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Plan a Mt Everest Base Camp Tour in Tibet

August,28 2018 BY Master Kungga Dundruk 0 COMMENTS

Mt. Everest is the highest peak of the world (8844.43m) and the most coveted mountain in adventurous travelers’ eyes. Everest Base Camp Tour gives the ordinary travelers a chance to explore the Everest Base Camp and Rongpuk Monastery and closely watch the magnificent views of Mt. Everest.

Trip to Mt. Everest Base Camp is a both physical and psychological challenge to you, but it will definitely reward you with the most fantastic views – a panorama of Himalayan peaks and unforgettable good memories. As Mt. Everest is very far away, the places you reach are very remote with relatively poor accommodation and meals. Before starting the trip to Mt. Everest Base Camp, it is necessary to know the local level of service.

Tibet Everest Base Camp Information

map of everest base camp from lhasa(Simple click to enlarge the map)
Travel from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Elevation: 5200m
Everest Base Camp Monastery: Rongbuk Monastery (5154m, 8km north to EBC, the world’s highest monastery)
Everest Base Camp Hotel:
a.Local-run tents at EBC, with basic cozy beds and many blankets, at around 80-100 CNY /pp
b.Rongbuk Monastery, 8km away from EBC; at around 80-100 CNY /pp
c.Tingri County, 100km away from EBC, with the best facility of these three places, at around 300 CNY/pp

Distance between Summit of Mt. Everest and Everest Base Camp: 19km (linear distance)

everest base camp to mt.everest's summit map(Simple click to enlarge the map)
Travel Route from EBC to Mt.Everest's Summit

Best Time to Visit Everest Base Camp: April---June; Sept---Nov (Check Everest Base Camp weather and best travel time for details);
Travel Documents Needed for Everest Base Camp Tour: Tibet Travel Permit; Alien's Travel Permit
Everest Base Camp Photos
Some of the highlights of Mt. Everest would be Flag Cloud of Mt. Everest, Golden Summit of Mt. Everest at twilight, and stunning starry night at EBC.

Everest Base Camp Tibet vs Nepal:
Altitude: Tibetan base camp (5200m); Nepali base camp (5364m)
Transportation: both tour bus and trekking are available to Tibean base camp; trekking is the only way to Nepali base camp
View: The view of Mt. Everest on Tibet’s side is far better than that of Nepal’s side with no obstruction of sight by other neighboring mountains. While trekking from Lukla to Nepali base camp, one can enjoy more diverse flora and fauna.
Mountaineering: Technically, climbing Mt. Everest from Tibet’s side is via north ridge is more challenging.

Everest Base Camp Trek in Tibet: Classic trek from Tingri to EBC via Ra-chu Valley
Physically challenging as it is, it’s an ultimate trekking route to the north of majestic Himalayan range. Tourists can enjoy stunning view of Mt. Everest, along with vast pasture and sporadically-seen Tibetan wildlife.
Duration: 3-4 days
Distance: 70km
Difficulty: moderate to strenuous
Highest Pass: Pang-la (5350m)
Accommodation: camping
Best Time for Trekking: early April to Late October

map of old tingri to everest base camp trekking(Simple click to enlarge the map)
Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Route on Map

Everest Base Camp Tibet from Kathmandu:

As to international tourists who want to enter Tibet from Nepal, so far the best way is to fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa. And later travel from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp.

Drive to Everest Base Camp Tibet

There are generally 3 types of vehicles we often use in Tibet.

a. Bus Tour to Everest
Tourist buses in Tibet normally have 19-28 seats. Based on the tourist number we will arrange the bus for group tour for size of 9-22 Pax. Bus Tour vs 4WD Car the price for the tourist bus group is cheaper than the 4wd cars. Yet, it takes longer time to reach EBC than the 4wd because tour bus is slower than the 4wd and on the bus are more people.

