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Everest Kangshung Face

This expedition includes the highlights of our ‘High Road to Lhasa' journey, including time in Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse, with a 9 day trek in the Kharta valley to the spectacular Kangshung Face of Everest. After a few days sightseeing in Lhasa, we will drive across the Tibetan plateau with ample opportunities to absorb the traditional culture of Tibet, before arriving in Kharta, a bustling Tibetan village nestled in the shadow of Everest. Our trek to the east face of Everest offers extraordinary views of the world's highest mountain. After the trek we drive to the Rongphu Valley to appreciate the huge dimensions of the north face of Everest before heading back to Lhasa for our flight across the Himalaya to Kathmandu.

Inclusions

21 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 15 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$530
airport transfers if arriving on day 1, 2 and 22
accommodation at the Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu
basic hotels and lodges in Lhasa/Shegar/Shigatse
expert bilingual guide
the use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
souvenir World Expeditions 80l kit bag
yaks to carry group equipment
private transportation
all park entrance fees and trekking permits
sightseeing and site entry fees as listed
group medical kit
Bottled Oxygen for emergency use
portable altitude chamber for group use
Hightlights
View the spectacular Kangshung Face of Everest from the Kharta valley
Journey across the Tibetan plateau to experience authentic Tibetan culture
Enjoy a fully supported camping based trek with three hearty meals per day
Explore Lhasa, including the Potala, former home of the Dalai Lama
Visit Rongphu Monastery near the classic Everest Base Camp in Tibet
Traverse the Himalaya overland from the Tibetan Plateau to Kathmandu
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
22
Price From
AUD $6,750
Start Location
Chengdu, Tibet
End Location
Tibet
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
6 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
08 Sep 201929 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $6,750
10 May 202031 May 2020AvailableAUD $6,960
06 Sep 202027 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $6,960
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the hotel. Remainder of the afternoon/evening at leisure. Overnight: Chengdu Jaho Forstar Wenshuyuan or similar
Day 2
This morning we are transferred to the airport for the flight to Lhasa. You will be advised which flight to book as the group are required to arrive into Tibet together due to the group permit. On arrival at Lhasa Airport you will be transferred to the city – a drive that takes around two hours. Due to the high altitude, you need to take it easy when you arrive in Lhasa. (Chengdu to Lhasa flights not included in trip cost.) A briefing will be given around 5pm by your guide, where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. Drive: 65km, ~2hrs Altitude: 3,670m Overnight: Gangjian Hotel or similar
Days 3-4
The following two days are scheduled to appreciate the long and rich cultural history of Lhasa. We include visits to the Jokhang, the Norbulingka (the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama), and the famous Potala Palace. We also include visits to the nearby monasteries of Drepung and Sera. The Jokhang The Old City of Lhasa was built around the Jokhang, the most sacred temple in Tibet. Drive: N/A Altitude: 3,670m Overnight: Gangjian Hotel or similar
Day 5
From Lhasa we drive down the Kyichu Valley to the Yarlong Tsampo (Brahmaputra) before ascending to the Khamba Pass (4,900m). The views are outstanding – in the foreground is the vast freshwater Yamdrok Tso or Turquoise Lake, while to the south the snow-capped ranges merge with the main Himalayan range. We drive around the lake before crossing the Karo La (5,200m) to reach Gyantse. The town is strategically located in the Nyang Chu valley on the ancient trade routes from the Chumbi Valley, Yatung and Sikkim, which met here. Note: while we endevour to stick to the projected itinerary, travel in Tibet is by nature unpredictable and a flexible approach is always needed. Drive: 7-8hrs Altitude: 3,977m Overnight: Gyantse Hotel or similar
Day 6
Gyantse is a remarkable place that has escaped much of the Chinese influence evident in other major Tibetan towns. It is dominated by the ancient fort that was besieged by British forces in 1904 during the famous Younghusband Expedition. We also visit the remarkable octagonal chorten, the Kumbum (or Pango Chorten)- built in 1444 on a series of four levels, each of which contains separate chapels. In the afternoon we drive to Shigatse. Drive: 2hrs Altitude: 3,845m Overnight: Manasarova Hotel or similar
