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Everest Base Camp Via Lhasa

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  • Group Size: 1 +
  • Maximum altitude: 5200m
  • Best Season: March to November
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Everest Base Camp via Lhasa is an easy and the best alternative tour to the base camp of the Mt. Everest (8848m) from Tibetan Plateau. Most of the trekkers go to the Everest Base Camp from the Khumbu region of Nepal which requires more days and tough walk. If you want to experience the chilled and adventure environment of the Himalayas with easy drive and avoiding the long days trek, this is the best tour for you.

This Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour also offers you the historic monasteries and Tibetan culture in Lhasa and several town, villages and valleys on the route. Commence with a spectacular flight over the Himalayas followed by a comprehensive insight into Tibetan culture with visits to all the famous sights and monuments within Lhasa and its surrounds. Commence an overland journey by Land Cruiser to the famous Monastery at Rombuk and an excursion to the Base of Everest visiting a number of important sights of historical interest on the way.

The Tibet with Mount Everest Base Camp Tour is a very comprehensive tour of Tibet with exploration visit to the cultural, historic and natural attractions of Tibet. The tour covers most of the interesting places and monuments in Lhasa and southern Tibet. After flying in to Lhasa from Kathmandu, enjoy the guided sightseeing tour of the cultural and historic sites of Lhasa. Afterwards drive overland, in 4-WD jeeps, across the Tibetan highlands and high passes to the fabled Rombuk Monastery and Mt. Everest Base Camp from where the view of the great North face of Mount Everest is the most spectacular of all. From Rombuk drive across the Friendship Highway through the Himalayas to Kathmandu in Nepal.

Exciting Nepal Treks and Expedition organizes Everest Base Camp via Lhasa from Kathmandu for you. Join us for the tour.

Trip Highlights Everest Base Camp Via Lhasa

  • Eye-catching views of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Shisapangma,
  • Exploring Rongbuk glacier, Ronbuk monastery, tranquil Yamdrok lake, Kumbum stupa, Phalkor and Tashilumphu monastery,
  • Explore fascinating city Lhasa with cultural heritage of Potala palace, Sera and Drepung monastery, Jokhang temple, Bharkhor market.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa

Day 02-03: Guided Sightseeing Lhasa tour

Day 04: Drive Lhasa to Gyantse – 270km

Day 05: Drive Gyantse to Shigatse – 100km

Day 06: Drive Shigatse to Lhatse – 157km

Day 07: Drive Lhatse to Rombuk (Everest Base Camp – 5090m) – 200km

Day 08: Drive Rombuk to Tingri–110km

Day 09: Drive Tingri to Zhangmu – 240km

Day 10: Drive Zhangmu to Kathmandu – 125km

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa

You will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and fly to the Lhasa Gonggar Airport in Tibet. The flight duration is about one and half hour which will be the exciting Himalayan flight experience. Then enjoy the 2 hour scenic drive to Lhasa (3650m). Overnight at hotel in Lhasa. Altitude: 1300m – 3650m

Day 02-03: Guided Sightseeing Lhasa tour

These two days are fully sightseeing around the Lhasa city. You will visit the best and important places of interest in Lhasa like Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery, Norbulinka, Sera Monastery, and Jokhang Temple etc. The evening time will be amazing strolling around the famous Barkhor Street and the market. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Drive Lhasa to Gyantse – 270km

Today will be your first long day drive journey. You begin your overland adventure to Gyantse. On the way you, will cross two spectacular passes namely the Kamba La Pass (4794m) and the Karo La Pass (5010m).Crossing the Kamba La, you will also explore the Yamdrok Lake also known as the Turquoise Lake at 3900m. The long drive will end in Gyantse and transfer to the hotel for overnight. Altitude: 3650m – 3900m

Day 05: Drive Gyantse to Shigatse – 100km

Today will be more sightseeing day with just two hour short drive. In the morning visit Gyantse stupa and monasteries followed by two hour scenic drive to Shigatse. Shigatse is the 2nd largest city in Tibet. Here you will explore many places and most exciting the famous Tashilunpo Monastery also known as the seat of the Panchen Lama. Overnight at the hotel. Altitude: 3900m – 3800m

Day 06: Drive Shigatse to Lhatse – 157km

The journey today brings you over two high passes namely Gyula Pass and Gyatso La Pass with fine and stunning views. You will have delicious lunch in the small town of Lhatse. After lunch, explore the town and enjoy the day in Lhatse. Overnight at the hotel. Altitude: 4350m

