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Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Group Tour

Duration:
8 Days
Price:
From USD930
Route:
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Shigatse – Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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Overview

Lhasa to Everest Base Camp tour is our most popular itinerary, which is also a once-in-a-lifetime experience to view the highest mountain in the world - Mt. Everest, with 8848m above sea level. This package includes all the cultural heritage you're probably looking forward to seeing in Lhasa, followed by holy Yamdrok Lake, glistening Karola Glacier, Kumbum Stupa in Gyantse and Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, as well as majestic snow-capped mountains on the way to Everest Base Camp. Here you will visit the world's highest monastery Rongbuk and stay overnight at an altitude of 5200 meters. If weather permits, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset and glorious sunrise before returning to Lhasa.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel Lhasa, 3★/4★
2 Lhasa Suburb Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery Lhasa, 3★/4★ B, D
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, Approx. 7hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery Shigatse, 3★/4★ B
5 Shigatse - Tingri - EBC(5100m), 350km, Approx. 8hrs Rongbuk Monastery, Sunset of Golden Everest Peak Rongbuk guesthouse / Nomad Tent, (Dorm Bed) B
6 EBC - Shigatse, 350km, Approx. 7hrs Sunrise of Golden Everest Peak, Everest Base Camp Shigatse, 3★/4★
7 Shigatse - Lhasa, 300km, Approx. 5hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
8 Depart from Lhasa Send off to the airport/railway station B

Daily Itinerary

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Taking a flight into Tibet will give you a panorama of the snowy Himalaya Mountains Or 1-2 days of train riding over the high plateau by crossing Tanggula Mountains with beautiful sceneries along the way. Once you arrive, our local Tibetan tour guide and driver will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway Station to transfer you to the hotel. From the airport to downtown Lhasa, it takes about 1.2hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, about 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to take a shower if you can help it.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Today’s first attraction is Drepung Monastery. Drepung means "piles of rice" in Tibetan, which symbolizes prosperity. It was the world's largest monastery that housed more than 10,000 monks. Also, It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive activity at Sera Monastery is to watch Buddhist scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner

Today, you will visit the most famous Potala Palace, which is the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. Potala Palace was the winter palace of successive Dalai lamas. It was built by the 33rd great king of Tibet - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th Century. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. 

At noon, the tour guide will bring you to a good restaurant to have lunch and have a rest. In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street - one of the most devotional circuits as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it‘s also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

We will pass by Kampala pass(4790m) on the way from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit Yamdrok Lake, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Standing at the lakeside, you can see its blue water shimmering with charming light, as well as snow-capped holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar(7191m) in the distance.  

Next we will pass and enjoy the Karola Glacier on the roadside. It is about 300m from the main highway on your way to Gyantse.

Then visit the main monastery in Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery, famous for its exquisite architecture and intact murals and statues.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

In the morning, you will leave Shigatse to Lhatse, a small town located 150 km from Shigatse, and you may have lunch in the local restaurant. After a short rest, you will go ahead to Tingri. You will pass Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). In the late afternoon, you enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve. You can enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas at Gawula Pass (5198m). Then we drive along the zigzag road to Rongbuk Monastery or the Everest Base Camp to stay overnight. If the weather is good, you can have a clear view of the sunset of golden Everest peak.

If it’s summertime (usually May~Oct), we will stay overnight at the nomad tents of the Everest Base Camp; if winter time (usually Nov~Apr), we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. Both places have but only the dorm bed lodging available. From both places, you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

Stay overnight in Rongbuk guesthouse or Nomad Tent, (Dorm Bed)

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at Everest Base Camp if the weather is good. After sightseeing, we will drive you back to Shigatse and enjoy the fabulous view along the way.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

In Shigatse, we will visit Tashilunpo Monastery - the home of Panchen Lama. It was founded by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447 and is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse. It's located in the central hill of the city, the full name in Tibetan of the monastery means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory". Drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse along the Friendship Highway, the northern route to Lhasa. On the way, you’ll see the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Today your guide and driver will escort you to the airport or railway station for your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a few minutes to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email when you get back home. Your whole trip is officially ended.

