EVEREST EAST FACE KANGSHUNG TREK
Kangshung face of Everest trek, one of the most spectacular treks across the border, the trips begins with a sweeping flight to Lhasa at 3,650m. with superb view, flying above the world’s greatest snow peak range. On arrival at Lhasa, guided cultural tours with ample time for acclimatization before starting this exciting adventure. From Lhasa a scenic drive towards Kharte with sightseeing tours at the famed ancient towns and cities of Gyantse and Shigatse. On arriving Shegar, our adventure starts off the main highway to Kathmandu, the road climbs to the most wonderful scenic point at Pangla pass 5,200m, the most amazing views of the great Himalayan peaks including the five highest peaks of the world i.e. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Shishapangma.
Our drive continues towards Kharte for the overnight camp and the start of our trekking adventure in the vicinity of the high southern mountains crossing high passes and towards the Makalu and Everest region crossing high passes of over 5,300m and yak dwellers nomad’s camps and thus concluding our marvelous walking journey with a drive to the Everest Base Camp. Here we will have a day for local hike around beneath the soaring Chomolungmo (Mt. Everest), from here our scenic drive takes you back to Kathmandu through the most spectacular view points at Lalung-la and via the border town of Nylam and Zhangmu.
Kangshung face of Everest
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3,650 m. / 11,972ft).
Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum, 5 – 6 hours.
Day 03: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar, 5 – 6 hours.
Day 04: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m. / 12,956ft) 265 km, 5 hours.
Day 05: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m. /12,795 ft) 90km, 2 hours.
Day 06: Shigatse to Kharta (3,750m. / 12,300ft) 45 km, 1 hour.
Day 07: Kharta to Landrubling (4,800m. / 15,700ft) 4 – 5 hours.
Day 08: Landrubling to Jorpokhari (4,268m. / 14,000 ft) 3 – 4 hours.
Day 09: Jorpokhari to Joksum (4,800m. / 15,700ft) 6 – 7 hours.
Day 10: Joksum to Sumthang (4,420m. / 14,500ft) 5 – 6 hours.
Day 11: Sumthang to Parthang (4,240m. / 13,907ft) 5 – 6 hours.
Day 12: Perthang to Pethang Ringmo (4,880m. / 16,000ft) 4 – 5 hours.
Day 13: Discover Pethang Ringmo and Khangshung Valley.
Day 14: Reserve Day for Emergency.
Day 15: Pethang Ringmo to Rabka Chu, 6 – 7 hours.
Day 16: Rabka Chu to Tso Tshuringma (4,880m. / 16,000 ft) 4 – 5 hours.
Day 17: Tsho Tshurigma to Troshay (4,270m. / 14,000ft) 6 – 7 hours.
Day 18: Troshay to Rongbuk (5,050m. / 16,564ft) 4 hours Trek or 2 hours’ drive.
Day 19: Rongbuk to Zhangmu (2,300m. / 7,544ft) with a visit to the Everest Base Camp: 257 km, 5 hours.
Day 20: Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1,350m. / 4,428ft) – 123 km, 4 hours.
Day 21: Final Departure.
Our direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China takes us to Lhasa. Our flight from Nepal offers us to enjoy around an hour long trans-Himlayan flight, one of the most beautiful air routes of the world. Our flights take us over world’s highest mountain Everest and Kanchenjuga & several other peaks. If we please to go through China, we can fly from all major Chinese cities with an option to take the world’s highest train route to Lhasa. A representative from Visit View Nepal Trek will pick us up and escort us to designated hotel on our arrival. Half of the day we will do just relax in order to minimize altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum 5 - 6 hours
Today we begin with sightseeing, visiting beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, buuilts in the 17th century. Just enjoy and be amazed with the views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama provides by the Potala Palace. Norbulingka Palace, one of the largest man-made garden in Tibet used as the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Then, we will visit the museum, which has a permanent collection of around 1000 artifacts related to the cultural history of Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar 5 - 6 hours
After breakfast, we will explore Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung Monastery, built in the 14th century, which has provided a sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting on only a ffew hundreds. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. Next, we will visit Sera Monastery which is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further wander through Barkhor Bazaar (market), with its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve center of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 04: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m. / 12,956ft) 265 km, 5 hours
After breakfast, our scenic drive take us to Gyantse crossing the Khamba La Pass (4,794m.) with a brief stop to appreciate the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. Soon, we come across another pass, The Karo La Pass (5, 045m.). On the way, we can enjoy the views of huge glaciers tumbling down into the road before reaching Gyantse. Gyantse offers us to visit the Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (Fortress), one of the best preserved dzongs. Overnight in Gyantse.
