Nepal Everest Base camp trek with Lhasa tour - 20 daysNepal - 15 nights, Tibet - 4 nights
This 20 days (3 weeks) trip in Nepal is a great adventure opportunity as it includes the Everest Base camp trek, the most popular trekking in Nepal and short tour of Lhasa Tibet. The tour involves two countries and gives you a unique experience interms of nature, culture, geography and lifestyle. Mt. Everest is the highest peak in the world and lies between Tibet and Nepal. This 14 day trekking experience is considered the best trekking route in Nepal as it has a combination of natural and cultural experience. While walking on the trail to Everest base camp you not only see the highest peaks of the world including Mt. Everest but also get opportunity to understand the Sherpa people, their culture and why they are best in mountain climbing. Lhasa on the other hand is the capital of the Tibet Autonomous region of China and is a center of Tibetan Buddhism. It has great monuments with Tibetan architecture, monasteries with artistic Thankgka painting and friendly, shy people with their own unique lifestyle.
- Trip duration: 19nights/20 days Nepal trekking and Tibet tour
- Tour code: Nepal Everest base camp and Lhasa tour
- Places to see: Kathmandu, Everest base camp and Lhasa
- Minimum number of people: 1 and above
- Tour type: Drive in/Drive out.
- Tour category: Budget/Standard and Deluxe
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The city is famous for its amusing traditions of arts and crafts and as the homeland of Master craftsmen and artists- Araniko and Kuber Singh Shakya.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu comprising of Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square.
Boudhanath Stupa- Boudhanath stutpa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley and one of the first monuments with a written history. One of the biggest pilgrimages for Tibetans the area around this stupa is also known as the little Tibet in Kathmandu. This was listed in the UNESCO’s world heritage site list in 1979 A.D.
Pashupatinath Temple- Pashupatinath temple is the most important shrine for Hindus in Kathmandu. Although non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple premises, the cremation that takes place around the Pasupatinath temple area is interesting for foreigners. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979 this area has a lot of Sadhus/Hindu holy men who are center of attraction for many foreigners. Make sure you want to pay them if you take their pictures as they ask for money for being photographed.
Patan Durbar Square- Patan unlike most of other cities in Nepal has majority of Buddhist population. The Patan city has more than 136 Buddhist monasteries and only 50 Hindu temples. Patan Durbar Square is famous for the south Indian style, Krishna temple, the sunken bath, the tall temple of Taleju and the golden temple. Patan Durbar Square is also famous for carvings done in metal, wood and stone.
Day 03: Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding/Monjo [2656m]
We will take an early morning flight to Lukla [2850m] where our trekking crew will be waiting for us. We will head towards the Dudh Koshi valley in a well defined stone paved path for 3 hours to reach Phakding for overnight stay. If we stay at Monjo it will be one more hour of walk from Phakding.
Day 04: Trek to Namche [3440m]
Today we will walk for around 5-6 hours to reach Namche Bazaar from Phakding/Monjo. After walking ahead of Monjo for some time we will head towards the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. After walking for sometime on a steep trail we will reach Namche bazaar, the famous settlement of Sherpa people and the gateway to the Everest base camp.
Day 05: Rest day for exploring and acclimatization.
We will rest today for acclimatization as we will be walking up hill tomorrow so getting acclimatized is very essential. You can explore the Namche bazaar which has lots of things to see. Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, Everest View Hotel, the local market and the lifestyle of people are some things worth observing. Namche Bazaar offers fantastic view of the Himalayan peaks like Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest which you can enjoy just sitting at your hotel balcony. There is a small museum giving you information about Sherpa people, culture, religion and other things related to mountains.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche [3867m]
After breakfast we will head towards Tengboche which takes 5-6 Hours of walk, the trail continues high above the Dudh Kosi. From here onwards you will be getting much better view of the mountains in the Khumbu region including the Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. We will walk past small settlements hamlets and teashops and reach Phunki Tenga for lunch. We will take a brief rest at this village after lunch and then start the steep climb to Tengboche. After 3 hours of tiring walk up hill we will reach Tengboche, famous for the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche [4252m]
After breakfast we will start descending towards the Imja River and then climb towards the village of Pangboche. As Ama Dablam stands in front of this village you can have an excellent view of the mountain from here. After walking for couple of hours from Pangboche we will reach the Pheriche village for overnight stay.
