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How Much Does It Cost for a EBC Tour from Lhasa

Everest Base Camp Tour Cost

Gaze at the lofty Mount Everest at EBC

Cost to Reach Everest Base Camp

The first cost is transportation fee. Let’s give the one week Lhasa and Everest Base Camp tour as an example. The shortest journey from Lhasa to EBC is over 1400km. And foreign travelers who travel in Tibet must be organized by qualified travel agencies, which will usually rent you vehicles for your Tibet tours. According to the types of different vehicles, they charge different fees basing on mileage. There are usually three types of vehicles: 4WDs, mini-vans and tourist bus. And the transportation fees of different types of vehicles also vary in different seasons ranging from 3RMB to 10RMB per kilometer.

Cost is closely related with our Tibet tours and sometimes, cost is the most important thing when we plan a travel. Nowadays, Everest Base Camp (EBC) tour is becoming more and more famous and many people from both at home and abroad are planning some Tibet tours. Then, do you know how much does it cost from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp (EBC)? In fact, things are not so simple when talking about the cost of traveling to EBC, for there are many things which are not for sure. There are lots of things involved in traveling including transportation, hotels, restaurants, entrance fees of tourist sites and the like. Here, I can only give you some general information about the costs of different things you need during your travel. Below is Everest cost breakdown for your reference.

Accommodations on Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Travel Route

As for the hotel, it also depends. The cheap ones can be around 100RMB per night, while the expensive ones can be around 400RMB per night. And the charges also vary from hotel to hotel and from time to time. So, it’s hard to give you an exact number of hotel costs. However, I’d like to introduce some hotel and guesthouse in Lhasa, Shigatse and Everest Base Camp for your reference.

Accommodation in Lhasa

Accommodation in Lhasa offers you a wide range of options, varying from 5-star hotels to humble hostels. The advantage of choosing a hotel is to enjoy modern facilities and high-quality service, but the price is relatively higher. Usually, it would cost you around 150 - 3000 RMB per night. Just name a few as below:

5-Star Hotels in Lhasa: Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise, Luxury St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Lhasa

4-Star Hotels in Lhasa: Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel, Lhasa Thangka Hotel, Lhasa Yak Hotel

3-Star Hotels in Lhasa: Lhasa Shangbala Hotel, Lhasa New Mandala Hotel

Guest Houses in Lhasa: Phuntsok Kasang International Youth Hostel, Dong Cuo International Youth Hostel

Accommodation in Shigatse

As the traffic center and second largest city of Tibet, Shigatse has a little better accommodation than other prefectures in Tibet. Compared with the luxury hotels in Lhasa, Shigatse provides you with a more basic selection, changing from 4-star hotels like Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel to a basicguesthouse. It would take you around 25 -200RMB per night.

Everest Base Camp Tent Guesthouses

Put up by local Tibetans, EBC Tent Guesthouses give you a warm stay. Due to the high altitude and harsh weather, Everest tent guesthouses are only available from April to November. When winter comes, those tent houses at Everest would be torn down. Just a kind reminder, the living condition in EBC guesthouse would be very very simple and basic. There is no toilet inside and tourists can only use the hot water to wash faces, brush teeth, etc. A warm bath is not possible here. All the visitors in the same tent have to share a wide bed with others. It cost about 40 - 100RMB per person.

Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse

Tourists can also choose to stay overnight at Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse. As the highest guesthouse in the world, Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse is 8 kilometers away from Everest Base Camp. The living condition inside is very poor and simple without heat and shower. The biggest advantage here is to enjoy the stunning sunrise and sunset over Mount Everest. It would take you about 30 - 40RMB per person. During the peak season from May to October, it’s hard to find a vacant bed. So early booking is highly recommended.

Everest Restaurant Costs

Actually, there are many restaurants scattering along the way to Mount Everest. Join our Everest Base Camp tour, you don’t need to worry about dinning at all. Our professional Tibetan tour guide will bring you to enjoy the authentic local food at a very reasonable price. It often costs you around 30RMB for each meal. By the way, you can also tell our guide where you want to eat in advance, and then we’ll be able to arrange it. And it’s best to prepare some snacks and fruits before departing from Lhasa for the long-distance driving.

In Everest Base Camp area, you would have very limited options and the price is much higher than the town. For instance, a cup of instant noodles would cost you around 10CNY and a portion of fried rice would take you around 30CNY. The average food cost at Everest Base Camp is about 100CNY per day. To save your budget for EBC tour, it’s advisable to bring you food and drinks here.

Entrance Fees of Tourist Sites on Lhasa to EBC Tour

The entrance fees of tourist sites are relatively stable. But the entrance ticket of Potala Palace can be pretty hard to get, and sometimes, you will have to pay a much higher price to buy one entrance ticket for it. Here I’d like to introduce the tourist attractions along the way to EBC from Lhasa.

Potala Palace:
Entrance Fee: 200RMB per person in peak season; 100RMB per person in low season


Jokhang Temple:
Entrance Fee: 85RMB per person


Barkhor Street:
Entrance Fee: for free


Drepung Monastery:
Entrance Fee: 60RMB per person


Sera Monastery:
Entrance Fee: 50RMB per person

Yamdrok-tso Lake:
Entrance Fee: 40RMB per person


Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum:
Entrance Fee: 60RMB


Tashilunpo Monastery:
Entrance Fee: 80RMB


Rongbuk Monastery:
Entrance Fee: 35RMB


Everest Base Camp:
Entrance Fee: 280RMB