Everest North - Advanced Base Camp Trek

Everest North - Advanced Base Camp Trek


From £6,025
Altitude 6,340m Grade: T5

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

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.

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8th Apr 2023 - 29th Apr 2023 Spaces22 £6,025£6,950 Book Now
29th Apr 2023 - 20th May 2023 Spaces22 £6,025£6,950 Book Now
2nd Sep 2023 - 23rd Sep 2023 Spaces22 £6,025£6,950 Book Now

* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.

Extras

Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

ItemPriceDays
Everest from the Air £270
Chitwan Safari at Tigerland Resort (+4 days) £525+4 days
Chitwan Safari at Parkland Resort (+4 days) £425+4 days
ABC overnight stay £250

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • 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

What's Excluded

  • 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.

Itinerary

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.

Insurance

It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

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We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: www.world-first.co.uk  Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
Campbell Irvine: www.campbellirvine.com  Tel: 0207 938 1737 (Not for treks/climbs with ropes – OK for Aconcagua)
J S Insurance: www.jsinsurance.co.uk  Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: www.snowcard.co.uk  Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: www.thebmc.co.uk  Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: www.dogtag.co.uk  Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: www.axainsurance.com  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: www.ingleinternational.com  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: www.insure4less.com.au (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number – admin@adventurepeaks.com

 

Reviews

Steve B- Sept 2015 · 7 years ago ·

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

David H - April 2015 · 7 years ago ·

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.

Colin H · 8 years ago ·

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.

Richard T- May 2014 · 8 years ago ·

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


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