Tibet Overland & EBC 8 Days
An opportunity to visit the base camp of Everest (5200m) with an experience across the Tibetan Plateau. True to its nickname, “the Roof of the world”, Tibet is more or less an untamed land of nomads (drokpas), monasteries, yaks, sand dunes, and high altitude desert that goes as far as the eyes can take it. On this Tibet overland tour you have 4 days in Lhasa and other ancient cities Gyantse, Shigatse, Tingri visiting major Places, Monasteries, acclimatizing and to absorb the exoticism of Tibetan heritage and to explore this history-laden city to its core.
The tour begins with a comprehensive trip briefing in Kathmandu followed by a sensational trans Himalayan flight to Lhasa that passes over Mt. Everest and many highest peaks of the world (if you join the tour in Kathmandu). This is the only flight fly over Mt. Everest and other highest peaks. In case you wish to start the tour in Lhasa arriving from anywhere in mainland China or taking a new train from Beijing you will be briefed about the tour by your Tibetan Guide
Upon your arrival in Lhasa, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour to Lhasa visiting major Palaces and monasteries. You leave Lhasa after 4 days, en-route you visit ancient town of Gyantse, Shigatse and many other cities. You get to explore colorful mosaic of Tibetan arts, crafts, history, culture, custom, tradition, lifestyle and cuisine and you become a witness to a host of indigenous cultures including untamed (drokpas) nomads en-route driving through highest Plate on Earth. Further drive across the wide open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau takes taking off the main highway toward Everest base camp. Finally drive towards trans-Himalaya cross into Nepal. By now, you will have entered into a completely different landscape one which is vastly different from just where you were a few days ago. The Nepali foothills and the greenery will make the drive pleasant and enjoyable.
|01||Fly to Gongkar Airport and drive to Lhasa||Hotel (BB)|
|02||Sightseeing tour of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market||Hotel (BB)|
|03||Sightseeing tour of Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery||Hotel (BB)|
|04||Drive to Gyantse. Visit Khumbum Stupa||Hotel (BB)|
|05||Drive to Shigatse visit Tashilumphu Monastery en-route||Hotel (BB)|
|06||Drive to Shegar||Hotel (BB)|
|07||Drive to Rongbuk Monastery||Guest House (BB)|
|08||Excursion to Everest Base Camp||Guest House (BB)|
|09||Drive to Zhangmu||Hotel (BB)|
|10||Drive to Kathmandu.||Tour Concludes|
Priya ShyamsundarProgram Director South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics
“Thank you very much for organizing the Poon Hill Trek for us. It was an absolutely fabulous trek for us and our German friends. Climbing 4000 steps to Ulleri was a bit tough for the kids (and us), but we all made it. The help we got during the trip made all the difference – our guide and wonderful porters helped with the children and we didn’t have to worry about any of the trek related details; everything worked as it was meant to. The kids still talk about Subash. We enjoyed every moment of it – the walking, the company, the tea house lunches, the clean beds and good meals at night, and the fabulous Himalayas.”
David Wells, United Kingdom
“The service provided by Basanta Adventures was excellent from the time we were met at the airport and taken to the Hyatt where Basanta Adventures came to our hotel with a detailed itinerary including 2 days sight seeing and then a 6 night trip from Lakpa to Nanche Bazaar with Gelzing acting as the Sherpa guide and 2 porters for a group of 3. We stayed at comfort lodges and the trip was excellent in terms of organisation and the trek itself to the base of Everest.
One of the most exciting trips that we have undertaken.
I can highly recommend Basanta Adventures.”
