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13-Day Nyingchi to Everest Base Camp and Namtso Tour

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Overview

Tour Type: Private Tour: Flexible Travel Date & Travel Routes
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & air-conditioned
  • Visit one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa – the Tashilunpo Monastery
  • Get an up-close look at Pomi, Ranwu Lake, and Laigu Glacier
  • Immerse yourself in a particularly beautiful place – the Lulang Forest
  • Explore Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse and trace the historic footprints of Tibetan Buddhism

Itinerary Day by Day

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Day1  Arrive in Chengdu/Chongqing
Upon your arrival at Chengdu or Chongqing, the driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
Travel Tip:
We recommend that you get plenty of sleep the night before traveling on to Tibet and stay fully hydrated in order to minimize the symptoms of high altitude sickness.

Accommodation:Overnight in Chengdu or Chongqing

Day2  Flight from Chengdu/Chongqing to Nyingtri - Drive to Pomi
Today we will take an early 7:30 a.m. flight from Chengdu, arriving in Nyingtri around 9:15 a.m. After we have arranged the proper credentials, we’ll proceed to the 2,600-year old Nyingtri Cypress Forest, pass through the Sela area and then move on to the aboriginal Lulang Forests. Beneath perennially snow-capped mountains, the Lulang Forest bursts with verdant new life in spring and blazes with vibrant red colors in autumn, providing incredible scenery no matter what season it is.

Accommodation:Stay overnight at Pomi

Day3  Pomi to Rawok Lake (163 kilometers, 2-hour drive on asphalt roads)
This morning we will journey on to Rawok Lake, located in southwestern Basu County. Rawok Lake is the main headstream of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, fed by the famous Laigu Glacier that extends down all the way to the side of the lake. This beautiful lake is bounded on both sides by grassy lands filled with unique plant life, which makes for fantastic photos with the colorful plants contrasting with the snow-covered mountains in the background. After our visit to the lake, we will drive on to Bomi to stay overnight.

Accommodation:Stay overnight at Pom

Day4  Bomi – Lulang Forest – Mt. Sekyimla – Great Cypress Nature Reserve
A scenic drive from Bayi Town to Bomi today will take us through the Lulang Forest, a high altitude (3700 meters) forest that features dense bushes along with spruce and pine trees on both sides of Castle Peak. The clouds in the distance hover over the snow-capped mountains with the endless green of the pine trees creating a beautiful pastoral landscape. From there we will drive on to Sekyim-la Pass (elevation 4720 meters) and enjoy the great Mt. Namjia Bawa (elevation 7700 meters) in the distance. To cap off this day, we will visit the Great Cypress Nature Reserve area, located 15 kilometers southeast of the Bayi Town. The most impressive tree in the reserve is an ancient king cypress, about 50 meters tall and estimated to be 2,500 years old.

Accommodation:Overnight at 3-star hotel at Bayi Town

Day5  Bayi Town to Darksum-tso - Lhasa (470 kilometers)
Today’s schedule will take us on a drive to Lhasa from Nyingchi. Along the way we will visit the “Switzerland of Tibet” - Darksum-tso, a beautiful lake, which lies in the valley in a massive crescent shape. 12 kilometers long and hundreds of meters wide, the lake spans a total area of 6000 mu. Abundant wildlife complements the natural beauty of the lake, with yellow duck, white crane and countless fish living in the picture-perfect lake area. Once we have had plenty of time to explore and take photos of the mountain as it is magically reflected in a mirror image on the lake, we’ll drive on to Lhasa to spend the night.

Accommodation:Overnight at 3-star hotel in Lhasa

Day6   Lhasa City Sightseeing - Potala Palace - Jokhang Temple - Barkhor Street
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the incredible Potala Palace – the highest palace in the world. As we climb to the entrance gate, you will have a spectacular view over all of Lhasa. After exploring the numerous interesting chapels and learning about the traditional culture and history of the palace and the city, we will move on to the spiritually significant Jokhang Temple, one of the most important temples in Tibetan Buddhism. To see the “real” Lhasa, we’ll stroll through Barkhor Street with its thriving local market where you can pick up some local Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian handicrafts and souvenirs.
Tips for Visiting Potala Palace
1. The number of visitors to the palace is strictly limited to 2,300 per day. Visitors can only visit during the time specified on the admission ticket.
2. Admission tickets to visit the Potala Palace are sold out almost every day, so it is strongly recommended to book your tickets several days in advance. 
3. There are many steps at the Potala Palace, so it’s best to take it slowly to avoid possible altitude discomfort.
4. Visitors should respect the rules while visiting. Do not wear hats, wear revealing clothes or step on thresholds as these actions violate local customs.
5. Photography and the taking of videos are forbidden inside the Potala Palace.
6. A security search will take place at the entrance to the palace. Explosives, flammables, knives, lighters and even water bottles are not allowed inside the Potala Palace.

