Budget Everest Base Camp Tour

Budget Everest Base Camp Tour begins from Kathmandu with a breathtaking flight over the snow-capped mountains of Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, and Mt Makalu once you leave Nepal. This one of the highest overland group tours to Tibet Everest base camp via Lhasa is good for you if you not get used to adapting high altitude before but the great opportunity to be at the world’s highest base camp, Tibet Everest Base Camp, is by driving overland in a short time. This group tour starts from Lhasa with 3 nights stay in Lhasa and visit Lhasa surrounding and its interesting places such as Jokhang Temple and  Potala Palace, the symbol of Tibet and Lhasa.
We travel through Tibet with magnificent landscapes all the way, stay in the best traditional hotels or guest houses in Tibet. We travel together with group travelers on a private bus. Our expert tour guide will give you briefing on a road driving and thoroughly exploring the towns of Gyantse and Shigatse with Yamdrok Lake you will visit traditional monasteries and be fully immersed in the Buddhist culture.

Along the Friendship Highway, you will travel through some of the most amazing landscapes of the Earth. Pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. The wealth of cultural interest is also fascinating. You will pass through on your journey back to Kathmandu via Lhasa airport both in Lhasa and the other towns.

You can book this 8 days’ Everest Base Camp group tour of ours online by email from any corner of the world. This group tour starts from Lhasa which means you will have the first group meeting in Lhasa. You can go to Lhasa either by flight from Kathmandu or China and get a train to Lhasa from China too.


Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)
Welcome to Tibet. After meeting your tour guide at the airport or the train station, he/she will show you the way to the hotel in Lhasa. And then you can enjoy yourself for the rest of the day.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Lhasa
As soon as you finish your breakfast, we will visit and explore Potala Palace, the wonder of Tibet. Then the Jokhang temple, and stroll around Barkhor Street, the old Tibetan market, enjoy a window-shopping around there later after lunch.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lhasa
Breakfast, and continue exploring Lhasa on another guided tour in Tibet. We visit Norbulinkha Palace Drepung and Sera monasteries.

Day 4: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse (3900m)
Breakfast and stop to visit the Gyantse historical town includes Kumbum Stupa, Gyantse fortress and Pelkor Chode monastery on your way to Shigatse. Also, enjoy a great view of Yamdrok Lake and Karo La glacier we stop tour in Gyantse.
Day 5: Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp (5200)
Breakfast and continue to drive to Rongbuk Monastery crossing the Pang La pass (5050m). Enjoy the great view of the five highest mountains from the pass before heading to Rongbuk monastery. Stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk monastery guest house.

Day 6: Rongbuk to Shigatse (3900m)
Enjoy the sunrise and the whole scene of Everest from Rongbuk monastery, and then hike about 8km to Everest base camp and back to Rongbuk monastery. Traveling back to Shigatse afterward. Enjoy a free evening in Shigatse. Stay overnight in Shigatse.
Rongbuk monastery
Day 7: Shigatse (3900m) to Lhasa (280km, 3650m)
Breakfast and drive back to Lhasa by Friendship Highway without Gyantse and Yamdrok Lake. Enjoy a free afternoon on your own in Lhasa.

Day 8: Departure to Nepal/China
On the last day, you will be transferred to the airport or the train station in Lhasa after breakfast for your flight to Kathmandu, Nepal or any other cities of mainland China.

Budget Everest and Namtso Tour

Mt. Everest is ranked the highest mountain in the world and it attracts thousands of visitors each year. Namtso lake is the second largest salted one after Qinghai’s Kokonor. Tibetans consider it to be one of four sacred deity lakes. Regardless of its popularity, we manage our budget Tibet tours to show you the best of Everest and Namtso lake as the locals see it.

Mt. Everest

Day 1: Arrive at Lhasa

Upon arrival at Lhasa Airport or train station, you will be met by our guide and transferred to the hotel at the center of the old city. You can walk around Barkhor street in the evening time with pilgrims.


Day 2: Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

In the morning, go to visit the Potala Palace which is built in 7th century and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, you will experience its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens where are the past Dalai Lamas’ tombs, and a huge number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc. In the afternoon, you are going to visit the holy Jokhang Temple in Tibet which was built during king Songtsen Gonpo’s reign by princess Wencheng and its famous Barkor Kora. As in Barkor Kore, you can buy or appreciate traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, Tibetan music instrument, books, antiques, Thangkas and tradition Tibetan clothes etc. Overnight in a 3-Star Hotel.

