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Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek

Join us for this professionally guided, high quality trek to the base camp of Mt Everest!

Date: April 1—16, 2018

For questions or to reserve your place for this trek, email us at: info@himalayajourney.com

Mt Everest is the highest and most iconic peak on the planet. And, the Everest Base Camp Trek is regarded as one of the best on the planet! This 16 day trek in Nepal will allow you to get up close to the world's highest mountain and take you through beautiful Sherpa villages in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal and allow you to see stunning views of many other amazing peaks, including Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse, Pumori and more.

The journey will start in the Nepal capital city of Kathmandu. You will stay 2 nights at the beautiful and highly rated Aryatara Hotel. Your second day in Kathmandu, you will explore the beautiful ancient city of Bhaktapur, located less than an hour from downtown. This well-preserved UNESCO site is a great place for photographers and those wanting to experience traditional Nepali culture. Afterwards, you will have time to explore Thamel District where you can purchase any last minute items you need for your trek.

The third day of the journey, you will be transported to the Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport where you will take the short 40 minute flight to Lukla, the starting point of the trek. This short flight offers stunning views of the Himalaya Mountains! You will then spend the next 12 days trekking through the Himalaya Mountains with Tibet/Himalaya expert Jamin "Lobsang" York along with a professional Sherpa guide going all the way up to Everest Base Camp! Jamin will be giving lectures each day on Himalayan culture and history while you soak in the amazing sites of this epic trek! You will then spend one last night at the Aryatara Hotel in Kathmandu before the conclusion of your journey. Contact us today to join one of our amazing treks to Everest!

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

April 1: Arrive to Kathmandu, Nepal

You will be met at the airport and transported to your centrally-located hotel. All clients should arrive to Kathmandu by 4pm on April 1. 

April 2: Bhaktapur and Thamel

After breakfast, you will make the short drive across the Kathmandu Valley to Bhaktapur, Nepal's most well preserved ancient city and UNESCO site. Bhaktapur's cobble-stone streets combined with its stunning traditional architecture, temples and statues make for a fascinating time. In the afternoon, you will meet with trek manager Ashok Shahi and lead guide Jamin "Lobsang" York who will go over the trek with you and assist you with getting any last minute supplies you might need for your upcoming trek.

April 3: Fly to Lukla. Trek from Lukla to Phakding

  • Distance: 8 kilometers / 5 miles
  • Time: 3 to 3½ hours
  • Elevation: 2610 meters / 9383 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy

In the morning, you will be transferred to the Kathmandu Airport where you will take the short, but highly scenic flight to Lukla, the starting point of the trek. In Lukla, elevation 2800 meters / 9186 feet, you will meet up with your porters and hit the trail! This section of the trek is quite easy as you will gently descend nearly 200 meters over the first 2 hours of the trek before reaching relatively flat ground the final hour or so until you reach Phakding (elevation 2610m / 9383 ft). Along the way, you will get good views of Kusum Kangru, elevation 6367 meters, one of the more challenging of Nepal's trekking peaks.

April 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

  • Distance: 11.5 kilometers / 7.2 miles
  • Time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Elevation: 3440 meters / 11,286 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

This day you will set out for the main Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar, elevation 3440 meters. You will pass through several picturesque Sherpa villages as well as alpine forests that give way to the glacier-fed Dudh Kosi River. You will also get a good view of Thamserku, a 6608 meter peak that lies just east of Namche Bazaar. The first section of the trek is easy to moderate with about 300 meters of gradual elevation gain the first 2 or 3 hours. The final section of this days trek can be quite demanding as you gain nearly 630 meters of elevation in a relatively short distance. It is well worth it though, as Namche has spectacular mountain views, good guesthouses and excellent food (we recommend the coffee and pastries!!).

April 5: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Trek to Khumjung and back to Namche

  • Distance: 7 kilometers / 4.4 miles
  • Time: 3½ to 4 hours
  • Elevation: 3970m / 13,024 ft in Khumjung (though we will be returning to Namche to sleep)
  • Difficulty: Moderate

You will spend a second day in Namche as your body continues to acclimatize to higher elevation. Namche is the largest Sherpa community in the Khumbu Himalaya and is a great place to explore. There are numerous cafe's serving excellent coffee, donuts and pastries as well as trekking supplies in case you need something. For those who want to do a short trek, your Sherpa guide will take you up to the village of Khumjung, where you can get awesome views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and many other giant peaks. The trek is relatively steep going up, but all downhill on the return to Namche Bazaar.

