Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour with Everest

    What's Included?

  • 4 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  • 9 nights Hotel accommodation in Tibet on B/B basis.
  • Tibet visa, road permit and Travel Permit for Lhasa and Everest Base Camp (EBC).
  • English speaking guide in Nepal sightseeing and during Tibet Tour.
  • Surface transportation as per itinerary in Nepal.
  • Surface transportation as per itinerary in Tibet.
  • All sightseeing in Tibet as per Itinerary.
  • Staff's daily wages and Insurance if required.
  • All entry fees of Monasteries in Tibet side.
  • Cultural Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu before departure.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight reconfirmation and visa extension (if necessary).
  • Our service charges.


Himalayan Wonders offers you the most comprehensive tour of Tibet which is defined as Everest Base Camp to Lhasa Tour with the experiences of cultural, historical and natural attractions of the hidden land. The tour includes all the important places of attractions in central and southern Tibet including a visit to Rongbuk monastery and the Mt. Everest Base Camp. After driving into Kodari (Khasa) the Friendship Bridge from Kathmandu, we let you explore the cultural and historical sites of Shigatse, Gyantse and Lhasa. We take you for drive overland in 4WD Land Cruiser jeeps across the Tibetan highlands and high passes to visit the fabled Rongbuk Monastery and Mt. Everest Base Camp from where you can view of the great North face of Mount Everest which is the most spectacular of all. Your journey will proceed toward Lhasa and exit from Tibet will be made from Lhasa to Nepal or Main Land China by air or train.

Day 1 - Arrival and Transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu (1350m)

Upon your arrival a representative of Himalayan Wonders will give you reception in our International Airport (TIA) and transfer to your confirmed accommodation in a private/tourist car/van/hiace/bus (Depending on group size) for overnight in BB Plan.

Day 2 - Rest, sightseeing, preparation, assignment and briefing

Himalayan Wonders organizes a half day city tour in and around Kathmandu Valley to make you live touch with the monuments, temples and monasteries such as durbar square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath or Swayambhunath etc. and provide you leisure time for rest and preparation for next trip to Tibet and evening briefing at your hotel or at the office. Your overnight accommodation is set in BB Plan at same Hotel.

Day 3 - Kathmandu to Kodari/Zhangmu or Nyalam Drive

This morning we leave Kathmandu by surface on a charming drive to Kodari (Nepal-Tibet border), through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. We leave our vehicles here and cross the border after immigration formalities and drive by Tibetan Vehicle up to Zhangmu 8km ascending with hangs on a rock face its bang town architecture having a temporary look even the monastery roofs are enclosed in ribbed flatten sheets and is sited at elevation of 2500m, overnight at Hotel in BB Plan.

Day 4 - Zhangmu/Nyalam to Tingri 4350m Drive

Today we drive ascending to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape, crossing over Nyalam Pass 3800m and Lalung-La (Pass) at 5045m with views of stunning Himalayan ranges panorama including the Mt. Everest (8,848 m) to Zhangmu 160km, overnight at Hotel in BB Plan.

Day 5 - Tingri to Rongbuk (4,980m)

After having breakfast we drive to the Rongbuk Monastery via the Pang-La pass. It is situated below the giant north face of Mt. Everest. The 90 km from Tingri to Rongbuk should approximately take five hours of driving to traverse and you can enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Mt. Makalu (8,481m). Your overnight accommodation with BB Plan will be set at the hotel/lodge in Rongbuk.

Day 6 - Excursion to Everest Base Camp (North Face) (5,150 m) and drive to Shegar

After an early morning two-hour trek from the Rongbuk Monastery to the Everest Base Camp (North Face) and back, drive from there to Tingri about 145 km which should take approximately five hours. Your overnight accommodation with BB Plan will be set at the hotel/lodge in Tingri.

Day 7 - Segar/Xegar to Shigatse/Xigatse Drive

We keep on our drive to Lhatse (T-cross to Mt. Everest) and crossing over the Gyatsola Pass at 5248m which is the highest reroute to Xigatse (240 Km). Xigatse is the second largest town in Tibet and the capital of Tsang, lying 352 Km. west of Lhasa at an elevation of 3950m, overnight at Hotel.

Day 8 - Xigatse to Gyantse Drive (Gyantse Dzong Castle, Tibet)

This morning we will visit the Panchen Lama's Tashilhumpu Moanastery and keep on our drive to Gyantse (87 Km) - is a pastoral town between Lhasa and Xigatse. It is 260 Km. southwest of Lhasa and still retains the fascination of a traditional Tibetan town safe and sound by modern development. As a crossroad on the principle trade route to India, it used to be renowned for the fineness of its carpets. The compound, encircled by on impressive wall, once limited nineteen monasteries, presided over by the still intact fortress perched atop a nearby mountain. Later in the day visit the Kumbum Stupa and Phalkor Monastery, overnight at Hotel in BB Plan.

Day 9 - Gyantse to Lhasa Drive

We continue on a full day picturesque drive crossing over Karola Pass at 5015m, Kambala Pass at 4785 m and a colorful Yamdrok Lake, sometimes along the Tibetan lifeline river Brahmaputra also known as Yarlung Tsangpo, to the capital town Lhasa (260 Km), overnight at Hotel with BB Plan.

