Everest Travel: From Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour
A lot of our YoWangdu readers have been solo travelers asking for the chance to join more affordable group tours with a Tibetan-owned agency for their Everest travel. We are pleased to be able to offer now an extraordinary eight-day tour – from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp (EBC) – that can be taken either as a private tour or with a group formed by the agent. The journey is — without any exaggeration at all — truly the trip of a lifetime.
Update: May 27, 2017
We have come to realize that this 8 day tour is too short in terms of proper acclimatization to Tibet’s high altitude. If you sign up for our Tibet Travel Inquiry, we recommend requesting the 13 day Everest Base Camp trip rather than this 8 day one. If you have only a week or so, try the Sky Train and Lhasa Highlights Tour.
Summary of the Eight-Day Itinerary
Some of the highlights include Lhasa’s Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and the great monasteries of Drepung and Sera. The road itself on the way to EBC has views of the lovely Himalayan Lake Yamdrok and the Karo la glacier; and crosses the Gampa la pass. You’ll see the amazing spiritual art and architecture of the Gyantse Kumbum Stupha and Tashilumpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lamas, in Shigatse. And of course Chomolangma herself, the highest mountain on earth, commonly known as Mount Everest. Another major attraction is that this tour is offered by one of a very short list of YoWangdu’s recommended Tibetan-owned travel agents.
How Much does the Trip Cost?
Check this page with sample costs of common Tibet tour packages here.
Best Times to Travel to the Everest Region of Tibet
For clearer skies and the best views for the Everest area, visit Mt. Everest from late September to late May. (The shoulder season months of April and May, and mid-October to late November tend to be sweet spots of best views, and quite cold but not-too-freezing weather.) However, you will want to avoid the Chinese national holidays in early October, when Chinese tourists swarm Tibet. And note that winter in the Everest region is extremely cold, considering that the common tourist destination is Everest Base Camp, at about 17,000 feet. While summer is (somewhat) warmer, it has the downside of the possibility of rain and visibility-killing clouds, especially July and August. Also, see more about Tibet weather >>
Included in the Price
- All necessary travel permits for Tibet
- Lodging: comfortable 3 star hotels and local guesthouse at EBC
- Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide
- Entrance ticket fees for all the tourist sites listed in the itinerary
- Private transportation inside Tibet: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included)
- Only breakfast included at the hotel
- Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning and end of your tour
- Oxygen cylinder for the group
- Lodging and meals for guide and drivers
- First aid kit
- Liability travel insurance
Not included in the price
- International and domestic flights and trains. (Note: Our agents can help with flight and train ticket bookings if you ask in advance, please inquire for the updated cost and ticket availability with the travel agent)
- Chinese visas – please apply in your home country
- Meals: lunches and dinners (An average meal in Tibet costs $5 USD per person)
- Travel insurance covering trip cancellation and emergency evacuation
- Personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, laundry, and phone calls.
- Gratuities for the guide and driver
Start Planning your Journey
- Fill out our free-to-use Tibet Travel Service form and we will forward the information to one of our highly recommended locally owned Tibetan travel agents, who will contact you directly and start making your plans a reality.
- Learn about how to get a Tibet travel permit
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