Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3 750m).
Early in the morning drive (Approx. 5 hours) from Kathmandu we will be at Kodari (1,873m/6,140ft). Upon completion of immigration and custom formalities we drove uphill to Zhangmu (2 300m). This is Tibetan border town. The Tibetan Guide will meet our group on arrival at the check post and we drive further road climbs and climbs to Nyalam for overnight. On the way we encounter a fantastic view of the deep valley with some overflowing waterfalls.
Day 02: Nyalam to Lotingri or old Tingri (4 050m).
Upon Driving approximately 5-6 hours to Tingri we come across two spectacular passes,the Nyalam pass (3800m) and the Lalung La pass (5082m). This drive provides a fabulous view of the high mountains including Mount Everest (8848m) Jugal Himal, Mt. Makalu (8464m) and more. Overnight in Lotingri or old Tingri.
Day 03: Lotingri or old Tingri to Rongbuk (5 050m). - visit Everest Base Camp (5 250m).
Upon our delightful breakfast, we headed for an easy and short drive to Rongbuk. At Rongbuk, we visit Tibet's highest Rongbuk monastery where we enjoy the unique view of Mt. Everest (Mount Qomolangma) with face to face experience. At noon, we drive to Base Camp by local bus and walk (16 km round trip)around base camp. At the sun set we went back to Rongbuk. The base camp itself is dry and bestarren, but the views of Everest more than compensate. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above us. Overnight in Rongbuk.
Day 04: Rongbuk to Xegar to Lhatse (4050m).
Before driving to Xegar, we enjoy the views of morning sunrise at Mt Everest and vist Rongbuk monastery. Upon our journey to Xegar we cross the highest Gyamtso La (5220m) Pass. From the Pass, we descend to the plains, passing lonely monasteries and the camps of nomadic herders. Shortly after leaving Shegar, we turn off the Friendship Highway and head south over the Pang La (5150m.) towards the main Himalayan range. While passing through the highlands we will have incredible uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma. Below the pass, Everest is initially hidden from view, but as we turn the corner into the Rongbuk Valley it reappears, more impressive than ever. Overnight in Lhatse.
Day 05: Lhatse to Sakya and Natang Monastery to Shigatse (3 900m).
Upon morning we drive for Sakya (30 km) and visit the famous Sakya Monastery, the ancestral temple of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built in the 6th year (1073) of the Xining reign of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) by Khon Konchog Gyalpo, the founder of the Sakyapa sect of Lamaism. Sakya, meaning "Grey Soil" in Tibetan.
Further, in the Yuan Dynasty, the fifth Sakya Throne Holder, Drogon Chogyal Phakpa was appointed as the National Priest by Yuan Emperor Shizu. He took charge of the Buddhist and executive affairs of Tibet and initiated the history of the monk's reign in Tibet. In the 2nd year (1265) of the Zhiyuan reign of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Phakpa returned to the Sakya Monastery. Three years later, with the subsidy of the Yuan government, the Sakya Monastery commanded a great number of Han, Mongolian and Tibetan craftsmen to rebuild the Sakya Monastery. It became the political center of Tibet at that time. At the end of the Yuan Dynasty, the Sakya Monastery's position was replaced by the Kagyu sect. The Sakyapa sect only retained its religious and political power in the Sakya region. As a result, the Sakya Monastery gradually declined.
After lunch, we drive to Natang Monastery, one of the surviving monasteries in Xigaze. At its peak of prominence, the monastery had a population of some 3,000 monks and 13 sutra halls. Its sutra printing house was the oldest of the three major ones in the Tibetan -inhabited areas. It boasts a huge collection of Tibetan printing blocks and hand-copied Buddhist scriptures. Tripitaka engraved and printed in 1732 and 1742 were the oldest of their kind. Gangyur of the Tripitaka is legendarily the only authentic edition of the Gelug Sect. In the evening, we arrive in Xigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet.
Day 06: Shigatse to Gyantse via Shalu Monastery (3 950m).
In the morning, we visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the free bazaar of Xigatse. Upon our lunch, we embark on a pleasant 2 hours drive to Gyantse where we visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. En route we visit Shalu Monastery, located 20 km southeast of Xigaze. It was first built in 1087. It demonstrates a combination of the Tibet and Han architectural styles. It is famous for its sandalwood slips carved with Buddhist scripture and a jar for filling sacred water. It is said that for years the water does not decrease or deteriorate. The murals in the monastery are rich in contents and excellent in workmanship and are one of the rare fine arts in Tibet. Overnight in Gyantse.
Day 07: Gyantse to Lhasa (3 650m).
The drive to Lhasa takes 8 hours. On our drive we cross The Karo La (5010m) & Kamba La (4794m) passes and Lake Yamdrok Tso(Turquoise Lake). We further cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us into this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. At the same time, we will be at equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further visited Barkhor Market. The stroll in the market can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city savoring every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods to exhibition of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as we return to the comforts of our hotel.
Day 09: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
Like the previous day, we experience invaluable insights during our visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. This 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of the 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 the 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a decline resulting in only a few hundreds. Tibetans' respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.
Day 10: Final departure from Lhasa or extension our tour
From today we are free. Since we make our own itinerary or contact at Mt. Jannu Adventures our trip. At these adventures we are responsible for making all the necessary arrangements and returning to Nepal or towards mainland China. However, if we would like to fly out from Lhasa to Kathmandu or any other city of mainland China, Mt. Jannu Adventures can manage the air or Train ticket in advance.
From Everest base camp to Lhasa
This trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa via Everest base camp lets you discover the great beauty of the giant Mt Everest (8848m), the Himalayan wilderness and the fascinating Tibetan culture.
Tibet is the cradle of Mahayana Buddhism represented by the Dalai Lama. It is a land of predilection for pilgrims and adventurers from all over the world. This excursion lasts eight days and takes us to the Tibetan highlands steeped in history and spiritualism. The first days, we go to Everest base camp by the monastery of Rongbuk, magnificent historical treasure. Then, after admiring the imposing "roof of the world" without tiring, we continue towards Sakya and Xigatse. We visit the Tashihunpo monastery. And then here we are on the Tibetan highlands with its medieval villages where the inhabitants have kept the traditional Tibetan way of life. We reach Lhasa with a magnificent view of the legendary Potala Palace. We make a two-day full tour of the city and its surroundings. Visits to Norbulinka Palace (Dalai Lama's summer palace), Deprung, Sera Monastery and many other wonders ... Then return to Kathmandu.