Everest Kangshung Face Trek

Trip Highlights

  1. Visit Everest Base Camp
  2. Explore old cities of Lhasa: Gyantse, Shigatse
  3. Magnificent Palaces: Potala and Norbulinka
  4. Stunning Monasteries: Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery
  5. Himalayan Range including Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho-Oyu and many more.
  6. Many High passes including Rhododendron and Alpine forests.
Everest Kangshung Face Trek
Photo Rongbuk Monastery
Trip Duration: 20 days(s) / Trek Duration: 12 days(s)
Max Altitude: Langma La Pass (5320m)
Trip Grade: 3
Lodging: Teahouse, Guest house, Hotel, camping
Transportation: Flight, Private /Public vehicle
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any
Best Season: Oct - Dec, Feb - Apr

Trip Overview

World highest peak Mt. Everest has three facades- Kangshung is the east face and considered as the most stunning and least explored area in the world. We can see the massif and magnificent Mt. Everest with Tibet's ancient towns like Gyantse, Shigatse, Lhasa, Rongbuk and Zhangmu. We start our trip by sightseeing of Lhasa including Norbulinka and Potala Palaces, Barkhor market and Tibetan museum. Similarly, in Lhasa we explore the giant monasteries such as Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery as well as Jokhang Temple. Actually we start our walking from Kharta and hike to the Everest east face- Kangshung. After reaching the Kangshung we retrace back to the starting point- Kharta. However, from this spot we head towards the Rongbuk by driving through the Everest Base Camp, which is the north face. At Rongbuk, we explore the giant and magnificent Rongbuk monastery. It is also taken as the elevated monastery in the world. From here we march to Zhangmu and conclude our trip with a spectacular drive to Kathmandu. During our trip, we pass the different landscapes, cross many high passes and continuously see the Himalayan Range and glaciers which makes our trip fruitful.

Outline

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3,650 m)
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Lhasa
Day 03: Full Day sightseeing of Lhasa
Day 04: Drive to Gyantse (3,950m), 265 km, 5 hrs.
Day 05: Drive to Shigatse (3,900m), 90km, 2 hrs.
Day 06: Drive to Kharta (3,750m), 45 km, 1 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Landrubling (4,800m), 5 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Jorpokhari (4,268m), 4 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Joksum (4,800m), 6 - 7 hours
Day 10: Trek to Sumthang (4,420m), 6 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Parthang (4,240m), 6 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Pethang Ringmo (4,880m), 5 hrs.
Day 13: Explore Pethang Ringmo and Khangshung Valley
Day 14:  Rest Day
Day 15: Trek to Rabka Chu, 7 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Tso Tshuringma (4,880m), 5 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Troshay (4,270m), 7 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Rongbuk (5,050m), 4-5 hrs Trek / 2 hrs drive
Day 19: Drive to Zhangmu (2,300m) with Everest Base Camp: 257 km, 5 hrs
Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu (1,350m), 123 km, 4-5 hrs

Service includes

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis.
  • Guided Tibet tour.
  • Entrance fees.
  • All transfer in private vehicle.
  • Travel Permit.
  • Tibet Visa Fees.

Service does not include

  • International flights ticket.
  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Meals
  • Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
  • Cost of personal nature like tipping, laundry bills, bar bills etc.
  • Extra cost arises due to unpredicted incidents like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
  • Personal gears.

Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Lhasa (3,650 m)
Magnificent flight over Himalayan range of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and others small peaks we arrive Lhasa. Upon arrival you will meet a representative and transfer to the respective hotel. Remaining day you can explore the city of Lhasa or have a plenty of rest in order to diminish altitude sickness. Overnight stay at Lhasa.

Day 02:  Full day sightseeing of Lhasa
Today after a delicious breakfast we start our sightseeing of Lhasa. Today we explore the magnificent Norbulinka and Potala Palaces. Potala palace was constructed in 17th century and it grants superb view of the whole city and residence of the Dalai Lama with several impressive rooms and garden. Similarly, Norbulinka literally means "Treasure Park". It is situated at the area about 360000 sq. m and is taken as the one of the largest artificial garden in Tibet and is also the summer Palace of Dalai Lama. On the same way, we explore the Tibet Museum which is taken as the authorized museum of Tibet. Museum possesses more than 1000 permanent artifacts associated to the history and culture of Tibet. Overnight stay at Lhasa.

