Everest Base Camp Overland Tour – 12 Days

Everest Base Camp Overland Tour – 12 Days

Start your journey to Tibet with a spectacular flight over the snow capped Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m) and others. Spending 3 nights in Lhasa in the centre of
Go on 12 day trip for
$1,800 PP
  • Trip Code: ATH3429
  • Country: Nepal, Tibet
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Demanding
    Between Moderate to Strenuous trip at an altitude up to 4,000m with side trips to higher elevations. This is classified as ill-defined trails, away from major settlements. Considered to be harder therefore preparation for fitness and good health conditions are essential.
  • Max Altitude: 5,220 m /17121.6 ft
  • Activity: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour, Overland Tour
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathamandu-Lhasa-Shigatse-Everest Base Camp-Zhangmu-Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu City tour
  • Stunning flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • Visit to Everest Base Camp and base of the Everest North Face via Rongbuk Valley
  • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the roof of the world
  • Sightseeing tour in Lhasa
  • Scenic drives Nepal/China Friendship Bridge to Kathmandu

Trip Information

Start your journey to Tibet with a spectacular flight over the snow capped Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m) and others. Spending 3 nights in Lhasa in the centre of the old city will allow us plenty of time for acclimatization and easy access to the city’s main attractions – including Jokhang Temple and the monumental Potala palace of Kings and Dalai Lamas, with its various chapels along with unforgettable roof top views of the holy city.

Leaving Lhasa in our tourist vehicle, we travel through this amazing country, staying in the best traditional hotels Tibet has to offer. Thoroughly exploring the towns of Gyantse and Shigatse we visit traditional monasteries and fully immerse ourselves in the Buddhist culture.

Along the Highway we travel through some of the most amazing landscapes on Earth. We pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Equally as fascinating is the wealth of cultural interest and there is plenty of opportunity to explore this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns we pass through on our journey back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

  • Day  01 – Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day  02 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 03 – Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,660m). Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 04 – Guided sightseeing in Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 05 – Second day of guided sightseeing in Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 06 – Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m) – 305 km/6 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 07 – Drive to Shigatse (3,900m) – 95 km/2 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 08 – Drive to Shegar or New Tingri (4,050m) via Sakya – 290 km/5 hrs. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Drive to Ronguk (5,000m), North Everest Base Camp (5050 m) and back to Ronguk – 115 km/4 hrs. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 10 – Drive from Rongbuk to Zhangmu (2300 m)- 255 km/5 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 11 – Cross the Border and Drive to Kathmandu- 125 km/4 to 5 hrs. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 12 – Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.

Note: If you happen to arrive after 4pm you would be briefed by our airport representative/guide about tomorrow’s (Day 02) sightseeing activities on the way to your hotel and then the pre trip meeting will be after the sightseeing tour next day. But if you happen to arrive earlier than 4PM your pre trip meeting will be on that very day either at our office or at your hotel. During your pre trip meeting we will introduce you to your leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure that you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

“Please provide us your 2 color photos and your original passport to our guide for the process of collecting your Tibet permit as required by the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu”. Overnight at Hotel.
(No meals included)

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River.Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.It is a square two tiered pagoda temple built on a single tier pinth which is famous all over the world.

Boudhanath: Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.It was built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla,famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple,Bhairavnath temple,Duttatraya temple,Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel.

Later we will collect Tibet Visa and Traveling permit. Overnight at Hotel
(Breakfast Included)

Day 03 - Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,660m)

The adventure begins in Lhasa. The flight from Nepal to Lhasa is considered one of the most beautiful air routes in the world, as it provides sweeping views of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. If traveling via mainland China, there are a wide variety of flights in addition to the world’s highest train route to reach Lhasa. Upon arrival, you will be received by our Tibetan guide at the airport/train station. After approximately 1.5 hours of driving, you will reach Lhasa. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
(Breakfast Included)

NOTE: Please let us know if you wish to arrive Lhasa via mainland China. We will arrange and send the flight and travelling permit for you.

