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Nepal to Tibet Tour-8 days Itinerary and Price

The classic overland trip, 8 days Nepal to Tibet tour covers Lhasa, Shigatse, Everest Base Camp and Kathmandu. The tour is full of magic Himalayas, culture, adventure and stunning landscapes. You will first drive to the world's tallest peak-Mt Everest Base Camp via Gyirong then to Lhasa. Nepal Tibet Tour is the easiest way to visit Everest base camp, the most popular travel destinations in the world. Thousands of travelers all around world make tour and trek to Everest Base Camp from Nepal and Tibet every year. Overland tour is the shortest and fastest trip to Everest Base Camp. For an adventure travel experience of nature and culture, Nepal to Tibet tour is recommended for all. The amazing landscapes and wonderful views of Everest from Rongbuk is so beautiful. Hence, Nepal and Tibet tour conquers high passes, glaciers and authentic Tibetan villages with outstanding views. Please email us at or call or message on WhatsApp at +977 9851023742  for 8-day Tibet Nepal Tour cost and departure plan of 2024, 2025.

Trip Facts

Tour Name: Nepal EBC Tibet Tour

Tour Length: 8 Days

Tour Difficulty: Challenging

Tour Season: April to December

Trip Altitude: 2300m- 5250m

Tour Cost: US$1050-US$1350

Group Size: 4 - 16+ Pax

Tour Package: Private/Group Tour

Mode of Transfer: Jeep/Bus/Flight

Start/End of Tour: Kathmandu / Lhasa

Nepal Everest Base Camp Tibet tour  is an 8 days adventure overland tour to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp/EBC from Kathmandu. 

  • Nepal Tibet EBC Tour
  • 8 Days Itinerary
  • Cost Details
  • Essential Travel Info
  • FAQs

Nepal Tibet EBC Tour will give you first-hand natural and cultural travel experience of Tibet.An amazing Tibet EBC Tour begins from Kathmandu and ends in Lhasa. En root, you will enjoy superb view of Mount Everest , Cho Oyo, Makalu and Shishapangma as you driving over high passes above 5000 m. You will also see nomad camps on a vast Tibetan Plateau. Nepal to Everest Base camp Tour in Tibet is a good tour to enjoy an awesome beauty of Mt Everest without trekking and hiking.

After Rongbuk and Everest Base Camp exploration visit, you will then continue your tour to Lhasa via Shigatse and Gyantse. On the way drive to Lhasa, explore famous Gyantse fort and Kumbum monastery and also a famous Tashilhunpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama in Shigatse. We drive to Lhasa via Yamdrok Lake, the beautiful lake in Tibet. During Lhasa Tour, you will visit Potala palace , Jokhang temple, Barkhor market, Drepung and Sera monasteries. At the end of 8 days Nepal Tibet EBC  Tour, we will drop you to Lhasa train station or Lhasa airport for your on wards journeys. 

Seasons for Tibet EBC Tour
April to December is a good time for Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour, but a bit cold in winter, the weather is fairly ideal for travel since it is dry season in Tibet. Thus, you can enjoy Mount Everest in clear weather. On the other hand, the traditional high season of tourism, July and August are not a good choice to appreciate Mount Everest, as it is the rainy season and the mountain is under the cloud and mist.

Travel Permit and Visa for North Everest Base Camp Lhasa tour
Tibet travel permit and Paper group visa are necessary if you travel to Lhasa Tibet from Kathmandu. Please do not apply China visa in advance in your country if you are getting Tibet entry from Nepal since this visa does not work. We will apply and your visa here at Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, and it takes 4 working days. 

Nepal to Tibet EBC Tour Cost
The package price ranges from $ 850 USD to $ 1500, it depends on private and group tour types and also the standard of the package like budget, standard and deluxe trip. In the budget tour cost, it includes all budget hotel accommodation with breakfast, Tibet travel permit, guide, transfers with driver and taxes.

Number of People in EBC Lhasa Overland Tour
Group sizes are 2 to 24 people in the group. No matter for private group tour. Any number of people will accept for private tour.

Weather and Temperature on Nepal and Tibet EBC Tour
Tibet Plateau is the dramatic temperature change between day and night. The annual temperature in Lhasa is 2 to 12 degree in Spring, 9 to 22 degree in Summer, 7 to 19 degree in fall and -7 to 9 degree in winter. Do wear clothes properly such as thermal tops, fleece jacket, breathable underwear, down jacket, jeans, beanie, etc. Of course, sun screen, lip balm, sun glasses are essential to shield you from powerful blinding sunlight on the plateau. Do drink more water and eat more vegetable as you travel in Tibet. It can prevent you from dehydration.

