Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek in Tibet-17 days
Everest Advanced Base Camp in Tibet
Everest Advanced Base Camp in Tibet
Everest Advanced Base Camp in Tibet
Everest Advanced Base Camp trek in Tibet captures the arresting beauties of 'Roof of the World'. Tibet with most of its territories being full of high mountains above 4,000 meters offers extensive views of pristine mountains. Since, after completing this trek, visitors will be able to congratulate themselves for reaching such highest point on the Everest Trail through the Tibet side as a non-climber trekkers! Moreover, since the journey begins in Lhasa and ends in Kathmandu, it is also going to be a primier cultural journey for the first timers!
We invite passionate trekers to experience the amazings Everest Advanced Base Camp in Tibet which focuses on adventure, fun, cultural exposure, and not the least, proper acclimatization. The journey begins from Lhasa - our stay at the Tibetan capital would serve both the purpose of acclimatization and cultural sightseeing. Two full days in Lhasa is reserved not only for acclimatization to high altitude, but also to explore historical and cultural monuments of Tibet.
Then we drive to the Everest Base Camp through different Tibetian towns and villages. From Everest Base Camp, climb along the east Rongbuk glacier sheared in three stages to the Everest ABC North, with intermediate Camps in between. Our initial trek along the flat glacial terrain leads to the steep north ridge. After getting to the Advanced Base Camp, descent back to Rongbuk and drive over the Tibet-Nepal border to Kathmandu.
Important Note and Optional Activities
Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrive in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft)
The adventure begins with our arrival in Lhasa. Either a direct flight from Nepal or via Mainland China connects our gateways to Lhasa. If we choose to fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa we will have 1 hour 10 minutes Trans-Himalayan flight which is considered one of the most beautiful air route in the world that takes us over the Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks and views of Himalayan glaciers. If we are going via mainland China, we might fly from any major cities or take the world's highest train route to reach Lhasa. Upon our arrival we will be welcomed at airport or train station. For 1.5 hour's drive we will be taken into our arranged hotel in down town Lhahsa. It is advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day to minimize altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa
Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft): Potala Palace/Sera Monastery
Foremost, we visit Potala Palace and Sera Monastery. The Potala Palace is the Dalai Lama's winter palace since the 7th century. There are two sets of Palaces in Potala: the White and the Red Palaces. The 15th century Sera monastery is famous for the "monk debates" which take place nearly every day of the week. The monks gather each afternoon to debate Buddhist teachings and philosophy. Overnight in Lhasa
Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft): Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazar, Drepung Monastery
Equally adventurous and exciting rhythms build up while touring Norbulingka, Jokhan Temple, Barkhor Bazar and Drepung Monastery. Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama's former summer palace, constructed in the 18th century, is a masterpiece of Tibetan art and architecture. The Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Likewise, we further pay our visit to Barkhor Markets which can be quite different from other visits. As we roam around the city testing every details around the stalls encounter with some goods that displays Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Similarly, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa Order in Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight in Lhasa
Transfer Lhasa — Gyantse — Shigatse (3,840m/12,590ft): 367km, 8 - 9 hrs
Depart Lhasa for Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. At Shigatse, we reach to the banks of the Tsang Po, origin of Brahmaputra River in India. From here, we drive up-stream for a while before turning southwest through barren desert-like valleys. Along the way, we have opportunity to visit the Yomdrok Lake, one of the Holy Lakes in Tibet. The town of Gyantse offers a splendid sight of the Khumbum Stupa situated at its Northern edge. Continue driving to Shigatse. Sightseeing tour of Shigatse. Overnight stay in a Shigatse hotel
Shigatse Morning sightseeing - Transfer to Shegar (4150m/13612ft): 274km
After making a morning sightseeing tour, we head towards Shegar, also called the gateway to Mt. Everest. We cross the two high passes, the Gyula and Gyatsola beyond the town of Lhatse. Then, we descend to the plains, passing lonely monasteries and the camps of nomadic herders. We visit the Sakya Monastery. Also called New Tingri. Shegar was isolated in 1855 by the Nepalese Gurkhas who cut off the dzong's water supply and settled in for a long siege. Overnight stay in a Shegar hotel
Transfer Shegar – Rongbuk (5,000m/16,400ft): 3 - 4 hrs
About 13,800 ft above sea level, Shegar is also a base from where expeditions to Mt. Everest and other peaks are launched. The total distance from Shegar to Everest Base Camp is about 110 km. Rongbuk is the last inhabited place before the Everest base where we can have overview of magnificient Rongbuk monastery, the highest monastery on the earth. Rongbuk also offers the intriguing Melari Cave at such height. Enjoy some of the most dramatic views in the world including the views of Mt. Everest.
Transfer to Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft): 2 - 3 hrs
Today, we head for Everest Base Camp and spend the day there. It is on the Chinese side so it is also called Chinese base camp. Depending on the weather and time constraints, we explore around Base Camp that would also help in acclimatization. Ovenight Camp at Everest Base Camp
At Everest Base Camp
A full day at Everest Base Camp would not only be a memorable experience in itself, but it also helps greatly in acclimatization. We can climb nearby beautiful hills as well and enjoy the company of high Himalayan peaks. Overnight Camp at Everest Base Camp
Trek from Everest Base Camp to Japanese Camp (5,250m-5,460m): 3 - 4 hrs
From EBC, we trek along the Rongbuk Glacier initially. After a short run over gravel terrain, we walk along the lateral moraine of the Rongbuk glacier. Skirt the Glacier from its east side. After an hour, we take a fork the left path that leads steeply to Japanese Camp. This camp is situated under a huge yellow rock. At this site, we enjoy the view of the Pumori Himalaya.
