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Do I Need a Permit to Visit Everest Base Camp in Tibet?

Last Update: December 12, 2019

Situated on the border between China and Nepal, Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world, whose peak is 8,848 meters above sea level. It appeals to hundreds of thousands of travelers from all over the world. Visiting to Everest Base Camp (EBC) is a dream of many tourists who travel to Mount Everest, and travelers could make the trip at any time of the year.Lying at an elevation of 5,200 meters, the Everest Base Camp is the most popular viewing point to get a stunning view of the majestic Everest Peak. But you cannot directly to visit this holy site without preparing any Permits. You need to prepare at least two permits, including the Tibet Travel Permit, and the Alien’s Travel Permit. Of course, your passport and Chinese Visa is also indispensable. Before you go to Tibet, you should apply for the Tibet Travel Permit through a local travel agency in advance. It is advised to apply for it at least 20 days before you travel to Tibet. And the Alien’s Travel Permit should be applied after you get to Tibet

View of the majestic Everest Peak in Everest Base Camp.

Besides, if you want to trek from the Everest Base Camp (EBC) to Advanced Base Camp (ABC) or intend to climb the Mount Everest, the Tibet Trekking Permit and the Mountaineering License are also required.

While It sounds like a complex and daunting task to get all of these permits, the fact is that you don’t need to bother too much, because you do not have to do this by yourself. All of the required permits to visit Everest Base Camp in Tibet are ruled to apply via a travel agency like us. As an experienced Tibet tour operator, can arrange all the required permits for you, except for the Chinese Visa.

Permits to Visit Everest Base Camp in Tibet

Mount Everest is situated in China’s border area, so you need to apply for at least two permits when you visit it, the Tibet Travel Permit and the Alien’s Travel Permit. The former allows you to enter Tibet legally while the latter permits you to visit restricted regions like Everest Base Camp.

Tibet Travel Permit

The Tibet Travel Permit, also known as Tibet Visa, is the first permit you will need. It is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. The Tibet Travel Permit is the pre-condition to apply for other required documents for Tibet tours. Without it, you cannot even book the flight or train ticket to Lhasa.Tibet Travel Permit has to be applied through an authorized local Tibet travel agency. You only need to email the photo image of the passport information page and Chinese Visa page to your travel consultant who will help you apply for the Tibet Travel Permit. This procedure normally takes 8-9 business days. Because this permit needs to be delivered to you, it is recommended to apply for it 10 or 15 days before you visit to Tibet. You will be asked to show the Tibet Travel Permit before boarding the train or a plane to Tibet.

Alien’s Travel Permit

The Alien's Travel Permit, also known as the PSB Permit, issued by the Public Security Bureau at a cost of 50 Chinese Yuan. It is a necessity for your travel to Mount Everest. You won't be able to reach the Everest Base Camp without Alien's Travel PermitCompared to the Tibet Travel Permit, the Alien’s Travel Permit is much easier to obtain. You can apply for it at the Foreign Affairs Office either in Lhasa or Shigatse. Your Tibet tour guide will help you to process the application. This procedure will take around 1-2 hours. The documents needed include: 
1. Original copy of Tibet Travel Permit 
2. Original copy of passport 
3. Original copy of your tour guide’s certificate 
4. Tour itinerary

More Travel Documents for Visiting Advanced Base Camp

The Everest Base Camp is usually the final destination for most travelers to go to Mount Everest. But you can try to trek from the EBC to ABC or to climb higher if your physical condition allows and the required permits are prepared.

Tibet Trekking Permit

If you plan to trek from EBC (5,200m) to ABC (6,400m-6,500m), you need to obtain the Tibet Trekking Permit. Your tour guide will help you submit the permit application at the Tibet Mountaineering Association (TMA).

It is a pity that the Tibet Trekking Permit service was canceled in April 2018, to protect the environment of Mount Everest. It has not resumed until now. Yet, we promise to inform you in the first place if it becomes available.

Mountaineering License

For most of the mountaineers, climbing Mount Everest via Tibet is a lifetime dream, as the north route in Tibet is far more challenging than the south one in Nepal. If you intend to climb to the top of Mount Everest, you will have to apply for another permit, Mountaineering License issued by Tibet Mountaineering Association. And a professional coordinator for climbing is required for issuance of the license. You will not be permitted to pass the checkpoint at EBC without the license and the coordinator.

Let Us Handle All the Things for You!

For many people, one of the main worries is the variety of required permits and cumbersome application procedures, when planning to take a trip to Everest Base Camp in Tibet. However, in order to protect the ecological environment of Tibet and ensure the safety of tourists, it is regulated that all international travelers should join in an organized tour through a travel agency, which can handle the tibet travel permits, including those to Everest Base Camp .As the Tibetan tour expert with over 10 years of running experience, our company organized various types of Tibet tours that cover Everest Base Camp, and allow you to join it according to your preferences and time. Once you book Tibet tour packages through us, we will take care of all the matters for you, such as applying for all required permits and passes, arranging your accommodation in all stops, from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp, and providing vehicle and tour guide service, etc.

Not only can you ignore complex permits application once you book with us, but also you will save your money on the trip. As your costs for the guide, vehicle, fuel, etc. will be shared by all the members of the tour group, it makes a huge saving for you in comparison to a private tour. It's an ideal choice for those tourists who with a limited budget as well as do not like to travel alone. Moreover, you can make new friends along the way. Some of our clients have made lifelong friends on their tours. And it is also a great way to expand your horizons


If you are going to visit Mount Everest Camp in Tibet, you need to prepare related permits before travel. For the majority of tourists, Tibet Permit and Alien’s Travel Permit are all you need to visit EBC in Tibet. But if you want to trek from EBC to ABC or climb Mount Everest in Tibet, you need to get Tibet Trekking Permit and Mountaineering License issued by Tibet Mountaineering Association.

As a well-established local Tibet travel agency, booking your EBC tour through us is a better choice. We offer a one-stop service for the application of all the permits within our capacity. If you plan a trip to Mount Everest or have any one

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