Accommodation:Overnight at Lhasa 3-Star hotel

Day7  Lhasa City Sightseeing - Sera Monastery – Drepung Monastery
Today features visits to 2 of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism – the Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Drepung Monastery is located on the hillside west of Lhasa – at one time the world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks living there. A pleasant walk up the hill leads to the solemn ambience inside the monastery’s many halls and chapels. After Drepung, we will move on to the Sera Monastery. The main highlight of the Sera Monastery is watching the crowd of monks debating inside the shady courtyard behind the main temple. Every day except Sunday, hundreds of red-robed monks assemble in small groups and practice their debating skills – a very impressive sight to behold, as the monks are very animated in their debates about the various attributes of Buddhist scriptures.

Accommodation:Overnight at Lhasa 3-Star hotel

Day8  Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake – Karola Glacier – Gyantse (Kumbum Monastery) – Shigatse
This morning we’ll take a drive up to the Kampala Pass (elevation 4797 meters) where you’ll have a glimpse of Yamdrok Lake down below as well as spectacular views of the holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. You will want to have your camera at the ready for the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake, which is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet, and the beautiful Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier as seen from the Karola Pass. Later on we’ll be able to visit the Karola Glacier before continuing along the southern Friendship Highway to Gyantse, where you will be able to see the famous Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late in the afternoon we will continue on to Shigatse where we will spend the night.

Accommodation:Overnight at Shigatse 3-Star hotel

Day9  Shigatse – Tingri – Rongphu Monastery – Everest Base Camp
After breakfast we’ll set out towards the peak of the world – Mount Everest. Departing from Shigatse and traveling via Lhatse and Tingri, you will see some of the most beautiful and unique scenery in the world – incredibly blue skies, floating high clouds, endless grasslands and the highest mountain peaks in the world. We’ll also stop by the Rongbuk Monastery – the world’s highest altitude monastery before spending the night at the Everest Base Camp. 
Travel Tip:
Due to the high altitude, it is possible that you may have some symptoms of altitude sickness. We recommend that you stay well hydrated, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery to minimize your symptoms.

Accommodation:Overnight at Guest house or Tent

Day10   Everest Base Camp – Shigatse
Enjoy a breathtaking sunrise at the Everest Base Camp before we journey back through the spectacular scenery to spend the night again in Shigatse.

Accommodation:Overnight at Shigatse 3-Star hotel

mt everest

shigatse tashilunpo monastery

Day11  Shigatse - Tashilunpo Monastery – Namtso (550 kilometers, 8-hour drive time)
We will get an early start today to visit the Tashilunpo Monastery, which was founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama. After visiting this ancient monastery, one of the most important sites in Tibetan Buddhism, we will take the 80-kilometer drive back to Lhasa along the northern Friendship Highway. This route will take us through Daktuka across the bridge over the Bramaputra River and along the valley in the north to Namtso Lake. During today’s journey we will pass through many typical Tibetan villages with their traditional houses and peaceful environments. We will also cross the Shuege-la Pass (elevation 5300 meters), arriving at beautiful Namtso Lake in the afternoon with time to hike around the Tahi Do peninsula.

Accommodation:Overnight at Namtso Lake Tent guest house

Day12  Namtso – Lhasa (250 kilometers, 5-hour drive time)
We will arise early to view the magnificent sunrise over this holy sky lake before we begin the drive back to Lhasa. On our return journey we will pass the famous Yampanchen Hot Spring. If you are interested, we can make an optional stop here although the cost for visiting the hot spring is not included in the cost of the usual tour itinerary. You will have some free time this evening in Lhasa for your last night in Tibet.

Accommodation:Overnight at Lhasa 3-Star hotel

Day13  Transfer to Lhasa Airport – Departure from Lhasa
Your day will be free until we pick you up to take you on the 90-minute drive to the Lhasa airport for your departing flight.

Accommodation:

What's Included

All necessary Tibet Travel Permit. (Including Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Boarder Pass
Private professional English-Speaking local tour guide
Licensed Vehicle with experienced driver
Airport (or train)pick up and drop off
Accommodation listed in the itinerary
Breakfast provided by the hotel
Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
A container of Oxygen for emergency use
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Lodging and meal allowance to the guide & driver
Reservation fee for visiting Potala Palace
2 bottles of drinking water per person per day
Meals not specified in the itinerary (All lunches & dinners)
All Entrance tickets to the sightseeing places
Flight/Trian tickets in and out of Tibet
Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
Any losses incurred from the force majeure factor like government control, natural disaster etc.
Tips to the guide & driver ( Tips is not required but expected)
Single room supplement

Additional Info

Alterations of Itineraries

The travel date, service items, itinerary and number of visitors, visitors’ ID information, etc. can be modified free of charge 30 days or more before the trip. If the visitor needs to make a second modification, an additional service fee of 5% of the deposit will be charged. Every time the content of the travel contract is modified, the company reserves the right to re-quote.

