Advanced Trek above Base Camp Everest

Advanced Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek, takes one up the North Face of Everest, to camp III. Heading out over the Tibetan Plateau, with an average altitude in excess of 3500m, Tibet is often described as the roof of the world. On this trip, we will follow the Friendship Highway through some of the most beautiful and picturesque landscapes on Earth.We'll pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Equally as fascinating is the wealth of cultural interest and we will have plenty of opportunity to explore this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns we pass through on our journey to Kathmandu.We spend 3 nights in Lhasa, staying right in the centre of the old city. This will allow both plenty of time for acclimatisation and easy access to the city's main attractions - the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple. Leaving Lhasa in our Toyota Land Cruiser 4 wheel drive, we'll travel through this amazing country. In the towns of Gyantse and Shigatse we explore monasteries and fully immerse ourselves in the Buddhist culture. Without doubt, a highlight of this trip is the visit to Everest Base Camp, and the trek to camp 3 at 6340m., where the sheer grandeur of Everest's north face has to be seen to be believed. This trek takes you as close to the summit of Everest as any non-mountain climber can go, all the way to Camp 3 and the base of the North Col via the East Rongbuk Glacier.

Everest Advanced Base Camp Overview

Day-1: Kathmandu

Day-2: Kathmandu

Day-3: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)

Day-4: Lhasa

Day-5: Lhasa

Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)

Day-7: Gyantse (3950m) to Shigatse (3900m)

Day-8: Shigatse to Shegar (4050m)

Day-9: Shegar to Rongbuk (5000m)

Day-10: Rongbuk to Everest Base

Day-11: Everest Base

Day-12: Everest Base to Camp 1

Day-13: Everest Intermediate Camp

Day-14: Rest at Intermediate

Day-15: Everest Camp 2

Day-16: Everest Advanced Base Camp (6340m) and return to camp 2 Camp 3

Day-17: Return to Everest Base

Day-18: Drive Rongbuk - Nyalam

Day-19: Drive Nyalam - Kathmandu

Day-20: Departure

Everest Trek to Advanced Base Camp Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day-2: Kathmandu
Explore the Kathmandu Valley and visit some of the world heritage sites.

Day-3. Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)
Transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight across the main Himalayan range. Afternoon at rest to acclimatise to Lhasa's high altitude.

Day-4: Lhasa
We will visit Lhasa's many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.

Day-5: Lhasa
We visit the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery founded in the 14th century, and once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. The afternoon, is a time to relax or further explore the area.

Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)
Travelling by jeep along the Friendship Highway we cross the Khamba La (4794m) and continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La (5045m) with incredible glacial views. We spend the night in a Hotel at Gyantse. (261km)

Day-7: Gyantse to Shigatse (3900m)
After an early morning tour of some of the Gyantse Dzong (14th Century fort) and the Kumbum, a large stupa, we head off on a short 90km drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. In the afternoon we will explore the area, local monasteries and market. Overnight at the Hotel. (90km)

Day-8: Shigatse to Shegar (4050m)
We continue along the Friendship Highway, marvelling once more at the barren yet spectacular landscape of Tibet. Beyond the town of Lhatse we cross the highest pass on our journey, the Gyamtso La (5220m). From here we descend to the plains en route to Shegar and overnight at Hotel Quomolongma.(244km)

Day-9: Shegar to Rongbuk (5000m)
On our travels, we are rewarded with uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma, with clear views of Everest as we turn into the Rongbuk Valley. Overnight Guest House.(68km)

Day-10: Rongbuk to Everest Base
We spend a night to acclimatise after the 8km trek to Base Camp. Overnight in tents.

Day-11: Everest Base
We will explore the surroundings of the Rongbuk Everest base on short treks and spend time acclimatising. Overnight in tents.

Day-12: Everest Base to Camp 1
We trek alongside the Rongbuk Glacier, an impressive frozen ocean of ice waves. Camp 1 (5460m) is set amongst barren moraine hills and we spend the afternoon acclimatising and doing short treks in the area. (5460m)

Day-13: Everest Intermediate Camp
We trek on the west rim of the glacier as we head to intermediate camp at 5760m. We will also look at the nearby ice seracs which rise like white sails from a debris-laden glacier surface.(5760m)

Day-14: Rest at Intermediate
We spend time acclimatising.

Day-15: Everest Camp 2
We trek towards the confluence with the Changtse glacier, above which we will find Camp 2 at 5970, set amidst glaciers in the appropriately named Serac Highway. (5970m)

Day-16: Everest Advanced Base Camp (6340m) and return to camp 2
Camp 3 is the advanced base camp for the North Col route up Mount Everest. The top of Everest appears phenomenally close now and is as little as some 2400 meter higher than camp 3. Retrace our steps from Advanced Base to Camp 2.

Day-17: Return to Everest Base
The return to Base is obviously a longer down hill journey from Advanced Base than Camp 2. The decision taken on Day-17 will determine the distance to be covered.

Day-18: Drive Rongbuk - Nyalam
After arriving back at Rongbuk, we begin our drive towards Tingri, cross another two high passes, and begin our descent from the Tibetan Plateau to Nyalam just 30 km before the Nepalese border. (215km)

Day-19: Drive Nyalam - Kathmandu
We arrive at the Chinese - Nepalese border, say goodbye to our Tibetan team, pass through customs and join up with our Nepalese staff. We then head back into Kathmandu, a trip which takes about 5 hours, depending on road and weather conditions. (153km) (1400m)

Day-20: Departure
Transfer to the airport after your incredible trip to Everest Advanced Base

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Everest Advanced Base Camp

Proposed Fixed Departure Dates 2018






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Duration 20 Days
Best time April to October
Sleeping Hotels and Tents

Proposed Fixed Departure Dates

Trek Grade: 3CFP
Very long days with steep paths, boulders , rock and ice. Glaciers and snow will be encountered at high altitude. Increased presence of rocky glacial moraines and ice ridges.

Climb entails some technical sections where ropes, crampons and ice picks may be needed. No prior Technical experience is helpful but not required. Snow gullies and ridges of around 45 degrees. Altitudes up to 6000m. High risk of altitude sickness.

Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weight about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg.

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Dates and Costs

Although we have some open departure dates, most climbs are arranged on a private basis.

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Advanced everest base camp climb

Price includes
All trekking and travel permits
3 nights hotel in Lhasa with breakfast
1 night hotel staying Gyantse with breakfast
1 night hotel staying Shigatse with breakfast
1 night hotel in Shegar with breakfast
1 night hotel in Zhangmu with breakfast
Local English speaking guide
Private transfers
Support truck for Nepali staff
Yak/Yakmen for the trek
Entrance fees
All camping fees
Border fee
Hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing, including breakfast).
One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (for Kathmandu joining)
All ground transfer as per our itinerary
Full board while camping
Tents and all necessary kitchen utensils
Dinner with Nepalese Cultural program (for Kathmandu joining)
Visa fee for Kathmandu joining, excluding $100 supplement for US Nationals.

Prices excludes
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's and vaccinations
Porters tips
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.
Airport Taxes (see below)
Tibet visa fee for Lhasa Joining
Visa fee supplement of $100 for US Nationals
Extra expenses and/or additional days caused due to unexpected events (delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)

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