Documents Needed for Everest Base Camp Tour

Staying close with the Mt Everest, Everest Base Camp is the best place to enjoy the beauty of the highest mountain. Every year, thousands of travelers travel to Tibet or Nepal for the purpose of achieving their ultimate Everest Base Camp tour dream. However, due to the unique background, planning an Everest Base Camp tour is not as easy as other places in the world. Due to the high altitude in Tibet, travelers must overcome some difficulties such as the altitude sickness, low oxygen content, and changeable weather. A strong and healthy body is the primary physical condition to have a tour in Everest Base Camp. Besides that, travelers should hold certain permits and documents before traveling there, no matter from Tibet side or Nepal side. In order to make you have a better understanding what documents needed for Everest Base Camp tour, I resort lots of information about it.

Permits Needed for Everest Base Camp in Tibet

For Non-Chinese passport holders, international travelers should hold kinds of documents when traveling to Everest Base Camp from Tibet. Normally, there are three kinds of documents which are needed, including Tibet Entry Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit, and Mountaineering License.

Tibet Travel Permit

As the obligatory permit, Tibet Travel Permit plays an important role for foreigners in the world. Issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau, Tibet Travel Permit should be held when you enter the border of Tibet, visiting Tibetan attractions, checking Tibetan hotels, and applying for other permits in Tibet. However, it cannot be applied by your own. Only an authorized local travel agency like Great Tibet Tour can apply for it for free if you book their tour packages. Thus, before traveling to Tibet, you should find the professional travel agency in advance and ask for help.

Aliens’ Travel Permit

The second permit you need to hold is the Aliens’ Travel Permit which is issued by the Public Security Bureau in Lhasa. The application of this permit is easier than the former one. It can be applied when you arrive in Lhasa. The travel agency will help apply for it after you give your passport and Tibet Travel Permit to them. The application fee is about 50 CNY for each person. Several hours’ later, you can get your Aliens’ Travel Permit.

Tibet Trekking Permit

Once your tour itinerary reaches the high altitude above 6000 meters, you are required to have the Tibet Trekking Permit. Like the above two permits, an individual is not allowed to apply for it. Your travel agency will help you.

Mountaineering License

For those who plan to conquer Mt Everest, they must hold the Mountaineering License. Issued by Tibet Mountaineering Association, Mountaineering License can be gotten with certain documents and 200 US dollars.

Permits Needed for Everest Base Camp in Nepal

Besides the Nepal visa, travelers should apply for another document: Trekking Information Management System Card.

Trekking Information Management System Card (TIMS card)

If tourists trek to Everest Base Camp from Nepal, they are required to have the TIMS card. Issued by Service Centre or Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal, TIMS card takes travelers US$20 for an individual, US$10 for a group member. When applying for it, your passport and two passport photos are needed.

8-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour 2

In my last post, I have written the first four days of the most classic Tibet group tour package – 8-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour. Today I am going to introduce the itinerary of the next four days.


Grand Mt. Everest

Day 5 Shigatse – Tingri – Everest Base Camp (B)

Today you will go to Everest Base Camp (5200m) from Shigatse via Tingri, which is the nearest town to Mt. Everest.

Tourist attraction: Rongbuk Monastery, Sunset of Golden Everest Peak

Rongbuk Monastery – As a monastery with the highest elevation (5100m) in the world, Rongbuk Monastery is the perfect viewing deck of Mt. Everest. From here, you can appreciate a wonderful panorama of Everest, the highest mountain on earth. Rongbuk Monastery is also the main monstery of Nyingma Buddhism, which is one of the five sets of Tibetan Buddhism. Different from other temples or monasteries in Tibet, the stylites in Rongbuk are not only monks but also nuns.

Mt. Everest – With an official record 8844.43 meters in China, Everest is known as the highest peak in the world. But not too many people know that it is also the fifth peak which is nearest to the core of our planet. The sunset and sunrise are gorgeous! You will only know when you see it in person. Of course, it depends on a good weather. Generally, the best season to visit Everest is from late April to June and September to October. Because the monsoon of Everest is from July to August, and from November to February is too cold for some travelers.

Stay overnight in the tent area of Everest camp (May to October)
Or the guesthouse in Rongbuk Monastery (November to April)


Rongbuk Monastery – the best viewing deck of Everest

Day 6 EBC – Shigatse

Get up early to enjoy the amazing sunrise of golden Everest peak. We don’t include the breakfast today as the accommodation at Everest area is very poor. But you can buy some sample food from the tent vendor or Rongbuk monastery, such as noodle, rice, etc. And then you can trek a little bit on Everest before we drive back to Shigatse. The distance is around 350 kilometers, which takes about 6 hours due to the strict speed limited regulation.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3 or 4-star hotel

Day 7 Shigatse – Lhasa (B)

Today we are going back to Lhasa from Shigatse after visiting famous Tashilhunpo Monastery. It takes about 5 hours to drive this 300km.

Tourist attraction: Tashilhunpo Monastery

There are top four Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, Drepung, Sera, Ganden, and Tashilhunpo. The first three are all in Lhasa, only Tashilhunpo is in Shigatse prefecture. Although Tashilhunpo Monastery was founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, it becomes the home of Panchen Lama afterward. As the largest monastery in Shigatse, Tashilhunpo means “fortune gathering” in the Tibetan language. The highlight is the pagodas of the past Panchen Lamas.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3 or 4-star hotel


Tashilhunpo Monastery –
the largest monastery in Shigatse

Day 8 Send off to the airport or train station (B)

Your tour ends today. Our staff will send you off to the airport or train station for your next destination. You can wander in the city for the last time before leaving. Buy some souvenirs for your beloved ones. Put this old but charming city in your memory deeply. As your Tibet travel agency, we sincerely welcome your or your friends’ next visit.