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Tibet Advance Everest Base Camp – 21 Days

Nowhere else on this planet can you hike on trails to such altitude without the need for crampons, ice axe or mountaineering skills. The trek up to 6340meters – highest trek in the world, Everest

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking, Overland Tour
Trip Duration: 21 Days
Max Altitude: 6340 m /20795.2 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal, Tibet
Best Season: 
April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Trip Level: Challenging
Obviously we hope to fulfill our objectives but realistically we can only guarantee start and finish times with these treks. The treks are limited to those with an excellent level of personal experience and fitness and a sense of humor, with high tolerance levels. During the trek you may have to cross snow-covered passes in very remote areas and/or climb up to 6,000m in altitude. All our peak climbing and expeditions fall under this section.
Trip Route: Kathmandu–Lhasa–Everest North Base Camp-Interim Camp– Camp 2–Advanced Base Camp– Zhangmu–Kathmandu

Trip Information

Nowhere else on this planet can you hike on trails to such altitude without the need for crampons, ice axe or mountaineering skills. The trek up to 6340meters – highest trek in the world, Everest advance base camp start once we take scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. We’ll pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Equally as fascinating is the wealth of cultural interest and we will have plenty of opportunity to explore this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns we pass through on our journey to Kathmandu.

We spend 3 nights in Lhasa, staying right in the centre of the old city. This will allow both plenty of time for acclimatization and easy access to the city’s main attractions – the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple. Leaving Lhasa in our Toyota Land cruiser 4 wheel drive, we’ll travel through this amazing country, staying in the best traditional hotels Tibet has to offer. In the towns of Gyantse and Shigatse we explore further monasteries and fully immerse ourselves in the Buddhist culture.

Without doubt, a highlight of this trip is the visit to Everest Base Camp, and the trek to camp 3 at 6400meters., where the sheer grandeur of Everest’s north face you have to see to believe. This trek takes you as close to the summit of Everest as any non-climber can go. This adventure, the highest trek in the world, is an incredible journey to camp 3 and the base of the North Col via the East Rongbuk Glacier.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01– Arrival in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 02– Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 03– Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 04 & 05– Sightseeing in Lhasa. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 06– Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3950 m)- 305 km/6 hrs. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 07– Drive to Shigatse (3900 m)- 95 km/2 hrs. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 08– Drive to Shegar or New Tingri (4050 m) via Sakya-m290 km/ 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 09- Drive to Ronguk(5000 m) to North Everest Base Camp (5050 m)- 115 km/4 hrs. Overnight at Tented Camp.

  • Day 10, 11 & 12– Acclimatization prior to trekking to Interim Camp. Overnight at Tented Camp.

  • Day 13– Trek to Interim Camp, 6 to 8 hrs. Overnight at Tented Camp.

  • Day 14– Camp II, 5 to 7 hrs. Overnight at Tented Camp.

  • Day 15– Trek to Advance Base Camp, 6 to 8 hrs. Overnight at Tented Camp.

  • Day 16–  Spare day stay at Advance Base camp. Overnight at Tented Camp.

  • Day 17– Trek down to Bace Camp, 7 to 9 hrs. Overnight at Tented Camp.

  • Day 18– Dive to Zhangmu(2300 m) via Nyalam- 255 km/5 hrs. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 19– Cross the Border and Drive to Kathmandu- 125 km/4 to 5 hrs. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 20– Leisure day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 21– Transfer for your final flight departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
    (No meals included)

  • Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

    In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

    After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 8.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

    The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later in the evening we will provide you with Tibet travelling permit and Visa. Overnight at Hotel. 
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 03- Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660meters).

    The adventure begins in Lhasa. The flight from Nepal to Lhasa is considered one of the most beautiful air routes in the world, as it provides sweeping views of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. If traveling via mainland China, there are a wide variety of flights in addition to the world’s highest train route to reach Lhasa. Upon arrival, you will be received by our Tibetan guide at the airport/train station. After approximately 1.5 hours of driving, you will reach Lhasa. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
    (Breakfast Included)

    NOTE: Please let us know if you wish to arrive Lhasa via mainland China. We will arrange and send the flight and travelling permit for you.

  • Day 04- Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m).

    The journey begins with a visit to Sera Monastery, accompanied by an experienced tour guide (who is also a translator). Sera is an exceptional space; its white-washed walls and golden roofs speak of Tibetan Buddhism’s ancient wisdom and tranquility. Equally breathtaking are the gardens and sacred spaces of the Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s summer residence. We will also visit the Jokhang Temple followed by Barkhor Markets – a bustling road lined with vendors where you can sample the smells and sounds of Tibet, or browse through the Thankas, masks, prayer beads and countless other treasures inherent to Tibetan custom and tradition. Overnight at hotel.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 05- Second day of sightseeing in Lhasa.

