13 Days Lhasa Tour
Day 01: Kathmandu to Lhasa .
You will be taken from the hotel to the Kathmandu Capital Airport for the flight to Lhasa 's Gongar Airport . Your flight arrives in the early afternoon and you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide.Your guide will welcome you with a khada . A khada is a white scarf which is the Tibetan traditional way to wish you good luck. The drive from the airport to Lhasa is 100km . On the way you make a stop to visit a Tibetan school. Another stop is to see the stone Giant Buddha. The elevation of Lhasa is 3658 meters. After getting settled in your hotel you will enjoy dinner at a local Tibetan restaurant. The evening can be spent acclimating to the altitude or you are free to explore the city.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa (3658m)
Today you will be guided through the Potala Palace , the highest palace in the world and the former residence of the Dalai Lama. Your guide will explain the details of the palace and the history of Buddhism. At the top the palace (called the golden roof) , you will have a bird's-eye view of the whole of Lhasa . In the distance are undulating mountain ranges, the beautiful Lhasa River, tracts of fields, tree-shaded villages and the glistening Jokhang Temple which you will visit after lunch. The temple was first built during the period of Sontsan Gambo in the 7th century. You'll find that many pilgrims pray before the monastery and you may be present for a ceremony within the temple. Later on you will have free time to just look around or shop at the Barkhor Market near Jokhang Temple . The day will be completed with a visit to a local family. The visit will give you a feel for the real Tibetan's lifestyle and culture. Dinner this evening is in a local restaurant.
Day 03: Lhasa – Gyantse - Shigatse (3736m)
This morning you will be driven over Ganbala Pass and past beautiful Yamdrok Tso ( Turquiose Lake ) on the road to Gyantse . The drive is around 280kM and travels over several high passes. At Gyantse , you tour the Palkhor Monastery which contains the Kumbu Pagoda. Gyantse is at an elevation of 4040M. After a leisurely tour of the monastery, you continue on to Shigatse for the evening. If you arrive with sufficient time (and energy), you may visit the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery home of the Panchen Lama. Shigatse is a 600 years old city.
Day 04: Shigatse - Tingri (4300m).
The drive from Shigatse to Old TIngri is 240km. Your guide will do the necessary preparations for the trek to Everest Base Camp hiring either yaks or horse carts. You will have good views of Mt. Everest (highest), Makalu (5 th highest), Gyan Kung, Cho Oyu (6 th highest.) Do preparation for walking to Everest Base Camp, hire yak men and yaks there today.
Day 05: Trek to Tsojan Village (4500m )
The elevation of Tsojan Village is 4500m and 4–6 hours of trekking is needed. The trek begins in Old Tingri and you pass through Lunja as you head south towards Everest in the distance. The high flat plain typical of Tibet allows for gradual elevation gains during the day. A water-powered barley mill is passed along the way.
Day 06: Trek to Lama La Pass (5100).
The elevation of Lama La Pass is 5100m and you will need 4-6 hours for trekking. As you continue up the valley. Everest disappears behind the mountains and as the trail turns to the southeast and begins to climb to the pass.
Day 07: Trek to Zemukh (4910m)
On this third day of trekking, you will continue along the way towards the main road. The village of Zemukh is one of the highest occupied villages in the world. The elevation drops only slightly as we approach the main road. We will camp in the high valley near Zemukh as we continue towards Rongbuk .
Day 08: Trek to Rongbuk (5200m )
Today you will connect with the main road and continue on to the Rongbuk Monastery. The trek will take 4-6 hours. Rongbuk is a small village with the monastery, a guesthouse, and some accommodations for villagers. Everest dominates the southern view at the end of the valley. This location provides terrific sunsets and sunrises on Everest.
Day 09: Rongbuk to Everest Base Camp (6240m)
Day 10: Everest Base Camp to Lhatse .
From Rongbuk you have two options. You can trek the 8kM (5 miles) to base camp, or take a local horse cart. Either way, we will arrive in Everest Base Camp in the morning and be face-to-face with Chomolungma (the Tibetan name for Everest.) Relax enjoying the spectacular view or stop by one of the local support tents for a cup of tea.You will return from base camp and rejoin your local vehicle for the return drive to Lhatse where you arrive in the evening to spend the night.
Day 11: Lhatse to Lhasa
Today is a long driving day. The distance to Lhasa is about 500km and will require about 9hours.
Day 12: Lhasa to Kathmandu
This morning you will be taken by car to the Lhasa Airport for your flight to Kathmandu .