Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl.
airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel
in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for
welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurants in the heart of Kathmandu
and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Kathmandu valley sight seeing and trip preparation.
Today, morning after breakfast at the hotel we will ready after your breakfast
to head on for our guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley
and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to
visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important
shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees,
Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times
in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and
take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another
pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You
can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious
After visiting Bouddhanath stupa we'll drive to the City of Devotees (Bhaktapur).
This traditional and traffic free town is the third biggest town in the Valley.
We'll explore the medieval like squares, courtyards and temples of this vibrant
town. After a stop for lunch at a restaurant in Bhaktapur it's time to drive back
to Kathmandu and meet up with travel manage for your Tibet tour briefing and overnight
at the hotel.
Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3650m/11,972ft)
This morning you'll be transferred to intl. airport for your flight to Lhasa,
one of the most dramatic and scenic short flights in the world. Upon arrival at
Gonggor airport we'll be met by our local Tibetan representatives and assist you
to transfer to Lhasa. On arriving in Lhasa it's time to check in at the hotel
and the remainder of today is at leisure to relax and acclimatize at Lhasa.
Sightseeing in Lhasa
Today will be spent visiting several of Lhasa's many monasteries in the company
of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved
monasteries in Tibet. Within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred
monks live and study. After lunch we'll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace
of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the
most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans
through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor - a maze of narrow
cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa.
Sightseeing in Lhasa
This morning we will visit the Potala Palace, which dominates the city of Lhasa.
A spectacular building, it contains the private quarters of the Dalai Lama as
well as numerous grand staterooms and many important chapels. There has been a
palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present palace was constructed
in the 17th century. A visit to the Drepung Monastery this afternoon will complete
a truly awe- inspiring day. Founded in the 14th century, this monastery was once
the largest in the world with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days
that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest
as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution.
Drive Lhasa - Gyantse (3,950m/12,956ft), 261 KM
Today we start our overland journey towards Kathmandu. Travelling by jeep along
the Friendship Highway we cross the Khamba La [4794m] from which there is stunning
views across the waters of Yamdrok-tso Lake to the snowy summit of Nazin Kang
Sa [7252m]. We continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La [5045m] where
we are treated to the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within
a few hundred metres of the road. After passing through beautiful valleys and
colourful Tibetan villages we arrive in the town of Gyantse.
Drive Gyantse - Shigatse (3,900m/12,792ft) 90KM
Before leaving Gyantse we have time this morning to visit the Gyantse Dzong and
Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century from which there
are amazing views of both Gyantse itself and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley.
The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa and its many small chapels house an impressive
array of Tibetan Buddhist murals.
We then continue on to Shigatse, a short drive of only 90kms, arriving in time
for lunch. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and after exploring the
local market we will make a detailed visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This
monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is
much to explore within its high surrounding walls.
Shigatse – Shegar (4,050m/13,284ft) 244KM
Today we continue along the Friendship Highway, marvelling once more at the barren yet spectacular landscape of Tibet. Beyond the small town of Lhatse we cross the highest pass on our journey, the Gyamtso La [5220m]. From here we descend to the plains, passing lonely monasteries and the camps of nomadic herders, en route to Shegar and our overnight accommodation at Hotel.
Shekar - Kharta (3,750m/12,300ft)
Drive five hours to Kharta, enjoying beautiful views from the Pang La (17000)
towards Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and Shisapangma (if weather is clear). Drive down
the Dzakaa Chu and then the Phung Chu valley toward Kharta. We'll make camp past
the boarding school on the banks of the Kharta Tsangpo River, the headwaters of
Nepal's Arun River.
Begin Trek, 4-5 hrs walk
Hike up the Kharta Tsangpo valley past several villages. The trail to the Shao
La leaves the Kharta valley and climbs steadily up a side valley to the south.
We'll camp either at the beginning of this climb on a ledge overlooking the valley
and its villages (at approximately 13000 feet) or continue up the side valley
following a small stream for another two hours to camp on meadows by the stream
Shao La, 4-5 hrs walk
Ascend steadily over rocky ground to reach the Shao La (16,300ft) in about two
hours. Weather permitting; the views from here toward Makalu, Lhotse, and Everest
are stunning. Once at the top of the pass we descend for about an hour and then
plunge steeply to the valley below. At once the scene changes from barren rock
slopes to lush rhododendrons, birch, and willow trees. Continue one hour down
this valley to camp at Joksum, following a stream through thick fir and juniper
Trek, 5 hrs walk
Hike steeply through juniper and rhododendron forests to reach the high pastures
above the Kama River. On clear days, we'll see splendid views toward Everest and
Lhotse. The high ridges south of the Kama River drip with hanging glaciers and
in the spring are alive with bellowing avalanches. We continue to traverse alpine
meadows and pass yak herders' camps and a serene green lake to a campsite (145,00ft)
on a large meadow and pass yak herders' camps and a serene green lake to a campsite
(14,500ft) on a large meadow with great views of the Khangshung Valley.
