Expedition to the Everest

LHB03: 8 Days Small Group Tour of Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa
Tour Type: Small Group of no more than 12 persons, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Tour Highlights:
  • Potala Palace, essence of ancient architecture & the treasure house of arts in Tibet
  • Jokhang Temple, the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan pilgrims
  • Mt. Everest - the highest peak in the world is truly a breathtaking sight
  • A visit to a Tibetan family will offer you a chance to witness the local lifestyle
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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa
After getting out of Lhasa Airport or train station, you will be met by our professional guide and then be escorted to the hotel for check-in. For the rest of the day, we highly suggest you have some rest at the hotel to get used to the high altitude.

Meals: No meals
Accommodation: YAK Hotel (or other similar Hotel)
 Friendly Tips

Local 3 star hotels are arranged in this economical tour. Simple breakfasts served at the hotels are mainly local food. For those who look for some degree of comfort, we kindly suggest you consider taking our private tour instead.
Day 2 Lhasa
Potala Palace
After breakfast, our guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the Potala Palace, the first destination of this Lhasa to Everest Base Camp group tour. It was founded in the seventh century, and now becomes a place for Dalai Lama to live and handle religious and administrative affairs. In the afternoon, we will continue our Lhasa small group tour to the Jokhang Temple, which is the holiest site of the Tibetan Buddhism with a history of over 1,300 years. After that, our guide will show you around the Barkor Street where you can buy some handicrafts of local features.

You will have a welcome dinner at a renowned local restaurant this night to have a taste of typical Tibetan flavor.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: YAK Hotel (or other similar Hotel)
Day 3 Lhasa
Tibetan people
After breakfast, you will be taken to the Drepung Monastery by a comfortable drive. Seen from afar, this grand white building complex is like a giant pile of rice leaning against the hillside. You can have a full view of the Lhasa City when climbing to the top. After visiting there, we will continue our Tibet small group tour to the Sera Monastery, which was built in 1419 and still preserves ancient murals and tens of thousands of Buddha statues. The debate of Buddhist doctrines is the other highlight of Sera Monastery, which usually takes place during 15:30 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: YAK Hotel (or other similar Hotel)
Day 4 Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse
After breakfast, our guide and driver will come to get you at the hotel lobby, and then we will head for the second biggest city in Tibet - Shigatse. During the journey, we will pass by the sapphire-like Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the pure Kharola Glacier. We will stop by at the famous Kumbum Monastery in Gyangtse in the midway. After another 1.5-hour drive, we will reach Shigatse and check in at the local hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Manasarovar Hotel (or other similar Hotel)
Day 5 Shigatse - Lhatse - Everest Base Camp (5200m)
Rongbuk Monastery, Shigatse
Today, we will drive along the Friendship Way westwards from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp via Lhatse. Before leaving Shigatse, we will pay a visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the living place of Panchen Lama after the 4th Panchen (1567 - 1662) took charge of the temple. It also enshrines the largest copper Buddha statue in the world with a height of 26.2 meters (86 feet). Then we will continue our trip to Lhaste where you may have a featured local meal for lunch on your own, and our guide is willing to give you some suggestions.

After that, we will proceed to Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, passing by the Tsola Pass with an altitude of 4,600 meters (15,091 feet) and Gyatsola Pass with an altitude of 5,248 meters (17,217 feet), and then arrive at Everest Base Camp finally. What's more, if time and weather permit, you will have chance to enjoy the sunset of golden Everest Peak at the camp.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: A Tent or Rongbuk Monastery Guest House
Day 6 Everest Base Camp (E.B.C) - Rongbuk Monastery - Shigatse
This morning, we will get up early to enjoy the sunrise over the Mt. Everest near the camp if the weather is clear. After that, the guide will lead you to the Rongbuk Monastery, located at an altitude of 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) at the foot of the Mt. Everest.

When today's Mt. Everest exploration is over, we will drive back to Shigaste to stay overnight.

Tips: Due to the limited conditions, meals are not provided at tents or hostels near the E.B.C, but you can buy some food at the nearby booths and the average cost for a meal is CNY 30-50 per person.

Meals: No meals
Accommodation: Manasarovar Hotel (or other similar Hotel)
Day 7 Shigatse to Lhasa
Our clients at the Everest Base Camp
Today, we will drive back to the hotel in Lhasa for your leaving flight or train on the next day. Although the transfer takes about 5-6 hours, the fantastic landscapes along the way will make your journey pleasant and enjoyable.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: YAK Hotel (or other similar Hotel)
Day 8 Departure from Lhasa
Your 1-week Tibet tour package concludes today. Please take your entire luggage to check out the hotel. Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the airport or train station. Wish you a nice journey.

Meals: Breakfast
 Friendly tips about the free transfer service between airport and hotels:

Airport pick-up service upon arrival: There will be an English-speaking guide meet you at the airport and help you to take a taxi to the hotel according to your arrival time.

Airport drop-off service on your leaving day: It is shuttle service scheduled at 06:30am, 08:30am and 12:30pm. If there are less than 3 passengers, you may be delivered by public airport shuttle bus or taxi instead of our shuttle service. If you prefer to have a private see-off transfer to avoid the longtime waiting, please contact us in advance.
Price Includes
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts based on double occupancy
  • Meals as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Drinking water provided during the trip
  • One shared big oxygen tank in the car
  • Tibet Travel Permit
Price Excludes
  • Airfares/train fares of arrival and departure
  • Entry visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
Questions & Answers
Asked by sonia from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 17, 2018 07:11Reply
Tibet travel permit and entry visa fees
Hi, I am interested in the tour but I am wondering the difference between a Tibet travel permit and entry visa? According to the information, the package only includes the travel permit and not the visa, can you please explain that to me further? Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Apr. 17, 2018 20:27

Foreign travelers who enter to China mainland need to apply for the Chinese visa in advance while the Tibet Travel Permit is a must for foreigners traveling to Tibet. Our Tibet tour packages include the permit fee and we will handle it for you after you book the tour with us.

As for the China visa, you will need to apply for it by yourself at your local Chinese embassy, and we are pleased to offer you an official invitation letter to assist you apply for the visa after you confirm and pay for the tour. Thank you.
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