Everest Base Camp trekking is one of the most popular trekking route in Tibet. Each we have increasing number of guess making it their Tibet tour. During the trekking we will be walking on area which is of over 4300 meters above sea level and the highest point we will be traveling is of 5300 meters above sea level. This make the trekking difficult for many people. But due to its altitude it offers you a splendor view of north face of Everest and other snow mountains peaks around. The best time for this trekking route in from April to October. In our itinerary for this trekking tour, we have included some days in Lhasa and the detour off the road to Thingri the starting point of actual trekking. For we want all the member to get properly acclimatise. We can always make changes to our itineraries to fit your needs and interest.
|Day1||Arrival/Acclimitization (overnight in Lhasa three star hotel)|
|Day2||Lhasa sight seeing (overnight in Lhasa three star hotel)|
|Day3||Lhasa sight seeing (overnight in Lhasa three star hotel)|
|Day4||Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Gangtse Monastery-Shigatse (overnight in Shigatse three star hotel)|
|Day5||Shigatse-Old Tingri (overnight at local guest with dorm bed)|
|Day6||Trek to Tanak (overnight at camping area)|
|Day7||Trek to Chorong (overnight in area of chorong camping)|
|Day8||Trek to Rongpung Monastery (overnight in Rongpung Monastery Guest House)|
|Day9||Trek to Everest Base Camp (overnight in guest house)|
|Day10||Base Camp to Shigatse (overnight in Shigatse three star hotel)|
|Day11||Shigatse-Lhasa (overnight in Lhasa three star hotel)|
|Day12||Departure from Lhasa Airport/ Lhasa Train station|
Upon your arrival at Lhasa Airport or the train station our guide will receive you and escort you to the hotel in Lhasa. journey from airport to Lhasa will take an hour and from train station to Lhasa old city would take only a fifteen minutes. After checking in the hotel the rest of the day is free for you to get proper acclimatize the high altitude of Tibet
Today is the first day of activities in Lhasa, In the morning we will be visiting the Jhokang Temple located at the heart of the old city. In the afternoon we will be going to the Potala palace. after the Potala palace you can explore the city by your own self and our guide and team member will be available on call if you would need any assistance.
Jokhang Temple was builted in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo (r.617-49), and his two foreign wives who are credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet. The king’s first wife, Princess Bhrikuti (married in the 630s), was the sister of the Nepalese king, while his second wife, Princess Wencheng (married 641), was the niece or daughter of the Chinese emperor. The temple house a sacred image of the Buddha, the Jowo Rinpoche, which Queen Wencheng brought with her from China as a dowry. This statue is still enshrined within the temple and is the holiest object in Tibet.
Potala palace was built by Tibetan king Songtsan Gampo and later rebuilt by fifth Dalai Lama. It was the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas until peaceful libiration in year 1959. Its builted on a rocky hill overlooking the city of Lhasa, the Potala Palace has a sturdy fortress-like appearance. It contains more than a thousand rooms spreading over an area of 1,300 feet by 1,000 feet. The stone walls are 16 feet thick at the base, but more finely constructed (without the use of nails) in the upper stories. The Potala Palace is made of two main parts, easily distinguished by their color: the Red Palace and White Palace. The two are joined by a smaller, yellow-painted structure that houses the sacred banners hung on the exterior for the New Year festivals. The rooms inside the palace are identified by numbers as well as names.
today you will be visiting the Drepung Manastery in the morning. It is once the largest monastery in the Tibet and the world according to some explorer. In the after noon we will visit another Monastery in the outskirt of Lhasa called Sera monastery. Both the monasteries we are visiting today are belong to the Gelukpa the yellow hat sects of Tibetan Buddhism and those are among the biggest in Tibet.
