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Highlights

  • 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.
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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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Fly to Lhasa.
  • Sightseeing around Lhasa, including the Jokhang Temple and the Potala Palace.
  • Drive to Shigatse. Visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the old Tibetan market.
  • Drive to Shegar, via Lhatse and the the Gyamtso La (5200m) the highest pass on the Friendship Highway.
  • Drive over the Pang La (5150m) to the camp at Kharta (3700m).
  • Trek to Landrubling (3990m) above the Kharta Valley.
  • Trek to the foot of the Shao La (4560m).
  • Cross the Shao La (4970m) and descend into the beautiful Karma Valley to the river at Zog Shum (4020m).
  • Along the Karma Tsangpo to Parthang (4340m).
  • Trek to Pethang Ringmo (5026m), the usual base camp for this side of Everest.
  • Contingency or exploration day.
  • Return trek towards the Langma La (4890m).
  • Across the Langma La (5320m) to Landrubling (3990m).
  • Trek to Kharta. Drive to Rongbuk
  • Exploration above Rongbuk.
  • Drive to Zangmu.
  • Return to Kathmandu.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.
2017
Sun 14 May - Fri 02 Jun Code KAF /01/17/ Adult$5,300 Status Available Book now
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  • Kangshung Face of Everest
  • The departure reference for this tour is KAF /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 14 May and departs on Fri 02 Jun
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $515 - Includes all group hotel and lodge nights (single tent not included)
  • Single Tent $190
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Kathmandu. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Kathmandu Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and this trip is showing the 'Guaranteed to Run or Limited' symbol. If your trip is still showing 'Spaces', we will contact you as soon as it has reached the guaranteed status.

Though improved relations between the UK and China have made travel to Tibet an easier prospect in recent times, please be aware that the Chinese authorities do have a history of opening and closing the Tibetan borders or refusing to issue visas without warning. For this reason we would highly recommend that if you are planning to travel to Tibet, you make a flight inclusive booking or book flights which are refundable in the event of your holiday having to be cancelled.


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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and overnight at the group hotel in Kathmandu.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

    A free day for sightseeing in Kathmandu. There is an ‘optional’ guided tour of some of the city’s main attractions, which include the Buddhist temples at Swayambhunath (the 'Monkey Temple') and Bodhnath, the principally Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath, as well as the Durbar (temple) squares of Patan and Kathmandu centre. Alternatively, you may prefer to do your own thing, especially if you have visited Kathmandu before. This day will also be used to finalise the arrangements for the group’s Chinese / Tibetan visas. With advance notice it is possible for us to arrange seats on the scenic flights over the Everest National Park.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Fly to Lhasa.

    After breakfast, we transfer to the airport and check in for the 90 minute flight to Lhasa. The flight passes over the Khumbu area, and affords excellent views of Mount Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga to the east. After landing at Lhasa Airport it is an hour’s drive to the Tibetan capital, where we check in to our hotel. The altitude at Lhasa (3660m) will dictate that we take easy for the first 3 or 4 days.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Sightseeing around Lhasa, including the Jokhang Temple and the Potala Palace.

    A rest and acclimatisation day. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, we visit the 7th century Jokhang Temple, which is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet. The temple is made up of a large number of small chambers and chapels, each with its own significance. There is always a queue of devout Tibetans forming an orderly procession through the complex. We will have to join this queue to gain access to the inner areas of the Jokhang. Surrounding the Jokhang is the maze of narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses which is the central market of Lhasa, the Barkor. The name Barkor actually refers to the pilgrims’ circuit around the Jokhang, which winds its way through the market streets. During the course of their clockwise circumambulation of the Jokhang, the pilgrims regularly stop to scrutinise the merchandise on the stalls which line both sides of their route. The Barkor is a fascinating glimpse of the Tibetan past. After lunch we will visit the Potala Palace, the most spectacular of the sights of Lhasa. Built on a small outcrop known as the 'Red Hill', the Potala Palace dominates the city. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama. The Potala is a vast building, containing more than a thousand rooms, including the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Shigatse. Visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the old Tibetan market.

