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10 Days Easy Acclimatizing Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour

Nov.-Mar. From USD 1200
Apr.-Oct. From USD 1310
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1. Based on double occupancy.
2. Comfortable hotels in cities and guesthouses in some remote places.
3. Flight and train are not included.
4. Tour cost is only for reference, please inquire for detailed quotation.
5. The more people, the cheaper cost.
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    In order to make it easier for you to choose the right trip, we have graded our trips with certain Trip Level System from 1 to 4 according to the degree of activities and altitude. We have also suggested the most suitable groups or individuals for each Trip Level.
    In the Trip Overview of each itinerary there is also a brief description of what the Trip is like.
    Our staffs at the Explore Tibet are always happy to answer any questions you have and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests and level of fitness.
    1. Easy
    Light walking and hiking that is suitable for all level of fitness, generally altitude range between 3500m/9800ft to 4000m/13000ft. Hotels and guesthouses accommodation.
    Suitable for family with kids and senior groups.

    2. Moderate
    May included moderate level of hiking, biking, horse riding and maximum altitude of 5000m/16000ft. Hotels and guesthouses accommodation.
    Suitable for family with kids bigger than 12 years, individual having average level for fitness.

    3. Moderate to Strenuous
    May include high altitude hiking up to 6 hours, long hour driving and sometimes overnight at around 5000m/16000ft, require a moderately high level of fitness, camping and basic lodging facility.
    Suitable for adult family, individuals physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking.

    4. Strenuous
    May include high altitude trekking and mountaineering, camping and basic lodging facilities, altitude range from 3600m/9800ft to 6000m/19000ft.
    Suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.

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This 10 days well organized Tibet Everest Base Camp  tour will take you from the capital of Lhasa to the North Face Base Camp of the world highest peak. Along the way, you will get chance to explore traditional Tibetan monasteries, driving through farming Tibetan villages, crystal blue plateau lakes, snowcapped Himalayan ranges and get up close to Mount Everest.

This Overland route connecting Lhasa with Everest’s North Face Base Camp is one of the most amazing overland route in whole Asia. Unlike other group tours, this 10 days Tibet Everest Base Camp tour will ascend gradually and accommodate your body to acclimatize along the way, at the same time, it allow you to explore on your own and get rid of the tourist crowds. It is one of most sold tours in Tibet. Everest Base Camp tour cost is reseasonably priced. 
Therefore if you are looking for a flexible and easy group tour in Tibet, then this is the Tibet small group tour specially designed travelers like you.

Group Tour Cost Table 

Group Size: 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 - 4 Pax    5 - 6 Pax   7 - 8 Pax  
Low Season (April 1st- May 30th and Oct 1st - Nov 30th)
Price per person in USD
Not Guaranteed    $1320     $1100   $950   $800 
High Season (June 1st - Sept  30th)
Price per person in USD
Not Guaranteed    $1480     $1230  $1000    $870 

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This tour won't be guaranteed the departure if there are only one person booked and for two poeple there is a different cost and the group tour cost is applicable for three or more poeple for the departure.

Days Trip Outline Activities Accommodations
Day 01 Arrival to Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel, rest and explore around Tashi Takgye / Tashi Noda Hotel
Day 02 Lhasa Sightseeing Tour Bakhor streetJohkang TemplePotala Palace Tashi Takgye /  Tashi Noda Hotel
Day 03 Lhasa Sightseeing Tour Sera MonasteryDrepung Monastery Tashi Takgye /  Tashi Noda Hotel
Day 04 Lhasa - Yamdrok - Gyantse (3800m), 260km, approx 6hrs  Yamdrok LakeKarola GlacierKumbum Stupa Gyantse Yeti Hotel
Day 05 Gyantse - Shigatse, 90km, approx 2hrs Tashi Lhunpo monastery Shigatse Gesar Hotel
Day 06 Shigatse - Sakya - Shegar (4000m), 290km, 6hrs Sakya monastery, Shegar Fort Shegar local hotel
Day 07 Shegar - Ronbuk monastery - EBC (5250m), 110hrs, 2hrs Rongbuk monasteryEBC EBC guesthouse
Day 08 EBC - Shigatse, 350km, 7hrs Track the route back  Shigatse Gesar Hotel
Day 09 Shigatse - Lhasa, 280km, 6hrs Yarlung Tsangpo river Tashi Takgye /  Tashi Noda Hotel
Day10 Depart from Lhasa Transfer to the airport/train station  


