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Cultural Tour Of Tibet (with Everest North Base Camp)

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  • Discover Lhasa, the holy and ancient city of Tibet
  • Explore the Tibetan plateau via the Friendship Highway
  • Visit Potala Palace, Sera, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Tashilhunpo Monastery
  • Enjoy stunning views of Mt. Everest from the Base Camp on the Tibetan side
A journey to the Mt. Everest North Base Camp from Tibet can be quite fascinating, an amazing experience worth cherishing. The spectacular views of the northern face of Mt. Everest, traversing through the incredible Tibetan plateau, visiting ancient historical city of Lhasa and checking out the legendary Potala Palace, the residence of Dalai Lama, can be a truly delightful experience.

A visit to religious monasteries and monuments such as the Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and other cultural and heritage sites in Gyantse, Shigatse, Shakya can also offer some added joy, a whiff into the culture of this stunning destination.

The wondrous of Lhasa is generally regarded as the heart of Tibet. The place is filled with history, culture and beauty. Dominating the skyline is its powerful and historic architecture, The Potala Palace and the numerous temples and monasteries surrounding the city, such as the Jokhang and Drepung, offering travelers a first-hand experience of Buddhism in Tibet. A visit to those ancient monasteries can leave you with a sense of eternal peace for years to come.

The trip further continues with an amazing journey of the countryside, passing the towns of Gyantse, Shigatse, Lhatse, Rongbuk and Nyalam. It provides an opportunity for the travelers to relax in these extraordinary towns and immerse in the rich Buddhist culture, legendary monasteries and the Tibetan plateau.

Rongbuk and Mt. Everest Base Camp offer the most spectacular views of Everest and surrounding peaks like Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, and Gyachung Kang. These views are best seen during sunrise and sunset. After the visit to Mt. Everest Base Camp, return to Kathmandu via newly opened Nepal – China boarder Kyiroung.

Think of this tour as a combination adventure that lets you enjoy a rich cultural heritage that is best seen in those ancient cities, age-old temples and elegant palaces while enjoying the best of trekking in the Himalayas without actually having to embark on a long and tedious trek.
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1 hours 2 Star Hotel
Pick up from hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport as per the flight schedule. The flight to Lhasa passes right across the main Himalayan range and provides magnificent views of mountains and the terrains before landing at Gongar Airport.

Meet our guide outside the exit. Transfer to a hotel in Lhasa city. A short drive to the city from airport passes through the longest and largest river in Tibet, Yarlung Tsangpo River (Brahmaputra river) and Lhasa river. Check in at the hotel. Free time to relax or explore the market.

Overnight at hotel.
2 Star Hotel
Sightseeing during the day includes visit to Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Norbulinkha in Lhasa.

The first site, Drepung monastery is one of the three great Gelugpa monasteries in Tibet built back in 1416 AD by Jamyan Choge, one of Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. This monastery was once the largest in the world housing around 10,000 monks. These days the figure is down to few hundreds, but it is still can be a site of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution in Tibet.

Sera Monastery, one of three great Gelugpa monasteries in Tibet, was built back in 1419 AD by Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The chanting and prayer session between 3 to 5 in the afternoon is the main attraction here.

The day trip ends with a visit to Norbulinkha, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.

Overnight at hotel.
Meals
  • Breakfast
2 Star Hotel
Sightseeing during the day includes a visit to Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street Market in Lhasa.

The famous Potala Palace is the winter palace of Dalai Lama. This spectacular building has 1000 chambers, gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and a meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. According to the chronicles, there was a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century and the present palace was constructed in the 17th century.

Continue your sightseeing adventure with a visit to Jokhang Temple. This temple is regarded as one of the most sacred shrines in Tibet and processions of devout Tibetans is a common sight throughout the temple complex. The temple was built by 33rd great king in 17th century to promote Buddhism.

Surrounding the Jokhang temple is Barkhor, a maze of narrow cobbled streets and the central market of Lhasa. Sightseeing in Lhasa concludes with a stroll along Barkhor street market.

Overnight at Hotel.
Meals
  • Breakfast
2 Star Hotel
The day's trip starts with a drive along the friendship highway of Lhasa - Kathmandu. Cross high mountain passes during this trip. The first one is Khamba La (4794 m). Stunning views across the waters of Yamdrok-Tso Lake to the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7252 m) can be seen from Khamba La.

The trip continues towards west and over another high pass, the Karo La (5045 m). The high pass treats you to a spectacular scene of huge glaciers tumbling down within few hundred meters of the road.

Continue the trip passing through beautiful valleys before arriving at the colorful Tibetan town of Gyantse. It is also the third largest historical city in Tibet. Visit Pelhor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum at Gyatse.

