Overland to Everest Base Camp tour also takes you to the phenomenal Lhasa, whose name means “the Land of Gods” in Tibetan, located at an altitude of 3,700 meter is the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. Due to its sufficient sunshine annually, it is also famed as “The Sunshine City”. It is considered to be highest region in the world and is often called as “The Roof of The World”. Offering the spectacular Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Street and Norbulingka Palace, Lhasa serves as the popular destination for the traveler. Lhasa has many sites of Historic interest, including Potala Palace which was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama. The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka Palace are included in UNESCO world heritage sites.
Overland to Everest Base Camp is a tour package which begins with the drive from Kathmandu to Kerung then head towards the Everest Base Camp passing through tingri. After the overwhelming view of Everest Base camp the tour halts for the sightseeing of majestic Lhasa city which offers the popular heritage sites like Norbulingka Palace, Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple along with the numerous merchants and vendors offering wide range of Local Tibetan arts, crafts and tasty cuisines, the picturesque sight of Sera and Drepung Monasteries is also included in the tour. The way through Gyantse to Lhasa also encounters the holy Lake Yamdrok.
What to Expect?
Overland to Everest Base Camp offers the overwhelming view of Everest Base camp and the sightseeing of majestic Lhasa city which offers the popular heritage sites like Norbulingka Palace, Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple along with the numerous merchants and vendors offering wide range of Local Tibetan arts, crafts and tasty cuisines, the picturesque sight of Sera and Drepung Monasteries.
Day 01: Kathmandu (1,300m)-Kerung (2,700m)
Early in the morning we drive to Kerung through beautiful Nepalese countryside enjoying the rivers, hills and landscapes. The distance from Kathmandu to Rasuwa Bridge of Gyirong (Kerung) Port, the China-Nepal border, is about 160 km and will take about 6 hours. Overnight at Kerung.
Day 02: Kerung to Tingri (4,050m) distance-150 km time-3-4 hours
Today we drive to the highest plateau of the world covering the distance of 225 km with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering absolute feeling of standing on the roof of the world which offers the breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Choyu (8,201m) and Mt Xishapagma (8,012m). Tingri propounds the spectacular view of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest (8,848m). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Tingri to Everest Base Camp (5,200m) to Shegar (4,150m) distance 270 km time 9-10 hours
Today we ride 270km for 9-10hours from Tingri to Shegar (4,150m) via Everest Base Camp (5,250m). Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Shegar to Shigatse (3,900m) distance 300 km time 5-6 hours
On the fourth day of Overland to Everest Base Camp we continue our drive to Shigatse(3,900m) from Shegar. Shegar is a small town approximately 60 km north-west of Mount Everest and provides the spectacular views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Cho Oyu which comprise four of the six highest mountains of the world. In the way we pass through the wonderful Sakya Monastery which is fames as the “Second Dunhuang” due to its colossal collection of numerous Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and thangkas. Monastery also treasures some historical relics, such as seals, Buddhist figures, porcelain wares and embroidery from the Song and Yuan Dynasties. Overnight at hotel in Shigatse.
Day 05: Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m) distance 90 km, time 2-3 hours
After breakfast we head for Gyantse (3,950m) which is 90 km from Shigatse and might take about 2 to 3 hours. We encounter the beautiful Shalu monastery on the way to Shigatse. The monastery is very popular for its murals and paintings that you can find inside the chapels and assembly hall and this is theonly monastery that consist both Tibetan and Han arts inside the Monastery. Overnight at the hotel in Gyantse.
Day 06: Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650m) distance 325 km, time 5-6 hours
Today we drive for the majestic city Lhasa (3,650m) which is 325 km from Gyantse and might take about 5 to 6 hours. We take the route via Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Lake. The scenery between Yamdrok Lake and the glacier is truly spectacular. As you go around the lakeshore to stip in Nangartse, you see snow peaked mountains contrasted with blue sky and turquoise waters, yaks and Tibetans. Overnight at Hotel in Lhasa.
Day 07: Sightseeing in Lhasa
On the seventh day of Overland to Everest Base Camp tour carry out sightseeing program visiting the popular places like Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum. The heart of Lhasa Potala Palace situated in the Red Hill by the side of the Lhasa River is a treasure house where you can see precious arts and learn Tibetan arts, crafts and tasty cuisines. Norbulingka Palace located on the west of Lhasa is a short distance to the southwest of Potala Palace. It is regarded as the summer palace of Dalai Lama and it’s well preserved murals, superb mandalas and frescoes are fascinating sights not to be missed. It is the largest garden, with the best scenery and the most historical sites in Tibet. Tibet museum is located in the southeast corner of Norbulingka Palace and covers an area of 23,508 square meters. The museum building is a pioneering institution in the history of the region. The complex is a wonderful combination of Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08: Excursion in Lhasa
After breakfast we continue our sightseeing tour in Lhasa with the fantastic view of Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street and Sera and Drepung Monasteries. The Jokhnag Temple is located in Central Lhasa and is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. It is four-storey timber complex with a golden top. The Jokhang Temple is surrounded by the Barkhor Street which comprises a series of circular streets that encompass numerous merchants and vendors offering a wide variety of Local Tibetan arts, crafts and tasty cuisines. The Sera Monastery is situated 5 km north to Lhasa. The magnificent monastery covers an area of 114,946 square meters (28 acres). Its main buildings are the Coqen Hall, Zhacang (college) and Kamcun (dormitory). The Drepung Monastery lies 8 km west of Lhasa and is largest Monastery in the Tibet that occupies over 10,000 of Monks. The ground of Monastery is organized on the caves and temples for Jamyang Qoigyi, together with two magnificent white pagodas. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Departure
Your Overland to Everest Base Camp tour terminates today so early morning drive to Gonggar airport or train station for your departure flight to Kathmandu or to your onward destination to Mainland China.
- Private transportation as per the group size.
- English speaking Tibetan Guide.
- Accommodation on twin sharing room basis except guest houses.
- Daily breakfast.
- Everest base camp entry permit.
- All Monastery entry fees as per your itinerary.
- Tibet travel permit.
- Lunch & Dinner.
- Train or Air fare of any sectors.
- Insurance of any kind.
- Natural or political disturbance which beyond our control.
- Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, porter charge etc.
- Nepal re- entry visa fee (If coming to Nepal)
During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factor, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!