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10 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Tour

10 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour

(SG001B) Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Mt. Everest - Namtso - Lhasa

Overview

Push your limits to travel from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp (5,200m) and later make it to pristine Namtso Lake (4,718m) via boundless Northern pasture where legendary Tibetan nomads live for generations; this 10-day tour is never short of adrenaline-pumping adventures and promises you some of the best Tibetan experiences Tibet has to offer.

As the successive award-winning EBC tour operators since 2016, we offer the best service for you to closely explore the lofty peaks along the mighty Himalayas and top sacred lakes in Tibet. Adrenaline-packed tour as it is, you feel well-protected by our attentive and dedicated Tibetan guides. Our expertly-crafted itinerary gives you gradual acclimatization to the high altitude of Tibetan Plateau and keeps a moderate rhythm for highland sightseeing.

The helpful oxygen supply service, hyperbaric oxygen chamber and 24/7 call service and designated customer service manager will ensure your travel safety and make it easier for Tibet travel. You may rely on us to get Tibet Permit (or China Group Visa) for Tibet entry from Nepal or other parts of China and book a flight or Tibet train ticket service for the onward journey in other Chinese cities or beyond. As the only local Tibet travel agency with offices in Kathmandu, Lhasa, and Chengdu, we are committed to bringing you the safest and most worry-free tour to Tibet.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)

When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. Tourists may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa.

After arriving in Lhasa, you can take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.

Insider Tips:
For the new-comers of Tibet,  to get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet. Having a good sleep in your hotel is a good option.  Don not rush to visit attractions inside Lhasa city.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (B, D)

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.

Besides, We can taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; The welcome dinner will also be arranged accordingly;

Optional:
With time permitting, you may go with tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. You can upgrade your service to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD)

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Drepung monastery, Sera monastery(B)

In the morning ,you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung. 

In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour  the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 4: Lhasa- Shigatse via Gyantse 360km(B)

In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse .On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .

Later, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass; Then, we will arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress.

After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse,  we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer). 

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Day 5: Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp(5200)(B)

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can have lunch.

After that, we will pass Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass(5198m).Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp(5200m). You can get closer to gazt at the Mt. Everest peak. The sunset of golden Everest peak if time and weather permits at the lodging area.

Stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk monastery guest house.

Day 6: EBC (5200m) and return to Shigatse (3900m)

In the morning, you can see the sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area. Then we will visit the Rongbu Monastery - the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together. You can visit the Mt.Everest Sightseeing Spot and take the closest picture of Mt.Everest. Finally, we will drive back to Shigatse. 

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 7: Shigatse (3900m) to Lhasa (3650m)

Today, we will drive back to Lhasa by following Yalong Valley. You can stand on the viewing platform and view the vast Yalong River bed. Finally the guide will transfer you back to your hotels in Lhasa. 

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 8: Lhasa to Namtso Lake and drive back to Damxung (B)

In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso, one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest saline lake in the world. On the way, you can see snow-capped Nyenchen Thanglha Mountain Ranges and lots of nomads and their tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated on the flourishing grassland (in summer). Besides, you can enjoy the view of the Sky-Road Railway with snow mountain background; while standing at the famous Lagenla Pass(5190m), you can view the stunning vista of holy Namtso Lake.

Then we can enjoy our time doing a leisurely trek around Tashi Dor Island and along the lakeshore. Drive back to Damxung. (For environment protection, the Lakeshore guesthouses were close by the government.)

Stay overnight in Damxung.

Day 9: Damxung to Lhasa via Chimelong Nunnery and Tsurphu Monastery (B, L)

After breakfast, we will first visit Chimelong Nunnery (Phyirmil Lung Nunnery). Roam over the peaceful small nunnery and get an idea of different Buddhist studies in Tibet, you may also spot a sky burial site (Tibet funeral site) in the distance.

Then, we can go to Tsurphu Monastery, the seat of the Karmapa branch of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism.  Here, you can learn more about the ‘Black Hats’, the Karma Kagyupa school of Tibetan Buddhism. In the summertime (June to September), we can also go for a ‘Linka outing’ (Tibetan-style picnic) in the small village at the foot of the hill of Tsurphu Monastery.

Finally, we will drive back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Today’s Cultural Tips: Sky burial is a funeral practice commonly seen in Tibet. The corpse will be disposed of and later devoured by vultures. In Tibetan Buddhism, sky burial is believed to represent their wishes to go to heaven. Only family members of the dead can attend the funeral.