    A 6-hour drive to Shigatse (3856m), taking the new northern route along the Tsang Po River to this important monastery town, Tibet’s second largest settlement. We make a stop after just 20 minutes drive to take photos of the impressive painted Buddha. We aim to arrive in Shigatse for a late lunch and in the afternoon we will have time to look around the Tashilunpo Monastery and the old Tibetan market. The red and gold buildings which make up the monastic complex are circled by an important circumambulation route, which includes many small shrines, prayer wheels and significant rock inscriptions. Above the town is the ruined, but still impressive, fortress.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Drive to Shegar, via Lhatse and the the Gyamtso La (5200m) the highest pass on the Friendship Highway.

    The dusty road out of Shigatse climbs gradually and then descends to the pleasant valley of the Ra Chu River beyond the village of Chemo. We climb to a pass at 4500 metres, which offers a first distant view of the main Himalaya range. Descending from the pass we reach the small town of Lhatse, which has the feeling of a frontier town in the Wild West. Apart from its hot springs, Lhatse’s claim to fame is that the long road to western Tibet starts from a point just to the west of the town, where there is a ferry crossing of the Brahmaputra River. Beyond Lhatse, we climb up to cross the highest pass on the Friendship Highway, the Gyamtso La (5200m). Rounding a bend on the descent from the pass, we are confronted by our first views of Everest, Lhotse and Cho Oyu. We encounter wild Tibetan settlements, lonely monasteries and the encampments of nomadic herders on the next 50 kilometre (30 mile) stretch of road to Shegar, where we check in to the basic Shegar Hotel. It is from here that we will set off on our drive southwards to the Himalaya.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive over the Pang La (5150m) to the camp at Kharta (3700m).

    Shortly after leaving the Shegar Hotel, we turn off the Friendship Highway and head southwards towards the great chain of the Himalaya on a rough road which was constructed by the Chinese for a 1960 Everest expedition. Shortly after leaving the main road, we cross the Pang La (5150m), The views from the top just about beats anything from any other road pass in the world. Beyond the Pang La, at the village of Phadruchi, our route turns to follow the course of the Dzakaa Chu towards the east, eventually veering southwards to Kharta. Our Nepalese crew should be ahead of us and the camp will be already set up on our arrival. 6 hours drive. Altitude at Kharta – 3700 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Trek to Landrubling (3990m) above the Kharta Valley.

    We will hire yaks to carry our equipment on the trek into Pethang Ringmo, which is the traditional basecamp area for the east side of Everest. It will probably be a slow start on this first day of trekking, as the yak handlers and our sirdar sort out the loads. From Kharta, we head westwards, following the Kharta Chu (river), a tributary of the Arun River (which is here called the Phung Chu). Initially, the route passes a number of small settlements and leads between terraced fields beside the river. We will take lunch close to the village of Yuerba after 2 to 3 hours trekking. A further 2 hours brings us to our first camp on a shelf above the Kharta Valley at Landrubling (3990m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the foot of the Shao La (4560m).

    Our direct route into the Kangshung Face crosses the Shao La and today we will reach the base of this pass. Leaving Landrubling we turn off the main trail and climb out of the Kharta Valley ascending a moraine ridge to twin lakes below the pass. Altitude in camp is 4560 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Cross the Shao La (4970m) and descend into the beautiful Karma Valley to the river at Zog Shum (4020m).

    Climbing on a rocky trail, it should take us a little under 2 hours to reach the Shao La (4970m) where we are rewarded with a spectacular view of nearby Makalu. Now we begin a long descent passing through the high pasture of Methog Sechen and the boulder and cave at Shao where the gradient eases somewhat. We continue our descent into the beautiful Karma Valley through forests of juniper, silver birch, and mountain ash to a meadow site beside the river at Zog Shum (4020m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Along the Karma Tsangpo to Parthang (4340m).

    A beautiful and varied trek today which crosses several ridges as we make our way beside the Karma Tsangpo. We pass a number of herders camps and climb up to follow a ridge running parallel to the river to reach a terrace with a prominent cave at the place called Tangshum, directly opposite the towering cliffs of Chomolonzo. An hour later, we reach the Langma River which we cross on a good bridge and trek for a further hour to Parthang. We make camp in this grassy meadow where there are alpine flowers, and scattered stone huts used by nomadic Drogpa herdsmen in the summer. Despite the remote location, this alpine pasture is too valuable a commodity to leave unused, and each summer at least one Drogpa family will bring their herds here. Altitude at camp 4340 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 950m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 6 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Pethang Ringmo (5026m), the usual base camp for this side of Everest.