Day 08: Rest and explore around the Pheriche
Today you can rest or explore around the village for acclimatization.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche [4930m]
We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawoche on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m]
Today we will follow the Khumbu Glacier to reach Kala Patthar. We will walk in the not so well defined trail for 4 hours until we reach Gorak Shep for lunch. After lunch and a brief rest we will walk up to the finest viewpoint in the Khumbu region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. We will hike down and have a early dinner so that we can prepare well by taking much needed rest for tomorrow’s trek to the Everest base camp.
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp [5357m]
Today is the day you have been looking forward since last one and a half week. Today we will start early since it is a long walk of about 7 hours through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche.
Day 12: Trek to Pangboche [3985m]
We will walk downhill for most of the day to Duglha and descend to Pheriche today before we reach Pangboche for overnight stay. You can visit The Himalayan Rescue Association and trekker’s aid post at Pheriche. We will cross the Khumbu River on a wooden suspension bridge and continue ahead to the Imja River to reach Pangboche.
Day 13: Trek to Namche [3440m]
We follow the trail along the Imja River and, after crossing it, climb back up through the rhododendron forest to reach Tengboche. You can see many Himalayan peals from here. Some of them include Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku, Amadablam and Kantega. We will walk further for 5 hours until we reach Namche for overnight stay.
Day 14: Trek to Lukla [2800m]
Today is the last day of the trek as we will descend down to Lukla. Since you have completed the most exciting trek in the world it calls for a party so engage in the local restaurants with the crew and have some beer and dance with the local Sherpas in the evening.
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu
We will reach Kathmandu for breakfast as we will take an early morning flight from Lukla. You are free in the day time to explore or take rest.
Day 16: Fly from Kathmandu and Arrive Gongar Airport. Upon arrival transfer to Lhasa.
After a 2 and half hours flight we will arrive in Gongar Airport and half an hour drive from there we will reach Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. In the evening we will stroll around the old city to experience the local life style and monuments of Lhasa.
Day 17: Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
After breakfast we will visit the Potala palace, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. This architectural masterpiece is the symbol of unity of the Tibetans. This palace was built by King Soongtsan Gampo, who was married to Princess Wen Cheng Tang in 641 A.D. It has got 999 houses built on Hongshan Hill with a red building on top. It is one of the grandest Palaces in the world till date.
After lunch we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most scared temple for Tibetan Buddhists. After spending some time at the Jokhang temple we will walk through the Barkhor Street, a traditional old street in Lhasa.
Day 18: Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
We will start the sightseeing today from Norbulingka - the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, located along the Kyichu River and two kilometers west of the Potala Palace. This Palace has a huge garden covering 360,000 square meters, making it the biggest manmade garden in Tibet. It has got 374 rooms. The second site is Drepung Monastery, made by Chojey Tashi Palden in the 14th Century. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or "The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind," was the largest, housing more than three quarters of Drepung's ten to fifteen thousand monks. Now it is one of Tibet’s premier monastic educational institutions
The last site for today is Sera Monastery, built in 1419; this grand Monastery was home to more than 5,000 monks and five monastic colleges. Although much less active now, with only several hundred monks currently in residence, one of the most interesting times to visit the monastery is in the afternoon when monks, after finishing their morning scripture classes, can be seen debating in the courtyard.
Day 19: Depart to Kathmandu. Rest in the evening.
We will drive to Gongar Airport and then board our flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Depending on your flight timing we can arrange for sightseeing. In the evening we will go for a cultural program with typical Nepali dinner to review your trip in Nepal and Tibet.
Day 20: Final departure.
- Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet.
- Accommodation in Nepal and Tibet.
- Hotel with breakfast.
- English speaking guide per as the itinerary.
- Entrance fees.
- Guide Fees.
- All transfers and sightseeing on Private vehicle.
- Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
- All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
- Meals ( except the trekking part in Nepal)
- Travel insurance.
- Nepal visa fee.
- Air fare to Lhasa and back.