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Tours / Tibet Tour / Kathmandu to Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour

Offering a unique mystery and allure, the Buddhist Kingdom of Tibet has long captured the hearts and minds of the international visitors. Glory Nepal'sKathmandu to Lhasa Tour covers a vast tract of this ancient land, crossing spectacular passes, through unforgettable landscapes and heading right into the spiritual heart of the country; Lhasa. Over ten days, this trip takes into little bit of everything of the attractions this country has to offer.

The drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp takes seven days over the 'Friendship Highway'; along the way stopping at quietly enchanting Buddhist monasteries like Sakya, Shalu , Natang and remote villages untouched by modern civilization. A generous one night will be spent at Ronbuk, time to take in some unforgettable views of the highest mountain on the planet. The road also passes through quiet Nyalam, the historical Shigatse and Gyantse, famed for the Gyantse Kumbum. And that is all before the road even comes into Lhasa itself; the spiritual heart of this country. For centuries the home of the Dalai Lamas and the target of devout pilgrimages, visitors could spend happy weeks lost in Lhasa's historical and spiritual treasures. At Glory Nepalbecome one of the lucky few to have first-hand expeerience at the sheer beauty of this amazing country.

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Day 01:  Kathmandu to Nyalam -3,750m (12,300ft)-162Kms.

Upon early morning drive (Approx. 5 hours) from Kathmandu we will be at Kodari (1,873m/6,140ft). Upon completion of immigration and custom formalities we drive up hill to Zhangmu (2,300m/75,44ft). This is Tibetan border town. The Tibetan Guide will meet the our group on arrival at the check post and we drive further road climbs and climbs to Nyalam for overnight. On the way we encounter with fantastic view of deep valley with some overflowing waterfalls.

Day 02:  Nyalam to Lotingri/old Tingri (4050m) - 147 km

Upon Driving approximately 5-6 hours to Tingri we come across two spectacular passes,the Nyalam pass (3800m) and the Lalung La pass (5082m). This drive provides fabulous view of the high mountains including, Mount Everest (8848m) Jugal Himal, Mt. Makalu (8464m) and more. Overnight in Lotingri or old Tingri.

Day 03:  Lotingri or old Tingri to Ronbuk (5050m/16564ft) - 105 Km - visit Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft)

Upon our delightful breakfast, we head for easy and short drive to Rongbuk. At Rongbuk, we visit for Tibet's highest Rongbuk monastery wher we enjoy the unique view of Mt. Everest (Mount Quomolangma) with face to face experience. At noon, we drive to Base Camp by lcoal bus and walk (16 km round trip)around base camp. At the sun set we back to Ronbuk. The base camp itself is dry and bestarren, but the views of Everest more than compensate. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above us. Overnight in Rongbuk.

Day 04:  Ronbuk to Xegar to Lhatse (4050 M) - 245 km

Beofre driving to Xegar, we enjoy the views of morning sunrise at Mt Everest and vist Rongbuk monastery. Upon our journey to Xegar we cross the highest Gyamtso La [5220m] Pass. From the Pass, we descend to the plains, passing lonely monasteries and the camps of nomadic herders. Shortly after leaving Shegar, we turn off the Friendship Highway and head south over the Pang La [5150m] towards the main Himalayan range. While passing through the highlands we will have incredible uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma. Below the pass, Everest is initially hidden from view, but as we turn the corner into the Rongbuk Valley it reappears, more impressive than ever. Overnight in Lhatse.

Day 05:  Lhatse to Sakya and Natang Monastery to Shigatse (3900m) - 185 km

Upon morning we drive for Sakya (30 km) and visit to famous Sakya Monastery, the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built in the 6thyear (1073) of the Xining reign of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) by Khon Konchog Gyalpo, the founder of Sakyapa sect of Lamaism. Sakya, meaning "Grey Soil" in Tibetan.

Further, in the Yuan Dynasty, the fifth Sakya Throne Holder, Drogon Chogyal Phakpa was appointed as the National Priest by Yuan Emperor Shizu. He took charge of the Buddhist and executive affairs of Tibet and initiated the history of monk's reign in Tibet. In the 2ndyear (1265) of the Zhiyuan reign of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Phakpa returned to the Sakya Monastery. Three years later, with the subsidy of Yuan government, the Sakya Monastery commanded a great number of Han, Mongolian and Tibetan craftsmen to rebuild the Sakya Monastery. It became the political center of Tibet at that time. At the end of the Yuan Dynasty, the Sakya Monastery's position was replaced by Kagyu sect. Sakyapa sect only retained its religious and political power in Sakya region. As a result, the Sakya Monastery gradually declined.

