|Balung Ri Peak & Trek|
An hour Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa across the mount Everest is a wonderful scenic view of Kanchenjunga and Makalu as well. Following Lhasa Tours we drive through Shigatse and to Kharta valley meeting with our Nepalese staffs. Climbing the Balung Peak -will be rewarded with fantastic views towards the Mount Cho Oyu- 8201 meter.
Five o'clock in the morning still dark and very quite and temperature minus 16 Celsius with overnight snow fall, the altitude is 5370m. It doesn't matter; it is time to dress up, to warm the boots, to have a breakfast and to start. Slowly and always in mind not to consume more oxygen. Sufficient liquid is a must for heading up slowly. Far away the view of Mt. Cho Oyu and in front Nagpa La. Since centuries this 5716m high pass is used as a way to Solu Khumbu in Nepal. In Olden days Nangpa la was a trade route.
After three hours the altitude meter shows 5800m.. We fight against the altitude, crossing 6100m, 6200m. On the ridge we continue up to the beginning of the steep and icy flank of the Balung Peak. At the highest pint of he ridge the measures 6380m- now to descend. . Everybody thinks now about the difficult way back: hours and hours through snow and on nearly impassable trial. Reaching the top is not everything and will get problems during the apparently never-ending descent, however we feel in excellent mood having reached the summit of 6404 m.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1345meters).
There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
In the morning after breakfast at 9 AM, we host a Pre-Trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduced your tour and trek Leader/Guide mean time and it will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the your tour and to introduce you to other participants. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip.
PLEASE ADVISE US IF YOU WILL BE ARRIVING LATE AND ARE THEREFORE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE PRE-TRIP MEETING.
In THE PRE-TRIP MEETING All passengers MUST bring:
2. Four copies of Passport size photos each.
3. Travel Insurance Policy.
4. A writing pen
After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast your sightseeing trip will start at 9.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Bodhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later, we are supplied with our Trip Pack and departure information for tomorrow. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03- Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660meters).
Early morning transfer to the international airport for the hour-long flight to Lhasa. This stunning flight, on a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757, takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gongar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, it is a further 2-hour drive by Land cruiser to Lhasa. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04- Sightseeing in Lhasa.
We spend today visiting several of Lhasa's many monasteries in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet, within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. After lunch we'll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor - a maze of narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05- Second day of sightseeing in Lhasa.
In the morning, we visit Potala Palace which dominates the city of Lhasa it’s a spectacular building, containing private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a Palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present Palace was constructed in the 17th century. After lunch, we visit the Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century and was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06- Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3950meters) - 261 k.m
The day begins with our overland journey towards Rongbuk valley. We follow the Friendship Highway by jeep, we cross the Khamba La at elevation of 4794meters from which there are stunning views across the waters of Yamdrok-tso Lake to the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa 7252meters. As we continue our journey to westwards over another high pass the Karo La 5045meters, we can view the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred meters of the road. After few hours, we arrive to Gyantse passing the beautiful valleys and colourful Tibetan villages. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07- Drive to Shigatse (3900meter) - 90 k.m.
This morning we visit the Gyantse Dzong. This fort dates back to the fourteenth century and offers some of the most amazing views of Gyantse and surrounding valleys. Before leaving we also visit the famed Gyantse Kumbum. This magnificent tiered structure is the largest stupa in all of Tibet. If the exquisite gold dome is not enough, this stupa is packed with Tibetan sculptures and paintings.
Thereby, we continue the trip to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. It is only about a 90 km drive taking us to Shigatse which is a laid back city that provides excellent opportunity for both relaxation and exploration. Thereafter, exploring the local market we will make a detailed visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08- Drive to Shegar (New Tingri) (4050meters) - 244 k.m.
The views of this desert plateau provide wondrous entertainment as we travel along the Friendship Highway. This stretch is the most spectacular landscape in Tibet. After passing through the small town of Lhatse we will cross Gyatmso La elevation of 5220meters, the highest pass on our journey. The land quickly descends to plains after Gyatmso La. While travelling through the plains we will see many nomadic herders, quiet countryside, and secluded monasteries. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 09- Shegar to Khrta
Trek to Khrta, camp
DAY 10- Khrta to Tangmoche
Trek to Tangmoche, camp
DAY 11- Tangmoche to Saga
Trek to Saga, camp
DAY 12- Climbing Day
Climbing Doya Ri, camp
DAY 13- Rongbuk
Trek to Rongbuk, camp
DAY 14- Everest Base Camp
Trek to Everest Base Camp, camp
DAY 15- Cho oyu Camp
Trek to Cho Oyu CBC, camp
DAY 16- Bhalung Camp
Trek to Bhalung Ri BC, camp
DAY 17- Bhalung Ri
Summit Bhalung Ri (6404m) - BC
DAY 18- Tingri
Drive to Tingri, lodge/camp
DAY 19- Zhangmu
Drive to Zhangmu, hotel
DAY 20- Back to Kathmandu
Drive to Kathmandu, hotel
DAY 21- Rest day at Kathmandu
Free day at Kathmandu, Overnight stay at hotel
DAY 22- Final Departure
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
Note : On adventure trips of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
• 4 nights 3 stars hotel in KTM on B/B
• Sirdar, Cook, Sherpa, Kitchen boys,
• Helper, Yak & Yak man
• Food during the trek 3 meals a day
• 2 men tent, mattress, dinning tent,
• Kitchen tent, toilet tent, tables & chairs
• Insurance for all Nepalese staffs
• Flight Ktm-Lhasa
• Transportation: Zhangmu-KTM
• Lhasa hotel and lodge en-route on F/B
• Sightseeing in Tibet
• Local Tibetan guide
• Tibet entry & exit permit
• Transfer hotel-airport-hotel
• KTM sightseeing with guide
• Lunch & Dinner during KTM stay
• Entrance fees during KTM sightseeing
• Tibet Visa fee Euro 50 per person
• Personal equipment & Insurance
• International air ticket, airport tax
• Alcoholic beverages & telephone calls
• Nepal Visa fees US$ 30 Per person
• Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
|Trip Duration:||22 Days|
|Trip Destination:||Balung Ri Peak & Trek|
||Certified Trekking Guide|
|Group Size:||1 - 12|
|Trip Grade:||Fairly Strenuous|
||Flight, Private Car or a Tourist Coach.|
|Accommodations:||LODGE CAMPING ( Any One)|
|Trip Seasons:||Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov|