Autumn & Spring
This trek takes you to the highest point on Everest than a non climber can go, all the way to camp 3 at 6340m, known as Tibet Everest Base Camp Trek. Here, the sheer grandeur of Everest's north face looms above you.
Located with pride at an average altitude of over 3000 meter, today mankind's enthusiasm and curiosity has flung open the "Mighty doors" to experience the lifestyle, culture and landscape of this "Virgin Land".
A journey of a life time, at the roof of the world, with exciting adventure on route, crossing over passes of over 5000meter, stunning picturesque scenery of the landscape, rural villages, people, monasteries and breathe taking views of range of snow capped mountains from Mt.Everest, Cho-Oyu, Shisapangma to over 6000 meters peaks. Our trek from Old Tingri onwards is one of the magnificent walk passing through traditional Tibetan villages and nomads camps with constant views of the close snow capped peaks, as we head towards Everest Base Camp via Lamna-la (Pangla-pass) at 5,100m and Rongbuk Monastery.
The trek from Old Tingri to Everest BC is another highlight of this great trip and to the highest monastery at Rongbuk through the large village of Lunja, high passes, nomads camps and valleys with the ever present vista of the snow capped mountain before reaching our highest camp at Everest Base Camp at 5,200m, where we have ample time to explore around to its glacier and magnificent view of the nearby peaks including the northern face of Mt. Everest.
Day 01: Arrive in KATHMANDU 1300m.
Day 02: A day in KATHMANDU. Explore the heritage sites and Temples in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly from KATHMANDU to LHASA (3,650M)
Day 04-5: In LHASA.
Day 06: Drive to GYANTSE. (3,950m)
Day 07: Drive from GYANTSE to SHIGATSE (3,900M)
Day 08: Drive SHIGATSE to OLD TINGRI. 4,350m 6 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to LUNGJA 4,510m or further. 5-6 hrs walks.
Day 10: Trek to camp before LAMNA-LA pass. 6 hrs. 4,750m.
Day 11: Trek across LAMNA-LA 5,150m to camp RONGBUK RIVER.4,690m.
Day 12: Trek to RONGBUK MONASTERY 4,980m 4 hrs walks.
Day 13: Trek to EVEREST BASE CAMP, 5,200m.3-4 hrs walks.
Day 14: Drive to NYALAM 6 hrs journey.
Day 15: Drive to KATHMANDU 6-7 hrs journeys.
Day 16: At Leisure in KATHMANDU for independent activities.
Day 17: Transfer to AIRPORT for INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE.
- All necessary Tibet travel permits
- Flight ticket Kathmandu - Lhasa
- Transportation in Tibet with 4WD Land Cruiser
- Budget accommodation in Tibet
- English speaking tibetan guide
- Monastery entry fees / sightseeing entrance fees
- Zhangmu (Tibetan boarder town) - Kathmandu transfer by private vehicle
- Tibet group visa
- All applicable taxes and service charges
What's not included?
- Your Lunch and dinners
- Personal shopping
- Tips for guide and drivers
30 Min Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where one of our leader or a Sherpa guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Tibet, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Tibet-Nepal.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it's late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before you venture out in our interesting tour.
Approxiamtely 1 hr 10 minutes scenic flight over the high Himalayan range, arrive Gongor Airport meet our Tibetan representative with 2 hrs drive to Lhasa.
Guided tour in Lhasa IN LHASA, you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursions of the JORKHANG TEMPLE, BARKHOR MARKET SQUARE,POTALA PALACE, NORBULINGKHA PALACE,SERA & DREPUNG MONASTERY. Tour the fabled City of Lhasa. A completely forbidden City until very recent times, Lhasa was Holy Grail for many central Asian explorers of past generations. The City has of course been altered by the Chinese occupation and the impact of foreign visitors. However much of the original character remains and whilst jostling through the Potala with crowds of ethnic Tibetans, it is hard not to be captivated by this magnificent civilisation. Will visit the great monasteries of Sera and Drepung, both of which were extensively destroyed in the cultural revolution but are now being rebuilt. We will also visit the Jokhang and of course the Potala Palace. Lhasa is at 3,600m/12,000ft and provides an ideal acclimation for the first few days. The relatively comfortable hotel (the only one during our Tibetan stay) will give members some time to get to know each other without the stress of trekking.
