Kathmandu & Tibet with Everest Base Camp
This is one of the best combinations of luxury and adventure trip in Asia. Tour the magnificent man made architectures, holiest Hindu temples and biggest steps in the capital city of Kathmandu. Travel to the former homeland of the Dalai Lama. Traveling through the roof of the world is indeed an adventure. Tour the marvelous Potala Palace in Lhasa, travel through the arid landscape until you arrive the foot of Mount Everest.
- 4 nights twin share accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- All necessary airport transfers as per the program on private basis
- Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and Tibet as per the program with service of a local English speaking guides on private basis
- 4 nights twin share accommodation in Lhasa with breakfast
- 2 nights twin share accommodation in Shigatse with breakfast
- 1 night twin share accommodation in Shegar with breakfast
- Monastery entrance fee & Rongbuk Entry Fee
- Everest Conservation Fee
- Transfer from Rongbuk to EBC by bus (sharing basis)
- Tibet Travel permits
- Emergency mineral water in the vehicle
- Emergency portable oxygen cylinder in the vehicle
- Trip briefing by Tibet expert & entertain question
- Trip Information pack
- Gift pack (prayer flag or string of flag & paper prayer Lungtha)
- All applicable entrance fees in Kathmandu & Tibet
- Applicable government taxes
- International airfare
- Kathmandu/Lhasa/Kathmandu air tickets (will be provided separately)
- Tibet Visa fee (will have to be paid in USD cash upon arrival in Kathmandu)
- Travel insurance
Inclusions and exclusions are as per the above program. If travelers wish to customize the tour or add some recommended optional tours we can include the same on request.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL – KATHMANDU
Namaste! And welcome to Nepal. This luxury and adventure trips begins from Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. In hotel, you will be provided the briefing of the program. We will help you to fill up Tibet visa for, collect your passport, and applicable Tibet Visa fee (USD 180 for Americans; USD 80 for other nationalities). Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu
DAY 02: KATHMANDU (TIBET VISA WORKING DAY-1)
After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is the place where once kings used to be crowned. Walk through the narrow alleys; be greeted by living Goddess “Kumari” who arrives at the balcony every mornings and evenings to greet. Most of the temples you see here are a mere three or four centuries old. The entire square was designated as a World Heritage Monument in 1979. The Durbar Square is teeming with shrines and statues.
Continue on to Swayambhunath Stupa “Monkey Temple”. 365 stone steps lead straight to one of the most sacred Buddhist sites, from where painted eyes of Swayambhunath seem to peer down your soul. Set around the base of the Stupa is a continuous series of prayer wheels, which the pilgrims spin as they circumambulate the Stupa.
Afternoon, sightseeing tour of Patan Durbar Square. Visit Krishna Mandir an exquisite example of a stone architecture. Walk around the unique Buddhist monastery of Golden temple. As you stroll through you will come across neighborhood dedicated to metalworking or stone carving, past ancient bahals and temples.
After the tour return back to the hotel to relax. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu
DAY 03: KATHMANDU (TIBET VISA WORKING DAY-2)
After breakfast sightseeing tour of holiest Hindu temple Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath is one of the sacred Shiva temples on the Indian sub-continent. It draws devotees from all over India, including many colorful Sadhus (wandering Holy men). It is the largest temple complex in Nepal. Visiting Pashupatinath begins and ends a traditional pilgrimage circuit.
Continue on to the biggest Buddhist Stupa of Boudhanath. This is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world. It is the sacred place for Buddhist pilgrims. Once you enter the Stupa complex it resembles Bharkor street of Tibet with a considerable population of Tibetans, number of thriving monasteries and many small shops selling Tibetan artifacts. Boudhanath is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan culture is accessible, vibrant and unbound.
Afternoon, sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The stone embedded, street links a string of temples, monastery, courtyards and monumental squares. You will quickly notice how vibrant the town’s cultural life is with strong communities of potters, woodcarvers and weavers.
After the tour transfer back to the hotel. This evening, we will submit you Tibet visa along with your original passport. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu
DAY 04: KATHMANDU – LHASA (3,656M)
After breakfast, transfer to the international airport in Kathmandu and fly to Gongaar airport. Upon arrival meet by our representative and drive to Lhasa (65 kms/1 hrs drive). Rest of the day is free for acclimatization. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.
DAY 05: LHASA
After breakfast, Sightseeing tour of Jokhang Temple. The two-storeyed Jokhang is best visited in the morning, though the crowds of yak-butter-spooning pilgrims can be thick. Continue onto Sera Monastery. Approximately 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera Monastery was one of Lhasa’s two great Gelugpa monasteries, second only to Drepung. Tour of magnificent Potala Palace. This palace is the number 1 attraction in Tibet. This amazing place is being honored as the highest ancient palace in the world.
Evening visit, Barkhor Market. For your first visit to the Barkhor, enter from Barkhor Sq, a large plaza that was cleared in 1985. Evening rest in the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.
DAY 06: LHASA
After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Sera and Drepung Monastery. Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city. It is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsong Khapa. Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa’s disciples built it in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Continue on to Drepung Monastery, founded in 1416, Drepung Monastery (Tibetan: Drepung Gompa; Chinese: Zhébàng Sì) on the outskirts of Lhasa was once Tibet’s largest and most influential monastery, with over 10,000 monks. Today, Drepung houses about 700 monks and attracts pilgrims and visitors from around the world. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.
DAY 07: LHASA – SHIGATSE (3,800M)
After breakfast, drive to Shigatse via Gyantse, Tibet’s second largest town.
En route to Shigatse, visit Khumbum & Pelkhor Stupa in Gyantse. This is one of the few monasteries in Tibet to weather the stormy seas of the Cultural Revolution. Later, drive to Gyantse. Evening, relax at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Shigatse
Meal: Breakfast only
DAY 08: SHIGATSE – RONGBUK (4,980M) – EVEREST BASE CAMP – SHEGAR
After breakfast, drive to Rongbuk (the gateway to Everest Base camp). Situated in the north side of Mt. Everest, it is a perfect site to view the highest Everest and stay overnight before head to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) with 8 km away
(Since all private vehicles are not allowed to drive further to the Base Camp from Rongbuk Monastery usually, and only to stop at the car park nearby the monastery, and transfer mini-bus (eco-bus) or a local horse cart to the camp).
Then drive back to Shegar for overnight. Overnight at the hotel in Shegar.
DAY 09: SHEGAR – SHIGATSE
After breakfast, drive to Shigatse. Tour of famous Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse.
Located at the foot of Drolmari, western side of Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, it means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory" in Tibetan. Covering an area of nearly 150,000 square meters, the monastery is the largest temple in Shigatse, which has about 57 halls and 3600 rooms. Overnight at the hotel in Shigatse
DAY 10: SHIGATSE - LHASA
After breakfast, drive back to Lhasa and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa
DAY 11: LHASA – KATHMANDU
After breakfast, transfer to Gongaar airport in Tibet and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meeting and assistance at the airport and transfer to the hotel. The day is free for personal activities/shopping. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu
DAY 12: KATHMANDU – DEPARTURE
Free till departure. Transfer to the airport in time to connect your onward flight.