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Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour

12 Days
From USD2720
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On the trek from Tingri to Everest Base Camp, you will pass through many snow-capped mountains, witness the primitive Tibetan life living in the Himalayans, and explore the valleys and glaciers below the huge north face of Mount Everest.

In the beginning, you will visit Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, to see those world-known attractions---The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, etc. After that, you will drive through Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier and finally to Tingri, where your trekking tour starts. It's a big challenge not only for your body but also for your spirit. You need to hike 70km in 4 days from Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp. Although it’s really a hard way, you will see the breathtaking scenery of the plateau with altitudes ranging from 4400m to 5200m including bottomless valleys and endless glaciers. And, you will have a chance to meet unique highland animals such as wild donkeys and bharal. In the end, you will have close contact with the highest mountain in the world and get rewarded with the most magnificent scenery. The best time to visit is from April to June and September to October.

DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
4 Lhasa- Gyantse- Shigatse, 360km, Approx 6hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery
5 Shigatse -Old Tingri (4300m), 310km, Approx. 6hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery
6 Trek-①Old Tingri-Lungchang(4510m), 12km, Approx. 5hrs Tingri plain, Ra-chu Valley
7 Trek-②Lungchang- Nam-La(5150m), 21km, Approx. 8hrs Nam-La Valley
8 Trek-③Nam-La- Zommug (4790m), 22km, Approx. 8hrs Camping
9 Trek-④Zommug- Rongbuk (5100m) and EBC (5100m), 11km, Approx. 4hrs Rongbuk Monastery, EBC
10 EBC- Shegar(4200m)- Lhatse(4050m)- Shigatse(3840m), 327km, Approx. 8hrs Sakya Monastery
11 Shigatse - Nyemo(3800m) - Lhasa, 300km, Approx. 6hrs Tibetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo
12 Lhasa Departure Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary


This is the first day in Tibet. Your guide will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport/Railway Station and transfer you to your hotel. It usually takes around 1 hour to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20 minutes from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check-in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like going out, you can wander around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water, and do not move strenuously. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

After resting 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 of 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 the 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 the outside, you can see many pilgrims prostrating in front of the temple. The most precious treasure of this temple is the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the 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.


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

In the morning, you are heading to Drepung monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heaps in the Tibetan language. It's a white magnificent building complex that looks also like piles of rice heaps in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks in the past.

In the afternoon, tourists will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Its most famous Buddhist debate is held around 15:00 to 17:00. If the debate is not your type, you can also enjoy the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Paintings of Buddha.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

You will go to Shigatse from Lhasa via Gyantse today. Firstly, you can have a glimpse of Yamdroktso Lake at Gampala Pass(4790m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok Lake with its turquoise color and snowcapped Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance.

Next you will see spectacular Karola Glacier when we pass it on the roadside. Then we will arrive in Gyantse and visit Pelkor Chode Monastery, famous for its exquisite architecture and intact murals and statues.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Before we drive to Old Tingri, we will visit the famous Tashilunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama.Then we will go to the old Tingri, which is different from the new one called Shegar. From there, you can have a good rest and prepare the next four days of Trekking.

Stay overnight in Tingri

From today on, you will start your trekking tour within the next four days. Today we'll have a 12km test first, from Tingri to Lungchang. En route, we will pass the Tingri plain and Ra-chu Valley. You can see the great valley view with sheep and goats. You can also visit a small monastery in Choelun at the end of the day.

Tips: For these four days of trekking, we can offer camping equipment, and you must prepare one pair of hiking shoes.

Stay in camp in Lungchang

Tingri plain
Tingri plain

After one-day trial trekking, today you will face a harder one as you will go up into the mountains. You need to climb to Nam-La pass. And the distance is longer than yesterday's, it's 21km.

Camping at Nam-la valley

Nam-la valley
Nam-la Valley

Today you will meet some yak herders and their families in this small village--- Zommug. And you can enjoy the different sunset on the poor land. It must be impressive. And please do have a good sleep, because you will see the EBC tomorrow.

Still Camping, at Zommug

Zommug Village
Zommug Village

Here is the last 11km left today, you must be eager to see the final destination, Everest Base Camp. You will get to Rongbuk Monastery first. It is the highest monastery in the world. You can have a great view of Mt. Everest from there.

