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Lhasa & Everest ABC Trek

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At a Glance

The trek takes you as close to the summit of Everest as any non-climber can go. This is an incredible adventure to Camp 3 (6340m/20800ft) and the base of the North Col via the east Rongbuk Glacier. Nowhere else on this planet can you hike on trails to such altitude without the need of crampons, ice axes or mountaineering skills. This is the world's highest trek; we go to extreme altitude and camp in difficult conditions. You must be fit and tough.

Our itinerary begins to flying to Lhasa (Capital city of Tibet) spending few days in Lhasa certainly fulfilled your dream. Then we will be driving to Everest base camp through some of the most amazing landscapes on Earth. We 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.

Detail Itinerary

A very warm welcome to the Kingdom of Himalayas. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport our representative welcomes you and assists you transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu i.e. Utsav or Nepali Chula (Kitchen). Here you will not simply experience the traditional Nepalese dish but will be entertained with Nepalese traditional dance and folk songs. After the dinner, you will be transferred back to your respective hotel. Overnight at hotel

Preparation for Everest Expedition; the leader has to attend a formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You will be also briefed on the nature of expedition, equipments and team composition. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items as you will be flying to the Himalayas day after tomorrow. In the late afternoon, the leader will check everyone's equipment, as Kathmandu is the last opportunity to buy anything missing. You will also get introduced with fellow expedition members and guides. Overnight at Hotel.

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Bauddhanath: Stupa with its 130 ft. dome. One of the world’s largest Stupa, Bouddha is generally acknowledged to be the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet. Pupshupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath is considered one of the holiest shrines of all the Hindu temples. The temple has remained the presiding deity of ruling Nepalese Royalty. Swayambhunath: Three kilometres west of Kathmandu city complex locates the one of the world’s most glorious Buddhist Stupas, it is said to be 2000 years old. Visitors often call it "Monkey Temple". -After the city tour, our leader or guide will do the final briefing of the expedition. They will also take the opportunity to check the members' personal equipment as the city bazaars and climbing shops will provide the last chance to correct any deficiencies. Overnight at Hotel.

You will be driven to the airport in time to catch your flight to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. A scenic flight of about an hour to Lhasa with the stunning views of some of the highest peaks of the Himalaya including Mt. Everest and those Titanic lakes, the undulating Tibetan plateaus, are merely beyond belief. Upon your arrival in the world’s highest airport, the Gongga Airport, you will be welcomed and escorted to the hotel by our Tibetan guide. In the afternoon, we'll simply cruise around the city and then relax at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

We experience invaluable insights during our visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. This 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans' respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery. After visiting these two main monasteries of Tibet, we'll return to our hotel. Our dinner table has already been booked at the renowned Tibetan restaurant, and after that we have a cultural show to see which is worth watching. Overnight at Hotel.

Our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Further, we visit to Barkhor Market which can be quite a change from other visits. As we roam around the city savoring every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods to exhibition, we also have views of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as we return to the comforts of our hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

The drive to Gyantse takes around 8 hours, crossing 2 high passes the Karo La pass (5010m) and Kamba La pass (4794m). Stop at Yamdrok Tso Lake (Turquoise Lake) the second largest lake in Tibet, an amazing place to take pictures with never ending Yamdrok Lake aside. At Karo La pass, we'll have the stunning glimpse of a hanging glacier tumbling down from a snowy peak of Nazin-Kangsa (7252m) to within a few hundred meters of the road. En route we'll encounter with many colorful Tibetan villages and eventually we arrive to Gyantse, the main center of Trade in Tibet in the past, for Indian and Bhutanese traders. After day's exhaustion due to long drive, you indeed deserve a refreshing shower and a delicious Chinese dinner. Overnight at Hotel.

Before leaving Gyantse, we have time this morning to visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. Pelkor Chode Monastery means “Auspicious Wheel Joy Monastery” in Tibetan language. It lies at the foot of the Dzong Hill to the west of Gyangze Town and the Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa and its many small chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. It's just a pleasant couple hours drive to Shigatse, the second largest city after Lhasa in Tibet. After lunch we pay a visit to Tashi-lunbu Monastery, a prominent landmark of the region located on the southern slope of the Nyima Mountain and to the west of the Shigatse city. It is one of the four monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism and one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Overnight at Hotel.

