Mt. Everest Base Camp Overland Tour to Kathmandu 8 days tour
Chengdu -Lhasa - Shigatse- Zhangmu -Kathmandu
The Tour Itinerary:
Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide, from airport to Lhasa city is 68km, around an hour drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa. Driving along the Brahmaputra river and Lhasa river, you will not only amazed by the spectacular plateau scenery but also have a chance to see flocks of black-necked crane, wild duck and many other kind of wild birds, if you are not tired, stop at Nethang Giant Buhhda caving on the way.Check into hotel, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day-2:Lhasa City sightseeing
Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day-3:Lhasa City sightseeing.
Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Sera monasteries and Summer Palace - Norbulingka palace. Both Drepung and Sera monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice, the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are well worth to see. Norbulingka is the summer palace of Dalai Lama. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day-4:Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse - Shigatse , 360KM, 7hrs
Morning drive up to Kampala pass, you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, the turquoise coloured Lake Yamdrok Yutso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass is wonders of the day. Then along the Friendship southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late afternoon drive to Shigatse. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day-5:Shigatse - Sakya - Lhatse,200KM, 4hrs
Morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas, do the monastery kora which provide you a great view of the whole Shigatse city. Late morning drive to visit Sakya Monastery which is the main monastery of Sakyapa sect, houses around the monastery are also in a typical gray colour. Hike around the monastery northern ruins and drive back to Lhatse. Overnight in Lhatse.
Day-6:Lhatse - Tinggri - Rongbuk Monastery - E.B.C, 190KM, 5hours
Early morning start driving to Rongbuk via Shegar, cross over Gyatsola & Gawu la pass, from the top of the Gawu la you will see the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its glorious peaks viz Mt.Makalu, Mt.Everest.Climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and then to today's destination - Everest Base Camp. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in Tibet and consist both monks and nuns, it is still a good point to see Mt.Everest.overnight in Rongbuk
Day-7:Rongphu - Tingri -Zhangmu , 280KM, 6hrs
Morning after the sunrise at E.B.C, start driving to Zhangmu via Old Tingri & Nyalam, crossing Thongla pass, savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, 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 in Zhangmu.
Day-8:Zhangmu - Kodari (Nepal Boarder) - Kathmandu, 122km, 5hrs
After breakfast, our guide will help you clear the customs, your Nepalese guide pick you up there, after you clear customs at Nepali Immigration office, then drive about 5 hours to Kathmandu city, enjoy the scenery of great white waters along the way. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, end the tour.