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Everest North Face Trekking 12 Days

Everest North Face Trekking 12 Days  
Trip Duration : 12 Days
Trek Length : 5 Days
Trip Rating : Moderate
Maximum Altitude : 16,892ft
Activity : Cultural tour & trek
Lodging : Hotels & tent
Transportation : by Vehicle and Flight
Begins & Ends : Kathmandu
Best Season : April-Oct
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Land Cost :
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Group Size : 2-16 Persons


Trip Fast Facts:

Duration: 12 Days
Trek length: 5 Days with overnight in tents
Trip Rating: Moderate (hiking up the pass and some part of the trek is strenuous while majority of the walk is easy to moderate).
Maximum altitude: 16,892ft
Activity: sightseeing and trekking
Lodging: Hotel and tent
Transportation: by vehicle and flight
Trip ends in: Kathmandu, Nepal
Best season: April to October is general good time to travel in Tibet considering weather and road conditions.


Day 1 Arrive Lhasa
Upon arrival Lhasa Gongkar Airport, meet your private guide and driver and transfer to your Tibetan boutique style hotel.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: D.

Day 2 Lhasa
Explore Lhasa today. If you're picturing Tibet, chances are you're picturing the Potala Palace, and this morning you’ll visit this World Heritage Site. Stroll through its 13 stories, housing 1,000 rooms, and see what remains of its antiquities.

Afterwards, continue to the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of the country. Founded in the mid 7th century, today it hums with pilgrims saying prayers and spinning wheels amid the smoke of yak butter lamps. The surrounding streets hold a current of humanity making their clock-wise circuit, called a kora, around the temple grounds. Experience the electrifying sensation of immersion in the kora at the Jokhang, and as such, touch an ancient and enduring spiritual pulse.

At the Barkhor Market which surrounds the temple, hundreds of merchants sell their wares to the innumerable pilgrims. One can buy everything from incense and prayer scarves to yak butter and Pringles. While literally rubbing shoulders with the local Tibetans, it becomes clear why these people are renowned throughout the world for their good humor and gentle, gracious ways.
Afternoon- you will be free at your leisure.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: BLD.

Day 3 Lhasa
This morning, visit Drepung monastery, one of the world's largest monasteries which was built in 1416 by Jamyang Choje, a pupil of Tshong Khapa (the founder of the Gelugpa Sect). Drepung literally means "heaps of rice," and the fertility of its fields supported a monastic community, that before 1959, ranked as Tibet's largest monastery with 7,770 monks. For over 500 years, Drepung served as the major pillar of the theocratic state, serving as the main political headquarters for the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It also served as the residence of the Dalai Lama, until the Potala Palace was constructed in 1645.
Afternoon- we visit Sera Monastery, noted for its theological debates. The monks grill each other on the profound insights and esoteric minutiae of sacred texts: if a monk answers incorrectly, the others clap and the sound reverberates throughout the chamber. It’s good-natured and boisterous fun. We will also visit the New Tibet Autonomous Region Museum, which opened in 1999. It contains four galleries: Prehistoric Culture, Culture and Arts, Art of Thangka Painting and Folklore and Culture. Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: BLD.

Day 4 Lhasa to Gyantse
Today we start our journey early in the morning towards Gyangtse.
Once we drive for about an hour, we will start our trekking on the first pass.
It is wonderful to look at the valley down where you will see fantastic views of the valley and the river. Once we get to the pass, you can enjoy the view of the great lake and snow peaks in the distance (weather permitting). Sometimes you will experience excellent views. Then we’ll drive along the lake for about an hour and get to the second pass from where you can see the glacier which is pretty close. From here, we drive through narrow valleys to Gyangtse. On arrival, you can visit the Monastery and the multiple door stupa.
Overnight Gyantse Hotel. Meals: BLD.

Day 5 Gyantse to Shigatse
In the morning- we’ll drive one and half hours to Shigatse, the second largest town in Tibet and the traditional capital of the Tsang. We visit Tashilhumo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447 and a prominent Gekupka monastery. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha and a tomb of the 4th Panchen Lama containing masses of jewels and gold. Overnight Shigatse Hotel. Meals: BLD.

