Kathmandu Lhasa EBC Drive Tour

Kathmandu Everest base camp Lhasa drive tour is supreme selective budget tour package which also affordable as well as often come in cheapest rate during the December to April. Lhasa is approximately 1190 km from Kathmandu which takes 6 days then another 2 days for Lhasa tour.

Kathmandu to Lhasa driving tour would be perfect for the age and physical restricted traverse who get little more time to acclimatize with high altitude. While traverse in the Tibet from lower elevation Gyirong, we sights measure attraction of center Tibet likely Everest base camp, Rongbuk temple, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Kumbum Stupa, Phalkor Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Korola Glacier then finally visiting several monuments in Lhasa. The vehicles stop along the friendship highway in the high passes and gives you sufficient hour to admire the locality and capture the portrait of high mountains, turquoise Glacier Lake, Buddhist monasteries, Tibetan culture and the mountain plateau.

Musical Adventure Trekking full backing overland Tibet tour begins from Kathmandu then first day drive stop at first Tibet city, Gyirong. Then next day the altitude rapidly ascend up to 4600 m then halt overnight at Tingri (4300 m). After that following days drive across the Rongbuk monastery, Lhatse, Shigatse, Gyantse and then the Kathmandu Lhasa Everest base camp tour ends at Lhasa, the capital of roof of the world. The nearest international airport (Gonggar) is 62 km far from Potala palace which takes 2 hours.

Best Seasons:

Tibet is a high altitude plateau country set on bottom of high mountain ranges. All the travelers should know when to do Tibet trip. We share our experience on the months

December – January – February – March:

Very cold temperatures in the Tibet. Night temperature is extremely cold that drinking water often gets frozen. During the day very strong sunshine yet cold & dry and cold winds but temperature still stay +1°C in a day.

April:

April is between winter and summer in Tibet - the winter ends with summer just starting. Good time for a trip but still cold, dry, lakes still frozen and temperature goes under -1°C

November:

The summer is ending and winter starts. Often snowfall after last week of October and most of the lakes get into frozen form.

May – June – July – August – September – October:

The months are the best time to do any trip in any part of Tibet. The weather is warm, sunny, grassy and higher oxygen content. Some time it rains in the night. These months are the busiest months and there will be queues for visiting monuments and even at the checkpoint.

Kathmandu Everest Base Camp Lhasa Drive Tour

Day 01:
8 hour drive to Gyirong (2450 m) [145 Km/155 mile]
Day 02:
7 hour drive to Tingiri (4300 m) [250 Km/155 mile]
Day 03:
3 hour drive to Rongbuk monastery (4980 m) [130 km/80 mile]- visiting Everest base camp
Day 04:
8 hour drive to Xigatse (3900 m) [335 km/208 mile]
Day 05:
7 hour drive to Lhasa (3650 m) [417 km/283 miles]
Day 06:
Monastery Excursion in Lhasa (Drepung monastery and Sera monastery)
Day 07:
Cultural Excursion (Potala palace and Jokhang Temple)
Day 08:
Departure

Note: Musical Adventure Trekking arranges group Joining tour and solo individual private tour to Tibet. We even can customized tour itinerary in your interest that’s we can reduce or extend length of duration on your demands. We arrange Tibet tour from directly Lhasa and from Kathmandu to Kathmandu as well. Above Itinerary is a guideline & Standard pattern, which we provide you. Our trip cost will be based on Budget, Standard, Deluxe accommodation and group size. So please kindly provides us your trip details for a customized program. We will able to arrange standard and deluxe accommodation on Shigatse, Gyantse & Lhasa other than those places, will be guesthouse accommodations.

Day 01: 8 hour drive to Kerung (2450 m) [145 Km/90 mile]

From Kathmandu 8 hour drive to Kerung which is first port of Tibet after complete the customs procedures. The drive starts early morning from Kathmandu then make a first stop at Trishuli Bazaar for lunch then second break at the Rasuwagadi immigration. The Chinese vehicles change once cross the Bhote Koshi River then driving up to Kerung village for overnight.

