Trek to Tibetan Khangshung Face of Everest

Trek to Tibetan Khangshung Face of Everest

TripGrade: Easy
An Easy Grade Trip - as the name suggests if a trek not that difficulties to trek around. This trip reaches up to 3000 meters high in altitude. The trails will not be that rugged and are highly suitable for family trips. The trips are generally around of a week or little bit more.

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Duration:

21 Days

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Max Altitude:

Langma La Pass (5320m)

Group Size

Min 2, Max 12

Trial Access:

Drive/Flight

Best Season:

Sept - Dec & Feb - May

Trek to the Everest Kangshung Face considered the best way to get nearest to the majestic summit. It’s no secret that the greatest summit to have under your belt is the Everest. However, for those non-seasoned climbers, we encounter a variety of terrain and flora that will keep us captivated all through our trek. We will also be able to experience the firsthand culture of the Sherpas, the indigenous folk. Trekking through alpine forests, across 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 (3700m).

We will also visit a veritable range of remote villages rife with culture and color. The journey Everest 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.

Major Highlights of Tibetan Khangshung Face of Everest

  • 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.

 

Although the trek isn’t too long, it is still rated at a higher grade due to the high passes and campsites we encounter. The highest point we reach is the Langma La Pass 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. The trek is suggested for avid hikers and seasoned climbers.

Starting Price

USD 4349 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel. Rest of the time enjoy strolling the surrounding area.

Day 2

Sightseeing of Kathmandu

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 half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath.

Day 3

Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3700m)

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.

Day 4

Sightseeing at Lhasa

We spend the day in Lhasa and allow our bodies to accustom themselves 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.

Day 5

Drive to Shigatse (3856m)

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’.

Day 6

Continuing to Gyantso La Pass (5220m) and then to Shegar

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. However, we have quite some ground to cover today as we proceed south towards the primary chain of the Himalayas. We also gain a considerable amount of elevation as we advance closer to a high pass. The highest point we reach today is the Gyantso La Pass at 5220m, the highest point on the ‘Friendship Highway’. We are privy to truly spectacular views of Everest as continuing onwards to reach our hotel in Shegar.

Day 7

Drive to Pang La Pass (5150m)

On the 5th of day of our journey, we set out from Shegar (4000m) 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. While altitude sickness is a common concern at such heights, we believe the gradual drive up the ‘Friendship Highway’ would have helped the hikers to acclimatize. 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 where we set up our first camp.

Day 8

First day of hike down past Landrubling to the Kharta Valley

The first day of trekking on our trip begins in the Kharta valley and takes us through many remote settlements to Landrubling (3990m). 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.

Day 9

Trek to twin lakes located halfway up to Shao La Pass (4790m)

As we set off on our hike after a rudimentary meal, 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.

Day 10

Trek to Kama Valley

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.

Day 11

Trek to Parthang (4340m)

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.

Day 12

Trek to Pethang Ringmo (5026m)

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. At such high altitudes, the Sherpas and locals rely on yaks for sustenance. 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. As such, it’s a great place to exchange stories with fellow hikers.

Day 13

Rest day at Pethang Ringmo

We send 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.

Day 14

Trek to peaceful waters of Shurim Tso (4550m)

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. While traipsing through rhododendron shrubbery 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.

Day 15

Trek to Langma La Pass (5320m) and to Landrubling

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.

Day 16

Trek to Rongbuk Valley

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 enormity and 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.

Day 17

Explore the Rongbuk Monastery

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 was built 400 years ago by Nyingmapa Lama and is not only the religious destination but also offers the mouth-watering view of the Himalayan Range. 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 – a Tibetan name of the Everest.

Day 18

Drive to Zhangmu

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.

Day 19

Drive to Kathmandu

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.

Day 20

Free at Leisure in Kathmandu

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.

Day 21

Departure from Kathmandu

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

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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 and 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.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • Entry Fees
  • Tibet Visa Fee
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea)
  • Accommodation
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100- 15/30/100 Days, Cash On Arrival)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation etc.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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