18 Days Advanced Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour

Advanced Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour

Tour Type: Trekking Tour

Tour Duration: 18 Days and 17 Nights

Best Time: June to September

Overview of Advanced Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour

Advanced Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour is one of the popular tour packages. To ensure adjustment to the altitude, we start out in Lhasa with visits to major attraction sights in Lhasa on the first couple of days – including the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka Palace, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. We will then travel overland and head out southwest. We will transit some of the marvelous landscapes and stop at stunning attractions. For example, the Yamdrok Lake, the Karo La glacier, and the Pelkhor Chode Monastery in Gyantse. Next, we will go to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city and also home to the largest Buddhist monastery of Tashi Lhunpo.

After Shigatse, we then will travel to Lotingri, from where the actual trek to the Advanced Everest Base Camp begins. Throughout the entire journey, we will cross over several 5000+ meter high mountain passes and witness most amazing views of some of the tallest peaks under the sun, including the majestic Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Shisapangma and many other peaks.

For more information about this 18-day journey, which includes a 6-day Advanced Everest Base Camp trek please send an email to losal@tibetuniversaltravel.com

Tour Map of Advanced Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour

  8 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour Map

Detailed Itinerary of Advanced Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa Elevation 3590 meters
  • AM: Arrive in Lhasa & Acclimatization
  • PM: Self-paced exploration around the Barkhor street
Day 2: In and Around Lhasa Elevation 3590 meters
  • Explore the Jokhang temple, the spiritual heart” of Lhasa and the surrounding old quarters
  • Explore Tsamkhung Nunnery, one of the largest nunneries in the Lhasa area
  • 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 Buddhist building 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 to 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 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 (105ft) 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, which is noted for two main attractions: a) the Shelkar Dzong (dzong means “fort”); b) the Shelkar Chode Monastery
  • Overnight stop in Shelkar, the gateway to Mt. Everest
 Day 8: Shelkar to Rongbuk Elevation 5150m
  • Travel on from Shelkar, cross over the Pang La Pass (5150m)
  • Enjoy a stunning view of the Himalaya Range, from Makalu… to Shishapangma
  • Carry on and visit Rongbuk Monastery, claimed to be the highest monastery in the world (5000 metres)
  • Overnight stop in Rongbuk Monastery
Day 9-10: Rest at Everest Case camp 5150m
  • Two days at Everest Base Camp to acclimatise and explore around
Day 11: Trek from Everest Base Camp to Camp 1 (5460m) 
  • Trek from Everest Base Camp to Camp I (2.5 to 3.5 hours trek)
  • Explore around the snout of East Rongbuk glacier – 20 minutes away from the Camp 1.
  • Overnight camping stop
Day 12: Trek to Interim Camp (5760m) 
  • Continue trekking
  • Stop at Interim Camp (5760m) for further acclimatisation
  • Overnight camping stop
Day 13: Rest day at Interim Camp (5760m)
  • Rest day for preparation to climb higher up to Camp 2.
Day 14: Trek to Camp 2 (5970m)
  • Trek on for 3.5 hours – gradually ascending to Camp II
  • Overnight camping stop
Day 15: Trek to Camp III (6340m) and return to Camp II
  • Trek on Camp III (Advanced EBC)
  • Either camp overnight at Camp III, or
  • Journey back to Camp II for overnight stop
Day 16: Return to Everest Base Camp 5150m
  • Trek back down to Everest Base Camp
  • Overnight stop at Everest Base Camp
Day 17: Everest Base Camp to Kyirong
  • Leave Everest Base Camp, and drive to Kyirong, the Nepal/Tibet border town
  • Freshen up and take a long-needed rest.
  • Overnight in Kyirong.
Day 18 Departure for Kathamandu
  • Cross the Immigration Control
  • Depart for Kathmandu
Good to Know about Advanced Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour
Dates & Costs

The journey from Lhasa to Advanced Base Everest Camp can be done any time from mid-June till September. We can arrange this journey for groups of two to ten people. Discount available for groups of 3 or more. For a specific price, 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 at a boutique or 3-star Tibetan-owned hotels. Accommodation in other areas of Tibet, such as in Everest Base Camp region, will be best locally available guesthouses. In the Everest Region (Shelkar, Everest Base Camp), accommodation 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. 


Participants must be in good health and physically fit to be able to walk around towns, villages, and monasteries. Most of this tour will take place in mountainous terrain between 3600 meters and 5200 meters (11,800 feet to 17,000 feet) above sea level. The 5-day trek to Advanced Everest Base Camp is beautiful but is very demanding as the high pass rises to elevations 6000 meters. You will spend 3 nights in Lhasa for altitude acclimatization before going above 3600 meters, with a couple of extra days for acclimatization in the Everest region. Ascent will be slow and gradual along the way from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp and on to Advanced Everest Base Camp.

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 of this tour
Price includes
  • All accommodation (double occupancy, unless otherwise requested)
  • Breakfast each morning while in Tibet
  • Welcome dinner in Lhasa
  • All ground transportation in Tibet
  • All entrance fees for the itinerary listed
  • Local Tibetan guide fees
  • All fees for Mt Everest
  • All Tibet travel permits
  • Lhasa Airport or train station pick up and transfer
Price excludes:
  • Passport and Chinese visa fees
  • International airfare to/from Lhasa, Tibet
  • Yak, horse or porter fees at Mt. Everest (available for an extra cost)
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Travel vaccinations
  • Insurance (travel, medical, etc)
  • Souvenirs or personal items such as laundry, snacks, alcohol drinks, etc
  • Photography fees inside temples and monasteries
  • Gratuities to the Tibetan guide and driver
  • Additional cost to depart Tibet at the Nepal border

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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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