Day 05: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,795 ft): 90km, 2 hours
Shigaste, the second largest city in Tibet. After breakfast, we begin driving towards Sigaste, stopping to visit Shalu Monastery. It is famous for its beautiful and ancient mural paintings, founded in 1040. In Shigatse, we visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery which holds both historical and cultural importance It was founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama. After sightseeing in Shigatse, we will have enough leisure time for resting, which will help us with acclimatization. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 06: Shigatse to Kharta (3,750m. / 12,300ft) 1 hour
After breakfast, we head to Kharta crossing Tso La passes (5,420m/17,782ft) and Gyatso La passes (5,252m/17,230ft). In Segar, we will meet our staff and head to Kharta. On the way, we cross another pass Pang La pass (5,150m/17,000ft). One can capture the spectacular views of the mountains and all are over eight thousand meters.ie. Makalu, Cho-Oyu, and Mt. Everest. We descend down heading west to to Kharta via Rongbuk valley. Overnight in Khatra.
Day 07: Kharta to Landrubling (4,800m. / 15,700ft) 4 - 5 hours
After breakfast, we will begin our day with walking along the bank of river Kharta, enjoying with awesome views of the barley fields and local villages. Continue a few kilometers ahead and we found the trial splits, taking the footstep to the upper trial which leads to Shao La Pass. We ascend up passing through rhododendron and highland conifer forests, reaching Landrubling. We will camp on a shelf above the river Kharta. Overnight, camping in Landrubling.
Day 08: Landrubling to Jorpokhari (4,268m. / 14,000 ft) 3 - 4 hours
We will walk along a ridge on moraines, on our journey to Jorpokhari from Landrubling. Due to a short trip, it will help us to become properly acclimatized. We continue our walk heading towards twin lakes, called Joropokhari. Just below the Jorpokhari, Shao La Pass is located. Overnight in Jorpokhari.
Day 09: Jorpokhari to Joksum (4,800m. / 15,700ft) 6 - 7 hours
To reach the Shao La Pass (4,800m/15,748ft), we ascend steadily over rocky grounds. Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029ft), Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft), Makalu (8,481m/27,825ft), and other high Himalayan peaks are the mesmerizing views that can be enjoyed from top of the pass. As we descend down, we can notice the difference in the scenery as it changes from barren, rocky slopes to lush rhododendron, and willow trees. We will pass through thick fir and juniper forests on the way to Joksum. Overnight in Joksum.
Day 10: Joksum to Sumthang (4,420m. / 14,500ft) 5 - 6 hours
Today, we will hike up on a steep route of Juniper and rhododendron forests, takes us to high pastures above the river Kama. We can capture a awesome photos of the Mt. Everest, Lhotse and of high ridges south of the river Kama. We continue our walk to Sumthang, passing through alpine meadows, yak herders camps and a serene green lake.We will have a great views of the Khanshung valley from Sumthang. Overnight in Sumthang.