Day 7
In Shigatse we visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama. Since the time of the 5th Dalai Lama in 1642, the abbot of Tashilhunpo has been known as the Panchen Lama (literally the 'Great Scholar ). Over the generations, the Panchen Lama became established as the chief spiritual and temporal adviser of the huge western portion of Tibet known as Tsang, and at times was even considered a rival to the Dalai Lama. During the Cultural Revolution much of the Tashilhunpo and the nearby fort were destroyed, and what we see today is a huge complex in various stages of rebuilding. Of particular interest are the huge temple to the Maitreya Buddha (the 'Buddha to Be ); the tomb of the 10th Panchen Lama (who died in 1989), which is said to be encased with over 300kg of gold; the Palace of the Panchen Lama; and the tomb of the 5th to 9th Panchen Lamas. The latter, recently reconstructed, contains the remains of the former Panchen Lamas that were retrieved after their separate tombs were demolished by Chinese troops in 1966. Also of interest is the main Assembly Hall, adjacent to many of the important chapels that are in everyday use. Later in the day we drive to Shegar. Drive: 5-6hrs Altitude: 4,330m Overnight: Qomolangma Hotel or similar
Day 8
From Shegar we divert from the main highway and drive south towards the Everest region. From the top of Pang La (5,150 metres) we gain views of Everest and the lie of the surrounding country. From the pass we descend to the village of Phadhruchi where the jeep track divides - the track to the west heading to the Rongbuk Valley - the one to the east leading to the (Phung Chu) Arun Valley and the village of Kharta - the administrative headquarters of the region. We camp at the nearby village of Yuba. Drive: ~7hrs Altitude: 3,690m Overnight: Tented camp
Day 9
From Yuba (3,690m) we follow the jeep trail along the banks of the Kharta River. At the end of the jeep road we cross a substantial bridge and follow a well defined trail that gradually winds above a series of small scattered settlements set amid barley fields. Two to three km above the bridge the trail splits. The lower trail continues up valley eventually diverting to the Langma La, while we follow the upper trail that ascends steeply in places towards the valley leading to the Shao La. There are good views back down the valley towards our camp and the Kharta district and the snow capped ridges to the east. In particular we can appreciate the forested hillside to the south of Kharta village that marks the upper limit of the monsoon. En route to camp we may pass villagers laden with planks of wood that have been carried from the Kama Valley. Our first camp is on a grassy meadow known as Dhampu (4,300m) - the first of many magnificent alpine camps. Trek: ~4hrs Altitude: 4,300m Overnight: Tented camp,
Day 10
The first few km on this stage is hard going across a large boulder field. The trail ascends a series of 'glacial steps' before reaching a series of glacial lakes at the head of the valley located at the base of the Shao La (4,700m). Trek: ~4hrs Altitude: 4,700m Overnight: Tented camp
Day 11
An early start is imperative to ascend the Shao La (4,970m) and gain our first views of Everest (8,848m), Makalu (8,475m) and Lhotse (8,501m). From the pass there is a steady descent to yak pastures before a steeper descent to the valley floor and the trail on down to the Kama Valley. The rocky trail makes this stage quite demanding on the knees as it winds down through birch groves and dwarf rhododendrons to the camp at Joksam (4000 metres). This is an idyllic camp, situated amid pine and fir forests just above the Kama Valley. This change of vegetation reflects the monsoonal influence and summer rains that surge up the nearby Arun Valley throughout the summer months. Trek: ~5hrs Altitude: 4,030m Overnight: Tented camp
Day 20
Today we cross the border into Nepal and complete the final stage of our journey from Lhasa via the earthquake ravaged Langtang region. It is a fitting conclusion to an epic overland journey and the comfort of the Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu will no doubt be welcomed with open arms. Drive: 160km, ~6hrs Altitude: 1,400m Overnight: Radisson Hotel
Day 19
Continue our drive to Kathmandu. Today we are heading for the border town of Kyirong. Following the 2015 earthquake the former friendship highway was badly damaged resulting in its continued closure. This new route was opened initially to ensure that trade between Nepal and China could continue. In 2017 the border post was opened to tourists allowing for travel along this legendary overland route to recommence. This road is sure to add to the sense of adventure as it traverses parts of both Tibet and Nepal new to tourism. Road conditions along this route are changeable as improvements to the road continue to ensure that it can accommodate the traffic using it. Drive: 4-5hrs Altitude: 4,130m Overnight: Pingcuo Raoxi Hotel or similar
