Himalaya Spring 2017: Blind Austrian Climber Returns to Everest.

Autor : Kraig Becker

As I mentioned early, the spring climbing season in the Himalaya is still a month away from truly getting started, but we’re starting to see some interesting stories emerge ahead of the climbers arriving in Kathmandu. As usual, there will be a number of fascinating climbs to follow over the course of the two months that the season runs, not the least of which will be Andy Holzer’s expedition to Everest, his third attempt in the last four years.

Andy is an Austrian mountaineer who happens to be blind. He has set a goal for himself to climb the seven summits, and has already knocked off six of those mountains, leaving just Everest yet to be climbed. He first traveled to the mountain back in 2014, when the collapse of a serac claimed the lives of 16 porters, abruptly ending that season before it ever got started. In 2015, Holzer returned to Everest, only to have the devastating earthquake that occurred that year bring an end to his efforts. After skipping 2016, he now plans to return again this year.

Recently, Holzer conducted an interview with Stefan Nestler, which as now been posted to his adventure sports blog. In that interview he talks about his return to the mountain, the reasons he’s climbing from the North Side in Tibet, his training and preparation, and a lot more. He also talks about his relationship with Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind climber to summit Everest to date. The two have been friends for awhile now, but Andy’s approach to the climb is a bit of a different one.

Everest always delivers such interesting stories and 2017 is already shaping up to be no different. I expect the mountain will be very crowded this year, with a record number of summits. Most of those men and women will go up and down the slopes with relative anonymity, But every once in awhile we get a really great, touching story. Hopefully we’ll have a lot more to share in the days ahead.

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Will the Everest 2017 Season Be One for the Record Books?

Autor : Kraig Becker

The start of the 2017 spring climbing season on Everest is still a couple of months off, but already there are climbers, guides, and Everest junkies all over the world who are gearing up for its start. Amongst them is mountaineer/blogger Alan Arnette, who always follows the climbing scene on the Big Hill closely and provides excellent insights as to what to expect and thoughts on events as they are developing. With a new season on the horizon, Alan is currently looking ahead and says that we can expect big things this year.

In an article posted to his blog yesterday, Alan says that 2017 is looking like a year for the record books. Two months before the first climbers start to arrive in Kathmandu, he is already predicting a record number of summits and many new climbers in Base Camp. This is in part because of the low cost operators who have begun taking over the mountain. This has allowed an influx of climbers from India and China in particular, and since those operators don’t mind dealing with large groups of clients. In some cases, more than 100 at a time.

But beyond that, there are a number of stories to watch this year that should prove of interest. For instance, Alan notes (as we have here at The Adventure Blog) that Ueli Steck is planning to return to attempt an Everest-Lhotse Traverse. He also mentions the Indian survey team that will be measuring the current height of Everest to see if the 2015 earthquake has had an impact on that number. And as if that wasn’t enough, Alan also notes that Nepali Min Bahadur Sherchan will be on the mountain in an attempt to set a new record for the oldest person to summit. At the age of 86, Min Bahadur says he is still in good shape and ready to go.

Of course, this is probably just the tip of the iceberg in terms of storylines and drama that we’ll see on Everest this spring. As always, it will be a never ending source of inspiration and motivation, and probably a bit of controversy along the way too. It wouldn’t be Everest otherwise. Stay tuned for regular reports throughout the spring as events unfold.

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Artur Hajzer – Ice Leader.

hajzer-portretIs winter Himalayan mountaineering possible without Artur Hajzer? “Well, they say ‘in for a penny, in for a pound.’ There is a will to finish it, an urge to confirm the Polish leadership in this discipline. It is a wonderful idea and I am making it happen with passion,” he used to say. Although the Gasherbrum expedition, during which he died, took place outside of the Polish Winter Himalayan Mountaineering Project 2010-2015 (Polski Himalaizm Zimowy – PHZ), it had been well known that he went there to build up his stamina for the remaining summits which have not been climbed in winter yet. He was one of the youngest Ice Warriors and has become the eternally young Ice Leader. This article, written by Jagoda Mytych, was originally published in “n.p.m.” magazine in September 2013.

