Everest Base Camp (North) Tour: Route, Map and Tour Guide

In Tibet, Everest is known as “Chomolungma,” whereas Chinese call it “Zhūmùlǎngmǎ Fēng.” Located at Tingri County in Tibet Autonomous region of China, the international border between China and Nepal runs across the precise summit point. However, the southern side (Nepal) tend to be more popular than the northern side.

“After a long halt, Chinese officials have started issuing permits for Tibet in 2013.”


Everest Base Camp (North)

Rongbuk monastery tibet

Rongbuk monastery, also known as Dzarongpu, is located at Dzakar Chu valley in Tibet

There are two base camps located in the Everest (North), Tourists Base Camp, located at 5,150 m (16,896′) is about half-way between Rongbuk Monastery and the actual Climbers Base Camp, located at 5,180 m (16,990′) and restricted for tourists at the foot of Rongbuk glacier.

Many private vehicles run chartered service from Lhasa to Everest, and can be booked along a packaged tour from an outdoor agency.

It requires permit from the Chinese government. Applying for Tibet visa can prove to be a complicated affair from ones home nation. Therefore, one is suggested to land in Kathmandu before and apply for Tibet Visa and other permits (One can easily get Visa and permits for Tibet from Kathmandu, due to ease in Red Tape).

It is accessed by vehicle through a 100 km road branching to the South from the Friendship Highway near Shelkar. The road trip from the Lhasa “The Forbidden Kingdom” to Tingri county, passing through remote landmasses, glaciated lakes, monasteries and dry deserts, can prove to be an overwhelming experience. Spotting Yaks on the way carrying loads is common.


~Tour Seasons~

tourist inflow ebc north

Tourist Inflow in EBC (North) in a year.

Everest base camp (North) is generally toured during Spring, Summer/Monsoon and Autumn seasons. The farther higher regions of Tibet is mostly inaccessible during Winter due to heavy snow and cold. Pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons can guarantee best tours in a year as the weather isn’t too warm or cold.


Day 01: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650 m/11,972 ft) via flight -1hr
Day 04: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950 m/12,956 ft), 261 km
Day 05: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900 m/12,792 ft), 90km
Day 06: Shigatse to Shegar (4,100 m/13,448 ft), 244 km
Day 07: Shegar to Rongbuk (4,800 m/15,744 ft), 68km
Day 08: Rongbuk to Everest Base Camp (5,150 m/16,892 ft)
Day 09: Rongbuk to Zhangmu (2,300 m/7,544 ft), 246 km
Day 10: Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft), 123km



Costs are predetermined by outdoor agencies and covers the complete package. The tour generally lasts for 10 days.

Chinese Visa fee (*Exclusive other permits) costs USD $198 for US Citizens and USD $114 for other nationals. International flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa may cost USD $420 (Subject to flight availability ).


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