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Tibet & Nepal: 13 Day Classic Overland Through the Himalaya, with Mt. Everest Base Camp

GEC Trip Type: GROUP TOUR

*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! Free roommate matching provided - unless you'd prefer to purchase a single room.

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TRIP DESCRIPTION:

The group will travel September 24 - October 6, 2017

NOTE: Immediately before this group overland trip through Tibet, why not join the group for a group trek in Nepal (Sept 14 - 24) and trek the southern slopes of the mighty Himalaya's Annapurna Region! Click Here for the Nepal Poon Hill Group Trek details.

NOTE: Immediately after this group overland trip through Tibet, why not join the group for a trip to the happiest country in the world and the last Shangri-La, Bhutan (Oct 6 - 15, 2017). It’s two great trips in one! Click Here for the Bhutan Group Trip details.

Travel deep into the majestic and awe inspiring Himalaya Mountains with a Global Expeditions Travel Club overland group tour to Tibet and Nepal. Join the group as we explore ancient 1,000+ year old Buddhist monasteries, visit friendly Tibetan villages that rarely see tourist, take in breathtaking scenery in the Himalaya Mountains, spend a night near the foot of Mt Everest (the highest mountain in world), and explore the exotic and vibrant cities of Kathmandu, Nepal & Lhasa, Tibet... all in one awesome group tour.

We'll start this trip in the exotic and vibrant city Kathmandu, then fly over the Himalayan Mountains (including Mt. Everest) and arrive in the city of Lhasa, Tibet. Here the group will be met by our Tibetan guides and begin our exciting journey across the high Tibetan Plateau, driving into the Himalayan Mountains, spending a night at Mt Everest Base Camp in Tibet, then back to the exciting city of Kathmandu.

Along this ancient overland route between two very exotic Asian cities; Kathmandu, Nepal and Lhasa, Tibet, we will make a much anticipated stop at the foot of the mother of all mountains, Mt. Everest base camp (no hiking necessary, but it is available if you wish).

From the incredible vast and barren beauty of the Tibetan Plateau, to majestic views of the mighty Himalayan mountain range, to the lush hills of Nepal, the group is treated to spectacular views, given special insight into Tibetan and Buddhist culture, and are introduced to the land that inspires so much imagination.

This classic group tour has all the makings of a 'Trip of a Lifetime'. It has the fun, exploration, adventure and the opportunity to make life-long friends! But that is, after all, what the Global Expeditions Club is all about: Make Friends. Travel the World.

NOTE: Due to very limited airline seating, it is important to book your spot on this group tour as early as possible!. THIS CLUB TRIP HAS BEEN KNOWN TO SELL OUT BY EARLY SUMMER, SO BOOK SOON!!

Feel like extending your adventure?

Immediately before this group overland trip through Tibet, why not join the group for a group trek in Nepal (Sept 14 - 24) and trek the southern slopes of the mighty Himalaya's Annapurna Region! Click Here for the Nepal Poon Hill Group Trek details.


Immediately after this group overland trip through Tibet, why not join the group for a trip to the happiest country in the world and the last Shangri-La, Bhutan (Oct 6 - 15, 2017). It’s two great trips in one! Click Here for the Bhutan Group Trip details.

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Places Visited:

Lhasa, Tibet, Mt. Everest Base Camp, Kathmandu, Nepal, Himalayan Mountains


Trip Itinerary:
B: Breakfast

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. Evening Group Orientation.
Note: this is the same day that the Optional Group Trek to Poon Hill in Nepal ends.
Day 2: Optional Guided Tour of Kathmandu. (B)
Day 3: Free Day in Kathmandu. (B)
Day 4: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa. (B)
Day 5: Lhasa tour. (B)
Day 6: Lhasa tour. (B)
Day 7: Lhasa to Gyantse. (B)
Day 8: Gyantse to Sakya. (B)
Day 9: Sakya to Mt. Everest Base Camp. (B)
Day 10: Mt. Everest Base Camp to Shigatse. (B)
Day 11: Shigatse to Lhasa. (B)
Day 12: Lhasa to Kathmandu. (B)
Day 13: Trip Ends. Optional Bhutan Group Trip Starts. (B)


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1
Arrive Kathmandu. Afternoon Group Orientation Meeting (4,600f/1,400m)

Arriving in Kathmandu, if you purchased airport transfers through us then you are met at the airport and transferred in a private vehicle to one of the best hotels in Kathmandu which is located just outside the heart of the exotic, energetic Thamel neighborhood. Or if you did not purchase airport transfers through us then you simply meet at the designated hotel for the afternoon Group Orientation/Adventure Briefing.

