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[ GW-TT- 005 ] Tibet trekking tour -- Kangshung Face
The trek to the east face of Mt. Everest is known as the Kangshung Face, which is one of the best trekking in high Himalayas in Tibet. In fact,
the entire region from Kharta to the Kama Valley - extending to the Arun Valley on the Nepal side - is part of the blessed land of Guru Rinpoche
called “Be-yul Khembalung” or the Hidden Valley.

This trek is relatively unknown and it passes through pristine, untouched valleys and lakes. The whole region abounds with holy lakes,
mountains, and the sacred “Kharta Tsechu”, the long life water spring. Kharta and the Kama Valley are characterized by magnificent alpine
scenery and rich flora and contain the highest known forests in the world. Three of the world’s highest peaks Everest 8848m, Lhotse 8501m, and
Makalu 8463m overlook the valley.

Even though this trek requires some stamina it is definitely worth doing. You will find some of the grandest Himalayan sceneries on this
spectacular walk, which takes you along steep-sided valleys and glacial lakes. In the summer the magnificent grassland flowers are in bloom in
the remote Kangshung valley, which is also dubbed the Valley of Flowers. The roundtrip walk of 9 days to the East Mount Everest Base Camp
begins at Yuba.

Best Season: May, June, September, October, Nov

Itinerary :

Lhasa-Gyanste-Shigatse-Shegar-Kangshung Face Trekking-Shegar-Lhasa (18 days)

Day 1  Arrive in Lhasa (3648 m)

Arrive in Lhasa, rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world, not only limited accessibility for its remoteness and
its high altitude at 3,650 meters, but also the mysterious Tibetan religion. In Tibetan, Lhasa means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land.
Pick up from the airport or railway station with a warm Tibetan style welcome ceremony by presenting you Hada. Transfer to the hotel on
arrival. Rest and acclimatize yourself to the local time and altitude.

Day 2  Lhasa

The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa’s cardinal landmark - Potala Palace, an
awe-inspiring Tibetan architectural complex. The stone-and-wood-structured Potala
Palace consists of the White Palace and Red Palace. The White Palace, comprising halls,
temples and courtyards, serves as the living quarters of the Dalai Lama. The Red Palace
includes various chambers for worshipping Buddha and chambers housing the eight
stupa that contain the remains of fifth through thirteenth Dalai Lama. All the stupas are
covered with gold foil. Some 2km to the east of the Potala is the most revered religious
structure and the holiest temple in Tibet - Jokhang Temple. Bustling with worshippers and
redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. A golden statue of the
young Buddha Sakyamuni at age 12 brought to Tibet by Princess Wen Cheng from
Chang'an, capital of the Tang Dynasty, is enshrined in the center of the main hall. The
quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor Market - Lhasa’s most
interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the Old Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans.
The rest of day is free. (B,L,D)

Day 3  Lhasa

Today’s highlight is the sightseeing of Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery in
Lhasa. Drepung Monastery, known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in
Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was established in 1416 by Tsong Khapa's
disciple Jamyang Qoigyi, and under the patronage of plutocrats, it developed as the
richest monastery of Gelugpa and became the mother temple of Dalai Lamas. Sera
, located a few miles to the north of Lhasa, is one of three famous
monasteries in Lhasa along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden
Monastery. The debating traditions in the Sera Monastery are unique among the
three famous monasteries in Lhasa. Debates are conducted by the lamas in the
monastery every day beginning at 3:00pm. In a battle of words, they supplement their
efforts by using a variety of gestures including clapping their hands, pushing their
partners for an answer, or plucking their prayer beads to win the virtue of the Buddha.

Day 4  Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse(3960m)

Drive to Gyantse (4040m), and cross over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you will see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok
below, which is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet, surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams.
According to the mythology, Yamdroktso Lake is the transformation of a goddess, showing
the intoxicate color of Turqoise. Far in the distance you'll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin
Kangtsang (7191 m). Then, pass by Karola Glacier (5045m), quite close to the road, a
breathtaking view of the Karola Glacier is an unforgettable experience. In Gyantse, visit
Palkor Monastery, the symbolic architecture of Gyantse. On the side of the Palkor
Monastery stands a white tower - Kumbum Stupa. It is said that there are altogether more
than 100,000 Buddha statues engraved on the tower; hence the name “One Hundred-
Thousand-Buddha Tower”. Proceed to Shigatse for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 5  Shigatse-Shegar(4300m)

Shigatse, meaning “the fertile land”, is the second largest city in Tibet. Pay a visit to Tashihunpo Monastery, built in 1447 by the first Dalai
Lama, the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama to perform their political and religious tasks. Tashihunpo’s magnificent outside may
make you exclaim in admiration, its inside just offers you more religious tranquility and sincerity. This monastery houses the world’s
largest copper-cast Future Buddha figure with seated position (26.8m high), which is decorated with numerous luxurious jewels. (B,L,D)

Day 6  Shegar-Karta County-Yuba (3980m)

In the morning, start from Shegar, on the Xiwula Pass, you can see the five highest mountains in the world at the same time, which is very
amazing. The road is only 108 km long but little bit bumpy as it has not been paved yet. Around noon, we will arrive at Zhaxizong, a very
small town, where we can have our lunch. After that we have to continue drive 3-4 hours before reaching Karta County where we will get
our yaks and yakmen. After all things settled well with our yakmen, we will drive another 20 minutes to camp at Yuba valley. (B,L,D)

Kangshung Face trekking leads across remote tiny pristine valleys along the way which are dotted with beautiful lakes, alpine
gazing pastures and flowered meadows, with excellent camping area and stunning views of Makalu, Lhotse, Kangchenjunga and
Everest Kangshung face. Trekking from Kharta into the Kama Valley to the Everest Kangshung Face is one of the most unusual and
interesting approaches to Mount Everest following a more remote and different route.

