We are so pleased to offer a safer Tibet Everest Base Camp tour!
We are always working with one of our favorite Tibetan-owned agencies in Lhasa to develop Tibet travel that allow you to ascend more slowly and therefore more safely from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp’s (EBC) very high altitude. So we love their 10-Day Easier Acclimatizing EBC Small Group Tour.
The new trip avoids the normal tourist rush to Everest Base Camp. While your body is adjusting to high altitude at a more reasonable pace, you have the awesome advantage of having more time to explore one of the most amazing overland routes in all of Asia. For anyone who wants to do all they can to avoid altitude sickness, this is a great new opportunity, especially if you stop in Xining a couple of days, and take the train to Lhasa rather than fly in. (Ask your travel agent for this, in addition to the trip described below.)
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Summary of the Ten-Day Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour
Details of the Journey
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Day 1 arrive in Lhasa: Whether you fly into Gonggar airport or arrive at the Lhasa train station, you will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver and transfered to your hotel in Lhasa. It’s about an hour and a half from the airport and 30 minutes from the train station. You will want to rest for the rest of the day, to begin to let your body acclimatize to Lhasa’s high altitude. You will meet your fellow travelers. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing: Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and bustling Bakhor street You will still want to take it pretty easy today, your first day at high altitude. Your guide will meet you at the hotel and bring you on an easy visit to the sacred, fantastic Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa. From the Jokhang, you can join the crowds of Lhasa folk and pilgrims walking around the circular Barkhor street. After lunch, you will visit the Potala Palace, a World Heritage site, previous home of the Dalai Lamas. Take it easy as you continue to acclimatize and stay again overnight in Lhasa.
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing: Highlights: Drepung and Sera monasteries On this day you will visit two of the largest and most historically important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries: Drepung and Sera. Drepung once housed over 10,000 monks and was the largest monastery in the world. You will also see Sera Monastery, built in the 15th century, where you can observe the famous, fascinating Buddhist debates that the monks engage in every afternoon except on Sundays. This will be your third day of light activity to continue acclimatizing. Stay tonight again in Lhasa.
Day 4 Lhasa to Gyantse: Highlights: Yamdrok lake, Mount Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kumbum stupa and Pelkhor Choede monastery Today we start driving, and climb up to the Kampa la pass for an amazing view of the holy, turquoise-colored Lake Yamdrok. Along the route to Gyantse we pass through some magnificent valleys and tiny Tibetan villages. We stop at the Karo la pass to view the glacier coming off of sacred Mount Nyenchen Kangsar. Once in Gyantse, we visit the famous, fantastically unique Kumbum stupa, and Pelkhor Choede monastery. We explore the town and spend the night in Gyantse.
Day 5 Gyantse to Shigatse:Highlight: Tashi Lhumpo Monastery On this day, we will take a short drive to Shigatse, where we will visit the marvelous Tashi Lhumpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lamas. You can take the opportunity to walk the long pilgrimage circuit around the monastery with local Tibetans, enjoying magnificent views of the city while you walk. Stay overnight in Shigatse.
Day 6 Shigatse to Sakya to Shegar: Highlights: Sakya Monastery and Shegar Dzong fort We are heading to Everest but first we’ll take an extra day at intermediate altitudes to get prepared for the high altitudes at Everest Base Camp. This gives us the great opportunity to visit Sakya Monastery, with it’s haunting, unique painting scheme, and Shegar (New Tingri), where we will visit the ruins of Shegar Dzong fort, if time and daylight permit. Tonight we sleep at Shegar, for acclimatizing.
Day 7 Shegar to Everest base Camp (EBC): Highlights: Rongbuk Monastery and Mt. Everest’s Northern Base Camp We drive to Everest Base Camp today, winding our way to higher altitudes, and passing the Gawu la pass along the way. From the Gawu la, you can view, weather permitting, a tableau of some of the mightiest peaks in the Himalaya, and catch your first peek of Mount Everest. After the pass, we’ll drive down into the Tashi Dzom valley, passing Rongbuk Monastery, and at last into Everest Base Camp yak-wool tent area. In the afternoon you can trek two hours up to the highest point you are allowed at Everest Base Camp without a mountaineering permit, for splendid views of Everest when the weather allows, or you can take a special minibus if you prefer. We will stay at the yak wool tent guesthouses, which are pretty cozy, except for deep winter, when only the very basic Rongbuk monastery guesthouse is available.
Day 8 Rongbuk to Shegar to Shigatse: Highlights: Rongbuk Monastery and the Himalayan ranges We wake the next morning to the spectacular view of the world’s highest mountain arrayed in front of us. If we have not done it the day before, we visit Rongbuk Monastery, the world’s highest monastery. Then we drive all the way back to Shigatse, where we can get a hot shower and relax in a hotel. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 9 Shigatse to Lhasa: Highlights: Tashi Lhumpo Monastery and Yarlung Tsangpo River Today we will have more time to explore the sprawling, magnificent Tashu Lhunpo monastery in the morning. In the afternoon we head back to Lhasa, stopping along the way to visit a spot where a local family produces hand made incense, using primitive water operated tools. You have some time to explore around the Barkhor to shop for gifts for your family and friends at home. Last night in Lhasa.
Day 10 Depart from Lhasa: Today you will be driven by our guide and driver to either the airport or train station and say goodbye to your new friends in Tibet.
Best Times to Travel to the Everest Region of Tibet
For clearer skies and the best views for the Everest area, visit Mt. Everest from late September to late May. (The shoulder season months of April and May, and mid-October to late November tend to be sweet spots of best views, and quite cold but not-too-freezing weather.) However, you will want to avoid the Chinese national holidays in early October, when Chinese tourists swarm Tibet. And note that winter in the Everest region is extremely cold, considering that the common tourist destination is Everest Base Camp, at about 17,000 feet. While summer is (somewhat) warmer, it has the downside of the possibility of rain and visibility-killing clouds, especially July and August. Also, see more about Tibet weather >>
How much does the Trip Cost?
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Because this Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour is in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, you will need a Tibetan travel agency to arrange it for you. A little shockingly, most agencies don’t really know much about altitude sickness, and do very little to help you prevent it. But the agency that offers this trip is one of the few that is working hard to develop safer itineraries. You can request us to connect you with them by filling out this short form here >>
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