Day 03:  Full Day sightseeing of Lhasa
Today is the second day of sightseeing of Lhasa. Today we explore Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar and Drepung Monastery. Drepung Monastery was constructed in 14th century and assumed to have privileged about 10000 monks in the years ago but now there are only few hundreds. Tibetan people are highly concerted in this stunning monastery with the culture, religious belief and history.  Sera monastery is one of magnificent monasteries situated at 5 km north of Lhasa city. This pretty monastery was once a residence of more than 5000 monks. Jokhang Temple lies at the centre of Old Lhasa. It is a residence of Tibet's most valuable spiritual remnant, a golden Sakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a present by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the time of her marriage to the Tibetan King Songtsen Gompo. Similarly, we visit Barkhor market; it is heart of Lhasa with its open shops and mass of pilgrims. Overnight stay at Lhasa.

Day 04:  Drive to Gyantse (3,950m), 265 km, 5 hrs.
Today after breakfast we head towards Gyantse via driving. While driving we pass the Khamba La Pass of elevation 4794m with a magnificent Turquoise lake- yamdrok Tso. This lake is considered as one of the three main sanctified lakes in Tibet. In addition, we cross magnificent Nazin Kang Sang glacier of elevation 7252m. Similarly, we pass the renowned Karo La Pass (5045m). On the way we can see the magnificent glaciers plummeting down into the trail before arriving Gyantse. Upon arrival in Gyantse, we explore the stupa named  Khumbum, Phalkot Monastery and of course Gyantse Dzong. Gyantse Dzong is one of the protected Dzongs in Tibet. Overnight stay in Gyantse.

Day 05:  Drive to Shigatse (3,900m), 90km, 2 hrs.
Today we head towards Shigatse. Shigatse is the second biggest city in Tibet. Here, we see the renowned Tashilhunpo monastery which has both cultural and historical significance by first Dalai Lama in 1447. After completing the sightseeing in Shigatse we will have rest or you can explore the surrounding area of Shigatse. Overnight stay in Shigatse.

Day 06:  Drive to Kharta (3,750m), 45 km, 1 hrs.
Today we move to Kharta through Shegar. In this 1 hour drive we pass the Tso La pass and Gyatso La Pass with an elevation 5420m and 5252m respectively. Upon arrival at Shegar we assemble with our Nepalese crew members and march towards Kharta. Similarly, we pass Pang La pass (5150m) on the way with the magnificent scenery of the elevated peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and Cho-Oyu. We tumble down from the high pass and moving to the Rongbuk valley to the west.  Overnight stay in Kharta.

Day 07: Trek to Landrubling (4,800m), 5 hrs.
Today after breakfast we start our trekking. We walk along the side of the Kharta River. The path offers the marvelous scenery of the barley fields and villages. We continue to walk until the road divides, and we take the upper route that takes us to Shao La Pass. As we ascend we cross the beautiful Rhododendron and conifer forests. We reach at the camping site at Landrubling and stay overnight.

Day 08: Trek to Jorpokhari (4,268m), 4 hrs.
Today after breakfast we trek to Jorpokhari all along a ridge on moraines. This is exciting and easy day as we trek on the moraines we arrive at the twins' lakes- Jorpokhari. These twin lakes are situated below the Shao La Pass. Overnight stay in Jorpokhari.

Day 09: Trek to Joksum (4,800m), 6 - 7 hours
Today we climb gradually over rocky fields to Shao La Pass with elevation 4800m. From the summit of this pass we can see the compelling view of the Himalayan Range including Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Makalu (8481m), Cho Oyu (8201m) and other small peaks. Similarly, we tumble down again the rocky place and we can observe the changing scenario of the scenery as it modify from barren, rocky to the green rhododendron forests. We trek down the valley crossing thick juniper and fir forests and finally to Joksum. We stay overnight in Joksum.

