Kharta Valley & Everest Khangshung Face Trek 21 Days / 20 Nights
Trip Code: HAT51
Hotels in the ciites and camping during trekking.
April to October
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If you are looking for a remote, un-trodden and un-spoilt area of Tibet, then Kharta Valley and Everest Khangshung Face is the trip we would like to recommend. This is the finest trekking trip in Tibet as it leads across remote tiny pristine valleys dotted with beautiful lakes, alpine gazing pastures and flowered meadows, with excellent camping areas and stunning views of Makalu, Lhotse, Kangchenjunga and Everest Kangshung face. Khangsung Face of Everest trek, is a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel through an area of Tibet rarely visited and see the Khangsung face of Everest, not visible from any other region. This is an isolated region bordering Mt. Everest in the West, Himalayan range of Makalu in the south and Tibetan plateau to the North and East.
During this trek you will follow yak herders' trails and camp nearby the nomad camps, getting right into the culture. This is true adventure without the tourist trappings seen along many trails in other countries. The mountains you'll see are breathtaking and beautiful, so close that you'll feel like you can touch them. If you're looking to do something unbelievable and so awesome you'll be talking about it for the rest of your life, then join us on this truly epic adventure.
We trek via different return route to Kharta valley crossing the Langma La (5330m), with the stunning Himalayan profile of Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Everest. The valleys and ridges below the snowline are richly covered with grass and thick vegetation. On completing the Everest Kangshung trek we drive to Rongbuk valley for views of the north face of Everest. We descend from Tibetan high plateau into the lush sub-tropical valleys of Nepal to end our incredible Tibet trekking to Kharta valley and Kangshung Face of Everest.
Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa.
Day 02-03: At Lhasa.
Day 04: Drive to Gyantse.
Day 05: To Shigatse.
Day 06: To Xegar.
Day 07-08: To Kharta.
Day 09: Begin the trek.
Day 10: Trek to Kaamo Tsangpo Valley.
Day 11: Trek to Khangsung Valley.
Day 12: Trek to Pethang Ringmo.
Day 13: Trek to Hoppo.
Day 14: Kangshung Face Base Camp Excursion.
Day 15-16: Cross Langma La and trek to Lundrubling.
Day 17: Final day of the trekking.
Day 18: Drive to Rongbuk Monastery.
Day 19: Explore Everest Basecamp.
Day 20: Drive to Zhangmu.
Day 21: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa
Meet the guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Today, take a rest for acclimatization.
Overnight Dhod Gu Hotel.
Day 02-03: At Lhasa
Spend two full days in Lhasa acclimatizing and visiting the sights. Overnight at Dhod Gu Hotel.
Day 04: Drive to Gyantse
This is a spectacular journey via Yamdrok Tso Lake and involves crossing two high passes. Overnight at Gyantse Hotel.
Day 05: To Shigatse
Visit Gyatnse Kumbum and Pelkor Chode Monastery and drive to Shigatse. Visit Tashilunbo Monastery, the principal seat of Panchen Lama. Overnight at Shigatse Manasarovara Hotel.
Day 06: To Xegar
En route, take a Sakya Monastery detour. In Xegar, time permitting, visit the monastery and hike the Dzong atop a hill, overlooking the Xegar town.
Day 07-08: To Kharta
Today, we enter the Everest region. drive over Pang La (5,150m, 16, 890m) and enjoy the great views of Mount Everest and other majestic peaks. Descend to Phadruchi Village from where the road bifurcates the track to the west heads to the Rongbuk Valley - the one to the east leads to the Phung Chu or Arun Valley and the village of Kharta - the administrative headquarters of the region. Have an extra day in Kharta for acclimatization.
Day 09: Begin the trek
Follow the jeep trail along the Kharta River until we cross a substantial bridge and follow a well-defined trail that gradually winds above a series of small scattered settlements set amid bare fields. After about three km the trail splits. Take the upper trail ascending towards the Shao La (4, 970m/ 16, 300ft). Our trail leads us to the village of Lundrubling, where we set up camp for the night.
