Group tour to Mt. Everest Base Camp - 8 days


Olga with Friends at Everest Base Camp September
Trip Code: 
Length of Trip: 
8 Days
Group Size: 
Maximum of 12 people.
Tour Highlights: 
Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse - Shigatse - Shegar - Rongbuk - E.B.C - Lhasa
  • Group Tour
  • Overland
Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour Route
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Day 02: Lhasa City Sightseeing
Day 03: One Day Tour to Drepung and Sera Monastery
Day 04: Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse / Shigatse
Day 05: Shigatse / Lhatse / Shegar / E.B.C
Day 06: E.B.C / Shegar / Shigatse
Day 07: Shigatse / Lhasa
Day 08: Departure from Lhasa
Tour Features: 

This tour begins in Lhasa - the historic, holy capital of Tibet. The tour not only visits the historic palaces and functioning monasteries, but will also pass through the breathtaking natural scenery of the Tibetan plateau, such as turquoise Yamdrok Lake, the mighty Nyenchen Kangsar glacier and past the great peaks of Himalayans, ending with the spectacular view of the world's highest mountain - Mt. Everest, a once in a lifetime view. Overall, the tour will definitely enrich your knowledge of the high plateau and rich culture of western Tibet.

Tour Itinerary: 
Day 01:
Arrival in Lhasa [3,658 m]
Spectacular scenery of the Tibetan plateau along the way from airport or train station to your hotel

Welcome to Tibet! Upon your arrival at Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa railway station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide, then your guide and driver will escort you to your hotel in the city. From the airport to Lhasa is 68 km (42 mi), roughly an hour drive to your hotel. The drive from the train station is only 15 km (9 mi) and takes 20 minutes. During the course of the ride, you will not only be amazed by the spectacular scenery of the Tibetan plateau, the scattered Tibetan villages, but certainly by the hospitality of your guide and driver, as well! After checking into the hotel, you will have the remainder of the day to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude.

Day 02:
Lhasa City Sightseeing (B)
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Lhasa Old Town

After breakfast, you will visit Potala Palace, it's the best known cultural landmark in Tibet. It is most renowned as the residence of the lineage of Dalai Lamas (Avalokiteshvara), though the massive structure contains a small world within itself. It was first built by 33rd ruler of his dynasty, King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century, but still is in surprisingly good repair because of continual rejuvenation projects.

Later you will visit Jokhang temple, it is the most scared building in Tibetan Buddhism, located in the heart of Lhasa old town. It is the most sought after pilgrimage destination for all Tibetans.

Lastly you will walk through Barkhor Street, a popular Kora (holy walking path) which surrounds the Jokhang Temple. Always full of Tibetan faithful, visitors may find mingling with local pilgrims around the Barkhor Street uniquely engaging. It is also a popular shopping district where you can buy gifts for your family and friends.


Day 03:
One Day Tour to Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B)
Drepung Monastery and famous monks debate at Sera Monastery

A Tibetan Sand Mandala

After breakfast, you will visit Drepung monastery, it was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, also was once the world largest monastery in the history with 7,700 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet.

In the afternoon, you will visit Sera monastery for its famous debating monks go back and forth in their debates every day between 3 pm to 5 pm (except on Sunday)

Optional program:In the evening, your guide can take you to enjoy a local Tibetan performance (price is not included).

Day 04:
Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse [4040m] / Shigatse[3836m], 360 KM 7 Hours' Drive (B)
Yamdrok Lake, Karo La Glacier, Gyantse Kumbum

Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse by visiting Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier and Gyantse Kumbum.

Yamdrok Lake is one of the 3 holiest lakes in Tibet and the easiest one to reach from Lhasa. The scenery on the way to Yamdrok Lake is fantastic - the road winds through snow-capped mountains and drives along the lake for about half an hour, during which you can get out of the car to go down to touch the blue water and take photographs.

WindhorseTour Staff at Yamdrok Lake

Karo La pass [5,100 m] overlooks Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. A short stop is arranged for this great photo opportunity.

Gyantse Kumbumis one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. A kumbum is a type of Tibetan chapel, and Gyantse's boasts multiple levels and 108 small chapel rooms.

