Kharta and Khagsung Valley Trek

Kharta and Khagsung Valley Trek

The trek from Kharta to Kangshung, the eastern face of the Everest is one of the most magnificent in the world.It takes 8 days for a round trip. The entire region from the Kharta to the Kama Valley, extending to the Arun Valley in Nepal, is one of the part of the blessed land of Guru Rinpoche, known as "Belyul Khebalung", or the Hidden Valley. The region has holy lakes, mountains and the sacred "Kharta Thechu", the long life water spring.

This trek is probably a best trek for lover of adventurous and all geographical scenery is superb and very wonderful. And also this trek is less traveled destination. Kharta and Khangsung Valley is the place from where you could explore all the Everest region easily. This route is recently opened for tourist and perhaps Tibet Family Tours is only Organizer that leads you with safety and the picture which shown here is our experience.



Day to Itinerary

Day 01: DRIVE TO NYALAM (Guesthouse)

Day 02: REST DAY AT NYALAM FOR ACCLIMATIZATION (Guesthouse)

Day 03 DRIVE TO KHARTA (camp) Our third day begins with a spectacular drive to Lalung La. The entire North side of the Himalayan range can be seen from here on a clear day! After this we will continue driving across the Tibetan plateau, through a series of ancient Tibetan villages. Upon reaching the Tingri plains ChoOyu and Mt. Everest come into view for the first time. Around midday we will begin heading south towards the Everest region. Along the way we will take a short break on the Pang La pass, where we discover views of Everest and much of the surrounding countryside. Descending from the pass we will drive through the village of Phadhruchi before finally reaching our destination of Kharta.

Day 04 REST DAY IN KHARTA FOR FURTHER ACCLIMATIZATION (camp) This fourth day will once again allow for resting and further acclimatization before beginning our trek. It is advised that participants spend at least part of the day exploring in and around Kharta to get their legs ready for the start of trekking.

Day 05 TREKKING TO LUNDRUBLING (Camp) To begin our trekking adventure we will walk along the banks of the Kharta river. The beautiful yet well defined trails provide us with views of widespread barley fields below. Numerous settlements inhabit these barley fields. After a few kilometers the trail splits. We will follow the upper trail which leads to the Shao La. The challenge of the hike will all be worth it in the end as you are surrounded by wondrous views of valleys below and snow capped peaks to the east. If you appreciate mountain scenery you will be thrilled by this trip. Overnight camp will be made in the welcoming village of Lundrubling.

Day 06 TREK TO KAAMO TSANGPO VALLEY (Camp) Finally Everest will come into view as we climb the Shao La pass! What a sight it is to see these massive Himalayan peaks. The traditional Tibetan scenery of Yak pastures and meandering valleys can be appreciated along the way. On our way to Joksam camp we pass through impressive birch groves and dwarf rhododendrons. This camp is surrounded by pine and fir forests and is one of the most beautiful we will see.

Day 07 TREK TO KHANGSUNG VALLEY (Camp) Leaving the valley we will ascend through a wondrous conifer forest ridgeline. Our climb will once again be rewarded with unparalleled views stretching all the way to Nepal. A string of alpine lakes and Yak herder communities will be passed as well. The day will end with clear views of the Kangshung face of Mt. Everest. Prepare for amazement! It will be easy to sleep in one of the surrounding meadows after such an amazing day of trekking.

Day 08 TREK TO PETHANG RINGMO (Camp) Today will be a more relaxed day with less trekking. It will give you a chance to truly appreciate and soak in the beauty which surrounds you. Camp will be made in one of the meadows of Pethang Ringmo. Participants can choose whether to simply bathe in the beauty of our camp or venture to the sacred lake and cave. It is easy to feel the ancient spirituality of this area as you explore sacred shelters and prayer rooms found in the cave. The silence of this area is truly amazing.

