20 Day Trekking in Tibet to Kangshung Valley

20 Day Trekking in Tibet to Kangshung Valley

20 Day Trekking in Tibet to Kangshung Valley

Hey there! Have you heard about the 20-day trek to Kharta Kangshung Valley in Tibet? It's one of the hidden gems in the area and offers stunning views of the east face of Mt. Everest Base Camp. The trek is only about 60-70km from my hometown, Tashizom, and is considered the most beautiful and popular trek in Tibet. Locals refer to the area as Kharta, a small town near the border of Nepal.

Even though the world is developing rapidly and more tourists visit Tibet, this area has remained pure and untouched. It's truly a hidden paradise that's worth exploring. The trek ends at the Nepal border, but you can also return to Lhasa. The best time to go on this trek is from May to mid-October, as the other months can be too cold. The beginning of June and September are especially great for trekking in the Tingri region. So why not plan a trip and experience the beauty of Kharta Kangshung Valley? The Trip Advisor rating system has awarded us with a 5-star rating. Join us for an unforgettable adventure!

Group Price & Size

3,200 US dollars per Person

Minimum 4 People to Maximum 10 People

Single room occupancy supplement: 400USD (hotels only)

Day1. Arrival to Lhasa and transfer to the Hotel

Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide; from the airport to Lhasa city is 60km, and a one-hour drive will take you to the holy city of Lhasa. You are driving along the Brahmaputra River and Lhasa River. If you accept the train to Lhasa, you usually will arrive late afternoon or evening; a 20-minute drive will bring you to your hotel in Lhasa City. Check into the hotel and rest well to acclimatize to the high altitude.

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B)=breakfast

Day2. Lhasa City Sightseeing (3700m)

After breakfast, you will visit the Jokhang, the holiest Buddhist temple in the Himalayas. Each day, many thousands of Buddhist pilgrims come here to worship. Many have traveled well over a thousand kilometers by foot to see this 1400-year-old temple. After lunch, you will visit the 600-year-old massive monastery complex of Sera. While at Sera, you watch the monks engage in entertaining Buddhist philosophical debates. In the evening, you will have free time to wander around the Old Town alone.

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B)=breakfast

Day3. Lhasa City Sightseeing (3700m)

Today, we visited the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Potala Palace is the Winter Palace, built in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama. It provides fantastic views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand staterooms, and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, built in the 18th century by the seventh Dalai Lama.

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B)=breakfast

Day4. Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake [4,441m] / Gyantse [3,980m] / Shigatse [3,840m], 360KM, 7hrs 

Morning drive up to Kampala pass [4794m], you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-Tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance; the turquoise-colored Lake Yamdrok Yutso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of the pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and fantastic spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass is wonders of the day. Then, along the Friendship Southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, one of Tibet's most stunning architectural wonders. Late afternoon drive to Shigatse via visiting Shalu monastery on the way. One of the best wall paintings is located in Shalu Monastery.

Overnight at 4-star Gesar Hotel Deluxe Room. (B)=breakfast

Day5. Shigatse / Sakya [4,280m] / Pelber [3,950m], 200KM, 4hrs 

In the morning, visit Tashilunpo Monastery after driving to Sakya and Sakya monastery on the way, then go to Pelber across Tsou-la Pass (4500m) and Gyatso-la Pass (5220m); with good weather, you can see your first views of Mount Everest. At the end of the day’s 230km journey, we arrive in the evening at Pelber (New Tingri) (4300m).

Overnight in a 2-star Hotel in Pelber (B)=breakfast

Day 6. Pelber / Kharta Chutang [4,200m], 150KM, 6hrs 

This day will take you to the Gawu La (5200m), which offers a panoramic view of the glacier-covered Himalayas. You can see four of the world’s 15 highest peaks, including Mount Everest. From the Geu La, you will then travel to the Tashizom village. Kharta Chutang town is approximately 60 km from Tashizom village. I was driving along the Pradruk valley, passing several small villages.

Camping with meals

Day 7. Begin Trek, 4-5 Hrs Walk

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 13000 feet) or continue up the side valley following a small stream for another two hours to camp on meadows by the stream (14,000).

Camping with meals 

Day 8. Shao La, 4-5 Hrs Walk

Ascend steadily over rocky ground to reach the Shao La (16,300ft) in about two hours. Weather permitting, the views from here toward Makalu, Lhotse, and Everest are stunning. Once at the top of the pass, we descend for about an hour and then plunge steeply to the valley below. The scene suddenly changes from barren rock slopes to lush rhododendrons, birch, and willow trees. Continue one hour down this valley to camp at Joksum, following a stream through thick fir and juniper forests.

Camping with meals

Day 9. Trek, 5 Hrs Walk

Hike steeply through juniper and rhododendron forests to reach the high pastures above the Kama River. On clear days, we'll see splendid views of 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 serene green lake to a campsite (145,00ft) on a large meadow and yak herders' camps and a peaceful green lake to a campsite (14,500ft) on a large meadow with views of the Khangshung Valley.

Camping with meals

Day 10. Trek, 4-5 Hrs Walk

Hike up a ridge affording a clear sight right up to the Khangshung Valley, with views of Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Tsetse, Petangtse, Chomolonzo, Makalu and a myriad of other great peaks. We descend From this ridge rather steeply down to the Kama River from the Langma La. After wading across the river, we enter the Khangshung Valley, a broad valley drained by the Khangshung Valley, a broad 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 Pethang (14,200ft), about an hour's walk uphill from the stream crossing.