Day 05:
Shigatse / Lhatse [4021m] / Shegar [4300m] / E.B.C, 340 KM, 7 Hours' Drive (B)
Gyatsola pass, Gawula pass, winding roads, sunset at E.B.C

Drive from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp, you will pass two mountain passes - Gyatsola [5,200 m] and Pangla pass [5,250 m], there you will have a chance to get out of your car to enjoy the view and take pictures of these majestic wonders. At Pangla pass, you will see the spectacular Himalayan Range and the glorious peaks of Mt. Makalu [8,463 m], Mt. Lotse [8,516 m], Mt. Everest[8,844 m], Mt. Cho Oyu [8,201 m] and Mt. Shishapama [8,020 m] (from left to right in your view at the pass).

Sunset at E.B.C:Most people say that sunset over Everest is more stunning than sunrise, but since one can only go to E.B.C once per ticket, the group can choose to see the sunset or the sunrise. The trekking from the Tent guest house community to E.B.C will take you about 2 hours to hike the 4 km. Or you can take the dedicated minibus. For winter tours, your driver will drive you there as there is no sightseeing bus there.

Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in Tibet and is functioning with both monks and nuns. You can visit and see the workings of the monastery.

Note:It is cold and windy in the valley, so we recommend taking a sleeping bag with you. Also, food options are scarce, so be sure to prepare for providing your own meals at Rongbuk.

Day 06:
E.B.C / Shegar / Shigatse, 340 KM, 7 Hours' Drive
Sunrise at E.B.C, winding roads, beautiful scenery on the way

If you did not go to see the sunset at E.B.C the day before, rise early on the morning of day 6 to catch the magnificent sunrise. Afterwards, the drive will go all the way to Shigatse.

Day 07:
Shigatse / Lhasa, 300 KM, 5-6 Hours' Drive (B)
Tashilunpo Monastery

After breakfast, you will visit Tashilunpo monastery. It is one of the six prominent yellow hat sect monasteries; and is the seat of the Panchen Lama lineage. There is a panoramic view of the whole monastery from the entrance, as well as a massive Jamba Buddha Statue.

Afternoon drive back to Lhasa along the Northern Friendship Highway, with marvelous landscapes and scenery along the Brahmaputra River continuing all the way back to Lhasa.

Day 08:
Lhasa Train Station or Airport Drop Off (B)
Scenery on the way

We hate to see you go, but this is the end of your trip. Your guide and driver will escort you at the airport or train station based on your departure information, which concludes the tour.

What's Included
Group Tour Notes: 
Complementary airport pick up and drop off is included.
We have 2 scheduled arrival pick up shuttles that depart the airport for Lhasa city at 12:20 pm and 16:00 pm.
We have 2 scheduled departure drop off shuttles that depart Lhasa city at 7:30 am and 11:00 am.

General Inclusions:

  • Domestic travel accident insurance.
  • Meals allowance for your guide and driver.
  • All required government taxes and fees.
  • All required Tibet permits and domestic travel documents.
  • 3 Stars hotel (shared twin room, private bathroom and daily breakfast)
  • Lodging at E.B.C. will be at either Rongbuk Monastery's Guest House or E.B.C Tent Guest House (dormitory bed with semi-private bathroom)
  • All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
  • Local Tibetan guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
  • Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
  • Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.

General Exclusions:

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver.
  • Meals that are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
  • Flight tickets or train tickets in and out of Lhasa (Please note: We can offer you train and/or plane tickets in and out Lhasa from all cities within China. Please check the latest price with us via email.)
  • Private Lhasa Train station or Airport transfer if your arrival time isn’t within our free service time. 250 CNY per vehicle from/to train station and 400 CNY per vehicle from/to airport.


Rene's picture

Hi there

My husband and I are looking for a package for December Christmas period. Would you be able to send me some details please?


Yuki Yi's picture

Hi Rene,

Thanks for the comments.
We do have open date during Christmas period for this 8 days group tour to Mt. Everest. I have sent the details to you via email, please have a look and feel free to let me know for any further questions on it.
Wish you have a pleasant day!

Kind regards,

Rene's picture

I will be a single traveler from the US.

I am 63 and have Type 1 diabetes, so I have certain needs. Are there any issues carrying insulins (2 different types), syringes and blood testing equipment (lancets, blood test strips, meter)? I also need to have carbohydrates with me at all times. Am I able to carry these with me? Are there any restrictions I need to be aware of, any problems with carrying any meds I need to take? I take 8/9 insulin shots/day.

Also, please send me information I need to be able to travel to Tibet. I have a passport but do I need any special visas or medical shots in order to visit your country?

