Arrive in Beijing
Sightseeing & cultural tour around Beijing,
board train for Lhasa late on Day 3
Train to Lhasa
Sightseeing in Lhasa
4WD across Tibet to the Everest Base
Stay in Base Camp, trek to Advance
Base Camp and return
Drive to Kathmandu
The early stages of this expedition involve sightseeing and experiencing the traditional Chinese culture in Beijing, and then boarding our train on the world’s highest railway. the Qinghai-Tibet railway. As this train does climb to high altitude it has been equipped with supplementary oxygen equipment.
We then commence exploring the Buddhist temples and palaces, markets and scenic spots around the ancient forbidden city of Lhasa. On the last day the many stairs of Potala Palace make for a good acclimatisation trek!
When our bodies have adjusted we depart Lhasa toward the start of our trek stopping for a look at Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet with a population of 80,000 and the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama.
We continue to Shegar where we have our first views of Everest, Cho Oyu and Makalu from the ground. Our jeeps provide a comfortable journey along the rough and bumpy Friendship Highway that links Kathmandu and Lhasa.
We take three days to travel to Base Camp to allow our bodies to adjust to the ever-increasing altitude. On arrival at Base Camp, we take several days to rest and explore the area, before heading up the glacier to Advance Base Camp.
The 22km to Advanced Base Camp is a demanding section along a rough trail on the glacial moraine of the Rongbuk Glacier. We use two camps along the way before finally reaching the staggering height of 6,400m at Advanced Base Camp. The approach to ABC is a particularly challenging day as you push your body to acclimatise to 6,400m.
We have planned plenty of time here to allow our bodies to adjust to the extreme altitude. We rest in ABC before returning to BC and the drive to Kathmandu via Zhangmu then a night’s rest before heading for home.
14 April to 8 May 2010
2 nights Beijing, 7 nights Tibet, 2 nights Kathmandu
2 nights sleeper
11 nights single tent
(share available - itinerary subject to change)
24 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 16 Dinners
6 to 12 (Maximum)
Activity split (days):
13 travel and tour, 5 trek, 6 rest/acclimatisation
Enjoy the sights of Beijing, followed by a forty eight hour scenic train ride to Lhasa and visit the Potala Palace
An experienced team is there to ensure your safety and enjoyment
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Tibetan plateau and the grandeur of Mount Everest
Develop high altitude expedition experience
Trek between stunning glaciers and peaks to Advanced Base Camp at 6,400 metres
Experience the culture and sights of Kathmandu, Nepal
Is it right for me?
Trekking to ABC is an appropriate goal for trekkers wanting to experience Beijing, Tibet, including Lhasa and Everest’s north-side base camp and people seeking an experience of altitude (6,400m). This is a strenuous trek due to the altitude, so a background in trekking at altitude is an advantage.
The trekking days are not especially long, you will need to be able to walk for 6-8 hours a day with a daypack. We have yaks and vehicles to carry our equipment, all the way to Everest ABC, so you can walk with your daypack (usually 5-8kg).
This expedition introduces you to high altitude trekking. A spirit of adventure and a willingness to stretch your horizons are what you’ll need. Some experience of hiking will be an advantage.
Dates, Prices & Includes
Tents at Base Camp
Sightseeing tour in Beijing
All airport/train station transfers in Beijing, Lhasa and Nepal
Hotels in Beijing, Kathmandu & Lhasa, including breakfast
Hotel accommodation and all meals in Tibetan towns (other than Lhasa)
Trekking permits, peak fees and National Park entry fees
Individual tents and sleeping mats
Sleeping bag and down jacket rental are included
Guide(s), Sherpas, cooks, yaks, porters
Local staff insurance
Lhasa-Beijing train fare
Group kitchen/dining equipment and tents
All meals on trek and in base camps
The crew will carry a comprehensive medical kit including medical oxygen, Gammov bag and specialised drugs, as well as a satellite phone for emergency communications. Safety of the entire group is our first priority
Mountain Designs VIP card
Members of DCXP Expeditions receive a Mountain Designs VIP 20% discount card valid from the time your deposit is received to the start of the expedition. This gives you 20% discount on MD branded equipment and 15% of other items.
Mountain Designs manufactures high quality outdoor gear suitable for your expedition. You can visit one of Mountain Designs’ 35 outlets in Australia and New Zealand (see www.mountaindesigns.com for locations).
Your expedition cost does not include any of the following:
International & home country domestic airfares, & excess baggage
Departure taxes, Chinese Entry Visa
Nepalese visas: available on entry (Single entry USD $30. Transit visas are available (free) if you stay less than 3 days - which will be the case unless you extend your stay)
Nepal international departure tax (USD $25)
Tips for crew (USD $100- $130 usually)
Personal travel insurance (REQUIRED)
Changes in itinerary or break from the group
Personal expenses such as gifts, phone calls, laundry and drinks (including alcohol)
Meals and accommodation other than those specified
Lunch & dinner in Beijing, Kathmandu and Lhasa
Emergency evacuation due to any natural calamity or any unforeseen events
Optional trips and sightseeing tours
An important part of any expedition is the teamwork of the climbers, guides and sherpas. At DCXP we have been successful in pulling it all together and keeping the team dynamics moving upward! Our awesome sherpa team has been working with us for years with some of our staff starting with us in 1995.
Some of the DCXP sherpa team on Mera in December 2007, all have summited Everest at least once if not 5 times!
Another successful team top out in the Himalayas
Good food, equipment and logistics.
Full expedition dining facilities at ABC on Everest at 6400m - similar at BC
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