Nepal Tibet EBC Tour

Price

USD 1997

Trip Duration

12 days

Trip Grade

Easy/Moderate

Highest Altitude

5200m

Accommodation

Tea House, Hotel

Transportation

Car, Van, Bus Flight

Group Size

1-50

Best Season

All around the year Except winter(Jan-Feb)

Nepal Tibet EBC Tour Introduction

Tibet is located in the heart of Asia. This highest part of the Himalayas is famous for its culture, the majesty of its natural landscapes, and the profound spirituality that permeates every aspect of life. This enchanting realm, often referred to as the “Roof of the World,” beckons travelers with a unique blend of experiences that transcend the ordinary.

Tibet’s cultural richness is perhaps most vividly expressed through its ancient temples, monasteries & each a repository of wisdom and a testament to the enduring spirit of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastic life, with its distinctive rituals and ceremonies, not only shapes the spiritual fabric of the region but also serves as a cultural anchor, connecting the past with the present.

Festivals, vibrant and joyous, unfold as a kaleidoscope of colors and sounds, offering visitors a sensory immersion into the traditions that have been passed down through generations. Whether it’s the spirited celebrations of Losar or the contemplative Saga Dawa Festival, these events are windows into the soul of Tibet, revealing a culture that cherishes its heritage with unwavering pride.

As one ventures into the landscapes of Tibet, the sheer magnificence of nature unfolds in all its glory. The Himalayan mountain range stands as an awe-inspiring guardian, its peaks piercing the sky, inviting both reverence and challenge. The Tibetan Plateau, with its expansive horizons and unique ecosystems, adds a layer of mystique to this high-altitude realm.

Lakes like Namtso, and Yamdrok Mansarovar glisten like jewels amidst the rugged terrain, reflecting the serenity that permeates these high-altitude expanses. The Yarlung Tsangpo River, meandering through valleys and gorges, tells tales of a geological history shaped by time and the forces of nature. In Tibet, nature isn’t just a backdrop; it’s a living, breathing part of the narrative.

For those seeking adventures, Tibet offers a playground of possibilities. Trekking through the Himalayas or embarking on the Holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra isn’t just a physical feat but a spiritual odyssey. The rugged trails and challenging climbs become conduits for personal growth, with every step revealing more of the extraordinary landscapes and the indomitable spirit of the Tibetan people. And then there is the culinary tapestry of Tibet, where flavors come to life in a dance of tradition and innovation. Momos, the delectable dumplings, encapsulate the essence of Tibetan cuisine, while yak meat and salty butter tea provide sustenance in harsh high-altitude environments. Each bite tells a story of nomadic resilience and the fusion of diverse culinary influences.

In the realm of spirituality, Tibet stands as a sanctuary for seekers from all walks of life. Meditation centers and monastic retreats offer solace to those in pursuit of inner peace, while the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism provide a profound framework for understanding life’s complexities. The region’s spiritual legacy is not confined to temples; it permeates the very air, inviting introspection and self-discovery.

Tibet is a multifaceted tapestry where culture, nature, adventure, and spirituality converge seamlessly. Its allure lies in the individual components and the harmonious symphony they create together. As travelers traverse the high plateaus and ancient monasteries, taste the unique flavors of Tibetan cuisine, and immerse themselves in spiritual contemplation, they become part of a story that transcends time—an ode to the enduring spirit of Tibet, the Roof of the World.

Highlights

  • Experience the “Roof of the World”
  • Everest Base Camp North
  • Historic Lhasa City
  • Potala Palace the Palace of Dalai Lama
  • Jokhang Temple Monastery
  • Many Monastries
  • Life of Tibetan People & Hospitality
  • Visit Summer Palace Norbulinka
  • “City of Gods” Kathmandu

Outline Itinerary

  • Day1:- Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)
  • Day 2: Kathmandu: trip preparation/Sightseeing (1300m)
  • Day3:-Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)
  • Day4:- Sightseeing tour in Lhasa - Potala Palace, Jokang Temple, Bharkor Bazaar
  • Day5:- Lhasa - Visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Norbulingka
  • Day6:- Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse via Yamdrok Tsho and Gyantse (3900m/350km)
  • Day7:- Drive from Shigatse to Shegar (4050m/ 240km)
  • Day 8:- Drive from Shegar to Rongbuk Monastery –Everest Base Camp (5200m/ 100km)
  • Day 9:- Drive from Rongbuk to Kyirong, Nepal-Tibet border (2800m / 367Km)
  • Day 10:- Drive to Rasuwagadhi (20Km) and continue to Kathmandu (1400m/167Km)
  • Day11:- Free Day in Kathmandu(1300m)
  • DAY 12:- DEPARTURE DAY

Detailed Itinerary

Day1:- Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal Known as the city of wooden temples & UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon your arrival, our local representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to have a good rest at the hotel.  Stay overnight in Kathmandu. Meet for the trip briefing around 5 pm.

