10 Day Namtso & Mt Everest
10-day private tour from Lhasa to Mt. Everest Base Camp to Namtso lake, This journey will start by exploring the holy city of Lhasa. You will see the main Buddhist sites in the city including Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and the Potala Palace. You will also be able to explore the Old Town of Lhasa and rub shoulders with some of the thousands of pilgrims who are here each day. Altogether, you will spend 3 nights in Lhasa. Next, you will make the scenic drive to Shigatse going via Yamdrok Lake, Karo La Glacier, and the Gyantse Kumbum Stupa. From Shigatse, you will visit Sakya monastery on the way to the North Face Base Camp of Mt. Everest where if the weather is clear, Travelers can witness the beauties of sunset, sunrise, and stars in the night at world’s highest peak! From Everest, you will then return to Lhasa via Shigatse, from Shigatse drive towards north to Namtso lake through Nyemo valley. On the morning of the 10th day, you will be transferred to the Lhasa airport or train station. This will be an amazing journey that will allow you to see many of the best places Tibet has to offer!
Tour Type: 10-Day Private Tour
Group Size: Depend On Travelers
Tour Duration: 10 Days
Price: Depend On Season
Day1. Pick Up From Airport Or Train Station And Transfer To Hotel
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, about an hour drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa. Driving along the Brahmaputra river and Lhasa River. If you take the train to Lhasa, normally you will arrive in the late afternoon or evening, 20 minutes drive will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city. Check into hotel, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.
Overnight at 4-star Tashinota hotel
Day2. Lhasa City Sightseeing, Visit Jokhang Temple And Sera Monastery(B)
After breakfast, you will visit the Jokhang, the holiest Buddhist temple in all of the Himalaya. 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 huge 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 on your own.
Overnight at 4-star Tashinota hotel (B)=breakfast
Day3. Lhasa City Sightseeing, Visit Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace (B)
Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Potala Palace. Drepung monastery was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet.It is located in a small mountain so we can see the view of Lhasa city below. After Drepung visiting 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 important rooms in this famous UNESCO site. After lunch, you will explore another one of Tibet’s important monasteries.
Overnight at 4-star Tashinota hotel (B)=breakfast
Day4. Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake [4,441m] / Gyantse [3,980m] / Shigatse [3,840m], 360KM, 7hrs (B)
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 coloured Lake Yamdrok Yutso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass is wonders of the day.
We visit the Ralung monastery, which was once the biggest Buddhist college in Tibet and home of many great Tibetan Yogis from Drukpa Kagyu sect including Jetsun Ling Repa, Jetsun Tsangpa Gyare, Jetsun Tsang Nyon, Jetun U Nyon, Jetsun Drukpa Kunley. They are no tourist and sometimes not even locals so Ralung monastery is one of the most peaceful monasteries with beautiful landscape.
Then along the Friendship southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late afternoon drive to Shigatse via visiting Shalu monastery, which has one of the best wall painting in Tibet.
Overnight at 4 star Gesar Hotel
Day5. Shigatse / Sakya [4,280m] / Pelber [3,950m], 200KM, 4hrs (B)
In the morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery after drive to Sakya and visit Sakya monastery on the way then drive 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
Day6. Pelber/New Tingri/ Geu La [5,200m] / Everest Base Camp [5,200m], 100KM, 4hrs (B)
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 Geu La Pass, offers a panoramic view of the glacier-covered Himalaya. From here, you can see 4 of the world’s 15 highest peaks, including Everest. From the Geu La, you will then go to 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 on to the Tent Hotels, which operate from mid-April through mid-October. The Tent Hotels are the closest that travelers can stay to Mt. Everest and are located 2 kilometers from base camp. If you are traveling outside of this time frame, you will stay at the Rongphu Monastery Guesthouse. From the Tent Hotels, elevation 5050 meters, you will take a separate bus the remaining 2 kilometers to base camp. If you’d like, you can also hike this last short distance. The driving distance from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp is 350 kilometers with the driving time being 7 hours.
Overnight in Black yak hair tent dormitory or Rongbuk monastery Guesthouse(B)=breakfast (No private bathroom, No Shower)
Day7. Rongbuk / Shegar / Shigatse [3,840m], 340KM, 6-7hour Drive
After breakfast, see the sunrise at Everest Base Camp thendrive to Lhasa through the same route from Geu la pass with last view of himalaya 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 / Namtso Lake [4,700m], 420Km, Around 7-8hours Drive (B)
After breakfast then drive to Nyemo valley to see nomads and farmers and nature, No tourist (this will be highlight for the day so you can spend lots of time and then drive to Yangpachen hot spring pool and you can decide to go in or not by paying entrance fees directly at there and drive to Damxung, on the way you will see Mt. Tanggu-la (7500m) and drive through grasslands to Namtso lake, “Heavenly Lake.” Before getting to lake we will drive through the (Largen la pass (5200m) see the view of the lake from far and then still drive about 35km and we will reach the Lake. On the way we will see Nomads around Namtso lake and stay overnight at lake for sunset
Overnight in Sheep guest house(B)=breakfast (No private bathroom, No Shower)
Day9. Namtso / Lhasa [3,595m], 250Km, 4hours Drive
You will see the sunrise at Namtso Lake, walk a little bit along the lakeside, afternoon drive back to Lhasa, happy nomads family dwelled their cozy yak wool tent on the grassy pastures and some close to the road are visitable for having a new experience, before reaching Lhasa the fertile valleys are nice looking with villages and their orthogonal fields. Overnight at Lhasa.
Overnight at 4 star Tashi Nota Hotel (B)=breakfast
Day10. Lhasa Airport / Train Station Dropping Off (B)
Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time come to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.