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Holiday Overview


  • This tour offer you amazing views of the Himalaya and the picturesque Tibetan countryside
  • Warmly welcomed by a pure white katak scarf
  • Gain a complete impression of Tibet's religion, cultural treasures, and dreamlike landscape
  • Visit to Everest Base Camp
This 8-day overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu follows the Sino-Nepal highway, which offer you amazing views of the Himalaya and the picturesque Tibetan countryside. The visit to the old cities: Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, will give you a complete impression of Tibet's religion, cultural treasures, and dreamlike landscape.
The highlighted trip to Everest Base Camp en route will be a life-time memory to overcome yourself and get higher to the top of the world.

Brief Itinerary

  • Arrive in Lhasa(altitude 3,670m) (by air)
  • Lhasa(3,670m) (BL)
  • Lhasa(3,670m) (BL)
  • Lhasa / Gyangtse / Shigatse(3,836m) (BLD)
  • Shigatse / Tingri(4,200m) (BLD)
  • Mt. Everest Base Camp(5,150m) (BLD)
  • EBC / Gyirong Border (B)
  • Gyirong Border / Home (B)

Map & Itinerary

Holiday Itinerary

  • Arrive in Lhasa(altitude 3,670m) (by air)

    Upon arrival in Lhasa, you will be greeted by our guides and warmly welcomed with a pure white katak scarf (prayer scarf). As we drive the 100 kilometers into the city, we may stop occasionally for pictures of holy shrines or local village life. As we have just made a sudden ascent to 3,670 meters, the rest of the afternoon is free to rest and acclimatize. We suggest taking it easy, drinking lots of water, and avoiding heavy foods. If you are feeling up to it, you may find a stroll around the Barkhor in the old town an exciting introduction to the spiritual, and commercial, side of Lhasa. As our hotel is generally in the old town, we recommend you venture around Barkhor market, where you will feel you are at the very heart of Tibet. 

    • Accommodation 3 star hotel in Lhasa

    • Meals /

  • Lhasa(3,670m) (BL)

    Today we will ride to the Drepung and Sera monastery. About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains. Sera Monastery sits at the foot of the mountains. One of the three main Gelupka monasteries in Lhasa, Sera is an important spiritual center for Buddhist monks. We will visit Sera Monastery in the afternoon, if we are lucky enough, we could watch the Lamas in their traditional theological exercise of lively debating.

    • Accommodation 3 star hotel in Lhasa

    • Meals Breakfast and lunch

  • Lhasa(3,670m) (BL)

    Your guide will pick you up from your hotel. This morning we visit the Potala Palace, a landmark of Lhasa and the political symbol of Tibet. You will join many pilgrims on your way to the top of a hill where this 13-storey architectural wonder stands. The approach to the Potala is not easy, and requires climbing many steep steps, so we take it slowly and allow ourselves to leisurely enjoy the Palace and its surroundings. We enjoy strolling through its winding corridors and peaking in some of its thousand rooms, and can only imagine what life here was once like. In the afternoon, we visit the Jokhang (Da zhao) Temple, the spiritual center of Lhasa. As we make the inner circuit around the courtyard, spinning numerous prayer wheels as we go, we are swept up in the energy of the devout. From the rooftop, we get stunning views of the Potala, and the snow capped peaks off in the distance. Around the Temple runs the Barkhor, a holy circuit which pilgrims undertake and a bustling commercial market.

    • Accommodation 3 star hotel in Lhasa

    • Meals Breakfast and lunch

  • Lhasa / Gyangtse / Shigatse(3,836m) (BLD)

    Drive from Lhasa to Gyangtse (3,950 m or 12,956 feet) via Yamdrok Tso Lake (4408 m), one of Tibet’s three holy lakes and located 110km outside of Lhasa. It takes three and a half hour to Yamdrok Tso Lake, most of the time we are driving on the mountain road, winding and bumpy. Climbing over the snow pass of Kambala (5030m), the dazzling Yamdroktso just lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m).After down from the mountain, there is about 30km road along lakeside, with barley fields on the other side of the road. A nice walk by the lakeside can be a great joy.

    At arrival at Gyantse visit the Pelkor Chode monastery and its associated Kumbum (three dimension mandala) temple. Gyantse is a relaxed town offering a splendid sight of the Kumbum Stupa situated at its Northern edge. Housed within the compound of a rather barren looking Pelkor Chode Monastery, Kumbun consists of 8 levels and a total of 75 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. Drive another 95km (about one hour) to Shigatse. It would be a long day for about 10 hours.

    • Accommodation 3 star hotel in Shigatse

    • Distance Lhasa/Gyangtse/Shigatse 435km driving

    • Meals Breakfast、lunch and dinner

  • Shigatse / Tingri(4,200m) (BLD)

    This day can make you tired as you basically spend the whole day on the road driving (about seven hours on the way). On the way, you will cross over Gyatsola Pass at 5,220m. You will also visit Sakya Monastery and see Mt. Everest far away on the way. Located in Sakya County southwest of Shigatse, the Sakya Monastery is the principal monastery of the Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Tingri is the last stop before Everest Base Camp.

    • Accommodation Tingri Hotel

    • Distance Shigatse/Sakya Monastery 100km driving; Sakya Monastery/Tingri 200km driving;

    • Meals Breakfast、lunch and dinner

  • Mt. Everest Base Camp(5,150m) (BLD)

    Although it's just 100km from Tingri to Mt. Everest Base Camp, it takes about 5 hours since the cracked winding roads demand much caution. But the views are stupendous on a clear day, and feature a huge sweep of the Himalaya range including peaks over 8,000km, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. When you finally get to Everest Base Camp, the first sight of the mighty Everest simply leaves you speechless. All the hardship you bear along the way makes sense at the while. The best moments to watch Mt. Everest are early morning and late evening when Everest is shining like a goddess in the sunglow. This afternoon is left free for you to wondering around the Rongphu Monastery or hiking to the base camp of Mt. Everest. 

