This adventure hiking begins to Tibet with a spectacular flight over the snow capped Himalayan Mountains past Mt. Everest, Malaku and Kanchanjunga. In Lhasa, we visit the Potala, the famous palace of the Dalai Lama, Norbulinkha, the great Drepung Monastery and the holy Jokhang Temple. Walk amongst the crowded Tibetan market - the bustling Barkor Bazaar. Drive past the beautiful Turquoise Lake on the way to the historic town of Gyantse with its unique multi-storied Kumbum Stupa. At Shigatse walk through the massive Tashilungpo monastery and visit the memorial 'Chorten' of the late Panchen Lama.
Our Journey to Everest base camp starts from Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery crossing the Langma La pass (16,900 ft), explore the Rongbuk glacier set directly below the massive north-face of Mount Everest. After gazing at the world's highest mountain scenery from Rongbuk drive by way of the amazing Himalayas Highway to Kathmandu in Nepal.
We enjoy the trip with superb views of white snow capped mountain, beautiful blue sky, breathtaking Tibetan landscape, dramatic high passes and amazing views of Mt. Everest with hiking trip to base camp.
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 -10 people
Destination(s): Lhasa, Everest Base Camp Tibet
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing, Jeep drive and hiking
Season: March - December
Trip type: Cultural tour and trekking adventure
Meals: Daily breakfast (full board during trekking)
Day 01: Fly from kathmandu to Lhasa (3700m).
Arrival in Gonkar Airport of Lhasa. You are met and greeted by our representative and drive to Lhasa City (90km, 2 ½ hrs). Check in hotel and take rest for the acclimatization. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Morning breakfast, you will be briefed on the day’s program. An experienced guide will take you on a tour to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. Jokhang temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. After the day’s tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Morning breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see the best of Tibetan art. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues.
You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest.
Day 04: Free day in Lhasa for acclimatization
Today is for you to spend it as you wish. Discover and soak in the sights and sounds of the old city, revisit a favorite monastery, go for souvenir hunting in the busy local market at Barkhor Square, or simply sit in a café and watch the pilgrims as they circumambulate the Jokhang .
Day 05: Drive to Gyantse (3950m) 261 km
Jeep drives along the Friendship Highway you cross the Khamba La (4794m). The drive offers you stunning views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7252m). You continue westwards, over another high pass, the Karo La (5045m), where you are treated to the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down, within a few hundred metres of the road. After passing through beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages you arrive in the town of Gyantse.
Day 06: Sightseeing & drive to Shigatse (3900m) 90km
You will be taken for a guided tour to Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a 14th century fort, from where you get amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa. It has many small chapels which houses an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. We move on to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city, which is about 90 km away.
Day 07: Sightseeing & drive to Tingri (4390m) 304 km.
Morning breakfast, you will be guided to explore the local market and the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls. After a detailed visit of Shigatse, you will drive to Tingri.
Day 08: Rest day at Tingri (4390m)
This day is a rest day at Tingri, to ensure proper acclimatization before you head into total wilderness of tough Tibetan highlands. Your camping crew will set up a camp little off the friendship highway. You get excellent views of surrounding mountains from a small hillock near your campsite.
Day 09: Drive from Tingri to Everest base camp (4980m)
A 65km, 3 to 4 hours (slowly drive) and excursion to base camp. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10: Trekking to Zemukh village.
Beautiful villages with innocent people where you can have great experience like talking with them feel their emotions; see their life style and many more... 5 hrs trekking. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Trekking to Nam -La pass (5100m).
Cross the amazing pass and meet world's peace people in the next territory. 6hrs trekking. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12: Trekking to Lung Jiang village (4510m).
7-8 hrs, trekking. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Trekking to Old Tingri. 3-4 hrs trekking. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Drive Tingri to Nyalam (3750m) 214 kms,
5 to 6 hours. Drive downhill to Nyalam crossing two spectacular passes- The Lalung La (5082m) & Nyalam pass (3800m). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15: Drive Nyalam to Kathmandu (1300m) 123kms,
4 to 5 hours. Today we arrive at the Chinese - Nepalese border, say goodbye to our Tibetan team, pass through customs and join up with our Nepalese staff. We then drive back into Kathmandu. End the services.
Notice: Participants of the trip must keep in mind that this is an adventure journey that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau where many unexpected and unpleasant events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour conclusion should always coincide with the original plan.
Mission Eco Trek aware that there are many companies seeking your business as you plan your adventure holidays in the Nepal Himalayas. We believe we offer the very best value for money and take your safety, comfort and ultimate holiday experience very seriously.
In order for us to quote you the cost, please write us with number of members in your group, type of vehicles you want and the category of hotels you would like to stay in.
We provide you ktm-lhasa or Lhasa-ktm air tickets along with tour packages but the price are not fixed always, so please ask before booking your trip. Also if you wish to fly from Beijing to Lhasa and want a help from our side to book the air ticket then contact us and let us know your desire date, our ticketing officer will provide you entire details within 24 hours.
You can take a train journey from any parts of Mainland china to Lhasa. Let us know from which city you want to come to Lhasa by train then we will provide you train fare with all necessary details. Contact us for more info on train.
While staying in cities, every day's breakfast is included in the package. This will be a dish of Tibetan or continental origin cooked by the lodgings you stay at. Lunch, dinner and any extra food are up to you; as a rough guide, budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100 (US$10 to US$16) per day.
During the camping, your cook will provide 3 tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelets, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals.
We use as much fresh produce as possible and our cooks and kitchen crew maintain exceptional standards of cleanliness and food preparation hygiene. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for.
Keep in mind that you are traveling overland to highest plateau in the world; the drive goes constantly above 5000m during your journey except Lhasa (3,650m). Driving fast in such an elevation could cause medical conditions (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be fatal. There is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places like in Tibet. The higher the altitude the less is the oxygen in air. Your body needs few days to acclimatize to this less oxygen environment. Although we provide enough information regarding AMS precaution matters, if you get AMS, we do not have other options to treat it other than medication. We advise specially the guest(s) with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.
During the day a light shirt or jumper and lightweight pants will be suitable, but a warm fleece or down jacket is recommended for the evenings. Sleeping bags for trip also highly recommended. Comprehensive list of equipments will be provided by Mission Eco Trek once you book your trip.
Throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life. All our Tibet trips are run in cooperation with our Tibetan counterpart, so you can be assured that authentic local touch.
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses and emergency repatriation.
In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen, you shall be transferred to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own.
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Two weeks holiday in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek
My wife and I took a 2 week tour in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek in Feb 2011 and had a fantastic time. Mission Eco-Trek provided the very highest caliber guides and Ram Kumar (the proprietor) personally made sure that everything went smoothly. When storms caused our original flights to be cancelled and then cancelled for a second time, he graciously accommodated our changes at no extra cost. The cost was reasonable and the services provided were exceptional -even beyond what we had expected from the contract....
Kevin & Jacque
New York, USA