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“Everyone knows one of his faces, one or a few,” wrote Izabela Hajzer about her husband and best friend. And in fact, you could really separate Artur Hajzer’s resume into a number of people. He was a top quality climber with seven eight-thousanders to his name, a successful businessman, the founding father and chief executive of a project which made the Poles start climbing eight-thousanders in winter again. Even if not all the goals he had set were accomplished successfully, he never gave up. He was well known for his endurance and perseverance as well as his wittiness and willingness to share his knowledge and experience.

Artur died on 07 July 2013 while retreating from Gasherbrum I, one of the two eight-thousanders he had planned to ascend this year to “keep fit and stay in touch with the altitude in case another winter expedition was about to take place in the coming years.” We bid him farewell on 24 July in the arch-cathedral in Katowice, the same church, in which 24 years earlier another service had been performed to commemorate Jerzy Kukuczka. Janusz Majer, not only Artur’s business partner for many years but also a friend, gave a moving speech during the funeral service.

While I was working on this text, he told me: “Everyone knows one of his faces. Just so. I think I knew them all. When you work together, there are many reasons to end friendship, but we made it. We went through a lot of twists and turns.”

Snow Elephant

Artur was born on 28 June 1962 in Silesia. He graduated from the University of Katowice with a degree in Cultural Studies but since he was a teenager, he had been active in the Silesian mountaineering circles where he had been nicknamed ‘Elephant’. When he was 14 years of age, he started climbing with the Tatra Scout Club. At the age of 16, he finished the climbing course in the Tatra mountains, so called ‘Betlejemka’. His sporty attitude could already be seen at that time. He climbed Kazalnica Mięguszowska via many routes, Ganek and other faces, and a few difficult routes in the Alps in the Mont Blanc massif, including Petit Dru and Mont Blanc du Tacul.

Mont Blanc 1981 - z arch. Artura Hajzera

Mont Blanc 1981

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Artur Hajzer’s later climbing career was closely linked to the Mountaineering Club in Katowice, which at that time was called “the best Himalayan mountaineering club in the world’, as it was the place where Jerzy Kukuczka, Krzystof Wielicki and Ryszard Pawłowski had actively been involved.

“We were one large family in the club. Our lives revolved around the club. We did not only spent time climbing rocks or mountaineering but worked together, partied together and went to concerts together. Artur was a significant individual in the club. He was one of the promising young who did not end up as ‘promising’ but actually achieved a lot by the age of 30,” recalls Janusz Majer, who had been the chairman of the club in Katowice since 1980 and is its honorary member at present.

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Hajzer was not only an above-average climber but also a savvy and talented … tailor. He would sew everything for himself and his fellow climbers, from harnesses and backpacks to articles of clothing and down jackets. It was an invaluable experience, taking into account the fact that he was then one of the pioneers of the Polish outdoors industry. He was also familiar with painting – especially at high altitude.

Artur reminisced the summer of 1982 in his book Attack of Despair. “Every day was the same. We did not let the paint rollers out of our hands from dawn till dusk. Fortunately, we spent weekends climbing rocks in the Polish Jurassic Highland, mastering our climbing form. We did not know then which mountains we were about to be tested in.”

And the same year, at the age of 20, with a trip to Rolwaling Himal region, Artur began his Himalayan adventure. The following year, he took part in an expedition to Tirich Mir (7,706m), the highest mountain of the Hindu Kush range. In 1985, he made his first attempt on the south face of Lhotse. The club expedition had already been at Camp V, when it was joined by another member of the Katowice circles – Jerzy Kukuczka.

Artur Hajzer i Rafał Hołda, Kathmandu 1982, z archi. Artura Hajzera

Artur Hajzer with Rafał Chołda, Kathmandu 1982

Regrettably, although Hajzer met his idol and future climbing partner, he lost his current partner, Rafał Chołda, who died climbing Lhotse. Artur wrote that “from the very first moment they tied and shared a rope, they walked the same path.” The expedition was unsuccessful. Almost immediately afterwards, he set out on another one – a winter expedition to climb Kangchenjunga. He reached the summit again and again faced death in the mountains. This time it was Andrzej Czok who lost his life.