Day 7  Yuba-Dumpu (4300m)

Hike up the Kharta Tsangpo Valley past several villages. 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 (at approximately
13,000 feet/3962m) or continue up the side valley following a small stream for another two hours to camp on meadows by the stream at
Dumpu (14,000 feet/4267m). (4 hours hiking.) (B,L,D)


Day 8  Dumpu-Xiuwutso Lake (4600m)

Ascend steadily over rocky ground to reach the Shao La (16,300 feet/4968m) in about 1.5 hours. Continue one hour down this valley to
camp by Xiwutso Lake. (3 hours hiking.) (B,L,D)


Day 9  Xiwutso Lake-Zoksam (4100m)

The trail leads to our next destination just lies south of the Xiwutso Lake, ascend steadily about 300 meters, you will see another bigger
lake behind the Xiwutso Lake. Today, you will have a long trekking, so climb slowly as the trail ascending sharp and steep. On the pass of
Shao La, you can see Mt. Makalu clearly if weather permits. The trail down goes in a valley is very nice, full of blossoms and bushes, and
also you can see a small stream goes beside. (B,L,D)


Day10  Zoksam-Tangsum (alt. 4220m)

Hike steeply through juniper and rhododendron forests to reach the high pastures above
the Kama River. On clear days, we'll see splendid views toward Everest and Lhotse. The
high ridges south of the Kama River drip with hanging glaciers and in the spring are alive
with bellowing avalanches. We continue to traverse alpine meadows and pass yak
herders' camps and a serene green lake to a campsite (14,500 feet/4420m) on a large
meadow with great views of the Kangshung Valley. (5 hours hiking.) (B,L,D)

Day11  Tangsum-Raga (alt. 4300m)

Hike up a ridge affording a clear sight right up the Kangshung Valley, with views of Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Tshertse, Petangtse,
Chomolonzo, Makalu, and a myriad of other 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. A receding
glacier has left behind wide undulating hillocks now covered by a thick growth of willow, rhododendron, juniper, and other shrubs. Camp
at the meadow called Raga (14,200 feet/4328m), about an hour's walk uphill from the stream crossing. (B,L,D)

Day12  Raga-Pethang Ringmo-Raga (alt. 4300m )

Today, our cook and yak will wait for us at Raga. Our guide will show us the way to Pethang
Ringmo, Moraines and landslides make the going difficult. After 1 3/4 hours, around a bend
called Orga, you will view Mt. Everest properly for the first time. Reach the Kangshung Face
base camp (5000m) in 3 hours. This large, grassy area has with stunning views of Mt.
Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m), to the left (south) is known as Pethang Ringmo. To
the southeast is a striking amphitheater of peaks dominated by Lhotse. Makalu rises
dramatically farther to the southeast. Between Lhotse and Makalu, on the left along the
Nepal-Tibet border, is the conical peak of Pethangtse (6724m). (B,L,D)


Day13  Raga-Tsoshutrima (alt. 4900m)

Hike steadily uphill, steeply at first for an hour 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 (17,500 feet/5334m). The views of Makalu and Everest are great from here! Camp at Tsho Tshurigma
(16,000 feet/4877m). (4 hours hiking.) (B,L,D)


Day14  Tsoshutrima-Langma La-Shomela (alt. 4700m)

Climb steeply over rocky ground to reach the Langma La (17,500 feet/5334m) in just over
two hours. En route we pass another lake, and the views of Makalu become more
impressive as we climb upwards, while Everest and all the other attendant peaks are
visible all the way to the pass. From Langma La we bid farewell to the Kangshung Valley
and the impressive panorama of some of the world's highest mountains, then descend
steeply four hours over rocky moraines and glaciated valleys. Camp is on a grassy
meadow beside a clear stream at Troshay (14,000 feet/4267m). (6 hours hiking.) (B,L,D)


Day15  Shomela-Yuba-Rongbuk Monastery (alt. 5200m)

In the morning, we will still trek 2 hours from Shomela back to Yuba where we start our trekking, and our driver will pick us again there to
take us to our next destination-Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world and it is very close to the EBC that we will visit the
next day. (B,L,D)


Day16  Rongbuk Monastery-EBC-Shegar

In the morning, we will visit the famous Everest Base Camp, before that if you are lucky you can see the very breathtaking golden sunrise
over the peak of the Everest. About the noon time after lunch, we will drive back to Shegar, on the way back you will have the last chance to
see various peaks of Himalayas. (B,L,D)

Day17  Shegar-Lhasa

Today we will have a long drive back to Lhasa. No visiting on the way. (B,L,D)

Day18  Depart from Lhasa

Transfer to the airport and fly out of Lhasa. Welcome back to Lhasa again! (B)



Note: B-Breakfast  L-Lunch  D-Dinner


  • Hotel with breakfast in Lhasa, Shigatse, Shega
  • Transport with land cruiser Day4-Day6, Day15-Day17, Transfer with air conditioned vehicle for Day1-Day3, Day18.
  • Tibet travel permit
  • Entrance fee during sightseeing
  • Tibetan English speaking guide
  • Cook, Yak and Yak men for luggage during trekking
  • Full board (3 meals a day)
  • All trekking service like Kitchen, Dining and tent, all kitchen equipment (Suggest you take the sleeping bag by yourselves.)

Not included

  • Travel insurance in case of emergency
  • Personal clothing & accessories including sleeping bags
  • Extra porters or transport in case of landslide
  • Tips for staff


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