Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour with Everest Base Camp-10 days

Tour Highlights:

           •   Hike for 8 hours to Everest Base Camp
           •   Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery
           •   Shakya Monastery, Potala Palaca, Zokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazar
           •   Drepung Monastry, Sera monastery,  Tashilumpu Monastery


 

Trip Cost Includes:

           •   All ground transportation in private vehicles.
           •   6 Nights in Tibet and 2 Nights in Kathmandu in twin sharing accommodation
           •   9 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
           •   Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa and monastery entry fees
           •   Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places
           •   Licensed English speaking Tibetan tour guide in Tibet
           •   Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
           •   All necessary entry, travel and road permit fees in Tibet.
           •   Everest National Park admission fee and Grass dame charge.
           •   City Map and T Shirt

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your pre booked hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure to freshen up and relax. In the evening you will be briefed about your daily tour activities and will be invited for welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Welcome Dinner


Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city and just a few hundred meters from the end of the runway at Tribhuwan International Airport. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the main temple, but you can view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

Boudhnath Stupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.

Kathmandu’s DurbarSquare: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals. Kashtamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu  (1300m) to Nyalam  (3750m) 5-6 Hrs

After early breakfast we set on a drive to Tibet border. We take lunch at the border. At the border, first of all we clear Nepali customs/immigration and we walk for 15 minute across Friendship Bridge to Tibet where the Chinese border police will check our passport and visa. It is at this point where we will find our Land Cruiser waiting for us which accommodates 4 passengers and 1 driver per vehicle.  After driving for 30 minute we reach Zhangmu , where second immigration formalities have to be done. After immigration formalities, again we continue our drive for an hour to Nyalam.
Overnight: Guest House in Nyalam

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 04: Acclimatization in morning; Drive from Nyalam to Lotingri /Old Tingri (4050m/13,284 ft): 147 Km/5-6 hrs
In the morning, we take some walk around Nylam which would help us to acclimatize with the high altitude. Then we rest for some time, take our breakfast, and head for Tingri. We cross two high passes: Nyalam La (3800m/12,464 ft) and Lalung La pass (5082m/16,668 ft).  We enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest – a fitting backdrop to the vastness of the Tibetan plateau.

Overnight: Hotel in Old Tingri

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 05:  Drive from Lotingri/Old Tingri to Rongbuk(5050m/16564ft): 105 Kms; Trek to Everest Base Camp(5,250m/17,220ft) & TTrek down  to Rongbuk16kms
After breakfast easy 105km drive to Rongbuk. Rongbuk monastery is the highest monastery in Tibet. From Rongbuk we hike for 8 hours to reach Everest Base Camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren but the amazing view of Everest and the excitement of being face to face with the world’s highest mountain compensate all.

Overnight: Hotel in Rongbuk

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 06:  Drive from Rongbuk to Sakya Monastery; Arrive Xigatse (3800m/12,464 ft) in the evening 345 Kms
Morning drive to Sakya to visit famous Sakya Monastery. Sakya Monastery is the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was founded by Khon Konchog Gyalpo of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), also the founder of Sakyapa sect of Lamaism. Sakya, means "Grey Soil" in Tibetan since the soil surrounding it is gray. The monastery is to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.  In the evening we arrive in Xigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet.

Overnight: Hotel in Xigatse

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 07:  Drive from Xigatse to Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m/11,972 ft): 365 Kms/ 7 hrs  
In the morning visit the Tashilunpo Monastery. After breakfast, embark on a pleasant 2 hours drive to Gyantse. Here, we visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. From Gyantse, we continue to Lhasa: cross the Karo La (5010m/16,432 ft) and Kamba La (4794m/15,725 ft) pass and lake YamdrokTso(Turquoise Lake).  You will cross the YarlungTsangpo (Brahamaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace.

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery,Norbulingkha, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market

Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter will guide us through this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Then we visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to Barkhor Market can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city.

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 09: Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace & Drepung Monastery

Like the previous day, you experience invaluable insights during your visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. The 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans' respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast


Day 10:  Final departure from Lhasa
Till your flight time you have the leisure time on your own. Our representative will drop you at airport for your scheduled departure flight to either Kathmandu or to the cities of mainland China such as Chengdu, Sanghai and Beijing that connects to Lhasa by air
Meals: Breakfast

The best months for this tour is between March to October. Please contact us for your desired departure dates. 

Please feel free to customize the itinerary or make your own itinerary if you are not satisfied with this itinerary.

Best Months

The best months for this tour is between March to October


 

Weather

The weather in the mountains is difficult to predict. Nights are generally cooler than the daytime. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Depending on the season the temperature could range from -15°C to 20°C.


 

Accommodation

We provide twin sharing star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu.  Tibetan-standard two-star hotel accommodation (mostly twin-sharing room) in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and basic guesthouse accommodation for rest of the town in Tibet.

We try our best to provide the best accommodation available but please do keep in mind that you are taking an adventure tour, and sometimes the arrangement may be basic. Traveling in Tibet is a fantastic experience but sometimes you have to put up with a bit of discomfort. To enjoy this trip you need to have an adventurous spirit and the ability to adapt to minor discomforts.


 

Food

All the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from.

