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Budget Tibet Tour: Lhasa Everest B.C Nepal 8 days
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Budget Tibet Group Tour: Lhasa-Mt. Everest-Nepal 2016

This budget Everest Base Camp tour blends Tibet culture and history with some of Earth’s most spectacular scenery! After becoming acclimatized to the altitude and oriented with Tibetan culture, travel groups will head for Mt. Everest Base Camp. The drive to base camp takes three days, making several stops. First at Lake Yamdrok, a vast mountain lake that shines a deep blue on sunny days, second in Gyantse to explore Pelkhor Monastery and Kumbum Pagoda, and then an overnight stop in Shigatse where travelers can visit a Tibetan market and explore the sprawling Tashilhunpo Monastery. Before we embark on our journey into the Himalayan region, we will drive from Shigatse to Shegar Town, on the way we will visit Sakya Monastery. Then we are going to explore the top attraction-Everest Base camp. After seeing the gorgeous golden face of the sun as it reflects off of Mount Everest, we will drive to Nepal by descending steeply into the valley of Mutsang Tsangpo.

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Good news: we assure to get Xi'ning to Lhasa train soft or hard sleeper train tickets, travelers can fly to Xi'ning from any China domestic cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu or so and then connect the same day train to Lhasa.


    Tour  Program  Outline                                

            Daily activity                              

Day1 Get to Lhasa, transfer to hotel Rest for high altitude acclimatization 3-4 star hotel
Day2 Lhasa Highlight day tour Potala PalaceJokhang Temple and Barkhor streetsTibetan tea house 3-4 star hotel
Day3 Lhasa Highlight day tour Drepung and Sera Monastery 3-4 star hotel
Day4 Lhasa-Lake Yamdrok-Karola Glacier-Gyantse-Shigatse (350km, about 8-10hours) Lake Yamdrok, Karola Glacier, Pelkhor Monastery,Kumbum Pagoda, Manarsarovar hotel
Day5 Shigatse-Lhatse (Sakya)-Shegar (240km) landscape trip, Tibetan streets, Tashilhunpo MonasteryLandscape along the way,Sakya Monastery 

Everest Hotel

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Day6 Shegar (or Old Tingri)-E.B.C (100km) Everest B.C 4-8km trek, view to peak of Everest,driving back Campsite Tent
Day7 E.B.C-Tingri-Kyirong Border 300 km Sunrise photos of Everest if weather permitting 3 star hotel
Day8 Zhangmu-Nepal-final departure have a safe trip to Kathmandu

Travel Tips: The best weather to see Everest North face is April,May,September and early October. While the month of June, July and August is the monsoon season in Tibet. Whether you see the peak or not depends on your luck. However if you can get up earlier in the morning, you will have more chances to have better view, so please try any single chance of enjoying the sceneries. Most of our clients saw Everest Peak even in summer.

Detail Itinerary

Detail Itinerary

Lhasa to Mt. Everest and Nepal border overland tour details

Days 1-3: Lhasa highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor streets, Drepung & Sera Monastery

The first few days of the tour are focused on helping travelers acclimatize to the altitude and become oriented with Tibetan culture. Beginning in Lhasa, travelers will visit places like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Sera and Drepung Monasteries. After visiting important Tibet attractions in Lhasa, travel groups will head for Shigatse by way of Lake Yamdrok and Gyantse. In Gyantse, the travel group will learn about Tibetan Buddhism at Pelkhor Monastery and enjoy beautiful art in Kumbum Pagoda. 

