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Everest Base Camp Lhasa 8 Days - Nest Adventure

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Overview

The highest place on earth, to see Mount Everest is everyone's dreams. Everest Base Camp and Lhasa tour will take you to the other part of the world from the China side. For many people, the name Tibet/Nepal conjures up images of the roof the world, drylands, snowcapped mountains, monks in red robes and the Potala Palace. Yes, the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China is all that and more! We can take you on tours ranging from visits to the capital city of Lhasa to the revered Mount Kailash and the Base Camp of Everest (on the Chinese side). There is such a variety of trips to this fascinating country we are sure you will
find something to suit you. Whether you fly into Lhasa to explore the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temples, and bazaars, or whether you drive in by jeep to experience something of the countryside or join us on a trek to and around Mount Kailash or Everest Base Camp – we can find something for you.

Please check our Tibet tours for further information and get in touch with us.

Cost

The cost for this price can go around USD 975 per person to discounted group price if the number of travelers is more than two. The prices are for the main seasons which are during March-June and September-December. Also, the prices can go lower during the off-seasons. You can also fly directly to EBC via a helicopter at USD 990.

If you want to make Nepal an entry point then there comes an additional cost that you should be aware of, such as flight tickets, visa fees, transportations, transits and many more. For such, the costs are explained below for 8 days trip:

8 days EBC tour cost

Package Fee/ per day(Main season) USD 975
Package Fee/ per day(off-season)
single supplement charge
Visa Fee USD 15
Kathmandu-EBC-Kathmandu flight cost USD 360
A full-time student under the age of 25

 

Get In

As there is only one international airport in Nepal, one should first fly to Kathmandu and plan their trip to Everest Base Camp. The most popular way to get to Everest is to fly to Lukla. On a tiny plane, it's a fast 40-minute flight and will set you back one way up to USD 179. Different airlines fly into Lukla including Summit Air, Tara Air, Sita Air, and Simrik Air. The Mt. Everest (also known as Mt. Sagarmatha) is the world's highest mountain. It also includes viewing 8 of the world's highest mountains. You have two options to enter EBC. One from the northern side from Tibet and another from the southern side, i.e. from Nepal. As from Tibet, it becomes a hassle as it required various permits, Chinese Visa and lack of trekking experience and as a result, you don’t even reach very close to Everest. Therefore, it is better to visit EBC from the southern side, which is from Nepal.

Visa

Visas are available upon arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport and at all land border crossings open to foreigners, as long as you have passport pictures on hand (not required at Kathmandu Airport) and can pay the visa fee in foreign currency (some crossings insist on payment in US dollars). Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months with a whole new page for the visa. Tourist visas (15/30/90 days) are available for USD 30/50/125 on arrival. You can fill in your details online in advance or on the spot and proceed with the payment. All foreigners must have a visa except Indians. Nepali embassies and consulates overseas issue fuss-free visas but most people get one on the spot upon arrival in Nepal, either at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or at road border in Nepalganj, Birganj / Raxaul Bazaar, Sunauli, Kakarbhitta, Mahendranagar, Dhangadhi and even at the China / Tibetan border checkpoint at Rasuwagadhi. SAARC countries get a 30 days visa for free on their arrival.

Accommodations

You can get accommodation in EBC in teahouses. Essentially, on the EBC route, you can find sort of twin-base accommodations. Most of the single rooms have twin beds with some basic furnishing such as a small table or a chair. There are lodges in different trekking routes too but in peak seasons sometimes, it is very hard to find accommodations. Therefore, sometimes rooms have to be shared with other trekkers during such hours. You will mainly find basic lodges here as the climate isn’t quite pleasant. A general idea for a reasonable accommodation price would be between USD 5 to USD 10 a night anywhere. You must also be prepared to pay a higher rate when trekking EBC during peak season than on off-season months.

 

Food

At EBC, you will get all your meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner). You will also get a proper breakfast here such as bread and eggs. The lunch here is somewhat what you can get anywhere such as rice meals, noodles, momos and such. The dinner is pretty much the same as the lunch available here. The most important item on the trek is water as you have to stay hydrated for the whole trip to cope up with the low oxygen levels in the high altitude. Energy bars are also recommended when you are on your way. Whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and some good quality protein such as eggs, nuts, and peanut butter may be included in the lunch or breakfast. Make sure to have your lunch or breakfast full of carbohydrates as it is what can keep you moving all day.

 

Other expenses

At EBC, there are some other places where you have to spend some money. For permits to go to some places, you have to spend around USD 50. When you climb, everything gets more expensive. If you need to shower, you have to take gas showers as if you take showers with normal water you might fall ill. It can cost you around USD 4-USD 6. Also, if you need porters to carry your luggage you have to pay extra, which can cost you around USD 17 per day. In the communal area, you may have to pay per hour for charging your electronics.

