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 01 – Arrive in Lhasa by plane or by train
We meet at the the Lhasa Gonggar airport or the train station. The airport is 62 km/ 39 miles away from the city and it takes approximately 1 hour to get to hotel from there. On the way to Lhasa you will enjoy beautiful views of mountains. The train station is located in Lhasa and we will only need a short transfer to 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 in Lhasa. 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 Bakhor 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, relax, enjoy your day and allow some time for acclimatizing.
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Day 02 – Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
We are visiting two most important religious sites in Tibet.
The Potala Palace was the seat of the Dalai Lamas since the 7th century. First, guide wil take you to the Chak Pori hill to take photos of the majestic Palace. After that we will go inside and spend approximately 1.5 – 2 hours there. You will see many of artifacts.
In the afternoon you will have lunch.
If time permits, you can walk around the Potala Palace and joins many Tibetans.
After that we will walk towards the Jokhang temple. It was build in the 7th century to display the Jowo Shakyamuni Statue of the 25 year old Buddha the time bore the enlightenment. The statue was created at the time when historical Buddha lived. It is elaborately decorated with gold, jewels and precious stones.
After visiting the temple we recommend you walking around the Bakhor street.
Day 03 – Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
We are visiting two most important monasteries in the capital.
First, we will visit Drepung monastery which once was the biggest monastery in the world with over 10,000 monks living there. It was the residence of Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace was built.
We have lunch after the visit.
In the afternoon we are visiting Sera Monastery. It was founded by Tsongkhapa’s deciple in 15th century. Nowadays it is famous for monks debate that you can witness. Debates are a very important part in learning and understanding Buddhism. Monks gather in the court yard in the shade of trees to refine their knowledge.
Day 04 – Driving to Shigatse: Yamdrok lake, Gyantse (360km)
Today we will take some of the most beautiful roads in Tibet to drive to Shigatse.
Prepare your cameras to capture the breathtaking views when we will be going up to the highest point of the day – Kamba la pass (almost 4800 meters).
Our next stop will be at the Yamdrok Lake. It is one of the holy lakes in Tibet, and it is famous for it’s turquoise color water.
After that we will head towards Gyantse. On the way 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 05 – Driving towards old Thingri (4390m) (300km)
In the morning we will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lamas.
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.