April 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

  • Distance: 9.4 kilometers / 5.9 miles
  • Time: 4 to 4½ hours
  • Elevation: 3860 meters / 12,664 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

The trail today will take you to Tengboche, going through the highly scenic Dudh Kosi River Valley. The first stage of the trek this day is gently descending through rhododendron forests until you reach the village of Phunki Thenga. From this point, the trail then begins to start ascending quite steeply for the next 2 to 2½ hours up to Tengboche. At Tengboche you can visit the monastery there, which is the largest in the Khumbu region.

April 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

  • Distance: 9.1 kilometers / 5.7 miles
  • Time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Elevation: 4410 meters / 14,469 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

As you trek closer and closer to Everest, you are rewarded with better panoramic views of the Himalaya. Today's views along the trek are spectacular as you will Everest, Ama Dablam, Island Peak and Lhotse along the way. Dingboche is a pleasant village and is actually the highest village along the trek that is inhabited year round. Ama Dablam, elevation 6812 meters, rises above the village making for fantastic photography opportunities.

April 8: Rest and acclimatization day in Dingboche

At the halfway point of your trek, you will take a much needed rest and acclimatization day in Dingboche, elevation 4410m / 14,469 feet. The village of Dingboche is very pleasant and offers awesome mountain views. Dingboche has a few internet bars as well as good bakeries and cafes. It's a pretty nice lace to spend the day! For those who want, you can take a short hike up to the ridge above Dingboche for even better views of the nearby mountains.

April 9: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

  • Distance: 8 kilometers / 5 miles
  • Time: 4½ to 5 hours
  • Elevation: 4940 meters / 16,207 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The trek today will follow along the moraine of the famous Khumbu Glacier to the small village of Lobuche, elevation 4940m / 16,207 feet. Outstanding views of Ama Dablam will be with you much of the day. Past the village of Duglha, you will come to the main memorial in the Everest Region for climbers who have perished. Closer to Lobuche, a clear view of Pumo Ri, elevation 7161m, comes into view. Most of the route this day is gradually ascending and not overly difficult.

April 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep

  • Distance: 11.5 kilometers / 7.2 miles
  • Time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Elevation: Everest BC 5364 meters / 17,600 feet. Gorak Shep: 5164 meters / 16,942 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Today, you set off for Everest Base Camp! From Lobuche, you will set off for Gorak Shep, the last and highest settlement in the Everest Region. The views, as expected, are phenomenal! You will follow the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier up to Gorak Shep, elevation 5164 meters / 16,942 feet. The trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep will take 2½ to 3 hours. When you arrive to Gorak Shep, you can take a short rest and get some hot tea at your guesthouse. After your rest, you will continue up to Everest Base Camp, which is another 2 hours up the moraine. At base camp, you can't actually see Everest as it is hidden behind Nuptse and other massive peaks, but don't worry! The views are still amazing and you will get an amazing view of Everest tomorrow from Kala Patthar. After spending some time at Everest Base Camp gazing out to the famous Khumbu Icefall, you will return to Gorak Shep for the night.

April 11: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar to Lobuche

  • Distance: 8.4 kilometers / 5.3 miles
  • Time: 4½ to 6 hours
  • Elevation: Kala Patthar 5545 meters / 18,192 feet. Lobuche: 4940 meters / 16,207 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

In the early morning, you will set off for Kala Patthar, the big hill located next to Gorak Shep. The hike to the top of Kala Patthar, elecation 5545 meters / 18,192 feet is tough, but well worth it! From the top, you will be rewarded with one of the most epic views on the planet! You will see not only Everest, but Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Pumo Ri, Lingtren and more. It simply does not get any better than this! After soaking up the views from Kala Patthar, you will begin descending back to Lobuche.

