10 Day Mount Everest base camp & Ganden monastery hike

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10 Day Mount Everest base camp & Ganden monastery hike

 

10 Day Mount Everest base camp & Ganden monastery hike!

Let's embark on a fantastic journey together! We'll first explore the holy city of Lhasa and visit the foremost Buddhist sites like Yamdrok Lake, Karo La Glacier, and Gyantse Kumbum Stupa. Next, we'll head to Shigatse and stop by Sakya monastery on our way to Mount Everest's North Face Base Camp. If the weather is good, we'll even witness the breathtaking sunset, sunrise, and stars at the world's highest peak! We'll then return to Lhasa via Shigatse and enjoy a relaxing soak at the Yangpachen hot spring.

Every trip to Tibet is complete with a hike, so we'll take a day tour of the Ganden monastery and hike for 1-2 hours. This hike is a favorite among previous travelers! After that, we'll visit the Drak Yerba meditation caves for another 1-2 hour hike. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Tibet!

Group Price & Size

1,480 US dollars per Person

Minimum 4 People & Maximum 12 People 

Single room occupancy supplement: 350USD (hotels only)



Tour Type: Group Private Tours

Group Size: 4 to 10 People

Tour Duration: 10 Days

Price: 1,480 USD

  1. All travel permits for Tibet
  2. English-speaking Tibetan tour guide
  3. Pick up and drop off by airport bus
  4. All transportation in Tibet per itinerary, a vehicle for the trip outside of Lhasa, taxis inside Lhasa
  5. Vehicle tolls and vehicle repairs(if necessary)
  6. All administrative fees
  7. All meals and accommodations for your guide
  8. All lodging listed in the itinerary
  9. Breakfast each morning
  10. Entrance fees for the places in the itinerary 
  11. One-time welcome meal for the group
  12. One box of mineral water 
  13. Oxygen tank in the car
  1. Transportation costs to and from Tibet
  2. Chinese visa fees and passport fees
  3. Lunch and dinner
  4. Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs, etc)
  5. Tips to the driver and guide

Short Itinerary

Day1.Pick up and Transfer to Hotel

Day2.Lhasa Sightseeing (Jokhang, Sera monastery)

Day3.Lhasa Sightseeing (Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery)

Day4.Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse, Shigatse

Day5.Shigatse, Sakya, New Tingri

Day6.New Tingri, Rongbuk, Mt.Everest base camp

Day7.Rongbuk, Shigatse

Day8.Shigatse, Lhasa

Day9.Ganden monastery, Drakyerpa day trip

Day10.Depart from Lhasa

 

Detail Itinerary

Day1. Pick up and transfer to the Hotel (3700m)


Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide; from the airport to Lhasa city is 60km, and a one-hour drive will take you to the holy city of Lhasa. You are driving along the Brahmaputra River and Lhasa River. If you accept the train to Lhasa, you usually will arrive late afternoon or evening; a 20-minute drive will take you to your hotel in Lhasa City. Check into the hotel and rest well to acclimatize to the high altitude.

Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city 200 meters from Jokhang Temple

Tibet from sky

 

Day2. Lhasa City Sightseeing (3700m)


After breakfast, you will visit the Jokhang, the holiest Buddhist temple in the Himalayas. Each day, many thousands of Buddhist pilgrims come here to worship. Many have traveled well over a thousand kilometers by foot to see this 1400-year-old temple. After lunch, you will visit the 600-year-old massive monastery complex of Sera. While at Sera, you watch the monks engage in entertaining Buddhist philosophical debates. In the evening, you will have free time to wander around the Old Town alone.

Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city 200 meters from Jokhang Temple

(B)=breakfast


 

Day3. Lhasa City Sightseeing (3700m)


Today, you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Potala Palace. Drepung monastery was once the world's largest monastery in history, with 10,000 monks from different monasteries all over Tibet. It is located on a small mountain, so we can see the view of Lhasa city below.  After Drepung visited the massive 1000-room Potala Palace, the most iconic building in Tibet, you will work your way up the steps of the Potala and then go through the most essential rooms on this famous UNESCO site. After lunch, you will explore another one of Tibet’s important monasteries.

Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city 200 meters from Jokhang Temple

(B)=breakfast

 

Front of Jokhang Temple in Lhasa

 

Day4. Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake [4,441m] / Gyantse [3,980m] / Shigatse [3,840m], 360KM


Morning drive up to Kampala pass [4794m], you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-Tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance; the turquoise-colored Lake Yamdrok Yutso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of the pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and fantastic spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass is wonders of the day. 

Yamdrok Lake full view Tibet Tour

Then, along the Friendship Southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, one of Tibet's most stunning architectural wonders. Late afternoon travel to Shigatse for 1 hour 10 minutes drive.  

Overnight at 4-star Gesar Hotel

(B)=breakfast

Shigatse Tashilhunpo monastery

 

Day5. Shigatse / Sakya [4,280m] / Pelber [3,950m], 200KM


In the morning, visit Tashilunpo Monastery after driving to Sakya and visit Sakya monastery on the way, then go to Pelber across Tsou-la Pass (4500m) and Gyatso-la Pass (5220m); with good weather, you can see your first views of Mount Everest. At the end of the day’s 230km journey, we arrive in the evening at Pelber (New Tingri) (4300m).

Overnight in 2-star hotel in Pelber(B)=breakfast

Sakya monastery

 

Day6. Pelber/New Tingri/ Gawu La [5,200m] / Everest Base Camp [5,200m], 100KM


This day will take you from Pelber to Tibet’s North Face Everest Base Camp. Along the way, you will be passing through several small Tibetan farming villages that you will be able to photograph. You will cross over the 5200M Gawu La Pass, which offers a panoramic view of the glacier-covered Himalayas. You can see 4 of the world’s 15 highest peaks, including Everest. 

 

From Gawu La, you will then go to Tashizom town, where you will change your vehicle to a nonpollution bus and reach Rongphu, the highest monastery in the world at just under 5000 meters in elevation. The iconic view of Everest from here will be a high point of your journey! 

You will then continue to the Tent Hotels, which operate from mid-April through mid-October. The driving distance from Pelber to the Everest area is 100 kilometers, with a driving time of around 4 hours.

Overnight at Black Yak hair tea tent dormitory or off-season from November to March at Rongbuk monastery dormitory (No private bathroom and no shower) 

 (B)=breakfast

 

Day7. Rongbuk / Shegar / Shigatse [3,840m], 340KM


After breakfast, see the sunrise at Everest Base Camp, then drive to Lhasa through the same route from Gawu la Pass with the last view of the Himalayas range; stop at any point if you find interest. Overnight at Shigatse.

Overnight at 4-star Gesar Hotel

(B)=breakfast

 

Day8. Shigatse / Nyemo Valley/ Yangbachen Hot-spring / Lhasa [4,700m], 360Km


After breakfast, drive to Nyemo Valley to see farmers and nature, not see nomads and tourists (this will be the highlight for the day, so you can spend lots of time and then drive to Yangpachen's hot spring pool. You can decide whether to go in by paying entrance fees directly there and moving to Lhasa for the night. 

Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city 200 meters from Jhokang Temple

(B)=breakfast

Ganden monastery

 

Day9. Lhasa— Drak Yerpa Meditation Caves €- Ganden Monastery €- Lhasa [4,50m], 120KM


Today, we started traveling to Ganden monastery, the most important monastery in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The highlight will be the 1-2 hour hike from the back side of the mountain to see the whole Ganden valley. Since there is only a vehicle trip on most of the tours to make the tour unique, arranging the hiking tour is one of Tibet Travelers' specialties for the Travelers. The hiking route is also known as the pilgrim kora route for the local Tibetans. Very few Travelers can be seen, so it's unique. 

We will also visit the tomb of Tsongkapa, the Throne of Ganden, the Great Hall of Ganden Monastery, and Ganden Tsogchen, where monks perform prayers. 

In the afternoon, we will visit the 7th-century meditation caves of the previous great master in DrakYerpa. We will also do meditation in the great master's meditation caves. We will also have a 1-2 hour hike to the meditation cave to see the beauties of Yerpa Valley.  Later, we will drive to Lhasa through the high pass Nachen la Pass near Lhasa. 

Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city 200 meters from Jhokang Temple

(B)=breakfast

 

Day10. Depart from Lhasa


Good morning. Lhasa airport or train station is dropping off. The time comes to say farewell to your guide and driver.

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