25 days, 24 nights
Difficulty Level: 5
Price (US$): From $4,895.00
Months Available: April, May June and September
Of the three treks that allow up-close views of Mt. Everest (South face from Everest Base Camp in Nepal, North Face from Rongbuk near Everest Base Camp in Tibet and the East face from Kharta Valley area below Kanshung glacier), the trek to the Kharta Valley and Kanshung Glacier is considered by many to be the finest. Because of logistics and strenuous trekking involved in getting to the region, the Kanshung region receives the least number of trekking groups. But once in this desolate but beautiful area, trekkers soon realize that there are few places in the world that can match the alpine beauty of this region.
Our trip begins with a flight to Lhasa. After a few days of exploring in Lhasa, we head south on land cruisers. We are met by our Nepali camping crew in Xegar from where we trek across Kharta valley to Rongbuk sharing the trail with Tibetan nomads who during these months take their cattle to high pastures. We have extra days to explore the Kanshung Glacier Base Camp and the North Base Camp. We then rejoin the Friendship Highway and drive back to Kathmandu.
This trek is non-technical and suitable for anyone in good shape who likes to hike. This is not a backpacking trip: yaks will carry your gear. It is a camping trek: you will be sleeping and eating in campsites in tents along the trail.
Continue to Shigatse; a short 56 mile drive on the paved Friendship Highway. After lunch visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama and the largest functioning monastery in Tibet. The monastery is essentially a walled town in its own right with busy cobbled lanes twisting around the ancient buildings. Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast)Day 08 - Shigatse to Xegar (13,300 ft.) We continue on the Friendship Highway to Shegar. Here we meet with our Nepali staff who will be helping us with setting up camp and preparing nutritious meals for our hike to the Kanshung base camp and back. Overnight Camp. (All meals) Day 09 - Xegar to Kharta (12,100 ft.) Today, leaving the friendship highway, we head south-east towards Kharta Qu. Camp is in a pasture past Kharta by the Kharta Tsangpo. Overnight Camp (All meals) Day 10 - Kharta (13,300 ft.) Today is an acclimatization day. You have the option to do a 4-hour hike up to Zamchung La (14,300ft/4,360m). Overnight Camp. (All meals)
Day 11 to Day 15 - Kharta to Pethang Ringmo
The trek to the Kanshung Face Base Camp is strenuous because you will be trekking at fairly high altitude but there are only a couple of days where you will be required to trek for more than six hours.
Trek along the road for an hour to Yulok. Further up, take the left trail towards Shau-la. The other trail leads to Landrubling which we will pass through on our return. We continue up for another hour to a meadow camp (13,650ft/4,160m).
Past the meadow camp, trek three hours to the next camp (14,950ft/4,560m) beside the lake. Views of Makalu (27,805ft/8,457m) on a clear day are simply unrivaled from camp.
Wake up early for the pass crossing at Shau La (15,700ft/4,790m) which you should reach after two hours of walking from camp. From the pass, descend three and a half hours to a meadow camp (13,100ft/3,990m).
From the meadow camp, we trek three hours to our next camp at Shalung Tsho (14,500ft/4,420m). Here we climb a ridge to get views of Everest and Lhotse.
The hike from Shalung Tsho to Pethang Ringmo (15,800ft/4,820m), the base camp of the 1921 Everest Reconnaissance team, can take up to 7 hours. We camp two nights at Pethang Ringmo taking day hikes to the Kanshung Face base camp. Overnight Camp (All meals)Day 16 - Pethang Ringmo Explore. Overnight Camp. (All meals) Day 17 to Day 19 - Pethang Ringmo to Kharta Qu We will take three days for our return to Kharta Qu trekking over the Lamga La (17,200ft/5,240m).
From Pethang Ringmo, we back-track two hours to Rabka Chu. Then we begin the big climb to the moraine ridge (14,450ft/4,430m) on our way to Thangsham meadows. We climb two hours to camp in the pasture by the lake at Tsho Melongme (15,900ft/4,850m) below the Langma La pass.
We wake up early for our trek over Langma La. From camp, we should arrive at the summit in about 2 hours. Views of Makalu are simply magnificent from the pass along with Lhotse and Everest. We descend three hours to Troshay meadow camp (14,500ft/4,160m).
Trekking an hour through rhododendrons and juniper we arrive at Shomale (13,650ft/4,160m). Look out for marmots and varieties of birds. Soon terraced fields of Kharta become visible. We camp near the town of Landrubling (13,100ft/3,990,).Day 20 - Landrubling to Rongbuk Today, we trek about an hour to Kharta Tsangpo where we will be met by our land-cruisers for the our ride to Rongbuk monastery (16,100ft/4,900m). We will camp outside the monastery. Overnight Camp. (All meals) Day 21 - Rongbuk to Everest Base Camp Explore Everest Base Camp. Overnight Camp. (All meals) Day 22 to Day 23 - Rongbuk to Kathmandu Rejoin the Friendship Highway and descend towards the Nepal-Tibet border at Zhangmu. Met at the border by your Nepali representatives. Continue drive to Kathmandu. Overnight camp. (All meals) Day 24 - Kathmandu Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Breakfast and Lunch) Day 25 - Final departure Final departure. (Breakfast)
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