Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour

Everest Base Camp Tour from Tibet Side !
Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour
What to see & doSpecific information about Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour
  • Duration8 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max Altitude 5150m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Overland Tour
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Private Vehicles and Flight
  • Best Season All Time

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.

Rongbuk Monastery

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. 

Potala Palace

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

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

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

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. 

Pelkor Monastery

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."

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

The tour begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Once you land at Lhasa Gonggar Airport and go through immigration formalities, you'll find our Tibetan guide at the exit gate of the airport. The guide will transfer you to a hotel in downtown Lhasa. The rest of the day is free. You can either rest in your hotel room or roam around the nearby area.

Since you've flown from an altitude of 1350 meters (Kathmandu) to 3650 meters (Lhasa) and you'll be traveling further higher at 5150 meters (North Everest Base Camp), you'll need a few days of acclimatization in Lhasa. So, in the next couple of days, you'll be touring the city of Lhasa while being acclimatized.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Today's itinerary is packed with visits to the historical and religious monuments of Lhasa. Potala Palace is where we visit first. Following breakfast at the hotel, we depart for the Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that Tibetans proudly declare to be the greatest miracle to have taken place since the world was formed. Spend some time exploring the interior of this magnificent structure, looking at the many Buddhist icons that are kept there, as well as the residence that the Dalai Lama previously occupied.

In the afternoon, we head to the Jokhang Temple. The Jokhang features a variety of minor temples, many of which are dedicated to certain enlightened beings, guardians, high lamas, or saints, just like most big temple structures. Images, both painted and sculpted, can be seen everywhere. Mandalas, clouds, and other artistic motifs are brightly painted on the ceiling and every square inch of the walls. Silk banners in various colors hang from three levels high. Colors, patterns, and images are everywhere. Maitreya Buddha, standing 30 feet tall and covered in gold, is the focal point of the structure.

We next proceed into the Barkhor District of Old Lhasa's backstreets. While the streets are filled with the aroma of yak butter and incense, large crowds of pilgrims go through the main Kora (circumambulations) around Jokhang Temple. At a quick pace, it would take about 15 to 20 minutes to circle one Kora.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

We continue our sightseeing tour of Lhasa from the previous day. Dadong Village, recognized as Lhasa's most picturesque settlement, is where we make our first stop of the day. About 20 kilometers separate the town from the city's center in Lhasa. We'll visit the Nyimatang Monastery first. We then embark on a leisurely hike to a nearby Tibetan family to see them. You may see how native Tibetans live in the countryside and sample delicious Tibetan food here during lunch.

In the late afternoon, we go to Sera Monastery. It has a long history as a notable Buddhist seminary and was established in 1419. Because there are so many rose plants there, the monastery is frequently referred to as "the court of wild roses." Even now, 200 lamas still reside there. Don't forget to attend the legendary monk debate at the monastery before you return to Lhasa.

Your stay in Lhasa comes to an end today. Shop during the evening if you want to bring a few souvenirs home. Take some advice from your guide regarding the things to buy and the place to shop at. Barkhor Street is an excellent shopping destination in Lhasa.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

We drive from Lhasa to Gyantse today. Gyantse is 260 kilometers away from Lhasa, and it will take 5 to 6 hours to reach there. On the route, we pass by the stunning Yamdrok Lake and cross high mountain passes like Karo La (5,010 m). One of Tibet's four sacred lakes, Lake Yamdrok, has turquoise water that is perfect for a short stroll. Take this opportunity to get lost in the endless Tibetan landscape. The lake, which lies several hundred meters below the road, is shaped like a coiling scorpion. While taking this route, the high mountains, hills, and natural diversity are the main draws.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

After breakfast in the morning, we go on a sightseeing tour of Gyante. Here, we visit the historically and culturally significant Pelkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa, both of which are situated on the northwest outskirts of Gyantse and date back to the 15th century. 

Once we're done with our little tour, we start driving to Shigatse, which is roughly 93 kilometers from Gyantse and will require 2 hours to get there. After a hearty lunch at Shigatse, you will have the opportunity to visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the Panchen Lama's sacred residence. It is essentially a walled town with meandering cobblestone walkways that are centered around a spectacular monastery.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Once we have our breakfast and acquire Alien's Travel Permit, we begin our most anticipated drive towards the Everest Base Camp. We pass by Lhatse and reach Shelgar, from where you might be able to see Mount Everest if the weather is clear. You'll arrive at Rongbuk after a 5 to 6-hour drive from Shigatse. We'll visit Rongbuk Monastery, the world's highest that interestingly houses both monks and nuns.

