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Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek From Tibet

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To witness the beauty of the highest mountain on the planet; Mt. Everest,  has become a dream of many. This can be done through two main trekking routes and the Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek from Tibet is one of them.

 

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All about the Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek From Tibet.

Overview

To witness the beauty of the highest mountain on the planet; Mt. Everest, has become a dream of many. This can be done through two main trekking routes and the Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek from Tibet is one of them. The forever enigmatic natural beauty that the Everest holds has captured the minds and hearts of people around the globe. This 19-day journey in Tibet offers you impressive views of the Himalayan peaks along with popular cultural sightseeing centers in Tibet. No doubt, the Everest Base Camp Tibet is an unforgettable adventure that takes you to the base of the North Col of the Everest summit via the Rongbuk Glacier. If you are wondering about the difference between Everest Base Camp trek vs. the Everest Advanced Base Camp trek, this short explanation should clear any doubts you have.

For trekking to theAdvanced Base Camp, you don’t need any prior mountaineering experience orclimbing skills as well as knowledge of using ice axes or crampons. Nevertheless, sufficient acclimatization time is required as you go higher in elevation. Climbing is not a problem, but one needs toadapt to a higher altitude. Regular hiking, comfortable walks, proper rest, hydrating the body and following the precautionsrecommendedby the tour guide will reduce the chance of having altitude sickness.

Everest Base Camp trek vs. Everest Advanced Base Camp trek!

Before coming to a decision between the Everest Base Camp trek vs. the Everest Advanced Base Camp trek, you need to know that every trekking destination offers a unique trekking experience that is incomparable and unexplainable. While discussing the difference in routesfor both the destinations, it’s important to say that the Everest Base Camp trek takes you upon uphill and downhill trails, many small Sherpa settlements, mountain valleys, high and rugged terrains, riversides, dense forests, and so on whereas the Everest Advanced Base Camp trek takes you through barren gravel hills, glaciers, and well-paved highways. You have to trek for several days to reach base camp in Nepal, compared to the routes in Tibet. Up to Rongbuk, you have vehicle access from where the actual walking journey towards EBC, Interim Camp, and Camp I, II, III begins. However, the view of Mt. Everest from both sides; North (Tibet) and South (Nepal) is unique and splendid.

What does the Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek offer?

The journey on the Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek offers sights of the many surrounding mountains such as Cho Oyu, Gauri Shankar, Makalu, Shishapangma and of course the north face of Mt. Everest, along with many popular historical and cultural sites in Tibet. The view from Everest Base Camp is breathtaking as it leads you to the highest point of the camp. Passing along the Friendship Highway, it offers a breathtaking sight of many mountain peaks, including five of the world’s highest peaks; Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,485m), Cho Oyu (8,188m), and Shishapangma (8,027m).

The Major Highlights of the Everest Advanced Base Camp trek

The Everest Advanced Base Camp trek begins from the capital city of Tibet; Lhasa, which in and of itself is amajor highlight. Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka Palace, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, and Barkhor Street, are some of the major highlights of the Everest Base Camp trek from Tibet.

Potala Palace, the private quarters of Dalai Lama, was considered to bethe tallest building in the world for 200 years, and it dominates Lhasa city. It is itsmost beautiful monument as well as apopular tourist attraction in Tibet, decorated with Thangka paintings, traditional images, and murals. Similarly, Jokhang temple which was constructed in the 17th century is known as the most sacred temple in Tibet. It has a large Sakyamuni Buddha statue, which attracts many tourists every year. Constructed by the 7th Dalai Lama, Norbulingka Palace has a huge garden with numerous palaces for summer residential purposes. Out of several monasteries, Drepung monastery is the most popular. It was founded in the 14th century, and it was the largest monastery in the world at one point. It even used to be an educational institution for the lineage of Dalai Lamas. Sera monastery, a well-preserved monastery in Tibet enclosed by whitewashed walls under golden roofs, expresses the ancient insight and serenity of Tibetan Buddhism. BarkhorStreet, the busiest and most central market in Lhasa, is a place where you can buy anything you want associated with Tibetan art and tradition. The Tibetan Museum offers a great collection of primitive cultural relics, including many decorative Buddha statues in different postures, imperial jade seals, gifts granted by emperors, colorful Thankas, and various printed Sanskrit and Tibetan scriptures.