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2022-09-01 ~ 2022-10-07 2022-10-08 ~ 2022-10-31 2022-11-01 ~ 2022-12-31
USD1020 USD950 USD930

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2022-09-01 ~ 2022-10-07 2022-10-08 ~ 2022-10-31 2022-11-01 ~ 2022-12-31
USD1110 USD1030 USD970

Schedule

Starting DatePrice FromBookedBook Now
2022-10-04 USD1020 open for booking Book
2022-10-11 USD950 open for booking Book
2022-10-18 USD950 open for booking Book
2022-10-25 USD950 open for booking Book
2022-11-01 USD930 open for booking Book
2022-11-08 USD930 open for booking Book
2022-11-15 USD930 open for booking Book
2022-11-22 USD930 open for booking Book
2022-11-29 USD930 open for booking Book
2022-12-06 USD930 open for booking Book
2022-12-13 USD930 open for booking Book
2022-12-20 USD930 open for booking Book
2022-12-27 USD930 open for booking Book

No desired date of departure? Please send us an inquiry and we will try to arrange your tour according to your plan.

Discount Policy

You may only enjoy one of the advantageous policy, not both.

Option A:3 or More to Join the Same Group $30 Off / person
Option B:Tour in Apr~Oct
  • To book 6-month prior tour starts 5% Off / person
  • To book 3-month prior tour starts 3% Off / person

Booking Policy

Confirmed Dates 12-working-day prior
Dates Listed 1 Person, 75-day prior
2 Persons or above, 45-day prior
Dates Not Listed1~2 Persons, 90-day prior
Our Service
INCLUSIONS

* Lodgings: 6 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★;

                  1 Night, dorm bed at GUESTHOUSE or NOMAD TENT;

* Meal: 6 Breakfasts & 1 Welcome Dinner

* Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;

* Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all times on the first & last day;

* Pick-up from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to your hotel at 9:30 am and 4:00 pm on the first day;

* Drop-off from your hotel to Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 6:00 am and 12:30 pm on the last day;

* Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide

* Attractions: all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary

* Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB); Alien's Travel Permit(PSB) to be applied in Shigatse with your original passport which takes abt 30mins;

* Travel Agency Liability insurance;

* Government Tax;

* Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express)

* Food & lodgings for guide & driver;

* Oxygen tank for emergency use;

* Two bottles of mineral water per person per day;

EXCLUSIONS

* International flight to and out of China;

* Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)

* If you miss the free transfer schedule due to flight delay or cancelation, then you are required to pay a private transfer from USD 80/vehicle/time.

* Lunch & Dinner are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.

* While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. You are suggested to tip each of them 5-10 USD/day in total;

* All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. Wire transfer --- 2%);

* Personal expenses;

* Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Note

* Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) usually takes about 12-working-day to apply. If you couldn’t provide the required docs & info on time, an extra handling fee will be charged. Please consult your travel consultant for details;

* We reserve the right to change the itinerary order and attractions in Lhasa;

* If you prefer to book your own hotels over those included in our group tour, please meet the rest of the group at their daily hotel on time. We don’t include the transfers to your own hotels;

* We need to pick up and drop off all members of the group on the first & last day from Lhasa Airport/Railway, thus there may not always have guide presence but driver;

* Due to the special nature of Tibet travel, any unforeseeable and unavoidable objective circumstances, including but not limited to natural disasters, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, strikes, public health emergencies, government action, major traffic jams, delay or cancellation of flight/train, attractions temporarily closed. etc., resulting in a change of itinerary, the increased cost will be paid by travelers; if any attraction visits have to be canceled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for a refund except for certain attraction entrance fees which will be solely decided by GTT.

* Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travelers, a single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveler to share the twin room, the single supplement will be refunded.

* The accommodation condition on Everest is kind of basic due to the geographic and climatic situation. As we try to bring you the best tour experience, the double room of Rongbuk Monastery guesthouse will be our first choice for you to stay overnight there. However, there are limited numbers of those rooms, which are not accepted a reservation in advance, especially during the peak tourist season. Thus, when the standard rooms run out, we would arrange all group members to stay in the multiple bedded rooms of Rongbuk Monastery or the nomad tent at the EBC tent area. Both of them provide dorm beds only. If you don’t want to share the room with others, you could pay the price difference for the vacant beds.

