Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour

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US$ 3,249 P/P

Trip Info

  • Duration

    12 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    5200 m

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Lhasa

  • Transport

    Private Car & Flight

  • Best Season:

    • Summer (May,Jun)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

The Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour is one of the most exclusive Everest Base Camp journeys without having to engage in a strenuous hiking trip. It offers you the immense beauty of the vast topography, high mountain peaks, ancient tradition, and unique culture of Tibet along with the excitement of visiting EBC. 

The 10-day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp itinerary departs from Lhasa which is renowned for its ancient religion, immaculate culture, incredible works of art, temples with golden roofs, and exquisitely designed monasteries. Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, etc. are some of the major attractions of Lhasa you will visit in this Lhasa EBC Journey. 

As we make out the way from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp, you will be greeted by a sense of enchantment and mystery as well as stunning vistas of the Himalayas which was once "the forbidden region" and is the "roof of the world”. The Everest Base Camp Tour from Lhasa allows you to experience the centuries-old spiritual wealth before bringing you to the base camp at the foot of the world's highest peak; Gyantse Stupa, Sakya Monastery, The Pelkor Chode Monastery with the unique style of taking in several factions of Tibetan Buddhism, the famed Tashilhunpo known as the Panchen Lama’s seat, and the world’s highest situated Rongbuk Monastery are just a few of them. 

This Everest Base Camp Tour not only allows you to be on the lap of the world’s tallest mountain, visit the historic cities, and explore the significant monasteries but also discover the typical Tibetan rural villages and travel past many high Himalayan mountain passes such as Khampa La, Karo La, and Pang La with the turquoise Yamdrok Lake all within picturesque settings surrounded by views of tall snow-capped peaks. 

This amazing trip package from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp is specially designed for those looking to witness the mighty Mount Everest and at the same time get some insights into Tibetan Buddhism.

If you are interested in exploring “Tibet: Roof of the World” full of panoramic mountain views, ancient monasteries, splendid palaces, magical lakes, and scenic drives, this itinerary is perfect for you. Please feel free to message us for more information.

Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour Highlights

  • A tour of the world’s highest capital city, Lhasa which is also known as the “roof of the world”
  • Explore the popular Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Norbulingka which are also the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites 
  • Pay a visit to the most beautiful Sera Monastery and grand Drepung Monastery
  • Walk around the famous Barkhor Street gives the Tibetan culture authenticity 
  • Discover the stunning turquoise blue lake of Yamdrok Tso which is also one of the three sacred lakes of Tibet
  • Chances to experience the grandness of the many important monasteries such as Tashilhunpo Monastery and Sakya Monastery
  • Experience the travel to many high mountain passes in one journey including  Karo La Pass, Khamba La Pass, and Pang La Pass
  • Take a tour of the world’s highest situated monastery, Rongbuk Monastery with amazing views of the backdrop
  • A driving journey to the classic north Everest Base Camp at 5050 meters above sea level 
  • Observe the sunrise from the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain

Best Time to do the Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour 

The north Everest Base Camp Tour is possible anytime between spring and early winter. But, the months from April through June and September through November are considered the best and busiest time for the Lhasa EBC tour. 

Once the spring begins in Tibet, the weather gradually warms up, the temperature climbs, the days begin to lengthen, and the nights won't be as chilly as they would be in the winter. The grasslands once again become rich and vibrant, vegetation and flowers begin to bloom and roads become drier. Hence, the spring month of April and May with June is acknowledged as the ideal time for the tour to Everest Base Camp. It is also the best time for the Mount Everest Climbing Expedition. 

The autumn season starts in September and lasts till November and these months are also another best time for Tibet EBC trips. The days are dominated by consistent bright sunshine, pleasant temperatures, and cozy fresh air, and the Everest mountain top is cloud-free and is once again fully visible after the annual monsoon season subsides. In addition, the path from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp also becomes the most vibrantly colored as a variety of trees and plants start turning yellow or golden giving you a great vista to take in.

