- Booking Type Instant Booking
- duration 13 days
- tour type Private and Group Tour
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 15+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Travel to the Everest Base Camp in Tibet
- Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu in a private vehicle
- Explore Lhasa, the capital of Tibet
- See Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery and other major landmarks of Lhasa
Get time to acclimatize in your hotel upon arrival in Lhasa. Go out on a tour of the city and see some of its major landmarks, including the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. Also see major cultural and religious sites like the Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market and Sera Monastery.
Drive to Gyantse from Lhasa via Yamadroke Lake on the fourth day of the trip. Reach Shigatse on day 7 and Everest Base Camp on the 10th day. You will be back in Kathmandu on day 11. Spend a day in Kathmandu before we transfer you to the airport for your return flight back home.
The first two days consist of walking up to Ghorepani via a series of tiny hamlets. In the sun it can be very hot, despite it being winter. The pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill was one of the hardest parts of the entire journey, mainly because it is done before breakfast and I felt quite weak and faint. I didn't think I would make it but I did in the end. The views at the top are beautiful. It wasn't freezing cold but gloves and a hat were handy. I borrowed a knock-off down jacket and used it during this climb and on a few other evenings but I could have done without it I think.
After Poon Hill was one of the most beautiful legs of the trek, walking through pine forests along the ridge of the mountains with spectacular views and then later alongside a stream until we reached Tadapani. After this there were a number of days where we didn't really ascend much but of course there were lots of steps up and down while we gradually skirted around the hills until we reached the valley which leads to MBC. Expect to see more hamlets, some villages, lots of cows and mules and goats, some flowers, plenty of trees and of course from time to time, the mountain peaks.
The final two sections from Bamboo to Deurali (3200 metres) and from Deurali to ABC (4100 metres) were very, very tough for me because I began to get out of breath due to the altitude. I was panting like I was running at top speed on the tread mill! My advice is simply to walk very, very slowly when climbing there. Try to take a breath for every step you take. (I was carrying 12kg on my back and it would definitely have been easier with a porter).
On the way down it was much quicker. It took me 2.5 hours to get from MBC to ABC, but on the way down, walking at brisk pace, I did the same distance in just 40 minutes. So my walking speed going up was 3 or 4 times slower than coming down.
I only stayed at ABC for an hour. The views are wonderful because you are surrounded by mountains and you can see (and hear) the glaciers. There are semi-frozen streams and huge boulders everywhere. I reached ABC on December 12th and it wasn't too cold but apparently I was lucky with the weather and in previous years it has been snowing at that time. That would have made things a lot more difficult.
One of the problems I had was washing clothes and drying them because there was so little sunshine, especially as we got higher. In the morning shade persisted until well after 10am and then the sun would go behind the peaks by around 3 or 4pm. At ABC the sun disappeared at 1.52pm!
A few items I brought with me which were very useful included a mini water filter (it paid for itself by the end), zip lock bags (to go to the toilet at night instead of walking outside in the freezing cold!), a portable clothes line (I dried my clothes in my room at night), oat bars (for a welcome snack and energy boost - these things aren't available in the trek), a high capacity power bank and a solar charger (you have to pay for electricity after Ghorepani), a microfibre towel (a normal towel would never dry!) and finally sunscreen spray (it gets very hot in the day).
I wish I had brought more liner socks (I had only two pairs, four would be better). Four hiking socks were enough. I also brought far too many chargers for my cameras and batteries and those weighed me down a bit. I also forgot to buy a sunhat which would have been useful. I had my own sleeping bag and a thermal liner and I was never cold at night. During the day I relied on trekking pants and a long-sleeved lightweight base layer. If the sun disappeared I either added a wool-based layer or my fleece. I had a thin rain jacket as well and that was very handy for keeping the wind off, though it wasn't very windy really and it never rained.
You can see the photos of my trek here: http://tinyurl.com/jlhyprp
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via Twitter @njstone9
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing tour
Day 3: Kathmandu – Lhasa (flight)
Day 4: Lhasa sightseeing tour
Day 5: Lhasa sightseeing tour (day 2)
Day 6: Lhasa – Gyantse
Day 7: Gyantse – Shigatse
Day 8: Shigatse – Shelkar
Day 9: Shelkar – Rongbuk
Day 10: Rongbuk – Everest Base Camp – Kerung
Day 11: Kerung – Kathmandu
Day 12: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 13: Kathmandu departure
- Pickup and drop off. Transport provided by a private jeep
- An experienced, English-speaking Tibetan guide
- Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis, including four night’s accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star hotel
- Daily breakfast
- Tibet travel permits and EBC permits. All applicable taxes and service charges
- Activities as per the itinerary
- Any meals and drinks not mentioned in the 'What's Included' section. Drinks & alcoholic beverages
- Nepal re-entry visa fees and Chinese visa fees
- Entry fees to destinations mentioned on the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- International/domestic airfare
- Tips for guides and drivers
- Anything not mentioned in the 'What's Included' section
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