The journey involves crossing of two high passes, the Tropu La (4890m) and Gyatso La (5250m - which is the highest pass of the trip) which cuts through several picturesque villages and will have spectacular mountain views all the time. En route we drop by the Sakya monastery which is renowned for the largest Sakya School Monastery nestled in the bosom of the city. It is about 40 km each way off the main friendship highway. This is the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This is one among the few monasteries in Tibet which survived the Cultural Revolution. I bit that you will marvel at the inside decorations of monastery with countless gigantic statues of Buddhist gods and goddesses, made out of precious metals and stones. After visiting the monastery we'll have lunch before we leave for Shegar. Overnight at hotel.

After couple hours of drive on a Friendship Highway, we head towards the rugged road that leads us all the way to North face of Everest Base Camp. We will come across a Buddhist sacred place called Rongbuk, the home of the highest monastery in Tibet and a very renowned cave monastery of Guru Padmasambawa built in 8th centuries. Once again, there are some stunning views to be had of the Himalayas. Today you watch the incredible sight of Mt. Everest and its massif from the top of Phangla pass with uninterrupted views stretching from Mt. Makalu to Mt. Shishapangma. Below the pass, Everest initially is hidden from view, but as we turn the corner into the Rongbuk Valley it reappears, more impressive than ever. En route we can take a short break at Rongbuk Tented Tea house and continue our drive to Base Camp, which is 8km from Rongbuk. You will be pleased and amazed to see and meet the entire expedition crews waiting for all of you. From this day onwards you are going to sleep in your tiny little castle, Tent, and the real adventure begins here!

5 days will be spent at the base camp while our bodies adapt to the high altitude, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the views and taking the shots of Everest. For those feeling up to it, there are plenty of hillsides to scramble up, and Rongbuk Monastery lays an eight kilometer (five mile) walk down the valley. Another sight not to miss is Tillman's Camp, an idyllic spot beside the majestic Central Rongbuk Glacier, which offers staggering views of the north side of Everest. While there’s plenty to see in the valley, it’s important not to overdo it during this period - there will be plenty of opportunity for exertion later. At this phase of the expedition, climbers should be adapting to the altitude, drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and enjoying the cuisine of the Sherpa cooking staff. Overnight in tent.

The trek starts easily enough, crossing the pebble floodplain of the Rongbuk River, then weaving along a path between the glacier and the valley side. Today we can explore the Rongbuk Glacier and surrounding areas along the way. The views around this massive glacier are some of the best in the world. We will take a trail that rises to the east side of this ice cap and heads toward the peak of Mt. Everest. It was the discovery of this path in 1922 that provided the key to climbing the north side of Everest. Our trekking trail will meander over gravel hills to the west of the glacier until we get to Interim Camp. Another scenic day awaits us as we spend the night at the interim camp. What an amazing experience with ice pinnacles surround us in all directions! Overnight in tent.

Today is another day to rest and properly acclimatize. We are now at extremely high altitudes and must take all necessary safety precautions! Small excursions can be taken today and wonderful pictures abound. Overnight in tent.

ABC lies in the center of flattened gravel mounds next to the glacier. Today we ascend even farther into the intricate maze of ice as we meet up with the Changste glacier and can observe many of the challenging pinnacles, ridges, and even the rock summit of Everest. The reappearance of Everest is a pleasant distraction during the final climb, and as you round the corner toward the advance base camp (6440m) the whole northeast ridge can be seen, from the Raphu La to the summit. The shimmering triangle of snow highlighting the summit four kilometers away and two up will issues its siren’s call until your footsteps cross it! Overnight in tent.

