Tibet group tour 2015 October is design for every travelers how might have miss their opportunity to visit Tibet in the month of September due to online speculation of Tibet being close in the month of September.
We have two departure date with the maximum number of members per group would be 8 person per group.
Tour to Everest north base camp offers you a one of a unique advantage of explore most of the attraction Tibet has to offer to international travelers. Everest in Tibet side has a huge advantage for the travelers as it offers a motor able road till foot of Everest
In this tour you spend some days in Lhasa. Where you will visit all the culture center and monastery in Lhasa including Potala palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingkha (the Summer palace), Sera monastery, Drepung Monastery, Nechung monastery, Ganden monastery. You will then drive on friendship high way towards Nepal. On this way you will visit Gyantse town, Shigatse city and Sakya monastery. Then you will visit the Everest base camp.
At the Everest base camp you will visit spent a night in tent guest house near Rongbuk Monastery. After Everest base camp, you will then drive back to Lhasa for the flight or train to your destination.
Best suit for: Families, Elders, Wanderers, budget travelers.
Day 1) Arrival and acclimatization
We will welcome you at the Airport or The Lhasa train station. Then you will be escort to your hotel. It is always advice the travelers to take a good rest for proper acclimatization. please do not any activities which would lead you to dehydrate, like taking bath. And avoid hard work for the first day. Many traveler prefer to take a nap. by the evening i will come to meet you at the hotels and discuss about the itinerary and other stuff. If time let we will have a dinner at Tibetan restaurant.
Day 2) Lhasa sign seeing.
Visit to Jokhang Temple and Sera monastery
In the morning after having your breakfast your guide will meet you at the hotel. Then you will first go to the Jokhang Temple, the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Since you hotel is in the Tibetan quarter of Lhasa city, you will walk to the Jokhang Temple. After visiting the Temple you can some time to explore the Old Lhasa city by your own for couple of hours.
The guide will fix you a time and place to visit. In the afternoon, you will visit the Sera monastery. This is a most well-preserved monastery in Tibet. The monastery you can sit in the courtyard where monks will be debating on Buddhist philosophy. you can stay there for some times. this is a very good opportunity for many travellers to take a picture of monks debate. You can tell your guide to give you some free times to explore the monastery by your own, if you would like to live in peace for some times
Day 3) Lhasa sign seeing.
Visit to Potala palace, Norbulingkha (the Summer palace), and Drepung Monastery, Nechung monastery (There are near by)
In the morning you will visit the grand Potala palace. Your guide will fix and time as per the ticket timing. please do not bring any drinking water or any liquid to drink. you will be ask to either drink it or throw it at the check point. Plus please do not take a picture inside of the palace is restrict. there is a time limited of two hours to stay in side the palace to fit in all those travelers in limited time and state of vulnerability of century old palace against thousands of visitor alike. you guide might hurry you. But if you would like to see some thing or spend a few moment in specific place please let know her.
After the visit is over you will be descending from back side of the palace. I always take my group to take a rest and have a tea with locals in tea shop in garden. many travelers like it. Yet prepare to have a load of people focusing on you. its new to them, if you don’t look Asian. but a smile and cheerful aptitude would do the cure and would make it a memorable time. in the garden there is a small island in the pool. the temple is dedicate to the King of Nagas, living in our world yet not visible to our eyes. you might want to visit it. If you are a family travelling with a children i would suggest you to rent a paddling boat and paddle in the pool.
after spending few times in the garden, then i would suggest you to go to Norbulingkha.There is Tibetan restaurant near the Norbulingkha which serves a very good Tibetan food. you will then visit Norbulingkha palace. please buy a bottle of water before entering the gate. It is a not a single one building palace. its more like a resort with one palace for two Dalai Lamas.
After the Norbulingkha Palace, your guide will ask you if you still have the visit Drepung Monastery and Nechung monastery. If you do, then you can visit the Drepung monastery and Nechung monastery. Nechung is find at the foot hill of Drepung monastery. in total this two monastery would take about two hours. beware that there is a quite a lots of high stair case you have to climb up to.
Day 4) Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok lake and Carola Pass
It is advise to start the journey little earlier in the morning. So in most of the cases we leave Lhasa at 7 in the morning after having breakfast at your hotel. by 11:00 Am you will reach the Kampa-la pass (4700 m) . The car will stop here for some time of the beautiful view to Yamdrok Lake below the pass and the mighty mount Mount Nojin Kangtsang (7191 meters). After some times at the pass for the picture, we will then drive down to the Lake. It is about a 15 minutes drive and we will descend about 700 meters to the shore. We will stop at the shore and you will have some times to enjoy the beautiful lake from its shore.
