Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek
- Itinerary Day by Day
- Cost Info
Everest Advance Base Camp from Tibet is one of the popular and best treks that anyone will experience. This Trek offers the distinct views of Everest which is candidly seen from the base camps. Lying to the north of the great Himalayan range, Tibet is more or less an untamed land of nomads, monasteries and high altitude desert that seem to stretch endlessly. The trip takes you to the highest point on Everest that faces north all the way to camp III, known as Everest Advanced Base Camp.
During the trek, you will be passing through small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Without a doubt, this Trek is one of the world's greatest journeys that combines Tibetan awesome culture with the highest trekking route on earth, so close to the summit of Mt. Everest. Starting your Tibet advance base camp Trek journey to Tibet with a spectacular flight over the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains from Kathmandu past Mt. Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga will amaze you. In Lhasa, you will be provided with two days guided tour of the Potala Palace, the famous palace of the Dalai Lama, Norbulinkha, the great Drepung Monastery and the holy Jokhang Temple where you can stroll through the crowded Tibetan market. The Trek continues with the valleys of Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Shegar and Dingri to Everest base camp. On the way, we will be crossing through the highest passes as Khamba La, Karo La and Gyatmso La that proves to be the adventurous hiking. Also, we will be visiting Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum.
Next part of this Trek is one of the memorable and amazing parts with an uninterrupted view stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma, with clear views of Everest as we turn into the Rongbuk Valley. The trial from Everest Base Camp to Camp I go along the Rongbuk Glacier gives you the perfect and beautiful views around the massive glacier. Camp I lies to the amidst moraine hills under picturesque yellow-orange granite cliffs. Lying directly across the Far East, Interim Camp proves to be super vantage point of this Tibet Everest base camp advance trekking. From the camp II, you can confine panoramas of the huge seracs rising to 50 feet and more of the surfaces of the glacier along with the ranges of white and shiny mountains like you’ve never seen before. Camp 3 lies in the center of flattened gravel mounds next to the glacier. We can observe many of the challenging pinnacles, ridges, and even the rock summit of Everest. The Tibet's Everest Advance Base Camp trip allows us to enjoy the incredible beauty of the Tibetan Plateau, and walk to a very high altitude on good snow-free trails providing the best views of Everest from either the Tibet or Nepal side. Everest base camp advance trek is lively with its spectacular mountains, rich Buddhist culture and fascinating mix of fast growing modern cities existing side by side with glimpses of life unchanged for hundreds of years, it is truly remarkable. Finally, you conclude the Advance Base Camp trek and return back to Kathmandu.
Day 1: Welcome at Kathmandu
We will be present there at airport for your convenience to greet you and transfer to your desired hotel. As you become comfortable and freshen up after your long journey, you will be asked to pay your visit at our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2: Arrive in Lhasa (3650m)
The Starting day of the Lhasa Everest Base Camp Tour, you arrive at Lhasa via Nepal or mainland China. Early morning transfer to the international airport for the hour-long flight to Lhasa that takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. The flight provides you the magnificent views of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. Upon arrival at Gonggar airport you will be met by our representative and taken to hotel. You are suggested to take rest and drink lots of fluids, which will help you to get acclimatized in the Tibetan Altitude.
Day 3: Lhasa
We will visit Lhasa's many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. At Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. See the wonderful collection of ancient murals and statues as well as scriptures written in gold powder, wonderful scroll paintings, tapestries and Thangka. Visit the Jokhang Temple, a spiritual center of Tibetan people built during songtsen Gompo’s reign by princess Wencheng of tang dynasty, 647 A.D. The inner circuit is also situated inside the temple and is lined with prayer-wheel and murals outlined in gold on red background, which depict the thousand Buddha, interspersed with Stupas and relief-images. The temple is surrounded by the Barkhor market, where you will stroll through the busy lanes that seem to have resisted all invasions of the modern world and return back to hotel for overnight.
Day 4: Another Lhasa
Sightseeing Tour day
Today you will visit the spectacular Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. It is the most striking landmark in Lhasa and an architectural wonder. Potala palace is one of the most beautiful monuments in Tibet with a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. Elegantly decorated with hundreds of Thangka paintings, frescos and images created hundreds of years ago the Potala palace is a perfect example of how ancient monuments should be preserved. We also visit Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century and was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. Tibetans' respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery; evening free for Shopping. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest.
