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Tibet to Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp

Overland from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal via Rongbuk - Everest Basecamp




Tibet to Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp Trip Map, Route Map

Delve into the fascinating world of mountain lore and Tibetan and Nepalese cultures while visiting the fabled cities of Lhasa, Gyantze, Shigatse, and Kathmandu.
On this specially crafted adventure, take in some of the most magnificent mountain vistas on Earth as we journey overland across the Tibetan Plateau to the North Face Base Camp of Mount Everest and into Nepal.
Our first three days are spent on acclimatizing in the holy city of Lhasa and at the same time visiting the formidable Potala Palace. Join the pilgrims at the Jokhang temple as they do Kora and wander through narrow alleyways of Barkhor, city's old quarters and pilgrim trail.
After Lhasa we begin our spectacular journey along Lhasa-Kathmandu road, better known as Friendship Highway, which slips over 15,700-foot Khamba La and whirls past turquoise lakes and Himalayan giants to the old-fashioned town of Gyantse, where we'll see the fresco and sculpture-filled rooms of the Kumbum chorten. Visit Shigatse with its' ornate Tashilunpo Monastery, and head to the village of Xegar in the plains of Tingri. Next morning, we cross stupendous Pang La pass, gazing at a vast swatch of the central Himalaya, including Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu, four of the world's seven highest peaks and arrive in Rongbuk Valley, near the base of Mt. Everest.
As you approach the mountain, reflect that there are many awe-inspiring sites in the world, but there is only one highest point. Mt Everest is possessed of an unsurpassed majesty; it's nature's signature piece, and its summit represents Earth's best effort to reach heaven.
After Rongbuk, regain the main Lhasa-Kathmandu road, crossing the magnificent Tingri Plain and begin the almost-10,000-foot drop from the austere Tibetan Plateau to verdant Nepal, after a night in Gyirong

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa (D)
Arrive at the Gongkhar airport in Lhasa and transfer to hotel. Free afternoon to rest and acclimatize. Gather for reception and welcome dinner. Overnight in Kichu, Dekhang, Doodgu or similar hotels in Lhasa.

Days 2 & 3: Lhasa (B/D)
During these two days, visit Sera & Drepung monasteries, Potala & Norbulingkha Palaces, Mentsekhang (Tibetan Medical center), Tibet Musuem, Jorkhang Temple with walk around Barkhor area. During the evenings, there will be time to stoll around on your own.
Overnight in Kichu, Dekhang, Doodgu or similar hotels in Lhasa.

Day 4: Drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Tso (B/D)
Drive across Kambala Pass and along the long shores of dazzlingly turquoise green Yamdrok Tso Lake, with spectacular vistas to Gyantse. En-route stops at villages, town and nomad camps. Arrive in the late afternoon at Gyantse, one of Tibet’s most traditional towns, little influenced by the Chinese. Overnight in Gyantse Hotel (3star)

Day 5: Gyantse & Shigatse (B/D)
Visit sights in Gyantse that includes Kumbum Monastery, Pelkor Chode, including drive upto Gyantse Dzong for view of the Gyantse Town. In afternoon drive to Shigatse. At Shigatse, we visit the famous Tashilunpo Monastery, the principal seat of Panchen Lama. Overnight in Shigatse or Manasarovara Hotel.

Day 6: Drive to Shegar (New Tingri) (B/D)
Upon arrival in Shegar, time permitting, we visit the Shegar Chode Monastery and provide opportunity to hike up to Shegar Dzong. Overnight in simple Qomolongma Hotel.

Day 7: Dza Rongbuk Monastery (Everest Base Camp) (B/D)
Depart Xegar on the drive to the Everest Base Camp where we will spend time enjoying the views of Mt. Everest. Once at Rongbuk, we have the option of either walking (approximately two hours) or take a horse cart to the Everest Base Camp, as cars are not permitted in the valley for environmental reasons. Overnight Rongbuk Guest House.

Day 8: Drive to Gyirong border (B/D)
In the morning, we will have opportunity to see Mt. Everest, as the sunrise. After breakfast drive to Old Tingri (where you still will catch some good view of Mt. Everest) drive to the Nepal border (Gyirong) via a visit to the Peku Tso Lake. Overnight in Gyirong hotel or best available (3star).

Day 9: Gyirong – Cross border to Nepal (B/D)
Transfer to the border, then walk across the border. Transfer to Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel

Day 10:Departure (B)
Transfer to the airport or extend you trip to Bhutan or India.

  • Group Size10 maximum

  • MealsDaily Breakfast & Dinner

  • Trip Accommodation8 Nights mix of middle class hotels and best available in smaller towns including two nights in primitive guesthouses.

  • RouteLhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Xegar, Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Basecamp, Tingri, Zhangmu, Kathmandu.

  • Trip Type Cultural Tour

  • Trip SeasonsFrom March to Oct

  • Best MonthsApril, May, June, October

  • Good MonthsJuly, August, September

  • Lean MonthsJanuary, February, March, November, December

Prices & Dates

Tier priced (per person in US$) based on number participants
Cost per Person in US$ based on group size
8-10 members: $1620 Per Person
6-7  members: $1850 Per Person
4-5  members: $1985 Per Person
3    members: $2350 Per Person
2    members: $2585Per Person
Single traveler: $ 4215
Single room supplement: $380
Single passenger cost includes single room supplement
To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of participants or members on the trip. Costs are based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will match you with a roommate if one is available. If we cannot match you with a roommate, the single supplement will apply. These cost are based on join-in group with maximum of 10 members. If you wish to take this trip privately, it can be done so for small supplement.


  • Accommodations as listed or similar.
  • Meals as indicated by B/L/D (Daily breakfast and dinner through-out the trip).
  • One welcome dinner in Lhasa with cultural show in local restaurant.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Local English speaking Tibetan Guide in Tibet and English speaking representative from Nepal at the border.
  • Entrance fees for sights, parks, restricted areas covered by the trip.
  • Tibet Permits
  • Clean Bed Covers and Sleeping bag is borrowed to each of the members to cope with some basic accommodation in Xegar and Rongbuk and Zangmu.

Not included

  • Chinese Visa.
  • Flights into Lhasa and out of Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa (can be obtained upon arrival for $25 at the border)
  • Lunches
  • Optional Tips and gratuities
  • Insurance (Health and Emergency medical evacuation recommended)

Trip Guide/Leader

  • Tashi


Reviews / Testimonials

  • Dr Kartikeya P
    New Jersey, USA
    July 09,2006
    Sites were magnificent,highlight was Mt. Everest!!! ( Sites were magnificent,highlight was Mt. Everest!!!)
    5 " " 07.09.2006 Postak ! Thank you for everything and being patient with our bookings. it was difficult process but was one of my best trips,,sites were magnificant,highlight was Mt. Everest. I just got my pictures today and they are gorgious. We had great guide and driver,very helpful,very caring. Only difficult part was

    Sites were magnificent,highlight was Mt. Everest!!! 07.09.2006 Postak ! Thank you for everything and being patient with our bookings. it was difficult process but was one of