Kharta Valley And Everest Kangshung Face -18 Days
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu [1300m] to Nyalam [3750m]
We leave Kathmandu after an early breakfast and drive northwards through Nepal’s beautiful terraced hillsides, river valleys and forests and catching glimpses of the Himlayas. We reach Kodari on the Nepal - Tibet border and must complete the border formalities at both the Nepalese and Chinese immigration posts. Once in Tibet we follow a series of incredibly steep switchbacks climbing up a mossy gully with cascading waterfalls to Nyalam where we stay the night..
Day 02: Acclimatization day in Nyalam
With Tibet’s average altitude being over 3500m above sea level we take altitude sickness very seriously, so we spend today resting in Nyalam in order to acclimatise before heading up higher.
We take the opportunity to go a short way out of town to visit a small temple, Nyalam Pelgye Ling, associated with eleventh- and twelfth-century poet-lama and saint Milarepa, credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet.
Day 03: Drive to Kharta [3690m]
The drive to the Lalung La (pass) which sits at 5050m is simply spectacular. On a clear day the north side of the main Himalaya Range from Shishapangma (8046m) to Gauri Shanker (7134m) in the east is visible and a stunning view.
The drive continues across the Tibetan Plateau past a series of villages to the vast Tingri plains where we gain our first views of Cho Oyu (8201 m) and Mt Everest. 10 km before the town of Shegar we leave the Friendship Highway and head south into the Everest region.
We cross the Pang La, at 5150m, gaining great views of Everest and the surrounding area. The view from the top is incredible with uninterrupted views stretching from Makalu to Shishapangma. From here we head down to the village of Phadhruchi where the jeep track divides - the west road heading to the Rongbuk Valley and the east road takes us to the Arun Valley (Phung Chu) and the village of Kharta, the administrative headquarters of the region.
Day 04: Rest day in Kharta for acclimatisation
We use this day for acclimatisation and can enjoy our time exploring in and around Kharta, which also gets our bodies used to walking around in this altitude. Unlike valleys even a few ridges away, the area around Kharta is affected by the monsoon, pushing up from India and Nepal. We enjoy forests of scrub juniper, dwarf rhododendrons and birch in the higher ridges, with dense thickets of willow along the creeks lower down.
Day 05: Trek to meadow camp [4160m]
Today we begin our first day of trekking after a hearty breakfast and start walking on a jeep trail along the banks of the Kharta River. At the end of the jeep road we cross a bridge and follow a winding trail above small, scattered villages set amid barley fields.
Coming to a fork in the trail we take the smaller left trail towards Shao La, which gives us a more gradual climb in elevation than the fast ascent to Langma La. Both trails lead eventually to the Kangshung Face Base Camp. Tonight we camp in a meadow (4160m) above the Dambuk Chu (river valley) which drains from the Shao La.
Day 06: Cross Shao La and onto Kaamo Tsangpo Valley [4000m]
We make an early start to ascend the Shao La (4790m) past a pair of lakes called the Tsho-Shao and up to the pass to gain incredible views of Everest (8848m), Makalu (8475m) and Lhotse (8501m).
From the pass there is a steady descent to some yak pastures and a set of four stunning lakes, before some steep, rocky switchbacks. Reaching better terrain we then wind downwards through rather idyllic birch groves and dwarf rhododendrons to our meadow camp (4000m). It takes us about 3 hours to reach our lovely campsite, set in pine and fir forest just above the Kaamo Tsangpo Valley. This comparatively lush vegetation reflects the monsoon influence and summer rains that surge up the nearby Arun Valley throughout the summer months.
Day 07: Trek to Shalung Tsho [4420m]
After breakfast this morning we have a bit of a heart starter as we climb from the Karma Tsangpo Valley floor through surprisingly lush juniper, birch and rhododendron forest. This is stunning walking as we pass through meadows and then dwarf rhododendron, keeping a look out for views of Mt Everest and Lhotse at the head of the valley.
