Lhasa to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp - 8 Days

Lhasa to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp

Lhasa to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp is an 8 days package to the capital city of Tibet, Lhasa. Lhasa, truly the “Land of the Gods” is the beautiful city which lies next to the Lhasa River, in south-central Tibet. It remains largely a city of wonders, where the red and white Potala Palace and several monasteries preserve the essence of traditional Tibetan life and the cultures.

Tibet, also known as “roof of the world” it is around 4500m above the sea level. In your Lhasa tour, you will explore the historical towns like Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya and Rongbuk. Each year thousands of tourists visit this holy place either through any tour agency from Nepal or from China.  

Lhasa to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft)
Day 2: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum
Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Deprung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar
Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950/12,956ft)
Day 5: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m/12795ft)
Day 6: Shigatse to Ronbuk (5,000m/16,400ft)
Day 7: Ronbuk to Lhasa with a visit to the Everest Base Camp
Day 8: Departure day

Best Time for the Tour

These are the best times for Lhasa to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp:

  • Spring (March and April)
  • Summer (May, June and July)
  • Autumn (August, September, and October)

Overview

Lhasa to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp is one of the biggest gambles which is worthy for an adventurous traveler. You will realize through the natural and cultural beauty of the city that it’s the stairway to heaven. The monasteries and holy palaces, which are homes to thousand years old precious relics and stupas of the past, are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

The city in the center of Tibetan plateau surrounded by mountains rising to 5800m is an area of ultimate scenic beauty where you can feel eternal peace to your inner soul. It is dotted with world-famous heritages and cultural places like holiest man-made architect, Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace (Dalai Lama’s former winter residence), Norbulingkha Palace (Dalai Lamas’s summer palace), and most importantly, Sera and Deprung Monasteries. 2 or 3 days is enough for you to explore the cultural landmarks in Tibet. Then, the captivating beauty of the place will drive you to the lake scenery and pleasant short trekking to the snow-clad mountainside and ultimately to Everest Base Camp, which is the dream of many people. 

The central area with main tourist attractions is navigable on foot. Else, you can choose any means of transportation, including rickshaw, taxi, public bus, mini-bus and pilgrim buses. You can even easily hire bicycle from some hotel or shops and it’s a good way to explore the city if you have some spare time on your tour schedule. 

Day 1
Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft)

The first day of this tour starts from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. We will head for Lhasa via an hour-long trans-Himalayan flight that takes us over the world’s highest peak Mount Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks. If we choose to go through road, it takes around 20-hours non-stop driving via Gyirong Port. We can get to the Nepal and Tibet border after 7-8 hours driving from Kathmandu and we cross Gyirong Port (Rasuwa Port on Nepal Side) before reaching Lhasa. The distance of this adventurous trip is about 1000 km. After we land at Lhasa airport, our agent will receive us and help you transfer to the designated hotel. Keep in mind, you’ll have to travel 95 km more from Lhasa airport to the city, that takes around 2 hours, a very scenic drive. Overnight at Lhasa hotel.

Day 2
Day 2: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum

Following the breakfast on the second day of Lhasa Tour, we will head towards Potala Palace, which is considered as Lhasa’s signature landmark. Once the seat of the government of Tibet and the winter place of the Dalai Lamas, the 13-story palace is situated at the Red Hill about 130m-high from the ground. Built in the 1600s, it is an architectural wonder even by modern standards. You will get truly enthralled as you pass across the dozens of magnificent chapels, golden stupas and prayer halls. Before the construction of the current structure was started by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645, King Songsten Gampo built the Red and White palace in the site during the 7th century. The current landmark required 50 years to complete. The layout of the palace included the rooftop White Palace (eastern side), which serves as the living quarters of the Dalai Lama and the Red Palace (central side), which is used for the religious functions. The most mesmerizing part of the Red Palace is the golden chorten tombs of several previous Dalai Lamas, embellished with jewels. It also houses many rare cultural relics, including the gold hand-written Buddhist scriptures, valuable gifts from the Chinese emperors and a lot of precious antiques. Tickets for Potala Palace are limited, and your guide needs to book a time slot a few days before your trip. Note: Photography is prohibited inside the chapels.

