Kharta Valley (Khangsung Face) Trek

Kharta Valley (Khangsung Face) Trek

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THE AMAZING KHARTA VALLEY…as beautiful as it gets, Tibet’s hidden gem…

The Kharta valley trek is internationally known for its immaculate wilderness, lovely lakes and the fantastic views of Mt. Makalu (8475m), Mt. Karma Changri (6289m) along with the huge Khangsung glacier. The Highest point of Kharta valley is Langma La pass atb5330m; the route to Everest’s east base camp (Khangshung face) gives you the kind of high altitude experience you would never forget. Kharta valley trek is a pretty remote region. The trek hereabouts is famous for its pristine wilderness, and awesome views of Mt. Makalu at 8480m, the clean water lakes and fabulous views of Mt. Karma changri at 6295m along…this is high elevation adventure at its true best. The primary attractions of Kharta valley are the sublime views of Shishapangma, Makalu, Everest, Cho oyu, Menlungtse, Gauri Shankar and the Kanchenjunga massif all spread out in dazzling array.

The Kharta valley trek takes you to the less frequented eastern face of Mount Everest with vistas of the Khangsung face. The Kharta valley trail goes through wonderful alpine meadows, forests filled with colorful wildflowers, glaciated valleys, high mountain passes, conventional Tibetan villages with superstitious customs, medieval peaceful monasteries, rich barley fields, chocolate box yak pastures, Tibetan roving land areas that stretch for miles, emerald green lakes and so many other captivating sights…what more can you ask for in this gem of a region in Tibet??? The North base camp of Everest is another bonus highlight of Kharta valley trekking.

This amazing valley trek is the next best thing you’d like to make of a holiday that’s worth doing in life…the value of this journey would be more than the diamonds you’d wear on your ears or neck. Down here you can find some of the most majestic Himalayan sceneries as you hike the trails, which takes you along steep-sided valleys and glacial lakes. The Kharta valley trip commences with an exciting Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to the capital of Tibet, Lhasa. We explore an assortment of cultural and heritage sites in Lhasa before we embark on our Kharta valley trek. On conclusion of the trek we drive back to Kathmandu. Should you decide on a trip of this kind, please do let us know, we will provide you in-depth information and a well planned itinerary as per your requirements.

Highlights of the Trekking:

The best season for your KHARTA VALLEY TREK is April to October, and May to September which is the peak seasons for this trek.
If our itinerary is not suitable for you, we can tailor make the itinerary as per your convenient specifications to suit your holiday of a lifetime. TASHI DELEK NEPAL TREKS & EXPEDITIONS operates private Kharta valley treks for families, honeymoon couples and those who love nature at its natural best.Please feel free to contact us at: – we will be glad to help you plan the holidays that only dreams are made off.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)

You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After we complete immigration formalities it will take a 1.5-hour drive along 93 km roads leading to Lhasa lying at an altitude of 3650 meters. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude. And yes, drink a lot of water. Overnight in the capital city of Lhasa

Day 2: Sightseeing in Lhasa

Foremost, your tour begins with a visit to SERA MONASTERY. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts you to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring NORBULINGKA, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. JOKHANG TEMPLE is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 3: Sightseeing in Lhasa

Like the previous day, you experience invaluable insights during your visits to POTALA PALACE and DREPUNG MONASTERY. This 17th century POTALA PALACE offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans’ respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.

Day 4: Free day in Lhasa for acclimatization

 You get an entire day free for acclimatization. After proper rest, you can either indulge in sightseeing, shop or do whatever you fancy. You also get an option of undertaking an additional tour to places such as the Tibetan Medical Centre, Ganden Monastery and Tsurphu Monastery. But this will incur extra costs.

Day 5: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m), 261 km

 Following Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La at 4794 meter with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa standing proud at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another Karo La pass at 5045m. If you glance at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down into the road. After hours of driving for 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse.

Day 6: Sightseeing and drive from Gyantse to Shigatse (3900m), 90km

Gyantse prides on GYANTSE DZONG and KUMBUM. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century and overlooks a mesmerizing view of entire Gyantse and surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Having driven to an altitude of 3900 meter, you find yourself at Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet. TASHILHUNPO MONASTERY being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is a major attraction of Shigatse.

Day 7: Sightseeing and drive from Shigatse to Xegar (4050m), 244km

Today you will transverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscapes driving past small towns of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Xegar where you will meet your trekking crew (cook and trek guide from Nepal). We get friendly and prepare for a great trip

Day 8: Drive from Xegar to Kharta (3690m)

Ten kilometers after the town of Xegar we divert from the main highway and drive south towards the Everest region. From the top of Pang La (5150 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. Your camping support team will pitch tent just on bank of glacier and cook tasty three course meals.

Day 9: This is a Rest day in Kharta for further acclimatization

Since the days that lie ahead are pretty adventurous, you can utilize this day acclimatizing thoroughly. This will retain your adventure spirit and keep you physically and mentally fit for the forthcoming venture in the days ahead.

Day 10: Trek from Kharta to Lhundrubling (3990m)

 As you head away from Kharta Valley, you will find a bridge over Lang Chu. On crossing this bridge the trail progresses towards north bank of crystal-clear Kharta Chu westward. Transversing past barley fields, you have to follow the upper trail that ascends to Shao La. Few kilometers ahead the trail opens into Lundrubling where you can camp for the night.

