Everest North – Advanced Base Camp Trek

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Altitude 6340m, Grade T5

You will have time to explore Lhasa on the World’s highest non-technical trek and see Everest – close up!

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Everest North Base Camp Trek

The ultimate goal, and highlight of this trip, is the visit to the Advanced Base Camp used by expeditions climbing Everest from the north. Here you stand just below the North Col from where the sheer grandeur of Everest’s north face smacks you in the face! This trek takes you as close to the summit of Everest as any non-climber can go.

After flying to Lhasa via Kathmandu we follow the Friendship Highway through some of the most amazing landscapes on Earth. We spend three nights in Lhasa, staying right in the centre of the old city. This will allow plenty of time for both acclimatisation and easy access to the city’s main attractions: the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple. Leaving Lhasa in our Toyota Land Cruiser, we travel through Tibet, staying in the best traditional hotels Tibet has to offer. We pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. There will be plenty of opportunity to explore the wealth of cultural interest found in Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns we pass through on our journey.

The approach to Base Camp takes the same historic route, pioneered by Mallory & Irvine. The walk from Base Camp to ABC takes you along some spectacular moraine on good paths between giant ice pinnacles cumulating in views of the giant ice face of the North Col tumbling down towards Advanced Base Camp. Wow!

If you wish to stay at ABC please book the overnight extension.

Trip dossier

Everest Advance Base Camp

Days 1 to 3 Fly to Kathmandu and enjoy a day of sightseeing.

Days 4 to 6 Fly to Lhasa with two days to acclimatise and sightsee.

Days 7 to 10  Four days of overland travel across the Tibetan plateau takes us to Rongbuk from where a 8km trek leads to Base Camp. We will make plenty of stops along the way, visiting the towns, markets and monasteries.

Days 11 and 12  Acclimatisation at Base camp.

Day 13 The Rongbuk Glacier is an impressive frozen ocean of ice waves.  From here the views of the glacier and the Himalayan peaks are some of the most dramatic in Tibet. Along the east side of the glacier is the trail that expeditions use to begin their climbs of Everest and this is the trail we are taking.  Camp 1 [5460m] is set in a barren world of moraine hills under beautifully sculpted yellow-orange granite cliffs.  The next camp is too far to reach in a single day, so to help us acclimatise we spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring the snout of the east Rongbuk Glacier.

Days 14 and 15  The trail to the Interim Camp climbs and descends over the gravel hills, always staying above the west edge of the ice. Intermediate camp [5760m] is a good place to spend a night acclimatising before advancing to Camp 2.  Nearby, the first ice seracs (ice pinnacles) rise like white sails from the dark debris-laden surface of the glacier; we will go and take a good look at these. A second day is spent here acclimatising.

Day 16 About two hours beyond Interim Camp, the central moraine leads into a confusion of ice formations at the confluence with the Changtse glacier.  Camp 2 (only ten minutes from here) is set in a beautiful location; glaciers large and small spill into the valley from every direction and the appropriately named Serac Highway continues to extend its strange gravel arm through the centre of the ice pinnacles.

Day 17 Depending on how the group feels, a decision must be made between moving tents up to ABC (Camp 3) [6340m] or visiting it as a day hike and spending a second night at camp 2.  Unless the group is particularly interested in sleeping at ABC, we return to Camp 2 today.  If the group sleeps at Camp 2 it makes the walk back to Base Camp tomorrow much more manageable.  It is a long walk from ABC to Base Camp; anywhere from 8 to 12 hours.

Camp 3, the Advanced Base Camp for the North Col route up Mount Everest, is situated within a group of flattened gravel mounds beside the glacier.  The pinnacles, the frightening group of rock palisades that kept the Northeast Ridge unclimbed for so long, are just another 1.5km further up from camp 3.  Most amazing of all is the ridge extending above the Pinnacles to the southwest; the striated rock summit of Everest. The top of this mountain appears phenomenally close; it is little more than 2400 metres higher than ABC. This is the closest non-climbers can get the top of Everest.  With a pair of binoculars, you are almost there!

Day 18 The return to Base Camp is a long down hill journey, but we complete it in one day, if we start out from Camp 2 it is much more enjoyable than from camp 3. We will have a chance to get our eyes off the end of our boots once we arrive at Base Camp.

