Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek-18 Days
Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek-18 Days Itinerary
Arrival in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft)
The adventure begins in Lhasa. There are two ways to arrive—via Nepal and via mainland China. 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 in Lhasa
Day 02 :
ightseeing in Lhasa City (3650 m/11972ft)
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 in Lhasa.
Day 03 :
Drive Lhasa - Shigatse (3900m) 250 km
Driving about 250 km via direct route, you will arrive Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, you can roam around the local bustling market and visit TASHILHUNPO MONASTERY, one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. At the end of the day, you make an overnight stay at a best available hotel.
Sightseeing & drive Shigatse - Shegar (New Tingri: 4050m) 244km
You will transverse along the Friendship Highway through small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. The route gets more vibrant and exhilarating as it follows glacier-carved environment descending plains, sacred monasteries and pristine camps of nomadic herders. This awe-inspiring drive along 244 km trail finally leads to Shegar. Hotel Quomolongma (the Everest Hotel) provides you with pleasurable overnight accommodation. Shegar has a small hospital with few doctors. Your Sherpa support crew (trek guide, cooking team etc) will meet you here and accompany throughout your trip.
Day 7 Drive Shegar – Rongbuk (5000m) 68km.
Day 05 Drive Shegar – Rongbuk (5000m) 68km
Basking in the enchanting vistas of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar, you will head southwards crossing Pang La pass at 5150m. Having driven 68 km, you eventually reach Rongbuk at 5000m and thereon, spectacular sight of Mount Everest becomes visible. Your support crew will cook delicious three course meals, hot soups and prepare comfortable camping site with Mt. Everest gleaming right before you. .
Trek to Everest Base camp (5200m)
It is a 9 km walk along dirt road to the base of Mt. Everest where you will spend 2 days wandering around the base camp prior to heading up Everest Climbing route.
To Lhamo Lhatso-the Vision Lake.
Today, you will finally make to the holy Lake of Lhamo Latso. Every Dalai Lama and Panchen Lamas had come here at least once in their lifetime for a vision about their next incarnation. Overnight camping.
at Base camp
Two days at base camp to acclimatize and explore around..
Day 10 : Trek from Everest Base Camp to Camp 1 (5460m)
Day 11 : Trekking the surreally sculpted Rongbuk Glacier you walk away from Everest Base Camp to Camp I for two and half hours or more. Camp I lies amidst moraine hills under picturesque yellow-orange granite cliffs. In the beginning the trekking route skirts the east side of the Rongbuk Glacier and opens into a flat area at 5270m. On the Southwest, Pumori at 7145 m nestled next to Kala Pattar comes into picture. After arriving at Camp I, you may wish to explore snout of the East Rongbuk Glacier lying just 20 minutes away from the camp.
Trek to Interim Camp (5760m)
The trail overlooks glacier-topped mountain as it roll from gravel mounds, mud plain to rocky moraine. Lying directly across from Far East Rongbuk glacier, Interim Camp can prove very beneficial for further acclimatization and supper vantage point prior to trekking up to Camp II.
Day 13 Rest day at Interim Camp (5760m)
Day 14 Trek to Camp II (5970m)
It is about three and half hours or more to ascend from Interim Camp to Camp II. 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. Along the trail to Camp II you get to capture huge seracs rising up to 50 feet above the surface of the glacier and endless array of mountain scenery.
Day 15 :
Trek to Camp III (6340m) and return to Camp II
As you march towards Camp III, you trek along moraine following the glacier to the right around the eastern flank of Changtse. Further ahead, you ascend a succession of hills as the glacier softens into smooth snowy ice fields carpeting the approaching ridges. En route you may spot several tent sites and discarded oxygen bottles. 1480 meter straight up from Camp III lies the Pinnacles challenging trekkers to explore its mystiques. Its complexity has kept the northeast Ridge unclimbed for a long time. North Col lies at 7066 meter in the West connecting Everest’s Northeast Ridge and Changste. Through binocular you can see spectacular sight of striated rock summit of Everest extending above the Pinnacles to the southeast little more than 8000 feet (2400 m) higher than Camp III. Beyond Camp III there are gravel hills beside the glacier and you may trek along this trail for one hour provided that you are fully acclimatized. Finally, you conclude your trek by journeying back to Camp II from Camp III for 2 hours or you can stay the night at Everest Advance Base camp .
Return to Base Camp
From Camp II you continue trekking back to Base Camp, a long day trek down to comfortable lower altitude.
Day 17 Drive Base Camp to Nyalam (215 km)
You have to take a 215 km drive from Base Camp to Nyalam along Friendship Highway transversing past Pang La pass. On the way you can halt at Tingri for lunch. Further away amidst the stunning view of Everest, Cho Oyu and other mountain peaks, you accelerate past Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shung La pass at 5200m. The trail further commands far-reaching views of enchanting Shishapangma, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar enchant as you leave behind arid Tibetan Plateau. The route then progresses towards pristine and fortified town of Nyalam where you can find a suitable accommodation at a hotel.
Day 18 Drive Nyalam (3750m) to Kathmandu
Heading away from Nyalam, drive for one hour to the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter. Few kilometers drive follows Friendship Bridge along Bhote Koshi River to Immigration Control in Kodari where you bade goodbye to your Tibetan guide and handle re-entry formalities to return to Kathmandu. After 5 hours of driving for 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu.
Day 17 Day Free day in Kathmandu
Day 19 Final Departure from Kathmandu