26 Days Everest Panoramic Trek in both Nepal and Tibet
(TNET001) Lhasa - Gyantse - Everest Base Camp - Gyirong Border - Rasuwagadhi - Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding - Namche Bazaar - Everest Base Camp - Lukla - Kathmandu
Tourist Styleoutdoor enthusiasts
Altitude 3865 - 5364m
private Tibet and Nepal EBC trekking tour
Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.
Best Time to Go
April, May, early June, Sept. Oct, early Nov.
Trekking to the foot of Mount Everest is justifiably the best way for Everest travel. This epic 25-day Everest trek takes you to cover two Everest Base Camps, once and for all. Walking on the mountain trails, you will pass the legendary Himalayan peaks only seen in the magazines and explore the exotic Sherpa villages. Our Tibetan and Nepali trekking experts will unveil the true beauty of Tibetan and Nepali culture and take you to the best places to enjoy the world’s highest mountain.
Trek to the foot of Mount Everest in both North and South Everest Base Camps of Himalayas
Witness the unique lifestyle of Tibetans living on the spine of the world
Discover religious and cultural bond of Tibet and Nepal
Enjoy the classis Lhasa to Kathmandu overland trip along scenic Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway
Explore the villages of intriguing Sherpas
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa
Upon your arrival in Lhasa, our Tibetan guide will be greeting you at airport or train station with auspicious white Hada. Then you will be transferred to hotels in Lhasa. The guide will briefly introduce the itineraries and remind you about other dos and don’ts for new comers. To quickly get acclimatized to Tibetan plateau, it’s better to have a good rest in the hotel.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 2: Lhasa Day Tour (B)
Our first stop is to visit the Potala Palace, the UNESCO world heritage site and the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Walking slowly along the long stone steps to the White and Red Palaces, you can explore the former residence of Dalai Lama and his meeting room and religious chamber. You can see the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. A bird's-eye view of Lhasa city and Lhasa valley from the top of Potala Palace will take your breath away.
After we have lunch and then we will head to holy Jokhang Temple. It’s the most sacred Buddhist site in Tibet. Outside the temple, you will witness pious Tibetan pilgrims, young and old, prostrating themselves in front of Jokhang and long lines of Tibetans following the Barkhor circuit. Inside, travelling in dim butter light, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism. You may reach the top of Jokhang Temple to enjoy the panorama of old Lhasa city and great vista of Potala Palace.
Then we may do the kora by circling the Barkhor Street with pilgrims and locals and buy the some souvenirs. Never miss the chance to enjoy the tasty sweet tea in local tea house and visit Tromzikhang , the famous farm produce market.
Stay overnight in hotels in Lhasa
Day 3: Lhasa Day Tour (B)
In the morning, we are going to visit Drepung monastery which was the largest of the “Three Great ” Gelug monasteries in Tibet founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. As you hike along the mountain steps, you can see mysterious Buddhist painting on the rock face. During Shoton Festival, locals swarm to Drepung Monastery to enjoy the gigantic Thangka Buddha being unfold on theGambo Utse mountain.
After having lunch, we will head to Sera Monastery. It’s also one of the must-visit Gelugpa monasteries in Lhasa. The highlight is the vibrant Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. By yelling at each other, slapping hands and rolling mala, two monks make a pair to debate on philosophical issues. We may also enjoy the delicately-made Mandala, Tibetan sanding painting and massive Buddhist scriptures, etc. inside Sera Monastery.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 4: Lhasa (3650) to Shigatse (3900m) via Gyantse (B)
Today, we will drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, passing over the Gampala pass (4790 m),you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountain and in the distance you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa. Later, we will pass and enjoy the Karola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass.
Gyantse was historically known as the Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Nepali-style Kumbum stupa . After one and a half hour's driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we’ll visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama.
Stay overnight in hotels in Shigatse
Day 5: Travel from Shigatse to Old Tingri: Get Acclimatized and Prepare for the EBC Trek (B)
Rise up early to drive from Shigatse to old Tingri (320km) via Shegar, the beginning of 4-day EBC trek in Tibet. Our guide will remind you about the dos and don’ts when trekking for EBC and help you get packed. Having a good rest and light-heated mood is vital for the following challenging trek.
Stay overnight in Tingri
Day 6: Trek to LungThang(4510 m) (5 hours/12km/150m up)
Our trekking begins from Old Tingri all the way to the Tingri plain. Leaving the friendship highway, we will pass part of the Ra-chu Valley. You will see the beautiful valley scenery with extensive meadows and packs of sheep and goats.
