Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour 8 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 8 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Tibet
  • Transportation Flight/Car/Jeep/Van/Bus
  • Activity Cultural and Historical Tours
  • Best Season March - May and Sept -November
  • Group Size 2 -12 People
  • Trip Start/End Lhasa, Tibet
  • Max Altitude 5,250m/17,225ft


  • World Heritage Sites, Potala Palace, and Norbulingka Palace
  • Sera Monetary and Drepung Monastery, are two great Gelug University of Tibet
  • Jokhang Temple, a sacred temple of Tibet
  • TashiLhunpo Monastery houses successive Panchen Lamas
  • Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in Tibet
  • View of the north face of Everest from the Everest Base Camp
  • YamdrokTso Lake, one of three holy lakes in Tibet
  • Visit popular Tibetan landmarks such as Potala Palace and Rongbuk monastery
  • Cross high passes like Karo La and Khamba La

Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour - Explore EBC Via Lhasa 

The Lhasa To Everest Base Camp Tour captures Tibet's spiritual, historical, and natural essence. It leaves us with an unforgettable feeling of fulfillment and a treasure chest of memories.

Lhasa-Everest Base Camp Tour will take you from Lhasa (a modern, spiritual city) to Everest Base Camp – the base of the highest peak in the world. This road trip takes you from Lhasa, a bustling metropolis, to ancient monasteries and beautiful lakes. The tour will also take you to several breathtaking mountain passes, rivers, and frozen glaciers. You'll see Tibetan valleys as well as the North Everest Base Camp. This Lhasa overland tour is an excellent way to experience the majestic Mt. Everest, which is one of the most impressive achievements you have made.

The Lhasa-EBC tour begins and ends in Lhasa – the epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism. This tour takes you to three historic cities in Tibet, including Lhasa Gyantse and Shigatse. This 8-day Lhasa Base Camp Tour will take you from Lhasa up to Everest Base Camp. This is a classic trip that will appeal to any traveler.
Discover the old Barkhor Street market and Potala, the Dalai Lama's winter palace. The Jokhang Temple was founded in the 7th Century by the 33rd king of Tibet. Two-day tours in Lhasa offer a look at Tibetan culture and history. You'll also get to see the breathtaking highland Tibetan Plateau. Although modern, the people of the city still follow traditional culture.

This trip includes a visit to Drepung Monastery, located at the base of Mt. Gephel, a major university monastery in Tibet that practices Gelugpa Buddhism. Sera Monastery is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill, north of Lhasa. Sera Monastery's courtyard is an excellent place to observe the monks debating. They hold debates as part of their study to better understand Buddhism. Shigatse is a short drive away. Shigatse is the second largest town in Tibet. Along the Friendship Highway, you'll pass the holy Yamdrok Lake. This is one of Tibet's three sacred lakes. After a long drive on the highway, you reach Gyantse. The beautiful Gyantse Kumbum, Pelkor Chode Monastery, and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery are all in Shigatse. Another architectural marvel of Tibet. It is also home to the Panchen Lama. Future Buddha, the dramatic statue of Maitreya Buddha, is also called Future Buddha.

Rongbuk Monastery lies at a height of 5,000m/16,4000ft. You will pass through several high passes on your way to Mt. You'll have to pass several high passes on your way up Mt. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on Mt. You'll also enjoy the stunning scenery of Mt. Cho Oyu (8.188m/26.906ft) and Mt. Shishapangma (8.27m/26.289ft) from Geu La Pass.

Rongbuk, the world's highest Tibetan Buddhist monastic monastery, is located near Everest's base camp. In Tibet, the gateway to Mt. Everest is called Chomolungma, Chomolungma, and Chomolungma. The perfect spot to watch the sunrise or sunset over Mt. There is also a beautiful round chorten in the monastery and statues of Shakyamuni. Also, there are beautiful round chortens with statues of Shakyamuni. Old mural paintings depict Tibetan cultures and religions. 

