Everest Kangshung Face Trek - 21 Days

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    21 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    Langma La Pass 5320 m

  • Difficulty

    moderate

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Flight and Comfortable Drive

  • Best Season:

    • Summer (May,Jun)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Everest Kangshung Face Trek Overview

Everest Kangshung Face Trek is considered the best way to get near the majestic summit of Mount Everest.

Designed for those non-seasoned climbers, the trek route offers captivating terrain with varieties of flora throughout the trek. We will also be able to experience the firsthand culture of the Sherpas. Hiking through alpine forests, crossing glacial lakes and lush farmlands, we make our way to the hidden face of Mount Everest, christened Kanshung. Contrary to popular trekking routes, we begin our trek from Lhasa (3700 m).

We will also visit versatile remote villages with vibrant culture and color. The journey to Kangshung Face Trek is designed to help hikers acclimatize gradually to the elevation gain and follow the winding, safe ridges and trails in a bid to garner some of the most fantastic views that the region has to offer.

Although the trek isn’t too long, it is still rated at a moderate difficulty in grade due to the high passes and campsites we encounter. The highest point we reach is the Langma La Pass (5320 m) and the trek on mountain scree to reach Pethang Ringmo is one of the most adventurous parts of our trek.

We encounter the villages of Shigatse, Shegar and the scenic Pang La Pass, along the way and experience firsthand the culture and heritage of the local population. 

Major Highlights of Tibetan Khangshung Face

  • One of the most dramatic, beautiful but least explored regions in the world.
  • Explore Landmarks cities like Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Rongbuk, and Zhangmu.
  • Visit the vibrant city of Kathmandu.
  • Panoramic and lifetime memorable view of Everest.
  • Traditional and unique Tibetan villages, cultures and hospitality
  • The dramatic panoramic view comprises distant Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Chomo Lonzo and Everest itself.

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 mins

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Himalayan Trekkers and get transferred to the hotel. Rest of the time, enjoy strolling the surrounding area.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2: Full-day Kathmandu sightseeing

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

After breakfast at the hotel, a tour guide will take you to the historical and cultural places of Kathmandu. The Kathmandu city presents a fabulous mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and western influence in the valley. There will be a full day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Boudhanath, the former royal palace in Kathmandu Durbar Square, and the monkey temple called Swayambhunath.

Meals: BB

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa

🕑 1 hour+ flight & 1/2 hour drive

Max Altitude: 3,660 m

Our expedition begins in Nepal as we head from the capital to Lhasa. The view that this flight has to offer is stunning and provides a glimpse into the bountiful landscape awaiting us below. This sneak peeks into the world of the Himalayas complete with the summits, valleys, open pastures and terraced fields can’t help but build the anticipation for the next two weeks. At Lhasa, we transfer to our hotel and settle in for the night.

Meals: BB

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Lhasa

Day 4: Full-day Lhasa sightseeing

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,660 m

We spend the day in Lhasa and allow our bodies to accustom to the altitude (3700m). As we spend this in one of the largest cities in the region, we visit a couple cornerstones of the Buddhist community, the Jhokang Temple and the Potala Palace. The Jhokang Temple is also rich with history while the Potala Palace is well known for its engineering brilliance and majestic location. We spend the night in Lhasa.

Meals: BB

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Lhasa

Day 5: Drive to Shigatse

🕑 5 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,900 m

Heading out from Lhasa we drive westward on ‘Friendship Highway’, a modern engineering achievement connecting China and Nepal. The prominent feature of driving along this highway is the stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas. We follow the crests and troughs of the road as we drive along the Tsangpo River to reach our hotel in Shigatse (3856m).

We arrive ahead of the setting sun and have just enough time to visit the Tashilunpo monastery, founded by the 1st Dalai Lama making it one of the oldest monasteries in the region. The monastery really stands true to name, meaning ‘Heap of Glory’.

Meals: BB

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Shigatse

Day 6: Drive to Shegar via Gyatso La Pass

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,220 m

If we are lucky we may able to see the Tashilumpo Monastery in all its glory as the sun rises at dawn and strikes the monastery first.

Today, we proceed south towards the primary chain of the Himalayas. The highest point we reach today is the Gyatso La Pass at 5220m, the highest point on the ‘Friendship Highway’. We enjoy spectacular views of Everest on the backdrops continuing onwards to reach our hotel in Shegar (4,000 m).

Meals: BB

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Shegar

Day 7: Drive to Kharta Valley via Pang La Pass

🕑 6 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,150 m

On the 5th of day of our journey, we set out from Shegar and have a whole day of driving to look forward to. We climb all the way up to Pang La (5150m) gaining almost a 1000m in elevation. Although we have a long day of driving ahead of us, the views from atop Pang La make the trip absolutely worth it. We descend from the pass into the Kharta valley (3,700 m) where we set up our first camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 8: First day of hike down past Landrubling

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,990 m

The first day of trekking on our trip begins in the Kharta valley and takes us through many remote settlements to Landrubling (3,990m). The Kharta valley is gorgeous and breathtaking with its head at the culmination of a glacier shelf.

