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Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour

Duration:
12 Days
Route:
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Old Tingri - Trekking to EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

At the beginning, you will visit Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, to see those world-known attractions---The Potala Palace, Barkhor street, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, etc.. After that, here comes the trekking. This is a big challenge not only for your body but also for your spirit. You need to hike 70km in 4 days from Tingri to Everest Base Camp. Although it’s really a hard way, you will see the breathtaking scenery of plateau with altitudes ranging from 4400m to 5200m. You will know how to survive in the wild. And you will have close contact with the highest mountain in the world. At the end of this tour, you will know a new you, the one after suffering, the one so different than before.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel.
2 Lhasa sightseeing The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
3 Lhasa sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Sera monastery
4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 6hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Gyantse Dzong
5 Shigatse -Old Tingri (4300m), 310km, approx. 6hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery
6 Trek-①Old Tingri-Lungchang(4510m), 12km, approx. 5hrs Tingri plain, Ra-chu Valley
7 Trek-②Lungchang- Nam-La(5150m), 21km, approx. 8hrs Nam-La Valley
8 Trek-③Nam-La- Zommug (4790m), 22km, approx. 8hrs Camping
9 Trek-④Zommug- Rongbuk (5100m) and EBC (5100m), 11km, approx. 4hrs Rongbuk Monastery, EBC
10 EBC- Shegar(4200m)- Lhatse(4050m)- Shigatse(3840m), 327km, approx. 8hrs Sakya Monastery
11 Shigatse - Nyemo(3800m) - Lhasa, 417km, approx. 9hrs Tibetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo, Tibetan family visit in Lhasa
12 Lhasa departure Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary

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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 1.5 hours 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, do not move strenuously. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

After rest one night, today you will recover sufficiently to launch your Lhasa city tour, with close contact with Lhasa, which is 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 - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century. The gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king are the most worth seeing in Potala Palace.

After lunch, you are going to Jokhang Temple, which was founded at the same time and by the same king as Potala Palace. From outside, you can see many pilgrims making 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 and stalls that sell different Tibetan stuff, like handicrafts, 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

A Tibetan granny turning players at Potala Palace Square.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.

In the morning, you are heading to Drepung monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heaps in the Tibetan language. It's a white magnificent construction that looks also like a pile of rice heaps 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 from around 3 pm to 5 pm. 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 Buddha inside the monastery.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery is also a Buddhist education base. It is the best place to learn and impart Buddhism.
The yard for Buddhist debates at Sera Monastery.

You will go to Shigatse from Lhasa via Gyantse 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. We shall visit Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Dzong.

Gyantse Dzong, the hero city that witnesses the history of the fierce fighting. It was 1904, British troops started to attack China here, and Tibetan people defended for their homeland with simple weapons. The bloody war lasted for more than three months. This is also the basic story of the famous movie named "Red River Valley".

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

Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.

Before we drive to Old Tingri, we will visit the famous Tashilunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama.Then we will go to the old Tingri, which is different from the new one called Shegar. From there, you can have a good rest and prepare the next four days of Trekking.

Stay overnight in Tingri

Tashilhunpo Monastery is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse

From today on, you will start your trekking tour within the next four days. Today we'll have a 12km test first, from Tingri to Lungchang. En route, we will pass the Tingri plain and Ra-chu Valley. You can see the great valley view with sheep and goats. You can also visit a small monastery in Choelun in the end of the day.

Stay in camp in Lungchang

Tingri plain
  • Attraction:
  • Tingri plain

After one-day trial trekking, today you will face a harder one as you will go up into the mountains. You need to climb to Nam-La pass. And the distance is longer than yesterday's, it's 21km.

Camping at Nam-la valley

Nam-la valley
  • Attraction:
  • Nam-la Valley

Today you will meet some yak herders and their families in this small village--- Zommug. And you can enjoy the different sunset on the poor land. It must be impressive. And please do have a good sleep, because you will see the EBC tomorrow.

Still Camping, at Zommug

Zommug Village
  • Attraction:
  • Zommug Village

Here is the last 11km left today, you must be eager to see the final destination, Everest Base Camp. You will get to Rongbuk Monastery first. It is the highest monastery in the world. You can have a great view of Mt. Everest from there.