After a lovely time at Rongbuk Monastery, you will travel early the next day to Everest Base Camp. Another highlight of the trip is this stop. This North Everest Base Camp is known for its beauty and mountains. After exploring the base camp, you will drive back to Shigatse via the Friendship Highway. Then, you'll return to Lhasa by way of Yalong Valley. Enjoy the Tibetan plateau scenery. Then, you will continue to your next destination. The eight-day Lhasa Base Camp Tour will end when you reach your final destination.

When is the Best Time for the Lhasa -Everest Base Camp Tour

The best time to visit Everest Base Camp via Lhasa is April to Jun and September to November. This is the best time to visit because it's warm and sunny, with little to no rain. The tour can be done in Winter, such as December, January, and February. However, it will be freezing. Temperatures drop to minus 15 degrees Celsius.

Food During Kathmandu To Lhasa Overland Tour Via EBC

On this trip, only breakfasts are provided. You'll need to pay for your lunches and dinners. Breakfast will be served where we stay overnight, and dinner arrangements can be similar. Lunch will be eaten while we're traveling to the next place. We suggest budgeting around Yuan 60 to Yuan 100 (US$10 to US$16) per day for lunch and dinner. Our meals will include Tibetan bread, dal (lentil soup), bhat (rice), tsampa porridge, and other basic local dishes.

Visa, And Paperwork Process For Tibet Overland Tour

It would help if you had a Chinese Visa and a Tibet Travel Permit to travel to Tibet. You can get both of them from Kathmandu, with the help of a travel agent. You must obtain a Tibet Travel Permit even with a Chinese Tourist Visa. A permit is required for those who travel from mainland China into Tibet. You must book a guide for your whole trip and pre-arrange private transport for trips outside Lhasa. You also have to get additional permits for a trip outside Lhasa. These permits are arranged by the company you are traveling with.

Important Notice For Tibet Overland Tour From Nepal

According to the new rules from the Chinese Embassy in Nepal, at least 05 people are needed to receive a Tibet visa. The original passport is also required for the visa application in Kathmandu. The process may take up to 05 working days. Clients who wish to apply for a Tibet Group Visa must also visit the China Visa Application Center in person and provide their biometric data.

Please note that regulations and requirements for visas can also change often. We also want to point out that visa regulations and requirements for Tibet can change frequently. Please check with Dream Tibet Travel before booking your Tibet tour.

Safety Guidelines

We recommend you go through our safety guidelines and stay tuned with the latest happenings.

  • Have at least two copies of the Tibet Permit.
  • Keep your belongings properly.
  • When you feel uncomfortable due to altitude change or troubles, report to train staff promptly.
  • Take your time visiting attractions shortly after you arrive in Lhasa.
  • Shop around but avoid undue bargaining with street vendors and never buy wildlife and unknown Tibetan herbal medicine and fake products.
  • Take your money and essential belongings with you all the time.
  • Spend a few days in Lhasa for acclimation and consistently follow a gradual ascent when traveling to higher places to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Refrain from heavy drinking and smoking.
  • Respect the religion and customs and avoid taboos in Tibet.
  • Pay special attention to the unique alpine climates (such as sunburn, dramatic temperature change, etc.)
  • Keep the necessary medicines at your doctor's consultation.
  • Travel alone at night or venture into unknown places without informing your guide.
  • In most places, cash is only accepted. Do prepare enough and minor changes.
  • If an emergency arises, report it to your guide promptly.
  • Don't carry any documents or papers related to the Dalai Lama or feel Tibet.
  • We also recommend not carrying any guidebook to Tibet.

Packing list for Everest Base Camp Tour

  • Down jacket
  • Thermal underwear,
  • Warm headwear 
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hats
  • Toiletries,
  • Personal medicines
  • Mountain sickness,
  • Cold relief, or diarrhea


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You can reach Lhasa via a direct flight from Nepal or mainland China. But, if you decide to take the one-and-a-half-hour flight from Kathmandu, Nepal, you can experience what is considered one of the world's best air routes, catching glimpses of Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and other mountains in the Himalayan ranges. Other options include flying from any major city in China or taking the train to Lhasa, the world's highest train route. Upon your arrival at Lhasa, you will be received by a representative of Adventure Club Trek and taken to your hotel. Today we rest and acclimatize. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsNo Meals
  • Max. Altitude3,650m/11,976ft

After breakfast, we will visit two of the main attractions of Lhasa, both listed as World Heritage Sites- Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace. Located on Red Hill, Potala Palace was the home of the Dalai Lamas. Also called the Winter Palace, it has over 1,000 rooms, more than 10,000 shrines, and 200,000 statues. You get the full panorama view of the city of Lhasa from here. Also listed as a World Heritage Site, Norbulingka Palace was the summer home for the Dalai Lamas. Norbulingka means Jewelled Park; it is surrounded by a park known as the largest park ever made by man in Tibet. We then make our way to the Tibet Traditional Hospital, China's biggest traditional medicine production center. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude3,650m/11,976ft

We start the day by visiting Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery, two of three Gelug University Gompas of Tibet. Built in the 14 century, Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet and housed more than 10,000 monks in the past, but the number has decreased in recent days. Spectacular with its Whitewashed walls and golden roofs, Sera Monastery holds the debate between monks every day from 3-5 pm except for Sundays. Our next destination is the Jokhang Temple; it is the most sacred temple in Tibet and holds the history of Buddhist beliefs and culture. The temple has a statue of a twelve-year-old Buddha, Sakyamuni, inside. We then make our way into Barkhor Bazaar, which lies on the streets surrounding the Jokhang temple. The place is filled with open stalls and shops, and the site is packed with pilgrims. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude3,650m/11,976ft

After breakfast, we leave for Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. Heading west of Lhasa, we pass Nimu Valley and follow the Brahmaputra River'sRiver's trail to reach our destination. Our day in Shigatse will be spent visiting the TashiLhunpo Monastery, which means "all fortune and happiness gathered here," the first Dalai Lama founded it; GendunDrup is Located in the center of the city; the monastery houses the successive Panchen Lamas. Overnight in Shigatse.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude3,900m/12,796ft

Breakfast at Shigatse, and then we head towards Rongbuk. Passing through some villages, we get to Gyatso La (5220m), a high pass from where we'll get the first peak of Mt. Everest. En route, we'll visit Sakya Monastery or PelSakya, an ancestral temple that provides access to Buddha's teachings. We continue our journey and cross the Lalung La before reaching Rongbuk. There, our day will be spent visiting the world's highest monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, at the foot of Everest. This place provides a majestic view of the north face of Everest. Overnight in Rongbuk.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude5,150m/16,897ft

After an early breakfast, we will head towards Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft.). On the way, we catch glimpses of Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, and Mt. Everest, famously called Mt. Chomolungma, on the Tibetan side. We will get to see the Rongbuk glacier at Everest’s base camp, and after spending some time there, we will head out to Gyantse for an overnight stay. Overnight in Gyantse.
Note that on rare occasions, due to bad weather or political riots, the local government may close down the road to the Everest base camp for safety reasons and without prior notice.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude5,250m/17,220ft

After breakfast, we visit Palchoe Monastery (also known as Pelkor Chode Monastery or Shekar Gyantse), Kumbum Pagoda Stupa (hailed as the “king of pagoda“), Phalkot Monastery, and Gyantse Dzong, which is one of the best-preserved dzongs in Tibet. After sightseeing, we drive to Lhasa. On the way, we can see huge glaciers tumbling down the road and some excellent mountain vistas. Soon, we come across the Karo La Pass (5,045m) on the roadside with its beautiful glaciers, including the Karo la glacier. We cross the Khamba La Pass (4,794m) with a brief stop to savor the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso Lake (Turquoise Lake), also known as Yamdrok Yumtso, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet, and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m). Overnight in Lhasa.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude5,045m/16,553ft

Today your tour is finished, and fly out from Lhasa to Kathmandu or any other city in mainland China; we can manage the air or train tickets for you in advance. We make an early drive to Gonggar airport for our departure flight to Kathmandu or your onward destination.