Day 10: Trek to Sumthang (4,420m), 6 hrs.
Today we walk on a sheer path all along through rhododendrons and Junipers forests to arrive the elevated territory just above the Kama River. From this point we can see the superb views of the Mt. Everest and Lhotse. We persist walking with the yak herders, picturesque green lake and alpine fields until we reach Sumthang. From Sumthang we can see the stunning view of the Khangshung Valley. We stay overnight in Sumthang.  

Day 11: Trek to Parthang (4,240m), 6 hrs.
Today we ascend to the Khangshang valley and tumble down through the marvelous conifer and rhododendron forests. On the way we can see the spectacular view of the elevated Himalayan range including Lhotse Shar, Lhotse, Mt. Everest and other peaks. As we ascend high the flora becomes thinner and we finally reach nearer to the Kangshung. After that we go through the Khangshung valley, exhausted by the Khangshung rivulet and pass it. We climb further until we reach Parthang, which is our campsite for today. Overnight stay in Parthang.  

Day 12: Trek to Pethang Ringmo (4,880m), 5 hrs.
Today we ascend Kangshung valley glacier edge along the moraines. This is one of the thrilling and steeply part of ascend. From here, you can see the giant faces of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Chomo Lonzo (7790m) which governs the entire sky. We can find the cave at the end of the lake. It is supposed to be the contemplation center of Padmasambhava. Climbing further and crossing twist of Orga we reach our camping site for overnight stay. Overnight stay in Pethang Ringmo.

Day 13: Explore Pethang Ringmo and Khangshung Valley
Today we walk all the way along the glacier and explore the magnificent Khangshung Base Camp (5185m). From this point massif Everest is mounted from east side. This place is encircled by the beautiful mountains and we can see the mouthwatering view of the Mt. Lhotse and Kangshung face. At the northern side of the camp there are crystal clear two lakes at the Khangshung valley. We can also explore this spot which lies on the border of Nepal glancing the Makalu Base Camp. Overnight stay in Pethang Ringmo.

Day 14:  Rest Day
Today is the rest day after having long walk. On this day you can explore the area and return back to our camp for overnight stay.

Day 15: Trek to Rabka Chu, 7 hrs.
Today we follow same route through the Khangshung glaciers, we pass a rocky slope converse the Chomolonzo glacier and cross Pethang to a rivulet passing the Rabka Chu (4120m). We walk about 4 hours of trekking and arrive at this fabulous campsite from Parthang Ringmo by taking side journey to Guru Rimpoche's cave at Tse Chu Lake. The path ascends above the Okpa ground, passes Lamtsho (4940 m), then tumble down to the lake. Overnight stay in Rabbka.  

Day 16: Trek to Tso Tshuringma (4,880m), 5 hrs.
We come back through Rabka Chu and ascend to a Pangboche which is tiny grassland. We pass the giant link of Karma Changri Mountain and glacier in the backdrop; we establish camp at Tso Tshuringma Lake. The sphere in the southern side is still hidden by the massif Makalu. We move on to steeply to the alpine forest for couple of hours to pristine lake at the base of Langma La (5320m). We stay overnight in Tsho Tshurigma.

Day 17:  Trek to Troshay (4,270m), 7 hrs.
Today we ascend over the rocky path until we arrive at Langma La Pass (5320m). From this point we can see the many prayer flags suspend on the cliffs. They are suspended in the reminiscence of the soul and divinities of the Bon religions sheltered here. We say good bye to the Khangshung valley in together to the stunning view of the Himalayan Range from Langma La. We move forward all the way through the glaciated area and tumble down for a couple of hours and meet the same roads of the wandering yak caravans. We camp on the grassy land in Troshay for overnight stay. We stay overnight in Troshay.

Day 18: Trek to Rongbuk (5,050m), 4-5 hrs Trek / 2 hrs drive
After breakfast, we retrace the same route until we reach Kharta and from Kharta we move to Rongbuk via driving. The road is a bit sloppy and we tumble down to the beautiful village of Lhundupling. We pass through the river just below the Yulba settlement and return to the same spot from where we begin our fabulous trekking. After that we move to Rongbuk by driving, on the way we can see the marvelous landscapes and villages and also we can see the massif north face of Mt. Everest. Upon arrival at Rongbuk check in the hotel and explore the outstanding Rongbuk Monastery, which is the elevated monastery in the world. We stay overnight in Rongbuk.

