The classic Lhasa to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) Tour will take you from the modern religious city of Lhasa to EBC, the base of the highest mountain in the world. During this road trip, you'll traverse through bustling Lhasa city to famous ancient monasteries, pristine lakes, enthralling high mountain passes, rivers, glaciers, small Tibetan valleys, and ultimately North Everest Base Camp. The main highlight of this overland Lhasa trip is to get the spectacular scene of the glorious Mt. Everest, which would be one of the most outstanding achievements of your life.
Lhasa to EBC road trip begins and ends in Lhasa city, an epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism. This overland tour encompasses three large historical cities of Tibet; Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse. Thus, voyaging down to the towering Everest Base Camp from the vibrant Lhasa city, the 8-day classic overland journey from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour is big enough to allure every traveler for an epic ride.
Embark on your classic Lhasa Tour from Potala Palace (the winter palace of the Dalai Lama), Jokhang Temple (founded by the 33rd king of Tibet in the 7th century), and explore the old market in Barkhor street. On a two-day sightseeing trip in Lhasa city, you'll get close insight into Tibetan long history, brilliant culture, unique and enchanting highland Tibetan plateau view. Although the city has modernized, the people still follow the traditional lifestyle and culture.
Furthermore, this trip also includes an excursion to Drepung Monastery lies at the foot of Mt. Gephel. It is an important university monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. Later, you'll pay a visit to Sera Monastery situated at the foot of Tatipu Hill, in the north of Lhasa city. One of the major highlights of visiting Sera Monastery is watching live the monks debating in a courtyard. As part of their study, they hold debates to improve their understanding of Buddhism.
Next, take a drive to Shigatse, the second largest town of Tibet. Along the Friendship Highway, you'll catch the spectacular sight of holy Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet's great three sacred lakes. After a continuous ride along the highway, you reach Gyantse. Here you'll visit Pelkor Chode (Palcho) Monastery and the stunning Gyantse Kumbum. Then head towards Shigatse, which is home to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. It is also another historical wonder with the unique architecture of Tibet. It is also known as the seat of the Panchen Lama. You'll see the dramatic statue of Maitreya Buddha, also known as the Future Buddha.
After exploring these historical cities, make your way to the Rongbuk Monastery at 5,000m/16,4000ft. On the way, you'll traverse through several captivating high passes such as Gyatso La and Geu La and get stunning vistas of mighty snow-capped peaks, including Mt. Everest (8,844m/29,002ft). In addition, you’ll enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Mt. Makalu (8,463m/27,825ft), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188m/26,906ft), and Mt. Shishapangma (8,027m/26,289ft) from Geu La Pass.
Rongbuk is the world's highest Tibetan Buddhist monastery near the base camp of Everest. Thus, it is also famously known as the gateway to Mt. Everest or Chomolungma in the Tibetan language. It is one of the ideal locations to catch the best sunrise and sunset with Mt. Everest view. The monastery also comprises beautiful round chorten and enthralling statues of Shakyamuni Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). Besides, there are also ancient mural paintings depicting Tibetan religions and culture. After having a wonderful time at Rongbuk monastery, the next day early morning, you'll travel to the Everest Base Camp, another salient feature of this road trip voyage. Incredibly photogenic, this North Everest Base Camp is famous for its impeccable beauty of nature and mountains.
Afterward, exploring the base camp, you'll take the long drive back to Shigatse. You'll follow the same road trail through Friendship Highway. Then passing through Yalong Valley, you'll drive back to Lhasa, enjoying the countryside of the Tibetan plateau. Finally, you'll take your onward destination and end 8 days- Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour.
|Day 1||Arrival in Lhasa, Tibet (3,650m/11,980ft)|
|Day 2||Lhasa Tour- Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|Day 3||Lhasa Tour- Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery|
|Day 4||Lhasa- Shigatse (3,800m/12,470ft) via Gyantse (4,000m/13,120ft) - 360 kilometers|
|Day 5||Shigatse to Rongbuk Monastery (5,000m/16,400ft) - 365 kilometers|
|Day 6||Explore Everest Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft) and Get Back to Shigatse (3,800m/12,470ft)- 365 kilometers|
|Day 7||Shigatse to Lhasa (3,650m/11,980ft) - 350 kilometers|
|Day 8||Departure from Lhasa, Tibet|
A warm welcome to the Land of Gods, Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet! After you arrive at Lhasa airport, make your way to your centrally located hotel to settle in. Today is the very first day at your Lhasa, so it is wise to relax and acclimate yourself to the Tibetan plateau's high altitude. You can stroll around the handy places and get familiar with the surroundings. Drink plenty of water, and it is essential to take it slow as your body needs time to adjust to Lhasa's altitude.
Overnight stay in Lhasa.
Get your early start for a full day sightseeing Lhasa tour! Begin your second day at the Potala Palace, one of the highest ancient palaces in the world. Situated on the Red Hill of Central Lhasa, it is a must-visit travel spot in Lhasa. Built by the 33rd king of Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, Potala Palace is now the most renowned museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It comprehends two parts; the Red Palace and the white palace. In addition, the palace has many treasured architecture, such as ancient Buddhist murals, stupas, statues, thangkas, and rare sutras.
Later, you will proceed towards the center of the old Lhasa city to visit Jokhang Temple. It is one of the sacred temples all over Tibet and constantly buzzed with earnest local Tibet pilgrims. Likewise, one of the prominent features of this holy temple is the roof covered with gilded bronze tiles. Outside the temple, you can explore Barkhor Street, a spiritual and commercial hub for Tibetans.
Overnight stay in Lhasa.
