12 Day Old Tingri to Everest base camp Trek


One of the most popular trek during 2005 was the trek from Old Tingri to Mount Everest north face base camp through Drokpa nomad valley. Old Tingri, also known as Gangkar town looks more like a cowboy town in Tibet. Surrounded by mountains and grassland. 

The trek is total 60 km with a duration of 4 days from Old Tingri at 44oo meters to Mount Everest north face at 5200 meters through the valley with mountains and villages and nomads. 

The trek also includes Lhasa monasteries, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse, and Shigatse town with the monasteries and beautiful villages along the way.

Sakya monastery is one of the highlight monasteries of this trekking tour.

Tingri is an essential town in Tibet, border town near Nepal and home of the roof of our world the Mount Everest ( Chomolungma ) 8848 meters. 

I have done this trek around a decade with a few German Travelers; we had a great time. The view of the 4th highest mountains in the world Mount Cho Ou Yo is stunning.  After trekking for four days and finally seeing the summit of Mount Everest is a dream come true for my Travelers. 

The month for this trek is starting from May to mid-October. Other months are too cold to trek. During the beginning of June and September is the best month for trekking in the Tingri region.

Season Price on Group size:

April 15th to June 19th:

1 Person: 5,400 US Dollar 

2 People: 2,700 US Dollar Per Person 

3 People: 2,300 US Dollar Per Person 

4 People: 2,200 US Dollar Per Person 

5 People: 2,000 US Dollar Per person

6 People: 1,800 US Dollar per person 

June 20th to October 25th:

1 Person: 5,500 US Dollar 

2 People: 2,800 US Dollar Per Person 

3 People: 2,400 US Dollar Per Person 

4 People: 2,300 US Dollar Per Person 

5 People: 2,100 US Dollar Per person

6 People: 1,900 US Dollar per person 


Below price is two people shared one room. If Travelers prefer to have a separate room, the cost is 300 US Dollar extra. 

Tour Type: 12-Day Smallest Group Trek

Group Size: Minimum 2 People and Maximum 6 People

Tour Duration: 12 Days

Price: Lowest 1,800 USD

  1. All travel permits for Tibet
  2. English speaking Tibetan tour guide
  3. Pick up and drop off by airport bus
  4. All transportation in Tibet per itinerary, a vehicle for the trip outside of Lhasa, taxis inside Lhasa
  5. Vehicle tolls and Vehicle repairs(if necessary)
  6. All administrative fees
  7. All meals and accommodations for your guide
  8. All lodging listed in the itinerary
  9. Breakfast each morning
  10. Entrance fees for the places listed in the itinerary 
  11. One time welcome meal for the group
  12. One box of mineral water plus shared 
  13. Oxygen tank in the car
  14. Camping Equipment (1 tent shared 2 people ) 1 Mattress and 1 Sleeping bag per person 
  15. Cook for the trek
  16. Food in the trek
  17. 1 horse cart per group
    • Transportation costs to and from Tibet
    • Chinese visa fees and passport fees
    • Lunch and dinner during the tour
    • Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
    • Tips to the driver and guide

Day 1: Arrive Lhasa

Arrive in Lhasa, Tibet via plane or train. Upon arrival in Lhasa (3700m) you will be welcomed by your English-speaking Tibetan Guide and Tibetan Driver and we will bring you to your hotel. 

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa old city with 200 meters from Jhokang Temple 

Day 02:  Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery(B) 

After breakfast, you will visit the Jokhang, the holiest Buddhist temple in all of the Himalaya. Each day, many thousands of Buddhist pilgrims come here to worship. Many have traveled well over a thousand kilometers by foot to see this 1400-year-old temple. After lunch, you will visit the 600-year-old huge monastery complex of Sera. While at Sera, you watch the monks engage in entertaining Buddhist philosophical debates. In the evening, you will have free time to wander around the Old Town on your own.

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa old city with 200 meters from Jhokang Temple 


Day 03: Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace (B) 

Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Potala Palace. Drepung monastery was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. It is located in a small mountain so we can see the view of Lhasa city below.  After Drepung visiting the massive 1000 room Potala Palace, the most iconic building in Tibet. You will work your way up the steps of the Potala and then go through the most important rooms in this famous UNESCO site. After lunch, you will explore another one of Tibet’s important monasteries.

