13 Days Lhasa to Everest Basecamp Trek

Trekking Lhasa - Everest Base Camp 13 Days Everest Basecamp trekking

Tour Type: Private tour

Tour Duration: 13 Days and 12 Nights

Best Time: April to September

Overview of Trekking Lhasa - Everest Base Camp

Trekking Lhasa – Everest Basecamp is an amazing tour package. To begin with, we will explore major sites of religious and historical significance. For example, this will include Tibet attractions such as the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, and Drepung Monastery. This part of the trip is to ensure gradual acclimatization to the altitude.

Following exploration Lhasa, we will drive through some of the marvelous landscapes and we will visit key stunning sights in the southwest and central Tibet. For example, Yamdrok Lake, the Karo La Glacier, and the Pelkhor Chode Monastery in Gyantse, which is one of the oldest towns in central Tibet. Next, we will go to Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city and home to the largest Buddhist monastery of Tashi Lhunpo. After Shigatse, the overland drive will provide amazing views of the world’s highest mountain range. The trekking that begins from Shelkar onward to the Everest Basecamp provides a great combination of tranquillity, sightseeing, and physical challenge. You will accomplish 70 km of the trek in 4 days.

For more information about this 13-day journey, which includes a 4-day trek from Shelkar to Everest Base Camp please send an email to losal@tibetuniversaltravel.com

Tour Map of Trekking Lhasa - Everest Base Camp

13 Days Lhasa to Everest Basecamp Trek tour Map

Detailed Itinerary of Trekking Lhasa - Everest Base Camp
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa Elevation 3590 meters
  • AM: Arrive in Lhasa & Acclimatization
  • PM:Self-paced exploration around the Bakhor street
Day 2: Around Lhasa Elevation 3590 meters
  • Explore the“spiritual heart”of Lhasa city, the Jokhang temple, and the surrounding old quarters
  • Explore Tsamkhung Nunnery, one of the largest nunneries in the Lhasa
  • Visit Sera Monastery, one of the “great three”Buddhist monasteries, noted for their Buddhist dialectic debate session usually held in the afternoons
Day 3: In and Around Lhasa Elevation 3590 meters
  • Visit the Potala Palace, the iconic building in Lhasa and a World Heritage Site
  • Explore Ramoche Temple, considered to be the sister temple to the Jokhang temple
  • Continue to explore around old quarters of the town
Day 4: Lhasa -Yamdrok Lake – Karo La Glacier-Gyantse Distance 260kms   Elevation 3,980 meters
  • Depart Lhasa early in the morning, all day overland drive
  • Cross over the Kamba La Pass (4795 meters) – stop by at the summit for a stunning view of the Yamdrok Lake , one of the three largest sacred (freshwater) lakes in Tibet, and the 7191 meter high Mt. Nojin Kangtsang in the distance
  • Descend and drive by the lakeshore, and cross over Karo La Pass – a striking glaciated landscape
  • Arrive in Gyantse, a small, but prominent town in Tibet
  • Overnight stay in Gyantse
Day 5: Gyantse —Shigatse—Tashi Lhunpo Monastery  Distance 90kms  Elevation: 3840 meters
  • In Gyantse, visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery, and the Gyantse Kumbum – a 32 meters (105 ft) high structure, a nine-tier building with 108 gates
  • Leave Gyantse and head to Shigtase, the second-largest town and the traditional capital of west-central province of Tibet
  • Stop by a couple of interesting farmers’ villages en route to experience traditional Tibetan culture
  • Visit the majestic Tashi Lhunpo monastery in Shigatse, to witness the largest gilded statue of Future Buddha in Tibet
  • Overnight stop in Shigatse
Day 6: Shigatse –Gyatso La –Shelkar  Distance 240kms Elevation 4315 meters
  • Leave Shigatse city, and travel west
  • Cross over the Gyatso La Pass (a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5220 meters)
  • Stop by at the summit for a great view of the Himalaya range
  • Drive on and Reach Shelkar,
  • Overnight stop in Shelkar, the gateway junction to Mt. Everest
Day 7: Shelkar to Lungthang Distance 12kms Elevation 4510 meter
  • 1st Day: Trek for 5 hours or so through Ra-chu valley renowned for exotic valley scenery
  • Visit a small monastery in Choelun en route
  • Overnight stay in camp in Lungthang
Day 8: Lungthang to Lamna La Pass Distance 21kms  Elevation 5150 meters
  • 2nd Day: Trek uphill for 8 hours through quite a strenuous trail (200 meters up)
  • Reach the Lamna La Pass (5150meters) for a splendid panorama of the surrounding  mountain range
  • Overnight camping atop this pass
Day 9: Lamna La Pass to Zommug Distance 22kms   Elevation 4790 meters
  • 3rd Day: Trek downhill for 8 hours or so, descending into lush vegetation (360 meters down)
  • Witness the spectacular view of the Mt. Everest in the distance
  • Overnight camping in Zommug Village, the highest permanent settlement in the Everest region
Day 10: Zommug – Rongbuk Monastery – Everest Base Camp Distance 15kms Elevation 5150 meters
  • 4th Day – leave Zommug village for Rongbuk Monastery
  • Trek for 6 hours or so and stop by Rongbuk Monastery for a grand view of the Mt. Everest
  • Continue on foot for 8km along the dirt road to the base of Mt. Everest
  • Overnight stay in guesthouse at Everest Base Camp
Day 11) Everest Base Camp to Shigatse Distance 350 kms Elevation 3840 meters
  • Rise early to catch a stunning view of Mt Everest with sunshine reflected over it
  • Then, leave Everest Base Camp and drive back to Shigatse
  • Overnight stay in Shigatse
Day 12) Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa, 280 Kms 7 hours drive
  • Leave Shigatse and travel back to Lhasa, taking the northern tarred Route
  • Reach Lhasa, and Rest
  • Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 13)   Departure from Tibet.
  • Transfer to Lhasa train station or Lhasa airport
Good to Know about Trekking Lhasa - Everest Base Camp
Best Time of Visit