In the late afternoon (around 5:00pm - exact details to be provided before departure), you will need to attend the mandatory 'Adventure Briefing' where you will get to meet your fellow traveler mates for the next 13 days. You will also meet our Nepal local guide, who will ask you to complete the China/Tibet Group Visa application form. You will be required to submit this form to our local guide, along with your passport and two passport photos (you must bring these with you to Nepal) so he can take care of all the formalities at the Chinese Embassy the next day.

The remainder of the day is yours to relax and enjoy the hotel or take a walk through the vibrant streets of Thamel with your fellow club members.

NOTE: It is highly recommended that you arrive very early in the day or, even better, fly in a day or two early to avoid any pre-trip delays as well as to visit the exciting and vibrant city of Kathmandu on your own (extra night hotel available on check out).

Feel like extending your adventure?

Immediately before this group overland trip through Tibet, why not join the group for a group trek in Nepal (Sept 14 - 24) and trek the southern slopes of the mighty Himalaya's Annapurna Region! Click Here for the Nepal Poon Hill Group Trek details.


Also, immediately after this group overland trip through Tibet, why not join the group for a trip to the happiest country in the world and the last Shangri-La, Bhutan (Oct 6 - 15, 2017). It’s two great trips in one! Click Here for the Bhutan Group Trip details.


Day 2
Optional Guided Tour of Kathmandu. (4,600f/1,400m) (B)

Today you will take a guided tour of Kathmandu. Our English speaking Local Guide will introduce you to the magic of this amazing city and its peaceful Buddhist & Hindu culture. The tour will include many interesting attractions including the old Royal Palaces in Durbar Square, the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath. For those who don’t choose the optional tour, then today is a free day to spend as you wish.


Day 3
Free day in Kathmandu. (4,600f/1,400m) (B)

As we must await our Tibetan travel permit from the Chinese Embassy, today is a free day to enjoy the vibrant city of Kathmandu and its many shops and restaurants with your fellow travel mates. Today is a great time to pick up any last minute personal equipment you may need. Kathmandu is a great place to buy supplies for your overland trip, such as extremely inexpensive, yet quality warm weather clothing, snacks, etc. Get a good night of sleep tonight, as tomorrow you fly to Tibet!


Day 4
Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa. (11,975f/3,650m) (B)

Today our Tibet overland trip begins. After an early breakfast we head out to the Kathmandu airport. We will be assisted and escorted to the airport by our local staff.

FLIGHT TO LHASA: Probably the most spectacular flight in the world! Leaving Kathmandu the plane skirts the Himalayan range where Cho Oyo (8,153 m), Lhotse (8,501 m), Everest (8,848 m) and Makalu (8,463 m) are visible. Looking back as the plane leaves Kathmandu it may be possible to also see Manaslu (8,125 m) and Annapurna I (8,091 m). Turning North the plane typically crosses between Kanchenjunga (8,586 m) and Makalu. From the left side of the plane the east face of Everest and Makalu are visible and from the right Chomo Lhari in Bhutan (7,315 m). The flight is a spectacular chance to see eight of the world's fourteen 8,000 m peaks. The flight duration is about one hour.

ARRIVAL AT THE GONGAR AIRPORT LHASA (11,975 feet) After completion of airport formalities we will be met by our friendly English speaking Tibetan guides. There will be a two hour drive and we should arrive at the hotel about 4:00 PM local time (there is a 2 hour & 15 minute time change - later than Nepal).

This evening you are free to relax and explore. Visit the Barkhor Plaza, an excellent place to walk around, and have dinner.


Day 5 & 6
Lhasa tour. (11,975f/3,650m) (B)

The next two days are based in Lhasa. Arranged sightseeing will try to include guided visits to the spectacular Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple and the surrounding Barkhor market, Drepung and Sera monastery, the Dalai Lama's former summer palace Norbulinka, and perhaps a visit to a Tibetan Medical Clinic to hear a talk on ancient Tibetan and Chinese medicine still used to this day.

POTALA PALACE The former winter residence of the Dalai Lama, the palace is named after Mt. Potala in India, one of the holy mountains of the Hindu God Lord Shiva. The Potala is a place of spiritual pilgrimage and an amazing tribute to Tibetan architectural skills. Built by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645, the Potala was from then on the winter residence of all Dalai Lamas. Today it is still occupied by monks.