Day 04 - Guided sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m)

The journey begins with a visit to Sera Monastery, accompanied by an experienced tour guide (who is also a translator). Sera is an exceptional space; its white-washed walls and golden roofs speak of Tibetan Buddhism’s ancient wisdom and tranquility. Equally breathtaking are the gardens and sacred spaces of the Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s summer residence. We will also visit the Jokhang Temple followed by Barkhor Markets – a bustling road lined with vendors where you can sample the smells and sounds of Tibet, or browse through the Thankas, masks, prayer beads and countless other treasures inherent to Tibetan custom and tradition. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 05 - Second day of guided sightseeing in Lhasa

The highlight of the day is the visit to Potala palace – a UNESCO World Heritage celebrated for its priceless treasury of Buddhist artifacts and bejeweled tombs of past Dalai Lamas. The Potala was also the tallest building in the world for 200 years following its construction in 1645. The group will then move to Drepung Monastery, which was built in 14th century and was home to over 10,000 monks. Drepung was also the educational center for the lineage of Dalai Lamas, and is famed for attracting tens of thousands of pilgrims for its Thanka festival. Drepung has a poignant presence in the spiritual life of Tibetans, and is the most cherished of all Tibet’s monasteries.

In the afternoon, we visit Tibet Museum, officially inaugurated in October of 1999, the museum houses a rich collection of prehistoric cultural relics, including ornate Buddha statues in different postures, imperial jade seals, gifts granted by emperors, colorful Thankas, and various printed Sanskrit and Tibetan scriptures. It is also possible to see variety of folk art such as handicrafts, costumes, jewelry, and pottery. Beyond the collections, the museum building itself is a work of art with its ornamented beams, pillars, lintels, banners and wall hangings in the traditional Tibetan style. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 06 - Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m) - 305 km/ 6 hrs

The group will travel along Friendship Highway, passing Khamba La (4794 m), where there will be the opportunity to appreciate majestic views of Yamdrok?Tso Lake, a deep blue body of water renowned for its unique beauty. The group will also see Nazin Kang Sang glacier standing proud at 7252m. Ahead to the west, we will come across another Karo La pass at 5045m. Following a 261 km drive, we will enter the town of Gyantse, a stunning example of a traditional Tibetan village filled with beautiful stone farmhouses. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 07 - Drive to Shigatse (3,900m) - 95 km/ 2 hrs

Gyantse Dzong and the Kumbum are the jewels of Gyantse. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century, and overlooks Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum rises 35km above the town, and is crowned by a golden dome. The grounds boast a chorten (stupa), several chapels and a stunning collection of Tibetan Buddhist murals, which inspired the name of the complex. The word ‘Kubum’ means 100,000 images in Tibetan. After exploring Gyantse, we will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. The group will stop at Shalu monastery along the way; the structure embodies the Han, Tibetan and Indian styles of architecture. Following a brief look at Shalu, the journey continues in Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery is the highlight of Shigatse, as it is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Overnight at hotel in Shigatse.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 08 - Drive to Shegar or New Tingri (4,150m) via Sakya- 290 km/ 5 hrs

The drive to Shegar is defined by the picturesque landscape – we will pass the small towns of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. You will have the opportunity to see Natang Monastery (12 kms from Xigatse), then Sakya Monastery, where you can see the largest book in the world in the great library. The book is written entirely in gold. In the evening we reach in Shegar. As the landscape opens into vast plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible in the distance. Overnight at a basic Guesthouse.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 09 - Drive to Ronguk (5,000m), North Everest Base Camp(5050m) - 115 km/ 4 hrs

From Shegar, we drive to the south crossing of Pang La pass at 5150m/16890. The trail after leaving highway will be off road. Along the drive, we will bask in the splendor of Makalu and Shishapangma. After driving for 85 km, we will reach Rongbuk, where Mt. Everest is visible. The day will be filled by an exploration of Everest Base Camp. It is now being feasible to drive upto EBC from Rongbuk, we easily reach base camp by our Jeep. The group will also visit Rongbuk Monastery, a Buddhist pilgrimage site founded in 1902 by a Nyingmapa Lama. The cluster of meditation huts has been used by monks and hermits for over 400 years. In addition to the huts, hermits retreated to the many caves that dot the cliff walls around the monastery and valley below. We will walk the very paths used by hermits – ancient trails lined with hundreds of carved stones that embody sacred syllables and prayers. Overnight at a Basic Guesthouse.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 10 -Drive from Rongbuk to Zhangmu (2300 m)- 255 km/ 5 hrs

At first light we will explore Base Camp and watch sunrise on Mt. Everest. It is a truly awe-inspiring place – the absolute north face of the highest mountain in the world soaring above you. The tour will continue on to Zhangmu through off road & roacky trail upto Lo-Tingri. Driving past Tingri, we will cross Lalung La pass at (5124 m/ 16068 ft) and Shung La pass at (5200 m/ 17056 ft), Nalyam Pass (3800m/12464 ft) which offer enchanting views of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shanker. We then descend gradually from the dry Tibetan Plateau. After several hours, you will find yourself amidst the verdant and fertile vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter in the Nepalese border. Overnight at a Basic Guesthouse.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 11 - Cross the Boarder and Drive to Kathmandu- 125 km/ 4 to 5 hrs.

