Kangshung Valley Trek
Khangsung valley trek leads us to a place full of grassland and an enchanting bosom of flowers. En route you will cross the Langma La pass at an altitude of 5320 m, the highest one. While trekking in the summer time you will enjoy the outstanding view of greenery and mountain views. We begin our trek Lundrubling and the Kaamo Tsangpo Valley through Shao La. Further we lead the way to Khangsung Valley the next day and Pethang Ringmo. Our trekking comprises Hoppo, Kangshung base camp and then the base of Langma La. At the end we return to our destination Lundrubling through Langma. The next day we trek to Kharta and finally drive to Rongbuk Everest Base Camp.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE / FITNESS
If you are used to regular multi day hill walking you will have the right level of fitness to fully enjoy your time on this trek. This trip goes to a very high altitude so previous experience of high altitude will be essential. Non hill walkers must come with a reasonable degree of fitness. Acclimatization days involve 3 -5 hours walking, while the main trek up to and beyond Advanced Base camp will involve 7 – 8 hours walking. The effort will however be extremely rewarding and for many an altitude record combined with the satisfaction of being so close and high on Everest.
This is a high altitude trip, and it is recommended that you have previously trekked to at least 4500m. If you have concerns about the effects, don’t worry because our itinerary allows sufficient time to acclimatize. The best way to avoid such symptoms is to walk at a gentle steady pace, drink plenty of fluid and maintain a healthy intake of food. The nearest hospital will be by land and not by helicopter. We will require a copy of your insurance prior to departure. Please also ensure your insurance covers you for walking up to 6500m (some will exclude this option).
Just in case your main luggage goes missing en route, it is a good idea to wear your boots on the plane. Most other things can be replaced but comfortable, well worn – in boots cannot. Pack important items in strong plastic bags.
VISAS AND PERMITS
Most EU nationals can purchase Nepal Visas on arrival in Kathmandu. You will need the payment of US$40 ready in cash and two passport sized photographs. All other countries should check with their local embassy. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the end date of the trip. Our agent in Kathmandu will obtain all the Tibetan Visas as a group during the familiarization day. Visas are not included in the cost of the expedition so allow around $70 for this visa. Please also bring 8 passport photos for use during the expedition.
For the journey in to Base Camp it is essential that you keep any views about ‘Free Tibet’ quiet in public places and especially at check points and border crossings, likewise any political sensitive t-shirts! Failure to do so could result in entry being refused or a substantial delay.
Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a departure at 9:30 AM.
Approximately 8:30 PM.
Basic guesthouse accommodation
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Local staff and porters
Permits and TIMS permit
Alcohol and cold drinks
All taxes and official expenses
Mandatory travel insurance
Personal trekking equipment
Tips for trekking staff and driver
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members.
Day 3: Visa and document collection
Today we need to collect your Chinese Visa from the consular section between 09:00 hrs. to 11:00 hrs. Afternoon you are free on your own.
Day 4: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa 3,660 m.
Transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight across the main Himalayan range. When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. Tourists may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa. After arriving in Lhasa, you can take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around. Insider Tips: For the new-comers of Tibet, to get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet. Having a good sleep in your hotel is a good option. Don not rush to visit attractions inside Lhasa city. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market. Besides, We can taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; The welcome dinner will also be arranged accordingly; Optional: With time permitting, you may go with tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. You can upgrade your service to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD) Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 6: Lhasa Monastery Tour
In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung. In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 7: Drive to Gyantse 3,950 m.
Drive to Gyantse-the least Chinese influenced city along the highway. The journey involves crossing of two high passes Kamba La (15,700 ft) and Karo La (16,500ft) and the follows the bank of Yamdrok Tso Lake for more than 40 miles. Check in hotel and take rest for the day. O/N in Hotel.
Day 8: Drive to Shigatse 3,900 m.
After an early morning tour of some of the Gyantse Dzong (14th Century fort) and the Kumbum, a large stupa, we head off on a short 90km drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. In the afternoon we will explore the area, local monasteries and market. Overnight at the Hotel. (90km)
Day 9: Drive to Shegar 4,050 m.
Leaving Shigatse, we drive to Shegar enjoying beautiful views of the Himalayan mountains range on the way .We pass through isolated monasteries and nomadic herders' camps .Upon arrival to Shegar we visit the ruins of Shegar Dzong (Crystal Fort), which was once the capital of the Tingri region. You can take a short excursion to nearby view-point to see the distant Mt Everest and take photographs.
Day 10: Drive to Kharta 3,690 m.
Approximately 10 km. past the town of Shegar, we take diversion from the main highway and drive south towards the Everest region. From the top of Pang La (5150m) you get to see excellent views of Mt.Everest and the surrounding countryside. From the pass you descend to the village of Phadhruchi, where the jeep track divides; the track to the west heads to the Rongbuk Valley whereas the one to the east taking us to the Phung Chu (Arun Valley) and the village of Kharta, which are the administrative headquarters of the region. We follow the way for Kharta.