Day 2: Kathmandu: trip preparation/Sightseeing (1300m)

It’s an exhilarating day’s adventure today as you set out the explore the cultural and traditional capital city of this Himalayan country. Out of the 10 World Heritage Sites, 7 of them are inside this beautiful capital city. As visiting all of these historic and religious landmarks in a single day are not possible, you will explore 3-4 of these magnificent marvels in this day’s adventure. Visit Swyambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square & Pashupatinath Temple. 

Day3:-Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)

You can arrive in Lhasa by air or overland. Our guide (Representative) will pick you up from the designated pick-up point and drive you to your hotel. If you take a flight then it will take around an hour to drive to the main city from Lhasa Gonggar Airport.

After arriving at your hotel, you can check in and take a rest. No activity has been planned for the day as you need proper rest to get your body properly acclimatized to Lhasa’s high altitude. Drink lots of water and other fluids (warm soup or broth, ginger tea, etc.) to keep your body hydrated. As Lhasa and most of the places in Tibet are situated above 3000 meters it is important to adapt yourself to thin air. Dehydration is one of the chief causes of altitude sickness. Therefore, you need to add lots of fluids to your diet.  Keep a flask of warm water with you throughout your journey and drink it at intervals. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day4:- Sightseeing tour in Lhasa - Potala Palace, Jokang Temple, Bharkor Bazaar

Your sightseeing tour begins right after breakfast at your hotel. Today your Tibetan guide will take you to some of the well-known tourist attractions in Lhasa like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Bazaar.

Potala Palace stands majestically on the ridge of the Red Hill overlooking Lhasa city. The palace which can be accessed by climbing about one thousand steps used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Potala Palace was first built by the Tibetan emperor Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century. Since then, the original structure has been rebuilt and newer sections have been added. Potala Palace now has thirteen stories and more than one thousand rooms.

The Potala has been sectioned off into the White Palace and the Red Palace. Those sections of the palace open to the public include the museum, throne room, assembly hall, some chapels, and the tombs of the past Dalai Lamas. The exhibits at the museum include Thankas or scroll paintings, ancient Buddhist relics and manuscripts, military artifacts, murals, sculptures, etc.

After exploring the Potala Palace you can head down to the main city and visit the Jokhang Temple, the oldest temple in Lhasa. It was built by King Songtsen Gampo and houses the statue of Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha brought by his queen. This temple is a holy pilgrimage site and it is filled throughout the year by Tibetan pilgrims from all over Tibet. You can see them prostrating outside the temple. Later you can stroll around Barkhor Bazaar and shop for souvenirs. The market has been in existence for hundreds of years and is quite lively. You can find shops selling handicraft items, antiques, jewelry, clothes, etc. at Barkhor Bazaar. Later you return to your hotel and take a much-needed rest. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day5:- Lhasa - Visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Norbulingka

Today you begin your sightseeing tour by heading to Drepung Monastery. The monastery which is the largest one in Tibet lies about eight kilometers from the main city. Drepung used to be the seat of the Dalai Lama before it was moved to Potala Palace in the seventeenth century.

Built on the Ganden Utse mountain, Drepung Monastery is one of the three important Gelug monasteries in Tibet. The huge monastery has four colleges, chapels, and the former palace of the Dalai Lama. You can visit the Ganden Palace, the main assembly hall, and some chapels. From the main assembly hall, you can enjoy sweeping views of the city. The tombs of the second, third, and fourth Dalai Lamas can also be found inside the Drepung Monastery.

After spending some time at Drepung Monastery, you head towards the north of the city to visit another important Gelugpa sect monastery, Sera Monastery. Established in the fifteenth century by Jamchen Choeje, Sera Monastery has three colleges – Sera Je, Sera Me, and Sera Ngagpa.

You can walk through the monastery in a clockwise direction and visit the ancient chapels, assembly halls, and courtyards. At the courtyard, you will find young monks dressed in their maroon robes engaged in scholarly debates. Sera Monastery is the best place to observe the lively debates of the monks. There is vigorous clapping, stomping of feet, and wild cheers during these debates. It’s a sight worth witnessing.

