Kharta Valley trekking itinerary
Day 01 - Arrive Kathmandu. Arrival you will be received by tour manager from Alpine Eco Trek and escorted to your hotel in Kathmandu. Our tour manager will give you pre-tour briefing. Rest of time is leisure.
Day 02 - Kathmandu city tour. After breakfast, visit monkey temple (Swayambhunath Temple), Patan, Baudda sputa and Pasupati temple. Over night at Hotel.
Day 03 - Kathmandu. A free day in Kathmandu to organize gear, do some last minute shopping for the trek, or do some further exploring around Kathmandu valley. Over night at hotel.
Day 04 - one hour twenty five minuets flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa offers spectacular views of Himalayan range of snow caped peaks. From Gongkar airport it is about 2 hours drive to Lhasa first through the Yarlung Tsangpo then into the Kyi Chu Valley. Over night at hotel.
Days 05-06 and 07 - Over the following three days we visit the palaces, Buddhist temple, stupa and monasteries of Lhasa with Local guide. Most afternoons will be free to discover the endlessly interesting markets, walk around Jokhang temple with the numerous other pilgrims, or perhaps best of all, sit in Barkor square and immerse you in the exotic atmosphere. There is also the option of additional tours to places such as Ganden Monastery and Tsurphu Monastery at an extra cost. Over night at hotel.
Day 08 - A long, yet scenic day's drive across the Khamba La and Kora La passes, along the shores of Lake Yamdrok Tso to Gyantse. Once an important trading town, Gyantse retains a feel of ‘old' Tibet. Over night at hotel.
Day 09 - In the morning visit Gyantse's monastery – Pelkor Choede – and the justifiably famous Kumbum, within the same complex. We will try our best to take you to visit the dzong (fort) that towers above the town. In the afternoon we make the short (90 km, 2 hours) drive along the valley to Shigatse. Over night at hotel.
Day 10 - Visit Shigatse city including Tashilhunpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, second only in importance to the Dalai Lama. Its numerous halls contain a 21.6-meter wooden statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha and elaborate, jewel encrusted reliquary chorten. In the early afternoon we drive to Xegar. Over night at hotel.
Day 11 - Our trekking begins with a gentle hike up the Kharta Valley, passing wealthy farmhouses and fields. After lunch we turn south and ascend to our camp in what the English called the Valley of Lakes. Over night in tents.
Day 12 - Walking up the chain of alpine lakes, reminiscent of marvelously magnified Colorado timberline country, to our camp below the Shao La (15, 300 feet). From here, if the weather permits, we have a chance to view of the massive Mt. Makalu and Mt. Everest. Over night in tents.
Day 13 - We reach the Shao La (15, 300 feet) Pass in early morning and as we descend on tundra gives way to stunning green, gold, and pastel red vegetation: juniper, silver fir, mountain ash, and rhododendron. We make camp near the mouth of a superb side valley that plunges a thousand feet to the Kama River .Over night in tents.
Day 14 - Trek Begins with a steep winding climb through a Japanese wood-block forest. Wecontour above the Kama Valley, through dwarf rhododendron and blue primula, looking down-valley deep into Nepal, across to the looming mountain wall, dripping with hanging glaciers, and ahead for our first views of Everest. We camp near a pretty lake at 14,500 feet; just over a rise peek the summits of Chomolonzo (25,551 feet), Lhotse, and Everest. over night in tents.
Day 15 - W e continues contouring to a spot called Sakyetang on the best map of the area, the "Mount Everest Region" 1:100,000 maps published by the Royal Geographic Society (more on this map at itinerary's end). From here we look Kangshung Valley and three of the world's five highest mountains. The summit of Mount Everest is only 18 miles away. From Sakyetang we drop down to the confluence of the Kangshung and Kama valleys, cross a bridge, and hike into the Kangshung, camping in a clearing in dense foliage at about 14,150 feet . Lt. Col. C.K. Howard-Bury, who led the first expedition into these parts, wrote in Mount Everest,: the Reconnaissance, 1921: "It was very curious to see fir trees, birch, and juniper, and a very luxuriant vegetation growing on either side of the ice and the moraines beneath it." Over night in tents.
Day 16 - further trek takes us into the heart of the "valley like no other." We ascend gradually on a pleasant trail through willows and wind flowers, then steeply up and across a landslide - caused a decade ago by the slow collision of the Kandongshung Glacier with the mountainside we're walking on to a meadowy morainal shelf above the tumbling gray mass of the Kangshung Glacier. Few hours further on are our high camp, Pethang Ringmo. Over night in tents.
Day 17 - Pethang Ringmo was discovered by George Mallory and G.H. Bullock on that first expedition. When Howard-Bury joined them there he found: “...a most delightfully sunny spot at 16,400 feet, right under the gigantic and marvelously beautiful cliffs of Chomolonzo...separated from us by the Kangshung Glacier, here about a mile wide. Everest from here is seen to fill up the head of the valley with a most formidable circle of cliffs overhung by hanging glaciers.” Over night in tents.
Day 18 - Some of us will want to get closer to the gargantuan East Face. Depending on the weather and other factors, our trip leader will decide if it is possible to hike to "Land's End". The walk takes a couple of hours along the grassy shelf and ends up overlooking the glacier at just over 17,000 feet. Only the daunting glacier separates us from the immense Kangshung wall. The summit of Everest is just over eight horizontal and two and a third vertical miles away. We're nearly encircled by mountains: (from the right) Khartse, the mass of Everest. Over night in tents.
Day 19 - Climb steeply to a point near Sakyetang, then contour northward, the whole Everest extravaganza just in back of us, and ascend to a camp next by an austere lake at 16,385 feet. The sunrise from this camp can be almost frighteningly spectacular; in a few intense moments Everest and the whole panoply of peaks change from cold pewter to rose, to gold, to blinding white. Above the camp is the 17,600 foot Langma La. Over night in tents.
Day 20 - in few hours for last views of Chomolungma, Goddess Mother of the World and her towering court. From Langma La we descend a couple of thousand feet (passing a rare rock glacier on the way), back into Tibet, as it were, to camp (14,000 feet). Over night in tents.
Day 21 - we descend to the Kharta Valley, farmhouses, fields, yaks, and kids, into the riverside camp where we began (12,500 feet). Over night in tents.
Day 22 - Drive from Kharta to Rongbuk Base Camp. Over night in tents or local guest house.
Day 23 - From Rongbuk to base camp is a 2 to 3 hour walk of 7kms, continuing along the barren, and rock strewn valley. This is followed by a fantastic drive through almost uninhabited valleys to the small town of Lao Tingri. Catch as last view of the mountain from here. Another high pass gives a last, spectacular view of the Himalaya before descending to Nyalam. . Over night at local guest house or in tents.
Day 24 - Descending to Zhangmu – on the China-Nepal border. Completing border formalities the drive back to Kathmandu continues down the Bote Khosi valley. Over night at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 25 - Free Day for relaxing and shopping. In the evening join the farewell dinners offered by Alpine Eco Trek and celebrate your great trip with your team. Over night at hotel.
Day 26 -Drive to airport for your onward destination.
Notice: Participants of the trip must keep in mind that this is an adventure journey that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau where many unexpected and unpleasant events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour conclusion should always coincide with the original plan.