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Kangshung Face trekking

Kangshung Face trekking
 Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-Shegar-Kharta-Kangshung Face-EBC-Lhasa
Day 1: Arrival & Acclimatization
Day 2 & 3: Lhasa city tour
Day 4. Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse
Day 5: Shigatse / Shegar
Day 6: Shegar / Kharta County / Yuba
Day 7 - 14: Trekking
Day 15: Shomela-Yuba-Rongbuk Monastery
Day 16: Rongbuk Monastery-EBC-Shegar
Day 17: Shegar- Lhasa
Day 18: Tour ends, leave Lhasa for home.

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Tour length: 18 days

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Of Everest's three faces, the east face-or Kangshung face-is unquestionably the most beautiful and least visited one. The trek to the Kangshung Face is one of the most stunning in the world. Our trail passes through pristine forests, untouched valleys, scared lakes and yak pastures. In fact, the entire region is characterized by magnificent alpine scenery and rich flora and contains the highest known forests in the world. Three of the world's highest peaks Everest 8848 m, Lhotse 8501 m, and Makalu 8463 m overlook the valley. After reaching the eastern Base Camp of the Everest, we loop back to Kharta and the Tibetan rain shadow. The trek ends at Kharta and we drive to the Rongbuk Valley to appreciate the huge dimensions of the North Face of Everest and to visit Rongbuk Monastery before heading to Kathmandu via Zhangmu-Nyalam or back to Lhasa.

Itinerary Details Tour FAQTour Map

Day 1 Arrival & Acclimatization

Airport pick-up Train station pick-up

Schedule today: Arrival in Lhasa at airport or train station, pick-up and transfer to hotel for acclimatization, or you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Day 2 Lhasa city tour (Tour of the world heritages and Tibetan history)

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street

Potala Palace Johkang Temple

Schedule today: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Jorhkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO.

Day 3 Lhasa city tour (Tour of the most important monasteries in Tibet)

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Schedule today: In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery-Sera Monastery, where the largest scale of scripture debating among monks is famous all across Tibet. We will watch the debate session and you may join in too with the help your guide.

Day4 Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse

Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Pelcho Monastery& Kumbum Stupa

Lake Yamdrok Pelcho Monastery& Kumbum Stupa

Schedule today: In the morning you'll start the drive to Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you'll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you'll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m). After arriving in Gyantse you'll have the choice to either stroll around town; explore Gyantse Dzong, the legendary battle site of the British invasion of Tibet; or visit the Pelkor Tsode Monastery. Afterwards, you'll drive to Shigatse, and overnight there.

Day 5 Shigatse / Shegar

Highlights:Tashilumo Monastery

Tashilumo Monastery Tashilumo Monastery

Schedule today: In the morning, visit Tashilumo Monastery which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, and inside the Monastery placed the highest statue of Buddha in Tibet which is 26.8 meters high. And after lunch, we drive to Shegar.

Day 6 Shegar / Kharta County / Yuba (alt. 3980m)

Highlights: The Himalaya Ranges

Start Trekking Xiwula Pass

Schedule today: In the morning, we drive from Shegar, on the way on the Xiwula Pass; we can see the five highest mountains in the world at the same time, which is very amazing. The road is only 108 km long but little bit bumpy as it has not been paved yet. At the noon time, we will arrive at Zhaxizong, a very small town, where we can have our lunch. After that we have to continue drive to 3 or 4 hours before reaching Karta County where we will get our yaks and yakmen. After all things settled well with our yakmen, we will drive another 20 minutes to camp at Yuba valley.

Day 7 Yuba / Dumpu (alt. 4300 m)

Trekking preparation Start Trekking

Schedule today: 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 (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 at Dumpu (14,000'). (4 hours hiking.)

Day 8 Place & Transport: Dumpu/ Xiuwutso Lake (alt. 4600 m)

Trekking views Xiwutso Lake

Schedule today: Ascend steadily over rocky ground to reach the Shao La (16,300') in about 1.5 hours. Continue one hour down this valley to camp by Xiwutso Lake. (3 hours hiking.)