Barkhor Street
Day 3: Visit Drepung and Sera Monasteries

After breakfast, go to visit Drepung Monastery which is located at the foothill of a mountain and was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choeje. 10000 monks lived there before. Ganden Podrang in Drepung was famous as the administrative center during the fifth Dalai Lama period and later moved to Potala Palace. After having lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa’s disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is its Buddhist monk’s debating held in the courtyard. Overnight in a 3-Star Hotel.


Day 4: Visit Ganden Monastery and Norbulingka

Drive out early in the morning after breakfast to see Ganden Monastery, the first-ranked from among the six Gelug sect monasteries. Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa School, built Ganden Monastery in 1409. Ganden Monastery was famous for its abbot throne holder who was traditionally recruited on the basis of his knowledge by a gathering of monks even from Drepung and Sera Monasteries. After visiting Ganden drive into Lhasa to visit Norbulingka – the summer palace of successive Dalai Lamas.

Gandan Monastery
Day 5: Drive to Namtso Lake and return to Lhasa

In the morning, drive to Namtso Lake (4719m). Namtso lake, the blue turquoise shape is the second largest salted one after Qinghai’s Kokonor and Tibetans consider it to be one of four sacred deity lakes. After visiting the so-called Namtso, we will return to Lhasa late afternoon.

Namtso Lake
Day 6: Set out for Gyangtse to Shigatse. 375km

In the morning you will drive to Shigatse. Enroute, you will cross Kambala pass (3975m), Yamdrok Youtso Lake, Karola Glacier and Semila Pass. Stop at every sight to take photos until arriving in Gyangtse. Gyangtse is renowned for Pelkhor Monastery and the stupa. Gyangtse Zong is located on top of the hill, was once the administration of central Tibet. We will drive more than 90km to Shigatse through Tibetan villages along the road. Stay overnight at Shigatse (3750m).

Day 7: Drive to Rongphu Monastery

After breakfast at Shigatse, we will drive to Rongbuk Monastery (5150m) nearby EBC (5200m). On the way, we will cross the cultural town Lhatse, Gyatsola Pass (5248m), and Shegar cover 245km.  A little from Shegar we will go ahead into huge mountains and passes to cover 102km until Rongphu monastery, the highest monastery in the world. Stay overnight at a guesthouse.


Day 8: Hike 1 hour to Everest Base Camp and drive to Lhatse

Before sunshine, we will hike around one hour to the viewpoint and you can take amazing photos of Mt. Everest with the first sunrise. After exploring there, we will drive back towards Lhatse. Before staying in a hotel, we will visit Sakya Monastery.

Day 9: Drive from Lhatse to Lhasa

On the road, visit Tashi Lhumpo Monastery in Shigatse, the seat of successive Panchen Lamas. Tashi Lhunpo is one of the four major Gelupa sect monasteries and is currently home to 700 monks. You will arrive in Lhasa late evening and drop in the hotel.


Day 10: Transfer to Airport or Train Station

Your local guide and driver will transfer you to the airport or train station to connect to your next destination.  Your perfect Tibet Tours end here.

Advises on Tibet budget tour

Do you want to travel to Tibet on a budget? Travel to Tibet is never a cheap and independent travel is never allow. But the budget Tibet travel is possible when you have local information. The majority of Tibetan local travel agencies didn’t provide the in-depth information of Tibet travel so that they can make a lot of extra money out of the missing information. Do remember, even the lowest Tibet tour packages price could be expensive.

the land of snows

Here are some pieces of advice on Tibet budget:

Pay attention to Tibet travel agencies that run outside Tibet. These travel companies which are not from local Tibet posted many advertisements on the Internet and travel agencies declaring that they can offer a very attractive price for you to travel Tibet on a budget. Some visitors are touched by the price they gave. Then they sold the group information to those unprofessional low profile travel agencies in Tibet where you will get not the service you have been promised.

Not skillful tour guides. I’ve seen so many visitors that are disappointed about the Tibet travel mostly caused by those unprofessional tour guides who are from the low profile agencies. They do not know any specific attractions in Tibet and even wasn’t able to speak an understandable English.

