Day 1: Arrival and get-together at hotel in Kathmandu
Meet and greet the other climbers while enjoying a beer in the hotel gardens. A great adventure awaits us, and our journey is soon to begin. You can feel the anticipation.
Days 2-3: Free days in Kathmandu
Those who are not yet familiar with Kathmandu will fall in love with it. Relax in the comfortable hotel, shop and people-watch in Thamel, enjoy the cultural programme, or simply soak up the atmosphere. It’s up to you.
Day 4: Flight to Lhasa, capital of Tibet – probably one of the most stunning mountain flights in the world. You might even catch a glimpse of Everest. The rest of the day free to explore Lhasa’s old town or enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner.
Day 5: Sightseeing in Lhasa
There is still plenty of time today to visit the former residence of the Dalai Lama and the city’s countless monasteries and temples, some of which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or to watch Tibetans go about their daily lives while sipping a bowl of butter tea.
Day 6: Lhasa – Shigatse (3,800m)
Today we leave Lhasa, driving south towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, taking in the stark beauty of the Tibetan Plateau – worth the trip alone.
Day 7: Transfer to Tingri at 4,300m. The accommodation is very simple again, but the food continues to be very good!
Day 8: A rest day for everyone in order to acclimatize. Plenty of beautiful 5000-meter hills to hike. The landscape is even more barren here, which makes you wonder at the shepherds with their sheep.
Day 9: Transfer to Everest Base Camp (driver’s camp) at 5,200m.