“full of thrills and excitement throughout this trip, from traditional villages, green and arid hills, amazing barren landscapes and high mountains, traveling on world’s largest and highest plateau, visiting traditional Tibetan villages, cities, monasteries enrich with old culture, customs and tour of famous and magnificent Potala Palace and Tashilumpo monastery complex and visit of world’s highest Mt. Everest North base camp, are the main attraction and highlights of this exciting overland journey around Tibet”
Trexmount Ventures welcomes you to join in our remarkable and fascinating Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour, where you can experience a journey of a life time, with views of Mt. Chomolungma (Everest), and several other well-known peaks Mt. Cho Oyu to Shispangma area on the world’s highest and largest plateau of Tibet.
Overland Journey around Tibet, with scenic flight to Lhasa and journey back to Nepal, offers breathe taking views of worlds high mountains of Everest (8,848m / 29, 029ft) Lhotse (8,516 m-27,940 ft), Nuptse (7,855m-25,771 ft) Lho – La (6,036 m – 19,803ft) Cho-Oyu (8,201 m / 26,906 ft) 14th highest Mt. Shispangma (8,013 m / 26,289 ft) and as far world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) and many other adjoining smaller unnamed peaks.
Overland Journey around Tibet with Trexmount Ventures, starts with an interesting flight over high Himalayan mountains above Tibetan plateau with views of world’s highest Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu and Mt. Makalu on this one hour flight to Lhasa, on reaching Lhasa airport which is called Gongar International Airport, received by our Tibetan counter agent guide and driver, an hour drive to Lhasa
at 3,660 meters high with views of Potala palace as the drive enters the city area.
Lhasa at present a mixture of old and modern city, our hotels are located in the old part of Lhasa around Barkor market square, the hub of Lhasa where you can observe the old culture, Buddhist pilgrims, and religious way of life with impressive customs of Tibetans from various parts of Tibet.
In Lhasa with two nights’ ample time visiting famous its old interesting places monasteries, monuments and market place including the Potala Palace which stand high majestically on top of red hill, overlooking the beautiful Kyuichi valley where Lhasa city located.
After visiting old Drefung monastery the largest in Lhasa, Sera monastery to observe young monks in debate which is interesting to watch, ancient Jorkang Temple in the middle of Barkor square which is earliest temple built by the king Songsen Gompa in early 6th century, time permitting visit summer palace of Dalai Lama at Norbu Linka with nice immaculate garden.
In Lhasa enjoying the tour with Tibetans food and lifestyle, drive leads towards south on Lhasa / Kathmandu highway leading towards high pass of Khamba-la with picturesque views of Tibetan plateau with snow capped peaks, then heading downhill towards beautiful turquoise Yamdrok Tsho (Lake) and then over Karo-la pass at 5,010 meters high pass with awesome views of Nzongkhangsa peak which is over 7,000 meters high, where the ice fall and glacier flows just next to the roadside, the drive leads past small farm villages and nomads area with Yaks and sheep grazing over yonder of green pasture fields, as the drive reach at Gyantse city a busy bustling place, here tour of famous terracotta stupa and the huge fort (Dzong).
Next morning drive leads to Tibet’s 2nd largest city after Lhasa, here tour of magnificent Tashilumpo monastery seat of his holiness Panchen Lamas and visiting the local market observing the simple and impressive daily life of Tibetans.
After overnight in this nice city, heading further south to our next destination at Everest North Face base camp, first the drive leads over the highest pass of this trip at Gyatso-la at 5,220 meters high and then towards Rongbuk through another scenic Pang-la pass at 5,200 meters high, with spectacular views of snow capped mountain range from far east Mt. Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu towards Shisapangma with other array of peaks.
After a fabulous moment heading towards Rongbuk River and the on the winding uphill reaching at Rongbuk Monastery for overnight stop with close and classic view of Mt. Everest (Chomolungma in Tibetan), here visit the small monastery, actually a nunnery in early days and then s a short drive to Everest base camp with overwhelming feeling at 5,200 meters high in the shadow of world’s highest Mt. Everest.
