Lhasa Kharta Valley EBC Treks-20 days
Lhasa- Kharta Valley-EBC trek takes you on a spectacular journey into the cultural and natural riches of Tibet. You begin with a fantastic flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, which offers splendid views of the Himalayas.
Lhasa is the capital of Tibet, the epicenter of rich Tibetan culture and lifestyles. You will explore the thousand room Potala Palace, Norbulingka monastery, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery among others.
The next destination is the northern Everest Base Camp. To reach there we will drive through Tingri and Shigatse that offers marvelous views of the Tibetan landscape. En route, you will be able to capture scenic natural views as well as meet nomadic herders of Tibet and their nomadic lifestyle. You will be able to visit the Rongbuk Monastery, one of the oldest and highest monastery that offers a spiritual solace to every traveler and mountaineers heading to Everest.
The visit to Kharta Valley will be filled with adventure. Kharta Valley stands on the bank of Kharta Tsangpo River. The valley is dotted with beautiful green hills, meadows, streams, rivers. To reach there we will have to cross several high passes including Pand La pass in Chu Valley. Every pass will offer awesome views of Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, and Shishapangma among others.
Day 1: Flight from kathmandu
Today we will fly from Kathmandu, TIA to Lhasa, Goggar Airport over the beautiful mountain range. It will take about an hour to drive from the airport to the old city and to your hotel. There are no programs today. You are suggested to take rest and drink lots of fluids, which will help you to get acclimatized in the Tibetan Altitude.
Day 2, 3: Lhasa
Lhasa is a huge place and it will take about 2 full days to explore Lhasa. We will be visiting following places in Lhasa:
Potala Palace: Political and religious centre of Tibet, Potala palace is one of the most beautiful monuments in Tibet. With 1000 rooms and 13 stories to explore this is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Tibet. Elegantly decorated with hundreds of Thangka paintings, frescos and images created hundreds of years ago the Potala palace is a perfect example of how ancient monuments should be preserved.
Jokhang Temple: Jokhang temple which was constructed back ion 7th century attracts hundreds of tourist every year. This temple has a very huge Sakyamuni Buddha statue and is considered the holiest place in Tibet.
Sera and Drepung monasteries: Sera and Drepung monasteries were founded in 1419 which are actually numerous white temples and Buddhist buildings in the foot of a rocky hill. Back in its days, Drepung monastery use to have 8,000 monks to teach traditions of Vajrayana, Mahayana, and Sutrayana, the three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism.
Norbulingka palace: Constructed by the 7thDalai Lama this Norbulingka Palace is not actually just one palace. This is a huge garden with numerous palaces built by many Dalai lamas in different period of time.
Along with these places we will be visiting the Barkhor Market with is probably the busiest place in Lhasa and offers anything you want to buy. Here you can pick up some Tibetan Souvenir for you and some gifts for your loved ones.
Day 4: Lhasa-Shigatse
Today we will drive to Shigatse which is located 3900m above the sea level and is the second largest city of Tibet which is about 90 Km away from Lhasa. Here we will visit the largest operating monastery in Tibet- the Tashilhunpo Monastery and explore the local market. Our overnight accommodation will be either at Shigatse Hotel or Shandong Mansion.
Day 5: Shigatse-Sakya-Shegar/Dingri
Today we will drive along the friendship highway to Shigatse from Shegar and stop at Sakya on the way. In Sakya we will visit the Sakya monastery which is one of the oldest and most treasured monasteries in Tibet. We will drive through the highest pass in Tibet, the Gyamtso La, at the altitude of 5220m, the barren yet stunningly beautiful landscape of Tibet and we will come across the camps of nomadic herders in our way to Shegar.
DAY 6: Shegar-Kharta:
Today we will drive from Shegar to Khatra which lies at the altitude of 12,300 feet above the sea level. This drive will take about 5 hours and en route we will pass through the Pand La pass which offers stunning views of Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, and Shishapangma on a clear day. We will drive along the Chu valley towards Khatra. We will camp past the boarding school on the Banks of Kharta Tsangpo River which happens to be source of the Arun River in Nepal.
