Everest Kangshung Face Trek - 21 Days

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Trek on the remote Tibetan trails to reach the east face of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on earth
Destination: Tibet Trip Cost: $5290 USD
Group size: Minimum 4 people Max-Altitude: 5,420m/17,782ft
Arrival on: Lhasa, Tibet Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals: Breakfasts during the drive and tours and all meals during trekking
Accommodation: Standard hotels, resorts and tents (camping)

Trip Introduction

Of Everest’s three faces, the east (Kangshung) is one of the most beautiful yet least visited regions in the world. Trekking on this route will get us close to the mighty Everest and Tibet's historic cities and towns like Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Rongbuk and Zhangmu. We begin our journey by touring Lhasa’s landmarks like Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Traditional Hospital  and Barkhor Bazaar. We also visit Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. We begin the actual trekking from Kharta and trek towards the Everest Kangshung Face. After admiring the amazing eastern face of the mighty Everest, we trek back to our trekking point, Kharta. From here, we drive to Rongbuk via the Everest Base Camp (north face). In Rongbuk, we visit the Rongbuk Monastery, which is the highest monastery in the world. We continue our drive to Zhangmu and end our journey with a drive to Kathmandu. During our journey, we also cross several high passes and are constantly surrounded by the high Himalayan peaks and glaciers which make this trek all the more rewarding.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3,650 m/11,972ft)
We arrive in Lhasa either from a direct flight from Nepal or via mainland China. If we decide to fly from Nepal, we get to enjoy around an hour long trans-Himalayan flight, considered to be one of the most beautiful air routes in the world. It takes us over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks and glaciers. If we choose to go to Lhasa via mainland China, we may fly from any of the major Chinese cities or take the world's highest train route to Lhasa. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will pick us up either from the airport or the train station for about an hour’s drive to our designated hotel in Lhasa.  We are advised to take plenty of rest for the remainder of the day in order to minimize altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital: 5 - 6 hours
We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today is the day we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital which is the center for the treatment, training, research and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5 - 6 hours
After breakfast, we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar.  Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery.  Sera Monastery 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 stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve centre of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 04: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12,956ft): 265 km, 5 hours
Today, we take a scenic drive to Gyantse. On the way, we cross the Khamba La Pass (4,794m) with a brief halt to savor the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m). Soon, we come across another pass, the Karo La Pass (5,045m). From our vehicle, we can enjoy views of huge glaciers tumbling down into the road before reaching Gyantse. In Gyantse, we visit the Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. Overnight in Gyantse.
Day 05: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,795 ft): 90km, 2 hours
After breakfast, we drive towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447.  After sightseeing in Shigatse, we will have the remainder of the day free for resting. This will help us with acclimatization and the next day’s long drive. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 06: Shigatse to Kharta (3,750m/12,300ft) 45 km, 1 hour
After breakfast, we drive to Kharta via Shegar. We cross Tso La (5,420m/17,782ft) and Gyatso La passes (5,252m/17,230ft). In Shegar, we meet our Nepalese staff and then we head for Kharta. On the way, we cross another high pass, Pang La (5,150m/17,000ft) and enjoy spectacular views of peaks which are over eight thousand meters such as Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu and Makalu. We descend down from the pass heading west to the Rongbuk Valley.  Overnight in Kharta.
Day 07: Kharta to Landrubling (4,800m/15,700ft): 4 - 5 hours
We begin our trekking today by walking along the banks of the Kharta River.  The trail provides us with amazing views of the local villages and barley fields. After a few kilometers, the trail splits. We follow the upper trail that leads to Shao La Pass.  As we climb steadily up, we pass through rhododendron and highland conifer forests.  We arrive at Landrubling and camp on a shelf above the Kharta River. Overnight in Landrubling.
Day 08: Landrubling to Jorpokhari (4,268m/14,000 ft): 3 - 4 hours
On our journey from Landrubling to Jorpokhari, we will be walking along a ridge on moraines. This is a short trip that will help us to become properly acclimatized to the higher altitude. After walking on the moraines we reach twin lakes, also called Jorpokhari. The twin lakes are located below the Shao La Pass. Overnight in Jorpokhari.
Day 09: Jorpokhari to Joksum (4,800m/15,700ft): 6 - 7 hours
We ascend steadily over rocky grounds to reach the Shao La Pass (4,800m/15,748ft). From the top of the pass, we get to enjoy mesmerizing views of Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029ft), Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft), Makalu (8,481m/27,825ft), and other high Himalayan peaks. We descend down again through the rocky slopes and notice the change in the scenery as it changes from barren, rocky slopes to lush rhododendron, birch, and willow trees. We walk further down the valley through thick fir and juniper forests and reach Joksum. Overnight in Joksum.