 

Best Time

The best time to visit EBC is anytime except July-August, even though in all mountainous climates, the weather changes hourly. The peak time can be considered between October-December. February-April is known to be the end of the dry season and also the second-best trekking time of the year. From May-June, it is considered the hot season for Nepal and it can actually get very hot and not good timing for trekking at EBC. Other than these months, the skies are almost clear most of the time but very cold. Here is the weather of EBC and the temperature throughout the year. It is very important to know that wind chill is not measured according to the temperature given below. Wind chill can easily drive temperatures down to -10 to -15 degrees, depending on conditions.

 

Months JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC
Min temp -17 -15 -12 -5 0 -1 2 2 2 -6 -12 -14
Max temp 4 4 7 10 15 16 16 16 15 12 6 4
Rainfall(mm) 7 5 8 9 9 37 103 116 45 21 1 3

 

Things to know before visiting Everest Base Camp

 

  1. The height of the Mt. Everest is 8848 m( 29,029 ft)
  2. Height of base camps

Southern base camp: 17,598 ft

Northern base camp: 18,192 ft

  1. The first people to climb Mt. Everest was Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.
  2. The ethnic group of the EBC areas is called Sherpa. They live in the Solukhumbu District.
  3. The networks in higher areas are only up to limited areas.
  4. An earthquake measuring 7.8 magnitude scales struck Nepal and triggered an avalanche on Pumori that swept through the South Base Camp on 25TH April 2015.
  5. Along the hike to Namche Bazaar, you will get the opportunity to pick up gears for your trips if any left or even souvenirs for the friends and family back home.

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive at Lhasa by train or plane - 3650m.

Today we will take the flight to Lhasa which takes an hour over the scenic mountain ranges. Or we will o by train. Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet with an elevation of 3,665. Lhasa is also known as the place of Gods and home of Dalai Lama. Upon arriving at Lhasa, we will drive for about 1 hour to our hotel. Stay overnight.

Day 2
Guided tour in Lhasa.

Early after breakfast, we will head for the sightseeing tour of Lhasa. We will visit the Potala Palace, which is built at the top of the single hill. After that, we go for Narbulinka, which is known as the Treasure Park. It covers around 360000sq m and is the biggest garden in Tibet made by the human.

After we will visit Sera Monastery, which is 5 km north. It is one of the beautiful monasteries where once more than 5000 monks used to stay. Secondly, we will visit the Jokhang Temple of old Lhasa. It is the religious relic of Tibet where the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on her wedding brought a golden Shakyamuni Buddha as a gift to the Tibetan king Songtsen Gompa. Further, we will go to Barkhor Market, the religious and social focal point of Lhasa.

Similarly, we will visit the Tibetan Medical foundation, get back and stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 3
Jeep or Van drive from Lhasa to Gyantse - 3960m, 270 km
Today we will drive to Gyantse from Lhasa in the morning. On the way, we will pass Gamoal pass (4,790 m), view Yamdrok-Tso(4,400 m) and the holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar(7,191 m). Further, we will enjoy the fantastic Korola Glacier on the roadway. When we arrive at Manak Dam Lake, we can hang the prayer flag at Simila Mountain Pass. We then reach Gyantse and stay overnight.
Day 4
Sightseeing and drive Gyantse to Shigatse - 3920m, 91km
Early in the morning, we will go on a sightseeing tour of Gyantse. Gyantse is the third-largest city of Tibet after Lhasa and Shigatse. There we will visit the Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum along with the view of Gyantse Fortress. After that, we will drive to Shigatse for about one and half hour and stay there overnight.
Day 5
Sightseeing and drive Shigatse to Everest Base Camp(5200)

Today, we will head for the sightseeing tour of the second largest city of Tibet, Shigatse. We will visit the traditional Barley mill and landscape of Barley field. We then move to the home of Panchan Lama, Tashilunpo Monastery. After that, we will drive and reach Lhatse, where we will have our lunch.

Passing Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M), we will arrive at Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve. With the panorama view of Himalaya at Gawula Pass(5198m), we will drive the twisted road to Everest Base Camp. We will stay overnight at Rongbuk or Tent.

Day 6
Hike to EBC then drive to Shigatse – 3920m, 315km

In the morning, we will watch the sunrise from the place where we stay. Further we will visit Rongbu Monastery, the highest monastery where nuns and monks stay together. We then drive back to Shigatse and stay overnight.

Day 7
Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa – 3650, 385km via northern road.

Following the Yalong Valley, today we will drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 8
Final transfer to airport or train station.

Waving final goodbye to our guide and beautiful city we will fly back.

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