    • Accommodation hostel near Rongphu Monastery

    • Distance Tingri/ Mt. Everest Base Camp 100km/5hrs driving

    • Meals Breakfast、lunch and dinner

  • EBC / Gyirong Border (B)

    In the morning, you can appreciate the sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area. Later, we can visit the Everest Base Camp and take pictures of Mt. Everest at the closes distance in EBC.

    After that, we can drive from EBC to Kyirong border. On the way, tourists can enjoy breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we will arrive in Kyirong in late afternoon.

    • Accommodation guesthouse in Kyirong

    • Meals Breakfast

  • Gyirong Border / Home (B)

    Your Guide will assist you to exit China. And see you off at Gyirong border. End the services at the border.

    -End of the Tour-

    • Accommodation /

    • Meals Breakfast


The tour cost includes

●  Air-conditioned tour bus for land transfer service.

●  Meals daily as listed in the itinerary.

●  Service of English guide and experienced driver.

●  Scenic spots admission fee; Nature Reserve Protection fee and/ or camping permit fee (inside nature reserve) if required.

●  Accommodation: double-occupancy in 4 or 3 star hotel.

●  3 bottles of water for each person eachday.

The tour cost does not include

●  Meals in your free time or on the train/plane, Personal travel insurance, tips to tour guide and driver, international flights and related airport taxes, excess baggage charged by Airlines; The medicine for the sickness or accident while on the way, single supplement cost for those who wants to accommodate on a single basis, supplementary trips and services not mentioned, visa costs, any expenses on personal nature not listed above, the extra cost due to the unforeseen events.

Cancellation and Refund Policy for Tours Reservation

Cancellation in advance Cancellation penalty
More than 30 days No Cancellation Fee
30-10 days 50% of the full payment
9-0 days or no show 100% of the full payment

Holiday Information

Enough films and batteries, Sun-cream with the protection index of 40-60, sunglasses with a sun protection factor of 15, the lip creams and balms with SPF rating, towel, toothpaste, electric torch, Snack foods.

Cloth that you bring must be warm enough and can be removed easy enough according to the weather, including Jacket, hat, Cotton underwear, Socks, Long-sleeve Shirts, T-shirts and Pants (Shorts are not appropriate at any time while hiking), comfortable shoes, rain gear (long rain coat is better).

In addition to the normal medications for traveling, just like the Aspirin and medicine for diarrhea, siriasissunstroke and carsickness.

US$ is acceptable only in a very limited range, e.g. tips. However, for convenience, Chinese currency is the best choice. If you want to change US$ to Chinese currency in the tour, you can change it in the Hotel you stay or in the Bank of China. You could draw cash only from Bank of China in the big city, the ATM there doesn't always work properly and the bank is not easy to find. Please bring some cash at hand to use.

a) Eating is an important part of your China experience. Generally breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. China Highlights recommends local Chinese restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice Western food can be found in most large cities.

b) We have tried to arrange various food in different cities. But you may still think the food is simple and not as delicious as in the big cities especially while trekking in the mountains and villages. If you have any priority of the food (eg. If you are vegetarian or you are allergic to MSG, peanut oil, fish and peanut, etc) please inform us early, we will try to alternate the food accordingly. At the same time please prepare some of your favorite snacks and substitution food in case of need.

c) Meals in the home stays will be different from the cities but clean, which leave you a good chance to experience the ethnic minority culture. We will pack a breakfast for you of cold cereal, milk, toast, fruit, and jam for the home stay. d) It is very important to drink a lot of water and eat enough fruit in your tour especially while trekking in the mountains and villages. You are advised not to drink tap water.

Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).

In some remote areas, sometimes shower maybe not available in the home stay. A married couple is not allowed to share a room in the Miao's home-stay due to the local customs.

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected though not compulsory and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service.

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles.

It is a must before going, please provide us the confirmation of insurance company when sign up.

In some provinces with many minorities (like Guizhou, Guangxi, Tibet, Xinjiang and etc.), the customs and habits of local people are different from place to place. The local guide will inform you what should care. Respect the local customs and religions. The people are very kind and hospitable. You can feel free to talk with them. But there are some rulers you should go by!

a. Do not photo them without getting the permit, please show the respect to them!

b. Don't talk the sensitive topics like the political and the religion matters!

When you sign up for the trekking tour, you acknowledge that there are risks involved in trekking in high altitude and confirm that you are fully aware of and accept these risks. It is customer's responsibility to determine whether the tour he/she choose is suited to his/her physical condition. Customers are responsible for the cost of any medicines or medical care they may require during the trip for any reason. Please make sure you have adequate personal medical insurance to meet any medical emergency which might arise. In some cases, if you need medical care during the tour, you may be required to pay for it at the time it is rendered and seek reimbursement from your insurer after you return home. Please check with your medical insurer for details. In the event of a medical emergency, we will make every effort to assist you in obtaining necessary care. Also, please tell us in writing if you suffer from any allergies or other physical conditions which might affect you during the tour (if you hasn't tell us in writing before going, you are supposed to be healthy enough to take the tour). Finally, please check with your doctor to find out what inoculation may be recommended for the areas you will be visiting. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary inoculations. We reserve the right to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, or to decline to retain any person, if such person's physical condition, mental well-being or behavior interferes with the operation of the tour. There will be no refund in such cases.

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