Overland Tour to Everest Base Camp

Overland Tour to Everest Base Camp provides the first hand experience of the best of nature and culture that the Tibetan plateau has to offer. Although the ultimate destination is Everest Base Camp from Tibet side, the tour includes exciting cultural tour of Lhasa, the cultural and administrative capital of Tibet. You cannot help but marvel at the iconic monuments of Lhasa like the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, Sera monastery, and Norbulinka Palace in this city. As you walk around the mazy alleyways of Barkhor and laze around the modern parts of the town, you cannot help but be stunned at the existence of ancient aura and stark modernity side by side in Lhasa.

The route winds through valleys, villages and a number of high passes. You tour through all major cities of Tibet including Shigatse, Gyantse, and Zhangmu. The high passes offer stunning scenes of the Himalayan peaks and the Himalayan range. The excursion to the base camp of Everest is an awesome experience in itself. The towering, glittering, stupendous north face of the mountain is a fitting conclusion to a very exciting Tibet tour.


Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu

Day 2: Preparation and Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Gongar airport and drive to Lhasa (3660m)

Day 4 and 5: Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa

Day 6: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)

Day 7: Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse (3900m)

Day 8: Drive from Shigatse to Tingri (4150m)

Day 9: Drive from Tingri to Rongbuk (5000m)

Day 10: Explore Everest Base Camp (5250m) and Drive to Tingri

Day 11: Drive from Tingri to Zhangmu (2300m)

Day 12: Drive from Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1337m)

Day 13: International Departure


Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Our office staff will meet and greet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Preparation and Kathmandu Sightseeing
As we make necessary preparations, including obtaining Chinese visa, you will enjoy sightseeing through numerous UNESCO enlisted heritage sites of Kathmandu.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Gongar airport and drive to Lhasa (3660m)
Board a flight early in the morning from the Tribhuvan International Airport. The flight takes you across the majestic Himalayan range. In an hour, you will land at Gongar International Airport. There the Chinese guide receives you. Then you will drive to Lhasa for a couple of hours and rest for the rest of the day.

Day 4 and 5: Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa
Lhasa is the capital of Tibet. This city is full of ancient cultural heritages. We visit some of the most popular monuments like the Jokhang temple, the Sera monastery, and Norbulinka, which served as the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. You cannot help but steep yourself in the deep, devout religious ambience surrounding these areas. As one day is not enough to see what Lhasa offers, we dedicate the second day as well. In the second day, we visit other landmark monuments like the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery.

Day 6: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)
This day consists of long and exciting drive of about 7 hours. There are two high passes on the way: Khamba La (4794m) and Karo La (5045m). Vast panorama of Tibetan plateau including of lakes and peaks awaits you at the top of these passes. Stop for a while, soak up this charming panorama, and continue your journey. It takes about 7 hours to reach Gyantse across numerous valleys and typical Tibetan villages.   

Day 7: Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse (3900m)
We make a short visit to the Gyantse Dzong in the morning and have a bird eye view of the Gyantse valley and its surrounding from there. Then we also go to Gyantse Kumbum, the biggest stupa of Tibet, teeming with Tibetan paintings and sculptures and boasting of golden dome. Then we drive to Shigatse, which takes about 2 hours.

Day 8: Drive from Shigatse to Tingri (4150m)
We drive to Tingri today, stopping at Natang monastery and Sakya monastery en-route. Do not forget to have a look at one of world’s largest book written in gold in the library of Shakya monastery. On the way of our 6 hour drive lies Gyamto La Pass (5220m), numerous monasteries, and possibly the camps of nomadic herders.

Day 9: Drive from Tingri to Rongbuk (5000m)
As soon as we reach Pang La (5150m), we are greeted by the marvelous view of the Himalayas. Mt Makalu, Shisapangma and Mt Everest show their majesty to us. Today we visit Rongbuk Monastery, built in the midst of meditational huts sprawling in the mountainside.  They exude holy aura upon the heights.

Day 10: Explore Everest Base Camp (5250m) and Drive to Tingri
We have a breathtaking view of the north face of Mt Everest after we reach the base camp. It can be easily reached on a local bus or through a horse ride. With no other mountains around to impede the superiority of the world’s tallest mountain, you can appreciate the sheer grandeur of Everest from very close. We then have lunch and drive to Tingri.

Day 11: Drive from Tingri to Zhangmu (2300m)
The Himalayan views are not so quick to abandon you.  En route from Tingri to Zhangmu,  there are two high passes: Lalung La (5124m) and Shung La (5200m) that offer vast yet marvelous Himalayan vista of Shisapangma, Cho Oyu, Melungtse, Gauri Shankar and others.

Day 12: Drive from Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1337m)
We move from Zhangmu today, reach Nepal China border, pay goodbye to Tibetan guide, complete the customs formalities at Kodari and drive to Kathmandu.

Day 13: International Departure
We drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and give you a warm farewell.


Fitness Level:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Documents required:

  • Visa
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance



Country: Tibet
Duration: 13 days
Grade: Moderate
Highest Alt: 5250m
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