After the Lake we will continue to drive to the Nangartse town for lunch. From Yamdrok lake to Nangartse is 50 kms and we will drive along the shore until we divert to the Town. If you are traveling during the winter you can see lots of wild birds on this road. It is advise to bring a binocular if you are bird lover. Once when we reach the town we will stop here for the lunch and after the lunch you can explore this little Tibetan town for some times.
You will then continue to Gyantse town. You will reach at the Gyantse town about the 3:00 pm. We will then check in to our hotel for the night and then we will continue to visit the Gyantse monastery. Visiting the monastery would take about one and half hours. If you still have some energy, we can visit the Gyantse fort.
Day 5) Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse via Shula monastery
You will start you journey at about 9:00 am. Once when you drive out of the Gyantse town, we will stopped at photograpghy spot outside the town. From there you can see entire town of Gyantse including its monastery, stupa and the fort. It is one of my favorite place in Tibet to take picture.
From Gyantse we will first go to Shalu monastery. Many travel and tour operator in Tibet skips in their itinerary. But to me it is a must place to visit. The painting in side the monastery is very different. Those are the original Newari style paintings.
After Shalu Monastery we will continue to Shigatse. On arrival to Shigatse we will first visit the Tashi lhunpo monastery. Built by the first Dalai lama and official residence of Penchen lama. Then we will drive to the hotel and rest of the day is free for you and the group members. But i will have to go to apply for the permit for Everest base camp
Day 6) Drive to new Tingri via Sakya monastery
We will start our day little earlier today to have more time Sakya monastery. We will drive on friendship road. From Tibetan town of Lhatse, we will take a detour to Sakya monastery. The monastery is a main principle monastery of the Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery looks like a medieval fort. This architecture and painting of the Sakya monastery is completely different form any other attraction you will visit in this tour. There are lots of thing you can see in the monastery that is why we leave from Shigatse earlier. After the Sakya Monastery we will continue driving to Tingri and we will stop for the night before going up to Everest base camp.
Day 7) Drive to Everest Base Camp
If you would like to see the sun shine over the mighty Himalayas and Everest in the morning you will have to start the journey earlier before sunshine. I always recommend all the travelers to leave before the sun shine to see the beautiful sun shine over Everest and its sisters mountains. Once when we reach at the Rungbuk monastery. We will take some time in our tent guest house and then we will go ahead to Everest Base Camp. We can’t take our car and we will have to either take the Eco-bus or walk up. Walking up is about four kilo meters and could take about two hours. There is a small cave of Guru padmasambahva. You can visit if you walk.
We will spent a night in EBC in the tent guest house. The tent could become smoky some times. If you think you have an altitude issue, we can return back to Thingri. Please be decisive and decide before every one sleeps.
Day 8) Drive from EBC to Shigatse
Today you will have one more time to close with mighty Everest. Get up early and go there to see the beautiful sun shine over Everest. After the sun shine we will go back to the car and drive back to Shigatse.
Day 9) Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa
we will drive back to Lhasa. Upon arrival in Lhasa we will share the pictures and dinner at a local Tibetan restaurant.
Day 10) Departure
It’s a departure day for you, we will drop you off at the air port.
Please book the tour a month before the real date of visit. i need at least 17 days to process the Tibet Travel Permit
The copy of your Passport and the Visa has to be clear enough to read all the letter on it. The copy of passport must be of the passport one which you have or have your visa on.
please read this page for clear concise information about traveling to Tibet and thing to do before travelling into Tibet.
Remember coming in from Nepal and china is different. if you are coming from Nepal (flight or overland), you need to have visa applied for PRC embassy in Kathmandu. We will send your visa invitation to friend agency in Nepal.
Price base on eight member: 921 US Dollar per person
- Professional Tibet tour guide service
- Tourist cab, Ford Transits 16 seater.
- Accommodation in Local Tibet style guest house in Lhasa, four star Tibetan style hotel in Shigatse, Local Tibetan guest house in Shelkar and Tent hostel at Everest Base Camp. ( all the accomodation include break fast)
- Entrance fees to all the attractions mention in the Itinerary above.
- all the required permits and permit delivery
- 300 USD extra for single supplement.