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Tibet
Everest Base Camp Trek

Tibet - used to be the mysterious, legendary and unknown Roof of the World - can be easily reached today from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province to Lhasa. It is a beautiful rugged, desolated, mountainous region with numerous snow-capped peaks, jade-green lakes, with a predominant Buddhist influence.

Tibet has five great peaks over 8,000m, and of them Chomolungma ( Mount Everest ) is of course the highest and most famous. This trekking itinerary takes you deep into the heart of the Himalayan range and provides an unequaled opportunity to experience the beauty and hardship of life at high elevation. We will pass Rongbuk monastery (4,900m), a center for Buddhist teachings in the eastern Himalaya and the base from which the historic Mallory expeditions set forth. At Everest North Base Camp, we can take in the awesome view of the north face of the highest peak on earth.

The first & last part of the journey will be on wheels on 4WD Landcruisers with 5 days of trekking in the middle part, making for a tough journey for some travellers as much of the travel are on high altitude grounds over high mountain passes, remote mountain areas, and often rough mountain roads. However the stupendous views of this beautiful land will more than compensate for any discomforts we may experienced on the journey. Enroute, we get to see the cultural richness of Tibet and perhaps gain a bit of understanding on the resilience of its local people.

For 2007, our program includes an one-way return train journey from Lhasa to Chengdu via the recently completed Tibet-Qinghai railway link.

Included

  • 1-way internal / domestic airfare from Chengdu & Lhasa including airport taxes
  • 1-way train ticket from Lhasa to Chengdu
  • Full accommodation arrangement ( hotels in Chengdu, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Shegar and tented camping while on trek)
  • Full transport arrangement & airport transfers in 4WD ( in Tibet ) & van ( in Chengdu )
  • All entrance tickets to the listed scenic spots as well as special travel permits for Tibet
  • Either Chinese or English speaking guide service
  • Expenses for guides, drivers, and vehicles
  • Yak porterage for baggage for the trekking phase
  • 3 daily meals prepared by experienced cook during trekking phase
  • Oxygen support for overland journey & trek in Tibet
  • Half day tour of Chengdu Panda Research Centre
  • Complimentary use of sleeping bags & down jackets, if departing from Singapore

Excluded

  • 2-way international economy class return airfares between Singapore & Chengdu
  • All airport taxes and fuel surcharges
  • China travel visa
  • Meals during tour except for breakfast which is provided with accommodation
  • Tipping & gratuities to guide & driver
  • Fees for photography inside monastery chapels & other places where extra fees are required
  • Personal travel insurance, pre-trip medical immunizations, and all expenses of a personal nature
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Photo Credit: Galen Rowell

Duration: 18 days
Group Size: minimum 2 persons
Maximum Altitude: 5,200m
Grading:
Group Sizing
Land Price
11 - 12 persons  
09 - 10 persons  
07- 08 persons  
05 - 06 persons  
03 - 04 persons  
02 persons  
* Price above is land cost only and does not includes international return air fares. Accommodation single supplement is extra $400.
Highlights
* Lhasa - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, & other monastery visits
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Rongbuk Monastery & Everest North Base Camp ( EBC North )

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Tashilunpo, Palkhor Chode Monastery, Kumbum Stupa


The vast Tibetan plains and beautiful alpine lakes



Day 1 - 2
Singapore - Chengdu ( fly in to ) - Lhasa
Day 3 - 4

Upon arrival in Tibet, we acclimatize in Lhasa for 2 days and visit some of its popular attractions such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temp, and other well-known monasteries.

Day 5 -6 We start our westward traveling on wheels to Tingri, visiting Shigatse enroute.
Day 7 - 10 5-Day Trek to Rongpu Monastery & Everest Base Camp
Trek from Tingri to Lungjung, Lamna Pass, Zomphu village, Rongbuk monastery, and finally Everest North Base Camp.
Day 11 - 12 2 full days to explore Everest BC. We will have opportunities to hike up to some of the surrounding ridges, all of which are ideal spots for taking that perfect photograph of Everest's monumental North Face. Depending on weather conditions, there is the option to hike the 'miracle highway' - a glacier-free strip of moraine that cuts through one of Everest's central glaciers to a height of almost 20,000 feet (6,000 meters).
Day 13 - 15 Journey on wheels back to Lhasa via Shigatse & Gyantse. Visit Tashilunpo, Palkhor Chode Monastery, Kumbum Stupa & beautiful Yamdrok Tso lake enroute.
Day 16 - 18 Lhasa - Chengdu (by train via Qinghai) - Singapore

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Beware that any trip to Tibet will involve high altitude travel and may be tough especially for most of us who live at sea level. The main deciding factor to whether you'll enjoy the trip or not will be your ability to acclimatize to the high altitudes within the prescribed trip period. We will provide oxygen support during the overland & trek period but do note that this is not a substitute for proper acclimatization which is subjective and cannot be pre-determined in each person.

Our typical Tibet overland trips are rated 3 'mountains' due to the high altitude. For most people, getting used to the thin air is already a major task so for this trip with 5 days of trekking at high altitude above 5000m, it is rated at a difficulty level of '4 mountains'. Beside an abilit y to acclimatize well, good fitness level is required.

At high altitudes between 4000m to 5200m, even an easy walk will push your lungs pretty hard if one is not well-acclimatized enough so sufficient acclimatization is one of the main criteria to an enjoyable & comfortable time on this outing. On certain days, the overland drives will be long so this trip may not be suitable for those who dislike long drives as well as unprepared people looking for a comfortable holiday. All participants must travel with an open mind and positive attitude. For many, however, the superb beauty of the Tibetan highlands will more than often not make up for whatever discomfort you may experience on the trip and leave you with lasting memories of this adventure of a lifetime.

All participants are strongly advised to join our weekly GCS to tune up their fitness for this trip.

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