Senior’s Everest Base Camp Tour

11 Days
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Private escorted tour with guide & vehicle at your service exclusively and the itinerary can be tailor-made to your exact liking.

This excursion is specially designed for seniors. Firstly, we will do couple days of Lhasa tour to acclimatize to the high altitude. We can visit the world-famous attractions, such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, and the old market Barkhor Street. Then we will go for the Mount Everest Base Camp Tour. We will pass Gyantse, Shigatse, and Tingri, the mighty tour places of Tibet, then arrive at EBC, to see the highest peak in the world. At the same area, we can also visit the highest monastery in the world---Rongbuk Monastery. After that, we will return to Lhasa via Sakya County, where the well-known Sakya Monastery located. When we are back to Lhasa, you can visit local Tibetan Family, to have a happy time with them, to enjoy the authentic Tibetan lifestyle. Overall speaking, this is a safe trip for elders, they can explore the Tibetan nature and culture, more important, their dream of closing to the nearest place to heaven will come true.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Tashi Delek! Welcome to Tibet! This is the first day that you enter Tibet. Your guide will greet you at airport or railway station and transfer you to the lovely hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check in, we strongly suggest you rest in the hotel. But if really you could not help going out, please do remember that try to go with a light pack and not go alone. Meanwhile, drink some more water. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

Rest is still the mission of today, you really need to get used to the high altitude. So, we only arrange one spot to see--- Norbulingka. It is in the western suburb of Lhasa city. It was built by the 7th. Dalai Lama in 40’S, 18th. Century. With its gorgeous scenery, it used to be the summer palace of former Dalai Lamas. But now, it becomes a natural garden for publics. With 360 thousand square meters also makes it become the largest artificial garden in Tibet. After that, you may wander the city or rest to keep your body in a good condition.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Tibetan opera in Norbulingka
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

After rest two nights, today you will recover sufficiently to launch your Lhasa city tour, with a close contact with Lhasa, the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.

At first, you will go to the Potala Palace, which is the symbolic place of Lhasa and also the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It was built by the 33rd. great king of Tibet in the 7th. century. The gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet are the most worth seeing in Potala Palace.

After lunch, you are going to Jokhang Temple, which was founded in the same time and by the same king with Potala Palace. From outside, you can see many pilgrims mak-ing prostrating in front of the temple. From inside, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at his age of 12.

Barkhor street is the next destination that women love a lot. Because it’s a famous busy walking street where they can go shopping. There are many distinctive shops that sell different Tibetan stuff, like handicraft, Thangka, and so on. Except for shopping, tourists can also join the Kora with pilgrims and locals, to explore Tibetan

religious culture more deeply.


You can go to visit the Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center if time is enough. You can also watch the Tibetan Culture Show in the evening for USD60 per person at your own expense.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Potala Palace is the landmark architecture of Lhasa, Tibet
The golden roof of Jokhang Template. From here,  you will also have a good view of Potala Palace.
Day 4 Lhasa sightseeing

In the morning, you are heading to Drepung monastery, which means Monastery of Collecting Rice in the Tibetan language. It’s a white magnificent construction that looks also like a pile of rice in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks before Tibet liberation.

In the afternoon, tourists will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate starts around 3 to 5 p.m. It’s very attractive even if you don’t understand what they are talking about at all. If the debate is not your type, you can also see the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Budda inside of the monastery. Besides, the sight in Sera monastery is very good because you can see roses around. That’s why people also call it “the court of wild rose”.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
Day 5 Lhasa- Gyantse (4040 m), 262km, approx. 5hrs

You will go to Gyantse from Lhasa today.

Firstly, you can have a glimpse of Yamdroktso Lake during the way to Gampala pass (4790m). This is the holy lake surrounded by plenty of snow-capped mountains. And special views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m) ---the highest mountain near Lhasa, comes out later soon.

You will see the Karola Glacier when we pass it on the roadside. After hanging pray flag at Simila Mountain pass, we will arrive in Gyantse, the third largest city in Tibet after Lhasa and Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Gyantse

Yamdroktso Lake
Karola Glacier
Day 6 Gyantse-Shigatse(3840m), 96km, approx. 2hrs

After breakfast, we shall visit Pelkor Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and then see the Gyantse Fortress from a distance.

Pelkor Monastery is a typical Tibetan Buddhist monastery that is complex of pagoda and temple. And you can see Tibetan Buddhism Sakyapa, Gelug, Xia Lupa together in it.

Then we will start to go to Shigatse. It normally takes one and a half hours to drive from Gyantse to Shigatse, where we may visit the traditional barley mill and have the unique sights of barley field (in summer).

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Pelkor Chode Monastery
Pelkor Chode Monastery
Day 7 Shigatse -Tingri(5000m), 240km, approx. 5hrs

Before we drive to Tingri to have lunch, we will visit the famous Tashilunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama. It’s the largest monastery in Shigatse, and one of the four famous Gelug monasteries in Tibet. You can see the world’s largest gilded copper image (26m high) of future God Jampa there.

Then, we will drive to Tingri, the nearest county to EBC. Please sleep well tonight, as you will see Mt. Everest tomorrow.

Stay overnight in Tingri

Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery
Day 8 Tingri -Rongbuk –EBC(5200m)-Tingri, 220km, approx. 5hrs

Today we are launching for the Everest tour. After 90km of driving, we will arrive at Rongbuk Monastery first. It’s the highest monastery in the world, that’s why you can see the stunning view of Mt. Everest there. And another special thing is that you can find Monks and Nuns together in it. It’s different compared with other monasteries. After that, we will continue our journey to the next destination---Everest Base Camp. It’s 4km from Rongbuk to EBC. You can have a good look at Mt. Everest from EBC and take clear photos of it. Please enjoy yourselves in this nearest place to heaven. In the end, we will return to Tingri due to the poor conditions of residence in EBC which is not suitable for seniors.