Later you head back to the city and visit Norbulingka Palace, the summer residence of Dalai Lama. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Norbulingka was built by the seventh Dalai Lama in 1755. Norbulingka in Tibetan means ‘Jewel Park’ and rightly so, as the palace complex is decorated with beautiful landscaped gardens and pools. There are several palaces, chapels, assembly halls, and audience chambers.  Locals also love to frequent this beautiful summer palace as there’s ample space to enjoy family picnics and have fun. After your sightseeing tour, you return to your hotel and take a rest. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day6:- Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse via Yamdrok Tsho and Gyantse (3900m/350km)

You bid goodbye to Lhasa today and head towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. You make an early start at around 8 AM. Leaving Lhasa behind you ride towards the beautiful Yamdrok Tsho Lake and stop for a while to soak in its beauty. One of the three sacred lakes in Tibet, Yamdrok Tsho, a freshwater lake is said to be the life-spirit of the Tibetan highland. Locals believe that if the lake dries out there will be no life left in Tibet.

The turquoise lake is surrounded by brown hills and mountains. You can take photographs with yaks and giant Tibetan mastiff dogs for free. Later you continue your journey and head towards Gyantse. En route you cross three mountain passes – Simi La, Gampa La, and Karo La – and watch the glaciers tumbling down these passes. Karo La at 5020 meters is the highest of the three passes that you will cross.

After arriving in Gyantse you have your lunch and explore the main attractions of the city – Palkor Choede or Palchoe Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum.  The magnificent Kumbum Stupa is divided into nine levels. Inside the stupa are 108 cells and 75 chapels decorated with statues and paintings of Buddha and other Buddhist deities. 

Later you continue your drive toward Shigatse. On the way you cross traditional farms, and vast fields of barley and wheat. Upon your arrival at Shigatse, you check into a hotel and take a rest. Overnight in Shigatse.

Day7:- Drive from Shigatse to Shegar (4050m/ 240km)

After breakfast, you explore a bit of Tibet’s second most important city. Your guide will take you to Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama (the second highest ranking tulku or religious head of the Tibetans after Dalai Lama). You can walk inside the chapels and the main assembly hall and visit the tombs of the former Panchen Lamas. After you visit this sacred site, you can explore the local market and shop for souvenirs.

Later you leave Shigatse and head towards Shegar via the mountain passes of Gyatso La and Pang La. En route, you get to enjoy impressive views of Mount Everest and other Himalayan giants. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to ride on the Friendship Highway to reach the bustling town of Shegar or New Tingri. Check into a hotel and take a well-deserved rest. Overnight in Shegar

Day 8:- Drive from Shegar to Rongbuk Monastery –Everest Base Camp (5200m/ 100km)

Today is an exciting day as you will be reaching one of the highest motorable spots on the planet, the Everest Base Camp. Leaving Shegar you drive up a zigzag asphalt road to Rongbuk. As you will be riding at elevations of 5000 meters and above you may feel the altitude hitting you. It’s normal to feel breathless and lightheaded. If the symptoms of altitude sickness persist or get severe you can take supplementary oxygen which the guides carry in the vehicle.

The ride to Rongbuk is amazing as you can view the summits of five of the fourteen highest mountains in the world – Mount Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8188m), Shisapangma (8027m) and Makalu (8481m).

You can stop at Rongbuk and explore the ancient Rongbuk Monastery which is a Nyingmapa or Red Hat monastery.  It is the highest-placed Buddhist monastery in the world. Most of the monastery’s buildings have been rebuilt and renovated after they were destroyed by fire and earthquake. Unlike at the south side (Nepal) Everest Base Camp, you can see the summit of Mount Everest from EBC North. The tallest mountain in the world appears stunning and glorious.

Accommodation is a bit unique(very Basic) at this elevation. You will be staying at a tented hotel (large tents made of yak hair with electricity and a warm stove at the communal hall, chairs, tables, beds, and food) or a dormitory in Rongbuk Monastery. The menu at these tent hotels is basic and offers a few items – soups, tea, coffee, noodles, and dumplings. Compared to the Tibetan cities and large towns, life in Rongbuk is pretty isolated and desolate. But like the rest of Tibet, the landscape over here has the same rugged and dramatic beauty. Overnight in Rongbuk.

Day 9:- Drive from Rongbuk to Kyirong, Nepal-Tibet border (2800m / 367Km)

Leaving Rongbuk you head towards the border town of Kyirong. You are nearing the end of your trip and this is your last day in Tibet. After exiting the gate of the Qomolungma National Park you head towards the Friendship Highway. Driving along stunning scenery of barren hills, snow-covered mountains, prayer flags, and farms you finally reach the last town on the Tibetan side, Kyirong. You can spot a lot of greenery here which feels soothing to your eyes. You stay overnight at a hotel in the center of the town. Overnight in Kyirong.

