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Everest Advance Base Camp Trek (Lhasa-EBC-Kathmandu)

Mount Everest

Everest advance base camp trek is an 18 day long advanced tour package that will take you to the very foot of the mighty Everest. Everest advance base camp trek tour will take you to the 3rd base camp of the summit and this as near as one can get to the mighty Everest if he/she doesn’t intend to climb to the top.

Along with the Everest Base Camp trek we will be visiting Lasha city, Gyantse, Shigtse and other places on the way.

Anyone who wants to be the part of the tour must be physically and mentally strong. The climate in high altitude is bit harsh and the thin air with less amount of oxygen can cause fatigue pretty fast.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy guided sightseeing around Lhasa City
  • Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market
  • Explore around Everest Base Camp from the Tibetan side
  • Hike up to Camp III (6,340m) of Mt. Everest
  • Experience Everest at closer proximity 
  • Drive through the Worlds Highest Tibetan Plateau 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Lhasa (3660 m)

Day 02, 03, 04 : Sightseeing in Lhasa

Day 05 : Drive Lhasa - Gyantse (3950m)

Day 06 : Sightseeing & Drive Gyantse - Shigatse (3900m)

Day 07 : Sightseeing & Drive Shigatse - Shegar (New Tingri: 4050m)

Day 08 : Drive Shegar - Rongbuk (5000m)

Day 09/10 : At Base Camp

Day 11 : Trek from Everest Base Camp to Camp 1 (5460m)

Day 12 : Trek to Interim Camp (5760m)

Day 13 : Rest day at Interim Camp (5760m)

Day 14 : Trek to Camp II (5970m)

Day 15 : Trek to Camp III (6340m) and return to Camp II

Day 16 : Return to Base Camp

Day 17 : Drive Base Camp to Nyalam (215 km)

Day 18 : Drive Nyalam (3750m) to Kathmandu

What is Included

  • Accommodation on Hotel/Guest House and tent Camp. As per the above itinerary.
  • Transportation by 4WD Land crusier. 
  • All Sightseen and entrance fee as per the itinerary.
  • All Necessary Travel and Trekking Permit.
  • All trekking Equipment in including mattress and tent.
  • One Small Supporting Truck to bring logistic support + foods. (Above 03 Pax)
  • Yak and Yak man During the Trek to bring Luggage and food.
  • Daily Breakfast during stay in Hotel and full board (B/L/D) Basis during stay in Tent Camp.
  • Necessary Government taxes and Service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner during stay in Hotel/Guest House.
  • Nepal Re-entry visa fee.
  • Sleeping bag and Down jacket (Good Quality thick one)
  • Laundry,Telephone call and hot water Bottle
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for Guide, Driver and Sherpa Staffs
  • Travel expenses
  • Gyammow Bag (Pressure Bag)
  • Medical fee if in case of emergency
  • Hiring porter or Horse.
  • Rescue and Evacuation Service
  • Any Additional cost due to Natural calamity and Unforeseen Circumstances and etc.

Day 01 : Arrive Lhasa (3660 m)

Today we will fly from Kathmandu, TIA to Lhasa, Goggar Airport over the beautiful mountain range. It will take about an hour to drive from the airport to the old city and to your hotel. There are no programs today. You are suggested to take rest and drink lots of fluids, which will help you to get acclimatized in the Tibetan Altitude.

Day 02, 03, 04 : Sightseeing in Lhasa

Lhasa is a huge place and it will take about 2 full days to explore Lhasa. We will be visiting following

places in Lhasa:

Potala Palace :
Political and religious centre of Tibet, Potala palace is one of the most beautiful monuments in Tibet. With 1000 rooms and 13 stories to explore this is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Tibet. 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.

Jokhang Temple :
Jokhang temple which was constructed back ion 7th century attracts hundreds of tourist every year. This temple has a very huge Sakyamuni Buddha statue and is considered the holiest place in Tibet.

Sera and Drepung monasteries :
Sera and Drepung monasteries were founded in 1419 which are actually numerous white temples and Buddhist buildings in the foot of a rocky hill. Back in its days, Drepung monastery use to have 8,000 monks to teach traditions of Vajrayana, Mahayana, and Sutrayana, the three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism.

