Tibet Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Total Duration:18 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Overview

Embark on the highest trek in the world to Everest’s most stunning and secluded north face on our Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek from Tibet and experience the beautiful, mountainous landscape of Tibet, the ‘Roof of the World’. We trek on the same trails used by the Everest summiteers and end our journey at the Everest Advanced Basecamp at 6,340m. The trip begins in Lhasa where we visit Potala and Norbulingka Palaces along with other landmarks of the city.

Next, we drive to Shigatse and finally to Lotingri which is where the actual trek begins. In between, we also visit a couple of Tibetan landmarks like the impressive Tashilhunpo Monastery, Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and others which showcase the rich culture and history of the Tibetans. Reaching the Advanced Base Camp of the world’s highest mountain, Everest guarantees us a sweeping view of the majestic mountain and is sure to be a surreal experience for any adventure enthusiast.

Without the doubt, this Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek Via Tibet is one of the world’s greatest journeys that combines Tibetan awesome culture with the highest trekking route on earth, so close to the summit of Mt. Everest that can be reached without the need for crampons, ice axes or any mountaineering skills.

Flying into Lhasa from Kathmandu you will see the amazing views of four of the highest peaks in the world – the Himalayan giants of Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Kanchenjunga. We spend several days in our acclimatization and exploration approach to Everest base camp and Advanced Everest Base Camp in Tibet. We witness the sights and sounds of Lhasa and Tibet – Potala palace, Norbulinkha temple, Jorkhang Square, Sera and Drepung monasteries, Namsto Lake on the way to Gyantse and Tashilhunpo monastery in Shigatse – not to miss!

We start our Tibet trekking from Tingri which means you’ll be in good shape and well acclimatize before your ascend to Everest Advanced Base Camp. En route there are yak herders camps and grain farms, moors and meadows and green valleys. We weave through the ice pinnacles and cross the Rongbuk glacier to Rabu La where you can peer over into the Kangshung face of Everest.

On arrival at Rongbuk monastery and Basecamp, you will be astounded by the spectacular and uninterrupted views of Everest’s great North face an awesome and heart throbbing experience. After having acclimatization rest day at Basecamp we head for the steady achievable trek through stunning glaciers and peaks to Advanced Base Camp 3 at 6340 meters, where the sheer grandeur of Kangshung north face of Everest stands just in front of you. You have to see to believe it.

Everest advanced base camp trekking in Tibet is to all who are in good shape, enjoy hiking and traveling and don’t have any underlying health issues that might be worsened by spending nights at high altitudes.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3,650 m/11,972ft)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, and Tibet Traditional Hospital
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar
Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse (3,900m) via Gyantse
Day 05: Drive from Shigatse to Lao Tingri - Langkor Monastery (4490m)
Day 06: Trek Langkor monastery to Cho Oyu Base Camp (5100m)
Day 07: Trek Cho Oyu Base Camp to a foot of Lamna La Pass (4750m)
Day 08:  Trek to Dzakarchu river - Rongbuk Monastery (5000m)
Day 09: Rongbuk to Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft)
Day 10: Acclimatization and Exploration at Everest Base Camp
Day 11: Everest Base Camp to Japanese Camp (5,460m)
Day 12: Japanese Camp to Interim Camp (5,800m/19,028)
Day 13: Trek to Changtse Base Camp (5,950m)
Day 14: Trek to Everest Advanced Base camp and back to Changtse Base Camp (6,340m)
Day 15: Return to EBC and drive to Lotingri (4,348m)
Day 16: Drive from Lotingri to Kerung (2800m)
Day 17: Kerung to Kathmandu by the drive
Day 18: Final departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3,650 m/11,972ft)

You travel to Lhasa either through a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. If you choose to fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa, you will be on an hour-long Trans-Himalayan flight. If you are going to Lhasa via mainland China, you may fly from any major city or take the world's highest train route to Lhasa. Our representative will pick you up either from the airport or the train station for about an hour’s drive to our designated hotel in Lhasa. Rest and Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, and Tibet Traditional Hospital

Today we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka palaces. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. We further visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital which is the center for the treatment, training, research, and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar

After breakfast, we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar.  Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now, there has been a serious decline resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are h3ly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery.  Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open-air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve center of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse (3,900m) via Gyantse

After breakfast, we embark on a pleasant drive to Shigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet via Gyantse. We drive past Khamba La (4,794m) pass and savor the enthralling views of Yomdrok-Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the Holy Lakes in Tibet and Mt. Nazin Kang Sa (7,252m). Further to the west, we come across another pass, Karo La (5,045m) and take in amazing views of the majestic glaciers. Upon reaching Gyantse, we visit the Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. From Gyantse, we continue to Shigatse enjoying a captivating mountain landscape along the way. Overnight in Shigatse.

Day 05: Drive from Shigatse to Lao Tingri - Langkor Monastery (4490m)

We will start our tour in the morning driving through two big mountain passes, Tso La Pass (4500m) and Gyatso La Pass (5220m) and some beautiful villages, where we will be rewarded with the first view of Mt. Everest from the foot of Gyatso La Pass. Lao Tingri also was known as Dingri used to be an important trading post where Sherpas from Nepal exchanged rice, grain, and iron for Tibetan wool, livestock, and salt. We will continue our drive to the Langkor monastery, from Dingri. The Gompa or temple was built in the Padampa Sange’s meditation cave and became the seat of the Dampapa School of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight in Langkor.

