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What Documents Do I Need for Everest Base Camp Tour in Tibet and Nepal?

August,27 2018 BY Master Kungga Dundruk 0 COMMENTS

Traveling to Everest Base Camp (EBC) is no easy thing. You will need strong body, courage and certain permits and certificates needed for traveling to EBC. In one word, you should make full preparation for your Everest Base Camp tour. Then, what to prepare for your Everest Base Camp tour?

Permits for Travelling EBC in Tibet

If your body condition is quite good and you are ready to travel to EBC. There are certain procedures concerning tour to Tibet Everest Base Camp you should handle. Generally speaking, if you are not Chinese, you will need three kinds of permits and certificates when traveling to EBC: Tibet Entry Permit, Alien's Travel Permit, and Mountaineering License.

Tibet Entry Permit

Tibet Entry Permit is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Tibet Entry Permit is needed from the very beginning of any Tibet tours, which means that you will only be allowed to enter Tibet by possessing the permit before you even get on the plane or the train to Tibet. And you can only get it through qualified travel agencies using the copies of your passports and visa and some other documents, and it is requested before you even get on the plane or train to Tibet.

Tibet Entry Permit Tibet Entry Permit

Aliens' Travel Permit

Aliens' Travel Permit is issued by the police (Public Security Bureau, "PSB"). Usually, you can apply for it once you arrive at Lhasa. For tour groups, your guide will ask you for the passport and TTB permit and submit it to the Foreign Affairs Section of PSB for the Travel Permit. It normally takes several hours and the cost is 50 CNY/person.

Tibet Trekking Permit

It’s a requirement for tourists who are aimed for regions above 6000m in Tibet to obtain a trekking permit. Meanwhile, all the visitors to Tibet can not apply permits by themselves. Tibet Vista can apply Tibet Trekking Permit from Tibet Mountaineering Association(TMA) for your convenience.

Mountaineering License

If you want to climb to Everest Summit, Mountaineering License is needed, which is also issued by Tibet Mountaineering Association. You'll also need certain documents and money (seem to be 200 US dollars per person) to apply for it.

Tips:
While Alien's Travel Permit, Tibet Trekking Permit and Mountaineering License are needed for certain regions and places in Tibet and you can apply for them after you have already been in Tibet from certain departments and organizations. Well, usually the truth is, you don't need to worry these procedures, because foreigners can only travel to Tibet organized by travel agencies, like Tibet Vista, and our tour guide shall help you with all these stuff, you just need to prepare certain documentation and money needed for handling them. Apply for Tibet Permit online right now!

Top Three Everest Base Camp Trekking Routes in Tibet

Along with the construction and running of Tibet railway, Tibet tours, especially, Everest Base Camp trekking tour, are becoming increasingly popular among both Chinese and foreigners from all over the world. Here we would like to introduce top three Everest Base Camp trekking routes in Tibet.

 Everest Base Camp (EBC) Group photo taken at Mount Everest Base Camp Monument after trekking

Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trek

Traversing through rolling snow mountains, Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp trek covers a total distance of 70 kilometers with many small villages scattering along the route. If you want to experience the authentic Tibetan life and get a closer contact with local Tibetans, 12 Days classic trek from Tingri to EBC via Ra-chu Valley must be the top of your choices.

Generally speaking, tourists without serious altitude sickness will be suitable to trek from Old Tingri to Mount Everest Base Camp. Following the flat rural roads, you will pass Ra-chu Valley, Lungthang(4510m), Lamna La Pass(5150m), Zommug(4790m), Rongbuk Monastery(5100m) till the final destination - Everest Base Camp(520m). With the elevation increasing little by little, we arrange the trekking to EBC from Old-Tingri in four days. And the daily hiking of 18km will leave you more time to appreciate the alpine scenery and acclimate to high altitude gradually.

Everest Base Camp to Advanced Base Camp Trek

Although the straight-line distance from Everest Base Camp to Advanced Base Camp is 15 kilometers, tourists who wanna trek from EBC to ABC should undergo through 38 kilometers to finish this adventurous expedition. One of the biggest highlights of this hiking route is Rongbuk Glaciers, reputed as the top of China's six most beautiful glaciers by China National Geographic Magazine.

The best season to climb Mount Everest is Spring and Summer. From EBC to ABC, you should trek on the gravel slopes formed by the glaciers. Most of the sections are relatively flat with several ups and downs. Before reaching the altitude of 5800m, you will encounter some glacial melt-water. To make it easier for you, we would take breaks at Camp1 (5460m), Interim Camp (5760m) and Camp2 (5970m) in the whole Everest Advance Base Camp trek.