    Heading westwards on the north bank of the Karma River, the trail climbs easily for 45 minutes to the base of a steep scree slope. The trail zig zags across this slope for a further 45 minutes. A final easier climb across a boulder field leads to 'Revelation Point', where we have our first clear view of Everest’s Kangshung Face. Traversing an easy track to a grassy meadow which commands views from Chomolonzo to Everest, we take lunch. The trail continues alongside the river to a point where we can cross back to its south side, to reach the usual basecamp area for this side of Everest, at Pethang Ringmo (5026m). This is another excellent campsite on a grassy meadow. Again, there are stone huts used by the Drogpa in summer. 5 to 6 hours walking.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Contingency or exploration day.

    This is a spare or contingency day in case we have experienced any delay on the trip. If it has not been needed it can be used for resting or for exploration of the area above camp. A tough but rewarding option is the 5-hour round trip to the Advance Basecamp for this side of Everest. To reach this place, which is known as Garabuk (5284m) and occupies a meadow site close to a large glacial lake, it is a steady walk on a lateral moraine ridge. Above Garabuk, it is possible to climb to a height of 5950 metres on a high ridge. Here, barely five kilometres (3 miles) from Everest, there is a staggering view of the peaks surrounding the head of the Kangshung Glacier: Everest and Lhotse, with the impressive Makalu over to the south-east. Camp at Pethang Ringmo.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Return trek towards the Langma La (4890m).

    We will return to Kharta via a different route, across the Langma La. We begin by retracing our steps through the meadow camp at Parthang and to the Rabka Chu where we turn off our inbound trail and climb steadily to the lakes of Shurim Tsho below the pass. We make camp beside a small lake surrounded by towering peaks. Altitude 4890 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 850m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 850m

    • Time 6 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Across the Langma La (5320m) to Landrubling (3990m).

    Following a cairned trail we pass more lakes and climb steadily for 2 - 3 hours to reach the crest of the Langma La (5320m). If the weather is clear, there is a fine panorama which includes Makalu (the most impressive summit from this perspective), Chomolonzo, Pethangtse, Lhotse Shar, Lhotse and Everest. We descend a steep zig zag path and a series of shallow ridges each adorned with prayer flags to a large tarn. Below this, scree slopes lead to a flat grassy area known as Lhatse. Beyond this grazing area we descend a rocky gorge and through scrubby juniper to rejoin the Karta Valley and reach our campsite at Landrubling.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 6 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Kharta. Drive to Rongbuk

    A short final morning of trekking and an easy descent, following the Kharta River to the road at Kharta Village. Here we say thank you and goodbye to our yak drivers before boarding our transport for the drive to the north side of Everest. We drive back as far as Phadruchi and then set off on the spur of road that leads to the Rongbuk Valley. Heading at first westwards, we pass a number of small settlements, including Passum and then the road turns towards the south at a point where a large stream flows down to the road from the west. Continuing southwards, the road is at first quite level alongside the river but the state of the road soon starts to deteriorate into a track of loose scree and beyond Chhosang the gradient steepens appreciably. Everest is lost from sight to begin with but as we turn into the Rongbuk Valley it is more impressive than ever. We camp close to the Rongbuk Monastery, reputably the highest in the world and the site of the basecamp for the first British Everest expeditions. As the sun sets, the North Face of Everest is typically illuminated by pink and orange light – a truly memorable sight. 5 to 6 hours driving.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Exploration above Rongbuk.

    We have allowed a day at this remarkable place for rest and for exploration. The site of the present day basecamp for Everest is situated close to the snout of the Rongbuk Glacier a couple of hours walk up valley from our camp. Though there is a rough road to this camp the Chinese do not allow vehicles to use this road without special permission. We spend a second night at the monastery campsite.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Drive to Zangmu.

