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How to Plan An Everest Base Camp Tour in Tibet?

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

Ready for the Adventure to Tibet Everest Base Camp? Imagine standing under the boundless Tibetan sky with Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, towering right in front of you. It's a stunning blend of rugged mountains, spiritual temples, fluttering prayer flags, and deep blue skies.

So, how to plan this epic trip to EBC? This comprehensive Tibet Everest Base Camp tour guide to planning your Everest Base Camp adventure has got you covered. We'll provide you with insights and tips on everything from top attractions, the best times to visit, recommended routes, how to get there, dealing with altitude sickness, and the necessary Tibet permits. We're here to help you turn your dream of getting up close and personal with the world's highest peak into a reality. So let's get started on planning the adventure of a lifetime!

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  • triangleTop Attractions & Things to Do at Everest Base Camp
  • triangleHow to Get to Mount Everest Base Camp in Tibet: from Kathmandu or Lhasa?
  • triangleHow Long to Stay - Suggest Travel Length & Itinerary
  • triangleCost of an Everest Base Camp Tour in Tibet
  • triangleHow to apply for the necessary Tibet Permits for an EBC Tour?
  • triangleBest Time to Visit Everest Base Camp in Tibet(with Packing Tips)
  • triangleHow to Prevent and Deal with Altitude Sickness during Everest Base Camp Tour
  • triangleWhere to Stay & What to Eat at Tibet Everest Base Camp
  • triangleExtend Your Mount Everest Base Camp Tour
  • triangleExplore Tibet with Asia Odyssey Travel

Top Attractions & Things to Do at Everest Base Camp

No.1 Experience Sunrise, Sunset, and Starry Sky at Close Proximity to Mount Everest

Stand face-to-face with Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, at Everest Base Camp (EBC). During the day, the mountain's snow-capped peak shines brilliantly under the sun, providing fantastic photo opportunities. As evening descends, the breathtaking sight of the sunset paints the sky and Everest's peak in hues of gold and purple. After dark, the clear, unpolluted skies reveal a mesmerizing tapestry of stars, presenting an unforgettable stargazing experience.

No.2 Explore Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk Monastery, the world's highest monastery, provides a unique mixture of spiritual serenity and natural beauty. Explore the monastery's interiors, meditate in its tranquil surroundings, and admire the stunning backdrop of Mount Everest.

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The stunning sunrise at Everest Base Camp
Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery: The Highest Monastery in the World

No.3 Marvel at the View from Gyawu La Pass

Located at an altitude of 5210 meters, Gyawu La Pass offers panoramic views of towering peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. The view from Gawula Pass is particularly enchanting at sunrise when the first rays of the sun illuminate the peaks.

No.4 Traverse the Everest 108 Bends

Experience the thrill of navigating the Everest 108 Bends, a section of switchback road leading up to Everest Base Camp. The journey offers a unique adventure and stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

No.5 Visit the Everest Post Office

Don't miss the chance to send a postcard from the world's highest post office, the Everest Post Office. It is a memorable way to share your Everest experience with friends and family back home.

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Gyawu La Pass offers world-class snow peak vistas
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The famous 108 turns of Mount Everest

How to Get to Mount Everest Base Camp in Tibet: from Kathmandu or Lhasa?

In reality, reaching the base camp of Mount Everest in Tibet poses significant challenges when it comes to transportation. There are currently no feasible direct flights, trains, or long-distance buses to the area.

Furthermore, traveling to the base camp of Mount Everest in Tibet can only be organized through travel agencies, making traveling by private car arranged by local travel agencies the most popular way to reach the destination. This can be done through two main routes: Kathmandu (Nepal) and Lhasa (Tibet).

From Kathmandu:

It's worth mentioning that direct flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa are the only international flights connecting to Lhasa Gonggar Airport. You can take a flight to Lhasa and then travel overland from Lhasa to the base camp of Mount Everest.

Alternatively, you can also travel by road from Kathmandu to the Gyirong Port, crossing the China-Nepal border. Overland travel often becomes a popular option from Kathmandu to the base camp of Mount Everest in Tibet. However, the ascent from Gyirong to the altitude of 5,200 meters at the base camp poses certain challenges to the body, so it is recommended to return to lower-altitude accommodation in Tingri after visiting the base camp.

