A JOURNEY TO THE MYSTERIOUS EAST SIDE OF MOUNT EVEREST
- Trek to the Kangshung Base Camp of Mount Everest in Tibet
- Breathtaking scenery across the Tibetan Plateau
- Sightseeing in the ancient capitals of Kathmandu and Lhasa
- Visit the famous Rongbuk Valley & 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 visit the Rongbuk Valley, Rongbuk Monastery and take in the spectacular views of the north face of Mount 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.
The Kangshung Face of Mount Everest Trek (Camping Trip) is part of our Himalayan Classic Trek Series. Our Classic Treks are led by an experienced, English-speaking Nepali guide and porter support crew. In addition to our group dates, we are also able to arrange this incredible trek beginning on a Sunday 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.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to group hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 3: Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 4: Sightseeing and preparation day in Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 5: Fly to Lhasa. Hotel.
Day 6: Sightseeing in Lhasa. Hotel.
Day 7: Sightseeing in Lhasa. Hotel.
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: Explore Rongbuk Monastery & Everest north side area. Camp.
Day 22: Drive to Kerung. Hotel.
Day 23: Drive to Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 24: Depart Kathmandu.