Currently there is no airport on or near Mount Everest, as well as no railway built to Mount Everest. China and Nepal are said to be discuss building a railway connecting Lhasa with Kathmandu which will pass by Mount Everest. The only way to get to Mount Everest of Tibet side is driving. In 2015, a well-paved road was put into usage. It is connected with the National Road 318, which makes it very convenient to drive to Mount Everest, and also save a lot of time.
Route A: Lhasa – Gyantse - Shigatse – Everest
This route is the most popular driving route to Mount Everst as well as the most classic tour itinerary in Tibet. It connects the most cultural destination Lhasa with the most natural destination Mount Everest together. The route needs 2 or 3 days to complete – days 1 is to drive from Lhasa to Shigatse, via Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Palcho Monastery， and spend a night in Shigatse City; day 2 is to drive from Shigatse city to Mount Everest. If you want to slow down your pace, you can even stay one more night in Gyantse where you can visit Gyantse Dzong, Pala Manor and watch a night show.
Route B: Lhasa – Shigatse – Everest
This route also uses Shigatse as middle transfer. It follows the National Road 318 from the capital city Lhasa, via the second largest city in Tibet – Shigatse, directly to a fork in the road near Tingri Town, where you will leave the 318, and go along a well-paved road. The vehicle can directly escort you to Rongbuk Monastery area. To get to Mount Everest by Route B, you will need two days – day 1 from Lhasa to Shigatse. After arrival, you will have some time to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery; day 2 is to drive from Shigatse heading to Rongbuk Monastery. It is along driving around 7~9 hours. So you’d better pack some food and drink with you.