Everest Advance BC North Trek
16 Days •
- Trip Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
- Group size: 1-20 Pax
- Ends in: Kathmandu
- Departure City: Lhasa
- Max Altitude: 5
Everest advance base camp north from Tibetan side crosses the Tibetan highlands to witness the real beuty of Tibetan highland plateau and it is also a ideal choice to have a basic mountaineering training to fit yourself in the high altitude and experience the Everest by touching the soul. It is 6500m high above sea level. it is also the world’s highest Tibet trekking route that takes you as close to the summit of Everest as any non-climber can reach, with basic climbing gears and mountaineering skill. The trekking takes around 4/5 days from Rongbuk monastery and The 22km trekking route starts with Everest Base Camp (5200m) and trekkers move upwards along hills beside the Rongphu Glacier. Tourists are able to appreciate the peculiar shape of glaciers and then reach the Intermediate Camp(5800m) and keep heading upwards by passing the East Rongphu Glacier till the final destination Advanced Base Camp (6500m), located alongside of the East Rongphu Glacier.
Everest advane base camp north trek is one of the real adventure of a life time. It is recommended to have basic experience of alpinism who have experience of trekking above 4000m would be helpful. It is not recommended for children and above 70 years elder. There is not specific fitness required anyone could take part in the trip who have strong will power.
Day 01: Arrive Lhasa and transfer to Hotel.
Our guide will assist you to check in Tibet with your permit at Lhasa airport. After completion of immigration formalities, you will be dropped to your hotel. The distance between airport to Lhasa city where you hotel is located is 65km, 1 hrs drive is required.
Day 02: Lhasa full day sightseeing
Full day guided tour in Lhasa. In the morning visit Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet? In the afternoon visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship every day. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.
Day 02: Lhasa full day sightseeing
It is another full day sightseeing in Lhasa, In the morning visit Drepung monastery the sacred land of Gelug Sect., which was established in 1416 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. Afterwards visit Norbulinka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. In the afternoon visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. The "Buddhism Scriptures Debate" in Sera is very famous.
Day 4: Drive Lhasa-Gyantse: Yamdrok-tso, Kumbhum Monastery, Nanchan- Kangtsang glacier
We drive towards Yamdrok-tso and Gyantse Kumbhum monastery (300km) and run through a black asphalt highway. It is better to leave early in the morning and in about one and half hour way, from the top of Mt.Gangbala, you can see the fabulous shade of deep torquoise. Yamdrok-yutso is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour. Leaving yamdrok-tso is a spectacular as arriving, since you have to cross the 4960m karo-la with its awesome roadside views of the Nanchan- Kangtsang glacier. then we will reach our day’s final destination Gyantse, and visit Kubum monastery which is 35m-high chorten(stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome. you can visit every chambers in the monastery. Stay overnight in Gyantse.
Day 5: Drive Gyantse [3950M] - Sakya [4500M] 230km: Tashi Lhunpo monastery, Sakya monastery
Today’s itinerary covers the unique Tashi Lhunpo monastery(90km), and we will drive through black smooth tar road to Sakya, and visit Sakya Monastery, then to Lhatse Visit the famous Tashilhunpo monastery which is one of the the six great Gelukpa institutions founded in 1447 by a disciple of Tsongkapa. In the evening you can visit the famous Tibetan market below the shigatse Zong. Then drive to Saykya county where the Sakya monastery is located, and the Sakya tridition is one of the four main Buddhist schools in Tibet. It was from here that the whole of Tibet was governed during the period of Sakya hegemony and even now there are buildings of historic importance to be seen here. You can see the largest book in the world in Sakya's great library written in gold. Stay overnight in Lhatse.
Day 6: Drive Sakya [4500M] – Rongpuk [5000M] 256km: Sakya Monastery, Gyalpo-la pass, Rongbuk
In the morning, you will visit Sakya Monastery, which is one of the four main Buddhist schools in Tibet. It was from here that the whole of Tibet was governed during the period of Sakya hegemony and even now there are buildings of historic importance to be seen here. You can see the largest book in the world in Sakya's great library written in gold. After exploring Sakya Monastery, we will drive directly towards the Mount Everest base camp(180km)Rough road upto mount Everest. From the top of the Gyalpo-la pass you can see the beautiful sun raising from the top of great Himalayan mountains. Stay overnight in Rongpuk Tent Guest House.
Day 7: One day adjust trekking from Rongbuk to EBC, camp at EBC. [5200M,8km, 3-4hours]
Today warm-up trekking from Rongbuk Monastery to EBC, you will see the famous Rongbuk Glacier, which is the largest among all the hundreds of glaciers formed around the Mt. Everest. The glacier water flows south into a river passing by the foot of the monastery. This is called 'Rongbuk River', and the water there is extremely cold. Camping at EBC.
Day 8: Trek from Everest Base Camp to Camp 1 [5460M, 5km, 5-7hours]
Your first challenge would be trekking to Base Camp 1(5450m). Going through the Rongpuk Glacier along the way to C1, you many enjoy this massive glacier. We will take a trail that rises to the east side of this ice cap and heads toward the peak of Mt. Everest. The trek is fairly short, but the high altitude may still be hard for many, so relax today and enjoy exploring this amazing area. Stay overnight in Camp 1
Day 10: Trek to Camp 2 [5970M, 5km, 6hours]
Today we ascend even farther to the intricate maze of ice as we meet up with the Changste glacier. It is such an incredible experience to hike on the world's highest mountain! Today our camp is even more beautiful than past sites. We are surrounded on all sides by varying glaciers and hanging ice. Stay overnight in Camp 2
Note: sometimes in summer season, the river floods, yaks can’t cross it, then today we start from interim camp(5760m) early and reach ABC and return to interim camp(5760m).
Day 11: Trek to ABC [6500M] and return to Camp 2 [5970M, 6km, 9 hours]
It is completely up to you today to decide whether you want to spend the night at Base camp 3 or simply hike there during the day and return to Base Camp 2. The walk will be much more enjoyable tomorrow if we stay at the second base camp. However, if you wish we can spend the night at an even higher altitude and impressive location. Camp 3 lies in the center of flattened gravel mounds next to the glacier. Today we can observe many imposing pinnacles, ridges, and even the rock summit of Everest. Camp 3 is only 2400 meters from the top. What a sight it is to finally arrive at nearly the highest point in the world! Stay overnight Camping.
Day 12: Return to EBC [5200M,16km,10hours],then drive to Tent area or Rongpuk guest house
Today is a long day as we cruise downhill back towards the first base camp. Wonderful sights as we leave this amazing Mountain the worlds highest peak.
Day 10: Rongbuk to Kyirong (3900m) Drive / 380km / 6-7 hrs
Today we will drive over newly bult road on Tibetan plateu toward border local town Kyirong. Kyirong route is recently opened for tourist after massive earthquake in Nepal which cause the Kodari border closed. It is an alternative route to travel overland from/to Nepal.
Day 10: Kyirong - Rasuwagadi - Kathmandu (1300m) Drive / 210km / 7 hrs
Today our journey toward Nepal/Tibet border begins early to clear immigration formalities at the border named Rasuwagadi, our representative will help to clear immigration formalities. After that we will drive toward Kathmandu.
Day 10: Kathmandu free day or sightseeing
Today you have a full day at Kathmandu which you could use on your own program whether you like to visit on your own or get a guided sightseeing of Kathmandu world heritage sites. it is your choice! Evening we will have farewell dinner hosted by the Tibet Holidays.
Day 10: Final Departure.
Today you have free time until airpot reporting time. Drop to airport final departure toward home.