A four-day trek to the Tibetan Everest Base Camp (on the North face) forms the centrepiece of this adventure holiday, which can be adapted to be combined with sightseeing in Kathmandu, Lhasa and/or other parts of Tibet, according to your individual requirements.
The actual trek begins at Lao Tingi (Old Tingi), a traditional trading town on the Friendship Highway, which has splendid views of Mt Everest and Mt Cho-Oyu. The ultimate goal of the trek is the base camp of Everest, which will be reached four days later.
There are no teahouses or lodges en route, so this is a strictly a camping trek and all necessary gear, food and the service crew are brought from either Kathmandu or Lhasa.
Depending on your travel plan your journey can begin in Lhasa (you may fly to Lhasa either from Kathmandu or from mainland China) or from Zhang-Mu, which is a town on the Nepal/Tibet border. A four-hour journey overland from Kathmandu brings you to Zhang-Mu.
The trip can end in either location, at your convenience.
The ideal time for this trek is May-September, although hardier travellers do visit in April and October, when the weather tends to be a bit more harsh. It is not advisable to make this trip between October and March.
The duration of this trek can be varied and the following itinerary is just one example:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. We meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel
Day 02: Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa. Our guide meets you at the airport and transports you to Lhasa (98 km)
Day 04: Lhasa tour including Potala Palace, Jokhang temple & Norbulinkha Palace
Day 05: Lhasa tour including Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Tibetan Medical Center.
Day 06: Jeep tour: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950 m); overnight in guest house
Day 07: Jeep tour: Gyantse to Shigatse (3900 m) ; overnight in guest house
Day 08: Jeep tour: Shigatse to Lhatse via Sakya (3950 m) ; overnight in guest house
Day 09: Jeep tour: Lhatse to Lao Tingri (4300 m) ; overnight in guest house
Day 10: Trekking – Lao Tingri to Tsojan Village (4500 m); overnight camping
Day 11: Trekking – Tsojan village to Lama La Pass (5100 m); overnight camping
Day 12: Trekking – Lama La pass to Zemukh (4910 m); overnight camping
Day 13: Trekking – Zemukh to Rongbuk village; overnight camping
Day 14: Trekking – Rongbuk village to Everest Base Camp
Day 15: Jeep tour: Everest Base Camp to Nyalam (3750 m); overnight at Nyalam Guesthouse
Day 16: Overland journey back to Kathmandu via Zhangmu & Kodari
Day 17: Free time
Day 18: Fly out from Nepal