Lhasa Everest Base Camp Kailash Overland Tour

Explore the ancient Lhasa, breathtaking Everest base camp, 3 days trek around Mount Kailash and tour lake Mansarovar and Garuda valley

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15 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5610 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 10
  • Best Time: Apr. to Nov.
  • Trip type: Culture & Adventure
  • Accommodation: Hotel/Camp

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Moderate

Moderate trekking involves 4 to 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 3 to 10 days trekking trip.

Filled with spectacular scenery and stunning cultural visits, the Lhasa Everest Base Camp Kailash Tour truly is a once in a lifetime experience. We organize small group trips for this tour and you are free to join us in either Kathmandu or Lhasa. The tour starts with a comprehensive briefing overview of the trip in Kathmandu followed by a sensational trans-Himalayan flight to Lhasa, which passes over Mount Everest and many of the highest peaks in the world, if you begin the tour in Kathmandu. If you are to begin the tour in Lhasa, arriving from anywhere in mainland China or taking a new train from Beijing or Chengdu to Lhasa you will be briefed about the tour by our Tibetan Guide.

Mount Kailash, situated in the far west corner of Tiber, is the most sacred peak of Asia. This 6,700m beauty resembles a symmetrical cone shaped rock, permanently capped by pure crystalline ice. The mountain is recited in various mythological and literacy works, dominating the north Himalayan Bariers skyline. Mt. Kailash r Mt. Kailas as it can be colloquially known, is revered as the holiest pilgrimage site by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bön-Po. Tibetans regard this mountain as the manifestation of Mount Meru, “the navel of the earth” where the founder of Bon religion, TonpaShenrab, is believed to have descended from heaven, Hindus as the abode of Lord Shiva, Buddhists as the abode of Samvara and Jains as a sacred site where their prophet, Rishaba attained spiritual enlightenment. With its four sheer walls, distinctive snow-capped peak, and valleys interspersed with brightly-clad Tibetan pilgrims, Mount Kailash or Kang Rimpoche (‘precious snow-peak’, as known by the Tibetans) is an awe-inspiring sight. Four great rivers of Asia: the Karnali, the Indus, the Sutlej and the Brahmaputra (Tsangpo) originate from here. A three-day trek (Parikrama or Kora) around Mount Kailash over a 5,630 Drolma La (pass), clockwise for Buddhists and Hindus, and anti-clockwise followers of the ancient Bon religion, is said to erase the sins of a lifetime.

To complete the Kailash pilgrimage it is said that you should bath in the sacred Lake Manasarovar, stunningly set on the Tibetan plateau bordered by the majestic Gurla Mandata. On the journey to Mt. Kailash across the windswept Tibetan plateau, you will see cliff-top monasteries, wild-looking but hardy and hospitable Tibetans, yak caravans journeying over snowy passes, and the great peaks of the Himalaya with a foreground of grazing herds, yak skin tents and a glittering turquoise lake. Journeying through Norbulingka, Sera and Drepung monasteries, Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and Barkhor markets, you will immerse into a world of ancient Tibetan culture and traditions, living amongst the civilizations. On this expertly guided overland tour on 4WD land cruiser or bus, you get to explore colorful mosaics of Tibetan arts, crafts, history, culture, custom, traditions, lifestyle and cuisine. This is a unique experience which is sure to engrain a spiritual discovery within. You will witness a host of indigenous cultures on your tour to Lhasa Gyantse, Shigatse and other significant cities along the way. A further drive across the wide open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau brings you to Lake Mansarovar, before completing a kora around Mt Kailash. From there, you re-cross the vast arid plains before heading south to the Nepalese border and returning to Kathmandu.

Lhasa Everest Base Camp Kailash overland tour– itinerary

Day 01 - Arrive at Gongoar airport transfer to the selected hotel (3650 meters)
Day 02 - Sightseeing tour in Lhasa. Overnight at hotel
Day 03 - Sightseeing tour in Lhasa. Overnight at hotel
Day 04 - Museum tour in Lhasa. Overnight at hotel
Day 05 - Drive to Gyantse (3950m).Overnight at hotel
Day 06 - Sightseeing tour & drive to Shigatse (3900m). Overnight at hotel
Day 07 - Sightseeing tour & drive to Lhatse (4050m). Overnight at hotel
Day 08 – Drive to Everest Base Camp. Overnight at guest house
Day 09 – Explore Everest Base Camp and drive to Saga. Overnight at guest house
Day 10 - Drive to Mansarovar (4560m). Overnight at Guest House
Day 11 - Drive to Darchen (4750m). Overnight at Guest House
Day 12 - Trek to Dira-puk (4900m). Overnight at Guest House or tented camp
Day 13 - Trek across Droma La (5630m) to Zutul-Puk (4790m). Overnight at Guest House or tented camp
Day 14 - Trek to Darchen and drive to Saga (4750m). Overnight at Guest House
Day 15 - Drive to Kerung (3650m). Overnight at Guest House
Day 16- Drive to Kathmandu (1400m). Overnight at hotel.

