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Everest Advance Base Camp with Lhasa Trip
The Tibetan name for Mount Everest is Chomolungma or Qomolangma (meaning "Mother of the Universe"). According to English accounts of the mid-19th century, the local name in Darjeeling for Mount Everest was Deodungha, or "Holy Mountain.". In the 1960s, the Government of Nepal gave the mountain an official Nepali name: Sagarmatha, meaning "Head of the Sky".
In 1865, the mountain was given its English name by Andrew Waugh, the British surveyor-general of India. With both Nepal and Tibet closed to foreign travel, he wrote:
I was taught by my respected chief and predecessor, Colonel Sir George Everest to assign to every geographical object its true local or native appellation. But here is a mountain, most probably the highest in the world, without any local name that we can discover, whose native appellation, if it has any, will not very likely be ascertained before we are allowed to penetrate into Nepal. In the meantime the privilege as well as the duty devolves on me to assign…a name whereby it may be known among citizens and geographers and become a household word among civilized nations.
Waugh chose to name the mountain after George Everest, Mount Everest.
North east ridge Advance Base Camp
The northeast ridge route begins from the north side of Everest in Tibet. Expeditions trek to the Rongbuk Glacier, setting up Base Camp at 5,180 m (17,000 ft) on a gravel plain just below the glacier. To reach Camp II, climbers ascend the medial moraine of the east Rongbuk Glacier up to the base of Changtse at around 6,100 m (20,000 ft). Camp III (ABC - Advanced Base Camp) is situated below the North Col at 6,500 m (21,300 ft).
China is paving a 108-km (66-mile) dirt road from Tingri County to its Base Camp in order to accommodate growing numbers of climbers on their side of the mountain. It will become the highest asphalt-paved road in the world. Construction began on June 18, 2007, at a cost of 150 million yuan (US$19.7 million). China also plans on routing the 2008 Olympic Torch Relay over Everest, going up the South Col route and back down the North Col route, on the way to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Advance Base Camp With Lhasa Sight Seeing
Day 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: EXPLORE KATHMANDU VALLEY WITH GUIDE AND CAR.
Day 03: KATHMANDU [1400M] - LHASA [3660M]
Fly to Gongar Airport crossing over the highest Himalayan ranges of the world which is 1 hour flight and meeting our Tibetan guide, 2 Hrs drive by Jeep to Lhasa Transfer and check-in to your hotel. Today you are taking full rest for acclimatization.
Day 04: LHASA SIGHT SEEING
Sight seeing in Lhasa with your guide and Jeep . One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet. Within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. After that go to Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devote Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor - amaze of narrow cobbled streets which is the central market of Lhasa.
Day 05: LHASA SIGHT SEEING
This morning we will visit the Potala Palace, which dominates the city of Lhasa. A spectacular building, it contains the private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand staterooms and many important chapels. Its been a palace since the 5th or 6th century, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century. A visit to the Drepung Monastery this afternoon will complete a truly awesome inspiring day. Founded in the 14th century, this monastery was once the largest in the world with a population of about 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution.
Day 06: FREE DAY IN LHASA
Day 07: DRIVE LHASA - GYANTSE [3950M] 261 KM
Today we start our overland journey towards Kathmandu. Traveling by jeep along the Friendship Highway we cross the Khamba La [4794m] from which there is stunning views across the waters of Yamdrok-tso Lake to the snowy summit of Nazin
Kang Sa [7252m]. We continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La [5045m] where we are treated to the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred meters of the road. After passing through beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages we arrive in the town of Gyantse O/N in Hotel.
Day 08: DRIVE GYANTSE [3950M] - SHIGATSE [3900M] 90KM
In morning visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century from which there are amazing views of both Gyantse itself and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa and its many small chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. Then we continue on to Shigatse, a short drive of only 90kms, arriving in time for lunch. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and after exploring the local market we will make a detailed visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. O/N in Hotel.
Day 09: SHIGATSE [3900M] - SHEGAR/NEW TINGRI [4050M] 244KM
Today we continue along the Friendship Highway, marveling 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 O/N in Hotel.
Day 10: DRIVE SHEGAR [4050M] - RONGBUK [5000M] 68KM
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 11: RONGBUK EVEREST BC
We spend a night here in Base camp to acclimatize, this is a good place to read a book: just how often do you get a chance to sit and read at 5000m and with the stunning view of Everest's north face.
Day 12: RONGBUK EVEREST BC
We spend another in Base camp to acclimatize, it is very important that we take our time and gets very well acclimatized before we go to the ABC. Towe will explore the surroundings of the Rongbuk Everest base camp, just to get started working a little.
Day 13: TREK FROM EVEREST BASE CAMP TO CAMP 1 [5460M]
The Rongbuk Glacier is an impressive frozen ocean of ice waves; the views of the glacier and the Himalayan peaks are some of the most dramatic in Tibet. Along the east side of the glacier is the trail that expeditions use to begin their climbs of Everest and this is the trail we are taking. Camp 1 [5460m] is set in a barren world of moraine hills under beautifully sculpted yellow-orange granite cliffs. The next camp is too far to reach in a single day, so to help us acclimatize we spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring the gravely snout of the east Rongbuk Glacier.