Day 11: Sumthang to Parthang (4,240m. / 13,907ft) 5 - 6 hours
We will hike up to the Khanshung valley and descend down through conifer forests and rhododendron forests. We will admire the beauty of vies of Everest, Lhotse Shar and other high peaks. As we continue our trip in higher altitude, vegetation starts getting progressively thinner, taking us to the Everest’s Kangshung face. Now, we will be in the Kangshung valley, drained by the Khangshung stream and cross it. Today, we will camp at Parthang for overnight stay.
Day 12: Perthang to Pethang Ringmo (4,880m. / 16,000ft) 4 - 5 hours
We climb the steepest sections of the climb to the Kangshung valley glacier rim along the moraines. We can have a close view of Mt. Chomo Lonzo(7,790m.) and seems the huge face of Mt. Everest and Lhotse appear to dominate the sky. Furthermore, ascending higher passing the bend of Orga, we arrive at our next campsite. Overnight in Pethang Ringmo.
Day 13: Discover Pethang Ringmo and Khangshung Valley
Today, we will hike along the glacier and explore the Khangshung base camp (5,185m/17,000ft), a center point to climb Everest from the eastern side. We found ourselves surrounded by Himalayas and the views of Lhotse and Kangshung face. To the north of the camp, we will found two lakes on a ridge overlooking the Kanshung valley and we can even take an outing to this place which is on the Nepalese sides of the border neglecting the Makalu Base camp area. Overnight in Pethang Ringmo.
Day 14: Reserve Day for Contingency
Today, we will consider a day in reserve for any eventuality. Climatic condition is changeable time to time, therefore, this day is set aside in case we are unable to complete our schedule. However, if the weather is good , this day will most liely be skipped. Overnight in Pethang Ringmo.
Day 15: Pethang Ringmo to Rabka Chu. 6 - 7 hours
Today, we will descend down to a valley reaching stream crossing at the Rabka Chu along the Khangshung glaciers, crossing a rock slide opposite the Chomolonzo glacier, and Pethang pass. The camp (4,120m/13,500ft) on the grassy meadow across the river is a pleasant place to spend the afternoon. It takes about 4 hrs. hiking to reach the campsite by taking a side trip to Guru Rimpoche’s cave at Tse Chu Lake. Our trial continues high above Okpa meadows, crosses Lamtsho (4,940m/16,200 ft), to the lake. Overnight in Rabka.
Day 16: Rabka Chu to Tso Tshuringma (4,880m. /16,000 ft) 4 - 5 hours
We will return back through Opka Rabka Chu. We will ascend uphill to a Pangboche, a small meadow. Today, our campsite is Lake Tso Tshuringma and to reach here we will cross the great plateau of Mt. Karma Changri and glaciers. The horizon in the south is still blocked by the mass of Makalu but we may get chance to see the nomad camps in the area. We continue our walk steeply over alpine slopes about couple of hours. We will reach to a small but beautiful lake at the base of the Langma La (5,320m/17,454ft). Overnight in Tsho Tshurigma.
Day 17: Tsho Tshurigma to Troshay (4,270m. / 14,000ft) 6 - 7 hours
Our route over steep rocky grounds takes us to reach the Langma La Pass(17,454 ft), the trial between slabs of rock. In the memory of the spirits and deities of the Bon people, people hung a huge prayer flags on the cliffs overlooking the pass. From the Langma La, we leave the Khangshung valley and the attractive panorama of some of the top peaks behind us and plunge ahead through a glaciated valley. We then descend steeply for a few hours and encounters passages of nomadic yak caravans. Our camp is on a grassy meadow beside a clear stream in Troshay. Overnight in Troshay.
Day 18: Troshay to Rongbuk (5,050m. / 16,564ft) 4 hours Trek or 2 hours’ drive
We will return back to Kharta and take a drive to Rongbuk. Our foot step follow the steep trial descend to the village of Lhundupling, till we reach the place we started our trek. We can enjoy with the mountain landscape on our drive as the valley gets wider. The huge north face of Everest suddenly appears in the horizon, at one bend. After check-in, we will spend some of the time to relax and next we will visit Rongbuk monastery, the highest monastery of the world. Overnight in Rongbuk.