The Trail to Everest Advanced Base Camp from Tibet

The trails Everest Advanced Base Camp from Tibet has access by vehicle up to Rongbuk via the Friendship Highway, from where your actual trek begins. The scenic flight above the Himalayas takes you to the city of the Gods; Lhasa. While flying, enjoy the view of theworld’s four highest mountains; Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Kanchenjunga. After experiencing two days of cultural and historical sightseeing in Lhasa, we will go to Gyantse, Shigatse, Shegar (Tingri), and Rongbuk. Exploring the Rongbuk Valley, the walking journey continues up to Everest Base Camp, Camp I, Interim or Intermediate Camp, Camp II, and then, Advanced Base Camp. These camps lead you throughrocky terrains, glacier routes, and increasingly higher elevation. However, up to Rongbuk valley, the trails that go through the Friendship Highway are well paved. This highway is also known as the China-Nepal Highway, which is an 800km scenic route that connects the capital of Tibet with the Chinese and Nepalese border at the Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge between Zhangmu and Kodari. The route to the Advanced Base Camp from Tibet also passes through many passes and places of interest such as Khamba La (4,794m), Karo La (5,045m), Pang La, Lalung La, and so on including Yamdrok Tso Lake, Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m), and Changtse glacier.

What is the Best Time for the Advanced Base Camp trek from Tibet?

The typical best time for attempting the Advanced Base Camp trek from Tibet is during theautumn months (September, October, and November), and summer (March, April, and May) can be a good secondary choice.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu or Lhasa and Trek Preparation

Day 02: Fly to Gonggar Airport inTibet (3,570m) and Drive to Lhasa from Kathmandu

Flight Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes and Travel Duration: 2 hours

Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street

Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Norbulingka, Drepung, and Sera Monastery

Day 05: Drive to Gyantse (3,950m) from Lhasa

Travel Duration: 5 to 6 hours and Travel Distance: 325km

Day 06: Drive to Shigatse (3,900m) from Gyantse

Travel Duration: 2 to 3 hours and Travel Distance: 95km

Day 07: Drive to Shegar or New Tingri (4,150m) from Shigatse

Travel Duration: 5 to 6 hours and Travel Distance: 274km

Day 08: Drive to Rongbuk (5,000m) from Shegar

Travel Duration: 2 to 3 hours and Travel Distance: 68km

Day 9: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,220m) from Rongbuk

Travel Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Day 10: Trek to Camp I (5,460m) from EBC

Travel Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Day 11: Trek to Interim Camp (5,700m) from Camp I

Travel Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Day 12: Rest Day at Intermediate or Interim Camp

Day 13: Trek to Camp II (5,970m) from Interim Camp

Travelling Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Day 14: Trek to Everest Advanced Base Camp (6,340m) and Return to Camp II

Travel Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Day 15: Return to EBC from Camp II

Travel Duration: 8 to 9 hours

Day 16: Drive to Nyalam (3,760m) from EBC

Travel Duration: 6 to 7 hours and Travel Distance: 68km

Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu (1,337m) from Nyalam

Travel Duration: 5 to 6 hours and Travel Distance: 123km

Day 18: Leisure Day

Day 19: Final Departure

Trek Highlights

  • Explore one of the world’s highest cities, Lhasa
  • Relish the beauty of Mt. Everest; the world’s highest mountain,from the north side
  • Breathtaking sunset and sunrise views from the EBC
  • A visit to popular tourist attractions in Tibet; Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka Palace, and Barkhor Street
  • The Tibetan Museum reveals the ancient architectural style, tradition, and history of Tibet
  • Learn the culture of Tibet
  • Beautiful vistas of many mountains, including the world’s highest mountains such as Cho Oyu, Gauri Shankar, Makalu, Shishapangma, Everest
  • Explore the Pelkor monastery in Gyantse, Shakya monastery
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • An experienced English-speaking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter)
  • An assistant guide depending on the groups size, (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • 2 times Hot shower anytime during the trek
  • All government and local taxes
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes (you are allowed to carry a maximum of 15 kg
  • luggage altogether in the duffel bag)
  • 2 night’s accommodation in Kathmandu and Lhasa with breakfast
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, Real Sherpa Adventures duffel bag and T-shirt
  • All accommodation in good lodges during the trek
  • Medical Kit carried by the guide
  • All necessary paperwork and permits
  • All meals during the trek
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Nepal and Tibet Visa fee (please bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, drinking water, shower, bar bills etc)

