Tibet-Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek takes you to the highest base camp in the world with a sightseeing trip in Lhasa. This 18-day-long journey can easily become of the most beautiful trips of your lifetime. Everest Advanced Base Camp (EABC) at 6,340m is the highest base camp in the world while Tibet with its ancient Buddhist culture and high Himalayan landscapes is truly the roof of the world.
Our trip begins in Lhasa at 3,650m. We spend two days in Lhasa visiting historical landmarks like the Potala Palace,Norbulingka Palace, and Jokhang Temple among many others. These days spent in Lhasa also help us acclimatize to high altitudes.It is 627km from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp on Tibet’s side through Rongbuk Valley. It takes us seven days to complete this journey by road and on foot. The landmarks along the way are of historic importance and we take our time visiting them. Our first stop is the town of Shigatse. We then move on to Tingri. Then, we get to Cho Oyu Base Camp, Lamna La Pass, Rongbuk Monastery and to Everest Base Camp in the following days. We get to bask in the glory of Mt. Everest’s North face during these and the following days.
We spend the next day at the Everest base camp ( 5,250m) exploring the vicinity which helps us acclimatize as well. It is a stunning location with the mighty Everest towering in front of us, just up the Rongbuk Valley. Everest Advanced Base Camp is 22 km/12 miles from Everest Base Camp but the altitude gain is 1,310m which is substantial at this altitude.
It takes us four days to reach the Advance base camp trekking along the path of Everest North col summiteers. Our first stop is Japanese camp at 5,460m, then we get to Interim camp at 5,800m, then to Changtse Camp at 5,950m and finally to Everest Advance Base Camp at 6,340m. You will get as close to Everest as a non-climber ever can at the Everest Advanced Base Camp. We get back to Changtse the same day. We retrace our steps back to Everest Base Camp and drive to Tingri from where we take a private jeep to Kerung then to Kathmandu. It is one of the most scenic roads in the world.
Adventure Club Trek also offers Everest Base Camp Trek from Nepal’s side. Everest Base Camp Trek-13 Days is an ideal trek for those who want a short trek to the base camp of Mount Everest. We also offer Everest Base Camp Trekking-16 Days for those who need abundant Acclimatization. Take a look at our other Everest Treks here.
Our Tibet-Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek-18 days begins from Lhasa. There are two flight routes to reach Lhasa; one is a direct flight from Kathmandu and another one from mainland China. The former flight is considered one of the most scenic routes as we fly over some of the world’s highest mountains including the mighty Everest and Kanchenjunga. If we choose the latter one we land in mainland China. You can fly in from any major city and from here we take the world’s highest train route to Lhasa. Upon your arrival at the airport or the train station, a representative from Adventure Club Trek will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. Since we are at an altitude of 3,650m, you might get altitude sickness. It is advised you drink plenty of fluids and move around. Overnight in a hotel at Lhasa.
Today, we visit some of the main attractions of Lhasa. We start off after breakfast, first visiting the Potala Palace. Located on top of Marpo Ri, the palace was established in the 17th century. The Dalai Lama used to reside here until the 1959 Tibet uprising. The palace is now a museum and houses shrines, statues and chapels. From the premises of the palace, we get a great view of the entire Lhasa. Next, we explore Norbulingka Palace, also known as the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. The garden surrounding the palace is considered the largest man-made garden in Tibet.
We also pay a visit to Tibet Traditional Hospital, a center for training, treatment, and research-production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in a hotel at Lhasa.
Today we try to learn more about the history and culture of Tibet by visiting the following landmarks:
Drepung Monastery: Built in the 14th century, Drepung Monastery housed around 10,000 monks before but now the number has decreased drastically to only a few hundred. It is the largest among three Gelug university gompas in Tibet. The monastery closed for five years before reopening again in 2013.
Sera Monastery: It is another Gelug university gompa in Tibet. The monastery was named Sera(wild roses) as the site where it stands was once filled with wild roses. The main complex of the monastery includes Great Assembly Hall and three colleges. The third Gelung University Gompa is Tibet is Ganden Monastery.
Jokhang Temple: Founded during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo, Jokhang Temple is considered one of the most sacred and important temples related to the Tibetan history. The temple is a mixed architectural style of Indian vihara design, Tibetan, and Nepalese design. Outside the temple is Barkhor Bazaar, a narrow street crowded with shops and pilgrims. Overnight in a hotel at Lhasa.
We leave Lhasa and drive to Shigatse. On our way to Shigatse, we cross two passes, the first one is Khamba La Pass. As we cross the pass we are rewarded with magnificent views of Mt. Nazin Kang Sa (7,252m) and Yamdrok-Tso, a holy lake. The second pass we cross is Karo La (5,045m). Soak in the amazing views of the majestic glaciers as we head towards Gyantse. After we reach Gyantse, we stop here for while to pay a visit to Kumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (one of the best-preserved dzongs).Overnight in a hotel at Shigatse.
Today, we drive to Tingri, a small town in Tingri County, Shigatse prefecture. On our way to Tingri, we cross two big passes- Tso La Pass and Gyatso La Pass. We catch the first glimpse of the mighty Everest from the latter pass. Tingri also was known as Dingri, it was an exchange post between the Sherpas of Nepal and Tibetan. As of now, the town is base for climbers of Mt. Everest and Cho Oyu.
While at Tingri, we visit Shekar Dorje Dzong located right above the town. A Gelug monastery named Shekar Chode was located inside the Dzong was completely destroyed and is currently undergoing restoration.Overnight in Tingri.
