KHARTA VALLEY TIBET TREKKING :
highest of the great mountains of the world seems to require single
gesture of mastery in order to establish as the queen of them all,
immense in its solitary and unrivalled supremacy. The remarkable
spectacles offered by the icy mass of Everest, which loom over the
desert highlands of Tibet are as enchanting today as they did since
To the north, the great mountains look out directly over an arid,
inhospitable highland, where the presence of human is infrequent and
limited. Here, more than to the south, the presence of human monuments
and civilization is quite surprising.
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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel
Day 02: Full
day Kathmandu sightseeing.
FLIGHT: KATHMANDU - LHASA [3660M]
SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA
Today will be spent visiting several of Lhasa's many monasteries in the
company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery,
one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet. Within its whitewashed
walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. After
lunch we'll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama,
as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred
shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans
through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor - a maze of
narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa.
SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA
This morning we will visit the Potala Palace, which dominates the city
of Lhasa. A spectacular building, it contains the private quarters of
the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand staterooms and many important
chapels. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th
century, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century. A
visit to the Drepung Monastery this afternoon will complete a truly awe-
inspiring day. Founded in the 14th century, this monastery was once the
largest in the world with a population of around 10,000 monks. These
days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much
here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural
Day 06: DRIVE
LHASA - GYANTSE [3950M] 261 KM
Today we start our overland journey towards Kathmandu. Travelling by
jeep along the Friendship Highway we cross the Khamba La [4794m] from
which there is stunning views across the waters of Yamdrok-tso Lake to
the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa [7252m]. We continue westwards over
another high pass the Karo La [5045m] where we are treated to the
spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few
hundred metres of the road. After passing through beautiful valleys and
colourful Tibetan villages we arrive in the town of Gyantse. Our
overnight accommodation is at the Gyantse Hotel.
Day 07: DRIVE
GYANTSE [3950M] - SHIGATSE [3900M] 90KM
Before leaving Gyantse we have time this morning to visit the Gyantse
Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th
century from which there are amazing views of both Gyantse itself and
the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa
and its many small chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist
We then continue
on to Shigatse, a short drive of only 90kms, arriving in time for lunch.
Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and after exploring the
local market we will make a detailed visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery.
This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet
and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls.
Overnight at Hotel Mansarowar.
SHIGATSE [3900M] – SHEGAR [4050M] 244KM
Today we continue along the Friendship Highway, marvelling once more at
the barren yet spectacular landscape of Tibet. Beyond the small town of
Lhatse we cross the highest pass on our journey, the Gyamtso La [5220m].
From here we descend to the plains, passing lonely monasteries and the
camps of nomadic herders, en route to Shegar and our overnight
accommodation at Hotel Quomolongma.
SHEKAR – KHARTA (12300)
Drive five hours to Kharta, enjoying beautiful views from the Pang La
(17000) towards Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and Shisapangma (if weather is
clear). Drive down the Dzakaa Chu and then the Phung Chu valley toward
Kharta. We’ll make camp past the boarding school on the banks of the
Kharta Tsangpo river, the headwaters of Nepal’s Arun River.
Day 10: BEGIN
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) (4 hours
Day 11: SHAO
Ascend steadily over rocky ground to reach the Shao La (16300) 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. At once
the scene 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. (4 hours
Day 12: TREK
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 (14500) on a large meadows
and pass yak herders’ camps and a serene green lake to a campsite
(14500) on a large meadow with great views of the Khangshung Valley. (5
Day 13: TREK
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 Valley, a wide valley drained by the
Khangshung stream. A receding glacier ahs left behind wide undulating
hillocks now covered by a thick growth of willow, rhododendron, juniper,
and other shrubs. Camp at the meadow called Pethang (14200), about an
hour’s walk uphill from the stream crossing.
Hike steeply up onto a large rockslide. The views of Makalu and the
incredible upheaval caused by the Chomolonzo glaciers are amazing. After
the rockslide the trail traverses around the mountainside to reach a
beautiful glade, locally called Opka. Continue hiking up meadows of
lateral moraine with views of Everest, Lhotse, and Tserse to reach camp
on the grassy knolls of Pethang Ringmo (16000). (4-5 hours hiking.)