Day 10: Joksum to Sumthang (4,420m/14,500ft): 5 - 6 hours
We hike on a steep trail through juniper and rhododendron forests to reach high pastures above the Kama River. From here, we have splendid views of Mt. Everest and Lhotse; and of high ridges south of the Kama River. We continue with our trail and pass through alpine meadows, yak herders’ camps and a serene green lake. We then reach Sumthang, a large meadow with great views of the Khangshung Valley. Overnight in Sumthang.
Day 11: Sumthang to Parthang (4,240m/13,907ft): 5 - 6 hours
We climb on a ridge up the Khangshung Valley. Then, descend down through rhododendron and conifer trees. We enjoy the wonderful views of Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and other high mountains.  As we climb higher, the vegetation starts getting increasingly thinner and we come closer to the Everest's Kangshung face. We enter the Khangshung Valley, drained by the Khangshung stream and cross it. We ascend further more until we arrive at our campsite in Parthang. Overnight in Parthang.
Day 12: Perthang to Pethang Ringmo (4,880m/16,000ft): 4 - 5 hours
We climb the Kangshung Valley glacier rim along the moraines. This is one of the steepest sections of the climb. The huge faces of Mt. Everest and Lhotse now appear to dominate the sky. Mt. Chomo Lonzo (7,790m) also appears very close. At the end of the lake, there is a cave believed to be the meditation retreat of Padmasambhava. Ascending further 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 is set aside for acclimatization. We hike along the glacier and discover the Khangshung base camp (5,185m/17,000ft) from where Everest is climbed from the eastern side. The place is surrounded by Himalayas and the view of Kangshung face and Lhotse appear spectacular. Towards the north of camp, there are two lakes on a ridge overlooking the Khangshung Valley. We may even take an excursion to this place which is on the Nepalese side of the border overlooking the Makalu base camp area. Overnight in Pethang Ringmo.
Day 14: Reserve Day for Contingency
We keep a day in reserve for any contingency. There is no such guarantee of favorable weather; therefore, this day is set aside in case we are unable to complete our schedule.However, if the trip does go smoothly, this day will most likely be skipped. Overnight in Pethang Ringmo.
Day 15: Pethang Ringmo to Rabka Chu: 6 - 7 hours
Retracing our steps down the valley along the Khangshung Glaciers, we cross a rock slide opposite the Chomolonzo glacier, and pass Pethang to a stream crossing at the Rabka Chu. The camp (4,120m/13,500ft) on the grassy meadow across the river is a pleasant place to spend the afternoon. With 4 hours of hiking, we can also reach this campsite from Pethang Ringmo by taking a side trip to Guru Rimpoche`s cave at Tse Chu Lake. The trail climbs high above Okpa meadows, crosses Lamtsho (4,940m/16,200ft), then descends steeply to the lake. Overnight in Rabka.
Day 16: Rabka Chu to Tso Tshuringma (4,880m/16,000 ft): 4 - 5 hours
We return via Opka Rabka Chu. We can climb uphill to a Pangboche, which is a small meadow.  Crossing the great moors of Mt. Karma Changri and glacier in the background, we camp at Lake Tso Tshuringma. The horizon in the south is still blocked by the mass of Makalu. There is a possibility that we also may get to see nomad camps in the area. We continue to hike steeply over alpine slopes for another couple of hours 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
We climb over steep rocky grounds to reach the Langma La Pass (5,320m/ 17,454ft), the trail leading a climb between slabs of rock. Huge prayer flags hang on the cliffs overlooking the pass. They are hung in memory of the spirits and deities of the Bon people living in the area. From Langma La, we bid farewell to the Khangshung Valley and the impressive panorama of some of the world's highest mountains. We plunge ahead through a moraine and glaciated valley. We descend steeply for a few hours on the trail and encounter repeated 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
From Troshay we trek back to Kharta then drive to Rongbuk. . The trail is a steep descend to the village of Lhundupling. We cross the river below Yulba village and are back to the place we started our trek. We then drive towards Rongbuk. We enjoy the mountain landscape on our drive as the valley gets wider and the settlement thicker. At one bend, the huge north face of Everest suddenly appears in the horizon. After checking in at our hotel in Rongbuk in the afternoon, we visit Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery is 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
We leave Rongbuk in the morning to visit the Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft). 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 accomplish one of the major highlights of our trip, reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest. We make approximately a 16km round trip around the Everest Base Camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the view of Everest is more than compensating. After spending some quality time at the base of the world’s highest mountain, we make Zhangmu our next destination. Overnight in Zhangmu.
Day 20: Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft) - 123 km, 4 hours
A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu to 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 and walk across the river where a Nepalese staff will be waiting for us. After around 4 hours of driving through deep valleys, we reach Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 21: Final Departure
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Himalayan Glacier representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Included in the Cost

