Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.
Tingri to Everest Base Camp provides a heady mix of solitude, wildlife sighting and physical challenge, onagers and gazelle thruve around the trail. If you are lucky enough, you may see a Tibetan brown bear rambling in the pastures. You will accomplish 70 km trekking in 4 days and the route of Tibet trekking is on the plateau with altitudes ranging from 4400m to 5300m. On the way to Everest Base Camp you will have enough time to explore the valleys and glaciers below the massive north-face of Mt. Everest and view the most magnificent scenery on the world's highest mountain.With unobstructed views of the stunning north face, Tibet’s Everest Base Camp at Rongbuk is truly the best place to see the world’s highest mountain. A trek into Base Camp from Tingri could follow several routes and we are taking a more demanding route than most, but also the most rewarding in terms of scenery. We will follow a high ridge with good views of Mount Everest, to the village of Zommug and then to Rongbuk to explore the glacier.
With Tibet’s average altitude being over 3500m above sea level we take altitude sickness very seriously, so we spend today resting in Nyalam in order to acclimatise before heading up higher.We take the opportunity to go a short way out of town to visit a small temple, Nyalam Pelgye Ling, associated with eleventh – and twelfth-century poet-lama and saint Milarepa, credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet.
Today’s drive takes us from the lush, green lower hills into the dry, arid landscape of the Tibetan Plateau. We cross several high passes including the Lalung La at 5050m from where (weather permitting) there is a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range including Mt Everest – an incredible backdrop to the vast and arid Tibetan Plateau. We spend the night in Tingri.
After breakfast today we get into some more serious trekking. We head up in the mountains, towards the top of Lamna La (5150m). This is a hard days trekking with a lot of uphill walking, but of course the higher you go the better the views are! We have sensational views as we ascend of the Himalayan Range. We camp near the Langma La this night.
Today we begin with a steep decent from Lamna La, towards Zommug, where we will camp tonight. On this side of the pass the vegetation here is more lush than on the Dingri side and is capable of supporting hundreds of yaks and a few herders’ families.As we get approach we can see the whitewashed walls of Zommug village. This is the highest permanent settlement in the Everest region and is set high above the valley in a moon like landscape of barren hills, with views of Mount Everest and Gyachung Kang. Because crops cannot survive at this elevation, all of the families residing here rely upon animal husbandry.
Today is our last day of trekking and we make our way towards the Dza Rongbuk Monastery and the Rongbuk Everest Base Camp. Dza Rongbuk Gompa and its accompanying hermitage retreats were introduced to the world in the 1920s through the accounts of the first British mountaineering teams. It is situated 8 kilometres below the Base Camp and was reconstructed after the excesses of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960’s. We continue up to Everest Base Camp at 5020m where we camp for the night.
Today we have the opportunity to explore Everest Base Camp, which is actually quite dry and barren, but the views of Mt Everest more than compensate for this. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above us. Nowhere is the view of Mt Everest as spectacular as it is from right here.
Today we leave the Rongbuk Valley, taking our last long look at the awe inspiring view it has offered us for the last few days. We have a short drive towards Shegar, crossing the Pang La, a 5150m pass set back away from the main Himalayan Range. The view from the top is stupendous (weather permitting) with uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma.
We come back onto the Friendship Highway just before Shegar and continue on to Lhatse, where we stay the night. Before reaching Lhatse we cross the highest pass on our journey, the Gyatso La (5105m), no doubt thankful we are not trekking now, before descending once more to the barren splendour of the plains.
Today we can immerse ourselves in this amazing city – the heart and soul of Tibet! Our sightseeing will be accompanied by a guide and interpreter and we will visit 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 lunch we’ll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, followed by the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacredshrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor – a maze of narrow cobbled streets, which is the central market of Lhasa. This is truly fascinating stuff and you will be mesmerised by the energy and feel of this area of Lhasa.
We bid farewell to Lhasa this morning.
Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.
Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.
Other equipment: Sleeping bag (5 seasons), lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
Other items: Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.