After lunch, we drive to Natang Monastery, one of the survived monasteries in Xigaze. At its peak of prominence, the monastery had a population of some 3,000 monks and 13 sutra halls. Its sutra printing house was the oldest of the three major ones in the Tibetan -inhabited areas. It boasts a huge collection of Tibetan printing blocks and hand-copied Buddhist scriptures. Tripitaka engraved and printed in 1732 and 1742 were the oldest of their kind. Gangyur of the Tripitaka is legendarily the only authentic edition of the Gelug Sect. At evening, we arrive in Xigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet.

Day 06:  Shigatse to Gyantse via Shalu Monastery (3950m) - 90km

In the morning, we visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and the free bazaar of Xigaste. Upon our lunch, we embark on a pleasant 2 hours drive to Gyantse where we visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. En route we visit Shaulu Moanstery, located 20 km southeast of Xigaze. It was first built in 1087. It demonstrates a combination of the Tibet and Han architectural styles. It is famous for its sandalwood slips carved with Buddhist scripture and a jar for filling sacred water. It is said that for years the water does not decrease or deteriorate. The murals in the monastery are rich in contents and excellent in workmanships and are one of the rare fine arts in Tibet. Overnight in Gyantse.

Day 07:  Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m) - 259km

The drive to Lhasa takes 8 hours. On our drive we cross The Karo La (5010m) and Kamba La (4794m) passes and Lake Yamdrok Tso(Turquoise Lake). We further cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahamaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 08:  Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us into this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. At the same time, we will be at equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further visit to Barkhor Market. The stroll in the market can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city savoring every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods to exhibition of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as we return to the comforts of our hotel.

Day 09:  Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

Like the previous day, we experience invaluable insights during our visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. This 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans' respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.

Day 10:  Final departure from Lhasa or extension our tour

From today we are free. Since we make our own itinerary or contact at Glory Nepalto extend our trip. At this junctuare we are responsible for making all the necessary arrangements and return journey to Nepal or towards to mainland China. However, if we would like to fly out from Lhasa to Kathmandu or any other city of mainland China, Glory Nepalcan manage the air or Train ticket in advance.

Where is Nepal ?

Nepal is landlocked country located in southern Asia couched between two Asian giants India and China. Nepal is geographically, culturally and linguistically diverse. The capital city of the country is Kathmandu, commonly known as ‘city of temples’ where we can explore traditional artistic beauty. Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya, Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. Moreover, it's a land of yaks and yetis, stupas and Sherpas and some of the best trekking on earth. The Himalaya's most sophisticated urban cultures took shape here, in the three great mini kingdoms of the Kathmandu valley- Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur - home to a world-class artistic and architectural heritage.

What is Nepal known for?

Nepal is Known for Mt. Everest, highest peak in the world and Lord Buddha, who was the pioneer of Buddhist religion. Besides, among 14 eight thousand meters cross mountains in the world, eight are located in this naturally beautiful country. Nepal has been the focus of outstanding achievements in the world of peak climbing expeditions with the identification of more than one thousand peaks above 6,000 meters .Trekking through the Everest region offers astounding mountain views, an opportunity to take a glimpse into the life of world heritage sites, discovering variety of Himalayan flora and faunas, and an opportunity to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Overall, Nepal is known for its hospitality and the local people believes in the mantra ‘Atithi Deba Bhaba’ (Guest are god).

Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?

Yes! Nepal visa is easily available up on arrival in the entry places. Make the process easier by downloading & completing the application form, having the correct USD cash and two passport photographs.

Visa Facility       Duration     Fee
Multiple entry     15 days        US$ 25 or equivalent Nepali currency
Multiple entry     30 days        US$ 40 or equivalent Nepali currency
Multiple entry     90 days        US$ 100 or equivalent Nepali currency

Is the country politically safe and stable?

Nepal is one of the new democratic countries in the world with many active political parties, ideas, ideologies and leaders. As such there might be some disturbances in some parts of the country. But it does not and will not affect the daily life of the residents in the other parts. Life moves on as usual, unperturbed.

How to enter Nepal?
Nepal can be enter by two ways,

By air: Some of the major international airlines operating schedule services to Nepal are Royal Nepal Airlines, British Airways, Biman Bangladesh, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, India Air, Thai Airways, Qatar, Pakistan Air, Jet Air and Singapore Airlines. By air, you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport (only one international airport) located in the heart of Kathmandu City.

By Road: There are several entry points by land route mainly from Nepal / Indian borders;


Scheduled public as well as tourist buses run to and from Kathmandu. Traveling by bus is recommended if you can cope with 10 to 12 hours of long drive in return for a fascinating mountainous views and snail tail roads that meet above the clouds.