Day 7: Begin Trek
Today we will hike up the Khatra Tsangpo Valley past several Tibetan villages. Leaving the trial of the shao La we will climb steadily up the side valley to the south. We'll camp either at the beginning of this climb on a ledge overlooking the valley and its villages (at approximately 13,000 feet) or continue up the side valley following a small stream for another two hours to camp on meadows by the stream (14,000') after 4 hours of hiking
Day 8: Shao La
Today we will ascend over the rocky ground to reach the Shao La at the height of 16,300 feet. This hike will take about 2hours. If the weather is clear you can find yourself in the midst of mountains like Makalu, Lhotse and Everest standing around you. After this we will take an hour’s descend and plunge steeply to the valley below. During this plunge you will find the change in scenarios from barren rock hills to green meadow full of rhododendrons, birch, and willow trees. We will take another 1 hour descending hike through the thick fir and juniper forest and call it a day to camp at Joksum.
Day 9: Trek
Today we will hike steeply through juniper and rhododendron forests to reach the high pastures above the Kama River. You will have a chance to snap some beautiful views of Everest and Lhotse of the day is clear. On the high ridges south of Kama River there lies hinging glaciers which in summer turn in to bellowing avalanches. We will continue to pass through alpine meadows and yak herders' camps and a calm green lake for about 5 hours to our campsite at the height of 14,500 feet, on a large grazing land with grand views of the Khangshung Valley.
Day 10: Trek
Today we will hike up a ridge that offers a clear view of Khangsung valley along with the awe-spinning views of Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Tshertse, Petangtse, Chomolonzo, Makalu, and a numerous other great peaks. After sometimes of sightseeing we will descend steeply down to the Kama River. Then we will cross the Kama River and enter the Khangsung Valley, a valley widely drained by Khangsung stream. Sometimes in the past covered by the huge piles of snow, this valley is now covered with a thick growth of willow, rhododendron, juniper, and other shrubs. We will walk about an hour towards the meadow called Pethang at the height of 14,200 feet, which happens to be our resting ground for today. We camp there and rest for the night.
Day 11: Pethang Ringmo
Today we will be hiking steeply up onto a large rockslide. Here you will bet to witness the power of the glacier as you see the incredible upheaval caused by Chomolomzo glaciers. We will follow the trail that goes around the beautiful mountain side to reach a beautiful open space, locally called Okpa. We will continue hiking up to the meadows of lateral moraine which offers views of Everest, Lhotse, and Tserse, to camp on the grassy hillock of Pethang Ringmo at the altitude of 16,000 feet from the sea level. This will be just a 4-5 hours hiking, nevertheless very tiring.
Day 12: Khangshung Valley- Base Camp (Optional Hiking)
This is an optional hikes up the Khangshung Valley alongside the glacier to the base camp (17,000 feet), mostly used by expeditions attempting the east face of Everest.
Day 13: Raabka Chu
This day we will follow our steps back along the Khangshung Glacier, across the rockslide opposite the Chomolonzo glacier, and past Pethang to a stream crossing at the Raabka Chu. This 4 hours hiking will take us to the grassy meadow across the River which is a very pleasant place to spend your afternoon.
We can follow an alternate path to reach this place. We will take a side trip from Pethang Ringmo to Guru Rimpoche's cave at Tse Chu Lake. This 6-7 hours trial climbs high above Okpa meadows, crosses Lamtsho (16,200'), then descends steeply to the lake.
Day 14: Raabka Chu To Tso Tshurigma
Today after a quick breakfast in the morning we will start hiking steadily uphill for an hour to a shelf above the river, then we will hike another hour across relatively flat land to a small meadow locally called Pangboche, where we will stop to have a quick lunch. After Lunch we will again it the road to hike steeply over the alpine slopes for another couple of hours to small yet very beautiful lack at the base of Langma La. Here from the heigh of 17,000 feet you get to observe unbelievable views of Makalu and Everest. After the hiking of 4 hours in total we will camp at Tsho Tshurigma to call it a day.
Day 15: Tsho Tshurigma To Troshay Meadow Camp
Today we will climb steeply over rocky hills to reach Langma La which will take about 2 hours of time or bit more. Form the Langma La Pass we will leave the Khangshung valley back and descend steeply through the Rocky Mountains and glacier valleys for about four hours to reach on a grassy meadow locally called Troshay at the height of 14,000 feet. This is where we camp and call it a day.
