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Plan a Mt Everest Base Camp Tour in Tibet

The highest mountain peak on the planet, Mount Everest sits a massive 8,844.43 meters (29,029 feet) and is one of the most visited locations on the Tibetan plateau. Sitting on the border between Nepal and China’s Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), this huge mountain can be visited from either side, and has base camps both in the north on the Tibetan side and in the south on the Nepali side. Known in Nepal as Sagarmatha, in Tibet the mountain is known as Chomolungma, and the border between Nepal and China runs directly across the summit.

For travelers to Tibet, a pre-arranged tour is required to get to the base camp at 5,200 meters above sea level. While it is possible to trek all the way to the southern Base camp in Nepal without the need for a guide or a guided tour, a professional guide is required for visiting the base camp in Tibet, as there are restrictions on independent travel in the TAR. However, we have some great tours that run from either Kathmandu or Lhasa to the famous Everest Base Camp (EBC) in Tibet, which makes planning a trip to the northern EBC a much easier process than when traveling to the southern base camp in Nepal.

Everest Base Camp Map Tibet

The base camp in Tibet lies in the far west of the region, close to the border with Nepal. Sitting at an elevation of 5,200 meters, the base camp can actually be accessed by road all the way from Lhasa, the Tibetan capital. The route to the base camp starts after you arrive in Lhasa and finish your tour of the city. As you depart from the capital, you will travel along the g318 Friendship Highway, taking a short detour along the way to stop at Lake Yamdrok to the southwest of the Tibetan capital and the beautiful town of Gyantse, with its stunning 32-meter Kumbum stupa.

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

After reaching Shigatse, at 3,850 meters ASL, you continue on the G318 through Lhatse (4,012m) and into Tingri (4,300m), where you turn off to head for Rongbuk Monastery and the base camp itself along the smaller Zhufeng Road. Rongbuk Monastery, which lies at the end of the glacial moraine of the Rongbuk Glacier, is the world’s highest Buddhist Monastery, and is the closest you can get to the base camp by driving. From there, new eco-buses run to the base camp to prevent damage of the delicate environment by lots of vehicles, or you can walk the 2km to the site in around an hour.

Mount Everest Base Camp Tibet Side vs Everest Base Camp Nepal Side

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Mt. Everest in Nepal and Tibet Map

Everest Base Camp Elevation

Everest Base Camp Tibet Elevation: 5,200 meters
Everest Base Camp Nepal Elevation: 5,364 meters

Everest Base Camp Location

Everest Base Camp Tibet Location: The base camp in Tibet is located in Tingri County of Shigatse Prefecture of the TAR, on the northern side of the mountain close to Rongbuk Monastery.
Everest Base Camp Nepal Location: EBC in Nepal lies around 60km northeast of Lukla, a small Sherpa village on the mountainsides in the Khumbu Region of Nepal, to the northeast of Kathmandu, the Nepali capital.

Travel Documents

Travel Documents (EBC Tibet): Documents required for the trip to EBC in Tibet include the Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit, Frontier Pass, and Qomolangma National Nature Reserve entrance ticket. All of these are arranged by your Tibet travel agency, and cannot be obtained personally or without booking a pre-arranged tour of the region.
Travel Documents (EBC Nepal): For reaching the base camp in Nepal, you only need to have a Nepal Entry Visa (if applicable) and the trekking permit for trekking to Sagarmatha from Lukla. The Trekkers' Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card is also required for all trekkers heading for the trails in Nepal, and both of these documents can be easily obtained in Kathmandu from the tourist office in Thamel District with little fuss.

Mt. Everest View

Mt. Everest View (Tibet Side): Tibet has the best view of the mountain from its base camp than anywhere else in the Himalayas, unless you are on the summit of Mount Lhotse, next door. The base camp lies just 19 kilometers from the summit of the mountain in a direct line, and with the mountain sticking up more than 3 kilometers above the base camp itself, the views are stunning. You can also get a good view of the summit from Rongbuk Monastery, and the views of the sunrise and sunset on the sides of the mountain are spectacular.
Mt. Everest View (Nepal Side): There is no view of the summit of Mount Everest from the Nepali base camp, and to get a good view, you will need to climb up to the ridge of Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep, which sits at an elevation of 5,545 meters and lies just below the summit of Mount Pumori.