Days 19 and 20 Two days driving takes us back to Kathmandu.

Day 21 A final free morning in Kathmandu, with a transfer to the airport in the evening to catch your flight home

Day 22 Arrive back in the UK.

  • Estimated International flights from London (flight inclusive package)
  • Accommodation – hotels,  Teahouses, camping
  • Meals -19 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 10 evening meals
  • Park fees as appropriate
  • All road transfers in country (unless indicated in ‘exclusions’)
  • Kathmandu to Lhasa flights (supplement may apply)
  • British leader/guides
  • Local trekking staff to assist (cook and porters)
  • All camping equipment (excl. personal kit)
  • Portabe Altitude Chamber
  • Adventure Peaks kitbag. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning customers
  • 24hr back-up and support from our UK staff
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from the Adventure Peaks shop
  • Meals if not indicated above
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and personal spending
  • Tips for local staff
  • Visas (if required)
  • Museum and monument entry fees
  • Costs associated with an expedition/trek finishing early, or you leaving an expedition / trek early.
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances including the cost of extra nights accommodation.

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Ultimate-Brindley-Nov-18 (21) Ultimate Everest Base Camp 10th Nov 2018 - 29th November The team have finished their trip and have flown back to Kathmandu.
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4 reviews for Everest North – Advanced Base Camp Trek

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Richard T- May 2014

    Very memorable trip/experience. Well organised and good attention to detail

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Colin H

    Thank you all for organising my trip to North Everest ABC. More importantly, thank you for arranging my safe and efficient return home following the earthquake. Despite the difficulties I had a fantastic trip and I am very relieved to be home.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    David H – April 2015

    You delivered what you said, which was refreshing. Things did not work out as expected on occasions, but this was more to do with the difficult environment and especially the problems with the earthquake but I will not hold you to that! I was impressed with the support you gave us after the earthquake. not only on site, but in relation to contact with our relatives back home. Finally, much of the ‘success’ of the trip had to do with the camaraderie with the others, in particular the guides and porters.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve B- Sept 2015

    I found this to be a wonderful experience. Steve the leader was inspirational throughout but in particular when the going got tough he was so encouraging and supportive. I would not have missed this experience for anything, what an amazing view and to touch Everest so close up was unbelievable. It will stay with me forever, thank you to Adventure Peaks

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Everest from the Air £270 An early morning spectacular flight over Everest. The flight is from Kathmandu and lasts around one hour, taking you close to Everest and its surrounding peaks. Window seats are guaranteed. It is worth also booking an extra night's accommodation in Kathmandu to give you another morning - please ask the office at the time of booking.
Chitwan Safari at Tigerland Resort £525 (+4 days) You can round off your trip with a 3-night / 4-day wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park. This includes an unforgettable jeep safari, river canoe trip, a full day walking safari, elephant ride and a trip to the elephant stables. The price is inclusive of Park Permits and lodge accommodation with all meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on your day of departure. One night's accommodation in Kathmandu after your safari is included. Travel by vehicle from Kathmandu and return flight to Kathmandu. Flights from Kathmandu to Chitwan can be arranged for a supplement of £115.00. Price based on twin rooms staying at the Tigerland Safari Resort. Single supplement of £260.00 applies.
Chitwan Safari at Parkland Resort £425 (+4 days) You can round off your trip with a 3-night / 4-day wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park. This includes an unforgettable jeep safari, river canoe trip, a full day walking safari, elephant ride and a trip to the elephant stables. The price is inclusive of Park Permits and lodge accommodation with all meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on your day of departure. One night's accommodation in Kathmandu after your safari is included. Travel by vehicle from Kathmandu and return flight to Kathmandu. Flights from Kathmandu to Chitwan can be arranged for a supplement of £115.00. Price based on twin rooms staying at the Parkland Jungle Safari Resort. Single supplement of £215.00 applies.
ABC overnight stay £250

Deposits

The Initial Deposits for this booking will be :£400 per Person


Land Only Availability Days Price Book
11th Apr 2021 - 30th Apr 2021
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2nd May 2021 - 21st May 2021
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5th Sep 2021 - 24th Sep 2021
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With UK Flight dates Availability Days Price Book
10th Apr 2021 - 1st May 2021
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1st May 2021 - 22nd May 2021
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4th Sep 2021 - 25th Sep 2021
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