Highest trek on Earth, Everest Advance Base Camp North Trek 19 days
This 2 and half week trek in Tibet takes you near the summit of Mt.Everest. Tibet, often referred as the root of the world is a highland plateau in central Asia. Tibet has unique topography and culture and is the origin of the Tibetan Buddhism and home to the Dalai Lama. The Everest lies in the border between Nepal and Tibet and there are also some other high peaks that separate Nepal and Tibet.This 20 days trip is a exciting and challenging trek that takes you till the camp 3 of the Everest at 6340m altitude. This is the highest trek on Earth, taking you to the closest point of the summit of the Everest any non-expedition team can reach. This is the highest place on earth which can be reached without any extra training and equipments.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Explore the city and prepare for the flight to Tibet tomorrow.
You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trip to Tibet that starts tomorrow.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu and Arrive Gongar Airport. Upon arrival transfer to Lhasa.
After a 2 and half hours flight we will arrive in Gongar Airport and half an hour drive from there we will reach Lhasa
Day 4: Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
After breakfast we will visit the Potala palace, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. This architectural masterpiece is the symbol of unity of the Tibetans. This palace was built by King Soongtsan Gampo, who was married to Princess Wen Cheng Tang in 641 A.D. It has got 999 houses built on Hongshan Hill with a red building on top. It is one of the grandest Palaces in the world till date.
After lunch we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most scared temple for Tibetan Buddhists. After spending some time at the Jokhang temple we will walk through the Barkhor Street, a traditional old street in Lhasa.
Day 5: Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
We will start the sightseeing today from Norbulingka - the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, located along the Kyichu River and two kilometers west of the Potala Palace. This Palace has a huge garden covering 360,000 square meters, making it the biggest manmade garden in Tibet. It has got 374 rooms. The second site is Drepung Monastery, made by Chojey Tashi Palden in the 14th Century. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or "The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind," was the largest, housing more than three quarters of Drepung's ten to fifteen thousand monks. Now it is one of Tibet’s premier monastic educational institutions
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3950m)
We will make a early morning visit to the Tashilumpo Monastery and the market of Bazaar .We will drive further to Gyantse, a couple of hours drive In the 15th century it served as the capital of a small Kingdom. Kumbum Chorten a 14th century monument is a place worth visiting here.
Day 07: Drive to Xigatse. (3900m.)
The program starts today after we visit Khumbum Stupa & Palkor Monastery. After completing the sightseeing of the Gyantse we will drive towards Xigatse, 90 Km from Gyantse and about 2 hours of drive. After check in at hotel and a brief rest we will visit the free Tibetan Market and the Tashilumpo Monastery
Day 08: Drive to Xegar. (4040m.)
We have a long drive of 245 Km today from Xigatse to Xegar. The Total duration of drive is 8 hours before we reach the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 09: Drive to Dza Rongphu (4920m.)
We will start driving towards Dza Rongphu village today which is 60 Km away from Xegar and prepare for the excursion to the highlight of the trip, Everest base camp on the Tibetan side.
Day 10: Hike to Everest base camp. (5090m.)
We will hike for around 2 hours from Rongbuk Monastery to reach the northern base camp of the highest peak Mount Everest a.k.a Qomolongma in Tibetan. We will explore the area, take pictures of the highest peak, and visit the Ronghu Glacier. Overnight at Everest base camp.
Day 11: Trek to Camp 1
This is the start of the challenging part of the trek. We will walk past the Rongbuk Glacier and move along the take path heading east towards the summit of Everest. Since the altitude is very high there might be symptoms of Altitude sickness so we will walk slowly and keep resting until we reach camp 1 which takes about 4 hours from the base camp.
Day 12: Trek to the Interim camp. [5760M]
We will walk towards the west of the glacier over rocky hills. The view of the surrounding peaks including Everest is awesome. Nowhere in the earth can you get such a scenic view of the mountains. The hike to the Interim camp is about 5 hours before we enter our tents.
Day 13: Rest day at interim camp.
As we are in the highest place on earth we need proper acclimatization. We will do short hikes if you are interested and take proper rest to scale camp 2 tomorrow.
Day 14: Trek to Camp 2 [5970M]
We will start walking from Interim camp and in half an hour we will reach the Changste glacier. You can just see ice and glaciers around you. This is a truly amazing and exotic experience, possible nowhere else on earth, walking on the highest peak. Overnight stay at camp 2.
Day 15: Trek to advanced base camp (ABC)/camp 3 [6340M] and hike down to the camp 2.
Today we will walk to the highest point of our trek, camp 3 also referred as the advanced base camp. If you wish to spend a night at this altitude you can stay here otherwise we can hike back to the Camp 2. At camp 3 we are just 2400 m from the summit of Everest. You are nearly at the highest point on earth! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Day 16: Trek down to the EBC.
We have a long downhill walk today as we approach the Everest base camp for overnight stay. We will bid farewell to Everest as one of the most exciting trek in your life has come to an end.
Day 17: Drive to Nyalam.
We will start driving towards Nyalam along the Friendship Highway after breakfast. This full day drive is tiring but the beauty of the Tibetan plateau will never let you feel tired and exhausted.
Day 18 Drive to Kathmandu.
This is the last day at Tibet for you as in one hour after breakfast we will reach Kodari, on the Nepal-Tibet border. From the border we will drive along the Araniko Higway, built in assistance of the Chinese government, to reach Kathmandu. It is a scenic 4 hours drive through hills and river valleys.
Day 19: Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of the trek.
You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.
- Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet.
- Hotel with breakfast.
- English speaking Tibetan guide per as the itinerary.
- Entrance fees.
- Guide Fees.
- Land cruiser for transportation.
- Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
- All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
- Travel insurance.
- Nepal visa fee.
- Air fare to Lhasa and back.
Note: Please apply for a multiple entry visa in the Nepalese Embassy/Consulate at your country or upon arrival at the airport. Only Dormitory accommodation is available for first two nights in Nyalam and Lhatse. You can have standard accommodation from Day 3 onwards.