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This budget Everest Base Camp tour blends Tibet culture and history with some of Earth’s most spectacular scenery! After becoming acclimatized to the altitude and oriented with Tibetan culture, travel groups will head for Mt. Everest Base Camp. The drive to base camp takes three days, making several stops. First at Lake Yamdrok, a vast mountain lake that shines a deep blue on sunny days, second in Gyantse to explore Pelkhor Monastery and Kumbum Pagoda, and then an overnight stop in Shigatse where travelers can visit a Tibetan market and explore the sprawling Tashilhunpo Monastery. Before we embark on our journey into the Himalayan region, we will drive from Shigatse to Shegar Town, on the way we will visit Sakya Monastery. Then we are going to explore the top attraction-Everest Base camp. After seeing the gorgeous golden face of the sun as it reflects off of Mount Everest, we will drive to Nepal by descending steeply into the valley of Mutsang Tsangpo.

Lhasa Kathmandu Overland Group Tour Cost & Schedule in 2019

Class/Price for Per PersonJan. 1 to
Apr.1 to
Jun.25 to
Aug.31 to
Oct.17 to
Nov.16 to
Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)930 US$1030 US$1130 US$1080 US$1030 US$930 US$

Day 1: Lhasa arrival.

Scheduled shuttle bus transfer to hotel and rest for acclimatization(pick up from airport: 09:30, 13:30, or 16:30, pick up from train station: anytime). Overnight at Lhasa Yak Hotel or similar.

Day 2(B,D): Lhasa highlights tour

Visit the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace(Dalai Lama’s winter palace), sacred Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Streets. Enjoy a welcome Tibetan group dinner. Overnight at Lhasa Yak Hotel or similar.

Day 3(B): Lhasa sightseeing

Visit two important Gelugpa Buddhist monasteries: Drepung monastery and Sera Monastery(watch famous monk debate). Overnight at Lhasa Yak Hotel or similar.

Day 4(B): Lhasa-Shigatse(370 km).

Visit holy lake Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkhor Monastery (Gyantse Kumbum and murals). Overnight at Shigatse Gesar Hotel or similar.

Day 5(B) Shigatse- Everest Base Camp(340 km).

Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery(seat of Panchen Lama). Landscape driving and arrive at Everest around sunset. Overnight at campsite guesthouse.

Day 6 EBC-Gyirong(280 km).

Watch sunrise at Everest, enjoy the magnificent scenery, and visit Rongbuk Monastery(highest monastery in the world at 5000 m). Drive to Gyirong via Peikutso and Mt Shishapangma reserve. Overnight at Gyirong Hotel or similar.

Day 7(B) Gyirong-border crossing-Kathmandu(250 km)

Transfer to border, clear custom and enter Nepal. Shared transfer to your Kathmandu hotel and tour concludes.

What you can expect

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3650 m)

When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your Tibetan guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. Tourists may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Brahmaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa.

After arriving in Lhasa, you can take a rest and try to get acclimatized gradually to high altitude. If you feel fairly good, you may walk in the downtown Barkhor streets or further to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.

Insider Tips:
For the new-comers of Tibet,  to get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet. Having a good sleep in your hotel is a good option.  Do not rush to visit attractions inside Lhasa city.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Lhasa (B&B basis)

Day 4 Lhasa-Lake Yamdrok-Karola Glacier-Gyantse (Pelkhor Monastery)-Shigatse

Attractions to visit: Lake Yamdrok, Karola glacier, Pelkhor Choede monastery and Kumbum Pagoda.
At 8 am, we will start drive to the south west Lhasa direction, through the zigzag road climb up the Kampa la pass (4700 m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok lake with its turquoise color and snow capped Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, then continues drive along the lake for few kilometers get us to the lunch stop at Nagartse. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that pass through; en route we will stop at Karo la (5150m) to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. Arrival at Gyantse, we visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only well known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls, late afternoon we will drive to Shigatse which is only 90km to the northwest of Gyantse. Overnight at Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel.

