Challenge yourself to travel from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp (5200m) and later to the tranquil Namtso Lake (4718m) through a sizeable Northern pasture where legendary Tibetan nomads live for generations. This 10day tour is full of adrenaline-pumping adventures and offers you some of the best experience Tibet has to offer.
Best Time to Visit
You can make a trip to Tibet all year around. However, the ideal time to visit is during spring or autumn. These seasons offer perfect weather to enjoy the views of distant mountains, and you will encounter minimal problems. During winter, the weather in this region gets freezing, and snowfall might also block many tracks. In the monsoon season, the tracks are wet, and you might also face various natural disasters like landslides.
Accommodation at EBC and Namtso
A journey to EBC is primarily an adventure tour. For the high-altitude and its remoteness at EBC, your only choices are locally-run yak tents and the guesthouse of the Rongbuk Monastery. Both accommodations are quite humble with the necessary facilities. But, we ensure you a warm shelter in the freezing environment.
On the other hand, there are no guesthouses, so far, around the lakeshore of Namtso Lake to protect the environment of Namtso. After you visit Lake Namtso, you will stay either at Damxung (4200m) (62km east to Namtso, 1h30min drive) or Yangbachen(4300m) (136km southeast to Namtso, 2h45min drive). The much lower altitude will bring you a sound sleep.
Oxygen in EBC
The oxygen level at EBC is about half of the plain regions. So, the thin air might make it hard for you to feel asleep at EBC. However, if oxygen is needed, we supply it to you. Our group guide will continuously measure your oxygen level with Pulse Oximeter. Even the Portable Hyperbaric Chamber is installed to guarantee your safety for the emergency. It is normal to feel hard to breathe, don’t panic, walk slowly, and breathe evenly.
Age limit to EBC tour
There is no official age limit for the Everest Base Camp tour. However, it is not advisable for kids or older people to engage in this tour. Although, any age can complete the trip to Everest Base Camp without any issue if prepared properly.
Packing for EBC tour
As we will be spending only a single night at Everest Base Camp, so there is no need to pack many travel gear with you. You always need to carry a traveling light with you. It is a must to pack warm clothes that keep your body safe from the bone-chilling wind. You also need to take sunscreens as sunlight is very rough at this altitude.
Beanies, windbreakers, breathable and thermal underwear, down jacket, vest, hiking pants and warm boots, woolen socks, sunblock and sunglasses, lip balm, mittens are few things to carry. Don’t forget to bring toiletries and medicines for high altitude sickness, cold relief, etc.
Why this 10day tour often referred to as the best Tibet tour?
This 10day tour combines the classic EBC tour from Lhasa with an extended trip to tranquil Namtso Lake. You can enjoy the fascinating Himalayan Range and get a close-up view of Mt. Everest at EBC, then traverse past turquoise Lake Yamdrok and heavenly Lake Namtso, etc.
The jaw-dropping Himalayan vista, otherworldly alpine lakes, and exotic vibes of Tibetan Buddhism will bring you the best experience Tibet has to offer.
Visit the best of Tibet in a single tour, including the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, etc.
Get gorgeous views of many mountain peaks from Everest Base Camp
Experience the remote lifestyle of Tibet
Learn how the nomads spend their days
Visit two of the Great Three Monasteries of Gelugpa sect in Tibet
Encounter a variety of alpine flora and fauna at Sagarmatha National Park
Visit the lap of the world’s summit, Everest Base Camp
See the monk’s debate in Sera Monastery, one of the largest monasteries in Tibet.
Relish the incredible view of the holy lake Namtso
- All necessary permits in Tibet
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- All entrance ticket fees for sites listed in the itinerary
- Knowledgeable, highly skilled English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide
- Ground transfer on a local tourist vehicle
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
- Comfortable Hotel Accommodations (twin-sharing room; if you want to opt for a single room, we can manage that in an additional cost)
- Welcome dinner in a fine local restaurant in Lhasa
- Arrangements include planning, communication, handling, and operational charges
- Airport transfers and all ground transfer
- Group tours only include a welcome dinner after your arrival in Tibet
- Tibet Handy Map
- Drinking water Provided during the trip
- Tourist accident/casualty insurance
- Any Airfare/ Train Tickets (We can provide you best discount price on any domestic tickets)
- Tips and gratuities for trip guides and drivers. You can tip according to the services
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone calls, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)
After you arrive at Lhasa, our airport representative will pick you up at the airport/station and escort you to your hotel. On the way to Lhasa, you will get some beautiful views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River (the largest river in Tibet) and the Lhasa River. After arriving at your hotel in Lhasa, check into the hotel, and you can simply relax. If you want, you can go on a sightseeing tour around Potala Palace. This palace is the winter home of Dalai Lama. Here, you can enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around. It is vital to get proper rest in Lhasa. The high altitude of the environment makes newcomers prone to altitude sickness. So, having a good sleep is a great way to prevent altitude sickness.
