Expedition Overview

Travelling to Tibet is the opportunity of a lifetime, no wonder it scores high on the bucket list of most travelers. This special expedition is an offshoot from our regular motoring journey across Tibet. What makes this expedition is so special? You will get to see the deepest canyon in the world as well as the highest point of adventure – Mt. Everest Basecamp. If you are someone looking for a sense of achievement, a memorable adventure, the opportunity and freedom to drive across the roof of the world, then this expedition should be in your bucket list.

Expedition Details

Country: Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), China
Drive : 1900 kms
Weather : Max 5°C and Min -18°C
Ideal for : Anyone above the age of 4 and for those who don’t suffer from any heart or breathing problems. (All travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult).

Expedition Itinerary

Accommodation: InterContinental Hotel or similar

We will start our journey from Chengdu – the capital of Sichuan province. Once a silk brocade capital, it is pleasantly situated on the banks where the Jin and Fu Rivers intersect. Internationally, of course, the city is renowned for panda-spotting as well as its food—fiery Sichuan’s staples, such as mapo tofu and kung pao chicken, form the backbone of many Chinese restaurant menus across the globe. Once you land, you will be transferred to your hotel to get some rest or you may take a stroll around the city center and the famous commercial blocks. In the evening, we will have our detailed expedition briefing and also an opportunity to meet the other expedition members.

Accommodation: InterContinental Hotel or similar

Today is very important day because we need to get our temporary driving permit to drive in China. Based on our past experience it normally takes half a day. So, once we get our driving permit, then you are free to explore the town at your own pace and hit the bed early for an early morning start the next day.

Accommodation: Hilton Linzhi Resort or similar

Early morning, we depart from Chengdu and fly to Nyingchi. Once we land, we will check into the hotel before we start exploring this scenic town. This town also offers a good starting point for our high-altitude acclimatization with the average altitude being 3000m. For other areas in Tibet, Nyingchi is the place where sun rises visually. With the lowest elevation of only 900m and the highest elevation of 7,782m, it owns the biggest elevation gap in the world. Also, it’s the lowest area of Tibet with average altitude of about 3,100m. Traveling in Nyingchi is a unique experience. On the barren Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, you hardly believe that there is such a picturesque and fertile heaven like this in wild Tibet. Its blessed with beautiful lakes, deep gorges, immense forests and azalea-filled meadows.

Accommodation: Lake Side Resort or similar

Today we will explore few interesting places around Nyingchi like Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon. The Yarlung Tsangpo river creates the deepest canyon in the world forming a huge horseshoe-shaped turn. It’s an unusual and a spectacular canyon which is home to unique wildlife species. The same river then runs southwards into India where it’s called as Brahmaputra. After which we will visit Peach Blossom Road and the Namjagbarwa Peak. And then we head to the most scenic Basum lake which is one of the largest lake in Eastern Tibet. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and natural forest, and located far from city making Basum retain its primitive beauty and tranquility. We will be staying here for the night closer to the lake.

Accommodation: Intercontinental Hotel or similar

A long journey awaits us, a 350 km drive from Nyingchi to Lhasa. A well paved and a scenic route all the way to Lhasa. We would be crossing the famous Mila Pass, which is one of the highest on China National Highway 318, with its altitude of 5200 meters. Though we will not spend too much time at this altitude because its not advisable. So we continue our drive to the center of the Tibetan Buddhist world, Lhasa (literally the ‘Place of the Gods’). First, we will head to our hotel
– The Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise which is the biggest luxury hotel at the roof top of the world, offering everything you need to relax at such high altitudes. Lhasa is at 3650m, and we will be staying here for 2 nights which will further help us to acclimatize at high altitude. We will head out for dinner to a nice local restaurant before we call it a day and hit the bed.

Accommodation: Intercontinental Hotel or similar

Today we spend time exploring Lhasa. First the Potala Palace – that soars above the Holy City. Its charming whitewashed old Tibetan quarter continues to preserve the essence of traditional Tibetan life. Then we move on to see the famous debates performed by the monks at the Sera Monastery. It’s very interesting to see these monks with loud, animated and exaggerated arm movements questioning the Buddhist scriptures. In the evening we visit the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred and active Tibetan temples, which is 1300-year-old, golden roofed building at the center of the Barkhor Market. After that we will head for early dinner, so that we all get enough rest before we start the most historic drive of our life.

Accommodation: Tashi Choeta Hotel or similar

We start the day driving along the iconic Friendship Highway, which is considered as one of the coolest roads on the planet. This day we would be covering 280 kms, and we will take the regular paved road straight to Shigatse, considering the speed limit on this stretch of highway. We will be arriving Shigatse post lunch, the altitude almost the same as Lhasa. Its Tibet’s second largest town and also home to the 600-year-old majestic Tashilhunpo Monastery. The monastery has a magnificent architectural style with a golden roof and resplendent buildings. After the monastery visit, we get to our hotel for dinner and rest.

