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TIBET OVERLAND KATHMANDU TO LHASA AND EVEREST BASE CAMP

On this trip, we will follow the Friendship Highway through some of the most beautiful and picturesque landscapes on Earth.

Tibet Overland to Everest Base Camp

On this trip, we will follow the Friendship Highway through some of the most beautiful and picturesque landscapes on Earth. 

We spend 3 nights in Lhasa, staying right in the centre of the old city. This will allow both plenty of time for acclimatisation and easy access to the cities main attractions - the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple. Leaving Lhasa in our Toyota Land Cruiser 4 wheel drive, well travel through this amazing country. 

In the towns of Gyantse and Shigatse we explore monasteries and fully immerse ourselves in the Buddhist culture. We will pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. 

Equally as fascinating is the wealth of cultural interest and we will have plenty of opportunity to explore this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns we pass through on our journey The highlight of this trip is the visit to Everest Base Camp - where the view of Mt Everest are unsurpassed. We then head all the way back down to Nepal.

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The cost of a medical evacuation from the mountain is expensive, which is why adequate travel insurance  is required on all climbs booked through us. Adequate, means you must be covered for 1) Trekking or hiking – this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion. 
2) Altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard cover and often limit it to 3500m or less. 
3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy – yes, many insurers exclude this; though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for. 
4) Personal accident – this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients – “if anything happens to me, just leave me there.” It is not that simple. 

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Tibet Overland to Everest Base Camp Overview

Day-1: Kathmandu 
Day-2: Kathmandu 
Day-3: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)
 Day-4: Lhasa 
Day-5: Lhasa 
Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m) 
Day-7: Gyantse (3950m) to Shigatse (3900m) 
Day-8: Shigatse to Shegar (4050m) 
Day-8: Shigatse to Shegar (4050m) 
Day-9: Shegar to Rongbuk (5000m) 
Day-10: Drive Rongbuk - Nyalam 
Day-11: Drive Nyalam - Kathmandu 
Day-12: Leisure. 
Day-13 Final Departure.  

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TIBET OVERLAND TO BASE CAMP ITINERARY

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu  and transfer to Hotel. 

Day-2: Full day Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day-3. Kathmandu to Lhasa  (3660m)  

Transfer to the  airport for the hour-long flight across the main Himalayan range.  Afternoon at rest to acclimatise to Lhasa' s high altitude.

Day-4: Lhasa

We will visit Lhasa' s many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai  Lama.

Day-5: Lhasa

We visit the   Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery founded in the 14th century, and once the largest in  the world, with a population of  around 10,000 monks. The afternoon, is a time to relax or  further explore the area.

Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)

Travelling by jeep along the  Friendship Highway we cross the  Khamba La (4794m) and continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La (5045m) with incredible glacial views. We  spend the night in a Hotel at Gyantse. [261km]

Day-7: Gyantse to Shigatse  (3900m)

After an early morning tour of some of the  Gyantse Dzong (14th Century fort) and the Kumbum, a large  stupa, we head off on a short 90km drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. In the afternoon we will explore  the area, local monasteries and market. Overnight at the Hotel.   [90km]

Day-8: Shigatse to Shegar  (4050m)

We continue along  the Friendship Highway,   marveling once more at the barren yet spectacular landscape   of Tibet. Beyond the town of  Lhatse we cross the highest pass on our journey, the Gyamtso La [5220m]. From here we descend to  the plains en route to Shegar and overnight at Hotel   Quomolongma.[244km]

Day-9: Shegar to Rongbuk

On our travels, we are rewarded with uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma, with clear views of Everest as we turn into the Rongbuk Valley. Overnight Guest House.(68km)        

Day-10: Drive Rongbuk -  Old Tingri

After arriving back at Rongbuk, we begin our drive towards Old Tingri, cross another two high passes, and begin our descent from the Tibetan Plateau to Nyalam just 30 km before the Nepalese border. [215km]

Day-11: Drive Old Tingri - Kyirong County

(270 kms / 5.5 hrs. Guest House.

Day-12: Cross the border   (Kerung) and drive to Kathmandu

Today we say goodbye to the Tibetan guide and driver and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kerung where our Nepalese staff will meet us. After completing the re-entry formalities we continue the drive to Kathmandu, which, depending on road and weather conditions, should take about     8-9 hours. Hotel Overnight.       

