- Kathmandu City tour
- Stunning flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa
- Visit to Everest Base Camp and base of the Everest North Face via Rongbuk Valley
- Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the roof of the world
- Sightseeing tour in Lhasa
- Scenic drives Nepal/China Friendship Bridge to Kathmandu
Everest base camp overland tour begins in Lhasa. We spend couple of days in Lhasa to acclimatize and prepare ourselves for our ultimate altitude gain above 5000m. In our couple of days stay in ancient city of Lhasa, we we exhibit some of the most spectacular landmarks on the world. These major attractions are Potala Palace of Dalai Lamas, Norbulingka palaces, Jokhang Temple, Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazar and spectacular views of the unique landscapes and cities. After exploring the wonderful city of Lhasa we move further to explore other wonderful cities like Gyantse, Sigatse, Shegar, Ronguk, Tingri and Zhangmu. This Everest base camp overland tour will be the perfect blend of exploring Tibetan Buddhist cultures in centuries old Monasteries with the amazing and spectacular views of landscapes, scared lakes, glaciers and snow-capped mountain ranges.
Our Everest base camp overland tour finally quests the Everest base camp at the 8th day and the views of Everest are so close that the mountain seems even more impressive than before.On our Everest base camp overland tour while passing the base camp of top of the world Mt. Everest we drive towards the Tingri, Zhangmu and finally after crossing the border we drive towards Kathmandu. During your amazing Tibet trip organized by Icicles Adventure Treks there are unlimited opportunities to explore and create the unforgettable moments at the overland tour of Everest base camp.
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Everest Base Camp Overland Tour Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Lhasa (3660meters)
Our representative will welcome you at Gongar Airport. You will be then escorted further 2-hour drive to your hotel in the meditative city of Lhasa. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
We spend today visiting several of Lhasa’s many monasteries in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet, within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. After lunch we’ll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor – a maze of narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Second day of sightseeing in Lhasa.
In the morning, we visit Potala Palace which dominates the city of Lhasa it’s a spectacular building, containing private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a Palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present Palace was constructed in the 17th century. After lunch, we visit the Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century and was once the largest in the world, with a populationof around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3950meters) - 261 k.m
The day begins with our overland journey towards Rongbuk valley. We follow the Friendship Highway by jeep, we cross the Khamba La at elevation of 4794meters from which there are stunning views across the waters of Yamdrok-tso Lake to the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa 7252meters. As we continue our journey to westwards over another high pass the Karo La 5045meters, we can view the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred meters of the road. After few hours, we arrive to Gyantse passing the beautiful valleys and colourful Tibetan villages. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Drive to Shigatse (3900meter) - 90 k.m.
This morning we visit the Gyantse Dzong. This fort dates back to the fourteenth century and offers some of the most amazing views of Gyantse and surrounding valleys. Before leaving we also visit the famed Gyantse Kumbum. This magnificent tiered structure is the largest stupa in all of Tibet. If the exquisite gold dome is not enough, this stupa is packed with Tibetan sculptures and paintings.
Thereby, we continue the trip to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. It is only about a 90 km drive taking us to Shigatse which is a laid back city that provides excellent opportunity for both relaxation and exploration. Thereafter, exploring the local market we will make a detailed visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Drive to Shegar (New Tingri) (4050meters) - 244 k.m.
The views of this desert plateau provide wondrous entertainment as we travel along the Friendship Highway. This stretch is the most spectacular landscape in Tibet. After passing through the small town of Lhatse we will cross Gyatmso La elevation of 5220meters, the highest pass on our journey. The land quickly descends to plains after Gyatmso La. While travelling through the plains we will see many nomadic herders, quiet countryside, and secluded monasteries. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Drive to Ronguk (5000meters) - 68 K.m.
We turn off the Friendship Highway and head south over the Pang La 5150 meters towards the main Himalayan range that give magnificent view stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma. Below the pass, as we turn the corner into the Rongbuk Valley, and charming view of Everest than ever. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Hike to Everest Base Camp, back to Rongbuk & drive to Tingri (4390meters) - 65 k.m.
A highlight of the journey for everyone today as you have the opportunity to explore Everest Base camp. The views of Everest are so close making the mountain seem even more impressive than before. It is a truly breath taking experience to stare up at the sheer North face of this highest mountain in the world, with Mount Everest towering above you in a looming yet magical way. After Lunch we get back on Friendship highway and continue our marvellous journey. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Drive to Zhangmu (2300meters) - 181 k.m.
Crossing two high passes, Lalung La at altitude of 5124meters and the Shung La 5200meters. On the way, we are rewarded by the magnificent landscapes of the surrounding peaks including Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. Then our journey heads towards the arid Tibetan Plateau to Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. As we leave Tibet, it appears an incredibly lush and green. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu(1345 meters).
Leaving Zhangmu behind, we join the Friendship Bridge passing the Bhote Koshi River and mark the Chinese – Nepalese border. After that short drive, we say good-bye to our Tibetan guide. Then we drive and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari, there we have our Nepalese staff, completing the re-entry formalities we’ll drive towards Kathmandu, which take 5 hours. Overnight at hotel.
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