Note that since the expedition has been delayed all dates
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DAY 1, 14 Oct
Depart London at approx 8pm. Flights via Bangkok with Thai Airways.
DAY 2, 15 Oct
Arrive Kathmandu at approx 3pm. Transfer to hotel for the trip
DAYS 3-4, 16-17 Oct
Explore Kathmandu. Organise visas to Tibet.
DAY 5, 18 Oct
Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa (Saturday)
On arrival at Lhasa Airport we will be transferred to the city
a drive that takes around three hours.
DAYS 6-8, 19-21 Oct
Lhasa Altitude Adjustment
Three days are scheduled to appreciate the rich cultural history
of Lhasa. We include visits to the Jokhang, the Norbulingka (the
Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama), and the famous Potala Palace.
We also include visits to the nearby monasteries of Drepung and
Sera. This will provide an excellent opportunity to acclimatise.
DAY 9, 22 Oct
Drive to Gyantse 78 hours
From Lhasa drive down the Kyichu Valley to the Yarlong Tsampo (Brahmaputra)
before ascending to the Khamba La (Khamba Pass) at 4900m. The views
are outstanding in the foreground is the vast freshwater
Yamdrok Tso or Turquoise Lake, while to the south the snow-capped
ranges merge with the main Himalayan range. We drive around the
lake before crossing the Karo La (5200m) to reach Gyantse.
DAY 10, 23 Oct
In Gyantse and drive to Shigatse 3 hours
DAY 11, 24 Oct
DAY 12, 25 Oct
Drive to Shegar 56 hours
The drive to Shegar can be completed in half a day, which allows
time in the afternoon to visit the Shegar Fort and Monastery.
DAY 13, 26 Oct
Drive to Rongphu Monastery 810 hours
The drive over the Pang La (5150m) affords our first views of the
north face of Everest (8848m). From the pass we descend to the village
of Phadhruchi, before driving up the Rongphu Valley to Rongphu Monastery
and unrivalled views of the mountains north face.
At Rongphu we will either camp or stay in the small lodge attached
to the monastery, which has recently been reconstructed following
the excesses of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. Nowadays there
are about twenty monks in attendance.
DAY 14-20, 27 Oct-2 Nov
At Rongphu Monastery and Base Camp
It is a further 15km from Rongphu to the famous 1922 Base Camp,
where interwar British expeditions camped before making their attempts
to climb Everest. We have 7 days set aside to make various day trips
and reccee trips up to and around BC. We will plan to spend the
30th Oct at either Rongbuk or BC.
DAY 21, 3 Nov
Drive to Zhangmu 9hours
An early start is necessary to complete the drive back to the highway
and the Chinese/Nepal border at Zhangmu. After rejoining the highway,
we drive across the rolling plains of the Tibetan Plateau to reach
the Lalong La (5042m). From here we head down the spectacular Sun
Kosi Gorge to the border town at Zhangmu, where we spend the night.
DAY 22, 4 Nov
Drive to Kathmandu 56 hours
After completing Chinese immigration and customs formalities we
transfer our gear by truck down the eight-kilometre stretch that
leads to the Friendship Bridge and Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 23, 5 Nov
Trip concludes in Kathmandu then home.
Once home we plan to build upon and cultivate the relationships
forged during our time in Nepal and Tibet to ensure that, with care
and planning, the Himalayans are accessible to all.