We start to actually trek from today. We walk to Cho Oyu Base Camp from Tingri. It is a pleasant trek with Mt. Cho Oyu(8,188m), world’s sixth highest mountain, in front of us. From the Base Camp, we enjoy the sunset over the Cho Oyu and Nangpa La (Pass).Overnight in Cho Oyu Base Camp.
We wake up to the breathtaking view of Mount Cho Oyu. After breakfast with snow clad mountains in the backdrop, we head out to Lamna La Pass. We follow the trail southeast of Lung Jang Valley towards upper Lung Jang Village. Enroute we may see wild animals like blue sheep, wolves, and foxes. We camp at the foot of Lamna La Pass. Here we can see Tibetan nomads with their livestock. Overnight at the foot of Lamna La Pass.
We climb up towards Lamna La Pass with Mt.Cho Oyu dominating the skyline. It takes around three hours to reach the top of the Pass. The trail then drops down towards Dzakarchu River. As we continue towards Dzakarchu Valley we are rewarded with fantastic views of Everest. We are climbing up to an altitude of 5000m so it is advised to maintain a slow and steady pace. Overnight in Rongbuk Monastery.
Today, we reach the Everest Base Camp on Tibet’s side. It is around 5 hours of a trek to the Base Camp but high altitude can make it challenging. Once at the Base Camp, you are filled with a sense of achievement. Bask in the beauty of the Himalayan landscape with Everest rising over other mountains. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and move around the base camp to avoid altitude sickness. Overnight in Everest Base Camp.
Acclimatization is a significant part of a good trekking experience. Hence today is set aside for acclimatization to adjust better to the thinning air and prevent Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS). We explore the Everest Base Camp enjoying the views of snow clad mountains that surround us. Overnight in Everest Base Camp.
Our destination for the day is Japanese Camp. To reach there, first, we walk along the Rongbuk Glacier followed by a brief walk on a gravel-filled path. We then overcome lateral moraine of Rongbuk glacier. The final stretch to Japanese Camp is steep. Located under a huge yellow rock, the Japanese Camp is vantage point for magnificent views of Mt. Pumori. Overnight in Japanese Camp.
Today we slowly make our way towards Interim Camp. Giant ice pinnacles accompany us along the way. As we move forward breathtaking views of East Rongbuk Glacier and mountains like Nuptse and Pumori fill the skyline. Overnight at Interim Camp.
We head towards Changtse Base Camp, which is at an altitude of 5,950m. The name Changste in Tibetan means ‘North Peak’ as it is located beside the north face of Everest. We get the best unobstructed 360-degree view of Everest and other mountains from here. Overnight in Changtse Base Camp.
We trek along the east side of Rongbuk Glacier, and with each step, we get a little closer to Everest and Lhakpa Ri. Located near the Changtse Glacier, Advanced Base Camp of Everest is the closet a non-climber can get to Everest. Soak in the beauty of Everest’s North face we descend to Changtse Base Camp.Overnight in Changtse Base Camp.
We descend to Tingri enjoying the beautiful high Himalayan landscape along the way. Make sure to maintain a steady pace and also take frequent breathing rest to avoid AMS. We walk to Everest Base Camp where a private vehicle will pick us up and drop us off at Tingri. Overnight in Tingri.
After breakfast we drive to Kerung, a small town in Nepal. This town is located near the Tibet-Nepal border and it only takes us around 5 hours to get here. As there are no planned activities for the remainder of the day, you can utilize it for the long needed rest. Overnight in Kerung.
We drive to Kathmandu today. It is an eight-hour-long drive to reach the capital city of Nepa. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can opt to roam around the city and do some souvenir shopping or just rest in your hotel room. Overnight in a hotel at Kathmandu.
Today concludes your Tibet-Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek-18 days. A representative from Adventure Club Trek will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport according to your flight’s schedule.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.
Flying out to Tibet requires a Chinese visa and a Tibet Travel Permit which can both be acquired in Kathmandu with the help of a travel company (Tibet via Nepal). A valid visa for China isn't the same as a Tibet Travel Permit. Those with a Chinese traveler visa will at present need to apply for a Tibet travel permit. The permit is still required for remote foreign traveler traveling to Tibet from territory China. To obtain the permit you have to book a guide for your whole trip and pre-organize private transport for trips outside Lhasa. The trip outside Lhasa likewise requires extra permits which are arranged by the travel agent you are going with.
All who intend to enter Tibet must hold at least 6 months valid passport.
Passport - valid for 6 months
Chinese Visa — you can apply for one from a Chinese Embassy or through China Highlights (who entry from China)
Group Visa — whom entry from Nepal to Tibet after Tibet tour traveler can visit China mainland with valid group visa.
Individual Visa will be cancel when we apply for group visa (if a visa is in the passport)
Tibet Entry Permit — it is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is an absolute necessity for outsiders entering Tibet.
A few people who wish to travel to specific areas in Tibet must also obtain:
Travel Permit — it is required when you are planning to the movement to closed areas in Tibet. These are issued after you land in Tibet.
Military Permit — it is acquired to travel to some militarily sensitive regions.
The weather in Tibet is similar to that of Mainland China, though with lower temperatures due to higher altitudes. Summers have warm days with strong sunshine and cool nights, but summer days can even be chilly at higher elevations. Winters are cold but there isn't all that much snow. Lhasa enjoys much sunshine even in winter. Most of Tibet experiences frost at least 6 months of the year. Some high lakes are frozen from October to March. The weather varies a lot from region to region. Lhasa is an ideal destination because it is in a valley area of lower elevation.