April 12: Trek from Lobuche to Pangboche

  • Distance: 16 kilometers / 10 miles
  • Time: 5½ to 6½ hours
  • Elevation: 3985 meters / 13,074 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

From Lobuche, you will descend down to Pangboche while passing through more stunning panoramic mountain views. In Pangboche, you can visit the Pangboche Monastery, the oldest monastery in the Khumbu Region at over 300 years old. The trail today is nearly all descending.

April 13: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

  • Distance: 12.5 kilometers / 7.8 miles
  • Time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Elevation: 3440 meters / 11,286 feet
  • Difficulty: East to moderate

You will continue descending this day to Namche Bazaar. After spending the previous 8 days in the Upper Khumbu Region, Namche will seem like a big city! You can spend the afternoon relaxing and resting in Namche, while enjoying a well-earned cup of coffee and German pastry, reflecting on your trek in Nepal.

April 14: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

  • Distance: 19.5 kilometers / 12.2 miles
  • Time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Elevation: 2800 meters / 9186 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate

The final day of your trek will take you back to Lukla. You will spend the night in this pleasant village and take the flight back to Kathmandu the following morning.

April 15: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

In the morning, weather permitting, you will fly back to Kathmandu. You will have a free day to explore the city on your own.

April 16: End of journey. Transfer to the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport

After breakfast this day, your journey will officially end. If you are departing Nepal this day, you will be transferred to the airport.

Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek

Dates: April 1—Apri 16, 2018

The cost per person is $3199 USD. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to Kathmandu, Nepal, but we will take care of just about everything else after that! Send us an email at info@himalayajourney.com  to apply for this trek or for any questions you may have. 

Included in the price:

  • Airport pick up and drop off in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at the highly rated Aryatara Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Ground transportation and entrance fees to Bhaktapur, Nepal
  • All accommodations during the Everest Base Camp Trek based on double occupancy
  • All meals during the journey from dinner on April 1 to breakfast on April 16
  • Professional foreign guide and Himalayan expert (Jamin "Lobsang" York)
  • Expert English speaking Sherpa trekking guides
  • Roundtrip flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • All trekking permits
  • 1 free shower during the trek (other showers available for a small extra fee)

Not included in the price:

  • Passport and Nepal visa fees
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Travel vaccinations
  • Excess baggage fees on flight to/from Lukla
  • Travel and rescue insurance (required)
  • Travel expenses including internet, phone calls, laundry, snacks, bar beverages, showers, bottled or boiled water, battery charging, additional porters, personal clothing and trekking gear, sleeping bag and other similar items,
  • Gratuities to the guide and porters
  • Extra days to the trek caused from delays due to bad weather/Force Majeure

Each participant will be sent a list of required and recommended gear for the trek in Nepal that they will be responsible for.

Accommodations: In Kathmandu you will stay in the highly rated and centrally located Aryatara Hotel. Along the lower section of the Everest Base Camp Trek, you will stay in comfortable, clean guesthouses. In the upper section of the trek, accommodation is very limited to basic guesthouses with shared bathrooms. Internet access is available at most guesthouses in the lower section for a fee. Internet access can be limited in the upper section. All accommodations are based on double occupancy.

Journey Size: This trek to Everest Base Camp is limited to just 12 clients. 

Meals: Meals will be a combination of Western, Sherpa/Tibetan and Nepali dishes. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions so we can plan in advance.

Eligibility: Clients should be in very good health and able to do this long-distance, high altitude trek. As with all of our journeys, we take proper time to acclimatize in order to reduce the risk of serious altitude sickness. Ascent will be slow and gradual with 2 rest days included in the itinerary. This tour is not recommended for those who have severe asthma or who have had problems with high elevation in the past.

Travel and Rescue Insurance: All participants are required to have an insurance policy that covers helicopter rescue, flight cancellation, lost luggage, etc. We can recommend some insurance agents to contact. 

Weather Delays: Sometimes the flights to and from Lukla, Nepal are delayed or cancelled due to poor weather. Himalaya Journey will not be held responsible for additional costs of meals and accommodations due to weather or other Force Majeure. The client would be responsible to cover the costs of any extra days of accommodation or meals in case of delay due to Force Majeure. We strongly recommend booking your international flight departing Nepal at least 2 or 3 days after your trek is scheduled to end to account for possible delays.