Road to Everest Base Camp

Road to Everest Base Camp Tibet: The road to the base camp in Tibet is long, but well paved for most of its length. Only the section of the route from Tingri to EBC along the Zhufeng Road is rougher, with much of the road being dirt and gravel along the entire route.
Road to Everest Base Camp Nepal: There is no road to EBC in Nepal, and the base camp can only be reached by a 9-day trek after a 50-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Everest Base Camp Climate

Everest Base Camp Tibet Climate: The climate of the base camp in Tibet is unstable, and weather patterns and climate can change with little notice at all, much like the weather on the actual mountain. Winter climate is cold and dry, while the summer can be wet and humid, though not much rain really falls on the area. Spring and autumn are dry and mild, with colder nights that can get to well below freezing.
Everest Base Camp Nepal Climate: While the climate of the northern camp is variable, the southern camp has a more stable climate, with more defined differences between the wet and dry seasons. AS Nepal lies on the southern side of the Himalayas, the base camp is subject to the monsoon rains of the Indian Southwest monsoon, and can get very wet during the monsoon season, from June to September. The dry season, from October to May, does leave the camp dry and easily accessible, but the cold winter weather from January to March leaves it covered in snow and almost impossible to get to.

Best Time to Visit Everest Base Camp

Best Time to Visit Everest Base Camp Tibet: Aside from the summer monsoon season, the weather is mostly dry around the base camp. Spring and autumn, from April to May and late September to the end of October, the skies are clear and bright making it the ideal time to view the summit of the mountain.
Best Time to Visit Everest Base Camp Nepal: Nepal’s peak seasons, from April to Jun and October to December, are the best times to visit the base camp on the southern slopes of Mount Everest. The weather is ideal for trekking the 60km to the base camp, and while not overly warm, it is pleasant and bright, with clear skies and almost no rain.

Weather Mt. Everest Base Camp Tibet

At its high altitude location, the weather at EBC is a typical mountain plateau climate, although it can be changeable with little notice. Temperatures at the base camp range from minus 20 degrees at night in the winter months to as high as 22 degrees in the summer during the day. However, neither of these times are very good for visiting the mountain, as the winter months are often too cold, and the summer is the monsoon time in Tibet.

For most travelers, the best time to visit EBC in Tibet is in the spring or autumn, from April to mid-June and October to November. Spring temperatures range from -1 degree at night to as high as 15 degrees during the day, and the bright sunshine and clear skies make it ideal for viewing the summit of the mountain. Spring is also the time of the window for climbing on Everest, which lasts for just three weeks in May.

Visit EBC in the spring The best time to visit EBC in Tibet is in the spring

The second-best time to visit EBC would be in the autumn, when temperatures can range from around -8 degrees at night to as high as 17 degrees during the day. Warmer days are often followed by colder nights, which can be a concern for some tourists, though it is still a good time to come to Tibet. Whichever time of year you come here to visit EBC, you will need to have plenty of warm clothing for the nights and evenings, as it can get pretty cold once he sun goes down, and with a thinner atmosphere, the air holds less heat at night from its daytime sunshine. While it may be cold at night, it can be hot and bright in the daytime, and the thinner atmosphere also produces more of the harsh UV rays of the sun that can damage skin and cause sunburn and sun stroke, so a hat and sun cream are very necessary.

The Most Classic Tibet Everest Base Camp Trip

The best tour for traveling to EBC is our 8-day Lhasa to EBC tour, which starts in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa and travels across the vast Tibetan plateau to the base camp. An epic journey through the undulating Himalayan foothills of the plateau and the Transhimalaya ranges that cross the center of the plateau, this amazing tour takes you to visit some of the most stunning attractions on the plateau. These sites include the famed Potala Palace and the sacred Jokhang Temple, both in Lhasa, as well as such classic attractions as Lake Yamdrok, the Gyantse Kumbum, the Tashilhunpo Monastery, and the amazing Rongbuk Monastery, the highest Buddhist monastery in the world.

Rongbuk MonasteryThe amazing Rongbuk Monastery and the impsoing Mt.Everest

An awesome tour of the plateaus best sites, ending with the visit to the world’s highest mountain, this trip will give you the best options for travel across the plateau with a registered travel agency that has decades of experience of bringing international tourists to Tibet. Our dedicated tour guides are very experienced and know all about their homeland, as we use only the best local Tibetan guides for all of our tours. We also provide you with a comfortable modern tour vehicle, with heating and air-con, for the trip across the plateau, as well as providing a host of other services, including bottled water, oxygen in the vehicles, and 24-hour dedicated customer service managers for the entire duration of your trip.

Getting to Everest Base Camp Tibet

There are two main routes to get to Everest Base Camp in Tibet, and you can travel overland to EBC from both Lhasa in Tibet and from Kathmandu in Nepal. With the re-opening of the border crossing at Gyirong Port, it is now possible to travel overland from Kathmandu to EBC, without the need to fly to Lhasa first.