Gama Valley to Eastern Slope of Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek

Nestling between Dingri County and Dingjie County in Shigatse, Tibet, Gama Valley stretches from Chengtang (2200m) westwards Mount Everest eastern slope(5310m). It's home to the best-preserved primeval forest in Everest Region. Impressed by the fantastic landscape, many explorers have praised Gama Valley as "the most beautiful valley in the world." And the scenery here also changes with seasons.Alpine Rhododendron blooming in spring is a good case in point. Not doubt that you will be fascinated with a totally different Mount Everest ecosystem.

Everest eastern slope trek is a famous high-altitude hiking trail in China. Although the weather is changeable and the road is tough, the scenery is extremely shocking. Besides Mount Everest(8844.43m, the world's highest peak), you can also enjoy the superb vista of Mt. Lhotse (8516m, the world's fourth highest peak), Mt. Makalu (8,463m, the world's fifth highest peak) en route. Everest Gama Valley trekking route is extremely complex with the huge difference in altitudes. Due to the complicated road condition, it usually takes at least eight days to finish this challenging EBC hike. So it's more suitable for the experienced trekker and mountaineers.

Certificates for EBC Trek in Nepal

We have already known that Nepal Visa is requested from foreigners who travel to Nepal, then, what are the permits and certificates needed for traveling to EBC in Nepal?

Trekking Information Management System Card (TIMS card)

All the tourists should register their hike by getting a Trekking Information Management System card. It's suggested to obtain a TIMS card from Tourist Service Centre or Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal in Kathmandu. It costs US$20 for individual trekker and US$10 for a group member. Please do remember to bring one photocopy of your passport and two passport photos for the TIMS card is issued on the scene.

 TIMS card Trekking Information Management System Card (TIMS card)

Basically, you don't need to worry about applying for these permits and certificates. As a professional Nepal Tibet travel agency, we can handle all these permits and certificates needed for your EBC trek tours in Nepal for you. What you need to do is to fully enjoy your travel in Nepal.

Top Three Everest Base Camp Trekking Routes in Nepal

Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp, you can not appreciate the spectacular view of the world's highest peaks, namely, Mt. Everest (8844.43m, the summit), Mt.Lhotse (8516m, the forth), Mt.Makalu (8463m, the fifth), Mt.Cho Oyo (8201m, the sixth), Mt.Nuptse (7879m, the nineteenth), but also catch a glimpse of other beautiful mountains, like Mt.Khumbila (5761m), Mt. Ama Dablam ( 6856m), etc. Dozens of snow-capped mountains of different sizes form a pretty shocking picture. No wonder, Nepal is reputed as the kingdom of snow mountains. Lukla is the starting point of all the trekkings to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal side. Based on your preference and time schedule, I'd like to recommend the most classic Nepal EBC trekking routes to you.

 Lulka to EBC Trek Lulka to EBC Trek

Lulka to EBC Trek

Actually, the main trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp can be finished within ten days. But it's strongly suggested to set aside a few days on the hiking trail to experience the unique Sherpa culture and the splendid scenery of the majestic Himalaya Regions. Starting from Lukla, you would pass through Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, Kala Patthar, before reaching Everest Base Camp. Usually, it takes you about 12 days to finish this popular trek to EBC. If the schedule is tight, join our 10 Days Everest Panorama View Trek Tour is another nice try!

Lulka to Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Valley

Gokyo Valley is one of the most stunning attractions in Nepal, and you shouldn't miss the tranquil fifth and sixth lakes while trekking towards EBC. Beginning from Lukla, you would trek through Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Goko Valley, then head eastwards to Cho La Pass(5368m) and upwards to Lobuche and Gorek Shep, finally reach Everest Base Camp. Or you can also follow anti-clockwise direction. That's to say, you can get to EBC first and then hike westwards to Cho La Pass and Gokyo Valley. It often costs about 15 days to finish this EBC trekking circuit.

Big Trekking Loop from Lukla to Gokyo Valley, Gorek Shep, and Chhukhung

Following this big loop, you can appreciate the top three attractions of Nepal Everest Region in just one go. Gokyo Valley, lying along the Dudh Koshi River, is the best place to appreciate Mt.Cho Oyu. Gorek Shep, located in the Lobuche Khola, offer you the excellent position to enjoy the majestic Mt.Everest. Chhukhung, situated in the Imja Khola, is the greatest place to view Mt.Lhotse. Renjo La Pass(5360m), Cho La Pass(5368m) and Kongma La Pass(5535m), from west to east, link Everest's three major scenic spots altogether. In fact, this loop is the extending trail based on EBC trek via Gokyo Valley and you can catch a panorama view of Chhukhung. With the altitude increasing, the trekking route becomes more difficult. On the average, tourists would spend about 18 to 20 days to finish this big loop around Mount Everest.

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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