  • Pickups and drops from airport(s) and hotel(s)
  • All accommodations as per the itinerary (8 nights in hotel and 12 nights in camps/tents)
  • Breakfast in Lhasa, Gyantse , Shigatse , Zhangmu and Kathmandu
  • All meals during the trek
  • Farewell dinner in Nepal
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Private vehicles (van or Hiace or bus) for transportation
  • English-speaking, trained and experienced guide(s)
  • All camping services and equipments
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • All government and local taxes when necessary
  • Fees for yak and porters for carrying luggage(s)
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Not Included in the Cost

  • Accommodation and meals in mainland China
  • Extra night accommodation and meals in Nepal
  • Chinese visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse , Shegar and Zhangmu
  • Travel 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
  • International flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa and China to Lhasa
  • Personal clothing and accessories including sleeping bags
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) + oxygen
  • Anything that is not specified in the ‘what is included’ section

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Accommodations

We will be staying at Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa, Gyantse Hotel in Gyantse, Kasar Hotel in Shigatse, Rongbuk Monastery Guest House in Rongbuk, Zhangmu Hotel in Zhangmu, Hotel Norbulinka in Kathmandu and camping (tent) during the trek. The hotels in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Kathmandu are 2-3 star hotels, but due to their remote location, the hotels in Rongbuk and Zhangmu are very basic. It is also possible to upgrade to a better hotel in Lhasa, but the accommodations in other cities and towns are the best available ones. For camping, the tents will have a single matress for each participant. A separate kitchen tent, shower tent and toilet tent will also be made available. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost 390 USD.

Meals

Breakfast will be served in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Rongbuk , Zhangmu and Kathmandu and all meals will be provided during the trek. We recommend our guest(s) to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner every day. Our meal will mostly include Tibetan bread, dal (lentil soup), bhat (rice), tsampa porridge and other simple local foods.

Acclimatization

Tibet is the highest plateau in the world and is widely known as ‘The Roof of the World’. Therefore, throughout the journey we will either be driving or trekking in high altitude areas. It should also be understood that there is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level in high altitudes like Tibet and our body needs a few days to acclimatize to this less-oxygen environment. The three days we spend in Lhasa will help us get properly acclimatized to the high altitude. However, Himalayan Glacier still advises guest(s) to do some trekking or altitude activities in Nepal or elsewhere before taking this trip. It is also important that our guest(s), especially one(s) with known heart or lung or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are all symptoms of AMS.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Trekking to the Everest Kangshung Face requires high physical fitness along with prior experience at trekking in high altitudes. If you can both ascend and descend for 4 - 9 hours with breaks lasting only a few minutes mixed in and have previously trekked in high altitudes, then you are highly likely to enjoy your trek to the Everest Kangshung Face. Besides your physical fitness and prior experience in high altitudes, it is also important that you have a positive attitude and a strong determination. We also advise our guest(s) to consult their doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements before the trip. Himalayan Glacier reserves the right to require a medical certificate prior to the booking of your trip.

Visa & Entry Procedure

We at Himalayan Glacier would like to assist you in making your Tibet tour an adventure of a lifetime as well as trouble free. Therefore, please visit this page for information on Tibet entry procedures and other things you should know about before travelling to Tibet.

Best Time to Travel

Late August to September is the best time for the Everest Kangshung Face Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, although the nights are cold and temperature can fall to freezing. The weather can change rapidly and is unpredictable. Please note that while trekking in Everest Kangshung region, visitors will be moving from warmer climate to conditions below freezing. Be prepared for all eventualities!

Equipments & Packing List

The following basic equipment check list should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

Documents
  • Valid Passport
  • Necessary visas and permits
  • Medical insurance
  • Business cards
  • Airline tickets
  • Passport size photographs (minimum 4)

Note: Make copies of your passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule, and travelers’ checks. Please leave a copy with someone at home and put another copy in a separate place in your luggage.

CLOTHING

Head:
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
Lower Body:
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet:
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm-wool hiking socks
  • Waterproof hiking boots with spare laces
  • Gaiters
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Upper Body:
  • Light T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or pullover (Wind-Stopper products are very versatile)
  • Waterproof (breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (highly recommended for Tibet trips)
  • Light- and expedition-weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
Hands:
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof outer shell (seasonal)
Accessories:
  • Sleeping bag rated to -30 to -40 degree Celsius
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First-Aid Kit (Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment, aspirin, Band-Aids/bandages, blister treatment, insect repellent and multi-vitamin tablets)
  • Large plastic bags for keeping items inside your trek bag dry
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (small wash towel, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Ear plugs (as some people in your group may be prone to snoring)
Toiletries:
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
Personal Hygiene:
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries:
  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and Pen
  • iPod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game(s) like chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Modest swim suit (for Kathmandu)

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684

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