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14 Days 13 Nights
Availability : April to October
Kathmandu
North Everest Base Camp
Min Age : No Age Limit
Max People : 20

Everest Base Camp By Drive:

The Kathmandu to Kerung to Lhasa Everest Base Camp tour offers an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Himalayas, blending rich cultural experiences with breathtaking natural beauty. Starting in Kathmandu, Nepal’s vibrant capital, travelers immerse themselves in its bustling streets, historic temples, and colorful markets before setting off on a scenic drive toward the Chinese border town of Kerung. The route to Kerung winds through verdant valleys and terraced hillsides, providing stunning vistas and a glimpse into rural life in Nepal.

Upon reaching Kerung, the adventure takes on a new dimension as travelers cross into Tibet, known for its high-altitude landscapes and deep spiritual heritage. The drive from Kerung to Lhasa is marked by panoramic views of the Tibetan plateau, characterized by its stark beauty, snow-capped peaks, and serene lakes. Along the way, travelers can visit significant cultural sites, including monasteries and fortresses that showcase Tibet’s rich history and unique architecture. The journey to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, allows for acclimatization and the chance to explore iconic landmarks such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street.

Continuing from Lhasa, the tour heads towards the Everest Base Camp, traversing through some of the most remote and majestic landscapes in the world. En route, stops at important Tibetan monasteries, such as Tashilhunpo in Shigatse and Rongbuk near Everest, enrich the journey with spiritual insights and historical context. The drive towards Everest Base Camp offers awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas, culminating in the majestic sight of Mount Everest itself. Travelers have the unique opportunity to experience the stark grandeur of the world’s highest peak up close, an experience that is both humbling and exhilarating.

Throughout the tour, travelers are supported by experienced guides who provide invaluable insights into the cultural and natural wonders encountered along the way. Accommodations range from comfortable hotels in major cities to more basic lodgings in remote areas, ensuring a blend of comfort and adventure. This tour not only offers an unparalleled exploration of some of the world’s most iconic landscapes but also fosters a deep appreciation for the rich cultural tapestry and enduring spirit of the Himalayan people.

The process of obtaining a Tibet visa, also known as a Tibet Travel Permit or Tibet Entry Permit, typically requires some time and planning. While the exact duration can vary depending on several factors, including your nationality and whether you’re traveling independently or with a tour group, it’s generally recommended to allocate at least 3-5 working days for visa processing in Kathmandu. This timeframe allows for submitting the necessary documents, processing time by the relevant authorities, and any potential delays. It’s advisable to consult with a reputable travel agency or the Embassy/Consulate of China in Kathmandu for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the visa application process and requirements.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • 13 nights Accommodation
  • An English speaking guide
  • All private transportation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Tibet Permit and visa

Price Excludes

  • Flights To/From Nepal, Tourist Visa and Travel insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner through out the tour
  • Personal expenses
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Tips for your trekking staffs

Complementaries

  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Certificate of Achievement and Medal
What to Expect

Overall, traveling from Kathmandu to Lhasa and Everest Base Camp via Kerung is an adventure of a lifetime, offering stunning landscapes, cultural experiences, and the chance to witness the majesty of Mount Everest up close. Just be prepared for the challenges and make sure to plan ahead for a safe and memorable journey. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Scenic Beauty: The journey will take you through stunning mountain landscapes, picturesque valleys, and winding roads that offer spectacular views of the Himalayas.
  • Altitude: Be prepared for high altitudes, especially when reaching Everest Base Camp. Altitude sickness is a possibility, so it's essential to acclimatize properly along the way.
  • Permits and Documentation: Traveling to Tibet requires permits, especially for foreigners. Make sure you have all the necessary documents in order to avoid any complications.
  • Border Crossing at Kerung: Kerung is the border town between Nepal and Tibet. Expect some formalities and checks at the border crossing. It's advisable to have all your documents ready and to comply with the regulations.
  • Weather: The weather can be unpredictable in the Himalayan region. Be prepared for cold temperatures, especially at higher altitudes, and be aware that weather conditions can affect travel plans.
  • Cultural Experience: You'll have the opportunity to experience the unique Tibetan culture and visit ancient monasteries along the way. Lhasa, in particular, offers a wealth of cultural and historical sites, including the iconic Potala Palace.
  • Challenges: The journey can be physically demanding due to the high altitude and rugged terrain. Proper preparation, including physical fitness and adequate supplies, is crucial.
  • Everest Base Camp: Visiting Everest Base Camp is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many travelers. Be prepared for basic accommodations and facilities at the base camp, as it is a remote and harsh environment.
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Itinerary
This itinerary provides a comprehensive experience of both cultural landmarks and natural wonders along the Kathmandu-Lhasa-Everest Base Camp by drive via Kerung. Remember to consider the weather conditions and altitude adjustments during your journey. And below plan is possible to customize as you want.

Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

The process of obtaining a Tibet visa, also known as a Tibet Travel Permit or Tibet Entry Permit, typically requires some time and planning. While the exact duration can vary depending on several factors, including your nationality and whether you’re traveling independently or with a tour group, it’s generally recommended to allocate at least 3 working days for the visa processing in Kathmandu. This timeframe allows for submitting the necessary documents, processing time by the relevant authorities, and any potential delays. It’s advisable to consult with a reputable travel agency or the Embassy/Consulate of China in Kathmandu for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the visa application process and requirements.

Day 1kathmandu to Kerung -  2900m

Traveling from Kathmandu to Rasuwa Gadi is a scenic journey of about 130 kilometers, typically taking around 7 hours by road, depending on the conditions. The route winds through the lush hills and valleys of central Nepal, offering glimpses of rural life and stunning natural beauty. Upon reaching Rasuwa Gadi, travelers undergo customs and immigration procedures at the Nepalese border before crossing the bridge over the Trishuli River into China. On the Chinese side, the town of Kerung, lies just a 1 hour drive away, nestled in the Himalayas. This route serves as an important trade and transit point between Nepal and China, providing a gateway to the Tibetan Plateau.

Day 2Kerung to Tingri - 4300m

Driving from Kerung to Tingri is an awe-inspiring journey through the Tibetan Plateau, covering approximately 250 kilometers. The drive typically takes about 5-6 hours, depending on road conditions and weather. The route traverses high-altitude landscapes, passing through valleys, grasslands, and rugged mountain terrain. As you ascend, the air becomes thinner and the scenery more dramatic, with views of snow-capped peaks, including glimpses of some of the world’s highest mountains. Tingri, also known as Old Tingri, is a small town that serves as a base for travelers heading towards Mount Everest and other significant Himalayan expeditions. The drive offers a unique glimpse into Tibetan culture and the stunning natural beauty of the region.

Day 3Tingri to Everest Base Camp - 5200m

Driving from Tingri to Rongbuk and exploring Everest Base Camp is an exhilarating journey through the Tibetan Plateau. The drive from Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery, situated at an altitude of about 5,000 meters, takes around 2-3 hours, traversing rugged terrain and offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world and provides a stunning vantage point for Mount Everest. From Rongbuk, it’s a short drive or a manageable hike to the North Base Camp of Everest, where travelers can experience the awe-inspiring proximity to the world’s highest peak. This adventure not only showcases the dramatic landscapes and unique culture of Tibet but also provides a profound sense of connection to the majestic Everest.

Day 4Rongbuk to Shigatse – 3800m

The journey from Rongbuk to Shigatse is a memorable expedition through the vast and rugged landscapes of Tibet. Departing from the remote beauty of Rongbuk Monastery, nestled in the shadow of Everest, the route unfolds across high-altitude plains and winding mountain roads. Travelers pass through traditional Tibetan villages, where prayer flags flutter in the wind, and yaks graze on the barren hillsides. As the road descends into the valley, the sprawling city of Shigatse emerges, home to the historic Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of Tibet’s most revered religious sites. This transition from the stark grandeur of the Himalayas to the bustling cityscape encapsulates the diversity and enchantment of the Tibetan plateau.

