Kathmandu-EBC Lhasa Tour

Unveiling the Majesty of the Himalayas: An Epic Journey on the Kathmandu-Everest Base Camp (EBC) Lhasa Tour

Overview

The Kathmandu-Everest Base Camp (EBC) Lhasa Tour is an unparalleled adventure, a tapestry woven with the vibrant culture of Kathmandu, the breathtaking grandeur of the Everest Base Camp trek, and the historical significance of Lhasa, Tibet. This once-in-a-lifetime journey promises a captivating blend of cultural immersion, unparalleled Himalayan exploration, and a historical odyssey, leaving you with memories that will forever be etched in your soul.

A Sensory Feast in Kathmandu: Unveiling a Cultural Tapestry

Your adventure begins in the vibrant capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Immerse yourself in the pulsating heart of Thamel, a labyrinth of narrow streets teeming with life. Lose yourself amidst the cacophony of sounds – the rhythmic hammering of artisans crafting traditional handicrafts, the melodic chants emanating from hidden temples, and the cheerful bartering of shopkeepers. Explore a kaleidoscope of shops selling everything from intricately carved wooden statues and colorful prayer flags to high-quality trekking gear and unique souvenirs.

Step back in time and explore iconic landmarks that showcase the rich cultural heritage of Nepal. Ascend the steps leading to the sacred Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), a captivating stupa perched atop a hill, offering panoramic views of the city. Witness the captivating daily rituals performed by devotees, a testament to the enduring faith of the Nepali people. Wander around the majestic Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world, and observe pilgrims circumambulating the monument, their prayer wheels spinning with each step. As the golden sunlight bathes the stupa in a warm glow, experience a sense of serenity amidst the bustling city. Indulge in your taste buds with delicious Nepali cuisine, a symphony of spices and flavors that will tantalize your senses. Savor succulent momos (dumplings), fragrant curries, and the comforting warmth of a cup of Nepali tea, a perfect way to unwind after a day of exploration.

A Journey to the Foot of the World's Highest Peak: Conquering the Everest Base Camp Trek

The true essence of the tour unfolds as you embark on the awe-inspiring Everest Base Camp trek. Traverse well-defined trails that wind their way through picturesque villages adorned with traditional houses and terraced fields clinging to the mountain slopes. Witness the harmonious relationship between the local communities and their environment. As you ascend, the landscape transforms into a verdant haven – verdant forests teeming with rhododendrons, their vibrant blooms adding a splash of color to the mountain scenery, especially during spring. Keep an eye out for playful monkeys swinging through the branches and the occasional sighting of elusive wildlife like musk deer and red pandas.

The trail leads you past majestic glaciers, their icy surfaces reflecting the clear blue sky, and towering peaks that pierce the heavens. Each step brings you closer to the heart of the Himalayas, offering breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless. Cross rickety suspension bridges over cascading rivers and witness the raw power of nature at its finest.

The culmination of your trek is reaching the Everest Base Camp (approximately 5,364 meters). Standing amidst the giants of the Himalayas, with the mighty Everest (8,848 meters) seemingly within reach, is an experience that will forever be etched in your memory. Feel the exhilaration of accomplishment as you gaze upon the Khumbu Icefall, a labyrinth of crevasses and glaciers, and witness climbers preparing for their expeditions to the summit. Soak in the breathtaking panoramas of surrounding peaks like Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, their snow-capped summits glistening in the sunlight. This awe-inspiring moment is a testament to the raw power and beauty of the Himalayas.

A Step Back in Time: Unveiling the Enigmatic Lhasa

After conquering the Everest Base Camp trek, your journey continues to Lhasa, the captivating capital city of Tibet. Stepping into Lhasa is like stepping back in time, an enigmatic city steeped in history and unique culture. Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere as you explore the imposing Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama. This UNESCO World Heritage Site stands as a testament to Tibet’s rich architectural heritage, its towering red and white facade dominating the Lhasa skyline. Wander through the maze-like alleys of Barkhor Bazaar, a vibrant marketplace teeming with pilgrims circumambulating the Jokhang Temple, one of Tibet’s most sacred sites. Witness monks in their traditional maroon robes engaged in daily rituals, their rhythmic chanting adding to the spiritual atmosphere.

Detail Itinerary

Depart from Kathmandu and journey along the Friendship Highway towards the border with Tibet. Enjoy scenic views of the Trishuli River Valley as you ascend in altitude.

Your destination for the night is Kerung or Kyirong, a small town nestled on the Nepal-Tibet border.

Cross the border into Tibet and continue your journey towards Old Tingri, a small town located at an altitude of 4300 meters.The drive offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including your first glimpse of Mount Everest in the distance.Enjoy the unique Tibetan atmosphere of Old Tingri and prepare for the next day's adventure.

Embark on a short drive to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, located at an altitude of 5200 meters.Rongbuk Monastery offers stunning views of Mount Everest, especially during sunrise and sunset. Settle in at your guesthouse near the monastery and prepare for your visit to Everest Base Camp.

Today is the highlight of the trip! Hike or take an optional yak ride to Everest Base Camp (5200 meters), the starting point for expeditions to climb Mount Everest.

