Did you know you can visit Everest Base Camp from Tibet? That's right! As Mt. Everest is situated at the border of Nepal and Tibet, it has two base camps: South Base Camp in Nepal and North Base Camp in Tibet. In this Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour, you'll be visiting the North Base Camp of Everest in Tibet side along with other prominent religious, cultural, and historical sites of Tibet in Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse. The tour begins and ends in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu.
Though not as popular as the South Base Camp on the Nepal side, the North Base Camp of Everest in Tibet side is mindblowing in its own way and is worth a visit. Due to its location in the high Tibetan Plateau, the Tibet Everest Base Camp presents a better view of Mt Everest along with a panorama of neighboring Himalayan mountains. On the other hand, Mt. Everest isn't even visible from Nepal Everest Base Camp. Furthermore, you can actually drive to the EBC on Tibet's side while you have to take a hazardous mountain flight and trek for 7-9 days in difficult Himalayan terrain to reach the EBC on Nepal's side. However, it's all about the preference.
Due to its easy accessibility, the 8 days Tibet Everest Base Camp is appropriate for all age groups and people of all fitness levels. It can be a rewarding family vacation with kids and elderlies to reach the base camp of the world's highest mountain while exposing yourselves to the rich Tibetan culture and learning about ancient Buddhism. Likewise, the natural splendor of Tibet, with a panorama of mountains, desert-like hilly terrain, and exquisite high-altitude holy lakes, is one of its kind.
The Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour is available with Outfitter Nepal Treks and Expedition on both group and private departures. Please find the dates list and select one to join our group tour. Contact us if the given date is not suitable for you or if you want to have a private tour of Tibet Everest Base Camp.
We acknowledge that 8 days won't be long enough to visit Tibet and EBC fully, but we promise that these 8 days on the Tibetan roads will be the most extraordinary and unforgettable road trip of your life. We won't be able to see everything, but we won't miss any significant landmarks. Our professionals at Outfitter Nepal created this itinerary to make the most of your brief visit to Tibet. Come along for a fantastic journey to the "Roof of the World" on our Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour.
We also arrange trekking to Everest Base Camp from the Nepal side. If you're interested, you can check that out as well.
Best Features of the Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour
- Enjoy the divine north face of Mt. Everest from the North Base Camp of Everest in Tibet
- Fly over the grand Himalayas on a scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa
- Spending two full days acclimatizing and exploring the historic city of Lhasa
- Exploring major tourist attractions of Lhasa such as Potala Palace, Jhokang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, and so on
- Visiting the magnificent Dadong Village on the outskirts of Lhasa
- Take a spectacular road trip across constantly shifting landscapes from the Tibetan highlands to Kathmandu
- Observing the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Tso, one of Tibet's most revered lakes
- Paying a visit to the unique Pelkor Monastery and its Kumbum Stupa
- Visiting Tashilumpo Monastery, a walled complex the size of a village
- Re-entering Nepal through the Nepal-Tibet Friendship Border of Gyirong
What to anticipate from the Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour?
The Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour offers some of the most amazing scenery, Tibetan villages with very innocent people, and charming views of the Himalayas. The Everest Base Camp tour from Tibet is a blend of a culturally and naturally rewarding journey of your lifetime. The tour offers a visit to important places, including Tibet's cultural, historical, and natural attractions. This remarkable Everest Base Camp tour is full of amazing things. The fascinating panoramic view beaming from the great north face of Mount Everest is the major attraction of the Tibet EBC Tour.
The Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour starts with the Himalayan flight from Kathmandu (the capital of Nepal) to Lhasa (the capital of Tibet). You have a 2-full day tour in Lhasa to visit all the cultural heritages. You then continue the tour to Everest Base Camp by road with an overnight stay at Gyantse, Shigatse, and Rongbuk. You will visit the Everest Base Camp and then travel to the Gyirong border. You pass the cross-country border between Nepal-Tibet at Rasuwagadhi and drive to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, where your Tibet EBC Tour ends.
Major Attractions of the Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour
North Everest Base Camp
Elevated at an altitude of 5150 meters above sea level in Tibet, the North Everest Base Camp is among 2 base camps for the world's tallest mountain, Mt. Everest. It is a rudimentary campsite used by mountaineers climbing Mt. Everest from the Northeast Ridge in the Tibet side. One can hike to this base camp or drive. While the true climbers' Base Camp is at the base of the Rongbuk glacier, the "tourist Base Camp" is situated roughly midway between Rongbuk Monastery and the actual climbers' Base Camp. The dramatic views of Everest's north face are the main attraction of the North Everest Base Camp.
Situated 8 km north of the North Everest Base Camp, at an altitude of 5009 meters, Rongbuk Monastery is regarded as the highest monastery in the world. About 2 to 3 hours of drive from Shelkar (New Tingri) or Old Tingri takes you to the monastery. It offers breathtaking views of the north face of Mt. Everest. On the occasion of the Saka Dawa Festival, the monastery organizes a Buddhist dancing ceremony to celebrate Sakyamuni's birth for 3 days every year.
In the heart of Lhasa, atop Marpo Ri (Red Hill), stands an ancient palace called Potala Palace. From 1649 to 1949, it served as the Dalai Lamas' winter palace. It is now a complex of museums and office buildings. This enormous complex includes structures of thirteen floors of buildings, over 1000 chambers, 10,000 shrines, and 200,000 statues. It is one of the most well-known spiritual destinations on earth and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. With its golden dome shining in the sunlight, the palace can be seen from anywhere in the Lhasa Valley.
Barkhor Street in Old Lhasa
The crowded streets and open space surrounding the Jokhang Temple is known as Barkhor Street, also known as the modern Pargor Subdristict. Locals also do a spiritual circling of this well-known tourist attraction. The entire Jokhang Temple, the Muru Nyingba Monastery, and several former royal mansions, including Tromzikhang and Jamkhang, are encircled by this kilometer-long path. Four enormous incense burners (sangkangs) were constructed in each of the four cardinal directions to please the gods watching over the Jokhang. The Tromzikhang market in Barkhor is always packed with both locals and tourists.
Jokhang Temple, located in Barkhor Square in Lhasa, is regarded as Tibet's most important Buddhist temple and is referred to as the "spiritual heart of the city." The temple's design incorporates features from the Vihara architectural styles of India, Nepal, and Tibet. King Songtsen Gampo founded the Jokhang when the Tibetan Empire was in power. The temple is said to have been built for the king's two wives, Princesses Wencheng of the Chinese Tang dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. According to legend, both queens brought valuable Buddhist statues and images to Tibet as part of their dowries, which were housed here.
Dadong Village, often referred to as the most beautiful village in Lhasa, is situated about 20 kilometers southwest of the city center. This traditional Tibetan village is one of the finest preserved in the nation because of its deep valleys, ancient pathways, trickling springs, and lush vegetation. Travelers are drawn to this area by the ancient Nyimatang Monastery, the enigmatic Pharmacist Hall, and the former warehouse of the sixth Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso. In addition, one can take pleasure in the view of a clear blue sky sprinkled with white clouds, lovely green farmland, and sheep grazing.
Sera Monastery, one of Tibet's "great three" Gelug University monasteries, is situated 2 km north of Lhasa and around 5 km north of the Jokhang. The two remaining Gelug University monasteries are Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery. The monastery's name is believed to have come from the wild roses (or "sera" in Tibetan) that bloomed on the hill behind it while it was being constructed.
The Sera Monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey, a disciple of Je Tsongkhapa, as a collection of structures that included the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges. The former Sera Monastery consisted of 19 hermitages, 4 of which were nunneries. During the 1959 Lhasa uprising, the monastery suffered tremendous damage, with its colleges destroyed and hundreds of monks killed.
Yamdrok Tso (Lake Yamdrok)
The beautiful Lake Yamdrok, a freshwater lake, sits midway between Gyantse and Lhasa, the Tibetan capital. The lake, which is 130 kilometers long and 70 kilometers wide at its widest point, is located at an elevation of 4,441 meters above sea level. Yamdrok is the biggest freshwater inland lake in the northern Himalayas, with a maximum depth of 60 meters and an average depth of 20 to 40 meters. The lake, which is bordered by numerous snow-covered mountains, is fed by several little streams. Yamdrok Lake is one of Tibet's four largest sacred lakes, along with Lake Manasarovar, Lake Namtso, and Lake Lhamo Latso, and is thought to be the lifeline of the locals.
Gyantse Town is home to Pelkor Chode Monastery, often referred to as Palcho Monastery or Shekar Gyantse. It is the largest monastery in the Nyangchu River Valley in Gyantse County. The Sakya, Gelug, and Kadam schools of Tibetan Buddhism are all represented at the monastery, making it particularly unique in Tibet. The sanctuary, one of Tibet's highest-status monasteries, combines Tibetan, Chinese Han, and Nepalese architectural styles.
The main structure of the monastery's vast complex of monastic structures is the Kumbum Stupa, the only one of its sort in Tibet. The stupa, or chorten as the Tibetans call it, is the highest stupa in Tibet and stands 32 meters/105 feet tall. It is located inside the monastery walls. There are 108 cells in it, each with a unique statue and wall mural. From the upper floors of the Kumbum Stupa, you might have a fantastic view of the monastery, the nearby fort (Dzong), and Gyantse town.
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery
The 1st Dalai Lama founded the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in 1447 on a hilltop in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. The Panchen Lama, the second-ranking tulku lineage in Tibetan Buddhism's Gelug order, had his traditional monastic residence in this historically and aesthetically significant monastery. The full Tibetan name of the monastery means "heap of glory" or "all fortune and happiness gathered here."