Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour

An awe-inspiring journey to the Mount Everest Base Camp on North side. Visit Rongbuk Valley and magical landscapes.

Photo Courtesy: Tenkasi Vis, USA, 2013 Tibet Tour with adventure Imagine

This is an add-on of Everest Base Camp portion to the standard Tibet Overland tour. On this tour, we will travel overland along Friendship Highway from Lhasa to Kathmandu. The Tibetan plateau is the world's highest and rightly called the roof of the world. We will drive more than 1100km on 4WD vehicles during this breathtaking journey. The Friendship Highway passes through numerous 5000m high passes, the landscape is breathtaking, and small towns and settlements are among most interesting sights. The overland journey towards Kathmandu through towns of Gyantse, Shigatse, Shegar and Zhangmu.

The tour can either go from Lhasa to Kathmandu or from opposite direction.


Itinerary: Tibet Evereset Base Camp Tour


Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa (alt. 3595m, Tibet)

You can arrive in Lhasa by flight or train or driving overland. We will organize your Tibet Travel Permits. Assistance on obtaining visas will also be provided if needed.

Upon arrival, we will meet you at Lhasa Airport (LXA) or Train Station and arrange transfer. Hotel Overnight.

Lhasa, the remote adobe of the Dalai Lamas, object of devout pilgrimate and heart and soul of Tibet, has always been a city of wonders - even after the large-scale encroachments of modern Chinese influence. The first hint that Lhasa is close is the Potala, a vast white-and-ochre fortress soaring over one of the world's highest cities. It's a sight that has heralded the marvels of the Holy City to travellers for close to four centuries and it still raises goose bumps.

Day 02: Sightseeing tour inside Lhasa

Now that we are in Lhasa, we start on much-awaited sightseeing tour today. Accompanying on tour will be a guide and interpreter. Usually, our first spot is the Sera Monastery; approximately 5km north of central Lhasa. It used to be one of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries second only to Drepung. The monastery is interesting to visit particularly in the morning when the monastery is at its most active. The whitewashed walls and golden roofs along with several hundred monks, all make a fascinating visit. We will find time to have lunch in between tours and continue our sightseeing. Next spot will be the Norbulingka Palace; the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. The park of the palace is most interesting to visit during festivals.

The Jokhang Temple which is next we visit is the most revered religious structure in Tibet Thick with the smell of yak butter, echoing with the murmur of mantras and bustling with awed pilgrims, the Jokhang is an unrivalled Tibetan experience..

The Barkhor market is an area unrivalled in Tibet for its fascinating combination of sacred significance and push-and-shove market economics. This is both the spiritual heart of the Holy City and the main commercial district for Tibetans. The Barkhor is the one part of Lhasa that has most resisted the invasions of the modern world.

Day 03: Sightseeing tour inside Lhasa

This is a day we will visit the Potala Palace - Lhasa's cardinal landmark. It is one of the great wonders of world architecture. As has been the case with centuries of pilgrims before you, the first sight of the fortress-like structure will be a magical moment that you will remember for a long time. It's hard to peel eyes away from the palace. The Potala is a strucutre of massive proportions, an awe-inspiring place to visit. This used to be the palace of the Dalai Lama. An old palace used to be in this place since 5th or 6th century. The present palace, however, was constructed in the 17th century.

The Drepung Monastery which we visit next is another fascinating place. It was founded in the 14th century and once used to be the largest monastery in the world where a population of over 10,000 monks used to live. In recent times, the number is down to some hundreds. The place is still very interesting as it still preserves the originality.

The remaining time will be free to expolore Lhasa on your own. Hotel overnight.

Day 04: Drive: Lhasa to Gyantse (alt. 3980m) - 259km

After breakfast, we finally start our overland journey out of Lhasa on Friendship Highway. Today's drive will take us across Kamba La (4794m) and then to wonderful views from Yamdrok Tso (also called Turquoise Lake) to snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7252m). In fact we drive for hours by the side of Yamdrok Tso and negotiate endless bends and curves of the road. We then cross another high pass - the Karo La at 5045m and nearby glacier. The drive from Lhasa to Gyantse is 259km but the scenery is so amazing you won't be in hurry to reach there.

One of the attractions of Gyantse is the Pelkor Chode Monastery containg the Gyantse Kumbum. The monastery was founded in 1418 and it houses the Kumbum, a large gold-domed stupa. The small small chapels in there house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals and statuary. The Gyantse Dzong itself is a fort dating from the 14th century. It offers fantastic view of Nyang Chu valley and Gyantse town itself.

