Everest Base Seniors Tour 10 Days
Price from per person
- 1. based on double occupancy
- 2. 3 star accommodation level in low season
- 3. international airfare is not included
- 4. price is subjected to change according to group size and payment methods
- 1. based on double occupancy
- 2. 3 star accommodation level in low season
- 3. international airfare is not included
- 4. price is subjected to change according to group size and payment methods
- Duration: 10 days and 9 nights
- Tour type: Private escorted tour with Tibetan tour guide and private vehicle with experienced driver
- Departure: Flexible
- Tour code: TD-TST-10
Is this trip for you?
- Physical Demands
- Capable of walking short to medium distances by oneself in high altitudes. Must be capable of minor ascents and descents.
- Capable of light walking and hiking in high altitudes. Suitable for most fitness levels.
- Average fitness level. High altitude hiking for several hours.
- Possibly includes high altitude hiking of up to 6 hours per day or activities of a similar nature. Requires an elevated level of fitness.
- Features demanding high altitude treks or cycling. Only suitable for those with a high level of physical fitness and endurance.
Note: If you have any questions concerning the requirements or the unique demands for your particular tour package, please feel free to contact one of our helpful Travel Consultants for further information.
It’s advisable to have a body check-up or have your doctor’s advice before visiting Tibet. Visitors with a record of heart, lung, liver, or kidney problems must seek medical advice before making the decision to go to TibetAlso, people with any of the following problems should not go to Tibet.
- Have already caught a cold
- Have severe anemia
- Have high blood pressure or severe heart disease
- Have pneumonia, tuberculosis, tracheitis, or bronchitis
- Tour Pace
- Leisure: enjoy your tour in a slow pace, allowing plenty of time for photography, you will see the most famous attractions, and spend plenty amount of time in each destination.
- Comfortable: enjoy your tour in a comfortable pace, you will see most popular attractions, and spend reasonable amount of time in each attraction.
- Tight: enjoy your tour at a tight pace, as you will be able to see as many tour attractions as possible in the available amount of time.
- Max Altitude
High Altitude Sickness is one of the biggest challenges when travelling in Tibet. According to our experience, most people will be fine up to 3500m above sea level, as the altitude go higher up to 4500m, mild symptoms as shortness of breath, headache might occur. Adverse reactions may vary from person to person. In most cases, the symptoms are mild and will subside in several hours to several days as the body acclimatizes.
Mild Symptoms of AMS include:
- Shortness of breath with exertion
- Rapid pulse (heart rate)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Poor sleeping
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Journey at a Glance
- Day1: Lhasa arrival
- Day2-3: Lhasa tour
- Day4-5: Lhasa -Shigatse
- Day6-7: Tingri (Shegar) – EBC
- Day8-9: Mt.Evrest – Lhatse – Lhasa
- Day10: Lhasa Departure
Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery
Yamdrok Lake, Tashilumpo Monastery
Sakya Monastery, Mt. Everest
Itinerary Details – Day by Day
- Day 1 Lhasa Arrival
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Welcome to Tibet! Your local guide will meet you upon your arrival in Gonggar airport and will escort you to Lhasa. You’ll enjoy the heart-stopping views along the road.
After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to the high altitude city at the top of the world.
- Day 2 Lhasa ( B )
The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrimsall make it a must-visit.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. Finally, walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street.
- Day 3 Lhasa ( B )
After breakfast, you are driven to visit theNorbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama, and then come to Drepung Monastery, once the largest Monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday.
Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, and the “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” in Sera isvery famous. Enjoy the debate!
- Day 4 Lhasa – Gyantseo (B)
Today you will be transferred from Lhasa to Gyantse (5.5-hour drive).
En route, you’ll stop to see Yamdrok Lake, one of three most famous holy lakes in Tibet. For Tibetans, it is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and the home of the “wrathful deities”. The scenery of turquoise blue water in the lake with the reflection of surrounding snow-capped mountains is awesome. Then another stop takes you to a Tibetan family where you can chat with common Tibetans and try some their self-made food.
