Embark on an Unforgettable 8-Day Journey Through Tibet’s Cultural and Natural Wonders
Day 1: Lhasa Arrival
Welcome to the Roof of the World
Upon your arrival in Lhasa, whether by train or flight, your experienced guide will extend a warm welcome and escort you to your hotel. As you journey to Lhasa, you’ll catch breathtaking views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River (Brahmaputra River) and the Lhasa River. After reaching Lhasa, take your time to acclimate to the high altitude. If you feel like venturing out, visit Potala Square, where you can admire a mesmerizing fountain, capture stunning photographs of the Potala Palace, and explore the surrounding area.
Day 2: Lhasa Tour
Immerse in the Heart of Tibetan Culture
Embark on a journey that begins with a visit to the iconic Potala Palace, the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Dating back to the 7th century, it houses precious gilded burial stupas and the meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Following lunch, proceed to Jokhang Temple, founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside, you’ll encounter a statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, while outside, pilgrims prostrate themselves in devotion. The nearby Barkhor Street offers an opportunity to join pilgrims and locals in kora (a religious circle) and explore an ancient market. Don’t miss tasting Tibetan tea and enjoying a welcome dinner.
Day 3: Lhasa Tour
Discover Rural Life and Monastic Debates
In the morning, venture to Dadong Village, renowned as Lhasa’s most beautiful village. Nestled 25 kilometres southwest of downtown Lhasa, it is surrounded by picturesque valleys. Explore Nyimatang Monastery, take a leisurely stroll through the village, and gain insight into rural life by visiting a local Tibetan family. Enjoy lunch with the family.
In the afternoon, visit Sera Monastery, one of Tibet’s “great three” Gelug monasteries. Witness the fascinating Monks’ debate from 3 to 5 in the afternoon. Explore the Tibetan religious scripture printing house and marvel at three sand Mandalas and a colourful Rock Painting of Buddha.
Day 4: Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse
A Scenic Drive to Historical Cities
Embark on a picturesque journey from Lhasa to Shigatse. En route, cross the Gampala Pass (4790 m) for a glimpse of the stunning Yamdrok Lake (4400m) surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Further, marvel at Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m), the region’s highest peak.
Pass the Karola Glacier, pray at Simila Mountain Pass at Manak Dam Lake, and arrive in Gyantse, Tibet’s third-largest city historically. Explore the famous Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum, and enjoy a distant view of Gyangtse Fortress.
Afterwards, a 1.5-hour drive leads to Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city. Explore a traditional Barley Mill and savour the landscape of Barley Fields (in summer).
Day 5: Shigatse – Mt. Everest Base Camp
Reaching Closer to the World’s Highest Peak
Visit the home of Panchen Lama, Tashilunpo Monastery, in the morning. Depart Shigatse after obtaining your Alien’s travel permit and head to Lhatse for lunch.
Drive across Tsola Pass (4600M) and Gyatsola Pass (5248M) to enter the Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve. Witness the Himalayan panorama at Gawula Pass (5198m) and continue on the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp (5200m). Get closer to gaze at the peak of Mt. Everest and, if weather permits, experience the golden sunset over Everest Peak.
Stay overnight at a tent or Rongbuk monastery guest house.
Day 6: Mt. Everest Base Camp, Return to Shigatse
Sunrise Over the World’s Tallest Peak
Marvel at the sunrise over Everest Peak (weather permitting) in the morning. Visit Rongbuk Monastery, a unique high-altitude monastery where monks and nuns coexist. Later, drive back to Shigatse.
Day 7: Shigatse – Lhasa
Homeward Bound Through Yalong Valley
Return to Lhasa through the scenic Yalong Valley. Pause at the viewing platform to take in the vast expanse of the Yalong River bed. Your guide will ensure your safe return to your Lhasa hotel.
Day 8: Lhasa Departure
Farewell to the Himalayas
Your guide will escort you to the airport or train station, assisting you with boarding for your onward journey.
Everest Base Camp Accommodation FAQs
1. What is the accommodation like at Everest Base Camp?
- The primary accommodation option at Everest Base Camp is a tent camp. Typically, 8-12 people share a tent, and while they are clean, it’s important to note that these camps have limited facilities and food options. Do not expect the same level of amenities and services as urban hotels.
2. What happens during the colder months, like October to April?
- During the colder months when extreme cold weather prevails, the tent camp may be removed. In such cases, visitors will stay overnight in the monastery guesthouse. It’s essential to be prepared for these weather conditions.
3. How should I prepare for the high altitude and cold weather at Everest Base Camp?
- Given the high altitude, it’s crucial to take precautions. Drink plenty of water to reduce altitude sickness symptoms. Additionally, due to the cold weather, be sure to keep warm. In the summer nights, the average temperature ranges from 0-8 ℃. You can consider renting a down jacket, which usually costs around RMB 100 per day (please note that prices may vary). This will help you stay warm and comfortable during your stay.
Altitude Sickness and Preparation FAQs
1. Do I need to worry about getting altitude sickness?
- No need to worry if you’re physically fit and don’t have respiratory or cardiovascular issues. During your journey, our Tibetan guide will monitor your oxygen saturation level with pulse oximetry and provide oxygen and assistance if needed. However, it’s essential to avoid catching a cold before travelling to Tibet.
2. When should I make my booking for a Tibet trip?
- It’s advisable to make your reservation as early as possible. Obtaining a Tibet travel permit can take several days, and we also need time to send the issued permit to your address in China. Without this permit, you won’t be able to board the train or flight to Tibet.
3. What should I pack for the Everest Base Camp (EBC) tour?
- Packing smartly is crucial. Make sure to bring warm clothing, including a down jacket, thermal underwear, and a warm head covering. Additionally, sunscreen, a sun hat, toiletries, personal medicine (for altitude sickness, cold relief, and diarrhoea), and some cash are recommended. Our guide will provide a warm apron to cover your knees.
4. How should I prepare for the long drive from Lhasa to EBC?
- While the distance from Lhasa to EBC is 720 km, safety is a priority, so there’s a strict speed limit. Tour vehicles typically travel at 80 km/h on the expressway, 70 km/h on the national highway, and 30 km/h on bends. To prepare for the long ride, consider bringing motion sickness medicine or downloading podcasts to keep yourself entertained during the journey.