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Everest Kangshung Face Trek

Trip Overview

Trip Highlights:

  • Tour of Lhasa: Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple
  • View from  two high passes Shao La at 4915m and Langma La at 5200m
  • Hiking and camping in untouched valleys surrounded by magnificent alpine forests, lakes and the world's highest peaks Everest, 8848m, Lhotse, 8501m, Lhotse Shar, 8382m and Makalu, 8463m
  • Highest monastery in the world, Rongbuk Monastery
  • Visit two Base Camps of Everest:  East and North

Kangshung Valley Trekking is one of the most remote trekking destinations in central Tibet.Trekking on this route will get us close to the mighty Everest and Tibet's historic cities and towns like Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Rongbuk and Zhangmu.  While trekking, we will enjoy stunning views of Mt. Makalu, Mt.  Lhotse, Mt. Kangchenjunga and Mt. Everest Kangshung face. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Lhasa and transfer to hotel

Day 2-3: Sightseeing in Lhasa, Potala Palace, Jokang temple and Bharkor, Drepung & Sera monasteries. 

Day 4: Drive to Gyantse, 3950mts,260Km. 

Day 5: Drive to Shigatse-Sakya, 4050mts/290Km. 

Day 6: Drive Sakya-Kartha-Yulok,3690mts,260Km Camp

Day 7:Trek Yulok-Dhampu,4260mts,4 hrs camp

Day 8: Trek Dhampu-Shaotso-Methok Sechen,4750mts,5 hrs Camp

Day 9: Trek Methok Sechen-Zoksham-Tsonak-Thangsum,4400mts/6 hrs Camp

Day 10: Trek Thangsum-Pethang,4310mts,3 hrs 

Day 11: Trek Pethang - Ringmo,4870mts,3 hrs 

Day 12: Explore the east Everest Base Camp. 

Day 13: Trek Pethang Ringmo-Tso Shurima,4900mts,5 hrs

Day 14: Trek Tso Shurima-Langmala,5250mts-Shomaling,4170mts,5-6 hrs then route to Rongbuk monastery,110Km drive Camp

Day 15: Rongbuk monastery-Shigatse,3900mts,340km. 

Day 16: Shigatse to Lhasa, 3650mts/280Km.

Day 17:Drive to Lhasa Gongkar airport.(3600Mts/ 60Km )

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Lhasa and transfer to hotel
We will come to pick up you on the airport and transfer you to the Hotel in Lhasa.  

Day 2-3: Sightseeing in Lhasa, Potala Palace, Jokang temple and Bharkor, Drepung & Sera monasteries. 
Today you will do sight-seeing around Lhasa. Firstly you will Visit Potala Palace which was the winter Palace of the successive Dalai Lamas and a sacred temple from the Tibetan Buddhist site. Then, Jokang temple which is the most sacred and oldest temple of Tibet, built in the 7th century. Then Visit two largest monasteries of Drepung and Sera in the central Tibet.

Day 4: Drive to Gyantse, 3950mts,260Km. 
After having breakfast, you will drive towards Gyantse. The journey involves crossing of two high passes Kamba La (15,700 ft) and Karo La (16,500ft) and the follows
the bank of Yamdrok Tso Lake for more than 40 miles. 

Day 5: Drive to Shigatse-Sakya, 4050mts/290Km. 
You will drive towards Palchoe monastery. Visit Palchoe monastery and Kubum Pagoda stupa. After the sightseeing, You will have your lunch and then continue your
journey to Shigatse. Visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery which is the seat of the Penchen Lama and continue your journey to Sakya monastery.

Day 6: Drive Sakya-Kartha-Yulok,3690mts,260Km Camp
After breakfast, you will start your tour and cross the passes, Gyatso la,5220mts and Pangla,5000mts. From Tashizom village, you will turn left from the main road and drive towards Kartha Chu village.

Day 7:Trek Yulok-Dhampu,4260mts,4 hrs camp
Today you will start your trek towards Yulok-Dhampu and walk sloppy way up and the landscape from today is turning into more green. The memorable view of Sherpa Tenzing Norgye’village on the other side of the river who is the first climber of Mt Everest.

Day 8: Trek Dhampu-Shaotso-Methok Sechen,4750mts,5 hrs Camp
After breakfast, start your trek and enjoy the beauty of the landscape of snow capped mountain, green grassland. We will have long distant view of Mt Makalu, 8475mts. Trek across the Shaola pass,4890mts and along the Shaotso which is a small beautiful lake.

Day 9: Trek Methok Sechen-Zoksham-Tsonak-Thangsum,4400mts/6 hrs Camp
After breakfast, you will start your trek through the dense forest and beautiful meadows where you can see a group of nomads with their typical Tibetan nomadic tents as well as the most famous densely forested Karma valley. From your campsite, you will have a marvelous view of Makalu ,Everest Lhotse.

