Disabled Friendly Everest Base Camp Tour
- 10 Days
- From USD1823
- Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa
- Tour Type:
- Private Tour
High altitudes, rough roads and lack of access make Tibet a hard place for people with mobility difficulties. Monasteries particularly involve a hike up a hillside or steep, very narrow steps. Great Tibet Tour is a team in Lhasa with experience and compassion in arranging such tours, especially for you! This 10-day itinerary is designed slow-paced with about 1 or 2 attractions a day, allowing you to enjoy Tibet leisurely. Mt. Everest awaits, don’t let anything stop you.
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)||Pick up and transfer to the hotel|
|2||Lhasa City||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|3||Lhasa Suburb||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|4||Lhasa - Gyantse||Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier|
|5||Gyantse - Shigatse||Pelkor Chode Monastery, Gyantse Dzong|
|6||Shigatse - Tingri||Tashilhunpo Monastery|
|7||Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC - Tingri||Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp|
|8||Tingri - Sakya - Shigatse||Sakya Monastery|
|9||Shigatse - Lhasa||Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley|
|10||Departure from Lhasa||Send off to the airport/railway station|
This is the first day in Tibet. Your guide will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport/Railway Station and transfer you to your hotel. It usually takes around 1.5hrs to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check-in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like going out, you can wander around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water, and do not move strenuously. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. It was first built by the 33rd King - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it's a museum and world heritage site.
In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street - one of the most devotional circuits as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it‘s also a must-see place for visitors.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Today’s first attraction is Drepung Monastery. Drepung means "piles of rice" in Tibetan, which symbolizes prosperity. It's the world's largest monastery that housed more than 10,000 monks in the past. Also, It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery, the most beautiful Tibetan monastery in Lhasa. The most attractive activity at Sera Monastery is to watch Buddhist scriptures debating from around 3 to 5 in the afternoon.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok-sto Lake. You will drive over the Kampala pass (4790 m) and then you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso and take a good picture of it. The Yamdrok-tso Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains. Move on, in the distance, you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar(7191m), the highest mountain near Lhasa. Later, you will enjoy the Karola Glacier on the roadside. You will arrive in Gyantse in the late afternoon. Gyantse is Tibet's third largest historical city, after Lhasa and Shigatse..
In Gyantse, you will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and have a far view of Gyantse Fortress. Then traveling from Gyantse to Shigatse through the fertile Nyangchu Valley, you can see a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land.
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 tour further along the Friendship Hwy to Tingri. Tingri is the nearest village to Mt.Everest where guestrooms with private bathrooms are available.
Abt 3km from the Friendship Hwy, you get to the village of Chay. From Chay, it’s a winding drive up to Pang-la (5050m). The view here is stupendous on a clear day, and features major mountains of the Himalayan range, including Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. The road then descends past a couple of photogenic villages and runs down into the fertile Dzaka Valley and Tashi Dzom village. The dirt road then runs up the wide valley, to Pagsum village. The next main village is Cho Dzom and from here the road turns south towards Rongbuk Monastery. The first view of Mt.Everest appears half an hour before you reach Rongbuk. After sightseeing at Rongbuk and Everest, return back to Tingri for the night.
Head from Tingri to Shigatse today, and a detour to visit Sakya Monastery, which is abt 25km off the southern Friendship Highway, accessed via a good dirt road through a petty farming valley. Sakya Monastery was the center of politics, economy, military, culture and religion in Tibet more than 900 years ago. The glorious years as a place of dominion for more than 70 years are now hidden in the natural scenery and need to be discovered slowly and carefully appreciated. This monastery is also famous for its exquisite frescoes and rich collection of books.
We will drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse along the Friendship Highway, via the northern route to Lhasa. It is the most direct route and usually takes around 6 hours to reach the capital. We will make several stops on the way in order to enjoy the views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley.
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.
Tour Price and Service
From US$1823 p/p
Based on 3-star hotels for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies according to travel season, number of people and level of accommodation.
- Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
- All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
- Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
- Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
- All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
- Breakfasts provided by hotels;
- Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
- Travel Agency Liability insurance;
- Government tax;
- Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
- Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
- Oxygen tank for emergency use;
- Sleeping bags;
- Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.
- International flight to and out of China;
- Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
- Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)
- Meals are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.
- While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;
- All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.4%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
- Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.
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