|20 Day kharat (tibet tour)
|Area: Central Tibet / Days: 19 nights/20 days|
Dep Ex. Kathmandu:
Three valleys namely the Khumbu Valley in the South, Rongbuk Valley in the North and Kharta Valley in East descend from the world’s highest peak – Mt. Everest. Among the 3 valleys – the Kharta Valley formed two smaller Karma Tsangpo and Kangshung Valley spreading at the East Face of Mt. Everest (the Kangshung Face) is considered most scenic with its forests of junipers, dwarf rhododendrons and birch covering the higher ridges while dense thickets of willows edging the creeks in the lower valley.
This Valley was first discovered by Howard Bury - member of the 1921 British Everest Reconnaissance team while searching for the eastern base of Mt. Everest. He dubbed this area 'garden of Eden' and a real Tibetan Shangri-La. In a letter to his wife, George Mallory also a member of this expedition and hero of the pre world war I expeditions to Everest wrote:
'I'm altogether beaten for words, the whole range of peaks from Makalu to Everest far exceeds any mountain scenery that I ever saw before... '
To begin this trek, we drive from Kathmandu to Kharta Qu – a Tibetan town situated by the Phu Chu river near the Rongbuk side of Mt. Everest base camp. From Karta Qu, the direct route to Kangshung base camp is via Langma La pass (17700ft./5240m.). However, in order to get well acclimatized during the trek, we choose the slightly longer alternative route over the Shau-La pass ( 15700ft./4790m.) – which is a lower pass to the SE of Langma La. After the crossing of Shau-La pass, enter the Karma Tsangpo Valley and then into the Kangshung Valley to arrive at the Kangshung base camp of the East Face of Mt. Everest.
Trekking in this valley offer an unique experience of hiking into a lush remote valley and a rare view of the Khangsung face (east face) of Mt. Everest and other peaks such as , Lhotse, Chomolonzo and other Himalayan peaks. To the local Teopa people and the Sherpas living on the other side of the mountain, this is a country blessed by Guru Rimpoche – the principal founder of Buddhism in Tibet.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu 1380m
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu 1380m
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam [3780m]
Day 04: Excursion up the Tshongdu Valley
Day 05: Drive to Kharta Qu 3690m
Day 06: Acclimatization day, arrange yaks
Day 07: Trek to Shau-tso 4650m
Day 08: Cross Shau La [4970m] & trek to Jokshim 3980m
Day 09: Trek to Rabka Chu 4210m
Day 10: Trek to Pethang Ringmo 4960m
Day 11: Excursion to Khangsung Base Camp
Day 12: Trek to Cho Shuk-rima Return trek via Langma La (5330m) to Kharta Qu
Day 13: Trek across Langma L 5240m to Shomale 4160m.
Day 14: Trek Shomale to Kharta Qu and drive to Thingri 4200m
Day 15: Drive Thingri to Shigatse 3900m
Day 16: Drive to Lhasa 3700m
Day 17: Tour of Lhasa 3700m
Day 18: Tour of Lhasa 3700m
Day 19: Fly over the Eastern Himalaya to Kathmandu
Day 20: Trip ends
Our trips in Tibet is organized in association with Kailash Adventure - a company run by Tibetan guides. We provide packages with fixed departures as well as special itineraries for friends and family groups. We emphasize in keeping the group size small so that you gain an intimate experience during your visit to this land of magic and mystery.
Note: Due to weather and political reasons in some occasions, trips in Tibet may required to be re-scheduled or even cancelled due to non issuance of visa to enter Tibet.