Day-12: Today at leisure.

Day-13: Final Departure.                                                                                                           

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Tibet Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best month to travel in Tibet?

The best time to visit Tibet is between May and October when the skies are largely clear and blue, temperatures reach double digits, and the ice has melted. 

April is the beginning of spring in Tibet. At this time, the minimum temperature rises back above zero and the average maximum temperature is around 15 °C. The peach blossom blooming season in Nyingchi begins in late March or early April. 

From April to May, the average daily maximum temperature in Lhasa and other major destinations of Tibet will gradually rise from 15 °C to about 20 °C, which is perfect for outdoors. 

September temperatures range from 7°C to 21°C, making it very pleasant to visit Tibet in September. It is also the harvest season in Tibet. 

Is Tibet ever closed to foreign visitors? 

A passport with a minimum validity of 6 months is required for processing the visa for China and then the permit for Tibet. You are not allowed to enter Tibet with only a Chinese visa. You need to arrive to Kathmandu prior to 9am on day one of your tour to process the visa. There is a separate procedure for Tibet permit and we ask that you  send your copy of passport three weeks before arrival to us so that we can start the process.

Do I need any permits?

There are actually a number of required documents.

If starting your tour in Nepal you will need a multiple entry visa or if starting in Tibet, an entry visa for Nepal. Both can be obtained on arrival for $50.

For Tibet, who will need a China Visa. These can only be applied for in Kathmandu if travelling in via Nepal, otherwise from a visa agent if entering directly into Tibet.

You then also require a special Aliens Travel Permit to allow you to enter certain areas of Tibet such as Everest Base Camp and then a Tibet Travel Permit. Tibet Travel Permit can only be obtained by a registered tour operator, and is required to gain entry to Tibet, including boarding the plane or train, and will be checked at any of the checkpoints throughout the region. Both of the latter as well as the visa for Tibet if entering via Kathmandu are arranged by us.

You must of course also be in possession of a valid passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the end of the tour

What is the accommodation like?

In Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse, you will be staying in a comfortable and pleasant boutique or highly-rated 3-star Tibetan-owned hotels. Accommodation in other areas of Tibet, such as Everest Base Camp. On the tour, it will be best available guesthouses.

Can I travel on my own in Tibet?

The best season to go on this trek is from August to October and mid-March to mid-April. This is the peak time of the year to go on this trek, and you will find many other trekkers along with you on the journey. With May being summit season it will be very busy and also the time of year when trekkers are restricted

What is Tibet Travel Permit (TTP)?

It is the key permit every foreigner traveler needs to apply for which allows you to enter Tibet and visit Lhasa.

What visa is required for Tibet?

There are actually a number of required documents.

If starting your tour in Nepal you will need a multiple entry visa or if starting in Tibet, an entry visa for Nepal. Both can be obtained on arrival for $50.

For Tibet, who will need a China Visa. These can only be applied for in Kathmandu if travelling in via Nepal, otherwise from a visa agent if entering directly into Tibet.

You then also require a special Aliens Travel Permit to allow you to enter certain areas of Tibet such as Everest Base Camp and then a Tibet Travel Permit. Tibet Travel Permit can only be obtained by a registered tour operator, and is required to gain entry to Tibet, including boarding the plane or train, and will be checked at any of the checkpoints throughout the region. Both of the latter as well as the visa for Tibet if entering via Kathmandu are arranged by us.

You must of course also be in possession of a valid passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the end of the tour

How will the altitude affect me on the tour?

This is a really difficult one to answer directly - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an ' unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one tour suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly.                  

What are the altitudes of Tibet?

The average altitude of Tibet is above 4000m. In Lhasa, the altitude is 3656m. The popular tour destinations like Everest Base Camp (5200m), Lake Namtso (4718m) and Mt. Kailash (4600m) are some of the highest places for travelling in Tibet.

Where can I get travel Insurance for Tibet?

If you are going hiking or climbing or trekking then you need extra cover for your activities. Hiking and Climbing have become popular for many adventure seekers looking to add a climb up Kilimanjaro or a trek to Everest Base Camp, Annapurna or even Island Peak to their list of amazing adventures. But any climb to high altitude carries with it a number of risks and having the correct and good trekking insurance is an absolute must. We recommend two different groups depending on which country you reside in. For further details, click on the icon