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Lhasa & Everest

THE FACTS

  • Days: 8
  • Price: $2,980 ¹
  • Single Supplement: $480 ²
  • Key Destinations: Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake, Shigatse, Everest Base Camp
  • Starts & Ends: Chengdu (incl. return airfare to Lhasa)
  • Ground Transport: Private Vehicle
  • Driving Distance: 1300km (return)
  • ¹ per person, based on group of four
  • ² surcharge for solo travellers who prefer a private room

Everest is a household name in every region of the world and an icon to the belief that all things are possible. As one of earth’s ultimate destinations, the highest frontier of human ability remains an awe-inspiring natural wonder that most appreciate only through Discovery Channel documentaries. Experience for yourself the imposing beauty of Everest while also discovering the ancient and mysterious land of Tibet.

Extravagant Yak has created the perfect tour for those who consider a sense of adventure and a dose of curiosity essential travel ingredients. There is no strenuous hiking. In eight days we will take you by air from Chengdu to Lhasa, and then by car to Everest Base Camp for a sunrise on one of the most epic landscapes on Earth. You’ll return as a member of an exclusive group of travelers who have beheld the highest point on planet Earth.

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Everest – Route & Itinerary

Tibet Lhasa Everest map

This private 8 day tour captures the best of Lhasa, followed by an overland trip to the base of Everest’s north face.

 

  • DAY 1 Chengdu to Lhasa (flight). Your tour commences with pick up in the morning at your hotel for a shuttle to Chengdu Shuangliu airport. Today you are flying to the roof of the world (3700m). It is hard to find such a short flight anywhere else on the planet where the geography, climate, elevation, and culture change so dramatically. After some refreshments at your hotel, it is off to the heart of this ancient city for a walk through the lively Barkhor Bazaar that surrounds the venerated Jokhang Temple . It is an exotic experience to mix with nomads and religious pilgrims who have converged from all over Tibet.

    Accommodation: Cang Gyan Hotel, Lhasa
  • DAY 2 Lhasa. This morning will take you on a leisurely stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Norbulingka , meaning "Treasure Park." The central feature of this 89 acre park and gardens is Norbulingka Palace - the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas. After lunch, it is a short drive to the foothills north of town where Sera Monastery sits. This includes the fascinating experience of seeing monks engage in their daily practice of religious debate. A full day already, an afternoon rest will precede a later dinner.

    Accommodation: Cang Gyan Hotel, Lhasa
  • DAY 3 Lhasa. Following breakfast, this morning's cultural highlight is a tour of the 17th century Potala Palace , the former chief residence of the Dalai Lama. With walls as thick as 5 meters and containing over 1000 rooms, 10,000 shrines, and 200,000 statues, any length of time in this historic engineering wonder is considered an abbreviated tour. A well deserved rest after lunch will be appreciated before a visit to one of Lhasa's Tibetan rug factories for an introduction to their trade and an opportunity to pick up a unique souvenir.

    Accommodation: Cang Gyan Hotel, Lhasa
  • DAY 4 Lhasa to Shigatse. Today begins the overland trip by private vehicle to Mt. Everest National Park. The Friendship Highway will take you by the turquoise waters of mystical Yamdrok lake , akin to Canada's Lake Louise in Banff, but grander in scale. From there, you'll view Karola Glacier and then onto Gyantse - home of the largest stupa in Tibet - before reaching your destination for the day. Shigatse is home to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama, the highest ranking Tibetan Buddhist Lama in the People's Republic of China. Distance: 340km.

    Accommodation: Gesar Hotel, Shigatse
  • DAY 5 Shigatse to New Tingri. Today will be another breathtaking day on the Friendship Highway, winding through high-altitude valleys toward New Tingri. This is a small and basic town that has grown up around a Tibetan village, offering a short hike to some nice views of the area. This will be the most basic accommodation of the trip. The following day we will rise well before sunrise and journey to Basecamp to the catch the sun's morning greeting of the highest point on earth (weather permitting). Distance: 290km.

    Accommodation: Everest Hotel, New Tingri (Shegar)
  • DAY 6 Everest Base Camp. As dawn nears on the way to Everest Base Camp, you will encounter a few other 8,000+ meter sentinels along the way, including Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu. Upon approaching Everest Base Camp, the first stop will be at Rhongpu Monastery to enjoy the best views of Everest's north face. Your camera will be busy as Everest awakes to the changing shades of sunlight. Proceeding further up to the tent hotels affords an opportunity for a hot drink and some food before boarding a park bus for the final stretch to Everest Base Camp. After a relaxed morning in the shadow of Everest's north face, you'll journey back down to the tent hotels for lunch before returning to New Tingri for one more night. Return Distance: 160km.

    Accommodation: Everest Hotel, New Tingri (Shegar)
  • DAY 7 New Tingri to Shigatse. Having realized your dream of visiting Everest the previous day, today's return journey to Shigatse is one of immense satisfaction. The Friendship Highway provides one last sweeping view of the Tibetan Plateau before a comfortable night at the Gesar Hotel where you can review your photo spoils and enjoy a relaxing evening meal. Distance: 290km.

    Accommodation: Gesar Hotel, Shigatse
  • DAY 8 Lhasa to Chengdu (flight). The morning drive to Lhasa Gonggar Airport follows the great Yarlung Tsampo River and offers beautiful views of idyllic Tibetan farming villages along the way. A late afternoon flight awaits to take you from Lhasa back to the lowlands of the Sichuan basin.

    *Your tour concludes upon departure from Lhasa.

 


What’s Included:

  • all transport, including airport pick-up and transfers
  • Tibet Travel Permit (TTP)
  • private vehicle and driver, plus an excellent English speaking local guide
  • Chengdu to Lhasa return airfare (per the itinerary)
  • all meals
  • all accommodation based on double occupancy
  • all activities and entrance fees enroute (per the itinerary)

Not Included:

  • international airfare
  • medical, travel, and trip interruption insurance
  • passport and visa fees
  • activities not included on the trip itinerary
  • alcoholic beverages
  • souvenirs, laundry, items of a personal nature

 


If you would like to include other destinations or additional days on your Lhasa & Everest tour, we can arrange that too. Begin the conversation here.

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LHASA & EVEREST SCHEDULED 2018 TOURS

  • May 8 - 15, 2018
  • May 17 - 24, 2018
  • Sep. 30 - Oct 7, 2018
  • Oct. 7 - 14, 2018
  • Oct. 16 - 23, 2018
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THE FACTS

  • Days: 8
  • Price: $2,980 ¹
  • Single Supplement: $480 ²
  • Key Destinations: Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake, Shigatse, Everest Base Camp
  • Starts & Ends: Chengdu (incl. return airfare to Lhasa)
  • Ground Transport: Private Vehicle
  • Driving Distance: 1300km (return)
  • ¹ per person, based on group of four
  • ² surcharge for solo travellers who prefer a private room
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