Our trail crosses alpine ridges where yak herders' from Kharta village make their summer camps. We pass through a series of these meadows and past two beautiful lakes before setting camp in a meadow (4420m) and ascending a ridge and seeing our first uninterrupted views of the Kangshung Face of Everest, flanked by Lhotse.
Day 08: Trek to Pethang Ringmo [4820m]
About half an hour from our campsite we gain our first views of Lhotse Shar (8383m) and views of this immense glaciated landscape that is the headwaters of the Karma Tsangpo. After about an hour we meet the trail from Langma La and our trail plunges down onto the valley floor at Rabka Chu.
We continue up the Kangshung Valley, entering thick forest where the rhododendrons grow up to 6m high, enormous for this altitude. We then cross a series of morainal hills to the meadows of Bathang, above which is a sacred lake and cave temple where Guru Rimpoche was said to have meditated.
We continue up this stunning valley into the afternoon to reach Pethang Ringmo. This is a truly stunning camp, set in a meadow which is full of wildflowers in the monsoon and ringed by huge ice flows pouring from the peaks into the Kangshung Glacier. Mt Everest, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar are with us at the west end of the valley; while Jomolonzo’s frequent avalanches give us plenty of exposure to the power of the ice!
Day 09: Pethang Ringmo to Kangshung Base Camp [5090m]
From our lovely camp at Pethang Ringmo we head out across the meadow to Kangshung Everest Base Camp, where we will camp for the night.
It is a walk of only 2 ½ to 3 hours up to camp, so in the afternoon we can either relax or explore to the west of the camp, following the crest of a long moraine for about 45 minutes to its end at 5200m. Below us is a large glacial lake and across the valley we will have one of the finest views in the Himalaya, with three of the world’s highest peaks in clear view. If we have enough energy we can climb another 2 hours to the crest of the main ridge for even more incredible views.
Day 10: Explore around Kangshung Base Camp
This morning, after an early and hearty breakfast we make the climb north of camp past two glacial lakes and on up to a ridge overlooking the Kangshung Valley. From our vantage point at 5580m we have a truly spectacular view described in 1921 by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Howard-Bury as “a huge amphitheatre of mighty peaks culminating in a new and unsurveyed peak…to which we gave the name Lhotse, which in Tibetan means South Peak”. We see the massive triangular peak to the east of Lhotse Shar is Pethangtse (6710m) and we can see Makalu poking out from behind Jomolonzo. We will return to Pethang Ringmo’s stunning meadow campsite tonight.
Day 11: Trek to the base of Langma La [4800m]
After another hearty breakfast we follow the trail from Pethang Ringmo back down the valley to Rabka Chu, 2 hours or so below camp. From here we begin a big climb back up to where we came down from Shao La and our turn off north towards the Langma La. We continue on through the afternoon with great views of Makalu summit to our camp at the base of the Langma La, to get ready for our last big pass of the trip!
Day 12: Cross Langma La and down to Shomale [4160m]
While crossing the Langma La should only take us about 2 hours, we will leave early this morning as a precaution. From our camp we climb past a stunning glacial lake, with more great views of the world’s highest mountains to the top of the pass at 5320m. From here we have a truly spectacular view, seeing Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu - the highest, 4th highest, and 5th highest mountains in the world respectively!
From here we have a steep descent to the valley floor, which opens up as we pass yak herders' camps from Kharta and the nearby villages. Heading down to where we join the Kharta Valley we have views of the stunning Kangchenjunga massif rearing above the ridges beyond Kharta on the Nepal- Sikkim Border. This is a special sight, with Kanchenjunga being the 4th highest mountain in the world and one of the most beautiful.
We plunge down into the Kharta Tsangpo Valley, through the wild rocky terrain below the pass, past stunning Tsho Dramnyen, shaped like a Tibetan guitar, where we may see Blue Poppies. We continue coming into the first rhododendrons, meadows and juniper, into our delightful camp at Shomale (4160m).
