Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour
Everest Base Camp Tour -- “Travelling on the summit of the Earth”
Standing at 8844.43 meters above sea level, Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world, and also the main peak of Himalayas. The summit is situated on the border between china and Nepal, and its south side belongs to Nepal, while north side belongs to Tibet Autonomous Region of china. The shape of the mountain is just like a huge pyramid, which is the most fascinating destination for tourists all over the world. Moreover, traveling at the foot of Mount Everest symbolizes the limit of self-challenge as Mount Everest enjoys the reputation of the roof of the world with more than 40 high peaks in 7000 meters above sea level nearby.
What to see
You can visit Lhasa, the political and religious center of the Holy Land in Tibet and enjoy world-renowned Potala Palace; Jokhang temple, built in 1300 years ago; some significant monasteries of Gelug sect, such as drepung monastery and Sera monastery; Namtso lake and Yamdrok Lake of three holy lakes; the cradle of Tibetan civilization—Shannan; and Shigatse. Of course the highlight of this tour is Mount Everest, the highest peak on the summit of the Earth.
The highly recommended travel seasons of Mount Everest are from April to June, and September to December. A bit cold as it is in winter, the weather is fairly ideal for travel since it is the dry season in Tibet. Thus, you can enjoy Mt. Everest in clear weather. On the other hand, the traditional high season of tourism -- July and August are not a good choice to appreciate Mt. Everest, as it is the rainy season and the mountain is shrouded in cloud and mist.
Tibet Everest Base Camp Small Group Tour Packages
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8 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group Tour
Tour Route:Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Lhasa
Almost all the itineraries covering Everest Base Camp originate from this classic itinerary. The travel route to EBC involves all the awe-inspiring attractions, religious sites and magnificent natural wonder.
USD860 p.p.View Details
10 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour
Tour Route:Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Mt. Everest - Namtso - Lhasa
The travel route to EBC & Namtso Lake involves all the awe-inspiring attractions, religious sites and magnificent natural wonder in Tibet.
USD1210 p.p.View Details
7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Kathmandu
This tour combines the classic itinerary of visiting Tibetan cultural and natural beauty with a stopover in EBC. Tourists will finally end up in Kathmandu via Gyirong.
USD960 p.p.View Details
7 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Trip with EBC Small Group Tour
Tour Route:Kathmandu - Gyirong Port - Tingri - EBC - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa
Tour starting from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, going across the Sino-Nepal Friendship highway to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, with a visiting to north face base camp of Mt. Everest en-route.
USD1050 p.p.View Details
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Route: Lhasa-Gyantse-shigatse- Everest Base Camp
Travelling from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp is the hottest Tibet tour of all time. If you are used to highland travel and only have one week to spend in Tibet, this is a viable itinerary to fulfil your long-awaited Everest tour. You can fully sock upView Details
Route: Lhasa-Gyantse-Sakya-Everest Base Camp-Shigatse-Lhasa
Tourists will be accompanied by famous Palaces, temples, monasteries, Everest base camp and beautiful landscapes, such as the great Potala palace, Jokhang temple, Drepung monastery, sera monastery in Lhasa.View Details
Route: Tsedang - Yamgdrok Lake - Gyantse - Shigatse - Sakya - EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa
This adventure tour for Mt. Everest deals with the essence of Tibetan landscapes and ethic folklore, including most of the major sights in Tibet. Lhasa is the main political and economic center of Tibet, while Tsetang serves as the cradle of TibetanView Details
Route: Lhasa - Lake Namtso - Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa
This tour is one of the perfect ways for a taste of the utmost beauty Tibet can offer. It includes the major sights in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse plus a visit to the holy lake Namtso, which shades the valley floor a miraculous shade of turquoise offView Details
Route: Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Cho Oyu Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa
This 10 days Himalaya mountain Expedition tour for those who want to have an off-the-beaten path and explore parts of the Himalaya fewer people can see. Along this journey, you will start by exploring the ancient city of Lhasa and all the amazing monView Details
Route: Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC - Lhasa - Nyingchi
This tour route almost covers all the well-known tourist sites in Tibet. After flying from Chengdu to Nyingchi, you can explore the forest and lakes in the eastern Tibet, then head west to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and then continue west to Mt. Everest.View Details
Route: Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Sakya - Mt.Everest - Shigatse - Lhasa
This tour to Everest Base Camp Tout is tailor-made for students. During this trip, students will visit the world's highest primary school, the world's highest mountain and the world's highest temple, and enjoy fabulous scenery en route.View Details
Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa
Lhasa to EBC photography expedition will let you venture into the heart of the Himalayas and capture the beauty of Mt.Everest and Tibetan manasteries with professional Tibetan tour guides.View Details
Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhatse - Shegar - Pang Pass - Rongbuk - Everest Base Camp
Cycling from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp via Friendship Highway is tough, arduous but worthwhile. The beautiful scenery and attraction en route would make your Tibet tour unforgettable.View Details
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FAQs about Planning a Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour
1. Tibet Everest Base Camp climate condition and when is the best time to visit?
Strong winds and chilly temperatures are present at EBC throughout the year, and while it is less harsh during the summer months, in the winter it can be extremely harsh. Spring and autumn, from April to June and late September to November, are the best times to visit EBC, as these are the times of year when the temperatures are comfortable and the skies are clear and bright, giving the best views of the summit of the world’s highest mountain.
Temperatures in spring and autumn can reach around 10-12 degrees during the day, but drop to well below freezing at night, mainly due to the high altitude and thinner atmosphere. Because of these moderate temperatures and clearer skies, spring and autumn are the best times to visit. Winter visits to Everest, from December to January, are possible, as the route to the base camp is along paved roads all the way. Summer, however, from June to September, is not an ideal time to visit, as this is the monsoon season, and the clouds make it almost impossible to see the summit.
2. The distance from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp, its road condition and how long it takes by road?
Lying in the southwest of Tibet, EBC is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tibet. From Lhasa, it is around 690 kilometers (428 miles) to the base camp itself, and the route normally takes around two days, with stops in several cities along the way, including Gyantse and Shigatse.
The road from Lhasa to EBC is actually one of the best in the region, and for most of the journey follows the famous Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway. The Friendship Highway is now a completely asphalted road, and the good road conditions make it a fast drive between the cities along the route. The section from Old Tingri, where you turn off the Friendship Highway, to Rongbuk Monastery, is also asphalt now, and there are few gravel or dirt stretches along the entire route. However, from Rongbuk to EBC, the road is a gravel track.
3. The distance from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp, its road condition and how long it takes by road?
From Kathmandu, the road is very different from that of the route from Lhasa, and while the route is a lot shorter, it can take just as long, or longer, to make the journey across the border to EBC. In total, the distance from Kathmandu to EBC by road, traveling through the new border crossing at Gyirong Port, is around 504 kilometers (313 miles).
From Kathmandu to the border crossing on the Nepali side, at Rasuwa Gadhi, the route is one that takes around six to eight hours to cover the short 149-kilometers distance. The roads are good from the Nepali capital to around Bidur, along the Pasang Lhamu Highway, but from there the roads get narrower and less well kept, eventually turning to just gravel or dirt roads long before you reach the border. However, on the other side of the border, it is a different matter. From Gyirong Port into the Tibetan interior, the roads are good, and are all well paved.
4. The most classic Everest Base Camp tour itineraries?
For most tourists heading for Mount Everest, we have two perfect options for tours; one of eight days and one of seven days. The 8-day tour (8 Days Lhasa to EBC tour) starts in Lhasa. Along the route to EBC, the tour travels through Gyantse and Shigatse, giving you ample opportunity to see some more of the cities of the Tibetan plateau and their stunning attractions. You will arrive at Rongbuk Monastery on the fifth day of the tour, and stay the night there before heading off to the famous base camp in the morning.
The seven-day tour ((7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu tour including EBC) is a similar tour, but without the two-day trip back to Lhasa. After touring around Lhasa, you take the same route through Gyantse and Shigatse. After your stop at EBC, you head to the town of Gyirong, close to the Sino-Nepal border. From there, you will transfer to the border crossing and process through immigration. After that, you will need to walk across the Resuo Bridge, which crosses the beautiful Trishuli River Gorge, into Nepal. From there, an arranged car or public bus/van can take you to Kathmandu.