Travelers need to know the facilities in Tibet. Every single one of the travelers need to understand the kind of facilities in Tibet and use them clearly. However, some regions of Tibet do not have a kind of facility which you may think it should be. The best travel agencies in Tibet would offer you some helpful options that you can choose from. We often send this information to clients before they come to Tibet because it’s helpful for them to have proper connections with the guide.

Cheaper does not equal better. A lot of websites claim that they would be local agency more likely so the offering is cheaper than other agencies. On the contrary, the fact is that local travel agency would give you a reasonable price for your because they are located in Tibet and they got a good understanding of the local price going. Some visitors didn’t get the good quality of service as promised by those unprofessional agencies for only seeing the tour guide and driver. What a joke! The qualified local travel agencies will show you a few pictures of places around them and meet you on Skype if required before your arrival in Tibet.

Do not choose any travel agencies that using Christian or western personal name. The local people in Tibet do not have a culture of using Christian name or western personal name to name a travel agency. They usually use their birth name rather than any other names. Be careful, if you find a travel agency that is using Christian or western personal name, the runners are not Tibetan and they are probably not located in Tibet.

How to Plan the Budget Tibet Tour?

Tibet is an autonomous region of China which located on Tibetan Plateau in Asia with an average altitude of more than 4000m. You will be shocked by its most unique landscapes and magnificent views. The highest altitude location makes it one of the remotest places around the world.

Tibet Tour
Traveling to Tibet is a little bit expensive because of the additional permits to visit Tibet or other restricted areas. It is forbidden for foreign visitors to travel in Tibet alone so you also need a tour guide on your side. All these above certainly increase your budget and make it necessary to plan your Budget Tibet tour such as paperwork preparation, reservations and tickets and accommodation wisely.

Tour Guide
First of all, it has become the most popular way to go to Tibet by train since the Qinghai-Tibet Railway was opening in 2006. You can take this train to Tibet from many major cities in China like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. The cost of taking the train is one third or a half than taking a plane. There are many other advantages in addition to the price. You can enjoy the stunning scenery outside the window for 2-3 days and experience the very altitude as high as over 5000m.

On the other hand, it’s better to acclimate the altitude comparing to flight. Even if you are going to visit Lhasa only, a good acclimatization is still very important. The Tibet trains are specially built with centralized oxygen supply and each cabin is equipped with extra oxygen in case of altitude sickness. In an emergency situation, each passenger also has private oxygen supply and there will be a doctor on each train.

Train to Tibet
Secondly, a tour guide and a vehicle are your necessities in Tibet. The cost could be very high if you travel with your own group which is composed of no more than 2 or 3 people only. You might say, joining a large group could be restricted by the rules and other people. So why don’t you join a small group to be not only free but also decrease the cost. As far as I know, Great Tibet Tour is specialized in some of the most popular Tibet small group packages. An ideal small group would be composed of 8 to 9 people to guarantee the smooth communication between tourists and guide. It would also provide safe and quality transportation and hotels with good locations and clean conditions. An experienced guide would take you to the most authentic Tibetan culture and real life. Another advantage of joining small tour group is, of course, meeting new people from all over the world.

Small group
Last but not least, visit Tibet in winter. Most people who haven’t been to Tibet will treat Tibet as a place that is extremely cold and full of snowstorms in winter and some of them even think the human cannot visit Tibet in that season. In fact, visiting Tibet is not that cold as you imagine although many distant locations are too harsh to access. For example, Lhasa can be warmer than Beijing in many days of winter. The main winter season with a temperature of 10 to 18 degrees most of the days in Tibet is November to March. Lhasa, as the major destination for Tibet tours in winter, daytime temperatures are usually over 10 degrees while nighttime temperatures hover around 0 degrees. In that case, you can easily figure out that visit Tibet in winter is much the same as doing that in other seasons. But since it’s the off-season, the cost of guides, vehicles, tickets and hotel accommodation are lower.

Winter Tibet
Tibet has become an expensive destination because of remote and high-altitude location as well as extra travel requirements compared to many other places in China.Still, you can minimize your budget and fully enjoy what Tibet is offering to its visitors by careful planning, working with a good tour operator and choosing budget-friendly options.