Day 18
Access to Everest Base Camp used by the famous interwar British expeditions is currently restricted to mountaineers with the necessary permits. That said the view of Everest from the monastery is definitely worth the trip as it dominates the valley carved by the glacier originating from the mountains northern flank. In the afternoon we will commence our drive to Kathmandu, stopping to overnight in the small remote town of Tingri. Drive: 5-6hrs Altitude: 4,300m Overnight: Snow Leopard Guest House or similar
Day 17
From Shomak Lhe we drive back to the village of Phadhruchi before continuing onto the Rongbuk Valley. Rongbuk Monastery is situated 15km below the base camp and was reconstructed after the excesses of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960's. From our camp here we gain unrivalled views of the North Face of Everest. At Rongphu we stay in the small lodge attached to the monastery, which has recently been reconstructed following the excesses of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. Nowadays there are about twenty monks in attendance. Drive: 8-10hrs Altitude: 5,000m Overnight: Rongbuk Guesthouse or similar
Day 12
From the valley floor there is a steep 300 to 400 metre ascent through the conifer forest to a ridgeline high above the Kama Valley. Here we gain magnificent views south towards the Arun Gorge and Nepal. Our trail then crosses alpine ridges that support the summer camps of yak herders' from Kharta village. We also pass a series of beautiful lakes before ascending a ridge and gaining our first uninterrupted views of the Kangshung Face of Everest. We camp in one of the idyllic meadows. Trek: ~5hrs Altitude: 4,470m Overnight: Tented camp
Day 15
The trail from Pathang heads back down the valley before diverting north towards the Langma La. It leads gradually across the yak pastures and en route we gain views of the summit of Makalu. Our camp at Shurimo is located at the base of the pass. Trek: ~5hrs Altitude: 4,800m Overnight: Tented camp
Day 14
From Pathang the trail heads across the meadow before ascending across a loose scree slope. The climb up and across the scree slopes is tiring and it is good to get back onto the more established shepherd trails. Rounding the hillside the Kangshung Face of Everest comes again into view, while across the valley the impressive glaciers at Chomo Lonzo can also be appreciated. Return to Pathang for overnight camping. Trek: ~8hrs Altitude: 4,550m Overnight: Tented camp
Day 13
Depending on the selection of the camp it will take just a matter of hours to descend to the camp at Pathang (4,550m), a beautiful meadow camp beneath the impressive peak of Chomo Lonzo (7,790m). Options are available to ascend to the sacred lake immediately above the camp. The trail heads up the hillside to the north and it takes about 40 minutes to reach the lake. At the far end of the lake is Sacred Cave carved out of the hillside which is said to be one of the many places where the sage Padmasambhava meditated during his journeys through Tibet. Within the cave are a number of simple shelters and prayer rooms where offerings are made by the occasional pilgrim. Trek: ~3hrs Altitude: 4,550m Overnight: Tented camp
Day 21
Today you have a full day at leisure to explore Kathmandu’s bustling streets and significant landmarks. You may wish to start by exploring the city’s two most important World Heritage Listed spiritual sites: Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple and an important cremation site; and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet. Alternatively you could wander through the markets and shops of the busy Thamel precinct or explore some more of the city’s significant sites such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) or the World Heritage Listed plazas of Patan, Bhaktapur or Durbar Square. Drive: N/A Altitude: 1,400m Overnight: Radisson Hotel
Day 16
The climb to the Langma La takes two hours. From camp we climb a well graded trail with further views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. From the pass (5,330m) there is a steep descent to the valley floor. As the valley opens out we pass yak herders' camps from Kharta and the nearby villages. Here there is no shortage of fine campsites. Trek: ~7hrs Altitude: 4,230m Overnight: Tented camp
Day 22
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport.