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Everest Base Camp Tour Cost (from Lhasa, Tibet)

Written by Senior Expert Celine Schneider|Updated: 2024-04-26

How much does it cost for an Everest Base Camp Tour from Lhasa, Tibet? Embarking on a journey from the spiritual city of Lhasa to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) in Tibet is a dream for many travelers. As you traverse through picturesque landscapes, visit ancient monasteries, and finally stand facing the world's highest peak, the experience is nothing short of magical. However, planning such a trip involves careful consideration of various costs, including transportation, accommodation, meals, permits, and more.

A tour to Everest Base Camp from Lhasa can be undertaken through various modes - private tours, group tours, or a more adventurous trekking tour. Each of these options comes with its cost implications, and understanding these can help you plan a tour that best fits your budget and preferences. This comprehensive Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour cost guide is designed to provide you with a detailed breakdown for each type of tour, enabling you to plan your Lhasa to Everest Base Camp journey effectively.

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Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour Cost Breakdown (Private Tour)

Indeed, for foreign tourists, visiting Mount Everest Base Camp/Tibet requires the arrangement of a tour through a travel agency. You will likely be accompanied by a guide throughout your journey to explore the highlights of Tibet and Mount Everest Base Camp. The travel agency will organize the guide, driver, accommodations, vehicles, and ticket reservations for you. Here is a breakdown of some expenses you may encounter during your private Tibet Mount Everest Base Camp Tour:

Tibet Mount Everest
Mount Everest Base Camp, Tibet
Tibet Mount Everest
Mount Everest

Entrance Fees

The entrance fee for Tibet's Mount Everest Base Camp itself is 280 RMB (around 40 USD). In addition, there are fees for guides and vehicles to enter the EBC. For example, the entrance fee for a common 4WD vehicle to Mount Everest Base Camp is 405 RMB (around 60 USD). Furthermore, there are also ticket fees for some prominent attractions along the way from Lhasa to Mount Everest Base Camp.

Attractions Entrance Fee (RMB/p.p)
Potala Palace 200;100
Jokhang Temple 85
Sera Monastery 50
Yamdrok Lake 60
Tashilunpo Monastery 100;50
Rongbuk Monastery 35
Mount Everest Base Camp 280

The good news is that during the off-season, the ticket fees for some attractions are reduced by half. Sometimes, during the winter tourism season in Tibet (November to March), certain attractions even waive their ticket fees altogether.

Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok Lake, Tibet
Tashilunpo Monastery
Tashilunpo Monastery, Shigatse

Transportation Costs

Transportation costs play a significant role in the expenses for your trip to Tibet's Mount Everest Base Camp. The round trip distance from Lhasa to Mount Everest Base Camp is over 1,400 kilometers. The cost varies depending on the vehicle type and distance traveled, ranging from 3 RMB to 10 RMB per kilometer. This includes various options such as four-wheel-drive vehicles and tourist buses. On average, expect to spend around $500 - $800 for a round trip from Lhasa to EBC.

How much is the Permit for Everest Base Camp?

To access the Everest Base Camp, you'll need a Tibet Travel Permit and an Alien's Travel Permit, which are usually handled by your tour operator.

If you book our Tibet Mount Everest Base Camp tour package, you will benefit from our complimentary service of handling the Tibet Travel Permit for you. Additionally, with the assistance of our guide, the processing of your foreigner's travel document will also be free of charge.

Accommodation and Dining Costs

Accommodation in Lhasa and Shigatse is relatively comfortable, with prices ranging from $30 - $100 per night depending on the level of comfort and service. Near EBC, the accommodation is more basic, costing about $15 per night for a bed in a shared room. Dining costs can vary greatly, but budget around $15 - $30 per day for meals.

Tips for Guide and Driver Costs

Tipping is not mandatory, but it's a common practice to tip your driver and guide. Depending on the service, a tip of $15- $20 per day for your guide and $10 - $15 per day for your driver is considered appropriate.

Tibet Mount Everest base camp tour cost per person

With all these costs considered, a ballpark figure for a private tour to the Everest Base Camp from Tibet for a 7-10 day trip would be approximately $1200 - $2000 per person.

However, the actual cost can fluctuate based on season, personal preferences, and any additional activities or services you choose.

Remember, Please keep in mind that opting for a private tour to Tibet's Mount Everest doesn't simply entail higher expenses; it also translates into a fully customized and personalized experience crafted according to your preferences and interests.

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Mount Everest Base Camp Tent city, Tibet
Tibet Travel Permit
Tibet Travel Permit

Cost of Tibet Everest Base Camp Group Tours(Most Recommended)

Since Tibet's Mount Everest Base Camp is not a budget-friendly destination, participating in a more affordable group tour from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp has become a popular choice. It offers an economical, efficient, and socially engaging experience.

For example, our 8-day group tour from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp is priced at $923. This cost typically includes shared travel vehicles for safety, accommodation in three-star hotels or guesthouses, a professional English-speaking Tibetan guide, all necessary permits and tickets, as well as breakfast, a Tibetan-style welcome dinner, and a hot pot dinner at Everest Base Camp.

However, please note that the cost may vary depending on the season, group size, and specific details of the tour package. Please contact our travel consultant for the latest pricing information.

Tibet Mount Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

To simplify the cost of trekking to Tibet's Mount Everest Base Camp, you can directly add the expenses of a trekking guide, porters, and camping to the private tour base cost.

The most popular trekking route to Mount Everest Base Camp starts from Dingri, passing through Lungthang, Lamna La Pass, Zommug, and finally reaching Rongbuk Monastery. The trek covers a distance of ca. 70 kilometers and requires around 4 days of trekking time. When combined with sightseeing along the way from Lhasa, the total duration is typically around 12 days. The cost for such a trek can range from approximately 1800 - 3000 USD. However, different travel plans and dates will affect your budget accordingly.

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Joining a Tibet tour group to reach Everest Base Camp
Tibet Mount Everest
Rongbuk Monastery, Tibet

How to Reduce the Cost of Your Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour

Traveling Off-Season

The peak season for visiting Everest Base Camp is from April to June and September to October. During these periods, prices for travel services can be higher due to the surge in demand. Opting to travel in the off-peak season can help you save on costs such as airfare, accommodation, and even tour packages.

Group Travel

Traveling in a group can be more cost-effective, as many costs like transportation and guides are shared among group members. Group tours often come with discounted rates, making them a more economical choice for budget-conscious travelers.

Advance Booking

Booking your Tibet Everest Base Camp tour well in advance can also help in cost-saving. Many tour operators offer early bird discounts. Additionally, it allows you to secure cheaper rates for flights and accommodations, which tend to rise as availability decreases.

Explore Tibet with Asia Odyssey Travel

With over 10 years of local expertise in Lhasa and Tibet (Xizang), our dedicated team at Asia Odyssey Travel brings you carefully curated Tibet tours for an authentic and unforgettable experience.

Drawing upon our extensive experience, we have meticulously crafted a range of Tibet tour packages, including Lhasa tours, Mount Everest Tours, Mount Kailash Tours, Tibet Trekking Tours, Tibet Train Tours, and Tibet Overland Tours. Whether you prefer the comfort and flexibility of a private tour or the budget-friendly option of a group tour, we have you covered without compromising on quality.

Additionally, we cater to various travel preferences, whether you wish to commence your Tibet tour from one of the popular gateway cities in China, embark on Nepal Tibet tours, or even explore the mesmerizing Himalayan region. Whatever you desire, Asia Odyssey Travel has the perfect tour to meet your needs, ensuring that your expedition to Tibet (Xizang) becomes an unforgettable adventure.

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