Lhasa Tour Via EBC and Namtso Lake

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Starts at: Kathmandu Ends at: Kathmandu
Trek Region: Tibet Transport: Flight
Duration: 8 Days Trip Grade: Moderate
Max Altitude: Not Applicable Accommodation: Hotels

The best way to experience Tibet on a short tour (8 days) is to drive to Lhasa, with fascinating stops on the way, such as Yamdrok Tso Lake. It is also the best way to acclimatize to the high altitude – the itinerary is planned in such a way to reduce any changes of altitude problems. Once the tour is complete, fly back to Kathmandu from Lhasa. 

Tibet Tour Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Kerung


Day 2: Kerung to Tingri


Day 3: Tingri to Rongbuk


Day 4: Rongbuk to Shigatse


Day 5: Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse


Day 6: Lhasa Sightseeing


Day 7: Lhasa Sightseeing


Day 8: Lhasa to Kathmandu (Flight)


Day 01: Kathmandu to Kerung

  • Time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel

It takes around 6 to 7 hours to drive to the Chinese border from Kathmandu. The Kerung Border is situated in Rasuwa District of Nepal, and the road passes through Dhunche and Syafru Beshi, which are the starting points for the Langtang Trek and the Gosaikunda Lake Trek respectively.

Once the border formalities are completed you will meet your Tibetan crew and check into a hotel for your first night on this exciting trip!

Day 02: Kerung to Tingri

  • Time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Today drive from Kerung to Tingri where you stay overnight. The views are amazing on route, with panoramic views of Mt Cho Oyu and Sishapangma. From Tingri 4300 m you get your first view of Mount Everest.

Day 03: Tingri to Rongbuk

  • Time: 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Today drive to Rongbuk Monastery, 90km away from Tingri. Founded in 1902, Rongbuk Monastery sits at just over 5,000m and has dramatic views of the north face of Everest.

One of the interesting features of Rongbuk Monastery is that it houses both monks and nuns together. You will get to experience this life as we stay in the guest house at the monastery!

The other interesting feature is that the monastery is located just a few kilometers from Everest Base Camp. So today we hike to EBC!

Day 04: Rongbuk to Shigatse

  • Time: 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Today we go over the Gyatchu La Pass, the highest point of the trip at 5,220m. But by now you are well acclimatized to the thin, high air. You might be interested to know that the road to Mt Kailash turns off west from the Pass. But we are heading to Shigatse, where we overnight.

Day 05: Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse

  • Time: 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Before heading to Lhasa, there is time to visit Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu Monastery. The Panchen Lama is second only to the Dali Lama in importance within the Tibetan Buddhist religion. The current Panchen Lama disappeared, assumed kidnapped by the Chinese authorities, in 1995 when he was 6 years old.

We drive through the Karo La Pass and Kambu La Pass, passing Yamdrok Tso Lake and the Brahma Putra River (Yarlung Tasangpo) before reaching Lhasa.

Day 6 and 7: Lhasa Sightseeing

  • Time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel

There are two full days to explore Lhasa including the Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Potala Palace and the Drepung and Sera Monasteries.  There will be guided tours and also time to purchase souvenirs to take home of your wonderful trip!

Day 8: Lhasa to Kathmandu

  • Time: 2 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Today fly from Gongar Airport back to Kathmandu.

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