Overland Tour to Everest Base Camp – 10 Days

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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

Outline Itinerary

1 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.

2 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.


3 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.


4 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.

5 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.


6 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.

7 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.

8 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.

9 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.

10 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.

Trip Facts

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:

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.


USD 3,475 per person

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.


    Sleeping bag (Optional)
    Down jacket

    Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears
    Sunglasses with UV protection

    Neck warmer/scarf
    Warm gloves
    Fleece jacket

    Waterproof shell jacket and pants
    Pants (Loose jeans/khakis/cotton)
    Lightweight thermal tops and bottoms
    Liner socks
    Shoes or sneakers

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
    Anti-infection ointments

    Lip balm

    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.



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