Central Tibet, Everest Base Camp Tour & 4 days Tso Topchu Valley Trek
In addition to the star attractions from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp, this 9-day in-depth EBC tour blends the exploration of different sects of Tibetan Buddhism with more interactions with local Tibetans. You can enjoy traditional Tibetan carpet making and have more time to discover intriguing local customs and historical cities from Lhasa to Gyantse and Shigatse. Then mind-blowing alpine lakes and magnificent Buddhist stupas and jaw-dropping Himalayan vista are worth every penny.
Arrival in Lhasa (3650m), transfer to the downtown. Snow Heaven Hotel on B.B **** You will be warmly welcome by our Tibetan guide and driver and accompany you to the holy city of Lhasa along with the view of Brahmaputra, known as Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibetan and a giant stone carved Buddha with more than a thousand years history. Driving hours: 1.5 / Distance: 60km
Sightseeing Potala Palace, winter Palace of the Dalai Lama, Jokang temple, the oldest and most sacred temple of Tibet, Bharkor, the ancient market of Lhasa and the most oldest and sacred pilgrimage path in Lhasa.
You will start your tour at around 9am and drive along the Lhasa River dominated by beautiful Tibetan villages and flocks of yaks grazing on side mountain of Ganden monastery. We will visit the monastery then go to our campsite and have lunch.
We start our trek at around 9 Am after the breakfast. The trail gradually ascends for 1.5hrs before reaching a saddle marked by a cairn with views
You will start your trek at around 8.30Am. In 2hrs past Yama Do, ascend Shug-la pass (5250 m). It takes at least 1.5hrs from the basin negotiating boulders and lumpy ground along the final steep climb to the pass. The route continues over the Shug-la pass following the cairned trail descending gradually and reaching the valley in 1.5hrs from the pass. Cross the Tsotup Chu. Nomad herders with their herd of yaks, goat and sheep can be found here.
You will start your trek as usual and from the Tsotup Chu valley, follow a small tributary entering from the south-west. The route follows steeply upwards for 30 mins until you reach a large basin. The terrain is not particularly difficult to reach Chitu-la pass (5100 m) which is marked by several cairns. A short steep descent will bring you into a basin with three small lakes. The trail at many points is not clearly marked and goes past several seasonal camping sites before it reaches the valley floor.
Start the trek at around 8.30 Am. The trail is now wide and easy to follow and goes through forest of shrubs and rhododendrons for 3 hrs. The trail winds through a series of meadows before reaching Gen Do, a place with a ruined stone structure. The forest thins rapidly and reaches the first permanent village of Chantan (4020 m) after leaving Hebu. In 30-40 mins, arrive at the turn off at Yamalung Valley. Yamalung Hermitage is another 1 hour steep climb from the valley floor. From Yamalung Valley, you will meet your driver and will take an hour and half to reach Samye monastery.
Slowly but surely we climb up to Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 m. From the terrace of our lodge we can experience the immensity of the mountains. Hiking hours: 6
Early morning, start Tibet travel from Tsetang and drive towards Gyantse through 3 big mountain passes, Kampa La, Karo La, Simila respectively. Karola is the highest pass among them which is over 5000Mts with its most beautiful glaciers, beautiful Yamdrok Lake emerged as coral color from the top of Kampala pass. You will have your lunch at Nakartse country which is just between the Yamdrok Lake and Karola glaciers. Visit Palchoe monastery and Kubum Pagoda stupa. After the sightseeing, you will have your lunch and then continue your journey to Shigatse by passing one of the biggest farming land in Tibet where people grow
Morning, visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery and drive to old Dingri through two big mountain passes, Tsola 4500Mts/ Gyatso la 5220Mts and some beautiful villages. From Gyatsola pass, you will see the first view of Mount Everest from the foot of Gyatso la pass. Continuously, drive through Pangla pass 5000Mts from which you will have a fantastic view of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Makalu respectively which are over 8000Mts.
Explore Everest Base Camp and then drive to Shigatse.
Shigatse - Lhasa
Day 14: Drive to Lhasa airport. (3600Mts) End the trip
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