Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour starts and ends at Lhasa with a visit to the Everest base camp. This Overland Tour covers the lovely Tibetan towns of Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, and Rongbuk. While there, we visit typical points of interest like Dalai Lama’s Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, the Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazaar, and Gyantse Dzong. We likewise cross a few passes and visit the lovely YamdrokTso Lake on our trek. Also, great Tibetan monasteries like Sera, Drepung, Jokhang Temple are on our visit list.
A while later, we drive overland over the Tibetan highlands and high passes to the famous Rongphu Monastery. And finally, to Everest Base Camp from where the views of the immense North face of Mount Everest is the most astounding of all.
Of course, you can go for the Everest Base Camp trek from Lukla, Nepal. However, it might not be the same if you are also looking to witness the rich culture of Tibet. You will be presented with breathtaking perspectives on the top of the world from the Northside.
Nepal vs Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour
The journey, not the destination, is much more rewarding. Everest Base Camp tour from Tibet and Nepal have their own features and experiences.
There is a difference in landscape, the roads, the culture, and the weather. Either way, both routes give you a glorious experience of walking on the base of the majestic roof of the World, Mt. Everest.
The trek to the Everest base camp in Tibet starts from Lhasa. While, in Nepal, it starts from Lukla. Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) is located in Sagarmatha National Park in Solukhumbu. Its side on Tibet is located in Qomolangma National Reserve in Tingri County, Shigatse. Thus, it is also known as Qomolangma in Tibet.
The Trek in Tibet leads to North Everest Base Camp (5200m) while that in Nepal leads to South Everest Base Camp (5364 m).
You will also get a chance to come across Namtso Lake and Mt. Kailash in the Northern side. Lhasa to Everest Base Camp by car takes 3 days. The journey from Nepal can be more challenging but you can enjoy beautiful scenes of other great mountain ranges from this side.
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Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)
When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. Tourists may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa.
2: Lhasa Tour – Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Breakfast and proceeds of sightseeing tour covering Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.
Day 3: Lhasa Tour – Drepung monastery, Sera monastery
In the morning ,you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung.
In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 – 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.
Day 4: Lhasa- Shigatse via Gyantse 360 km
In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse .On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .
Later, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass; Then, we will arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet’s third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress.
After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).
Day 5: Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp(5200)
In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama – Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can have lunch.
After that, we will pass Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass(5198m).Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp(5200m). You can get closer to gazt at the Mt. Everest peak. The sunset of golden Everest peak if time and weather permits at the lodging area.
Day 6: EBC (5200m) and return to Shigatse (3900m)
In the morning, you can see the sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area. Then we will visit the Rongbu Monastery – the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together and later trek from lodging place to EBC (4kms, or take Eco bus). You can visit the Everest Base Camp and take the close-up shot of Mt. Everest. Finally, we will drive back to Shigatse.
Day 7: Shigatse (3900m) to Lhasa (3650m)350km
Today, we will drive back to Lhasa by following Yalong Valley. You can stand on the viewing platform and view the vast Yalong River bed. Finally the guide will transfer you back to your hotels in Lhasa.
Day 8: Depart from Lhasa
The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
- Arrival and Departure transfers from airport to hotel in Lhasa
- 04 – nights twin sharing accommodation at 3 star hotel in Lhasa
- Twin sharing accommodation at Guest House/Hotel other places
- Tibet Travel Visa arrangements
- Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet
- All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
- Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide
- Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver
- Everday Breakfast at the Hotel/Guest House
- Winter care service: Hot Water bottle or Electric blanket to keep warm at Rongpuk Guest House.
- Bottle Oxygen supply when travelling to EBC
- Eco-bus between Rongpuk and EBC
- Drinking water Provided during the trip
- One shared big Oxygen tank in the car
- First Aid kit
- Government Tax
- Personal Travel insurance and Rescue Evacuation on the tour
- International flight to and out of Tibet
- Domestic flight/train
- Meals- Lunch and Dinner during the Journey
- Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and option tour activities