Cancellation Policy

Once the deposit is paid, your trip is confirmed. If you need to change or cancel your itinerary, please contact your travel consultant by email, phone, instant messenger, etc. There will be a charge for Cancellation or modification. The policy is as follows:

1. Notice of trip cancellation due to personal reasons before the trip starts
Cancellation 30 days or more before the trip starts, 10% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 29-15 days before the trip starts, 20% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 14-7 days before the trip starts, 30% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 6-2 days before the trip starts, 50% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation within 48 hours prior to the trip starts, no refund of your deposit.

2. Trip cancellation due to irresistible factors before the trip starts

If you have to cancel the itinerary due to irresistible reasons such as traffic, weather, politics, etc., the deposit will be fully refunded by the company (for loss related to air ticket/train ticket, please take reference of the first item).

Reviews

 KanikaJ
Travel Date:August 19, 2019

- From arranging our Tibet Permit, organizing paperwork, answering all sorts of questions/doubts, our travel consultant SHIRLEY was amazing. A big thanks to her for making us highly trust the company.

- And a big shout out & thanks to our guide DAWA TSERING (guide) - DAWA GANTESN (driver) from TCT, for an amazing time & experience.

Both were welcoming, polite, helpful, knowledgeable, kind.

- Amazing trip..

 Ramachandran
Travel Date:Sep. 22nd 2018

We definitely recommend to book a Tibet trip through Tibet Odyssey! We had a great trip in June,exploring beautiful lakes and Mt. Everest base camp. Our guide was super patient.

 minikoko
Travel Date:May 26, 2019

Vielen Dank, Claire, für die tolle Organisation unserer 10-tägigen Reise durch Tibet. Bei den teilweise sehr kurzfristigen Änderungen unserer Reiseroute, warst Du immer sofort zur Stelle und hast uns zusätzliche Optionen, Hotels und Flüge vorgeschlagen und gebucht... in perfektem Deutsch! Das war klasse! Wenn wir nochmals nach Tibet kommen, buchen wir auf jeden Fall wieder über Dich! Danke für alles!

 Lliuhenr
Travel Date:November 15, 2019

I wanted to visit Tibet for a very long time. Since I live in abroad, this wish was like The Everest Mountain, unreachable. After we contacted Ms. Kate, (高小乐), everything became so easy. Kate was very knowlegeable about Tibet, and very patient with our questions. We have been with her for about a year to prepare for the trip. She has provided excellent services. Due to the considerable preparation, the trip went better that I expected. This was the most memorable trip I ever had thusfar. Thanks Kate!

 Travelprofi0
Travel Date:September 5, 2019

We are thankful so much again to our agency Asia Odyssey Travel and my dear Amy for the wonderful arrangement and make my trip to Mt Kailash trip possible, really apperiated! We did Kora around Mt.Kailash for 3 days in August as I had been looking forward this trip for quite a long time, even the second day of Kora are hardest to all of us because part of the roads are covered by snowing with long-distance walking and quite high altitude too, so we spent a lot of physical strength on this but it’s totally worth because the views along the way are very incredible, I think we may not have much chance or time to go there again.

Anyway, I really miss Tibet also my dear, hope we will come and see you one day again, many thanks again for all of your help!!!

 Dom B
Travel Date:June 23, 2019

We went to Tibet at June 2019,our tour was arrange by Amy from Chengdu, she is very kind and helpful, we have a lot of questions before the trip, she can answer them with full of patience.

First day, our driver and tour guide waited at airport and drive us to our lovely hotel (4 star himalaya hotel). the tour guide Mr Ba Sang from Tibet is very caring and helpful throughout the journey. Everything is well planned and taken care of. He brings us to nice local restaurants and have a good taste of local cuisine. In temple, we given detail explanation on the culture and explain to us the practice of the people. Experience at Everest Base camp is unforgettable, we able to see the remarkable view of everest mountain.

Tibet is a place you will want to visit again and again.

Driver Mr Xia is a good, responsible and steady driver. He drives us safely to all locations.

Hopefully next time we can join the Ling Zhi trip to see flowers in spring time.

Highly recommended this tour and this travel agents for their excellent service. We are happy to join on this tour.