A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu to the Friendship Bridge over the Bhote Koshi River brings you to Immigration Control in Kodari, where you will depart with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet Nepalese guide to drive to Kathmandu. After 4 hours of driving through deep valleys, you arrive in Kathmandu.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
(Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)

Day 12 - Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure

The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
(Breakfast Included)

  • We do not have fixed departure date for Everest Base Camp Overland Tour. This trip can only be organized upon your request. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. A group booking of 15 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip for one person.  If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the discount. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends!The trip price according to the number of pax is well illustrated below:
    Group Size Price Per Person Remark
    1 pax $3200
    2 pax - 4 pax $2600
    5 pax - 7 pax $2200
    8 pax - 10 pax $2000
    10 pax+ $1800
  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
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  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
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Price Includes

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a threestar hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (4 nights)

  • Tibetan-standard two-star hotel accommodation (mostly twin-sharing room) in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse with basic guesthouse accommodation for rest of the town in Tibet.

  • Kathmandu - Lhasa airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Surface transportation to and from Kathmandu by Tourist Vehilce.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu on a private vehicle.

  • Sightseeing/monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (on Day 02).

  • Government-licensed English-speaking Tibetan tour guide.

  • Mini Bus or Van during the tour in Tibet

  • Support truck to transfer the equipment and baggages (if needed)

  • The required number of ground staff for the tour like helpers and drivers.

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff.

  • A down jacket and a sleeping bag provided Ace the Himalaya (which needs to be returned after the trek).

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 11th).

  • Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa and monastery entry fees.

  • All government taxes, vat and Tourist service charges

  • All official expenses.

Price Does not Include

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Internet and telephone calls.

  • Lunch and dinner for the entire trip – about USD 15 to 20 per person per day.

  • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, cold drinks and laundry.

  • Personal clothing and equipment.(See the equipment tab for detail information)

  • Tips for Guide, Porter and Driver. (Tipping is expected)

  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

Please Note

  • USD 550 per person, if you want to upgrade to five star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and best possible accommodation in Tibet.

All you need to bring for this Tour is simply some comfortable clothes; there is no any requirement of  special equipment on the tour. However for your ease, the following gives you the general idea about the personal items you need to manage for the trip. The personal items referred here are optional and depends upon your choice. The most important factor to be considered while choosing the equipment and your Bag-pack, is the time of the year you are travelling.

The clothing you bring will need to allow for both the warmth of the days and the chill of the nights. Following items are recommended to carry on the trip for your own protection and safety.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag, which you can use on the tour for your shopping purpose. The duffel bag is yours to keep.

  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trip)
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trip)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Pure wool and thick cotton socks
  • Thermal underwear (Inner-full fitting) wool or mixed combination.
  • Warm trousers, Wind stopper, jacket, Wool pullovers-polo neck, Flannel shirts.
  • Warm light gloves, Snowcap (with ear covering), Wool monkey cap, Sun hats & scarves.
  • Comfortable Light shoes (if new one bought, practice it with walking so that you feel comfortable, bring spare laces also)
  • Sun / Snow glasses (UV protection).
  • Towels-including small hand towel, Hot water bottle.
  • Light (rucksack) bag for camera, and very essential things and duffel bag (for the trekkers) to keep your personal belongings.
  • Raincoat with hood.
  • Ladies can select other clothing materials as per her interest.
  • Torch with spare cells & bulbs.
  • Camera / film / Video camera: – as per the interest.
  • Binoculars.
  • Plastic mug/whistle/Unbreakable thermos.
  • Swiss knife (multi purpose), pocket knife
  • First aid box / personal medicine
  • Dust Mask.
  • Note book/pencil/pen.
  • Sturdy padlock for your baggage safety

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

The Everest Overland Tour is suitable for the average traveler who is moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on this journey. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition must seek medical advice/consent before considering the trek. Whilst on the tour, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized to high altitudes.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

We use twin sharing standard rooms from three/four star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. In Lhasa, accommodation will be in 2-star hotels. Note that higher star hotels in Tibet are very rare. These hotels are renowned for their hospitability and ethnic Tibetan ambience. It is centrally located; just a few minutes’ walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Square. Elsewhere along the route, accommodation will be at the available hotels. If you would like to book a single room, please do inform us. A supplement charge will incur in that case.