If you want to have a single room during the hotel nights or no one else sharing the room with you, then you need to pay the single room supplement fee, please check the single room supplement fee as in the below table;

 Season / Months   Cost of single room supplement in USD 
Low Season (April 1st- May 30th and Oct 1st - Nov 30th)
Price in USD
 USD 180
High Season (June 1st - Sept  30th)
Price in USD
 USD 190

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Tour Cost Included:
 - All necessary travel permits to Tibet;
- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the itinerary;
- Vehicle and guide entrances for the Everest Natural Reserve;
- Private transportation in Tibet with experienced local Tibetan driver: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included), See vehicle photos here;
- Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;
- Lodging: Comfortable class hotel: Tashi Takgye hotel / Heritage hotel in Lhasa, Gesar hotel in Shigatse and local distinguished tent guesthouse at EBC, Budget guesthouse: uses local guesthouses for the whole trip (dormitory);
- Free shuttle Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour(Check shuttle bus frequency below);
- Bottle water;
- A mobile with local SIM card (it can receive international call and text messages also);
- Oxygen: One big Oxygen tank in the car (4L or 7L);

- Meals: only breakfast is included ;
- Lodging and meals for guide and drivers;
- First aid kit;
Tour Cost Excluded:
- Chinese Visa;
-Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation (recommended to buy from your home country before you leave);

- Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);
- International and domestic flight/train tickets.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and tickets availability with our travel consultant);
- Meals - lunches and dinners, averagely a meal in Tibet cost around USD5 per person;
- Gratuities for the guide and driver.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LHASA BY AIR OR RAILWAY AND MEET YOUR FELLOW TRAVELLERS
 
Traveling to Lhasa can be done from Kathmandu in Nepal or from mainland China, either by flight or by train. Flights are a popular way to arrive, while the longer train journeys offer more scenery than you would normally see in Tibet, crossing two major mountain ranges and the vast open plains of the plateau. On your arrival in Tibet, you will be picked up from the airport or train station and transferred to your hotel in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. You can then settle in and take it easy for the remainder of the day to allow your body to adjust to the higher altitude.
 
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
 
DAY 2: LHASA ESCORTED TOUR.
 
Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and the bustling Barkhor Street.
 
As this is your first day at this altitude, you may feel some discomfort due to altitude sickness, such as headaches, dizziness, and nausea. This normally passes after a day or so, and you will be ready to explore the plateau.
 
In the morning, you will tour around Lhasa, visiting the Potala Palace, the former center of Tibetan religious governance, the sacred Jokhang Temple, the home of the Jowo Rinpoche and one of the oldest buildings in Lhasa, and the famed Barkhor Street. The street is actually five streets that make up the Kora route around the Jokhang Temple, as well as the best and largest market in the capital. Here you can join pilgrims as they perform their ritual kora walk around the temple and find some amazing souvenirs to take home for the family.
 
In the afternoon, we will take a trip to the stunning red and white Potala Palace, sitting high up on the Red Hill above the city, Built in the 217th century on the site of an ancient 7th century fortress, the palace was the center of government in Tibet at the time of the 5th Dalai Lama, and is still the winter palace.
 
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
 
DAY 3: LHASA ESCORTED TOUR.
 
Attractions; Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
 
Today we will visit Drepung Monastery in the morning, once the world's largest monastery, and housing over 10,000 monks at its height. The residence of the Dalai Lama before the move to the Potala Palace, there are lots of things to see as you stroll through the narrow and twisted lanes of the monastic apartments.
 
The afternoon includes a visit to the Sera Monastery, built in the fifteenth century by a disciple of Tsongkhapa, there are several different monastic colleges in Sera and it is home to several hundred monks from all across Tibet. The monastery is also famed for its Buddhist philosophical debates, which take place every day in the afternoon except Sunday.
 
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
 
DAY 4: LHASA (3,656m) - GYANTSE (3,977m), 268km, 6hrs.
 
Attractions: Yamdrok Lake, Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar Glacier, Gyantse Kumbum Stupa, and Pelkor Chode monastery.
 
We start the day driving toward the south west, through the zigzag road that climbs up to the Gampala Pass (4,794m). From there you will be astounded by the awesome view out over holy Yamdrok Lake, with the snow-capped Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance behind. The route continues along the lakeshore once you descend from the pass, and takes you around the lake to Nagartse, for a tasty local lunch
 
In Gyantse, our visit to the Pelkor Chode Monastery, an ancient monastery of the Gelug School, will include a tour and exploration of the largest and most unique stupa in Tibet, Standing 32 meters high and containing 108 chapels, the Gyantse Kumbum is the only stupa of its kind on the plateau, and is well known for its architecture and old sculptures, with thousands of paintings all around its inner walls, You can explore around the town for rest of the day. 
 
