15 Days 14 Nights Garma Valley Trekking Group Tour at the foot of eastern side of Mount Everest
Promo: World's most beautiful valley & 1 of top 10 trekking routes
Duration: 15 Days 14 Nights
Destinations: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Garma Valley Trek, Everest Base Camp, Tashilunpo Monastery
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn
Group Type: 4-12 clients small group
Trip Level: 5 stars
1) 8 whole days Trek at 1 of the top trekking routes in the World 2) Face the challenging visit to Mount Everest, enjoy the sunset and sunrise at EBC 3) Historic Potala Palace, traditional home of the Dalai Lama 4) Stay 9 nights of wild camping to view the Milky Way
The whole trekking route is inside the Mount Everest Nature Reserve with overwhelming landscapes. Eastern side of Mount Everest and Gama Valley were praised to be one of the “Top Ten Landscapes in the World”, “the most beautiful valley in the world” and “one of the top ten classic trekking routes in the world” by American and British explorers last century.
You can appreciate Mount Everest (World first), Mount Lhotse (World fourth) and Mount Makalu (World fifth). The whole valley is an untraveled region with a large area of virgin forest. You can appreciate rapid replacement of natural sceneries from river valley (in more than 2000 meters) to high peaks (in more than 8000 meters) from eastern side of Himalayas within dozens of kilometers. You can also see broad-leaved forest, needle-leaved forest, brushwood, Alpine meadow, Alpine desert, permanent snow zone, majestic snow-capped mountains and glaciers.
Attractions & Activities
Arrival in Lhasa (3600m)
Pick up and transfer to the hotel.
Lhasa City tour
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Yamdrotso Lake, Karola Glacier, Simila Pass and Manla Reservoir, Gyantse Kumbum & Pelkor Monastery
Shigatse to Chutang to Youpa Village
Driving on the road
Trek Youpa Village to Showotso
Showotso - Shauwula Pass(4900m) - Orchid Valley
Orchid Valley –Tsonangtso- Tangsungs
Tangsung - Karma Valley –Patang-Rabga-Paltang
Paltang-Eastern face of Mt.Everest-Rabga-Paltang
Tangshang to Tso-shorim
Everest Base Camp, Rongpuk Monastery
Shigatse to Lhasa (270km)
Tashilunpo Monastery, River View of Brahmaputra
Shigatse to Lhasa & Depart from Lhasa
Send off to train/airport
Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)
Welcome to Lhasa! Upon your arrival at Gonggar airport or Lhasa Railway Station, your professional Tibetan guide will meet you right at designated location on time, with Pickup Board. Then a comfortable car or bus and experienced driver will take you to Lhasa hotel safely. It is about 60km from the airport to Lhasa downtown and takes about an hour through the Airport Expressway. It is only 30km from the railway station and takes about half an hour.
After arriving at hotel, tour guide will help you check in. You can take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude.
Overnight at Lhasa.
Tips: 1. To adapt to the high altitude ( over 3,600m ), you are recommended to have a good rest in the hotel, no running and intense activity, no smoking and no alcohol, no shower. 2. Please drink sufficient water and eat more vegetable, fruits, meat and eggs for more energy. 3. For the first-time visitors, it is common to have different degrees of high altitude sickness symptom.
Day 2: Lhasa tour
After breakfast, your tour guide & driver will pick you and drive to visit the splendid Potala Palace, which is Lhasa’s cardinal landmarks. You will have a whole morning to explore this world-level architectural works: White Palace, Red Palace, corridors and stairs and countless lama’s dormitory. Others include: Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted, murals, etc.
In the afternoon, you will walk to visit the age-old Jokhang Temple, as the spiritual center of Tibet, which will deeply impress you with its magnificence and sincere pilgrims. You will see pilgrims donating butter oil to keep the lights burning for the Buddha; learning Tibetan Buddhism; hearing the red-robed Lamas praying; taking photos of the gold roof and enjoying the beautiful sunshine of Lhasa.
Finally, you will have a relaxing walk around Jokhang Temple at Barkhor Street, which is the oldest street in Lhasa, and full of religious atmosphere, showcasing Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble. Then transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight at Lhasa.
Tips: 1. In Potala Palace, your visiting time is limited on 1 hour. Climb up there, you might experience slight shortness of breath, please take your time and rest when needed. 2. Don’t disturb pilgrims and Lama. Don’t take photos of them without permission. 3. In Barkhor Street, remember to bargain and compare the price in different shops for the souvenirs if you are purchasing.
On leaving the Tibetan capital, we will first drive southwest towards the beauty of Lake Yamdrok taking the winding road up to the crest of the Gampa La pass at 4794 meters. From the pass you get the first glimpse of the beauty of Lake Yamdrok below ringed by snowy mountain peaks and stretching out across the whole landscape before you. In the distance the holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar stands tall in the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain Range. We will drop down to the lake shore for a closer look before continuing on to Nagartse for a delicious local lunch.
