Tibet Tour: Everest Base Camp2021-04-22T17:46:45+02:00

Tibet Tour

 

8-Day Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour

 

Explore the Roof of the World on a small-group Tibet tour 

 

Tibet is one of the most fascinating countries in the world, home to spiritual monasteries, Buddhist temples, and some of the world’s highest mountains.

This Tibet tour will show you some of the country’s most well-known sights from the holy capital, Lhasa, to the sacred Lake Yamdrok and the legendary Everest Base Camp. Hike on lofty mountains, across huge plains dotted with yaks and nomads’ tents, and over high passes draped with colorful prayer flags.

Tibet is a place that will likely change the way you see the world.

 

Tibet Tour Dates

Our Tibet tours run regularly between April and October 2021. 

Regular Departures in 2021

$1200
Tibet tour

Is a Tour the Only Way to See Tibet?

Yes. Tourism is highly restricted in Tibet and independent travel is not allowed by the Chinese government.

Foreign travelers need to prearrange a Tibet tour in order to obtain a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit. We will help you obtain a TTB when you book the tour.

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Why Join this Tibet Tour

Our goal is to organize adventure trips that don’t feel like a tour. You’ll get to travel with like-minded people and a local guide who is knowledgable, fun and engaging.

Think of your group as a bunch of independent travelers having an adventure together. 

This trip is also culturally immersive and experiential, allowing you to learn and experience the Tibetan culture from ground level.

 
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Trip Summary

Highlights of the Tibet Tour:

  • Spend three days exploring Tibet’s capital, Lhasa. It’s a dizzying world of traditional temples, monasteries and pilgrimage sites.
  • Visit the world-renown Potala Palace where Dalai Lama used to reside.
  • Make day trips to the spiritual Jokhang Temple, Drepung and Sera monasteries, with the latter known for the interesting monks’ debate.
  • Hike around the turquoise Yamdrok Lake and admire the spectacular Karo La Glacier.
  • Wander around the massive Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse and listen to monks’ chanting that echo through the hallways.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive into the world’s tallest mountain range and spend a night camping at Tibet Everest Base Camp.

*Is Tibet Everest Base Camp closed? The crowded tourist camp is closed, but it is actually still possible to visit the area and sleep at Rongbuk monastery, just outside Everest Base Camp.

What’s Included in this Tibet Tour:

  • An experienced, knowledgable and fun local guide
  • 7 nights of accommodation in three-star hotels (based on double occupancy)
  • 1 night at Rongbuk guesthouse at Tibet Everest Base Camp 
  • All site entrance fees, tours and admissions
  • All breakfasts during the tour
  • All transportation whilst on tour
  • One big oxygen tank in the car (4L or 7L) 
  • Transfers at the beginning/end of the tour (if arriving/departing within 24 hours of start/end of the tour)
  • Lots of laughs and epic moments
  • Insightful conversations 

 What’s NOT Included:

  • Flights or train trip to Lhasa
  • China visa application fees
  • Any pre-tour or post-tour accommodation
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for staff
  • Personal snacks and drinks

12 People

Maintaining a small group size ensures that everyone gets to know each other and have fun as a group! Think of it as a bunch of independent travelers traveling together, with a warm and friendly guide. It’s all about learning and immersing yourself in the culture and environment. That’s the style of our WildJunket tours

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Who is this Tibet tour for?

This Tibet tour is suitable for you if…

 
  • You’re an independent traveler, but prefer to go with a group to remote and ‘forbidden’ places.

  • You want to explore WAY off the beaten path and seek out less-visited places.

  • You have experience traveling in developing countries and have a flexible, positive attitude.

  • You’re open to seeing things beyond the headlines .

WildJunket Tours are designed for curious and independent travelers who want to travel unexplored places that are hard to reach and expensive to get to unless you’re in a group. We like to go where most people don’t venture, and we want to see beyond the headlines and learn about a place from ground level (rather than on the news). We know that a country’s politicians don’t represent its people, and we want to make deep connections with locals to truly understand the country. 

Trip Details

Tibet Trip Itinerary2021-11-08T18:42:33+01:00

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa

When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, our guide will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel. The drive from the airport takes around an hour, while the trip from the railway station is a mere 25 minutes. 

Tibet’s capital Lhasa, lies at an altitude of 3,650m, and most people who fly in will feel the effects of the altitude (experiencing headaches or short of breathe). I recommend taking the first day to rest and acclimatize. You’ll be staying at a comfortable high-end hotel in Lhasa within walking distance from the major sights.

