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Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour-8 days is the highest overland trip in the world for an magnificent view of Everest and culture experience of Tibet. The adventure of a lifetime, Tibet EBC Tour explores Tibetan monasteries, pristine lakes, glaciers and Mt Everest from Tibet. The most searching tour in the world is for the once in a lifetime adventures. The travel is worthwhile for photographers, Tibetan culture and mountain lovers. 8 days Tibet Everest Base Camp is an overland tour with day hike to Everest base camp from Rongbuk. You first flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu, tour around Lhasa and then overland drive to Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse, Shigatse and Everest Base Camp. Please email us at and call or leave message on WhatsApp at +977 9851023742 for 8 days Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour cost and departure dates in 2024, 2025.

Trip Facts

Tour Name: Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour

Tour Duration: 8 Days

Tour Difficulty: Moderate

Tour Season: April to December

Trip Altitude: 3600m-5250m

Tour Cost: US$ 1150-US$ 1350

Group Size: 4 - 12 pax

Tour Package: Private/Group

Mode of Transfer: Bus/Jeep/Flight

Start/End of Tour: Lhasa / Kathmandu

Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour 7 nights 8 days package from Kathmandu via Lhasa with price, dates for 2021.

  • Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour 
  • 8 Days Itinerary
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Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour is a beautiful historical and natural adventure tour in Tibet. You will visit Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Everest Base Camp in 8 days Tibet tour. Lhasa holds popular landmarks of Tibet like Potala and Norbulinka palace, Barkhor streets and old monasteries and temples you will explore during Lhasa tour. After Lhasa exploration tour, you will continue tour to north Everest base camp via Yamdrok Tso Lake, Gyantse, Shigatse and Rongbuk. Everest Base Camp Tour merges Tibet’s most famous and sacred sites covering 900 km around.

Also, Tibet Everest Base Camp overland budget tour offers a massive view of Mount Everest.The view is so splendid and supper amazing so that you can not see such view from Nepal south Everest base camp trek.

Best time tour to Tibet Everest Base Camp
April to June, and September to December are a good time for Tibet EBC tour, but a bit cold as it is 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 8 days Everest Base Camp Tour
Tibet travel permit and Paper group visa are necessary if you travel to Tibet EBC 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. But if you are coming to Lhasa from mainland China, then you need to get China visa in advance in your country. You need to carry your Tibet travel permit in your hand before boarding into train or flight to Lhasa. This we will make it in advance and give it you at your hotel where you are staying in China.

Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour Cost-The package price ranges from $ 850 USD to $ 6500, it depends on private and group tour size and also the standard of the package like budget, standard and deluxe trip. In the tour cost, it includes all accommodation, breakfast, Tibet travel permit, guide, transfers with driver and taxes.

Number of People in Tibet EBC Tour-Group sizes are 2 to 12 people in the group. No matter for private group tour. Any number of people will accept for private tour.

Best Time Tour in Tibet- April To November is the best time of year to travel to Tibet. One of the biggest features of weather on Qinghai-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.

EBC Tour Accommodation- Accommodations in city like Lhasa and Shigatse is standard and out of city like Rongbuk/EBC is basic.You will be staying in a seasonal tented camp.The tents are spacious, well-equipped 8 person sized, which come with dormitory style single beds, solid flooring and a central heating stove. There are no showers here and the toilet facilities are a little primitive but the view of north face of Everest is amazing. Only locally-run Tibetan yak tents and Rongbuk Guest house are available at EBC.

Tibet is never known for its 5-star luxury resorts, though you can find some like Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise, St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Sheraton hotel, etc in Lhasa. Overall, the accommodation facilities and services are not as good as those in coastal and central parts of China. However, from cheap and clean youth hotel, to distinct Tibetan style 3-star and international 5-star luxury hotel, you will find one that suits your interest and pocket in Lhasa.

We’ve handpicked cozy and safe hotels in the central area of Lhasa, where you will find Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street are just steps away from you. You can easily experience more of the local life and culture. Normally, as you travel to remote areas in some parts of Shigatse like Tingri, or EBC, Ngari, Nagqu, etc. the accommodation would be much poorer. Some may have air-conditioning in the hotel; others may only have electric blanket in the guesthouses. And the food is also very basic.

