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Everest Advance Base Camp Trekking Tour

13 Days
Lhasa-Shigatse-EBC-ABC Trek
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The highest trek in the world! Without doubt this Everest Advanced Base Camp Trek is one of the world's most fabulous journeys that combines Tibetan awesome culture with the highest trekking route on earth, so close to the summit of Mt. Everest that can be reached without the need for crampons, ice axes or any mountaineering skills.

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)

This is the first day in Tibet. Your guide will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport/Railway Station and transfer you to your hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check-in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like going out, you can wander around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water, do not move strenuously. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa City

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. It was first built by the 33rd King - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it's a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street - one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it‘s also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

far view of Potala Palace.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
Day 3 Lhasa Suburb

In the morning, we will go to visit Norbulingka. Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music, and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.

In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung Monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. They look like huge rice heaps in the distance, so it is called Drepung. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Known as the shrine of Lhasa, Drak Yerpa has monasteries and famous ancient meditation caves.
The yard for Buddhist debates at Sera Monastery.
Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

From Lhasa to Gyantse is about 264km, en route you will pass by Gambala Mountain Pass (4990m), where's the best place to overlook the Yamdroktso lake. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to cultivate this land.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Bathing in the sunshine, Yamdrok lake is displaying its dazzling beauty to visitors both home and abroad
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
Day 5 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC

Tibet has a serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only abt 350km or so, no-more-than-40km/hr speed limitation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 8~10hrs on the road including mealtime. The upside is the view along the way is superb. Also please take some snacks with you for the long-time driving.

In the summertime, usually May~Oct, we will stay overnight at Everest Tent Camp; in wintertime, usually Nov~Apr, we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. There are dorm beds available in the 2 places. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

Stay overnight at EBC

Tashilhunpo Monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse.
Mt. Everest
Day 6 ABC Trek①: EBC - Camp1

Your first challenging trek will be made to Base Camp 1(5450m) passing through Rongpuk Glacier. The way here around Rongpuk Glacier is magnificent. Today’s trek is fairly shot on map, however the high altitude will make everything more difficult. Take it easy on this first of the trek.

Day 7 ABC Trek②: Camp1 - Intermediate Camp

Our trekking trail today will meander over 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.

Day 8 ABC Trek③: Rest Day in Intermediate Camp

Rest at Intermediate Camp for the day.

Day 9 ABC Trek④: Intermediate Camp - Camp2

Today we ascend even farther into the intricate maze of ice as we meet up with Changste Glacier. It is such an incredible experience to be hiking 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. The Serac Highway protrudes a gravel point into the center of these amazing ice formations

Day 10 ABC Trek⑤: Camp2 - ABC - Camp2

Hike to Advanced Base Camp(6340m) then back to Camp 2 for the night.

Day 11 ABC Trek⑥: Camp2 - EBC

Trek the way back to Everest Base Camp today. 

Day 12 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs

You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at the lodging area if the weather is good. After sightseeing, we will drive to Gyirong, the border which connects Tibet & Nepal. On the way, tourists can enjoy the breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we will arrive in Gyirong in the late afternoon.

Stay overnight at Gyirong Town

Day 13 Gyirong - Kathmandu

Drive to Gyirong Port in the early morning. You are required to walk on your own to cross the border bridge which is about 50m long. Your Nepali driver will greet you at the other side of the bridge and transfer you to Kathmandu. Although the distance between Gyirong Port and Kathmandu is only over 160 kilometers, due to the poor mountain road conditions, it takes 6-7 hours from Gyirong Port to Kathmandu.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Our Service

  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Government tax;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • Oxygen tank for emergency use;
  • Free use of sleeping bag;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.
  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)
  • Meals are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.
  • While Gratuities for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;
  • All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients



Good morning, I will be in China for work, I would like to make this tour to the base of the Everest. I could arrive at Lasha on November 14th, then resume for Italy on November 27th, could I know if it's feasible? how much does the tour cost? what does it include? thanks, see you soon Sammy


Hi Sammy, I'm sorry we cannot arrange the Everest Advance Base Camp Trekking Tour for you. On the other hand, Nov is not a good time to do any trekking in Tibet as the weather becomes colder and colder from mid-Oct. According to your schedule, I suggest that you can consider to join our 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour which is available on the 17th of Nov.



Hi, can I please have the total cost of the 13day advance Everest base camp trek?I hope to be travelling in mid August this year. Please also let me know if this trip can be reduced to 12 days total? I will be traveling from Dubai, so please advise on the easiest/fastest way to enter Tibet ? Thank you in advance Best Regards Angus


Dear Angus, I'm sorry but we cannot arrange the Everest Advance Base Camp Trekking Tour for you and you have to get the permission from the Tibet Mountaineering Association first. From my point of view, you can fly from Dubai to Chengdu first and then transfer to Lhasa, Tibet. How about doing our 12 days Tingri To Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour? If you're ok with this tour, please let me know more information as below so that I can provide you the cost accordingly, thank you!

1. How many people in your group or you’ll travel alone?

2. What kind of accommodation you would like to stay in, the Luxurious (5-star), the comfortable (4-star)/economy class (3-star) hotel or the budget guest house?



Dear Staff, i'm really interesting in this trip! I love hiking and alpinism and i practice by myself here in Italy on the Alps reaching -up to now- a maximum altitude of 4300m. So, I just want to know which kind of specific equipment are necessary in addition to warm clothes, boots etc... such as: crampons, carabiners, ice-axes, climbing harness etc...!


Dear Andrea,I am sorry to tell you that no travel agency can arrange this Everest Advance Base Camp now.  How about you consider our most popular 8 DAYS LHASA GYANTSE SHIGATSE MT. EVEREST GROUP TOUR?  Regards!



Dear, I was wondering what the advanced base camp trekking Tour would cost with the following options: 1adult Budget hotels In october Thank you in advance, Jeroen Mirrer


Dear Jeroen Mirrer, thank you for your inquiry! I'm sorry but we cannot arrange the Advance Base Camp Trekking Tour for you. How about doing our 12 days Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour?



Hi, I'm looking at doing ABC or EBC with Gokyo in August 2018. Can you give me a little more information on prices? and what's included. Thanks



Dear Lisa McDonald, It's EBC(Everest Base Camp) & ABC(Advance Base Camp), so are you interested in our 13 Days- Everest Advance Base Camp Trekking Tour in Aug 2018? seems too far from now if it's 2018, so I could only quote you based on cost of 2017 for your reference, but this tour ends at Zhangmu port(Nepal border) which is closed for foreign travelers now because of Nepal earthquake in April 2015 and the road is still under construction now, we have no idea when it's going to be done, so you take this one if it's open next year. If not, hope you could take similar one of our 12 Days-Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour as a back up.

BTW, the Gokyo is a small village in Solukhumbu District in the Himalayas of Nepal, not in Tibet~~ Amy 

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