Senior’s Everest Base Camp Tour

Duration:
11 Days
Route:
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

This excursion is specially designed for seniors. Firstly, we will do a couple of days of Lhasa tour to acclimatize to the high altitude. We can visit the world-famous attractions, such as 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, later 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 the 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.

Daily Itinerary

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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 the 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 located in the western suburb of Lhasa city. Built by the 7th Dalai Lama from the 1840s, Norbulingka is a typical Tibetan style garden, which's used to be the summer palace of former Dalai Lamas. But now, it becomes a natural garden for the public. In Tibetan, Norbulingka means a treasure garden. It's the largest garden with the best scenery and the most monuments among the artificial gardens in Tibet. After that, you may wander the city or rest to keep your body in a good condition.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Norbulingka consists of several palace including the Kelsang Potrang, Tsokyil Potrang, Golden Linka and Takten Migyur Potrang
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

After rest one night, today you will recover sufficiently to launch your Lhasa city tour, with close contact with Lhasa, which is 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 - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century. The gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king are the most worth seeing in Potala Palace.

After lunch, you are going to Jokhang Temple, which was founded at the same time and by the same king as Potala Palace. From outside, you can see many pilgrims making 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 and stalls that sell different Tibetan stuff, like handicrafts, Thangka, and so on. Except for shopping, tourists can also join the Kora with pilgrims and locals, to explore Tibetan religious culture more deeply.

Optional:

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

A Tibetan granny turning players at Potala Palace Square.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
Day 4 Lhasa sightseeing

In the morning, you are heading to Drepung monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heaps in the Tibetan language. It’s a white magnificent construction that looks also like rice heaps in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks before Tibet's 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 from around 3pm to 5 pm. 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 Buddha inside the monastery. Besides, the sight in the Sera Monastery is quite good because you can see wild roses around. That’s why people also call it “the court of wild rose”.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Far view of Drepung Monastery. Looks like rice heaps.
The worship hall of 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

Bathing in the sunshine, Yamdrok lake is displaying its dazzling beauty to visitors both home and abroad
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
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 Chöde 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 is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse
Day 8 Tingri -Rongbuk –EBC(5100m)-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 stay overnight at---Everest Base Camp. It’ next to Rongbuk Monastery now. 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 is a monastery of Nyingmapa.
Mt. Everest
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 is a Buddhist monastery on the road to Tingri.
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 enjoy the happy time with these hospitable people.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

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

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Joha***

2019-10-21

We are considering theSENIOR EVEREST BASE CAMP tour, we would be travelling the two of us, don't want the join a group, would like during the tour the best available hotels and in Lhasa the Shangri La. We will be arriving coming from Chengdu and return to Chengdu. Period: October 2020. Could you also handle all the paperwork for our visa? Please provide us with additional info together with a rough price estimate. Thanks for your time, Johan and Bernadette Antwerp - BELGIUM

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 11 Days Senior's Everest Base Camp Tour in October 2020. We can arrange this private tour for you. We will handle all the Tibet visas for you after you book the tour with us. For a Chinese visa, please apply it from your local china embassy, we will help you provide supporting documents. May I remind you that from Oct.1 to 7th is the Chinese National Holiday? All the countries are going out for traveling, thus, I suggest you can come after 8th. By the way, would you prefer to take a train or plane from Chengdu to Lhasa?

Jean***

2019-07-18

Hi we’re 2 people in our 60s interested in your seniors tour and are thinking of visiting Tibet in feb 2020. Can you give me a quote for 3* accommodation Thanks

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 11 Days Senior's Everest Base Camp Tour in Feb.2020. We can arrange this private tour for you. However, from Feb through March, Tibet will not be open for foreigners. I suggest you can come in April.

Abbe***

2019-05-25

What is the minimum age for EBC tour? can a 10 year old do it.

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Catherine

Generally speaking, yes, a ten year old child can do this tour. As for the age, it's also hard to define the age as the boundary of whether being able to travel to EBC. Things are not always absolute considering the age of traveling to high altitude places. Actually altitude sickness is more likely to happen on those strong young men who need oxygen more than others. So suggest you consult with his/her doctor before making the decision to travel.

yon ***

2019-05-05

travel day around Sep 17.19 how much it cost 11 Days Senior’s Everest Base Camp Tour.

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 11 Dyas Senior’s Everest Base Camp Tour which is a private tour. May I know how many travelers would you like to have this tour? As travelers less than five, we often suggest they join our small group tour to keep the cost down.  

We have 8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour with the departure date on Sep.19th. Is it available to you?

I will quote for you after you confirm the itinerary. By the way which hotel star do you prefer? Economy 3-star hotel or comfortable 4-star hotel.

Saun***

2019-04-27

Interested in price for March 2020 Senior Trip to EBC

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beatrice

Due to Tibet's unique background, apart from a Passport and a Chinese Visa, all foreign tourists allowed to enter Tibet must have Tibet Travel Permits. However, Tibet Travel Permit will not be issued for all tours from February to March.

Could you advance or put off your tour plan as Tibet Travel Permit will not be issued in March? Different month, different cost.

Also, is it possible to join a group tour? Cos the group tour cost would be much lower than a private tour.

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