Lhasa - Everest Base Camp Tour

Lhasa - Everest Base Camp Tour
  • Duration8 Days
  • DestinationTibet
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5,000m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Type Tailor-Made
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Transport Car/Jeep/Van/Coster

Explore Lhasa
Visit Jokhang Temple
Explore Barkhor Market
Visit Potala Palace
Visit Sera Monastery
Visit Drepung Monastery
Visit Tashilunpo Monastery
Explore Kumbum Stupa
Visit Palcho Monastery
Trek to Everest Base Camp
Visit Rongbuk Monastery

The Everest Base Camp trek in Tibet is short and quite moderate. This Tibet travel package, the Lhasa tour and Everest Basecamp trek, offers expansive views of Everestnot obscured by other mountains. Such abundant natural treasures lie within the embraces of this Tibet tour which provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the cultural and natural bounty of a typical Lhasa tour and Everest Basecamp visit - a combination that might not be available in other destinations.

Covering about 1,000 kilometres of Tibet with a drive across its exceptionally breath-taking high plateau, this Tibet tour takes us through remarkable landscape and cultural beauty. Tibetans cling to spirituality as much as their traditions; their temples and monasteries testify to this fact. But it is also Tibet’s incredible landscapes that leave an everlasting memory. From the vast wilderness of its plains to the breath-taking mountains and glaciers, Tibet tour is complete escapism where travelers, photographers, and culture enthusiasts alike can value an enjoyable travel experience.

Starting from the border town of Kerung, we move inland into Tibet to Tingri and Rongbuk. After exploring Rongbuk, we make a short Everest Base camp trek. We also visit the historic town of Shigatse, where we explore Tashilhunpo monastery, the seat of the spiritual leader, Panchan Lama, the second-highest-ranking Tulku lineage in the Gelugpa tradition. The tour continues onwards to Gyantse, where several attractive sites await exploration.

As a fitting end, a tour of Lhasa will be conducted which will allow us to see one of Tibet’s archetypal cities, home to countless temples and shrines. There are various sites and sights that we can see and explore, at Lhasa. In the company of an experienced guide, this Tibet tour will take you through some of the finest scenery in the region, enjoying a rare opportunity to view magnificent architectural marvels against the stirring backdrop of the majestic Tibetan Himalayan ranges.

How do I get a Tibet travel permit?

To travel to Tibet from Nepal, you need a Chinese Group Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, and we will make all the necessary travel arrangements. The visa is issued on a separate piece of paper, not on your passport. To apply for the visa, the initial step is to book a Tibet tour with us. After you have booked your preferred Tibet tour package, you must send a copy of your passport us to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit. We advise sending your passport copy at least 25 days before your tour date. The visa fees vary depending on your country of origin and the urgency of your visa requirement.

The Best time to take this Tibet tour

The best time to travel to Tibet is from April to the end of May and from early September to November. Although the weather can be cold during this period, there are fewer tourists, and the sky is generally clear. From June to the end of August, Tibet experiences a rainy season, which often obscures the view with clouds. Winter in Tibet is cold and dry, but it is an excellent time to take a tour of Lhasa without the crowds of tourists. Tibet is typically closed during March each year, so it is advisable not to plan your trip between the months of March to early April.

What should I pack for this particular Tibet tour?

During this Lhasa to Everest Base camp tour, you will come across big cities like Lhasa and Shigatse where it is possible to find almost everything you need, but it is not recommended to spend your precious time shopping for random items. During this Tibet tour, it is best to bring the necessary items with you. Here are some suggestions: Be sure to bring your own medication, including medicine for high altitude sickness, common cold, and minor headaches. Bring enough clothing for the trip, sunscreen with an SPF of over 50, and lip balm. It is essential to have quality sunglasses, and if you plan to do the short Everest base camp trek, you will need hiking shoes. A first aid kit should also be on your list. Tibet travel means going to places where the temperature can drop significantly during the night and on cloudy days, even though it is warm during the day. To keep your bed warm at night, an old-fashioned hot water bottle is an excellent option, and don't forget to pack cold-weather gear such as hats, jackets, gloves, and undergarments.

Private and Group Tours to Tibet

Our private Tibet tours are designed to be incredibly flexible and can cater to a wide range of interests. We have a variety of itineraries available, but we are happy to customize them to suit your needs. We understand that everyone's travel preferences are unique, so we're happy to work with you to create a tailored itinerary that meets your needs. Our tours in Tibet can begin on any day that is convenient for you, and we are happy to accommodate groups of any size, from one person to thirty or more.

Our private Tibet tour will provide you with personalized experience, with a knowledgeable and experienced guide accompanying you throughout your journey. We prioritize providing our clients with personal attention and preferred itineraries. Families and friends traveling together to Tibet will find our tours especially appealing, as they allow for the freedom to explore Tibet at your own pace without adhering to someone else's schedule.

