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Everest Advance Base Camp and Lhakpa Ri

Everest Advance Base Camp and Lhakpa Ri

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 18 - 30 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Tibet   Nepal  
Specialty Categories: Mountain/Rock Climbing   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2000 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4425 US Dollar (USD)

Option 1:

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly Kathmandu (1400 m) - Lhasa (3660 m).

Day 2: Sightseeing in Lhasa.

Day 3: Sightseeing in Lhasa.

Day 4: Free day in Lhasa.

Day 5: Drive Lhasa - Gyantse (3950 m, 261 km).

Day 6: Sightseeing and drive Gyantse - Shigatse (3900 m, 90 km).

Day 7: Sightseeing and drive Shigatse - Shegar (NewTingri: 4050 m) 244 km.

Day 8: Drive Shegar - Rongbuk (5000 m) 68 km.

Day 9: Rest day at Base Camp.

Day 10: Rest day at Base Camp.

Day 11: Trek from Everest Base Camp to Camp 1 (5460 m).

Day 12: Trek to interim camp (5760 m).

Day 13: Rest day at interim camp.

Day 14: Trek to Camp 2 (5970 m).

Day 15: Trek to Camp 3 (6340 m) and return to Camp 2.

Day 16: Return to Base Camp.

Day 17: Drive Base Camp - Nyalam 215 km.

Day 18: Drive Nyalam - Kathmandu (1400 m) 153 km.

Prices:
- 4-5 pax: US$ 2250 per person
- 6-9 pax: US$ 2000 per person
- Single supplement: US$ 150.

Price Includes:
- Hotels on BB basis - tourist standard in Lhasa and where possible en route guest houses in Rongbuk
- Tingri and Nyalam
- Full board trek services supported by Nepalese Sherpa crews
- Transportation by 4WD land cruisers
- Tibetan guide
- Entry fees
- Travel permits
- Transfers to/from airports and border
- Tibet visa
- Flight to Lhasa.

Price Excludes:
- Lunch and evening meals during hotel stays
- Rescue and medical expenses
- Personal expenses
- Personal travel insurance
- Hotels in Kathmandu
- Expenses not mentioned above.

Option 2:

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly Kathmandu - Lhasa.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Lhasa.

Day 3: Sightseeing in Lhasa.

Day 4: Free day in Lhasa.

Day 5: Drive Lhasa - Gyantse.

Day 6: Drive Gyantse - Shigatse.

Day 7: Drive Shigatse - Tingri.

Day 8: Trek to Lung Thang.

Day 9: Trek to Lamna La.

Day 10: Trek to Zommug.

Day 11: Trek to Rongbuk.

Day 12: Rest day at Base Camp.

Day 13: Trek from Everest BC to Camp 1.

Day 14: Trek to interim camp.

Day 15: Rest day at interim camp.

Day 16: Trek to Camp 2.

Day 17: Trek to Camp ABC (Camp III).

Day 18: Exploration around ABC (Camp III).

Day 19: Exploration around ABC (Camp III).

Day 20: Prepare for the Ascent of Lhakpa Ri.

Day 21: Ascent of Lhakpa Ri and return to BC.

Day 22: Spare day for climbing.

Day 23: Spare day for climbing.

Day 24: Return to Base Camp.

Day 25: Drive Base Camp - Nyalam.

Day 26: Drive Nyalam - Kathmandu.

Note: We can actually shorten down the days for this trip into 20 days for those clients might not have such a long time.

A brief introduction: Climbing the Tibetan Side of the Himalayas. It is an extremely rare and awe-inspiring experience to be able to climb a Himalayan peak and stand triumphant at the top. It is only in recent years that mountaineers have been able to ascend the numerous Himalayan peaks in Tibet. We will help you fulfill your lifelong dream of exploring the highest mountains in the world! Never again will you be given this opportunity to climb majestic 6000 and 7000 meter peaks like these!

Ascent of Lakpa Ri: Trek to the foot of Everest in Tibet and even ascend Lhakpa Ri if you choose. Lhakpa Ri is just the right distance from Everest as one is allowed magnificent views and experiences of the world's highest mountain while not being too close for comfort. This stunning peak divides the upper East Rongbuk Glacier and upper Kharta Glacier. After many failed attempts Bill Tilman first ascended Lhakpa Ri during the Everest renaissance of 1936. It was later tackled in 1988 and 1991. All those who have successfully reached the peak have gone both physically and mentally prepared. However, in the end you are left with an experience that will last the rest of your life. It is not a technically challenging mountain and can be ascended by any who is fit, acclimatized, and motivated.

In our trek we will use the same route as previous ascents. Along the way to the summit there will be many chances to practice basic snow and ice travel. All safety precautions will be taken as you climb the exposed yet simple peak. Once you reach the top you will be provided views, which rival any of the worlds tallest mountains. Mountains ranging from Everest to the little known peaks of Shartse and Pethangtse come into perfect view. It is hard to even grasp the immensity of the Tibetan Plateau as you stare into hundreds of miles of some of the world's most majestic scenery. Come experience this once in a lifetime sight with us! We can start this trip entering from Kathmandu, in Nepal side, as well as from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Canton (Guangzhou), Chongqing, Kuming, Xian, Xilin - all these cities for your convenience in China. One of the example program of this trip starting from Kathmandu, Nepal is as below.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu our friendly staff will meet you and accompany you to your first rate hotel. There are many sights to see in this ancient Buddhist and Hindu town. It is intriguing to explore how ancient culture has mixed with modern development. You can explore the city on your own or even have a guide accompany you.

Day 2: Kathmandu. Relax and take in the many attractions to be found in Kathmandu while your guides sort out all the expedition paper work. You can see everything form crowded markets to ancient Buddhist and Hindu sites. The locals and many travelers are extremely friendly.

Day 3: Kathmandu. Today is another free day in Kathmandu as your Tibetan visas are arranged. You can simply relax, see more of the city, or hire any last minute equipment you may need.

Day 4: Lhasa. The stunning one-hour flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa allows for views of nearly the entire Himalayan range. Relax and take in your first sites of the mighty Everest and surrounding peaks. Once in Lhasa we will stay in any 3 star hotels with good facility.

Days 5-6: Lhasa. Haven't you always dreamed of visiting the ancient Tibetan monasteries? Our knowledgeable English-speaking guide will show you everything there is to see in some of these renowned sights. First off we will explore the beautifully preserved Sera Monastery. Many of the pictures you see of Tibet are of these buildings with their white washed walls and golden roofs. To this day several hundred monks live and study in this architecture. The afternoon will be spent exploring the Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka.

The Norbunglinka is another astounding piece of architecture and was once the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple will provide you one of your first sights of devout Tibetans, as hundreds visit this sacred shrine each day. The central market of Lhasa, the Barkor, surrounds the Jokhang Temple. In these cobbled streets you can experience more Tibetan culture and even purchase some amazing crafts.

Day 7: Gyantse. In the morning we will depart from Lhasa and travel in chartered buses along the Friendship highway. Numerous passes, such as Khambo La and Kharo La, provide wondrous views of the Himalayan range. A colossal glacier rises nearly straight up from the road as we pas Kharo La. The drive is no daunting task as we pass through many more beautiful Tibetan valleys and quiet villages along the way. Our final destination is another first class hotel in Gyantse. We will even get a chance to see the renowned Kumbun stupa in Gyantse.

Day 8: Gyantse to Shigatse. We continue on with a short drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Not a minute is wasted as we have a full afternoon of exploring the local markets and monasteries. It is very intriguing to see how ancient Tibetan culture compares to the modern day culture we will experience. There are endless amounts of sights, both modern and ancient, to see around this city. Another nice yet simpler hotel will be our accommodation for the night.

Day 9: Xegar. Prepare for a long day as we travel from Shigatse to Xegar. Along the way we see the historic Sakya Monastery, which was once housed the rulers of Tibet from 1200 to 1350 AD. Two more high passes will also be experienced along the way. Unfortunately, we will stay in a somewhat trashy hotel for the night. We have no choice, as it is the only hotel within 200 km.

Day 10: Everest Base Camp. During our tenth day we leave the buses and enter somewhat rugged trucks. Through the Rongbuk valley we travel to Everest base camp. We get our first real views of Everest and other majestic peaks as we cross the Pand La pass.

Day 11: To 14 Base Camp. Four days will be spent resting at the Everest base camp and properly acclimatizing. It is important we take every safety precaution necessary before beginning our ascent. However, numerous day trips will be taken. One day we will hike six hours to get great views of the North face of Everest. Another day trip can also be made to the nearby Rongbuk Monastery.

Day 15: Camp I. On our fifteenth day we will load the yaks and depart from the first base camp. Our night will be spent at an attractive campsite. It is our last night before moving on the ice, people also call it Camp I.

Day 16: Camp II. With the assistance of the yaks we will move on to Base camp 2. En route we will walk along the so-called "Miracle Highway". This narrow band of moraine goes through the middle of the east Rongbuk glacier. We will be surrounded by towering ice on both sides. This "Miracle Highway" leads us right to access to the very heart of Everest. Base camp 2 is an uncomfortable yet beautiful spot as it is nestled under the confluence of two towering glaciers.

Day 17: Camp III. Once more we will travel with yaks as we finally move to base camp 3. Once we get close our yaks will leave us as we move on with only a day pack. Do not try to overload yourself at this point, as it is very hard to travel on with heavy weight. It is very important to bring only what you need.

Days 18-23: Acclimatization and Ascend Lhakpari. The next six days will be spent both acclimatizing and trekking on to a height of 6400 meters. The trip will then be divided into three groups based on skill level. There will be numerous opportunities for participants of all skill levels. Those who take less risks can still trek to high and emote passes, which provide stunning views of Everest and the surrounding peaks. The majority of the group will move on to summit Lhakpa Ri. It is very flexible, but we hope participants will summit Lhakpa Ri on two or three at this base camp. It is a six-hour trip to reach the summit and return. Food, fuel, a tent, and possibly a sherpa will stay at the camp the entire time. If necessary it is possible to travel back to base camp one in a single day.

Day 24: Base Camp. After our mission we will descend back to Base Camp

Day 25: Base Camp. Today will be spent packing and preparing for our return journey.

Day 26: Tingri. After an early start we will drive back over the Pang La pass and end in the old town of Tingri. This ancient Tibetan town provides both history and wondrous views. Camp will be set up just outside of town.

Day 27: Kathmandu. Another very early start will be necessary as we drive across much of the Tibetan Plateau. We will cross our last pass of Lalung La and then travel back down through the Nepalese border. Our Nepalese bus will return us to Kathmandu for the end of our journey.

Days 28-29: Kathmandu. Most people spend these two days basking in the first showers and excellent meals they have had in weeks. Relax and enjoy Kathmandu!

Day 30: Departure. Today we will go to the Kathmandu airport and end our wondrous journey. This is a sad day for many. However, the memories will last for a lifetime.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Option 2:
- 4-5 pax: US$ 4425 per person
- 6-9 pax: US$ 4205 per person
- Single supplement: US$ 150.

Price Includes:
- Hotels on BB basis - tourist standard in Lhasa and where possible enrooted guest houses in Rongbuk
- Shegar and Nyalam
- Full board trek services supported by Nepalese Sherpa crews
- All group climbing equipment
- Nepalese climbing Sirdar
- Transportation by 4WD land cruisers
- Tibetan guide
- Entry fees
- Travel permits
- Transfers to/from airports and border
- Tibet visa
- Flight to Lhasa.

Price Excludes:
- Lunch and dinner during hotel stays
- Rescue and medical expenses
- Personal expenses
- Personal travel insurance
- Hotels in Kathmandu
- Expenses not mentioned above
- Personal climbing gear (crampons, ice axe etc).

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