Optional day hikes up the Khangshung Valley alongside the glacier to the
base camp (17000) used by expeditions attempting the east face of
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 (13500) on the grassy meadow
across the river is a very pleasant place to spend the afternoon. (4
We can also
reach this campsite from Pethang Ringmo by taking a side trip to Guru
Rimpoche’s cave at Tse Chu lake. The trail climbs high above Okpa
meadows, crosses Lamtsho (16200), then descends steeply to the lake.
(6-7 hours hiking.)
Day 17: RABKA
CHU TO TSO TSHURINGMA
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 (17500). The views of Makalu and Everest
are great from here! Camp at Tsho Tshurigma (16000) (4 hours hiking.)
Day 18: TSHO
TSHURIGMA TO TROSHAY MEADOW CAMP
Climb steeply over rocky ground to reach the Langma La (17500) 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 of 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 (14000). (6 hours hiking.)
TROSHAY TO KHARTA
We follow the stream from camp down the Kharta Tsangpo valley along
a well defined trail. We’ll hike across grassy hillsides used for
grazing animals and past villages with barley and potato fields ringed
by willows and birch. After two hours we reach the fork of the trail
where we climbed to Shao La at the beginning of the trek. Cross the
river below Yulba village and reach our riverside campsite where we
started the trek
Drive five to six hours to Rongbuk monastery (16400), the highest
monastery in the world and a shrine dedicated to Everest, is the last
sign of habitation before commencing the trek to Everest via the north
face. We spend a night here; this is a good place to read a book: just
how often do you get a chance to sit and read at 5000m and with the
stunning view of Everest's north face. It is very important that we take
our time and gets very well acclimatised before we go to the ABC. To day
we will explore the surroundings of the Rongbuk Everest base camp, just
to get started working a little.
Day 21: DRIVE
RONGBUK [5000M] - NYALAM 215KM
Today we rejoin the Friendship Highway and drive to Tingri. Upon
leaving Tingri, we cross another two high passes, the Lalung La [5124m]
and the Shung La [5200m]. Once more we are rewarded with magnificent
views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and
Gauri Shankar. Now we begin our descent from the Tibetan Plateau to
Nyalam just 30 km before the Nepalese border. With dramatic suddenness,
everything appears incredibly lush and green.
Day 22: DRIVE
NYALAM - KATHMANDU [1400M] 153KM
From Nyalam we drive the last 30 kilometres to the Friendship
Bridge, which spans the Bhote Koshi River and marks the Chinese -
Nepalese border. We say goodbye to the Tibetan guide and driver and walk
to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari where our Nepalese staff will
meet us. After completing the re-entry formalities we continue the drive
to Kathmandu, which, depending on road and weather conditions, should
take about 5 hours.
Day 23: FINAL
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Fixed Departures for 2013
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01. All ground transfers
by private vehicle as per our itinerary.
02. Thamel Eco resort 3 Star Hotel
in Kathmandu (twin sharing, bed & breakfast basis including all Tax and
03. Welcome dinner with
Live Nepalese Cultural Program hosted by Makalu Adventures.
04. Guided sightseeing
around Kathmandu Valley with all applicable entrance fees.
06. Tibet Travel Permit
Fee, Tibet Visa fee and all other applicable fees.
07. Guided sightseeing
in Lhasa (includes all entrance fees).
08. Dhud Gu or similar
Hotel in Lhasa (Twin sharing, bed & breakfast basis including all
applicable Tax and VAT).
09. All hotels on the
way (including breakfast).
10. Daily wages, visa
fee and insurance of staffs, guides and porters, Yak and Yak men.
11. Three times meal a
day while camping (prepared by our kitchen crew),
12. All camping
equipments such as Two men tent, Dinning Tent, Kitchen tent, tables,
chairs, mattresses and etc.
13. All other necessary
equipments like Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) (For the altitude
problem) and etc.
14. Trekking permit
01. Airport Taxes &
excess baggage charge.
02. All expenses of
personal nature such as beverages, telephone bill, laundry bill, mineral
water, tips and etc.
03. Personal medical and
04. Rescue & evacuation
- if needed.
05. Nepal re-entry visa
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