From Lhasa:

The overland journey from Lhasa to the base camp of Mount Everest in Tibet typically follows the route: Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Shigatse - Tingri - Base Camp. It covers a one-way distance of ca. 700 kilometers. This route will take you through multiple scenic and cultural landmarks, including Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, and Rongbuk Monastery.

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The flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa offers unparalleled Himalayan aerial views
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Overland travel from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp is popular among travelers

How Long to Stay - Suggest Travel Length & Itinerary

Whether you choose to travel from Kathmandu or Lhasa to the base camp of Mount Everest in Tibet, a classic itinerary typically spans around 7-8 days. You can spend 2-3 days exploring the highlights of Lhasa, such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, and Sera Monastery. Then, allocate around 3 days in Shigatse to get up close to Mount Everest.

8-day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa and prepare for exploration on the following day.

Day 2: Visit the sacred Jokhang Temple, take a stroll on Barkhor Street, and experience the lively debates at Sera Monastery.

Day 3: Explore the iconic Potala Palace and immerse yourself in Tibetan cultural handicraft experiences.

Day 4: Marvel at the beauty of Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet's three sacred lakes, and behold the grandeur of the massive white Karola Glacier.

Day 5: Travel from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp. Enjoy panoramic views of five 8,000-meter peaks from the world-class viewpoint of Gawula Pass and explore the world's highest monastery.

Day 6: Get up close to Mount Everest at the base camp, marvel at its majestic presence, and return to Shigatse.

Day 7: Visit the cultural center of Tsedang and explore the historic Tashilhunpo Monastery before heading back to Lhasa.

Day 8: Depart from Lhasa.

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Strolling through the lively Barkhor Streets in Lhasa
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The stunning Karola Glacier on the way to Mount Everest

8-day Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp Itinerary:

Day 1: Travel from Kathmandu to the China-Nepal border.

Day 2: Cross the Gyirong Port and explore the local highlights.

Day 3: Journey from Gyirong to Everest Base Camp, witness the spectacular views of world-class snow peaks from Gawula Pass, get up close to Mount Everest, and discover Rongbuk Monastery. Return to Dingri for rest.

Day 4: Travel from Dingri to Shigatse and visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery.

Day 5: Shigatse to Lhasa. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Yamdrok Lake and the grandeur of the white Karola Glacier.

Day 6: Ascend a thousand steps to overlook the entire city of Lhasa from the Potala Palace. Experience the sacred faith at Jokhang Temple and walk in the footsteps of pilgrims on Barkhor Street.

Day 7: Get lost in the intricate architecture of the Tashilhunpo Monastery and experience the fascinating debates at Sera Monastery.

Day 8: Depart from Lhasa.

Gyirong Port
Gyirong Port, Gyirong County
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Gyirong Port: A vital transit point from Kathmandu to Mount Everest in Tibet

Cost of an Everest Base Camp Tour in Tibet

The cost of a trip to the Everest Base Camp in Tibet can vary depending on factors such as your travel itinerary and the specific dates of your trip. However, generally speaking, participating in a group tour tends to be the most cost-effective option. For example, our classic 8-day group tour from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp starts at USD 923, but prices can still be influenced by the travel dates.

On the other hand, opting for a private group tour to Everest Base Camp in Tibet allows for a customized travel experience tailored to your preferences, making it a more suitable choice for family travel.

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How to apply for the necessary Tibet Permits for an EBC Tour?

Making sure you have the necessary permits is super important for your amazing journey to Everest Base Camp in Tibet. You'll need two important permits: the Tibet Travel Permit and the Alien's Travel Permit. Depending on whether you're entering Tibet from mainland China or Kathmandu, you might also need a Chinese visa or a Chinese group visa.

If you're starting your Everest Base Camp adventure from Kathmandu, you'll need to arrange a Chinese group visa, along with the Tibet Travel Permit and Alien's Travel Permit. Don't worry, we can assist you with the visa application at the Chinese Embassy in Nepal, and the Tibet Travel Permit and Alien's Travel Permit can be taken care of by our reliable travel agency.