Responsible Tourism: Himalaya Journey is foreign-owned, but locally staffed. All of our guides, porters and drivers are local people who have been working in tourism for many years. The preservation of the culture of the Himalaya, as well as the protection of the environment, are extremely important to us. In fact, when we are not out leading journeys and treks across the Himalaya, we are working with local people in numerous eco-tourism and conservation projects.

For more reasons on why to travel with us, please read the following link: Why Use Us?

Send us an email at info@himalayajourney.com  to apply for this trek or for any questions you may have.

Jamin “Lobsang” York lived full-time on the Tibetan Plateau for nearly 15 years working in education, community development and tourism. In addition to traveling over 350,000 kilometers overland across Tibet, Jamin has led and arranged hundreds of tours across Tibet and the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Ladakh (India). He also has vast trekking experience across the Himalaya in Tibet and Nepal including North Face Everest Base Camp (Tibet), South Face Everest Base Camp (Nepal), Mt Kailash (Tibet), Amnye Machen (Tibet), Gokyo (Nepal), Three Passes Trek (Nepal) Nyenchen Tanglha Traverse (Tibet), Minya Konka (Tibet), Yading Nature Reserve (Tibet/China) and many others.

Jamin’s expert knowledge on Tibetan and Himalayan culture, history and religion has been put to use for The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, BBC, Lonely Planet Guidebooks, Frommer’s Travel Guides, Fodor’s Guidebooks, Rough Guides, DK Eyewitness Travel and Bradt Travel Guides. Jamin will be giving detailed lectures on Himalayan culture and history throughout this journey.

Jamin is the owner of Himalaya Journey and serves as the lead guide on professionally-led journeys, treks and photography tours through Tibet, India, Bhutan and Nepal. His goal is to help clients understand, appreciate, and respect the people and cultures they photograph and explore. Jamin is certified as a Wilderness First Responder from NOLS Wilderness Medicine. He is originally from the Seattle area of Washington State in the US.

Almost without exception, travels have both an objective and certain expectations that need be met for the outcome to be judged successful. For me a ‘journey’ implies somewhat more than this….there is a sense of challenging the unknown, including one’s own inner self. And then if you add to ‘journey’ the word ‘Himalaya’, one of the world’s most majestic and inspiring regions with landscapes that are often beyond belief, then you have something very, very special indeed.

Prior to October 2016 I had travelled solo, with a guide and transportation, on all my journeys, including the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), giving me the flexibility and freedom to stop at will, modify plans and so on. But having vowed to go back to the far west of the TAR (Ngari) to do the kora of Mount Kailash and visit the Guge Kingdom I was faced with exorbitant costs if travelling alone. I knew I had to find an alternative, and that alternative proved to be Himalaya Journey.

I had been in touch with Jamin York, Himalaya Journey’s Owner and Lead Guide, several times previously with general questions about travelling in ‘Greater Tibet’ and so it somehow seemed natural to approach him regarding making my Kailash dream materialize. One thing led to another and by the time 2015 melted into 2016 I was committed to joining Jamin’s small (10 person) group embarking on a 23-day journey in October which would take us across the TAR from Lhasa slowly westwards via Everest and Shishapangma Base Camps to Lake Manasarovar, Mount Kailash and the Guge Kingdom, and then back…a total land journey of around 4,000km.

My initial concerns about being in a group and having to keep to a strict schedule proved groundless. Jamin was only too willing to stop for sudden photo ops—the appearance of a Tibetan fox, a glorious view, a nomad encampment and so on. He also actively encouraged us to explore on our own when the itinerary permitted: in my case that meant spending special moments wandering through the Barkor in Lhasa and watching sunrise on the shore of Manasarovar.  Only once were we ‘chivvied’ in any sense, and that was during the Kailash kora on top of the Drolma-la. Jamin, with his vast experience of the mountains, was aware not only of the time constraints that day but more importantly that staying too long at that altitude (5,630m/ around 18,400’) was not to be recommended.