Pelkor Monastery is a fort which dates back to the 14th century. The amazing views of Gyantse and its surrounding Nyang Chu Village can be seen from the fort. Gyantse Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa and with many small chapels house, which is an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhism murals.
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  • Breakfast
2 Star Hotel
We travel to Shigatse from Gyantse which is drive (90 km approx.), the second largest city in Tibet.

We visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet, and the seat of Panchen Lama, the second largest incarnation of Dalai Lama in Tibet.

Overnight at Hotel in Shigatse.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Guest house
Early morning breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Rongbuk via Xegar and Tingri. These small towns provide incredible views of Mt. Everest on clear days. The drive also crosses high pass such as Pang La Pass (5050 m). The pass offers views of the five highest mountains in the world, Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Shisapangma.

Continue towards Rongbok Monastery, which always reappears, more impressive than ever.

Overnight at hotel or guesthouse in Rongbuk.
Meals
  • Breakfast
2 Star Hotel
Enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise views of Mt. Everest, standing like a snow-capped pyramid from Rongbuk. The place also offers grand views of Mt. Everest.

After breakfast, depart for a short hike to the Mt. Everest Base Camp, which is approx. 4 kms from Rongbuk. This base camp is dry and barren, but the views of the highest peak and its surroundings is well worth your while. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you.

After that, we can drive from EBC to Kyirong border. On the way, tourists can enjoy breathtakign vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo 5236 m., we will arrive in Kyirong in late afternoon.

Stay overnight in the guesthouse in Kyirong Bazaar.
Meals
  • Breakfast
We take breakfast at hotel early in the morning. Tour Guide will assist the clients to exit China. And see clients off at Kyirong border. Tibetan guide handovers for our Nepali representative. Travel to Kathmandu, though the distance is only about 160 km. it takes more than 6 hours to drive to Kathmandu from Kyirong Port because the road is narrow and bumpy. During the rainy season, the road is muddy and may be closed for the landslides. Arrive Kathmandu at night time. End of our service.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Transfer by private vehicle hotel - airport - hotel
  • Accommodation in hotel, Lhasa on twin/double room sharing basis
  • Accommodation in hotel, Gyantse and Shigatse on twin/double room sharing basis
  • Accommodation in Guest, Rongbuk on twin/double room sharing basis
  • Accommodation in hotel, Kyiroung Bazaar on twin/double room sharing basis
  • Daily breakfast during tour in Tibet
  • Sightseeing guide during stay in Tibet as per itinerary
  • Transportation by private vehicle for transfer Lhasa - Rongbuk - Kyiroung Boarder - Kathmandu
  • Entrance fee of temple, monasteries and monuments
  • China visa fee and Tibet travel permit
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Upgrade standard hotel
  • Single Suplement
  • Flight ticket KTM - LXA
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
what’s excluded
  • Bar bills (any alcohol drinks, mineral water, cold drinks, cigarettes, etc)
  • Personal expenses: laundry, shopping
  • Personal clothing
  • Personal travel and medical insurance
  • Lunch and dinner during stay in Tibet
  • Any unseen expenses produced by circumstances beyond our control such as natural disasters
  • Tips/gratitude for guide, driver and other supporting staff
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Private Tour
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Kathmandu, Nepal
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A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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CHINESE VISA:
Tibet is under Chinese jurisdiction, so you are required to hold a valid Chinese visa (issued by a Chinese Embassy), as well as a valid passport. If you are coming to Lhasa from Kathmandu, you have to get a Chinese visa from Embassy of China in Kathmandu (regardless of whether you already have a Chinese visa issued in your country) as a special administrative situation exists between China and Nepal.

TIBET TRAVEL PERMITS
There are two kinds of permits issued for traveling in Tibet: the entry permit (TTB permit, equivalent of a visa for Tibet) and the Alien travel permit (PSB permit). Travel Agency provides both types of permit.

TTB PERMIT - TIBET ENTRY PERMIT
When you fly into Lhasa you will need to show this permit when checking in at the airport. Also, in order to buy a flight to Lhasa in the first place you will need to show this permit. TTB permits are also needed by groups traveling by Land Cruiser, but you can obtain this permit only authorized travel agency.

PSB PERMIT - ALIEN TRAVEL PERMIT
If you want to travel restricted areas in Tibet, you will need an Alien travel permit issued by the PSB (Public Security Bureau) of Tibet. The Alien travel permit is also sometimes referred to as the PSB permit.

You have to send us following documents to procedure Chinese visa and Tibet Travel Permit minimum 21 days before your tour initiates.

- Photocopy of your passport in colors (You can scan and send us by e-mail).
- Photograph (one passport photo, you can scan and send us by e-mail)
CancellationFree cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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