The summer monsoon kicks in fully in July and August with the increased temperature and an ideal amount of humidity. Though the rain pours almost every day in monsoon, it is not something travelers need to be too concerned about because it lasts for a short time which is not intense or heavy, and occurs mostly during the night. And, there is always brightness following the rain. The top of Everest could be hidden in a thin cloud layer adding more mystery and a breathtaking panorama to be captured. So, if you want to plan Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour in the monsoon, you need to head there while fully prepared with the proper gear. 

Winter is not advised for this Lhasa EBC tour, especially in January and February because Tibet receives the most snowfall and the temperature is at its lowest during these months. The roads will also be blocked with snow making it not possible for the journey. 

Permits to do the Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour 

Travelers are required to obtain the following permits to do the Lhasa EBC Tour.

1. Chinese Group Visa/China Visa 

Chinese Group Visa and China Visa are two different visas. You need to obtain a Chinese Group Visa if you are entering Tibet from Nepal whereas you need China Tourist Visa if you are traveling to Tibet from mainland China. Your Chinese Group Visa which is also called Paper Visa will be obtained in 3-4 business days from the Chinese Embassy in Nepal. And for the China Tourist Visa, you need to obtain it from the Chinese Embassy in your country. 

2. Tibet Travel Permit 

Tibet Travel Permit is mandatory for all travelers entering Tibet. Once you confirm the trip with us or your travel agency, your scanned passports and required documents are submitted to the Tibet Travel Bureau (TTB) in Lhasa and after 9-10 working days your travel agency will obtain the Permit and give it to you once you arrive Tibet. 

3. Alien’s Travel Permit 

Alien’s Travel Permit is required to explore the restricted areas including Everest Base Camp. It will also be obtained by your travel agency on your behalf.

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa

🕑 1 Hours Drive to Lhasa City from Airport

Max Altitude: 3650 M

Upon your arrival at the Gonggar Airport, our representative will welcome you and escort you toward Lhasa which is just an hour’s drive from the airport. We enjoy the view of the landscape along the beautiful Yarlung Tsangpo River (the Brahmaputra River) which is also the longest river in Tibet), and the Lhasa River. Once we are in Lhasa, you can rest for the remainder of the day and adjust to the high altitude. 

Note: You can arrive in Lhasa from the capital of Nepal or via different cities in mainland China. 

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Lhasa

Day 2: Full Day Lhasa City Tour

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 3650 M

After breakfast, we head to the grand Potala Palace that is located on Red Hill. It was built by the Tibet ruler, King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. The current structure is built by the 13th Dalai Lama. The Potala Palace is recognized for its luxurious structures, complicated design, reverent ambiance, and great artworks. It is largely composed of the White Palace, also known as the Dalai Lamas' winter residence, an administrative building, and the Red Palace, a religious institution.

Following lunch, we proceed to the Jokhang temple, which was also built in the seventh century by King Songtsen Gampo, the 33rd ruler of Tibet. It is the oldest temple in Lhasa and the most important site for Tibetan Buddhism followers. The temple houses the life-size statue of 12-year-old Buddha Sakyamuni.  In front of the Jokhang Temple, you may witness pilgrims kneeling and doing prostrations.

Then, we will stroll down Barkhor Street which circles the Jokhang Temple. The street infused with Himalayan Incense is packed with pilgrims doing the holy Kora and visitors purchasing things in the markets. You can buy anything associated with Tibet during this time, including bundles of incense, scraps of yak butter, and clothes for monks.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Lhasa

Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing Part II

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 3650 M

The first site for sightseeing today will be the Drepung Monastery which is five kilometers outside of the city to the base of Gambo Utse. It is one of the Great Three monasteries of the Gelugpa sect founded by a disciple of Tsong Khapa named Jamyang Choge in the fourteenth century. The Manjushri Bodhisattva, Sitatapatra statues, rare sutra, and Jamyang Qoigy's conch shell are the main highlights of this monastery. It was formerly referred to as the mother of monasteries and is now one of the nation's holiest sites.

