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.

 

Outline Itinerary:

Days Itinerary Overnight (BB)
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

 

 

Transfer to Airport. An hour flight to Lhasa will enchant you with the spectacular, breathtaking view of the Himalayan Ranges. You will see most of the highest mountains on earth including Mt. Everest. Arrive in Gongkar airport and take a 1 hour drive to Lhasa along the banks of the river Kyichu that flows through to Lhasa. The drive will take you to the west of the city in Lhasa, from where the Potala Palace will be visible from afar. At 3600m, it is advisable to take rest of the day in leisure in order to acclimatize. You can go around the hotel area for a light walk and sightseeing. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB)
After breakfast, your guide will brief you about your day’s program. Today you will be visiting the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor market as per local schedule. Jokhang temple here is a seventh-century geomantic temple at the heart of Lhasa and is the most sacred temple of all Tibet. It is considered to be a Power Place in all Tibet. Queen Bhrikuti a Nepalese princess married to King Songtsen Gampo founded Jokhang Temple and in recognition of Queen Bhrikuti the main gate of the temple faces west towards Nepal. You can offer Khada to the resident monks and receive blessing. The most impressive structure of the Jokhang Temple is the many chapels surrounding the temple. Then,we visit the Potala Palace, winter palace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, It is a 13th storied complex monument rising to a height of above 117m which houses 10,000 shrines and over 200,000 images and about 1000 rooms. Later you can walk and shop in the popular Barkhor Square (Bazaar) where Tibetan handicraft items, Buddhist artifacts, carpets, paintings etc. are all in sale for your delight. At the end of the day your guide will escort you back to your hotel. Lhasa offers variety of Restaurant for both Lunch and Dinners. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB) Note: Since only a limited number of visitors are allowed inside the Potala palace every day, the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide
After breakfast, we continue more on exploring Lhasa at its best. First we drive 8km northwest of Lhasa to visit Drepung Monastery. It was the residence of the Third, Fourth and the Fifth Dalai Lamas.  This winter Palace was the resident of hundreds of monks from all the major Geluk monasteries for staffing individual Chapels. The 20,000 sq m complex has survived unscathed even during the Cultural Revolution.Afternoon we will drive 5km away from Lhasa to Sera Monastery founded in 1419. It sits in the prettiest and most charming atmosphere at the base of Mount Purbuchok. Sera Monastery used to be an important center for learning where in the past approx. 5,000 to 6,000 monks resided. Currently about 550 monks are supposed to be living there. The important structures inside the monastery include Coqen Hall, (the main assembly hall), three Zhacangs (Buddhist colleges) and twenty-nine Khangtsens (monk dormitories)The most intriguing feature here is the nine-meter image of the Maitraya which was erected in 1419; here one can also witness the practicing debate among the monks, who pitch their knowledge against each other. Later your guide will transfer you back to your hotel. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB)
This morning you will leave Lhasa and continue your journey towards Gyantse. Gyantse is almost 265 km away from Lhasa and takes almost 5hours of drive. En-route we will drive over two spectacular high passes – the Khamba La at 4970m and Karo La at 5045m, over, and along the beautiful deep blue green Lake called Yamdrok Lake or Turquoise Lake. The landscape of the Tibetan Plateau is truly unusual and spectacular. Here in Gyantse we will visit the Khumbum Stupa. It is an architectural masterpiece built in the style of 108-sided Mandela. It is the most revered Stupa in Tibet and houses 112 chapels of which only 23 are open to the public. Later drive to Shigatse. Visit Tashilumphu Monastery Shigatse is the second largest town in Tibet. Shigatse was one of the first towns to be visited by westerners due to close distance with the Indian border. Here, you will visit Tashilumphu Monastery which is one of the biggest functioning Monasteries of Tibet. There are about 39 amazing chapels inside the Palace  including the huge Maitraya Chapel coated with gold, its workmanship certainly impresses everyone, Tushita Chapel containing one thousand small statues of  Tsongkhapa founder of  Geluk order. Victory Chapel, which is concerted into a school for study and in side the chapel  there is a huge gold image of  Tsokapa and his two disciples and also the Tomb of  the Tenth Panchen Lama  just to name a few. In the afternoon, we will visit the local markets for shopping and local sightseeing. O/N at Hotel in Shigatse (BB
Today you will traverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Shegar. En-route you will visit Sakya Monastery which is a “must see” for all the visitors to Tibet. It is the central monastery of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Its walls were painted in red, white and grey strips, which represent Manjushree, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani respectively. O/N at Hotel in Shegar (BB)
From Shegar we head off the main overland route that rises steeply up the foothills of the Himalayas to arrive at Rongbuk Monastery. This monastery is considered to be the highest monastery in the world; you will be crossing Pang La Pass 5200m. Today you will be able to marvel at the beautiful snow clapped Mt. Everest (8848m) and some of the outstanding view of Mt. Shishapangma (8027m), Mt. Makalu (8485m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), and Mt. Cho Oyo (8188m). Later drive back to Old Tingri (BB).
This morning you will drive long the friendship highway via Gutsu, Reached Kyirong Dzonkha which is the district head quarter of Kyirong. You will pass through high pass of Yandola at 5326m/17469ft. Finally you reach Kyirong town amidst the lush green forest O/N at Hotel in Kyirong (BB).
After breakfast, you will drive approx one hour to Chinese immigration and after immigration formalities and last good bye to your Tibetan crew. You cross into Nepal where you will be meet by representative of Basanta Adventure. After Nepal immigration formalities, you will contrinue to drive to Kathmandu through the Langtang National Park. You will stop en-route for lunch. Drive is beautiful but some section will be quite rough until you reach main Tribhuwan highway. You will reach Kathmandu late evening.
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“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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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Helena, Gap Year Student, 2006

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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. “

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Elizabeth and Robert Johnson, United Kingdom

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Thomas Wells, Chairman of Future For Nepal.

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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.

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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.

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