The rest of the day we can visit a small Monastery in Choelun. This region is home only to herders and barley harvesters. The hard-grown barley field and shepherds seen occasionally keep reminding you of the resourceful Tibetans living on the roof of the world.
Camping at Lung Thang
Day 7: Trek to Nam-La (5150 m) (8 hours/21km/200m up)
The challenging trekking really starts today as we go up into the mountains. It’s will be an adrenaline-packed day trek. Much uphill walking will be done as we climb towards the top of Nam- La(5150m). The treacherous mountain trail and challenging trek will reward you with epic vista of Himalayan Mountains surrounding you. And we would camp down the top of this pass.
Camping at Nam-la Valley
Day 8: Trek to Zommug (4790m)(8hours/22km/360m down)
As we move further away from Nam La Pass, we will go down to the small village of Zommug. On the way, you will pass lush vegetation and see yak herders and their families. The vista of Mount Everest and Gyachung Kang loom ahead before us as we move closer to Zommug.
Since even highland barley can’t survive at such altitude, animal husbandry becomes the only source of livelihood for local Tibetans. We will take a quick peek at their unique lifestyle on the spine of the world and enjoy the amazing sunset in this barren village.
Camping around the Zommug village
Day 9: Trek to Rongbuk (5100m) and EBC (5200m)(15km/6hours/290m up)
The excitement soars as we will finally make it to the Everest Base Camp via Rongbuk Monastery, the world’s highest monastery. Though not that big, Rongbuk gives you incredible vantage point for photography entire north face of Mount Everest. As you explore this religious compound, you can even climb down the mystical meditation cave used by Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava, and do a bit meditation there.
Then the final 4km’s trek will lead you to the camping site of Everest Base Camp. You can closely enjoy the massif of the peak of the Everest and take iconic photos with the monument of Everest. Sleeping at the foot of Mount Everest brings you a lifetime experience.
Options: Although most of the tourists ends up in EBC (5200m), if you a thrill seeker and want to observe Everest even more closer, we can arrange the EBC to ABC (advance Base Camp 6100m-6500m) trek for you. Free for consultancy.
Stay overnight in the tent of EBC
Day 10: EBC - Gyirong Border (370km)
In the morning, we get up to enjoy the incredible sunrise of Mount Everest. Then travel back and enjoy drive from EBC to Kyirong border. On the way, tourists can enjoy breathtakign vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we will arrive in Gyirong in late afternoon.
Stay overnight in the guesthouse in Gyirong
Day 11: Gyirong Border - Rasuwagadhi - Kathmandu (B)
Our Guide will drop you off at the border bridge. Walk to cross the border bridge, which is 50m long. Then check in at Nepal side. You can get the Nepal visa upon arrival with 30USD, please prepare one photo at passport size to get Nepal Visa.
The next step, the Nepal tour guide will go across the border bridge to China side which is 50m long to meet you, then you will follow the Nepali tour guide to check in at Nepal side, and drive to your hotel in Kathmandu. The road condition is rough in Nepal so this 160km road takes a whole day.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 12: Kathmandu Day Tour and Trek Preparation (1310m/4310ft)
The day starts with a tour of Kathmandu City, and takes in the famous Kathmandu Durbar Square. The most famous square in the city, the Durbar Square is the Royal Palace square in the city, and is surrounded by ancient buildings from the early 16th century. The magnificent architecture, exquisite decorations, and the intensity of historical items gives a great insight into Nepali culture.
You then continue the tour with a visit to the Swayambhunath Pagoda, which is one of the oldest Buddhist sites in Nepal. Swayambhunath is a huge golden stupa festooned with prayer flags that flutter in the breeze, on a hill that overlooks the entire city.
Then we will get back to the office in Kathmandu. And our guide will give a detailed planning for the tomorrow’s EBC trek. Pack your gears and have a good rest.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 13: Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m/9317ft) and Phakding (2610m/8563ft/3:30h)
Take the morning light from Kathmandu Valley to Lukla, the very beginning of classic EBC trek in Nepal. You can arrange the porter if you find it necessary. Then we trek down to lodges to Cheplung and you can get a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila. From here, we keep follow the trails to Phakding.
Stay overnight in Phakding
Day 14: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft/5:30h)
We cross the river on a long swaying bridge and follow the trail that leads north up to Benkar (2700m). Then keep crossing Dudh Kosi and climbing to Chumoa. After a short climb to Monjo (2800m), we will arrive at the entrance of Segarmatha National Park. Buy the entrance ticket and register TIMS card (Trekkers' Information Management System) for trekkers’ safety.