Do you have Airport pickup facilities?

Definitely! We do have airport pick up facilities for our customers who have booked for our any packages. We don't charge any money. As the time you booked your trip, you have to inform us.

What is the best time to visit Nepal?
September and April are warm with the temperature ranging between 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. In October, November, late February and March it is typically 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. In December and January it is much cooler, between 45-70 degrees Fahrenheit, and you may experience foggy conditions as well. As there is an ideal time to visit Nepal. Nepal can be visited the whole year round. Light weight clothing is recommended from May to October. Warm garments are required from October to March. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the rainy season.

How can I make the payment?
There are various payment options by which you can make payment to Glory Nepal team. You can make payment by cash, bank transfer, online credit card payment and Travelers checks. If you wish to use another option of payment suitable to you, then Glory Nepal will assist you for that.

Why should I book the tour through Glory Nepal?
Glory Nepal team is a recognized Holiday Planner and service provider related with the Nepal Tourism Sector. The Team of Glory Nepal is able to work on your any kind of travel requirements as it is associated with a team of Tour Escorts, Guides who are well trained, fluent in different languages and with long experience in related sectors. We do offer verities of Nepal Tour, Trek, Jungle Safari, Adventure packages but beside that we are best in organizing special tailor made itineraries in any areas of Nepal. As our motto is "Guest's Satisfaction is our Achievements" we are always here to assist you for your holiday to Nepal.

What does grading (Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Strenuous) means?

"Grading" is a term used for rating treks based on difficulty. According to Himalayan Glacier standards and experience, we have divided the trekking into four types, namely Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Strenuous- the challenge in terms of both technicality and geography increases as we move higher in that order. Thus, Easy Treks could be suitable for all while Strenuous and Difficult Treks are meant only for those who have certain experience and capability.

This can help you choose a trek or climb especially in the Himalayan Region that best suits your fitness level and experience. Please keep in mind that this is a general guide only. A variety of factors, including weather, may add to the challenge.

Easy Treks

No previous trek experience and any physical preparation are required to attempt this trek. An interest in walking will be enough to take up such treks. Such treks usually vary from 2 days hike to 5 days trekking and can reach up to an altitude of 3000 m. Treks usually on well maintained paths and passes through ridges and involve walking up to 5 hours a day.

Moderate Treks
Moderate Treks will require at least 6-7 hours of walking every day, crossing 4000 m above high altitude passes, and long and exhausting walks through often rough trails, rocks and boulders. Therefore, you will require physical and mental fitness, positive attitude and interests and previous hiking or camping experience is preferred. You should prepare to face high altitude.

Difficult Treks
Previous trekking experience and technical knowledge is essential in Difficult Treks. Besides walking through rough trails for 6-7 hours and crossing high passes as high as 5000 m, you will also be glacier crossings on snow/ice. You will be facing high altitude air with low level of oxygen and continuous walking over huge stretch of Himalayan valleys. Positive attitude and perseverance is required.

Strenuous Treks
Strenuous Treks involve long days, long hours of challenging walks, high altitude passes above 5000 m, difficult terrains and glacier and snow walking. No doubt you need to be mentally and physically fit and in excellent health condition. As part of technical requirements, you will require to have rock and ice climbing experience with the knowledge of use of ice axe and crampons. You should consider joining one of the rock climbing and glacier walking classes prior to heading for Trek.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?

There are many ATM machines in the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. ATM machines are slowly being introduced to other cities like Bhuwtal and Dharan.

What types of cards are accepted? Debit or Credit? Visas or Masters or Discovers or Dinners?

Most popular cards accepted in Nepal are VISA, MASTERCARD and American Express. Both Debit and Credit Cards are accepted here. American Travelers Cheques are also accepted in most Banks, Hotels, and Travel companies.

Are there any tourist police in Nepal?

Of course there is tourist police located near the Nepal Tourism Development Board's Office. Also, there are complaint counters at the airport and Basantapur Durbar Square. Tourist police are specially trained in English and have detailed local knowledge to assist tourists. For security and travel related assistance, you can reach any of the officers from telephone 4-247041, 4-4268969 during 11 a.m to 5 p.m

Is Nepal safe? Is a woman traveling alone safe with your company?

Absolutely Nepal is safe for traveler. Firstly, Nepal is considered as one of the peaceful countries in the world (chances are it's safer here than your home-country). Secondly, while you're on one of our trips, we take personal responsibility for your well-being, a responsibility we commit very seriously.

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• All the entrance fees while sightseeing in the city.
• Guided Katmandu sightseeing tour by Car.
All accommodation on B/B basis.
• 13% government tax where applicable.

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• Airport pick up and drop.

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International flights, visa and departure taxes

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