On the way to Gyantse, after lunch, we cross over the pass at Karo La (5159m) where we can view the beautiful glacier that falls from the slopes of Mount Nyenchen Khangsar. In Gyantse we will stop at the Pelkor Chode Monastery to explore both the monastery and the outstanding 32-meter stupa that is the highlight of the day. Known as the Kumbum Stupa this one-of-a-kind stupa has nine floors and 108 chapels which contain thousands of images and statues throughout. Then we will continue on in the late afternoon to reach Shigatse before nightfall.
Day 4: Enjoy the road ride from Shigatse to Chutang Village and then Youpa Village, prepare for trekking. (B,D）
In the morning, we will take the tour vehicle and head to Tingri via Lhatse. On the way, you will stop by the famous Gawu La Pass (5198m). It is the best place to enjoy mind-blowing vistas of top 5 highest peaks (all above 8000m) along majestic Himalayas. Then we will follow the winding road to Youpa Village and acclimatize to the new altitude. You may get prepared for the trekking and yak registration.
Stay in camp in Youpa Village
Day 5: Youpa Village - Showotso (BLD)
The real challenge of trekking starts from Youpa village. This part of journey with an altitude of 3750-4656m. Shortly after tourists hit the road, they have to ascend mountains and after going through a pass, the road ahead will be bumpy and full of rocks. As the altitude gets higher, the temperature drops considerably, especially when passing the pass where strong wind with snowfall often occurs. No village is visible except for a few numbers of small lakes. When reach Showotso (4650m), the unrivalled scenery will dispel all your tiredness. Small and tranquil, Showotso flows gently in the corner of the valley. In May, Buds of orchid can be seen on the banks of the lake, and a lovely smell of orchid permeates the air. In the background, there are snow-capped mountains, vague and far away.
Stay in camp in Showotso
Day 6: Showo-tso – Showo-la Pass - Orchid Valley, (BLD)
The challenge each trekker facing after the departure from Showo-tso would be the climb of Showo-la Pass, which is considered as the most difficult route of the entire trekking. As long as tourists make it through this pass, the area of Karma Valley will be within reach. Yet Showola Pass is never a push over and is 4900m above the sea level. The journey makes it impossible to change route randomly, and it would be better of following the steps of professional guides and move slowly and steadily. If the weather turns out to be clear, Mt. Makalu will be visible from Showo-la Pass. One particular thing you have to pay special attention to is that as travelers descend from the mountain, steep and narrow path has to be dealt with utmost caution. One has to keep balance and stand on a solid ground before taking the next step. Do have a rest frequently if one feels out of breath.
Stay in camp in Orchid Valley
Day 7: Orchid Valley - Tsonang-tso - Tangsung (BLD)
Compared with breathtaking alpine scenery seen in the previous days, the scenery at the bottom of the Orchid Valley takes on a completely different picture. Covered by lush vegetation and vibrant forest, Orchild Valley is blanketed with unknown flowers, and the air is filled with refreshing oxygen. In May, one can see Azalea in full blossom around every corner of the valley. The trees in Tangsung are extremely unusual and it is said that during heyday of Sakya dynasty, even the trees in sakytang wanted to live in Sakya Monastery. Therefore, all the branches of trees grew towards the direction of Sakya Monastery. In fact, the majority of the timber used for building Sakya Monaster came from Tangsung.
Stay in camp in Tangsung
Day 8: Tangsung – Karma Valley - Paltang (BLD)
Tourists have to pass a swamp in the second half of the trek. To help travelers pass the swamp safely, locals bridged the swamp with trunks of trees. Even in these places with little human presence, one can still see the footprints of Sherpas who travel swiftly at ease on this mysterious and little known land. Sherpas are indeed the king of forests and are exceedingly hospitable to new visitors.
Stay in camp in Paltang
Day 9: Paltang - Eastern face of Mt.Everest - Paltang (BLD)
No words could better describe one’s feelings than a mixture of excitement and exhaustion if one successfully made it so far. Though the final destination of Eastern face of Mt.Everest is just around the corner, one shall expect to handle the rest of journey with carefulness because the landslide often takes place on the mountains and tourists should follow the old path.
Stay in camp in Paltang
Day 10: Paltang - Patang - Tangshang (BLD)
Trekking back along the way we came and rest at Tangshang.
Stay in camp in Tangshang
Day 11: Tangshang-Tso - shorim (BLD)
Trekking up all the way, and soon after the ups and downs, they reached today's camp, Jasper under the snow-capped mountains - Tso-shorim. In the distance are Mount Everest, Lhotse (8,516 meters) and Makalu (8,463 meters), and in front of you is a 7000-meter unclimbed mountain.
Stay in camp in Shorim
Day 12: Tso-shorim - Nangma-la pass - Lhundupling (BLD)
After setting off, climb over the highest point of the itinerary, the Nangma-la pass at an altitude of 5344 meters and another pass above 5000m, pass through a deep lake-Lhatsetso, and arrive at Lhundupling Village in the afternoon
Stay in camp in Lhundupling Village
Day 13: Drive from Lhundupling to Tashizong village, back to Shigatse after visiting EBC (B)
Today, we will climb over two soaring mountain passes, one is the Nangma-la pass(5344m), the highest pass of entire trek, and the other nameless one is above 5000m. Passing deep-blue Latsetso Lake, we will get to Lhundupling Village.
