Senior’s Everest Base Camp Tour

Duration:
11 Days
Destination:
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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This excursion is specially designed for seniors. Firstly, we will do couple days of Lhasa tour to acclimatize to the high altitude. We can visit the world-famous attractions, such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, and the old market Barkhor Street. Then we will go for the Mount Everest Base Camp Tour. We will pass Gyantse, Shigatse, and Tingri, the mighty tour places of Tibet, then arrive at EBC, to see the highest peak in the world. At the same area, we can also visit the highest monastery in the world---Rongbuk Monastery. After that, we will return to Lhasa via Sakya County, where the well-known Sakya Monastery located. When we are back to Lhasa, you can visit local Tibetan Family, to have a happy time with them, to enjoy the authentic Tibetan lifestyle. Overall speaking, this is a safe trip for elders, they can explore the Tibetan nature and culture, more important, their dream of closing to the nearest place to heaven will come true.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Tashi Delek! Welcome to Tibet! This is the first day that you enter Tibet. Your guide will greet you at airport or railway station and transfer you to the lovely hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check in, we strongly suggest you rest in the hotel. But if really you could not help going out, please do remember that try to go with a light pack and not go alone. Meanwhile, drink some more water. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

Rest is still the mission of today, you really need to get used to the high altitude. So, we only arrange one spot to see--- Norbulingka. It is in the western suburb of Lhasa city. It was built by the 7th. Dalai Lama in 40’S, 18th. Century. With its gorgeous scenery, it used to be the summer palace of former Dalai Lamas. But now, it becomes a natural garden for publics. With 360 thousand square meters also makes it become the largest artificial garden in Tibet. After that, you may wander the city or rest to keep your body in a good condition.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Norbulingka
Norbulingka
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

After rest two nights, today you will recover sufficiently to launch your Lhasa city tour, with a close contact with Lhasa, the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.

At first, you will go to the Potala Palace, which is the symbolic place of Lhasa and also the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It was built by the 33rd. great king of Tibet in the 7th. century. The gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet are the most worth seeing in Potala Palace.

After lunch, you are going to Jokhang Temple, which was founded in the same time and by the same king with Potala Palace. From outside, you can see many pilgrims mak-ing prostrating in front of the temple. From inside, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at his age of 12.

Barkhor street is the next destination that women love a lot. Because it’s a famous busy walking street where they can go shopping. There are many distinctive shops that sell different Tibetan stuff, like handicraft, Thangka, and so on. Except for shopping, tourists can also join the Kora with pilgrims and locals, to explore Tibetan

religious culture more deeply.

Optional:

You can go to visit the Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center if time is enough. You can also watch the Tibetan Culture Show in the evening for USD60 per person at your own expense.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Potala Palace
This shrine is sacred to the Sakyamuni's 8 years sculpture. Blessing by Sakyamuni himself.
Day 4 Lhasa sightseeing

In the morning, you are heading to Drepung monastery, which means Monastery of Collecting Rice in the Tibetan language. It’s a white magnificent construction that looks also like a pile of rice in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks before Tibet liberation.

In the afternoon, tourists will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate starts around 3 to 5 p.m. It’s very attractive even if you don’t understand what they are talking about at all. If the debate is not your type, you can also see the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Budda inside of the monastery. Besides, the sight in Sera monastery is very good because you can see roses around. That’s why people also call it “the court of wild rose”.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
Day 5 Lhasa- Gyantse (4040 m), 262km, approx. 5hrs

You will go to Gyantse from Lhasa today.

Firstly, you can have a glimpse of Yamdroktso Lake during the way to Gampala pass (4790m). This is the holy lake surrounded by plenty of snow-capped mountains. And special views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m) ---the highest mountain near Lhasa, comes out later soon.

You will see the Karola Glacier when we pass it on the roadside. After hanging pray flag at Simila Mountain pass, we will arrive in Gyantse, the third largest city in Tibet after Lhasa and Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Gyantse

Yamdroktso Lake
Karola Glacier
Day 6 Gyantse-Shigatse(3840m), 96km, approx. 2hrs

After breakfast, we shall visit Pelkor Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and then see the Gyantse Fortress from a distance.

Pelkor Monastery is a typical Tibetan Buddhist monastery that is complex of pagoda and temple. And you can see Tibetan Buddhism Sakyapa, Gelug, Xia Lupa together in it.

Then we will start to go to Shigatse. It normally takes one and a half hours to drive from Gyantse to Shigatse, where we may visit the traditional barley mill and have the unique sights of barley field (in summer).

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Pelkor Chode Monastery
Pelkor Chode Monastery
Day 7 Shigatse -Tingri(5000m), 240km, approx. 5hrs

Before we drive to Tingri to have lunch, we will visit the famous Tashilunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama. It’s the largest monastery in Shigatse, and one of the four famous Gelug monasteries in Tibet. You can see the world’s largest gilded copper image (26m high) of future God Jampa there.

Then, we will drive to Tingri, the nearest county to EBC. Please sleep well tonight, as you will see Mt. Everest tomorrow.

Stay overnight in Tingri

Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery
Day 8 Tingri -Rongbuk –EBC(5200m)-Tingri, 220km, approx. 5hrs

Today we are launching for the Everest tour. After 90km of driving, we will arrive at Rongbuk Monastery first. It’s the highest monastery in the world, that’s why you can see the stunning view of Mt. Everest there. And another special thing is that you can find Monks and Nuns together in it. It’s different compared with other monasteries. After that, we will continue our journey to the next destination---Everest Base Camp. It’s 4km from Rongbuk to EBC. You can have a good look at Mt. Everest from EBC and take clear photos of it. Please enjoy yourselves in this nearest place to heaven. In the end, we will return to Tingri due to the poor conditions of residence in EBC which is not suitable for seniors.

