Pilgrim's Progress on the Path to the Sky
11-Day Tibet Tour with Everest Base Camp Trek
This is a tour designed for the people who would like to experience the highlights of Tibet and enjoy a fulfilling trek from Tingri to Everest Base Camp that travelers of average fitness can do. The 65-km (40-mile) trek lasts 4 days with altitudes from 4,400 m (14,400 ft) to 5,200 m (17,000 ft).
Starting from the holy city, Lhasa, you will travel west. Explore a beautiful holy lake, a magnificent glacier, splendid monasteries, and remote Tibetan villages. Make the final leg of your journey step by step to really appreciate the great Himalaya mountain range, until Everest comes into sight, and you witness the highest peak in the world.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Enjoy a 4-Day Trek towards the Unbelievable Himalayas
Trek through the valleys and remote Tibetan villages, across meadows and desert-like plains. Camp under starry skies. Journey at a pilgrim's pace to the highest mountain range in the world.
Stand in Front of the "Apex" of the Roof of the World
Visit Everest Base Camp's western slope, and catch the morning sunshine coloring Everest's snowy peak golden. Talk with a monk in Rongbuk Monastery, and receive a most sacred blessing in the highest monastery in the world.
Explore the Holy City and Meet Its People
Pilgrimage to the Potala Palace that's 'Closest to Heaven'. Feel the piety of local Tibetans as you see them worship with their whole body touching the ground. Explore a local market to experience Tibetan daily life and sit in a peaceful nunnery for a cup of sweet tea that's loved by locals.
Encounter a Fabulous Glacier
Get close to the Karola Glacier, which is one of the three largest unconfined-ice-sheet glaciers in Tibet.
Experience a Local Tibetan Family's House and Farming Work
Visit the living room of a local Tibetan farmer's or nomad's house. Listen to the hosts talking about their daily life. Help them with their farming or herding work, such as seeding, cutting barley, hanging barley on racks, or leading the sheep or yaks.
See Premonitions on the Sutra Wall in the Most Mysterious Monastery
Discover Sakya Monastery to learn the history of how Tibet was incorporated into China's territory in the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368). Witness the mysterious sutra wall, which is believed to show signs of disasters in the world.
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Tibet - culture and nature
This time I decided to go on a small group trip to Tibet. All formalities were completed in due time, and the proposed route met my expectations. Immersing yourself in the Tibetan culture with local guide Phurbu was a real pleasure. The views of Mount Everest and Tibetan nature were breathtaking.more
May 2023, Joanna i Piotr Kuzebscy
No matter where we wish do go…
No matter where we wish do go, my lovley Alisa from China Global Highlights helps every type of travel. Not only find the trip that’s right for us, but also gets the best value every time. I appriciate so much your pofessional service. Looking forward our next trip to Tibet.more
Apr 2023, Lina
Lhasa Tibet Adventure
Coco helped us plan our ideal trip to recent trip Tibet. She was informative, patient, and helped us tailor the trip to our own needs. She made excellent suggestions and supported us with the permits, travel itinerary, and even flights. She is an incredible asset to the China Highlights Team! Our local guide Tenzin was also excellent and flexible with us each day. I was hit with some altitude sickness and Tenzin helped me get oxygen and medicine needed. He worked with us each day to help us eat local foods and recommended ideal times to visit sites to minimize wait times. We were able to see everything on our list and eat excellent food. Thank you Coco and Tenzin!more
Oct 2021, Samantha Jane
Spiritual connection brought me back to Potala
Potala Palace mesmerizes me with its charm since 1997 when I first laid eyes on a photograph hung onto a wall at a monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. From then on, I dreamt of visiting this place before I leave this world. The only thing that held me back choosing from my other favorite travel destinations that I travelled to in the past, is the fear of high altitude sickness and breathing difficulty. Once I step foot onto it, I felt a spiritual connection to this place. I climbed up to the top at the peak without any issue and gazed at Lhasa city from the top. It was a rare and wonderful experience.more
Jul 2020, paulinelyepohlinl
Lhasa - what a special place
Lhasa welcomed us with sunshine, but Sonem with an even brighter smile. It was a great pleasure to have him as guide - an exceedingly kind person. With his profound knowledge and experience, he gave us deep insights in the daily life of a Tibetan. The highlight of our stay was, of course, the visit of the Potala Palace, but we also wouldn’t have missed the discussion of the monks or the Yoghurt Festival. Thank you, Sonem, for the perfect organization.more
Sep 2019, S-T-Travelling
Top of the World!