Day 10: Depart from Lhasa (B)

The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2021

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Please Note:

    1. If you couldn’t find a tour date suitable for your travel schedule in the above form, please contact our travel experts and they will help you plan a delightful vacation to Tibet at the BEST local price.
    2. Discount: 1.) 5% off for those booking the tour together with other two travelers (3 or 3 above in total) at the same time; 2.) 5% off for those booking the tour 3 months in advance.

(Note: the above preferential policies can only be enjoyed by either one of them, not both.)

Service Included:

  • Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary;
  • Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable Tourist Vehicle according to Group Size.;
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group;
  • Comfortable Hotel Accommodations;
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes;
  • The above tour price does not include single room supplement. If you are a solo traveler, you need to share one room with another tourist (same sex in most cases); if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement. And the exact price depends on market fluctuation in high and off season of Tibet tour. For the exact price, please refer to your travel consultant.
  • Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
  • Welcome Dinner in local restaurant when group members meet in Lhasa
  • Free Airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa Gongar airport and Hotel on designated time.
  • Group tours only include a welcome dinner after your arrival in Tibet.
  • Tibet Handy Map
  • Drinking water Provided during the trip
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price, please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself.; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to the guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, you may consider tipping them at an amount you find it suitable.
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

Transfer Service between Hotels and Airport/ Train Station

Lhasa Gongar International Airport is about 70km from the downtown, and it takes about 1.5 hours for a car transfer between airport and hotel. Considering the distance and language barrier, Tibet Vista provides free transfer service from/to airport.

Upon your arrival at airport, our Tibetan local pick-up guide will hold a board with your name and wait for you at the exit, he will escort you to the transfer car, accompany you to the hotel, and assist you with hotel check-in. When tour ends, our guide will pick you up at hotel and escort you to the airport.

Airport Pick-up Schedules: Pick up tourists at 10:00 am; 13:30 pm; 17:00 pm

Airport Drop-off Schedules: Pick up tourists at 06:30 am; 08:00 am; 12:00 pm

If your flight time is not within our transfer schedule, feel free to contact our travel consultant, we will do our best to arrange the most proper transfer service for you.

Besides the airport transfer, Tibet Vista also provides unlimited free transfer between hotel and Lhasa Railway Station according to your arrival/departure time.

Please kindly note: if passengers are less than 3 per transfer, we may use publish transportation like public airport bus or Taxi instead of using our shuttle service.

Travel Tips for 10-day Lhasa to EBC & Lake Namtso Tour

1. Is there enough oxygen to breathe at EBC?

The oxygen level at EBC is only half of that of the plain. So, to most of the travelers, you might have a sleepless night at EBC, due to the thin air. However, we offer enough oxygen supply for you when needed. Meanwhile, our expert local leader will meter your oxygen level in the vein sporadically with Pulse Oximter.

Even the Portable Hyperbaric Chamber is installed to guarantee your safety for the emergency. Walk slowly, breathe evenly and keep calm or chat with your friends. You can make it.

2. Is there an age limit for EBC tour? 

Well, officially there is no age limit for the EBC tour. So far, our youngest client is 4-year-old Swiss kid who made it to EBC with his parents in 2017, while the oldest is 82-year-old Gerhard, a beloved German traveler who visited both EBC and MT. Kailash in 2018.

Though these might be an exceptional case, it showed that with our attentive service, and your great preparation, most of the travelers can visit EBC without any issue.

3. What should I pack for visiting EBC?

Since you only spend one night at EBC, there is no need to pack too many travel gears with you. Traveling light is always preferred. The key for EBC visit is to keep warm, protect your skin from bone-chilling wind and powerful sunlight.

Beanies, breathable and thermal underwear, windbreaker, down jacket, vest, hiking pants and warm boots, woolen socks, sunblocks and sunglasses, lip balm, mittens are recommended. Meanwhile, don’t forget the toiletries and medicines for high altitude sickness, cold relief, etc. And some cash and toilet paper.

4.  Why is this 10-day tour often referred to as the best Tibet tour?

Well, this 10-day tour combines the classic EBC tour from Lhasa with an extended visit to serene Lake Namtso. You can enjoy the incredible Himalayan Range and close-up view of Mt. Everest at EBC and then travel past turquoise Lake Yamdrok and heavenly Lake Namtso, etc.

The jawdropping Himayalayan vista, otherworldy alpine lakes and exotic vibes of Tibetan Buddhism will bring you the best experience Tibet has to offer.