Tibet Trekking

Tibet is always mysterious to trekkers all over the world because the magnificent high plateau landscape of it offers fantastic opportunities for them. It will always have something for you no matter what your interests are such as climbing majestic mountains, visiting holy monasteries, circling around beautiful lakes, riding horses throughout the vast grassland.
Tibet trekking
It is a wonderful way to explore Tibet and unforgettable experience of a lifetime that you can’t get on this planet. You will have a full sight of Tibetan culture and sense the harmonious and subtle connection of people to nature once you step into the highland. There are several trekking routes we recommended in Tibet which are accessible to all levels of skills and experiences.

The best long trek is Gandan to Samye passes which costs you 5 days more or less. You will travel across Shuga-La pass and Chitu-La passes over 5000m and you can also see the holy lakes, beautiful landscapes, nomads’ camps, as well as Gandan monastery and Samye monastery which are two of Tibet’s greatest centers of religious culture.

Shalu to Nartang is the best short trek which costs you 2-3 days, follows the ancient trade route between two Buddhist monasteries. The caravans laden with goods and treasure passed this way in the past. This route goes through several villages and uninhabited canyons, while the trails are easily accessible from Shigatse.
Tibet trekking

One of the harshest and most challenging treks for the pilgrims in the world is Mount Kailash trek, which is famous as Asia’s holiest mountain-Mt. Kailash. Admirably, this trek integrates the cultural, physical and spiritual dimensions of a trip in Tibet. You can see fantastic mountain sightseeing all the way and meet many pilgrims from Tibet and other countries.

It’s an excellent choice for you to trek from Tsurphu to Yangpachen if you want to get a close look at the lifestyle of the nomads. This trek begins at Tsurphu Monastery and crosses a few high valleys before entering the broad Yanpachen valley. This trek which combines Alpine tundra, monasteries, hot springs, lots of nomads and distant nunnery balances wilderness and cultural activities perfectly.

It is incredible for you to the see ecological diversity of northern Tibet by Nyenchen Tanglha Traverse trek. The route leaves Damxung Valley and wends its way through a rocky alley, and a number of stream crossings aside you. You will pass through gorges, alpine meadows and forested slopes. Fantastic views of sparkling Namtso and Tashi Do can be visible from many vantage points on the trail. Some colorful nomad camps dot the way as well.

Everest base camp to Tingri trek provides a complex mix of solitude, wildlife sighting and physical challenge. It is an excellent alpine trekking in the shadow of the legendary Mt. Everest. On the way to Everest Base Camp, you will have time more than enough to explore the valleys and glaciers below the massive north-face of Mt. Everest and view the most magnificent scenery on the world’s highest mountain. You can also see much wild wildlife in the valleys and pasture along the way.
Tibet trekking

When is the best time for trekking? All seasons are perfect except snowy seasons(Nov-March). Generally, the ideal time for trekking in Tibet is from April to October. April to June and September to October are most highly recommended months without much rain or snowfall. During the snowfall, not only the high ways that take the trailheads are blocked but also the mountains are inaccessible. July and August are the hottest months of the year and the rainy season in Tibet. The roads are in bad conditions which make your trekking messy and hard.

Holidays to Tibet spiritual

It’s a wonderful spiritual experience to travel to Tibet to see the most prominent around Lhasa including historical kings palace in the Yarlung valley which is known as the cradle of Tibetan civilization and the first ever Buddhist monastery. The holy city will greet you with the pure blue sky and impressive Potala palace perched on the red hill. You will be amazed by its prominent historical and religious sites, sacred Jokhang temple, sprawling Sera, Drepung monastery and walk shoulder to shoulder with devoted pilgrims in bustling Bakhort street during a couple of days acclimation and jet-lag alleviation. Then the spiritual journey will take you to the historical buildings and precipitous cliffs around the Yarlung valley. You can hike through the green bushes within the natural amphitheater valley and drive along the stunning turquoise color lake Yamdrok and blooming Nyenchen Kangsar glacier under the sunny plateau climate. you will never waste every single minute by discovering new experiences and wonders all the time, last but not the least, visiting Namtso lake and sleeping over on the Tashi Do promontory complete your exclusive Tibetan experience of culture, religious, natural and nomadic lifestyle.