Overnight in Shigatse
Day 14: Shigatse to Lhasa 280km (B)
Today,we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. It stands among the six most sacred Buddhist temples in Tibet and was built, in 1447, by the 1st Dalai Lama.
Afternoon, drive back to Lhasa by following Yalong Valley. You can stand on the viewing platform and view the vast Yalong River bed. Finally the guide will transfer you back to your hotels in Lhasa.
Overnight in Lhasa
Day 15: Depart from Lhasa
Today is free for you until you are escorted to the airport or railway station for departure and the guide will help you get on board.
Cost & Calendar
* All prices are in US Dollar / Person
Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)
Apr.1 - June 25
June 26 - Aug.25
Aug.26 - Oct.15
Oct.16 - Dec.31
3 persons or more to Join the Same Group
Book the group 3 months in advance
5% Off of tour cost for per person
5% Off of tour cost for per person
* Note: the above discount policies can only be enjoyed either one of them, not A,B together.)
Available Dates of this Trip
*Price Based on Above 3 stars Hotels
Inclusion & Exclusion
1. Permit: All necessary Tibet Travel Permits (Incl. Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Boarder Pass, etc.);
2. Accommodation: all hotels or guestrooms listed in the itinerary; Camping duiring the trekking;
3. Ticket: All entrance tickets fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
4. Guide: Professional English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
5. Vehicle: 5-29 seats Comfortable Tibet tourist vehicle with licensed and experienced driver;
10. Accommodation and meal allowance to the guide & driver;
11. Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges;
1. Meal: not specified in the itinerary (All lunches & dinners).
2. Single room supplement: If you are a solo traveler, you need to share twin room with another tourist (same sex in most cases). You can pay the single room supplement to stay in one room by yourself. And the exact cost depends on market fluctuation in high and off season of Tibet tourism.
3. Tips: If you are satisfied with the service of guide, driver and waiters, you may consider tipping them appropriately ( Tips is not required but expected).
4. International and domestic flight/train (we can offer the ticket booking service at the competitive price).
5. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
6. Any losses incurred from the force majeure factor like government control, natural disaster etc.
Knows before You Book
1. Book at least 20 days in advance so tour operator may apply for your Tibet Permit. Tibet Permit will be delivered to your delivery address / hotel address in one city of China.
2. Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level. Patients with serious hypertension, heart disease, asthma, bronchities, diabetes and cold should be restricted from going to Tibet.
3. Your airport/train station pick-up and drop-off in Lhasa need to be arranged by the tour supplier.
4. If you fly to Lhasa from Kathmandu, please do not apply for China L Visa in advance. You need to apply for Tibet Group Visa from China Embassy in Kathmandu via travel agency. If you have your China L Visa, it will be automatically expired when applying for Tibet Group Visa.
5. Price is based on double occupancy. Single room supplement is subject to availability and additional charge.
6. Please read the Payment Methods, Terms and Conditions and Cancellation policies.
Knows after You Book
1. Travelers are required to provide photocopy of passports and China L visas at least 15 days prior to travel date, letting tour operator to have enough to apply for your Tibet Travel Permit. If you have other type visas, please contact with your travel consultant.
2. Normally, it takes around 8-9 days to process your Tibet Permit from Tibet Tourism Bureau. Then, we will have it delivered to your address in mainland China.
3. You should wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
4. It is better to bring spending cash for a whole trip. In Lhasa and Shigatse, it is OK to withdraw money with foreign bank card or change your foreign currency into Chinese Renminbi (RMB, CNY).
5. The insurance is provided by The People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China Limited (www.epicc.com.cn), which covers only tourist accident risks in China. We recommend that tourists purchase additional insurance on their own.
6. We understand you may worry about the High Altitude Sickness. It is common reaction in the plateau. It is better to consult your own doctor and bring some medicine, such as: Hongjingtian and Gaoyuanan; Acetazolamide, Dexamethasone, Vitamin and Nutrient Supplements.
7. Please keep a relaxed and happy mood, avoid drinking alcohol and doing strenuous exercises. First-timers at high altitude may have symptoms like headache, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, and loss of appetite, fatigue, insomnia, etc. It is common. Normally such symptoms will disappear in 2 days.
8. During your trip in Tibet, please obey the law; respect the local’s religion and customs. Do not do things that are beyond your tourist identity, such as photograph military facilities, and other politically sensitive areas; Do not accept any news media’s interview; Do not collect secret intelligence; Do not wave antisocial banners, yelling antisocial slogans; Do not use aerial camera; Do not venture into areas beyond planned itineraries.
9. Some souvenirs like Knife, antique, animal skulls, etc. are not allowed to take out of China at custom, please don’t buy this kind of souvenirs.
10. The train ticket to Lhasa is normally issued 15-60 days before departure. During the Tibet’s Peak Tourism Season (from June to Mid-October, during Chinese Spring Festival and other public holidays in China), the train tickets may be issued only 1-9 days before departure