Day 13: Trek to Kharta
We continue along our trail down into Lungdrubling, above the Kharta Tsangpo. We head downwards through terraced barley fields, stands of wild rose and stone fences, following the river valley back down into Kharta. We make camp here for the night, and prepare to drive to Rongbuk in the morning.
Day 14: Drive to Rongbuk/Everest Base Camp [5020m]
From Kharta we load into jeeps and drive to the village of Phadhruchi before continuing onto the Rongbuk Valley reaching the Dza Rongbuk Monastery and the Rongbuk Everest Base Camp. Dza Rongbuk Gompa and its accompanying hermitage retreats were introduced to the world in the 1920s through the accounts of the first British mountaineering teams. It is situated 8 kilometres below the Base Camp and was reconstructed after the excesses of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960's. We continue up to Everest Base Camp at 5020m where we camp for the night.
Day 15: Explore Everest Base Camp and drive to Zhangmu
After exploring we begin our drive to Zhangmu. On the way, we pass through Lotingri/Dingri and cross the Lalung La (5124m/ 16068 ft) and Shung La (5200m/ 17056 ft) passes which offer enchanting views of the Himalayas-Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shanker. We then descend gradually from the dry Tibetan Plateau to the verdant and fertile vegetation of Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. Today, we also visit Milarapha Cave and Chamda Hot Spring for a little fun-filled afternoon.
Day 16: Drive to Zhangmu
A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu to the Friendship Bridge over the Bhote Koshi River brings us to immigration control in Kodari where we are expected to complete some custom formalities. We then depart with our Tibetan guide who will walk with us across the river and introduce us to a Nepalese guide who will take us to Kathmandu. After around 4 hours of driving through deep valleys, we reach Kathmandu. In the evening, we enjoy authentic Nepalese food on our farewell dinner hosted by Adventure 14 Peaks to celebrate the successful completion of our journey in Tibet.
Day17: Free Day for relaxing and shopping in Kathmandu
Day18: Final Departure
Today you can engage in some shopping. A representative from Adventure 14 Peaks will take us to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.
• International arrival/departure transfers
• Assistance in acquiring the Chinese visa (if travelling to Tibet via Nepal) Overland transportation in Tibet All necessary Tibet Travel Permits Trekking permit fee Supporting truck and jeeps
• Yak and Porters for carrying luggage
• Travel and rescue arrangement Accommodation in Lhasa & other towns in Tibet on twin sharing basis with Breakfast Full-board Camping Trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) while on trek Necessary camping equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen equipment , sleeping bags (with inner sheets) & foam mattresses Supporting staff (a professional trekking guide and porter(s), cook & kitchen boy(s) as well as their necessary wages, insurance, meals, transportations and allowance
• All government and local taxes
International flight fare and departure taxes
• Nepal entry/re-entry Visa fee
• Tibet (Chinese) Visa fee (Collect on upon arrival)
• Single supplement for hotel accommodation
• Note: Additional cost applies for single tent on camping trek
• Travel / Medical insurance & Rescue evacuation cost
• Personal expenses such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral water/boiled water), laundry
• Any extra cost involved in case of political turmoil, cancellation of flight, illness, and natural disaster
• Photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites
• All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evacuation fee, transport, extra hotel night, food etc.)
• Any cost arising from Landslides, road blockage & additional transportation cost
• Tips for staffs (hotels, restaurants, guide, driver)
• Any other services not specified in the ‘Service includes’
Country: Tibet (China)
Total Duration: 18 Days
Grade: Medium to Challenging
Distance: 130 km trekking
Trek Starts: Nyalam
Trek Ends: Zhangmu
Highest Point: Everest Base Camp (5020m)
Best Months: April-Nov.
Group Size: Min 4 and Above
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Style of Trek: Full board Camping
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