For those looking for a more budget-friendly option, we also offer group tours to Tibet twice a week. Our group tours in Tibet are small and offer a more affordable option for travelers on a budget. You'll have the opportunity to travel with like-minded individuals and create shared experiences along the way. Tibet group toursalso offer the chance to make new friends who share your interests.

What to expect on this Tibet tour

Our Tibet tour itineraries are designed to assist travelers in adapting to the high altitude by including acclimatization days in Lhasa. At 3656 meters (11,995 feet) above sea level, Lhasa is already situated at a high altitude, and much of Tibet is even higher. It's common to experience symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and shortness of breath when arriving in Lhasa for the first time. Therefore, we recommend limiting physical activity on the first day of arrival, particularly if arriving later in the day.

Every Tibet travel package consists of visiting religious sites. Exploring monasteries is the highlight of any Tibet tour, with each monastery offering a unique and delightful experience both inside and outside. As you enter the dimly lit spaces filled with colorful statues, incense smoke, and the scent of butter lamps, you'll feel transported to another world.

Despite the generally clear and sunny weather in Tibet, in the Everest Base camp region, temperatures can drop to sub-zero levels in the afternoon due to the frigid winds. While this tour includes Lhasa tour along with other places like Gyantse and Shigatse, once you leave the city, you'll spend a significant amount of time traveling in a car.

One aspect of a Tibet holiday package is that your movements will be closely monitored, resulting in frequent checkpoints along the highways. Nonetheless, the roads in Tibet are generally in excellent condition, enabling you to cover a lot of ground quickly.


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"Tibet Overland Tour With EBC"

Being in Nepal exploring all the beauties, culture and tradition is best a part but travelling into Himalayas lapping over the white mountains exploring its beauty, majoring the traditions of Himalayas is the best part of the tour. Being rich in mountain and Himalayas holding the highest peak of the world Mt Everest (8848m) being an Expert Tour and Travel family we provide you best tour package of Everest Base Camp throughout the Tibet overland In which you can explore the beauties of Himalayas leading through country side of Nepal as well as the ritual culture and beauties of Tibet their lifestyle different from the other country and finally the hidden places and their importance being on best accommodation, family environment and best tour packages.

Early morning after breakfast in Kathmandu, drive to Nepal Tibet Border at Kerung. The drive will take about 3 hours (147km) across the beautiful landscape via RasuwaGadhi. Meet our Tibetan representative at the border and after fulfilling all immigration formalities, move to Kerung Town. Halt overnight at a hotel in Kerung town.

    After breakfast, we will head out from Kerung to enter the Tibetan plateau. This 225 km drive is a wonderful experience with stunning views of mountain peaks all around. All along the way, you can have glorious views of the Himalayan Mountains, like Mount Cho Oyu (8201 M) & Mount Sishapagma (8012M). The imposing high plateau of Tibet seems vast as we reach the town of Tingri, situated at an altitude of 4300m above sea level. From Tingri, you can see Mount Everest. Stay overnight at a hotel in Tingri.

      After breakfast at Tingri, we will embark on a 2-hour drive to reach Rongbuk. Rongbuk is a small settlement at 4980m and is famous for its monastery and the fact that just 8km away from the monastery, is the Everest Basecamp. Upon reaching Rongbuk, visit the Rongbuk monastery and hike up to Everest Base Camp. Stay overnight at a hotel in Rongbuk.

      Rongbuk Monastery: Rongbuk Monastery is situated near the base of the north side of Mount Everest at 5,009 meters, at the end of the Dzakar Chu valley. It is the highest monastery in the world and was established in the early part of the 20th century. The monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa Sect, and although destroyed briefly, the monastery has been repaired. Rongbuk monastery is marked by an iconic stupa and has some fascinating murals.

      Everest Base Camp: To reach the Everest Base Camp at 5,009 meters and the Rongbuk Glacier, one has to make a 2-3 hour hike from the Rongbuk monastery. The trail takes one across various monastic retreat caves, the ruins of the nunnery of SherabChholing, and the fast-flowing Dzaka Chu River. Just before the starting point of the Rongbuk Glacier is Everest Base Camp. There are spectacular views of mountain peaks all around from this point onwards.

        After breakfast we will make a long drive to the town of Shigatse. This 334 km drive will take us across the Gyatchu La pass at 5,220m, the highest pass on the route to Lhasa via Lhatse.Shigatse, situated at an elevation of 3900m, is the second largest city in Tibet after Lhasa.This stunning prefecture is famous for Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet’s second highest Buddhist incarnation, the Panchen Lama. Stay overnight at a hotel in Shigatse.

