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Tour 3: Mt Everest              Base Camp

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This is the Classic tour of Lhasa and Mt. Everest Base Camp. This is one of the best itineraries that covers all Lhasa main tourist sites: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung and Sera Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and Shigatse Tashi Lhunpho Monasteries.

Tourists can see the natural scenery like the beautiful sacred lake: Yamdrok Tso and Karo Glacier with beautiful views of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world seen from Mt. Everest Base Camp.

At a Glance

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)

Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Day 4: Lhasa- Shigatse via Gyantse (360 km)

Day 5: Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp (5200)

Day 6: Everest Base Camp (5200m) and return to Shigatse (3900m)

Day 7: Shigatse (3900m) to Lhasa (3650m) (350km)

Day 8: Depart from Lhasa

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)

When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. Tourists may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River on their way to Lhasa.

After arriving in Lhasa, you can rest and get acclimatized to the high altitude. If you feel up to it, then you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the surroundings of the Potala Palace.

Day 2: Lhasa tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang and Barkhor Street

Today's tour will be the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was in use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of the Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of the former Dalai Lamas and Meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

Then after lunch, tourists will head to the Jokhang Temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims prostrating in front of the Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can explore the old market or experience kora (a meditative religious circling of a sacred temple, stupa or mountain) with pilgrims and locals.

Taste traditional Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; The welcome dinner will also be arranged accordingly.

Optional: If time permits, you may go with your tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft arts or Tibetan Traditional Medicine Center. You can upgrade your service to enjoy a Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (from 100 USD)

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 3: Lhasa tour - Drepung Monastery/Sera Monastery

After breakfast we will visit Drepung Monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug Monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit the biggest kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy a Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung. 

In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another of the “great three” Gelug Monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate around 3 – 5pm. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house. Inside the monastery, you can see and learn about the three sand mandalas and colorful rock paintings of Buddha.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Lhasa- Shigatse via Gyantse (360 km)

After breakfast we drive from Lhasa to Shigatse. On the way, we drive over the Gampala Pass (4790 m), and glimpse Yamdrok-tso Lake (4400m). The Lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and in the distance is spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .

Later, we will pass the Korola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang prayer flags at the Simila Mountain Pass; Then, we will arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the distant view of Gyangtse Fortress.

Then we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit the traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of the Barley Field (in summer). 

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 5: Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp (EBC) (5200m)

In the morning, we will visit the home of the Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where we will have lunch.

After that, we will pass Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass (5248M). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas at Gawula Pass (5198m). Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp (5200m). You can get closer to Gazt at Mt. Everest peak. 

Stay overnight in a tent or at Rongbuk Monastery Guest House.

Day 6: Mt. Everest Base Camp (5200m) and return to Shigatse (3900m)

In the morning, you can view the sunrise of Everest peak if weather permits at the lodging area. Then we will visit the Rongbu Monastery - the unique highest monastery (where nuns and monks live together). Finally, we will drive back to Shigatse. 

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 7: Shigatse (3900m) to Lhasa (3650m) (350km)

Today, we will drive back to Lhasa, following Yalong Valley. Stand on the viewing platform and view the vast Yalong River bed. Finally, the guide will transfer you back to your hotels in Lhasa. 

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 8: Depart from Lhasa

Cost based on double occupancy, does not include airfare, permits or meals. The guide will transfer you to and from the airport or train station and help you get on board.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2019 & 2020

Class/Price for Per Person 

Jan. 1 to Feb.28: 1,150 USD

Apr.1 to Jun.24: 1,130 USD

Jun.25 to Aug.28: 1,250 USD

Aug.29 to Oct.16: 1.190 USD

Oct.17 to Nov.15: 1,190 USD

Nov.16 to Dec. 31: 1,150 USD

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)