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Advance Everest Base Camp Trekking - 17 Nights/ 18 Days

Advance Everest Base camp Trekking is a serious and most challenging high altitude trekking adventure in Tibet and recommended for strenuous trekking seeker those who wish to be at 6340 m / 20795 ft, advance Camp III of North Mount Everest Base camp from Tibet side.

Advance Everest base camp is the world’s highest trek that makes a high-level traverse along the scenic trail following Tibetan cultural wonders, picturesque valley, steep mountain moraine, a succession of challenging glaciated mountain passes and surreally sculpted Rongbuk Glacier. Advance Everest base Camp trek unravel interesting topographical features of the Tibet side of Mount Everest, popularly called Chomolungma in Tibet. Everest base camp trek skirts Rongbuk Glacier ascending towards Everest Base camp, Camp I, Camp II and finally camp III at 6340 meter, you can get as close to the summit of Everest as any non-climber can go.

Before setting out on high altitude Everest base camp adventure you will be expertly guided around all the Tibetan monasteries, sights, and monuments by expert local Tibetan guide. Advance Everest base Camp trek covers two full days in Lhasa is reserved to explore imposing Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple, colorful Barkhor Markets, and Drepung Monastery etc.

Advance Everest base camp trek Lhasa by best 4 wheel drives you will drive past picturesque landscaped Tibetan settlements where nomadic herdsmen can be seen wandering across the wide arid Tibetan Plateau. Everest base camp Trek overland journey takes you over several 5000+ meter high mountain passes amidst most amazing mountain views including majestic Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Shisapangma and many other numerous peaks.

Advance Everest base camp Overland adventure ride also takes you through Shigatse (Xigatse) which has significant Tashilumpu monastery and many interesting sites. The whole trekking part of the Advance Everest base camp trek will be fully catered and supported by high altitude Sherpa crew who has trodden this high Everest trial not less than a dozen times.

Advance Everest Base Camp Trekking - Day to Day itinerary

Day 01.
Arrive Lhasa (3660m)
Day 02-03.
Sightseeing in Lhasa (3660m)
Day 04.
Free in Lhasa (3660m)
Day 05.
Drive Lhasa – Gyantse (3950m)
Day 06.
Drive to Shigatse (3900m)
Day 07.
Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m)
Day 08.
Drive Shegar - Rongbuk (5000m)
Day 09-10.
At Everest Base Camp (5200m)
Day 11.
Trek to Camp 1 (5460m)
Day 12.
Trek to Interim Camp (5760m)
Day 13.
Rest day at Interim Camp (5760m)
Day 14.
Trek to Camp 2 (5970m)
Day 15.
Trek to Everest Advance Base camp (camp 3, 6400m) and return to Camp 2
Day 16.
Return to Base Camp
Day 17.
Drive Base Camp to Nyalam (215km)
Day 18.
Drive Nyalam (3750m) to Kathmandu

Advance Everest Base Camp Trekking - Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Lhasa (3660 m)

You have options to arrive Lhasa, you can join the trip in Kathmandu and fly to Lhasa or arrive Lhasa from Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian or any Chinese Cities. You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities take a 1.5-hour drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa lying at an altitude of 3660 meters. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude.

Day 2 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Foremost, your tour begins with a visit to SERA MONASTERY. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts you to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring NORBULINGKA, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. JOKHANG TEMPLE is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to BARKHOR MARKETS can be quite a change from other visits as you roam around the city savoring every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods to exhibition of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as you return to the comforts of your hotel.

Day 3 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Like the previous day, you experience invaluable insights during your visits to POTALA PALACE and DREPUNG MONASTERY. This 17th century POTALA PALACE offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans’ respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.

Day 4 Free day in Lhasa for acclimatization

You get an entire day free for acclimatization. After proper rest, you can either indulge in sightseeing, shop or do whatever you fancy. You also get an option of undertaking an additional tour to places such as the Tibetan Medical Centre, Ganden Monastery and Tsurphu Monastery. But this will incur extra costs.

Day 5 drive Lhasa - Gyantse (3950m)

Today we start our overland journey towards Kathmandu. Travelling by Landcruiser along the Friendship Highway we cross the Khamba La (4794m) from which there are stunning views across the waters of Yamdrok-tso (lake) to the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa 7252m. We continue westwards over another high pass, the Karo La 5045m, where we are treated to the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred metres of the road. After passing through beautiful valleys and colourful Tibetan villages we arrive in the town of Gyantse. Our overnight accommodation is at the Gyantse Hotel.

Day 6 Sightseeing & drive Gyantse - Shigatse (3900m)

Before leaving Gyantse we have time this morning to visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century from which there are amazing views of both Gyantse itself and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa and its many small chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals.

We then continue on to Shigatse, a short drive of only 90kms, arriving in time for lunch. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and after exploring the local market we will make a detailed visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls. Our overnight accommodation will be at either Shigatse Hotel or Shandong Mansion.

Day 7 Sightseeing & drive Shigatse - Shegar (New Tingri: 4050m)

Today we continue along the Friendship Highway, marvelling once more at the barren yet spectacular landscape of Tibet. Beyond the small town of Lhatse we cross the highest pass on our journey, the Gyamtso La, 5220m. From here we descend to the plains, passing lonely monasteries and the camps of nomadic herders, en route to Shegar and our overnight accommodation at Hotel Quomolongma (the Everest Hotel).

Day 8 Drive Shegar - Rongbuk (5000m)

Shortly after leaving Shegar, we turn off the Friendship Highway and head south over the Pang La 5150m towards the main Himalayan range. The view from the top is incredible with uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma. Below the pass, Everest initially is hidden from view, but as we turn the corner into the Rongbuk Valley it reappears, more impressive than ever. We stay overnight at the Gompa Guest House.

Day 9-10 at Base camp

Two days at base camp to acclimatize and explore around.

Day 11 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 12 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)

A rest day for preparation to climb higher up or you may wish to explore around.

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.

Day 16 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.


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