The package journey, inclusive of a 4-day trekking, from Lhasa – Everest Base Camp via Ra Chu Valley can be done anytime from mid-April through to late October. We can arrange this journey for groups of two to ten people. Discounts available for groups of 3 or more. For a specific quote, please contact us at losal@tibetuniversaltravel.com

Travel Gear:

Upon joining, each participant will be sent a list of required and recommended gear for this journey that they will be responsible for.


In Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse, you will be staying in a comfortable and pleasant boutique or 3-star Tibetan-owned hotels. Accommodation in other areas of Tibet, such as Everest Base Camp will be best locally available guesthouses. In the Everest Region (Shelkar, Everest Base Camp), accommodations will be very basic, as these areas are very remote and poor. Guesthouses often have no heating facilities, but plenty of blankets upon request. Toilets are usually outside and are not always as hygienic. Showers are often unavailable or only available at the local shower house.


You must be in good health and physically fit to be able to do foot journeys around towns, villages, and monasteries with their own equipment. Most of this tour, especially the trekking component, will take place in mountainous terrain between 3600 meters and 5200 meters (11,800 feet to 17,000 feet) above sea level. You will spend 3 nights in Lhasa for altitude acclimatization before going above 3600 meters. Ascent will be slow and gradual to reduce the risks of altitude-related illness. This tour is not recommended for those who have severe asthma or who have had problems with high elevation in the past.

Tibet Travel Permit:

This is the primary document required in order to visit Tibet after the Passport and Chinese Visa. The permit can only be applied at the Tibet Tourism Bureau, Only a travel agency registered with the Bureau can apply it for. We can make your permit and we will need 25 days for the entire process of the permit.

Other Important Information: 
  1. Tibet travel regulations
  2. Getting to Tibet
  3. Wheather and Packing list
  4. Tibet travel Update
Inclusion and Exclusion on the tour
Quote includes:
  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy; single room supplement available)
  • Breakfast in Tibet
  • All ground transportation in Tibet
  • Local Tibetan guide fees
  • All entrance fees per itinerary
  • All Tibet travel permits
  • Lhasa airport pickup and drop-off
Not included in the price:
  • Passport, Chinese visa fees
  • Lunch or Dinner
  • International airfare to Lhasa
  • Travel vaccinations
  • Insurance (travel, medical, etc)
  • Souvenirs or personal items such as laundry, excess baggage fees, snacks, alcohol drinks
  • Photography fees inside temples and monasteries
  • Gratuities to the Tibetan guide and driver

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Responsible Tourism

Tibet Universal Tours and Travel puts great importance on the promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism practices. It incorporated into our day to day base tour service performances. So, we always strive to ensure that our tour service delivery will have maximum quality. Furthermore, we also strive to the minimum level of negative social, economic, environmental and cultural impacts. Following outlined points are some of our representative measures undertaking in our routine job performances. In addition, these thoughts to be essential for sustainable touristic development in Tibet. 