Accommodation: Mt. Everest Hotel or similar

Today we will be traversing through the summit of Gyatso La Pass, at 5200 meters which is another highest point of adventure on this expedition. We will also be driving through some of the most stunning roads all the way to the Shegar. It is a small town which is considered as the gateway to Mt. Everest. The altitude is higher than Lhasa, located at 14,000 Ft. We will be staying at Mt. Everest Hotel which is only finest property that is available in such a harsh locality.

Accommodation: Mt. Everest Hotel or similar
The day we will be creating history by driving all the way to Mt. Everest Basecamp. The distance we have to cover for this journey is 140 kms and we will start very early so that we can reach the basecamp to watch the splendid sunrise at the world’s highest peak. At 17,060 feet, it offers impressive views of entire Northeast ridge and the summit. We spend quality time here assimilating every minute at the highest point of adventure in our life. Then we can visit the highest monastery in the world – Rongbuk Monastery. Lying against the backdrop of Mt. Everest (Qomolangma), the Rongbuk Monastery looks mysterious with dark red enclosure, colorful prayer streamers and white stupas. After exploring this place we start our drive taking the same route back to Shegar where we will actually get to see the summit of Gawalu Pass. From here we could see five mountains above 8000 meters including Mt. Everest. Will be driving through some of the most stunning switchbacks which makes it one of the coolest roads on this planet. And we head to our hotel to take some rest before we start with our evening celebration with a special cultural performance by the local tribes. Followed by dinner and rest at the hotel.

Accommodation: Gyantse Hotel or Similar

Today we will be heading to a town called Gyantse. Taking a route which is very unique and seldom used by normal tourists. We have identified special high-altitude off-road trails for you to quench your thirst for adventure even further before hitting Gyantse. The greatest sight of this place is the Gyantse Kumbum, the largest chörten remaining in Tibet and one of its architectural wonders. We settle down for dinner and rest for the day.

Accommodation: Intercontinental or similar

This will be the last day of our motoring expedition. Tracing a different route back to Lhasa through some stunning mountain passes and unbelievable landscapes that would take us through Khorala Glacier and to stunning views of Lake Yamdrok. The water of this holy lake takes the turquoise color to a whole new level. And then we cross the famous Kamba Pass to get one last glimpse of the lake, and then the altitude declines as we wind down to Lhasa. The road from here is flat but still we will be hovering around 3900 meters. After we reach Lhasa, we bid adieu to our expedition cars, and head to our final felicitation dinner, listening to all the wonderful stories and spending quality time with the newfound family.

Accommodation: Gyantse Hotel or Similar

Today we will be heading to a town called Gyantse. Taking a route which is very unique and seldom used by normal tourists. We have identified special high-altitude off-road trails for you to quench your thirst for adventure even further before hitting Gyantse. The greatest sight of this place is the Gyantse Kumbum, the largest chörten remaining in Tibet and one of its architectural wonders. We settle down for dinner and rest for the day.

Expedition Vehicle

Toyota Land Cruiser

What to Expect

Expedition Film

What our Clients say

“We travelled with people whom we didn’t know and by the end of the expedition, they became family and that’s what special in this trip“

– Neeraj, Third Pole Expedition 2018

“Nomadic Road knows how to put you in the front seat, making you drive which is what you enjoy on this trip, you are dictating your terms, you are enjoying, you are doing things all by yourselves, and not being told by somebody”

– Deepak, Third Pole Expedition 2018

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Dates and Prices

Dates Double Occupancy Private Room
13th to 24th April 2021 USD 6000 USD 7000 RESERVE ONLINE

All expedition prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice. Family travelling with kids are requested to contact us for special kids’ prices. Solo travelers and families bigger than 2 people are requested to contact us for the quote. Optional activities are at an additional cost. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars.

What's Included

  • Exclusive Expedition Vehicle for each team of 2 people with fuel
  • Internal flight tickets between Chengdu-Nyungchi and Lhasa-Chengdu
  • Nomadic Road Expert team throughout the trip
  • Local cultural expert throughout the trip
  • Support vehicle with back-up drivers and essential tools for vehicle preparation
  • All necessary permits including Tibet entry permit, Foreigner Alien’s permit, Foreign Affairs Office Permit, etc.
  • Everest Protection Area fee
  • Temporary driving license formalities fee
  • Airport transfers during arrival and departure
  • Accommodation for all nights on twin share basis as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals in Tibet
  • First-aid kit and oxygen cylinders
  • Third party vehicle liability insurance
  • Comprehensive pre-departure documentation
  • International Flights
  • Chinese Visa
  • Trip cancellation insurance and travel insurance
  • Personal medication
  • Extras like room service, optional excursions and items of personal nature like laundry, tips, phone calls etc.

Why join us?

If you’re satisfied with booking your trip online and hoping for the best, you don’t need us. Unusual travel experiences and motoring across far ends of our planet are not simple to plan, let alone find. And that is what makes Nomadic Road distinct. We know our destinations thoroughly, collaborate with exceptional in-country colleagues, and have many years of experience orchestrating eye-opening journeys. With us, you’ll see a destination in a different light – through the Nomadic Road lens – and discover things you won’t find out about any other way.

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