From a practical standpoint, everything throughout the journey was seamlessly arranged: we travelled in a small bus which gave us space to spread out and with a driver whose skills made going over 5,000m+ high passes again and again seem effortless! The hotels and guest houses, especially once we got beyond Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, were always the best available: I had paid a single room supplement, fully expecting to have to share in these remote areas, so I was delighted that there were only two nights on which I could not have some much appreciated privacy. The meals were generally of a high standard, and even in Ngari Jamin managed to rustle something tasty up for us or produce snack bars and packets of instant oatmeal out of his proverbial hat.

What also emerged strongly throughout our journey was Jamin’s love for and commitment to Tibet and its people, not to mention his in-depth knowledge.  His assistant on our journey, Nordrup, was himself Tibetan; we frequented Tibetan-owned restaurants, hotels and guesthouses whenever possible; and Jamin, fluent in Tibetan as well as Mandarin, regaled us while we were on the road with both incidents from Tibetan history and his own personal experiences of living there.

It was an unforgettable journey…indeed, although I left Tibet many weeks ago now, my journey is still on-going as I look back at my photos and notebook and try to weave it all into a story on my laptop.

I have the greatest respect and admiration for Jamin both as a person and journey-leader and have no reservations at all in recommending him and his company. Indeed, I hope to join him again in the future on a journey to Ladakh, ‘Little Tibet’: I believe that is the strongest recommendation of all.

Lesley—UK—October 2016

 
I would like to acknowledge and thank lead guide and owner, Jamin York, co-guide Tenzin Ngodup, and staff at Himalaya Journey for a fantastic trip to Far Western Tibet in October 2016. Not able to secure permits in the past to the TAR area of Tibet, I wasn’t confident it would ever happen until I talked with Jamin York.  He assured me and my two travelling companions that he could make it happen, and he did.  I am still on a “Tibet High” after our 23 day journey to Mt. Kailash, the Guge Kingdom and every experience in between! Additionally, because of Jamin’s careful planning of our itinerary and attention to our acclimatization to altitude, we were able to successfully complete the Kora of Mt. Kailash!  The dream of a lifetime!

The trip far exceeded my expectations and I will definitely use Himalaya Journey again.  I highly recommend Himalaya Journey to others who want to experience this hauntingly beautiful place called Tibet!

Sue—USA—October 2016

I took a fabulous and life changing tour of western Tibet with Jamin and Himalaya Journey last October.  Highlights include Lhasa, Everest and Shishapangma Base Camps, a pilgrimage kora around Mt. Kailash, a visit to the Guge Kingdom, and interactions with Tibetan people.  Jamin’s knowledge and passion for the Tibetan people is evident in his descriptions and stories throughout the journey.  He is a master story teller – telling detailed personal accounts of his 14 plus years of experience living in Tibet.   He wants to support the Tibetan people, and he does this by staying and eating in Tibetan run hotels and restaurants and by hiring excellent Tibetan guides whom he trains.
 
Jamin wants you to experience the lives of Tibetans.  During our trip, we made impromptu stops to visit nomads, interact with locals in small villages or on farms, and to experience their passionate religious lifestyle during Pilgrimage walks around the Jokhang, the Potala Palace, Tashilhunpo Monastery, and Mount Kailash.  I was able to interact and hear stories from two of Himalaya Journey’s Tibetan guides – Ngodup and Champa.  They shared so much of their lives and personalities – it was priceless.  At the end of our journey, Ngodup gave us an opportunity to experience a Tibetan nightclub in Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city.  The music, dancing, and hospitality etched a positive image that I will never forget.  During a free afternoon in Lhasa, Champa took me on a souvenir journey to a local Tibetan market (free of westerners) and to the Muslim quarter where you could see wholesalers trading caterpillar fungus known for its medicinal properties.  If you go on a Himalaya Journey trip and Champa offers a shopping or side trip, take it!
 
If you are a photographer, a trip with Himalaya Journey is a must.  Jamin and his guides allow ample time for photos.  Jamin is an accomplished photographer as evident from his website. When the light is just right, our small bus made several stops to capture the moment.  We stopped frequently to photograph wildlife.
 