Day 07: Drive Lhatse to Rombuk (Everest Base Camp) – 200km

Today is the special day to explore the Everest Base Camp. Drive to the destination crossing Gyamtso La and descending through the plains of nomadic herders and monasteries. Lunch time at Shegar and again continue drive to Rombuk, the nearby valley of the Everest Base Camp. Short trek from the Rombuk monastery to the Everest Base Camp. You will view the awesome Himalayas with Mt. Everest (8848m), Makalu, Lhotse, Shishapangma and many mountains. Overnight at Everest Base Camp. Altitude: 5050m

Day 08: Drive Rombuk to Tingri – 110km

Get up early and start the 2-3 hour leisurely walk down to Rombuk. From here, you will drive to Tingri. Tingri is a small Tibetan town that offers the best view even from a toilet that you're unable to experience from anywhere in the world. Overnight at hotel. Altitude: 4200m

Day 09: Drive Tingri to Zhangmu – 240km

You will drive from Tingri crossing two more incredible passes namely Lalung La and Shung La. The views from the passes are breathtaking once again. Enjoy the view while standing on these passes surrounded by giant mountains such as Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Gauri Shankar, and more. In the afternoon, drive downhill to Nyalam and descend from the arid Tibetan plateau to the small town of Zhangmu for overnight stay at hotel. Altitude: 2300m

Day 10: Drive Zhangmu to Kathmandu – 125km

This is the final day in Tibet and you will drive back to Kathmandu. Morning few kilometer drive away from Zhangmu to friendship bridge across Bhote Koshi river bring you closer to immigration control in Kodari where you will say good bye to Tibetan guide and walk across the river to meet Nepalese escort to drive to Kathmandu. After 6 hour of drive you will finally arrive in Kathmandu. Welcome back and transfer to the hotel for rest.

Trip Cost US$ 2850 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • All your Permit and Visa
  • An experienced Guide for city tour
  • All Monastery fee
  • one way flight tickets from Kathmandu-Lhasa.
  • All your accommodation on B/B plan
  • All your ground transportation
Cost Excludes:
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • All activities in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee. Click here for more details.
  • All your personal expenses
  • Any tips and gifts

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FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking  disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.

Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.

If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.

1. Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.

If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.

Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.

If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.

Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.

Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.

2. Is trekking expensive?

This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.

You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.

Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!

3. What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.

Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.

If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.

4. What are the things I need to pack?

There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.

To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-


5. Do I need special permission to trek?

You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.

Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-


6. Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.

7. What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.

Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.

8. What kind of accommodation should I expect?

Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking

1. Tea house trekking:

You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.

Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.

The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.

2. Camp treks:

In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.

9. What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-

  1. Attain height gradually and slowly
  2. As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
  5. Eat high caloric food
  6. Avoid smoking or drinking

11. How to diagnose AMS?

In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-

  1. Headache
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Dizziness
  4. Tiredness
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Upset stomach
  7. Feeling unsteady
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Increased heart rate
  10. Difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:

  1. Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  2. Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  3. Take complete rest until you feel well
  4. Do not exercise
  5. Do not smoke
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  8. Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.

12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.

In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.

Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.

13. Can I trek solo?

To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.

A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.

Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.

14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?

Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.

In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.

15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?

Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.

In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.


The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at [email protected]


Subash KC

Managing Director

Mr. Subash K.C ventured into the tourism industry after completing his studies in Management Stream in 2001 at Tribhuvan University. Mr. K.C, born and brought up in the Lalitpur district, is keenly interested in exploring the different trekking routes. Getting the opportunity to work in the tourism industry helped him gather insights about trekking across Nepal. In addition, he also learned about customer care and group management.
By leading solo and group trekkers himself, he started collecting data about many trekking destinations in Nepal. He creates an enriching experience for national and international travelers through exceptional hospitality.

Apart from managing trekking and tours, Mr K.C also handles client inquiries, accommodation reservations, arrangements of transportation and flights, and other logistics. Recognizing the importance of personalized service, he proactively takes care of clients' needs and requirements. He is fluent in English and excels in organizing treks, tours, and adventure sports in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.

He is highly committed to promoting responsible tourism and prioritizes client satisfaction by providing top-notch service through his well-organized company. He believes that through responsible traveling, we can protect the natural environment and promote sustainability. He has expanded his knowledge by traveling to various countries worldwide, such as India, Bhutan, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Thailand, China, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, USA, Japan, UK, Canada etc and is passionate about exploring more destinations.

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