All the information you can send will be greatly appreciated.

Murphy Feng's picture

Hi Steve,
Thanks for contacting us. We advise the people with diabetes do not travel to Tibet, because that would be too risky. Anyhow, we suggest you consult your doctor before you make any decisions.
Hope above suggestion is helpful and please feel free to contact us for any further assistance.

Rene's picture

Hi, could I get some information about the packages for single travellers for 2017 please?


Victoria Zhu's picture

Dear Sam,

Thanks for your inquiry! This is Victoria from WindhorseTour.
I have just sent you an email for your inquiry, please kindly go through it and share me your thoughts and comments.
I am looking forward to hearing from you and with your replies we can offer you further assistance.
Best regards,

Rene's picture

I also would like info for solo traveler wanting only small group.Which is best time to see Tibet ? would like to see everest base camp.Thanks

Murphy Feng's picture

Hi Steve,
Thank you for contacting us. Our join-in group tour (maximum 12 people in each group) is a good option for solo travelers. I've just sent you an email with some details and suggestions. Please check it and I'm looking forward to your reply.



Rene's picture

please send me information for a single traveler.

thank you

Murphy Feng's picture

Hi Sahivana,

Thank you for contacting us. It's a good option for solo travelers to join one of the group tour. I've sent you an email with some details and suggestions. Please check it and I'm looking forward to your reply.





Rene's picture

Hi, can you send me the details of tour for single traveller?

Alice Xiang's picture

Dear Potato,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. I have sent an e-mail to you with some details. Please check it and reply me.

Best regards


Rene's picture

do you have a programme for single travellers where one can join small group .

Lycoris Yang's picture

Nice to hear from you!
Yes, this trip is very suitable for single travelers, because we manage the maximum 12 people in a group, generally it is about 6-8 people in one group. You will share the tour guide and vehicle with your group members. I have just sent you an email with the details, please check it.
Looking forward to hearing from your thoughts soon!

Rene's picture


I would like to know if you could arrange a private tour to Tibet for us. We are 4 people, and we would prefer a 4 x 4 car.
This is our suggested route:

Day 1/June 12th - Arrived into Lhasa from Chengdu
Day 2/June 13th - Potala Palace in the morning and Barkhor Square in the afternoon.
Day 3/June 14th - Drepung Monastery in the morning and Sera Monastery in the afternoon.
Day 4/June 15th - Samye Monastery.
Day 5/June 16th - En route to Gyantse, visiting Yamdrok Tso. Sleep in Gyantse.
Day 6/June 17th - From Gyantse to Shigatse, visiting Thasilunpo Monastery. Sleep in Shigatse.
Day 7/June 18th - From Shigatse to Lhatse, visiting Sakya Monastery. Sleep in Lhatse.
Day 8/June 19th - From Lhatse to Shegar to Rongbuk Monastery. Sleep in Rongbuk Monastery.
Day 9/June 20th - Visiting EBC. From Rongbuk Monastery to Lhatse. Sleep in Lhatse.
Day 10/June 21th - From Lhatse to Lhasa. Sleep in Lhasa.
Day 11/June 22th - Free day in Lhasa
Day 12/June 23th - From Lhasa to Lake Namtso. Sleep in Lake Namtso.
Day 13/June 24th - Visiting Lake Namtso. Return to Lhasa. Sleep in Lhasa.
Day 14/June 25th - Lhasa to Chengdu.

We don´t want any accomodation and not any meals. We just need a car, a driver and a guide.
Of course, we do need the Tibetan Permit, and the fligt to/from Chengdu / Lhasa.

Could you send us a quotation of this tour if you could arrange???

Thanks a lot in advance!!!

Regards, Isabel

Yuki Yi's picture

Dear Isabel,
Thanks for your inquiry! Your plan is great! It's mixing with culture, religion and natural wonders. I sent you the tour itinerary with quotation for you review. Please check the details and kindly let me know your comments and thoughts. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best Regards,

Rene's picture

trip for 4 peoples

Murphy Feng's picture

Hi Jovanna,

Thanks for contacting us!

As you mentioned, you're planning a trip to E.B.C for 4 of you, could you please tell me when you plan to start this trip? It's very important because that would impact on the tour cost. Also we need to ask you few more questions about your plan, so I just sent you an email with the details, please check it and I'm looking forward to hearing from you again!



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