* All members of the same group must be with the same tour guide during the whole trip. So all members must follow the same itinerary and visit the same attractions. If anyone requests to change the scheduled arrangement for own reasons, you need to get permission from other members and accept the possible payment change if any.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Ms. ***
2022-02-26

I am a foreigner, currently living in Nanjing, China. I am interested in the 8 day tour, arriving and departing by plane. Ideally, I would like to arrive on the Apr. 2nd (if possible), have 4-star accommodation. What is the single supplement? Thanks for your help.

beatrice
Answered by Beatrice 2022-02-26

Dear Ms. Karen Royce,

We can arrange the tour if Tibet opens to Jiangsu at that time. We can arrange a group tour starting on April 3 and you can come one day earlier on April 2. The single supplement of the 8-day tour based on 4-star hotels is USD170.  But due to the changeable pandemic situation right now, it might get canceled by the authority, like what they did to many guests from middle/high-risk areas in the past 2 months. If possible, may I suggest you come after May, on May 1st? At that time, Tibet would be much warmer as the spring here comes late. 

Asked by Cson***
2022-01-14

Hello, We would like to ask for a quote for 4 people (2 adults and 2 children). The kids are 5 and 8 years old. We would like to travel from Shanghai to Tibet for 6-8 days in July 2022 and we would like to touch Mt. Everest as well. I would like the offer to include the price of the airfare and transfer. Do you think it's possible to travel with children this age?

beatrice
Answered by Beatrice 2022-01-14

Dear Csontos, We can arrange the Shanghai to Tibet tour with a duration of 6 to 8 days. First of all, I'd like to say, for kids at 5 and 8, altitude sickness is less likely to happen. Actually, altitude sickness is more likely to happen on those strong young men with muscles as it needs more oxygen than others. And, we usually arrange at least 3 nights in Lhasa after your arrival, before heading to the places with higher altitudes. If you want to make sure no altitude sickness happens, you may consider taking a train from Shanghai(a little bit longer for 47 hours) or Xining(21 to 22 hours) to Lhasa. And for the cost, it depends on how long you stay and where you go. Here I recommend two itineraries for you then I can quote you later. Option I- https://www.greattibettour.com/tibet-tour/lhasa-gyantse-shigatse-mt-everest-group-tour-421 Option II - https://www.greattibettour.com/tibet-tour/lhasa-shigatse-everest-base-camp-sakya-tour-905

For quoting, may I know if you need 2 twin rooms and which hotel class do you prefer? And our quoting is included the transfer from/to the airport/train station in Lhasa.

Asked by Andr***
2021-12-04

Hi, Will you be kind enough to share the 7-day EBC itinerary and the cost of the tour. Please, also include updated covid-19 cancellation and refund policy. thanks

beatrice
Answered by Beatrice 2021-12-04

Dear Andrias,

Currently we can arrange your Tibet tour if you are in China, and in a low-risk area. May I know where you are now? Also, are you referring 7 days EBC private tour or 8 days EBC group tour? The group tour price is lower USD200 than the private tour price. Please let me know your hotel class, then I can quote you. If you are departing to Lhasa on Dec 20, it's time to apply for your permit now.

Asked by John***
2021-10-21

Looking at a 7-10 day tour in Tibet with EBC and other major sights. Traveling alone, happy to join small group, but want own hotel room. Would also like pricing with 5* hotel (St Regis in Lhasa).

beatrice
Answered by Beatrice 2021-10-21

Dear John,

Please let me know if you are living in China? We can arrange an 8-day group tour for you in Tibet with EBC and other major sights in December if you are in China now. Right now, Tibet only opens to expats in China. And we have the departure date of Dec 20th, is it available for you?

For more details, you may check here, https://www.greattibettour.com/tibet-tour/lhasa-gyantse-shigatse-mt-everest-group-tour-421

And of course, I can quote tour prices of the separate 4-star hotel room, as well as 5-star St Regis in Lhasa.

Asked by Chri***
2021-10-15

Hi I would like to enquiry on this tour. How much different if we require for private tour.

beatrice
Answered by Beatrice 2021-10-15

Dear Christina, The group tour price in September is US$1100 for 4-star hotels, which is counted based on 4 people. If you want a private tour for 3 of you, the price would be a little bit higher, about US$300 each, plus one single supplement, according to your chosen hotel class. by the way, we can help you apply for a China visa by providing the necessary documents. 

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