Trek, 4-5 hrs walk
Hike up a ridge affording a clear sight right up the Khangshung Valley, with
views of Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Tshertse, Petangtse, Chomolonzo, Makalu
and a myriad of other great peaks. From this ridge we descend rather steeply down
to the Kama River coming from the Langma La. After wading across the river we
enter the Khangshung Valley, a wide valley drained by the Khangshung Valley, a
wide valley drained by the Khangshung stream. A receding glacier ahs left behind
wide undulating hillocks now covered by a thick growth of willow, rhododendron,
juniper, and other shrubs. Camp at the meadow called Pethang (14,200ft), about
an hour's walk uphill from the stream crossing.
Pethang Ringmo, 4-5 hrs walk
Hike steeply up onto a large rockslide. The views of Makalu and the incredible
upheaval caused by the Chomolonzo glaciers are amazing. After the rockslide the
trail traverses around the mountainside to reach a beautiful glade, locally called
Opka. Continue hiking up meadows of lateral moraine with views of Everest, Lhotse,
and Tserse to reach camp on the grassy knolls of Pethang Ringmo (16,000ft).
Optional day hikes up the Khangshung Valley alongside the glacier to the base
camp (17,000ft) used by expeditions attempting the east face of Everest.
Raabka Chu, 6-7 hrs walk
Retrace our steps down the valley along the Khangshung Glaciers, across the rockslide
opposite the Chomolonzo glacier, and past Pethang to a stream crossing at the
Raabka Chu. The camp (13,500ft) on the grassy meadow across the river is a very
pleasant place to spend the afternoon.
We can also reach this campsite from Pethang Ringmo by taking a side trip to
Guru Rimpoche's cave at Tse Chu Lake. The trail climbs high above Okpa meadows,
crosses Lamtsho (16,200ft), then descends steeply to the lake.
Rabka Chu to Tso Tshuringma, 4 hrs walking
Hike steadily uphill, steeply at first for an hour to a shelf above the river,
then another hour across relatively flat ground to a small meadow called Pangboche,
where we have lunch. Continue to hike steeply over alpine slopes for another couple
of hours to a small but beautiful lake at the base of the Langma La (17,500ft).
The views of Makalu and Everest are great from here. We camp at Tsho Tshurigma
Tsho Tshurigma to Troshay Meadow Camp, 6 hrs walk
Climb steeply over rocky ground to reach the Langma La (17,500ft) in just over
two hours. En route we pass another lake, and the views of Makalu become more
impressive as we climb upwards, while Everest and all the other attendant peaks
are visible all the way to the pass. From Langma La we bid farewell of the Khangshung
Valley and the impressive panorama of some of the world's highest mountains, then
descend steeply four hours over rocky moraines and glaciated valleys. Camp is
on a grassy meadow beside a clear stream at Troshay (14,000ft).
Troshay to Kharta
We follow the stream from camp down the Kharta Tsangpo valley along a well defined
trail. We'll hike across grassy hillsides used for grazing animals and past villages
with barley and potato fields ringed by willows and birch. After two hours we
reach the fork of the trail where we climbed to Shao La at the beginning of the
trek. Cross the river below Yulba village and reach our riverside campsite where
we started the trek.
Drive five to six hours to Rongbuk monastery (16,400ft), the highest monastery
in the world and a shrine dedicated to Everest, is the last sign of habitation
before commencing the trek to Everest via the north face. We spend a night here;
this is a good place to read a book: just how often do you get a chance to sit
and read at 5000m and with the stunning view of Everest's north face. It is very
important that we take our time and gets very well acclimatised before we go to
the ABC. To day we will explore the surroundings of the Rongbuk Everest base camp,
just to get started working a little.
Drive from Rongbuk - Zhangmu, 245KM
Today we rejoin the Friendship Highway and drive to Tingri. Upon leaving Tingri,
we cross another two high passes, the Lalung La [5124m] and the Shung La [5200m].
Once more we are rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma,
Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. Now we begin our descent from the Tibetan
Plateau to Nyalam and then to Zhangmu, just before the Nepalese border. With dramatic
suddenness, everything appears incredibly lush and green.
Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
This morning we'll drive back across the Tibet -Nepal border at Kodari and after
the custom formalities and get across the Friendship Bridge, which spans the Bhote
Koshi River and marks the Chinese - Nepalese border, where our Nepalese staff
will meet us. we drive to Kathmandu through the beautiful Nepalese countryside
takes (4-5 hours). After check in to the hotel remaining time rest and relax at
the hotel. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for farewell
dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and
overnight at Hotel and trip concludes with overnight.
Half day Kathmandu valley sight seeing
After your breakfast at hotel we'll be ready for 3 hrs Kathmandu valley sight
seeing as visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide
range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees
of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar
Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures
and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and afternoon back to hotel
for the lunch and remaining time last minutes shopping or simply relax at the
Departure from Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends
or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra
trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred
to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.