Finally, Jamin did an amazing job organizing everything and planning our trip.  He’s like a close friend, checking in on how you are doing – how you are dealing with the altitude.  If there are any issues, he deals with them promptly and knowledgably.    Jamin, thank you for such a great trip! 
Tom—USA—October 2016
 

I’d have to use a ridiculous number of superlatives to honestly describe the quality of my recent journey with Jamin York and Himalaya Journey. In the interest of being believable, I’ll try to rein it in, but it will be a task I’m not sure I can manage! For me, this was a journey that I (and a couple friends) have spent many years and two failed attempts trying to accomplish. The permits were just not to be had, and we were beginning to feel that the idea must be abandoned. Then we discovered Jamin’s excellent website and, after a number of emails with him, began to feel confident that it could become a reality. I just completed a 23-day journey, led by Jamin and his wonderful guide Ngodup, that not only fulfilled my hope to complete the kora of Mt. Kailash and a visit to the lost Guge Kingdom, but took us across the length of the Tibetan Himalaya from Everest Base Camp to nearly the Indian border in far west Tibet. He even threw in Shishapangma Base Camp at the request of our group.

Each day, every step of the way, revealed such wondrous gifts, some expected and others a complete surprise. This journey, and the itinerary designed by Jamin and Ngodup, had it all, from monasteries and lost citadels, to landscapes beyond imagination: mountains, badlands, sand dunes, vast plateaus, and sacred lakes. And then there were our “Tibet 101” talks: Jamin and Ngodup each have a deep and personal knowledge which was shared each day as we traveled or walked; they taught us so much about the culture, geology, and history of Tibet and its people; and each shared many personal stories as well. Jamin has a heartfelt love for the Tibetan people that was evident in every way. Jamin cares genuinely and deeply about the quality of the experience his journeys provide, and he makes it his responsibility to see that both the physical and emotional needs of his travelers are met. His attention to detail in all matters was clear to see. I have never before joined a group that was not organized by myself, and I have to say that this was a pleasant surprise. I never felt that we were being herded around and there was, for the most part, enough flexibility in the days and the schedule to allow personal time and space.

I imagine that every traveler in our group felt “heard” and “seen” and that his or her unique expectations for this journey had been fulfilled. I can say that for me, the experience was transcendent. I would recommend Jamin’s Himalaya Journey without reservation to anyone wanting to travel in Tibet – or anywhere he offers to travel!

Karla—USA—October 2016

Jamin York leads a fantastic trip beyond the usual (and including!) sites of Lhasa. He takes great pains to preview routes, lodging and restaurants in person and is careful to limit his group to a comfortable ten. His attention to detail has him preparing contingency plans for any circumstance he can think of. His knowledge of the Chinese and Tibetan languages eased our way through the expected and unexpected. Nothing is sugar-coated as the journey can be rough and uncomfortable at times, but if there was comfort in the area, we had it! Jamin also has the uncanny ability to arrange for perfect weather and the tastiest of Tibetan cuisine.

On advance request he added a side trip to Shishapangma Base Camp which ended up being a popular highlight on a stunning day. The extension to the lost citadel of the Guge Kingdom was the holy grail of photographic opportunities. On second thought, most of the trip was like this!

Even though it can be close to impossible to deviate from “The Plan” due to restrictions, Jamin and Nordrup facilitated spontaneous interactions with Tibetans along the way, from the barley harvesters and millers to the nomads and their yaks.

Nancy—USA—October 2016

Our safety, health, and happiness were always a top priority and Jamin is a top notch tour leader in every sense of the word. I can’t imagine a better person in this role!

I took my dream trip to Tibet and Mt. Everest with Jamin and Himalaya Journey this April. From the minute we landed in Lhasa to the birthday banquet in a Tibetan home restaurant on the last day, his staff and friends surrounded us like a big family.  He is truly their brother.

The photography time was not just for the magnificent and mystified monasteries. It included Himalaya mountain ranges, glaciers, rivers, and villages, etc. We even stopped by a farming field one time and participated in their plowing and seeding activities.

The Mt. Everest sunrise photo experience was a well thought-out plan. Spending the night before in a nearby Tibetan home and mingling with the entire family was quite an experience. We played hide and seek with the neighboring children on the street. We chatted with village shepherds in the field herding their sheep home and showing off their baby sheep. When we headed out to catch the sunrise, the full moon lit up the entire village.