Norbulingka palace :
Constructed by the 7th Dalai Lama this Norbulingka Palace is not actually just one palace. This is a huge garden with numerous palaces built by many Dalai lamas in different period of time.
Along with these places we will be visiting the Barkhor Market with is probably the busiest place in Lhasa and offers anything you want to buy. Here you can pick up some Tibetan Souvenir for you and some gifts for your loved ones.

The 3rd day of the Lhasa stay i.e. the 4th day of the tour is for the tour is for the rest. This day we will rest and prepare for the further travelling. This day you can revisit your favorite monastery or go to the Barkhor Street to buy something for yourself and your loved ones.

Day 05 : Drive Lhasa - Gyantse (3950m)

Today we will drive from Lhasa to Gyantse on the friendship highway, through the stunning views of the glaciers just few hundred meters away from the road, lakes at very high altitude, High Mountain passes, beautiful Tibetan villages and colorful slopes of the Tibetan hills. Our overnight accommodation is at the Gyantse Hotel.

Day 06 : Sightseeing & Drive Gyantse - Shigatse (3900m)

Today before leaving gyantse we will visit Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong is a 14th century Tibetan fort from where we can observe the stunning view of the Gyantse town. Gyantse Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses, several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After exploring Gyantse we will drive to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet which is about 90 Km away from Lhasa. Here we will visit the largest operating monastery in Tibet- the Tashilhunpo Monastery and explore the local market. Our overnight accommodation will be either at Shigatse Hotel or Shandong Mansion.

Day 07 : Sightseeing & Drive Shigatse - 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 Gyamtso La, at the altitude of 5220m, the barren yet stunningly beautiful landscape of Tibet and we will come across the camps of nomadic herders in our way to Shegar.

Day 08 : Drive Shegar - Rongbuk (5000m)

This day we will drive from Shegar to Ronbuk valley which is just a 4 Km away from the Everest Base camp. On the way we will have to pass Pang La, and from here we get see the incredible Himalayas. The view of mountains stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma is awe-spinning. Reaching Rongbuk, we will stay overnight at the Gompa Guest House.

Day 09/10 : At Base Camp

Two days at base camp to acclimatize and explore around.

Day 11 : Trek from Everest Base Camp to Camp 1 (5460m)

This day we will trek from Everest base camp to camp 1. We will have to walk along the Rongbuk Glacier for about 2 and half hours. Camp 1 lies amidst hills under stunningly beautiful and flamboyant granite cliffs. After arriving at camp 1 you might want to visit snout of the East Rongbuk Glacier which lies at the distance of 20 minute walk from camp 1.

Day 12 : Trek to Interim Camp (5760m)

This day we will trek from camp 1 to the interim camp through gravel mounds, mud plain to rocky moraine. Interim camp will prove to be very helpful to get your body acclimatized to the high altitude and your body needs to get adapted to the altitude and climate of that place in order to trek from the camp to the camp 2.

Day 13 : Rest day at Interim Camp (5760m)

A rest day for preparation to climb higher up or you may wish to explore around.

Day 14 : Trek to Camp II (5970m)

Its will take around 3 and half hours to climb up to campIIfrom the interim camp. You will approach Camp II at 5970 meter as you near the south side of the glacier at the eastern end of the Changtse Glacier junction lying below huge cliff. From the camp II you can capture sceneries 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 II

This is the day you will march to the camp III of the Everest advanced base camp trek. You will have to move along moraine following the glacier to the right around the eastern flanks of Changtse. Bit further you will have to ascend some hills which will lead you to the place where the glacier softens in to smooth and open ice carpet. On the way can see many tents and discarded oxygen bottles used by the mountaineers and trekkers. About 1480 m straight up from the camp III lies the Pinnacles, always challenging the adventurous trekkers to explore its charisma. The northeast ridge has kept itself away from most of the climbers because of its intricacy. North Col lies at 7066 meter in the West connecting Everest’s Northeast Ridge and Changste. 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. Beyond the Camp three there are barren gravel hills just beside the glaciers. You might take an hour’s stroll if you are fully acclimatized with the altitude and climate. Finally you will have to conclude your trek today and return back to Camp II which will take you around 2 hours climbing of downhill. Here at Camp II you will call it a day and rest for the night.

