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9 Days Lhasa to EBC Photography Expedition

9 Days Lhasa to EBC Photography Expedition

(TEPT001) Lhasa - Gyantse - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa

  • Tourist Stylephotographers of all kinds

    Altitude 3865m - 5200m

  • Tour Type

    private EBC photography tour

  • Trip Level

    Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.

  • Best Time to Go

    April, May, early June, Sept. Oct, early Nov.


Nowhere else can you find a better place to snap photos than in Tibet. We take you to venture into the heart of Himalayas and gaze at the world’s highest mountain so up-close. You will explore in mysterious Tibetan monasteries and capture for the touching moments of devout Tibetan pilgrims. You can meet Tibetan locals and document their exotic life on Tibetan plateau. The first-hand experience of sublime alpine lakes and exotic Tibetan culture will lead to loads of precious photos when back home.

Top Highlights

  • Soak up the intense Buddhist atmosphere

  • Capture the intriguing religious and secular life of local Tibetans

  • Freeze the dramatic moments of monk debate with your camera

  • Document turquoise alpine lakes, glacier and mystical Tibetan monasteries

  • Photograph jaw-dropping vista of Himalayan Range

  • Close-up shot of Mount Everest and time-lapse photography at night in Everest Base Camp

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)

Upon your arrival in Lhasa, our Tibetan guide will be greeting you at airport or train station with auspicious white Hada. Then you will be transferred to hotels in Lhasa. The guide will briefly introduce the itineraries and remind you about other dos and don’ts for new comers. To quickly get acclimatized to Tibetan plateau, it’s better to have a good rest in the hotel.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa Day Tour (B)

Pack your gears, it’s time to document holy Tibet with your unique perspective. Our first shot would center around the Jokhang Temple and its surroundings. We will follow the famous Barkhor Circuit to visit Jokhang Temple, the heart of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet. It’s the perfect place to capture the prostrating Tibetan pilgrims around Jokhang Temple. And never miss the stunning visa of Potala Palace and panorama of Barkhor street on the rooftop of Jokhang.

Then you can soak up the atmosphere of bustling Barkhor Bazaar and shoot loads of engaging photos of Tibetan hawkers, Thangka painters, delicate souvenirs, and farm produces sold in Tromzikhang, and old alleys of Lhasa cities nearby. After lunch, we head to the Sera Monastery, one of the Three Great Gelugpa Monasteries in Lhasa. You can tour the religious compound first. Then from 3:00 PM, the dramatic monk debate will be held in the debate courtyard. Do prepare a telescope lens for stunning monk portrait. Later, we will drive back to downtown Lhasa, and enjoy the sweet tea and local snacks like Tibetan momo, and Tibetan noodels in Canggu Nunnery. Perfect place to document peaceful life of locals.

Tips: Inside the hall of Buddhist Temple, normally photo taking is forbidden. Telescope lens are recommended for portrait shots.

Stay overnight in hotels in Lhasa

Day 3: Lhasa Day Tour (B)

Get up early and take tour vehicle to Chagpori for the daybreak of Potala Palace; You can take the iconic image of majestic Potala. Then we will follow the stone steps to visit legendary Potala Palace, the winter palace of former Dalai Lama. When reaching the top, remember to take panorama of Lhasa city and great vista of Lhasa valley. You can also explore the mysterious chapels inside Potala. Then, we will descend to experience the Potala kora circuit down below the Red Hill.

In the afternoon, we move to Ganden Monastery, the first Gulgpa Monastery founded by Tsongkhapa. Built on Wangbur Mountain, Ganden Monastery is your best choice for landscape photography around Lhasa. You can follow the winding road to visit the monastery, and enjoy scenic Ganden kora around the mountain to have a incredible panoramic view of Ganden Monastery and Lhasa valley.

Tips: tripod and remote shutter are recommended. Do dress warmly to brave the chilly wind at daybreak and on mountain passes.

Stay overnight in hotels in Lhasa

Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse (B)

After two day’s acclimatization and warm-up in Lhasa, we will head westward. The turquoise Yamdrok Lake will blow your mind away. Standing on Gangbala Pass(4790m) to capturing the scorpion-shaped lake against the massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m). For pet lovers, you can take photos with adorable Tibetan mastiffs at the mountain pass.

