Lhasa To Everest Base Camp 8-10 Day Journeys
Private Tour or Small Group Leaving Lhasa Whenever You Wish
Currently, From Lhasa to Everest Base Camp & Crossing into Nepal, 8 Days leaving Lhasa April 15, 2019 (see below for itinerary).
MOUNT EVEREST: In 1865, Mount Everest was so-named by the Royal Geographical Society of England. Tibetans honor the mountain as Jomolangma or Queen of the Universe. Often pictured with a plume of condensation streaming from its pyramidal summit, the mountain peaks at 8,848 m/29,029 ft. Tibet is home to Everest’s stunning North Face. From Everest Base Camp at 5,100 m/17,000 ft., the mountain face soars another 3,648 m/11,969 ft overhead.
On the way to Everest, the sacred lake of YAMDROK YUTSO sits at 4,408 m/14,461 ft and is believed to be the life-force of the Tibetan nation. Stretching over an area of 754 km, its teal blue waters create the largest lake in southern Tibet. Surrounded by snow capped mountain ranges, the lake is fed by icy streams and inlets that flow down from the higher elevations during the warm summer months. Its curved pincer shape boasts nine islands, numerous bays and is home to several monasteries. At Gampa La Pass, on the winding road that leads to Yamdrok Yutso lake, you'll see an unforgettable vista of shimmering turquoise beneath a backdrop of glaciers.
In Gyantse, you will visit KUBUM STUPA, a unique octagonal stupa of one hundred thousand deities. This is one of Tibet's most outstanding artistic achievements. Built in the 15th century, the Kumbum or gomang—many doored—stupa is 35 m tall, with nine gates and nine stories and contains a total of 75 chapels. Built as a three-dimensional mandala that represents the universe, its circle within a square design is meant to aid an individual on the path to enlightenment Many of the statues were damaged during the Cultural Revolution but the main temple survives intact and contains important 14th century murals and images.
You may chose to return to Lhasa via NAMTSO LAKE. Namtso "Sky" Lake lies at 4,718 m/15,479 ft, approximately 70 miles from Lhasa. Bordered by the snowy peaks of the Nyenchen Tanglha, Namtso Lake is the second largest salt water lake in Tibet. It has five, uninhabited islands and Tashi Dor Gompa, a small monastery located on a southeastern peninsula, is home to a number of ancient retreat caves including the hermitage of the famous Indian master Padmasambhava and his consort Yeshe Tsogyal. Surrounded by snow capped mountains and vast grasslands, this crystal clear lake is a bird sanctuary and a sacred pilgrimage site.