There will be 2 complete days to explore more about the ABC and enjoy the close-up views of Everest from your tent all day long. Depending on your physical condition as well as your interest, we will take you on a glacier walk towards the Raphula pass from where you can have a glimpse of Mt. Makalu (5th Highest Peak) over the pass. Those who would like to try for the Everest climb next year, this is the best opportunity to test and know their physical ability. Overnight in tent

Today is a long day as we cruise downhill back towards the Everest base camp. Wonderful sights abound as we leave this amazing peak. Overnight in tent

Today, we will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shung La pass at 5200m. Savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar, we descend from the arid Tibetan Plateau to verdant Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. After driving for 181 km, we find ourselves amidst the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300m. Overnight at hotel

About 40 minutes driving from Kyirong, our China side transportation will drop us at the Rasuwagadhi border & our Chinese representative will be assisting us to clear Chinese immigration. Depending on season and number of tourist we may end up standing at the Chinese immigration for 1-2 hours (if not even longer). Once we cleared Chinese immigration we shall be crossing the (China-Nepal) border bridge over Trisuli river where we will meet our Nepal side drivers with transportation waiting for us. Within 10 minutes of driving inside Nepal we will be visiting Nepal immigration office to obtain reentry visas. After completing all these formalities, we will be driving back to Kathmandu via Syabrubesi, Dhunche the headquarters of Rasuwa district and Trishuli the headquarters of Nuwakot district. Driving through local villages, unpaved, winding road and on high mountain might be interest you. Depending on progress we may have stop at Syabrubesi/Dhunche for lunch. And continue drive back to Kathmandu for 5-6 hours depending on traffic. Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration dinner together in the finest restaurant in Thamel, in occasion of successfully completing your Lhasa Everest Advance Base Camp trek!

Rest and relax at the hotel after such long a wonderful trip. The day is also reserved as a contingency day due to flight delays or other unforeseen conditions. For those eager to see as much of Kathmandu as possible, an early start is worthwhile to visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath and districts of Bhaktapur and Patan. Durbar Square is also on the essential list, as is the shopping area of Thamel. In the evening you can have your last night in Nepal, enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show or go out to Thamel. Overnight at hotel.

Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

Inclusion and Exclusion
Inclusion & Exclusion
  • 4 night accommodation “Yak & Yeti Hotel” *****in Kathmandu. Room on twin sharing basis, breakfast is included.
  • All pickup and drop transportation from airport to airport both domestic & international airport and other transportation in the valley according to our itinerary.
  • All accommodation and transportation in Tibet/China en route.
  • One day guided city sightseeing tour in around Kathmandu according to our itinerary. Largest Buddhist Stupa in the world at Bouddha Nath and the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pasupati Nath, And Monkey temple at Swayambhunath with fully licensed tour guide, transportation and entry fees according to our itinerary. Extra city sightseeing tour can be arranged by Grand Himalaya on request for additional fee, after the expedition.
  • One way Flight ticket from Kathmandu-Lhasa only for guest.
  • Insurances of all camp maintenance staff are absolutely mandatory.
  • Everest Advance BC permit, Tibet Travel permit, group visas for all guests and camp maintenance staff.
  • Nepal/Chinese border custom clearances.
  • Chinese liaison officer & Interpreter at BC.
  • English speaking experienced Tibetan/Chinese guide which will be provided by our Chinese representative in China/Tibet.
  • An experienced Sherpa guide from Nepal who knows area, mountain, local people and culture very well.
  • 1 Well trained Nepali Chef plus 1 BC Manager & 2 Tibetan kitchen helper boys at ABC.
  • Private Bus Transportation from Kathmandu-Kyirong Boarder-EBC-Kyirong Border-Kathmandu for all team member & local staff.
  • 1 Truck transportation for the entire expedition equipment & supplies from Kthmandu-Kyirong Border- EBC, and back to Katmandu. .
  • 1 Yak per expedition member BC-ABC-BC (40 KG) for personal climbing gear. An extra cost of USD300/- Per Yak will be applicable for overweight.
  • Private Tents at BC & ABC with reasonably thick sleeping mattresses for all guest, unless couple willing to share tent.
  • Kitchen-Tent both at BC & ABC including all necessary Kitchen equipment.
  • Well insulated Dining-Tent both at BC & ABC with gas heater & Solar light inside.
  • Store & communication tent,Toilet & Shower tents both at BC & ABC.
  • All meals on the trek & climb 3 times a day, breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & all hot drinks beverage at BC & above.
  • Fuel for preparing food both at BC & ABC.
  • One locally made water proof Duffel bag with your Name & Grand Himalaya’s Logo on it will be provided by us for the Trek up to BC & back to KTM; it is yours so you may take it back home with you or return to us at the end of trip if you prefer.
  • Solar panel at ABC for light and charging small electronic devices. (Mobile phones, amateur digital cameras and handheld video cameras).
  • 1 Bottles of "SUMMIT" Oxygen with mask/Regulator set (only for medical purpose) at ABC.
  • Satellite phone for emergency purpose (but personal calls at an additional cost).
  • Temporary camp at Intermediate Camp including food.
  • Limited alcoholic beverage will be provided only at ABC (Imported good quality Red wine available in Kathmandu, Chinese Beers, unlimited Soft drinks Coke, Sprite, Mixed flavored caned juice.
  • Comprehensive first aid kit only for camp staff (All guests are kindly requested to bring your personal first aid kit with plenty of necessary medication supplies during the expedition period).
  • Celebration meal in Kathmandu after the expedition with all the local staffs at Everest summiteers club restaurant, Rum Doddle.
  • A regular/simple cell phone with local SIM Card & charger cable will be provided in the team during the trip. Guest will be requested to return this to Grand Himalaya staff at the end of the trip. Or each member will get one Local Phone SIM Card. Only in Nepal. You can purchase China Telicom SIM card in Lhasa, ask your Tibetan guide.
  • Your International & home country domestic airfares, transfers en route & excess baggage
  • All meal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and drinks in Lhasa and en route from Lhasa-EBC-Kyirong.
  • Your personal insurance. Medical, mountain rescue & repatriation cover is obligatory.
  • In case of emergency evacuation situation arises during the trip, the transportation cost from EBC to Kyirong Border by Jeep is $1450, per trip, depending on availability at the time, and from Kyirong Border to Kathmandu is US$500/-is applicable, and an early departure penalty from Chinese immigration in border as per the visa permit's.
  • Nepal entry visa & re-entry visa fee for Nepal (Which is available on your arrival in Kathmandu international airport). We recommend you to obtain 40 days multiple entry visa to avoid hassle.
  • Your personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, Bar bills. In Kathmandu.
  • Your main meal (Lunch & Dinners) in Kathmandu apart from celebration meal in Kathmandu after the expedition. Allow USD12-15/meal.
  • Cost of electronic appliances, Your personal climbing gears for ascent.
  • Satellite phone usage is available, but at an additional cost($5 per minutes).
  • (Extra Yak cost $300. Per Yak).We proved 1 Yak per person on your trek cost.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any unforeseen circumstances) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Note: Credit cards will not be accepted in China/Tibet. All guests are suggested bring enough cash for any of extra cost in China.
  • Applicable permit fees & customs charges, etc for SAT Phone US$ 1000.00, communication equipment and commercial Filming Permission Fee US$30,000.00 Payable to CTMA. Need to inform CTMA in advance for issuing necessary permit.
  • Tipping to the local camp maintenance staff/drivers.
  • Your personal Trekking gear according to the gear list we will be providing you once you book this trip with us.
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Terms and Condition

A deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is payable at the time of booking and the final balance due 8 weeks before the start of the trip. The act of booking implies that you have accepted the ethos of the trip and any objective or subjective risks associated with it. 


Should you wish to cancel your booking please inform us immediately in writing by e¬mail or letter. The following charges will apply, as a percentage of the trip: More than 42 days before departure – loss of deposit, 42 to 29 days – 50% of total cost, 28 days to 15 days – 75% of total cost and 14 days or less ¬100% of total cost. These cancellation charges go to paying, amongst other things, outside Guides that have been contracted in, hotel or airline deposits, staff wages, setting up costs etc.

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Lhasa & Everest ABC Trek
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