Lhasa sightseeing tour
The journey begins with a visit to Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. The palace was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The golden burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet are some of the precious collections of the palace. After visiting Potala Palace, we take a short lunch break. After lunch, we head towards the Jokhang Temple. The 33rd great king of Tibet founded the Jokhang Temple in the 7th Century. Inside, can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. In the outer vicinity, pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is the Barkhor street. Here you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals. Then, explore the local market nearby. Besides, we will taste Tibetan tea in the local tea house. If we have enough time, we will also visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center.
In the morning, we make a trip to the Drepung Monastery. One of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s primary disciples, founded this monastery in 1416 AD. Here, you can see the most prominent monastery kitchen inside the monastery. Near Drepung, you can also see the Buddhist Sculpture Carving Workshop. In the afternoon, we pay a visit to Sera Monastery, another of the great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The major attraction of the monastery is the monk’s debate that lasts for a couple of hours; 3-5 in the afternoon. Likewise, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you will see three sand Mandalas and vibrant Rock Painting of Buddha.
Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse
Departing from Lhasa in the morning, we head towards Shigatse. On the way, we move across the Gampala pass (4790m). From here, we can get a beautiful view of Yamdrok-Tso (4400m). Silver mountain peaks surround this pristine lake. From here, you can also get stunning views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m), the highest mountain near Lhasa in the distance. Later, we will get a sight of Korola glacier beside the road. Then, we move towards Simila Mountain Pass, where we can hang prayer flags. Eventually, we arrive at Gyantse. It is the third-largest city in Tibet. In Gyantse, we make a tour to the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress. From here, we drive for about a couple of hours to reach Shigatse, the second-largest city of Tibet. In Shigatse, we can visit the traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).
Shigatse to Everest Base Camp (5200m)
In the morning, we visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we depart from Shigatse after obtaining Alien’s travel permit. From Shigatse, we drive towards Lhatse, a small town where we stop for lunch break. From here, we move pas the Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). After we enter Sagarmatha National Parks, you can get panoramic views of Himalaya from Gawula Pass. Then we drive through the winding track to Everest Base Camp. If the weather is clear, we can get enchanting views of the sun setting between the Himalayas from Everest Base Camp.
Return to Shigatse from Everest Base Camp
We wake up early in the morning to get a glimpse of sunrise from Everest Base Camp. The sight of the sun rising from the world’s summit makes for a perfect memory of the trip. Here, we visit the Rongbuk Monastery, the highest unique monastery where nuns and monks live together. Then, we will visit the Mt. Everest Sightseeing Spot from where we can take the closest picture of Mt. Everest. Enjoying the time at EBC, we return to Shigatse.
Shigatse to Lhasa
Today, we drive back to Lhasa via the Yalong Valley. From the viewing platform, you can get the view of the massive Yalong River bed. After you reach Lhasa, the guide will transfer you to the hotel.
Day Eight :
Lhasa to Namtso Lake, drive back to Dunxumg or Yampachen
In the morning, we depart from Lhasa towards Lake Namtso. Lake Namtso is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet, and also the highest saltwater lake in the world. On the way to Namtso, we can get the view of the snow-covered Nyenchen Thanglha mountain ranges. We will also pass through the nomads’ tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated on the flourishing grassland (during summer). Besides, you can enjoy the view of Sky-Road Railway with snowy peaks in the backdrop. From the renowned Lagenla Pass(5190m), you can get stunning views of the holy Namtso Lake. From here, we trek in a leisure pace around Tashi DOr Island and hike along the lakeshore. Then, we drive back to Dumxung or Yampachen. (Government closed the Lakeshore guesthouse for environmental protection.)
Yampachen to Lhasa
In Yampachen, we can enjoy the natural hot spring bath. These hot springs can cure muscle aches and relax muscles. The famed Yangpachen lies on the southern slope of the Nyenchen Tangula Mountains and is renowned for its geothermal scenery. Annually, Yangpachen Hot Spring emits heat equal to that of 4.7 million tons of standard coal. Yangpachen’s geothermal field covers 40 square km. There are lots of resorts here to take advantage of the geothermal area and providing the chance of enjoying outdoor natural hot water springs to its visitors. After enjoying the time in the spa, we head back to Lhasa. On the way, we will visit Chimelong Nunnery (Phyirmil Lung Nunnery) and have a distant view of a sky burial site.
Departure from Lhasa
Our representative will transfer you to the airport or station in your schedule time.