Jerzy Kukuczka’s partner

When you look for a phrase to describe Artur Hajzer, one of the first that comes to mind is ‘Jurek Kukuczka’s partner.’ Even though their first expedition was not successful, after Lhotse Hajzer felt much more secure.

Artur Hajzer, Wanda Rutkiewicz i Jerzy Kukuczka, Annapurna 1987

Artur Hajzer, Wanda Rutkiewicz and Jerzy Kukuczka, Annapurna 1987

“I started believing in myself. I realised that my first steps were analogous to what Jurek had been doing a few years back. Eventually, I felt convinced that the Lhotse failure had not determined it all and the next time – as proven by Jurek’s career – would be better,” Hajzer recalled years later. And it was better, together with Jerzy Kukuczka.

“How about going on an expedition with me? I need a partner. How about that?”

“I am all for it, on spec”, answered Elephant to Kukuś.

“It was very elevating to Artur, he was very pleased. Jurek Kukuczka offered Artur that if he had organised an expedition to Manaslu and a winter expedition to Annapurna, they would climb together. And so it happened, and that is the reason Artur decided not to go with us to climb K2 via the Magic Line route,” recalls Janusz Majer.

“The Manaslu (8,156m) expedition was the most difficult of all our – mine and Jurek’s – successful expeditions. It took place in autumn 1986. We were to attempt the south face of Annapurna (8,091m) in the same season,” wrote Hajzer. On 03 February 1987 they made their first winter ascent together to the summit of an eight-thousander.

Another expedition they went on together was a summer expedition to Shishapangma in August 1987, during which they established a new route on the western ridge. The same year, Artur made another attempt on the south face of Lhotse during an international expedition organised by Krzysztof Wielicki. The expedition was a failure. In 1988, he accompanied Jurek Kukuczka, this time ascending the west Annapurna via a new route. A year later he returned for the third time to the south face of Lhotse. That time, the international expedition was organised by the Kukuczka’s ‘greatest rival’ – Rainhold Messner.

“After that expedition I came to a conclusion that another attempt would be a waste of time,” Artur writes in Attack of Despair. That is why he did not join Kukuczka during his attempt.

“It was clear that Artur had equalled his master and his own ambition took the floor. He wanted to bring his own mountaineering projects to life,” recalls Janusz Majer.

On 24 October 1989, Jerzy Kukuczka fell of the south face of Lhotse and died. Artur Hajzer gave up climbing for a long time.

“It took me 15 years to get over it,” that is all he told me about that incident and switched off for a while. He looked as if he was not talking about something in the past but processing news that had just arrived. When he returned to Lhotse under the Polish Winter Himalayan Mountaineering Project, he said that it was ‘a conversation with ghosts.’

Rescuing and rescued

1989 was as equally tragic to Polish Himalayan mountaineering as 2013. In 1989, five eminent climbers died in an avalanche on Lho La pass while climbing Mount Everest: Eugeniusz Chrobak (expedition leader), Zygmunt Andrzej Heinrich, Mirosław ‘Falco’ Dąsal, Wacław Otręba and Mirosław Gardzielewski. The only survivor was Andrzej Marciniak, suffering from snow blindness while awaiting rescue. Hajzer was in Kathmandu at that time. With no hesitation he set about organising a complicated rescue mission from China, as it was the only possible way.

“At that time, people were protesting in Tiananmen Square. Borders were tightly shut. The American Embassy needed to exert pressure. To organise the rescue mission was probably more difficult than to pull it off. But I got instructed by Janusz Majer that either I would do something or it was done and dusted. In such moments, there is really no room to debate, or it is all over,” recalled Artur Hajzer.

“It seemed to me that Artur was the only person able to organise a rescue missions under those complicated circumstances. Even though there were excellent climbers in the base camp, it was impossible to approach from our side because of the avalanche danger. The only option left was unconventional. It was a challenge to Artur, the quintessence of his way of life. He started acting immediately. He was talking to Messner. Messner was talking to the Italian ambassador who was playing tennis with the Russian ambassador the following day. It was all about getting to the Chinese and get their permission for the mission,” said Janusz Majer.