Day 5: Lhasa
to Gyantse (3950m) Drive
Today after having breakfast, we will drive from Lhasa to Gyantse on the friendship highway. Drive towards Yamdrok-tso and Gyantse Kumbum monastery running through a black asphalt highway. We cross the Khamba La (4794m) and continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La (5045m) with incredible glacial views. We pass High Mountain passes, beautiful Tibetan villages and colorful slopes of the Tibetan hills. After few hours, we arrive to Gyantse passing the beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages. Overnight stay at Guesthouse.
Day 6: Sightseeing
of Gyantse and drive to Shigatse (3900m)
Today we will have short visit of Gyantse valley. We will visit Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong fort dates back to the fourteenth century and offers some of the most amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Gyantse Kumbum has a large gold-domed Stupa and houses, several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. We head off on a short 90km drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery, being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is the major attraction of Shigatse. Then in evening you can visit the famous Tibetan market below the Shigatse Zong. Our overnight accommodation will be either at Shigatse Hotel or Shandong Mansion.
Day 7: Sightseeing
of Shigatse & Drive Shegar (New Tingri: 4050m)
Today we will drive along the friendship highway to Shegar from Shigatse. We will drive through the highest pass in Tibet, the Gyatmso La, at the altitude of 5220m, the barren yet stunningly beautiful landscape of Tibet. The land quickly descends to plains after Gyatmso La. While traveling through the plains we will see many nomadic herders, quiet countryside, and secluded monasteries to Shegar. Shegar is a mix of the old and the new. Spend your night here.
Day 8: Shegar
to Rongbuk (5000m)
We turn off the Friendship Highway and head south over the Pang La 5150 meters towards the main Himalayan range. Along the drive you enjoy majestic views of snow-capped peaks. We are rewarded with uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma, with clear views of Everest as we turn into the Rongbuk Valley. You will be awed by the spectacular sight of Mt. Everest towering right above you. You have the opportunity to explore Everest Base Camp.
Day 9/10: Two days at base camp to acclimatize
and explore around.
We will explore the surroundings of the Rongbuk Everest base on short treks and spend time acclimatizing. We will spend our nights in tented camps.
Day 11: Trek
from Everest Base Camp to Camp I (5460m)
The trail from Everest Base camp to Camp I go along the Rongbuk Glacier working for about 2 and half hours. Camp I lies amidst moraine hills under picturesque yellow-orange granite cliffs. In the beginning the trekking route skirts the east side of the Rongbuk Glacier and opens into a flat area at 5270m.The views around this massive glacier are of the best in the world. We will take a trail that rises to the east side of this ice cap and heads toward the peak of Mt. Everest. After arriving at camp I, we spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area. We will also look at the nearby ice seracs which rise like white sails from a debris-laden glacier surface.
Day 12: Trek
to Interim Camp (5760m)
Today we will trek from camp I to the interim camp through gravel mounds, mud plain to rocky moraine. Lying directly across from Far East Rongbuk glacier, Interim Camp can prove very beneficial for further acclimatization and super vantage point. Ice pinnacles surround us in all directions. We will also look at the nearby ice seracs which rise like white sails from a debris-laden glacier surface. Another scenic day awaits us as we spend the night at the interim camp.
Day 13: Rest
day at Interim Camp (5760m)
Interim Camp can prove very beneficial for acclimatization. It can be a rest day for preparation to climb higher up or you can explore the landscapes around. Overnight at camp.
Day 14: Trek
to Camp II (5970m)
Today it will be working for about 3 and half hours to ascend up to camp II from the interim camp. We ascend even farther into the intricate maze of ice as we meet up with the Changste glacier. Further ahead, you ascend a succession of hills as the glacier softens into smooth snowy ice fields carpeting the approaching ridges. From the camp II you can confine panoramas of the huge seracs rising to 50 feet and more off the surfaces of the glacier along with the ranges of white and shiny mountains like you’ve never seen before.