Day 5Shigatse to Lhasa - 3600m

The journey from Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse is a mesmerizing voyage through the heart of Tibet, showcasing the region’s rich history, cultural heritage, and stunning landscapes. Departing from Shigatse, the route leads through the rugged terrain of the Tibetan plateau, with majestic mountain peaks and expansive plains unfolding in every direction. Travelers pass through Gyantse, a historic town famed for its ancient fortresses and the striking Pelkor Chode Monastery, where intricately painted murals and towering stupas offer a glimpse into Tibetan Buddhist artistry. Continuing onward, the road winds through breathtaking mountain passes and serene valleys, eventually arriving in Lhasa, the spiritual and cultural capital of Tibet. Here, the iconic Potala Palace dominates the skyline, while bustling markets, sacred temples, and vibrant street life embody the essence of Tibetan culture, making this journey a truly unforgettable experience.

Day 6-7Lhasa Sightseeing - 3600m

Exploring Lhasa over two days is a captivating immersion into Tibetan culture and spirituality. Day one typically begins with a visit to the iconic Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former residence of the Dalai Lamas, where visitors marvel at its grandeur and intricate artwork. Next, the Jokhang Temple, located in the heart of Lhasa’s old town, offers a glimpse into Tibetan Buddhism with its bustling Barkhor Square and vibrant atmosphere. Afternoon excursions often include the serene Norbulingka Palace, the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lamas, and the Sera Monastery, where travelers can witness the captivating debates among monks. On day two, exploring the Drepung Monastery, one of the largest monastic institutions in Tibet, provides insight into the region’s rich spiritual heritage. Additionally, a visit to the Tibet Museum offers further context into Tibet’s history and culture, completing a fulfilling and enriching two-day exploration of Lhasa.

Day 8Lhasa to Shegar - 4050m

The cultural heart of Tibet, Lhasa! The journey to Shegar is an enchanting journey across the expansive landscapes of the Tibetan plateau. Departing from the bustling streets and sacred sites of Lhasa, the road winds through high mountain passes and sweeping valleys, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and vast plains. Along the way, travelers may encounter nomadic herders tending to their flocks and traditional Tibetan villages dotted amidst the rugged terrain. As the journey progresses, the landscape gradually shifts, revealing the remote town of Shegar nestled amidst the towering peaks of the Himalayas. Renowned for its dramatic scenery and serene atmosphere, Shegar serves as a gateway to the majestic Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayan region, inviting adventurers to immerse themselves in the natural splendor and spiritual tranquility of Tibet.

Day 9Shegar to Kerung and Kathmandu – 1350m

The journey from Shegar to Kerung unfolds as a mesmerizing traverse through the rugged terrain of Tibet, offering travelers a glimpse into the remote beauty of the Himalayan region. Departing from Shegar, also known as New Tingri, the road winds its way through high-altitude plateaus, past dramatic mountain peaks, and alongside pristine alpine lakes. As travelers venture closer to the Tibetan-Nepalese border, the landscape gradually changes, with lush valleys giving way to steep gorges and cascading rivers. Upon reaching Kerung, settle all the immigration process, cross the border, and after lunch drive back to Kathmandu, where your trip ends.

Day 10Departure Or Extend Your Stay.

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey. Bid farewell to Nepal and Tibet with memories of your north Everest Base Camp by drive adventure.

FAQ

How difficult is the Everest Base Camp from Tibet side?

The Everest Base Camp trek is considered easy from the Tibetan side as it is driving through out the tour.

What is the best time of year to trek to Everest Base Camp by drive on tibet side?

The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp from Tibet side is in the summer, from May to October. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.

How do I prepare for altitude sickness during the Everest Base Camp tour by drive?

Sufficient acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. Trekkers should ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness. and it’s always better to carry can 02 along with you.

What kind of food and accommodation is available during the Everest Base Camp tour on tibet side?

Accommodation along the tour ranges from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges with amenities such as hot showers and WiFi, especially in the lower elevations, but higher up, accommodation is more basic. Most of the trekkers find delicious food along the trail, with different meal options.  

How much does the Everest Base Camp tour cost from Tibet side?

The cost of the Everest Base Camp tour can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the tour, and accommodation preferences. On average, trekkers can expect to budget between $1,500 to $2,000 for the entire tour, including permits, accommodation, meals, and incidental expenses.

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