Stay overnight in Shigatse.
 
DAY 5: GYANTSE (3,977m) – SHIGATSE (3,845m), 90 km, 2hrs.
 
Attractions; Tashilhunpo Monastery.
 
 
Today is an easy and short drive to Shigatse which is only 90km. After eating lunch, we will visit the Tashilhunpo monastery, built by the 1st Dalai Lama, Gedun Drup, in 1447. The monastery later became the seat of the Panchen Lama lineages, and you will see the tombs of 7 former Panchen Lamas. It is a real pleasure to stroll along the busy cobbled lanes, twisting around the aged buildings that are still used as monks’ apartments. You can also join with locals and take the long walk around the monastery, spinning the prayer wheels around the monastery walls, and enjoying the whole view of the city from the hill.
 
Stay overnight in Shigatse. 
 
DAY 6: SHIGATSE (3,845m) – SAKYA (4,310m) – SHEGAR (4,300m), 287 km, 6hrs.
 
Attractions; Sakya monastery, Shegar Dzong.
 
Today we will drive toward Everest, and en route visit the Sakya monastery. The monastery is located right in the center of the village, with its special gray colored walls. Meaning “Grey Soil”, the monastery has two main buildings, though the section of the monastery on the northern banks of the river now lies in ruins. After the visit, we will continue the journey to Shegar, also known as New Tingri. If time allows, we will visit the Shegar fort ruins located up on a hillside overlooking the town. Overnight Shegar
 
(Note: Before you depart from Shigatse, your guide will take some time to obtain the Alien’s Travel Permit (ATP), which is needed to continue on to Mount Everest.)
 
DAY 7: SHEGAR – EBC (5,100m) and Rongbuk Monastery, 115km, 2hrs.
 
Attractions: Rongbuk Monastery and Mt. Everest Base Camp.
 
In the morning, we will take a straight drive to the famous Everest Base Camp (EBC), crossing the high passes of the Himalayas along the way. The first outstanding view of the highest mountains of the Himalayas comes at the crest of the Gyatso La Pass, at 5,400 meters, where you can see the summit of Everest in the distance.
 
After passing through the checkpoint, we will turn off the Friendship Highway to turn south along the winding Zhufeng Road to EBC. On the route, we pass over the Gawu La Pass, at 5,250 meters, from where you can see some of the world’s highest mountains, including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m), Mt. Shishapangma (8,020m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), and Mt. Lhotse (8,516m). From this amazing panoramic view, we will then drop down from the pass and continue through the dry and arid Tashi Zom Valley to the Rongbuk Monastery.
 
The “official” highest Buddhist monastery in the world, Rongbuk lies close to the base camp, and is renowned for housing both monks and nuns in the same monastery. We will normally stay in the tent guesthouses at the base camp itself, but from November to March, these are closed, so the accommodation is restricted to the Rongbuk guesthouse only.
 
(Note: The original base camp for tourists at EBC was recently moved back from the climbers’ base camp closer to Rongbuk. Since the move, the furthest tourists can get is the Dza Rongbuk caves, a short trek past the monastery.)
 
Stay overnight at EBC.
 
DAY 8: RONGBUK MONASTERY/EBC - SHEGAR - SHIGATSE, 342km, 7hrs.
 
Attractions: Rongbuk Monastery, Himalayan ranges.
 
After a good night’s sleep we will wake early to capture the amazing sight of the sun rising on the eastern slopes of Mount Everest, which is best captured from the hill behind the monastery. Then we bid farewell to the massive peak and head back to Shigatse, where we can relax in the hotel and take a relaxing and much-needed shower or bath.
 
Stay overnight in Shigatse.
 
DAY 9: SHIGATSE - LHASA, 280km, 4/5 hrs.
 
Attractions: Nyimo home-made incense factory, Brahmaputra River.
 
Our last day out on the vast Tibetan plateau is spent driving back to the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, with a nice stop along the way. Passing through a number of small local villages along the route, we will stop at a small village known as Nyima, which is famous in Tibet for making the delightful Tibetan incense, which is normally scented with juniper. The makers use the same ancient design of water-powered tools to make the incense as their ancestors did, and each stick of incense is hand made.
 
