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Permit to Visit Mount Everest

Tour to Everest Base CampDo people need a permit to visit Mount Everest in Tibet?

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.

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. 

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 three permits.

The first one is Tibet Travel Permit issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau, but it has to be applied through a Tibet travel agency. The application documents vary according to different types of Chinese Visa you have. More Information Apply for Tibet Visa for Travel . This procedure normally takes 7 days or so. 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.

The second one is Frontier Pass, which can be applied through Armed Police Tibet Frontier Corps in Lhasa. Without this paper, foreign travelers won’t be allowed to go to Mt. Everest or Nepal via Gyirong Border. Even if you fly to Kathmandu from Lhasa, you will be asked to show the pass at the airport. The application costs 1-1.5 hours. The documents needed are as follows: 

1. original copy of Tibet Travel Permit

2. copy of passport

3. copy of Chinese visa

4. tour itinerary

5. liability statement of travel agency

The third one is Aliens’ 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. You can get it at the Foreign Affairs Office either in Lhasa or in Shigatse. Generally speaking, we would recommend the office in Shigatse because that’s where Mt. Everest is located. This procedure takes about 1-1.5 hours. 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. frontier pass 

5. tour itinerary


If you want to visit any places higher than the EBC, like Hiking to Advanced Base Camp (ABC, at an elevation of 6500 meters), Rongpuk Glacier, etc., you have to apply for another permit, Mountaineering License issued by Tibet Mountaineering Association, and you also are required to hire a professional climbing coordinator. 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.

We provide one-stop service for the application of all the permits.

As an experienced Tibet travel agency, Tibet Travel Org provides one-stop service for all the aforementioned permits. All you need to do is giving us your passport and visa information. If you happen to plan a trip to Mt. Everest, don’t hesitate to contact us! We are always at your service.

Master Catherine Jigme

About the Author - Master Catherine Jigme

With exceptional passion and outstanding leadership, Mrs. Catherine has dedicated herself to Tibet inbound tourism and China tour for 15 years. As one of the handful females who see great potential of Chinese inbound tourism, Catherine has made great contribution to promoting Tibet tourism and enhancing the employment of Tibetans and prosperity of local Tibetan community.

Over the years, she travelled overseas with Tibet Tourism Bureau many times to promote Tibet tourism. Currently, Catherine works as the marketing director of Tibet Vista, an opinion leader behind the whole team of Tibet Vista.

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