    We board our transport for the drive out of this remote place. We take the old road directly to Tingri from the lower Rongbuk Valley. This is a pretty rough road, crossing another 5000 metre pass, which provides excellent views of Everest and Cho Oyu. Back on the main road, we cross 2 more 5000 metre passes, the Lalung La and then the Shung La. A photo stop is a must at the prayer flagged crest of the Shung La, for on one side of the pass is the huge bulk of Shishapangma, the only 8000 metre peak which stands completely in Tibet, whilst on the other side of the pass is a unique panorama of the north faces of Cho Oyu, Menlungste and Gauri Shankar. Photo session over, we begin the longest road descent in the world, from 5200 metres to 590 metresat the Sun Kosi River in Nepal. We leave the cold, arid Tibetan Plateau and drop down into the warm jungle of Nepal. The road enters a steep, narrow gorge with many waterfalls and the hillsides are covered with trees and plants of many colours. It is all very verdant, after the arid Tibetan Plateau. Overnight at a hotel in the Chinese border checkpost of Zangmu.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Return to Kathmandu.

    After the border formalities, and the crossing of the 'Friendship Bridge', we continue our descent, reaching a low point at Dolaghat. The road then climbs again to Dhulikel and from there it is an easy drive to Kathmandu. We check in to the group hotel and have the rest of the day free for relaxing or independent sightseeing. This evening we will have a celebratory meal in one of Kathmandu’s excellent restaurants.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu airport are provided. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in Nepal. Why not pre-book a simple day-tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to one of the important wildlife reserves at Chitwan or Bardia. You might also like to add a visit to neighbouring Bhutan. Contact our office for details

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Holiday Information

  • An English-speaking professional local guide
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the holiday
  • During the trek a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Kathmandu and Lhasa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese and Tibet Visas
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

The food served during the trek is a mixture of local and Western, mostly purchased in Tibet or Nepal and cooked for us by our own highly trained Nepalese trek cooks. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. In Kathmandu and in Lhasa we take our meals in restaurants or in the group hotel and there is generally a choice of food. All meals whilst on trek and when staying in hotels are included in the trip price.

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 until breakfast on day 20.
All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Kathmandu Airport transfers are not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this holiday the group will spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally-located tourist-class hotel. We also have 2 nights hotel accommodation in Lhasa and 3 nights in provincial Tibetan towns where the standard of available hotels varies from comfortable to basic. There are 11 nights on this trip where we will be camping. All accommodation is based on twin-sharing. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the trip single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Shortly after first light (around 6 a.m.) one of the cook crew will wake you with a cup of tea or coffee brought to your tent. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your kitbag before sitting down to a hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck and the yaks loaded. Setting off in the pleasant cool of the morning, we will generally reach our lunch stop after 3 or 4 hours trekking. The cook crew, having overtaken us on the trail, will already have the lunch preparations well under way. Lunch on most days is a cooked meal. This usually takes an hour or even two and this is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Yaks usually catch up with the group during lunch and are well on their way to camp which we hope to establish well before dusk. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. During the day you are free to walk at your own pace and to take as many photographs as you wish, something our leaders are keen to promote. Dinner is normally ready early evening and is a 3-course meal served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature quickly falls and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced professional tour leader throughout the trip. There will also be a local Chinese guide and one or more drivers. On trek we will have the services of a full Nepalese trek crew, including a local guide or sirdar and several Sherpas. Additionally, there will be a team of yak handlers and their animals.

Approximately £250 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) changed into local currency should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including tips to local staff. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Kathmandu and in Lhasa. We recommend that you change approximately £100 into Nepal rupees on your arrival in Kathmandu and approximately £100 into Chinese renminbi in Lhasa. Once you return to Nepal you can change more money if necessary or it is possible to withdraw money from ATMs (Nepalese rupees only).

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your local staff but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trip and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. On this holiday you may have two or more tipping ‘ceremonies’, as you end each distinct section. The level of tipping is entirely up to you but we realise that some guidance is needed and we suggest that each group member contributes a total of £50 - £60 (in equivalent local currency) to these tips. You will need approximately £40 of this in Nepalese rupees (avoid 1000 rupee notes – these are too big to be useful) since the majority of your support crew are from Nepal. £10 - £20 in Chinese Renminbi from each group member should be sufficient for tips to your yak handlers and your Tibetan driver.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by Yaks. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg (33 pounds). It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Kathmandu (note bags can not be left in Lhasa).

