Overland Tour to Everest Base Camp – 10 Days

Overland Tour to Everest Base Camp – 10 Days

If you don't want to take a challenging trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, the best option is to take an overland tour to Everest Base Camp in Tibet.
Go on 10 day trip for
US $3,475 PP
  • Trip Code: ATH11492
  • Country: Tibet
  • Duration: 10 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/17,123 ft
  • Activity: Sightseeing, Hiking and Overland Drive
  • Starts at: Lhasa
  • Ends at: Lhasa
  • Trip Route:

    Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Xegar - Rongbuk - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa

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

Trip Highlights

  • Guided Lhasa city tour
  • Potala Palace, the former residence of Dalai Lama
  • Visit to Everest Base Camp North
  • Explore Buddhist monasteries
  • Drive through splendid Tibetan landscapes

Trip Information

If you don’t want to trek for many days in the challenging trail to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, the best alternative you have is to take an overland tour to Everest Base Camp in Tibet. This is what this awesome trip offers. Either via Nepal or China, arrive at the legendary city of Lhasa. There will be two days of guided sightseeing, stopping at magnificent Potala Palace, the former residence of Dalai Lama. After the culturally rich tour of Lhasa, we will take a drive to the base camp with several stops along the way. The drive through the stunning Tibetan landscapes is a major treat. And then we arrive at Rongbuk that offers breathtaking views of the world’s highest Mt Everest. A two-hour hike to the Everest Base Camp is a chief highlight and will bring you very close to Mt Everest.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrive at Lhasa (3,650 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 02 Guided City Tour of Lhasa. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 03 Guided City Tour of Lhasa. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 04 Drive to Gyantse (3,950 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 05 Drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) via Shalu Monastery – 2 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 06 Drive to Xegar (4,150 m) via Sakya Monastery – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 07 Drive to Rongbuk Village (4,920 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 08 Hike to and from Everest Base Camp and Drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) – 8 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 09 Drive to Lhasa (3,650 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 10 Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure.
Day 01 - Arrive at Lhasa (3,650 m)

Welcome to Lhasa! Today upon your Lhasa arrival, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to hotel. Rest of the day you will have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.

Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

Day 02 - Guided City Tour of Lhasa

After breakfast, we set off for a full day guided sightseeing tour. Today, we visit Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace (the summer palace of Dalai Lama) and Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Square.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 03 - Guided City Tour of Lhasa

Today, we visit two of the very significant Monasteries, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, of Tibet. Both monasteries are located off the main city. Also, we visit Tibetan Medical Centre in the evening.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 04 - Drive to Gyantse (3,950 m) - 6 hours

Early morning, we proceed for Gyantse via Lake Yamdruk (Yamdruk Tso). Gyantse is the fourth largest city in Tibet (after Shigatse and Chamdo). It is small as cities go (population perhaps 15,000) and largely Tibetan in character not touched so much by outside Chinese influence. Strategically sited at a junction between Shigatse and Lhasa, it lies along the caravan routes from Sikkim and Bhutan in the south, Gyantse assumed an important role as a military center and market town- particularly for wool and handicrafts. Gyantse jeweled with some ancient Monastery and Stupa. We visit Khumbum stupa, Gyantse Dzong and Palkor Choide Monastery in Gyantse.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 05 - Drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) via Shalu Monastery - 2 hours

After breakfast, we head out to Shigatse. On the way, we visit Shalu Monastery. In Shigatse we visit the Tashilungpu Monastery, the official Panchen Lama’s residence, built in 1447, although it did not really become the seat of the Panchen Lama until almost 200 years later.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 06 - Drive to Xegar (4,150 m) via Sakya Monastery - 7 hours

Today, you have an extensive distance to travel to reach Xegar (New Tingri) via two high passes enroute. Also, you will visit Sakya Monastery on the way. The Monastery is located 21 km off the highway.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.

Day 07 - Drive to Rongbuk Village (4,920 m) - 4 hours

You are reaching to your ultimate destination (Rongbuk – Base of Mt. Everest) today via Pangla pass. Rongbuk, where the highest Monastery in the world is established lies some 8 kms from Everest Base Camp. There are magnificent views up the valley of Mount Everest and Cho-Oyu which can be seen from the guesthouse.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.