BARKHOR PLAZA (in front of Jokhang Temple) This is Lhasa's inner pilgrim circuit, shaped roughly like an octagon, and runs around the Jokhang Temple. The market place has everything a Tibetan pilgrim would need and is a good place for people watching. Tibetan pilgrims spin prayer wheels and prostrate themselves as they circumnavigate the Temple. The surrounding area is a good place for shopping, including everything from trinkets to Tibetan carpets and paintings to very inexpensive Western brand name winter clothing and handmade Tibetan sweaters.

JOKHANG TEMPLE - in the heart of old Lhasa, it is the most sacred temple in Tibet. It was established in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo, the King who brought Buddhism to Tibet. One can see the statue of Buddha (Jowo Shakyamuni) brought by the Chinese wife of the King as part of her wedding dowry. King Songtsen Gampo also had a Nepalese wife who was the force behind the use of Nepalese craftsmen in designing the Jokhang.

NORBULINKA - The summer palace of the Dalai Lamas was started by the Seventh Dalai Lama in 1755. This large complex of small palaces and chapels is within a walled garden and is about 2.5 miles west of the Potala.

SERA MONASTERY - founded in 1419, it is located on the outskirts of Lhasa. Home of the Gelukpa Order (the Dalai Lama's sect). Sera was at one time famous for its fighting monks, who spent years perfecting the martial arts. Here, as at Drepung, many monks renounced their vows to take up arms during the uprising of 1959.

DREPUNG MONASTERY - founded in 1416, is located on the outskirts of Lhasa. At one time Drepung was the largest of the Gelukpa Monasteries (10,000 monks) and was a major center of religious power. The Ganden Potang (garden palace) was built by the second Dalai Lama and was used as a residence for the Third, Fourth and Fifth Dalai Lamas. The remains of the second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas are here. Just below Drepung lies the Nechung Monastery, which was once the seat of the Oracle of Tibet.

TIBETAN MEDICINE CLINIC - A tour of this establishment is highly recommended. An English speaking Tibetan medical doctor will give you a short history of Tibetan medicine, an interesting tour of the clinic, and show you a small Tibetan museum complete with medical Thangkas. If there is time, try to arrange this visit through your Tibetan guide.

NOTE: The Potala, Jokhang, Sera and Drepung have set hours and may limit the number of visitors per day. However, the tour schedule is set up to best ensure that you get in to all these places.


Day 7
Lhasa to Gyantse. (11,975f/3,650m) (160 miles/259km) (B)

The drive to Gyantse takes a full day and includes crossing two impressive passes: Kamba La (4,794 m / 15,729ft. ) and Karo La (5,010 m / 16,438 ft. ). When you look down from Kamba La Pass, you can see the breathtaking view of the scorpion shaped Yamdruk Lake (Turquoise Lake) which is so large that you cannot see its full extent during the hour or so you are driving along its banks. The Karo La Pass is between two snowcapped mountains: Nozin Khangsa (7,223 m / 23,700 ft.) which is recognizable by its large hanging glacier on the right and Ralung Mountain (6,236 m / 20,460 ft.).

GYANTSE - a small town on the northern bank of the Nyang Chu River. During the 15th century it was the capital of a small kingdom. Towering over Gyantse on a steep hill are the ruins of an old and famous fort. Gyantse is very Tibetan in feel and style as it has not suffered from modern expansion. There are many shops and simple restaurants where you can easily get Tibetan food such as Momos (dumplings), Chang (millet beer) and Thukpa (noodles).

Highlights include the KUMBUM TEMPLE (founded in 1440) and the PELKOR CHODE (central monastic building - started in 1418). This is possibly the most beautiful temple in Tibet. It was constructed in the 15th century by Newar artisans and is the best preserved example of Newari art to survive in Tibet. It has 112 Chapels. Remember to circumambulate clockwise in all temples and chapels. Many of the original statues remain intact.


Day 8
Gyantse to Sakya. (14,107f/4,300m) (150 miles/242km) (B)

Today we drive to Sakya. Along the way we will stop in Shigatse to visit the famous Tashilumpo Monastery. Enroute to Sakya we cross our high point, the LHAKPA LA PASS (5,220 m / 17,127 ft.) This panoramic high pass has many prayer flags fluttering in the strong winds strung above traditional mani stones placed there by local Tibetans to supplicate the spirits and assure safe travel.

