Our journey begins in Lhasa, where we spend the first 3 days sightseeing and acclimatizing. In Lhasa, we will visit the main historical and religious sites before heading towards the Old Tingri. On the way, we will make several stops to visit monasteries and to enjoy beautiful nature of Tibet. You will see some of the highest mountains, lakes, glaciers, valleys, and rivers. Once we get to Old Tingri, we continue our journey to the Everest Base Camp trekking through mountains and valleys. The trek is over 60km long and we will spend 4 days trekking.
12 days Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trek Description
Day 1 – Arrive in Lhasa by plane or by train
You arrive at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport or the train station. The airport is 62 km/ 39 miles away from the city, and it takes approximately one hour to get to the hotel from there. On the way to Lhasa, you will enjoy beautiful views of mountains. The train station is located in Lhasa, and you will only need a short transfer to the hotel.
Depending on the time of your arrival, you might have some free time to spend in Lhasa. Our guides will be happy to advise you on what you can do with your time in Lhasa. Remember, that Lhasa is located at 3,650 meters/ 12,000 ft above sea level and you will need some time to acclimatize.
After you check in the hotel, you are welcome to explore the city, visit nearby temples, do some shopping, try delicious Tibetan food in one of the local restaurants, or just take a rest.
Walking around Barkhor Street can be an excellent choice for your first day in Lhasa. You will join crowds of pilgrims, local Tibetans, and monks circumambulating the Jokhang Temple.
Most importantly, on your first day in Tibet, be sure to relax, enjoy your day and allow some time for acclimatizing. It is essential to acclimatize to the high altitude of Tibet to prepare for the upcoming trek.
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Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
This tour visits the two most important religious sites in Tibet.
The Potala Palace was the seat of the Dalai Lamas since the 17th century. First, the guide will take you to the Chak Pori Hill to take photos of the majestic Palace. We will then go inside and spend approximately 1.5 – 2 hours there. While there, you will see many of its most famous artifacts.
There will be free time for lunch after visiting the Potala Palace.
Time permitting, you can walk around the Potala Palace and join many of the local Tibetans.
Next, we will walk towards the Jokhang Temple. It was built in the 7th century to display the Jowo Shakyamuni Statue – the statue of the 12-year-old Buddha before his enlightenment. The statue was created at the time when the historical Buddha lived. It is elaborately decorated with gold, jewels, and precious stones.
After visiting the temple, we recommend taking a walk around Barkhor Street.
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Day 3 – Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
We are visiting the two most important monasteries in the capital.
We will first visit Drepung Monastery, which once was the largest monastery in the world with over 10,000 monks living there. It was the residence of Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace was built.
There will be free time for lunch after the Drepung Monastery.
In the afternoon we are visiting Sera Monastery. It was founded by Tsongkhapa’s disciple in the 15th century. Nowadays it is famous for monks debate that you can witness. Debates are a very important part of learning and understanding Buddhism. Monks gather in the courtyard in the shade of the trees to refine their knowledge.
In the evening you will have some time to pack for our trek and prepare everything you might need.
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Day 4 – Driving to Shigatse: Yamdrok Lake and Glaciers
Today we will travel on some of the most beautiful roads in Tibet on our drive to Shigatse.
Be prepared to take photos of the breathtaking views as we go up to the highest point of the day – Kamba La Pass (almost 4,800 meters / 15,750 ft).
Our next stop will be at the Yamdrok Lake. It is one of the holy lakes in Tibet, and it is famous for its turquoise colored water.
After that, we will head towards Gyantse. On the way there, we will make a stop to see the spectacular glaciers.
In Gyantse, we will visit the monastery and the biggest stupa.
Finally, we will reach Shigatse late in the evening and stay there overnight.
Day 5 – Driving towards old Thingri (4390m) (300km)
In the morning we will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lamas. This monastery was founded by the first Dalai Lama, and it is one of the most important monasteries in Tibet. You can take photos in some of the chapels for an additional fee.
After lunch we will drive to Old Tingri, going over a pass over 5200 meters high.
Day 06 Trek from old Thingri to Lungchung (12km)
We will start early in the morning. Trek runs through several villages in the valley. We will cross the Rachu River to the village in the beautiful valley. We will set up our camp near the Lungchung village.
Day 07 Trek from Lungchung to Nam-la pass (21km)
Today we will be trekking through the rocky mountains. If the sky is clear, we will see Mountain Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. We will see several streams, swampy valleys, a few villages and nomad area. Today we might see some wild animals in a distance. Once we go up to the Nam-la pass we can see the road leading to the Everest Base Camp. The camp will be set up near the Dzachu river.
Day 08 Trek over Nam-la pass to Rongpuk monastery (27km)
In the morning we will head towards the Rongpuk monastery, the highest monastery. We will follow zig-zag road near the the Dzachu river. After visiting the monastery, we will return to the tent guesthouse (approximately 3 km). You can order dinner and breakfast there, there is an English menu.
Day 09 Tent guesthouse to Everest base camp (5200m) (4km, 2-3 hours)
Today we will hike to the Everest Base Camp. From the hill near the EBC you can see the magnificent mountain Everest. In spring there are tents where climbers spend approximately one week to acclimatize before ascending to the next base camp. From there we will return back to the tent guesthouses where we stay overnight.
Day 10 Everest base camp to Shigatse (340km)
You can hike to the Everest Base Camp or just take some photos from the tent camp. Have breakfast and head back to Shigatse.
Day 11 – Shigatse back to Lhasa (280km)
On the way back to Lhasa we will take the Friendship highway. It is the direct route and usually takes approximately 6 hours to reach the capital. We will make several stops on the way to enjoy the views of Brahmaputra river. In the aftrernoon you might have some free time and prepare for departure the next day.
Day 12 – Departure from Lhasa.
Please prepare in advance for departure. It takes approximately 1 hour to drive to the airport and 30 minutes to reach the train station. We will arrive to the airport 3 hours before your departure flight if you are traveling to Nepal, and 2 hours before any domestic flight takes off.