Rooms in Tingri and Rongbuk cannot be booked in advance. Your guide will book them on arrival. If rooms are not available at specified guest house, he will book a room at another similar category guest house. No private rooms are available at Rongbuk guesthouses. Only dormitory style of accommodation is available with 6 to 7 beds in a big hall.

We shall try our best to provide the best accommodation available but please do keep in mind that you are taking an adventure tour, and sometimes the arrangement may be basic. Traveling in Tibet is a fantastic experience but sometimes you have to put up with a bit of discomfort. To enjoy this trip you need to have an adventurous spirit and the ability to adapt to minor discomforts.

All breakfasts are included in our package. Your guide will help you find good restaurants with reasonable price. A must are the small Tibetan restaurants which serve authentic Tibetan food. You can try ethnic Tibetan cuisine. Have some momos or gyantok, and wash it down with a cup of salted Tibetan butter tea. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant of your choice (where available). While on the road, lunch will be at one of the many Chinese tea shops along the way which generally serve a variety of noodle and vegetable dishes and meat where available. Expect to spend around USD 15 to 20 per day for meals.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalayan tours, enhancing the experience!

We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups; whereas we use Van or 4WD SUVs for the overland drive across the Tibetan highland. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible. For larger groups, we also use supported trucks to carry your luggage. We use our own Fleet service for Transportation…Click to know more about our fleet service!

The best time for Everest Overland Tour is between March and October.

The weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Nights are generally cooler than the daytime. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! Depending on the season the temperature could range from -15°C to 20°C.

Yes. In fact, our company is the active member of Nepal Tour and Travel Agencies Associtaion.

For the second day tour in Kathmandu will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Nepali guide. Throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an experienced Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life.

Many Tibetan guides have different accent of English speaking capacity due to their mother tongue and Tibetan language, which makes hard to understand while in the conversation with them. Hence, our travelers must consider these facts before you book for any trip to Tibet.

For travelling group of six and more people travelling, we will provide experienced prefect English speaking Nepalese guide from Kathmandu.

Ace the Himalaya is one of the prime supporters of the social organization Sambhav Nepal. There are several on-going projects in a village called Arupokhari (Gorkha district) which you are more than welcome to visit or even volunteer at. You will be able to gain a different insight into the lives of the people in the hills and also make a difference!

Click here to learn more about our volunteer programs

YES, we do handle all the procedure for Tibet Visa and Travelling permit. The process charge is all included in the trip price.

We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

Laundry service is easily available at your hotel in Kathmandu and Lhasa. There will be no laundry service available in other towns.  Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel/guesthouse reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring travel adapters!

Communication facilities in Tibet have been improved over the past few years. All the hotels we use in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse have international IDD phone and fax services. Phone calls can also be made from public booth in bigger towns. Internet cafes are also available at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best cyber cafes in each town.

You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as mobile phones work fine in Tibet. If you buy a Chinese SIM card at the border, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time. Please ask us for the latest facilities and schemes on Chinese mobile phones.

Besides Chinese Yuan, only US dollars can be accepted in Tibet. Also shops that accept American currency are very limited and you might not be able to get a good deal for an exchange rate. Credit cards can only be used at some hotels. The Bank of China also accepts credit cards. ATM is not widely available. Exchanging your money to Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at the Bank of China.  While changing money at the local money exchange centers, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes.

It depends on your spending habits. USD 15 to 20 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner, bottles of water, chocolates and a few drinks during the tour.

Tibet is becoming more expensive every year. There are many shops in Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse that sell traditional Tibetan handicrafts. We recommend you to bring extra money to spend on souvenirs.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you.

Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. 

Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:

· Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour (Keep a separate photocopy)
· Travel insurance (Keep a separate photocopy)

· Cash and Traveller’s Cheques (Keep numbers and proof of purchase separately)
· Flight tickets
· Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip.Please go through the trip extension page for more information. 

No vaccinations are compulsory fro traveling in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

· A dental check-up prior to traveling
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Private Departure available on any date, please contact us.

    On adventure trips of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


    Important Note
    If you happen to return back earlier due to high altitude sickness or any other reasons. You have to pay for all extra expenses like transport, group visa splitting charge, accomodation charge and medical expenses that occour while returning. There wont be any refund or adjustment from our comapny as the chinese government doesnt consider any refund or adjustment to us.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org