A JOURNEY TO THE MYSTERIOUS EAST SIDE OF MOUNT EVEREST
24 days: Trek to the Kangshung Base Camp of Mount Everest in Tibet - Breathtaking scenery - Sightseeing in the Ancient Capitals of Kathmandu and Lhasa - Visit the Rongbuk Monastery
It is a little known fact that there is a third side to Everest, which offers arguably the most interesting approach and most dramatic view of the world's most famous mountain - the Kangshung Face. Very few people have made the journey to this side of the mountain, although the area did receive a certain amount of publicity when, in 1988, Stephen Venables became one of the first to reach the summit of Everest via a new route from the Kangshung Glacier. After spending a day of acclimatizing and sightseeing in Lhasa, we drive to the village of Kharta. Unlike the majority of Tibet, which is dry and quite barren, the region around Kharta supports productive farmland and remarkably lush forest.
The trek in to the base camp for the Kangshung Face of Everest, at the place known as Pethang Ringmo, follows a rarely traveled route and includes some of the most beautiful alpine scenery imaginable. At an altitude of almost 14,000 feet, the forest in the spectacular Karma Valley is among the highest in the world. The high point of the walk-in to Pethang Ringmo is the 16,300 foot-high Shao La, which offers spectacular views of Chomolonzo, Makalu and Everest. Driving out from Kharta after the trip, we will take the opportunity to make a 2-day visit to the Rongbuk Valley, the base camp area for the north side of Everest, before continuing our overland journey to Kathmandu. This is the opportunity of a lifetime as we travel through a remote and mysterious region which sees very few foreign visitors.
2017 GROUP TRIP DEPARTURE DATE:
September 16 to October 9, 2017
(the trip date indicates the day you need to arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal and the day you can schedule to depart)
The Kangshung Face of Mount Everest Trek (Camping Trip) is part of our Epic Himalayan Journey Series! These trips are led by one of our experienced trekking guides and represent the gourmet trekking offerings of the great Himalayan Range. In addition to our group dates, we are also able to arrange this incredible trek starting on any day of the week during the months of April, May, June and September through early October for groups of 2 to 10 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
2017 LAND ONLY PER PERSON TRIP PRICE:
2 to 4 People: $7955.00
5 to 8 People: $7090.00
9 to 10 People: $6155.00
Single tent and hotel room supplement: $1015.00 per person
Hotels: 11 nights in hotels and lodges
Camping Trek: 12 nights of fully supported tented camping
Trek Grade: 11 days of STRENUOUS trekking
Max. altitude: 17,550 feet / 5,350 meters on the Langma La Pass
Opportunity to hike up to 17,330 feet / 5,285 meters on our free day at Base Camp
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to group hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 3: Fly to Lhasa. Hotel.
Day 4: Sightseeing in Lhasa. Hotel.
Day 5: Sightseeing in Lhasa. Hotel.
Day 6: Drive to Samye Monastery.
Day 7: Drive to Gyantse.
Day 8: Drive to Shigatse. Hotel.
Day 9: Drive to Shegar. Hotel.
Day 10: Across the Pang La to Kharta. Camp.
Day 11: Trek to Landrubling. Camp.
Day 12: Trek to foot of Shao La. Camp.
Day 13: Cross the Shao La to Zog Shum. Camp.
Day 14: Along the Karma Tsangpo to Parthang. Camp.
Day 15: Trek to Pethang Ringmo. Camp.
Day 16: Trek to Kangshung Base Camp and return to camp.
Day 17: Contingency day. Camp.
Day 18: Return trek towards the Langma La. Camp.
Day 19: Across the Langma La to Landrubling. Camp.
Day 20: Trek to Kharta, drive to the Rongbuk Valley. Camp.
Day 21: Exploration above Rongbuk. Camp.
Day 22: Drive to Zangmu. Hotel.
Day 23: To Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 24: Depart Kathmandu.