Day 10 - Sightseeing in and Around Lhasa

Today the Tibetan English speaking guide will take you to visit Potala Palace, Ramoche Monastery and the Norbulingka. Potala Palace, the erstwhile home of the Dalai Lama, was built in 637 AD atop a single hill by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. Norbulingka, the erstwhile summer palace of Dalai Lama meaning ‘Jewel Park', is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers an area of around 3,60,000 sq. m making it the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Your overnight accommodation with BB Plan will be at the same as previous day.

Day 11 - Sightseeing in and Around Lhasa

In the second day of Lhasa sightseeing, you will be taken to visit Sera Monastery, Jokhang Monastery and Barkhor Market. The Sera Monastery, 5 km north of Lhasa, is one of Lhasa's prettiest monasteries and once upon a time sheltered a community of more than 5,000 monks. Jokhang Monastery, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, houses, Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Sakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. Your overnight accommodation with BB Plan will be at the same as previous day.

Day 12 - Lhasa to Kathmandu Fly Back

Early in the morning the guide will assist you to check out from hotel in Tsedang and drive to Airport to fly from Lhasa (3650m) to Kathmandu (1350m). In your morning flight you may assemble enjoy with wonderful Himalayan views of Nepal and Tibet. Himalayan Wonders representative will receive you in TIA and transfer to your confirmed hotel for your overnight accommodation at about late morning then you will have leisure time for shopping or rest in Kathmandu.

Day 13 - Kathmandu Sightseeing

Himalayan Wonders organizes a half day city tour in and around Kathmandu Valley to make you live touch with the monuments, temples and monasteries such as durbar square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath or Swayambhunath etc. and provide you leisure time for rest and preparation for final departure of your destination to the next day. Your overnight accommodation remains unchanged in BB Plan. Snowy Horizon also offers farewell dinner at a typical Nepali cultural restaurant.

Day 14 - Kathmandu to Your Port of Destination

With the farewell gift, our representative will drop you to the International Airport (TIA) to assist you for your final departure to your home or alternatively the next destination.

Note: Transfer from Kodari (Nepal/Tibet border) to Kathmandu we will use appropriate vehicle as per the number of clients. Any cost arising from political disturbances, strikes, cancellation of flights, changes in program, delays due to landslides, road blockade etc (clients are requested to pay extra expenses directly to the spot).

    Exclusions

  • Lunch and Dinner in whole trip except farewell dinner (in Kathmandu and Tibet).
  • International Flight Ticket (Kathmandu-Lhasa).
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required and Personal accident insurance.
  • Rescue jeep if someone has to be back earlier than other group member.
  • Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu and Tibet other than Itinerary.
  • Radio, Walkie - talkies and Filming permit.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Nepal re entry visa cost.
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FAQ

The basics

What is trekking?

Trekking is an adventure! For the uninitiated, this active pursuit involves lengthy, multi-day walks and climbs on village and park trails. The terrain is usually fairly steep, and we will likely encounter snow at higher altitudes (those above 5,500m/18,000ft).

Is trekking for me?

We like to think trekking is for everyone who is physically fit, patient, and loves the outdoors.

Why is a guide necessarily? I've trekked/hiked/camped before - can't I guide myself?

While it is not a legal requirement, we cannot overstate the importance of trekking with a licensed, experienced guide. You'll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside, and high elevations - from an aspect of pure safety, it is highly dangerous to go it alone. Additionally, very few locals in Himalayan villages speak English. Should you get lost (and, with many paths crossing through many, many villages, this is more a likelihood than a possibility), it would be difficult to communicate directions or obtain food and shelter. Additionally, our guides are experts in Himalayan treks with an average of over 15 years trekking experience. No matter how confident you feel in your skills or knowledge, it is almost certain that we can help enhance your experience.

Who can go?

Are there any age limits for Himalayan trekking?

Nepal law requires that children under age 18 are accompanied by a parent or guardian while trekking. There's no upper limit on our adventures, as long as participants are healthy and willing!

How difficult is trekking?

It depends on the specific trek, and, to some extent, on the preferences of those trekking. We offer all sorts of treks, ranging from easy to difficult.

Is previous trekking experience really necessary?

In theory, no. Anyone with robust cardiovascular capability and good stamina should be able to cope with higher elevations and lower oxygen density. Trekking or hiking experience anywhere in the world is strongly recommended for maximum enjoyment of your Himalayan adventure, however.

Preparation

What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain a policy?

Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining for the days you are trekking is your responsibility. We suggest World Nomads as it covers Helicopter and medical evacuation up to 6000m. Some standard policies only cover up to 4000 meters for evacuation so please confirm with your insurance company if you purchase it from another company. If you get to Nepal and don't have insurance already we can help you purchase it for a reasonable price before you start the trek.

What's the best time of year to book a trek in Nepal?