Day 14: TREK TO INTERMEDIATE CAMP [5760M]
The trail to the Interim Camp climbs and descents over the gravel hills, always staying above the west edge of the ice. Intermediate camp [5760m] is a good place to spend a night acclimatizing before advancing to Camp 2. Nearby, the first ice sears [ice pinnacles] rise like white sails from the dark debris-laden surface of the glacier we will go and take a good look at these.
Day 15: REST IN INTERMEDIATE CAMP
We spend a day here for further acclimatization. We will of course explore the surroundings on small excursions
Day 16: TREK TO CAMP 2 [5970M]
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 [5970m] is only ten minutes from here, it is set in a beautiful location; glaciers large and small spill into the valley from every direction and the appropriately named Sera Highway continues to extend its unusual gravel arm trough the centre of the of the ice formations.
Day 17: TREK TO ABC [6340M] AND RETURN TO CAMP 2
Depending on how the group feels, a decision must be made between moving tents up to camp 3 or visiting it as a hike and spending a second night at camp 2. Unless the group is particular interested in sleeping in Camp 3, we return to camp 2 today, this gives us a better chance to enjoy the walk back to base camp tomorrow.
Camp 3, the advanced base camp for the North Col route up Mount Everest, is situated within a group of flattened gravel mounds beside the glacier. The pinnacles, the frightening group of rock palisades that kept the Northeast Ridge unclimbed for so long, are just another 11/2 km. Further up from camp 3. Most amazing of all is the ridge extending above the Pinnacles to the southwest: the striated rock summit of Everest. The top of this mountain appears phenomenally close; it is little more than 2400 meter higher than camp 3. This is the closest non-climbers can get the top of Everest. With a pair of binoculars, you are almost there…
Day 18: RETURN TO BASE CAMP
The return to Base Camp is a long down hill journey, but we complete it in one day, if we start out from Camp 2 it is much more enjoyable than from camp 3, we will have a chance to get our eyes off the end of our boots.
Day 19: DRIVE RONGBUK [5000M] - NYALAM 215KM
Today we rejoin the Friendship Highway and drive to Tingri. Upon leaving Tingri, we cross another two high passes, the Lalung La [5124m] and the Shung La [5200m]. Once more we are rewarded with magnificent views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. Now we begin our descent from the Tibetan Plateau to Nyalam just 30 km before the Nepalese border. With dramatic suddenness, everything appears incredibly lush and green.
Day 20: DRIVE NYALAM - KATHMANDU [1400M] 153KM
From Nyalam we drive the last 30 kilometers to the Friendship Bridge, which spans the Bhote Koshi River and marks the Chinese - Nepalese border. We say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and driver and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari where our Nepalese staff will meet us. After completing the re-entry formalities we continue the drive to Kathmandu, which, depending on road and weather conditions, should take about 5 hours.
In the monsoon season, be prepared to have to walk stretches of this road because of landslips from higher up.
Day 21: KATHMANDU
Day 22: Departure to onward destination.
- Exceptionally, Tibet visa fee for US nationals is US$ 114 and express visa fee US$ 200 net per person.
- Airfare and visa fees are subject to change as per airlines and Embassy.
- Above price is based on the 4500 model deluxe 4WD Toyota Land cruiser jeep. So, you may find above prices slightly more expensive. Kindly note that normal 4WD Toyota Land cruisers are too old and not recommendable.
- Confirmation of the permit for ABC is subject to TMA decision. So, you are kindly requested to start the tour from your home after we obtain the permit for ABC.
- Hotel accommodation in twin sharing room on B/B Basis in the respective hits in Lhasa and En-Route
- Deluxe non A/C 4wd Toyota 4500 Model Land cruiser will be provided in Tibet and a suitable Vehicle(Van/Mini- Bus) in Nepal,
- Sight seeing with a good English speaking Tibetan guide as per Itinerary
- All Camps on full board basis
- A separate truck for carrying Luggage and equipment in the case of big group.
- Highly experienced Sherpa Crew.
- Experienced Cook
- Trekking equipment such as tents, mattresses, toilet tent, dinning tent (sleeping bags of your own are advised but we can manage too).
- Tibet travel permit fee.
- Yaks for carrying equipments, Luggage and food stuff
- Oxygen Cylinder for extra paying guest per cylinder $300 Usd.
- Entrance fee for Monasteries
- Necessary Airport/Hotel/ Airport Transfers on arrival and departure.
- Airport Taxes
- Nepal re-entry visa fee
- All Insurance
- Extra Expenses because of Natural Calamities like landslides, snow fall, flood etc
- Professional/ Personal Climbing Equipments,(We provide camping equipments, but not climbing equipments).
- High Altitude Food,(High altitude food, if you prefer, it is your part)
- Photography/video fees in the Monasteries.
- All Expenses of Personal Nature such as Drinks, Laundry, Tips etc.
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