TASHILUMPO MONASTERY - Founded in 1447, it is the historical seat of the Panchen Lama (the traditional teacher of the Dalai Lama). Among the many interesting sights is the 86 foot (26m) high statue of the future Buddha which is gilded with gold and decorated with valuable jewels. The main monastery is the largest and contains prayer halls, printing blocks, and statues of many deities. It is not uncommon to see monks and lamas studying and debating nearby.


Day 9
Sakya to Mt. Everest Base Camp. (16,141f/4,920m) (145 miles/234km) (B)

We depart Sakya early in the morning and head towards one of the highlights of the trip; Mt Everest Base Camp. Enroute we pass through Xegar, then turn off the Friendship Highway and head south, passing over the stunning Pang La Pass 16,900 feet (5150m) towards the main Himalayan range. The view from the top of the Pang La Pass is absolutely incredible with uninterrupted views of the Himalayan Mountain Range (including Everest) stretching for hundreds of miles from Makalu to Shishapangma. As we descend down below the pass, Everest initially is hidden from view, but as we turn the corner into the Rongbuk Valley it reappears, more impressive than ever.

This will be one of those truly awe inspiring days. Tonight we stay high in the Himalaya at a very simple hotel/guesthouse with incredible views of Mt. Everest down the valley, yet so close you feel like you can touch it! Be sure to sit out on the hotel deck and watch the dramatic multi-colored sunset on the entire side of Mt Everest!

Tomorrow in the morning, be sure to catch the sunrise over Mt. Everest. Following breakfast, you can hike the 4 miles up to visit Mt. Everest Base Camp OR take a ride with our Tibetan guide in the group vehicle.


Day 10
Mt. Everest Base Camp to Shigatse. (12,467f/3,800m) (207 miles/334km) (B)

This morning will be a dream fulfilling day, as we have the opportunity to explore Mt. Everest Base Camp 17,598 feet (5364m). Base Camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest are beyond breathtaking. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above us. In the late morning, we leave for the long ride to Shigatse.


Day 11
Shigatse to Lhasa (11,975f/3,650m) (169 miles/272 km) (B)

Today, we will drive back to Lhasa along the friendship Highway. The whole distance is almost 170 miles (280km) and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo / Bhamaputra River (the longest and largest river in Tibet from Mt. Kailash in the east and flowing west). The afternoon is at leisure in Lhasa city.


Day 12
Lhasa to Kathmandu. (4,600f/1,400m) (B)

In the morning we leave for airport and say farewell to our Tibetan guide. We fly back to Kathmandu where the afternoon and evening are free to pick up any last minute gifts or outdoor gear/clothes for yourself. And tonight is your last night, so why not enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the local restaurants with your fellow travel mates.


Day 13
Trip Ends OR Join Bhutan Group Trip. (B)

Trip ends after breakfast. If you purchased airport transfers through us, then at the scheduled time you are picked up at the hotel and transfered to the airport. OR, Feel like extending your adventure? Immediately after this group overland trip through Tibet, why not join the group for a trip to the happiest country in the world and the last Shangri-La, Bhutan (Oct 6 - 15, 2017). It’s two (or 3 if you add the Group Trek before Tibet) great trips in one! Click Here for details.


Important Information



This is a locally guided Global Expeditions Club small group trip that is open for anyone to join. You can sign up as a solo traveler* OR join with a spouse, friends or other family members. All are welcome!
*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! No mandatory single supplements. We provide free roommate matching - unless, of course, you'd prefer a single room which you can purchase during checkout.


This tour requires a total minimum group size to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure.

This is a very popular time of the year to travel to Tibet as the weather in the Himalaya is optimal at this time. And because flights to Lhasa are VERY limited and on a first come, first serve basis, it is HIGHLY recommended that you book as soon as possible to help ensure your spot on the trip. THIS CLUB TRIP HAS BEEN KNOWN TO SELL OUT BY EARLY SUMMER, SO BOOK SOON!!

Prices are based on double occupancy. If you would like your own hotel room (where available – you may have to share in the small Tibetan villages and/or at Mt Everest Base Camp as space can be very limited), please choose the optional single supplement at check out. If you do not mind being paired up with a roommate of the same gender, then the single supplement does not apply on this group tour.

*Note: The purity, remoteness, beauty and emerging status of Tibet's distant Himalayan region is one of the primary reasons people choose to take this amazing adventure. However this authenticity and emerging status means that Tibet's tourist infrastructure tends to be limited in the more remote areas. Although rare, detours and itinerary changes may be required due to weather, road conditions or government restrictions. Additionally, accommodations in Tibet (especially in the more remote areas) can be very basic and possibly lack heat, showers, running water, and/or western toilet facilities.