Drepung monastery was founded in 1416; 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. Drepung is especially known as the site of the annual Shoton Festival, with its dramatic unfurling of a giant Thangka painting on the hillside. It was the home of the Dalai Lamas before the Potala palace was built in the 17th century. Resembling a heap of white rice from a distance, it was dubbed “Monastery of the Collecting-Rice” in Tibetan. The first floor of the Assembly Hall holds a striking statue of Dalai Lama XIII, magnificently lit by filtered sunshine and pungent yak butter lamps. Readings of the scriptures are often held here at midday, during which novices race one another to fetch tea from the kitchen for their elders. To the left (west) of the Assembly Hall is the kitchen, where butter tea is prepared and donations are accepted. The most revered image at Drepung is a 15m (49-ft.) tall statue of the 8-year old Maitreya Buddha (the future Buddha), designed by Tsongkhapa and housed on the third floor of the main building. Visitors are offered holy water; to receive it, cup your right hand above your left, take a sip, and splash the rest on your head. Several courtyards in the forest around the monastery are used by the monks for debating the sutras (Buddhist scriptures). The winners of the debates can take a test to earn the senior degree of Geshi.
Sera monastery is one of the great Gelugpa school of learning centre and famous debate session of monks on Buddhist sciences of philosophy, metaphysics, psychology and epistemology .The history of Sera monastery is strongly connected to master lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419).
This day we start traveling from early morning and we will have very long day to travel. Our first stop will be at the Yamdrok Lake. One of three most holiest lake in Tibet. We will stop there for the photo session. In early evening we will reach Gyantse. In Gyantse we will visit gyantse monastery and the fort. Our stay in Gyantse will greatly determine by how earlier we will start our journey from Lhasa and how much time would we take at Yamdrok Lake. After visiting we will travel to Shigatse where we will spend our night in local hotel.
Yamdrok Lake: is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. It is over 72 km (45 mi) long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake does have an outlet stream at its far western end. Around 90 km to the west of the lake lies the Tibetan town of Gyantse and Lhasa is a hundred km to the northeast. According to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess.
Gyangtse: is a small agricultural town is at 13, 050 ft above sea level and is famous for its wool carpets. The Palkhor Monastery built in 1427, is notable for its superb Kumbum (10,000 images) sputa, which has nice tiers and, according to the Buddhist tradition, 108 chapels. The lower tiers contain excellent murals. A Kumbum (“One hundred thousand holy images”, is a multi-storied aggregate of Buddhist chapels in Tibet . It forms part of Palchoe monastery.
Today in the morning we will be visiting Tashi Lhunpo monastery and explore the local traditional market. After this we will start moving forward to Old Tingri through Lhatse and Shegar. up on arrival our guide and crew members will prepare for the hiking like hiring Yak or Horse for carrying the luggage. We will have to stay overnight in Thingri and it is advisable for all the team member to make final preparation before going to bed.
Today we will begin our trek from Old Thingri. We will hike through Rachu and Lungjang, then we will head south towards south with Everest in the glance. As walk upwards the Rachu river valley, the narrower the valley becomes and gradually we will ascent the elevation. On our way we will pass through a water powered barley mill. this is a very unique opportunity for the entire team to observe the functionality of Tibetan primitive machine. We will camp in the beautiful region of Danak.
We will continue trekking up wards the valley. The Mt Everest will disappear behind the smaller mountain as we get closer to it. the trail will turn to the southeastern direction and we will ascend up to the Nam-la pass and then we will climb down the steam from Mt Everest and Mt. Cho Oyu towards the valley. We will camp at Chogorong at the foot of the mountain.
Today we will continue our hiking by the river in the valley and we will make cross on the tiny wooden bridge at the junction of rivers from Mt Everest and Mt Cho Oyu, we will the reach the motorable road to the Everest. Tracing continuously through road towards the south leads to our destination of the day, Rongbuk monastery. Mt Everest will gradually appear infront of us as we make progress towards our destination. We will spend the night in Rongbuk Monastery, the world highest monastery.
This day we will have free time in the morning to get proper relaxation and then in the afternoon we will head up to the Everest base camp. It takes only 2 hours to hike to the EBC. At the EBC we will see dozens to tent guest house set up by the local people for tourist to dwell for the night. We can either say in the local tent guess house at the EBC or we can choose to return back to the guess at the Rongbuk where we will be staying last night.
This day we will enjoy the beautiful sun shine on the Everest peak and then we will Travel back to Shigatse. we will be stay over night in the city.
Travel back to Lhasa on Northern friendship high way. This time we will be driving along the Brahmaputra river. Some sceneries would make you to stop on this way. Upon arrival to Lhasa we will rest for the rest of the day. and prepare for the departure on the next day.
This day marks the end of our tour in Tibet. You will be escort to your point of departure by our guide.