Best Time to Visit :
Spring (April and May), summer (June, July and August) and autumn (September, October and November
Location :
Tibet
Group Size :
1-15+

09 Days

Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp

Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp is a journey to experience the beauty of Tibetan landscape and to understand the rich culture of its people. This 9-day adventure starts from Kathmandu followed by Nyalam, Dingri, Shegar then the base camp of the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest followed by visits to Shigatse, Gyantse and finally to Lhasa. During our Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp, we also explore the mystical Yamdrok Tso Lake, conquer a few high passes, and visit popular Tibetan monasteries like Sakya, Tashilhunpo, Shalu, Sera and Rongbuk, the world's highest monastery, all the while being surrounded by the magnetic allure of the Himalayas.

outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,800m/12,467ft): 153 km, 5 – 6 hours
  • Day 02: Nyalam to Lotingri (4,050m/13,284 ft): 150 Km, 3 hours
  • Day 03: Lotingri to Shegar (4,150m/13,615 ft) via Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft): 270 km, 9-10 hours
  • Day 04: Shegar to Shigatse(3,900m/12,795 ft) via Sakya Monastery: 300km, 5 -6 hours
  • Day 05: Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m/12,959 ft)via Shalu Monastery: 95km, 2 hours
  • Day 06: Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650 m/11,972ft)via Karo La pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 200km, 4-5 hours
  • Day 07: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5 – 6 hours
  • Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5 – 6 hours
  • Day 09: Final Departure

Trip Itinerary


  • 1

    Day

    Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,800m/12,467ft): 153 km, 5 - 6 hours

    After breakfast, we start our journey along the Friendship Highway for the Tibetan border. Along the way, we pass through some really splendid sights- cascading waterfalls, rivers and hill-side villages. At the border, we have our lunch and pass through the Nepalese side of the customs and immigration. Upon crossing the Friendship Bridge, we will be at Tibet! Then, we take a 30-minute drive from Kodari to Zhangmu where we must pass another immigration checkpoint h. From Zhangmu to Nyalam, we drive on a steep winding road. Overnight in Nyalam.

  • 2

    Day

    Day 02: Nyalam to Lotingri (4,050m/13,284 ft): 150 Km, 3 hours

    In the morning, we stroll around Nyalam which would help us to acclimatize with the high altitude. We depart for Lotingri after lunch. On the way, we will visit Milarapha Cave and Chamda Hot spring for a little fun-filled afternoon. On our journey we encounter two spectacular passes: Thong La pass (5050m/16,568ft) and Lalung La pass (5082m/16,668 ft). Along with the two passes, we also get to enjoy fabulous views of the high mountains including, Mt. Everest (8848m/29,028 ft) and Shishapangma (8,013m/26,289 ft). We spend the night in Lotingri.

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    Day 03: Lotingri to Shegar (4,150m/13,615 ft) via Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft): 270 km, 9-10 hours

    After breakfast, we drive towards Shegar. The drive from Lotingri to Rongbuk will be adventurous as the roads are coarse and bumpy. In Rongbuk, we visit the Rongbuk monastery which is the highest monastery in Tibet. Then we drive towards Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft) while enjoying views of high mountains like Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906 ft), Shishapangma (8,013m (26,289 ft) and, of course, the mighty Everest also known as Mt. Chomolongma in the Tibetan side. It will certainly be a great experience to come face-to-face with the greatest mountain on earth. We make approximately a 16km round trip around the Everest Base Camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the view of Everest is more than compensating with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above us. Overnight in Shegar.
    Note that on rare occasions due to bad weather or political riots the local government may close down the road to the Everest base camp for safety reasons and without prior notice.

  • 4

    Day

    Day 04: Shegar to Shigatse(3,900m/12,795 ft) via Sakya Monastery: 300km, 5 -6 hours

    After breakfast we drive towards Shigatse via Sakya. In Sakya, we visit the Sakya Monastery, which is the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The main architectures inside the castle are the Dajing Hall, the Buddhism Hall and the hall where the Sakya archbishop lived. After the visit of the Sakya Monastery whose medieval Mongolian architecture is quite different from temples in Lhasa and Yarlung, we continue our drive to Shigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet. Overnight in Shigatse.

  • 5

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    Day 05: Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m/12,959 ft)via Shalu Monastery: 95km, 2 hours

    After breakfast, we visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447. After touring the Tashilhunpo Monastery, we continue our drive to Gyantse. On the way, we visit Shalu Monastery. Founded in 1040, Shalu Monastery is known for its beautiful and ancient mural paintings. We continue to Gyantse and while there visit Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (Fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. Overnight in Gyantse.

  • 6

    Day

    Day 06: Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650 m/11,972ft)via Karo La pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 200km, 4-5 hours

    From Gyantse, we continue to Lhasa crossing the Karo La (5,010m/16,432 ft) and Kamba La (4794m/15,725 ft) passes and Lake Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes of Tibet, also believed to be the transformation of a Tibetan goddess. Furthermore, we cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahamaputra) River and see Potala Palace for the first time from a distance. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • 7

    Day

    Day 07: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5 - 6 hours

    We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today is the day we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital which is the center for the treatment, training, research and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.

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    Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5 - 6 hours

    After breakfast we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve centre of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • 9

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    Day 09: Final Departure

    Our adventure in the Himalayas comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize photos. If time permits, we can engage in shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Random Adventures will take us to the airport for our next journey. We can either go back to Kathmandu or continue to mainland China on our way home.

Cost Include


  • All the necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Assistance in acquiring Chinese visa
  • Pick up and drops from airport(s) and hotel(s)
  • Everest National Park admission fee and Grass dame charge
  • Transportation on private vehicle(s) (van or Hiace or bus)
  • Accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • English speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Cost Exclude


  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Chinese visa fee
  • International flights to Kathmandu and out of Lhasa
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • Tips for guides and driver
  • Nepal visa

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