DO NOT, under any circumstance, bring or carry any pictures of the Dalai Lama, free Tibet posters, literature or T shirts, Tibetan flags or any political magazines, books, etc. This is a very sensitive matter in Tibet. The Chinese government takes it very seriously and have been known to refuse entry into Tibet for the slightest reasons.

The local guide reserves the right to alter the actual route depending on road conditions, weather, government instructions, etc.

No refunds will be issued in cases were the trip cannot be completed due to illness, adverse weather conditions, flight delays or any other reasons such as political, natural disaster, etc.

Nepal visas are not included. A 15 day, multiple entry visa is about US $25 for a 15-day and $40 for a 30-day and you will simply purchase it upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport (for citizens of most western countries including the US and Canada.)

You must bring four (4) passport sized photos with you to Nepal. Two will be needed (in your carry-on bag) for your Nepal Visa that you obtain on entry into Nepal at the airport. The other two will be needed to give to our local representative in Kathmandu to process the Tibet visa and travel permit (see below).

China/Tibet visas and travel permits are pre-arranged on a group basis by us and are finalized by our local representative in Nepal upon your arrival in Kathmandu. You will need to email us a scan/photo of the photo/detail page of your passport so we can pre-arrange the group Visa. Additionally, our local representative will collect your passport upon arrival in Kathmandu in order to obtain the Tibet group Visa and Travel Permit kat the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that your flight arrives before 2:00pm on Day 1 so that you can be at the afternoon group orientation and trip review with your Guide. If your flight of choice is scheduled to come in later than 2:00pm, then you should plan to arrive a day early (an extra night hotel is available for purchase during check out).

This overland group tour reaches altitudes of over 18,400 feet (5,608m), including one night spent at Mt Everest Base Camp in Tibet at approximately 17,060 feet (5200m). Please confer with your doctor prior to purchasing this trip to ensure that you are physically capable of completing this adventure safely.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months following the last day of the tour.

Due to limited airline seating, it is important to book your place on this group tour as early as possible.

Trip ID: AS1194
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Price Includes
  • Travel overland through the mighty Himalayan Mountain range with Tibetan guide & driver
  • Fully guided tour of Tibet with English speaking Tibetan Guide
  • Overnight at Mt. Everest Base Camp in Tibet*
  • Excursion to Mt. Everest Base Camp in Tibet (light hike or ride to base camp)
  • Scenic flight over the Himalaya with possible views of Mt. Everest
  • Visits to numerous active Tibetan monasteries that date back 1,000+ years
  • A chance to explore the exotic city of Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Spectacular views of mother nature at her best and of an ancient civilization that has changed little over the past 1,000+ years
  • Accommodation on a twin share basis*
  • Breakfast daily

  • *Note: The purity, remoteness, beauty and emerging status of Tibet's distant Himalayan region is one of the primary reasons people choose to take this amazing adventure. However this authenticity and emerging status means that Tibet's tourist infrastructure tends to be limited in the more remote areas. Although rare, detours and itinerary changes may be required due to weather, road conditions or government restrictions. Additionally, accommodations in Tibet (especially in the more remote areas) can be very basic and possibly lack heat, showers and/or western toilet facilities.
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare to/from Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM)
  • Group airfare between Kathmandu & Lhasa (this is an additional mandatory add-on during checkout as group must travel together on one Tibetan Group Visa that we arrange)
  • Tibet Group Visa (this is an additional mandatory add-on during checkout as group must travel together on one Tibetan Group Visa that we arrange)
  • Nepal Visa (see Important Information section)
  • Airport departure taxes and fees
  • Travel medical insurance (details) mandatory
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional guided tour of Kathmandu with English speaking guide
  • Costs arising from unforeseen events outside our control, i.e., landslides, road blocks, transport strikes, flight delays/cancellations, government/political issues, etc.
Group Leader
  • English speaking local guides and drivers
Number of Days
  • 13 days
Accomodation Included
  • 4 nights in Kathmandu in excellent mid-range hotel
  • 8 nights in Tibet - Tourist Hotels & Guest Houses (see *Note in Important Information Section)
Transportation Included
  • Private tourist coach
Seasonal Info
  • Best: April-May and September-October
  • Good: June-August (warmer, but expect some rain)


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