The second sight to see is Norbulingka Palace, also known as the Summer Palace, which is located about 1 km west of the Potala Palace. The 7th Dalai Lama built the first summer palace in 1755 and every successor added his own building until 14th Dalai Lama’s exile in 1959. Currently, the complex, which represents a unique representation of Tibetan palace architecture, contains a small zoo, a mansion and botanical gardens. The annual Sho Dun or “Yoghurt Festival” is held in the palace. It is considered as the largest human-made garden in Tibet and is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Next, we will explore Tibet Museum, which is located in an L-shaped building located below the Potala on the corner of Norbulingka Road. Built in 1999, it’s the first large and modern museum in the Tibet Autonomous Region. The is a collection of over 500,000 artifacts, including Buddha statues, pottery and jade, that is related to the cultural history of Tibet.

Day 3
Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Deprung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar

About 5 km north of Lhasa lies Sera Monastery, founded in 1419 by a disciple of Tsongkhapa. Around 600 monks reside in the monastery, where about 5000 monks resided during its heyday. The most interesting thing in the monastery is the hundreds of monk debating from 3 pm to 5 pm in a garden near the assembly hall. We suggest you don’t miss the hour-long pilgrim circuit (kora) around the monastery’s exterior. Built in the seventh century, it is one of the most ancient Buddhist pilgrims in the Lhasa region. It’s also known as Wild Rose Monastery based on the fact that the hill behind the monastery was filled with wild roses (known as “sera” in Tibetan) during the time of its construction.

Our next visit will be to another great monastery of Tibet, Deprung Monastery. Situated at the base of the Mountain Gambo Utse, it is extended in 250,000 square meters. It is the largest and richest monastery in the world built in the 14th century, which lies 10 km west from the old city of Lhasa. It was believed to be the residence of about 10,000 monks in its heyday, but, as of now, only a few hundreds have sheltered here. This marvelous monastery strongly reflects the history, culture and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people. Constructed by Tsong Khapa’s disciple of Jamyang Qoigyi, it served as the mother temple for Dalai Lamas and it was also the place where second, third, fourth and fifth Dalai Lamas were dignified with their titles. The ground monastery with two magnificent pagodas is organized on the caves and temples for Jamang Qoigyi. The major buildings in the monastery are four Tantric Colleges (Zhacangs in Tibetan), Ganden Potrang, Coquen Hall and Kamcuns. Additionally, the significant cultural relics like exquisite statues of Manjushri Bodhisattva, Tsong Khapa, Amitayus and Kwan-yin Bodhisattva in sutra halls and floral murals on the walls have increased its significance.

The next precious landmark to explore on the third day is Jokhang Temple, the sacred and significant temple in Tibet. The spiritual heart of Tibet welcomes a lot of pilgrims from all sects of Buddhism. The temple was built by King Songsten Gampo for his brides, Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti and Chinese Princess Wencheng, to house the statues of Buddha brought by the princesses as a part of the dowry. The temple also house statues of the King Songsten and his foreign brides. The original statue of Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha that Princess Wencheng got from Chang’an over thousand years ago is the most sacred and popular possession or the most venerated religious artifact in all of Tibet. It was announced a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

Another sight to watch in the old section of Tibet is Barkhor Bazaar, a circular street around the Jokhang Temple. It’s the oldest street in a very traditional style in Tibet, where you can buy the rare handicrafts with the local Tibetan vendors. Barkhor Street is one of the most pilgrimage paths where devotees walk around Jokhang Temple while turning prayer wheels with their hands. The street paved by hand-polished stone boards is a magical place, which showcases the outlook of Lhasa. Believe your eyes, and you’ll get a handful of surprises in this place full of religious atmosphere.

Day 4
Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950/12,956ft)

On the fourth day of our this Lhasa tour package, we take a scenic drive to Gyantse, passing through the Kamba La Pass (4,794 m) enjoying the wonderful scenery of Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), the largest sacred lake in Tibet and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier. Soon, we will cross another high mountain pass at an elevation of 5,010 m, Karo La Pass. We can enjoy the captivating and true beauty of nature while watching the scenery of massive glaciers falling down into the road, before reaching Gyantse. We will visit the Kumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong in Gyantse.

Kumbum Stupa, located in Huangzhong County, Qinghai (about 25 km away from Xining), is 32m high chörten, with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and golden dome and the interior impressively decorated by exquisite ancient paintings. It’s a group of the combination of fine buildings featuring both the Han and Tibetan styles of architecture on the mountain slopes. With 9,300 rooms and 52 halls, the palace consists of Buddhist halls, sleeping quarters and courtyards echoing each other, thus enhancing the beauty of the whole place. 260 km distance from Lhasa to Gyantse should approximately take six hours of driving. Stay overnight in Gyantse.

