Duration: 20 Days
This trek is designed for adventurous travelers looking to get the most out of their trip to the Himalayas combining intense trekking through natural beauty with the culture and mystery of Nepal and Tibet. We will spend a few days learning about the timeless traditions of the Tibetan people in Lhasa before following in the footsteps of famous mountaineers to climb so of the toughest regions in the Himalayas including Everest Base Camp. This intensive trip is only for those interested in more intense trekking and requires a good level of physical fitness.
- Destination: Tibet
- Activities: Trekking
- Duration: 14 - 21 Days
- Region: Lhasa
- Best Season: Spring / Summer / Autumn
- Group Size: 02+ Pax
Day 1 Kathmandu to Lhasa
We will take a scenic mountain flight to Lhasa to meet our native Tibetan guide while taking time to explore the ancient and well-preserved capital city of Tibet. Lhasa is situated at the base of Mount Gephel and remained secluded from the world for centuries serving as the traditional home to the Dalai Lama.
Day 2 Lhasa
Today we will visit the scenic hilltop Potala Palace before traveling to the spiritual Ramoche Monastery to see the daily life of the Tibetan Monks. We will spend the afternoon unlocking the mysteries of the Norbulingkga Palace before a free evening to continue your immersion into the Tibetan way of life. We will spend the evening exploring the traditional market square having a meal of traditional Tibetan food while enjoying cultural music and dances that have been passed down for centuries.
Day 3 Lhasa
After an early breakfast, we will visit the traditional Sera Monastery known for its unmatched beauty historically serving as the home to over 5,000 monks. We will continue to the 1,400-year-old Jokhang temple regarded as the holiest site in Lhasa viewing the Kora temple nestled along the stream of humanity. After viewing the legendary golden Buddha we will return to the city for a celebratory dinner and while taking the evening to explore the timeless streets and absorb the traditional culture.
Day 4 Lhasa to Shigatse
We will take a scenic drive to the second largest city in Tibet located roughly 90 kilometers from Lhasa. The city of Sigatse is home to the largest monastery in Tibet known as Tashilhump and is home to hundreds of monks practicing the traditional form of Tibetan Buddhism. After exploring the monastery, we will wander the local market to learn more about the daily life of the local Tibetans before returning to the hotel for the night.
Day 5 Shigatse to Dingiri via Dakya
After breakfast at the hotel we will visit the traditional Sakya Monastery known for its outstanding architecture and cultural preservation. We then continue over the barren and scenic Gyamtso La Pass to admire the views of the landscape before continuing to the windy town of Dingri, which serves as the entry point to the Everest Base Camp to rest for the evening.
Day 6 Dingri to Kharta
We will take a scenic 5 hour morning drive to Kharta stopping to admire several vantage points and monasteries along the way. We will cross the highest pass in Tibet known as Gyamtso La famous for its views of the barren Tibetan landscape and intimidating mountains. Upon arrival in Kharta, we will take time to explore the village and catch a stunning sunset.
Day 7 Trek to Kharta Valley
We will begin our trek in the morning traveling along an uphill path through a series of traditional Tibetan villages offering views of the scenic Shao La Pass. We then continue along a ridge offering excellent views of the valley and the small villages spread throughout the lower altitudes. We then continue along a peaceful river through a meadow before making camp for the night.
Day 8 Shao La Pass
We will continue over a rocky trail for 2 hours before reaching the Shao La pass, which offers panoramic views of Makalu, Everest and Lhotse towering above the regional landscapre. We will then continue down to the valley through a diverse path allowing you to hike through everything from dense forests to desert like plateaus. Upon arrival in Joksum, we will have a traditional meal with locals before resting for tomorrow’s hike.
Day 9 Joksum to Kama River
We will continue through a juniper and rhododendron encrusted forest to reach the traditional grazing grounds near the Kama River. We continue along a series of high rivers offering views of Lhotse, Everest and numerous glaciers from a relaxed viewpoint. We continue through the land of traditional yak herders, peaceful lakes and rivers before settling in the grazing land of the Khangshung Valley
Day 10 Kama River to Penthang
We will ascend along a scenic ridge, which is home to several vantage points offering views of Everest, Lhotse, Tshertse, Chomolonzo and Makalu. After enjoying the views, we will descend back to the Kama River before continuing through a dense forest to the Pethang meadow where we will enjoy a mountain view sunset during the evening.