If you’re up to it, feel free to head out and explore the beautiful capital city. 

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Tibet tour itinerary - Lhasa

Day 2: Explore Lhasa

The trip will start proper today and our first destination is also our most important: the Potala Palace. This iconic building symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet.

Built in the 7th Century, this was the chief residence of the Dalai Lamas until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. Today it’s a museum and a World Heritage Site.

After lunch, we’ll then head to Jokhang Temple, which is considered by Tibetans as the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. The temple is currently maintained by the Gelug school, but they accept worshipers from all sects of Buddhism. Around the temple, we’ll explore around Barkhor street where you can circle it with pilgrims and soak up the buzz on the streets.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Tibet tour itinerary - potala palace

Day 3: Visit the Three Great Monasteries

In the morning, we’ll venture to the outskirts of Lhasa and first visit Drepung Monastery, which is one of the three great Gelukpa monasteries of Tibet. Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries and is located on the Gambo Utse mountain. 

Later in the day, we will visit Sera Monastery, another one of the three great Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419. The Sera Monastery, as a complex of structures with the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges, suffered severe damage during the 1959 revolt. The highlight of anyone’s visit here is the monks debate at around 3-5pm everyday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Tibet tour itinerary - drepung monastery

Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse and Shigatse

Today, we will drive from Lhasa to Gyantse, Tibet’s third largest city.

On the way, we will drive over the Gampala mountain pass (situated at 4,790 m above sea level) and stop for a short hike and view of Lake Yamdrok (4,400m). One of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet, Yamdrok offers spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7,191m) the highest mountain in the Transhimalayan range.

On arrival, we’ll take some time to explore Gyantse at our own pace. Despite being the third largest city in Tibet, Gyantse has managed to hang onto its small-town charm and laid-back atmosphere, and gives great insights into rural Tibet. Gyantse’s main sight is the Gyantse Kumbum, the largest chorten remaining in Tibet and one of its architectural wonders.

Continuing on for another 1.5 hour of driving, we’ll arrive in Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. We will get to visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet’s second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. Nowadays, there are still over 800 monks living and studying in Tashilhunpo Monastery and we’ll get to meet some of them.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Tibet tour itinerary - lake yamdrok

Day 5: The Road to Everest

Prepare for the longest day on the road! As our destination for the day is the base of Mount Everest, we’ll be covering a lot of ground on some of the wildest roads in Tibet.

After leaving Shigatse, our first stop is Lhatse, a small town of a few thousand people in the valley of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, just west of the mountain pass leading to it. We will have lunch here before continuing our drive to Shelkar, the gateway to Mount Everest (early expeditions all stopped here). If the weather is clear enough, we will get a view the Mount Everest in the distance on our way to Shelkar.

Our final destination is Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, which lies near the base of Mount Everest at 4,980 metres above sea level. This was an important pilgrimage site for sherpas living in the Nepalese side of the Himalayas. On the way to Rongbuk, we will pass one of the highest passes in Tibet (5,050m), from which we will take in a spectacular view of the five highest peaks in the world.

Stay overnight in a tent or Rongbuk Monastery Guest House.

Tibet tour itinerary - everest base camp

Day 6: Highlight of the Trip: Reaching Everest Base Camp

We’ll start the day early to catch sunrise on the top of Mt Everest. From Rongbuk, we’ll get a full view of the magnificent Mt. Everest standing in front of us. After breakfast, we can trek to the Everest Base camp (5,380m or 17,600 ft), which is just 4km each way. Those who aren’t up to the hike can also go to EBC on our vehicle. We’ll have plenty of time to wander around the area and explore at our own pace.

After visiting the Everest Base Camp, we’ll spend some time exploring Rongbuk Monastery and taking in the impressive landscapes for the last time before driving back to Shitgatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Tibet tour itinerary - everest base camp

Day 7: Drive back to Lhasa

It’s time to head back to where we started.

We will drive back to Lhasa on the Friendship Highway, an 800-kilometre scenic route connecting Lhasa with the Chinese/Nepalese border at the Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge. The whole distance is almost 280km and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo River (the longest and largest river in Tibet). This will be our last night together as a group, so prepare for tearful goodbyes.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Tibet tour itinerary - friendship highway

Day 8: Depart from Lhasa

We will drop you at the airport or train station and bid your farewell.

