8-Day Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour
Explore the Roof of the World on a small-group adventure 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 Everest Base Camp 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.
We offer regular departures throughout 2020.
Our Tibet Base Camp tours start every Wednesday and Saturday from April to November.
They are guaranteed departure if you book at least 2 months in advance, or if someone has already confirmed for the date.
Regular Departures in 2020
- April – October 2020
- Guaranteed departures if you book 2 months in advance
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.
Why Join this 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.
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:
- All site entrance fees, tours and admissions
- One big oxygen tank in the car (4L or 7L)
What’s NOT Included:
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.
Who is this 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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
Refer here for more details on how to travel Tibet.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 tour booking. Deposits placed up to 90 days before a tour departs are nonrefundable, unless otherwise noted.
Tour Payment : Payment can be made by credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express) or PayPal. Refer to each individual tour page for details and deadlines on when final payment is due. Your final tour payment due date is listed on both your tour invoice and tour confirmation letter. It is your responsibility to ensure payment is made on time. Missing the final payment deadline will result in you being removed from the tour and no refunds given. Please take note of the due date at the time you book your tour.
Missed Payment Deadline : All payment is due 60 days prior to departure. If payment is not completed by that day you will be removed from the tour and no refunds will be given.
Late Fees: There are no late fees and late payment is not accepted. All payment is due 60 days prior to the tour departure date. If payment is not made by 60 days prior to the tour departure date, you will be removed from the tour and no refunds given on the amount that had been paid.
Refund Policy: See the above section on Deposits and Cancellation for details on the refund policies.
International Flights : International airfare is not included in the tour price. You will need to book your international flight. We recommend booking your airfare three months before your trip to ensure the best airfare price. Many of our guests prefer to fly in a day early to adjust to the time zone difference and to provide them an extra buffer day in case their flights are delayed.
Traveler’s Insurance: 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. All travelers are required to have international medical coverage (either through you have 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.
Canceled Tours – More Than 60 Days Prior To Departure: Note: The following is only if WildJunket cancels a tour and does not cover if the traveler cancels their booking. If we cancel a tour more than 60 days prior to departure, the entire amount paid will be refunded to you, unless the cancellation happens less than 60 days prior to the tour departure or you had canceled your reservation. Less than 60 days prior to departure no refunds will be given and reimbursement needs will be handled by your travel insurance. Once the refund has occurred, WildJunket and its representatives have no other obligations to tour members for the canceled tour, including any other additional costs incurred due to the canceled trip, such as cancellation or change of airlines tickets. The tour member’s trip cancellation and interruption insurance is responsible for these reimbursements.
Canceled Tours – Less Than 60 Days Prior to Departure: Note: The following is only if WildJunket cancels a tour and does not cover if the traveler cancels their booking. If the cancellation happens less than 60 days prior to the tour departure, contact your travel insurance for reimbursement on the tour costs. Your travel insurance will be responsible for reimbursing you for all costs associated with the tour. The tour member’s trip cancellation and interruption insurance is responsible for reimbursement if the tour is cancelled less than 60 days before departure. WildJunket takes no responsibility for refunding the cost of products not purchased through WildJunket – such as cancellation or change of airlines tickets, hotels before or after the tour.
Cancellation by Travelers: Note: The following applies if a traveler cancels their tour, irrespective of if WildJunket cancels the tour. Your deposit is refundable for 30 days from the date your deposit was paid. After 30 days your deposit is no longer refundable and will be forfeited should you cancel your tour booking. Deposits placed 60 days – 90 days before your tour departs are nonrefundable. If you cancel your reservation and later the tour ends up being canceled your deposit is still forfeit and non-refundable.
Itineraries are subject to change: Traveling can come with many surprises and unexpected challenges. We do our best to follow the laid out itinerary, but sometimes unforeseeable situations arise. The itinerary is subject to change. Itineraries, transportation and hotels are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, operating conditions, government decisions or numerous other reasons beyond our control. The Tour Leader retains the right to change the itinerary for safety and convenience of the travelers. Changes to the itinerary are not cause for a refund.
Medical and Dietary Limitations: We do our best to help with medical and dietary limitations when possible, but WildJunket cannot take responsibility for travelers with medical or dietary limitations and cannot guarantee that special dietary needs can be met. We do try and help with dietary requirements at group meals but cannot guarantee all dietary requirements are able to be met at each meal. Please discuss medical and dietary restrictions with your guide at the beginning of the tour so they can assist you during group meals when it’s possible.
