The Everest Advance Base Camp Trek bestows distinctive scenes of the highest peak on Earth- Mount Everest. The experience of trekking to a secluded northern face of Mount Everest via the east Rongbuk Glacier and traversing along beautiful, enormous sceneries of Tibet, also known the “Roof of the World” is utterly unforgettable. The Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek combines splendid Tibetan culture with the highest trekking trails in the world which can be accomplished without using ice axes, crampons, or any climbing skills. You would be experiencing a wonderful encompassment of nature and of culture with the combination of splendid views of mountains. The whole manifestation of the trek is filled to the brim with amazing scenes and beguiles of nature and of the embedment of natural quintessence throughout the trekking trails.
The Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek starts with a sightseeing tour in Lhasa where you will visit the Sera Monastery, the Norbulingka Palace, the Jokhang Temple, the Potala Palace and the Drepung Monastery. En-route to Shigatse from Lhasa, you will also pass through Khampa La, lying 15,700ft high, which bestows spectacular view of Ningdzingzonka- the enormous snow-capped peak and of the cerulean Yamdrok Lake.
To accomplish the Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek, we will move ahead from Everest Base Camp to Camp I, witnessing amazing views of Mount Everest, Mount Shishapangma (8,013m) and the Cho Oyu Peak (8,201m) among many others. On the way to Interim Camp lying at the height of 5760m, we will discern the views of massive ice peaks like the Pumori (7,161m), Nuptse (7,861m) and more. We will gradually walk to Camp II near Changtse glacier situated near the northern side of Everest. From here, moving closer to Lakpa RI (7045m) and the mighty Mount Everest, we will reach the Advanced Base Camp of Everest set at 6340m, which is the most amazing part of the trek.
Escape Himalaya arranges the Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek in one of the most professional and enjoyable of ways that covers major lures of Tibet including a memorable experience of reaching the Everest Advanced Base Camp. Apart from the thrill of trekking to high altitudes, you can also see Buddhist rituals in monasteries, look at religious traditions and go for sightseeing in the major cultural sites in Tibet. So come join us in this adventure where you would be subjected to amazing sites, natural quintessence and cultural and religious destinations. We also have alternatives to trekking in Tibet, with our Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour that lets you explore splendid places around Tibet. Our Saga Dawa Festival Tour allows you to have a closer look at the sacred festival and become a tiny part of the celebration as well.
- All ground transportations by private car including airport transfers
- Four night’s accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- International flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa flight in economic class
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3 star category hotel in Lhasa
- A night accommodation with breakfast at a 3 star category hotel in Shigatse
- Best Available Guesthouses with breakfast at Tingri, Rongbuk and Nyalam
- Tibet entry travel permit and Chinese visa – please kindly provide us clear passport copies in advance for the Tibet permit
- Tented accommodations with full board meals during the trek prepared by Nepalese expert cook when minimum of 6 people in the group, but less than 6 people we use Tibetan staff
- Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) approved Tibetan guide, require numbers of porters/yaks including their meals, salary, insurance, equipments etc.
- Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, Table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and all other necessary equipments.
- Oxygen Cylinder with mask regulator will be provided for an emergency
- All government taxes and office service charge
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary’
- Travel insurance,
- Nepal entry visa & re entry visa fess,
- Personal trekking equipments,
- International air fare other than Kathmandu-Gongar
- Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural
- Calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc
- Tips for guide and support crew (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
Day 01 Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
As you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be greeted by one of Escape Himalaya’s representatives. You will then be driven to your hotel where you can check in and relax as you have nothing else planned for the day. The representative will also explain the program further to you. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02 Obtain Chinese Visa and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
You will need to acquire a Chinese Visa on this day. On this day, you will experience the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour. You will go around different cultural heritage sites enlisted in World Heritage Sites List by UNESCO. You will make a trip to the Bouddhanath Stupa, the largest stupa on Earth; visit the holy Pashupatinath Temple, an important and most significant temple devoted to Lord Shiva; excurse around the Kathmandu Durbar Square, where we can see speckled temples and grandeur palaces that reflect Nepal’s monarchal days; and have a look at the Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple at hummock which presents an amazing experience of exploring the temple’s premise. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03 Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m/12004ft), Duration: 1 hr flight and 2 hrs drive
We will fly from Kathmandu on this day to Lhasa. Lhasa lies at the height of 3660m in Tibet. The splendid vistas of the highest mountains, including Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and several other Himalaya ranges will be visible here. From Gongar Airport, you will drive to Lhasa, which takes more or less 2 hours of travel time. For the rest of the day, we will just loosen up and relax at the hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 04 Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa
We will have a sightseeing tour of Lhasa on this day. We will walk around the Sera Monastery. “Sera” actually means “wild rose” and signifying its name, the hills behind of the monastery were full of wild roses during its construction. Then, we will also explore around the Norbulingka palace, also named as “Jewel Park”. We will, likewise, visit the Jokhang Temple, one of the holy sites for Tibetan Pilgrims which is surrounded by Barkhor- the central marketplace in Lhasa. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 05 Second day sightseeing tour in Lhasa
This is another day for sightseeing in Lhasa. We will visit the Potala Palace, which is 3-storeyed and covers more than 13 hectares of total area. Similarly, we will also go around the Drepung Monastery constructed in the 14th century and famous as the largest monastery in the world. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 06 Drive to Shigatse (3900m/12792ft) – 350 km, Duration: 7 hrs
We will drive to Shigatse from Lhasa on this day. Walking along the Tsangpo River, we will ascend to Khampa La lying at the altitude of 15,700ft. The awesome landscape of the Yamdrok Lake and the Ningdzingzonka- the gigantic snow-topped peak is the most captivating sight that you will have seen. We will then drive to Gyantse, where we will visit the Pelkor Monastery, which has a compound structure and holds the old Dzong or fort. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 07 Drive to Tingri (4150m/13612ft) visit Natang and Sakya Monastery, 274 km, Duration: 6 hrs
On this day, we will drive to Tingri. On the way, we will traverse along the Friendship Highway, which presents an enjoyable landscape. We will pass transversely through the Gyamtso La pass, located at 5220m. You will also go around the Natang Monastery and the Sakya Monastery, where you will see the world’s largest book in Sakya's large library. Overnight stay in Tingri.
