Mt. Everest and Namtso Lake group tour - 10 days


Flag of WindhorseTour at the Everest Base Camp
Trip Code: 
Length of Trip: 
10 Days
Group Size: 
Maximum of 12 people.
Tour Highlights: 
Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse - Shigatse - Shegar - Rongbuk - E.B.C - Namtso Lake - Lhasa
  • Group Tour
  • Photography
  • Natural Scenery
Mount Everest with Namtso Tour Route
Day 01: Arrival at Lhasa
Day 02: Lhasa City Sightseeing
Day 03: Day Tour to Drepung and Sera monastery
Day 04: Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse / Shigatse
Day 05: Shigatse / Lhatse / Shegar / Rongbuk Monastery
Day 06: EBC / Shegar/Shigatse
Day 07: Shigatse / Lhasa
Day 08: Lhasa / Namtso Lake
Day 09: Namtso Lake / Lhasa
Day 10: Departure from Lhasa
Tour Features: 

This is adventure overland travel as you will head to visit Mt. Everest Base Camp, the driving along the Friendship Hwy Tibet-Nepal itself is very splendid, the landscape features more typical Tibetan high plateaus with snow capped mountains, high passes and deep valleys. During the 6 day excursion trip outside of Lhasa, you will stop at several places to visit Yamdrok Tso Lake, Karola glacier, Gyantse, Shigatse and Namtso Lake - one of the most beautiful holy lakes in Tibet.

Tour Itinerary: 
Day 01:
Arrival at Lhasa [3,658 m]
Splendid plateau scenery along the way from airport or train station

Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be warmly greeted by your Tibetan guide. Around an hour drive will take you from airport 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 many kinds of wild birds. If you travel to Lhasa by train, a 20 minutes drive will deliver you to your hotel in Lhasa city. Be sure to have a good rest to acclimatize to Lhasa's high altitude.

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

Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we purposely arrange you only to visit Potala Palace and Jokhang temple. Potala Palace is is the best known cultural landmark in Tibet.

WindhorseTour Staff at Potala Palace

The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages. 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. It is the most sought after pilgrimage destination for all Tibetans.

The rest of the day is for you freely explore Lhasa old town, which 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. (B=Breakfast)

Day 03:
Lhasa city sightseeing, visit Drepung Monastery and Sera monastery (B)
Drepung monastery and Sera monastery's debating

Today you will visit Drepung Monastery in the morning and Sera Monastery in the afternoon. Both Drepung and Sera monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges.

Practice of debating at Sera monastery

Drepung Monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala. It was once the world's largest monastery with 10,000 monks hailing from monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its practice of debating Buddhism and philosophy every day between 3 pm to 5 pm (not available on Sunday), the clapping sound and the aggressive expression of the monks - all are well worth seeing.

Day 04:
Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake [4,441 m] / Gyantse [3,980 m] / Shigatse [3,840 m], 360 KM, 7 Hours’ Drive (B)
Yamdrok Lake, Karola glacier, Gyantse Kumbum

Morning drive up to Kampala pass [4,794 m], which gives you a first sight of Yamdrok Tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. The turquoise colored 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. Move westwards to the second biggest city Shigatse, where spiritually hosted by Panchen Lama.

Day 05:
Shigatse / Lhatse [3,950 m] / Shegar [4,250 m] / Rongbuk Monastery [4,980 m], 340 KM, 8 Hours’ Drive (B)
glimpse of Himalayan Ranges, winding roads, sunset at E.B.C

Flag of WindhorseTour at the Everest Base Camp
Early morning departure from Shigatse to Rongbuk via Lhatse and Shegar, you will cross over Gyastsola pass and Gawula pass also.

If it is in clear weather, you can have a glimpse of Himalayan Range which is 8,000 m high or more. Arrive at Rongbuk monastery in time to enjoy a splendid sunset of Mt. Everest.

Spend the rest of the day hanging around Rongbuk Monastery. This is the highest functioning monastery in Tibet; with both monks and nuns. You can choose to visit and see the workings of the monastery.