Japanese Camp to Interim Camp (5,460m-5,800m): 4 - 5 hrs
Today, we leave Japanese Base Camp to trek for Interim Camp. The Camp lies on the end of nearby Glacier. Along this trek, we enjoy the company of huge seracs. As we move ahead the upcoming valley offers to see the magnificence of the East Rongbuk Glacier. Although we might feel the high altitude, technically the route is quite easy.
Trek to Everest Advance Base camp (6,340m): 4 - 5 hrs
As we continue to follow the east side of the Rongbuk Glacier we get closer to the Everest, the Lhakpa Ri. Walking along the marainous path, we arrive at our destination, the Advanced Base Camp of Everest. The ABC is situated beside the glacier. From here, the Everest Top appears so close that might tempt to attempt summiting. In fact, Everest Top is a little more than 2400 meters away from this camp. However, we would suggest our visitors to resist temptations for the future adventures!
Rest Day Around Everest Advanced Base Camp
We enjoy the adventerous panoramic views of Himalayna Glaciers and peaks around Everest Advanced Base Camp. Further, we experience at this juncture the untouched solitudeness of Himalayan peaks and make this rare moment of life unforgettable recollected in tranquility.
Return to Base Camp: 8 - 9 hrs
In our returen downhill trek, we aim to get back to as low as possible to avoid any high altitude problems while enjoying thrill of downward movements.
Rest and Reserve Day
As we move towards downhills, we may face unforeseen and unfavorable weather. Further, sometime somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing. Since, the 14th day is useful to have some rest and reserve.
Drive to Zhangmu (2300/7,544ft): 245 km, 4 - 5 hrs
Throughour the day, we drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5,124m and Shung La pass at 5,200m. While descending from arid Tibetan Plateau to verdant Zhangmu on the Nepalese border, we can encapture the pleasant views of the surrounding peaks, Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar Himal
Drive to kathmandu (1350m/4428ft): 123 km, 4 - 5 hrs
At the arrival of Friendship Bridge, the border of Nepal and Tibet we are on the eve of leaving Tibet. At the bridge, we submit some custom formalities and head towards Nepal where we can view the gorge of Bhote Koshi River as well. Then after, we drive 4 hours through deep valleys to Kathmadnu. At the arrival of kathmandu, we have host of fantastic celebraton dinner for successful trip to Everest Advanced Base Camp. Overnight in kathmandu
On this day, our adventure trip comes to an end. If interested, we may spend few more days in Kathmandu for some shoppings and sightseeings within kathmandu valley. Otherwise, Himalayan Glacier manages to take us to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight to offer farewell greetings.
- Hotel, arrival/departure transfer
- 3 star standard hotel on B.B in cities like Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse , Shegar and Kathmandu
- All accommodations, 8 nights hotel and 8 nights in Camps (tent)
- After Rongbuk full camping
- Bus transportation for land transfer
- Truck transportation for equipments
- Full service camping by Sherpa staffs from Nepal
- All cost for a Himalayan Glacier leader and assistance while on trek
- All fees for sightseeing and Monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
- Travel & Rescue arrangements
- All government and local taxes if necessary
- Getting Chinese visa and Tibet Travel permit
- Yak and Yakmen for carrying lugagge
- Emergency equipment like medical oxygen, Gamow bag, base camp medical kit, etc
Health & Experience Requirements
Trekking over the higher altitude of Tibetan Mountains generally requires physical endurance. Being in strong physical shape is one of the most important aspects for enjoyment on a high altitude trek. High altitude prior experience with free weights, bands, a backpack, bodyweight exercises, or gym are advisable. Yet, it is not mandatory to have extremely good shape to enjoy this trek. If visitors can have fun walking for 4-9 hours up and down hills with a few minutes breaks mixed in, then it is suitable to trek to Everest Advanced Base Camp.
Besides hiking and technical experiences, visitors also require a positive attitude and a strong determination. We also advise to consult doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements for the trip. Himalayan Glacier reserves the right to require a medical certificate prior to booking trip.
All accommodations have been chosen for their standard of hygiene, standard of service, location and food quality. All accommodations are based on twin share basis. During tour we will use Kyichu Hotel or similar hotel in Lhasa, Gyantse Hotel or similar hotel in Gyangtse, Mansarover Hotel or Shengkang Hotel in Shigatse and Zhangmu hotel or Caiyuan Hotel in Zhangmu, Hotel Shanker in Kathmandu and throughout the trek visitors will have two min tent. Single supplement will be served on request cost US$390.
While visitors are in main cities like Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Shegar breakfast is included in the package. The dishes will be Tibetan or continental origin prepared according to local settings. Lunch, dinner and any extra food are are optional upon visitors' personal interests and cost. Roughly, it will cost around Yuan 60 to Yuan 100 (US$10 to US$16) per day.
Freshly cooked, hygienic, and balanced delicacies will be served by our trained and experienced cook on full board basis during the camping (after Rongbuk). Three meals (Nepali, Sherpa, and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian cousins) will be served from the camp according to Himalayan Glacier Trekking food menu. Each day dinner and breakfast will be served in the same camp visitor spend the night. Lunch camp will be arranged on a pleasant surroundings.
Visa and Travel Procedures
Travelling to Tibet is a dream of many. Here, at Himalayan Glacier we understand this and would like to assist you in making your Tibet tour an adventure of a lifetime. Therefore, presented below is a list of rules and Tibet entry procedures you should know about before travelling to Tibet. Read More
Equipments & Packing List
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Spring season is the best time for the trans Himalayan Trek offers the amazing landscape during these months. The weather is sunny and warm, although the nights are cold and temperatures can fall to freezing.
Trip Start Dates & Price
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