The itinerary for this small group tour of Tibet is designed to touch the deep spiritual, natural, and cultural beauty and history of the nation. Our journey through the highest Himalaya begins with four days exploring Lhasa, the magical capital of Tibet. Here, we visit the majestic Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor bazaar, and secluded monasteries. Leaving Lhasa, we explore the turquoise waters of holy Yamdruk Lake on our way to Gyantse, where we visit historic Kumbum chörten. Continuing via Shigatse and the monastery at Tashilhunpo, home of the Panchen Lamas, we reach Everest’s North Base camp. We spend the night at Everest’s base camp in a small lodge, visiting the local temple and enjoying sunset and sunrise on Everest, before driving down a dramatic gorge to the border of Nepal. From here, we travel to the colorful city of Kathmandu, Nepal, where we end our tour.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1  Chengdu

Welcome to Chengdu!

Days 2-4  Lhasa

Spend the next few days in and around Lhasa, the legendary Tibetan capital visiting the top sites, including Drepung Monastery, Jokhang, the Potala Palace, and the Barkhor bazaar.

Day 5  Gyantse

Today we start our drive along the old trade route over high passes, by the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake to Gyantse. Visit Gyantse’s Kumbum chörten, located at the Pelkor Chöde Monastery.

Day 6  To Shigatse

A two hour drive across farming land brings us to Shigatse. Founded in 1447 by another disciple of the great Tsongkhapa, Tashilhunpo was the resting place of the 1st Dalai Lama, but since has come to be identified with the Panchen Lamas, the second most important spiritual reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism (after the Dalai Lamas).

Day 7  Shigatse – GIke to Ngor Monastery

Enjoy a hike over a 14,000 ft pass, in the environs of Ngor Monastery, in the hills outside of Shigatse.

Day 8  Shegar

Visit the small town of Shegar at 14,300 ft., where the early Everest expeditions took a break.

Day 9  Everest Base Camp

A pre-dawn departure from Shegar finds us on the top of Pang La (a 17,000-ft pass) at sunrise offering panoramic view of Himalaya giants from Cho Oyu to Everest. Afternoon to explore Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp.

Day 10  Kriyong

Cross the spine of the Himalaya and descend into Nepal.

Day 11  Kathmandu

Your tour of Tibet ends in legendary Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city.

Day 12  Departure

 

Trip Dates & Pricing

Dates:

Apr 9, 2019 - Apr 20, 2019
Sep 22, 2019 - Oct 3, 2019

Pricing:

2 passengers: $7,285 per person
3-5 passengers: $6,080 per person
6-12 passengers: $5,200 per person
Single Supplement: Please contact for details.
Internal Airfare (Chengdu-Lhasa): $385 per person (subject to change)

Activity Level

Please note that we will reach altitudes of more than 17,000 feet as we drive over high passes with sleeping elevations consistently above 11,500 ft. This tour is subject to mountain weather (snowfall, storms, ice, rain, wind) and other high mountain hazards. Anyone with a medical history of cardiac or respiratory issues, should consult a doctor before considering this tour. The overnight at Everest North base camp area will be cold with wind chill temperature possibly down to the teens. A release of liability and a medical certificate signed by a physician will be required from all participants. Flexibility, a good sense of humor, and an adventurous spirit are essential on this tour.