Day 05: Drive: Gyantse to Shigatse (alt. 3840m) - 95km

Today's drive from Gyantse to Shigatse is short - just 95kms. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and the capital of Tsang province. Prior to 1642 the rules of this province had domination over all of Tibet. Shigatse is also home to Tashilunpo Monastery - place of Panchen Lama who is second in spiritual importance only to the Dalai Lama. The Tashilunpo Monastery was built in 1447 by Gendun Drup and used to house more than 3000 monks in the past. One of the most interesting sights at Tashilunpo includes a nine-storey gilded statue of Maitreya, also called the "Future Buddha". Overnight Hotel.

Day 06: Drive: Shigatse to Shegar (alt. 4150m) - 245km

Day's sightseeing include visit to the Milarepa's cave. Milarepa is a figure highly respected in Tibetan Buddhism and it is believed that this is where Milarepa attained enlightenment. Hotel Overnight.

Day 07: Drive: Shegar to Rongbuk Valley (alt. 4900m) - 90km

Today, we drive off-route leaving the Friendship Highway and head south ward. The 5150m high Pang La pass offers incredible marks the entrance to Qomolongama National Park. From top of the pass, we see incredible views of giant Himalayan peaks stretching from Makalu to Shisapangma. As we continue down the pass and turn the corner into the Rongbuk Valley, the Mount Everest starts to appear in its full glory. The views are once again just spectacular. We then arrive at Rongbuk Valley where the famous Rongbuk Monastery is situated. This is the highest monastery in the world.

Tibet Everest Base Camp TourPhoto Courtesy: Viji Vis, USA, 2013 Tibet Tour with adventure Imagine

Day 08: Visit the north side of Mount Everest Base Camp (alt. 5400m), Drive downhill to Zhangmu (alt. 2330m) - 290km

Land Cruisrs can go only upto intermediate point at Tent Camps. Then we take a short, 4 km glorious walk towards the Everest Base Camp. The way up is gentle and altitude gain is less than 200m. Along the way, we pass scree slopes, jagged ridges, broad glacial valleys flowing with muddy water. Note that you can get mobile phone reception at Everest Base Camp. Call a friend. They'll be thrilled.

Day 09: Cross the Tibet/Nepal border (9km) and continue Drive to Kathmandu (alt. 1330m) - 141km

After breakfast, we drive few kilometers downhill to Tibet/Nepal border. The Friendship Bridge over roaring Bhotekoshi river marks the border between China and Nepal. This is the furthest vehicles from Tibet side can go. Be careful with your belongings as the border is usually very chaotic. The Chinese Immigration is just on this side of the Friendship Bridge, where our guide will help you go through border clearance (don't be surprised if Chinese officiers don't stamp your passport - they have your exit on their record). Waive goodbye to your guide and staff from Tibet and then walk past Friendship Bride to meet the Nepalese customs and Immigration. You can get Nepal visa upon arrival at the Nepalese Immigration office (remember to carry one passport-size photo and USD Cash for visa fee). The border town on Nepalese side is called Kodari or Tatopani (hot springs). After cross-border formalities, we take a short stop at the town for tea/coffee. We then drive towards Kathmandu. On the way, we can see a Bunjy Jump Spot that is said to be the highest free-fall in South Asia. Upon reaching Dhulikhel, the mountains now appear on North side amidst much green scenery - a total departure from what we wered used to seeing in Tibet. The drive from border to Kathmandu takes about 5 hrs.


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What is included -

01. Tibet Travel Permits
02. Pickup at Lhasa Airport or Train Station
03. Mid-range hotels with daily breakfast
04. Transportation in TIbet by private land cruisers
05. Guided sightseeing tour, entrance fees
06. English speaking guide, driver and their wages
07. Assistance at border crossing point
08. Transportation from Tibet border to Kathmandu by private vehicle

What is not included -

01. International flights
02. Visa fees
03. Hotel accommodation, tours and meals in Kathmandu (can be arranged by us on request)
04. Any kind of drinks while on tour
05. Your personal medical and travel insurance, evacuation/medical expenses
06. Photography fees
07. Tips etc


What else can you do in Tibet?





Mountain Biking



  • Genden-Samye Trek
  • Kangsung Valley Trek
  • Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek
  • Mount Kailash Trek
  • Mount Kailash Trek with Guge Kingdom

  • Mount Everest Expedition
  • Cho Oyu Expedition
  • Shisapangma Expedition
  • Lhakpa Ri Expedition


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