Jamin is a natural when it comes to telling stories. He preps us on the history, religion, culture and politics of Tibet. But what really connects us to this land and its people are his stories of his Tibetan friends, their struggles and triumphs. We also engaged in questioning and debating with gusto, Sera Monastery monk style, ha, ha, ha. 

Ruth—USA/Taiwan—April 2016

I highly recommend travelling with Jamin and his Himalaya Journey team to Tibet. He cares about Tibetans and and he cares about Tibet, a country which has an inherent fascination for many. Jamin has lived in Tibet for many years and has visited the iconic attractions on numerous occasions. He willingly shares his knowledge and insights about their history and cultural significance. Despite his familiarity he brings a fresh approach and willingness to engage. His team are a credit to him, particularly the exuberant Jampa. His staff member Woaber helped me ensure Lhasa has forever a place in my heart and  …… our bus driver was safe and considerate. And let’s not forget the energetic Will, assistant guide on this trip. I didn’t expect to eat as well as I did when visiting Tibet nor did I expect to experience the comfort in the hotels that were used. These aspects were of course a pleasant surprise. The memories of this trip from Lhasa to Everest base camp will be long lasting and thought provoking.

Richard—UK—April 2016

I’ve been a follower of Jamin on Instagram since 2013. Initially, it was my mom’s dream to see Mt Everest, but ended up doing this trip on my own because I knew that Jamin was a professional, trust worthy expert on Tibet. I usually never join small group tours, as I always travel on my own. But, joining this journey made me realize that not all group tours are the same after all. I met people on this journey that I will call my friends for life. Jamin is indeed the best travel coordinator that I have ever met. I went to Tibet to just see Mt Everest, but I came back home not just with great photos and videos, but with a person I can always look up to who is making a huge impact in Tibet by promoting and showing it to the world in an ethical way. I also work in the travel industry, but am still quite young. I am not sure if I can ever be quite like Jamin who does this business not just to make money for himself, but to help the Tibetan people in every possible way he can. He is an inspiration. I finally found my hero in this crazy competitive travel industry.

Angely from Access Tours and Travels—Phillippines—April 2016

Two years ago, I almost gave up my life-long dream of going to Tibet. But it is completely revived when I discovered Jamin’s blog (The Land of Snows) and his Instagram page.

Jamin is a fantastic leader right from the beginning of the trip, when I emailed him, till the very end of this incredible journey. His passion and vast knowledge about the Tibetan culture, history, religion, and the careful planning of the trip, has made this journey an enriching one. And I truly admire his support for the Tibetan community, where we stay and dine in Tibetan-run hotels/restaurants. Last but not least, his great sense of humour and captivating life stories always add colour to every day of our trip!

Our Tibetan guide, Jampa, is also a fantastic guide who passionately shares a lot of knowledge about Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism with us. As a Buddhist, I have learned so much about Tibetan Buddhism from her. She’s just a wonderful, kind and fun person to be with! I am grateful to have her as our Tibetan guide for this trip.

All in all, Jamin and Jampa are two wonderful guides/friends/teachers that I met through this trip. And they are definitely two people that I am glad to have crossed paths with in life.

The ten days spent in Tibet have been truly an adventure of a lifetime, and a spiritually enlightening experience for me. The stunning landscape and unique culture of Tibet is a feast for the eyes, while the devotion of the Tibetans feels like a comforting prayer for the soul. The resilience, devotion and compassion of the Tibetans will stay and go far with me in life. I highly recommend Jamin and his Himalaya Journey team to lead your trip to Tibet. And I already can’t wait to go for another adventure with them! Thank you once again for the most amazing journey of my life.

Adhianto—Indonesia—April 2016

Going on a journey with Jamin, Champa, Tashi or any of his other incredible and highly professional staff is an experience of a lifetime.  As an intern, it was an endless learning opportunity for me.

This is their everyday life. They welcome us all into it and leave you feeling like a part of the family longing to return.  Every action comes from a loving place and the utmost consideration is put into making the challenging geography of Tibet as hospitable and safe as humanly possible.  Everything from the brilliantly arranged itinerary to the random stops and detailed information being shared all along the way demonstrate this.

