Tibet - Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek-18 Days

Duration: 18 Days

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.

Trip Highlights:

  • Trekking to the highest base camp in the world, Everest Advance Base Camp at 6,340m.
  • Enjoying the North face views of Mt. Everest, view of Mt. Cho Oyu, and Pumori among other mountains.
  • Trekking to Everest Base Camp on Tibet’s side
  • Sightseeing in Lhasa- visiting historical places like Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, and Jhokhang temple among others.
  • Driving on the highest and one of the most beautiful roads in the world-Lhasa to Tingri and Everest Base Camp to Tingri to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trip Preparation.
  • Day 03: Arrival in Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft)
  • Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa (3,900m/12,795ft)
  • Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa
  • Day 06: Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse (3,900m) : 367km, 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 07: Drive from Shigatse to Tingri (4490m) : 330km
  • Day 08: Trek Tingri to Cho Oyu Base Camp (5100m) : 5 hours
  • Day 09: Trek Cho Oyu Base Camp to the foot of Lamna La Pass (4750m) : 4-5 hours
  • Day 10: Trek Lamna La Pass - Rongbuk Monastery (5000m) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 11: Trek Rongbuk to Everest Base Camp (5,250m): 4- 5 hours
  • Day 12: Acclimatization and Exploration at Everest Base Camp
  • Day 13: Trek Everest Base Camp to Japanese Camp (5,460m), 12 Km : 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 14: Trek Japanese Camp to Interim Camp (5,460m), 7 Km : 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 15: Trek to Changtse Base Camp (5,950m), 5 Km : 4-5 hours
  • Day 16: Trek to Everest Advanced Base camp and back to Changtse Base Camp (6,340m) : 7- 8 hours
  • Day 17: Return to EBC and drive to Tingri (4,348m) : 5 -6 hours trek and 2 hour drive
  • Day 18: Drive from Tingri to Kerung 4-5 hours
  • Day 19: Drive Kerung to Kathmandu by road
  • Day 20: Final departure
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
    Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trip Preparation.

    Today, we go on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. We start the program after breakfast, first visiting the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Though non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main premises of the temple we are allowed to visit the cremation site and surrounding areas. We then head to Boudhanath, considered one of the largest stupas in Asia due to the massive mandala that surrounds the main dome. The smell of Himalayan incense and locals doing kora(making clockwise rounds of the stupa) gives you a little insight on Buddhist culture. Our next stop is Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple, located on top of a hill. The stupa is similar to Boudhanath, but here the stupa is surrounded by many temples and shrines. Some of the temples date back to the medieval Lichchhavi period. Our final stop is Kathmandu Durbar square which is a fine example of Newari architecture. The premises of the Durbar square house many temples and royal palaces, however, most of the temples and building were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and are being renovated. Overnight at hotel.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 03: Arrival in Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft)

    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.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa (3,900m/12,795ft)

    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.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 05: Sightseeing in 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.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 06: Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse (3,900m) : 367km, 6 - 7 hours

    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 guesthouse at Shigatse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 07: Drive from Shigatse to Tingri (4490m) : 330km

    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 at tented camp.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 08: Trek Tingri to Cho Oyu Base Camp (5100m) : 5 hours

    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. Overnight at tented camp.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 09: Trek Cho Oyu Base Camp to the foot of Lamna La Pass (4750m) : 4-5 hours

    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. Overnight at tented camp.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10: Trek Lamna La Pass - Rongbuk Monastery (5000m) : 6-7 hours

    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. Overnight at tented camp.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11: Trek Rongbuk to Everest Base Camp (5,250m): 4- 5 hours

    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. Overnight at tented camp.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 12: Acclimatization and Exploration at 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. Overnight at tented camp.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 13: Trek Everest Base Camp to Japanese Camp (5,460m), 12 Km : 3 - 4 hours

    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. Overnight at tented camp.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 14: Trek Japanese Camp to Interim Camp (5,460m), 7 Km : 3 - 4 hours

    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 tented camp.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 15: Trek to Changtse Base Camp (5,950m), 5 Km : 4-5 hours

    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 at tented camp.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 16: Trek to Everest Advanced Base camp and back to Changtse Base Camp (6,340m) : 7- 8 hours

    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 at tented camp.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 17: Return to EBC and drive to Tingri (4,348m) : 5 -6 hours trek and 2 hour drive

    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 at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 18: Drive from Tingri to Kerung 4-5 hours

    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 at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 19: Drive Kerung to Kathmandu by road

    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.
    Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

  • Day 20: Final departure

    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.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (4 nights)
  • 1 Local Tibetan English speaking guide
  • 1 Expert Nepali Sherpa guide with good English Speaking
  • Surface transportation to and from Kathmandu on private vehicle (border pick/drop)
  • Kathmandu - Lhasa airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Guided sightseeing in Lhasa (includes all entrance fees).
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 2 star category hotel in Lhasa
  • Gyantse, Shigatse with basic guesthouse accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • Tented accommodation during the trek from and to base camp of Everest
  • Full board meal prepared by trekking cook while tented camping trekking
  • Boiled and purify drinking water while camping.
  • All camping fee,
  • Cook and cook assistant
  • Yak and Yak man or Porters to carry the equipment from base camp to above and back.
  • Tibet Visa fees, Advanced Everest Base Camp Trekking and Travel permit
  • Everest conservation fee for all members, guide and vehicle
  • Everest advanced base camp conservation fee
  • Yamdrok lake conservation fee
  • Karola glacier conservation fee
  • Supporting Truck 
  • Jow Oyuk base-camp conservation fee for all members, guide and vehicle
  • Oxygen in the vehicle and during the trek in case needed.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner inside the hotel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Any other services at Nepal and Mainland China beside mentioned in What is Included
  • China Tibet visa fee
  • Tips for the staff
  • Travel insurance including trip cancellation, medical and emergency evacuation
  • Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.)
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides or any other personal nature expenses that are not mention above

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.

Pre-Trip Meeting 

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.

Visa Information

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.

 Passport

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.

Weather Information

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.

Safety Guidelines

  • We recommend you to go through our following safety guidelines and stay tuned with the latest happenings.
  • Have at least 2 copies of Tibet Permit.
  • Keep your belongings properly.
  • When you feel uncomfortable due to altitude change or have any troubles, report to train staff promptly.
  • Never rush to visit attractions shortly after you arrive in Lhasa.
  • Shop around but avoid undue bargaining with street vendors and never buy wildlife and unknown Tibetan herbal medicine and fake products.
  • Take your money and important belongings with you all the time.
  • Spend a few days in Lhasa for acclimation and always follow a gradual ascent when traveling to higher places to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Refrain from heavy drinking and smoking.
  • Respect the religion, customs and avoid taboos in Tibet.
  • Pay special attention to unique alpine climate (such as sunburn, dramatic temperature change, etc.)
  • Keep necessary medicines at the consult of your doctor.
  • Never travel alone at night or venture into unknown places without informing your guide.
  • In most places, cash is only accepted. Do prepare enough and small change.
  • If an emergency arises, report it to your guide promptly.
  • Don’t carry any documents or papers related to Dalai Lama or feel Tibet.
  • We also recommend not carrying any guidebook to Tibet.
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Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-91
  • Trip Duration 18 Days
  • Destination Tibet
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate to Strenuous
  • Trip Style Hotel and Tented camp
  • Accomodation Hotels in cities and camping during the trek
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