On the way, you will cross the Pang-la Pass, which is 5050 meters above sea level, from where you can see all five of the world's highest peaks. We'll spend the night at the monastery guesthouse or a tent. You'll see a fantastic sunset over Mt. Everest in the evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Get up early because you can see the most mesmerizing sunrise over Mt. Everest on a clear day. Then you may either hike from your stay to the Base Camp or take an eco-bus to Everest Base Camp. The route to the camp is lined with stunning, lush forests, lakes, and other picturesque landscapes. We visit the base camp and take numerous pictures. Once we're done exploring, we head back to Rongbuk and head towards Gyirong town, which is about a 6-7 hour drive. We'll stay the night at a hotel in Gyirong.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

On the final day of our trip, we head back to Kathmandu, crossing the Nepal-Tibet border at Rasuwagadhi. After the border formalities, you'll be greeted by our driver on the Nepal side, who will drive you back to Kathmandu, passing by Langtang National Park, small villages, and green countryside. The trip ends once you arrive in Kathmandu.

We hope you had an amazing time visiting the North Everest Base Camp and traveling through Tibet with us. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
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Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
What's Included
  • Twin sharing accommodation at standard hotel during the tour in Tibet with breakfast.
  • Four Wheel drive (4500 or 2004 model Toyota) with Govt. license holder driver during the tour.
  • Tibet Travel permits.
  • English speaking guide during the tour.
  • Monasteries entrance Fees.
  • Lhasa city tours with all necessary entry permits.
  • Kathmandu - Lhasa Flight fare.
  • Tibet / China Visa Fee
  • Pick up by Car/van from Kodari boarder (Friendship Bridge) to Kathmandu
What's not Included
  • Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Alcoholic beverages.
  • Nepal Visa and Nepal Re-entry visa.
  • Travel insurance, Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Extra costs due to Landslides, road blockage and other such weather related problems.
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section.
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  • We do not have fixed departure dates for the Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour. So, any date is available for this trip. Contact us with your favorable dates for the further booking process.
  • The tour starts and ends in Kathmandu (the capital city of Nepal). We have not included your arrival and departure dates to and from Nepal as you need to arrive in Nepal 4 to 5 days prior to the tour departure because the Chinese Group Visa takes 3 to 4 business days to get issued.
  • Confirm with us your arrival date in Nepal/Kathmandu before you book the tour and pay the deposit amount. Furthermore, we can offer you many trekking trips and tours in Nepal for the days when your visa is under process. 
Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

Travel Permits and Visas

The Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour starts and ends in Kathmandu, so you'll need visas for both China and Nepal, as well as a unique travel permit for Tibet and EBC. For your travels, you will require the following visas and permits:

Nepal Entry Visa

You'll first arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal, where the journey begins. Thus, you'll need a visa to enter Nepal. It's simple to obtain a Nepal Entry Visa. You can swiftly obtain it by presenting a few documents and a passport-size photo at the immigration counter after landing at Kathmandu International Airport.

Chinese Group Visa

Anyone traveling from Nepal to Tibet needs a Chinese Group Visa. Given that the visa application process takes 3 to 4 working days, you must arrive in Nepal 4 to 5 days before your trip to Tibet. Your tour operator will pick up your passports and other essential documents once you reach Kathmandu and present them to the Chinese Embassy there. Then, before you travel to Tibet, the visa will be sent to you. To qualify for a Chinese group visa, your group must consist of at least 4 individuals.

Tibet Travel Permit

A travel permit is required for all visitors to Tibet. You must first confirm your trip and itinerary with a recognized travel agent to obtain this permission. The partner organization in Tibet will then pick up your scanned documents and passports and deliver them to the Tibet Travel Bureau (TTB). The visa will be issued in 9 to 10 business days. Your Tibetan guide will hand it to you when you get to Tibet.

Alien's Travel Permit

International travelers require an Alien's Travel Permit to travel to some restricted and remote areas of Tibet, including Everest Base Camp. This permit is issued by the local Public Security Bureau (PSB). Your tour guide will get it for you in Shigatse before heading toward EBC.

Transportation for Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour

When you land at Lhasa Gonggar Airport in Lhasa, Tibet, you will meet your Tibetan driver, who will transport you in a private vehicle from the airport to your hotel in Downtown Lhasa. The same private vehicle will be available to you for your two-day sightseeing trip to Lhasa. The driver will drive you all the way from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp to the Gyirong border.

Once you enter Nepal from the Gyirong border, you'll be greeted by your Nepalese driver, who'll drive you across the hazardous yet beautiful countryside and drop you at your hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation during the tour

While there are few in Lhasa, Tibet is not known for its 5-star luxury hotels. The lodgings are generally inferior to those in China's central and coastal regions. However, you can find a hotel in Lhasa that suits your preferences and financial constraints, ranging from inexpensive but clean youth hostels to three-star luxury hotels with distinct Tibetan features.

We have selected the safest and coziest accommodations in Shigatse and Lhasa. You can enjoy the local way of life and culture by walking to Barkhor Street and the Jokhang Temple from your Lhasa accommodation. Rural areas like Rongbuk, Gyantse, Gyirong, etc., often have less lavish lodging options. In contrast to others, some guests' hotel rooms might only have electric blankets.

The rooms will be configured as twin-sharing or double rooms, but if you'd prefer a higher standard of hotel service or a single room, we can make arrangements for them with sufficient notice and for a surcharge.

Meals for the Tibet EBC Tour  

All of the breakfasts during the tour are included in our Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour Package. We haven't included lunch or dinner because everyone has different dietary preferences. In Kathmandu, Shigatse, and Lhasa, there are a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, providing Tibetan, Nepali, Western, Continental, Chinese, and other cuisines. When visiting Gyirong, Rongbuk, and Gyantse, you can indulge in regional Tibetan food such as butter tea, tsampa, dumplings, noodle soup, simple Chinese, and some Western fare like fries, omelets, pizzas, and pasta in addition to Nepali staple Daal Bhat (Rice & lentil soup with vegetables).

Tour Guides

We hire English-speaking, native Tibetan tour guides who are well-versed in Tibetan history, culture, and Buddhism. Most tour operators have trained their guides to offer services that meet Western standards. Throughout your entire stay in Tibet, we will make extra efforts to ensure your security and well-being and assist you whenever necessary. If you have any issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our customer service.

Tibet Weather

One of the most remarkable features of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau's weather is the drastic temperature variation between day and night. The average seasonal temperature in Lhasa is -7°C to 9°C in the winter, -2°C to 12°C in the spring, 9°C to 22°C in the summer, and 7°C to 19°C in the fall. To combat the cold, dress appropriately by wearing a down jacket, fleece jacket, breathable underwear, trousers, a beanie, etc.

You'll also need sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses to shield yourself from the harsh, blinding sunlight on the plateau. Drink extra water while you go across Tibet to avoid possible dehydration and altitude sickness while traveling through high passes.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a concern while traveling at high altitudes greater than 3000 meters above sea level. Since you're traveling by plane to Lhasa (3,561 m) from a much lower elevation of 1350 m (Kathmandu), you might get slight symptoms of altitude sickness. Some symptoms are Headache, nausea, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, difficulty sleeping, etc. Inform your guide right away if you feel any of these signs. Drinking plenty of water will help ease the symptoms.

To prevent you from further complications of altitude sickness, we'll stay in Lhasa for 2 days before heading to the much higher Everest Base Camp at 5150 meters. You'll spend the 2 days sightseeing Lhasa's significant cultural heritage and tourist attractions while being acclimatized. 

Things to remember during Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour

  • The rule states that foreign visitors cannot travel alone in Tibet.
  • The monasteries forbid taking pictures. If you wish to take images of Tibetan pilgrims, a polite request for permission would be appreciated, or you may do so from a distance.
  • In Tibet's holy lakes, swimming and fishing are not permitted.
  • Politics and other difficult topics should be avoided from the discussion.
  • Make a clockwise circuit around Barkhor Street.
  • Never venture onto unfamiliar ground or routes.
  • Do all in your power to protect Tibet's fragile ecosystem.
  • Keep in mind that Tibetan Buddhism impacts all areas of Tibetan life; therefore, please respect the unique customs of Tibet.
  • Before taking any action on your own, check with your guide if you have any questions.
FAQsTibet Everest Base Camp Tour frequently asked questions
  • Bordered by Nepal, India, Bhutan, and Burma, Tibet is a territory in the southwest of China. Given its historical territory, Tibet would rank as the tenth-largest nation in the world. China has divided, renamed, and combined the captured territory of Tibet into Chinese provinces. When China refers to "Tibet," it simply means the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), a small portion of historical Tibet.

  • The time zone for the entire state of China is determined from Beijing, which is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), despite having a large geographic area. As a result, GMT and Tibetan time are also 8 hours apart. Tibet is also 2 hours and 15 minutes earlier than Nepalese standard time and 2 hours and 30 minutes earlier than Indian standard time.

  • Tibet has a reputation as the "Roof of the World." Several of the top ten tallest mountains in the world are located in Tibet. A handful of Asia's major rivers originate in the Tibetan plateau, which is also the highest plateau in the globe. Tibet is a well-known destination for Buddhist pilgrimage tours to some of the most prominent monasteries in the world. Tibet is also known as the home of the Dalai Lama. With its vast grasslands, tall mountains, and alpine lakes, Tibet is surely a magnificent destination for tourists, pilgrims, climbers, trekkers, and adventure travelers.

  • The optimal time to travel should always depend on your availability. The weather is just a physical aspect that influences when the time is ideal. Since the monsoon in Tibet is less intense than that in Nepal, the best time to visit is from spring through fall. Generally speaking, the spring and fall seasons are best for traveling to Nepal. A full day of driving through Nepal's challenging, hilly, and landslide-prone terrain will be required of you while on the Tibet EBC Tour. So, spring and autumn are the best times to go for a vacation that covers both Nepal and Tibet.

  • Unfortunately, due to China's highly strict tourism laws for the area, you cannot visit Tibet alone or obtain a visa on your own. All the necessary documentation, including the entry permission and visa, will be handled by an authorized travel agency, like Outfitter Nepal. Even walking around on your own is not allowed. You must go with a licensed Tibetan guide, who your tour company will offer. 

  • A Tibet Travel Permit can currently be obtained by anyone, regardless of age. Anyone can travel to Tibet, including young children with a guardian and older adults. A trip to Tibet with children 

    and older family members can be a fantastic family vacation.

  • Outfitter Nepal strongly advises anyone considering visiting the Himalayas to purchase travel insurance. This insurance will protect you in the event of a medical emergency, evacuation, theft, loss of personal goods, or last-minute tour or ticket cancellations. By taking this precaution, you can guarantee a fun and safe journey.

  • A T-shirt and cotton shorts—either long or short-sleeved—might be necessary during the daytime. Travelers are encouraged to pack comfortable, layered outfits. A lightweight, warm jacket is also advised. You'll benefit from having sunglasses, lip balm, thermal underwear, warm cotton pants, woolen clothing, caps, gloves, sandals, a towel, a sleeping bag, and a rain jacket.

  • When traveling to Tibet, there is no need to be concerned about communication difficulties. An English-speaking tour guide will accompany every group of tourists, and most of the front desk staff at large hotels are also fluent in the language. The four main languages used in Tibet are Chinese, Tibetan, English, and Nepali.

  • Tibet uses the Chinese Yuan as its official currency. Any bank or ATM in China will allow you to exchange your dollars, euros, or pounds for the Chinese Yuan. On Saturdays and Sundays, banks in Tibet are closed. So having some cash on hand before starting your day trip is a good idea. Shigatse and Lhasa have ATMs, but locating one in other small towns in rural areas could be challenging.

    Nepalese Rupees is the national currency of Nepal. You may easily exchange your money for Nepalese Rupees in Kathmandu using a money changer or withdraw cash from banks and ATMs.

  • Tibet is generally a highly secure place. The majority of Tibetans believe that performing good deeds would reward them in the afterlife and are devout Buddhists. In this location, crime is comparatively rare. Travelers must be careful of stray dogs, though, as they are free to roam everywhere. When traveling at night, you must be careful. International visitors are highly discouraged from going outside at night.

  • For many Western tourists, using the restroom in Tibet is truly the worst experience ever. So, please keep your expectations in check. If you stay above a 3-star hotel in Lhasa, Shigatse, etc., you won't have any issues using a standard Western flush toilet. However, if you go to other places, like Yamdrok and EBC, you'll mainly see the vile-smelling pit restroom. It is preferable to bring ample toilet paper.

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