Toilets on Nepal to Everest Base Camp Tour Tibet
Admittedly, to many western tourists, using toilets in Tibet is the most dreadful experience. So, please down play your expectation. If you take Tibet train to Lhasa, both western toilet and squat toilet are available in the train. If you stay in hotel above 3-star hotels in Lhasa, Shigatse, etc. you will have no complaining using standard western flash toilet. However, if you visit some of the attractions like Yamdrok or Namtso, EBC outdoor, mostly you will see the smelly and filthy pit toilet. It's better to carry enough toilet paper.

Meals on Nepal to EBC Tibet Tour
Common foods in Tibet are Chinese and Nepalese dishes, local noodles, dumplings (momo), yak butter or local milk tea and even yak burgers. While Lhasa has many cafes and restaurants to choose from, once outside of the capital there will be fewer or no options of where to have our meals. Your guide will choose places to eat that have been well rated by past travelers. Vegan and vegetarian choices are possible to cater for, although choice may be limited. The high altitude can affect how food tastes, so don't be surprised if you end up adding far more chili to your dishes than you would at home. You will get basic food like Instant noodles, Tibetan soup noodles, dried yak meat, pork soup, milk tea, egg fried rice, Tsampa, cabbage with rice, chili potato curry at EBC. It is nice to take some bread or light snacks before heading to EBC from Tingri or Shigatse.

Passports-You will need valid passport to travel to Tibet. As a general rule, Tibet requires that your passport has a minimum of 8 months validity remaining. Your passport details are required. Please ensures that your passport details you provide is accurate. Any errors provided may result in extra fees for making corrections in booking. We recommend taking copies of the main passport pages and other important documents with you as well as leave copies at home with family or friends.

Tour guide-All group trips are accompanied by local Tibetan tour guide. The aim of guide is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Our English-speaking guides are natives of Tibet with good knowledge of Tibetan culture, history, and Buddhism. Most are trained to offer Western-standard service. Throughout your stay in Tibet, we will minor your health and provide prompt help to you. 

Tipping-Travelers’s tipping to Tibetan guide and driver is taken as an extra gratitude to their good service, just like what you do in the west. Normally, a tipping of 7 USD/day is acceptable. The basic rule is good service for good pay.

Day 1: Kathmandu-Kerung Border-Kerung Town(168km, 7/8 hour)
Our representative will pick you up from hotel in Kathmandu in the morning then we will drive through small mountain road to the border at Nepalese side, on the way you can enjoy the waterfall, rivers, forest. After we arrive Kerungm, Nepal-Tibet border, you will meet our Tibetan guide and driver at the border and make the necessary immigration paper work and then continue driving to Kerung town at the distance of 20 Km. Overnight at Kerung town at Phuntsok Rebsal Hotel.
Day 2: Kerung-Pekutso-New Tingri Known as Shegar(4400, 270km,6 hours)
After breakfast we will start our journey to new Tingri. Passing by the most sacred cave of Milarepa Yogi which date back to the 11th century and also the birth place of Milarepa, We Continue driving through Gongthang La pass at the elevation of over 5000m and then drive along Pekutso Lake to old Tingri ,The scenery is extremely beautiful with Shisa Pangma snow mountain on the right and Pekutso on the left.If the weather is nice, we can see Mt. Everest on the way to old Tingri. After one hour of drive on friendship highway we will reach new Tingri. Overnight in Sega at Roof of Garden Hotel.
Day 3: Shegar Via Everest Base Camp to Shigatse(3900m,300km,8 hours)
Early morning at 04:45 AM, we start our tour to Everest Base Camp, driving through big mountain passes, Gyantso la at 5,200m and Tsola at 4,500m and some beautiful villages. We will have a walk of around 5 minutes ahead from Ronbuk Monastery to Everest Base Camp viewing point. Returning back from Base camp, we join the remaining group and head for the sightseeing of Tashi Lhumpu Monastery on shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse at Yak Hotel.
Day 4: Shigatse to Gyantse (4000m, 90km,4 hours)
We will start our tour at around 9:00 AM from hotel then drive to Gyantse. Have lunch in Gyantse and then visit Palkor chode monastery and Khubum Pagoda stupa. In the afternoon, explores the old town of Gyantse. Overnight in Gyantse at Yuthok Tibetan Hotel.
Day 5: Gyantse to Lhasa via Yamdrok Lake(3700m,370km, 7 hours)
We will start our tour around 9:00 AM from the hotel then drive towards Lhasa via three big mountain passes, Simi La, Karo La, Kampa La respectively. Karo La is the highest pass among them which is over 5000m with its most beautiful glaciers, beautiful Yamdroke Lake emerged as coral color from the top of Kampa La pass. After having Lunch at Nakartse, which is just between the Yamdrok lake and Karo La glaciers we will continue our drive to Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa at Snow Heaven Hotel.
Day 6/7: Full Day Sightseeing in Lhasa 
After breakfast two full days sightseeing tour to Lhasa including Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazar, Potala Palace, Sera Monasteries.Overnight at Snow Heaven Hotel in Lhasa. 
Day 8: Lhasa to Kathmandu or Mainland  China. 
After breakfast drive to Ganger Airport or Train Station for departure flight to Kathmandu or to your onward destination to China.

