Kangshung Face of Everest
Tibet & Nepal, Trek & Walk, 20 days - from £3,295 (land only) - from €4,450 (land only) - from $5,300 (land only)
- A wilderness trek to the rarely-visited east side of Everest
- The best views of Everest
- Tibet`s finest trek and hike
- See Lhasa and the Potala Palace
- Visit the vibrant Kathmandu
From the remote Tibetan village of Kharta, the trek to the eastern or Kangshung Face of Mount Everest provides arguably the best way to get close to the world's highest peak. Flying from Kathmandu to Lhasa, we begin the holiday with some sightseeing in the tibetan capital while acclimatising to the altitude. We then drive to the start of our trek via Shigatse, Shegar and the scenic Pang La. Our route then takes us through fertile farmland into a wilderness of alpine forest and blue glacial lakes. Crossing the Shao La (4970m), we drop down into the lovely Karma Valley and contour around to the basecamp area at Pethang Ringmo. Exploring the high ridges above this camp, we gain impressive views of Everest's hidden Kangshung Face. We walk out more directly via the Langma La (5318m), where the stunning panorama includes distant Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Chomo Lonzo and Everest itself. On our return journey to Kathmandu, crossing the Tibetan Plateau, we spend 2 nights in the Rongbuk Valley, beneath Everest's towering north face.A simply exceptional trekking holiday on the roof of the world.
Is this holiday for you?
The 9 day trek into the Kangshung Face of Everest follows an established trail, which is used mostly by semi nomadic herdsmen, who take their flocks into the high pastures in the Karma Valley. Generally the trail is good, but there are some sections which cross rough scree and boulder fields, especially on the upper part of the Langma La. On our exploration above the camp at Pethang Ringmo we will also encounter steep paths on moraine and scree. This is not a long or sustained trek but it is given a high grade to reflect the quite high pass crossings high camps, at Pethang Ringmo and at the Everest north side basecamp in the Rongbuk Valley.