5. What to pack for Tibet Everest Base Camp tour?
What to pack for EBC depends on the time of year when you will visit. However, since the temperature fluctuations between day and night can be extreme, it is always a good idea to have some warmer clothes, or plenty of layers, with you, even in the warmest of summers. In winter, you will need more warmer clothing layers, as it can get very cold. A good quality warm jacket is needed all year round, to protect you from the chill, especially once the sun goes down. The best way to keep out the cold is with layers, which trap body heat better, so plenty of layers of clothes are essential. You can add or remove layers as you wish, depending on the temperature.
Warm pants, especially military-style pants, are ideal to keep your legs warm, as they keep the chill wind off, and can also be slightly waterproof, so have a double use. Thermal underwear is also a good option if you are traveling in the winter months. Good strong hiking boots are a necessity around the base camp, even if you are not hiking, as the ground is rough and rocky, and thick woolen socks will help to keep your feet warm.
If you plan to visit EBC, then you should know that the wind can be bitterly cold, and frequently chaffs lips and facial skin, so it is important to take lip balm and facial moisturizer to prevent wind damage on your face. Sunglasses are also necessary, as the sun is bright and strong on the plateau, even in winter, and a good hat to keep the strong UV rays of your head is also essential. And while you may not be camping, some of the guesthouses you may stay in are not like the hotels in Lhasa, so a sleeping bag will help you to stay warm.
6. The accommodation condition at Everest Base Camp
Accommodation at EBC itself is only available from April to November, and once it starts to get cold, it is no longer an option, and your nearest place to stay is the Rongbuk Monastery. The guesthouses at EBC are tent guesthouses, with very basic amenities, and no running water or hot showers. Be prepared to “rough it” for the night if you are staying at the tent guesthouses from April to November.
The guesthouse at Rongbuk Monastery is only a little better, though it is still a case of roughing it for the night. You may also find it a little cold at night, and your own sleeping bag to keep out the cold will be a godsend.
For traveling from December to Feb, you will stay at the Rongbu Monastery hostel.
7. High altitude sickness and how to deal with it at EBC?
High Altitude Sickness is not an illness, it is a condition brought on by the thinner atmosphere at the extreme altitude of the plateau. Most people feel the symptoms of altitude sickness when traveling to areas that are above 3,000 meters, and for most, acclimatizing takes just a day or two. This is first done in Lhasa, when you arrive, at an elevation of 3,656 meters.
However, EBC is much higher, at 5,200 meters, and is the highest stopping point of the tour to Mount Everest. You will need to be aware that you may feel a few effects of High Altitude Sickness once you arrive at the base camp, and you can usually deal with it easily by avoiding strenuous exercise, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding things like coffee and alcohol, which can increase dehydration leading to more severe altitude sickness.
8. The food available at EBC
There is actually little available at the base camp in the way of food, and you are unlikely to find any western dishes at all. Most of the food you will find is in the tent guesthouses and the Rongbuk Monastery, which is usually local Tibetan cuisine. And even that will be basic, often consisting of thick yak meat stews, noodles and fried rice.
If you are unsure of whether the food will be to your liking, or you know it is not, then it is a good idea to take plenty of food with you in the vehicle, to eat while you are at BC and Rongbuk.
9. The best spots to shot the Mount Everest
Photographing Mount Everest is normally done from EBC itself, or the small hill closer to the mountain, though this is not the only good spot from which to get a great view of the mountain.
Tingri Town – A great place to view the mountain for those not actually visiting it, the watching point in Tingri Town is mainly for those traveling from Kathmandu, as the route from Lhasa requires a side trip to get there. However, the view of the mountain’s summit is magnificent, and should not be missed if you can make it.
Gawula Mountain Pass – Lying on the road from Lhasa to EBC, the pass has one of the most stunning vistas of the Himalayas in Tibet. Located around 30km from Tingri, on the road from Shigatse, this amazing location gives you a panoramic view of Mount Everest, as well as several of the other highest mountains in the world.
Rongbuk Monastery – A short distance from the base camp, Rongbuk has one of the best views of the mountain in the world, and there is no better view than watching the sun rise or set on the side of the mountain from Rongbuk Monastery. You will have to climb the small hill behind the monastery to get the best view, but it is worth it.
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