Akcja ratunkowa po Andrzeja Marciniaka, 1989, z archi. A. Hajzera

Akcja ratunkowa po Andrzeja Marciniaka, 1989, z archi. A. Hajzera

For a daring rescue mission on Mount Everest Artur received the Polish Olympics Committee Fair Play Award. 20 years later, Andrzej Marciniak died while climbing in the Tatras. When Hazjer was asked about it, he emphasised that the most important aspect of it was that he had managed to give him those extra 20 years.

Not only did Hajzer recue people but was also rescued by them. In 2005, on Broad Peak, he broke his leg at almost 8,000m. Piotr Pustelnik, who was climbing with him then, led the rescue mission. In February 2008, he was taken by an avalanche on the south ridge of Ciemniak in the west Tatras. He managed to stay close to the surface and thanks to a well-organized TOPR mission, he was rescued unscathed and even got a reputation of ‘always landing on his feet.’ For walking outside of the designated tourist route, the Tatra National Park board of directors gave him a symbolic disciplinary warning.

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Hajzer rescued by TOPR from avalanche, Ciemniak, 2008.

“February 2008, the Tatras. Objective: to traverse the entire Tatra ridge non-stop. I am walking with three experienced Himalayan mountaineers. I feel safe. We are in our twenty second hour of walking, we are ascending Ciemniak. Artur is first and suddenly disappears. Panic stations – Piotrek is trying to get reception and notify TOPR. Darek is going downhill. Done, TOPR is notified, they are coming. Hearing the helicopter, we walk slowly down in silence. Minutes are passing. And then I got a text message from Artur: I am alive. My first thought: Artur, you are invincible. That thought is with me today as well,” recalls Tamara Styś, a Himalayan mountaineer.

Businessman

After 1989, he withdrew from active climbing and together with Janusz Majer took to business, which gave birth to a brand that became cult in the 90s – Alpinus.

“After Everest, Artur came up with this idea of 14 eight-thousanders in a year. We were supposed to have one million dollars to do it. We were sorting out permissions. The entire organisation process was well advanced. We even had business cards. In autumn 1989, when Jurek was on Lhotse, Artur and I went to lSPO to look for a sponsor for our project. We talked to a number of people, including Albrecht von Dewitz, the founder of Vaude, a huge German outdoor brand. Eventually, we did not get a sponsor for our Himalayan project but a business partner,” says Janusz Majer. “First, we sewed for Vaude and then directly for Alpinus. From Vaude we got the know-how. Our advantage was that we knew the product inside out. Our products were known to be of good quality. Even today I meet people wearing our jackets made in the 90s,” he adds.

High quality materials, advanced technologies and, at the same time, limited interest of the Polish people in the outdoor market resulted in financial difficulties of the company, leading to its bankruptcy. The founders were not put off, though. Hajzer and Majer’s new project was another brand which was more affordable to the customer. HiMountain products are visible almost everywhere in the Polish mountains.

“We had already had experience gained during the liquidation of our first enterprise, so when we were creating HiMountain, we were trying to eliminate the root causes of our previous failure. But we had never given up on quality. Artur was very creative at work and kept following all current market trends. He knew how to build a team and come up with new projects which would attract people to participate in their implementation,” says Janusz Majer.

After 15 years in business, Artur realised that ‘he could not live peacefully without mountains.‘ He returned to climbing in 2005. First, almost instantly, he went to climb Broad Peak with Piotr Pustelnik and then Dhaulagiri with Robert Szymczak.

Winter expeditions leader

Artur’s business approach can be traced in the way the Polish Winter Himalayan Mountaineering Project 2010-2015 functions, which, according to Artur Hajzer, has been born out of a need to convince PZA to fund expeditions in the highest mountains.

“The fact that the project exists depends 90% on office and managerial work and one day I should really write what it looks like from behind the desk,” Artur used to joke.

And it looked like this. On 14 November 2009, 3 potential Himalayan mountaineers showed up in his office: Arek Grządziel, Jacek Czech and Irek Waluga. The next day was the deadline for funding applications.

“We knew PZA would not give a penny for a regular route climb, even in winter, if the success were not guaranteed. Robert Szymczak and I had just been refused financial support for a winter Broad Peak expedition 2008/2009. It was then when I came up with this idea that I would draft a project which would not be about climbing via regular routes but winter expeditions in the years to come,” recalled Hajzer.