Medical and Health Information: All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, WildJunket reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without a refund. By booking a tour with WildJunket, you agree to this policy.
Pre-Existing Medical Conditions: We try to work with our tour participant’s medical conditions as best we can, but if a condition will impact the tour function or enjoyment of other tour members we reserve the right to deny bookings. Any pre-existing physical, mental, or emotional disability that may prevent you from fully participating in this tour must be disclosed prior to the start of your tour.
Returning Tour Member Discount : Returning Tour Members receive $100 OFF for them and $100 OFF for their traveler companions as a special returning tour member discount. Please email us to the discount code before booking your tour.
Single Supplement: Solo travelers who prefer privacy can pay a single supplement rate that covers the additional costs of private hotel rooms. You will find the cost of the single supplement at check-out after booking the tour.
Accommodations: On our tours, you will be mostly staying in comfortable hotels, home stays, boutique hotels and desert camps. Not every accommodation will have all the amenities you might expect. Some accommodations may not Wifi or their WiFi may be extremely slow. Some accommodations will have no air conditioning or heating. We hope you can embrace all aspects of traveling with a positive, flexible attitude.
Participation and Expulsion from Tour : We aim for everyone on our tours to have a great time and enjoy the country. If a tour participant acts in a manner that puts the safety of the other tour members at risk or in a manner that prevents the tour from running smoothly, WildJunket reserves the right and discretion to remove that person from the tour.
Illegal Drug Use: Illegal drug use is not tolerated on any WildJunket Tour. Possession of drugs is illegal in the countries where our tours operate and puts the entire tour group at risk. Leave all nonprescription drugs at home. If you are found to possess illegal drugs or marijuana, you will be immediately expelled from the tour and sent home at your own expense. Possession of illegal drugs (including marijuana) carries a long jail sentence, life in prison, or in some cases a death sentence.
WildJunket waives any responsibility if you are arrested for drug possession. For all prescriptions drugs, it is required they are brought in their original containers with a current prescription label.
Other Illegal Items: Prostitution and pornography are both illegal in the countries where we operate tours. If you are found partaking in either you will be expelled from the tour. Both carry long prison sentences. Also, do not take photographs of government buildings and structures, military builds and military personal. And drones are not permitted.
Tour Member Expectations and Requirements: Pack your positive attitude, flexibility, sense of adventure and humor. This helps us create a great tour environment for all travelers. We expect travelers to bring a flexible, positive, can-do attitude. Our tours operate in developing, growing nations – it’s an exciting time to experience these countries. But 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.
What Others Say about WildJunket Tours
What an amazing trip! I went on the first WildJunket Tibet tour in 2017 and I had a blast! Tibet is a gorgeous land, filled with rich history and vibrant culture. It was wonderful to visit Tibet’s ornate temples and sacred monasteries with like-minded travellers on this once in a lifetime adventure. We also spent a beautiful night at Everest Base Camp, gazing at the brilliant stars and then waking up to the stunning sight of Mount Everest in the morning! Huge thanks to Nellie of WildJunket and Sonam our local guide for ensuring that we had an amazing experience in Tibet.
I was on a WildJunket tour in Tibet, and it was a great experience. I had an amazing time and absolutely loved the whole trip! I learned so much and felt like we experienced a whole lot in just one week. Our group had so much fun that we were already talking about going on another WildJunket tour while in Tibet.
I have been traveling with Nellie for 10 years. She was my first tour guide. I was pretty nervous as a solo traveler. I was worried about booking flights online, customs documents and local customs. She reassured me. She has showed me the best tapa bars in Spain, train travel in Morocco, elephant sanctuary in Bali, Singapore high rises.
She is currently planning our Ethiopia tour next month. I’m not sure what to expect in Ethiopia, but I know that is will be exciting and with lots of food. She handles everything promptly and answers all my questions.
I absolutely loved my week in Iraq. Yes, it was sad at times but it was educational, insightful and hugely humbling. The scenery was stunning, the people were kind and the food was delicious. I felt completely safe the entire time (except when we walked so far into a cave that the daylight disappeared). Karwan was the best guide, and Nellie and Peggy were dream travel companions.