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15 Days Challenge to Everest Advance Base Camp Trek [6500M]

15 Days Challenge to Everest Advance Base Camp Trek [6500M]

(THT009) Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC -Base Camp1-Interim Camp -Base Camp2- ABC


The expedition crosses the Tibetan highlands and ventures into the Advance Base Camp of Mount Everest (North side) via trekking which is 6500m high above sea level. it is also the world’s highest Tibet trekking route that takes you as close to the summit of Everest as any non-climber can reach, with basic climbing gears and mountaineering skill. The trekking takes around4-5days from Rongbuk monastery and The 22km trekking route starts with Everest Base Camp (5200m) and trekkers move upwards along hills beside the Rongphu Glacier. Tourists are able to appreciate the peculiar shape of glaciers and then reach the Intermediate Camp(5800m) and keep heading upwards by passing the East Rongphu Glacier till the final destination---Advanced Base Camp (6500m), located alongside the East Rongphu Glacier.

Important Notice: Currently, since the application for the trekking permit from EBC to ABC is no longer available,  the EBC to ABC trek is temporarily suspended.  We promise to inform you in the first place, if it reopens to the public. (updated, April 28,2018) 

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa by air or by train[3660M]

After flying or taking train a long time to Lhasa, tourists will be greeted by our Tibetan tour guides at the airport, and a private car will take you to Lhasa. Tourists can get acclimatized to the new environment and explore freely in the old town of Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 2: Sightseeing in Lhasa:Potala palace,Johkang Temple

In the morning, tourists visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens(stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, figures of the Buddha,made of precious metal. In the afternoon, we visit the holiest temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during songtsen gonpo’s reign by princess wencheng of tang dynasty, 647 A.D. The inner circuit is also situated inside the temple and is lined with prayer-wheel and murals outlined in gold on red background, which depict the thousand buddhas, interspersed with stupas and relief-images.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 3: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Barkhor Street

The circular pilgrim route around Jokhang temple is called Barkhor and later flourishes rapidly, forming the embryo of the city. The Barkhor market itself is the most lively place in all Tibet,and it is possible to purchase traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, Tibetan musical instrument, Thangkas, and tradition tibetan clothes etc.

Stay overnight at Lhasa

Day 4: Drive Lhasa-Gyantse: Yamdrok-tso,Kumbhum Monastery,Nanchan- Kangtsang glacier

We drive towards Yamdrok-tso and Gyantse Kumbhum monastery (300km) and run through a black asphalt highway. It is better to leave early in the morning and in about one and half hour way, from the top of Mt.Gangbala, you can see the fabulous shade of deep torquoise. Yamdrok-yutso is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour. Leaving yamdrok-tso is a spectacular as arriving, since you have to cross the 4960m karo-la with its awesome roadside views of the Nanchan- Kangtsang glacier. then we will reach our day’s final destination Gyantse, and visit Kubum monastery which is 35m-high chorten(stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome. you can visit every chambers in the monastery.
Stay overnight in Gyantse

Day 5: Drive Gyantse [3950M] - Sakya [4500M] 230km:TashiLhunpo monastery,Sakya monastery

Today’s itinerary covers the unique TashiLhunpo monastery(90km), and we will drive through black smooth tar road to Sakya, and visit Sakya Monastery, then to Lhatse Visit the famous Tashilhunpo monastery which is one of the the six great Gelukpa institutions founded in 1447 by a disciple of Tsongkapa. In the evening you can visit the famous Tibetan market below the shigatse Zong. Then drive to Saykya county where the Sakya monastery  is located, and the Sakya tridition is one of the four main Buddhist schools in Tibet. It was from here that the whole of Tibet was governed during the period of Sakya hegemony and even now there are buildings of historic importance to be seen here. You can see the largest book in the world in Sakya's great library written in gold.

Stay overnight in Lhatse.

Day 6: Drive Sakya [4500M] – Rongpuk [5000M] 256km:Sakya Monastery,Gyalpo-la pass,Rongbuk

In the morning, you will visit Sakya Monastery, which is one of the four main Buddhist schools in Tibet. It was from here that the whole of Tibet was governed during the period of Sakya hegemony and even now there are buildings of historic importance to be seen here. You can see the largest book in the world in Sakya's great library written in gold. After exploring Sakya Monastery, we will drive directly towards the Mount Everest base camp(180km)Rough road upto mount Everest. From the top of the Gyalpo-la pass you can see the beautiful sun raising from the top of great Himalayan mountains.

