Lhasa to Kathmandu via Rongbuk and Everest Base Camp
Grade: demanding (because of altitude)
Duration: 19 days Land Only
Trekking Days: 4
Maximum Altitude: 5,500m
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This is the classic Tibet overland journey. We fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa where we have time to explore Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor, and Norbulingka, the old summer palace of the Dalai Lama. We also explore the historic monasteries of Drepung and Sera outside Lhasa before journeying for a week by Landcruiser across the Tibetan Plateau. Our journey takes in the fort at Gyantse, the giant Kumbun Chorten, Shigatse and the Tashilhunpo monastery which remarkably escaped the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Crossing the 5200m Pang La we hope to have views of Makalu and the Khumbu Peaks. Camping at Rongbuk in full view of Everest’s dominating north face, we have ample time to explore the Base Camp region. We trek for a further 3 days from Rongbuk to Lungjhang near Tingri, enjoying views of Cho Oyu as we descend from the 5150m Lamma La, before driving back to Kathmandu.