Stay overnight in Tingri

Rongbuk Monastery
Mt. Everest
Day 9 Tingri-Sakya(4300m)-Shigatse, 280km, approx. 6hrs

On the way back to Shigatse, we will drop by Sakya County firstly.

There are many different Tibetan Buddhism monasteries in Sakya County, the most famous one is Sakya Monastery, the main monastery of Sakyapa. It was built in Tubo Dynasty, the wall is colorful with red, white and cyan paint. That’s why Sakyapa is also called Colorful Buddhism.

After 3 hours driving, you will arrive at Shigatse and spend one night there.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Sakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery
Day 10 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx. 6-7hrs

We will start to go back to Lhasa today. It takes 6-7hours to get to Lhasa from Shigatse with the speed limited regulation. But the view is good along the road, so, get your camera ready. And it's better to prepare some snacks to bring along.

When you arrive Lhasa in the late afternoon, you can visit local Tibetan families to enjoy the happy time with these hospitable people.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Other service: Local Tibetan Family Visit
Day 11 Lhasa departure
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

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Asked Questions from our Clients

Joan***

2017-12-12

I would like to travel to Nepal and Tibet. BCE is on my bucket list. I would like to be there when the climbers are there. I would travel solo or with a small group. Trekking is not my thing. No fancy hotels, just clean and decent food. I am 74 ,in very good health. I would like a price that is all inclusive. Thank you very much

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nance

2017-12-13

Dear Joan,

I see you want to travel to Nepal and Tibet. Which city will you go first? If you enter Tibet from Nepal, you need to stay 3 days in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal to apply for China group visa instead of China visa.

About accommodations, we have a budget guesthouse, medium 3-star, 4-star and luxurious 5-star hotel, since you like clean hotels with decent food. I'd like to suggest you 3-star hotel.

Very nice to hear that you are interested in taking our 11 days senior’s Everest Base camp tour. This tour is no trekking. Regards, Nance

 

 

Lill***

2017-12-02

to travel with young adult grandson to Tibet and Himalayes base camp

Rita

2017-12-04

Dear Lillian,

The Senior’s Everest Base Camp Tour is the most suitable tour package for seniors to travel comfortably in Tibet. Comparing with other tour packages, it has a longer duration for adopting the altitude with more classic scenic spots.

Could you please kindly let me know the following info?
1.When are you going to have this tour?
2.What kind of accommodation would you like to stay in? The Luxurious (5-star), the comfortable (4-star), economy class (3-star) hotel or the budget guest house?)

John***

2017-11-09

I am beginning to gather information about a trip to Tivet and the Everest Base Camp. I am 70 and in good health. My wife is 62 but has some orthopeadic problems. Specifically, she can not use a squat toilet. Do all the hotels you use in your senior tours have US style toilets? Also, both of us are religeous but respectful of other religions. Would this cause any dificulty visiting the monestaries. For example, we would be uncomfortable hanging a prayer flag as part of a ceremony, however, if visiting the monesaries required a certain dress or head covering that would not be an issue. I would probably want to arrive in Lassa by train and leave by plane. Would you be able to make the arrangements once we knew our days and iteniary. Thank you in advance for your answers. John Burch

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amy

2017-11-10

Dear John, 

It’s fine for seniors to travel to Tibet as long as they don’t have very serious hypertension, heart disease or respiratory problem. If your wife has some orthopeadic problems, she could use our vehicle anytime, so this is not a big problem.

The 3-star hotels or higher standard hotels we often use are providing western style sitting toilets, so you please no worry abot this, but the only squat toilet is available at Everest Base Camp, you will be staying one night over there in this tour, I hope your wife is okay with this. 

About religions in Tibet, NO short pants, NO short skirt and NO smoking when you visit monasteries, actually your tour guide will tell you these before going to visit monasteries, so please no worry about this now : )

Yes, we could help you arrange your train & flight tickets, but please kindly let me know from which city of China you like to take the train to Lhasa? And what is your next city after Tibet tour by flight? Then I could check tickets’ cost for you accordingly.

Haro***

2017-11-08

My wife and I are interested in the Senior tour H07 in 2018. Our time to take the tour can be flexible so we are asking for prices for June or July or August. We would be interested in traveling with a small group. How many people are normally in the group? Thank you, Harold

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Caroline

2017-11-08

Dear Harold,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry! From June to August is the peak season for Tibet tourism. We could not say how many people there are in a group. But we guarantee 12 members maximum.

Don ***

2017-10-17

Can you give me an estimation of a senior tour to Tibet. I am considering travelling in late April or May 2018. There will be two of us traveling and I prefer medium to higher priced accomodation. Thank you!

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amy

2017-10-18

Dear McIver,

About accommodations, we have budget guesthouse, medium 3-star, 4-star and luxurious 5-star hotel, since you like medium to higher priced accommodation, I'd like to suggest you 4-star hotel.  

Very nice to hear that you are interested in taking our 11 Days Senior’s Everest Base Camp Tour in later April/May 2018, this is a private tour, so I'm going to quote you with detailed price inclusions & exclusions by email. 

 

 

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