From here heading towards Nepal back on the Friendship Highway, after Old Tingri and then driving towards last high pass of this journey over Laylung-la at 5,050 m with grand views of Mt. Shisa Pangma and range of high peaks that borders Nepal / Tibet barrier, heading downhill to Nylam and end of Tibetan high plateau and barren landscapes, after Nylam into a gorge with green tree lines of rhododendron, pines, oaks and firs, slowly the drive end at frontier town of Zhangmu in Tibet / China side.
After Zhangmu heading downhill to warmer green areas over Nepal side and then driving back to Kathmandu after an awesome Overland Journey around Tibet.
After the flight and getting refreshed in respective hotels, a rendezvous in Kathmandu with other members for trip orientation, where our guide / leader will inform and brief regarding the journey to Tibet, hotels, do and don’ts with evening group dinner.
Morning after breakfast as time set for the sightseeing tour, our city guide will lead you for few hours in our fascinating heritage and cultural tour around places of interest, tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, old historical Palaces, courtyard; and then back to hotel after the wonderful tour, afternoon free for individual activities and preparation for journey to Tibet.
Morning after breakfast depart from the hotel to Kathmandu International airport for the flight to Lhasa city, a scenic flight with panoramic views of high Himalayas including the soaring Mt. Everest. On reaching at Gongar airport near Lhasa our Tibetan guide and driver, from our counterpart agent in Tibet receives you for a short drive of an hour to reach the main Lhasa city.
Lhasa city a mixture of old and new, our hotels situated in the old parts of east Lhasa around Barkor market square, which is the hub of Lhasa, where one can observe the Tibetans from all part of Tibet with their colorful costumes and deep root in Tibetan Buddhism.
Here in Lhasa with two days of interesting tour, the visit around monastery Drefung monastery, which is one of the largest and oldest monastic complex, in olden days over 7,000 monks, priest used to reside, at present about 200 -300 monks, Dalai Lama used to reside here, before Potala Palace was built.
Drefung means heap of rice, as this building washed with white lime paints perched on a hill top above Lhasa or Kyuchi valley.
Afternoon visit Sera Monastery, one of the most important and old monastery of Tibet as well a school for Tibetan Buddhism, interesting to watch young monks in heavy debate, from here visit Jorkhang Temple is another interesting place as it boasts a lot of historic importance and tales of old days. Conclude the day tour visiting Barkor market square.
Next morning tour of magnificent Potala Palace, originally built during 640 A.D, the 13 storied palace stands at 117.19m high with 1000 rooms, visitors are allowed only 10 -12 main and important rooms and shrines.
Afternoon visit Norbu Linka a summer palace of most resent Dalai Lamas, which is quite modern with immaculate garden, after an enjoyable time afternoon free at leisure for last minute shopping souvenirs.
Morning departure for Gyantse, drive leads towards west and then south of Lhasa crossing the Bhramaputra River (Yalung Tsangpo) which flows from
Mt. Kailash remote south west of Tibet, and then heading over Khamba-la pass at 4,795 meters high with awesome panorama of Tibetan plateau with snow capped peaks and turquoise Yamdrok Tsho (lake), heading downhill towards the turquoise lake to reach another pass after Nakartse town, drive leads on the vast Tibetan plateau crossing over Karo- La Pass 5,010m, with stunning views of Nzongkhansa peak which is over 7,000 meters and icefall, glacier can be seen just next to the road side, around here settlement of Drokpa (nomads) with Yaks grazing around the grassy meadow, as the ride continues reaching at Gynatse city, check into a nice hotels, afternoon tour of Khumbum terracotta stupa and its huge Dzong (Fort).
Today one of the shortest drive of this trip with just about 3 hours drive to Tibet’s 2nd biggest city of Shigatse, drive leads south west through farm villages and small towns and with first views of famous and beautiful Tashilumpo monastic complex and its golden roof top.
Upon reaching in the midst of Shigatse city check into a nice hotels where our guide will take you for a tour of Shigatse, honored by famous Tashilumpo Monastery; the seat of Panchen Lama.
The most interesting places are Tashilumpo monastic complex and the ruined fortress which dominates the city’s skyline. A high wall surrounds the red and gold buildings which make up the Tashilumpo Monastery. The route around the wall circumambulates the monastery which also includes small shrines, significant rock inscriptions and many prayer wheels. A visit to the market concludes our stay at Shigatse.
After a wonderful time in Shigatse, leaving the city behind, towards vast windswept terrain of typical landscapes heading south on the Lhasa / Kathmandu Friendship highway reaching at Larze town, located on route to Mt. Kailash also, after a small break here continue drive leading towards the highest pass of this journey at Gyatsho -la pass 5,220 meters high, and then to Shegar town, after a short rest here, continue drive on leaving the main road, reaching another high Pang-la pass 5,200 meters with spectacular views of snow capped mountain range from far east Mt. Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu towards Shisapangma with other array of peaks.
After a fabulous moment heading towards Rongbuk River and the on the winding uphill reaching at Rongbuk Monastery for overnight stop with close and classic view of Mt. Everest (Chomolungma in Tibetan), here visit the small monastery, actually a nunnery in early days.
In Rongbuk there are few lodge, guesthouse, stores and classy modern Chinese government hotel, which do not blend with the surrounding landscapes looking odd on this wild beautiful setting.
Afternoon visit base camp which is just 40 minutes drive from the monastery, ride leads over moraine dunes and icy rivers, at base camp marvel the closest North Face views of Mt. Everest and then return back to Rongbuk for overnight.
Goodbye to this wonderful spot and great Chomolungma / Everest, from here driving either on the same route towards Pang-la or taking a short rough road via Lungja village on route Cho Oyu peak, either way brings at Old Tingri with the last view of Mt. Everest and then on the Lhasa / Kathmandu highway all the way reaching frontier town in Zhangmu, after going through the last pass of this trip over Laylung la at 5,050 meters, with super panorama of mountains towards south, looking at Numbur, Gaurishanker, Melung tse, massive bulk of Mt. Shisapangma (last 14th world highest mountain) Dorji Lakpa with Langtang range all these peaks bordering with Nepal / Tibet.
Drive descends after leaving the vast Tibetan plateau and then towards tree lines of rhododendron, oaks and pines forest following the Bhote Kosi all the way to Zhangmu town, Nepali calls it Khasa and in Tibetan Dramu, this town busy with Chinese and Nepali merchants and traders with full of shops and restaurants, including bars, night club and discotheque.
After a great time in Tibet, morning after going through immigration and heading towards Friendship and farewell to our Tibetan guide and drivers, at Kodari in Nepal check into immigration and then a scenic drive all the way back to hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu.
Today your last day in Nepal with great memories of Tibet and Nepal after an amazing experience, transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for final departure towards homeward bound or to next port of call.
Overland Tibet 2010 Trexmount Ventures has organized our 10 days Tibet tour to Everest Base Camp from Tibet side, Driving though. We were a team of 19 Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity built two houses in Itahari, a region in South east Nepal. After being Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity, we split into two teams for our rest and recreation which was organized by Hari of Trexmount Ventures. One team headed for Pokhara and trekked to Annapurna Base Camp, with their porters and guide. This was a first time trek for all these ladies and they had a wonderful time with awesome views of mountains and villages. The other team took a flight out of Kathmandu for Lhasa in Tibet. They hired three 4×4’s and drove back to Nepal over 9 days. They visited the Potala, the home to the Dalai Lama before he fled to India in the late 50’s and drove to Everest Base Camp. Unlike EBC on the Nepalese side, it is possible to drive to EBC on the Tibetan side. Cheating?? All this was arranged by Hari and his team. We all met back in Kathmandu after our adventures to exchange our stories. Many thanks to Hari Sitaula at Trexmount Ventures who went beyond the expectation in our holiday trip. From the HFH (Habitat for Humanity) Global Village team, 2010, from New Zealand.