The Kharta Chu also flows through the valley that provides for lush, green banks along which we hike to reach our campsite on a shelf above the river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 9: Trek to twin lakes located halfway up to Shao La Pass

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,790 m

As we set off on our hike after a breakfast, we make our way up the residual debris from a previous, glacial flood. We ascend the moraine ridge where we catch another glimpse at the geographical wonders the region has to offer.

The twin lakes beneath Shao La are a great place to rest ourselves after the arduous ascent. While the Shao La Pass provides a connection to the neighboring Kama Valley the twin lakes provide an astounding vista point to see the Makalu and Chomolonzo. Our final resting altitude for the night is 4560m.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 10: Trek to Kama Valley

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,100 m

We begin our trek by ascending to the Pass for more awesome views of the Makalu and Everest beyond. From the Shao La Pass (4970m), we make our descent down the side of the Kama Valley and settle in for the night on a meadow patch just above the Kama River.

During the descent, you will have gorgeous views of the richness of the valley formation with many yaks dotting the surroundings. The trail we will follow downhill is also well maintained and well-traveled.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 11: Trek to Parthang

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,340 m

Another quick and easy day to bring us to the campsite at Parthang (4340m).

For most of the day, we hike along the valley bottom and hence surrounded by lush meadows and the image of an unforgiving stream as it meanders through the valley. We then continue through juniper forests that cover every inch of land except for our trail. We trek through herders’ camps and arrive at our campsite for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 12: Trek to Pethang Ringmo

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,026 m

We spent the day ascending in pursuit of reaching the base camp at Pethang Ringmo (5026m). A sturdy feature of this area is that of yaks grazing on the lush meadows.

The trail is smooth for the most part as we climb to where we make our camp for the camp. This base camp is an essential stop for anyone aiming to climb the Khangshung side of the Everest. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 13: Rest day at Pethang Ringmo

🕑 3-4 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,026 m

We spend the day relaxing and primarily prepping for days to come.

Alternatively, hikers can choose to head up to a nearby vista point that provides wholesome views of the east face of Everest that we hope to conquer. We spend another night at Pethang Ringmo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 14: Trek to peaceful waters of Shurim Tso

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,550 m

As we make our way to Shurim Tso (4550m) for the night, we head all the way back to Rubka Chu where the trail diverges leading us further inland and closer to the base camp.

Walking through rhododendron forest is a calming experience. Once we complete our ascent to Shurim Tso, a magnificent view awaits us wherein almost 15 of the largest summits in the area are reflected in the clear, turquoise waters of the lake. We rest the night in the shadow of Langma La.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 15: Trek to Langma La Pass-Landrubling

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,320 m

We begin our day with a long ascent to the Langma La Pass (5320m) where we are greeted with spectacular views of the Everest chain of mountains. We then descend to our campsite at Landrubling by nightfall.

All in all, we have a tiring day of hiking. We reach the highest point in our trek today and complete a loop by returning to Landrubling (4,800 m).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 16: Trek to Rongbuk Valley

🕑 4 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,000 m

We set out to Kharta and descend further into the valley from Landrubling. Being mostly a downhill hike, we have a lot of fun just cruising across meadows and down lush hills.

We cut short our hiking activities for the day by driving to the Rongbuk Valley from Kharta. We experience the beauty of the Rongbuk Glacier made more important by the fact that Mount Everest is the source for this ice shelf. We camp at a comfortable spot just within sight of the North side of Everest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 17: Explore the Rongbuk Monastery

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,250 m

We spend the day resting and exploring the nearby Rongbuk Monastery, a very popular pilgrimage/heritage site for Buddhists. Rongbuk Monastery is situated at the foot of Mt. Everest and claims that the highest Buddhist Shrine on the earth at an altitude of 5100 m. It is also regarded as the gateway to the Everest as the climbers who want to attempt the Mt. Everest via north face must pass through this magnificent Monastery.

At night we camp by the North Side Basecamp also renowned as Chomolungma (5,250 m) – a Tibetan name of the Everest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 18: Drive to Zhangmu

🕑 3-4 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,300 m

We drive along the foothills of the Himalayan Range to arrive at the border town of Zhangmu. We rest for the night at a local hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Local lodges

Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu

🕑 7-8 hrs

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

We come a complete circle by continuing to Kathmandu after a short descent to Dolalghat and a climb into Dhulikhel. We reach our hotel in the afternoon and spend the afternoon relaxing and exploring the city.

Meals: BB

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 20: Free at Leisure in Kathmandu

🕑 3-4 hrs

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

Today either you can visit some of the heritage sites of Kathmandu or you can spend your day by exploring the market area and shopping. Farewell dinner will be served at a typical Nepali restaurant with authentic Nepali traditional food along with cultural show. 

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 30 mins

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

Meals: Breakfast

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Includes

  • All airport transfers
  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • Entry Fees for heritage sites
  • Tibet Visa Fee
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off 
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes and surcharges 

Excludes

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Includes section

Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Lhasa, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.

For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome or Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.

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