Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp

Savor the magnificence of Lhasa’s cultural wealth and enjoy the spectacular road trip to EBC culminating in Kathmandu

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  • Group Size: 1-10 Persons
  • Trip Duration: 10 Days
  • Country: China
  • Trip Start: Lhasa
  • Trip End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Level: Adventures

Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular Tibet tour packages and highly demanded by travelers worldwide. Unlike trekking in Nepal to reach the base camp, this tour does not require any walking activity to reach to the base of Mt. Everest on the north face. Embarking on this memorable adventure across the roof of the world amidst the grandiose Tibetan plateau during this easy tour in Tibet is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Exploring deep into the heart of Tibetan Buddhism, native people, matchless culture and dazzling landscapes, this famous tour package of Tibet leaves an indelible memory to all visitors on the roof of the world.

This 10 day Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp, on general conditions, commences after arrival to Lhasa either from Kathmandu or from mainland China. From the spiritual and economic center Lhasa, discovering the dazzling holy city, you will travel through various ancient towns of Tibet to reach the foothill of the world’s highest mountain peak. The historical sites that greet travelers in Lhasa are the regal Potala Palace, the Norbulingka Palace, Jokhang temple, and the sacred Sera and Drepung monasteries. This extraordinary road trip in Tibet will also take visitors to the 15th century Ganden monastery and Drayerpa caves, which in the present day are meditative asylums for the red-robed Tibetan monks. The chief townships and major cities encompassed by this most demanded overland tour in Tibet are Gyantse, Shigatse, Rongbuk, Kyirong, and Lhasa. Besides the spectacular landmarks in Lhasa, on the way to Gyantse, tourists can savor the sight of the heavenly Yamdrok Tso Lake beyond the Khamba La Pass and the Nazin Kang Sang Glacier. Driving downhill from the Karo La Pass leads to Gyantse town where travelers can visit the Gyantse Dzong, the Khumbum Stupa, Pelkor Monastery, and the Phalkot Monastery.

Driving from Gyantse to Shigatse, travelers can visit the Shalu Monastery which houses impressive ancient murals and frescoes. The chief attraction in Shigatse is the home of the Panchen Lama – the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. Driving through quaint beautiful settlements towards Rongbuk, travelers will visit the Sakya Monastery before going downhill from the Lalung La Pass to reach the Rongbuk Monastery lying at the foot of Mt. Everest, making the monastery the highest of its kind in the world. Taking advantage of the major highlight of the entire trip reaching the Everest Base Camp, visitors can take delight in the spectacular glimpses of the peaks such as Shishapangma and Cho Oyu, and also the striking Rongbuk Glacier. Ultimately, it is time to drive through the Tibetan plateau towards green alpine woodland to reach the border town at Kyirong before driving to Kathmandu.

We, at Royal Holidays, assist you to create a marvelous vacation on the roof of the world with major highlights worth remembering for a lifetime. Offering a unique mystery and allure, we showcase the prime highlights of this classical overland tour route in Tibet to the country’s most important landmarks and unforgettable landscapes and spiritual heart of the nation. Come and join us and enjoy our offering of a little bit of everything amongst the numerous attractions Tibet has to offer.

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Arrival on: Lhasa | Departure from: Kathmandu
  • 1
    Arrival in Lhasa

    A Royal Holidays representative will be there at the airport or the train station to welcome you and escort you to your pre-determined hotel in Lhasa city on the bank of Kyichu River. You have options to fly from Nepal or mainland China or even embark on the world’s highest train route to Lhasa. Flying from Nepal via a trans-Himalayan aircraft provides spectacular sights of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, and several other snow-clad Himalayan peaks and gleaming glaciers. Flying from China can be commenced from any of the numerous major Chinese cities depending on the flight from your native country. Once you are in your hotel room, it is advised to take rest and relax to adjust the elevation gain as you have flown to the roof of the world and you might show signs of altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • 2
    Explore Lhasa; Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, and Tibet Traditional Hospital

    After breakfast today, you will go for a sightseeing tour in Lhasa beginning with a visit to the beautiful Potala Palace. This amazing palace has the honor of being the highest ancient palace in the world. There is no lift up to the palace or inside, so you have to reach the top by climbing steps up 100 meters. The palace comprises of two parts: the Red Palace and the White Palace. The beautiful murals inside the palace are not only attractive but also tell the story of Tibet. Exploring the grandeur of Potala Palace will leave you stunned with the magnificence in architecture and spiritual aura that it spreads around. You will then proceed to visit the Norbulingka Palace, popularly known as the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, and the most famous and the largest man-made garden in Lhasa. You may require 2-3 hours to thoroughly visit this Treasure Park and there are various activities to join when you visit Norbulingka, like watching Tibetan show, tea tasting and so on. Next, you will visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital, locally known as Mentsekhang. Numerous Thangkas, hanging on the walls of the hospital contain the Tibetan medicinal knowledge in all the aspects. You will then go back to your hotel room. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • 3
    Explore Lhasa: Sera & Drepung Monasteries, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Market

    Today is the day you will be exploring more of Lhasa including significant landmarks such as the Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, and the Jokhang Temple. Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery of Tibet and one of the three greatest Gelug monasteries believed to have sheltered 10,000 monks in the past. Sera Monastery is the last of the three yellow sect monasteries built in Lhasa. It is a preserved monastery comprised of white-washed walls and golden roofs. The main highlight of this monastery is watching the monks debating inside the shady courtyard behind the main temple. Jokhang Temple, an important monastery, lies in Old Lhasa and it is the spiritual center of Tibet as well as the holiest destination for all Tibetan pilgrims. It has a golden statue of Shakyamuni Buddha and houses the most important religious treasures of Tibet. After visiting these important monasteries, you will proceed to explore and experience the local social life of Barkhor Bazaar with its open-air stalls, shops, and a crowd of pilgrims. The marketplace is filled with religious ambiance and a world of exotic articles. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • 4
    Visit Ganden Monastery and Drayerpa Cave