After arrival in Gyantse, you will tour Palcho Monastery to admire fancy frescoes, statues and sculptures.
- Day 5 Gyantse – Shigatse ( B )
After breakfast, you will be driven from Gyantse to Shigatse (1.5 hours). In Shigatse, you will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the oldest and largest Gelugpa Monastery in Tibet. Here you will see a giant statue of Future Buddha, the largest one of its kind on earth, decorated with precious pearls, turquoises, corals and ambers. Then proceed to a free market to experience the stylish local life.
En route, visit Shalu monastery, which the construction was started in 1027. Its architecture is of typical combination of the Tibetan and Chinese styles with archways, carved pillars, tilled roofs and the Song and Yuan style murals.
- Day 6 Shigatse – Lhatse ( B )
Today you’ll drive to Shegar and overnight here. En route visit Sakya monastery. It is of typical Yuan Dynasty style of resembling castles. There are a lot of historical articles in the monastery, among them are found a lot of the imperial certificates, gold signets, crowns, costumes bestowed by the Yuan Dynasty emperors. It has over 10,000 volumes of Tibetan books on astronomy, medicine, calligraphy, and history. So the Sakya monastery enjoys the title ‘the second Dun Huang Cave.’
- Day 7 Lhatse – Rongbuk Monastery – Mt. Everest Base ( B )
Although it’s just 100km from Shegar to Everest Base Camp (5200m), it takes about 4 hours since the cracked winding roads demand much caution. But the views are stupendous on a clear day, and feature a huge sweep of the Himalaya range including peaks over 8000, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. When you finally get to Base Camp, the first sight of the mighty Everest simply leaves you speechless. All the hardship you bear along the way makes sense at this while. The best moments to watch Mt.Everest’s are early morning and late evening when Everest is shining like a goddess in the sunglow.
Rongbuk Monastery is located at the foot of Mount Everest, and has earned the title of the world’s highest monastery standing at 4,980 meters high.
- Day 8 Mt. Everest Base – Shegar – Lhatse ( B )
After view the sunrise of the Mt. Everest, drive about 4 hours to back Shegar. Have a luch here, then drive back to Lhaste. Tonight we will have our accommodation here. In Lhaste, there is a quite characterized Farmer’s hotel, where they can offer Tibetan dancing and singing show for free. You can have a funny night here after visiting the stunning beautiful Mt.Everest.
- Day 9 Lhatse – Lhasa ( B )
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- Day 10 Lhasa Departure ( B )
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Theday is free for you until to be transferred to the airport in time for yourflight.
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“Our Expert Says”
This tour will take you to the “Roof of the World”, Mt. Everest, to discover the snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, blue skies, sacred sites, and devoted pilgrims. It weaves together Tibet’s most famous icons into a comfortably paced tour over the course of 10 days. This tour also provides an unforgettable camping experience near Mt. Everest, and opportunities to take pictures of Everest during sunrise and sunset.
- Recommended Groups: Suitable for most groups, though highly recommended forfamilies with kids, seniors, and especially photographers.
- Conditions: The tour pace is comfortable, allowing enough time for visitors to fully adaptto the high altitude. You will have 5-6 days to adapt to the high altitudebefore heading towards Mt. Everest. As the altitude at Mt. Everest base camp is roughly 5,000m, a relatively high level of fitness is required. (This tour itinerary is customizable from 7 to 10 days. Some of our customers choose to delete one or two days in order to reduce the costs.)
- Best time: Between April, May and June is the best time to visit Mt. Everest, as you are more likely have the best view of Mt. Everest. Avoid July and August as they are simultaneously the peak season and rainy season. Roads might be closed during winter time and rainy season. It may be too cold to travel to Mt. Everest from October to March.
Tailoring your trip
This itinerary can be designed to give you a flavour ofwhat is possible.
- We can change the tour paces to meet your travel style: leisure, comfortable, or tight.
- We can tailor this trip to suit your specific requirements.