Day 9 Xiwutso Lake/ Zoksam (alt. 4100 m)

Zoksam Zoksam

Schedule today: The trail leads to our next destination just lies south of the Xiwutso Lake, ascend steadily about 300 meters, you will see another bigger lake behind the Xiwutso Lake. Today, you will have a long trekking, so climb slowly as the trail ascending sharp and steep. On the pass of Shao La, you can see Mt. Makalu clearly if weather permits. The trail down goes in a valley is very nice, full of blossoms and bushes, and also you can see a small stream goes beside.

Day 10 Place & Transport: Zoksam/ Tangsum (alt. 4220 m)

Tangsum Tangsum

Schedule today: Hike steeply through juniper and rhododendron forests to reach the high pastures above the Kama River. On clear days, we'll see splendid views toward Everest and Lhotse. The high ridges south of the Kama River drip with hanging glaciers and in the spring are alive with bellowing avalanches. We continue to traverse alpine meadows and pass yak herders' camps and a serene green lake to a campsite (14,500') on a large meadow with great views of the Khangshung Valley. (5 hours hiking.)

Day 11 Place & Transport: Tangsum/ Raga (alt. 4300 m)

Raga Raga

Schedule today: Hike up a ridge affording a clear sight right up the Khangshung Valley, with views of Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Tshertse, Petangtse, Chomolonzo, Makalu, and a myriad of other great peaks. From this ridge we descend rather steeply 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 hillocks now covered by a thick growth of willow, rhododendron, juniper, and other shrubs. Camp at the meadow called Raga (14,200'), about an hour's walk uphill from the stream crossing.

Day 12 Place & Transport: Raga-Pethang Ringmo-Raga (alt. 4300 m)

Pethang Ringmo Pethang Ringmo

Schedule today: Our cook and yak men will be waiting for us just at Raga, today our guide will show us the way to Pethang Ringmo. Moraines and landslides make the going difficult. In 1 3/4 hr, around a bend called Orga to view Mt. Everest properly for the first time. Reach the Kangshung Face base camp (5000 m) in 3 hr. This large, grassy area with stunning views of Mt. Everest (8848 m) and Lhotse (8516 m) to the left (south) is known as Pethang Ringmo. To the southeast is a striking amphitheater of peaks dominated by Lhotse. Makalu rises dramatically farther to the southeast. Between Lhotse and Makalu, on the left along the Nepal-Tibet border, is the conical peak of Pethangtse (6724 m).

Day 13 Raga-Tsoshutrima (alt. 4900 m)

Tsoshutrima Tsoshutrima

Schedule today: Hike steadily uphill, steeply at first for an hour 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 (17,500'). The views of Makalu and Everest are great from here! Camp at Tsho Tshurigma (16,000'). (4 hours hiking.)

Day 14 Tsoshutrima-Langma La-Shomela (alt. 4700 m)

Langma La Langma La

Schedule today: Climb steeply over rocky ground to reach the Langma La (17,500') in just over two hours. En route we pass another lake, and the views of Makalu become more impressive as we climb upwards, while Everest and all the other attendant peaks are visible all the way to the pass. From Langma La we bid farewell to 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 (14,000'). (6 hours hiking.)

Day 15 Place & Transport: Shomela-Yuba-Rongbuk Monastery (alt. 5200 m)

 Shomela Rongbuk Monastery

Schedule today: In the morning, we will still trek 2 hours from Shomela back to Yueba where we start our trekking, and our driver will pick us again there to take us to our next destination-Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world and it is very close to the EBC that we will visit the next day.

Day 16 Rongbuk Monastery-EBC-Shegar

Everest Base Camp Everest Base Camp

Schedule today: in the morning, we will visit the famous Everest Base Camp, before that if you are lucky you can see the very breathtaking golden sunrise over the peak of the Everest. About the noon time after lunch, we will drive back to Shegar, on the way back you will have the last chance to see various peaks of Himalayas.
Accommodation: Shegar Snowland Hotel or similar if late booking

Day 17 Shegar- Lhasa

Schedule today: Today we will have a long drive back to Lhasa. No visiting on the way.
Accommodation: Kangdro Hotel in Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast

Day 18 Tour ends, leave Lhasa for home.

Schedule today: our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport to catch the flight leaving Lhasa, welcome back to Lhasa again.

