As the world summit, Mount Everest is a dream to hundreds and thousands of adventure-minded people from all countries. It is known that to conquer the highest mountain in the world proves to be quite hard and dangerous. The difficulty to climb the mountain has deterred most tourists. But in order to catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest, many hikers will choose to trek to Everest Base Camp.
How much does it cost to trek Everest Base Camp? If you decide to start a north face base camp trek, you are on the right page. This article covers a break down of the Tibet Everest Base Camp trek cost, including seven parts - vehicle, guide, hotel, travel permits, entrance fee, meals, porters or animals. Keep reading to the details.
Part 1. Everest Base Camp trek cost - Vehicle
Part 2. Everest Base Camp trek cost - Guide
Part 3. Everest Base Camp trek cost - Accommodation
Part 4. Everest Base Camp trek cost - Travel Permits
Part 5. Everest Base Camp trek cost - Entrance Fee
Part 6. Everest Base Camp trek cost - Meals
Part 7. Everest Base Camp trek cost - Animals & Porters
There are about a total of 1500 kilometers driving distance (round-trip) from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp. International tourists who travel in Tibet must be organized by qualified travel agencies that usually will hire vehicles for your Tibet tour. Obviously, for such a long journey, the vehicle cost will take up the biggest part of an Everest Base Camp trek cost.
The costs vary based on types of vehicle, and usually you have three choices - 4WDs, mini vans and tourist bus. And the vehicle fees also change in different seasons, ranging from 3.5-10 CNY per kilometer. So the total vehicle fees range from 5000-15000 CNY. And this does not include the cost for the days in Lhasa or during your trekking, of which your driver has to also serve you.
Tour guide in Tibet is paid by the day. Most of guides cost about 400-500 CNY per day depends on their experience and reputation. Take the 12 days Everest Base Camp trek as an example, the cost on a guide will be about 5000 CNY. If you choose a 8-day Everest Base Camp tour that consists of much fewer trekking distance, the cost on a guide will be about 3200 CNY. And this does not include the tip to the guide at the end of the trip.
The accommodation conditions from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp vary.
In addition to the Chinese visa you need to apply for at the Chinese embassy in your home country, there are three other permits required for your Everest Base Camp trek journey - Tibet Entry Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit and Tibet Border Pass. It takes 50 CNY to apply for the Alien’s Travel Permit. The other two permits are free officially. Though the goverment does not charge any fee for the mentioned permits above, yet, your travel agency has to make continuous efforts to go to different governmental bodies to apply throughout two to three weeks. The travel agencies will charge service fee upon their own marketing strategy.
Before the start of your Everest Base Camp trek, there are many famous Tibet attractions that cannot afford to miss. Here comes information of the entrance fee.
The simple fried rice/noodle with vegetable and meat costs about 35 CNY. A cup of sweet tea is the perfect match. So generally, you need to prepare about 50 CNY for each meal. That is to say, the average simple food costs in Tibet is about 100 CNY each day. Besides, for your trekking journey, it is better to prepare some high calorie and high protein snacks, such as chocolates, biscuits, dried fruits, nuts and dried meat strips. During the trekking, the food cost might be higher depends on different demand. Normally, it costs 150 CNY per person per day if the group need cooking during the trekking. At the circumstance, the guide will play the role of cook, and all group members can help your guide to cook food.
While the 4 days trekking, if you want to relieve the burden on your shoulder, you can hire a yak, horse or porter. Below come the prices for the yak & yak man, horse & horseman as well as porter.
The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions via the form on the right side, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.
Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.
1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?
2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?
Dear Ms. Ho***,
Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards
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