Explore Tibet’s ancient palaces and monasteries, drive through pristine lakes and glaciers, visit historic towns and villages, and 4-Day trek to the ‘Roof of the World’ are the top highlights of this amazing Tibet Everest Base Camp Trek.
Lhasa Everest Base Camp Trek– 13 Nights 14 is Tibet’s most adventurous and exciting tour trekking package. During the Lhasa Everest Base Camp Trek, you will discover the land of myths and secrets along with the trek to the Base camp of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848.86m). This trail from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp (EBC) is 459 Kilometers, but you will only trek for a few kilometers from Tingri to Rongbuk. By completing the Tibet Everest Base Camp Trek, you will achieve your vision of an approach to Everest and explore the spiritual Tibet and its historical city at a time.
Tibet Everest Base Camp trek – one of the most popular tours and trekking packages in Tibet starts from Lhasa, exploring ancient sights and monasteries, driving through the tranquil Yamdrotso, exploring Shigatse – the second largest city of Tibet, and following the trail to Tingri crossing breathtaking high passes and ends at Everest Base Camp after four days of challenging trek in the high altitude.
Our 4-Day EBC trek starts from Old Tingri to Tingri Plains to Lungthag, passing Ra-Chu Valley. You will see the beautiful scenery of Ra-Chu valley with extensive meadows and packs of sheep and goats. The next day we trek from Lungthang to Lamna La, where we will camp above the top of this Lamna La Pass (15600ft). On the third day, we climb over Lamna La and decent to Zommug (15700ft). Our fourth and final day is the trek to Rongbuk (16,434ft), the final destination of this Tibet Everest Base Camp Trek. The next day early morning, we hike to Everest Base Camp (16732ft) to complete our ultimate goal, return to the Kyirong border, and finally, exit from Tibet to enter Nepal.
You will be staying at hotels and guesthouses except for three nights. During the trek, you will be staying at our Tented Camps. Our Sherpa crew will fix the tents and prepare the meals for you. Regarding the luggage, you can bring only the required items for the trek; the unnecessary items can be kept in the car and received from Rongbuk after the tour. If you can not carry your stuff, you can also use Yak and Yak men to carry your bags.
You can drive up to the Everest Base Camp north without having a multi-day trek. However, trekking for a few days to reach the base camp is a lifetime experience. At the same time, the tour is challenging as you will be hiking at a high elevation with very thin oxygen; travelers from overland may not be well-adjusted to the altitude. So it is advised to consider this trek as tricky as you do it from the South col (Nepal side).
Mount Everest (8,848 m) has two popular Base Camps; called Everest South Face Base Camp (South Col) and Everest North Face Base Camp (North Col); these two base camps locate in different countries of Nepal & Tibet (China). The EBC South Face Base Camp in Nepal lies at an altitude of 5364m (17598 ft), whereas the North Face Base Camp in Tibet lies at an altitude of 5150m (16900 ft).
These two base camps are used as campsites to summit Mount Everest. Thousands of trekkers have made their way up to Everest Base Camps as an Everest Base Camp Trek from both countries. Adventure trekkers mostly use the South col as an Everest Base Camp trekking -14 Days and one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas where you will require 7-8 days to walk into the base camp and more 3-4 more days to be back in a total of 62 Kilometers whereas; to reach North ridge of EBC; you will only trek for 4-5 days. Alternatively, the Lhasa Everest Base camp tour (8 Days) could be an ideal option who want to drive up to the base camp of Mount Everest.
Arrival Lhasa. You can reach Lhasa either taking a flight from Kathmandu or taking a flight/train from Mainland China. Upon arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be met by our Tibet representative and transferred to the Hotel.
Please read: If you are flying from Kathmandu, arrive in Kathmandu at least 3 working days before to process Tibet Group Visa (TGV). Your original passport is a MUST to process the visa.
Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa
Guided sightseeing tour of Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama; Drepung, the biggest monastic university of Tibet and Nechung Monastery, the temple of the State oracle of Tibet.
Guided sightseeing tour of Jokhang, the central cathedral of Tibet, Barkhor, the bustling Lhasa market encircling the Jokhang Temple, Tibetan Medical Center, and Norbulinka Palace.
Drive via Yamdrok, the Turquoise Lake to Gyangtse across Kampa la pass 5050 m and Karo la (5045 m) passes. Visit Kubum stupa and Pelkor Chode Monastery.
Drive to Shigatse. En-route visit Shalu Monastery. Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama who is the 2nd in the Buddhist religious hierarchy, and Shigatse Market.
Today we arrive at Dingri, a windblown settlement and the gateway to Mt. Everest where we meet our Sherpa staff. En-route visit Sakya Monastery.