Is there pick-up service in Lhasa and how?
Yes,we will arrange pick-up service for you at Lhasa train station or airport; inthe pick-up area, our guide and driver will pick you up with a paper with yourname on it. You can get out of Lhasa train station or airport with your Tibetpermit, please give your permit to our guide after meeting; and our driver andguide will transfer you to hotel.
What are hotels like throughout this tour? Can we live atdifferent hotels?
The hotels we choose for this tour in Lhasa are our commonlyarranged clean and comfortable hotels; you will live at either Yak Hotel or NewMandala Hotel depends on booking time and room availability; both hotels are of3 star hotel at Barkhor Street. In Shigatse, you will stay at a 3 star hoteltoo; in Shegar, we will arrange Qomulangma Resort for you, the resort is thelocal best though has no star ranked. And after Shegar, we will live in tentsbecause the trekking tour starts.
If you have your own preferred hotels in Lhasa, we can helpto book too, the price difference may occur.
Will your tour guide be with us all day?
No, our tour guide will be guiding you when you visiting acertain attraction, like a palace or monastery. You are on your own aftervisiting a certain attraction. That is to say, you have your own free time togo bar, shopping or hanging out. Please make sure you are escorted by our guidewhen visiting an attraction; if you are caught visiting without a guide, bothyou and our company will be punished.
Why don’t you include the entrance fees? How much is theentrance fees for each attractions and in total?
Tibetan culture and civilization is characterized bymonasteries, there are some significant monasteries in our itinerary too; butmany times, our customers told us they do not want to visit this many monasteryas most of them look the same, so we decide to not to include entrance fee butlet our customer pay by themselves based on their interests. You can skip someattractions too if you have no interest on all of them. The entrance fee ofattractions in our itinerary is Potala Palace = RMB 200, Johkang Temple = RMB85, Drepung Monastery = RMB 50, Sera Monastery = RMB 50, Yamdrok Lake = RMB 40,Pelcho Monastery = RMB60, Tashilumpo Monastery = RMB 85, Mt. Everest = RMB 180it amounts up to RMB 750, equals to USD 119 (1 USD = 6.3 RMB)
How much does the food in Tibet cost?
Our tourincludes breakfast for all days in Tibet. A normal lunch or dinner in Lhasacosts the same price that costs in Beijing or Shanghai. Noodles costs about RMB15 per bowl; fried vegetable with meat and rice cost about RMB 25 per dish, soit approximately costs you RMB 70 per person per day on both lunch and dinnerat normal standard. The vegetarian food is also available in Tibet, and priceis lower than a dish with meat.  
What are the tents, mattresslike during the trekking? And do we have to bring any extra equipment?
Our tents and mattress are designed for using at highlands,so it is quite safe and comfortable. However, you are advised to bring your ownsleeping bag, make sure yours is warm enough for using at highlands.   
What is food like duringthe trekking? Do we cook by ourselves?
During the trekking part of this tour, we will arrange a professionalcook with the group to make food for everybody. He only makes some hot food atbreakfast and dinner, and prepares some food packaged for lunch on the way.Bread, egg, coffee, porridge and fruits will be provided at breakfast; rice,meat, and vegetables are available at dinner; the packaged food for lunchincludes fruits, chocolate, milk, cookie and etc. The food varies; you do noteat the same food at each breakfast, lunch and dinner.  
How do we transport ourluggage while trekking?
You do not haveto back your heavy luggage with you besides some water and food. At this tour,we will arrange packing animal—yak, to transport our heavy luggage; generally,two persons need 3 yaks as well as 1 yak porter. Suppose you have 4 peopletogether, we will arrange you 6 yaks and 2 yak porters.
How much is the tip to ourguide and driver? Is there a standard?
Tour guide work is a tough job on the roof of the world,and to tip the local guide and driver is a common practice in Tibet tourism;however, there is no standard for the tip amount, it quite depends on guide anddriver’s service quality. Generally, if the group size is over 5 pax, wesuggest our customers to tip the guide USD 8 per person per day while tip thedriver USD 4 per person per day; if the group size is smaller than 5 pax, wesuggest to tip the guide USD 10 per person per day while tip driver USD 5.
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