Gyirong PortBorder Crossing at Gyirong Port

Get to Everest Base Camp Tibet from Kathmandu

Getting to EBC in Tibet from Kathmandu is very different from the overland journey from Lhasa, and while the entire tour may be in reverse, it can be a very unique experience to travel over the border into Tibet from Nepal to visit EBC. Traveling across the mighty Himalayas into China is an experience that is worth having, and with the visit to EBC being in the first few days, you can then explore the rest of the plateau at your leisure.

When entering Tibet from Nepal, you are required to have all the relevant documents like China Group Visa and Tibet Permit before you travel, as you will be entering Tibet in one of the “unopened” areas of the region, which requires additional permits than when entering from mainland China. Once you have booked your tour, we will make the applications for the Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit, and Frontier Pass on your behalf using a scanned copy of your passport. We will also arrange the Chinese Group Visa, for entry from Nepal, on your behalf once you arrive in Kathmandu.

At the start of your tour, we will collect you from your hotel in Kathmandu and transfer you to the border crossing, an 11-12 hour drive from the Nepali capital that stops overnight in Syabrubesi to ensure you pass through the border checkpoint in the morning. The border crossing at Gyirong Port has only been open again since August 2017, and the experience of climbing up into the Himalayas to cross the border is one that you should not miss. The border crossing lies between Rasuwa Gadhi in Nepal and Gyirong Port in Tibet, and you will walk across the border over the Resuo Bridge, which spans the beautiful Trishuli River Gorge. On the other side of the border, you will be met by your guide and driver for the start of your tour in Tibet.

Get to EBC from KathmanduDriving on the way to Kathmandu from Nepal

You will acclimatize to the increased altitude of the plateau whilst in Gyirong Town, at 2,700 meters, which will reduce the risk of altitude sickness on the journey to Old Tingri, at 4,300 meters above sea level. The route over the Himalayas is one of the most beautiful journeys in the world, and as you travel you will get some amazing views of the Himalayas, and cross some of Tibet’s highest mountain passes.

Get to Everest Base Camp Tibet from Lhasa

The trip to EBC from Lhasa is the classic tour to Mount Everest in Tibet, and is still one of the most popular tours on the plateau. After transferring to Lhasa from mainland china by train or flight, you will get the chance to explore this amazing City of Sunshine for the first three days as you acclimatize to the increase altitude of the Tibetan capital.

It is relatively easy to get to Lhasa from several dozen cities across mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and many other cities, and you have the option of traveling by flight from more than 20 cities across China or by train from the seven Gateway Cities to Tibet. Trains area a great way to get to Tibet, as not only are they cheaper than flights, but you get to see the stunning views of the northern plains of Tibet and the Kunlun and Tanggula Mountains as you head for the Tibetan capital.

Get to EBC from LhasaPotala Palace, the landmark of Tibet

When traveling to Lhasa from mainland China, the only documents that you will need are your passport, visa, and Tibet Travel Permit, which is required for entry to Tibet. The remaining documents, including the Alien’s Travel Permit and the Frontier Pass, will be obtained by your guide once you arrive in Lhasa, as they require your original Tibet Travel Permit to apply for them. Processing takes just an hour for each, so there is no waiting around to get them for you.

The journey from Lhasa to EBC is done overland by car, and you will travel along the fascinating Friendship Highway through Gyantse, Shigatse, and Tingri to reach the base camp. A journey of more than 600 kilometers across the plateau, you will pass through the major cities of Tibet, as well as small village communities, and have the chance to visit and view some of the most spectacular sights on the plateau.

Everest Base Camp Hotel Tibet

There is actually no hotel at Everest Base Camp in Tibet, or at least not one that you might recognize. The accommodation at the base camp is very basic, and while it may not have the facilities of a five-star hotel in Lhasa, you will be amazed at what you do get there. You have a choice of the Rongbuk Monastery guesthouse or the tent guesthouses to stay in, and both have their good points.

The monastery guesthouse at Rongbuk Monastery is a basic accommodation for Tibet, with dormitory rooms that are relatively clean and tidy and set across from the actual monastery itself. The guesthouse does have a simple restaurant that has good local food, including noodles and noodle soup, fried eggs with rice, and plenty of tea and coffee. Surprisingly, the guesthouse does have Wi-Fi, though no heating or showers, and pit-type toilets that are little more than a hole in the ground with a wall around it.

