11 Day Tour at the Top of the World!
There are two ways to visit Everest Base Camp. One way is to do a two week trek in Nepal. The other way is through Tibet, and where you can take local transportation right to Base Camp.
Going through Tibet is not only a quick way to get to Everest, but it is also one of the most interesting as well. Tibet is a land of mystery and deep spiritualism. From the moment you land outside of Lhasa until the time you leave; you will be amazed at just how different Tibet is from Nepal.
It is said that Tibet is home of the gods, and from the top of the world, it will certainly exude a profound sense of spirituality. Tibet is home of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism. There is the Potala Palace, the world's largest palace in Lhasa along with many natural splendors, mountain monasteries, temples, bazaars, museums and more with unique cultural heritages.
Lhasa is the highest capital city in the world, sitting at over 3,600 meters above sea level. The best time to visit Tibet is from March to October as the weather is more pleasant than the winter months. However, bring warm clothing even during the summer because of its high elevation.
This tour will involve you into the unique culture of Tibet. It is a good idea to book this trip early as there is extra paperwork required by the People's Republic of China along with special rules and regulations for tourists entering the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Still, it is a very special trip to be able to enter Tibet as well as to see the highest peak in the world from the Chinese side of the border.
We at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition are pleased to offer this wonderful trip into the mysterious land of Tibet.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
DAY 2 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
DAY 3 – Flight to Lhasa
DAY 4 – Sightseeing in Lhasa and Potala Palace
DAY 5 – Further sightseeing in Lhasa and Sera Monastery
DAY 6 – Lhasa and Gyantse (elev. 3950 m)
DAY 7 – Gyantse to Shigatse (elev. 3900 m)
DAY 8 - Shigatse to Rongbuk (elev. 5000 m) via Sakya
DAY 9 – Visit to Everest Base Camp return via Lhasa.
DAY 10 – Return to Kathmandu
DAY 11 – Final Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be met by your representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. You will be escorted to your hotel where there are complimentary welcome drinks and a short briefing with plenty of time to relax from your flight.
DAY 2 – Kathmandu: You day will be spent visiting several of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is a great day to get a feel of the culture, spirituality and the beauty of the famed Kathmandu Valley. The Valley is larger than the country of Singapore and is known for its temples, shopping and great hospitality.
DAY 3 – Fly to Lhasa: We leave Tribhuven International Airport and fly to Lhasa. The flight constantly ascends over the high Himalayas where we will enjoy excellent views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga, the highest and third highest peaks in the world, respectively. From the airport in Lhasa, it is an hour journey into Lhasa where we will take time to acclimatize due to the high elevation. You will probably feel tired, so it is important to take it easy, but still do a little walking as your body adjusts. We will spend the night in a Three Star Hotel.
DAY 4 – Sightseeing in Lhasa: Today we will spend the day sightseeing in Lhasa. The highlight of the day will be the Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. This was the home of the Dalai Lama. Potala Palace features an incredible view of the city from on top of it (the palace follows upward the mountain!) The Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace and features the largest man-made gardens in Tibet. We will visit the official museum of Tibet with over 1000 artifacts that explain the unique culture of Tibet. We will spend 5 – 6 hours touring and then return to our Three Star Hotel for the night.
DAY 5 – Sightseeing in Lhasa: Today we continue to visit some of the most interesting monasteries in Lhasa: Drepung and Sera Monastery. Drepung is probably the oldest monastery in Lhasa, dating back to the 14th century. At one time, 10,000 monks lived here, but since the coming of the Chinese, only a few hundred monks now call this spacious place home. Sera Monastery is an impressive sight with its whitewashed walls and golden roof. We will visit Jokhang Temple, another sacred place in Tibet with deep spiritual roots. We conclude our spiritual tour by descending upon Barkhor Bazaar, which is an incredible place selling an amazing variety of goods and covering a very large area. Touring time is 5 – 6 hours and we will return to our Three Star Hotel for the evening.
DAY 6 – Travel to Gyantse (3950 m): We leave Lhasa today and take a beautiful scenic drive to Gyantse. We are in the Tibetan Plateau, crossing Khamba La Pass (elev. 4794 m) and then driving by the beautiful turquoise blue mountain lake of Yamdrok Tso. Its name means its color: turquoise. We swing around by Nazin Kang Sang Glacier and over Karo La Pass at 5,045 meters! When we arrive at Gyantse, we stop at Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong. We will spend the night in Gyantse. Travel time is 5 – 6 hours.
DAY 7 – Travel to Shigatse (elev. 3900 m): Our journey will take us to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Its monastery is of great cultural and religious importance as it was founded by the first Dalai Lama Gendrun Drup in 1447. We need to acclimatize at this high altitude, so we will take it easy and allow for some rest, as we will be walking quite a ways tomorrow. Travel time is just two hours.
DAY 8 – Travel to Rongbuk (elev. 5000 m): We drive upwards today, touring Sakya monastery which is the ancestral home of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is a bit of a walk in and out. Our journey will finally take us to Rongbuk in the shadow of Mt. Everest. We are at 5,000 meters at this point in our journey as we prepare to spend the night at this high elevation. Travel time is 8 – 9 hours.
DAY 9 – Everest Base Camp, then back to Lhasa: In the morning, we journey to Everest Base Camp (EBC) at an elevation of 5,250 meters. Along the way, we will see incredible views of not only Mt. Everest (8848 m), but also Mt. Cho Oyo (8201 m), and Mt. Shishapangma (8013 m). Our journey to EBC is by horse cart. After EBC, we return to Lhasa for the night. Travel time today is 9 – 10 hours.
DAY 10 – Return to Kathmandu: The Tibetan experience ends today as we prepare to fly back to Kathmandu in a short 1 ½ hour flight. There may be some time to do some last minute shopping in Lhasa before the flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, your representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expeditions will meet you at the airport and take you directly to your Three Star Hotel. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner and a cultural show.
DAY 11 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.
Your safety is of paramount importance while traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. However, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes due to weather conditions, health conditions or any member of the group, unexpected natural disasters, etc. The team leader will do everything possible to ensure that the trip runs according to plan. Be prepared for any last minute changes. The Himalayas are big and wild, and worthy of your respect.
We will spend three nights at a Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu. In Lhasa and Gyantse, we will stay at a Three Star Standard Hotel. In other places, we will arrange for your stay at the best possible hotels. All accommodations are on twin-sharing basis. But if you need, we will provide the single supplement that will cost an additional fee.
Only breakfast is included in this trip. You will be expected to pay for lunches and dinner on your own. Generally, breakfast will be taken in the same place where we spend the night. We can make similar arrangements for dinner. Lunch will be taken along the way to our next destination. We recommend that you allocate Yuan 60 to Yuan 100 (USD 10 to USD 16) per day per person for lunch and dinner. We will mainly have Tibetan bread, rice, lentil soup, tsampa porridge and other simple local foods in our lunch and dinner.