This trek leads you to the rarely visited eastern face of Mount Everest (also known as Khangsung face).A visit to the famous North base camp of Everest is another highlight of this trip. The trail passes through alpine meadows, forests filled with wildflowers, glaciated valleys, high mountain passes, traditional Tibetan villages, ancient monasteries, rich barley fields, picturesque yak pastures, Tibetan nomadic land, emerald green lakes and so many other captivating sights.
Your adventure begins in Lhasa where you get ample time to acclimatize and to absorb the exoticism of Tibetan cultural heritage.
Driving along the Friendship Highway you pass through small Tibetan settlements, where you will see nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains. You will meet the trekking support crew at the trail head point at Kharta. Yaks will carry the food supplies and trekking equipment. You camp amidst spectacular mountain scenery. Crossing several passes above 5000 meters, on your way to Everests east base camp gives you an ultimate high altitude experience. Some of the peaks which you get to view on this trek are Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse, Gauri Shankar and the Kanchenjunga massif.
>TRIP : Trekking
>Trip cost: USD 1599 it is between 1 to 4 Pax till
>GRADE : strenuous (grade explanation)
>ACCOMODATION DURING TREKKING : camping
D-1 : Kathmandu to Lhasa 0/N hotel
D-2-3 : Sightseeing in Lhasa : 2 days sightseeing in Lhassa : Jokhang, Barkhor Bazar, Potala, Drepung and Sera
overnight in hotel
D-4 : Drive to Shigatse visit Tashilunbu O/N hotel
D-5 : Drive to Shegar via Sakya O/N hotel
D-6 : Drive to Kharta Camping: drive 5 hours to Kharta, enjoying beautiful views from the Pang La toward Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and Shishapangma. Drive down the Dzakaa Chu and then the Phung Chu valley toward Kharta. Camp on the bank of the Kharta Tsangpo river, the headwaters of Nepal`s Arun river.
D-7 : Begin trek : Hike up the Kharta valley past several villages. The trail to the Shao la leaves the valley and climbs steadily up a side valley to the south. We `ll camp either at the beginning of this climb on a ledge overlooking the valley and its villages ( 4000m) or continue up the side valley following a small stream for another 2 hours to camp on meadows by the stream. ( 4 hrs hiking )
D-8 : Shao La : ascend steadily over rocky ground to reach the Shao La ( 5000m) in about 2 hrs. Once at the top of the pass we descend for about an hour and then plunge steeply to the valley below. At once the scene changes from barren rock slopes to lush rhododendrons, birch, and willow trees. We continue this valley for 1 hr. Camp at Joksum.(4 hrs )
D-9 : Trek : Hike steeply through juniper and rhododendron forests to reach the high pastures above the Kama River ( views toward Everest and Lhotse ). The high ridges south of the Karma river drip with hanging glaciers and in the spring are alive with bellowing avalanches. We continue to traverse alpine meadows and pass yak herders camp and a serene green lake to a camp site on a large meadow with great views of the Kangshung valley. ( 5 hrs )
D-10 : Trek : Hike up a ridge affording a clear sight right up the valley with views of a myriad of great peaks. From this ridge we descend rather steeply down to the Kama River coming from the Langma La. After wading across the river we enter the Kangshung Valley, a wide valley drained by the Kangshung stream. Camp at the meadow called Pethang ( 4700m).
D-11 : Trek to Pethangrimo : Hike steeply up onto a large rockslide. The views of Makalu and Chomolonzo glaciers are amazing. After the rockslide the trail traverses around the mountainside to reach a beautiful grade, locally called Okpa. Continue hiking up meadows of lateral moraine with views of Everest, Lhotse to reach camp on the grassy knolls of Pethang Ringmo.( 5330m) : (4-5 hrs hiking.)
D-12: Kangchung Valley: Optional day hikes up the Khangshung valley alongside the glacier to the Base Camp(5700m) used by expeditions.
D-13 : Trek to Raabka Chu : Retrace our steps down the valley along the Kangshung glacier, past Pethang to a stream crossing at the Raabka Chu. The camp ( 4500m) on the grassy meadow is a very pleasant place ( 4hrs 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 above Okpa meadows, crosses Lamtsho then descends steeply to the lake. ( 6-7 hrs hiking )
D-14 : Trek to Tshuringma : Hike steadily uphill, steeply at first for an hour to a shelf above the river, then another hour across relatively flat dround to a small meadow called Pangboche, where we have lunch. Continue to hike steeply over alpine slopes for another couple of hours to a small but beautiful lake at the base of Langma La. Camp at Tsho Tshuringma ( 5330m) : 4 hrs hiking.
D-15 : Trek to Troshay meadow : climb steeply over rocky ground to reach the Landma La ( 5800m) in just over 2 hrs. En route the views of Makalu become more impressive as we climb upwards, while Everest and all the other attendant peaks are visible all the way from the pass. We descend steeply 4 hrs over rocky moraines and glaciated valleys. Camp is on a grassy meadow beside a clear stream at Troshay ( 4660m): 6 hrs hiking.
D-16 : Troshay to Kharta: We follow the stream from camp down the Kharta Tsangpo valley along a well defined trail. We``ll hike across grassy hillside used for grazing animals and past villages with barley and potato fields ringed by willows and birch. After 2 hrs we reach the fork of the trail where we climbed to Sho La at the beginning of the trek. Cross the river below Yulba village and reach our riverside campsite where we started the trek.
D-17 : Drive to Rongbuk monastery. O/N in hotel
D-18 : Hike to Everest BC, back to Rongbuck
D-19 : Drive to Nyalam. O/N in hotel
D-20 : Drive to Zangmu. O/N in hotel
D-21 : Drive to Kathmandu.
-full board accommodations on the road and in Lhassa ( breakfast, lunch, dinner )
-transportation by 4WD jeep in Tibet and microbus or jeep from KTM to the border.
-entrees in the monasteries
-sightseeing in Lhasa
-all the transferts
-camping trekking ( guide, kitchen crew, tents 2 or 3 places w/mattresses)
-personnal expenses such as bar bill, mineral water etc
-personnal medical and travel insurance
-airport taxe in KTM
-tips to guide / driver etc
-extra services/and cost of emergencies if occurred due to nature ( such as roadblock, sickness, political problems in Tibet)
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