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Lhasa and Shigatse city (B&B basis)

Day4  Lhasa-Lake Yamdrok-Karola Glacier-Gyantse (Pelkhor Monastery)-Shigatse

Attractions to visit: Lake Yamdrok, Karola glacier,Pelkhor Choede monastery and Kumbum Pagoda.
At 8 am, we will start drive to the south west Lhasa direction, through the zigzag road climb up the Kampa la pass (4700m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok lake with its turquoise color and snow capped Mt.Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, then continues drive along the lake for few kilometers get us to the lunch stop at Nagartse. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that pass through; en route we will stop at Karo la (5150m) to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. Arrival at Gyantse, we visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only well known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls, late afternoon we will drive to Shigatse which is only 90km to the northwest of Gyantse. Overnight at Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel

Day5. Shigatse (Tashilhunpo Monastery)-Lhatse-Sakya Monastery-Shegar Town, 240 km, about 4 hours

Attractions: Tashilhunpo Monastery, Landscape along the G318 National Way, Sakya Monastery

Today we will drive on the Friendship Highway to Shegar Town, en route we will visit the mysterious monastery which is called Sakya monastery by crossing the Tso-La pass, 4500m above sea level. Sakya is unique for its color and one of the important sect in Tibetan Buddhism, Sakya literally means “Grey Soil” and the name was derived from the Bon Bon Hill (Grey clay hill). Sakya monastery has two parts divided by the Zongchu river, the Northern side of the monastery is not active nowadays and left as ruin that is build by Kon Konchok Gyalpo where most of the rituals and praying happening on the Southern part of the monastery built by Dromgon Choegyal Phakpa. After the sightseeing in Sakya Monastery we will drive to Lhatse along the main road G318 National Way and we will get to Shegar Town around 6 or 7 pm. You will have the first views of mighty Himalayans from the pass of Gyatso la(5400m) in Gyatso Village and you may also have the distant view of Mt. Everest peak from its viewing point soon after climbing Gyatso la. Overnight at Shegar Town

Note: before leaving Shigatse, your guide need some time to obtain the ATP from the local PSB, ATP is also known as Alien’s Travel Permit and it is a permit that should be issued for the border check at Shegar. 

Day6 Shegar to Everest Base Camp (5200m), 110km, 5hrs

Attractions; Rongpuk monastery and Mt. Everest base camp.

Today we will drive straight to Mt. Everest Base Camp by crossing several passes along the way. shortly after the border check point at Shegar, turn off the Friendship Highway and drive toward south in the valley, cross over the Gawu la pass[5250m] through zigzags road, from the pass you will be amazed by the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its mighty peaks beyond 8000m, Mt. Makalu(8463m), Mt. Lotse (8516m), Mt. Everest(8844m), Mt. Cho Oyu(8201m) and Mt. Shishapama (8020m) from Left to right, climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and then finally the day’s destination - Everest Base Camp located in the Rongpuk valley. Rongphu Monastery is the highest monastery in the world and it consists both monks and nuns. Afternoon you have an option to do a short trekking from the tent guesthouses community to Everest B.C, it will take you about 2 hours or more per your physical condition (6Km). Or you can take the dedicated minibus instead. We suggest you bring your own sleeping bags for the night as the local tent guesthouses reuse the blankets for several weeks due to their poor facility. Have overnight at local tent guesthouses from middle April to early October. (from Middle of October to next early April, the tent guesthouses close and only Rongphu monastery guesthouse is available.)

Everest Region accommodation: Rongphu Monastery guesthouse or the tent guesthouse in campsite which is 4 km to Everest B.C

Day7  Rongphu Monastery (5000m) – Old Tingri(4390m) – Kyirong Border (2700m),

Tibet Travel Attractions: Beautiful scenery over the Thongla Pass, impressive view of Mt. Shishapama, Spectacular waterfalls within the Matsang River Gorge.

As we awake the next morning, a striking view of luminous peaks is highlighted by the sun and it is bittersweet to say goodbye to this landscape that we have gotten to know so well. Next, we will drive south to Nepal and traverse the Thongla pass. Then gradually descend into a deep valley with a series of switchback bends. There are spectacular waterfalls on both sides of these fertile hills and with a decrease in altitude, the dry climate changes into a warm, moist environment and it is clear that we drawing into the Indian subcontinent. Our destination is Tibet border town Kyirong. Overnight in Kyirong. 

Day8 Kyirong to Kathmandu (123 km), Nepal

Attractions: Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge, typical Nepalese villages and 2nd deepest Bungy Jump point in all of Asia.