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  1. Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu or Lhasa and Trek Preparation

    Receive a warm welcome by one of our representatives at the exit gate of Kathmandu International Airport or Lhasa. You will be then transferred to yourhotel. After the long hours of flight and check-in, take a short nap at the hotel. In the evening, we will call you for a brief meeting with our team and your tour guide at our office. The session will discuss the trekking equipment, necessary preparations, and so on. Please feel free to ask any questions related to your trek. At night, enjoy our welcome dinner in a Nepali restaurant with live cultural dance. Experiencethe real taste of Nepali cuisine! If you wish, visit the famous touristic area; Thamel, where you can buy everything required for your trek.

    Overnight in the hotel. Meal (dinner) Included

  2. Day2 Fly to Gonggar Airport at Tibet (3,570m) and Drive to Lhasa from Kathmandu

    Flight Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes and Travel Duration: 2 hours

    After an early breakfast, pack your bags and check out of the hotel. Our representative will transfer you to the Kathmandu International Airport along with our tour guide. This flight will take you through one of the most beautiful flights in the world. Flying across the main Himalayan range offers you magnificent mountain views of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m), and other peaks. From here, your adventure begins. After arriving at Gonggar Airport and having lunch, we will drive to Lhasa with our remaining crew and tour guide. For the rest of the day in Lhasa, take a rest.

    Overnight in the hotel. Meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  3. Day 03 Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street

    Lhasa, one of the highest cities in the world atan altitude of 3,490m, is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and has many popular tourist sites. Today, after having breakfast, we will visit Potala Palace, an enormous building comprising of the private quarters of Dalai Lama, grand state rooms, and many important chapels. Our next visit will be Jokhang temple, the most sacred temple in Tibet, which reveals the natural roots of Tibetan Buddhism. Finally, we will visit Barkhor street; a web of narrow cobblestoned streets.

    Overnight in the hotel. Meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  4. Day 04 Sightseeing in Lhasa: Norbulingka, Drepung, and Sera Monastery

    Your third day at Lhasa will start with a healthy breakfast and after that, you will visit many famous monasteries and museums. Drepung monastery used to be an educational institution for Dalai Lamas. Both Sera and Drepung monasteries are Buddhist buildings built at the foot of the rocky hills. After having lunch, we will visit Norbulingka; the Dalai Lama’s summer residence. Visiting the Tibet Museum; a building of traditional Tibetan art decorated with ornamented beams, pillars, lintels, banners, and wall hangings in the afternoon will be like a close up of sightseeing in Lhasa. Exploring the museum, you will find a variety of folk arts such as handicrafts, costumes, jewelry, and pottery.

    Overnight in the hotel. Meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  5. Day 05 Drive to Gyantse (3,950m) from Lhasa

    Travel Duration: 5 to 6 hours and Travel Distance: 325km

    After an early breakfast, our overland journey to Gyantse will start in a private vehicle. A comfortable drive ascending along the Friendship Highway and passing Khamba La (4,794m) offers you breathtaking views of Yamdrok Tso Lake andNazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m). Yamdrok Tso Lake is deep and sapphire-blue. Crossing into another high pass; Karo La Pass (5,045m) in the west, we will reach Gyantse, where we will be greeted bythe spectacular sight of massive glaciers. Exploring around the village will provide you with someinsight on life ina traditional Tibetan village. This village is decorated with beautiful stone farmhouses.

    Overnight in the hotel. Meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  6. Day 06 Drive to Shigatse (3,900m) from Gyantse

    Travel Duration: 2 to 3 hours and Travel Distance: 95km

    Before leaving this beautiful village, we will visit the local charms; GyantseDzong and GyantseKumbum. The Dzong was an ancient fort built in the 14th century from where the beautiful views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley can be seen. Similarly, the Kumbum rising 35 km above the village is a large gold-domed shaped stupa. The grounds boast a chorten, several chapels, and a great collection of Tibetan Buddhist wall paintings.

    After exploring Gyantse, after2 to 3 hour drive, we will reach Shigatse. On the way, we will make a short stop at Shalu monastery; the building that represents the Han, Tibetan, and Indian styles of architecture. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet, and Tashilhunpo Monastery is a major highlight of this city and a main operational monastery in Tibet. Roam around the local market!

    Overnight in the hotel. Meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  7. Day 07 Drive to Shegar or New Tingri (4,150m) from Shigatse

    Travel Duration: 5 to 6 hours and Travel Distance: 274km

    Today’s drive will be along the barren yet picturesque landscape of the Friendship Highway. We will pass through the small towns of Lhatse and Gyamtso La Pass (5,220m); the highest pass. On the way to Tingri, we will visit Natang Monastery and the Sakya Monastery. Natang Monastery is situated 12 km away from Shigatse. In Sakya Monastery, observe the largest book in the world, with its golden script. Many monasteries, acamp of nomadic herders, and the vast plain landscape are all observable in the distance as you travel towards Tingri.

    Overnight in the hotel. Meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  8. Day 08 Drive to Rongbuk (5,000m) from Shegar

    Travel Duration: 2 to 3 hours and Travel Distance: 68km

    After having breakfast, we head southward over the Pang La Pass (5,150m) towards the main Himalayan range. The uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma are unimaginable. Not only this, the view of Mt. Everest loomsimpressively as we head towards the Rongbuk valley below the pass. After reaching the valley, we will visit Rongbuk Monastery; a Buddhist pilgrimage site founded in 1902.

    Overnight in the hotel. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  9. Day 9 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,220m) from Rongbuk

    Travel Duration: 2 to 3 hours

    After around 3 hours of hiking from Rongbuk Monastery, we will reach the northern base camp of Everest, or Qomolongma in Tibetan. On the way, you will see the famous and largest glacier-among-glaciers that formsaround the base camp:theRongbuk glacier. The views of the glaciers and the Himalayan peaks from the base camp are breathtaking.

    Overnight in the tented camp. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  10. Day 10 Trek to Camp I (5,460m) from EBC

    Travel Duration: 5 to 6 hours

    Camp I lies among the barren moraine hills, beneath the picturesque sculpted yellow-orange granite cliffs. Our walk begins away from the base camp and continues to the east side of Rongbuk glacier that opens into a flat area at 5,270m elevation.

    Overnight in the tented camp. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  11. Day 11 Trek to Interim Camp (5,700m/18,893ft) from Camp I

    Travel Duration: 5 to 6 hours

    The trail to the Intermediate camp bestrides the glacier-topped mountain. Climbing up and descending towards the west of the glacier over the rocky hills gives you the opportunity to enjoy glorious views of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. The interim camp is considered to bethe best vantage point for witnessing the mountains.

    Overnight in the tented camp. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  12. Day 12 Rest Day at Intermediate or Interim Camp

    The interim camp is excellent for altitude acclimatization before heading towards Camp II and Advanced base camp. Throughout the day, we will be doing short hikes around the camp and taking a rest for the rest of the day. Also, we will do some climbing preparation for the higher elevation that will be a supplement for our further trek.

    Overnight in the tented camp. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  13. Day 13 Trek to Camp II (5,970m) from Interim Camp

    Travelling Duration: 3 to 4 hours

    After having an early breakfast, we will head towards higher elevation to reach Camp II. We will be walking above the Interim camp through the central Ridgeline until we reach the Changeset glacier. From here, it takes about 10 to 20-minutes of walking to reachabeautiful location wherebig and small glaciers stumble together in a valley. Trekking to Camp II allows you to witness the boundless range of the mountain scenery.

    Overnight in the tented camp. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  14. Day 14 Trek to Everest Advanced Base Camp (6,340m) and Return to Camp II

    Travel Duration: 7 to 8 hours

    The route to the Advanced Base Camp continues along the moraine, following the glacier rightward, around the eastern margin of Change. A bit further, the ascending walk takes you over hillsides where the glacier softens into smooth, open, ice carpet. The Advanced base camp is situated in a cluster of flattened gravel hills alongside the glacier. Trekking ahead, you will spot several tent sites and discarded oxygen bottles used by trekkers and mountain climbers. Nearby, 1,490m and straight up from the Camp III lies the Pinnacles; achallenging and adventurous trek to explore its mysteries. Because of its complexity, the Northeast Ridge has remained unclimbed by most climbers for a long time. The North Col, lying at the elevation of 7,066m in the west connects Everest’s Northeast Ridge and Change. From here, witness the beauty of Mount Everest bestriding about 800 meters(2,400ft) higher than the Camp III with the help of binoculars. Beyond Camp III, there are barren gravel hills just beside the glacier, and if you are properly acclimatized, you may trek along this trail for about one hour. Finally, we will return to Camp II, descending over the hillside within 2 hours.