Besides, from new Tingri to the Rongbuk monastery there are about 100 km, all the road condition is very bad, so that’s why it will took longer time than the 4WD. As to the heating in the bus , it is not very effective because of big space in the bus.

b. Mini Van Tour to Everest
There are 7-14 seats in the car. Base on the tourist number we will arrange the mini van for group tour for size of 5-8 Pax. Starting from April to November you can choose this kind of vehicle. And about the price of the mini van tour it is between the 4wd and the bus because of its smaller group size. And the heating system is more batter than the bus.

c. 4WD Tour to Everest
Most 4WDs in Tibet are perfect vehicles for Tibet plateau environment, no matter how bumpy the road is and how high the elevation is, it works very well. A 4WD can offer 4 seats for travelers at most. The 4WD Tour is normally much more expensive than bus tour in Tibet. And the heating systems can work when outside is very cold. In winter time (from mid November), only 4WDs are able to go to Everest Base Camp.

Different Vehicles and Their Driving Hours to Everest Base Camp

Route to Everest Base Camp

4WD Tour

Mini Van Tour

Bus Tour

Lhasa-yamdrok Lake-Gyantse




Gyantse to Shigatse








Sakya-New Tingri(Shegar)




New Tingri(Shegar)-Rongbuk Monastery




Rongbuk Monastery-Shigatse












Restaurants on the Way to Everest Base Camp

Base on your interest and the budget we will take clients to well-chosen restaurants, some of which their meal costs you from 20-50 CNY. It’s better to communicate with the tour guide and then the tour guide will lead you to the restaurant.

While outside Lhasa the food will cost little more expansive between 40-60 CNY and also the food is very simple. Some of the restaurants in Lhasa are very unique because after the meals you can enjoy the special show which called shoe pa lhamo in the restaurant. Shoepa lhamo is a special dance of the Tibet. If you go there you can experience lots of the Tibet culture. But these kind of the restaurants will open only at the end of the April to the end of the October. The price is 180 CNY.

Accommodations on the Way to Everest Base Camp

Firstly, there is a big different between hotels in Tibet and that of in mainland China. Actually in Lhasa the hotel facilities are as good as in mainland China but when you leave the Lhasa and move to remote areas then hotel facilities are much basic.

The guest house in Tibet is not very good, because there is no bathroom in the rooms. And also there will other people in the rooms with you. Because of seasonal tourism in Tibet, most hotels can only do business from April to October each year, in winter time, 90% of hotels in Tibet close their doors due to too few visitors, even the rest 10% of hotels have to consider the cost issue and offer very basic service to reduce the running cost. 

If you travel to Tibet in winter, please lower your expectation, you might be at odds with the low quality hotel services when choosing the ordinary two or three-star hotels, such as no heating, no hot water supply, etc. But please do not be upset, as long as you pay a little bit money to upgrade the hotel to 4 or 5 star hotel, the situation can be changed, the famous Brahmaputra hotel and other luxury hotel like 4 star Sheraton always provides BIG discounted prices in the winter, perhaps with only $ 100 per night you can stay warm and luxurious five-star hotel and enjoy a hearty breakfast.

Tour Guide Service and How to Tip the Tour Guide

In our travel agency, we are using mostly local Tibetan tour guides. And they will provide service best as there can. On the other hand if you face any problems you can ask the tour guide. If you don't tell to them there don't know the problems that you have. So you have to communicate with tour guide.

Concerning the tip to the tour guides and the drivers, if there are more than 7pax then at the end of the tour or the trip between 100-200 yuans each person. If there are less than 7pax then at the end of the trip or the tour you can tip them around 250yuan each person.All these tipping knowledge that you can use is limited to the tour which is in 10days if the trip takes longer than the 10days then maybe you have to give them more. 

Example: 200 yuans-300 yuans each person. But for the drivers, you can tip them a bit lower than the tour guide.

Master Kungga Dundruk

About the Author - Master Kungga Dundruk

The Lhasa-born prodigy used to study business overseas, and got his Bachelor of Business in Nepal and India before moving back to his homeland.With pure passion for life and unlimited love for Tibet, Kunga started his guide career as early as 1997.

Responsible, considerate and humorous, he devoted his entire life guiding and serving international tourists travelling in Tibet.As a legendary Tibetan travel guru with 20-year pro guide experience , he once had an exclusive interview with the US media. Currently he is working in Tibet Vista as the Tour Operating Director. Whenever our clients run into troubles, he is your first call and will offer prompt support.

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