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Moderate to fairly challenging trek
A unique trekking experience on the high altitudes of Tibet….
This is a trek you navigate in the ancient parts of Tibet as old as the sun as you hike century’s old nomadic terrain, fortified villages, lush alpine valleys, roving settlements, barley fields and a sequence of glaciated mountain passes. The Southern part of Tibet reveals its craggy beauty in all its glory as you proceed from Tingri to the Everest base Camp at 5200 meters…this is adventure in high wilderness country of Tibet. But before you make a beeline into the Tibetan highlands, you will be professionally guided to the superb historical sights around Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse.
A seemingly unlimited series of comfortable ridge-top paths and alpine meadows takes us to Lamna La pass at 5,150 meters overlooking marvelous landscapes. Yon can explore once in a blue moon-visited areas amid glacier-carved geographic zones; and as you near Rongbuk at 5000 meters, the trek gets more adventurousentou with typical highland thrills.
And as we wait in deep anticipation of Everest Base Camp nestled just a few miles away at Rongbuk, it’s enough to arouse the spirit of adventure within us and drive the emotions wild. You are sure to get stunned by the almost unimaginable sculpted Rongbuk glaciers, as you head up to the Everest Base Camp. We experience landscapes of awesome beauty that goes beyond what we wanted…TASHI DELEK NEPAL will guide you to the Tingri EBC LIKE NO ONE ELSE DOES…join us for the trip of a lifetime…
Day 1: Arrive Lasha (3660m)
We can arrange your arrival in Lhasa from anywhere. You can either join the trip from Kathmandu and fly to Lhasa or arrive Lhasa from Chengdu, Beijing, and Shanghai, Xian or any nearby hub. You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around an hour to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude.
Note:There is no arranged program for today. You are free to relax and get acclimatized by going for a stroll down the street.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Lasha
After breakfast, you will be briefed on the day’s program. An experienced guide will take you on a tour to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. Jokhang temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. After the day’s tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel.
Day 3: Sightseeing in Lasha
After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see the best of Tibetan art. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues.
You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest.
Note: Since only a limited number of visitors are allowed inside the Potala Palace each day, the guide will decide upon the order of sightseeing places.
Day 4: Free day in Lhasa for acclimatization
This day is for you to spend it as you wish. Explore and soak in the sights and sounds of the old city, revisit a favorite monastery, go for souvenir hunting in the busy local market at Barkhor Square, or simply sit in a café and watch the pilgrims as they circumambulate the Jokhang .
There is also the option of an additional tour to places such as the Tibetan Medical Centre, Ganden Monastery and Tsurphu Monastery. But this additional tour will incur an extra cost.
Day 5: Drive to Gyantse (3950m) / 261 km
As we move by jeep along the Friendship Highway you cross the Khamba La (4794m). The drive offers you stunning views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7252m). You continue westwards, over another high pass, the Karo La (5045m), where you are treated to the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down, within a few hundred meters of the road. After passing through beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages you arrive in the town of Gyantse.
Day 6: Sightseeing & drive to Shigatse (3900m) / 90km
You will be taken for a guided tour to Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a 14th century fort, from where you get amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa. It has many small chapels which houses an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. We move on to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city, which is about 90 km away.
Day 7: Sightseeing & drive to Tingri (4390m) / 304 km.
After breakfast, you will be guided to explore the local market and the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls. After a detailed visit of Shigatse, you will drive to Tingri. This is a wonderful scenic journey.
Day 8: A day for Rest at Tingri (4390m)
Today is a rest day at Tingri, to ensure proper acclimatization before you head into total wilderness of tough Tibetan highlands. Your camping crew will set up a camp little off the friendship highway. You get excellent views of surrounding mountains from a small hillock near your campsite
Day 9: Trek to Lung Thang (4510m)
The trail heads away from Tingri plain towards Cho Oyu. As you near the village of Chholung, a small Gompa is visible. Further on, barren plains open up. Amazingly, even in these barren fields local villagers yield good harvest of barley. Mostly, you will find herders in this territory. You can select a superb campsite at Lung Thang to spend the night.
Day 10: Trek to Langma La (5150m)
As you ascend to Lamna La pass at 5150m, you may find the trail quite strenuous. But as soon as your eyes bask in the splendor of majestic vistas of surrounding mountain peaks, you will realize that this trek has indeed been very self-rewarding and worthwhile. Camping atop this pass dwarfs other materialistic pleasures.
Day 11: Trek to Zommug
Further away from Langma la pass, you have to take steep descent through verdant vegetation. En route, you encounter yak herders. The trail continues towards the whitewashed walls and barren fields of Zommug village. Amazing vistas of Mount Everest and Gyachung Kang visually rejuvenates you as you enter Zommug. Since lands being infertile are unable to yield agricultural crops, local villages are largely dependent on animal husbandry for livelihood. At a superb location, you will camp for the night.
Day 12: Trek to Rongbuk (5000m)
As the morning seeps in, you march towards Rongbuk. Within few hours along Rongbuk Glacier, North Face of Everest becomes visible flaunting its unparalleled beauty. Rongbuk Monastery lies ahead 15 kilometers below Everest Base Camp at an elevation of 4980 m, at the foot of the Rongbuk Glacier. In a way, Rongbuk is regarded as a gateway to Mount Everest. From this outstanding location you get breathtaking views of the magnificent Mount Everest.
Day 13: Trek to Everest Base camp (5150m)
It is a 9 km walk along dirt road to the base of Mt. Everest. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensates for this. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you. What more can you expect from a holiday of this kind?
Day 14: Drive Base Camp to Nyalam (215 km)
You take a 215 km drive from Base Camp to Nyalam along Friendship Highway traversing past Pang La pass. On the way you can halt at Tingri for lunch. Further away amidst the stunning views of Everest, Cho Oyu and other mountain peaks, you accelerate past Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shung La pass at 5200m. The trail further commands far-reaching views of enchanting Shishapangma, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar enchant as you leave behind arid Tibetan Plateau. The route then progresses towards pristine and fortified town of Nyalam where you can find a suitable accommodation at a hotel.
Day 15: Drive from Nyalam (3750m) to Kathmandu
Heading away from Nyalam, you drive for one hour to the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meters. Few kilometers drive follows Friendship Bridge along Bhote Koshi River to Immigration Control in Kodari. Here you depart with your Tibetan guide and after completing re-entry formalities, you return to Kathmandu. After 5 hours of driving for 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu and warm soft bed at your hotel.
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