Then, after arriving back in Lhasa, we depart for the northern suburbs to see Sera Monastery, one of the Great Three monasteries. The building was given the Tibetan name Sera, which means "wild rose," in 1419 because roses were in bloom on the hill behind it at the time. The primary attraction of the monastery is the lively and original arguments held by the monks every afternoon in the debating field beneath the trees.

If time allows, we'll discuss Norbulingka Palace, another popular Lhasa sight. Two kilometers to the west of the Potala Palace was the Dalai Lama's summer residence. The 360,000 square meter garden around this palace is enormous, making it the highest-placed horticulture garden in the world and the largest man-made garden in Tibet.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Lhasa

Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok Tso

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 3980 M

We leave Lhasa after breakfast and slowly travel toward Gyantse which is about 260 km in distance. It is an exciting drive where we drive past the Khamba La Pass at 4794 meters which offers a breathtaking glimpse of the revered, blue Lake Yamdrok. Then after driving for a bit we will reach the lake. It is one of the three holy lakes in Tibetan Buddhism that is really eye-pleasing flanked by snow-capped hills, including the magnificent Nyenchen Khangsar, the tallest mountain nearby Lhasa.

After exploring, taking pictures, and making kora of the lake, we resume our journey to Gyantse. We cross past the second and last pass for today named Karo La pass at 5045 meters and view the stunning scenery of Mount Nyenchen Khangsar before reaching Gyantse for the night. Upon arrival in the town, we will check in at the hotel. After a brief rest and if time allows, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery which includes the Gyantse Kumbum. Considered the largest of the three Kumbums in Tibet, it has nine floors with unique chapels. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Gyantse

Day 5: Gyantse to Shigatse

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 3840 M

In the morning, we will visit the Pelkor Monastery which is also called Pelkhor Chode and has priceless works of art. We will also explore its Kumbum Stupa which is a mandala-shaped stupa with 85 chambers, each with a variety of sculptures, and a total of 100,000 images of Buddhist deities. 

In the afternoon, we leave for the second biggest city in Tibet, Shigatse which is around 90 kilometers and two hours drive from Gyantse. On the way lies the Shalu Monastery which is built in the styles of the Han, Tibetan, and Indian cultures. We halt at the monastery for a short time to explore its arts and architecture before we reach Shigatse. After arriving at Shigatse, we will check in at the designated hotel and rest for a bit. 

Then later, we will visit the city’s main draw, Tashilhunpo Monastery which is one of the biggest active monasteries in Tibet. Tashi Lhunpo meaning the "mountain of happiness," was constructed by the His Holiness the First Dalai Lama in 1447 and is the seat of the Panchen Lamas who are the great scholars and the second-highest spiritual figure after Dalai Lamas. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Shigatse

Day 6: Shigatse to Shegar via Sakya

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 4300 M

A scenic drive from Shigatse along the Friendship highway takes us to Shegar today. The drive is full of beautiful scenery. We will drive past the settlement of Lhatse and also drive past the Gyatso La Pass (5,220m). A brief stop at Natang Monastery is a must. 

Driving further ahead, we will stop at the Shakya Monastery with the biggest gold book in the world. Shakya Monastery was built in 1073 A.D by Gongjue Jiebu, to spread his esoteric theory of Buddhism to the whole world. The monastery had one of the largest monastic communities in Tibet before the Cultural Revolution. There are two monasteries of Sakya, one in the south and the other in the north. While the southern monastery, which was built like a fortification with a moat, is still in continuous use, the northern monastery, which was split into two pieces, is now just a simple ruin. This monastery got the name Sakya as it was built on a chalky hill and Sakya means chalky earth in Tibetan.