Stay overnight in Tingri

Rongbuk Monastery
everest tour
Day 9 Tingri-Sakya(4300m)-Shigatse, 280km, approx. 6hrs

On the way back to Shigatse, we will drop by Sakya County firstly.

There are many different Tibetan Buddhism monasteries in Sakya County, the most famous one is Sakya Monastery, the main monastery of Sakyapa. It was built in Tubo Dynasty, the wall is colorful with red, white and cyan paint. That’s why Sakyapa is also called Colorful Buddhism.

After 3 hours driving, you will arrive at Shigatse and spend one night there.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Sakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery
Day 10 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx. 6-7hrs

We will start to go back to Lhasa today. It takes 6-7hours to get to Lhasa from Shigatse with the speed limited regulation. But the view is good along the road, so, get your camera ready. And it's better to prepare some snacks to bring along.

When you arrive Lhasa in the late afternoon, you can visit local Tibetan families to have dinner with them, to enjoy the happy time with these hospitable people. It can really help you to taste the authentic Tibetan lifestyle.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Other service: Local Tibetan Family Visit
Day 11 Lhasa departure
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

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Asked Questions from our Clients

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Can you give me an estimation of a senior tour to Tibet. I am considering travelling in late April or May 2018. There will be two of us traveling and I prefer medium to higher priced accomodation. Thank you!




Dear Don McIver,

About accommodations, we have budget guesthouse, medium 3-star, 4-star and luxurious 5-star hotel, since you like medium to higher priced accommodation, I'd like to suggest you 4-star hotel.  

Very nice to hear that you are interested in taking our 11 Days Senior’s Everest Base Camp Tour in later April/May 2018, this is a private tour, so I'm going to quote you with detailed price inclusions & exclusions by email. 





Hi, I am interested in your tours around Tibet, especially in the Everest area. Would you mind letting me know the price for late June, early July 2018 ? Thanks,Stepan




Hi Stepan, noted that you planned to do our 11 days Senior’s Everest Base Camp Tour around late June/early July 2018. But I need more information to provide you the price accordingly, please have a look at the email I've sent to you.



We will do the Senior EBC tour the middle of September 2018. We will be flying from the USA to Kathmandu where we will wait for the appropriate paper work from you, then fly to Lhasa. You will need to arrange our flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. We would like to drive overland on the Freedom Highway back to Katmandu. Your help with this trip would be appreciated. Could you please give a cost for a group tour. We would like to stay at the House of Shambhala in old town Lhasa and we do want to sleep in a tent at EBC. Rebecca




Dear Rebecca, it’s ok for you to do the Senior EBC tour the middle of September 2018. I suggest that you’d better fly from USA to the mainland cities of China (eg Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai etc.) first and then transfer to Lhasa if you have no the travel plan in Nepal. Otherwise, it’s no problem for you to come to Lhasa (Tibet) from Kathmandu by flight and we can help you book the ticket. In this case, you’re required to get the “China Group Visa” from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal. We’ll arrange all the necessary Tibet permits for you and you just need to send us the copies of your passports. Once you book the Tibet tour with us, we’ll prepare an official Invitation Letter to give to our partner in Kathmandu. After you arrive in Kathmandu, our Nepali partner will meet you for your original passports. With Invitation Letter & your passports, we can obtain your China Group Visa after 3 working days. In this case, I’m afraid you have to stay in Kathmandu for about 4 days at least (1st day arrival, 2nd day applying for the China Group Visa, 3rd day waiting, 4th day getting the Visa and fly to Lhasa). Besides, the cost for the Visa is about US$195 per person.


Dear Rebecca, I’m sorry but the Senior EBC tour is the private tour instead of a group tour. If you prefer to join a group, I think our 7 days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour is more suitable for you.



I am interested in the Seniors Everest Base Camp tour. I am in the beginning stages of planning and choosing a tour company. Can you please send information regarding the cost of this tour and what is included (lodging, food, transportation,transfers, tip etc). Also, what time of year do you recommend visiting?




Dear Patricia Mitchell, as a fixed time for Mt. Everest Mountaineering, April to early June and mid-Sept to mid-Oct are the best time to summit the world’s highest mountain. It is a time when the wind speed on Mt. Everest becomes stabilized, less than 39-49km/h, a relatively safe condition for mountaineering. And no extreme weather like heavy showers of rain and hail, and hurricane occurs.  I'll send you the price via email.



Could you quote me the price for 11 days Senior’s Everest Base Camp Tour? In your itinerary it does not mention about type of accommodations. Could you provide some sample hotels that you are using. Quote me the price of 3/4/5 stars hotel. Will you help to arrange train/ flight in and out of Lhasa? Help us to get Tibet permit etc.




Dear Margaret,

Yes, I could quote you for our 11 Days Senior’s Everest Base Camp Tour based on 3 star, 4 star and 5 star hotel with their names, but could you please kindly let me know when approximately you could start this tour? different month different price.

Yes, we could help you book your train & flight tickets in & out of Lhasa, so please let me know from which city of China you like to enter Tibet? Where is your next city after Tibet tour? both by flight or train?

Yes, we will get all your necessary permits to Tibet after you booked the tour with us. 

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