Day 16 : Return to Base Camp

Today you will trek to the comfortable lower altitude to the Base Camp. It’s a day long downhill trek.

Day 17 : Drive Base Camp to Nyalam (215 km)

Today is the day you will have to drive about 215 Km from the Base Camp to the Nyalam city along the friendship highway. En route you will go through the Pang La pass. We will halt our driving for a quick lunch at Tingri and drive on. On the way we will stop at the Lalung La pass located at the height of 5124m, which offers fantastic view of Cho Oyu and other mountain peaks like Shishapangma, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. As you leave the Tibetan plateaus you will progress towards the Nyalam city where you will spend the night at a cozy warm hotel.

Day 18 : Drive Nyalam (3750m) to Kathmandu

Today after the morning breakfast you will drive from Nyalam to Zhangmu, through the winding downhill road offering you fantastic views of beautiful waterfalls. This drive will take around an hour. A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu will take you to the friendship bridge on the Bhotekoshi River, which separates Tibet from Nepal. You will drive through the lush greenery of Nepalese countryside for five hours to reach Kathmandu to enjoy its evening markets and bustling beauty. En route you can stop for quick fish snack at Chehere and Dolalghat.

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Everest Advance Base Camp Trek with your personal guide and can be organised as per the desired traveling dates.

Vehicle
We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people.
 
Tour duration
The trek duration is 17 nights/18 days.

Clothing
The climate of the Tibet fluctuates continuously so it is better to carry warm clothes. If you just want to trek or tour at a lower altitude, fleece jackets and pants are enough. While for a higher altitude trekking, down jackets are necessary.

When is the best time to visit Tibet?
The best time to visit Tibet is from April to November as the weather will be cold from December to February.

Will high altitude be a problem for me?
High altitude sickness is a main issue while traveling to Tibet. Tibet has average altitude of 4000m so people with heart or lung problems are strictly advised to consult their physician before traveling to Tibet. People with normal fitness are also advised to follow the instruction given in the pre-departure briefing.

How to get Tibet Travel Permit?
Travel permit to Tibet is issued by Tibet Tourism Administration. The copy of your passport and Chinese visa, together with other information such as your occupation should be provided in order to apply for the permit. You can take help from your local travel agency.

Can I travel with my kids?
The cities like Lhasa, Shigatse or Gyantse can be traveled with the kids. However traveling to Mt. Kailash or other remote regions with your kids is not advised.

Are there ATM facilities in Tibet?
Yes the major cities in Tibet provide the facilities of ATM.

How to get into Tibet?
There is only one international flight to Tibet which is from Kathmandu (Nepal). Overland tour to Tibet is also possible from Nepal. Domestic flights are available from most cities of China like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming, Chongqing and Guangzhou.

Is individual travel possible in Tibet?
Yes it is possible to travel alone, but restrictions are imposed on travel to many areas.

What should I pack for Tibet?
While traveling in Tibet Sunglass, Sunhat, Good walking shoes, sleepers, warm enough clothes are recommended.

What happens if I get Sick?
We advise you to keep basic medicines with you. Our guide will also take basic medicines. If you get altitude sickness during the travel please inform your guide in time so that a timely precaution can be taken. In case of serious condition you will be taken to hospital of Lhasa or Kathmandu.

Can I get laundry facility at hotel?
You get this facility mostly in three star or above hotels. There are few laundry outlets in the cities but not outside the cities

Is communication to home possible while on trek? What about internet?
There are telephone facilities in cities as well as in the villages at many places , from where you can make international calls. Internet facility is available in the cities. You can also use your mobile phone at most part of Tibet .

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Tibet

Duration: 18 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Strenous

Activity: Trekking & Sightseeing

Max. Altitude: 6,340 meters (Camp III)

Best Season: All the year round

Accommodation: Hotels/Camping

Meals: Breakfast in tours/driving & all meals during trek

Transportation: Jeep / Van / Flight

Start/End: Lhasa/Kathmandu

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