    The highlight of the day is the visit to Potala palace – a UNESCO World Heritage celebrated for its priceless treasury of Buddhist artifacts and bejeweled tombs of past Dalai Lamas. The Potala was also the tallest building in the world for 200 years following its construction in 1645. The group will then move to Drepung Monastery, which was built in 14th century and was home to over 10,000 monks. Drepung was also the educational center for the lineage of Dalai Lamas, and is famed for attracting tens of thousands of pilgrims for its Thanka festival. Drepung has a poignant presence in the spiritual life of Tibetans, and is the most cherished of all Tibet’s monasteries.

    In the afternoon, we visit Tibet Museum, officially inaugurated in October of 1999, the museum houses a rich collection of prehistoric cultural relics, including ornate Buddha statues in different postures, imperial jade seals, gifts granted by emperors, colorful Thankas, and various printed Sanskrit and Tibetan scriptures. It is also possible to see variety of folk art such as handicrafts, costumes, jewelry, and pottery. Beyond the collections, the museum building itself is a work of art with its ornamented beams, pillars, lintels, banners and wall hangings in the traditional Tibetan style. Overnight at hotel.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 06- Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3950meters) - 261 k.m

    The group will travel along Friendship Highway, passing Khamba La (4794 m), where there will be the opportunity to appreciate majestic views of Yamdrok?Tso Lake, a deep blue body of water renowned for its unique beauty. The group will also see Nazin Kang Sang glacier standing proud at 7252m. Ahead to the west, we will come across another Karo La pass at 5045m. Following a 261 km drive, we will enter the town of Gyantse, a stunning example of a traditional Tibetan village filled with beautiful stone farmhouses. Overnight at hotel.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 07- Drive to Shigatse (3900meter) - 90 k.m.

    Gyantse Dzong and the Kumbum are the jewels of Gyantse. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century, and overlooks Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum rises 35km above the town, and is crowned by a golden dome. The grounds boast a chorten (stupa), several chapels and a stunning collection of Tibetan Buddhist murals, which inspired the name of the complex. The word ‘Kubum’ means 100,000 images in Tibetan. After exploring Gyantse, we will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. The group will stop at Shalu monastery along the way; the structure embodies the Han, Tibetan and Indian styles of architecture. Following a brief look at Shalu, the journey continues in Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery is the highlight of Shigatse, as it is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Overnight at hotel in Shigatse. Overnight at hotel.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 08- Drive to Shegar (New Tingri) (4050meters) - 244 k.m.

    The drive to Shegar is defined by the picturesque landscape – we will pass the small towns of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. You will have the opportunity to see Natang Monastery (12 kms from Xigatse), then Sakya Monastery, where you can see the largest book in the world in the great library. The book is written entirely in gold. In the evening we reach in Shegar. As the landscape opens into vast plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible in the distance. Overnight at Guesthouse.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 09 - Drive Everest Base Camp (5150m) 76km

    From Shegar, we drive to the south crossing of Pang La pass at 5150m/16890. The trail after leaving highway will be off road. Along the drive, we will bask in the splendor of Makalu and Shishapangma. After driving for 85 km, we will reach Rongbuk, where Mt. Everest is visible. The day will be filled by an exploration of Everest Base Camp. It is now being feasible to drive upto EBC from Rongbuk, we easily reach base camp by our Jeep. The group will also visit Rongbuk Monastery, a Buddhist pilgrimage site founded in 1902 by a Nyingmapa Lama. The cluster of meditation huts has been used by monks and hermits for over 400 years. In addition to the huts, hermits retreated to the many caves that dot the cliff walls around the monastery and valley below. We will walk the very paths used by hermits – ancient trails lined with hundreds of carved stones that embody sacred syllables and prayers. Overnight at Tented Camp.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Days 10, 11 and 12 - Everest Base Camp (5150meters)

    We rest here several days to acclimatize; it is important to be well acclimatized prior to trekking to Interim Camp. How often do you get a chance to sit and read and dine with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above us. There are several possible day trips. Overnight at Tented Camp.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 13 - Trek to Interim Camp (5760 m)- 6 to 8 hrs

    We begin in a dusty ablation valley with views of Pumori, Lingtren and even Nuptse then branch off up the East Rongbuk valley. The trail climbs moraine rubble. Nearby, the first ice seracs (ice pinnacles) rise like white sails from the dark debris-laden surface of the glacier. Overnight at Tented Camp.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 14 - Camp 2 (5970meters)- 5 to 7 hrs

    About two hours above the Interim camp the central ridgeline leads in to a confusion of ice at the confluence with the Changtse glacier. Camp 2 (5970meters) is only ten minutes from here, it is set in a beautiful location; glaciers large and small spill into the valley from every direction and the appropriately named Sera Highway continues to extend its unusual gravel arm trough the centre of the of the ice formations. Overnight at Tented Camp.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 15 - Trek to Advance Base Camp (6340meters)- 6 to 8 hrs.

