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13 Days Advance Everest Base Camp(ABC) Trekking Tour

Duration: 13 Days

Max Altitude: 6340m

Tour Pace: Adventure

Departure Date: Apr. to Oct.(best)

Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Bakhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Yamdro-tso Lake, Gyantse Kumpum, Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp, Camp 1, Camp 2, Advanced Base Camp

Itinerary Details Includes & Excludes Tour FAQs
Having a tour from Lhasa along the way to trekking start point-Everest Base Camp(EBC), it gives tourists enough time for acclimatization to get ready for Advanced Base Camp(ABC) trekking. This trekking tour has more difficult level than regular one, however, it doesn't require professional climbing gear or experience. Trekking to Advanced Base Camp(ABC) gets you the closest to Mt. Everest, come to enjoy the pure white world of the top!

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa [3600m]
Take the flight/train into Tibet. Upon your arrival, local guide will meet you to transfer to Lhasa. On the way, you can enjoy the heart-beating highland view along the Yarlong Tsangpo river (the longest river in Tibet). Later you can either rest for acclimatization, or walk around on your own.

Day 2 Tour of Lhasa [B]
The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa's cardinal landmark- Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. In the afternoon, we will drop a visit to Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. Then we will visit Barkhor, the oldest and traditional street in Tibet.

Day 3 Tour of Lhasa [B]
About 8km west of central Lhasa is Drepung Monastery, once the world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains. After lunch, continue to visit Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is its Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 3 to 4 in the afternoon.

Day 4 Lhasa / Gyantse [4040m] / Shigatse [3860m], 360km,6-7hrs
Follow the Friendship Highway to Gyantse, a famous historical city in Tibet, along the Kyichu River. From the top of the pass Kangpa-la at 4700m in clear weather, you can see the fabulous shade of deep turquoise Yamdro-tso Lake that is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in color. Then drive along the mountain down to Gyangtse, visit the famous stupa - Gyangtse Kumpum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. After late lunch in Gyantse, continue driving to Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet.

Day 5 Shigatse [3900m] / Shegar [4050m], 250km, 6hrs
Continue along the Friendship Highway, marvelling once more at the barren yet spectacular landscape of Tibet. Beyond the small town of Lhatse we cross the highest pass on our journey, the Gyamtso La [5220m]. From here we descend to the plains, passing lonely monasteries and the camps of nomadic herders, en route to Shegar.

Day 6 Shegar / Rongbuk [4900m], 120km, 6hrs
Shortly after leaving Shegar, we turn off the Friendship Highway and head south over the Pang La [5150m] towards the main Himalayan range. The view from the top is incredible with uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to 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. We stay overnight at the Gompa Guest House.

Day 7 Rongbuk / Everest Base Camp [5200m], 8km; Trek from EBC to Camp 1 [5460M] 3hrs
Drive to Everest Base Camp this morning after stunning sunrise, later drive to Camp 1, which is set in a barren world of moraine hills under beautifully sculpted yellow-orange granite cliffs. On the way, you will explore the Rongbuk Glacier with an impressive frozen ocean of ice waves; the views of the glacier and the Himalayan peaks are some of the most dramatic in Tibet.

Day 8 Trek to Intermediate Camp [5760m], 3-5hrs
The trail to the Interim Camp climbs and descents over the gravel hills, always staying above the west edge of the ice. Intermediate camp is a good place to spend a night acclimatizing before advancing to Camp 2.

Day 9 Trek to Camp 2 [5970m], 2hrs
About two hours above the Interim camp the central ridgeline leads in to a confusion of ice at the confluence with the Changtse glacier. Camp 2 is only ten minutes from here, it is set in a beautiful location with large glaciers and small spill into the valley from every direction.

Day 10 Trek to ABC [6340m] / Camp 2, 4-6hrs
The advanced base camp for the North Col route up Mount Everest, is situated within a group of flattened gravel mounds beside the glacier. This is the closest non-climbers can get the top of Everest. With a pair of binoculars, you are almost there.

Day 11 Return to EBC, 8-10hrs
The return to Base Camp is a long down hill journey, which will be completed in one day.

Day 12 Drive to Rongbuk/Nyalam[3980m], 215km, 6-8hrs
Rejoin the Friendship Highway and drive to Nyalam. Once more you are rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. Descenting from Tibetan Plateau to Nyalam, which is just 30 km before the Nepalese border. With dramatic suddenness, everything appears incredibly lush and green.

Day 13 Departure to Kathmandu
From Nyalam driving the last 30 kilometres to the Friendship Bridge, which spans the Bhote Koshi River and marks the Chinese - Nepalese border. Say goodbye to your Tibetan guide and driver and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari. It is easier to apply the Nepal visa at the border, 30US$ for 15 days 1 passport size photo is needed. After the immigration process, you can start your journey to Kathmandu. Outside of the Immigration office, there are lots of taxis or buses waiting for the passengers to Kathmandu, you can take a car with other passengers at a price about 600-900RS (about 15-20USD) each person.

Note: Advise for going back to Lhasa, or for trekking adaption to ABC.


What's included in this price?
Transport: Private minivan or minibus with driver
Free Lhasa airport / train pick-up and drop-off
Twin-sharing / double room accommodation in Tibet
Local English-speaking Tibetan guide
All entrance fees of sightseeing places mentioned in itinerary
All necessary Tibet permits
Government tax
What's excluded in this price?
Chinese Visa fee
Tips for the guide and driver
Flight or train tickets into and out of Lhasa
Meals not included in the itinerary: Lunch and Dinner
Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, etc

What is a Private Tour?
A Private Tibet Tour Package means you will have your own private guide, driver, and vehicle for your own disposal. You don't have to share the vehicle with others even if you are a single traveler. You would have full attention of your guide and driver. Our professional guide would love to share local culture, knowledge and stories.

Your private guide would also help you make an easier, comfortable, flexible and enjoyable tour. You can stop on the road to get a rest or take pictures during the drive. You have the flexibility of changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time at some tourist sites.

When traveling with your family or friends, a private tour would be your first choice.

Arrival Pick-up / Departure See-off
We will arrange the private airport or train station pick-up and see-off for you. Upon your arrival in Lhasa, you can find our guide waiting at the pick-up area, holding a name sign, welcome you with a warm smile. You will be transferred to hotel. Drink more water, get enough rest, take some time to acclimatize to the high altitude on the first day of your arrival.

Accommodation Choices
For private tour, we can arrange hotels according to your requirements. There are options of budget guesthouse, 3 star hotel, 4 star hotel, high-end luxury hotel or bouquet heritage hotel. If you have your own preferred hotel, just let us know, we will help you with the booking, everything would be arranged as per your interests.

Meal Choices
Our tour packages generally include breakfasts. Meanwhile, lunches and dinners are optional to be arranged either by yourself or by us.

It’s easy to find nice restaurants in Lhasa, and you could also ask for suggestions from your guide. They always know where you can find something tasty.

The price would be different according to different food:

1.      If you choose noodles, around RMB 10-15 per person.

2.      If you like some fast food like KFC, around RMB 20-35 per person. 

3.      If you prefer some food at a decent restaurant, around RMB 50-70 per person.  

4.      The local Tibetan hotpot, around RMB 80-100 per person. That is a really good one too!