Day 11: Cross Shao La (4970m) and trek to Kaamo Tsangpo valley

 Starting early, you have to head along the trail past Shao La Pass at 4,970 metres amid stunning views of Mount Everest [8,848 metres], Makalu [8,475 metres] and Lhotse [8,501 metres]. The trail steeply descends along picturesque yak pastures leading to the Kaamo Tsangpo Valley (4000m). It gets more sinuous as it cross forests of rhododendrons, dwarf, birch and groves.

Day 12: Trek from Kaamo Tsangpo valley to Khangsung valley (4300m)

 The trail skirts away from Kaamo Tsangpo Valley through conifer forest and ascends steeply to 300 to 400 meter altitude. Herein, you can savor majestic view of Arun valley and Nepal. Alpine ridges can be viewed along the trail. Yak herders from Kharta village choose these ridges as their summer camps. The trail then ascends crossing emerald green lakes. Along the route, you can view the Kangshung Face of Everest. Camping at lush meadows of Khangsung valley provides an exceptional experience.

Day 13: Trek from Khangsung valley to Pethang Ringmo (4960m)

The Sacred Lake lies to the north from your camp. If you think you can deal with moraines and landslides, then you can right away begin trekking 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, rests at the end of the lake. This cave has prayer rooms and shelters pilgrims. Few kilometers ahead you will approach a bend; known as Orga, beyond the Kangshung Glacier and at this spot Mt Everest [8848 m] becomes distinctly visible. Then you have to transverse to the right ascending to a 150 m ridge that overlooks the Karma River and glacier. 3 hours of trekking will take you to Kangshung Face base camp at 5000 m. After few rock-strewn descents, you will enter picturesque alpine camp of Pethang Ringmo at 4,550 meters beneath the impressive peak of Chomo Lonzo [7,790 meters] and Makalu. Several stone huts can be seen lying scattered which are commonly used by yak herders as summer camps. You may even trek westwards along the glacier to a 5950 m ridge. You need to trek along another 5 km to reach up to Mt Everest

Day 14: Trek from Pethang Ringmo to Hoppo (4800m)

 While heading away from Pethang Ringmo towards Hoppo, the trail crosses lush verdant meadows and then follows several ascents. Thereafter, Kangshung Face of Everest zooms into picture showcasing towering Chomo Lonzo with its glistening glaciers. Few hours of more trekking bring you close to Hoppo at 4800 meters. Hoppo lies surrounded by rich yak pastures. It makes a perfect campsite.

Day 15: Trek from Hoppo to Kangshung base camp (5090m)

Kangshung Base Camp lies few kilometers away from Hoppo at an elevation of 5050 meters. En route, you ascend grass-strewn ridges along magnificent Kangshung Glacier. While journeying along this trail, you will not only get enlightened on the topological features of the surrounding places but will also bond with the nature on spiritual level. Along the way you get plenty of opportunity to witness North East Ridge of Everest

Day 16: Trek from Kangshung Base Camp to Base of Langma La (4800m)

 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 Himalayan range, you walk past yak pastures. Shortly after hours of adventurous and fun-filled transverse, you will spot an ideal campsite at Shurimo [4,800 metres] located at the base of Langma La.

Day 17: Cross Langma La (5390m) and trek to Lundrubling (3990m)

 It is advisable to make an early start while ascending to Langma La for about two hours. We Transverse amidst mesmerizing vistas of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, you will descend steeply from Langma La pass to the valley. On entering the valley, you may encounter yak herders from Kharta at their camps. Several pristine villages are beautifully landscaped in the vicinity. Along the trail, you will meet up with the confluence of the Kharta Valley. You can also view Kanchenjunga massif nestled above the ridges beyond Kharta on the Nepal – Sikkim border. Further ahead, the trail advances towards village of Lundrubling where you will set your overnight camp.

Day 18: Trek from Lundrubling to Kharta (3690m)

 We trek along the trail turning away from Lundrubling towards Kharta for about 3 hrs and board the waiting 4WD Land cruiser to drive back to Tashidzong. It’s a scenic drive as we drive back to our next destination.

Day 19: Drive from Kharta to Rongbuk (5000m), trek to Everest North face base camp (5150m)

 Less than an hour after leaving Tashidzong you reenter the Chomolungma Nature Preserve and have to change Landcruisers for reasons the authorities cannot satisfactorily explain. So a local Landcruiser/bus takes us up to Rongbuk Monastery and from here we trek the 9 km to Everest Base Camp (horse carts are also an option). The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensate for this. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you. A truck carrying tent, food supplies will follow you to the base camp

Day 20: Drive from Rongbuk to Nyalam (3780m)

After catching the early sunrise in the morning we will trek back to Rongbuk to board land cruisers to drive past Tingri across Lalung La pass at (5124m) and Shung La pass at 5200m. As we cruise along the way, we relish the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. You will finally arrive at Nyalam after a highly scenic drive through a lovely highway.

Day 21: Drive from Nyalam to Kathmandu

 From Nyalam, we drive to the border town of Zhangmu. From Zhangmu, it’s a short drive to the Friendship Bridge which spans the Bhote Kosi River and marks the Chinese – Nepalese border where we will part with our Tibetan guide and driver and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari where we will be met by our Nepalese staff. After completing the re-entry formalities we continue the drive to Kathmandu which, depending on road and weather conditions, should take about 5-6 hours. It’s been a wonderful holiday after all and we down here at Tashi Delek Nepal will hope you will return home with lifetime memories of a great holiday in the true spirit of a lasting friendship of love, peace and joy…

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