Mountain vistas and close up to Everest

Khanshung Karta Valley Everest Trek

The Kharta Valley is an isolated region in the Himalayas near the might Everest. The valley is beautiful with pristine lakes and endless mountain views. Our trek will take us up the Kharta valley with clear views of Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Tshertse, Petangtse, Chomolonzo and Makalu to the Chomolonzo glacier. One of the highlights is an option trek to Guru Rimpoche's cave at Tse Chu lake. Our trip ends with a short drive to Everest base camp before heading back down to Nepal.


Day-1: Arrival

Day-2: Sightseeing

Day-3. Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)

Day-4: Lhasa

Day-5: Lhasa

Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)

Day-7: Gyantse to Shigatse (3900m)

Day-8: Shigatse to Shegar (4050m)

Day-9: Shegar to Kharta

Day-10: Begin Trek

Day-11: Shao La (Shawu Tso-Shawu La pass)

Day-12: Shawu Tso-Shawu La pass -Joksham 4100m

Day-13: Joksham to Thangsum (4300m)

Day-14: Thangsum to Pethang Ringmo(4900m)

Day-15: Khangshung Kungshung Face of Everest view (East Base Camp of Mt. Everest (5100m) back to Raga village

Day-16: Raabky Chu

Day-17: Rabku Chu to Tso Tshuringma

Day-18: Tso Tshuringma to Troshay Meadow Camp

Day-19: Troshay to Kharta

Day-20: Rongbuk Monastery

Day-21: Rongbuk[5000m] - Kirong

Day-22: Kirong - Kathmandu [1400m]

Day-23: Final departure

Everest Khanshung Valley Detailed Itinerary

Day-1. Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2. Full day Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day-3. Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)

Transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight across the main Himalayan range. Afternoon at rest to acclimatise to Lassa' s high altitude.

Day-4: Lhasa

We will visit Lhasa' s many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.

Day-5: Lhasa

We visit the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery founded in the 14th century, and once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. The afternoon, is a time to relax or further explore the area.

Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)

Travelling by jeep along the Friendship Highway we cross the Khamba La (4794m) and continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La (5045m) with incredible glacial views. We spend the night in Gyantse. [261km]

Day-7: Gyantse to Shigatse (3900m)

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. [90km]

Day-8: Shigatse to Shegar (4050m)

We continue along the Friendship Highway, marveling once more at the barren yet spectacular landscape of Tibet. Beyond the town of Lhatse we cross the highest pass on our journey, the Gyamtso La [5220m]. From here we descend to the plains en route to Shegar and overnight. [244km]

Day-9: Shegar to Kharta

Drive five hours to Kharta, enjoying beautiful views from the Pang La (17000) towards Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and Shisapangma (if weather is clear). Drive down the Dzakaa Chu and then the Phung Chu valley toward Kharta. We'll make camp after the boarding school on the banks of the Kharta Tsangpo river, the headwaters of Nepal's Arun River. Overnight in tents

Day-10: Begin Trek

Hike up the Kharta Tsangpo valley past several villages. The trail to the Shao La leaves the Kharta valley and climbs steadily up a side valley to the south. We'll camp either at the beginning of this climb on a ledge overlooking the valley and its villages or continue up the side valley following a small stream for another two hours to camp on meadows by the stream (14,000) (4 hours hiking). Camp

Day-11: Shao La

Ascend steadily over rocky ground to reach the Shao La. Once at the top of the pass we descend for about an hour and then descend steeply to the valley below. At once the scene changes from barren rock slopes to lush rhododendrons, birch, and willow trees. Continue one hour down this valley to camp. (4 hours hiking).

Day-12: Trek

Hike steeply through rhododendron forests to reach the high pastures above the Kama River. On clear days, We'll see splendid views of Everest and Lhotse. We continue to traverse alpine meadows and pass yak herders camps and a serene green lake to a campsite on a large meadow with great views of the Khangshung Valley. (5 hours hiking).

Day-13: Trek

Hike up a ridge and then down to the Kama River coming from the Langma La. After wading across the river we enter the Khangshung Valley, a wide valley drained by the Khangshung stream. A receding glacier has left behind wide undulating hill now covered by a thick growth of willow, rhododendron, juniper, and other shrubs.

Day-14: Pethang Ringmo

Hike steeply up onto a large rockslide. The views of Makalu and the incredible upheaval caused by the Jhomalonzo glaciers are amazing. After the rockslide the trail traverses around the mountainside to reach a beautiful glade, locally called Opka. Continue hiking up meadows of lateral moraine with views of Everest, Lhotse, and Tserse

Day-15: Khangshung Valley

Optional day hikes up the Khangshung Valley alongside the glacier to the base camp used by expeditions attempting the east face of Everest.

Day-16: Raabka Chu

Retrace our steps down the valley along the Khangshung Glaciers, across the rockslide opposite the Jhomalonzo glacier, and past Pethang to a stream crossing at the Raabka Chu. The camp on the grassy meadow across the river is a very pleasant place to spend the afternoon. (4 hours hiking.)

Day-17: Raabka Chu to Tso Tshuringma

Hike steadily uphill, steeply at first to a shelf above the river, then another hour across relatively flat ground to a small meadow called Pangboche, where we have lunch. Continue to hike steeply over alpine slopes for another couple of hours to a small but beautiful lake at the base of the Langma La.

