Everest Base Camp with Holy Lake Namtso Tour - 10 Days, during the period from the 15th to the 30th of August, also according to trains or other ways to reach Lhasa from Beijing, in which you are surely more proficient than us.
Witing for your reply, I thank you in advance for your attention and time.
Umberto

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Victoria Zhu
Victoria Zhu
Wed, 07/05/2017

In reply to by Umberto Cevenini (not verified)

Dear Umberto,

Thanks for your inquiry! This is Victoria from WindhorseTour responding to you. And I am very happy to be your trip adviser and assist you on your 10 days Tibet Tour to Mt. Everest Base Camp with Holy Lake Namtso in August. I have sent you a tour proposal with quotation and train or flight suggestions by email, please go through the details, and kindly share me your thoughts and comments. With your replies, we can offer your some further assistance.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,
Victoria

chand
chand
Mon, 04/11/2016

want to visit sept 2016..
I will land in Lhasa 2 days..
I need you help to go from Lhasa to rongbuk monastery
to Everest base camp
to advanced everst base camp
back to base camp and Lhasa..

am looking for a cheap simple trip..
I can book my tickets to and from Lhasa my self..
for a cheap simple trip approx. how much will this cost..u can add me to existing group...
my dates are flexible..

Chandran

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Tagong grassland by July Yuki
Yuki Yi
Tue, 04/12/2016

In reply to by chand (not verified)

Hello Chandran,

Thanks for your comments! With much regrets to share you that our agency won't be able to arrange you to visit the Advanced Base Camp in Mt. Everest. Based on your requirements, I've sent you the tour proposal with regular sightseeing at Everest Base Camp via E-mail, please go through the details and kindly let me know for any comments or thoughts you may have.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Best Regards,
Yuki

NURIA DIEZ
NURIA DIEZ
Tue, 06/30/2015

i am Nuria, 31 years old and i am living and working in Katmandu. I would like a tour from 7 to 10 days to Tibet. My availability is from 25 of July until 4-5 of August. I would like if it was possible to join a group of people and travel together. Thanks!

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Tracy Dong
Tracy Dong
Tue, 06/30/2015

In reply to by NURIA DIEZ (not verified)

Dear Nuria,

Thank you for your inquiry, this is Tracy from Windhorse Tour responding to your email.

I have sent you an email with detailed information based on your inquiry. Please kindly go through it and feel free to let me know any further questions you may have.

Best regards,

Tracy

Agnes
Agnes
Sun, 07/06/2014

Hi, we have probably group from 3 - 8 peoples, prefer to visit Tibet sometime April 2015.
Since we are coming in from Malaysia, best is to land in chengdu? how do we obtain permit to go into Tibet?
we love to spend more time to enjoy the EBC, trek for couple of days, kick back and relax just look at the magnificent mountain. Mt. Everest Base Camp with Holy Lake Namtso Tour - 10 Days tours seems just perfect for us, the only thing we probably will like skip is the Monastery. Do you think if that can be arrange?

Maria
Maria
Thu, 01/05/2012

Hi Irit,

General speaking, May to September is the best time to visit Tibet if you want to include some trekking. In May and June, you will meet spring scenery when plants burgeon and grass is tender. While in July and August, it is the summer scenery when plants are full grown with vitality. In September, you will see the starting autumn scenery when leaves begin to turn yellow.

If you have 15 days for this tour, I recommend below itinerary.

  • Day 1 Arrive at Lhasa: Spectacular scenery along the way
  • Day 2 Lhasa city sightseeing, visit Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barhor Steet and old Lhasa city
  • Day 3 One day to visit Ganden monastery and Sera monastery
  • Day 4 Lhasa / Tsedang (samye monastery and Yumbulakang Palace)
  • Day 5 One day treking at chim-puk caves / Lhasa
  • Day 6 Lhasa / Namtso Lake / Lhasa
  • Day 7 Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse (Gyantse Kumbum, Tsampa factory)
  • Day 8 Gyantse (Gyantse Dzong) / Shigatse (Tashilunpo monastery)
  • Day 9 Shigatse / Old Tingri
  • Day 10  Trek to Danak
  • Day 11 Trek to the Chogorong by crossing the Nam- La Pass
  • Day 12 Trek to Rongbuk Monastery
  • Day 13 Trek to E.B.C
  • Day 14 Rongphu / Old Tingri [4250m] / Zhangmu
  • Day 15 Zhangmu / Kodari (Nepal Boarder) / Kathmandu

You can go to our trip Tibet Everest Base Camp Trekking 12 Day Tour WT-504 (tour code) to have a reference about the trekking from Day 10 to Day 13.

Thank you for your comments.

 

irit aish
irit aish
Mon, 01/02/2012

we are a gruop of 6 person intresting in seeing Tibet highlights + few days trecking Everest base camp.
when is the best time to come from weather perspective? what is the best proposal you can offer us for a 15 days tour ? we can arrive to Beijing or Shanghai and depart from Katmandu Nepal .
we prefer private tour
Thanks
Irit