Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour

This tour takes us on a trek to Everest Base Camp in Tibe and on to the Guge Kingdom. A journey to the Guge Kingdom is probably the most interesting tour available in all of Tibet and the highest ancient kingdom in the world.

Legend has it that in the first half of 20th century the Tibetan government sent a soldier to Guge to collect taxes. However, a couple of days later the soldier returned in a very frightened state, he told the govenor that all he could see there was a world of sand. On hearing this the government dropped the taxation plan.

Guge is barren, desolate and inaccessible for all but the very hardy. The kingdom became an extremely powerful one and it survived for over 700 years from the 9th to 17th century. Altogether 16 kings ruled Guge and yet historical records reveal little about its rise and sudden demise. It was only from letters by western missionaries that people got to know more about the lost empire.

Records show that Guge once made great religious and economic achievements. However  its glory was reduced to pieces when the mighty kingdom was involved in a fatal war in the 17th century. The invasion of the neighboring state Ladakh coupled with a domestic rebellion of Guge monks, brought the kingdom to its knees.

The ruins are the only visible legacy Guge has left behind, they extend from the mid-ridge of a hill 300 meters high at its peak and cover an area of 720,000 square meters. Archaeologists have unearthed 445 earthen and wooden structures, 879 caves, 58 blockhouses (a kind of fortification building), four secret tunnels, 28 stupas (traditional pagoda-shaped Buddhist monuments) along with granaries and weaponry storehouses.

An added bonus of this tour is a trip to Mt. Kailash. This holy mountain is popular among both Buddhists and Hindus and worshiped by both.

 

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Flight Kathmandu – Lhasa

 Day 02: Lhasa

Jokhang Temple, Drepung Temple

Day 03: Lhasa

Sera Monastery, Potala Palace

Day 04: Lhasa – Yamdrok-Tso – Gyantse

 Day 05: Gyantse – Shigatse

Pelkor Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum,   Gyantse Dzong.    Tashilunpo Monastery

Day 06: Shigatse – Sakya – Shegar

Sakya Monastery

Day 07: Shegar –  Everest Base Camp (EBC)

 Day 08: EBC – Tingri

Morning drive to the view point EBC

Day 09: Tingri – Peiku-tso – Saga

 Day 10: Saga – Darchen

 Day 11: Darchen

Car trip to the Selung monastery, Gyangdrak monastery and overview point of Nandi.

Day 12: Kailash Kora. Darchen – Dira-puk monastery

 Day 13: Kailash Kora. Dira-puk monastery – Dzutul-puk monastery

 Day 14: Kailash Kora. Dzutul-puk monastery – Darchen

 Day 15: Darchen – Kyunglung (Garuda) Valley – Tirthapuri

Kingdom of Shangshung, Silver Palace, hot springs, Gurugyam Monastery

Day 16: Tirthapuri – Zanda

Guge Kingdom

Day 17: Zanda – Lake Manasarovar

Tholing Monastery,  Chiu Monastery

Day 18: Lake Manasarovar – Saga

 Day 19: Saga – Zhangmu

 Day 20: Zhangmu – Kathmandu

(The cost varies with the number of trekkers in the group. Please contact us with the number of trekkers for the exact quote)

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