8 Days Everest Base Camp Small Group Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Lhasa
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Small group tour (less than 12 people) with fixed departure
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1. Easy (1 point) - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
2. Moderate (2-3 Points) - suitable for those having average level for fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 years.
3. Moderate to Strenous (4 Points) - suitable for those physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking.
4. Strenuous (5 Points) - suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
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This 8 days small group tour for Everest Base Camp is the perfect way for a taste of Tibet’s best in a short amount of time. It takes you deep inside the buzzing walls of the Barkor to barter for prayer flags or other souvenirs, let you peer into the hidden life of chanting Tibetan Monks at Jokhang Temple, and be enveloped in the vast expanses of the Tibetan landscape including the magnificent views of Mt. Everest, the third pole of the world.
Less than 12 people per tour, the perfect size for getting around, it’s about getting that intimate experience but with enough people to meet other like-minded travelers. If you only book one vacation all year, make it count with this unforgettable journey to one of earth’s most remote corners.
- Go down into the bowels of the Potala Palace, the impressive but spiritless citadel of the Dalai Lamas.
- Join the shuffling, murmuring pilgrims around the shrines of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibet.
- Follow monks, mendicants and fellow pilgrims around the Barkhor Street, Lhasa’s fascinating medieval pilgrim circuit.
- Take in a prayer meeting or some monk debating at Sera Monastery, one of the largest and most intact of Tibet’s great monasteries.
- Marvel at the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet’s most sacred lakes.
- Climb the dazzling Gyantse Kumbum, a monumental chorten with mural-filled chapels.
- Worship before a 26m gold Buddha at Tashilumpo Monastery, a walled complex the size of a village.
- Stay overnight at Everest Base Camp and enjoy superb scenery of the north face of Mt. Everest and the Rongbuk monastery.
At a GlanceDay 1 Arrive in Lhasa, get the first impression of Tibet Day 2 Visit Lhasa Highlights – Potala Palace, Johkang Temple and Barkor Street Day 3 Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery Day 4 Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse Day 5 Shigatse to Everest Base Camp Day 6 EBC and Drive back to Shigatse Day 7 Shigatse back to Lhasa Day 8 Finish This Unforgettable Tour and Depart from Lhasa
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa, get the first impression of Tibet
Welcome to Tibet! Upon arrival, be greeted by our local guide at airport or train station and be presented with traditional Tibetan White Scarf to wish you good luck!
After group photo at airport, you will board on the coach and transfer to your hotel. You will enjoy the spectacular scenery and the typical Tibetan villages on the way.
Stay at the hotel after arrival for adapting to the high attitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water just and now.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 2: Visit Lhasa Highlights – Potala Palace, Johkang Temple and Barkor Street
After breakfast, we go to the Potala Palace, a golden feather upon the roof of the world, which Tibetans proudly claim to be the prime miracle since the creation of this world. It is visible from any distance, with the golden roof shinning in the sun, spend one hour wondering around the inside of this magnificent building exploring the rooms previously used by the Dalai Lama and the many Buddhist icons within.
In the afternoon we go inside of the Jokhang Temple. The Jokhang, like most of the larger temple structures have numerous individual temples within it dedicated to specific enlightened beings, protectors, high lamas, or saints. Images, both sculpted and painted, are everywhere. Every inch of wall and ceiling is brightly painted with images of clouds, beings, mandalas, or decorative patterns. Colorful silk banners, three stories high, hang in various places. Color, pattern, and images crowd in around you. The central image inside the building is a 30-foot high gilded image of Maitreya Buddha.
Then stroll around the back alleys of the Barkhor area of Old Lhasa. The streets smelled of yak butter and incense while hordes of pilgrims shuffled along the main Kora (circumambulations) around Jokhang Temple. If someone just walked at a normal pace, one kora would take about 15-20 minutes. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 3: Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
In the morning have a tour for Drepung Monastery, the ever largest monastery with more than 10 thousand monks, Buddhist debates often occur there. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given its name which, in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks there.
The afternoon is spent touring Sera Monastery, have a little hike for the beautiful valley scenery nearby and picnic there, in the afternoon, visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. Catch the famous debate session of the monks before returning back to Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 4: Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse
After fully explore Lhasa, you’ll have a chance to get lost in the endless Tibetan landscape while you take a short hike along the turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok, one of the four holy lakes in Tibet. This dazzling lake is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la (4700m). The lake lays several hundred metres below the road, and it is shaped like a coiling scorpion. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangstsang (7191m). Afterwards pass by the 5,010 m high Karo-la and the Simi La forward to Gyantse (3,950m).
Visit Pelkor Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby, both of them built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse.
In the afternoon drive about 90 kilometers to Shigatse (3880m), the second largest city with 40,000 inhabitants in Tibet and the traditional capital of the Tsang. In Shigatse, we’ll visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama.
Stay overnight in Shigatse.
Day 5: Shigatse to Everest Base Camp
Today, we have an early start to drive westwards the Friendship way to Rongbuk. On the road the drive is full of magnificent scenery and cross some extremely high passes including Gyatsola (5248m).
The road to Everest diverts off the newly paved Friendship highway near the town of Shegar and turns into bumpy gravel trail, which is still 90km to get to Rongpuk. After 4 to 6 hours then you will arrive at Rongbuk monastery.
On the way to Rongbuk Monastery, if it is in clear weather, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as: Mt. Lhotse (8516m),Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m),Mt Mayalu (8463m).
Stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk monastery guest house.
Day 6: EBC and Drive back to Shigatse
Get up early for sunrise. You could take the local bus to arrive at Everest Base Camp (5200m) for half an hour, or you also can have a hike to Base Camp around 1.5-2 hours one way. It's interesting and much warmer, but hard to breath. The morning is frigid and as the wind howl your fingers must be frozen trying to take pictures of the iconic mountain but it is worth the pain to view such an amazing site.
Then in the afternoon go down from E.B.C back to Shegar by friend-ship highway and continue back to Shigatse.
Stay overnight in Shigatse.
Day 7: Shigatse back to Lhasa
Day 8: Finish This Unforgettable Tour and Depart from Lhasa
Our guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
Cost & Calendar
Class/Price for Per Person
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Apr.1 to Jun.24
Jun.25 to Aug.25
Aug.26 to Oct.15
Oct.16 to Nov.15
Nov.16 to Dec.30
Discount: 3 travelers book the tour at the same time (5% off)
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1. Tibet Entry Permit and Alien's travel Permit
- Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle depending on the group size, and reliable Tibetan local driver;
3. Admission Fees of All tourist sites listed in Itinerary
4. Fares of environmental protection sightseeing bus between Rongpuk and EBC
5. Professional Tibetan English speaking tour guide
6. Oxygen provided while travelling to EBC
7. Hot water bottle provided in winter while travelling to EBC
8. Travel Agency Service Charge
9. Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
- Comfortable Class (3-star Lodging), standard twin beds room with private bath room in Lhasa and Shigatse
- Tent or Guest House at Rongpuk with simple breakfast for both comfortable and budget class
1. International flight to and out of China
2. Domestic flight / train to and out of Lhasa (If you need ticket booking service, please leave your requirements in the Online Inruiry form.)
3. Meals not specified in the itinerary;
4. Lunches and Dinners
5. Tips to driver and tour guide, Tip as you wish
6. Single room supplement if you travel individual and prefer to stay in one room by yourself.
7. Personal expenses, like laundry, phoncall, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
About Hotel We Use
In Lhasa: Comfortable class Hotel
In Shigatse: Comfortable class Hotel
In Rongpuk: Rongpuk Guest House or Tent Guest House
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