Take in the awe-inspiring sight of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, towering over you at 8848 meters.Capture panoramic views of the surrounding Khumbu Valley and glaciers. After a memorable experience at Everest Base Camp, drive to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet.

Depart from Shigatse and journey towards Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet.
On the way, stop at Gyantse, a historic town famous for its impressive Kumbum Monastery and Pelkhori Monastery. Explore these magnificent monasteries and learn about Tibetan Buddhist culture.

Arrive in Lhasa, the heart of Tibetan Buddhism and home to the Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama. Spend the day exploring this sacred city, visiting the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, a sacred pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists, and Sera Monastery, one of the largest monasteries in Tibet. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Lhasa's Barkhor Bazaar, a bustling marketplace selling Tibetan handicrafts and souvenirs.

Dedicate another day to exploring Lhasa's rich cultural heritage. You can visit Drepung Monastery, another of the Great Three Gelugpa monasteries, and Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Tibetan cultural performance and immerse yourself in the region's unique music and dance.

Inclusions for EBC Trek Price

  • All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation in hotel for 3 nights in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the trek for 11 nights in the Everest Region.
  • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), with a cup of tea.
  • Experienced, first-aid trained, government licensed, English-speaking trekking guide.
  • Permits for Everest National Park and village community fee.
  • Porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 clients).
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu/Manthali and Lukla.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu
  • International flight fare
  • Any kind of hot drinks, soft drinks and hard drinks
  • Battery charging, shower
  • Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
  • Tips totrekking staff and driver
  • PersonalTrekking gear and equipment
  • Any expenses otherthan the Price Include section

Equipment List

General Gears

  • Four-season (zero degree) sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Puffy down jacket
  • Daypack (35-45 liters recommended) with rain cover

Upper_body Gears

  • Sun hat or cap
  • Scarf/Neck Gaiter
  • Headlight
  • Sunglasses

Gears

  • Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
  • Technical fabric short (2) and long sleeve (2) shirts
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Fleece jacket or pullover

Lower Body

  • Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
  • Hiking pants (2)
  • Comfortable pants for inside the teahouses
  • Hiking shorts

Hand Gears

  • Wool or technical fabric liner gloves
  • Hard-shell outer gloves (insulated for colder months)

Feet Gears

  • Wool or technical fabric warm socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks (optional such as silk)
  • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
  • Casual shoes
  • Gaiters (lightweight for dust or heavy for snow in colder months)

Undergarments Gears

        Note: The quantity of each article of clothing can be adjusted to suit the preferences of each
                 participant.

  •  Technical fabric/quick drying is best for underwear
  • Sports bras (women)
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes

First Aid Kits and Medications

       (Note: Our Company Guides carry medications and first aid kits during the trip. However,
                  personal kits and medications are highly recommended.)

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • ointment
  • Cough Syrup (recommend for Khumbu Cough)
  • Mosquito repellent cream (for Kathmandu and Phakding)

Other Essentials

  • Passport
  • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toiletry kits
  • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
  • Hydration bladder
  • Towel
  • Pillowcase
  • Toilet paper
  • High protein snacks (such as protein bars or nuts)
  • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying important documents and money
  • Airline tickets (Please leave a copy at our office in Kathmandu. This can be useful if there is a
    change in the date of the flight.)

Optional

        Once you are in Nepal, you have the option to purchase supplies and gear for hiking if you have
          spare time. Our guide will assist you in buying the equipment..

  • Power bank or extra batteries
  • Cameras and mobile phone
  • Cards/book
  • Binoculars
  • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
  • Trekking poles
  • Whistle
  • Thermos for hot water

FAQ

The duration can vary depending on the chosen itinerary and travel style. Most tours range from 7 to 14 days, with 8-10 days being the most common.

The difficulty level depends on the specific itinerary. While the tour involves some sightseeing and cultural exploration, the main challenge lies in the trek to EBC. The altitude can be demanding, with EBC sitting at around 5,364 meters (17,598 ft).

Being in good physical condition is crucial, especially for the EBC trek. Regular exercise that builds endurance and leg strength is recommended. While the trails themselves are not technical, the lack of oxygen at high altitudes can make even moderate hikes strenuous. Gradual acclimatization during the trek helps your body adjust.

The cost can vary depending on the tour operator, itinerary duration, accommodation type (budget hotels vs. luxury options), and group size (private vs. group tours). Generally, expect a price range of $1000 USD to $3000 USD per person.

In Kathmandu, you'll find a variety of hotels to choose from, ranging from budget guesthouses to luxury hotels. During the EBC trek, you'll typically stay in teahouses (lodges) offering basic but comfortable accommodation with shared bathrooms. In Lhasa, hotels cater to various budgets.

The best time to visit is during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) seasons. These months offer clear skies, pleasant temperatures, and minimal chance of rain or snow. Monsoon season (June-August) should be avoided due to potential landslides and flight cancellations.

Pack for a variety of climates, including warm clothes for higher altitudes, comfortable hiking boots, rain gear, sun protection, and a hat. Consider bringing a water bottle, basic toiletries, and medications for altitude sickness. A camera and comfortable clothing for sightseeing are also essential.

Pack layers for changing weather, a good pair of trekking boots, a quality sleeping bag, and essentials like a first aid kit, water purification tablets, and a refillable water bottle.

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