The best times for trekking the Himalayas are February to May, and then September to December. Unless you are trekking in rain shadow areas such as the Upper Mustang, trekking during monsoon season is going to be a very wet event. Winter isn't the optimal trekking season either, as very cold temperatures and heavy snowfall may impede crossings of high passes (treks that maintain lower elevations are accessible year-round).

Are any permits required for trekking?

Again, it depends on your specific trek. Some trekking areas require a special permit for trekking, while as others require only permits to enter conservation or national parks. Most require a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. We handle all permits for you, so you have one less thing to worry about!

About the trek

How long do treks last?

Most of our Himalayan treks range from two to four weeks.

How long do we spend walking each day?

Trekkers generally walk four to six hours a day. That's between five and fifteen kilometers depending on trail conditions and the state of the weather.

Room and board

What kinds of accommodations will we utilize?

Unless you signed up for a camping trip specifically, most treks include lodge or guest house accommodation. A small minority of trekking areas may not have lodges available, and accommodation in these places will involve sleeping in tents.

What is teahouse trekking?

Teahouse trekking is a type of accommodation unique to mountain treks, in which lodging and meals are set up at local teahouses or lodges on a full-board basis.

What is camping trekking?

Camping trekking involves sleeping in tents. We provide you with full board on these treks, with meals being prepared by professional trekking cooks in a mobile camp equipped with a kitchen and adequate support staff.

Where will our drinking water come from?

Bottled water is available everywhere on established trekking routes, and most villages on the way will have locally-purified water as well. The teahouses or camping crew will supply boiled water for drinking.

Where do we eat our meals?

The most frequently-traveled Himalayan circuits feature lodges and guesthouses. Continental menus are generally available, along with soups and dishes of noodles or rice. Other routes will include more limited choices. On the most remote routes, only traditional dal bhat, curry, or instant noodle soups will be available.

Health and safety

What physical criteria will ensure I'm fit enough to trek?

Good overall fitness, flexibility, and healthy will ensure you trek safely and comfortably. Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. If you are in doubt about your own physical readiness, consult a physician well in advance of booking your trip! General hiking experience and comfort with the idea of multi-day hiking will also ensure you are 100% ready to trek!

How will we deal with altitude acclimation?

At higher altitudes - the kind we experience frequently on our treks- your cardiac and pulmonary systems are affected by lower oxygen density. Our bodies must adjust to the mountain elevation gradually, or we can become ill. Physical symptoms can range from general breathing difficulties all the way to acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness, soroche, or "the bends"). To avoid altitude-related maladies, we pace our treks appropriately and incorporate acclimatization days throughout the itinerary. There are points throughout many treks during which trekkers may choose to either tackle additional hikes/day trips or rest and relax as their bodies demand.

What do I need to know about sun protection?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun's intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sunblock. A sunblock specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses its recommend that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses.

What happens if I get sick or injured while trekking?

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid. In the case of altitude sickness, you will immediately be taken to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will utilize your travel insurance information to call a rescue helicopter, and you will be flown to Kathmandu or Pokhara for medical attention.

Are solo female travelers safe on Himalayan treks?

We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

Practical matters

What should I pack?

Your specific trek and the time of year during which you depart will greatly impact your packing list. A recommended outline of clothing and equipment is listed with each trek. In general, a down jacket, a warm fleece jacket, thermal underwear, trekking pants and shorts, and sturdy boots are recommended to wear, and a thermal sleeping bag, backpack, and camera are recommended for your kit. If you take any medication, this should obviously be a packing priority. Utilize common sense - you don't want to end up short-handed on the mountain, but overpacking is undesirable. It's worth noting that just about anything you need in the way of trekking clothing and/or equipment can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu when you first arrive.

What sort of footwear is recommended?

Comfortable, sturdy trekking shoes or boots are a must. Ideally your footwear will have Gore-Tex or similar lining, along with thick soles. This will ensure that your feet stay warm and dry, and that you are comfortable walking on rocky paths. Wool socks are recommended instead of cotton, and these too should be thick and warm.

How much can a porter carry?

Porters' ability to carry baggage depends to some extent on the trekking route and altitude in question, but the average trekking porter carries between 15 and 25kg. A camping porter carries up to 40kg. One porter is typically assigned per every two travelers.

Should I tip my guide? How about my porter?

While not mandatory, tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks. Your guides and porters will tremendously appreciate a small gratuity at the end of your trek, as these little extras go a long way towards helping their families. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for the team's hard work and devoted attention to your happiness.

How much money should I bring along?

Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover bottled water, snacks, or tea beyond your included meals, souvenirs, tips, or donations to monasteries along the route (if you are inclined to give one). Trekkers find that around $20 a day is reasonable for these extras.

What communication options exist while trekking?

It varies. Mobile coverage is expanding around the world rapidly, and the Himalayas are no different… did you know that 3G coverage is available all over Mount Everest? There is no guarantee of uninterrupted coverage, however. Most trekking routes feature local VHF phones, but on the more remote trails, a satellite phone is the only option.

Do you have any extra charges for solo travelers?

We generally don't charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request. If you are going solo and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

Its sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we can not offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

What is your cancellation policy? How about other terms and conditions?

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