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Private 8-Day Tibet Tour from Lhasa Including Everest Base Camp

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    What to Expect
    Your Tibetan adventure with your own private local guide starts in the capital city of Lhasa and continues to the small towns of Gyantse and Shigatse before arriving at Everest Base Camp, the mountain's northern base camp in Tibet.
    (About Everest Base Camp: Mt Everest has two base camps, the southern camp in Nepal and the northern camp in Tibet. The southern camp is part of the more popular climbing route and is only accessible by hiking in; the northern camp — the one you will visit on this tour — is accessible by both walking in and by vehicle.)
    In Lhasa, you have a few days to get acclimated to the high altitude and enjoy both guided sightseeing activities and free time to walk around the old city on your own. Then leave the city by comfortable van or minibus operated by an experienced driver, and head toward the Himalayas, passing beautiful temples and monasteries, remote villages, snow-covered mountains, sacred lakes, and herds of sheep and yaks.
    Accommodation includes 4-star hotels in Lhasa and Shigatse, and a rustic tent guesthouse at Everest Base Camp. Other than breakfasts at the hotels, meals are not included, allowing you the flexibility to choose what and where to eat. Your guide can suggest restaurant options in each place you visit.
    Your private tour includes pickup and drop-off in Lhasa, transport, entrance fees and Tibet travel permits; simply provide your passport details and China entry visas right after booking.
    Please see Itinerary below for details on each day of the tour.
    Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa
    Your guide greets you at the Lhasa airport or train station and takes you by minivan through the Lhasa River Valley into the city, a drive that takes about one hour from the airport or 30 minutes from the train. You'll be delivered to your hotel, located in the old city near Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. After check in, relax and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

    Your days in Lhasa are for both sightseeing and to acclimate your body to the altitude.

    Overnight: 4-star Gangyen Hotel or similar

    Day 2: Lhasa (B)
    Your guide meets you at your hotel to take you on a tour of three of Lhasa’s top attractions: Jokhang Temple Monastery, Barkhor Street and Sera Monastery. Jokhang Temple Monastery is the most celebrated temple in Tibet. Your guide shows you the temple's important chapels and a revered statue of Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha. Just outside the gorgeous structure, colorfully dressed pilgrims come from across Tibet to worship and walk the circuit around the temple.

    Along Barkhor Street, which runs past the temple and through the heart of the old city, vendors sell a multitude of items, including Tibetan prayer wheels, rugs, knives, traditional clothes and thangka (Tibetan scroll painting). Enjoy the atmosphere of spiritual devotion that permeates the old city as you explore with your guide and on your own. Then travel just outside of central Lhasa to visit Sera Monastery, one of Lhasa’s great Gelugpa monasteries and a center of scholarly learning for centuries. Admire the highly decorated structure as your guide shows you around the large complex of buildings and explains its architectural features and history. In the courtyard, listen as Buddhist philosophical debates take place between the monks, a daily occurrence in the afternoons (except Sundays).

    Overnight: 4-star Gangyen Hotel or similar

    Day 3: Lhasa (B)
    Today, your guide takes you through Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and 13-story fort complex that overlooks the Lhasa Valley from an altitude of 12,140 feet (3,700 meters). Serving as the winter palace for the Dalai Lama for several centuries, Potala Palace contains hundreds of murals, painted scrolls, sculptures, historical and religious documents, and other rare objects.

    Then continue to the home temple of a succession of Dalai Lamas, Drepung Monastery, another renowned Gelugpa monastery that once housed thousands of monks. After visiting the monastery, if time allows, you'll stop in typical Tibetan villages to meet local families or high lamas (religious leaders).

    Overnight: 4-star Gangyen Hotel or similar

    Day 4: Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse (B)
    Depart Lhasa for the towns of Gyantse and Shigatse, both known for their religious and historical significance. Your driver takes the China-Nepal Friendship Highway, a road that follows a centuries-old trade route between Tibet and India. Roll along next to the Yarlung Tsangpo River (in India it becomes the famous Brahmaputra River), and then cross over to Gampala Pass and Karola Pass. Stop at a lookout point for photo ops of turquoise-colored Yamdrok Lake, one of the largest of three sacred lakes in Tibet.

    Further along in the 7-hour drive, you can spot snow-topped Mt Noijin Kangsang, which reaches 23,622 feet (7,200 meters), and Karola Glacier. Travel 186 miles (300 km) through scenic countryside sprinkled with villages, shrines, and herds of sheep and yaks before you arrive in Gyantse. Once the capital of a 14th-century kingdom, Gyantse is known for Palcho Monastery and the Kumbum, a magnificent stupa. Your guide explains the layout of its 108 chapels, which are filled with colorful murals. Take in expansive views across the valley from the upper levels, and then head on to Shigatse for the night.