- Itinerary can be altered, from daily activities to accommodation.
- You can either shorten this tour to meet your planning travel time, or extent the journey to other Chinese cities.
Price & Service Guide
What’s included in this price?
- Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
- Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
- All necessary Tibet travel permits.
- All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
- Meals noted in the itinerary as “B,L,D”.
- Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
- Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
- Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
- A container of Oxygen for emergency usage while traveling to Mt. Everest
What’s excluded in this price?
- China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
- Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
- Meals not listed in the itinerary.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
- Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
- Excess Baggage Charges.
- Single room supplement.
- Additional tour service and/or activities.
Value for money:
While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.
When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.
A great way to enjoy the lowest possible price is to invite more people to join your trip to share the travel experience as well as the tour expense. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)
Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.
FAQs of This Trip
Service Information- What is a private Tibet tour package?
Private Tibet Tour Package means you will have your own private local tour guide, private vehicle and private driver for your group. You don’t have to share the vehicle with others. You tour guide will take care of only your group. With the help of your private tour guide, you will see more in Tibet, communicating with locals to learn about Tibetan lifestyle and culture.
You have the flexibility to arrange the group activities accorddingly, such as changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time of certain place. You can also stop on the road as you need.
If you are traveling with your family or a group of friends, a private tour for your group is ideal. As you have more people in the group, the price won’t be much higher than a join-in group tour. It is a good way to save money and enjoy ultimate service.
In Tibet, the overall accommodation situation is not as good as many other parts of China. There are only a few star hotels available in Tibet. In remote areas like Mt. Everest base camp, Mt. Kailash, only guesthouse or tents are available for travelers.
We hand-picked the hotels in each city and areas for you to ensure you have reasonable places to stay while traveling in Tibet. They are in convenient locations and are as comfortable as the local can provide. We also tend to use hotels with unique Tibetan features.
In 3- or 4-star hotels in cities and towns like Lhasa, Tsetang, Shigatse and Gyangtse, you do not need to worry about sanitation. Though, it is a fact that traveling in Tibet is a bit hard. If you are going to remote areas like Mt. Everest or stay near the lakes, it is best to bring a sleeping bag to ensure that you have a nice sleep en route.
For trekking and cycling tours:
1, Stay in local hotel or guesthouse.
2, Stay in tent. (Camping facilities will be provided)
3, Stay in local Tibetan’s family
Breakfast: If you are staying in a star hotel, breakfast is usually included. If you are staying in a guesthouse or tent, breakfast is not included.
Lunch and Dinner:
We don’t usually include lunch and dinner in our tour itinerary. We do arrange lunch or dinner for you at your request though. However, we prefer to give you the freedom to choose the food you want and pay on the spot. From our previous customers’ responses, we find that most of our clients prefer to leave the dinners open on their own so that they can enjoy some time to themselves. They can choose either to go to a local restaurant for a little adventure or to have a simple dinner in the hotel where they stay. They may also prefer to choose a restaurant which appeals to their own unique tastes.
We have created a list of our favorite restaurants in Tibet and hand-picked some local restaurants to recommend to our customers. In Lhasa, you can choose Chinese food, Western food, Tibetan food as well as Nepalese food and Indian food. In “off-the-beaten-road” destinations, choices are limited. Our tour guide will be more than happy to recommend good restaurants for you and take you to the restaurants available according to your tastes and preferred style of dishes. Soon you’ll develop your favorite Tibetan dishes!
Meals arrangement in trekking and cycling tours:
Service one: (recommended if you only have 1-2 people in your group and the trekking day is less than 3 days)
Our tour guide will take you to a local supermarket to buy the food you need for the trekking. You will need to bring some cash with you. We recommend energy bars, chocolate, water, fruit, and cookies. If the trekking length is less than 3 days, bringing food along can be a good way to lower the costs.
Some of our tour guides are able to cook for customers for a little bit extra service charge. You can contact our travel consultants to see if it is possible to arrange this service for you. It can be difficult to arrange this service for you in peak season, so we can’t guarantee this service at the moment; however, we will try our best to provide this service for you.