Tibet Tour Leader & Guide2019-10-25T12:30:04+02:00

Nellie does not lead or join the WildJunket tours. All our tours are led by experienced and passionate local guides and tour managers.

We only work with reliable and trustworthy local tour operators that Nellie has personally traveled with. All our tour guides are qualified and licensed, with years of experience leading travelers around their region/country.

For this Tibet tour, we are working with a Tibetan-owned tour operator that is one of the most experienced companies in Tibet. Their guides are knowledgable, fun and passionate about Tibetan culture and heritage. They are also very well organized, so rest assured that the trip will run smoothly.

 

Tibet Visa Information2019-10-25T12:30:35+02:00

All travelers (except for Chinese and Hongkong nationals) need a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit to travel Tibet. My local partner will be helping you obtain a TTB. The fee is included in the tour price. Without a TTB permit, you won’t even be able to board a flight or train to Tibet.

Also, all travelers (besides citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan) require a valid Chinese visa in addition to a Tibet permit. To apply, head to your nearest Chinese embassy. Make sure to get your Chinese visa at least a month before your trip, as your tour operator will need it to get the TTB permit. 

Refer here for more details on how to travel Tibet.

Health & Fitness Level2019-10-25T12:31:52+02:00

This trip requires a minimal fitness level. There will not be any rigorous hiking, but there will be some short walks.  The walks are sometimes uphill and on mountainous terrains. 

Keep in mind that we will be traversing high altitudes and it can making walking/hiking more challenging. Altitude sickness affects people differently, and it does not depend on fitness level or age. 

The capital city Lhasa itself stands at 3,550m above sea level, and Everest Base Camp looms at 5,088m. At such dizzying heights, it can be easy to suffer from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) if you don’t take the time to acclimatise to the conditions. 

Symptoms of AMS include light-headedness, nausea, short of breathe and headaches. Be sure to get some Diamox (Acetazolamide) before your trip and start the medication at least one day before landing in Lhasa. Give yourself plenty of time to rest and acclimatise in Lhasa before you start exploring.

 

 

 
Visiting Everest Base Camp2019-10-25T12:32:22+02:00

Due to the mounting waste problem, the tented camp for tourist has been closed

But it IS still possible to visit the Everest Base Camp region in Tibet. The ban means tourists can go as far as the Rongbuk Monastery, which is 4km from Everest Base Camp.

Mount Everest is in very clear sight from Rongbuk and is absolutely impressive. You will be staying at Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse instead of the tented camp. The guesthouse is clean but basic. 

Travel Companions2019-10-22T16:36:17+02:00

Our travelers come from all walks of life and from around the world. Expect to meet people of different ages and cultures. What you all share in common is a sense of adventure and an open mind.

We expect travelers to bring a flexible, positive, can-do attitude. Our tours operate in developing nations – be aware that many services, systems and levels of environmental cleanliness are not the same as you may be used to in your home country.

You may see pollution, poverty, overcrowded cities, and sadly malnourished people and animals. We ask travelers to embrace all aspects of traveling with a positive, flexible attitude.

 

Payment Details2019-10-25T12:33:16+02:00

To book a tour, please fill up the tour booking form and make a 25% deposit. Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis and we do not hold your spot until your deposit has been received. Deposit can be paid by credit card, debit card or Paypal.

After you’ve made your deposit and submitted the online booking form, you will receive an email with the tour invoice and confirmation letter. 

The balance of the tour fee is due 60 days prior to the departure date. The payment due date is listed on both your tour invoice and tour confirmation letter. 

 
Single Supplement2019-10-25T12:47:43+02:00

Some travelers will join the tour together with their partners or friends, but most travelers who join our WildJunket tours tend to be solo travelers.

If you are a solo traveler, you will be sharing rooms with another person on the tour.

For those who prefer to have a private room, we offer single supplements on most tours for an additional fee of US$200. You will see the option upon checkout when booking the tour.

If you’d like to share a room with your friend, please do indicate that in the ‘notes’ section of the booking form.

Travel Insurance2019-10-25T12:34:26+02:00

Travel insurance is required to participate in all WildJunket Tours.

Proof of your traveler’s insurance coverage will be required prior to departure from your home country. Failure to submit this document may result in you not being allowed to participate in the tour and no refund will be issued. It is your responsibility to make sure you have all required insurance.

All travelers are required to have international medical coverage (either through you home medical insurance or through traveler’s insurance), and trip cancellation. Your insurance must cover reimbursement of the cost of the tour if you cannot participate after the refund date.