Morning drive to Gyantse, the drive leads to the scenic highway past the Khamba-la at 4,800m and towards the Yamdrok Thso (The Torquoise lake) and towards the Karo-La 5,050m overlooking great view of the Nazong-Khangtsa peak and its massif ice fall just by the road, after a great drive of five hours, then reaching to Gyantse for the overnight halt. At Gyantse with time for a visit of Phalkor Monastery, Kumbum Stupa and the local market. Afternoon Sightseeing of Kumbum Monastery if time and condition of the group permits or else, we can do it the next morning before heading to Shigatse.
This is about two hours driving, and when in Shigatse we visit the very large complex of Tashilumpo monastery. This is the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama and contains a 27m high gold plated Buddha known as Matria (the future Buddha). The hotel in Shigtase is quite large and comfortable. Afternoon sightseeing of Tashilumpo monastery and the local market.
Travel from Shigtse to Tingri. The drive is on the main Kathmandu / Lhasa highway, the road has improved since past few years. Again we cross two high passes, one at 4,500m and 5,200m. Driving through the town of Larze where the road to Mt. Kailash joins, after Larze the drive climbs to the highest pass at Gyamshola Pass, 5,220m. After the pass reaching the Xegar and then to Old Tingri, where we will meet our camping crews from Nepal. From Tingri where you can have views Mt.Everest (8,848m) & Cho-Oyu (8,201m). Tingri, a wind blown village with more than hundred of houses grouped along the base of an isolated hill. Its original name used to be Ganggar. Most of the good lodge and restaurants available are on the roadside, where it's a must stop for all the Trucks and other vehicle drivers and passengers for lunch and overnight halt. Depending upon the time of arrival and if the road condition is good we drive further from Tingri towards Lungja village, this short drive on route makes it easier for the next day trek. Overnight camp on the grassy field near the barley and buckwheat field where there is a clean flowing stream or creek.
5-6 Hrs walks.
From here onwards we will be having pack lunch, as every equipment and baggage goes with the herds of Yaks it will be difficult to load and unload and most of the days walk will be on the open valleys and it will certainly disrupt the cooking in this wind blown country, our walk passes through the farm fields, despite its harsh terrain somehow barley are grown in this condition. The trail are quite wide as the villagers cart track passes through this road, after a 3 hours of pleasant walk arriving at Lungja a large settlement, the only village from here onwards to Rongbuk Monastery. After a brief break here we continue for another 2-3 hours to camp further from this village, the walk continues on the gradual path for sometimes passing through the rocky crag topped with ruins, which may be an old dzong or fort. An hour farther from Lungja the gorge forces the track turning left into the scrubby hills, after half hour climb to a ridge and then descending to our overnight camp, at the base of these hills on the grassy meadow.
Journey continues on around this mystical valleys after an hour walk from the camp descending to a stream, wading across chilly river, the path leads gradual uphill on the wide pasture field as the valley opens out but shortly divides into two separate drainages, In the early 1960's Chinese Army had tried to build the truck road through this area for the 1st Chinese Expeditions to Everest, but unfortunately due to unforeseen reason and the difficulty they had to divert the road on the other side of the Rongbuk River, where we will be walking after two days time. Walk follows on the gradual uphill to cross another glacial river, if lucky we will cross with the help of few stepping stones, or just wade through the river on bare feet and sandals, after finally getting across walking on the gradual path towards both Lamna La and Pang La (Lamna La is also known Zommug La) we take the shortcut instead of following the long winding cart track, slowly ascending the higher ridge of Lamna La after an hour climb then descending towards the valley in between Pang-la & Lamna-la at 4,850m where there is some few herders camps. Overnight camp in the grassy meadows near by Drog-pa's Camp after five hours or more of good walk.