Day 10: Trek Thangsum-Pethang,4310mts,3 hrs 
After breakfast, we will enjoy the most beautiful campsite where we can have the closest fantastic view of Mt Makalu, Lhotse and Everest respectively. After taking
photos and enjoying the scenery, we will continuously trek down to Pethang Ringmo.

Day 11: Trek Pethang - Ringmo,4870mts,3 hrs 
After breakfast, we will trek close to the giant of Mt Makalu, Lhotse, and Everest and finally get to the east Basecamp of Mt Everest with full of Glaciers.

Day 12: Explore the east Everest Base Camp. 
Trek above the Pethang Ringmo and enjoy the full day exploring the east Everest Base camp and it’s biggest glaciers. 

Day 13: Trek Pethang Ringmo-Tso Shurima,4900mts,5 hrs
Today you will have a Khartapuri mountain-6600Mt view with beautiful glaciers as well as Everest and Lhotse again. 

Day 14: Trek Tso Shurima-Langmala,5250mts-Shomaling,4170mts,5-6 hrs then route to Rongbuk monastery,110Km drive Camp
After breakfast, start your trek as usual and cross the highest pass, Langma la,5250mts. From the top of the Langma la pass, you can view your last scenery of Lhotse and Everest. After the pass, you will see a small lake called Da-nyen, meaning Tibetan Bonjo in Tibetan named according to the located shape of the lake. Today's scenery is the villages of Kharta valley and their fields where they can grow barley only. After Yulok, we will be driving all the way to Rongbuk monastery.

Day 15: Rongbuk monastery-Shigatse,3900mts,340km. 
Enjoy the morning sunrise view on the Everest top, have breakfast and After enjoying the most beautiful view of Mt Everest, we will drive to Lhatse for around 4 hrs
drive.

Day 16: Shigatse to Lhasa, 3650mts/280Km.
Today, we will drive back to Lhasa by following Yalong Valley. You can stand on the viewing platform and view the vast Yalong River.

Day 17:Drive to Lhasa Gongkar airport.(3600Mts/ 60Km )
Drive towards Lhasa Gongkar Airport to Connect the flight to your onward journey.

Equipment List

Useful Info

Visa Information

Flying out to Tibet requires a Chinese visa and a Tibet Travel Permit which can both be acquired in Kathmandu with the help of a travel company (Tibet via Nepal). A valid visa for China isn't the same as a Tibet Travel Permit. Those with a Chinese traveler visa will at present need to apply for a Tibet travel permit. The permit is still required for remote foreign traveler travelling to Tibet from territory China. To obtain the permit you have to book a guide for your whole trip and pre-organize private transport for trips outside Lhasa. The trip outside Lhasa likewise requires extra permits which are arranged by the travel agent you are going with.

 Passport

All who intend to enter Tibet must hold at least 6 months valid passport.

Passport - valid for 6 months

Chinese Visa — you can apply for one from a Chinese Embassy or through China Highlights (who entry from China)

Group Visa — who entry from Nepal to Tibet after Tibet tour traveler can visit China mainland with valid group visa.

Individual Visa will be cancel when we apply for group visa (if visa is in the passport)

Tibet Entry Permit — it is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is an absolute necessity for outsiders entering Tibet.

A few people who wish to travel to specific areas in Tibet must also obtain:

Travel Permit — it is required when you are planning to movement to closed areas in Tibet. These are issued after you land in Tibet.

Military Permit — it is acquired to travel to some militarily sensitive regions.

Weather InformationSafety Guidelines

We recommend you to go through our following safety guidelines and stay tune with latest happening.

  • Have at least 2 copies of Tibet Permit.

  • Keep your belongings properly.

  • When you feel uncomfortable due to altitude change or have any troubles, report to your guide promptly.

  • Never rush to visit attractions shortly after you arrive in Lhasa.

  • Shop around but avoid undue bargaining with street vendors and never buy wildlife and unknown Tibetan herbal medicine and fake products.

  • Take your money and important belongings with you all the time.

  • Spend few days in Lhasa for acclimation and always follow a gradual ascent when travelling to higher places to avoid attitude sickness.

  • Refrain from heavy drinking and smoking.

  • Respect the religion, customs and avoid taboos in Tibet.

  • Pay special attention to unique alpine climate (such as sunburn, dramatic temperature change, etc.)

  • Keep necessary medicines at the consult of your doctor.

  • Never travel alone at night or venture into unknown places without informing your guide.

  • In most places, cash is only accepted. Do prepare enough and small change.

  • If an emergency arises, report it to your guide promptly.

  • Don’t carry any documents or papers related to Dalai Lama or free Tibet.

We also recommend not carrying any guide book to Tibet.

FAQ

1. When is the best time to visit Tibet?

The best time to visit Tibet is from April to end of october.

2. What currency do I have to use in Tibet?

Currency in Tibet is Renminbi (RMB). Foreign currencies cannot be used directly. Foreign currencies may be converted into RMB at all banks, bank branches or hotels at the exchange rate quoted on the foreign exchange marker on the day.

