Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft)
The adventure begins in Lhasa. There are two ways to arrive—via Nepal and via mainland China. The flight from Nepal to Lhasa is considered one of the most beautiful air routes in the world, as it provides sweeping views of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. If traveling via mainland China, there are a wide variety of flights in addition to the world’s highest train route to reach Lhasa. Upon arrival, you will be received by our Tibetan guide at the airport/train station. After approximately 1.5 hours of driving, you will reach Lhasa. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa City (3650 m/11972ft)
The journey begins with a visit to Sera Monastery, accompanied by an experienced tour guide (who is also a translator). Sera is an exceptional space; its white-washed walls and golden roofs speak of Tibetan Buddhism’s ancient wisdom and tranquility. Equally breathtaking are the gardens and sacred spaces of the Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s summer residence. We will also visit the Jokhang Temple followed by Barkhor Markets – a bustling road lined with vendors where you can sample the smells and sounds of Tibet, or browse through the Thankas, masks, prayer beads and countless other treasures inherent to Tibetan custom and tradition. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft)
The highlight of the day is the visit to Potala palace – a UNESCO World Heritage celebrated for its priceless treasury of Buddhist artifacts and bejeweled tombs of past Dalai Lamas. The Potala was also the tallest building in the world for 200 years following its construction in 1645. The group will then move to Drepung Monastery, which was built in 14th century and was home to over 10,000 monks. Drepung was also the educational center for the lineage of Dalai Lamas, and is famed for attracting tens of thousands of pilgrims for its Thanka festival. Drepung has a poignant presence in the spiritual life of Tibetans, and is the most cherished of all Tibet’s monasteries. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 04: GYANTSE
In the morning we will depart from Lhasa and travel in chartered buses along the Friendship highway. Numerous passes, such as Khambo La and Kharo La, provide wondrous views of the Himalayan range. A colossal glacier rises nearly straight up from the road as we pas Kharo La. The drive is no daunting task as we pass through many more beautiful Tibetan valleys and quiet villages along the way. Our final destination is another first class hotel in Gyantse. We will even get a chance to see the renowned kumbun stupa in Gyantse.
Day 05: GYANTSE TO SHIGATSE
We continue on with a short drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Not a minute is wasted as we have a full afternoon of exploring the local markets and monasteries. It is very intriguing to see how ancient Tibetan culture compares to the modern day culture we will experience. There are endless amounts of sights, both modern and ancient, to see around this city. Another nice yet simpler hotel will be our accommodation for the night.
Day 06: XEGAR
Prepare for a long day as we travel from Shigatse to Xegar. Along the way we see the historic Sakya monastery, which was once housed the rulers of Tibet from 1200 to 1350 AD. Two more high passes will also be experienced along the way. Unfortunately, we will stay in a somewhat trashy hotel for the night. We have no choice, as it is the only hotel within 200 km.
Day 07: EVEREST BASE CAMP
During our tenth day we leave the buses and enter somewhat rugged trucks. Through the Rongbuk valley we travel to Everest base camp. We get our first real views of Everest and other majestic peaks as we cross the Pand La pass.
Day 08: 3 Days BASE CAMP
Four days will be spent resting at the Everest base camp and properly acclimatizing. It is important we take every safety precaution necessary before beginning our ascent. However, numerous day trips will be taken. One day we will hike six hours to get great views of the North face of Everest. Another day trip can also be made to the nearby Rongbuk Monastery.
Day 11: Everest Base CAMP I
On our fifteenth day we will load the yaks and depart from the first base camp. Our night will be spent at an attractive campsite. It is our last night before moving on the ice, people also call it Camp I.
Day 12: EVEREST BASE CAMP II
With the assistance of the yaks we will move on to Base camp 2. En route we will walk along the so-called "Miracle Highway". This narrow band of moraine goes through the middle of the east Rongbuk glacier. We will be surrounded by towering ice on both sides. This "Miracle Highway" leads us right to access to the very heart of Everest. Base camp 2 is an uncomfortable yet beautiful spot as it is nestled under the confluence of two towering glaciers.
Day 13/18: ACCLIMATIZATION & ASCEND LHAKPARI
The next six days will be spent both acclimatizing and trekking on to a height of 6,400 meters. The trip will then be divided into three groups based on skill level. There will be numerous opportunities for participants of all skill levels. Those who take less risks can still trek to high and emote passes, which provide stunning views of Everest and the surrounding peaks. The majority of the group will move on to summit Lhakpa Ri. It is very flexible, but we hope participants will summit Lhakpa Ri on two or three at this base camp. It is a six-hour trip to reach the summit and return. Food, fuel, a tent, and possibly a sherpa will stay at the camp the entire time. If necessary it is possible to travel back to base camp one in a single day.
Day 19: BASE CAMP
After our mission we will descend back to Base Camp
Day 20: BASE CAMP
Today will be spent packing and preparing for our return journey.
Day 21: TINGRI
After an early start we will drive back over the Pang La pass and end in the old town of Tingri. This ancient Tibetan town provides both history and wondrous views. Camp will be set up just outside of town.
Kathmandu to Kodari
Day 22: Drive to Ganden, visit the monastery and start trekking, overnight at camp