From our welcome at the airport with the traditional Tibetan scarves to our departure 3 days later, out time in Lhasa was nothing short of fabulous! Our guide, Tenzin was exceptionally energetic, knowledgeable and friendly. He made sure our time was spent experiencing the many wonderful sites as well as learning about the history and culture of this exciting place. Potala palace is magnificent inside and out. Be sure to return to the nightly fountain show... the icing on the cake! The monasteries were very interesting and the location of many is breathtaking. We enjoyed Barkhor Street, especially at night when the lights create a serene atmosphere, a great contrast to the hustle and bustle during daylight. Outside the city, the drive to Yomdrok Lake is beautiful and the lake itself amazing. Stopping along the way to see the prayer flags flying in the wind left no doubt that you are in a special place. Thank you to China Highlights and their local partners, in particular our fabulous guide Tenzin for organizing and executing a most wonderful trip!more
Aug 2019, anaI39VU
Great time with the Best Guide Norbu
I can’t say enough good things about China Highlights as they organized everything for us - the visa, guide and itinerary. When I asked for changes to make sure we saw the debates (none on sundays) they made the change. When my daughter was suffering from altitude sickness itinerary was adjusted to give her more time to recover. We had a fantastic guide - Norbu. His background was as interesting as Lhasa. While all of the guides we have had so far have had good English command, some are harder to understand than others making it hard work at times. Norbu’s English is embarrassingly good (as I have no capability in any other languages and am dependent on others learning English). He was very kind to my daughter while she was struggling. I highly recommend you ask for him as he will add to the enjoyment of your tripmore
Jul 2019, 913WorldTraveler
LHASA - TIBET WITH KELSANG FROM CHINA HIGHLIGHTS
KELSANG was our Guide Tour in LHASA - TIBET. His English was great and he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Since he picked us up from the airport till we left LHASA, KELSANG had always a smile, showed us his heart and soul and accommodate all our needs. We had a great time with KELSANG! All places mentioned above are unique and very special! Our experience in Tibet was stunning and we will not forget it for the rest of our lives! We will highly recommend KELSANG as your local guide tour in TIBET and ask for ALISA when contacting China Highlights as she will organize your tours as no one else will! Believe me!more
Jun 2019, Fabian D
china highlights is well organized(Tibet and Beijing)
I could say so many wonderful things about China Highlights; they have great qualified, knowledgeable guides and drivers, they understand the flight in and out and work around it beautifully, the prices are good, and the correspondence is top notch. Bit tops I would say, is they are efficient and organized. It can be a little worrisome planning a trip to the other side of the world. My agent through the whole process was Coco and she couldn't have done better. She answered every question, before and during the trip.more
May 2019, Tim S
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Your private guide and driver will pick you up at Lhasa's airport or train station and accompany you to your hotel.
Step up to the Potala Palace. Prepare to enjoy the resplendent chambers, exquisite wall paintings, and the stories about the kings of the Tubo Kingdom and Dalai Lamas.
View the palace from four selected angles, which will allow you to fully enjoy the beauties of the palace.
Have an easy walking tour in the afternoon. Visit Jokhang Temple and explore Barkhor Street. Discover the history and the lifestyle of Lhasa in a local market, in a famous traditional Tibetan courtyard, and in a cup of sweet tea inside Ani Tsangkhung Nunnery.
Leave for Shigatse via Gyantse. First, you will stop at Lake Yamdrok. The charming blue of the lake water is uniquely owned by Tibet's plateau lakes.
Along the way, you will view the fabulous scenery of the Karola Glacier, one of the top three continental glaciers (ice fields) in Tibet.
When you stop at Gyantse, visit the town's top attraction: Palcho Monastery. The huge white pagoda is very impressive. You'll also visit a local Tibetan house and help the locals with their farming work.
Visit Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse. There you will listen to stories about the Panchen Lamas and get to know the relationship between panchen and dalai.
Then take the drive to the old town of Tingri. The stunning views along the way may keep you on the edge of your seat. Have a good night's sleep to be ready for the trekking beginning on day 5.
Star your trek with a hike on the Tingri Plain and Ra-chu Valley. The sheep and yaks might be wandering on the huge meadow. The rolling mountains are in the distance. The vast plateau gives a feeling of freedom.
Camp on a meadow near a village at night.
The second day's trek is harder: you will climb up to Nam-La Pass. The views of the valley and the snow-capped mountains are breathtaking.
Camp in the valley below the pass at night.
On the third day, you will hike from Nam-La to a small village called Zommug. Most of the local people make their living by raising yaks. Say hello to the friendly Tibetan nomads on the way, or even help them herding the sheep or yaks. They will be happy to answer any questions if you are curious about their life.
Camp near Zommug at night.
After the last 9 miles of the trek, you will get to Rongbuk Monastery, the closest habitation to Everest Base Camp. It is the highest monastery in the world. You'll see Mt. Everest right there in front of you (weather permitting).
See the hard life of the monks and nuns there. You will have a chance to talk with a monk. He will be happy to answer your questions about his life and study. Present a hada (Tibetan silk scarf) to him to express your respects.
After visiting the monastery, you will catch a memorable view of the world's roof at sunset.
Stay overnight at the guesthouse at Rongbuk Monastery.
Drive back to Shigatse after enjoying a beautiful sunrise.
You will visit the most mysterious monastery on the way. It is also the main monastery of Tibetan Buddhism's Sakya sect. The courtyard with the beautiful murals, the woman ghost statue tied by chain, and the mysterious sutra wall are the highlights you should not miss.
Drive along the Yarlung Zangbo Canyon to Lhasa. Enjoy the marvelous scenery on the way. See plateau lakes, rivers, snowy mountains, and traditional Tibetan villages. Stop at a small village that is famous for Tibetan incense making, and experience producing hand-made Tibetan incense.
Your guide and driver will take you to Lhasa's airport or train station on time for your departure.
—the Icing on the Cake
Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.
- Tibet Travel Permits
- Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
- All the equipment and provisions for camping and transport them during trekking
- English speaking local guide
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
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