Day 08 Drive to Rongbuk (5000m/16400ft) - 68 km, Duration: 2 hrs
We will depart from Tingri today and drive to Rongbuk. We will also pass through Pang La pass set at the altitude of 5150m. The grandiose view of snow-capped peaks of Makalu, Shishapangma and several other are quite alluring and captivating to look at. At Rongbuk, the wonderful sight of Mount Everest will come into view. Here, we can also visit the Rongbuk Monastery, a holy site for Buddhists. Overnight stay at Rongbuk.
Day 09 Trek to Base Camp (5220m/17121ft)
We will, on this day, trek to Everest Base Camp from Rongbuk. At the base camp, the amazing Himalaya views of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak- popular as Mt. Chomolungma in Tibet, Shishapangma (8,013m) and the Cho Oyu Peak (8,201m) among many others will captivate us. We will be spending one more day at the camp. Overnight stay at Everest Base Camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11 Trek from Everest Base Camp to Camp 1 (5460m/17910ft), Duration: 5-6 hrs
We will, on this day, trek to Camp I lying at the altitude of 5460m from Everest Base Camp. On the way, you can get the glimpse of the Rongbuk Glacier and of the beautiful landscape. You will take a path that moves up the east side and continue to the peak of Mount Everest. We will have a short hike, and yet because of high altitude, you may have quite a challenging experience. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 12 Trek to Interim Camp (5760m/18892ft), Duration: 5-6 hrs
On this day, we will trek to Interim Camp lying at the height of 5760m. We will get to enjoy the views of massive ice peaks. Walking further, we will be greeted by the splendid vistas of the East Rongbuk Glacier and elevated peaks like the Pumori (7,161m), Nuptse (7,861m) and more. Overnight stay at Interim Camp.
Day 13 Rest day at Interim Camp
This is a rest day at Interim Camp where you will get familiarized with the high altitude area. Health experts recommend having proper acclimatization day to stay away from altitude sickness during trekking. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 14 Trek to Camp II (5970m/19580ft), Duration: 3-4 hrs
Leaving Interim Camp, we will trek to Camp II on this day. We will gradually walk to Changtse glacier, which is situated near the northern side of Everest. “Changtse” in Tibetan language means “north peak”. Camp II also presents the best panoramic vistas of Mount Everest and several other peaks. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 15 Trek to Everest Advanced Base Camp (6340m/20795ft) and return to Camp II
We will move further from the Camp II on the eastern part of the Rongbuk Glacier and move closer to Lakpa RI (7045m) and the mighty Mount Everest. As we reach the Advanced Base Camp of Everest set close to the Changtse Glacier, the views of Everest gives a stunning sight. Spending an amazing time at 6340m, we will descend to Camp II. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 16 Return to Base Camp
With memorable moments on your mind, we will walk back to the base camp. We will be greeted by the wonderful sights again on the way. Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 17 Drive back to Nyalam - 68 km, Duration: 7 hrs
We will drive back to Rongbuk and then to Nyalam on this day. On the way, we will traverse on the Friendship Highway and drive through highlands. Going across two high passes with splendid Himalayan views, you will descend to Nyalam. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Day 19 Drive to Kathmandu (1337m/4385ft), 123 km, Duration: 5 hrs
This is our last day in Tibet. We will drive to Kathmandu today, carrying with us a splendid memory of our time in Tibet and of the festival. Passing the Bhote Koshi River, we will traverse to the Chinese - Nepalese border where we will have to undergo custom formalities again. Then, you will be driven to the hotel where you can relax for the rest of your time. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 19 Leisure day
This is a leisure day in Kathmandu. You can walk around Kathmandu or go for shopping today. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 20 Farewell
One of the representatives from Escape Himalaya will drop you off at the airport from where you will depart today.