ADVANCE BASE CAMP TREK
Devoid of expedition groups, this autumn trek to Advance Base Camp may have just you and your guides on the mountain.
After an insightful sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, you will take a flight to Tibet - the Forbidden Land. Tibet, with an average altitude in excess of 3500 meters, is the highest plateau in the world. Lying to the north of the great Himalayan range, Tibet is more or less an untamed land of nomads (drokpas), monasteries and high altitude desert that seem to stretch endlessly. Driving overland past the Tibetan plateau (‘Roof of the world’), you encounter a picturesque mosaic of Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen, ancient monasteries, high Mountain passes, wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain views.
After reaching Rongbuk , you prepare yourself for the world’s highest trek that takes you as close to the summit of Mount Everest as any non-climber can go without using any technical climbing gears and without mountaineering skill. This is an incredible adventure trek along surreally sculpted Rongbuk Glacier to the Advance Base Camp for the north Col route up Mount Everest (8848m). As there won’t be any expeditions during Autumn, the Base Camp and Advance Base Camp of Mount Everest (North side) will be virtually empty, devoid of the usual climbing crowd. It may be just you and your guides trekking alone on the mountain. So savor this special moment of having the entire mountain to yourself!
Note: This trek will be led by an experienced mountain Sherpa guide. If the group is large, a Western guide may lead the trek.
- Trip length: 21 Days
- Grade: Strenuous trek
- Starts in: Kathmandu
- Ends in: Kathmandu
- Group size: Maximum 12
- Accommodation: Hotel, Guest house and camping
- Transportation: Flight, 4WD Land cruiser with support truck, yaks
- Maximum altitude: 6400m
Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan
Day 03 Fly to Lhasa(3660 m)
Day 04 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 05 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 06 Drive to Gyantse (3950m)/ 261 km
Day 07 Drive to Shigatse (3900m) / 90km
Day 08 Drive to Shegar (4050m)/ 244km
Day 09 Drive to Rongbuk (5000m) 68km - Explore Everest Base Camp
Day 10-11: At Base Camp
Day 12 Trek from Everest Base Camp to Camp 1 (5460m)
Day 13 Trek to Camp II (Interim Camp) (5760m)
Day 14 Rest day at Camp II (Interim Camp) (5760m)
Day 15 Trek to Camp III (6340m)
Day 16 Excursion to Advance BC(6400m), back to Camp III
Day 17 Return to Base Camp
Day 18 Drive to Nyalam (3750m)/(215 km)
Day 19 Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 20 Free day in Kathmandu
Day 21 Depart Kathmandu
Ardent trekkers and adventurers from all over the world regard Tibet as an ultimate adventure travel destination for its unlimited Tibet trekking options. Undeniably, Tibet trekking adventures offer most insightful, enriching and fascinating experience as you walk up a broad valley of barley, rich yak pastures, picturesque flower-carpeted valleys, deep gorges, rugged high altitude deserts, successions of glacier-topped mountains and highly glaciated mountain passes.
Treks in Tibet not only introduce you to its Himalayan peaks, monasteries and culture but also equally educates you on its distinctive flora and fauna, and chances to interact with Tibetan Nomads is another incomparable enjoyment of trekking in Tibet. Wherever you chose to trek in Tibet you are certain to witness rich & exotic species like Himalayan black bear, giant Tibetan brown bear, snow leopards and so many other exotic species which you have never seen before.
Explore Himalaya, in coordination with Tibet Adventures, Lhasa based office provides fully supported trekking programs in Tibet. Tibet traveling permit, transportation, coordination with Chinese Government offices and check posts will be carried our by Local Tibetan guide from our Lhasa office, and meals, trekking supports will be provided by Sherpa crew from our Nepal office. Some of regular Tibet trekking programs are listed below, which are available on group joining or private basis. If, however, any of our dates are unsuitable for you, we can arrange a private trek for you or circulate your convenient dates and find others to join you (this method has worked several times). Moreover, we can also customize any Tibet trekking trip to suit your exact requirements and dates. In short, we will make every effort to get you on the trip you want, when you want.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath and after that to the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva- Pashupatinath. We take a tour to Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. We walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square.
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa (3660 m)
You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude.
Note: There is no fixed program arranged for today.
Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa (3660 m)
After breakfast, you will be briefed on the day’s program. An experienced guide will take you on a tour to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. Jokhang temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. After the day’s tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa (3660 m)
After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues.You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest.
Note: Only a limited number of visitors are allowed inside the Potala Palace every day. So the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide.
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3950m)/ 261 km
Moving along the Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La, at 4794 meter, with a brief halt to savor majestic views ofYamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, standing at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another pass, Karo La at 5045m. If you look at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down. After driving 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse. Gyantse Dzong, a 14th century historical fort, overlooks the entire Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals.
Day 07: Drive to Shigatse (3900m) / 90km
After Gyantse, you take a 90 km drive and arrive at Shigatse, (3900m) the second largest Tibetan city. Tashilhunpo Monastery, being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is the major attraction of Shigatse.
Day 08: Drive to Shegar (4050m)/ 244km.
Today you will traverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Shegar.
In Shegar there is an old fort- Shegar Dzong , perched on a hill above the village. George Mallory's Everest reconnaissance expedition team is said to have stayed here in 1921, and again in 1924, when the oxygen apparatus Sandy Irvine had modified for their summit bid was tested on the rocky slopes leading up to the fort.
Day 09: Drive to Rongbuk (5000m) 68km - Explore Everest Base Camp
Away from Shegar, you will drive to the south crossing Pang La pass at 5150m. Along the drive you can bask in the splendor of majestic views of snow-capped peaks from Makalu to Shishapangma. After driving for 68 km, you eventually reach Rongbuk at 5000m. You can then view spectacular sight of Mount Everest. You have the opportunity to explore Everest Base Camp (5150m.) The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensates for it. It truly is an awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you. Overnight accommodation at a guest house.
Day 10-11: At Base Camp
Two days at base camp to acclimatize and explore around.
Day 12: Trek from Everest Base Camp to Camp 1 (5460m)
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.
Day 13: 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 III.
Day 14: Rest day at Interim Camp (5760m)
A rest day for preparation to climb higher up or you may wish to explore around.
Day 15: Trek to Camp III (6340m)
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.
Day 16: Excursion to Advance BC, back to Camp III
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. Finally, you conclude your trek by journeying back to Camp III.
Day 17: Return to Base Camp
You retrace your steps and descend to Base Camp, a long day trek down to comfortable lower altitude.
Day 18: Drive to Nyalam (215 km)
You have to take a 215 km drive from Base Camp to Nyalam along Friendship Highway traversing 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, as you leave behind the arid Tibetan Plateau. The route then progresses towards the pristine and fortified town of Nyalam, where you can find a suitable accommodation at a hotel.
Day 19: Drive 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 part with your Tibetan guide and handle the re-entry formalities to return to Kathmandu. After a 5 hours drive of 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu
You can spend this day at leisure- relaxing, shopping for souvenirs or exploring the city.
Day 21: Depart Kathmandu
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as jungle safari at National parks, multi-activity & cultural tours, etc. - ask us.