|Group size:||Minimum 4 people||Max-Altitude:||6,340m/20,800ft|
|Arrival on:||Lhasa, Tibet (China)||Departure from:||Kathmandu, Nepal|
|Meals:||Breakfast during driving or touring sessions and all meals during trekking|
|Accommodation:||Hotels in cities and camping (in tents) during the trek|
Embark on a highest trek in the world to Everest's most stunning and secluded north face on our Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek from Tibet and experience the beautiful, mountainous landscape of Tibet, the ‘Roof of the World’. We trek on the same trails used by the Everest summiteers and end our journey at the Everest Advanced Base camp at 6,340m. The trip begins in Lhasa where we visit Potala and Norbulingka Palaces along with other landmarks of the city. Next, we drive to Shigatse and finally to Lotingri which is where the actual trek begins. In between, we also visit a couple of Tibetan landmarks like the impressive Tashilhunpo Monastery, Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and others which showcase the rich culture and history of the Tibetans. Reaching the Advanced Base Camp of the world's highest mountain, Everest guarantees us a sweeping view of the majestic mountain and is sure to be a surreal experience for any adventure enthusiast.
We travel to Lhasa either through a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. If we choose to fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa, we will be on an hour-long Trans-Himalayan flight, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful air routes in the world, that takes us over Mt. Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. It also provides enchanting views of some of the highest glaciers in the Himalayan region.
If we are going to Lhasa via mainland China, we may fly from any major city or take the world's highest train route to Lhasa. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will pick us up either from the airport or the train station for about an hour’s drive to our designated hotel in Lhasa. Once in our hotel room, it is advised to take plenty of rest for the remainder of the day to minimize altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa.
We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today is the day we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka palaces. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. We further visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital which is the center for the treatment, training, research and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.
After breakfast we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been a serious decline resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve centre of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
After breakfast, we embark on a pleasant drive to Shigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet via Gyantse. We drive past Khamba La (4,794m) pass and savor the enthralling views of Yomdrok-Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the Holy Lakes in Tibet and Mt. Nazin Kang Sa (7,252m). Further to the west, we come across another pass, Karo La (5,045m) and take in amazing views of the majestic glaciers. Upon reaching Gyantse, we visit the Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. From Gyantse, we continue to Shigatse enjoying a captivating mountain landscape along the way. Overnight in Shigatse.
In the morning we visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447. Next, we drive towards Lotingri, also known as Dingri which used to be an important trading post where Sherpas from Nepal exchanged rice, grain and iron for Tibetan wool, livestock and salt. En route we get to enjoy fabulous views of the high mountains including, Mt. Everest (8848m) and Shishapangma (8,013m). We spend the night in Lotingri.
From Lotingri we drive south towards Lungchang admiring the beautiful landscape. From Lungchang, we begin our trek to Lungchang Pang. First we climb a hill and enjoy great views of the Himalayas from the top. From here, we descend to Lungchang Pang where we will be spending the night.
From Lungchang Pang we head to Pang La Thang and cross Nam La pass on the way. The high, flat plain of Tibet allows for gradual elevation. As we walk up the valley, Everest disappears behind the mountains. The trail then turns to the southeast and begins to climb the pass. The top of the pass is marked by cairns and prayer flags. We cross the pass and continue our trek towards Panga La Thang. Overnight in Panga La Thang.
After breakfast, we head for Rongbuk, a valley only around 8 km away from the Everest Base Camp. On the way there, we are rewarded with uninterrupted views of Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029ft), and other peaks over 8000 meters including Makalu (8,481m/27,825ft), Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft) and Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906 ft). Upon reaching Rongbuk, we visit the magnificent Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery on earth. Overnight in Rongbuk.
Today, we trek to the Everest Base Camp, which is also the ultimate highlight of the whole trip. Reaching the base of the world’s highest mountain is an achievement in its own right. We may capture this accomplishment with our camera while keeping ourselves busy with short treks which will help us in acclimatizing to the high altitude. At the base camp, we also enjoy the amazing Himalayan vista with the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, soaring above us. Overnight at Everest Base Camp.