Cost Includes

  • Twin Sharing Accommodation as per itinerary on Bed and Breakfast basis.
  • English Speaking Tibetan Guide.
  • Transpiration as per the Tours by Van or Bus.
  • Monastery Entrance Fee.
  • Tibet Travel Permit.
  • Kathmandu-Kerung border drop.
  • Hotel-Airport Station Transfer in Lhasa.
  • Everest Base Camp permits Fee.
Cost Excludes
  • Lunch and Dinner.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Natural or Political disturbance which beyond our control.
  • Personal expenses, drinks, tips, etc.

China Visa
Most nationalities require a visa for mainland China. You must obtain your Chinese visa in advance. It is not possible to get a visa on arrival and Chinese visas can be difficult to obtain outside your country of residence. Tibet is is a province of China and so you will require a Chinese visa for this trip. You will need a Single Entry Tourist for your trip valid for 30 days.

Information Required for Visa Application
For our Tibet trips you will be provided with documentation for your visa application that will not match your true itinerary. While Tibet is not off limits to travellers, you must first obtain a Chinese visa before you apply for the Tibet group permit for your trip. Including Tibet on your visa application will be likely to lead to your visa being rejected, so you must instead use the general China itinerary that we provide to you.

Documents Required for Visa Application
Hotel List - this will be sent to you by your travel agent at time of booking. If you do not receive this, email us.
Official invitation from licensed Chinese tourism company - this will be provided from us together with the Hotel List to all travellers regardless of whether it is required by the consulate or not and will assist with your application.
Photocopy of your passport.
Passport size photo up to 4 may be required.
Check with the consulate for any other specific requirements.

Documents Required for Tibet permit and Ticket booking
The following must be sent at the time of booking or no later than 35 days prior to travel
1. Clear, color scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport
2. Clear, color scanned copy of your Chinese visa
3. Your current profession. Some professions including diplomats, journalists, military or police personnel will be denied permission to enter Tibet.
4. If we do not receive these documents from you in time you will not be able to travel to Tibet.

Equipment Packing List
It is nice to keep your main luggage under 15 kg. What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances or up or down a flight of stairs. Our travelers usually find the smaller their luggage is, the more they enjoy the trip not having to worry about carrying heavy bags. A lockable bag or small padlock will be useful especially when travelling on public transportation as well. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, and jacket etc. when you’re exploring during the day. Below are some ideas and helpful tips on what you specifically need for this trip.
Bring you down jacket, thermal underwear, and warm head wear. Besides, sunscreen, sun hat, toiletries, personal medicine like mountain sickness, cold relief, diarrhea. Some cash are also needed. 

Clothing: a mixture of lightweight and dry fast clothing and warm layers like Long shirts, pants, scarves.
Trekking Shoes: sturdy and comfortable shoes.
Personal Travel Documents-Your passport (visa), travel insurance, flight tickets, passport size photos.
Small first aid kit such as mild pain killers, electrolytes, Band-Aids and insect repellent, and essential medicine depending on your doctors advice.
Money: Cash/credit card/EFTPOS card and money belt
Sun protection- A hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

Refillable water bottle (1.5-litre capacity suggested)
Cell phone, camera with spare batteries, charger, and adapter plug
Hand wash, travel wipes, toiletries and a small towel
Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)

Sleeping bag(Useful for camping, overnight trains and poorly heated hotels, particularly during the winter months of Dec - Feb when temperatures are low).
Sleep sheet. If you are travelling during the hot season you may wish to pack a sleep sheet so you will be comfortable no matter what the weather.
Earplugs to guard against street noise and snorers.
A good book, a journal and music player for overnight train rides and longer drives.