While on the road between destinations hours turn to minutes with tear-jerking, harrowing, and awe-inspiring stories from Jamin.  I can not imagine a leader with more kindness, strength and flexibility than Jamin.  I owe you my deepest thanks and gratitude Jamin (and Himalaya Journey), thank you for everything.

Will—Canada—April 2016

Having visited almost all of Asia over the years, Tibet was for me the ‘last frontier’ and I found that I had pretty much left the best till last. And I reckon that with Himalaya Journey (Jamin, his offsider Ben and local guide Jampa), I travelled with the best! Firstly, Jamin’s travel planning and attention to detail was exemplary, ensuring not a single snag on the whole trip. Secondly, with all three being long-time Tibetan residents, their knowledge of the Tibetan people, their culture, customs, history, religion etc was second to none, and was often recounted in a most entertaining way. Finally, they were just fun people to be around and made the whole trip most enjoyable. Thanks guys, and good luck with your future endeavours!

Neil—Australia—October 2015

Jamin has 14 plus years experience of living in Tibet and is fluent in Chinese and Tibetan. He has leveraged this experience to provide a carefully thought out, truly unique and unforgettable experience. He clearly has a huge passion for Tibet and its people and that is infectious. His ‘inside knowledge’ of the history, politics and travel bought the beauty and tragedy of Tibet to life. Every day he managed to pull yet another ‘wow’ moment ‘out of the hat’ during the many opportunities to interact with the local farmers and villagers.

Jamin works within the Tibetan community to employ Tibetan Guides, drivers etc and all restaurants and Hotels we stayed at were Tibetan owned. This opens up rarely available employment opportunities to Tibetans and enables them to learn and to develop their skills. The bottom line is, it gives them hope.

The other tour leaders, Ben (USA) and Jampa (Tibet) were wonderful. They seemed to be having as much fun as we were! They were thoughtful, kind and funny and kept us entertained throughout.  All three went above and beyond to make sure that everyone had the best experience possible. I would not hesitate to recommend Himalaya Journey and am already planning my next adventure with them!

Alison—New Zealand—October 2015

Just like for many, a trip to Tibet is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I had saved money for sometime, thinking that I would make sure I go with the experienced group leader who knows Tibet well. When I came across Jamin’s website, I was immediately captivated. The trip offered was a combination of the things I wanted. So my sister and I signed up for the trip for Spring 2015.

Being someone who lives in Jakarta, practically a city only a few meters above sea level with hot weather all year long, I prepared myself to face Tibetan spring weather and the worst during acclimatisation. I found drinking a lot of water (and I mean a lot!)  and resting whenever I needed to helped in the acclimatisation process. So, whenever Jamin reminded you to drink water, please do! And…Tibetan spring sometimes felt like full on winter for me! Luckily I brought enough warm clothes with me. 

Apart from following the itinerary, I truly appreciate the impromptu stops at additional nice spots we saw on the way, whenever possible. When we couldn’t follow our itinerary (due to earthquake in Nepal), Jamin always offered alternatives and made sure our safety is top priority.

Jamin is also very knowledgeable about Tibet. It is very interesting to learn about Tibetan culture from the eye of non-Tibetan who has lived in Tibet for so long. I also appreciate that Jamin deliberately chose to work together with Tibetan guides and driver, we stayed at Tibetan-run hotels and had our meals at Tibetan restaurants. The encounter with the locals made such a difference that the trip did not feel like ‘photo-click-then-go-to-next-spot’ kind of group trip for me. All my expectations checked – above and beyond. I definitely recommend to join Jamin and his team for your tour in Tibet.

Mia—Indonesia—April 2015

Jamin—Thank you, thank you, thank you! You have really made my trip to Tibet truly unforgettable and I already can’t wait to return to explore more of it. Thank you for your limitless patience in answering all my pesky questions about Tibet and for your enthusiasm and passion for Tibet and its people….that was truly inspiring to see. I can’t wait to tell more people to come to this beautiful land to see it for themselves.

Swetha—India—April 2015