Kharta Valley and Khangshung Face Trekking – 19 days
This connoisseur’s tour takes you to some of the highest trekking country in the world, giving you the opportunity to savour a region of astonishing natural beauty that is still relatively unexplored and unknown.
The Kharta Valley area is a fabled and still pristine part of Tibet, while the Khangshung Glacier, which hangs from the eastern face of Mount Everest, is an awesome ice spectacle.
Additionally, this trek takes you to the verdant valley of the Lakes, where you can see a string of 14 enticingly glittering emerald-green lakes – and to the Karma valley, which boasts magnificent Alpine scenery with many mountain wild flowers, as well as the highest forests in the world.
Three of the highest peaks on the globe, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu, overlook the valley and the views, especially of Makalu, are magical.
For anyone trying to find an unusual trek in a remote and still unspoiled area, this tour is ideal and will fit the bill precisely.
The starting point of this trek is the Kharta valley, 140 km south of Xegar (one of the ‘gateways’ to the Everest region, situated on the Kathmandu-Lhasa Friendship Highway). From the Kharta Valley we trek ahead to the Khangshung face via the Karma Valley, which offers views of such giants as Makalu, Chomo Lonzo, Pethangtse, Lhotse and Mount Everest itself. This is just about the highest trekking territory on earth, with passes getting up to 6000 metres. The Kharta Valley and Khangshung Face trek can be started from Zhang-Mu (a Tibetan border town); a four and a half hours’ drive from Kathmandu. Alternatively, the journey can be started at Lhasa, so travellers coming into Tibet from mainland China can join this trek also.
Due to the isolated nature of this region, the tour is via camping only. We bring all the necessary supplies (food, camping and kitchen equipment) as well as personnel from Kathmandu or from Lhasa.
The best time of year to do this trek is between May and September.
A trek to the Kharta Valley can be combined with any of our Lhasa tours – we will design your itinerary to suit your individual needs.
The duration of this trek can be varied and the following itinerary is just one example:
Day 01: Upon arrival Kathmandu. We meet you at the airport and transport you to yourHOTEL
Day 02: Guided tour of Kathmandu valley
Day 03: Early morning flight to Lhasa. Our guide meets you at the airport and transports you to Lhasa (98 km)
Day 04: Lhasa sightseeing tour including Potala Palace, Norbulinkha & Barkhor Square
Day 05: Lhasa sightseeing tour including Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery & Tibetan Medical Center
Day 06: Jeep tour: Lhasa to Gyantse (3900 m)
Day 07: Jeep tour: Gyantse to Shigatse (3950 m)
Day 08: Jeep tour: Shigatse to Xegar (4300 m)
Day 09: Jeep tour: Xegar to Kharta valley; overnight camping
Day 10: Trekking – Kharta valley to Yueba; overnight camping
Day 11: Trekking – Yueba to Base of Langma-La; overnight camping
Day 12: Trekking – Langma La to Cave; overnight camping
Day 13: Trekking – Cave to Pethang; overnight camping
Day 14: Trekking – Pethang to Pethang Ringmo; overnight camping
Day 15: Trekking – Pethang Ringmo to Sharlung; overnight camping
Day 16: Trekking – Sharlung to Sharo; overnight camping
Day 17: Trekking – Sharo to Yueba; overnight camping
Day 18: Trekking – Yueba to Kharta; overnight camping
Day 19: Jeep tour: Kharta valley to Xegar (4300 m); overnight camping
Day 20: Jeep tour: Xegar to Nyalam (3750 m); overnight camping
Day 21: Jeep tour: Nyalam to Zhangmu then drive back to Kathmandu; overnight camping
Day 22: Free time in Kathmandu
Day 23: Departure