Note: If you still have a few days after the Tibet Tour schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safari, Rafting Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • AccommodationN/A
  • MealsN/A
  • Max. AltitudeN/A

NoteYour safety is of the utmost concern while traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary, but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline, and illness or injury can occur. To avoid dangerous situations, we may occasionally change the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That being said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible Tibet Tours and Trekking experience and keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • All Pickup and drops from the airport and hotel
  • Everest National Park admission fee and Grass dame charge
  • All the necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Transportation on the private vehicle(s) (van or Hiace or bus)
  • Accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • Sightseeing by an experienced Tibetan English Speaking guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and office service charges

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days, and USD$125 for 90 days)
  • Accommodation in Nepal or mainland China
  • Lunch and dinner during the Tibet tour. it cost about USD 3-15 per person for one meal in Tibet.
  • Chinese visa fee
  • Accommodation and Tour in Kathmandu and Mainland China.
  • Airfare or Train tickets to any destination ( Flights and Train Tickets are arranged on Request)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guide(s) and driver(s)

Useful Info

When Is The Best Time To Visit Tibet?

Tibet is most famous from May to September, with warm weather and clear skies. Snow/ice melting in April has cleared the roads, making it easier to visit various Tibetan townships. Prices are high because it is peak season.

Tibet is cold, but only a few tourists visit, so you have more options for hotels and vehicles. There are fewer tourists and a colder climate, so there are more choices for hotels and cars. Winter (Dec.-Feb.) is the lowest season for tourists in Tibet. You can still enjoy the sights and attractions even though it is cold. You can save up to half on hotels and transportation.

How To Get To Tibet

From Nepal:

By Air. So far, Air China and Sichuan Airlines have two direct flights from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Flying to Tibet from Nepal offers a stunning view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world.

By Road: The most common method of entering Tibet is by road. Many tourists prefer to fly into Kathmandu to enter Tibet by land. This is because there are many direct flights from abroad to Kathmandu. If you're already in Nepal, you can still enter Tibet through the Kerung, Simikot, or Kodari borders. Kodari is temporarily closed due to the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. The Kerung border, which is 3 hours from Kathmandu, is used instead. The Simikot border, however, is mainly used by tourists who wish to trek/tour Kailash. The Kerung border is a popular destination for cars, vans, and buses.

Passports And Visa Information

A Chinese visa is required to travel to Tibet. This can be obtained through a travel agency in Kathmandu (Tibet via Nepal). The Tibet Travel Permit is different from a valid passport for China. Those with a Chinese visa must apply for the Tibet Travel Permit. The permit is still needed for foreigners traveling from mainland China to Tibet. You must arrange a guide to accompany you throughout your trip and book private transportation for any trips outside of Lhasa. For trips outside of Lhasa, you will also need additional permits that your travel company arranges.

What Is The Drinking Water In Tibet?

It is not a good idea to drink tap water or ice that has been made with tap water. In urban areas like Lhasa, most hotels boil water before serving it hot or cold. When trekking in remote regions, boiling your water or using water purification tablets before drinking is best. You can drink tea without problems, but avoid drinking locally brewed alcohol because it is often made from contaminated water. Most supermarkets sell large 5-liter bottles of water.

You must boil the water for 10 minutes in Tibet because it is "hard water." For long trips, consider purchasing a water purifier (which is often more cost-effective than bottled drinking water). Total filters can remove all bacteria, viruses, and parasites from water, making it safe for drinking. Puritabs and Steritabs (e.g.) are chlorine tablets that kill most pathogens but not amoebic cysts or giardia. Iodine tablets (Potable Aqua, for example) and liquids (Lugol's solution) are more effective at purifying water. Remember to follow the instructions and not use too much iodine.

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