Day 11: Trek to Lundrubling 3,990 m.
As you head away from Kharta Valley, you will find a bridge over Lang Chu. On crossing this bridge the trail takes you towards north bank of crystal-clear Kharta Chu. Traversing past barley fields, you follow the upper trail that ascends to Shao La. Few kilometers ahead, the trail opens to Lundrubling.
Day 12: Trek to Kamo Tsangpo valley 4,300 m.
Starting early, you head along the trail past Shao La at 4,970m, amid stunning views of Mt. Everest 8848m, Makalu 8,463m, and Lhotse 8,516m and so on. The trail steeply descends along picturesque yak pastures, through forests of rhododendron and dwarf birch leading to the Kaama Tsangpo Valley (4000m).
Day 13: Trek to Kangshung valley 4,300 m.
The trail then skirts away from Kaamo Tsangpo Valley passing through coniferous forest and ascends steeply to 375 meter altitude from where you can take pleasure in majestic views of Arun valley and Eastern-Northern Nepal. Along the trail, you can view the alpine ridges. Yak herders from Kharta village choose these ridges as their summer camps. The trail then ascends, crossing pristine emerald green lakes. En route you can view the Kangshung Face of Everest.
Day 14: Trek to Pethang Ringmo 4,960 m.
If you think you can deal with moraines and landslides, then you can begin trekking right away along the trail to this lake for 40 minutes. A sacred cave most popularly renowned as a meditation place of Padmasambhava, the lotus-born Buddha, lies at the end of the lake. This cave has prayer rooms and shelters for pilgrims. A few kilo meters ahead, you will approach a bend, known as Orga. Beyond the Kangshung Glacier and at this spot, Mt. Everest is exceedingly visible. You then traverse to the right, from where you ascend to a 150m ridge that overlooks the Karma River and glacier. Some three hours of gentle walks will take you to Kangshung Face base camp at 5000m. After few rock-strewn descents, you will enter the picturesque alpine camp of Pethang Ringmo at 4,550m.
Day 15: Trek to Hoppo 4,800 m.
While heading away from Pethang Ringmo towards Hoppo, the trail crosses lush fertile meadows and then follows several ascents. Thereafter, Kangshung Face of Everest comes into view, along with the towering Chomo Lonzo with its glistening glaciers. Few hours of more trekking brings you to Hoppo at 4800m.
Day 16: Trek to Kangshung Base Camp
Kangshung Base Camp lies few kilometers away from Hoppo at an elevation of 5050m. En route you ascend grassy ridges along the magnificent Kangshung Glacier. Along the way you get to view the north-east ridge of Everest.
Day 17: Trek to Langma La Base Camp.
On this day you trek along the trail that leads to a valley from Pathang Ringmo, and then skirts northwards to Langma La pass. Savoring the majestic sights of the Himalayan range, you walk past yak pastures. After traversing for hours, you arrive at Shurimo at 4,800m located at the base of Langma La.
Day 18: Trek to Lundrubling
It is advisable to make an early start while ascending to Langma La. After trekking amidst mesmerizing views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu for a couple of hours, you will descend steeply from Langma La pass to the valley. While entering the valley, you may encounter yak herders from Kharta at their camps. You will find several Tibetan traditional villages in the vicinity. Along the trail, you will pass the confluence of the Kharta Valley. You also get the view of Kanchenjunga massif nestled above the ridges beyond Kharta on the Nepal-Sikkim border. Further ahead, the trail advances towards the village of Lundrubling.
Day 19: Trek to Kharta and drive to Shegar
You trek along the trail turning away from Lundrubling towards Kharta for about 3 hrs and board the waiting 4WD Land cruiser to drive Shegar.
Day 20: Drive to Rongbuk Monastery
Retrace drive to the village of Phadhruchi and head towards Rongbuk Monastery. From Rongbuk, we have unrivalled views of the North Face of Everest.
Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 21: Trek to Everest Base Camp
In the morning, we take one hour hike to the Everest Base Camp at 5, 200m. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest are more spectacular. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above us. We leave the Rongbuk valley and drive towards Shegar. We join the Friendship Highway and head westwards to Tingri, a small roadside town for overnight.
Day 22: Return to Shigatse
In the morning, you can see the sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area. Then we will visit the Rongbu Monastery - the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together. Finally, we will drive back to Shigatse. Stay overnight in Shigatse.
Day 23: Drive to Lhasa 3,650 m. 350km.
Today, we will drive back to Lhasa by following Yalong Valley. You can stand on the viewing platform and view the vast Yalong River bed. Finally the guide will transfer you back to your hotels in Lhasa. Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 24: Flight to Kathmandu
Connect the flight back to Kathmandu with the great memory of our successful Everest Base Camp trek completion. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 25: Final Departure
Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before scheduled flight.