Social Responsibility:

Whenever and wherever possible, we extend charitable support to disadvantaged groups in remote Tibetan villages. For instance, utilizing the certain percentage of our annual company income we engage in social works. Therefore, we purchase and distribute warm winter clothes for children from rural Tibetan primary schools. As a result, they can keep them warm and happy during cold winter.

Moreover, we believe that every person deserves access to quality healthcare. So, we extend our help on medical expenses to those serious patients who are from remote and rural Tibetan villages. Because they cannot afford to pay their medical treatment when the treatment costs go beyond the local medical insurance coverage.

Economy Responsibility:

In support of contributing to the local economy and we give the local population a central role in the touristic economic development of their own territory.  Therefore, we always strive to ensure that the economic benefits of tourism should go for local communities. So, poverty alleviation by generating financial benefits for both local people and private industries. For instance, we always use locally owned ground transportation and accommodation (i.e. hotels, lodges, and guesthouses). Furthermore, we also recommend local eateries, restaurants, and stores to our guests.

In addition, we are an indigenous local Tibetan travel agency based in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. 100% of our travel company employees are staffed and escorted by professional local Tibetans including local tour guides and drivers.  So, this has created employment and job security opportunities for many educated and inspired Tibetans.

Environment Responsibility:

Tibetan Buddhist reality is profoundly ecological, and Buddhism itself is an ecological religion. It powerfully expresses human identification with nature. Buddhists believe that all things, including humans, exist by their interrelationship with all other parts of nature. Therefore, thinking of one's self as isolated from the rest of nature is being unrealistic.

Respect for life and the natural world

Giving the facts that Tibetans love and respect for life and the natural world. Therefore, to minimize the environmental impact created by tourists, we follow environment-friendly policies. So, we maintain the size of tour groups to have minimal impact on flora and fauna in an area. The necessary carbon emissions that we generate by our footprints of travel to the tour destinations cannot be overlooked. Therefore, we regularly actively participate in carbon reduction or offset activities such as tree planting. Our tour guides, drivers, and logistics staff are aware of waste management. Moreover, we advised them to dispose of all rubbish generated by themselves responsibly and recycle wherever feasible.

Other Safegurds for the Environment friendly tourism

Make the best use of the winter tourist low season, we deliver training workshops on environmental protection. Moreover, the training also includes the preservation and first aid training. So, we arrange it for all our company management staff, tour guides, and drivers in order to increase their knowledge. As a result, they can understand the importance of environmental protection and ecotourism.

Request to Visitors:
    • Be considerate of the communities and environment you visit.
    • Don’t litter, try to carry your own shopping bag to avoid plastic garbage problem. Many Tibetan local villages do not have environmentally sound garbage disposal systems. Therefore, pack garbage out to a larger town where there is a facility.
    • Try to avoid excessive use of plastic bottles. Travelers are requested to bring a reusable water bottle. In addition, we will arrange and supply your drinking water in a bigger container.
    • Reduce energy consumption. Unplug your mobile phone charger, turn off the lights
    More Requests
    • Conserve water. Take shorter showers.

    • Always ask before taking photographs. So, if someone says no, respect their wishes.
    • Educate yourself about the place you are visiting and the people.
    • Respect cultural differences. Moreover, learn from it! People in different places do things differently. So, don’t try to change them. And, enjoy them.
    • Support the local economy. Therefore, buy locally made souvenirs, eat at local restaurants. Furthermore, enjoy the local culture.
    • Support responsible tourism organizations. Because those travel operators who publicly are aiming to make tourism more responsible.

About Us:

Tibet Universal Tours and Travel is a fully officially licensed international tour operator based in Lhasa, owned and managed by 100% local Tibetans. One of the most respected, longest running and best-reviewed tour operators since 1997.

Over 20 years of experience in the Tibetan travel industry, our team consists of the best and experienced Tibet travel guides that will show you the best that this extraordinary place has to offer, unravel all the undiscovered beauty of Tibet unique culture and tradition in front of you.  Whether a guest is looking to join a Tibet group tour or take a private tailor-made journey, we are the best choice.

Other than the above services, we provide stop over tour services in Nepal, Bhutan, and cities in Mainland China, you can also be booking your Tibet Flight and Tibet Train tickets with us. So, what are you waiting for? Reach us to embark on a trip that will last for a lifetime with Tibet Universal Tours and Travel!!!

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