After arriving in Lhasa, you will have the rest of the day to yourself, to rest or wander around the streets as you wish. This is an ideal time to get those last-minute gifts for friends and family back home in Barkhor Street.
 
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
 
DAY 10: SEND OF FROM LHASA AIRPORT OR RAILWAY STATION.
 
After a last breakfast on the plateau, your guide and driver will collect you to transfer you to the airport or train station for your trip on to your next destination. We appreciate your cooperation to fill out our survey to evaluate our service, which can be done on the feedback form or by sending us an email.
 
 
Tour Cost Includes:
 - All necessary travel permits to Tibet;
- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the itinerary;
- Vehicle and guide entrances for the Everest Natural Reserve;
- Private transportation in Tibet with experienced local Tibetan driver: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included), See vehicle photos here;
- Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;
- Lodging: Comfortable class hotel: Tashi Takgye hotel / Heritage hotel in Lhasa, Gesar hotel in Shigatse and local distinguished tent guesthouse at EBC, Budget guesthouse: uses local guesthouses for the whole trip (dormitory);
- Free shuttle Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour(Check shuttle bus frequency below);
- Bottle water;
- A mobile with local SIM card (it can receive international call and text messages also);
- Oxygen: One big Oxygen tank in the car (4L or 7L);

- Meals: only breakfast is included ;
- Lodging and meals for guide and drivers;
- First aid kit;
Tour Cost Excludes:
- Chinese Visa;
-Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation (recommended to buy from your home country before you leave);

- Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);
- International and domestic flight/train tickets.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and tickets availability with our travel consultant);
- Meals - lunches and dinners, averagely a meal in Tibet cost around USD5 per person;
- Gratuities for the guide and driver.

Important information for touring to Mount Everest.

 

Best Season to Travel

 
Located near the border with Nepal in western Tibet, the Everest Base Camp (EBC) is the most popular place in Tibet for most tourists. At an altitude of around 5,100 meters above sea level, this unique attraction lies within the Chomolungma National Nature Reserve and is best visited from April to June and September to November for the best weather and views.
 
Spring and autumn are the best times to visit the base camp for the better views of the summit of this massive peak, as the weather is generally clear and bright, with sunny skies and warmer temperatures than in the winter months. Summer is a warmer time to visit, but with the monsoon rains in the summer season, from July to August, the summit can often be covered with clouds. In the winter, it is also possible to visit for clearer views, but the weather is a lot colder at night, and you have a higher chance of snow covering the ground. 
 

 Best part of the Tour
 

There is no doubt what the best part of the tour is – Mount Everest itself. The highest mountain in the world, the views of the summit of this massive peak from the base camp are spectacular, and you get a great chance to get some amazing photos of the mountain at sunset and sunrise, when the slopes are painted a burnished orange in the light of the low-lying sun.
 
That is not to say that the other attractions are any less. From the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple to the stunning sights of the Gyantse Kumbum and the Tashilhunpo Monastery, to name a few, Tibet is a land that is filled with wonders. And while at the base camp, you can take a visit around the nearby Rongbuk Monastery, the official highest Buddhist monastery in the world.
 

Unique Tour Attractions

 
Every attraction in Tibet is unique, so you have a wealth of opportunities here. Even the monasteries differ in many ways from one to the next. However, the most unique attractions in Tibet on this particular tour are the Potala Palace, overlooking the city of Lhasa from its place on the top of the Red Hill; the Jokhang Temple, 7thcentury temple of Songtsen Gampo and the final resting place of the Jowo Rinpoche; and the Gyantse Kumbum, the privately-commissioned, 32-meter, 108-chapel stupa that is the only one of its kind in China.
 
The Yamdrok Lake is also an amazing sight, and this tour gives you a great opportunity to stand on the shores of one of Tibet’s Great Three Sacred Lakes. The lifeblood of Tibet, it is said if the lake dries up, Tibet will become uninhabitable. And the amazing Sakya Monastery, the twin monastery with ruins on the northern banks, is an awesome place to visit. Located in the center of Sakya Village, the monastery, which translates to “Grey Soil”, is the only monastery in Tibet with grey painted walls instead of white.
 

Altitude Changes of Tour

 
The altitude changes on this longer tour of Tibet are hugely varied, and range from as low as 3,656 meters (in Lhasa) to as high as 5,400 meters (at Gyatso La Pass). However, the advantage of this tour is the added days of travel to reach the highest points of the trip. These additional days not only give you more time in Tibet and a better chance to explore this wondrous land, but also help you to acclimatize more gradually on the road to EBC.
 