    Overnight in the tented camp. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  15. Day 15 Return to EBC from Camp II

    Travel Duration: 8 to 9 hours

    Today’s trek is a day-long downhill trek. After having breakfast, we will continue our trek towards lower altitudes. From now on, your journey begins again in a private vehicle.

    Overnight in the tented camp. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  16. Day 16 Drive to Nyalam (3,760m) from EBC

    Travel Duration: 6 to 7 hours and Travel Distance: 68km

    Our drive will continue through the Friendship Highway. The route will pass Panga La Pass and Lalung La Pass (5,124m). Driving further, we will make a stop at Tingri for lunch and Lalung La Pass, which offers the majestic views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Gauri Shankar, and other surrounding peaks. Take a full day to rest in a cozy and warm hotel.

    Overnight in the hotel. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  17. Day 17 Drive to Kathmandu (1,337m) from Nyalam

    Travel Duration: 5 to 6 hours and Travel Distance: 123km

    After having a healthy breakfast at Nyalam city, we will drive to Kathmandu through the Friendship Bridge over the BhoteKoshi River and cross the Chinese Nepalese Border. Saying goodbye to our Tibetan guide and driver as well as to some people from the trekking crew, we will walk ahead to the Nepalese Immigration Control office located in Kodari. After the completion of some legal formalities that your tour guide will handle, we will continue our drive accompanied bylush greenery in the countryside towards Kathmandu. On the way, enjoy the sights of beautiful waterfalls and green terrain.

    After arriving at Kathmandu, you can visit some of the popular places like Thamel and New Road for shopping. Celebrate your success!

    Overnight in the hotel. Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Included

  18. Day 18 Leisure Day

    This day is reserved if, in the case of bad weather, we have to change our regular trekking schedule. You can use this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu valley or take a rest.

  19. Day 19 Final Departure

    After a long trek, sadly, comes the day of your departure from Nepal. A huge congratulations on the successful completion of your journey in the Everest region of Tibet!  According to your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the Kathmandu International Airport by our private vehicle. We wish to see you again! Have a safe journey ahead!

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Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be in a 3 or 4-star hotel.

Accommodation during the trek will be in tea house or lodges. Some accommodations at lower altitudes offer fully equipped rooms with electricity, western toilet facility, wi-fi, and hot showers. Whereas some tea houses, especially at the higher altitude offer very basic kind of services.

You will be accommodated on a twin-basis during the trek. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. If you want a single room for yourself, let us know in advance before the trek.

Normally, beds contain pillow and sheets. Almost all tea houses provide blankets but it is advisable to use your sleeping bag which will be provided by us in case it becomes too cold.

Some tea houses especially those at lower altitudes have proper western toilets. As you move higher some tea houses use squat toilet facilities. Also, it is important to know that some tea houses do not provide toilet paper in the toilets.

In higher altitudes, you will usually have to pay extra for charting electronic devices or taking a hot shower. Laundry services are also available in some lodges at an extra price. Wifi cards can also be bought at these lodges. There are multiple options available depending on the data limit and speed.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
What is included in this tour Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • An experienced English-speaking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter)
  • An assistant guide depending on the groups size, (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • 2 times Hot shower anytime during the trek
  • 10 Gb Everest link wifi card for internet access
  • All government and local taxes
  • 2 times Battery charging anytime during the trek
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes (you are allowed to carry a maximum of 15 kg
  • luggage altogether in the duffel bag)
  • 3 nights accommodation (2 before/ 1 after) in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, Real Sherpa Adventures duffel bag, and T-shirt
  • All accommodation in good lodges during the trek
  • Medical Kit carried by the guide
  • All necessary paperwork and permits
  • All meals during the trek
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Nepal Visa fee (please bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, bar bills etc)