Tibet Tour: Everest Base CampNellie Huang2021-04-22T17:46:45+02:00
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 8: Depart from Lhasa
We will drop you at the airport or train station and bid your farewell.
Tibet Tour Leader & GuideNellie Huang2019-10-25T12:30:04+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.
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.
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 CampNellie Huang2019-10-25T12:32:22+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.
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.
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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.
We also recommend flight cancellation insurance, personal liability insurance, and loss of luggage. Travelers are wholly responsible for making their own insurance arrangements.
Before purchase, read the fine print or call the insurance company to have a full understanding of when there is coverage and when there is not. Sometimes insurances won’t cover a canceled flight for circumstances such as a natural disaster or an act of war. Be aware of how much the insurance you purchasing actually covers and the process to receive a reimbursement. There are many excellent travel insurance companies.
We recommend the site insuremytrip.com, as well as, Travel Guard, Access American, and World Nomads Insurance.
Please read the document carefully before you book your tour with us. By registering and joining a WildJunket tour you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions.
Tour leader: 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.
Booking a Tour: To book a WildJunket tour, a 25% deposit is required. Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis and we do not hold your spot until your deposit has been received. The online tour booking form must also be completed and submitted to guarantee your spot. Deposit can be paid by credit card, debit card or Paypal.
Deposit : Your deposit is refundable for 30 days from the date your deposit was received, unless noted otherwise. After 30 days, your deposit is no longer refundable and will be forfeited should you cancel your tou