Day 09 TREK TO HOPPO (Camp) Before entering back onto the comfortable shepherd trails we will pass through beautiful meadows and steep slopes. It is a challenging hike for both the yaks and us so be prepared. The hiking gets much easier along the shepherd trail as we are led up another hillside. Once again Everest and the glaciers of Chomo Lonzo come into view. These wondrous sites never get tiring. Camp will be made amid yak pastures once again.

Day 10 TREK TO KANGSHUNG BASE CAMP AND BACK TO HOPPO (Camp) After only a few hours of hiking we will be given the rare opportunity of staring up at this daunting peak. While cowering under the Kangshung face it is easy to see why so few climbers have attempted this feat. The impressive yet less daunting North East ridge can also be seen. For many this day is a dream come true. We will spend the night back at our Hoppo camp.

Day 11 TREK TO LANGMA LA (Camp) The well defined trail leads us down another valley and then diverts North to Langma La. Gradually and comfortably we pass through a string of yak pastures on the way to the pass. Makalu can be seen nearly the entire trip. It is an amazing experience to camp at the base of such a large pass.

Day 12 CROSS LANGMA LA AND CONTINUE ON TO LUNDRUBLING (Camp) We will begin the day with a challenging ascent and descent of the Langma La pass. Even more views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu surround us. While en route to the confluence of the Kharta valley we pass through another string of Yak herders camps. The locals are quite welcoming and friendly! Towards the end of the day we gain views as far as the Nepal-Sikkim border, home to the Kangchenjunga massif. Camp is made once more in the wondrous village of Lundrubling.

Day 13 TREK TO KHARTA (Guesthouse) Our last day of trekking is a somewhat relaxing one as we make our way to Kharta and take in the local sights and sounds. We suggest participants take it easy today and get a good rest.

Day 14 DRIVE TO RONGBUK (Guesthouse) On our drive to Rongbuk we pass through the village of Phadhruchi. We will stay either at Rongbuk monastery or guesthouse. only 15 kilometers from the Everest base camp. Rongbuk monastery has been restored to its past beauty after widespread destruction. Seeing this impressive monastery and staying with the backdrop of Everest surrounding them is another highlight for many!

Day 15 EXPLORE EVEREST BASE CAMP AND DRIVE TO LHATSE (Guesthouse) What an awe-inspiring day this is! Participants are given the rare opportunity of seeing both the views of Everest and the start of the ascent for many. Taking in the sights of the highest mountain in the world is a memory which will last for years to come. Sadly, we drive away from the Himalayan range in the afternoon and head to Lhatse. The last wondrous views are experienced atop Pang La. The Friendship highway ends our fifteenth day.

Day 16 DRIVE TO GYANTSE Lonely monasteries and nomadic herds are passed along the friendship highway. Gyamtso La, the highest pass of our journey, is ascended before we enter the barren plains. This night is spent in the traditional Hotel Gyantse.

Day 17 SIGHTSEEING IN GYANTSE AND DRIVE TO LHASA In the morning we explore the Gyantse Kumbum stupa and the Palkhor Chode Monastery. The Kumbum, more than a simple stupa, is surrounded by many chapels and wondrous Tibetan murals. On the way to the Yamdrok Tso or Turquoise Lake we will ascend the Karo La pass. The impressive turquoise lake is still largely undeveloped. However, this may end soon. Our day is completed with an ascent of the Khamba La and crossing of the Yarlong Tsangpo river. It is such a relief to finally enter the wondrous city of Lhasa.

Day 18 - 19 LHASA SIGHTSEEING Today we will visit the Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, it houses Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo.Surrounding the Jokhang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Market place, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. Later in the day visit the Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa. The 5th Dalai Lama expanded it to its present structure during the 17th century. This 13 story 1000 room citadel served as the headquarters of the former "Monastic-state" of Tibet and was home to successive Dalai Lamas, who from the latter half of the 18th century used it as their Winter palace. And largest and second largest monasteries Depong and Sera, university and Buddhist learning center. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 20 FLY TO KATHMANDU This remarkable flight last only an hour while crossing the Himalayan range. As you may expect the striking mountain views surround you the entire time. An amazing way to end a life-changing journey! Come join us in this land of religion and history!

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