Everest Advance Base Camp Trek
By: Gaurab Dangol
EVEREST ADVANCE BASE CAMP TREK
This trip encompasses an adventurous trek to the Everest Advance Base Camp, coupled with an exploratory journey across the Tibetan highlands.
This tour has been designed for the traveler with the wanderlust, someone who is forever in the lookout for fresh challenges and high adventure. Tibet, with an average altitude in excess of 3500 meters, is the highest plateau in the world. Lying to the north of the great Himalayan range, Tibet is more or less an untamed land of nomads (drokpas), monasteries and high altitude desert that seem to stretch endlessly.
In Lhasa you get ample time to acclimatize and to absorb the exoticism of Tibetan cultural heritage. As you are guided around the most significant and ancient monasteries of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, an expert Tibetan guide will instruct you on the intricacies and mysticism of Tibetan Buddhism. Driving down the Friendship highway, you pass through small Tibetan settlements, where you see nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains, amidst a backdrop of awe-inspiring mountain peaks.
The special highlight of this trip is the trek to the Everest Advance Base Camp. Your trek begins from Rongbuk. En route you traverse past the Rongbuk Glacier and ascend a succession of hills and ridges. As you climb up amidst spectacular mountain views, you get to test your endurance and stamina. Once you reach Camp III at 6400 meters, you know you have accomplished a major feat. Savor your special moment in the shadow of the world’s highest peak, Everest (Chomolungma for the Tibetans), while taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
As you are driven from Zhangmu and across the Friendship Bridge, there’s a refreshing change in scenery. The green and verdant hills of Nepal greet your sight. Your trip comes to an end once you arrive in Kathmandu.
Trip length: 18 Days
Grade: Strenuous trek
Starts in: Lhasa
Ends in: Kathmandu
Group size: Maximum 12
Accommodation: Guest house and camping
Transportation: 4WD Land cruiser with support truck
Maximum altitude: 6400m
Day 01 – Arrive Lhasa (3660m)
Day 2-3 – Sightseeing in Lhasa (3660m)
Day 04 – Free in Lhasa (3660m)
Day 05 – Drive Lhasa – Gyantse (3950m)
Day 06 – Drive to Shigatse (3900m)
Day 07 – Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m)
Day 08 – Drive Shegar – Rongbuk (5000m)
Day 09-10 – At Everest Base Camp (5200m)
Day 11 – Trek to Camp 1 (5460m)
Day 12 – Trek to Interim Camp (5760m)
Day 13 – Rest day at Interim Camp (5760m)
Day 14 – Trek to Camp 2 (5970m)
Day 15 – Trek to Everest Advance Base camp (camp 3, 6400m) and return to Camp 2
Day 16 – Return to Base Camp
Day 17 – Drive Base Camp to Nyalam (215km)
Day 18 – Drive Nyalam (3750m) to Kathmandu
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