Today your Lhasa Cultural Tour itinerary includes exploring Drepung and Sera Monastery. Both monasteries are the rich heritage of Tibetan Buddhism. Well, Drepung Monastery is one of the largest and primary monasteries of the Gelugpa. The unique architecture of the monastery will grab your attention. You'll visit the main assembly hall, Ganden Place, and a few nearby chapels. Also, the Ganden Palace served as home to early Dalai Lamas. From the main assembly hall terrace, you'll get a splendid scene of the entire Lhasa city and Potala Palace.
Later, you'll undertake an excursion to Sera Monastery. It is one of the most exquisite monasteries in Tibet, with cobbled alleyways, temples, and colleges. The key attraction of visiting this monastery is attending the monks debating in the courtyard behind its main temple. It is highly entertaining as you'll see them clapping, turning, whooping, and throwing their prayer beads. Apart from the debate, the monastery also consists of precious Buddhist relics, murals, rock paintings, sand mandalas, and statues still worth seeing.
Overnight stay in Lhasa.
Embark on the exciting road journey to Shigatse through Gyantse. Drive to Shigatse is a scenic trip as you'll get a chance to embrace the raw natural beauty of Tibet. As you proceed towards the west of Lhasa, you'll spot the excellent golden fields on the banks of the Lhasa River. The scenery becomes more attractive as the road winds through the astonishing Kamba La mountain pass. En route, the phenomenal vistas of holy Yamdrok Lake (4,400m/14,435ft) and mighty Nojin Kangsang peak (7,191m/23,590ft) will stun you! As you continue your road trip, you'll also get the awe-inspiring sight of white Karola Glacier and Manak Dam Lake.
Furthermore, as you get close to Gyantse, you'll traverse through the Simila Pass at 4,200m/13,780ft above sea level. The pass is utterly beautiful; you'll notice heaps of colorful prayer flags put up by the Tibetans. Once you capture the pleasant moments and photos in this windy mountain pass, you'll drive to Gyantse. It is the third-largest city in Tibet. Here you can tour to famous Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. You'll also relish the distant view of Gyantse Dzong or fort, which perches high above the town on a vast grey-brown rock.
Thereafter you continue your drive and arrive in Shigatse, your final destination of the day. Stands at the confluence of the Brahmaputra and Nyang rivers, it is the second largest town in Tibet. The valley sits on a flat terrain encircled by snow-capped mountains. Traditionally it is a famous stopover point on the way to the Everest region.
Overnight stay in Shigatse.
In the morning, you'll visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. It is one of the main Gelugpa monasteries in Tibet and the seat to the Panchen Lama, one of Tibet's most noteworthy spiritual leaders. Explore the massive monastery's chapels and admire its ancient artifacts. You can even do Kora around the monastery and admire the astonishing scenery of Shigatse valley.
Later you'll take Alien's travel permit and proceed towards Rongbuk Monastery, one step close to the Everest Base Camp in Tibet. You'll catch the first glimpse of Mt. Everest from the Gyatso La Pass. It is one of the highest motorable passes at an elevation of 5,250m (17,225ft) above sea level in Tibet. It also marks the entry point into the Everest National Park.
Next, you'll also travel through Gawu La (Geu La) Pass at 5,200m (17,060ft). It is one of the thrilling mountain passes in Tibet from where the panorama of five high mountains (Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt.Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Shishapangma) above 8,000 meters will stun you! This pass is also one of the prime locations to get the best scenic vista of Mt. Everest's north face. Finally, the spectacular journey will end in the medieval Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monasteries on the planet. It sits at a bit lower elevation than the Everest Base Camp but offers an outstanding backdrop of the highest peak of the Himalayan mountain range from a fair distance. It is also famous as the gateway to Mt. Everest.
Later, you can explore the monastery and enjoy the picturesque surrounding views. However, try to get it slow as you might feel a little dizzy and nauseous at this altitude point. But no need to worry, drink plenty of water and relax, enjoying the surrounding view. Also, the Rongbuk Monastery stopover would help you avoid the effects of altitude sickness when you reach Everest Base Camp (EBC).
Overnight stay in Rongbuk Monastery.
Mark this day as the major highlight of your Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour as you visit the north side of Everest Base camp, a true gem of Tibet! Wake up early in the morning and proceed towards EBC, the foot of Mt. Everest, the world's highest mountain. It is truly amazing to experience the panoramic sight of the north face of Mt. Everest. Besides the sight of Everest, you'll witness the thousands of prayer flags at the scenic point. Enjoying the sweeping view of the majestic Everest, you can also capture the great shots.
After having a pleasant experience at the Everest Base Camp, you'll head towards Shigatse through Friendship Highway. Once you arrive in Shigatse, check in the hotel and rest.
Overnight stay in Shigatse.
Post breakfast, you'll get some time to explore the magnificent Tashi Lhunpo Monastery once again. Later, you'll return to Lhasa along the picturesque Yalung Valley. Once you arrive in Lhasa, you can spend the rest of the day relaxing or explore the surrounding area. If you wish, you can explore Barkhor Square and walk around the Potala Palace one last time. Lhasa is an exquisite culinary hub boasting fantastic Tibetan cuisine. Enjoy a stroll through Lhasa city, lined with local restaurants, cafes, etc.
Overnight stay in Lhasa
Finally, 8 Days- Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour ends today! You'll bid a fond farewell to this mystical holy city and proceed to Lhasa airport for your next destination. Otherwise, you can also extend your trip to Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, or India as we offer several travel packages such as the cultural and city tour, heli tour, culture sightseeing tour, day hikes, festival tour, etc.