Money Matter
The official currency in China and Tibet is the Yuan or Renminbi (CNY). 1 renminbi (yuan) = 10 jiao (mao). ATMs are widespread, so the easiest way to access cash on your trip is to bring a credit/debit card. Please check with your bank about overseas withdrawal fees before you depart and look for ATMs with your card logo. You may find that your card does not work in certain ATMs, so we recommend purchasing some CNY in your home country so you have some cash for your first day. Credit cards are mostly acceptable in bigger cities and establishments while in small towns, they may not work. 

Currency exchange is available at major banks and some hotels. The easiest foreign currencies to exchange are USD and EUR, however, please be aware of the security risk of carrying large amounts of cash. Commission is sometimes charged for currency exchange. Please note that due to restrictions on currency conversion for foreigners in China it may not be possible to change leftover CNY back into foreign currency, so please plan your budget and spending money well by withdrawing/exchanging what you need as you go.

Phone and internet access
Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites. It’s important to let your family and friends know that you might not be able to stay in touch over your usual methods, be it – social media or email. The Chinese Government restrict certain websites such as Google, Dropbox, Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WordPress. It may be possible to still access some of these websites using a VPN. If you wish to stay in touch with your friends and family through the above blocked sites, we suggest you research installing a suitable VPN on your device prior to travel.

Travel to Tibet
Due to the political sensitivities and increased security in this region it is important to understand that unexpected difficulties in obtaining Tibet permits may arise, and are out of our control. Regularly and without any official announcements by the government authorities permitting travel, the region of Tibet can be closed to visitors, and travel permits denied without warning. It is impossible to predict if or when such issues may be encountered again in the future. In the event of an individual or group permit being denied, or last minute closures of the Tibetan Autonomous Region to foreign travelers, we will endeavor to provide an alternative itinerary.

Altitude Sickness
Parts of your trip go above 2800 meters / 9200 feet where it is common for travelers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. This can be life-threatening and affect anyone, even people who are very physically fit. There is a higher risk for those who have had altitude sickness before, who exercise or drink alcohol before adjusting to the altitude, or who have health problems that affect breathing. If your tour travels to high altitude, see your doctor for advice specific to you and your situation before you depart. It is important to be aware of the normal altitude symptoms that you may encounter but no worry about:
1.Periods of sleeplessness
2.Occasional loss of appetite
3.Vivid, wild dreams at around 2500-3800m in altitude
4.Unexpected momentary shortness of breath, day and night
5.Periodic breathing that wakes you occasionally
6.Blocked nose
7.Dry cough
8.Mild headache
If you are feeling nauseous, dizzy, or experience other symptoms, please be sure to let your guide know immediately so that we can monitor your condition.

Other things to consider
Check weather in destinations you are travelling to online a few days before you go to make sure you pack appropriate clothing. Laundry facilities may not be available in all destinations, so make sure you have a few cycles of clothes to tide you over until your next chance to wash. Local authorities will react negatively if you are found carrying letters or packages from Tibetan nationals to be posted in other countries. Do not carry images of the Dalai Lama, Tibetan flags, literature or books on Tibet during your travels in this region as they may be confiscated or you may be detained. A hot water bottle and thermal clothes can be very useful for cold nights in Tibet and when heating is not adequate. Bedding is always provided, but some travelers have found that a thin sleeping sheet useful for hygiene purpose in the overnight train, tent and guesthouses. Bring good quality walking shoes as there are many steps in monasteries and some uneven terrain. Due to the altitude weather can change very quickly. A windproof jacket is essential as are warm layers of clothes that can easily be added or removed as needed.

Phone and internet access
Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites. It’s important to let your family and friends know that you might not be able to stay in touch over your usual methods, be it – social media or email. The Chinese Government restrict certain websites such as Google, Dropbox, Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WordPress. It may be possible to still access some of these websites using a VPN. If you wish to stay in touch with your friends and family through the above blocked sites, we suggest you research installing a suitable VPN on your device prior to travel.

Tibet/China National Holidays
Please note that China's national holidays are the peak travel season for Chinese nationals. During this time, literally the whole country is on the move - that's over a billion people. Although these are fascinating and exciting times to travel in China, please be aware you will almost definitely experience transport delays and massive crowds at tourist attractions and train stations. It's common for there to be difficulties in securing train or flight tickets at your preferred times, hotels become overbooked, traffic chaotic and changes to the itinerary are often necessary as a result. If clockwork organization is important to you we advise you book outside of the weeks of the extended Chinese New Year in January/February, in the first week of May and the first week of October. If you decide to travel during this period please come with an open mind and be prepared for changes on the ground.Here are the major holiday periods in China:
1.Chinese New Year
2. Qingming Festival
3. Labor Day Holiday
4.Dragon Boat Festival
5.Mid-Autumn Day
6.National Day

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