The seed took root and in May 2010, already under the Polish Winter Himalayan Mountaineering Project 2010-2015, an expedition was organised to climb Nanga Parbat. Artur reached the summit with Robert Szymczak and during the second attack, Marcin Kaczan, one of the younger members of the team, ascended to the summit. ‘The young’ proved themselves again during the Elbrus Race. Andrzej Bargiel and Ola Dzik finished the race in record time. Continue reading

Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour – 12 Days Tibet Trek.

Lhasa to Everest Base Camp – Trek with Himalayan Planet. Hialayan Planet logo

Everest Base camp tour from the Tibet site is one of the most hidden, beautiful and untamed place in the world with its rich culture with hundreds of Monastery and chorten can be seen during your whole trip to Tibet that is starting to emerge from centuries of isolation.

Tibet – Mysterious land of Himalaya

Tibet is a spiritual land which is a culturally, religiously, ethnically, linguistically and geographically distinct region located to the north of the Nepal and India. Tibet was once an independent kingdom and since 1951, when China invaded Tibet; it has been fully incorporated into the Peoples Republic of China. Tibet is rewarded by the largest and highest plateau of the World with an average elevation of 4,900 meters referred as roof of the world. Tibet is a home to the indigenous Tibetan people and it has unique Buddhist culture, spiritual land, magnificent wildlife, and giant peaks are the main attraction of the Tibet.

Tibet is the Shangri-La for travelers and has many interesting part to visit as Lhasa city, the capital of Tibet including famous Potala palace, Shigatse is an another attraction with Tashilhunpo Monastery and the fort, Everest base camp has its own meaning for adventures including Shakya monastery and rongbuk, Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar are the popular destination for pilgrimage tours and many beautiful lakes as Yamdo-Tso, Namtso can be seen during the Tibet visit. We organize all the tours, treks and expedition in Tibet and Himalayan Planet Adventures P. Ltd. dedicated to make your wonderful holiday during your Tibet travel.

Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour – 12  Days.

This trip aims to introduce you to wonderful and colorful city of Lhasa with exotic ancient mysteries and wild beauty of Tibet and make the journey to the Base Camp of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest. During the visit you’ll experience some of the highlights of this spiritual land and its traditions, its awesome landscapes, ancient trade routes, mysterious nomadic peoples, revered monasteries and seats of power, spiritual wonders and timeless legend and splendor. You’ll achieve one of the world’s ultimate highs when you arrive at and explore Everest Base Camp (EBC) and you’ll have plenty of time to rest, relax and enjoy your journey as you travel through stunning and diverse landscapes from the high Tibetan plateau to the lush jungle lowlands and foothills of Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:
Arriving in Lhasa
Day 02:
Visit Norbulinka, Sera and Jokhang
Day 03:
Visit Potala and Dreprung Monastery
Day 04:
Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse
Day 05:
Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse
Day 06:
Drive from Shigatse to Shegar
Day 07:
Drive from Shegar to Rongbuk
Day 08:
Explore Everest Base camp
Day 09:
Drive from Rongbuk to Zhangmu
Day 10:
Drive from Zhangmu to Kathmandu
Day 11:
Leisure at Kathmandu
Day 12:
Departure from Kathmandu

Detail day to day itinerary

Day 01: Arriving in Lhasa (3650m/11,972ft)
Upon arrival at Gonggor airport or rail station we’ll be met by our local Tibetan guide and assist you to transfer to hotel in Lhasa. On arriving in Lhasa it’s time to check in at the hotel and group meeting at hotel and we will inform you all about the program and the remainder of today is at leisure to relax and acclimatize at Lhasa. We’ll stay in standard hotel in Lhasa on twin sharing accommodation.(Standard hotel accommodation included) read more »»

Trip Cost Includes

  • All land transportation by private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Twin sharing accommodation in standard hotel basis in Tibet
  • Major Entry permit/s & fees
  • Special Tibet Travel Permit
  • Everest Permit
  • Local Tibetan English speaking guide & all transport by Land cruiser, necessary payment
  • Meal on breakfast basis in Nepal and Tibet as per itinerary
  • 2 night’s twin sharing hotel accommodation in 4 star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Complementary farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program
  • All government and local taxes
  • Intl. flight ticket re-confirmation

Trip Cost Does Not Includes

  • Chinese Visa US$45.00, for American US$128.00 (Can be arranged from Kathmandu)
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Intl. airfare (Kathmandu to Lhasa can be arranged on request US$ 376.00)
  • All departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Tibet & Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
  • Tips for driver and guide
  • Any extending trips
  • Services doesn’t includes in service inclusive column

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Tibet Borders Closed Again – China bans foreign tourists from Tibet.

