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Everest Base Camp Tour Itinerary

Prices from $750

The 8 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp tour is one of the most popular among our visitors. It includes visiting the most impressive and important religious sights in Lhasa, driving through magnificent mountain ranges witnessing some of the most spectacular lakes and glaciers. Our journey culminates at the base camp of the highest and the most known mountain in the world – the Everest. We will spend a night where all the climbers start their ascent to the Everest mountain. We will visit the highest monastery, located at the 5200 meters above sea level before coming back to the capital of Tibet.

Map or Everest Base Camp tour

Main Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, Yamdrok Lake, Kumbum Stupa, Tashi Lumpo Monastery, Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery.

Duration: 8 days

Cost: prices start from $750 (standard accommodation, double occupancy in the room in hotels)

Elevation: 5,200 m/ 17,060 ft

Day 1 – Arrival in Lhasa

You arrive at the Lhasa Gonggar airport or the train station. The airport is 62 km/ 39 miles away from the city and it takes approximately 1 hour to get to the hotel from there. On the way to Lhasa, you will enjoy beautiful views of mountains. The train station is located in Lhasa and we will only need a short transfer to hotel.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you might have some free time to spend in Lhasa. Our guides will be happy to advise you on what you can do in Lhasa. After you check in the hotel, you are welcome to explore the city, visit nearby temples, do some shopping, try delicious Tibetan food in one of the local restaurants, or just take a rest.

Walking around Bakhor street can be an excellent choice for your first day in Lhasa. You will join crowds of pilgrims, local Tibetans, and monks circumambulating the Jokhang temple.

Most importantly, on your first day in Tibet, relax, enjoy your day and allow some time for acclimatizing.

Day 2 – Lhasa city tour: Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

We are visiting two most important religious sites in Tibet.

The Potala Palace was the seat of the Dalai Lamas since the 7th century. First, the guide will take you to the Chak Pori hill to take photos of the majestic Palace. After that, we will go inside and spend approximately 1.5 – 2 hours there. You will see many of artifacts.

In the afternoon you will have lunch.

If time permits, you can walk around the Potala Palace and joins many Tibetans.

After that, we will walk towards the Jokhang temple. It was build in the 7th century to display the Jowo Shakyamuni Statue of the 12-year-old Buddha the time before the enlightenment. The statue was created at the time when historical Buddha lived. It is elaborately decorated with gold, jewels, and precious stones.

After visiting the temple we recommend you walking around Bakhor street.

Day 3 – Lhasa city tour: Drepung and Sera Monasteries

We are visiting two most important monasteries in the capital.

First, we will visit Drepung monastery which once was the biggest monastery in the world with over 10,000 monks living there. It was the residence of Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace was built.

We have lunch after the visit.

In the afternoon we are visiting Sera Monastery. It was founded by Tsongkhapa’s disciple in the 15th century. Nowadays it is famous for monks debate that you can witness. Debates are a very important part of learning and understanding Buddhism. Monks gather in the courtyard in the shade of trees to refine their knowledge.

Day 4  – Driving to Shigatse: Yamdrok lake and glaciers

Today we will take some of the most beautiful roads in Tibet to drive to Shigatse.

Prepare your cameras to capture the breathtaking views when we will be going up to the highest point of the day – Kamba la pass (almost 4800 meters).

Our next stop will be at the Yamdrok Lake. It is one of the holy lakes in Tibet, and it is famous for its turquoise color water.

After that, we will head towards Gyantse. On the way, we will make a stop to see the spectacular glaciers.

In Gyantse, we will visit the monastery and the biggest stupa.

Finally, we will reach Shigatse late in the evening and stay there overnight.

Day 5 – Driving to the Everest Base Camp: night by the Everest

In the morning we will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lamas. After that we will be driving through high mountain ranges, go through several high passes and Everest viewpoints. We will reach tent camp near the Everest Base Camp in the evening. Depending on the traffic and weather conditions, we might have time to visit the Rongbuk monastery – the highest monastery in the world. There is a meditation cave, dating back to 7th century, where Padma Sambhava meditated. We will stay there for a few quiet minutes to relax after a long day. If time permits, we will hike to the Everest Base Camp and meet the sunset there. We will stay in the tent for the night. You can order dinner and breakfast there, there is an English menu.

Day 6 – Driving back to Shigatse

Depending on the weather conditions on the previous day, we might finish some of the activities today. You can hike to the Everest Base Camp or just take some photos from the tent camp. Have breakfast and head back to Shigatse.

Day 7 – Shigatse to Lhasa

On the way back to Lhasa we will take the Friendship highway. It is the direct route and usually takes approximately 6 hours to reach the capital. We will make several stops on the way to enjoy the views of Brahmaputra river. In the afternoon, you might have some free time and prepare for departure the next day.

Day 8 – Lhasa to Airport/Train station

Please prepare in advance for departure. It takes approximately 1 hour to drive to the airport and 30 minutes to reach the train station. We will arrive at the airport 3 hours before your departure flight if you are traveling to Nepal, and 2 hours before any domestic flight takes off.

Photos from the trip

Packing for the trip

  • Sleeping bag (optional)
  • Inner sheet for your sleeping bag (optional)
  • Hiking boots, ideally waterproof. GoreTex could work great in a range of temperatures and even in snow.
  • Water bottle or thermos
  • Rain gear (poncho, backpack cover)
  • Umbrella
  • Small first aid kit and medications
  • Camera with spare memory card and battery
  • Power bank
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Hat and/or baseball hat for sun protection
  • Towel
  • Gloves
  • Personal toiletries, such as toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, wipes, hand sanitizer, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.
  • Binoculars
  • Money: Chinese Yuan is the only currency accepted in Tibet and there are virtually no ATMs when you leave the cities. Be prepared in advance and take necessary amount for all the duration of your trip outside of Lhasa
  • Personal Journal for making notes and writing the diary
  • Flashlight or headlamp

Upcoming Trips

Prices start from $750

Departures on:

April: 2, 11, 20

May: 2, 11

June: 3, 12, 22

July: 5, 16, 27

August: 6, 16, 24

September: 3, 10, 18

October: 1, 9, 15

November: 2, 9, 19

December: 3

Included in Your Tour Cost

  • All necessary Travel Permits to travel in Tibet
  • All accommodations based on double occupancy. Contact us for a quote on a single room supplement
  • Breakfast when staying in hotels
  • Assistance with your Chinese visa application
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Ground transportation in a clean and comfortable vehicle
  • English speaking Tibetan guide
  • All entrance fees, tickets to the attraction sites and monasteries outlined in the itinerary
  • First Aid Kit
  • Oxygen supply

Not Included in Tour Cost

  • Passport and Chinese visa fees
  • International airfare to and from China or Nepal
  • Photography fees inside monasteries
  • Flight or train tickets to Tibet
  • Lunch and dinner in the cities and all meals outside of the cities
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical expenses
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Porter fees
  • Personal expenses: laundry, shopping, phone calls, etc.

Why choose us?

Best Group Tour Rates

You Travel with Local Tibetan Guides

Excellent Reviews from our Clients

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2 Responses

  1. Isabell
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    I am right now working in Shanghai for several month and want to travel to Tibet. I have a Chinese business visa. It is just a one entry visa. Therefore it is important to know whether Tibet counts as “leave” china.

    • Wonders Of Tibet
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      Dear Isabell,

      Thank you for your interest! When you are entering Tibet, you are not leaving China and a single entry visa is sufficient. I will email you detailed information about the paperwork requirements.

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