    The Rongbuk Glacier is an impressive frozen ocean of ice waves; the views of the glacier and the Himalayan peaks are some of the most dramatic in Tibet. Along the middle moraine of the glacier is the trail that expeditions use to begin their climbs of Everest and this is the trail we are taking. About two hours above the Interim camp the central ridgeline leads in to a confused of ice at the confluence with the Changtse glacier, and this is Changtse Base Camp (5970meters) which is sometimes called Camp 2; it was the 1920’s and 1930’s camp 2. The appropriately named Serac Highway continues to extend its unusual gravel arm trough the centre of the of the ice formations.

    Rounding the corner, first Lhakpa Ri Base Camp comes into view, then eventually Everest Advance Base Camp (The old “Camp 3”), and this last section is always tough. Overnight at Tented Camp.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 16 – Advance Base Camp (6340meters).

    A spare day, if you do stay at ABC enjoy the expedition atmosphere! Overnight at Tented Camp.

    Camp 3, the Advance Base Camp (ABC) for the North Col route up Everest, is situated within a group of flattened gravel mounds beside the glacier. The pinnacles, the frightening group of rock palisades that kept the Northeast Ridge unclimbed for so long, are just another 1500 meters up from camp 3. Most amazing of all is the ridge extending above the Pinnacles to the southwest: the striated rock summit of Everest. The top of this mountain appears phenomenally close; it is little more than 2400 meters higher than camp 3. This is the closest non-climbers can get to the top of Everest. Overnight at Tented Camp.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 17 - Trek down to Base Camp, 7 to 9 hrs.

    The return to Base Camp is a long downhill journey, but we complete it in one day, if we start out from Camp 2 it is much more enjoyable than from camp 3, we will have a chance to get our eyes off the end of our boots. , more comfortable altitudes. Overnight at Tented Camp.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 18 - Drive to Zhangmu 2400m via Nyalam 3750meters.

    At first light we will explore Base Camp and watch sunrise on Mt. Everest. It is a truly awe-inspiring place – the absolute north face of the highest mountain in the world soaring above you. The tour will continue on to Zhangmu through off road & roacky trail upto Lo-Tingri. Driving past Tingri, we will cross Lalung La pass at (5124 m/ 16068 ft) and Shung La pass at (5200 m/ 17056 ft), Nalyam Pass (3800m/12464 ft) which offer enchanting views of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shanker. We then descend gradually from the dry Tibetan Plateau. After several hours, you will find yourself amidst the verdant and fertile vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter in the Nepalese border. Overnight at Guesthouse.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 19 - Drive to Kathmandu.

    A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu to the Friendship Bridge over the Bhote Koshi River brings you to Immigration Control in Kodari, where you will depart with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet Nepalese guide to drive to Kathmandu. After 4 hours of driving through deep valleys, you arrive in Kathmandu. Overnight at good hotel in Kathmandu.
    (Breakfas Included)

  • Day 20- Leisure day in Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner in the evening.

    Leisure day in Kathmandu , If you are interested in continuing onto Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight , you can start today.

    In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
    (Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)

  • Day 21- Transfer for your final flight departure.

    The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
    (Breakfast Included)


    COST INCLUDES

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (4 nights)

  • Tibetan-standard two-star hotel accommodation (mostly twin-sharing room) in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse with basic guesthouse accommodation for rest of the town in Tibet.

  • Tented accommodation during the trek from and to base camp of Everest (We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents etc).

  • All your standard Meals with hot drinks during the camping from and to base camp (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Boiled and purify drinking water while camping.

  • Kathmandu - Lhasa airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Surface transportation to and from Kathmandu on private vehicle (border pick/drop etc.).

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu on a private vehicle.

  • Sightseeing/monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (on Day 02).

  • Government-licensed English-speaking Tibetan tour guide.

  • The required number of ground staff for the tour like helpers and drivers.

  • Tourist Van or Land cruisers (4WD, 4500 model) and Support truck during the driving Tour (One Land cruiser for four clients)

  • Yak and Yak man or Porters to carry the equipment from base camp to above and back.

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff.

  • Advance Base Camp Climbing Permit.

  • All Camping and kitchen equipment.

  • A down jacket and a sleeping bag provided Aarohi Holiday (which needs to be returned after the trek).

  • Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 20th).

  • Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa and monastery entry fees.

  • All government taxes, vat and Tourist service charges.

  • All official expenses.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Internet and telephone calls.

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and during the tour in Tibet– about USD 15 to 20 per person per day.

  • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, cold drinks and laundry.

  • Personal clothing and equipment.(See the equipment tab for detail information)

  • Tips for Guide, Porter and Driver. (Tipping is expected)

  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.


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