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8 Days

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  • Cultural and Historical Tours

Accomodation

  • Twin sharing

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8-days Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour via Everest base camp is the most popular of all tours in Tibet which covers most of the attractions that the Tibet has to offer. Start from Lhasa and ending in Kathmandu, this tour passes through the legendry cities, stunning high passes, beautiful lakes and breathtaking landscapes, experiencing vibrant Buddhist culture and unparalleled tradition, fabulous mountain views and the most impressive highest base camp of Everest.  All these attractions mainly the face to face encounter with sheer brilliance of Mt. Everest is truly appreciated and guarantees the memory of a lifetime. 

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Itinerary

Arrive at Lhasa from Kathmandu, Nepal. While flying from Kathmandu, enjoy the amazing views of the Himalaya, including Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and the Tibetan valleys. Upon arrival at Gonggar Airport or train station, meet our Tibetan guide who will escort to Lhasa. After 1.5 hours scenic drive along the Brahmaputra River and Lhasa River finally reach wonder city, Lhasa. If going Lhasa by train, it takes around 20 minutes drive to reach the hotel in Lhasa city. Check into hotel. Take it easy today and have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight in Lhasa.

After breakfast, have an easy visit to Potala Palace- highest palace in the world and is Lhasa’s cardinal landmark which offers an awesome view of the entire city. It is the ideal example of architectural work and is mostly renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages. After then visit Jokhang Monastery and Barkhor Market- Jokhang Monastery is the most revered and sacred shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devotees. Barkhor Market is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Monastery and is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Overnight at Lhasa. 

Today tour begins with a visit to Drepung Monastery- the largest monastery among the great three Gelugpa university monasteries which was used to be the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala Palace. After then visit Sera Monastery- the second largest Gelugpa university monasteries in Tibet, is well-preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Finally, visit Norbulingka- the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Overnight in Lhasa.

Today, start journey by jeep along the Friendship Highway crossing the Kampala pass [4794m], from where enjoy the fabulous view of Yamdrok Lake which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. After then drive westwards over another high pass Karo la pass (5,045m) from where have an amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar Glacier standing proudly at 7252m. The unforgettable view of fan-shaped turquoise water of the lake and Nyenchen Khangsar Glacier is the wonder of the day. Passing through beautiful valleys and colourful Tibetan villages arrive in the town of Gyantse and visit Gyantse Kumbum- an extraordinary architectural masterpiece with a large gold-domed stupa and its nine levels rise in the manner of a step pyramid made it one of the most distinctive temples in the world. Late afternoon drive to Shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse.

Morning, visit Tashilunpo Monastery one of the six big monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism and the home of the Panchen Lama, which is located on the hillside overlooking Shigatse northwest of the town. The main structures found here are the Maitreya Chapel and Kelsang Temple.  Late morning drive to visit Sakya Monastery which is one of the largest monasteries in Tibet and is home to the Sakya sect of Buddhism. It contains thousands of statues, paintings, murals, stupas, mandalas, and other holy objects, as well as libraries of scriptures in Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian, and Sanskrit piled from floor to ceiling.  Hike around the monastery northern ruins and drive back to Lhatse. Overnight at Lhatse.

Early morning start driving to Rongbuk via Shegar (New Tingri), cross over Gyatso La [5200m] & Gawu la pass [5250m], from the top of the Gawu la enjoy spectacular view of Himalayan Ranges and its glorious peaks Mt.Makalu [8463m], Mt.Lotse [8516m], Mt.Everest [8844m], Mt.Cho Oyu [8201m] and Mt.Shishapama [8020m] from Left to right.  Climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and finally to Rongbuk. Visit Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in Tibet and consists both monks and nuns, it is still a good point to see Mt.Everest. Enjoy the marvelous, unique and face to face view of Mt. Everest with the famous Rongbuk Glacier (one of the largest glaciers) nearby, which would be definitely the great lifetime experience. After then drive 16 km round trip by local bus to the Everest Base Camp or can do trekking from the Tent guesthouses community to Everest Base Camp, which will take about 2 hours (6km). The dream of travel enthusiasts comes true while reached in a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering to the sky. In the evening drive back to Rongbuk and overnight.

Morning, enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Everest (if the weather is clear). After breakfast drive towards Zhangmu via Old Tingri & Nyalam, crossing Thongla [5300m] pass, savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. The road driving over the pass of Tongla is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks and it is like a road to the sky. Overnight at Zhangmu.

After breakfast clear the customs and cross the Friendship Bridge at the Nepal-China border across Bhote Koshi River. After some customs formalities, continue drive to Kathmandu. Enjoying the scenery of great white waters, beautiful landscapes and deep valleys along the way, finally reach the Kathmandu. Rest and overnight in Kathmandu. 

Inclusion

    Price Includes:

    • All transportations as per the itinerary
    • All necessary Tibet Travel permit
    • Chinese Visa
    • Kathmandu to Lhasa flight fare
    • Accommodation in Twin sharing basis
    • All fees for sightseeing and monuments as per the itinerary
    • English Speaking Guide throughout the trip
    • Daily breakfast
    • All government taxes and service charge

    Price Excludes:

    • Nepal Visa
    • Meals other than breakfast
    • Travel Insurance
    • All the personal nature expenses
    • Tips for guide and driver

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Annapurna round trek was well organized by Raj from BDEx. Gide Amrit Pandey is very skilled and intelligent. Weather on the trek was rather different so we were about ready to turn back from Pissang. Nevertheless next day was clean and we immediately decided to continue. Finally we did Thorang La 5416 m. On the way we saw many people coming back because of deep snow. I am happy that we were lucky to pass Thorang La on second day after it was opened. Many thanks for the trip to BDEx and my guide!!!

Mikhail Grevtsev

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