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September,01 2023 BY Master Kungga Dundruk 0 COMMENTS

Permit to Visit Mount Everest

Mount Everest is the highest mountain whose peak is 8848 meters above sea level. The international border between China and Nepal runs across the precise summit point. It attracts numerous tourists at home and abroad as well as swarms of experienced mountaineers every year.

The best time to visit Mt. Everest for travelers is from April to May and September to October. Most of them choose to start from Lhasa and then drive all the way to the Everest Base Camp (EBC, at an elevation of 5200 meters). Gyantse and Shigatse are absolutely 2 must-go cities with profound culture and history. Tourists could also visit Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier and Tashilhunpo Monastery on the way. After the amazing Mt. Everest tour, they can either return to Lhasa or go westward to Nepal.

As the biggest star for Tibet travel, Mt.Everest is the ultimate fantasy for all travelers. To admire the world’s highest peak in Tibet, you need to book a guided tour through a local Tibet travel agency and get Tibet Travel Permit and Alien’s Travel Permit for the visit.

Please follow our guide below to learn how to get all of them.

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Permits to Visit Mount Everest in Tibet

It is mentioned countless times in our website that foreigners traveling in Tibet need to apply for various kinds of permits. Then what documents are required when planning a trip to Mt. Everest? Because this mountain is situated in China’s border area, every foreign traveler needs to apply for at least two permits.

To visit Mount Everest in Tibet, you need to have Tibet Travel Permit and Alien’s Travel Permit. The former allows you to enter Tibet legally while the latter permits you to visit restricted regions like Everest Base Camp.

For our clients, you may enjoy our free service to get Tibet Permit before heading to Lhasa. As you leave Lhasa for EBC, our Tibetan guide will help you get Alien’s Travel Permit in Shigatse.

Simply focus on your tour experience; everything is in our control.

How Can I Get My Tibet Permit?

To get Tibet Permit issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau, firstly book the Tibet tour with us because international tourists can only get Tibet Permit via a local Tibet travel agency.

Then find the Chinese embassy closest to you and submit your Chinese Visa application; after you get your Chinese visa, email the photo image of passport information page and Chinese Visa page to your travel consultant who will help you submit the Tibet Permit application to Tibet Tourism Bureau.

Tibet Travel Permit

A Sample of Tibet Entry Permit

The processing of Tibet Permit takes 8-9 business days in Lhasa. After we get your Tibet permit, we deliver it by express to your hotel in mainland China. Or in some extreme cases, our staff will give it to you in person at the railway station or airport.

Note: Because this permit needs to be delivered to travelers from Tibet, you’d better provide necessary documents 10 or 15 days before the tour. You will be asked to show valid permit before boarding a train or a plane. By the way, the travel agency will charge some service fee for the permit application.

Alien’s Travel Permit for Mount Everest Visit

In addition to Tibet Permit, you need Alien’s Travel Permit issued by the Public Security Bureau at the cost of CNY 50, without which travelers won’t even be able to reach the Everest Base Camp in Tibet. However, there is no need for you to bother to get it. Our Tibetan guide will help you get it at the Foreign Affairs Office in Shigatse before the team leaves for EBC. The processing of it takes around 1.5hrs. The documents needed include:

1. original copy of Tibet Travel Permit
2. original copy of passport
3. original copy of your tour guide’s certificate
4. tour itinerary

A Sample of Alien's Travel Permit

What Permits Do I Need to Visit ABC from EBC?

If you plan to challenge your physical limit to trek from EBC (5,200m) to ABC (6,400m-6,500m), you need to apply for Tibet Trekking Permit. Our Tibetan guide will help you submit the permit application at the Tibet Mountaineering Association (TMA).

However, to protect the environment of Mt. Everest, Tibet Trekking Permit service was canceled in April 2018. So far, there is no sign showing when it will be resumed. Yet, we promise to inform you in the first place if it becomes available.

Note: If your destination is no higher than the ABC, you can find a Tibet travel agency to make arrangements for you; otherwise, all the services must be arranged by the Tibet Mountaineering Association.

What Permits I Should Get to Climb Mount Everest?

Ascending Mt. Everest via Tibet is a lifetime dream for every mountaineer, since the north route in Tibet is far more challenging than the south one in Nepal. Every April and May, mountaineers from all over the world gather together at the EBC, preparing for their tough Mt. Everest journey.

To summit Mount Everest in Tibet, you shall book the commercial Mt. Everest climbing and expedition tours organized by Tibet Mountaineering Association. The TMA will issue Everest Climbing Permit for you.


1. To the majority of tourists, Tibet Permit and Alien’s Travel Permit are all you need to visit Mount Everest at EBC in Tibet.

2. To trek from EBC (5200m) to ABC (6400m-6500m), you need to get Tibet Trekking Permit. Yet, it is no longer available for the protection of the environment of Mt. Everest.

3. To climb Mount Everest in Tibet, you can only book the Mt. Everest climbing and expedition tours run by Tibet Mountaineering Association. It will issue Everest Climbing Permit for you.

As the well-established local Tibet travel agency since 1984, we offer a wide array of EBC tours for you and one-stop service for the application of all the permits within our capacity. If you plan a trip to Mt. Everest, don’t hesitate to contact us! We are always at your service.

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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 to guiding and serving international tourists traveling in Tibet. As a legendary Tibetan travel guru with 20-year pro guide experience. Currently, he is working in Tibet Vista as the Tour Operating Director. Whenever our clients run into trouble, he is your first call and will offer prompt support.

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