Spending one full day at Everest Base Camp would not only be a memorable experience in itself, but will also help greatly in acclimatization. We can climb and explore beautiful hills nearby and enjoy the company of high Himalayan peaks. Overnight at Everest Base Camp.
From Everest Base Camp, we initially trek alongside the Rongbuk Glacier, an impressive frozen ocean of ice waves. Then, after a short run over gravel terrain, we walk along the lateral moraine of the Rongbuk glacier and skirt the Glacier from its east side. After an hour or so, we take the left path that leads steeply to the Japanese Camp. This camp is situated under a huge yellow rock. At this site, we enjoy the view of the Pumori Himalaya. Overnight at Japanese Camp.
The Interim Camp lies on the end of a nearby glacier. Along this trek, we enjoy the company of huge ice pinnacles. As we move ahead towards a dusty valley, we are welcomed with magnificent views of the East Rongbuk Glacier and high mountains like Pumori (7,161m/ 23,494ft) and Nuptse (7,861m/25,791ft). Although we might feel the high altitude, technically the route is quite easy. Overnight at Interim Camp.
Changtse is located adjacent to the north of Everest, hence the name Changtse which in Tibetan means north peak. Today, we leave the Japanese Base Camp and trek towards Changtse Base Camp which provides perhaps the best panoramic view of Mount Everest. The short trek will also help us with acclimatization.
As we continue to follow the east side of the Rongbuk Glacier, we get closer to Everest and Lhakpa Ri (7045m). Walking along the moraine rubble, we arrive at our destination, the Advanced Base Camp of Everest (ABC) which is situated near the Changtse Glacier. From here, the Everest Top appears so close that one might feel tempted to summit the mountain. In fact, the top of Everest is a little more than 2400 meters away from this camp. The Everest Advanced Base Camp is also the closest non-climbers can get to the top of Mt. Everest. From here we descend to Chagtse Base Camp where we will be spending the night.
The return to Base Camp is a downhill trek. Today, we aim to get back to the base camp as slowly as possible in order to avoid any kind of high altitude problems. On our way back, we enjoy the beautiful mountain landscape that Tibet so proudly boasts. After reaching the Everest Base Camp we drive to Tingri. Overnight in Tingri.
We begin our drive to Kerung after breakfast. Kerung is a small town in Nepal which borders with Tibet. We freshen up after reaching Kerung and take a long-needed rest. Today’s short drive will give us plenty of time for resting. Overnight in Kerung.
Today we leave Tibet and drive to the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. We begin our drive after an early morning breakfast. On our way we can compare and contrast the change in landscape, culture and people. After reaching Kathmandu we freshen up. There will be a farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier to celebrate the successful completion of our journey in the mountains. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek from Tibet, trip of 18 days ends today. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will pick us up from our hotel and drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.
Your safety is of paramount concern while 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, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group 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.
We will be staying at Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa, Gesar Hotel in Shigatse, Snow Leopard Guest House in Lotingri, Rongbuk Monastery Guest House in Rongbuk, guest house in Kerung and Hotel Moonlight in Kathmandu. The hotels in remote areas of Tibet are very basic with limited facilities. For camping, the tents will have a single mattress for each participant. A separate kitchen tent, shower tent and toilet tent will also be made available. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost USD 390.
Trekking to the Everest Advanced Base Camp (6,340m/ 20800 ft) requires high physical fitness along with prior experience at trekking in high altitudes. It will help if you have previous trekking experience preferably in high altitudes. It is also important that you have a positive attitude and a strong determination. We also advise our guest(s) to consult their doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements before the trip.
The following basic equipment check list should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment(s) to a minimum.Documents
Note: Make copies of your passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule, and travelers’ checks. Please leave a copy with someone at home and put another copy in a separate place in your luggage.