to Everest Base Camp
A soft trek by SUV
Oct. 21 to Nov. 1, 2013
By special arrangement with our partner Joe Zhou of China (B&H International Tours) we have set up this unique, one-of-a-kind tour. The Everest trek is from the less traveled Tibetan side of the mountain. The trek by SUV is hosted by Richard (Rich) Blanchette, a professional wildlife and nature photographer. Rich is familiar with both the trek to Everest Base Camp which however, will by drives instead of hikes. The pictures of Tibet, and the Everest trek on this page were taken by Rich
Oct. 20 - Depart the USA on your flight to Beijing, China
Nov. 21 - Arrive in Beijing
You will be met by our Chinese tour host and will be transferred to the hotel where you can acclimate in comfort. There are stores and restaurants (Chinese and Western) within walking distance of the hotel.
Oct. 22 - Excursion to the Great Wall
After breakfast embark on a day tour to the Great Wall at Mutianyu where you have a few hours to walk the Wall. The Wall is of course one of the major tourist attractions in Beijing, but as you keep walking away from the main section where a cable car leaves of visitors, you will find yourself without a tourist in sight. You can also walk the 1200 steps up to the Wall if you are up to it. Later in the afternoon return to Beijing. B L D
Oct. 23 - Flight to Lhasa in Tibet.
This morning you are being transferred to the Beijing Airport for the flight to Lhasa’s Gongar Airport. Your flight arrives in the early afternoon. On arrival you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide. Your guide will welcome you with a khada. A khada is a white scarf which is the Tibetan traditional way to wish you good luck. On the drive from the airport to Lhasa you make a stop to visit a Tibetan school. The elevation of Lhasa is 3658 meters (12,000 feet.) After getting settled in your hotel you will enjoy dinner at a local Tibetan restaurant. The evening can be spent acclimating to the altitude B D
Accommodation: Three-star hotel.
Oct.24 - Sightseeing in Lhasa (3658M – 12,000 feet).
Center - tour host Richard Blanchette
Oct. 25 - Today you embark on a day tour to Deprung Temple, the Noribulinka and Sera Monasteries.
Oct. 26 - Lhasa – Gyantse - Shigatse (3736M – 12,250 feet)This morning you will be driven over Ganbala Pass and past beautiful Yamdrok Tso (Turquiose Lake) on the road to Gyantse. The drive is around 280kM and travels over several high passes. At Gyantse, you tour the Palkhor Monastery which contains the Kumbu Pagoda. Gyantse is at an elevation of 4040M (13,250 feet.) After a leisurely tour of the monastery, you continue on to Shigatse for the evening. If you arrive with sufficient time (and energy), you may visit the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery home of the Panchen Lama. Shigatse is a 600 year old city. Accommodation: 2 star hotel. B L D
Oct. 27 - Shigatse - Old Tingri (4300M – 14,104 feet)
Oct. 28 - Tingri to Everest Base Camp (4500M – 14,760 feet)
Oct.29 - Return drive via Tingri and Shitase to Shigatse. Accommodations 2-star hotel.
Oct 30 - After breakfast return to Lhasa for an overnight stay. Accommodation 3-star Hotel
Oct. 31 - Transfer to the airport for the return flight to Beijing. Overnight at a 4-star airport hotel or opt for the extension suggested below, or an extension in China of your own interests. B D
Nov. 1 - Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. B
Land Cost: $4,489 per person sharing a double room
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $395.00
INCLUDED in the tour are: Hotel accommodations as listed in the itinerary, daily breakfast, lunches and dinners, daily tours and all entry fees to included sightseeing, transportation in recent model vehicles and air conditions deluxe buses within China, all sightseeing and entry fees as mentioned in the itinerary, English speaking local guides with special knowledge of the areas visited, airport transfers, domestic airline tickets including airport fees and the Tibetan entry permit.
NOT INCLUDED: International air fare to China, passport and Chinese visa fees, alcoholic drinks with meals, tips to drivers and guides, laundry, telephone calls, and any items not specifically mentioned in this itinerary. Any extra expenses/days caused by unexpected events (delays due to weather or landslides and other natural events.)
INTERNET: WiFi is available free of charge in Beijing and Lhasa but reception may be spotty in Lhasa. Difficult along the trek route.
FOOD: Food is mostly Chinese stir fry, eggs, rice, yak meat if available, vegetables etc. Breakfast at the hotels is Western and/or Chinese.
FACILITIES: All hotels have western toilets, accommodation at the hostel are basic and toilets are Asian.
ALTITUDE: Altitude can be a problem,you should be in good health although you are not undertaking any trekking on foot. The elevation gains are gradual and not excessive. Portable oxygen will be carried along.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is highly recommended. You can go to Posh Journeys home page www.poshjourneys.com and click on "Travel Guard Insurance" in the lower right column. You can take it out online or contact us for a brochure.
Travel by train or by air to Chengdu to
volunteer a few days at the Giant Panda Research Center in Bifengxia located in
the mountains some 130 km west of Chengdu. Contact us for details, or for
extension of your own choosing.
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