Service three: (recommended if you have 5-6 people in your group)
We highly recommend you hire a cook for the trekking tour. As you will trek for average 5-6 hours per day which requires lots of energy, it is important to have proper meal during the trekking section. If you like, we will hire a chef to follow your tour and cook for you during the trekking. They can make sure you have hot food during trekking. They will carry all necessary cooking items and equipment including stove and utensils with them. Some cooks will teach you how to cook as well and make cakes with the group on the last day.
You can communicate with your cook and let them know what kind of meal you prefer. You may prescribe the menu for cooking and tell the cook whatever requirements you have.
Daily meal arrangement for your reference:
Breakfast: coffee, milk, eggs, bread
Lunch: rice and vegetables
Dinner: noodles or Spaghetti with vegetables
Our Tour Guide and Driver Information
Local Tour Guides
Our tour guides are born and raised in the regions we visit so they know all the potential difficulties and how to avoid them. They are highly trained, speak excellent English and know the local myths, traditions and history which they will share with you. Wherever you travel, our guides are the key that unlocks each destination and make the trip memorable and unique.
Private Driver and Vehicles
Our drivers have many years of driving experiencein the areas and are very reliable. With Tibet Discovery, you can rest assuredthat we only use the highest quality vehicles available. We use mainly privatevehicles, to ensure we get to our destinations as swiftly and smoothly aspossible, as well as allowing the freedom and flexibility to stop and lookaround or stretch your legs.
If the tour is mainly around Lhasa, we usually choose to use a minivanas the road condition around Lhasa is pretty good, and the minivan costs lessas well. If the tour is covering places with poor road conditions or thedistances are quite far, we also offer 4WD off road vehicles.
Notes: Tipping is nottraditional in China and was actually illegal until the 1980s. While Chinese donot expect tips from other Chinese, they have come to expect tips from Westerntravelers. Due to this, it is highly recommended that you tip your tour guidesand drivers as they are aware that it is a “Western custom” and may worry thatyou were not happy with their service if they do not receive a tip.
Packing List: What should I bring along with me on the tour?
For clothing, we suggest casual style and layered clothing because temperatures in Tibet vary greatly during a day. Down coat is necessary if you go beyond Lhasa and Shigatse to remote areas, e.g. the Everest Camp or further to Mt.Kailash. Sun glasses, sun block,moisture cream are necessary too.
For food, 2L of water each day, and some snacks. We also find the energy drink Red Bull is a great energy boost while traveling in Tibet.
For medicines, we suggest that you take some pain-killer pills with you and enough medicine for colds, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment andthroat-moistening pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive tochilly weather conditions. Please consult your doctor prior to your travel toTibet. Medicine is a must for travelers to Tibet.
Note: You don’t have to worry about your luggage in trekking tours as we could hire abelly boy and Yak and Yak man to carry your luggage for you during the trekking section of the tour. It is an optional service.
High Altitude Sickness Information: How can I prepare for high altitude adjustment?
Anxiety is the common cause of mountain sickness. Our customers age range from 20 years old to 70 years old, there is no evidence that suggests that age has anything to do with the occurrence of mountain sickness.
Taking a Tibet tour with Tibet Discovery, our tour guide will take care of you and give advice on how to avoid high altitude sickness on arrival. A bottle of oxygen will be prepared for each person for emergency use when the tour includes visiting places like Mt. Everest, Lake Namtso, Mt. Kailash and activities like trekking and biking. Always remember that if you have any problems or feel uncomfortable, please tell your guide immediately or contact our travel consultant.
Tibet Travel Permits and China Visa
All foreign tourists and Taiwan tourists must apply for a Tibet Entry Permit issued by the TTB (Tibet Tourism Bureau) for entry to Lhasa or any other parts of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
We will take care of all necessary Tibet permits in all of our Tibet tours. It is included in the price quotation and it is part of our tour services. It’s advisable to apply for your travel permits at least 20 days prior to your entry date. The earlier, the easier for us to get a permit for you.
