Day 01 Arrive in Lhasa. Altitude: 3,658m
Get transferred to Lhasa city and acclimatize. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 02 Lhasa sightseeing.
Visit Potala Palace , Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 03 Lhasa sightseeing.
Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 04 Lhasa-Yamdroktso-Gyantse-Shigatse Altitude: 3,658m - 4,441m - 3,900m
Est. Distance: 350km, about 6.5 hours'driving
Road Conditions: mostly tar road, winding mountain road to Yamdroktso
In the morning, drive up the mountain road to visit the holy lake Yamdroktso. In the afternoon, go to the small Tibetan town Gyantse and visit the famous Kumbum there. Proceed to Shigatse city. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 05 Shigtase-Tingri. Overnight in Tingri Altitude: 3,800m - 4,300m
Est. Distance: 250km, about 6 hours'driving
Road Conditions: bumpy mountain road entering Tingri
In the morning, visit Tashilunpo Monastery – Panchen Lama’s seat. In the afternoon, drive to Tingri. Overnight in Tingri.
Day 06: 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 07: Trek to Lamna La [5150 m]
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 08: 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 09: 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 10: 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.
Day 11: 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 12: 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 meter. 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.
Day 13: Rest Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure