8 Days Everest Base Camp tour from Lhasa to Nepal is one of the most popular tours in Tibet. It is a big dream for most of the tourists to travel to Everest Base Camp and see the best view of Everest, the World’s highest mountain, the mighty Mount Everest and its base camp situated in the south western part of Tibet with the altitude of
5000mts. Before 2018, the Everest Base Camp from Tibet side was at the elevation of 5200m above sea level which is 8km distance beyond Rongbuk monastery and all the tourists had to walk to Everest Base Camp from Rongbuk monastery for around two hours.
Since 2018, the Everest Base Camp was moved close to Rongbuk monastery at the elevation of 5000m above sea level and it takes only a few minutes to reach Everest Base Camp from Rongbuk monastery. If you still like to walk around Everest Base Camp or Rongbuk monastery, you can still plan around two to four hours walk with a fantastic view of Mt Everest. For details, you can talk with Tibet trip consultant of Tibet Shambhala Adventure.
Many of the tourists got misleading or wrong information about Everest Base Camp and think that Everest Base Camp was completely closed to the tourists but in reality, Everest Base Camp is still opened to the tourists. Only the difference is the location of Everest Base Camp which is a bit closer to Rongbuk monastery and a bit longer to Everest than before but the view of Mt Everest from the present Everest Base Camp is still the same and you can still see a fantastic view of Mt Everest from new Everest Base Camp at 5000m.
The most popular tour in Tibet is Everest Base Camp tour (EBC TOUR) where thousands of tourists are visiting every year. There are many different Everest base camp tour programs with different no. of days. You can also choose to have Everest Base Camp tour by
- Everest Base Camp tour from Lhasa to Nepal
- Overland EBC Tour from Nepal
- Mountain bike EBC Tour
- Motor bike EBC Tour
- Home Stay EBC Tour
- Self driving EBC tour
And many more… to have easy and complete sight visit throughout your journey to Everest Base Camp is 8 days Everest Base Camp tour from Lhasa to Nepal or vice versa, which is very popular tour and it will be your best option or decision ever take. With Tibet Shambhala Adventure, you will have the most overwhelming tour experience with flexibility in programs and to do challenging trip with our more than nineteen years experienced Tibet travel guides.
HOW TO BEGIN 8 DAYS EVEREST BASE CAMP TOUR FROM LHASA TO NEPAL? GO TO LHASA BY AIR OR TRAIN
There are two ways to get to Lhasa, the main city of Tibet Autonomous Region.
- From Kathmandu (the capital city of Nepal) by taking flights to Lhasa. There are a couple of flights daily flying from Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport) to Lhasa (Gongkar Airport), the only International Airport which have direct flight between Kathmandu and Lhasa during high season. The most preferred airlines from Kathmandu to Lhasa is Air China, Sichuan Airlines. It will only take about 1 hour. to get to Lhasa from Kathmandu by air.
- From mainland China to Lhasa by Air or by train. There are many flights from mainland China to Lhasa and the most preferred flights are Beijing to Lhasa, Shanghai to Lhasa, Chengdu to Lhasa, Kunming to Lhasa and so on… the fastest direct flight will take at least 2-3hrs to reach Lhasa. If you choose to travel to Lhasa by train, then there are many other train schedules from different cities of China like Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou and Xining.
WHAT KIND OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRE FOR 8 DAYS EVEREST BASE CAMP TOUR FROM LHASA TO NEPAL?
There are two ways to get to Tibet, one from Nepal and another from Mainland China.
If you travel from Nepal to Tibet, then firstly, it is necessary to search for authorized Tibet travel agent who will help you to get Tibet Travel Documents for your 8 days Everest Base Camp tour from Lhasa to Nepal or you can choose fully registered and the best Local Tibetan Travel Agency like Tibet Shambhala Adventure from where you can get all the required information about Tibet tours and will take care of all the necessary documents like Tibet Travel Permit and how to obtain China Visa.
Secondly, you will need China Visa to enter Tibet. No need to take China visa from your country if you come to Tibet from Nepal because once you get to Nepal, your China visa will be cancelled and through your chosen travel Agency in Nepal, you have to apply for China Group Visa which will take 3 working days to get and need at least a week preparation for Tibet travel permit prior to start your Tibet tour. The Visa Invitation letter will be sent from Local Travel Agency in Tibet. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the Nepal Sightseeing tour.
If you want to enter Tibet from Mainland China, then you will need Individual China Visa to enter Tibet, which you need to apply to the Chinese embassy in your country. To apply individual China Visa, you will need the first night hotel reservation in mainland China and the international flight booking details. If you need any help for the first night hotel confirmation, you can ask local Tibetan travel agency like Tibet Shambhala Adventure. They can help you to provide those documents.
Once you get China Visa and you need to send Passport and China visa copies to your local Tibetan travel agency to prepare for Tibet travel permits which will take around two weeks. Once the Tibet travel permit is finished, your local Tibetan travel agency must send the original Tibet travel permits to you hotel in mainland China or to deliver it at the airport from where you are flying to Lhasa as you must need original Tibet Enter Permit to board the flight or train to Tibet from mainland China.
WHAT YOU CAN SEE DURING 8 DAYS EVEREST BASE CAMP TOUR FROM LHASA TO NEPAL?
The 8 days Everest Base Camp Tour from Lhasa to Nepal will start from Lhasa, arrival in Lhasa, the holy city of Tibet and you will spend three days in Lhasa for acclimatization so that you will have easier Tibet tour for the rest of your journey without having any problem of high altitude.
You will take rest on the arrival day and drinking a lot of water to dehydrate, for second and third day, you get to visit The Potala Palace which is recorded in the Seven Wonders of the World and it is world’s heritage site too. The Potala Palace was founded by King Songtsen Gonpo in the 7th century and it is the landmark of Tibet.
JORKHANG TEMPLE is situated in the old section of the Lhasa city and it is surrounded by Bhakor Bazar. Jokang temple is also known as Tsuklakhang which was also founded by the King Songtsen Gonpo in the 7th century and the temple has become the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Tibet after the statue of Buddha Shakyamuni was resided in Jokang. Jokhang Temple is also listed in the world’s heritage site.
For the third day during your 8 days Everest Base Camp tour from Lhasa to Nepal, you will visit Drepung and Sera monasteries, the two largest monasteries in Tibet. DREPUND MONASTERY, founded by Jamyang Chojey and it is the largest monastery in Tibet.
SERA MONASTERY, was founded by Jamchen Chojey. The very famous debate among the monks to achieve higher level of Buddhist Philosophy. The debate are performing every day from 3pm to 5pm except for Sunday.
GYANTSE: From day 4, you will start your journey towards the Everest Base Camp. On the way you will come across breathtaking sceneries. First you will drive to Gyantse from Lhasa with 270km through Quxu County and it will take about 5-6 hrs. On the way you will enjoy visiting YAMDROK, the holy Lake also known as Turquoise Lake because of its turquoise color which is at the road side to Gyantse. After Yamdrok Lake, you will see the spectacular glacier called KAROLA GLACIER of Nyenchen Kangsang snow mountain. Then after an hrs. drive from Karola Glacier, you will reach Gyantse. you will visit the famous PALCHOE MOANSTERY, KHUBUM MONASTERY and GYANTSE DZONG which is near to Palchoe Monastery
SHIGATSE: After visiting the most beautiful town of Gyantse, you will head towards Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet Autonomous Region. In Shigatse, you will have the sightseeing of TASHI LHUNPO MONASTERY, the seat of the Penchen Lama and Tibetan Market in old town where you will find verities of Tibetan Traditional handicrafts, Thangkas and many more….
After Shigatse, you will be heading towards RONGBUK MONASTERY AND EVEREST BASE CAMP: now this is the most exciting day for you because you are very near to the mighty Mount Everest, there are only 340km from Shigatse to Rongbuk. There you will visit the world’s highest monastery, the RONGBUK MONASTERY. You get to enjoy the sunset and sunrise view of Mt Everest from Rongbuk if the weather is clear and of course the astonishing view of Everest from Rongbuk. You will have the most beautiful view of Mt Everest from the present Everest Base Camp near Rongbuk monastery.
KYIRONG: you will drive to Kyirong Border with the elevation drop to 2800mts. On the way, when you reach old Tingri, you will have a splendid view of JO OYU, SHISHABANGMA and the MOUNT EVEREST, if the weather is clear. You will also pass the Peikutso Lake and after few hrs. drive you will reach Kyirong. Kyirong is the birth place of the Milarepa and the place has very pleasant weather.
The last day in Tibet, about 20km and 40min drive, you will reach to Kyirong Border, say good bye to Tibetan tour guide and driver and meet our representative from Nepal travel agency. There you will complete the immigration process and get your Nepal Visa, drive to Kathmandu for about 150km with dusty and bumpy road and at the same time, you will have beautiful mountain with forest views.
WHAT IS THE TRAVEL DISTANCE FOR 8 DAYS EVERET BASE CAMP TOUR FROM LHASA TO NEPAL?
This 8 days Everest Base Camp tour from Lhasa to Nepal starts in Lhasa, the holy city of Tibet Autonomous Region and you are going to have Religious Monasteries, amazing Mountain views and beautiful natural sceneries throughout your journey, especially the great view of the Mount Everest , the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Jo Oyu, Mt. Shishabangma and Peiku Tso Lake. The total driving distance from Lhasa to Nepal 8 days EBC tour is approximately 1185 kilometers.
HOW IS THE ROAD CONDITION FOR 8 DAYS EVEREST BASE CAMP TOUR FROM LHASA TO NEPAL?
These days in Tibet, the road condition has been improved a lot and most are paved unlike before. Every year there are thousands of tourists visit Everest Base Camp so, the road to EBC was reconstructed and the road for entire Tibet part trip is paved and in very good condition which gave a great benefit to the travelers to have better and comfortable trip as well as could reach the destination quicker.
On the way to Everest Base Camp, driving through mountain passes as well as drive down to Kyirong border, the road is full of twists and turns.
But the road condition to Kathmandu, after crossing the Kyirong Border is dusty and bumpy. During raining season, the road condition to Kathmandu can be worsen because of landslides. Even though there are around 150km distance only from Kyirong border to Kathmandu but it takes around 8-9 hours drive.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO DO 8 DAYS EVREST BASE CAMP TOUR FROM LHASA TO NEPAL?
Actually, you can do this 8 days Everest Base Camp tour throughout the year but the best time is summer and from April to October where the sky remains clear and weather will be pleasant. From June to August is the rainy season in Tibet and will experience some rain during the tour but it does not have heavy rainfall like in the lower places of Nepal or India.
If you chose to do the 8 days Everest Base Camp Tour from Lhasa to Nepal in winter time, it’s also doable and there are less tourists and the weather is always clear. You have guarantee to see Everest during winter time The winter weather can be chilly and more wind and very cold in the Everest area so you cannot stay overnight in Rongbuk because the guest house will close during winter but you can do a day excursion to Everest Base Camp from Shegar and spend the night in Shegar. The sceneries and gorges of Kyirong and Nepal side are more beautiful in summer.
WHAT TO WEAR DURING 8 DAYS EVEREST BASE CAMP TOUR IN TIBET?
It totally depends on the season you choose to do this tour. Summer in Tibet, the weather is very comfortable and warm in the day time. You can wear some t-shirts, shirts, summer pants and sunglass to protect your eye in day time and some sweater and jackets during evening in Lhasa, Gyantse and Sigatse area. But in Everest, the clothing you will need some warm cloth throughout the year and also need wind proof jacket, boots, warm hat, sun glasses, scarf during cold weather.
FOOD EXPERIENCE DURING 8 DAYS EVEREST BASE CAMP TOUR FROM LHASA TO NEPAL
You will get all kind of food in Lhasa for example, Tibetan food, Chinese, Indian, Nepali and western food which you can enjoy from small local restaurant to star rated restaurants. From Gyantse- Shigatse-Kyirong, you can also get Tibetan, Chinese and in some places, you can also get to enjoy the continental food as well. You can also experience to have Tibetan noodle, Tibet Momo, Tibetan butter tea or sweet tea which is very popular in Tibet with local people in the tea house.
WHAT KIND OF HOTEL YOU WILL COME A CROSS FOR THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TOUR?
In Lhasa, there are many hotels from 2 star to 5 star and also some Tibetan style Boutique Hotel. 5 star hotels like St. Regis Resort and Shangri-la Hotel where many tourists are staying. The famous 3 star hotels like Kyichu Hotel and Yak Hotel where many of tourist love to stay. The popular Tibetan style boutique hotel like Lubhum Tsang Boutique Hotel and Lingtsang Boutique Hotel and etc…. In Gyantse, there have 3 star hotel and the best Tibetan Style Hotel is Yutok New Wing Hotel.
In Shigatse, you will get many hotels like Tashi Choedar Hotel and Gesar Hotel as 4 star hotel.
There is no hotel in Rongbuk, the tourist are staying in Rongbuk Monastery Guest House but from November to April, the Rongbuk Guest House will close for winter because of cold weather and the tourist have to stay either in Old Tingri or in Shegar.
In Kyirong, there are also some good 3 star hotels and many guest houses.
WILL YOU FACE ALTITUDE SICKNESS DURING 8 DAYS EVEREST BASE CAMP TOUR FROM LHASA TO NEPAL?
Yes, for some tourist, the mild headache and shortage of oxygen can be happen at the beginning of the tour which is quite similar and normal for most of the tourists. You won’t face such problems after 2-3 days which is why we are programing the tour itinerary for 3 days in Lhasa in order to acclimatize to the altitude.
During your Tibet trip, it is extremely important to keep yourself dehydrated by drinking plenty of water and if necessary, then you can take some altitude sickness medicine. And of course if you face lack of oxygen, then you can use bottled oxygen which is portable to bring with you throughout your Tibet tour.
If you travel with Tibet Shambhala Adventure, our company provide oxygen cylinder in the vehicle but if you book your Tibet tour with a travel company who does not provide oxygen for free, you can buy the portable oxygen bottle in hotel and stores.
It is very rare for this kind of tour to have serious kind of altitude sickness, but still if happen so, then your guide will help you to suggest whether you need to have sopme medicine or take you to the hospital.
If you caught cold and cough before starting Tibet tour, then it is easier to have lung and respiratory problem once you reach to high altitude like Everest Base Camp so, you got to be very careful and take precaution.
WHAT WILL BE THE COST FOR 8 DAYS EVEREST BASE CAMP TOUR FROM LHASA TO NEPAL?
The tour cost can be differentiate into two as below:
- The Private Tour: In this, the program are flexible where you can comfortably do your tour. Sometimes you can change the program slightly where if it’s possible. The private tour cost are of course higher and depend on what kind of hotels and vehicles you choose. In general, for 8 days Everest Base Camp tour from Lhasa to Nepal cost US$1300-US$1400 Per Person based on 3 star hotel for 2 Pax group size and can be higher in peak season.
- The Fixed Departure or Group Tour: In this situation, the programs are fixed and there will be many tourist with different nationalities. The cost is very much affordable and we Tibet Shambhala Adventure runs the fixed departure tour every Saturday from Lhasa to Nepal and vice versa. If you are looking for budget tour, then it is the best option to contact us….
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TIBET SHAMBHALA ADVENTURE?
Tibet Shambhala Adventure is fully registered and internationally licensed travel company under Tibet Tourism Bureau and the China National Tourism Bureau. We are officially listed in top 5 leading tour companies in Tibet owned by Tibetan. We have more than 19 years experience in Tibet tourism industry and we have knowledgeable, experienced and friendly local Tibetan tour guides and drivers. They will make sure to have a comfortable, safe and satisfied trip for you. You won’t regret choosing us and our team.
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