Day 10:- Drive to Rasuwagadhi (20Km) and continue to Kathmandu (1400m/167Km)

Leaving Kyirong you will be driven towards the Nepalese border of Rasuwagadhi. After immigration formality, you head towards the Nepalese side of the Nepal-Tibet border and meet our representative. Board on a vehicle and head towards Kathmandu. It’s a long ride past the famous Langtang Trekking Region. After the arid landscape of the Tibetan plateau, you will find a profusion of trees and lush greenery on the Nepalese side. It sure will be a sight for sore eyes. (driving in Nepal side takes very long & tired as the condition of the road is not that good in Nepal side) On reaching Kathmandu you will be transferred to your hotel for well-deserved rest.

Day11:- Free Day in Kathmandu(1300m)

After finishing your big Tibet adventure you are having well well-deserved rest in Nepal. Today you have a rest or free days for shopping, massages, and laundry or if you wish to visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square(the oldest capital city of Nepal) we will take you there. It will be around 3-4 hours.

DAY 12:- DEPARTURE DAY

It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty of time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say we see you again and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones. 

Includes

  • All travel permits and all other necessary permits to Tibet
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary Nepal & Tibet both
  • Whole 12 days Kathmandu, Lhasa & Everest Base Camp all-inclusive trip
  • Pick Up from Nepal Tibet Boarder
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking local tour guide in Nepal & Tibet both
  • Personal comfortable, clean, and safe vehicle with reliable local driver; vehicle ranging from Car, Van to minibus depending on the group size
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary on a sharing basis
  • All meals(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) listed in the above itinerary
  • One shared big Oxygen tank in the car
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance for Tibet
  • First aid kit

Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the itinerary(Kathmandu)
  • Tips and gratitude to the tour guide and driver
  • Personal shopping, gear, laundry
  • Kathmandu Lhasa Flight Ticket
  • Helicopter from the Nepal-China border in the case of Landslides
  • Rescue evacuation if needed(we provide services which is paid for by your travel Insurance) 
  • The cost is raised due to cancellations, bad weather, political disturbance, changes in the government policy in Tibet, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I travel from Nepal to Tibet, including Lhasa and Everest Base Camp (EBC)?
Traveling from Nepal to Tibet, including Lhasa and Everest Base Camp, is typically done via a guided tour organized by a licensed travel agency. The most common route is from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Lhasa, Tibet, with an itinerary that includes a visit to Everest Base Camp.
What permits do I need to travel from Nepal to Tibet?
To travel from Nepal to Tibet, you need a Tibet Travel Permit, which is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB). Additionally, if you plan to visit Everest Base Camp, you will need an Alien's Travel Permit and a Border Permit, both of which are organized by your travel agency.
When is the best time to travel from Nepal to Tibet and Everest Base Camp?
The best time to travel from Nepal to Tibet and Everest Base Camp is during the spring and autumn seasons, from April to June and from September to November. During these months, the weather is generally favorable with clear skies, making it ideal for trekking and sightseeing.
What is the itinerary for traveling from Nepal to Tibet and Everest Base Camp?
The itinerary typically starts with a flight from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Lhasa, Tibet. In Lhasa, you will spend a few days acclimatizing and exploring the city's cultural and historical attractions. Then, the journey continues overland towards Everest Base Camp, with stops at key landmarks and monasteries along the way.
What are the highlights of traveling from Nepal to Tibet and Everest Base Camp?
The highlights of this journey include exploring the ancient city of Lhasa, visiting iconic landmarks such as the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, witnessing the breathtaking scenery of the Tibetan plateau, and experiencing the majestic views of Mount Everest from Everest Base
Is altitude sickness a concern when traveling from Nepal to Tibet and Everest Base Camp?
Yes, altitude sickness is a significant concern due to the high altitudes reached during the journey, especially when traveling to Lhasa and Everest Base Camp. It is essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
What type of accommodation is available during the journey from Nepal to Tibet and Everest Base Camp?
Accommodation options vary from basic guesthouses and lodges to more comfortable hotels in cities like Lhasa. At Everest Base Camp, accommodation options are more rustic, often consisting of simple guesthouses or tented camps.
Do I need to join a guided tour to travel from Nepal to Tibet and Everest Base Camp?
Yes, due to the strict travel regulations in Tibet, travelers must join a guided tour organized by a licensed travel agency. Independent travel to Tibet is not permitted, and all foreign travelers must be part of a guided tour with a pre-arranged itinerary and permits.
How long does the journey from Nepal to Tibet and Everest Base Camp take?
The duration of the journey typically ranges from 8 to 15 days, depending on the specific itinerary and transportation used. This duration includes travel time from Kathmandu to Lhasa, sightseeing in Lhasa, and the overland journey to Everest Base Camp.

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