4.  What about the accommodation at EBC and Namtso respectively?

A journey to EBC is essentially an adventure tour. For the extreme altitude and its remoteness at EBC, only locally-run yak tents and the guesthouse of the Rongbuk Monastery are available to you. Both accommodations are quite humble with rudimentary facilities. Yet, it brings you a warm shelter against the extreme cold of EBC at night.

On the other hand, to protect the environment of Namtso, so far the guesthouse around the lakeshore has remained unavailable. After you visit Lake Namtso, you will be staying at Damxung (4200m) (62km east to Namtso, 1h30min drive). The much lower altitude will bring you a sound sleep.

Nothing Matters More than Bringing you a Safe and Comfortable Journey!

Spiritually-uplifting yet physically-demanding, Tibet travel is no ordinary experience. Though you may have done many research, nothing prepares you for the real adventure. However, you can rest assured that the moment you set your foot in Lhasa, your Tibetan guide, driver and all of Tibet Vista’s team are pooling our resources and doing what we can to ensure you a safe and pleasant travel experience.

The following value added tour service will be your best guarantee for a seamless Tibet travel on Tibetan Plateau.

Routine Tour Service Workshop and Seminar for Our Tibetan Guide

To an organized tour, we believe, whether or not you will have a great travel experience largely depends on whom you travel with. So, we attach great importance to the training and exchange amid our Tibetan guide and other staff. Each year, a series of workshops and seminars and training courses will be held for our Tibetan guides and other staff to exchange their guide experience and offer first-aid training, etc. They are committed to offering the quality and tourist-friendly service to you.

Celestron Telescope Give You Close-up View of Mt. Everest at EBC

Standing at the foot of Mt. Everest and gazing at this holy mountain form an integral part of EBC tour. Apart from taking you to the best vantage points to view this natural wonders, we offer brand-new Celestrontelescope (with 60 optical zoom Lens) for you to get close-up view of the world’s highest mountain. Besides, don’t miss the starry Milky Wayin EBC.

Helpful Service: Trekking Pole, Camping Lantern and Portable Charger

When travelling on Tibetan Plateau, we highly suggest you travelling list. And we offer helpful rental service (50 CNY deposit), such as trekking pole, camping lantern and portable charger. Upon your request, we may also prepare the camping tent, sleeping bag, etc. for you. A small amount of service and cleaning charge is expected. Our friendly travel consultants will give you pro advice to remove your heavy daypack.

Keep You Warm and Protected from Harsh Alpine Climate

In addition to warm sweet tea and hot water and warm smile, we feel obligated to protect you from chilly wind at EBC and Mt. Kailash, etc. Why not bundle up in our well-prepared warm Tibetan Apron. If you forgot to bring you gloves, no problem! The hot water bagbring you instant warmth and our versatile magic scarfwill work like a charm to protect you from sunburn and dust in Tibet.

Multiple Travel Kits Make Your Trip More Comfortable

As the long ride is very common esp. travelling beyond Lhasa, we kindly prepare a full set of travel kit for you to enjoy an easy ride in Tibet. Upon your request, we may offer neck pillow, eye mask, and ear plugs, fork knife spoon set, and sleeping bag at EBC tent during your journey.

Free Battery Recharging

Besides, you may use our free power recharge service at our office at Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel (first floor 1102).

Unique Eco-friendly Bottle for Drinking

Tibet Vista is a staunch supporter for Eco and responsible travelin Tibet. As we visit Tibet, why not work with us to save limited resources and minimize human’s impact to the natural environment.We designed a tailor-made Eco-friendly Bottle for drinking throughout your tour in Tibet. It’s very convenient to use it to drink hot water, coffee, Tibetan milk tea. Such a fine souvenir, don’t you think?

Easy-to-Use Tibet Tourist Map and Other Useful Travel Stuff

What’s more? Plenty of useful travel brochure and travel kits such as Tibet tourist map,up-to-date travel advice, etc. will greet you in Lhasa. You will find them exceedingly helpful to your day-to-day travel in Tibet.

Meet Beloved Mr. Kunga, Your Best Guard for a Safe and Pleasant Journey

And now, the last but not least, I take great pride in introducing our beloved Mr. Kunga, the customer service manager of our company.If you have any problem adapting to the life on Tibetan plateau? Or simply wanna to learn more about Tibet. Do not hesitate to stop by our customer service office in Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel (first floor 1102) and have a friendly little chat with him.

Mr. Kunga would make a good cup of tea for you and share with you his more than 30 years’ guide experience in Tibet. In fact, Tibet Vista is the only local Tibet travel agency that has a designated customer service manager who offers prompt support to your need.

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