Overnight at hotel

Day 02: 7 hour drive to Tingiri (4300 m) [250Km/155 mile]

From Kerung, drive begins uphill on zig-zag unpaved road then leaving the vegetation behind, the mountain appear close by. Once crossing the pass entering on the Tibetan plateau which provides close view of Peikhu tso, mount Shishapangma and sacred Gaurishanker. After lake drive on good road with detour on viewpoint to Tingri village, can sights magnificent view of the Mount Everest and Makalu.

Day 03: 2 hour drive to Rongbuk monastery (4980 m) [130 km/80 mile]- visiting Everest base camp

Old Thingri is the cultural town where can have nomad life, Rongbuk temple is 70 km far and ascend up 600 m in the 2 hour drive. Rongbuk temple offer best view of Mount Everest especially stunning sunset with together Mount Cho Oyu. After lunch side tour to north Everest base camp which is only 8 km/5 miles away.

Day 04: 8 hour drive to Xigatse (3900 m) [335 km/208 mile]

In the morning can visit high altitude Rongbu monastery which also highest Buddhist monastery in the earth. The journey begins towards Shigatse with passing different nomad villages of center Tibet like Old Thingri, Lhatse then arrived at Shigatse villages which also second largest populated Tibetan town after Lhasa. The 7 hours' high loftiness drive often pass the farming terrain where can see vegetable farming in the green house. The accommodation arrange at midst of the Xigatse on the comfortable hotel if the time permits visiting the Tashi Lhunpo monastery.

Day 05: 7 hour drive to Lhasa (3650 m) [365 km/226 miles]

So before leave from the Xigatse, visiting residence of the Panchen Lama called Tashi Lhompo monastery which was founded in 1447. The monastery has different compartment one of the room has largest Maitreya Buddha statue which also main attraction. The huge Buddhism monastery has different section which separated for mediation and the quarter. Even can see cemetery of series of Panchen Lama in the room. We will easy spend 1-2 hours with exploring the Buddhist architecture.After spent nearly 2 hours' drive onward on the highway make a stop at Gyantse city then visit Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After lunch at Gyantse drive continuing on direction of Lhasa then detour of 72 km long Yamdrok Lake and Karola glacier. From here drive resume over the Gampala pass then underground drive to Lhasa city, the wonder of the Tibet.

Day 06: Monastery Excursion in Lhasa (Drepung monastery and Sera Monastery)

Sera monastery means wild rose in English was built in 1419 AD during the reign of the Ming Dynasty. The monk mostly wear yellow hat and red gown on the occasion and praying duration which also culture in Gelupa division in Tibetan Buddhism. The huge monastery is set on 7 km west of the Potala palace right bottom of the hilltop. The fascination of the temple also monks debating which take a place from 15:00 pm for an more or less onward from Monday to Friday each week except the Tibetan public holiday. The debating with clapping hand is part of the education culture in Gelupa sect Buddhism.

The Gelupa sect Drepung monastery is positioned 10 km east of potala palace on bottom of the mountain in the Lhasa which was founded in 1416 by great Tibetan Buddhism teacher. Drepung monastery also counted in best three monastery in the Tibet with together Sera & Gaden monastery in Tibet. The more than 1000 thousand monks are practicing Buddhism in Drepung monastery.

Day 07: Cultural Excursion (Potala palace and Jokhang Temple)

Lhasa, architecture city is also highest altitude country capital in the world, it is Tibetan hub for economic, politically, culturally and commercial. So first day of Lhasa tour, we are visiting prominent of the Lhasa city hence Potala palace which used to be winter residence of Dalai Lama from 5th until exile the 14th Dalai Lama. The huge and tall Potala palace has several interesting possessions of Dalai Lama which also attraction. The gold painted gilded burial and private meditation cave of former Dalai Lama as well get magnificent view of Tibetan plateau and surrounding mountains.

Next Jokhang temple which is walk able distance, the ancient Buddhist temple was founded in 7th century by great 33rd Tibetan king. From Potal palace walk along the colorful Barkhor Street where can sights shopping. Even can sights how the devotees prostrating courtyard of Jokhang temple with knees down in traditional method. The large statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha seen inside the Jokhang temple as well, even can see daily monk's evening ritual in the Jokhang monastery.

Day 08: Departure

Last day of the roof of the world, after breakfast your hotel at Lhasa. As your mode of transport and schedule transferring in time to Lhasa train station or Lhasa Gonggar airport for onward journey.