Day 5. Shigatse (Tashilhunpo Monastery)-Everest Base Camp, 340 km, about 8 hours

Attractions: Tashilhunpo Monastery, Landscape along the G318 National Way, Everest Base Camp

Today we will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery. We will drive straight to Mt. Everest Base Camp by crossing several passes along the way. shortly after the border check point at Shegar, turn off the Friendship Highway and drive toward south in the valley, cross over the Gawu la pass[5250m] through zigzags road, from the pass you will be amazed by the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its mighty peaks beyond 8000m, Mt. Makalu(8463m), Mt. Lotse (8516m), Mt. Everest(8844m), Mt. Cho Oyu(8201m) and Mt. Shishapama (8020m) from Left to right, climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and then finally the day’s destination - Everest Base Camp located in the Rongpuk valley. Rongphu Monastery is the highest monastery in the world and it consists both monks and nuns. Afternoon you have an option to do a short trekking from the tent guesthouses community to Everest B.C, it will take you about 2 hours or more per your physical condition (6Km). Or you can take the dedicated minibus instead. We suggest you bring your own sleeping bags for the night as the local tent guesthouses reuse the blankets for several weeks due to their poor facility. Have overnight at local tent guesthouses from middle April to early October. (from Middle of October to next early April, the tent guesthouses close and only Rongphu monastery guesthouse is available.)

Everest Region accommodation: Rongphu Monastery guesthouse or the tent guesthouse in campsite which is 4 km to Everest B.C

Day 6 Rongphu Monastery (5000m) – Old Tingri(4390m) – Gyirong Border (2700m)

Tibet Travel Attractions: Beautiful scenery over the Thongla Pass, impressive view of Mt. Shishapama, Spectacular waterfalls within the Matsang River Gorge.

As we awake the next morning, a striking view of luminous peaks is highlighted by the sun and it is bittersweet to say goodbye to this landscape that we have gotten to know so well. Next, we will drive south to Nepal and traverse the Thongla pass. Then gradually descend into a deep valley with a series of switchback bends. There are spectacular waterfalls on both sides of these fertile hills and with a decrease in altitude, the dry climate changes into a warm, moist environment and it is clear that we drawing into the Indian subcontinent. Our destination is Tibet border town Gyirong. Overnight in Gyirong.

Day 7 Gyirong to Kathmandu (123 km), Nepal

Attractions: Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge, typical Nepalese villages and 2nd deepest Bungy Jump point in all of Asia.

Today we drive down to the friendship bridge and our guide will help you to clear the China Customs, from there our Tibetan staff are not allowed stepping further and time to say your farewells. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a short time to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email. When you cross the China Nepal Friendship bridge you will pay 25$ to obtain Nepal Tourist Visa (15 days valid time). Then you will get on shared bus ride and reach Kathmandu city.

Available departures

Just choose your travel date from the availability calendar and process the order without initial payment. Once we receive your reservation order, our Tibet travel experts team will reconfirm in 5 minutes to 5 hours (GMT+8), so you can feel worry-free to pay deposit and secure your tour booking in no more than one day! To plan a happy Tibet holiday is time consuming process, this is specially true for Tibet tour booking, but with "Visit Tibet Travel Service, we help save every minute of your precious time to plan your perfect Tibet trip in a smooth and efficient way." If you have 3 or more people upon booking, we can offer even further discount, so do not wait till it is getting too late.
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Service Details

Service inclusions:

  • All Tibet travel permits
  • All entrance fees for attractions listed in the itinerary
  • Tour van for transportation in Tibet with experienced driver according to above itinerary
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide
  • Airport pick up at scheduled times on arrival day, drop off in Kathmandu on departure day
  • Quality accommodations as specified in the itinerary (twin share hotel in cities, dorm style guesthouse at EBC)
  • Breakfast (B) at hotel when available as specified
  • One Welcome Tibetan dinner
  • Drinking water and oxygen cylinder
  • Travel agency liability insurance and vehicle accident insurance

Service exclusions:

  • Flight or train to enter and leave Tibet
  • Chinese visa, Nepal visa
  • Meals not specified above
  • Personal expenses (personal travel insurance, laundry, souvenirs etc)
  • Bank fees and other transaction fees
  • Tips to the driver and guide

Important Info

Note about Nepal visa: Multiple entry 15 days visa fee - US$ 25 (valid for 15 days)

Simple Tibet Budget Tour Booking process:

  1. Email us your clear passport data page photo copy and China visa copy, specify your departure city, whether you need air ticketing help or not.
  2. process the advance payment by bank telex wire transfer or Western Union Agent wire transfer
  3. Pay outstanding balance upon arrival, and enjoy your Tibet Dream adventure trip to Nepal.

Please Note:

  1. If you do not want to go to Nepal but return back to Lhasa and fly or take the train back to China, please tell us to arrange the add-on trip accordingly.
  2.  The quotation including airport to hotel transfers. The free airport pick-up is at 3:20 p.m. and Lhasa to airport at 12:00 p.m., train station see off is at 6:30 am. If your flight or train schedule is different time, we would like to arrange private airport or train transfer for you with surcharge 40 US$ per person for single airport transfer and 20 US$ for single railway station transfer;
  3. Please prepare two small photos of you-similar size of passport photo image for visa application use