Stay at Tent guesthouse

The great sunrise of Everest Peak is far out of your imagination. Enjoy the peaceful and wonderful morning you've never had. After that, we will go to Sakya via Shegar, Lhtase. If we have enough time, you may relax by enjoying the Xiqian hot spring near Lhatse. Then we will go to visit Sakya Monastery, the main monastery of Tibetan Buddhism Sakyapa.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Today we will go back to Lhasa via Nyemo County.

As the birthplace of the Tibetan language, Nyemo is well-known for its three treasures, Tibetan paper, incense, and engraving. And you can go to visit the incense workshop today, to get close contact with this national intangible cultural heritage. And then, the driver will take you back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

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.
Tour Price and Service

From US$2720 p/p

Based on 3-star hotels for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies according to travel season, number of people and level of accommodation.


  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • Breakfast provided by hotels;
  • Yaks & herders during your trekking;
  • A professional cook and all meals during your trek;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Tents and sleeping bags;
  • 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.


  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • 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.)
  • Meals 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. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;
  • All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.4%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Susa***

I am interested in the Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour. We are in our 60s but fit with hiking experience. We would like help also with Visas for Tibet and booking the train journey from Chengdu to Lhasa. We do not wish to share the soft sleeper cabin with anyone else and will pay for the extra two berths so that we do not need to share. We are flexible for a date in May.
Please could you tell me what baggage we can bring and if there are porters to carry the bags. I assume we need rucksacks. Do we need to bring sleeping bags and liners? What are the camping facilities like? Are there lodges we could stay instead?

Answered by Jennie

Dear Susa****,

We can arrange the 12-day Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour for you in May. 

1. We can help you apply for the Tibet Travel Permit. We can help you book the whole cabin of soft-sleeper train tickets from Chengdu to Lhasa. Please kindly note, the train from Chengdu to Lhasa departs on odd days in May 2024.

2. We can arrange a carriage to carry the luggage during the trek. We will arrange the sleep bags and you don't need to take them.

3. During the trekking, there are no guesthouses to stay overnight. We will carry a tent and stay overnight in a tent.

Asked by Anja***

Hello, we are experienced trekkers who are interested in trekking to Everest Base Camp (with a knowledgeable guide) as part of a trip to Tibet and China this summer. Thank you in advance!

Answered by Beatrice

Dear Anja****,

We can arrange your trek to Everest Base Camp with a knowledgeable tour guide in June 2024.

Asked by Warr***

Hi, I would like to Trek in Tibet in 2024. April before the monsoon season or after the monsoon later in the year. will the 12 Day Tingri to EBC trip be running in 2024.

Answered by Jennie

Dear Warre****,

We can arrange the Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour for you. July and August are the monsoon season in Tibet. April and May are good months to trek in EBC. Please let me know your preferred month.


Asked by Ali ***

Hi, I am traveling alone,but I would like to be in a group. I been in Nepal EBC 2016, I am 70 now and I would like to trek to Everest Base Camp in Tibet, my questions are, do you arrange the trip for me , I am coming from USA.
can i add extra days before any tour to take? thank you, my dates are flexible.

Answered by Jennie

Dear Ali****,

Good morning!

1. This is Jennie at your service. We can also arrange the 12-day Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour for you and also can arrange extra days before any tour for you. Please kindly note, the trekking route is moderately difficult and you may have a high risk of altitude sickness. So I suggest you consult with your doctor and stay physically strong and healthy before making the decision to travel to Tibet. The trekking tour is a private tour. 

2. If you prefer the group tour, I suggest you consider the 8-day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Group Tour, and we can also arrange several private days in Lhasa for you before the tour.

I have arranged a one-day Dode Valley trekking for you. If you agree, I can quote you in the next email.  If I fail to get it exactly right the first time around, I'll happily tweak it until your satisfaction.

Asked by Paig***

The Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour sounds very amazing! I would be looking to do it in April 2023. What would the price be for one person? I would be interested in the price of 4 star, 3 star and budget guest house accommodations. I am from Canada.

Answered by Beatrice

Dear Paige, Thank you for sending us an inquiry! This is Beatrice at your serivce. If Tibet opens in 2023, we can arrange this tour for you. Since you are traveling alone, the cost of this 12 days tour is relatively higher, especially for a trekking tour in a remote area of Tibet. The tour cost in April is USD5220 for 3-star hotels and USD5407 for 4-star hotels. In Lhasa and Shigatse, only 3 or 4 hotels with special qualifications are allowed to accommodate foreign tourists. During your trekking, only guest houses are available. If you want to lower the cost, we can try to recruit other travelers to join you.

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