3. What credit cards are accepted in Tibet?

Most of the internationally accepted credit cards are usable in Lhasa. They include: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's club, and the JCB card of Japan. Credit cards are accepted only in large shopping stores. Credit card symbols are displayed in the visible place in shops and hotels indicating credit cards are accepted.

4. What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept major two ways of payment:

  • Wire transfer [we will send you our company bank account info via email];
  • Credit card [we will send you a credit card authorization letter via email]

B. Travel Document:

1. What documents do I need if I am planning to travel to Tibet?

You need to have at least six months valid passport, a valid China visa (if you are coming from mainland china) Tibet group visa (if you are coming from Katmandu we will do in Kathmandu) and a Tibet travel permit.

2. Do I need Visa for China?

If you are travelling to Tibet from mainland china then you need a valid Chinese visa which you can obtain at Chinese embassy in your home town

3. Do I need double/multi-entry visa if I come to Tibet from China mainland and return China mainland after the trip?

No, because Tibet is a part of China, if enter Tibet from other cities in China mainland and after the trip in Tibet, get back to China mainland again, only a single entry visa is required.

4. Do I need any special requirements on Tibet visa while coming from Kathmandu?

Before you are coming to Lhasa from Katmandu, you must get Tibet group visa from Katmandu because no matter you've already got the visa in your country or not, you must get a visa in Katmandu.

5. What's the procedure to get Tibet group visa in Katmandu?

Step 1: After you book the tour with us, provide us your copy of passport.

Step 2: We will apply the 'Visa Invitation Letter' from Tibet Tourism Bureau with your copy of passport and send it Kathmandu.

Step 3: After your arrival in Katmandu, we will ask your original passport, and then we go to the Chinese Embassy to apply the Tibet group visa. With the 'Visa Invitation Letter', you can get your Tibet group visa easily. Normally, it will take 3 working days.

6. Can I get the Tibet Travel Permit easily?

You can get the Tibet Travel Permit easily through a travel agency except diplomats, journalists, and government officials who should travel to Tibet under the arrangement by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government.

7. When do I need to apply for the Tibet travel Permit?

You need to apply for the travel permit at least 30 days prior to your entry date.

C. Tour Booking:

1. Do you offer join-in tour or can I join a group?

Yes, we do have Group Tour or joining Tour. Let us know your interest and time then we will provide you options to join the trips.

2. What is your cancellation policy?

  • More than 30 days before trip start date – 10% of land cost
  • 15-30 days before trip start date – 20% of land cost
  • 7-14 days before trip start date – 30% of land cost
  • 4-6 days before trip start date – 50% of land cost
  • Less than 4 days before trip start date – 100% of land cost

Lodging and Dining:

1. What are the hotels like in Tibet?

Hotels in small cities and the Everest Base Camp are very simple.

2. Does the hotel room have access to internet?

Tibet large and deluxe hotels usually provide wireless access to internet for guest rooms. But there are still some hotel rooms, not all, in Lhasa and rest Tibetan cities don’t have access to internet, so you should inquiry your guide for internet access hotels.

3. is there 24-hour hot water running?

24 - Hour hot water supply depends on different hotels and hostels where you can check first, do some preparation or choose an available one in major cities like Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse. But it’s hard to find perfect one in remote and harsh places.

4. What can I eat in Tibet?

Tibet owns its distinctive Tibetan food, like Tsampa,Tibetan Noodle, Momo, Milk Curd, Yogurt and local dishes. With the development of tourism, there are more cuisines brought into Tibet, e.g. Sichuan Cuisine, western food, Nepali food, Indian food and many other Chinese cuisines. In Lhasa, tourists have a wide range of choice while limited options in remote towns and areas.

Transportation:

1. What vehicle do you use in Tibet?

If your arranged tour is mainly in downtown Lhasa, you can easily get to Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street or nearby attractions at short distance by walking or taking a local rickshaw. If you want to tour around Lhasa, we suggest you to use minivan as the road condition around Lhasa is pretty good, and the minivan cost less as well.

Safety & Health

1. What medicines should prepare before coming to Tibet?

Here are the lists of medicine:

  • Diamox (most common medicine for the high altitude sickness).
  • Aspirin
  • flu tablets
  • throat lozenges
  • nasal decongestants.

2. What to do, if started symptoms of High altitude sickness?

Get adequate rest and drink lots of water, Administrating oxygen can help if the symptoms are worsening. The real treatment for acute high altitude sickness is descending down to lower altitude as soon as possible. If the patient doesn’t show any improvement in 3 to 4 hours.  patient should go to hospital for proper treatment. High altitude sickness can be deadly if it is not treated accordingly.

3. Who should avoid visiting Places of higher altitude?

Following are categories of people who should avoid visiting Places of higher altitude;

  • Women with an advance pregnancy
  • Children under three years of age
  • Traveler with severe fever, cold
  • Patient with Acute pulmonary diseases
  • Travelers with acute cardiovascular diseases

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Duration 17 days
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Group Size 4 - 18
Difficulty Moderate
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