Camping with meals 

Day 11. Pethang Ringmo, 4-5 Hrs Walk

Hike steeply up onto a large rockslide. The views of Makalu and the incredible upheaval caused by the Chomolonzo glaciers are fantastic. After the rockslide, the trail traverses around the mountainside to reach a beautiful meadow, locally called Opka.

Continue hiking up meadows of the lateral moraine with views of Everest, Lhotse, and Terse to reach the camp on the grassy knolls of Pethang Ringmo (16,000ft).

Camping with meals

Day12. Khangshung Valley

Optional day hikes up the Khangshung Valley alongside the glacier to the base camp (17,000ft) used by expeditions attempting the east face of Everest.

Camping with meals

Day 13. Raabka Chu, 6-7 Hrs Walk

We'd appreciate it if you could retrace our steps down the valley along the Khangshung Glaciers, across the rockslide opposite the Chomolonzo glacier, and past Pethang to a stream crossing at the Raabka Chu. The camp (13,500ft) on the grassy meadow across the river is a charming place to spend the afternoon.

We can also reach this campsite from Pethang Ringmo by taking a side trip to Guru Rimpoche's cave at the Tse Chu Lake. The trail climbs high above Okpa meadows, crosses Lamtsho (16,200ft), and descends steeply to the lake.

Camping with meals

Day14. Rabka Chu To Tso Tshuringma, 4 Hrs Walking

Hike steadily uphill, steeply at first, for an hour to a shelf above the river, then another hour across the 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 (17,500ft). The views of Mount Makalu and Mount Everest are great from here. We camp at Tsho Tshurigma (16,000ft).

Camping with meals

Day 15. Tsho Tshurigma To Troshay Meadow Camp, 6 Hrs Walk

Climb steeply over rocky ground to reach the Langma La (17,500ft) 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 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 for four hours over rocky moraines and glaciated valleys. The camp is on a grassy meadow beside a clear stream at Troshay (14,000ft).

Camping with meals

Day 16. Trek From Troshay To Kharta 

We follow the stream from camp down the Kharta Tsangpo valley along a well-defined trail, hike across grassy hillsides used for grazing animals, and pass by small villages with barley fields ringed by willows.

After two hours, we reached the fork of the trail, where we climbed to Sha La Pass at the beginning of the trek. We will cross the river below Yuba village and get to the riverside campsite, where we will start the trek.

Camping with meals

Day 17. Chutang / Everest North Face Base Camp 

Today, drive from Kharta Chutang town to Mount Everest North Face base camp via small villages and the valley of Padruk. The distance is around 110 km, and the driving time is about 6 hours. [5,200m]

Overnight at tea tent dormitory or off-season from November to March at Rongbuk monastery dormitory (No private bathroom and no shower) ( Breakfast )

Day 18. EBC / Shigatse / or EBC/ Kyirong Town 

Travel back to Lhasa.

For Travelers planning to travel back to Lhasa Today, they will drive from Mount Everest base camp to Shigatse, which is 340km with a driving duration of around 7-8 hours. 

Overnight at 4-star Gesar Hotel Deluxe Room. (B)=breakfast

Travel to Nepal 

Travelers planning to travel to Nepal today will drive from Mount Everest base camp to Kyirong town via Old Tingri and Phikutso Lake and view Mount Cho ou yo and Mount Shishapangma. (8012) The only mountain fully planted in Tibet.  [3,900m], 280KM, 7hrs

Overnight at 3-star Kyirong Hotel Breakfast

Day 19. Shigatse / Lhasa or Kyirong / Cross Nepal Border

Travel back to Lhasa.

Travelers planning to travel back to Lhasa today will drive from Shigatse to Lhasa through the northern Friendship highway, which is 280km long and has a driving duration of 5 hours. 

Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city 200 meters from Jokhang Temple (B)=breakfast

Travel to Nepal 

Travelers planning to travel to Nepal Today will drive from Kyirong town to the Nepal border bridge between Rasuwa town via crossing the border and journey to Kathmandu. 

Day 20. Lhasa Airport / Train Station Dropping Off

Good morning. Lhasa airport or train station is dropping off. The time comes to say farewell to your guide and driver.

Tour Type: Group Treks

Group Size: 4 to 10 People

Tour Duration: 20 Days

Price: 3,200 USD

    • All travel permits for Tibet
    • English-speaking Tibetan tour guide
    • Pick up and drop off by airport bus
    • All transportation in Tibet per itinerary, a vehicle for the trip outside of Lhasa, taxis inside Lhasa
    • Vehicle tolls and vehicle repairs(if necessary)
    • All administrative fees
    • All meals and accommodations for your guide
    • All lodging listed in the itinerary
    • Breakfast each morning
    • Entrance fees for the places listed in the itinerary 
    • One-time welcome meal for the group
    • One box of mineral water plus shared 
    • Oxygen tank in the car
    • Camping Equipment (1tent shared 2 people ) 1 Mattress and 1 Sleeping bag per person 
    • Cook for the trek
    • Food in the trek
    • 1 Yak per person
    • Transportation costs to and from Tibet
    • Chinese visa fees and passport fees
    • Lunch and dinner during the tour
    • Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs, etc)
    • Tips to the driver and guide

Short Itinerary

Day1.Pick up and Transfer to Hotel

Day2.Lhasa Sightseeing (Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery)

Day3.Lhasa Sightseeing, Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace)

Day4.Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse, Shigatse

Day5.Shigatse, Sakya, New Tingri 

Day6.New Tingri, Kharta 











Day17.Kharta, Rongbuk, Mount Everest base camp

Day18.Rongbuk, Shigatse or Kyirong

Day19.Shigatse to Lhasa or Kyirong to Nepal border

Day20.Depart from Lhasa


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