Kharta Valley Trek 24 days
Tibet, often referred as the top of the world is a land rich in culture, Tradition and religious values. This 24 days trip in the mystic land takes you to Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Sera Monastery, Depung Monastery, Ganden Monastery, Gyantse, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor market, Sighatse, Tsetang and one of the least visited sites of the Everest. The Kharta valley trek is a exciting trek that leads to the Northern base camp of Everest and passes through the 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.
- Route - Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu
- Duration - 24 Days
- Activities - Trekking/Sightseeing/Tours
- Accomodation - Standard hotel in Tibet & Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu
- Transportation - Flight/Private Vehicle
- Best Season - May to October
- Max Elevation -
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Explore the city and prepare for the flight to Tibet tomorrow.
You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trip to Tibet that starts tomorrow.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu and Arrive Gongar Airport. Upon arrival transfer to Lhasa.
After a 2 and half hours flight we will arrive in Gongar Airport and half an hour drive from there we will reach Lhasa
Day 04: Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
After breakfast we will visit the Potala palace, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. This architectural masterpiece is the symbol of unity of the Tibetans. This palace was built by King Soongtsan Gampo, who was married to Princess Wen Cheng Tang in 641 A.D. It has got 999 houses built on Hongshan Hill with a red building on top. It is one of the grandest Palaces in the world till date.
After lunch we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most scared temple for Tibetan Buddhists. After spending some time at the Jokhang temple we will walk through the Barkhor Street, a traditional old street in Lhasa.
Day 05: Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
We will start the sightseeing today from Norbulingka - the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, located along the Kyichu River and two kilometers west of the Potala Palace. This Palace has a huge garden covering 360,000 square meters, making it the biggest manmade garden in Tibet. It has got 374 rooms. The second site is Drepung Monastery, made by Chojey Tashi Palden in the 14th Century. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or "The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind," was the largest, housing more than three quarters of Drepung's ten to fifteen thousand monks. Now it is one of Tibet’s premier monastic educational institutions
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3950m)
We will make a early morning visit to the Tashilumpo Monastery and the market of Bazaar .We will drive further to Gyantse, a couple of hours drive In the 15th century it served as the capital of a small Kingdom. Kumbum Chorten a 14th century monument is a place worth visiting here.
Day 07: Drive to Xigatse. (3900m.)
The program starts today after we visit Khumbum Stupa & Palkor Monastery. After completing the sightseeing of the Gyantse we will drive towards Xigatse, 90 Km from Gyantse and about 2 hours of drive. After check in at hotel and a brief rest we will visit the free Tibetan Market and the Tashilumpo Monastery
Day 08: Drive to Xegar. (4040m.)
We have a long drive of 245 Km today from Xigatse to Xegar. The Total duration of drive is 8 hours before we reach the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 09: Xegar to Kharta
Drive five hours to Kharta, enjoying beautiful views from the Pang La (17000) towards Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and Shisapangma (if weather is clear). Drive down the Dzakaa Chu and then the Phung Chu valley toward Kharta. We’ll make camp after the boarding school on the banks of the Kharta Tsangpo River, the headwaters of Nepal’s Arun River. Camp
Day 10: Begin Trek
We will start accenting Kharta Tsangpo valley going through small several settlements as the trail to the Shao La leaves the Kharta 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 or continue up the side valley following a small stream for another two hours to camp on meadows by the stream (14,000) (4 hours hiking). Camp
Day 11: Trek to Shao La.
Ascend steadily over rocky ground to reach the Shao La. Once at the top of the pass we descend for about an hour and then descend steeply to the valley below. At once the scene changes from barren rock slopes to lush rhododendrons, birch, and willow trees. Continue one hour down this valley to camp. (4 hours hiking). Camp
Day 12: Trek
Hike steeply through rhododendron forests to reach the high pastures above the Kama River. On clear days, we’ll see splendid views of Everest and Lhotse. We continue to traverse alpine meadows and pass yak herders’ camps and a serene green lake to a campsite on a large meadow with great views of the Khangshung Valley. (5 hours hiking). Camp
Day 13: Trek to Pethang.
Hike up a ridge and then down to the Kama River coming from the Langma La. After wading across the river we enter the Khangshung Valley, a wide valley drained by the Khangshung stream. A receding glacier has left behind wide undulating hill now covered by a thick growth of willow, rhododendron, juniper, and other shrubs. Camp at the meadow called Pethang.
Day 14: Trek to Pethang Ringmo
Hike steeply up onto a large rockslide. The views of Makalu and the incredible upheaval caused by the Chomolonzo glaciers are amazing. After the rockslide the trail traverses around the mountainside to reach a beautiful glade, locally called Opka. Continue hiking up meadows of lateral moraine with views of Everest, Lhotse, and Tserse to reach camp.
Day 15: Explore the Khangshung Valley
Optional day hikes up the Khangshung Valley alongside the glacier to the base camp used by expeditions attempting the east face of Everest.
Day 16: Trek to Raabky Chu
Retrace our steps down the valley along the Khangshung Glaciers, across the rockslide opposite the Chomolonzo glacier, and past Pethang to a stream crossing at the Raabka Chu. The camp on the grassy meadow across the river is a very pleasant place to spend the afternoon. (4 hours hiking.)
Day 17: Trek to Tso Tshuringma
Hike steadily uphill, steeply at first to a shelf above the river, then another hour across relatively flat ground 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 the Langma La.
Day 18: Trek to Troshay Meadow Camp
Climb steeply over rocky ground to reach the Langma La in just over two hours. En route we pass another lake. From Langma La we bid farewell of the Khangshung Valley and the impressive panorama of some of the world’s highest mountains, and then descend steeply four hours over rocky moraines and glaciated valleys. Camp is on a grassy meadow beside a clear stream at Troshay. (6 hours hiking).
Day 19: Troshay to Kharta
We follow the stream from camp down the Kharta Tsangpo valley along a well defined trail. We’ll hike across grassy hillsides used for grazing animals and past villages. After two hours we reach the fork of the trail where we climbed to Shao La at the beginning of the trek. Cross the river below Yulba village and reach our riverside campsite where we started the trek.
Day 20: Rongbuk Monastery
Drive five to six hours to Rongbuk monastery, the highest monastery in the world and a shrine dedicated to Everest. We spend a night here; this is a good place to read a book: just how often do you get a chance to sit and read at 5000m and with the stunning view of Everest's north face.
Day 21: Drive to Nyalam.
We will start driving towards Nyalam along the Friendship Highway after breakfast. This full day drive is tiring but the beauty of the Tibetan plateau will never let you feel tired and exhausted.
Day 22: Drive to Kathmandu.
This is the last day at Tibet for you as in one hour after breakfast we will reach Kodari, on the Nepal-Tibet border. From the border we will drive along the Araniko Higway, built in assistance of the Chinese government, to reach Kathmandu. It is a scenic 4 hours drive through hills and river valleys.
Day 23: Free day in Kathmandu for rest and recreation.
Day24: Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of the trek.
You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.
- Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet.
- Hotel with breakfast.
- English speaking Tibetan guide per as the itinerary.
- Entrance fees.
- Guide Fees.
- Land cruiser for transportation.
- Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
- All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
- Travel insurance.
- Nepal visa fee.
- Air fare to Lhasa and back.
Note: Please apply for a multiple entry visa in the Nepalese Embassy/Consulate at your country or upon arrival at the airport. Only Dormitory accommodation is available for first two nights in Nyalam and Lhatse. You can have standard accommodation from Day 3 onwards.