Next, we walk to Jorsale, the last settlement before reaching Namche Bazaar. After around 2hours’ climb we safely make it to Namche Bazaar, the largest Sherpa settlement and gateway to Everest.
Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar
Day 15: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)
Namche Bazaar is the main tourist hub and a great place for acclimatization and replenishing supplies before further ascent. You can find everything you need here, trek shops, restaurants, bakeries, pharmacies, hotels with showers, bank, internet café, etc.
We spend a full day here for acclimatization. You can rise up early for the fantastic sunrise over Himalayan Range. and tour the Hillary School and nearby monastery where mysterious Yeti scalp can be seen.
Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar
Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft: 10km, 5- 6 hours)
From Namche Bazaar we move upwards to Tengboche village where famous Tengboche monastery can be visited. From here you can enjoy stunning vista of Ama Dablam and Mount Everest and other famous peaks like Nuptse and Lhotse. During Mani Rimdu Festival in Oct and Nov, the dramatic cham dancing and Tibetan opera will be staged here.
Stay overnight in Tengboche
Day 17: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft ; 9km, 5 - 6 hours)
We make a descent and travel across lively forest. You will be amazed by the diversity of vegetation. As we trek, you can still enjoy epic Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest and Lhotse, etc. Following the downhill trails, we trek to Debuche and later reach Pangboche by crossing Imja River. We continue our walk to the Imja Valley and Lobuche River before ascending to Dingboche.
Stay overnight in Dingboche
Day 18: Stay at Dingboche for Acclimatization
To minimize the occurrence of acute mountain sickness, we stay a whole day in Dingboche to get acclimatized. Our Nepali guide will show you the off-the-beaten tracks nearby to enjoy the world-class Himalayan Mountains and enchanting villages from all directions of Dingboche. Bring your camera with you to capture the photogenic shots.
Stay overnight at Dingboche
Day 19: Dingboche to Duglha (4,600 m/15,090 ft; 4km, 3 - 4 hours)
Though today’s trek won’t last too long, it’s extremely important to aid acclimatization. The trek route is virtually like a string line. Accompanied by sublime Himalayan peaks, we will pass the campsite of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. With Mt. Pumori looming ahead as we trek, we are about to continue our travel and go down to the small village Duglha. You can visit Memorial Shrine near Duglha.
Stay overnight in Duglha
Day 20: Duglha to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft; 4km, 2 - 4 hours)
From Duglha the trails goes directly up the gravely terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We will pass Chupki Lhara and you can see fluttering prayer flags and piles of stones piled for commemorating heroic Everest climbers. As we approach closer to Khumbu Glacier, you will find yourself facing several soaring peaks.
Stay overnight in Lobuche
Day 21: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft) and visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft; 13km, 6-7 hours)
Travelling from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp won’t be the most challenging part as you imagine. However, we do need to walk slowly and steadily on glacier trails. When we reach the Everest Base Camp(5364m), you can appreciate the icy towers on the upper part of Khumbum glacier and take iconic photos with the natural monument of EBC. Surrounded by neighboring towering giants, due to visual distortion and obstruction, the scenery of Mt. Everest is less impressive, compared with that in Tibet. But, you can still feel the grandeur of natural power. Finally, we move back to Gorak Shep and spend the night there.
Stay overnight in Gorak Shep
Day 22: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pherice (4,288m/14,070ft; 16km, 7-8 hours)
As a tradition of finding the way back, we will rise up early to make it to Kala Patthar. Do walk careful during the morning. You will see Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse mountains and sunrise over Mount Everest over mighty Himalayan peaks.
After spending some time at the summit of Kala Patthar, we walk back to Gorak Shep which becomes much easier. After lunch we descend to Pheriche to spend the night.
Stay overnight in Pheriche
Day 23: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft; 20km, 6 - 7 hours)
We will make a huge descent today around 2,000 feet and a lot of curve and up and down trails will also involve. On the way, you can enjoy again the picturesque snow-blanketed Himalayan peaks and peaceful Shrpa villages. Eventually, we cross the vibrant forest to reach Namche Bazaar.
Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar
Day 24: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,186; 19km, 6 - 7 hours)
Our descent continues and our Nepali guide will guide you to make the downhill trek to Lukla. After reaching Lukla we spend rest of the day taking rest and celebrate our successful visit to EBC.
Stay overnight in Lukla
Day 25: Fly to Kathmandu from Luka
Take the morning flight back to hotels in Kathmandu. Later you can take a leisurely stroll and buy some souvenirs.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 26: Departure from Kathmandu
The guide will transfer you to the airport for the onward flight.
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