Day 16: Troshay To Kharta
Today we will follow the stream from our camping site down to Khatra Tsangpo valley along a well defined trail. We will hike across grassy hillsides and Tibetan villages full of potato and barley plantations. After two hours of hiking we will reach the fork of the trail from where we climbed to Shao La at the very beginning of our trek. We will cross the river below the Yulba village to reach our riverside camp to rest for the night.
Day 17: Rongbuk Monastery/Everest Base Camp
Today we will drive to Rongbuk from our campsite in Kharta. Rongbuk is the last stop before the Northern Everest Base Camp. Rongbuk monastery in Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and this is where Everest climbers pray before they leave to climb the Everest. We will spend the night here at Rongbuk and prepare for the next day’s Everest Base Camp tour.
Day 18: Rongbuk Monastery/EBC
This is the day we will visit the Everest Base Camp. The Everest Base Camp is mere 4 Km away from the town of Ronbuk. You can rent a horse cart here to ride to the Base camp or you can hike along the Dza Rongphu Glacier if you like. Dedicate the 8th day of tour to Visit and explore the Everest BC and come back to Rongbuk to end your day and rest.
Day 19: Tingri Plains
Today we will drive back from the town of Rongbuk to Nyalam. We will drive through the Tingri plains for six hours to reach Nyalam, where you will be spend the night in a cozy warm hotel.
Day 20: To Kathmandu
Today after the morning breakfast you will drive from Nyalam to Zhangmu, through the winding downhill road offering you fantastic views of beautiful waterfalls. This drive will take around an hour. A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu will take you to the friendship bridge on the Bhotekoshi River, which separates Tibet from Nepal. You will drive through the lush greenery of Nepalese countryside for five hours to reach Kathmandu to enjoy its evening markets and bustling beauty. En route you can stop for quick fish snack at Chehere and Dolalghat.
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.
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.
The weather in Tibet is similar to that of Mainland China, though with lower temperatures due to higher altitudes. Summers have warm days with strong sunshine and cool nights, but summer days can even be chilly at higher elevations. Winters are cold but there isn't all that much snow. Lhasa enjoys much sunshine even in winter. Most of Tibet experiences frost at least 6 months of the year. Some high lakes are frozen from October to March. The weather varies a lot from region to region. Lhasa is an ideal destination because it is in a valley area of lower elevation.
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.
When do I do the final payment?
The final payment must be done before the start of the trek after arriving in Kathmandu.
What happens if I have to cancel or postpone my booked trip?
On cancellation, depending on time duration before the cancellation of the trip, cancellation charge will be charged. A trip can be postponed only up to 6 months at maximum.
Can I customize trips to make them suit me?
We always try to be flexible with our trips for our client’s convenience.
Before a trek:
What do I need to bring for the trek?
On confirmation of a trek, full lists of required gears would be sent to you or please view our Gear List section on website.
What kind of insurances do I need?
Proper travel insurance is necessary before confirming a trek. At times of emergency cases like evacuation, it will cover your expenses. Make sure to consult with your insurance company about the coverage of the insurance that you have bought.
How do I prepare myself for the physical requirement of the trek?
An average physical fitness should be maintained on prior of booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you a maximum time to acclimatize and pace setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience.
How long will be an average day on the trek?
On average, a day on a trek would be 5-6 hours long. The longest day can be up to 10 hours and 3 hours is the shortest day. It all depends on the region that your are trekking.
How safe are the treks?
Our main objective is your safety. Safety is never compromised and all our guides are properly trained and equipped to take care clients safety in even the wildest region of the country.
On a trek:
How are the food and the logistics on the trek?
All the lodges used on the treks are frequently used and trusted by our company. We take our clients review very seriously and never repeat any lodges with complaints on their food.
How is the standard of the lodges that we use on treks?
Most of the lodges in the mountains are quite basic. On few major towns or settlements, when possible we provide the best lodges possible. There are luxury lodges but it’s not included on the standard treks.
How much luggage is allowed on treks?
The luggage must not exceed 20 kilos. A trekking helper carries a baggage of less than 15 kilos. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.