From here the walk gets easier for a while crossing number of spread out creeks on the soft grassy meadow after getting on the bottom of the Pang-la, two hours ascend to reach the top ridge of Pang-la at 5,210m, during summer high altitude blue poppies (Meconopsis) and Gentian Violet dot these rocky slopes and gowa, the Tibetan gazelle, may be grazing along the high ridges near the pass. After an hour and half of steady climb reaching the top of the pass where the prayer flags or lung-ta are, at the top of the ridge we will have a break to marvel the great views of the snow capped mountains and the valleys down below, a steep descend leads through number of drogpa (herders) camps, as the walk gets pleasant after an hour of straight downhill walks the gradual path ends to a descend towards Rongbuk River, the walk now follows down hill tracks from where we can see the Truck road way down below near the Rongbuk River. After few hours of descent, depending upon the time we either cross the bridge over Rongbuk river or camp just 40 minutes before the bridge where there is nice clearing to pitch our overnight camps. Just by this campsite views of Everest, Nuptse and Pumori can be seen.
4 Hrs walks.
As the walk progress head towards destination towards Everest northern base camp, after half an hour of gradual walk we cross a short wooden bridge to join on the main motor able road, from here following the wide winding dirt road with few ups and down, the main road continues its slow ascent, twisting away from the river through arid landscapes of rocky hills and plains, through out this area are hundreds of small rock piles erected by devout Tibetans who have made the pilgrimage journey to Rongbuk Monastery and the abode of Mother Goddess.
On reaching at Rongbuk Monastery with superb full views of the massive North Face of Mount Everest that dominates the entire head of this valley. Overnight camp is made near the Monastery area with time to visit this ancient monastery. Rongbuk Gompa and its many hermitage retreats were introduced to the world in the 1920's through the account of the 1st British expedition’s teams of George and Irving Mallory and from the well-known novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton. At present most of the retreat cells are abandoned and only few small monasteries scattered at this end of the valley is in function. According to the Rimpoche of this area, the monastery was first established as a religious site around 250 to 350 years ago.
3-4 Hrs walks.
Today's final day of the trek is a short walk of less than 3-4 hours, from here by-pass the main road for short while taking the east high path passing through number of isolated ruin monuments, then descending to the main road after 30 minutes walks to a fresh running stream(the local pilgrims considers as a holy water), after being on the main track the walk continues on this easy wide trail coming to the ruins of Sherab Chholing, just above the road from the Stupa with piles of prayers stones we will have time for a short visit to these old hermitage caves on route our destination at Everest Base Camp. After a visit to the hermit cave, walks continues for another hour and half on the gravel, rocky track with the last climb over the rocky dunes for 20 minutes, after the climb coming towards Everest Base Camp, on top of the moraine hill near the bunch of prayer flags with majestic views of Mt. Everest behind. After a wonderful morning walk will have time to marvel the surrounding scenery and return back to Rongbuk for the overnight.
6 Hrs journey.
After a great time here at Rongbuk, morning drive leads past to the trail that we have trekked following the Rongbuk River for sometime, then driving past number of isolated settlements and villages and through the farm fields of barley and yellow mustard fields. Drive the same route of the trekking area and then joining the main road Kathmandu-Lhasa highway at Old Tingri. This scenic drive continues with brief a stop on route like in Tingri and further at the top of Lay-Lung la for another grand view and finally heading back to our last overnight camp at Nylam after 5-6 hours of good drive.
6-7 Hrs journey.
From Nylam the drive leads downhill through the gorge with views of cascading waterfalls and back to rich vegetation and tree lines on reaching at Zhangmu the frontier town after completing the visa formalities drive back to Kathmandu with another visa formalities at Kodari.
In Kathmandu to enjoy your own individual activities guided tour on request.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our Office staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Cecilia Lundgrean & Caroline Redmarker
Lhasa Everest Base Camp and Nagarkot Hike
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