Organising a trip like this requires a guide who has high altitude expedition experience, and able to work with last minute changes (due to government policies e.g. getting Tibet entry permits), local authorities, weather conditions, and assessing the client’s health progress on the trip. I have been on this trek 3 times, twice on my own and the other was a collaboration with Alister Benn and Marc Adamus for a group of 8 people. I have lived and travelled in the Tibet Region extensively since 2012, with deep knowledge of and experience in it and Nepal, and led trekking expeditions to Mt. Kalaish. This expedition is the only one I know that focuses on photography that caters to international trekkers; furthermore, co-lead with Andrea Pozzi, who has extensive experience in running photography tours to some of the most challenging terrains, we will be able to maximise the opportunity each day presents to us by having two professional photographers on board, having quite different perspectives and approaches.
To sign up to a trip like this means you need to prepare for last minute changes to the itinerary or, in extreme cases, a full cancellation. In terms of an itinerary change you can choose to have your payment (deducting bank charges) partially refunded if you wish to end your trip, or you may decide to continue your journey with an alternative schedule. I know this region like palm of my hand, it’s easy for me to come up with an excellent alternative plan within hours of a no-go scenario.
Who can join us? You must be in good physical and mental health. Risks is high for pre-existing medical conditions: Heart and Cardiovascular disease, Bronchitis, uncontrolled Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Very High Blood Pressure, Bypass Surgery or Angioplasty, Coronary Artery Disease, or other major illnesses or conditions. Please check with your doctor if you are not sure of your own medical conditions
What about altitude? This trip has been planned specifically for acclimatisation.
What about fitness level? You need to have a healthy diet and start some fitness training at least 3–6 months prior to the trip. Walking around hilly monasteries and other hikes at high altitude will require more energy than usual, and hiking at 4500m is far more strenuous than steep hikes at sea level. This route is a fairly easy trek, most moderate fitness levels can finish this route without too much hardship, but the fitter you are the more you can spare your energy for photography.
Day 1 – Arrive Chengdu (meeting point) | Day 2 – Fly to Lhasa ( 3600m ) | Day 3 – 4 Lhasa – We will take day trips to nearby monasteries to help us to acclimatise. Day 5 – Lhasa to Shigatse @3950m | Day 6 – Shigatse to Qudang @3650m | Day 7 Camp 1 Xiao Wu Tso Meadow above the Dambuk Chu @ 4650m – 5 to 6 hours trek, ascending 750m | Day 8 Camp 2 @ 4740m – 3 to 4 hours trek, ascending 250m, descending 160m with best view of Makalu (8475m) | Day 9 Camp 3 Zhuo Xiang @ 3900m – 5 to 6 hours trek, descending 840m, with mesmerizing views of Everest (8848m), Makalu (8475m), and Lhotse (8501m) | Day 10 Camp 4 Tangxiang @ 4550m – 6 to 8 hours trek | Day 11 Camp 5 Er Ga with close view of Jomolonzo @ 4650m – 6 to 7 hours trek, descending 200m ascending 320m | Day 12 – Stay Camp 5 Er Ga – One hour hike to Sunrise Location Bai Dang with amazing view of Lhotse Shar (8383m) | Day 13 Camp 6 LangMuTso @ 4770 – 1 to 2 hours trek Ascending 120m | Day 14 Stay Camp 6 | Day 15 Cam 7 Re Ga @ 4200m – 4 to 5 hours trek| | Day 16 Stay Camp 7 Re Ga @4200 | Day 17 Camp 8 Tso Xue Reng Ma @ 5000m, 5 to 6 hours trek – Ascending 800m | Day 18 Trek out via Langma La Pass (5320m) with spectacular view of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, 8 to 10 hours trek – Ascending 400m, descending 1150m | One extra day | Day 20 – Quangang to Shigatse | Day 21 – Shigatse to connect flight out of either Shigatse or Lhasa Airport