Please tell us your real occupation when applying a tibet travel permit. Journalists and people involved with political matters (such asdiplomats and government officials) require more complicated procedures to beissued a permit.
A valid passport and a valid China visa is needed when applying a Tibet travel permit. The cost of a Chinese Visa is not included in our tour, so you have to apply for your China Visa in your country by yourself. If you have any question in terms of applying a China visa and filling out the application form, feel free to contact our Travel Consultant.
Questions About Attractions and Tour Activities
Acclimatize: We suggest that you take it easy for your first few days in Tibet. Don’t push yourself physically since your body will require some time to get used to the high altitude.
Photography: When photographing Tibetans, please be sure to get their permission first. Also, when inside the religious sites, please be aware that if photography is permitted. It is not allowed to take pictures while inside the halls of Potala Palace and JokhangTemple. Make sure you bring a flashlight if you want to see the inside of the monastery, though please ask for permission when taking pictures in the monastery. Some Monastery might charge visitors a 10-30RMB fee for taking pictures. Please ask your tour guide if you are not sure.
Free time: During the free time of your trip, like the rest of the first day and the last day before departure, you can walk around on your own and do some shopping if you wish.
Tibet Discovery’s Service and Value
Tibet Discovery’s Service andValue:
Travel Insurance: We provide a limited Accident/Casualty Insurance in Tibet through China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance which only covers accidents that occur within Tibet. This policy’s indemnity is relatively low, so if you would like a more inclusive plan, then it is best to purchase one in your home country before your departure.
Refund Policy: Cancellations made…
30 or more daysprior to departure result in a 90% refund
29-15 days prior to departure resultin an 80% refund
14-7 days prior to departure result in a 70% refund
6-2 daysprior to departure result in a 50% refund
Less than 2 days prior to departureor a no show result in no refund.
Note: Additional cancellation fees, ifapplicable, imposed by the service providers other than Tibet Discovery tours(i.e. flight ticket booking, train ticket booking, hotels reservation, etc.)will be deducted from the money refunded. While this is the official policy, incases where our customers face unexpected and unavoidable problems, we cansometimes offer a more generous refund.
Before the trip: Before your trip, feel free to contact our Travel Consultants for any further information you need. All of our tours are fully customizable, so if you are not satisfied with any part of a tour pakage, just let us know and our expert Travel Consultants will do their best to design the perfect tour for you.
During the trip: If you have any questions or concerns during your trip, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your Travel Consultant will do his or her best to resolve any problems you have and ensure that your trip runs as smoothly as possible.
After the trip: Once you have returned home and have had a chance to settle back in, we’d love to hear from you. We welcome your comments, suggestions, pictures, and whatever else you want to share with us about your trip. We are always striving to improve our customers’ experiences, and also love to hear about their adventures!
Best time to visit Tibet
Best time to go:
Peak Season: June, July,August, September (June to October 15th )
In July and August, the crowds will be considerably larger and the costs forvehicle, food, accommodation, and tour guides are higher. June-August generallyhas great weather, though during July and August, Tibet tends to be extremelycrowded as many Chinese travel there for their summer vacation. As July andAugust is the peak season to travel to Tibet. We highly recommend you avoidthose two months to reduce the costs.
Best Value: April, May,and Late October to November (April 16th to May 31st)
Late April to Early June, late October to November is the best value time togo, as the weather still nice and the cost is considerably less. The tour costsbetween this time is usually a few hundred dollars cheaper than peak season.
Shoulder Season: Late NovemberDecember, January, February, early April (Nov 16th to April 15th)
December-February tends to be a slow period for travel to Tibet. The weather isgenerally quite cold, though there will be no crowds like there are during thepeak season. Another benefit to traveling during the shoulder season is thatprices are considerably lower. The view might not be as vivid but you can enjoyanother side of Tibet.
Note: Aboveinformation applies to most Tibet tours. For specific best travel time, pleasecontact our travel consultant.