In what seems to be a reoccurring story over the past two years, China has once again shut down the borders of Tibet to foreign visitors ahead of the October 1st China Tibet Tourismcelebration of 60 years of Communist rule. According to this story from the AP, the travel ban began on Tuesday and will last through the 8th of October, and it doesn’t effect travelers already in the country.

The article says that further security measures have also been taken across all of China, but Tibet in particular to ensure that violent protests don’t take place. The government is planning a major parade, fireworks display, and presidential address in Beijing on the 1st, and they want be sure that everything goes off without a hitch. One of the more volatile hotspots over the past few years has been Tibet, and they certainly don’t want to have the Himalayan country do anything to embarrass China on the anniversary of the Communist take over.

Tibet has had been shut off to the world on several occasions since 2008, most notably in the spring of that year when protests turned violent resulting in clashes with the Chinese military, who claim 22 Tibetans died in the altercations. Sources from within that country say that that number is much higher, possibly in the hundreds. Following those clashes, Tibet was closed for month, preventing trekkers and climbers from accessing the Himalaya that year. The same thing happened earlier this year, as Beijing braced for another round of protests on the 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama going into exile. In both of these instances, foreign media was also expelled, which doesn’t seem to be the case this time.

Fortunately, the window for closing Tibet is fairly small, and will only hinder a few travelers heading to the region. Most of the climbers are already in country and on their mountains, so it’s not preventing access as it has in the past. Still, isn’t it about time that someone calls out the Chinese government for these actions? Closing up shop every time they think there may be a problem isn’t the way any government should act, but then again, look who we’re talking about here.

Sadly, the closing of the borders will mostly have an impact on the Tibetans who earn a living through the tourism trade, which is an important one for that country.

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Everest Khangsung Face Trek – 22 Days Tibet Trek.

Everest Khangsung Face Trek with Himalayan Planet.

Everest Khangsung face trek will be remarkable adventure in Tibet that will appeal to the avid trekker who is also seeking an appreciation of the rich cultural heritage of Tibet. Hialayan Planet logo

Essentially this expedition includes all the highlights. An enjoyable two days will be spent in Lhasa admiring historical places such as the Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Jokhang temple, Barkhor Bazaar and the monasteries of Drepung and Sera. The next few days will be spent driving to Kharta via Gyantse, Shigatse and Shegar then start our ten days trek towards the Khangsung valley.

The actual walking begins from Kharta, where Yaks can be organized if required. Apart from the few arid ridges of the Dzakar Chu Valley, this region is fairly green due to rainfall received from Nepal’s monsoon. Forests of scrub, juniper, dwarf rhododendron, and birch cover the higher ridges, and dense thickets of willows edge the creeks in the lower valleys.

The most frequented route used by climbing expedition teams to reach the Kangshung face Base Camp takes 4 to 5 days over Langma La Pass at 5240m. This spectacular pass, if weather permits, reveals some of the grandest Himalayan scenery found in the entire range. A longer alternative trek to the Base Camp passes over the Shao La Pass (4,790m), a lower pass to the southeast of Langma La that approaches the Base Camp via the Karma Tsangpo Valley. Once you have reached the Base Camp and the exhilaration of doing so has died down you will make your way back to Kharta. After the trek we drive to the Rongphu Valley to appreciate the huge dimensions of the North Face of Everest before heading to the Kathmandu.