Note:
Arrive Kathmandu 2 days prior to trip departures dates.
Contact us if you would like to reach Lhasa by train from Beijing.

Notice: Participants of the trip must keep in mind that this is an adventure journey that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau where many unexpected and unpleasant events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour conclusion should always coincide with the original plan.

Trip cost: The trip cost will vary depending on the number of person in your group, trip duration and standard of services required. Please contact us or send us a quick inquiry with your details to obtain a quote.

Service Includes

  • Good hotel in Lhasa & best available en route hotels on twin sharing with breakfast
  • Guided tour in Tibet as per the itinerary with all entry & travel permits
  • Transportation by 4WD Land Cruiser (Toyota 4500, the best available in Tibet) or bus with support truck 
  • Fully catered camping trek supported by Nepalese (Sherpa) crew & Tibetan guide with a support truck
  • Required yak & yak drivers during trek
  • Staff & equipment transportation
  • Tibet Permit
  • Airport transfers.
  • PAC bag (Portable Altitude Chamber) & firs aid medical kit.

Service Excludes

  • Your insurance.
  • Nepal visa
  • Any international flights
  • Any cost incurred in emergency evacuation due any reason.
  • Kathmandu hotels & tours
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, meals during hotel stay

Essential info on Trek

Accommodation
Twin sharing rooms (single rooms available for in additional cost) in a standard hotel in the heart of Katmandu can be organized while in Nepal. In Tibet, very simple guest houses with shared rooms and basic toilet facilities (in case of heavy rush and emergency we do use tented camp as well) will be your accommodation. Our staff will attend to all the camping responsibilities.

Food
All meals during the Kailash portion will be provided. Our staff will cook delicious vegetarian foods include soups, rice, noodles, bread, curry, dal (lentils), potatoes, pickle, porridge, tea, milk, coffee.

Transportation
A Luxury bus or van or Jeeps will be your transportation throughout the tour. There will be 4 clients per vehicle and 1 driver. During trek we provide yaks to carry your personal gear. Extra yak/horse and yak/horse man can be provided (for an additional cost).

Visa & Documentation
Clients must have a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining. We will take care of all the Tibet Travel permits and entry permit procedures, once we receive copy of your passport and advance deposit.

Insurance
We recommend that all clients obtain proper medical and travel insurance prior to the trip. Make sure travel insurance includes emergency and rescue coverage.


Altitude Sickness

Altitude is a major factor on all of our Tibet Kaliash tours. We often reach altitudes of over 5000m.This can have mild or severe affects on the body no matter what your level of health. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. The best way to prevent this is to stay extremely hydrated and conscious of how your body is functioning. We also have rest days to help the body acclimatize. Diamox is a prescription altitude medication (consult your doctor) that can help prevent symptoms. We also carry oxygen tanks and portable altitude chambers. Be sure each of you is traveling on your own risk. It's recommended to have a file with your medical history on this type of trip with recent medical report.


Physical Fitness 

Although most of the trip will be done in vehicles, it is important that clients be in relatively good health. The trek around Kailash requires some demanding hiking and altitude can take a physical challenge on the body. We suggest clients start an exercise routine prior to the trip that includes hiking or jogging for a least an hour 3-4 days a week. If you have any concerns about the physical demands of the trip feel free to contact us please .If you have any chronic health problems please consult your doctor.


Personal Gear

The following is a list of the personal gear required for the above tour. Some items might be available for rental in Lhasa. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about gear.

List of Gears:
1 large duffel bag or backpack 
1 small backpack or day pack
2 pair warm synthetic or cotton pants 
1 pair light hiking pants
2 pair long underwear tops and bottoms
1 fleece/wool jacket / pants
1 down jacket
1 Sleeping bag
1 set of light rain gear tops and bottoms
1 warm hat and 1 sun hat
6 pair warm socks
1 pair comfortable waterproof hiking boots
I pair comfortable shoes (for wearing around camp)
2 pair long sleeve cotton shirt
1 pair warm gloves or mittens
1 pair of sunglasses (100% UV protective)
Sunscreen / lip salve (at least SPF 25)
1 silk or polyester scarf (to protect neck from sun)
1 towel
Water bottle 2/lts
1 flashlight (w/ extra batteries)

Toilet items:
Towel, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brush, comb/brush, razor, shaving cream, women's items, toilet paper etc.

First Aid / Medical Kits
We provide basic 1st aid items but we highly recommend that please bring a well-stocked personal medical kit. Suggested items are below. Consult your doctor for all prescription medicine.
1. Band-aids, bandages, medical tape, Neosporin, and other wound dressings
2. Blister dressings, moleskin, spenco, 2nd skin
3. Cold and flu tablets / nasal decongestant
4. Antihistamine (for allergies)
5. Aspirin or ibuprofen 
6. Imodium or lomotil (anti-diarrhea)
7. Hydration powder
8. Throat lozenges / cough medicine
9. Small pair scissors / tweezers / thermometer
10. Antibiotics (consult doctor)
11. Full supply of all current prescription medications.

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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