Day 19: Drive to Zhangmu (2,300m) with Everest Base Camp: 257 km, 5 hrs
Today is the most exciting and most waited day as we explore the Everest Base Camp (5250m). We can see the amazing views of the lofty mountains including Sishapangma (8013m), Cho Oyu (8201m) and most importantly the world highest peak Mt. Everest (8848m). It is also renowned as Mt. Chomolungma in Tibet. We explore the base camp and about 16 km we make a round trip here. We spend some time here and heads towards our next spot Zhangmu. We stay overnight in Zhangmu. 

Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu (1,350m), 123 km, 4-5 hrs
Today we depart from Tibet, after some Km drive from Zhangmu to Friendship Bridge on the Bhote Koshi River takes us to the immigration department in Kodari where we complete some official formalities and say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and moves across the river to assemble with the Nepalese representative. After that about 4 / 5 hours of scenic drive we arrive at Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Trip FAQs

When is the best time to visit Tibet?
May to October is considered the best time to visit Tibet, especially the Everest base camp trip in Tibet.

What's the weather like in Tibet?
Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri – Nyalam have good weather throughout the year besides in peak winter as there is snowfall.
Mt.Everest Area: May to October is the best time as there is not snowfall and the temperature is comparatively warmer during this time of the year.
Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar: May to October is the best time as other time of the year the weather is Harsh most of the time with snow and rainfall. May to October also the weather can be bad sometimes but not bad enough that tours can’t be operated.
Eastern Tibet: Don't go to this area in July or August (the rainy season) because the rain could ruin the road, and make terrible landslides. In winter, the road could be frozen.
Northern Tibet: With the average altitude of 4,500m, this area offers very limited time for tourists. Summer (July to August) is the prime time to enjoy the great plain in northern Tibet.

What should I bring to travel in Tibet?
It pretty much depends on where in Tibet you are going.  If you are travelling in May –June casual thirsts and pants are enough with light jackets for the evening and the morning. If you are travelling to high altitudes or Everest region we recommend warm clothes and jackets.  Having sun glasses, sun blocking cream, moisture scream is a must to protect from the not so friendly environmental conditions of Tibet.

What is high season? What is the definition for high season, shoulder season and low season?
High season marks the most popular times of the year for travel in Tibet, due to the weather, holiday periods or other reasons. Therefore hotels, airlines and travel agencies are heavily booked, and prices are higher than at other times.
The seasons are usually defined as follows:
High season: July 1 to October 15.
Shoulder season: May 1 to June 30.
Low season: October 16 to April 30.
Travelers should also be aware that the peak holiday periods: first week in May, first week in October, and Chinese Spring Festival (often takes place in late January or early February) are particularly busy. Prices and bookings will be even higher than usual.

What currency do I have to use in Tibet?
Chinese Yuan or RMB is the currency in Tibet. Foreign currencies are not accepted in any place. You can exchange money in Nepal or at Banks and hotels in Tibet.

Are there ATM machines in Tibet?
Big cities in Tibet like Lhasa and Shigatse have ATM machines in major squares. Smaller towns and villages don’t have ATM so if you are travelling beyond Lhasa and Shigatse having cash is the best idea.

What credit cards are accepted in Tibet?
IN the big cities of Tibet all kinds of credit cards are accepted by some  hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. You can use Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's club, and the JCB card of Japan. Again if travelling to villages and remote areas having cash along with you is the best thing.

What documents do I need if I am planning to travel to Tibet?
You need to have a valid passport, a valid China visa and a Tibet travel permit (sometimes people call it Entry permit or TTB, or Tibet visa).

Do I need Visa for China?
All visitors traveling to mainland China, whether for business or pleasure, require a visa. No Visa is required prior to enter Hong Kong; a Visa will be issued upon arrival. If you travel beyond Hong Kong, even for a few hours, you will need a China visa to enter China.

What is Tibet Travel Permit?
Tibet travel permit is the official document issued by Chinese government to visit Tibet for foreigners.

Does the hotel room have access to internet?
Very few.

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