From the beginning, you will be greeted by the representatives on your arrival at the airport/train station and it is a short drive to the holy Lhasa city along the Lhasa river. Far before reaching to the city, you will have the first glimpse of tremendous PoSpiritual experiencetala Palace. Then check in in the Lhasa old town. It is also known as Tibetan area that centered by mystical Jokhang temple and the bustling Bakhor street. In the following couple of days, we have thoughtfully arranged a few worthy visit to some world heritages and sites of breathing Tibetan Buddhists. You have a lot of time to walk side by side with devoted local pilgrims in the lively Bakhor street, it is also a real pleasure to explore the busy cobbled lanes twisting around the old buildings in the supernatural Drepung and Sera monastery, and the knowledgeable guides will enhance your experiences with a thorough historical and cultural explanation. Besides, we do arrange special short visit to typical Tibetan countryside family these days and even receive scared blessing from high lamas with local pilgrims per client’s interest.

Tibetan pilgrims
The next few days, we will explore the Yarlung valley which is known as the ancient Tibetan kings dynasty as Yarlung kingdom. Tsedang is the largest town in the southern part of Tibet and it is also famous as cradle of the Tibetan civilization, it was the capital of Tibet prior to Lhasa and one of the most distinguished Samye monasteries in its Mandala architecture, it was the very first Buddhist monastery in Tibet and spending a night near the monastery with full afternoon exploration around it. However, we can also start a short hiking through the solitary caves and tiny trail amidst the scrub bushes, you may get the chance to interact with devoted yogis or retreatants in their caves, up from the terrace offers a spectacular view of the Brahmaputra valley below. Then relax the day in Tsedang and take a hot bath in the hotel.
Tibet monastery

At last, we will across the high peak of Shogula pass(5400m) through some peaceful villages and farmhouses within the Oyuk valley to Yanpachen and the northern grassland. There are hundreds of beautiful lakes in that vast grassland. Namtso lake, for example, is the most sacred, beautiful and the world highest saltwater lake in Tibet. We will take a night off on the Tashi Do peninsula to enjoy the breathtaking views of snow-capped ranges all around and cold breeze of the mysterious lake. Then we are going to drive back to Lhasa the other day to complete the clockwise circumambulation at Lhasa. The giant black tent which is made up of yak wool in our route has a great tendency to preserve heat and resist rain. Every single tent is a well-equipped house with kitchen, bedroom, seating room and storeroom.

Lhasa budget tour

Tibet temple
Tibet, one of the most attractive destinations, is the center of Buddhist culture and Philosophy. Travelers from all over the world like going to Tibet to feel its unique landscapes, natural beauty as well as its rich history and culture from a different perspective.

Tibet Kathmandu Overland tour is truly an amazing tour. It is, in fact, an experience of the lifetime. It gives us an opportunity to view the natural beauty along with its rich culture and history from a different perspective. This tour starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Zhangmu and then to Naylam passing through beautiful Nepalese countryside. Then the drive uphill takes us towards the highest plateau of the world amidst the unique landscapes, which gives us the feeling of standing on the roof of the world.

Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,750m) -162kms.

We start early morning drive through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to Kodari. After completing Immigration and customs formalities, we continue drive uphill to Zhangmu (2,300m) through a beautiful gorge to Nyalam. You will meet your Tibetan guide at the check post and he will lead you to Lhasa. Overnight at Guest house/dormitory.

Day 02: Nyalam to Lhatse (4,350m) -220kms.

After breakfast, drive to the highest plateau of the world with typical landscape offering the absolute feeling of being on the roof of the world crossing over the 5,050 meters Lalunga pass, from where we can view the breathtaking mountain ranges of Mt.Cho Oyu (8,201m) Mt.Xishapagma (8,012m) and among others. If the weather is clean then we can see the magnificent view of Mt. Everest (8,848m) from Tingri/ Lhatse. Overnight at guesthouse/ Dormitory.

Day 03: Lhatse to Xigatse (3,900m) – 244kms.

Drive from Lhatse to Xigatse through 5200 pass, visiting Tasilumpo monastery where there is an attraction of future Buddha and different Panchen Lamas. Over 800 monks lived there. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 04: Xigatse to Gyantse (3,950m) -90kms.

Today, we visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and the open market of Xigatse in the morning time. We will take a short drive to Gyantse after lunch where your eyes can be feasted by the Kumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. Overnight at hotel /guesthouse.

Day 05: Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m) -259kms.