Day 15: Trek
to Camp III
(6340m) and return to Camp
Today is the most advance day of our trekking to Everest Base camp trekking as you will march to the camp III of base camp. You trek along moraine following the glacier to the right around the eastern flank of Changtse. Further ahead, you ascend a succession of hills as the glacier softens into smooth snowy ice fields carpeting the approaching ridges. Camp 3 lies in the center of flattened gravel mounds next to the glacier. Today we can observe many of the challenging pinnacles, ridges, and even the rock summit of Everest. From here, with a help of a binocular you can see the real Everest standing about 800 feet i.e. 2400m higher than the Camp III. You might take an hour’s stroll if you are fully acclimatized with the altitude and climate. Finally you will have to conclude your Advance Base Camp trek today. Retrace our steps from Advanced Base to Camp 2 downhill for about 2hrs.
Day 16: Return to
From Camp II you continue trekking back to Base Camp, a long day trek down to comfortable lower altitude. Wonderful sights abound as we leave this amazing peak.
Day 17: Drive
Base Camp to Nyalam (215 km)
Today you will have a drive of about 215 Km from the Base Camp to the Nyalam city along the friendship highway. We will halt our driving for a quick lunch at Tingri and drive on. En route Lalung La pass offers fantastic view of Cho Oyu and other mountain peaks like Shishapangma, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. Descend from the Tibetan Plateau to Nyalam just 30 km before the Nepalese border.
Day 18: Drive
Nyalam (3750m) to Kathmandu
We arrive at the Chinese - Nepalese border, say goodbye to our Tibetan team, pass through customs and join up with our Nepalese staff. Heading away from Nyalam, drive for one hour to the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter. A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu will take you to the friendship bridge on the Bhote Koshi River, which separates Tibet from Nepal. After another 5 hours drive through the lush greenery of Nepalese countryside of 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
What’s included in the Cost:
- All airport Pick up and Drop
- Tibet Travel Permit, entrance fees
- Twin share accommodation in respective hotels
- Tours and transfers with English speaking guide
- All land transport in 4-Wheel Drive jeeps
- Breakfast every day.
Extra Cost to Consider:
- China Group Visa fees (US$ 58.00 per person)and For USA Nationality(US$142 per person)
- Flight Ticket (Kathmandu-Lhasa/Lhasa-Kathmandu)
- Departure Tax at Kathmandu airport (Rs. 1600)
- Lunches & dinners; refreshments, bottled/alcoholic drinks
- Any tips (hotels, restaurants, guide, driver, etc.)
- Photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites
- Nepal re-entry Visa (multiple entry visas are available)
- Extras cost for up-grading rooms at hotels if/when applicable
- Any cost arising from political disturbances, strikes, cancellation of flights, deviation in program, delays due to landslides/ road blockage or otherwise
- Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc.).
Trek Leader and Staffs:
Government certified hiking & trekking Guide
Twin sharing tea house/guest house accommodation
Daily Meals on the Trek:
Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (meals can be chosen from Menu, Vegetarian options available)
What Travellers Say
Duration: 20 days
Highest Altitude: 6400 m
Lowest Altitude: 3650m
Trek Grade: Strenuous
Joining in: Kathmandu Nepal
Location: Tibet Everest base camp trekking
Best time: Autumn (August, Sept, Oct), spring (March April) summer (May, June July)
Guide: Government certified tour & trekking Guide
Lodging: Twin sharing guest house/hotel accommodation private room. during the trekking sleeping on the tent, single supplement will be available by single supplement fee.
Food: Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (typical Tibetan cuisine )
Extend your Holiday
Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek do not included any services in Kathmandu like hotels, tour and trekking in Nepal, but on your request we can help you to get any level of accommodation, Airport pick up, arrangements of Trekking, Day Hiking, Sightseeing and Cultural Tour , Rafting, Jungle Safari, Flight, Paragliding, Car Rental and more.
Accommodations in Tibet
All accommodation lodgings have been chosen for their standard of hygiene, standard of service, location and food quality. All accommodation is based on twin sharing basis, during your tour we will use Hotel Flora or Snowland in Lhasa, Single supplement will be provided on request it cost US$ 120 Single Supplement Fee.
If clients want to use deluxe and best accommodations available we can upgrade the accommodation on the tour as per your request, in Lhasa can use budget to 5 star hotel available to upgrade the tour please contact us
Meals in the Tour
Every day's breakfast is included in the package. This will be a dish of Tibetan or continental origin cooked by the lodgings you stay at. Lunch, dinner and any extra food are up to you; as a rough guide, budget USD 12 to USD 18 per day
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