Stay at Tent guesthouse

At the site of Rongbuk Monastery, you can view the highest mountain of the world brightly shining and clearly sparkling. The snowy peak seems happily to touch the blue sky.
Far view of Mt.Everest

The great sunrise of Everest Peak is far out of your imagination. Enjoy the peaceful and wonderful morning you've never had. After that, we will go to Sakya via Shegar, Lhtase. If we have enough time, you may relax by enjoying the Xiqian hot spring near Lhatse. Then we will go to visit Sakya Monastery, the main monastery of Tibetan Buddhism Sakyapa.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Sakya Monastery is a Buddhist monastery on the road to Tingri.

Today we will go back to Lhasa via Nyemo county.

As the birthplace of Tibetan language, Nyemo is well-known for its three treasures, Tibetan paper, incense, and engraving. And you can go to visit the incense workshop today, to get a close contact with this national intangible cultural heritage. And then, the driver will take you back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Nyemo is a small village, which has a long history to product Tibetan incense.
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.
Our Service
INCLUSIONS
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) 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;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • 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;
  • Free use of sleeping bag;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.
EXCLUSIONS
  • 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 Gratuities 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 --- 4.2%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Behn***
2020-01-14

Hello, Please send me the details of this trip as well as flight/train ride from/to from Hong Kong. Regards, Behnoosh Tehrani

Catherine
Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 12 Days Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour which is a private tour. The idea is really good, and this would be a challenging and amazing tour. We are experienced in arranging the trekking tour in Tibet. We have professional trek tour guides and we provide varied types of equipment. For example, high-performance jeeps, the vehicle for luggage, and food, tents, full-time chefs, etc.  However, the required assistance will be far more than a general sightseeing tour. Besides, this is a private tour, the fee will be much higher than a group tour. If you can find other accompanies with the same interests, the cost will be shared. From Hongkong to Lhasa, you can take a plane or get to Guangzhou first. Then take a train from Guangzhou to Lhasa. By the way, when do you plan to do this tour?I would like to check if there are any other guests who are interested in this tour.

Duar***
2019-06-22

Hi, I am interested in this tour for the month of September or October of 2019. Please email me details. Thank you

beatrice
beatrice

Before I quote you, could you please kindly let me know the following info?

1. What's your nationality?

2. How many people in your group or you’ll travel alone?

3. 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?

It would be much appreciated to have your replies.

If you have any further questions or doubts, please let me know without hesitation. It is my pleasure to work with you at any time.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

mark***
2019-05-31

Good evening, I would like to take my brother to Tibet for a trekking holiday and I am interested in the Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour. I would be grateful if you could show me the price for both the 3* and 4* hotels. Many thanks Mark

Catherine
Catherine

Dear Mark,

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 12 Days Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour with your brother. We can arrange the tour for you. When do you plan to have this tour? Because different month, the cost is different.

Mari***
2019-04-16

Hello, I am looking into travelling with my partner in July. We would like to do some trekking, and EBC included would be great. We are pretty fit, however, to be honest, I am pregnant and will be 5 months long by July. If possible, I would like to take the train, rather than fly into Tibet. Would you mind sending a quote for a trekking Tour between 10-12 days for 2 people between June/July? Thank you very much for your help and time. Regards, Mariel

Cherry
Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to trek at EBC. To be honest, I don't suggest you do a long time trek in Tibet as you are pregnant and will be 5 months long by July. If you are pretty fit, I suggest you just have a 10 Days Tibet Tour. 

You can do a short trek at Yamdroktso Lake, Namtso Lake, and EBC. 

May I know your decision? By the way, which hotel star do you prefer? Economy 3-star hotel or comfortable 4-star hotel. 

Emil***
2019-03-06

Hello, I would be interested in joining this tour. How much is the total for a trip in October or November? Many thanks!

Cherry
Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 12 Days Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour which is a private tour. As travelers less than five, we often suggest they join our small group tour to keep the cost down. 

We have 10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour with the departure date on Oct.28th. Is it available to you?

Here is the itinerary of 10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour.

I will quote for you after you confirm the itinerary. By the way, which hotel star do you prefer? Economy 3-star hotel or comfortable 4-star hotel. 

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