I am sure many of you have dreamed of standing below Mt. Everest and staring up
at the world’s largest mountain towering above you. You are now being given a
once in a lifetime opportunity to live your dream and truly experience the magic
of Mt. Everest. We will take the most difficult, yet rewarding route to reach
Ronbuk base camp. Unparalleled views of Everest can be seen clearly from the
Rongbuk base camp. Our route will follow a high ridge to the village of Zomug,
with views along the entire stretch.
Our journey will end with some wonderful sightseeing in the ancient town of
Lhasa. This wondrous city is generally regarded as the heart of Tibet and is
filled with unparalleled history, culture, and beauty. The Potala Palace
dominates the skyline with its powerful and ancient architecture. The numerous
temples and monasteries surrounding the city, such as the Jokhang and Drepung,
allow travelers to experience Tibetan Buddhism first hand. A visit to these
ancient monasteries will leave you with a sense of astonishment for years to
come! Along the way to Lhasa we will also experience Buddhist culture in the
awe-inspiring towns of Shigatse and Gyantse. What an amazing journey this is!
Day 01 Drive to Border, cross border and drive to Nyalam
Day 02 Rest day at Nyalam for acclimatization
Day 03 Drive to Tingri
Day 04 Trek to Lung Thang [4510m]
Day 05 Trek to Lamna La [5150 m]
Day 06 Trek to Zommug
Day 07 Trek to Rongbuk
Day 08 Exploration at Rongbuk Glacier
Day 09 Drive to Lhatse
Day 10 Drive to Shigatse
Day 11 Sightseeing & drive to Gyantse
Day 12 Sightseeing & drive to Lhasa
Day 13 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 14 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 15 Fly to Kathmandu
DAY 01 DRIVE TO BORDER, CROSS BORDER AND DRIVE TO NYALAM
After an early morning departure from Kathmandu we will begin our drive with a
short trip through alluring Nepalese countryside. We will soon reach the border
and complete all the necessary paper work. After this is finished we will ascend
a string of steep switchbacks on our way to Nyalam. Mossy gullies and beautiful
cascading waterfalls surround us along the way
DAY 02 REST DAY AT NYALAM FOR ACCLIMATIZATION
Our third day is a day for you to rest and enjoy Nyalam. We must properly
acclimatize before we move on. You can also explore the small temple and
historic sites which surround the city.
DAY 03 DRIVE TO TINGRI
Today is another amazing driving day as we view the sharp contrast of
lush lower hills to the barren landscape of the Tibetan Plateau. Along the was
we will cross Lalung La pass, where views of Everest and much of the Himalayan
range are first seen. Tonight we will stay in the small town of Tingri.
DAY 04 TREK TO LUNGTHANG [4510m]
Our trekking adventure begins today as we make our way through the Tingri plain.
Throughout the day we can visit a small gompa in Chholun. Tonight will be spent
in a comfortable campsite in Lunthang. This bleak region is home only to herders
and barley harvesters.
DAY 05 TREK TO LAMNA LA [5150 m]
The challenging trekking really starts today as we ascend into the mountains.
Much uphill walking is done as we climb towards the top of Lamna La. Camp will
be made right near the top of this pass.
DAY 06 TREK TO ZOMMUG [4790 m]
In the morning we descend steeply into lush vegetation. The only other people we
will encounter are yak herders and their families. Camp will be made in the
small village of Zommug. Truly amazing views can be seen as the sun sets in this
DAY 07 TREK TO RONGBUK
On our last day of trekking we will wind our way to the end destination of
Rongbuk Everest Base Camp. Along the way we can also visit the Dza Rongbuk
monastery and gompas. They are truly ancient sites, but nothing compared to our
night camping at Everest Base Camp.
DAY 08 EXPLORATIONAT RONGBUK GLACIER
Our eighth day will be spent enjoying the barren yet awe-inspiring surroundings
of the Everest Base Camp. It is a life changing experience to stare up into the
world’s largest mountain.
DAY 09 DRIVE TO SHEGAR
As we leave the wondrous views of Everest behind we drive a short distance
to Shegar. Along the way we cross the Pang La pass, with more views of the
Himalayas. Tonight will be spent in the comfortable Hotel Quomolongma.
DAY 10 DRIVE TO XIGATSE
Our day today will be spent along the Friendship Highway as we cross the
highest pass of our journey, Gyatmso La, and head through Lhatse. We continue on
with a short drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.
DAY 11 SIGHTSEEING & DRIVE TO GYANTSE
Not a minute is wasted as we have a full morning of exploring the local
markets and monasteries. It is very intriguing to see how ancient Tibetan
culture compares to the modern day culture we will experience. There are endless
amounts of sights, both modern and ancient, to see around this city. A short
drive will take us to the city of Gyantse. We will be given the opportunity of
experiencing more wondrous Tibetan culture as we see the Gyantse Dzong and
Kumbum. Expansive views of the valley can be seen from the ancient Dzong fort.
The Kumbum is much more than a stupa, as numerous Tibetan murals and small
chapel houses surround it. Even if you are no art connoisseur these ancient
murals and architecture will amaze you. Another comfortable night will be spent
in a hotel in Gyantse
DAY 12 DRIVE TO LHASA
Today is an amazing day of driving as we head towards Lhasa. Numerous passes,
such as Khambo La and Kharo La, provide wondrous views of the Himalayan range. A
colossal glacier rises nearly straight up from the road as we pas Kharo La. The
drive is no daunting task as we pass through many more beautiful Tibetan valleys
and quiet villages along the way. Our final destination is a first rate hotel in
DAY 13 SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA
Haven't you always dreamed of visiting the ancient Tibetan monasteries? Our
knowledgeable English-speaking guide will show you everything there is to see in
some of these renowned sights. First off we will explore the beautifully
Monastery. Many of the pictures you see of Tibet are of these buildings with
their white washed walls and golden roofs. To this day several hundred monks
live and study in this architecture. The afternoon will be spent exploring the
Jokhang temple and Norbulingka.
The Norbunglinka is another astounding piece of architecture and was once the
summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple will provide you one of your
first sights of devout Tibetans, as hundreds visit this sacred shrine each day.
The central market of Lhasa, the Barkor, surrounds the Jokhang Temple. In these
cobbled streets you can experience more Tibetan culture and even purchase some
DAY 14 SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA
To explore some of the ancient quarters of the Dalai Lama we will visit Potala
Palace in the morning. Be prepared for astonishment as this grand palace has
been around since before the 17th century. To add even more history and culture
we will also visit Drepung Monastery. Once home to over 10,000 monks, the
Drepung Monastery is still a beautiful sight to see. Miraculously it was one of
the few sights to escape the Cultural Revolution without widespread damage.
DAY 15 FLY TO KATHMANDU
Today we will go to the Kathmandu airport and end our wondrous journey. This is
a sad day for many. However, the memories will last for a lifetime.