Day 06:
E.B.C [5,150 m] / Shegar / Shigatse, 340 KM, 8 Hours’ Drive
Sunrise at E.B.C

Get up early this morning to make your way to E.B.C. try to catch the first glimpse of the mountain as the sun rises. Then you can choose to walk about 2 hours or take the tourism bus to the base camp. Afterwards, depart from E.B.C. and drive back to Shigatse.

Day 07:
Shigatse / Lhasa, 300 KM, 5 - 6 Hours’ Drive (B)
Tashilunpo Monastery

Monks inside of Tashilunpo Monastery

In the morning visit Panchen Lama’s monastery - Tashilunpo monastery, it is one of the six prominent yellow hat sect monasteries and is the seat of the Panchen Lama lineage. 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. Stay overnight at Lhasa.

Day 08:
Lhasa / Namtso Lake [4,730 m], 250 KM, 4 Hours' Drive (B)
Sunset at Namtso Lake

Today drive to Namtso Lake, one of the holy lakes in Tibet, located at the northern Tibetan grasslands, along driving you will see the Tibetan herders with their Yaks and sheep at the foot of Mt. Nyechen Tanglha, after you cross over the Largen-la pass with the altitude of 5,240 m, you will get to the lake shore of Namtso Lake.

In the afternoon hike around the Tashi Dor and appreciate the sunset and feel the peace of nature.

Day 09:
Namtso / Lhasa, 250 KM, 4 Hours' Drive
Sunrise at Namtso Lake

Panorama of Namtso Lake

If you are lucky enough, you will see the stunning sunrise at Namtso Lake. Late morning drive back to Lhasa, en route you may choose to enjoy the Yampachen Hot-spring (fee is on your own). Stay overnight at Lhasa.

Day 10:
Lhasa train station or airport send off (B)
Scenery on the way

Your guide and driver will see you off at train station or airport, end the trip with WindhorseTour.

What's Included
Group Tour Notes: 
Complementary airport pick up and drop off is included.
We have 2 scheduled arrival pick up shuttles that depart the airport for Lhasa city at 12:20 pm and 16:00 pm.
We have 2 scheduled departure drop off shuttles that depart Lhasa city at 7:30 am and 11:00 am.

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)
  • Lodging at Namtso Lake will be in the local Guest House (dormitory bed with semi-private bathroom)
  • All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
  • Environment friendly local bus between Rongbuk and EBC.
  • 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.
  • Vehicle and guide's entrance tickets to Everest Natural Reserve Region.
  • Welcome dinner.

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.)
  • Private Lhasa Train station or Airport transfer if your arrival time isn’t within our free service time. 250 CNY per vehicle from/to train station and 400 CNY per vehicle from/to airport.


Ines VIDAL's picture

My name is Ines and I am from Argentina.
I'm travelling to China for 5 weeks in september/october. The first three weeks I will be travelling with my mother and then I am planning to spend 2 weeks in Tibet by myself.
This will be between the 26/09 and the 10/10/2018 aproximately.
Is there an organized tour with your agency for those dates? Can I spend a couple of days in Lhasa by myself and then join the group?
Thank you in advance for your help.
Best regards, Ines

Yuki Yi's picture

Hello Ines,
Thanks for the comments.
We do have group tours in Tibet from 4 days up to 15 days, I have sent the details via email, please have a look and kindly share your thoughts on it. I'd like to share that overseas travelers are not allowed to visit any sites without guide accompanied.
Look forward to hearing from you back soon.
Best regards,

Ines VIDAL's picture

hi what do you mean by twinroom?

Victoria Zhu's picture

Dear Advan,

Thank you for your inquiry! This is Victoria from WindhorseTour responding to you. I am very glad to help you with Tibet tour planing.
Based on your information, I have send you a email with detailed information, please read over it and feel free to get back to me for any questions you might have.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,

Ines VIDAL's picture

I will be travelling alone and would like to join your tour group , dates of travel between end Aug - end Sept.
Please quote on the cost for 1 pax.

Victoria Zhu's picture

Dear Kamaljit,

Thanks for your inquiry. This is Victoria from WindhorseTour responding to you. I am very glad to be your trip adviser and assist you on your Tibet trip planning.
Based on your information above, a detailed proposal with quotation has been emailed to your mailbox, please read over it and kindly share me your comments and thoughts. With your replies, we can offer you some further assistance.
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon! Thank you!
Best regards,

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