The next 5 days we trek from the Dingri plains (14,400 ft) all the way up to Dza Rongbuk Monastery (16,350 ft) and Everest Base Camp at 16,900 ft. We begin our trek along Ra Chhu stream to beyond Chholling and past the village of Lungjhang (14,900 ft).
We continue our trek and pass through a small goat or Drokpa encampment and camp below Lamna La (15,600 ft).
We climb over Lamna La (16,900 ft) with Gyachung Kang and Cho Oyu off to the south; and descend to Zommug, at 15,700 ft the highest permanent settlement in the Everest region. Zommug is a center for animal husbandry and a supply center for yaks used on Everest expeditions.
To the south of Zommug is the famed Dza Rongbuk Monastery reached by either a spectacular high route or an easier low path. Once a flourishing retreat center, it is built by Dzatrul Ngawang Tenzin Norbu in early 1901-02. The majestic Everest stands towering high above in full glare.
Everest Base Camp (16,900 ft) and the Rongbuk Glacier are approximately 2-3 hrs above the monastery. The route passes retreat caves, the ruins of the nunnery of Sherab Chholing, and the fast-flowing Dzaka Chu. Just before the terminus of the Rongbuk Glacier is Everest Base Camp. Across a creek, is the ocean of ice that composes the Rongbuk Glacier, with views of the Himalayan range that are among the most spectacular ever.
Leaving Dza Rongbuk, we drive through the village of Chhosang, Phadrukchi, over Pang La, across Phung Chhu or Arun River, and into Dingri.
From the Dingri plain, we drive across the high Tibetan plateau to the trade post town of Kyirong, the border town.
Across Bridge where our representative from Kathmandu will meet you and drive you to Kathmandu
Note: Since the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the tours are being run from the Kerung border as Kodari/Zamngu border is temporarily closed.
Payment: 30% of the total tour cost is required as an advance deposit to confirm the tour with HimalayanWindows (HW). The remaining balance can be paid 3 days before the departure date. Payment can be made through Wire Transfer or Credit Card. We process your credit card payment securely and no extra fee is charged.
Cancellation: For cancellation more than 30 days before the Tour Start Date, No Cancellation fee is charged. For cancellation from 29 calendar days up to and including 4 calendar days before the Tour Start Date, a charge of 30% of the total invoice amount is charged. For a cancellation occurring within 3 days of the date of travel or No Show shall be charged 100% of the total invoice amount. Learn more about Terms and Conditions.
Accommodation: Accommodation is in twin rooms in cities unless a special request is made for a single supplement with an additional fee. Accommodation is in twin or dormitory at lodges on the trek, especially in a peak season, it is difficult to find single/twin rooms in the mountains. Our main focus is to provide clean and safe rooms to our valued guests.
Meals: Basically, every package we offer includes breakfast; lunch, and dinner are provided based on the cost we offer on the tour. In Bhutan, every package is on a full board plan that includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. During the trek, we provide all meals where you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.
Nepal Visa: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Nepal needs to obtain a Nepal Visa. A Nepal Tourist Visa can be obtained on arrival and some countries need a visa before traveling to Nepal. Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Make sure to obtain a multi-entries Nepal Visa if you are planning cross-country tours.
Bhutan Visa Clearance: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Bhutan needs to obtain a Bhutan Visa Clearance before the travel to Bhutan. We obtain your Bhutan visa; you need to send your color scanned clear passport copy. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Before flying to Bhutan, a Visa Clearance will be sent to you from your tour operator, you have to print the clearance paper and show it at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during the Check-in. The original visa would be stamped into your passport upon arrival at the Paro airport. Learn more about Bhutan travel info.
Tibet Group Visa (TGV): Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Tibet from Nepal needs to obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu through the help of a tour operator. Make sure to land in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before the travel date t process for TGV. If you are traveling from China, no TGV is required, a Chinese Visa & Permit are needed, though. Learn more about the Tibet entry procedure.
Nepal & Bhutan: Nepal and Bhutan share the climate from high mountains to the low land sub-tropical plains and jungles. Both countries have similar weather and are ideal to visit at the same time of the year. March to April (spring) & October to December (autumn and early winter) are the best time to visit as the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder and June, July, and August (summer) are monsoon seasons.
Tibet: The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October as the weather is warmer, fresh, and sunny skies. November to March are usually very cold, but still possible to visit if the route is not blocked by the snow, especially in the regions like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, Mount Kailash, etc.
HimalayanWindows advises bringing proper Travel Insurance to all the travelers who are interested in traveling in the Himalayas. Travel Insurance is a policy that helps cover medical problems, emergency evacuation, theft, loss of belongings, last-hour tour/ticket cancellation, etc.