          In the morning, visit the Tashilhunpo monastery. Then drive to Gyantse. At Gyantse 3,950m, visit KumbumStupa&Palcho Monastery. From Gyantse, drive to Lhasa in the evening. Halt overnight at a hotel in Lhasa.

          Tashilhunpo Monastery: This is the seat of the spiritual leader, Panchan Lama, and is therefore, extremely significant to the Tibetans. Panchen Lama is the second-highest-ranking Tulku lineage in the Gelugpa tradition. Founded in 1447 CE by GendunDrup, the First Dalai Lama, Tashilhunpo is also renowned for the tallest Jampa Buddha (Maitreya Buddha) statue in the world. This bronze statue stands 26.2 meters high and is adorned with more than 1,400 precious ornaments such as pearls, diamonds, and corals. The monastery has the old living quarters of the Panchen Lama and the fourth Panchen Lama’s tomb is within the temple complex.

          KumbumStupa:KumbumStupa or Chorten is the only Nepalese styled stupa in whole Tibet standing at 34m high. Kumbum, which literally means “hundred thousand images of Buddha”, was constructed in 1427 CE by the prince of Gyantse. This beautiful Chorten is the most iconic monument at Gyantse. Decorated with extremely beautiful wall paintings, the Chorten has 9 levels, 108 cells, and 75 chapels. A clockwise ascent on the Stupa will take you to an outdoor terrace from where you will have a beautiful view of the old part of the town and the surrounding fort.

          Palcho Monastery:Palcho monastery, also known as the PelkorChoede monastery complex was built in the 15th century, and belongs to all three different schools of Tibetan Buddhism - the Gelug, Sakya, and Kadam. Located amidst a village, the Monastery is famous for its beautiful structure and its architectural influences come from Tibet and Nepal. The monastery has a large collection of ancient Buddhist sutras, idols and carvings, and a set of sacred murals that depict figures and scripture scenes.

            After breakfast we will begin our sightseeing in Lhasa. We will visit Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, and Barkhor Market. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

            Jokhang Temple: This temple venerates JowoJampa (the Tibetan representation of Sakyamuni Buddha) whose 5 feet idol is housed in the central hall. Within the temple, there are several chapels with murals of Buddhist sutras and other legends, and many idols of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. This temple was founded by the Tibetan king SongstenGampo in 652 CE. The central building has four stories with architectural influences from Nepal, China, and Tibet and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

            Sera Monastery: Sera is one of three major Gelug university monasteries in Tibet. The original monastery was founded in 1419 by JamchenChojeySakyaYeshe. The Sera complex has been classified into two sections- the Great Assembly Hall and the quarters, and the three colleges: the Sera Je Dratsang, the Sera Me Dratsang; and the NgakpaDratsang, all dedicated to the principles of Gelugpa school of Buddhism. The Hall has scriptures, idols, scented cloth, and murals. All three colleges within the complex teach different levels of spiritual arts, Buddhist theology, and practice.

            Barkhor Street: Barkhor is a set of circular streets around the Jokhang temple. One can consider Barkhor a marketplace or a pilgrimage area because of its proximity to the Jokhang temple. While there are various shops along the street with numerous items on sale and display, the streets are also full of monks and pilgrims who walk or prostrate in reverence to the deities. A walk along Barkhor is an immersive experience of cultures, customs, sights, sounds, and smells.

              After breakfast, we will continue our sightseeing at Lhasa. We will visit Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. Overnight stay at a hotel in Lhasa.

              Potala Palace: Situated on the MarpoRi Hill, Potala is an imposing building, as iconic as Lhasa itself. Named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of Avalokiteswara, the Potala Palace is 117 meters tall, has thirteen stories, and has over 1,000 rooms. There are more than 10,000 painted scrolls, countless murals, and almost 20,000 statues that display Tibetan art, religion, and culture. The building is divided into two sections—the Red Palace and the White Palace and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

              Drepung Monastery: This is one of the three major Gelug university monasteries and also the largest of all Tibetan monasteries. Located on the GamboUtsemountain, Drepung was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. Drepung Monastery is a collection of Buddhist chapels and colleges, all dedicated to the teaching of Je Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.

                After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport or Train Station for your final departure.

                  Cost Details
                  What's Included
                  • Private Transportation as per the Group Size
                  • English Speaking Tibetan Guide.
                  • Accommodation on Hotel
                  • Daily Breakfast
                  • Sightseeing and Entrance Fee as per the itinerary
                  • Tibet Travel permit
                  • Tibet Group Visa
                  • Government Tax and office service charge.
                  What's Excluded
                  • Lunch & Dinner
                  • International flight ticket
                  • Medical insurance
                  • Alcoholic beverage and telephone calls
                  • Hot drinks, Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water
                  • Visa Fee
                  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
                  • Purely personal nature expenses
                  • Tipping /Tips(Tipping is Expected).
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