Different altitudes of the 10 Days Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour 
Different altitude of 10 days everest base camp tour

Top Hotels

 
Lhasa and Shigatse do have some great hotels, from the luxurious five-star exuberance of the Intercontinental Hotel to the more comforting and homely Shigatse Yak Hotel. You also have a wide range to choose from, right down to the low-cost budget guesthouses that are a great way to reduce costs. 
 
However, there are certain limits to accommodation outside the major cities, and for most of the stops at small villages and communities, you will find that the accommodation is not as good. You can still get showers and hot water, but often the heating is patchy and toilets may be outside. The most basic form of accommodation on this tour is that of the Everest Base Camp. You have a choice of staying in the Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse, if there is still room, or the nomadic-styled tent guesthouses located at the base camp itself. 
 
Neither option has running water or electricity, nor heating or the night. You will need to have a good sleeping bag for your stay at EBC. The food is also just as basic as the accommodation, with simple Tibetan cuisine being the majority option on the menu. It might be advisable to bring some packet snacks and instant noodle meals with you to help you supplement your local diet.
 

Tour Popularity

 
While this 10-day tour is a little more expensive than and not as popular as the 8-day tour to EBC, it is ideal for those with a problem with altitude sickness, as well as those with kids and the elderly. The longer trip does allow you to acclimatize more effectively and slowly, giving you a better chance of not having any of the symptoms of altitude sickness at EBC overnight. The World’s Highest Mountain may be a huge attraction, but getting there in one piece is just as important for some people.
 
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Rest assured, you are in good hands when you travel with Explore Tibet. As the first group tour operator on the Tibetan Plateau, we’ve accumulated tons of valuable experience leading tours over the years. Your safety and travel experience is paramount to us and we have constantly refined our practices to ensure our customers have the smoothest and most comfortable journey possible.
At Explore Tibet, we are not just your tour guides, drivers and travel consultants, but we are also your friends and hosts. We understand that you may be unused to this new environment, so we have taken these extra precautions at no extra cost to you.
Every tour group is equipped with:

1.  First Aid Kit
Besides a fully equipped kit in every vehicle, all of our tour guides have received First Aid Kit training from Aerie Backcountry Medicine, and are Wilderness Medicine Essentials Course certified.

First Aid in Tibet by Explore Tibet

2.  Oxygen Cylinder
All our cars are equipped with an oxygen cylinder (4L to 7L) for group use and if the oxygen runs out, our guide will refill the cylinder either in Lhasa or Shigatse. 

Oxygen tank provided by Explore Tibet

3.  Bottled Waters
As Tibet, has a dry and sunny climate, staying hydrated is very important. But since tap water in Tibet is not safe for consumption, we provide bottled mineral water for all of our groups.

Drinking water in Tibet

4.  Mobile Phone with Local SIM Card
When we say 24-hour service, we mean it. Every tour group comes with a dedicated mobile phone with all of our contact information already loaded and a local SIM card, so you can reach us at any time.

Mobile and local SIM in Tibet

5.  Specially Designed Explore Tibet Lhasa Map
Our itineraries hit the right balance of arranged activities and free time. To make the most of your free time, we’ve prepared a specially designed, handy Lhasa guide and map with our recommendations of what to eat and see.

Tibet Lhasa Map by Explore Tibet

And there are more surprises and extra services from Explore Tibet that will enrich your Tibet tour with full of wonders and excitement, please check with your Trip Advisor what are other extra services that only Explore Tibet can provide.
Free Airport Shuttle Bus:

In order to make it more convenient for our clients, we have arranged two shuttle buses a day, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. So when you are purchasing the flight tickets, please take the shuttle bus timing into consideration. Of course, if you don’t want to wait for the shuttle bus, we can arrange a private airport pick-up and transfer for you, this service costs USD60 per time.

Shuttle bus pick-up time at the beginning of the tour:
1st shuttle bus departs from the airport at 12:30 2nd shuttle bus departs from the airport at 16:00

Shuttle bus transfer time at the end of the tour:
1st shuttle bus departs from the hotel at 7:30am 2nd shuttle bus departs from the hotel at 11:00am

Note:
If you miss the free shuttle bus because of your flight delay or cancellation, then you will have to pay for the private airport pick-up, which costs USD60 per time. Also, please make sure to update your tour consultant about your new flight schedule.

Train station pick-up is totally for free, but sometimes you may need to wait for other travelers’ arrival around the same time.

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