Day 5
Day 5: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m/12795ft)

On the fifth day morning after breakfast, we drive towards the second largest city in Tibet, Shigatse. On the way, we will explore Shalu Monastery, founded in 1040 by Chetsun Sherab Jungnay. It was renowned as a center of scholarly learning and psychic training for centuries. It was an important center of the Sakya tradition and first of the major monasteries built by nobles families of the Tsangpa. Its mural paintings are considered to be the most antique in Tibet. The ground floor of the monastery has Sakyamuni and his disciples enshrined and the chapels house the holy books of Buddhism, Tanjur and Kanjur. The massive delicate and old murals covering the wall of the monasteries will help you visualize the most depicting stories from the life of the Buddha.

While continuing to Shigatse, we will visit popular Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama. The monastery, founded by the first Dalai Lama, Gendun Drup, in 1447, holds both the historical and cultural importance of Tibet. Rest of the time, we will rest and get prepared for the next day’s long drive. Overnight in Shigatse.

Day 6
Day 6: Shigatse to Ronbuk (5,000m/16,400ft)

After breakfast, we drive to Ronbuk, beginning the sixth day of our trip through some beautiful villages and getting the first view of Mount Everest from the foot of Gyatso La Pass at the elevation of 5,220m. On the way to Ronbuk, we visit Sakya Monastery, which is also known as Pel Sakya, located around 127 km west of Shigatse. It is the ancestral temple of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, which provides access to the Buddha’s teachings. The monastery was founded in 1073 by Konchok Gyelpo, Nyingmapa monk of the powerful noble family of the Tsang. It also features some age-old artworks of Tibet, which have remained untouched for centuries. After 1959 Lhasa uprising to protect the 14th Dalai Lama, the majority of monks from Sakya Monastery were forced to leave.

Finally, we reach the Ronbuk Monastery, which is located at the foot of the mighty Everest. It’s the highest monastery in the world, where we can enjoy the stunning mountainous scenery around us, including the majestic view of the north face of Mount Everest. Overnight in Ronbuk.

Day 7
Day 7: Ronbuk to Lhasa with a visit to the Everest Base Camp

Early in the morning of Day 7, we will drive to Everest Base Camp (at the elevation of 5,250m), the foot of the world’s highest mountain. On the way, we will be awarded by the spectacular views of 3 mountain peaks above 8 thousands, including Shishapangma (8,013m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), and the Everest (8,848m, known as Mt. Chomolongma on the Tibetan side and Sagarmatha on the Nepalese side). One of our major accomplishments of this day will be the glimpse of marvelous Ronbuk glacier. Despite the challenges that you face at that altitude, the time you spent at the foot of the world’s highest summit, will remain as a heavenly experience in your mind forever. Eventually, we will head back to Lhasa.

Day 8
Day 8: Departure day

Our Lhasa to Lhasa tour via Everest Base Camp comes to an end. It’s time to organize the photographs, the experiences of your most important 7 days of your life into a memory file. If you manage some time, you can utilize it in sightseeing. Our agent will take us to the airport or the train station for our next journey.

Service Included

  • Group transportation (Private transportation on request but price may vary)
  • Tibet travel permit
  • Chinese visa
  • Tibetan English speaking guide
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis room during Tibet tour with breakfast
  • Flight tickets Kathmandu to Lhasha and to Kathmandu
  • Included monument entrance fees
  • Visa process fees and all paper works

Service Not Included

  • Nepal arrival visa
  • Travel and medicale Insurance
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Photography fees
  • Tips

Lhasa Tour Tips:

Lhasa is inarguably one of the dreamt-about cities in the world. Though over 1000 years’ cultural and spiritual history pulls you to the place, the remoteness and limited accessibility of the city at the high altitude of 3,650 meters might bring some challenges in your trip. Despite the increasing tourism industry, the city still has a lot of difficulties we have to overcome due to its geography and unique location. Be careful about altitude sickness. 

Your safety is of prime concern while traveling across the treacherous mountainous roads and Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader is authorized by your travel agency to plan or cancel any part of the planned journey if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all lead to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to escort you in the trip according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Documents and Permits Required:

  • Valid Passport
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Passport size Photographs (minimum 4 copies)
  • Airline tickets and Address Book 
  • Travel permits (Tibet Travel Permit and China Group Visa)

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