Note: Musical Adventure Trekking arranges group Joining tour and solo individual private tour to Tibet.

We even can customized tour itinerary in your interest that’s we can reduce or extended length of duration on your demands.

We arrange Tibet tour from directly Lhasa and from Kathmandu to Kathmandu as well.

Above Itinerary is a guideline & Standard pattern, which we provide you. Our trip cost will be based on Budget, Standard, Deluxe accommodation and group size. So please kindly provides us your trip details for a customized program.

We will able to arrange standard and deluxe accommodation on Shigatse, Gyantse & Lhasa other than those places, will be guesthouse accommodations.

Cost Includes:

  • Tibet travel & road permit and all other necessary travel permits of Tibet
  • Entrance fees of monuments and monasteries as per itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the day to day itineraries
  • Group transportation entire your Tibet tour on A/C Jeep/Van/Bus according to Group Size
  • Experience and knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide
  • Hotel/Airport/Hotel transfer in Kathmandu
  • Airport drop-off from Lhasa to Gonggar airport
  • Winter care service: Hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm at Rongpuk Monastery
  • Bottle Oxygen supply when travelling to EBC
  • Eco-bus between Rongpuk and EBC

Cost Excludes

  • Meals and extra accommodation which not indicate in the day to day itinerary
  • Medical and travel insurance which should cover any emergency rescue evacuation
  • Other personal expenses tips, donation, photography charges, laundry, call and bottle drinks
  • Any natural or political cost arising from Landslides, road blockage & additional transportation cost
  • Gratitude to guide & driver

Flight Notes:

From Lhasa there are two airlines operating non-stop fligh to Kathmandu which is 1:30 minute mountain vista flight. Air China attend flight at midday each day in the week and the Sichuan Airlines operate Lhasa to Kathmandu flight 3 times in the week.

Visa Notes:

Nepal Visa: Nepal Government provides various option to obtain Nepal visa, one of the best way to obtain Nepal visa is is on arrival visa at the immigration. On arrival visa facilities are available all the immigration, just need to fill-up on arrival immigration card but probably need to stay in the Que. To skip the que can fill-up online form and print out in period of 15 days Click here

Tibet: Musical Adventure Trekking will issue your Tibet visa and permits from Kathmandu in 3 working days in between Monday to Friday. Before your arrival to Kathmandu, should send copy of necessary documents in advanced to process the Tibet documents.

Equipment List

Accessories

Daypack up to 50 litre

Down jacket

4 Seasons sleeping bag

Water bottle

Hand

1 Pair liner gloves thin wool or synthetic

1 Elevation water proof wristwatch

1 Nail cutter

1 Pair wind/waterproof gloves

Upper Body – Head/Ears/Eyes

Sun head or Gulf cap

Sun glasses 100% UV protection with side shields and hard-sided storage in case

Headlamp or torch light with at least 1 pair of extra battery

Ear muffs

Sun Lotions/Sun cream

Main Body

1 Synthetic t-shirt

2 Long sleeve polyester or synthetic lightweight for sunny days

Zipper provides addition venting options which are good for changing temperatures

1 Soft shell jacket water & wind resist

Inner cloths as required

Lower Body / Leg

1 Piece nylon hiking short paints which should be quick drying type not cotton

1 Piece cotton paints(loose jeans/khakis)

1 Piece waterproof/windproof paint

2 Pair inner Thermal for day and night

Inner cloths as you needed

Feet

3 Pair of trekking socks

1 Pairs woollen socks wearing on evening

1 Pair light sport or shoes sneaker

Trekking boots

Medicines / First Aid

Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.

Imodium or Pepto Bismo capsules for upset stomach or diarrheal.

Diamox(commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please talk to with trek leader before taking medicine.

1Small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band aides

Anti-infection ointments, etc.

Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Medicines / First Aid

Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.

Imodium or Pepto Bismo capsules for upset stomach or diarrheal.

Diamox(commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please talk to with trek leader before taking medicine.

1Small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band aides

Anti-infection ointments, etc.

Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

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Trip Facts

Activities: Cultural/Nature Tour

Maximum Height: 5,200 m/17,060 Ft

Duration: 09 Days

Transportation: A/C Bus/4WD

Grade: High Altitude

Best Season: May - October

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge/Guesthouse

Meal: Breakfast

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