The Tent GuesthousesThe Tent Guesthouses at EBC

The Tent Guesthouses are a little more basic, but do give you an idea of what it is like to live in a nomadic tent on the plateau. The tented camp is a little way outside the Rongbuk Monastery and has a large number of tents that are set up by locals to cater to the huge number of tourists that descend on the base camp in the peak season. The tents usually contain a ring of beds/seats that run around the outside of the tent, with the usual tables for eating and the huge stove on which all food is cooked in the middle. Decorated in traditional Tibetan nomadic style, these guesthouses are an experience worth having, and while they also contain no shower or western toilet, the experience of staying in the yak-hair tents is one not to be missed. - Check the travelogue of our clients to EBC in Tibet.

Tibet and Everest Base Camp Tours for Seniors

It is not just single young people that travel to Tibet to visit EBC, there are also those that come that are of a somewhat older age group. Traveling to Tibet as a senior is an amazing experience, and even though the plateau is high and the base cam even higher, it is easily possible for senior people to take a trip to EBC. While you may need to make some additional preparations, especially if you have regular medication or require some specialist equipment for the trip, all of this can be easily arranged in advance, and we handle all of your other requirements on your behalf, so all you need to do is come along and enjoy this stunning plateau landscape.

Our oldest clientsOur oldest clients has a trip to EBC

So far, our oldest clients for trips to Tibet and EBC include an 82-year-old German man who also made it to Ngari region to complete the grueling Mount Kailash Kora Trek, and an 84-year-old American woman who came to Tibet to visit EBC with her 60-year-old daughter. All it takes is the desire to explore this amazing land and the rest is easy. We will take care of all of your needs whilst traveling in Tibet, and our amazing experienced guides will be there to help you every step of the way.

Trekking Tibet Everest Base Camp (ordinary tourists)

Trekking is a popular activity in Tibet, and the trek from Old Tingri to EBC is one of the most popular treks on the plateau. Stretching for 70 kilometers across the rolling foothills of the western Himalayas, this 4-day trek through some of the most stunning landscapes on the planet is an experience you would not want to miss. The trek heads south from Tingri, avoiding roads and passing through several local village communities, with stunning views of the peak of Mount Everest getting closer as you walk each day.

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Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Route on Map

The trek is not considered to be extremely hard, but it does have its tough parts, where trekking poles and a little high-altitude trekking experience would be useful. It is also possible for novice trekkers to make this mild 4-day trek, as there are no extremely hard patches and our experienced trekking guides will be with you at every step.

Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek Tibet

The Advanced Base Camp (ABC) Trek in Tibet is not for the faint-hearted, and is a climb and trek up the northern slopes of Mount Everest that should only be attempted by very experienced trekkers or mountain climbers. Located at an altitude of 6,500 meters above sea level, ABC is the third camp on the mountainous slopes of Everest, and the last camp mountaineers reach before reaching the base of the infamous North Col.

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

The trek lasts for five days, and the climb up the side of the mountain over the Rongbuk Glacier is done slowly, as mountaineers would, to ensure that you can acclimatize properly to the massive increases in altitude each day. An amazing experience that gives you an idea of how hard it is to climb the entire mountain to the top, this is undoubtedly the best trekking experience on the planet, and the highest trekking route in the world.

Cost to Go to Everest Base Camp Tibet

Knowing how to budget for your lifetime EBC trip in Tibet is one of the important aspects of planning this unique trip, and while there are plenty of companies that will give you a quote, it is useful to have some idea of what this kind of trip costs in advance of booking.

A standard tour to EBC in Tibet can cost from around US$ 850 per person for the basic Small group Tour with us, although this cost can increase depending on certain factors. The style of hotel you choose and where you decide to eat each day can have an effect on the total cost, and the service provided includes all of your entrance tickets, permits, hotel accommodation, operational costs, and much more. The cost of the tour also includes the cost of the guide and driver, as well as the vehicle and gasoline.

If you are planning to take on the trek from Tingri to EBC or EBC to ABC, then the cost of the tour is going to increase, as these are not included in a standard EBC tour from Lhasa. The seasons can also influence the cost of the tour, and traveling in the peak season can be more expensive that taking exactly the same trip in the low season.

Conclusion

While many people think that planning a trip to Mount Everest in Tibet is something that would require months of planning, booking, and careful itinerary choices, you could not be more wrong. With our dedicated expert tour advisors, we can help you with all of your Tibet planning needs, including helping you choose the right tour for you based on what you want to see and do, and how long you plan on staying with us. Once you have made those decisions, the rest of the planning is done by us on your behalf. We will arrange the trip, the guides, and the driver, your transportation across the plateau, your accommodation in Tibet, all of the permits and passes you will need, and even help you to arrange the flights or train tickets from mainland China and Nepal to Lhasa. And with so much help to plan this amazing lifetime trip to Tibet, what are you waiting for? We are here waiting to hear from you right now!

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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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