Day 10: Trek to Kaamo Tsangpo Valley
A steady and steep descent takes us along beautiful yak pastures before the path finally drops down towards the Kaamo Tsangpo Valley. We’ll set up camp in Joksam at 4,000 metres - an idyllic camp situated amid pine and fir forests just above the Kaamo Tsangpo Valley.
Day 11: Trek to Khangsung Valley
A steep 300 meter ascent through the conifer forest brings us to a ridgeline high above the Kama Tsangpo Valley, from where we can enjoy the magnificent views south towards the Arun Gorge and Nepal. We pass a yak herder’s camp and a series of beautiful lakes before ascending a ridge and gaining our first uninterrupted views of the Kangshung Face of Everest. We’ll set up camp in one of the idyllic meadows.
Day 12: Trek to Pethang Ringmo
Descend to the camp in Pathang Ringmo at 4,550 meters (14, 924 ft), a beautiful meadow camp beneath the impressive peak of Chomo Lonzo, 7,790 meters. Take an opportunity to walk up to the sacred lake immediately above the camp and visit the sacred cave of Padmasambhava.
Day 13: Trek to Hoppo
It’s a difficult day today through the loose slopes but we will enjoy the views of the Kangshung Face of Everest and appreciate the impressive glaciers at Chomo Lonzo across the valley. Our camp at Hoppo is situated amid yak pastures at 4800 meters.
Day 14: Kangshung Face Base Camp Excursion
The trek to Kangshung Face Base Camp 5,050 m can be completed in a couple of hours. The trail gradually ascends the grassy ridges to the snout of the Kangshung Glacier. As we view the huge face. it is not difficult to understand why it has only been attempted by a handful of expeditions. From our vantage point, the impressive North East Ridge of Everest is also seen. We return to Hoppo and stay overnight.
Day 15-16: Cross Langma La and trek to Lundrubling.
Trek across the yak pastures and en route we gain views of the impressive Himalayan range, in particular the summit of Makalu. We cross Langma La (5, 330m/ 17, 482 ft) that takes about 2 hrs from the base along a well-graded trail with views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. Take a steep descent to the valley floor and pass by yak herders' camps from Kharta and the nearby villages. We head down to the confluence of the Kharta Valley and gain views of the Kanchenjunga massif rearing above the ridges beyond Kharta on the Nepal- Sikkim border.
Day 17: Final day of the trekking
Conclude the trek and return to Kharta.
Day 18: Drive to Rongbuk Monastery
Retrace drive to the village of Phadhruchi and head towards Rongbuk Monastery. From Rongbuk, we have unrivalled views of the North Face of Everest. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 19: Explore Everest Basecamp
In the morning, take an hour's hike to the Everest Base Camp at 5, 200m. The base camp itself is dry and barren but the views of Everest more than compensate for this. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above us.
We leave the Rongbuk valley and drive towards Xegar. We join the Friendship Highway and head westwards to Tingri, a small roadside town for overnight.
Day 20: Drive to Zhangmu
Continue along the Friendship Highway towards Nepal. We will spend the last night of Tibet in Zhangmu.
Day 21: Drive to Kathmandu
Exit Tibet at Zhangmu and drive to Kathmandu, which takes 3 to 4 hours on smooth road conditions.
- Mid range hotel in Lhasa, top end hotels in Gyantse and Shigatse, guesthouses in Xegar and rest of the places will be tented camping.
- Daily breakfast during hotel stays and full board during trekking.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a 4WD jeep and support truck for gears and supplies.
- All camping gears that include sleeping tents, dinning tents, kitchen tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows etc.
- Service of English speaking tour guide, cook, driver and necessary helps.
- Pack-animals to carry luggage, gears and supplies.
- Tibet entry permits.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- Lunch and dinner during hotel stays.
- Drinks, tips and other expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone etc.
- Airfares in and out of Lhasa.
- Airport taxes.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
- Travel insurance.