Day 08 - Hike to and from Everest Base Camp and Drive to Shigatse (3,900 m) - 8 hours

Early morning walk to the base camp and explore around it. Then come back to move forward to Shigatse.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 09 - Drive to Lhasa (3,650 m) - 6 hours

Morning after breakfast, continue driving to Lhasa via northern route.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 10 - Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure

Today our guide will send you to train station or airport for your next destination. Your lifetime Tibet tour is completed now.

Breakfast included.

  • The price per person for the small group journey is fixed as stated below. A group booking of 10 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!
     
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  • 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 their 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 more time exploring Lhasa or visit Everest Base Camp. 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-share accommodation at two-star hotels in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse with breakfast included (7 nights only)

  • Dormitory-based guesthouse accommodation in Xegar and Rongbuk with breakfast included (2 nights only)

  • All ground transportation in tourist vehicle (car/van/minibus)

  • Authorized English-speaking Tibetan guide

  • Guided sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Tibet travelling permit (We will mail the permit for those who are flying from China to Lhasa and we will provide the hard copy in Kathmandu for those who traveling via Kathmandu.)

  • Sightseeing entrance fees for all the sites mentioned in the itinerary

  • Everest region entrance fee

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

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

  • All government taxes, vat and tourist service charges

  • All official expenses

Price Does not Include

  • International airfare and airport departure tax (We can book flights to enter and leave Tibet either via Nepal or China.)

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)

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

  • Internet and telephone calls

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks

  • Lunch and dinner in Tibet (Depending upon your spending habits, USD 15-20 per day is enough for one person.)

  • Tips for the guide (Tipping is expected.)

  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section

Please Note:

Flights:
To enter Tibet, either you have to go via Nepal or China. There are regular flights from Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa except on Tuesday. And, from China, there are daily flights from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Tibet Travelling Permit:
1. If you are travelling via Nepal, we handle all the procedure to secure the visa. The processing fee is all included in the trip price.

2. If you are travelling via China, you should get the Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy in your home/resident country. You will then need to e-mail us the scan copy of the Chinese visa. We will apply for the Tibet travelling permit. Once we receive the hard copy of the permit from the Tibetan authority, then we will mail the copy to your country or your hotel address in China. If you are flying to Tibet via China, then please consider staying one night in China. So you can collect the permit for Tibet at your hotel.

All you need to bring for this tour is simply some comfortable clothes. There is no any requirement of special equipment. However, for your ease, the following list gives you a general idea about the items needed for this trip. The most important factor to be considered while packing for this trip is the time of the year you are traveling.

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.

Clothing

  • Sleeping bag (Optional)
  • Down jacket
  • Suitcase
  • Daypack
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunhat
  • Neck warmer/scarf
  • Warm gloves
  • Fleece jacket
  • T-shirts
  • Waterproof shell jacket and pants
  • Pants (Loose jeans/khakis/cotton)
  • Lightweight thermal tops and bottoms
  • Liner socks
  • Shoes or sneakers
  • Sandals

Medicines and First Aid Kit

It will be better if your personalized first-aid kit includes these:

  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude
    sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Travel insurance policy
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Water bottle

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.

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.

This 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 your name in the signboard. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

We use twin-sharing rooms at two-star hotels in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse with breakfast included. And, in two places, Xegar and Rongbuk, we use guesthouses. They are basic and you have to share room with other travelers.

All breakfasts are included in our package. Your guide will help you find good restaurants with reasonable price. 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. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible.

The best time for this 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, we do handle all the procedure for Tibet travelling permit if you travel to Tibet via Nepal. The processing fee is all included in the trip price.

Those who are traveling from China to Tibet should get the Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy in your home/resident country. You will then need to e-mail us the scan copy of the Chinese visa. We will apply for the Tibet travelling permit. Once we receive the hard copy of the visa from the Tibetan authority, then we will mail the copy to your country or your hotel address in China. If you are flying to Tibet via China, then please consider staying one night in China. So you can collect the permit for Tibet at your hotel.

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

Flights to and from Lhasa aren’t included in the package. However, we can book the flights for you whether you are travelling via Nepal or China.

There are regular flights from Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa except on Tuesday. And, from China, there are daily flights from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Laundry service is easily available at your hotels. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.

This facility is available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring travel adapters!

Communication in Tibet has been improved over the past few years. All the hotels we use 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. Please 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, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time.

Besides Chinese Yuan, only US dollars can be accepted in Tibet. The 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. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides 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. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

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 contact us for the recommendations.

No vaccinations are compulsory for traveling in Tibet, 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, accommodation charge and medical expenses that occur while returning. There wont be any refund or adjustment from our company as the chinese government doesn’t 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