Then we continue onward to Shegar which is also New Tingri. If the time permits, we will visit the Shegar Dzong which translates to the Crystal Fort. It is one of Tibet's most remarkable structures and its collapsing defensive walls wind up the side of an impossible-to-climb mountain that towers over the town. We can view Mt. Everest in the distance from here. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Best Available Hotel

Day 7: Shegar to Everest Base Camp via Pang La Pass

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 5050 M

Following breakfast, we will depart from Shegar and drive through the Pang La Pass route to reach Everest Base Camp at 5050 meters. Pang La Pass is one of the most stunning Himalayan Passes at 5200 meters which is the highest altitude you will gain in this Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour. It is also known as the Gawu La or Geu La Pass well-known for its 64 switchbacks from the south and 41 from the north. From the pass, we can enjoy the panoramic vistas of Mount Everest, Mount Shishapangma, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, and Mount Cho Oyu, to name just a few. We continue our journey till we reach the Base Camp of the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest. We enjoy our night at the wool-tented guesthouse that is very basic but warm and comfortable giving you an extraordinary experience. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Best Available Guest House

Day 8: Everest Base Camp to Shigatse via Rongbuk Monastery

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 3840 M

We rise early in the morning to observe the ever-amazing sunrise over the mountains. Then after a delicious breakfast with Tibetan tea, we will drive to Rongbuk Valley and pay our visit to the highest located monastery in the world, Rongbuk Monastery. You can also interact with locals and monks, and learn about the history of the monastery and valley in their library before we make our way towards Shigatse via Shegar for the night. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Shigatse

Day 9: Shigatse to Lhasa

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 3650 M

We bid farewell to Shigatse after breakfast and head back towards the capital Lhasa along the Yalong valley and Yalong River. You have some free time to look around the Barkhor and buy presents for your loved ones back home once in Lhasa. 

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Lhasa

Day 10: Depart from Lhasa

🕑 1 Hours Drive to Lhasa City from Airport

Your Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour comes to an end with the return to Lhasa from Shigatse. So, you will be transferred to the Gonggar Airport after breakfast for the flight to Kathmandu or Mainland China from where you can take a connecting flight back to your home country. 

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • All airport transfers
  • Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet
  • 3* standard category accommodations on a twin/double sharing basis in Shigatse, & Lhasa
  • Best available hotel/lodge/guesthouse accommodations in Gyantse & Shegar
  • Tented Guest house in EBC 
  • Professional English-speaking guide in Kathmandu 
  • TTB certified guide throughout the Tibet tour 
  • All required entrance fees
  • Private vehicle for the overland trip and sightseeing tour in cities
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner 
  • All applicable government taxes 

 

Excludes

  • International Airfares and Taxes
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Meals (Lunch and Dinner) and Beverages 
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, tips to guide and driver, liquor, etc.)
  • Any costs occurred under unavoidable circumstances (flight delay or cancellation, road blockade, etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the INCLUSION section

Accommodations During the Lhasa EBC Tour

We offer the best 3* standard category hotel accommodations in Lhasa and Shigatse on a twin/double sharing basis. However, if you want to upgrade the service or want to have a single supplementary, we can manage it at an additional cost. 

For the nights in Gyantse and Shegar, you will be accommodated at the best available hotel/lodge/guesthouse on a twin/double sharing basis. And, when you are in Everest Base Camp, you will be sleeping at the tented guesthouse with very basic services. Also, note that, other than the cities, you will be sharing the toilets and bathrooms which are not in the western style but pit or squat styled. 

Meals During the Tibet EBC Tour 

Except for the lunches and dinners in Shigatse and Lhasa, you will be provided with all three meals on this Lhasa EBC Tour. You can dine in one fine restaurant as there are many lovely restaurants in Lhasa and Shigatse that offers a wide range of menus. 

While you are in Gyantse, Shegar, and Everest Base Camp, you can enjoy the local Tibetan dishes such as butter tea, tsampa, dumplings, noodle soup, Nepali staple Daal Bhat (Rice & lentil soup with veggies), simple Chinese, and some western dishes such as fries, Omelets, pizzas, and pasta.

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