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa old city with 200 meters from Jhokang Temple 


Day 4: Lhasa /  Yamdrok Lake / Karo la Glacier / Gyantse, Shigatse (B)

  On this day we drive approximately 290km, first stopping along the banks of Yamdrok-Tso, the sparkling turquoise lake, for photos. After, on the way to Gyantse we cross Kampa-la (5050 m) and Karo-la Pass (5045 m) to view the Mount Nojin Kangtsen Glacier falling down near the road. Upon arriving in Gyantse (3950m), we visit the seven-story-tall Kubum Stupa and Pelkor Chode Monastery. Also, we admire the Gyantse Dzong (fort) overlooking Gyangste, famous for the British military siege led by Colonel Younghusband in 1903. We drive 90km from Gyangtse to Shigatse (3900m). 

Overnight at 4-star Gesar hotel 


Day 5: Shigatse / Sakya monastery /  Pelber (B)

  After breakfast, we visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, to see the future Buddha’s golden shrine. The Tashilhunpo Monastery is the seat of the Panchen Lama, the 2nd highest in the Tibetan Buddhist religious hierarchy. We also visit Shigatse Market and view the panorama of Shigatse Dzong (fort), with its architecture reminiscent of the Potala Palace. We leave Shigatse in the afternoon and visit Sakya monastery on the way to Sheger. We drive to Shegar across Tsou-la Pass (4500m) and Gyatso-la Pass (5220m), with good weather you can see your first views of Mt. Everest. In the evening we arrive at Pelber (New Tingri) (4300m). 

Overnight at 2-star Roof of the world hotel 


Day 6: Trek from Old Tingri to Lungthang 

Our trekking begins in Old Tingri and we start by going through the Tingri plain. Along with a part of the Ra-chu Valley, we will see the beautiful valley scenery with extensive meadows and flocks of sheep and goats. Throughout the day we can visit a small gompa in Chholun. After 12km and 5 hours of trekking, the night will be spent in a comfortable campsite in Lunthang (4510m). This remote region is home only to herders and barley harvesters. Overnight in Lunthang. 

Camping (B-L-D)

Day 7: Trek from Lungthang to Lamna-La pass

The challenging trekking really starts today as we go up into the mountains. Much uphill walking is done as we climb towards the top of Lamna-la (5150m). After trekking 8 hours covering 21km we camp beyond the top of this pass. Overnight at Lamna-la Pass.

Camping (B-L-D)

Day 8: Trek from Lamna La pass to Zommug  

In the morning we descend steeply into lush vegetation. The only other people we will encounter will be yak herders and their families. The camp will be made in the small village of Zommug (4790m). Truly amazing views can be seen as the sun sets in this barren town. Overnight in Zommug.

Camping (B-L-D)

Day 9: Zommug / Rongbuk monastery / Everest base camp (B)

On our last day of trekking, we will wind our way to the end destination of Rongbuk Everest Base Camp. Along the way, we can also visit the Dza Rongbuk monastery and meditation cave at upper Rongbuk monastery. 

The new rule to protect the environment of Everest national park, Travelers can only reach to the Rongbuk monastery, which is 4km before the previous camp.

Overnight at tea tent dormitory or off-season from November to March at Rongbuk monastery dormitory (No private bathroom and no shower)

( Breakfast )

Day 10: Everest base camp / Shigatse (Travel back to Lhasa)


Day 10: Everest base camp / Kyirong (Travel to Nepal )

Travel back to Lhasa

Travelers who are planning to travel back to Lhasa, Today Travelers will drive from Mount Everest base camp to Shigatse, which is 340km with a driving duration of around 7-8 hours. 

Overnight at 4-star Gesar hotel


Travel to Nepal 

Travelers who are planning to travel to Nepal, Today Travelers will drive from Mount Everest base camp to Kyirong town via Old Tingri, Phikutso Lake and view of Mount Cho ou yo and Mount Shishapangma. (8012) The only mountain fully planted in Tibet. 

Overnight at 3-star Kyirong hotel


Day 11: Shigatse/ Lhasa (Travel back to Lhasa)


Day 10: Kyirong / Cross Nepal border (Travel to Nepal )

Travel back to Lhasa

Travelers who are planning to travel back to Lhasa, Today Travelers will drive from Shigatse to Lhasa through northern friendship highway, which is 280km with a driving duration of 5 hours. 

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa old city with 200 meters from Jhokang Temple 


Travel to Nepal 

Travelers who are planning to travel to Nepal, Today Travelers will drive from Kyirong town to Nepal border bridge between Rasuwa town via crossing the border and travel to Kathmandu. 

Day 12: Lhasa airport / Train station drop off

Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time comes to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.


Stunning Mount Everest North Face with stars

View of Mount Everest from Rongbuk monastery

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