Day 11 Pethang Ringmo
After an early breakfast, we will hike along a large rockslide formed by the Chomolomze glacier. We move around the mountain to reach a vast meadow known as Okpa before continuing along the lateral moraine towards our camp. We will stop at a scenic viewpoint to relax and enjoy the views of Everest, Lhotse and Tserse before hiking to the grassy Pethang Ringmo to camp for the night.
Day 12 Optional trip to Khangshung Valley Base Camp
Today you can either rest in the Pethang Ringmo or hike up the valley along a glacier to visit the local base camp. Although not a popular destination, the Khangshung Valley Base Camp is typically used my expedition teams attempting to summit the eastern face of Everest.
Day 13 Raabka Chu
We return along the previous path along the Khangshung Glacier past Pethang to the peaceful river crossing of Raabka Chu. Today offers a pleasant and easy 4-hour walk through a meadow and is an excellent day to soak in the local mountain scenery and travel at a leisurely pace.
Day 14 Raabka Chu to Tso Tshurigma
After an early breakfast, we will take an uphill hike above the river through the Pangboche meadow before arriving at the peaceful vantage point located at the base of the Langma La Pass. After enjoying the panoramic views of mountain and valley scenery, we will hike 4 hours to Tsho Tshurigma to make camp for the night under the star light sky.
Day 15 Tsho Tshurigma to Troshay Meadow
We will start with a steep climb through a rock trail on the way to the Langma La Pass. We then officially leave the Khangshung Valley and continue downhill to reach the grassy meadow of Troshay to take in a tranquil sunset and taking time to rest and relax during the evening.
Day 16 Troshqy to Yulba
We will follow along a peaceful stream path in the Khatra Tsangpo Valley passing through several quaint Tibetan villages home to traditional farmers and herders. After a relaxed walk, we will arrive in the Yulba village to meet with a few locals to learn more about the local customs and way of life before making camp near the town for the night.
Day 17 Yulba to Rongbuk Monastery
We continue our trek toward Everest and visit the Dza Rongbuk Monastery taking either a challenging path or a gradually descending one depending on your preference. The town of Rongbuk formed in the early 1900’s is a popular retreat center as is nestled in the mountains providing full views of Everest.
Day 18 Trek to Everest Base Camp
We continue on a 2 to 3 hour hike up to Everest Base Camp passing a series of meditative caves, glaciers and a nunnery. We will stop to admire the powerful Rongbuk Glacier offering the best views of Everest and the surrounding regions before continuing to Dza Rongbuk to make camp for the night
Day 19 Tingri Plains
We will take a scenic morning drive from Rongbuk to Nyalam passing through the Tingri Plains while making several stops to get a break from the bubmy ride while enjoying the local scenery. Upon arrival in the town of Nyalam we will celebrate with a traditional Tibetan dinner and take some rest for the night.
Day 20 Return to Kathmandu
We will take a morning drive to Zhangmu passing through a series of spectacular waterfalls as you continue toward the famous friendship bridge. We will then cross the border back into Nepal and continue to Kathmandu passing through traditional villages, powerful rivers and scenic terraced agricultural fields. Upon arrival to Kathmandu, your friendly Good Karma Trekking staff will bid you farewell or arrange any plans for further exploration in Nepal.
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in three/four star hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included ( In Trekking tent where Hotels are not available )
- 3. Guided city tour by private , Land Cruiser/car / van / bus.
- A government licensed English speaking Tibetan Guide during the tour.
- The required number of tour staff during the tour/Trek
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine for all staff.
- Flight as per the itinerary
- Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa, monasteries entry fees etc.
- All our government taxes.
- Official expense.
- Equipments like sleeping bags, down jacket and Good Karma Trekking T Shirt .
- Lunch and dinner
- Your travel insurance (compulsory).
- International airfare to and from Nepal and airport departure tax.
- Nepal entry visa,
- personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section
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