Everest North B.C
This 12 days small group tour to Mount Everest Base Camp (North Face) is one of our most popular adventures to the Himalayas. Start easy in Lhasa from its historic palaces and monasteries, tourists can smoothly acclimatize themselves while visiting the city for the first 3 days. No matter visit the sacred sites of Potala Palace and Johkang Temple, stroll on the bazaar-like Barkhor Street full of pilgrims, or step into a tranquil monastery of only sutra chanting, you can easily tell the difference of this awe-inspiring plateau holy city from others. Picturesque sceneries of the 1st day out of Lhasa come up all the way, and the first impressive site should be the Yamdrok Lake, which seen, from the Gangbala Pass, like a turquoise long belt embedded on the Himalayas. Karola Glacier is the nearest of its kind, rising up into sky just besides the highway. Gyantse is quite a small yet distinctive county with strong Tibetan ambience, the ancient city-wall, the unique monastery & stupa, the dominating castle are all there waiting. After one more night’s acclimatizing-sleep in Shigatse, the drive to Mt. Everest only has 350km left, most of landscapes are of barren hilly plateau until turning left into Mt. Everest Nature Reserve at Tingri. The reserve holds world’s some of the highest mountains over 8000 meters with all can be seen from the Gyalpo-la Pass; the Rongbuk Monastery, highest one in the world, is the best position to appreciate this nature’s masterpiece. When weather is good, the golden sunset and sunrise views of this giant are marvelous speechlessly. By doing such a trip, not only we meet memorable and fabulous scenes we dreamed, but also achieve a new life-time record high challenge.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE / FITNESS
If you are used to regular multi day hill walking you will have the right level of fitness to fully enjoy your time on this trek. This trip goes to a very high altitude so previous experience of high altitude will be essential. Non hill walkers must come with a reasonable degree of fitness. Acclimatization days involve 3 -5 hours walking, while the main trek up to and beyond Advanced Base camp will involve 7 – 8 hours walking. The effort will however be extremely rewarding and for many an altitude record combined with the satisfaction of being so close and high on Everest.
This is a high altitude trip, and it is recommended that you have previously trekked to at least 4500m. If you have concerns about the effects, don’t worry because our itinerary allows sufficient time to acclimatize. The best way to avoid such symptoms is to walk at a gentle steady pace, drink plenty of fluid and maintain a healthy intake of food. The nearest hospital will be by land and not by helicopter. We will require a copy of your insurance prior to departure. Please also ensure your insurance covers you for walking up to 6500m (some will exclude this option).
Just in case your main luggage goes missing en route, it is a good idea to wear your boots on the plane. Most other things can be replaced but comfortable, well worn – in boots cannot. Pack important items in strong plastic bags.
VISAS AND PERMITS
Most EU nationals can purchase Nepal Visas on arrival in Kathmandu. You will need the payment of US$40 ready in cash and two passport sized photographs. All other countries should check with their local embassy. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the end date of the trip. Our agent in Kathmandu will obtain all the Tibetan Visas as a group during the familiarization day. Visas are not included in the cost of the expedition so allow around $70 for this visa. Please also bring 8 passport photos for use during the expedition.
For the journey in to Base Camp it is essential that you keep any views about ‘Free Tibet’ quiet in public places and especially at check points and border crossings, likewise any political sensitive t-shirts! Failure to do so could result in entry being refused or a substantial delay.
Departure TimeAny Time
Return TimeApproximately 8:30 PM.
Dress CodeTrekking equipment
IncludedBasic guesthouse accommodationBreakfast, Lunch, DinnerCity tourDeparture TaxesDomestic flightsLocal staff and portersPersonal Guide
Not IncludedAlcohol and cold drinksAll taxes and official expensesEntry visaHotelInternational flightsMandatory travel insurancePermits and TIMS permitPersonal trekking equipmentTips for trekking staff and driver
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour
Day 3: Visa and document collection
Day 4: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa 3,660 m.
Day 5: Lhasa City Tour
Day 6: Lhasa Monastery Tour
Day 7: Drive to Shigatse
Day 8: Drive to to Everest Base Camp 5,200 m.
Day 9: Return to Shigatse
Day 10: Drive to Lhasa 3,650 m. 350km.
Day 11: Flight to Kathmandu
Day 12: Final Departure