Day 19: Rongbuk to Zhangmu (2,300m. / 7,544ft) with a visit to the Everest Base Camp. 257 km, 5 hours
Early morning we left the Rongbuk and head to the Everest Base Camp. On the way, we enjoy spectacular views of high mountains like Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft), Shishapangma (8,013m/26,289ft) and, of course, the mighty Everest (8,848m/29,028ft) also known as Mt. Chomolongma in the Tibetan side. Today, we complete one of the main highlights of our journey, reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest making approximately a 16km round trip around the Everest Base Camp. Although the base camp is dry and barren, the view of Everest is more than remunerate. Next, we will head to Zhangmu, after spending some best time at the base of the world’s highest mountain. Overnight in Zhangmu.
Day 20: Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1,350m. / 4,428ft) 123 km, 4 hours
We will take a drive to Friendship Bridge from Zhangmu following the Bhote Koshi river. After reaching Kodari, we will found ourselves stopped by immigration control office where we are expected to complete some custom formalities. From here, we will guide by the Nepalese staff or leader and we will depart with our Tibetan guide. We will take a drive of about 4 hrs. to reach Kathmandu through deep valleys. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Final Departure
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Visit View Nepal Trek member will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight.
With the plenty of time on your way to home, you can plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
What are included ?
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop.
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in star based hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan ( In Trekking tent where Hotels are not available).
- All meals during the trek.
- Private vehicles (van or Hiace or bus) for transportation.
- A government licensed English speaking Tibetan Guide during the tour.
- The required number of tour staff during the tour/Trek.
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine for all staff.
- Flight as per the itinerary.
- Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa, monasteries entry fees etc.
- All our government taxes.
- Official expense.
- Equipment like sleeping bags, down jacket.
- Lunch and dinner.
What are not included ?
- International airfare to and from Nepal and airport departure tax.
- Accommodation and meals in mainland China.
- Extra night accommodation and meals in Nepal.
- Chinese visa fee and Nepal entry visa.
- Lunch and dinner in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse , Shegar and Zhangmu.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory) and rescue insurance.
- Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills and extra porters.
- Tips for guide(s), cook(s) and porter(s).
- Optional trips and sightseeing if the trip is extended to Nepal or China.
- Nepalese visa.
- Train ticket from China to Lhasa or Lhasa to China.
- Personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
It is good to always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum and list of the equipment’s that need to be packing are as follows
Important documents and Official Papers
The documents provided below are a must and should be with you at all times.
- Valid passport, Airline tickets, e-tickets, etc.
- Medical insurance card(s).
- Address book, Passport size photographs.
- All necessary permit(s).
It is recommended that you make copies of your passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule, traveler’s cheque numbers, etc. Leave a copy with someone at home and put other copy in a separate place in your luggage.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Light balaclava/warm fleece hat
- Undergarments, Hiking shorts
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Lightweight cotton long pants
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof shell pants
- Waterproof hiking boots with spare laces, Gaiters
- Lightweight inner socks, Warm-wool hiking socks
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Down vest and/or jacket (highly recommended for Tibet trips)
- Light- and expedition-weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover, Waterproof shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof outer shell
- Sleeping bag rated to -30 to -40 degree Celsius
- Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
- Basic First-Aid Kit (Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment, aspirin, Band-Aids/bandages, etc.)
- Plastic bags for keeping items dry
- Daypack, Trekking Poles, Water bottle
- Toiletries (small wash towel, toilet paper, etc.)
- Ear plugs
- 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
- Tooth brush/paste, Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Deodorants, Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Anti-bacterial hand wash
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Binoculars, Reading book, Trail map/guide book
- Travel game(s) like chess, backgammon, scrabble
- Journal and Pen, iPod, Pencils and small notebooks
- Modest swim suit (for Kathmandu)