On the other hand, if you decide to begin your journey from mainland China, you'll need a Chinese visa along with the Tibet Travel Permit and Alien's Travel Permit.

Remember, you can't obtain these permits on your own; you'll need the help of a travel agency. When you choose our Tibet Mount Everest Base Camp tour package, we'll happily assist you in obtaining the Tibet Travel Permit as part of our complimentary service. Plus, our friendly guide will support you throughout the process of getting your foreigner's travel document at no extra charge. We're here to make your trip hassle-free and memorable!

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China Group Visa
Tibet Travel Permit
Tibet Travel Permit

Best Time to Visit Everest Base Camp in Tibet(with Packing Tips)

  Weather Forecast  

The best time to visit Everest Base Camp (EBC) in Tibet is during the pre-monsoon (late April to early June) and post-monsoon (September to October) seasons. These periods offer stable weather and excellent visibility, providing clear views of Mount Everest.

When packing for your EBC tour, it's important to consider the following:

Clothing: Pack layers to accommodate varying temperatures. Include thermal underwear, fleece jackets, waterproof outer layers, and warm headgear and gloves.

Footwear: Waterproof and warm trekking boots are essential. Don't forget to pack several pairs of thermal socks.

Sun Protection: High-altitude sun can be intense. Bring a good-quality sunscreen, lip balm with SPF, and sunglasses with UV protection.

Medical Kit: Include basic medications, altitude sickness medication (if prescribed by your doctor), plasters, antiseptic cream, and rehydration salts.

Other Essentials: Remember to pack a headlamp, spare batteries, a good-quality camera, and personal toiletries.

Keep in mind that the weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, so it's always wise to be prepared for varying conditions. Check the weather forecast before your trip and pack accordingly.

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April, May, September, and October are months when having clear views of Mount Everest
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Key rule for packing for Mount Everest: Prioritize warmth

How to Prevent and Deal with Altitude Sickness during Everest Base Camp Tour

Preventing altitude sickness is crucial for your journey to Everest Base Camp in Tibet. Gradual acclimatization is key, so it's recommended to ascend slowly and spend a few days in high-altitude cities like Lhasa before reaching the base camp. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is important, while avoiding alcohol and caffeine. Keeping warm and avoiding catching a cold are also important measures.

If you experience symptoms like headaches, dizziness, or nausea, it's important to rest and avoid further ascent. If the symptoms persist or worsen, descending to a lower altitude is the best course of action. Our travel agency provides oxygen supply for Everest Base Camp tours, which can help alleviate symptoms. However, if the symptoms do not improve or become severe, seek immediate guidance from your guide and seek medical attention.

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Where to Stay & What to Eat at Tibet Everest Base Camp

In reality, the facilities at Everest Base Camp (EBC) are basic, and the accommodations and food options are relatively simple, not comparable to what you would find in a city. However, the experience of living so close to Mount Everest is truly unparalleled.

Where to Stay at Tibet Everest Base Camp

Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse: This guesthouse offers modest rooms. Staying in the world's highest monastery is a unique and special experience, though the amenities are basic.

EBC Tents: During the peak season (April to October), you'll find a tent city at EBC, where local Tibetans set up tents to provide basic accommodation for tourists. The tents usually have multiple beds and heating stoves.

What to Eat

You'll have the chance to try Tibetan delicacies like tsampa (roasted barley flour), butter tea, and yak meat. The guesthouses and tent city offer simple Chinese meals such as fried rice, noodles, and soup. It's a good idea to bring some packaged snacks like energy bars, dried fruits, and nuts for a quick energy boost.

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Everest Base Camp provides basic accommodation in the form of tented camps for visitors
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Our guests are enjoying delicious hot pot

Extend Your Mount Everest Base Camp Tour

If you plan to explore more destinations beyond Everest Base Camp in Tibet, you can consider extending your vacation to include the vast and serene Namtso Lake or the timeless pilgrimage site of Kailash.

By extending your vacation for 10-15 days, you will have enough time to explore and experience the unique culture, spectacular natural landscapes, and religious significance of these destinations. Whether you seek adventure or inner peace, these places will provide you with unforgettable experiences.

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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