Stay overnight in Rongpuk Tent Guest House

Day 7: One day adjust trekking from Rongbuk to EBC, camp at EBC. [5200M,8km,3-4hours]

Today warm-up trekking from Rongbuk Monastery to EBC, you will see the famous Rongbuk Glacier, which is the largest among all the hundreds of glaciers formed around the Mt. Everest. The glacier water flows south into a river passing by the foot of the monastery. This is called 'Rongbuk River', and the water there is extremely cold.

Camping at EBC

Day 8: Trek from Everest Base Camp to Camp 1 [5460M,5km,5-7hours]

Your first challenge would be trekking to Base Camp 1(5450m). Going through the Rongpuk Glacier along the way to C1, you many enjoy this massive glacier. We will take a trail that rises to the east side of this ice cap and heads toward the peak of Mt. Everest. The trek is fairly short, but the high altitude may still be hard for many, so relax today and enjoy exploring this amazing area.

Stay overnight in Camp 1

Day 9: Trek to Interim Camp [5760M,6km, 6-7hours]

Our trekking trail today will begin from gravel hills to the west of the glacier. Another scenic day awaits us as we spend the night at the interim camp. Ice pinnacles surround us in all directions. What an amazing experience!

Stay overnight in Interim Camp

Day 10: Trek to Camp 2 [5970M,5km,6hours] sometimes in summer season, the river floods, yaks can’t cross it, then today we start from interim camp(5760m)early and reach ABC and return to interim camp(5760m).

Today we ascend even farther to the intricate maze of ice as we meet up with the Changste glacier. It is such an incredible experience to hike on the world's highest mountain! Today our camp is even more beautiful than past sites. We are surrounded on all sides by varying glaciers and hanging ice.

Stay overnight in Camp2

Note: sometimes in summer season, the river floods, yaks can’t cross it, then today we start from interim camp(5760m) early and reach ABC and return to interim camp(5760m).

Day 11: Trek to ABC [6500M] and return to Camp 2 [5970M,6km,9hours]

It is completely up to you today to decide whether you want to spend the night at Base camp 3 or simply hike there during the day and return to Base Camp 2. The walk will be much more enjoyable tomorrow if we stay at the second base camp. However, if you wish we can spend the night at an even higher altitude and impressive location. Camp 3 lies in the center of flattened gravel mounds next to the glacier. Today we can observe many imposing pinnacles, ridges, and even the rock summit of Everest. Camp 3 is only 2400 meters from the top. What a sight it is to finally arrive at nearly the highest point in the world!

Accommodation (depends)

Day 12: Return to EBC [5200M,16km,10hours],then drive to Tent area or Rongpuk guest house

Today is a long day as we cruise downhill back towards the first base camp. Wonderful sights as we leave this amazing peak.

Day 13: Rongpuk-Shigatse 350km

Make your way back to Lhasa, and stay one night at Shiagtse.

Day 14: Drive Shigatse to Lhasa 280km

Continue your way back to Lhasa

Day 15: Leave Lhasa by air or by Train

See you off at Lhasa train station or at airport

Prices of Everest Advance Base Camp Trekking

May to JunePriceFor Booking
2-3 Pax US$ 3,118 Request Booking
4-5 Pax US$ 2,211 Request Booking
July to Oct.PriceFor Booking
2-3 Pax US$ 3,514 Request Booking
4-5 Pax US$ 2,493 Request Booking

Note: The prices above are for private booking, so you can enjoy this trekking tour at any time you want. Besides, the prices above are just the reference price, based on the average number of tourists in a group. The actual price is subject to fluctuation, either higher or lower, according to the number of tourists, market price and traveling time. Contact us for the details.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • All travel permit and all other necessary permits for this trekking;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on the group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • One shared big Oxygen tank in the car;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • Flight or train to and out of Tibet;
  • Domestic flight/train to Tibet not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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