December 17, 2017

Tibet Everest Base Camp Without Trekking?



Mt EverestYou are not into trekking or simply have no time for, does not mean that you cannot see Mount Everest. 4WD Land cruiser does marvelous job and drives you right to Rongbuk monastery from where the base camp is less than a hour's hiking. You will enjoy an unobstructed view of the mighty mountain from bottom to the top which is not possible even after a two weeks strenuous trekking in Nepal side.

We fly into Lhasa-the capital city of Tibet and tour its highlights while we get acclimatized. We visit the Potala and Norbulingkha Palaces of Dalai Lama, two major Gelugpa Monasteries-Sera and Drepung, ancient Jorkhang Temple and rediscover the traditional pilgrimage path of the Barkhor street. From Lhasa, we head out west on the Tibet-Nepal Friendship Highway; as we leave Lhasa behind, we climb Kamba La pass (15,700 ft) from where we will enjoy fantastic views of the Himalayas. We will also see the beautiful Yamdrok Tso Lake several hundred feet below the pass. The road drops gradually and follows the shores of the turquoise green water lake for several miles!

Leaving the lake behind, the road climbs up to Karo La pass (16, 500ft) and then drops down to the valley that leads us to Gyantse- a town largely Tibetan in character. Our next stop would be in Shigatse-the second largest city of Tibet-The road of the high Tibetan plateau runs parallel to the Himalayas and offers spectacular views of the Himalayan Peaks all the time. At Shegar, we leave the Friendship Highway and head north to the Everest Base camp. The road climbs to Pang La ( 5, 120m) that offers stupendous views of the Himalayas-including Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. From Rongbuk, Everest Base Camp is merely an hour hike or you can opt for a horse cart ride. After a night halt in Rongbuk, retrace drive to the Friendship Highway and continue west towards Nepal. You have still quite a few high passes to conquer. The passes are sacred places for Tibetan people where they stop and offer khada, cotton scarves and lungta, prayer flags.

Tour Cost
Price: US$ 1495 (2-3 pax), US$ 1225 (4-7 pax), US$ 1060 (8-10 pax),
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