Day-18: Tso Tshuringma to Troshay Meadow Camp

climb steeply over rocky ground to reach the Langma La in just over two hours. En route we pass another Lake From Langma La we bid farewell of the Khangshung Valley and the impressive panorama of some of the world's highest mountains, then descend steeply four hours over rocky moraines and glaciated valleys. Camp is on a grassy meadow beside a clear stream at Troshay. (6 hours hiking).

Day-19: Troshay to Kharta

We follow the stream from camp down the Kharta Tsangpo valley along a well defined trail. We'll hike across grassy hillsides used for grazing animals and past villages. After two hours we reach the fork of the trail where we climbed to Shao La at the beginning of the trek. Cross the river below Yulba village and reach our riverside campsite where we started the trek.

Day-20: Rongbuk Monastery

Drive five to six hours to Rongbuk monastery, the highest monastery in the world and a shrine dedicated to Everest. We spend a night here; this is a good place to read a book: just how often do you get a chance to sit and read at 5000m and with the stunning view of Everest's north face.

Day-21: Rongbuk [5000m] - Kerung

After arriving back at Rongbuk, we begin our drive towards Kerung. The return trip goes over the Kirong La (Kirong pass). Because of the earthquake in 2015, the border between Tibet and Nepal is now a little bit more to the west.

Day-22: Kerung- Kathmandu [1400m]

We arrive at the Chinese - Nepalese border, say goodbye to our Tibetan team, pass through customs and join up with our Nepalese staff. After the crossing of the border we will drive through Dunche and Trisuli in order to reach Kathmandu, a trip which takes about 9 hours, depending on road and weather conditions. [153km]

Day-23: Final departure

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Everest Variations

Everest Base Camp Nepal 17 days Everest Advanced Base Camp 21 days

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

Day-4: Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m) (5-6 hrs).

Day-5: Rest day at Namche

Day-6: Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) (5 hrs).

Day-7: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,312m) (5 hrs).

Day-8: Trek Dingboche to Chukkung to Dingboche (4,750m) (4-5 hrs).

Day-9: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,920m) (4-5 hrs).

Day-10: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) to Base camp (6-8 hrs).

Day-11: Hike up to Kalapatthar (5,545m). / Retrace your steps to Dingboche (4,410m) (5 hrs)

Day-12: Dingboche to Tengboche (3,860m)

Day-13: Trek Tengboche to Namche (3,440m) (4 hours).

Day-14: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

Day-15: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Day-16: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.

Day-17: Transfer to airport. Final departure.

Day-1: Kathmandu

Day-2: Kathmandu

Day-3: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)

Day-4: Lhasa

Day-5: Lhasa

Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)

Day-7: Gyantse (3950m) to Shigatse (3900m)

Day-8: Shigatse to Shegar (4050m)

Day-9: Shegar to Rongbuk (5000m)

Day-10: Rongbuk to Everest Base

Day-11: Everest Base

Day-12: Everest Base to Camp 1

Day-13: Everest Intermediate Camp

Day-14: Rest at Intermediate

Day-15: Everest Camp 2

Day-16: Everest Advanced Base Camp (6340m) and return to camp 2 Camp 3

Day-17: Return to Everest Base

Day-18: Drive Rongbuk - Nyalam

Day-19: Drive Nyalam - Kathmandu

Day-20: Departure

Your Questions Answered

The best season to go on this trek is from August to October and mid-March to mid-April. This is the peak time of the year to go on this trek, and you will find many other trekkers along with you on the journey. With May being summit season it will be very busy and also the time of year when trekkers are restricted.
The actual day to day trekking is not difficult but it is very rocky and also at high altitude. From intermediate camp you need to ascend up the side of an icy ridge where crampons are advised at the best of times. It does not involve technical climbing, but does require physical fitness and stamina and most importantly, mental fitness. A good exercise and training program is essential and your training should include a lot of hill walking. The higher you climb, the harder the trek will become due to the altitude.
No you only need to carry your day pack as a porter will carry your gear for you.
Yes you can and we can easily plan your trek on dates that suit you. However given the cost fo the trek it is best to go on a group departure date
This is one of the most often asked questions - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, acclimatise correctly, don't ascent too quickly and drink plenty of water.
The tour part uses hotels throughout until Rongbuk where a guesthouse may be used. The rest of the hike is a camping trip.
The hike is about 32km which is short but high altitude trip.
Tibet is new to tourism and as such, you may often encounter things running a little differently to the way they do in the west. Time adherence can be slow and facilities e.g. some restaurants and public toilets seriously "wanting." The roads are also prone to wash ways causing delays or detours and often sections of a road will be closed without prior notice. As such, a good degree of patience is required when travelling to Tibet. We do however, endeavour to make your journey run as smoothly as possible despite these issues. When entering Tibet from Nepal, Chinese Visas cannot be used. As such, the visa for Tibet must be obtained from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. As visa's are only issued on Mondays, Wednesday's and Thursdays (except if they fall on a Chinese Holiday), tours need to be arranged to suit these visa issue dates, i.e. any one going on a tour departing for Tibet from Nepal, needs to arrive in Kathmandu at least three days before entering Tibet. When you confirm your trip with us, we will organize your Travel Permit for Tibet, Visa Approval Documents and apply to the Chinese embassy to obtain your visa. We will thus require your full passport details, 3 weeks prior to your arrival at Kathmandu. The final documentation will be done on arrival in Nepal. Please note that visa for Tibet obtained elsewhere has still got to be endorsed by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.

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