View of Everest Khangsung valley during the Tibet trekOutline Itinerary :

Day 01:
Arriving(group joining) day in Lhasa
Day 02:
Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 03:
Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 04:
Drive Lhasa to Gyantse
Day 05:
Drive Gyantse to Shigatse
Day 06:
Shigatse to Shegar
Day 07:
Shegar to Kharta
Day 08:
Kharta to meadows before Shao La
Day 09:
Trek to Joksum
Day 10:
Trek up to Yak Herders
Day 11:
Trek to Pethang
Day 12:
Trek to Ringmo
Day 13:
Khangshung Valley
Day 14:
Trek to Raabka Chu
Day 15:
Trek to Tso Tshuringma
Day 16:
Trek to Troshay Meadow Camp
Day 17:
Trek to Kharta
Day 18:
Drive to Rongbuk Monastery
Day 19:
Drive from Rongbuk to Zhangmu
Day 20:
Zhangmu to Kathmandu
Day 21:
Leisure at Kathmandu
Day 22:
Departure from Kathmandu

Detail day to day itinerary :

Day 01: Arriving in Lhasa (3650m/11,972ft)
Upon arrival at Gonggor airport or rail station we’ll be met by our local Tibetan guide and assist you to transfer to hotel in Lhasa. On arriving in Lhasa it’s time to check in at the hotel and group meeting at hotel and we will inform you all about the program and the remainder of today is at leisure to relax and acclimatize at Lhasa. We’ll stay in standard hotel in Lhasa on twin sharing accommodation.

(Standard hotel accommodation included) read more »»

Trip Cost Includes :

* All land transportation by private vehicle (Land cruiser/Jeep/car) as per itinerary
* Twin sharing accommodation in tented camp & standard hotel in Tibet as per itinerary
* Major Entry permit/s & fees
* Special Tibet Travel Permit
* Everest Permit & all ground camp charge
* Local Tibetan English speaking guide, all necessary payment
* Support truck/Yak, Yak man & all porterages costs
* Meals on full board basis during the tented camp and breakfast in hotel basis as per itinerary
* 2 night’s twin sharing hotel accommodation in 4 star hotel in Kathmandu
* Complementary farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program in typical Nepalese restaurant
* All government and local taxes
* Intl. flight ticket re-confirmation
* Travel & Rescue arrangements
* Re-confirm your intl. flight ticket

Trip Cost Does Not Includes :

* Chinese Visa US$ 45.00, for American US$ 128.00 (Can be arranged from Kathmandu)
* Nepal entry visa fees
* Intl. airfare (Kathmandu to Lhasa can be arranged on request US$ 376.00 subject to change)
* All departure taxes
* Excess baggage charges
* Lunch and dinner in Tibet & Kathmandu during the hotel stay
* Travel and rescue insurance
* Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
* Tips for driver and guide
* Any extending trips
* Services doesn’t includes in service inclusive column

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Tibet Treks and Tours : Tour in Central Tibet.

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Tibet – Roof of the World.

Tibet (Xizang), the Roof of the World, remained unknown to the world until the beginning of the 20th tibet Potalacentury. The massive, snowy land has exerted an awesome draw on travelers and adventurers ever since. Its majestic scenery, mysterious and exotic religious culture, and wonderful people, reward every tourist with an indelible life long memory!

Tibet (Tibet Autonomous Region) borders Xinjiang, Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan internally while India, Burma, Bhutan, Sikkim, and Nepal meet its external borders. It covers a massive 1,220,000 square kilometers, which is about 12.8 % of the whole of China. With an average height of 4,000 meters above sea level, Tibet is encompassed by some of the world’s highest mountains. The Himalayas to the south, the Karakoram to the west, and the Kunlun to the north are the dream lands of all adventurers and mountaineers.

The vast land is also the cradle of several great rivers such as the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, the Nu River (Salween), the Lancang River (Mekong), the Brahmaputra (Yarlong Tsangp), the Indus, and the Ganges. Tibet also offers awe-inspiring scenery of beautiful lakes and valleys. Over 1,500 lakes including Heavenly Namtso Lake, Dharma Lake and the holy Lake Manasarovar make Tibet the plateau with largest amount of lakes. Without irrigation and nurturance of these rivers and lakes, the surrounding lands may not flourish.

If you are interested to explore Tibet please let us know your holiday plan schedule or select your own program to make it on your Holiday period then we propose you best quotation and we let you know the possibility.

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Tour in Central Tibet.

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