Day 06: Trek Langkor monastery to Cho Oyu Base Camp (5100m)

Today, we start our trek to the Cho Oyu Base Camp. It is one of the most beautiful walks today as we will walk just in front of the Cho Oyu snow-mountains standing at 8188 m, which is the sixth tallest mountain in the world. This is one of the most famous snow-capped mountains in the world where mountaineers expedite to the summit. Getting to the base camp of this marvelous mountain is one of the most memorable adventurous camping. Enjoy the beautiful sunset views of Mt.Cho Oyu and the Nangpa La Pass. Overnight at Base Camp.

Day 07: Trek Cho Oyu Base Camp to a foot of Lamna La Pass (4750m)

After a fulsome breakfast along with majestic views of Mt. Cho Oyu and Nangpa La from our campsite, we start our trek from the base camp to the southeast of Lungjang valley and walk towards the upper part of the Lungjang village. We may encounter some wild animals on the route, including blue sheep, foxes, and wolves. There is also a beautiful nomad camp at the foot of Lamna La where we can share life experience with Tibetan nomads where they graze their flocks of sheep, yaks and other live stocks. Overnight in the foot of the Lamna La Pass

Day 08:  Trek to Dzakarchu river - Rongbuk Monastery (5000m)

We start our trek ascending a steep trail climbing towards the Lamna La Pass (5250m) while enjoying the astounding views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Lungjang valley and the Nangpa La Pass with other snow-capped mountains around.  Around 3 hours of an uphill walk will take us to the top of the Lamna La from where we will descend into a marshy side valley that leads us to Dzakarchu River. We will continue our trek in the Dzakarchu valley from where the first views of Mt. Everest starts to show up, eventually getting closer and closer in our eyes, bringing a sense of pride in being close to the world’s highest mountain without having any obstacles from high altitude. We then reach the Rongbuk monastery where we can rest our aching feet and enjoy the beautiful sunset views of Mt. Everest in the evening. Overnight in Rongbuk monastery.

Day 09: Rongbuk to Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft)

Today, we trek to the Everest Base Camp, which is also the ultimate highlight of the whole trip. Reaching the base of the world’s highest mountain is an achievement in its own right. We may capture this accomplishment with our camera while keeping ourselves busy with short treks which will help us in acclimatizing to the high altitude. At the base camp, we also enjoy the amazing Himalayan vista with the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, soaring above us. Overnight at Everest Base Camp.

Day 10: Acclimatization and Exploration at Everest Base Camp

Spending one full day at Everest Base Camp would not only be a memorable experience in itself but will also help greatly in acclimatization. We can climb and explore beautiful hills nearby and enjoy the company of high Himalayan peaks. Overnight at Everest Base Camp.

Day 11: Everest Base Camp to Japanese Camp (5,460m)

From Everest Base Camp, we initially trek alongside the Rongbuk Glacier, an impressive frozen ocean of ice waves. Then, after a short run over gravel terrain, we walk along the lateral moraine of the Rongbuk glacier and skirt the Glacier from its east side. After an hour or so, we take the left path that leads steeply to the Japanese Camp. This camp is situated under a huge yellow rock. At this site, we enjoy the view of the Pumori Himalaya. Overnight at Japanese Camp.

Day 12: Japanese Camp to Interim Camp (5,800m/19,028)

The Interim Camp lies on the end of a nearby glacier. Along with this trek, we enjoy the company of huge ice pinnacles. As we move ahead towards a dusty valley, we are welcomed with magnificent views of the East Rongbuk Glacier and high mountains like Pumori (7,161m/ 23,494ft) and Nuptse (7,861m/25,791ft). Although we might feel the high altitude, technically the route is quite easy. Overnight at Interim Camp.

Day 13: Trek to Changtse Base Camp (5,950m)

Changtse is located adjacent to the north of Everest, hence the name Changtse which in Tibetan means north peak. Today, we leave the Japanese Base Camp and trek towards Changtse Base Camp which provides perhaps the best panoramic view of Mount Everest. The short trek will also help us with acclimatization.

Day 14: Trek to Everest Advanced Base camp and back to Changtse Base Camp (6,340m)

As we continue to follow the east side of the Rongbuk Glacier, we get closer to Everest and Lhakpa Ri (7045m). Walking along the moraine rubble, we arrive at our destination, the Advanced Base Camp of Everest (ABC) which is situated near the Changtse Glacier. From here, the Everest Top appears so close that one might feel tempted to summit the mountain. In fact, the top of Everest is a little more than 2400 meters away from this camp. The Everest Advanced Base Camp is also the closest non-climbers can get to the top of Mt. Everest. From here we descend to Chagtse Base Camp where we will be spending the night.

Day 15: Return to EBC and drive to Lotingri (4,348m)

The return to Base Camp is a downhill trek.  Today, we aim to get back to the base camp as slowly as possible in order to avoid any kind of high altitude problems. On our way back, we enjoy the beautiful mountain landscape that Tibet so proudly boasts. After reaching the Everest Base Camp we drive to Tingri. Overnight in Tingri.

Day 16: Drive from Lotingri to Kerung (2800m)

We begin our drive to Kerung after breakfast. Kerung is a small town in Nepal which borders with Tibet. We freshen up after reaching Kerung and take a long-needed rest. Today’s short drive will give us plenty of time to rest. Overnight in Kerung.

Day 17: Kerung to Kathmandu by the drive

Today we leave Tibet and drive to the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. We begin our drive after an early morning breakfast. On our way, we can compare and contrast the change in landscape, culture, and people. After reaching Kathmandu we freshen up. There will be a farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier to celebrate the successful completion of our journey in the mountains. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Final departure

Our Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek from Tibet, trip of 18 days ends today. One of our representatives will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.

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