There are small Tibetan restaurants which serve authentic Tibetan food. Your Tibetan guide will help you find a good place with reasonable price . You can try ethnic Tibetan cuisine. Have some momos or gyantok, and wash it down with a cup of salted Tibetan butter tea. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant. While on the road, lunch will be at one of the many Chinese tea shops along the way which generally serve a variety of noodle and vegetable dishes and meat where available. Expect to spend around USD 15 to 20 per day for meals.


 

Transportation

We use private vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups and the best 4WD SUVs for the overland drive across the Tibetan highland. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible. For larger groups, we also use supported trucks to carry your luggage.


 

Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal and Tibet, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us


 

Communication
Communication facilities in Tibet have been improved over the past few years. All the hotels we use in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse have international IDD phone and fax services. Phone calls can also be made from public booth in bigger towns. Internet cafes are also available at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best cyber cafes in each town.

You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as mobile phones work fine in Tibet. If you buy a Chinese SIM card at the border, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time.


 

Credit cards
Besides Chinese Yuan, only US dollars can be accepted in Tibet. Also shops that accept American currency are very limited and you might not be able to get a good deal for an exchange rate. Credit cards can only be used at some hotels. The Bank of China also accepts credit cards. ATM is not widely available. Exchanging your money to Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at the Bank of China. While changing money at the local money exchange centers, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes.


 

Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD


 

Visa & Tibet Travelling Permit

Visas for individual travel in China are easy to get from most Chinese Embassies. But the Chinese Visa and Tibet Permits are different. All travellers entering Tibet must also obtain SPECIAL TRAVEL PERMITS from the Tibetan Tourism Bureau (TTB), Lhasa which is required to buy an air ticket into Tibet. One cannot travel to Tibet with Chinese Visa. So, visitors need to enter Tibet either through mainland China or Nepal. TRAVELLERS MUST OFFICIALLY BE PART OF A GROUP TOUR with a guide who will help dealing with the Chinese authorities at checkpoints. If you are traveling to Tibet via Nepal, you must obtain the Chinese visa which must be issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu but if you are planning to enter Tibet via mainland China, you need to get the Chinese visa from Chinese Embassy in your home country. As soon as you book the trip, Eve Holidays will arrange for the Tibet Travel Permits, for which you need to send us the copy of your passport if you wish to enter Tibet via Nepal and copies of your passport and Chinese Visa if you wish to enter Tibet via mainland China.

1. Your passport should be valid for at least six months before travelling. Visa is not provided to the passports with less than six months' validity. You need two passport-sized photos for the visa application.


 

2. All Tibet permits can be obtained using photocopy of your passport but you need your original passport to apply for Chinese visa. Visa section in Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is open on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday only from 10:00 hrs to 11:30 hrs for submitting and collecting passports. Normally Chinese Embassy takes 5 working days to issue the tourist visa but they issue visa even in a day charging an extra Urgent Visa Fee on top of normal fee.


 

3. Travellers must use the same passport for Nepal and Tibet.


 

4. Itinerary and the places to visit in Tibet must be stated clearly and finalized in advance because while applying for a Chinese visa from Kathmandu, a copy of this should be attached. Travel permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau (Lhasa) is obtained according to the places mentioned in the itinerary.


 

5.The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu does not issue Chinese visas to individual travellers and will even cancel any existing Chinese visa once you apply for it from Nepal.


 

6. Travellers are not allowed to carry any Tibetan religious books, literatures, photographs, especially related to Dalai Lama during your travel to Tibet. Possessions of such are confiscated and you are not allowed to enter Tibet.


 

7. Rules and regulations regarding Chinese visa and Tibet travel permit keeps on changing very often, therefore we suggest our customers to consult us regarding the visa issues so that your all programs and plans goes smoothly without any obstacles.


 

Getting intoTibet

Tibet is accessible from either mainland China or Nepal ONLY.

Kathmandu –Lhasa is the only international flight to/from Tibet and the Friendship Highway connecting Nepal and Tibet (China) is the only international highway in Tibet.

For getting into Tibet the most popular options are:

By Air: Take a flight to Gonggar Airport, Lhasa, Tibet either from Kathmandu (Nepal), Chengdu (China), Zhongdian (China) or Beijing (China). Flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa run four times a week in the high summer season and twice a week in the low winter season.


 

By Rail: Take a train that links Qinghai (mainland China) to Lhasa (Tibet).


 

By Road: Or choose an overland drive over 865km stretch of road named Friendship Highway from Kathmandu (Nepal) to Lhasa (Tibet).


 

NOTE: Whichever way you enter Tibet, from China or from Nepal , you will have to be officially part of a group tour purchasing a package tour through a travel company. Please contact us for a hassle free and enjoyable package and Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permits.


 

Tour Guides

All our tour guides have received 45 days training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides also take first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). We provide the English speaking Tibetan guide for your Tibet tour


 

Documents for tour

  • Passport that has to be valid for 6 months after you return from your tour (keep a separate photocopy)
  • Flight Tickets
  • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
  • Cash and Traveller’s Cheques (Keep numbers and proof of purchase separately)
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.


 

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended.


 

Departure Dates

The tour will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required date.  Best Months: March to May and September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.


 

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at 977 9841414582