This day, we have a full day picturesque drive along the turquoise lake Yamdrok, crossing over Kampala Pass (4794M) and the Brahma Putra River. And after 8 hours long hours drive we will reach Lhasa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06/07: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala, Sera and Jokhang Temple.

These two days, you will be engaged with sightseeing of Lhasa including, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple (the holiest of Tibetan shrines, houses two images of the Buddha brought as dowry by Songster Campo’s Nepali and Chinese queens) along the bustling street of Barkhor Market. In Lhasa, you will also visit Norbulingka (the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas), Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Fly Lhasa to Kathmandu, one hour flight (1,300m)

Drive from Lhasa to the airport (approximately two hours) and fly back to Nepal. The flight is one hour 10 minutes and it is one of the most beautiful flights in the world. You can see the Yalung Tsangpo Rivert, Lake Yamdruk, Kanchenjunga (8,586m/28,160ft), Makalu (8,463m/27,760ft) and Mt. Everest (8,848m) on your flight.

Note: The Conditions stated in that mentioned itinerary are applicable only for those visitors who choose the complete package. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice and financial budget which the selections of the staff and itineraries depend on. And we are glad to provide options and itineraries for service due to your interests and needs.

Tibet budget tour

All foreign tourists must have an organized plan which includes Tibet travel permits, a tour guide, a  vehicle and a driver to travel to Tibet Autonomous Region(TAR) as you probably already know. Because of the political and military situation in Tibet, there are no exceptions, foreigners can not go to the TAR by themselves but with tour guides. Therefore, the costs are beyond reach for budget travelers. Guide prices in the TAR are about $40-$50 a day. Vehicle costs from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp are between $1500-$2000 which are not including the cost along to Kailash($2600-$3200). It is difficult to find a way of lowering the cost of the Tibet tour since foreigners have to hire a guide and a private vehicle as well because travel using public transportation in the TAR is not possible.

Nearly every attraction in Tibet such as temples, monasteries, lakes, mountains and glaciers has an entrance fee in addition to the guide and vehicle costs, and some of these fees are very expensive. The costs can be really added up over the course of a 10 or 12 days tour in Tibet. You can expect to pay about $175-225 per person just for entrance tickets if you want to take the standard route from Lhasa to Everest visiting the major sites all the way. Once again, traveling on a budget in the TAR is a little bit difficult. Tickets for the Potala Palace are $32/person and tickets to go inside of Jokhang Temple are $14/person in the high seasons.

Tibet Temple
Still, there are some methods for you to lower a little of the cost of traveling in the TAR. You’ll have to pay the guide and vehicle fees if you are traveling solo in the TAR. On the contrary, by traveling with a group of 4-8 people, you can share the costs of tour guide and vehicle with others to reduce your own cost. The point is, the costs of traveling in Tibet are also high for budget travelers even with a group. Here is what I suggest, if you are alone, the costs of a standard tour from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp and back to Lhasa in the high seasons will be $3000-$3500(traffic ticket to/from Lhasa and meals in Tibet are not involved). But if you travel with a 3 people group, you can make the costs down to around $950-$1150 per person. A 4 or 5 group tour to Everest could get the price down to $600-$700 per person. In a word, traveling with a small group of people could save you about 2000 dollars!

Potala Palace
There are plenty of dorm-style hotels and well-priced standard hotel rooms in Tibet. Unfortunately, many of the budget standard hotels will be outside of walking distance to the Lhasa old town which has most of the main sites. The current Lonely Planet guidebook lists a lot of budget hotels across Tibet.

Tibet hotel
Many excellent restaurants also stand in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse which offer amazing Tibetan, Nepal and Western food yet it could be a little expensive for budget travelers. There are dozens of little restaurants all around the old town of Lhasa that provide you less expensive but delicious bread and noodles. Do tell your guide that you are looking for the non-touristy, Tibetan-style restaurants if you want to save a little money on food.

Tibet restaurant
What’s more, if the costs of traveling in the TAR are too far out of reach for you, the Amdo and Kham regions are the better choices. These regions do not require an organized tour because they lie outside of the TAR. You can take public buses to travel through these wonderful regions instead of getting a guide or a private vehicle. Many travelers that travel to Tibet repeatedly claim that the Amdo and Kham regions are the best place to experience the traditional Tibetan culture.