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Baselayer shirts

  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Gloves or mittens

  • Headtorch with batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x2

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

  • Daypack (approx. 30 litres)

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rating 15°C)*

  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*

  • Warm jacket (down)*

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (recommended)

  • Training shoes or similar for camp use

  • Shorts

  • Baselayer – thermal leggings

  • Gaiters

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Scarf or buff

  • Swimwear (for a chilling dip in Lake Manasarovar)

  • Travel clothes

  • Camera

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Notes

Equipment hire: Items marked * are available for hire through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items.

 

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Visa Tibet (China) from Nepal

It is important that you do not make your own arrangements for the China visa since the group must enter Tibet on a group visa. We will make all arrangements for the group visa and include the cost of this ($175 for US citizens, $85 for all other nationalities) on your invoice. In order for our agents to process the group visa we will require the following information:

  • Your: Name; marital status; current occupation; employers’ name, address and phone number.
  • Your emergency contact with the following details: Their name; nationality; occupation; relationship to you and telephone number.
  • A copy of the information page(s) of your passport and a recently taken passport sized photo (colour scans of these documents will suffice).

You should send all the above information to us as soon as possible and no later than 6 weeks prior to departure.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

For all the regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo (sent by post or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For the following holidays, in addition to the above, we will also require you to supply a copy of the information page of your passport (sent by post or emailed).

These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

Transit via India

If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

Politically part of China, the unit of currency in Tibet is the Chinese Yuan Renminbi. 

The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours or more each day over a continuous period. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

At the time of each of our Kangshung Face departures, the temperatures encountered on the Tibetan Plateau are likely to be reasonably mild. We can expect daytime temperatures of between 10°C and 15°C, dropping close to freezing point at night. At our highest camps, the daytime temperatures will be just a few degrees above freezing, falling to minus 10°C at night. In general, Tibet is sheltered by the Greater Himalaya from the full effects of the monsoon and receives very little precipitation at any time of the year. The deep cleft of the Arun Valley allows some of the monsoon to reach the Karta Valley 'behind' Everest and this is evidenced by the greenery of this valley. At the time of the Kangshung Face departures the monsoon has not yet got underway (Spring time) or is almost spent (Autumn) and at these times of the year clear skies, particularly in the mornings, are the norm. However, weather in mountainous areas is notoriously difficult to predict. Rain and short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year and you must be prepared for these conditions.

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  • Trekking in Tibet - A Traveller’s Guide. Gary McCue

  • The Tibet Guide. Stephen Batchelor.

  • Abode of Snow. Kenneth Mason.

  • Seven Years in Tibet. Heinrich Harrer.

  • People in High Places. Audrey Salkeld.

  • Reference Into Thin Air. Jon Krakauer

  • The Climb. Anatoli Boukreev

  • The Ascent of Everest. John Hunt & Edmund Hillary

  • Sherpas & Himalayan Mountaineering. Sherry B. Ortner

  • A History of Nepal. John Whelpton

  • Field Guide to Birds of the Himalayas. Bikram

Mt Everest from Tibet & Nepal 1: 40,000 Himalayan Maphouse

This map is centered on Everest and extends approximately 16km north into Tibet. Relief is shown by hill-shading and contours at 40m intervals. Symbols show hotels, campsites, monasteries, peaks & passes. Trekking and climbing routes are marked. Indexed for places, camps, peaks, cols and lakes.

Extend Your Holiday

Extensions

When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

Chitwan Jungle Extension

The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. During two days of wildlife viewing in the Chitwan National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep by boat and on foot. 



Chitwan Jungle Extension

From $1100 per person

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Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of this tour includes a very early drive up to Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise. This is followed by a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur, renowned for its temples and traditional buildings. 

 

Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

From $145 per person

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Malla Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

From $138 per room per night

Shanker Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Situated next to the grounds of the former Royal Palace and only a 10-minute walk from the popular Thamel district, this former Rana residence was converted into a hotel in 1964. The original architecture was based on a French palace and the hotel has a grand appearance. Set in a large and beautifully tended garden, it provides a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and is an ideal base from which to explore Kathmandu. All its rooms which are en-suite have been recently refurbished and the hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a swimming pool where you can also order drinks.

Shangri La

From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

Dwarikas Hotel

From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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