Kang Shang valley, named after the glacier, is one of the most remote trekking destinations in central Tibet. The roundtrip walk of 8 days to E.B.C. begins at Yuba. The valley absolutely roars with the summer monsoon, the snow that accumulates daily on the peaks starts rumbling at noon and continues to fall noisily throughout the most nights. From Sakyetang we drop down to the meeting place of the Kangshung and Kama valleys, cross a bridge, and hike into the Kangshung valley.
Day 01: (Tue/ Sat): Arrival Lhasa and acclimatization:
Drive to the airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. This one hour trans- Himalayan flight will give you an opportunity to have an aerial view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan Peaks. Upon arrival in Lhasa you will be transferred to the hotel. This day would be kept for your acclimatization. It is advisable to drink plenty of water and have a good sleep for next day’s program.
Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing:
Visit Potala Palace and Jokang Monastery, then walk on the Barkhor Street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.
Day 03: Lhasa Sightseeing:
Visit Drepung Monastery for the whole morning, later after lunch, visit Sera monastery. We do the Sera Kora walk for about 1 hr and then attend the famous debate session (if the debate session is in process) of the monks before returning back to Lhasa
Day 04: Drive to Gyantse:
This is a spectacular journey via Yamdrok Tso Lake and involves crossing of two high passes. O/N in Hotel
Day 05: To Shigatse:
Visit Gyantse Kumbum and Pelkor Chode Monastery and drive to Shigatse. Visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the principal seat of Panchen Lama. O/N in Hotel
Day 06: To Shegar:
En route, we take Sakya Monastery detour. In Shegar, if time permits, visit the monastery and hike the Dzong atop a hill, overlooking the Shegar town.
Day 07-08: To Kharta:
Today, we enter the Everest region, we drive over Pang La (5,150m, 16, 890m) and enjoy the great views of Mount Everest and other majestic peaks. Descend to Phadruchi Village from where the road bifurcates-- the track to the west heads to the Rongbuk Valley - the one to the east leads to the Phung Chu or Arun Valley and the village of Kharta - the administrative headquarters of the region. We will have an extra day in Kharta for acclimatization.
Day 09: Trek to Lundrubling:
Begin the trek: Follow the jeep trail along the Kharta River until you cross a substantial bridge and follow a well-defined trail that gradually winds above a series of small scattered settlements set amid barley fields. After about three km the trail splits. Take the upper trail ascending towards the Shao La (4, 970m/ 16, 300ft). Our trail leads us to the village of Lundrubling, where we set up camp for the night.
Day 10: Trek to Kaamo Tsangpo Valley:
A steady and steep descent takes us along beautiful yak pastures before the path finally drops down towards the Kaamo Tsangpo Valley. We’ll set up camp at Joksam at 4,000 m. - an idyllic camp situated amid pine and fir forests just above the Kaamo Tsangpo Valley.
Day 11: Trek to Khangsung Valley:
A steep 300 meter ascent through the conifer forest brings us to a ridgeline high above the Kama Tsangpo Valley, from where we can enjoy the magnificent views south towards the Arun Gorge and Nepal. We pass yak herder’s camp and a series of beautiful lakes before ascending a ridge and gaining our first uninterrupted views of the Kangshung Face of Everest. We’ll set up camp in one of the idyllic meadows.
Day 12: Trek to Pethang Ringmo:
Descend to the camp at Pathang Ringmo at 4,550 meters (14, 924 ft), a beautiful meadow camp beneath the impressive peak of Chomo Lonzo, 7,790 meters. Take chance to walk up to the sacred lake immediately above the camp and visit the sacred cave of Padmasambhava.
Day 13: Trek to Hoppo:
It’s a difficult day today, through the loose slopes but we will enjoy the views of the Kangshung Face of Everest and appreciate the impressive glaciers at Chomo Lonzo across the valley. Our camp at Hoppo is situated amid yak pastures at 4800 meters.
Day 14: Kangshung Face Base Camp Excursion:
The trek to Kangshung Face Base Camp 5,050 m can be completed in a couple of hours. The trail gradually ascends the grassy ridges to the snout of the Kangshung Glacier. As we view the huge face it is not difficult to understand why it has only been attempted by a handful of expeditions. From our vantage point, the impressive North East Ridge of Everest is also seen. We return to Hoppo and stay overnight.
Day 15-16: Cross Langma La and trek to Lundrubling.:
Trek across the yak pastures and en route we gain views of the impressive Himalayan range, in particular the summit of Makalu. We cross Langma La (5, 330m/ 17, 482 ft) that takes about 2 hrs from the base along a well-graded trail with views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. Take a steep descent to the valley floor and pass by yak herders' camps from Kharta and the nearby villages. We head down to the confluence of the Kharta Valley and gain views of the Kanchenjunga massif rearing above the ridges beyond Kharta on the Nepal- Sikkim border.
Day 17: Final day of the trekking:
We conclude the trek and return to Kharta.
Day 18: 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 19: Explore 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 spectacula. 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 20: Drive to Zhangmu:
Continue drive along the Friendship Highway towards Nepal. We will spend the last night of Tibet in Zhangmu.
Day 21: Drive to Kathmandu:
Exit Tibet at Zhangmu and drive to Kathmandu, (3-4 hrs.)
Service Includes :
Airport transfers, transport to Lhasa by air and return to Kathmandu by road; Sightseeing as per itinerary, all meals on trek, services of a professional Sherpa team, and all equipment including sleeping/dining/toilet tents, sleeping bags (with inner sheets) and foam mattresses; trek staff insurance.. Hotel accommodation on sharing basis with breakfast.
English speaking guide in Tibet and all land transportation inside Tibet, trek permit & entrance fees etc.
Service Excludes :
All arrangements in Kathmandu; Nepali and Tibet entry permit, Chinese visa; personal insurance; personal tips; unexpected expenses in the event of emergency evacuation and price rises beyond our control.
THIS ITINERARY IS MEANT ONLY AS A GUIDELINE AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE TO SUIT LOCAL CONDITIONS.