Day 6 Shigatse to Longchang village
Today we continue to drive through the heart of Tibet. Though we are on the road for most of the day, we cross some spectacular passes- Tsola pass at 4,500 meters and Gyatsola pass at 5,220 meters. Ever covered with prayer flags and often with dusting of snow, both passes offer incredible views of the Himalayan landscape and the feeling of having reached the top of the world.
Overnight camp (4,450m). Meals: BLD. Attained

Day 7 trek to Sha Omba
This morning- we begin our trek to Everest base camp. We hike 6-7 hours through a vast valley, pacing ourselves as we climb steadily along a cart path.
Overnight camp (appr.4,700m). Meals: BLD.

Day 8 trek to Chokorong
Today a rather difficult day of our trek, but rewarding. We hike for the majority of the day, crossing Lamna Pass at 5,060 meters and Pangla Pass at 5,150 meters. Glaciers have carved out dramatic peaks, deep caves, and snaking ice rivers in this remote and harsh region of the world.
Overnight camp (appr. 4,900m). Meals: BLD.

Day 9 trek to Dza Rongphuk
In the morning, we will trek towards Rongphuk and reach there in few hours.
Rongphuk Monastery (altitude appr. 4980m) is the only major cultural landscape in the Rongphuk Glacier with breathtaking view of Mount Everest (Chomolangma in Tibetan) in the background above.
Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 10 day excursion Everest Base Camp
After breakfast, we explore Everest Base Camp, taking a day hike in the surrounding area. Overnight camp. Meals: BLD.

Day 11 Zhangmu
Today unlike the other days, you need to start very early in the morning to get to Zhangmu. The distance is not very much, but because of the road construction you may need to stop here and there by the road makers. En-route you will make a stop at a pass from where you will see some of the greatest snowcapped mountains. After the pass, you will travel down valley all the way to Zhangmu. Today you will see a great change from the bare mountains to the topical forest like environment. Overnight at hotel. Meals: BLD.

Day 12 cross the border to Nepal
After breakfast clear Chinese Customs and meet your Nepalese guide and vehicle from Nepal. Drive through the scenic road to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Meals: B.

Essential Information:

Chinese Visa:
The Chinese Embassy changes the visa rules from time to time. Normal visa fee at present is US$45 per person and additional US$14 per person for US Passport holders. If the visa is to take on the same day an additional fee of US$35 will be applicable.

Tibet Transportation:
2-3 persons are transferred by land cruiser and van. Four person and up are transferred by using bus. Out of Lhasa transfers are by land cruisers for your comfort with 3 persons per vehicle.

Nepal Transportation:
Transfer from Nepal-Tibet Border of Kodari to Kathmandu is by car, jeep, land cruiser or mini bus. Occasionally some transfers are made by cars. However, we provide bigger and better vehicles for comfort and safety majority of the time.

Flight Connection to Lhasa, Tibet:
Kathmandu to Lhasa flights are on Tue, Thu, Sat and Sun. These flight days are current and subject to change without prior notice.


Service Includes:

  • Land transfers as per above itinerary by bus or land cruiser along with local Tibetan guide,
  • Lodging: Hotel 7 nights and tent 5 nights on twin sharing as per itinerary,
  • Meals: full board (three meals a day as per itinerary),
  • Lhasa historic monument sightseeing,
  • All camping equipment,
  • Two persons per tent while trekking,
  • Chef and helpers during the trek part of the trip,
  • One luggage van for camping crew and equipment,
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure (2-3 persons transfer by land cruiser, and 4 persons and up transfer by bus),
  • Entrance fees to monuments,
  • Yak and yak herders fees,
  • Everest environment fees, and
  • Tibet travel permits fees.
  • Day 12 transfer from Nepal-Tibet border to Kathmandu, 1 night lodging at quality 3-4 star hotel with breakfast and transfer out to airport is included in the price.

Service Excludes:

  • Kathmandu-Lhasa roundtrip airfare US$396 per person and airport departure tax, (Airfare is current and subject to change),
  • China visa fee US$45 per person and additional US$14 per person for US Passport holders and express visa processing fee US$35 per person,
  • Nepal visa fee Single entry US$50 per person for 30 days and Multiple entry US$80 for 60 days,
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic,
  • Expenses of personal nature, charge for photography,
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation charges.

Kathmandu stopover and trip extensions, please inquire for details.



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Kathmandu, Nepal
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