Edwige and Martine, Solveil Vert, France
“We like to share our experience with Basanta Adventure in Tibet. First we met Basanta during the heavy monsoon of August 2002. We did not have one drop of rain during our 10 days in lower Mustang and the organisation was great even if prepared only one day before! This encouraged us to choose Basanta Adventure for our trip to Tibet. Here the organisation was even greater than expected. Things are not really smooth in Tibet due to the control of the Chinese, particularly at the time of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet, and also due to bad weather conditions in this huge Himalayan region. We really appreciated our driver Denpa. Without his experienced driving all people in our car would have left their life in the river. Our young guide Dorge was like a friend, a brother, a mother. His day started early in the morning and he never went to bed before he had settled everything for us for the day and prepared for the following day, everything in the smallest details. Guide and driver were available almost day and night.”
Thea Gibbs, Gap Year student 2001, United Kingdom
“Thank you all the help and support during my time in Nepal.
It has been such comfort both me and family to know that I could come to you with any problem and that you would do your best to help.”
Helena, Gap Year Student, 2006
“This is just a quick note to thank you for all your help over the last few months. I really have had a time of my life and I am so sad to leave.”
Birte Milne, Denmark
“I can’t find the words to express a big enough Thank You to you for organising such a fantastic holiday for us. Everything was just such and wonderful experience. The first days with Kristian and his friends, the Trekking with Yam’s and Prem’s consideration, the scenery, villages and people, and finally our stay at Dwarika’s. We couldn’t have hoped or asked for anything more.
This is definitely a holiday I’ll never forget and would like to repeat. “
Elizabeth and Robert Johnson, United Kingdom
“My Mum and I wanted to write and thank you for making our holiday so special, and for looking after us so well. Many people in Britain were concerned about our safety when they saw Nepal on the news, but we never felt in danger – a credit to your expertise and care. It was reassuring to know during our stay, that you had our best interest at heart in order for our itinerary to be completed safly, thank you also for both flower arrangements, those personal touches were very welcome. It was such an amazing time to visit your country, making it a holiday, which we will never forget.”
Thomas Wells, Chairman of Future For Nepal.
“I regard Basanta Adventure as one of the best trekking organizations in Nepal- I recommend it for any individual who values a highly personalized, excellent service”.
David Finnegan, United Kingdom
I was very grateful to Basanta Adventures, six years ago, for arranging my first visit to Nepal, the trek from Lukla to Chukhung and my climb of Island Peak….the company was superb in every way. So it was with total confidence that I asked them to help me put together a much longer and more varied trip for 2016.
What resulted was a totally bespoke trekking and climbing package for ‘two old gits’ that was not just substantially cheaper than the usual UK company offerings but was delivered with more professionalism, safety awareness and customer consideration than anything we had received from larger companies. Oh – and Gyalzen Sherpa brings another dimension with his cultural insights and explanations of living in the Khumbu region.
Highlights of our four week expedition? The 4WD journey from Kathmandu to where the road(?) ends and we start walking….the week we spent travelling through the foothills and learning about non-commercial life where few trekkers visit since the airport at Lukla opened….crossing all three major passes (17,000’+) made much easier by Basanta’s carefull preparation and acclimatisation…the blue of Gokyo Lakes……Everest, of course – but Ama Dhablam is more beautiful…..the Khumbu Icefall…the views from the three 18,000’+ peaks we climbed….Island Peak summit…….but above all these natural wonders is the highlight of meeting so many fantastic people and learning so much from them.
In summary, I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled to many places around the world and with many companies….if you can, you MUST go to Nepal and if you do, you cannot do better than let Basanta Adventures arrange your trip.
Edwige Martine, Founder, Solveil Vert, France
We like to share our experience with Basanta Adventure in Tibet. First we met Basanta during the heavy monsoon of August 2002. We did not have one drop of rain during our 10 days in lower Mustang and the organisation was great even if prepared only one day before! This encouraged us to choose Basanta Adventure for our trip to Tibet. Here the organisation was even greater than expected. Things are not really smooth in Tibet due to the control of the Chinese, particularly at the time of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet, and also due to bad weather conditions in this huge Himalayan region. We really appreciated our driver Denpa. Without his experienced driving all people in our car would have left their life in the river.