Toilets- 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 Tibet Tour- Common foods in Tibet include 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.

Passport- 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: Arrival in Lhasa(3650m)
Upon your arrival in Lhasa, our tour guide will meet you and escort you at the Lhasa Airport or Lhasa Railway Station to your hotel in Lhasa. After checking into your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to have a good rest and acclimatize yourself to the high altitude at Tibet. Get prepared for your tour in Lhasa. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 2: Lhasa Group Tour
After breakfast in your hotel, your guide will pick you up to visit the splendid Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark in Lhasa. The whole morning is for you to appreciate this world-level architectural work. In the afternoon, you will visit the Johkang Temple, the spiritual centre of Tibet. Tibetan people from all over the world come here to kowtow in the front of the entrance with their pure heart. Finally, you can spend some time walking on around the Jokhang Temple in Barkhor Street where is full of religious atmosphere.
Day 3: Lhasa City Tour (20km)
After breakfast in your hotel, you will be picked up to visit Drepung Monastery, one of the "Great Three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. In the afternoon, you will head to visit Sera Monastery, another one of the "Great Three" Gelug monasteries in Tibet that founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey, to see the famous scriptures debating in this monastery.
Day 4: Lhasa to Shigatse(260km, 3900m, 6/7 hours drive)
Today, you will be driven to view the Yamdrok Lake, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet which you can never have a panorama. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and fed by numerous small Himalayan streams. Just enjoy the breath-taking blue Yamdrok Lake. Then, you will head to Gyantse and visit the Pelkor Monastery where displays sculptures, murals and carvings. After that, you will drive about one hour to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Upon arrival, you will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the oldest and largest Gelugpa Monastery in Tibet.
Day 5: Shigatse to Everest Base Camp(340km,5200m)
After getting your Alien's Travel Permit, we will firstly drive to Lhatse and take lunch there. After lunch, we will keep driving to Shegar, where you may see the Mt. Everest in the distance if the weather is clear. After driving about 4 to 6 hours, you will reach to Rongbuk Monastery, the the highest monastery in the world with a height of 4,980 meters. On the way, you will pass Pang-la Pass at 5050 meters above the sea level, where you could see the whole five highest peaks in the world.
Day 6: Everest back to Shigatse(340km,3900m, 7/8 hours drive)
Get up in the early morning, you will view the sunrise over the Mt.Everest on a clear day. Then you may trek from tent to Base camp or go to EBC by local eco-bus. After visiting base camp, you can visit Rongphu Monastery, the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and belongs to Nyingma sect. Then, we will drive back to Shigatse. stay overnight in Shigatse.
Day 7: Shigatse to Lhasa(265km,3650m, 5 hours drive)
After breakfast, we will drive about 280km back to Lhasa along the Friendship Highway. The whole journey may takes about 6 hours and you can enjoy the beautiful landscape along the Yarlung Tsangpo River, which is the longest river in Tibet.
Day 8: Departure from Lhasa
Breakfast and final transfer to Lhasa airport or train station get your flight back to home.

Cost Included

  • Airport pick up and departure transfer
  • All travel documents needed in Tibet, including Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit, Foreign Affairs Permit and Military Area Entry Permit;
  • Group-shared transportation to the destinations and sites listed in the itinerary; ranging from 7 seats Van to 22 seats tourist bus depending on the group size;
  • Lodging: four nights in Lhasa 3-star hotel; two night in Shigatse 3-star hotel; one night in Guest house or tent hotel in Everest Base Camp (single room supplement is required in Lhasa and Shigatse, if you travel individually and don’t what to share the room with another tourist);
  • Experienced English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the itinerary;
  • First aid kit;

Cost Not Included

  • International and domestic flight/train to Lhasa (Note: we accept the domestic flight/train tickets booking to Lhasa from other cities in advance)
  • Meals that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal cost 3 to 15USD per person in Tibet);
  • Tips and gratuities for the trip leader and driver;
  • The expense of a personal nature like alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc;
  • Optional activities and excursions not specified in the itinerary;
  • China Entry visa fees;
  • Travel Insurance

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.

Gear 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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