    After breakfast today, you will drive to Ganden Monastery, which is located on the top of Wangbur Mountain on the southern bank of Lhasa River. It is one of the oldest and one of the great three Gelug university monasteries of Tibet which has extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures. With an orderly architectural layout of standing Buddha halls, towering roofs, splendid stupas, Ganden Monastery is arranged well with vivid colors of black windows, white walls, and golden roofs. In the afternoon, you will visit the Drayerpa Cave that is located in an alluring valley with an astounding landscape. The Drayerpa Cave is a hermitage built on a hillside of the mountain and composed of more than 30 caves for spiritual Lamas who wish to meditate in a silent milieu. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • 5
    Lhasa to Gyantse via Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake

    Driving towards Gyantse along the Kyi Chu River today, the first major site to behold is the scenic turquoise colored Yamdrok Tso Lake after crossing the Khamba La Pass. Beyond the lake, you will get extraordinary glimpses of the Nazin Kang Sang Glacier. Descending from the pass towards Nakartse, the drive continues towards the Karo La Pass, which sits at the base of Mt. Nazin Kang Sang. Driving downhill from the pass, you will continue driving towards Gyantse, one of the most interesting towns in all of Tibet. The massive hilltop military fort called the Gyantse Dzong dominates the skyline. In Gyantse, you may visit the Khumbum Stupa, found on the grounds of Pelkor Monastery, and the Phalkot Monastery. Overnight in Gyantse.

  • 6
    Gyantse to Shigatse via Shalu Monastery

    It is a couple of hours drive from Gyantse to Shigatse, however, you will visit the Shalu Monastery en route extending the trip time. The monastery lies 22 km south of Shigatse and is a perfect combination of Han and Tibet’s architectural styles adorned with beautiful ancient mural paintings and frescoes. While in Shigatse, you will visit the main attraction of the town, the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, which is the home of the Panchen Lama. The monastery is a major pilgrimage destination for Tibetans from across the plateau. You may then ramble around the Walking Street that is a few hundred meters before the monastery. The street is bundled with souvenir shops, restaurants, and teahouses. The rest of the day can be spent to relax and get acclimatized before embarking on a long drive the following day. Overnight in Shigatse.

  • 7
    Shigatse to Rongbuk via Sakya monastery; visit Rongbuk monastery

    In the morning, you will begin your journey after breakfast in Shigatse and drive to Rongbuk crossing several picturesque settlements. You will be able to get the first peek of the Mt. Everest from the foot of the Gyatso La Pass en route. During the drive, you will visit the Sakya Monastery before arriving at Rongbuk. The monastery, also known as Pel Sakya, is a Buddhist monastery of the Sakyapa sect and its medieval Mongolian design is quite dissimilar from other temples and monasteries in Lhasa and Yarlung. Pel Sakya is well-known as the ‘Second Dunhuang’ due to its enormous anthology of plentiful Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals, and Thangkas. Then, you will continue driving towards Rongbuk initially arriving at the Rongbuk Monastery after crossing the Lalung La Pass. Rongbuk Monastery is located at the foot of Mt. Everest and it happens to be the highest monastery in the world. You will be greeted by astonishing mountain views all around including the awe-inspiring views of the north face of Mt. Everest. After gaping for some time at this unbelievable sight, you will be directed to your basic guesthouse. Overnight in Rongbuk.

  • 8
    Visit Everest Base Camp, then drive to Kyirong

    Today is the day when you will be exploiting the major highlight of the trip to reach Everest Base Camp, the foot of the world’s highest mountain from the Tibetan side. The drive to base camp begins after breakfast at your guesthouse and you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of 8-thousanders namely Shishapangma, Cho Oyu and the grandest Mt. Everest, known as Chomolungma by the Tibetans. The glimpses of the marvelous Rongbuk Glacier from the base camp during the 16 km roundtrip is a memorable sight and overall a wonderful experience. After spending some time at the base camp, it is now time to drive to Kyirong. The drive leads on a vast terrain within large and arid Tibetan plateau passing through Lungja village to reach the main Lhasa-Kathmandu highway at Old Tingri, and the final views of Mt. Everest and Cho Oyu. Continuing the drive towards Shishapangma mountain area with several peaks bordering Nepal and Tibet, you will leave behind the plateau to reach green alpine woodland at the bordering town. Overnight in Kyirong.

  • 9
    Kyirong to Kathmandu

    After breakfast in the morning, you will finish the necessary formalities on both the borders to exit Tibet and to enter into Nepal soil. The drive to Kathmandu passes through towns of Rasuwagadi, Dhunche, Syabrubesi, and Trishuli and adventurous mountainous road. It is about 8 hours drive through several waterfalls, densely forested areas, rivers, and scenic views to reach the capital city of Nepal. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be dropped off at your pre-determined hotel where you may relax after a tiring ride for the rest of the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • 10
    Departure from Kathmandu

    You will be dropped off at the airport well ahead of your scheduled flight time by one of our representatives. If you have an evening flight, you may wish to visit certain heritage sites of Kathmandu on your own. However, if you wish to extend your holidays in Nepal, then Royal Holidays are ever ready to create another wonderful trip in the Himalayas.

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Itinenary Note

This is a standard itinerary designed with a view to allow sufficient acclimatization period for trekkers. However, if you are not satisfied with this itinerary or wish to modify it according to your needs, we will happily do it for you. You are free to choose your own hotels, guides or porters if you wish to. We are always there to customize or tailor-make your trips as per your plans and convenience.

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