We are proud and happy to present an opportunity to take a Tibet photography tour with a stellar Tibetan photographer and guide, Jamin “Lobsang” York. Jamin has been leading high quality photography and cultural journeys through Tibet for 12 years, with a deep knowledge of and connection to local Tibetan people and culture.
If you’re interested in photography and Tibet, this opportunity is a no brainer, not to be missed. Jamin leads this 12-day journey two times each year, in April and in October. The next journey will be from April 15—26, 2017.
Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Photography Tour
The 500 mile (800 km) route connecting the Tibetan capital city of Lhasa with the North Face Everest Base Camp is considered one of the most spectacular overland journeys on the planet. Starting from Lhasa, clients will spend 3 days exploring the Buddhist holy city, including the famous Jokhang Temple, the Potala Palace and several of Lhasa’s main Buddhist monasteries. Clients will rub shoulders with friendly Buddhist pilgrims while exploring temples that date back nearly 1400 years.
From Lhasa, the real adventure begins as you hit the road going west from the Tibetan capital. The next stop is a high pass above the sacred alpine lake of Yamdrok Tso, one of Tibet’s 4 main holy lakes. The turquoise-colored waters give way to the stunning 23,000 foot (7000 m) glaciated peak of Nojin Kangtsang. From the pass, we will descend to the shores of the lake, stopping to experience the natural beauty of the surroundings. We will then begin going back up into the mountains to the Karo La Glacier, one of Tibet’s many rivers of ice and snow. We will then descend to the quaint town of Gyantse where we will photograph the 600 year old Pelkhor Chode Monastery. This monastery is home to the Kumbum, one of Tibet’s largest and most important Buddhist stupas.
Credit for all the awesome images in this gallery and on this page to Jamin York.
From Gyantse, our next stop is Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. Along the way we will photograph several small farming communities and learn more about how Tibetans can grow crops at such high altitudes. We will spend 2 nights in Shigatse while going to Tashi Lhunpo, one of central Tibet’s largest Buddhist monasteries. We will also explore the Old Town and walk the ancient Buddhist pilgrimage route around the monastery. After out time in Shigatse, we will continue westward stopping to photograph more farming and perhaps even some semi-nomadic communities before arriving in the Everest Region.
In the Everest Region, we will go to the famous monastery of Rongphu, the highest monastery on the planet. Rongphu looks out to a stunning view of Everest’s North Face. Next, we will make the short drive to Everest Base Camp, elevation 17,000 feet (5200 m). For us, this will be as high as we go, which is plenty high enough! The views from Everest Base Camp are stunning and are far better than the views of Everest from the Nepal-side base camp. From the Everest Region, we will then begin the journey back to Lhasa. Our 12 day Tibet trip will conclude with a final night in Lhasa.
Day 1: Arrive to Chengdu, China
Day 2: Fly from Chengdu, China to Lhasa, Tibet and explore Lhasa
Day 3: Explore Lhasa
Day 4: Explore Lhasa
Day 5: Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake, Karo La Glacier and Gyantse
Day 6: Gyantse to Shigatse through farming villages
Day 7: Shigatse and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery
Day 8: Shigatse to Basum Village in the Everest Region
Day 9: Basum Village to Rongphu Monastery, Everest Base Camp and Shelkar
Day 10: Shelkar to Shigatse through nomadic and farming communities
Day 11: Shigatse to Lhasa
Day 12: Depart Lhasa, Tibet
Dates going from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp
Jamin “Lobsang” York leads this 12-day journey two times each year in April and in October. The next journey will be from April 15—26, 2017.
The Leader of the Journey
Jamin “Lobsang” York, from Seattle in the US, has spent over 14 years living full-time in Tibet. His expertise on Tibet has been used by The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, BBC and National Geographic. He has also consulted for most major guidebook companies including Lonely Planet, Rough Guide and Frommers. As an avid photographer, he has had photos published in books and magazines across the globe. Jamin has led over 50 photography and cultural journeys in Tibet and the Himalaya over the past decade. During each journey, he gives interesting lectures on different aspects of Tibetan culture, history and religion. Joining Jamin on every journey are his support staff of 2 or 3 Tibetans, who will serve as drivers and assistant guides.
Eligibility for this journey
This journey from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp in Tibet is an overland journey. No climbing or trekking is required, however, clients will spend a considerable time each day walking around towns, villages and monasteries. Clients should be in overall good health. This journey is open to all level of photographers. Some clients use high end DSLR camera’s, while others prefer using their smartphone. All clients should have an interest in Tibet and its amazing landscape and culture.
Costs of the Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Journey
This 12 day journey costs $3250 USD per person and includes just about everything! Included in the cost are one-way airfare from Chengdu, China to Lhasa, Tibet, all accommodations, all meals, all drinking water, all Tibet travel permits, all ground transportation in Tibet, all entrance fees to monasteries and Mt Everest along with professional and local guide fees.
The group size will be 8 to 10 people, with a maximum of 10.Last updated: March 4, 2017 at 7:42 am