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Everest Base Camp Tour Itinerary

Prices from $825

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, as well as, driving through magnificent mountain ranges, witnessing some of the most spectacular lakes and glaciers. Our journey culminates at the base camp of the highest most well-known mountain in the world – the Everest. We will spend the night at the location where all the climbers start their ascent up the Everest Mountain. Before coming back to the capital of Tibet, we will also visit the highest monastery, located at the 5,200 meters/ 17,000 ft above sea level.

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 $950 (based on standard accommodation, double occupancy in the hotel rooms)

Maximum Elevation: 5,200 m/ 17,060 ft

Best Time to Travel: April through February


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 one 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 you will only need a short transfer to the 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 with your time in Lhasa. Remember, that Lhasa is located at 3,650 meters/ 12,000 ft above sea level and you will need some time to acclimatize.

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 Barkhor 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, be sure to relax, enjoy your day and allow some time for acclimatizing.

Day 2 – Lhasa City Tour: Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

This tour visits the two most important religious sites in Tibet.

The Potala Palace was the seat of the Dalai Lamas since the 17th century. First, the guide will take you to the Chak Pori Hill to take photos of the majestic Palace. We will then go inside and spend approximately 1.5 – 2 hours there. While there, you will see many of its most famous artifacts.

There will be free time for lunch after visiting the Potala Palace.

Time permitting, you can walk around the Potala Palace and join many of the local Tibetans.

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

After visiting the temple, we recommend taking a walk around Barkhor Street.

Day 3 – Lhasa City Tour: Drepung and Sera Monasteries

We are visiting the two most important monasteries in the capital.

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

There will be free time for lunch after the Drepung Monastery.

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 the trees to refine their knowledge.

Day 4  – Driving to Shigatse: Yamdrok Lake and Glaciers

Today we will travel on some of the most beautiful roads in Tibet on our drive to Shigatse.

Be prepared to take photos of the breathtaking views as we go up to the highest point of the day – Kamba La Pass (almost 4,800 meters / 15,750 ft).

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 colored water.

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

Today we will be driving through towering mountain ranges, and going 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.

We will stay in the tent for the night. You can order dinner and breakfast there as there is an English menu available.

Day 6 – Driving back to Shigatse

Depending on the weather conditions from the previous day, we might finish some of the activities that we were not able to do yesterday. After breakfast, we will head back to Shigatse.

Day 7 – Shigatse to Lhasa

In the morning we will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lamas. This monastery was founded by the first Dalai Lama, and it is one of the most important monasteries in Tibet. You can take photos in some of the chapels for an additional fee.

We will take the Friendship Highway on the way back to Lhasa. It is the most direct route and usually takes around six hours to reach the capital. We will make several stops on the way in order to enjoy the views of the Brahmaputra River. In the afternoon, you might have some free time to prepare for your departure the next day.

Day 8 – Lhasa to Airport/Train station

Please prepare in advance for your departure. It takes approximately one hour to drive to the airport and around thirty minutes to reach the train station. We will arrive at the airport three hours before your departure flight if you are traveling to Nepal and two hours before any domestic flight.

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

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October: 1, 9, 15. Prices start from $825

November: 2, 9, 19. Prices start from $825

December: 3. Prices start from $825

January, 2019: 6.  Prices start from $825

April, 2019: 2,15.  Prices start from $825

May, 2019: 1,13,22, 28 Prices start from $825

June: 5, 17, 26. Prices start from $1050

July: 3, 14, 23. Prices start from $1050

August: 3, 12, 21 Prices start from$ 1050

September: 2, 11, 21 Prices start from $ 950

October 1st Prices start from$ 1050

October 15 Prices start from $825

November: 6. Prices start from $825

December: 2. Prices start from $825

If the date you are interested in is not listed, please, contact us. We will try to arrange an additional group tour around the dates when you are visiting!

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
  • Personal expenses: laundry, shopping, phone calls, etc.

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6 Responses

  1. Isabell
    | Reply

    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
      | Reply

      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.

  2. Gwenn
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    We are a family of three planning to visit in July. Should we take a private tour or you recommend joining group tour? What are the dates?

    • Wonders Of Tibet
      | Reply

      Dear Gwenn,

      You will be more flexible with your schedule if you book a private tour. However, if you prefer a budget option, you can join one of our group tours. Departure dates are July: 3, 14 and 23.
      I will send you more information about the tour to your email.

      Thank you!

  3. Laverne
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    We are 2 travelers and we want to visit in August. When is a good time? Do we have to join tour on a fixed date or it is flexible?

    Thank you!

    • Wonders Of Tibet
      | Reply

      Dear Laverne,

      If you wish to travel in August, I can recommend visiting during Shoton festival. It is 9 days tour, and in addition to the regular itinerary, you will see celebration of the festival in Lhasa and visit Norbulingka to see Opera dance.
      Here is the link to this tour:

      You can also travel as a private group. We can start your private tour on any day. I will send you more details in the email.

      Best Regards,


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