Then we will stop by the magnificent Karola Glacier. You can photograph the massive icy glacier just beside the highway, and snap shots of white Tibetan stupas and Tibetans dressed in traditional costumes. Keep moving to Simila Mountain pass. You may hang an auspicious hang prayer flag on the mountain pass and view manla reservoir.

After arriving in historical Gyantse town, you can explore the photogenic Palcho Monastery. Nepali-style Kumbum stupa will be the focus of our visit. Climb to the top of nine-story Kumbum to enjoy the spectacular vista of Gyantse Fortress. And later tour the Tsulaklakang Monastery right beside.

Stay overnight in hotels in Gyantse

Day 5: Gyantse to Tingri via Shigatse

In the morning, we would visit the historic Gyantse Fortress; you can climb to the top of the awe-inspiring fortress, you will be awarded the panorama of Gyantse town and bird's-eye view of Palcho Monastery.

Then, we will head to Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. You can take photos of pencil-thin cobbled lanes, fluttering door curtain and gigantic festival Thanka Wall and monks in assembly hall. Later, we will follow the classic kora route of Tashilhunpo Monastery to capture the past glory of Shigatse Dzong, known as the small Potala.

Finally, we hit the road again to Tingri via Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass (4528m).

Stay overnight in Tingri

Day 6: Tingri to Everest Base Camp

Rise early to hit to road to enjoy sunrise over top 4 peaks along Himalayas at Gawu La Pass(5198m). It’s the best place to enjoy mind-blowing vista of Mt. Everest (8844.43m), Cho Oyo8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m). Then we keep travelling to Rongbuk Monastry, the highest Buddhist site in the world. You can photograph Everest with White Stupas as the foreground. And explore the medication cave of Tsongkhapa.

Then we are about to trek 4 km to camping site of EBC(5200m) and you can get close-up of the massif of north face of Mount Everest, unobstructed and see the Everest monument.

At night, you may do the time-lapse photography of stunning starry night sky at EBC.

Tips: Due to extreme altitude, do walk slowly and bundle up in warm clothes. If you venture out of the camp at night for night photo shooting.

Stay overnight in the tent at EBC

Day 7: EBC to Shigatse

In the morning, you can see the sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area. Then we will drive back to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 8: Shigatse to Lhasa

Today, we will drive back to Lhasa by following Yalong Valley. You can stand on the viewing platform and view the vast Yalong River bed. Finally the guide will transfer you back to your hotels in Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 9: Departure from Lhasa

The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
Why This Tour?
Da Wa

"To professional photographers and photography geeks, this 9-day photography tour from Lhasa to EBC is exactly what you want. Traveling with Tibetan guides specializing in photography, they will take you to the right place at the right time and show you the perfect vantage for epic shots. From portrait to landscape, and documentary photography, the well-designed itinerary gives full play to imagination and inspiration."

Recommended by Tibetan Photography Expert , Da Wa

Why Travel with Tibet Vista

  • Tripadvisor’ s Award Winner for 2018 Certificate of Excellence

    Situated in Lhasa, Tibet Vista is a leading local Tibet tour operator and best traveler’s choice on Tripadvisor. We listen attentively to your needs, and help you fine-tune the travel plan that works best for you. With utmost responsibility and integrity, we promise to unveil the true beauty of Tibet before your eyes.

  • A Wide Spectrum of EBC Travel

    Running EBC tours for over 10 years, Tibet Vista boasts the widest spectrum of EBC travel in both Tibet and Nepal. From thrilling EBC trek to Everest photography, cycling to EBC and family tour to EBC, and even climbing Mount Everest, etc. you have plenty of options.

  • One-stop Service, Easy Travel amid Nepal Tibet China

    Forget about tedious and complex travel preparations, we offer one-stop service for your EBC tour such as travel documents, flight, and Tibet train and hotel booking, and shuttle service, etc. especially useful for the long journey between Nepal, Tibet and China. All the cost is transparent.

  • Travel Like a Local with Tibetan Travel Experts

    Passionate about adventure, our seasoned Tibetan guides are committed to bringing you the most authentic Tibetan experience. Following their footsteps, you can enjoy the off-the-beaten tracks and travel as a local. They will treat you as a bosom friend and ensure you a safe and pleasant journey.

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