Today we drive down to the friendship bridge and our guide will help you to clear the China Customs, from there our Tibetan staff are not allowed stepping further and time to say your farewells. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a short time to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email. When you cross the China Nepal Friendship bridge you will pay 25$ to obtain Nepal Tourist Visa (15 days valid time), Then you can easily find jeeps and buses from the Nepalese border town to Kathmandu city. 

Travel Tips: To apply the Nepali visa, please prepare two small photos of you (size as on passports).

Fixed Departures and Price

2016-early booking--5-10% off-----Prices are in U.S. dollars and based on per person

MonthArrival/Departure DateBooking StatusDouble OccupancySingle Supplement
April  April15-22  2 interested US$1050 US$185
 April24-May1  5 interested  US$1050  US$185
 April27-May4  3 interested US$1050 US$185
 April30-May7  4 interested  US$1050   US$195 
May  May5-12 10 people interested   US$1065   US$195 
 May14-21  4 people interested  US$1065   US$195 
 May25-June1 6 people interested   US$1065  US$195
 May28-June4 2 people interested US$195
June  June3-10  Full Booked  US$1080   
 June15-22 6 Vacancies US$1080  
 June26-July3 4 Vacancies  US$1080  US$265 
July  July1-8 8 Vacancies US$1195 US$265 
 July7-14 8 Vacancies US$1215 US$265 
 July15-22 8 Vacancies US$1215 US$265 
 July23-30 5 Vacancies US$1225 US$265 
August  Aug.1-8 4 Vacancies  US$1275  US$265  
 Aug.15-22 8 Vacancies  US$1275  US$265  
 Aug.20-27 8 Vacancies  US$1275  US$265  
September  Sept.1-8  3 people interested US$1255  US$195 
 Sept.5-12  2 people interested  US$1265 US$195  
 Sept.18-25  8 Vacancies  US$1255 US$195  
 Sept.28-Oct.5  6 Vacancies US$1275 US$195 
October  Oct.1-8  6 Vacancies   US$195  
 Oct.10-17  4 Vacancies   US$185  
 Oct.15-22  4 Vacancies   US$185  
 Oct.25-Nov.1     US$185 
November        US$175  

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Service Details

Budget Tibet Everest Nepal tour Service included:

1) Tibetan English speaking tour guide;
2) 3 star standard accommodations in Lhasa and Shigatse and Kyirong Border (B&B, Twin-share basis), local tent or guesthouse in Everest region/Rongphu Monastery;
3) Tour vehicle according to group size with experienced driver for all transfer per the itinerary in Tibet;
4) All necessary Travel permits;
5) Entrance tickets for all the sights per the itinerary;
6) Petrol and parking fee for the vehicle;
7) Everest Region protection fee;
8) Car entry fee for Everest. B.C region;
9) Airfare optional per your requests,
10) Airport or train station pick up by guide;
11) Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

Tour Service not included:

1) China Visa & Nepal visa
2) Personal natural expense like phone bills, laundry, lunches and dinners, drinks etc
4) Additional tour service in Nepal
5) Tips for guide and driver 

Note about Nepal visa: Multiple entry 15 days visa fee - US$ 25 (valid for 15 days) 

Simple Tibet Budget Tour Booking process:

1) Email us your clear passport data page photo copy and China visa copy, specify your departure city, whether you need air ticketing help or not.

2) process the advance payment by bank telex wire transfer or Western Union Agent wire transfer or Paypal (5% fee by Paypal, and banking fee on your end)

3) Pack wise for the tour and enjoy your Tibet Dream adventure trip to Nepal. 

Any urgent question, please call us or email to us instantly

Please Note:

1) If you do not want to go to Nepal but return back to Lhasa and fly or take the train back to China, please tell us to arrange the add-on trip accordingly.

2) The quotation including airport to hotel transfers. The free airport pick-up is at 3:20 p.m. and Lhasa to airport at 12:00 p.m., train station see off is at 6:30 am. If your flight or train schedule is different time, we would like to arrange private airport or train transfer for you with surcharge 40 US$ per person for single airport transfer and 20 US$ for single railway station transfer;

3) Please prepare two small photos of you-similar size of passport photo image for visa application use

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