    Overnight: 4-star Gesar Hotel or similar

    Day 5: Shigatse – Everest Base Camp (B)
    Leave Shigatse after breakfast and gradually climb up into the mountainous Himalayan region, going through remote valleys that appear untouched by modern life. Cross Gyatso-la Pass, situated at 17,200 feet (5,248 meters) above sea level, making it the highest point on the Friendship Highway. Once you go through the prayer-flag-covered pass, soak in your first view of the Himalayas.

    Today’s drive to Everest Base Camp takes about seven hours, with the last stretch of road consisting of bumpy terrain. Arrive at base camp in the afternoon, and if the weather is clear, enjoy spectacular views of the 29,029-foot (8,844-meter) peak of Mt Everest, known to the Tibetans as Mt Qomolangma. Then take a hike with your guide on a 3.5-mile (6-km) route up the Rongbuk Valley to the base camp marker. It can take up to two hours to do the walk, as the high altitude necessitates a slow pace. Enjoy great photo ops of the striking landscape, and keep an eye out for wild goats and small animals that may pop up among the boulders. Then return to your cozy tent guesthouse where you can purchase a simple dinner such as noodles or fried rice, and enjoy a well-deserved night of rest.

    (Note: The tent guesthouses usually reuse blankets for a few weeks at a time due to the limited washing facilities; you may bring a sleeping bag for the guesthouse, if you wish.)

    Overnight: Tent guesthouse at Everest Base Camp

    Day 6: Everest Base Camp – Shigatse (B)
    After waking up next to the world’s tallest mountain, have breakfast and enjoy the stunning views (if the weather allows). Then depart Everest Base Camp and drive back to the Friendship Highway, returning to Shigatse for a relaxing evening.

    Overnight: 4-star Gesar Hotel

    Day 7: Shigatse – Lhasa (B)
    In the morning visit the renowned Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, home to the Panchen Lama, the second most important spiritual leader of Tibet after the Dalai Lama. The monastery is now Tibet’s largest functioning religious establishment. Cobbled streets wind around the weathered buildings of the vast Buddhist complex, which has managed to survive relatively intact over the years. Your guide shows you the Panchen Lama's Palace and Maitreya Temple, which houses a revered golden Buddha statue. Learn how the monastery functions, and observe resident monks going about daily life.

    After exploring the monastery with your guide, begin your gradual 175-mile (280-km) drive back to Lhasa which takes about six hours. On the way, view the Yarlung Tsangpo, a powerful river that drains half of the Tibetan Plateau, with headwaters in Western Tibet near sacred Mt Kailash. The river flows past Mt Everest before dropping 9,000 feet through the Yarlung Tsangpo Gorge to India and Bangladesh.

    When you arrive in Lhasa, spend your final evening in the old city at your leisure.

    Overnight: 4-star Gangyen Hotel or similar

    Day 8: Departure from Lhasa (B)
    Enjoy your last hours in Lhasa this morning and say farewell to your guide. You will be transferred to the airport or train station to end your incredible week in Tibet.
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    Reviewed 3 days ago

    Our guide Namgyal and his crew were the best. Been a local Tibetan, Namgyal had extensive knowledge about Tibet, its history and culture. He was kind to all of our group members and thought about every little details of the tour. Without his expert knowledge,...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    Reviewed 4 days ago

    After spending one week in the Chinese frenetic rhythm we arrived to the calm, peaceful and loving Tibet. We spent the second week with our guide Migmar and our driver Amdo, both very kind, funny and professional. Distances were very long in the van, and...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Metalmadchen
    ExploreTibet-Sonam, Guest Relations Manager at Explore Tibet, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

    Dear Metalmadchen, Thanks for the review and thank you for being with us. We wish you all the best. Best Regard, Choephel

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We have been on a private tour with our guide Namgyal and a driver . All was arranged perfectly and the guide was very well informed on all the beautiful sites we have been in the past couple of days ! Also we changed the...More

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    ExploreTibet-Sonam, Public Relations Manager at Explore Tibet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Dear RPT, Thanks for the review and thank you for being with us. We wish you all the best. With Regards, Choephel

    Reviewed 23 April 2019 via mobile

    We had a trip from Lhasa to EBC with our guide Tsela and our driver Lobsang. Visits were very well explained by Tsela and he was always available to answer our questions. The car trips were very nice, the driver Lobsang was very professionnal and...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
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    Reviewed 19 April 2019 via mobile

    This is one of the best trips of my life and Namgyal has done it even much better with his explanations, his kindness and his joy. He knows every little thing about Tibet history and budism and makes you love this special country. I will...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
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    Response from zhangli422 | Reviewed this property |
    February is OK. March is closed for foreigners.
    29 August 2018|
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    At this stage I want to know whether there is a tour end February/early March 2019.
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