kangshung and karta valley trek

This challenging yet rewarding trek will lead you through endless glaciated valleys, across high passes, and beneath stunning glacial lakes

Kharta Khansung Valley Trek

Kharta Valley Trek takes you to a seldom visited side of Everest, the eastern face known as Khangsung face. Only a few people are aware of trekking in Kharta Valley and the Kangshung face, the Eastern face of the Mt. Everest. Hence it is also called the Everest Khangsung face trek. The Kama valley lies to the south, at its head being the Kangshung Glacier at the foot of the Kangshung Face of Everest. 

The region is famous for its pristine wilderness, beautiful lakes and incredible views of Mt. Makalu, Changri (6289m) and the enormous Kangshung glacier hanging from the East face of the Mt. Everest. The trek passes through several valleys and alongside beautiful lakes.  

During summer, the remote Kangshung Valley bursts into colour as flowers bloom, which is why it is also known as the Valley of Flowers. The trek entails extended days but the sights are well worth every effort. This trek requires some stamina but it is well worth the effort. The highest point on our trek is Langma La at 5320 metres. A visit to the famous North base camp of Everest is another highlight of this trip. The trail passes through alpine meadows, forests filled with wildflowers, glaciated valleys, high mountain passes, traditional Tibetan villages, ancient monasteries, rich barley fields, picturesque yak pastures, Tibetan nomadic land, emerald green lakes and so many other captivating sights.

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best time to climb

The hike can be done throughout the year, however, Autumn (Sep - Nov) is often considered to be the best season for hiking in Nepal with a great climate and several festivals. although it is a little colder than Spring, the skies tend to be much clearer. Spring, (March - May) is the next favourite and also main summit season for Mt Everest. During spring time, the Khumbu valley erupts with beautiful rhododendron flowers. June to August is monsoon season so the route is quiet. During November and December it is cold but again, some travelers find it worth visiting during this period, as there are fewer tourists. 

travel insurance

The cost of a medical evacuation from the mountain is expensive, which is why adequate travel insurance  is required on all climbs booked through us. Adequate, means you must be covered for 1) Trekking or hiking – this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion. 
2) Altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard cover and often limit it to 3500m or less. 
3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy – yes, many insurers exclude this; though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for. 
4) Personal accident – this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients – “if anything happens to me, just leave me there.” It is not that simple.

Karta Valley Khanshung Face Overview

Day-1: Kathmandu 
Day-2: Kathmandu 
Day-3: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)
 Day-4: Lhasa 
Day-5: Lhasa 
Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m) 
Day-7: Gyantse (3950m) to Shigatse (3900m) 
Day-8: Shigatse to Shegar (4050m) 
Day-9: Shegar to Kharta 
Day-10: Begin Trek 
Day-11: Shao La 
Day-12: Trek 
Day-13: Trek 
Day-14: Pethang Ringmo 
Day-15: Khangshung Valley 
Day-16: Raabky Chu 
Day-17: Rabku Chu to Tso Tshuringma 
Day-18: Tso Tshuringma to Troshay Meadow Camp 
Day-19: Troshay to Kharta 
Day-20: Rongbuk Monastery 
Day-21: Rongbuk[5000m] - Kirong 
Day-22: Kirong - Kathmandu [1400m] 
Day-23: Final departure 

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Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu  and transfer to Hotel. 

Day-2: Full day Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

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Day-3. Kathmandu to Lhasa  (3660m)  

Transfer to the  airport for the hour-long flight across the main Himalayan range.  Afternoon at rest to acclimatise to Lhasa' s high altitude.

Day-4: Lhasa 

We will visit Lhasa' s many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai  Lama.

Day-5: Lhasa

We visit the   Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery founded in the 14th century, and once the largest in  the world, with a population of  around 10,000 monks. The afternoon, is a time to relax or  further explore the area.

Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m) 

Travelling by jeep along the  Friendship Highway we cross the  Khamba La (4794m) and continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La (5045m) with incredible glacial views. We  spend the night in a Hotel at Gyantse. [261km]

Day-7: Gyantse to Shigatse  (3900m) 

After an early morning tour of some of the  Gyantse Dzong (14th Century fort) and the Kumbum, a large  stupa, we head off on a short 90km drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. In the afternoon we will explore  the area, local monasteries and market. Overnight at the Hotel.   [90km]

Day-8: Shigatse to Shegar  (4050m)

We continue along  the Friendship Highway,  marveling once more at the barren yet spectacular landscape   of Tibet. Beyond the town of  Lhatse we cross the highest pass on our journey, the Gyamtso La [5220m]. From here we descend to  the plains en route to Shegar and overnight at Hotel   Quomolongma.[244km]

Day-9: Shegar to Kharta                                 

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 after the boarding school on the banks of the Kharta Tsangpo river, the headwaters of Nepal's Arun River. Overnight in tents                   

Day-10: Begin Trek                                 

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 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 hiking). Camp  

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Day-11: Shao La 

Ascend steadily over rocky ground to reach the Shao La. Once at the top of the pass we descend for about an hour and then descend 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. (4 hours hiking).                                            

Day-12: Trek 

Hike steeply through rhododendron forests to reach the high pastures above the Kama River. On clear days, We'll see splendid views of Everest and Lhotse. We continue to traverse alpine meadows and pass yak herders camps and a serene green lake to a campsite on a large meadow with great views of the Khangshung Valley. (5 hours hiking).  

Day-13: Trek  

Hike up a ridge and then 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 stream. A receding glacier has left behind wide undulating hill now covered by a thick growth of willow, rhododendron, juniper, and other shrubs.                  

Day-14: Pethang Ringmo                                 

Hike steeply up onto a large rockslide. The views of Makalu and the incredible upheaval caused by the Jhomalonzo 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    

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Day-15: Khangshung  Valley 

Optional day hikes up the Khangshung Valley alongside the glacier to the base camp used by expeditions attempting the east face of Everest.

Day-16: Raabka Chu 

Retrace our steps down the valley along the Khangshung Glaciers, across the rockslide opposite the Jhomalonzo glacier, and past Pethang to a stream crossing at the Raabka Chu. The camp on the grassy meadow across the river is a very pleasant place to spend the afternoon. (4 hours hiking.)                                            

Day-17: Raabka Chu to Tso Tshuringma 

Hike steadily uphill, steeply at first 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.  

Day-18: Tso Tshuringma  to Troshay Meadow Camp  

This morning we climb steeply over rocky ground to reach the Langma La  in just over two hours. En route we pass another Lake  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. (6 hours hiking).  

Day-19: 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. 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.   

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Day-20: Rongbuk Monastery 

Drive five to six hours to Rongbuk monastery, the highest monastery in the world and a shrine dedicated to Everest. 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.          

Day-21: Rongbuk [5000m] - Kerung

After arriving back at Rongbuk, we begin our drive towards Kerung. The return trip goes over the Kirong La (Kirong pass). Because of the earthquake in 2015, the border between Tibet and Nepal is now a little bit more to the west.

Day-22:  Kerung- Kathmandu [1400m] 

We arrive at the Chinese - Nepalese border, say goodbye to our Tibetan team, pass through customs and join up with our Nepalese staff. After the crossing of the border we will drive through Dunche and Trisuli in order to reach Kathmandu, a trip which takes about 9 hours, depending on road and weather conditions. [153km] 

Day-23: Final departure

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Kharta Valley Everest Frequently Asked Questions

What is the height we reach on this trek?

The high point is the Langma La at 5330m

How difficult/challenging is this trek?

The actual day to day trekking is not difficult but it is very rocky and also at high altitude.  It does not involve technical climbing, but does require physical fitness and stamina and most importantly, mental fitness. A good exercise and training program is essential and your training should include a lot of hill walking. The higher you climb, the harder the trek will become due to the altitude. 

What is the accommodation like?

The tour part uses hotels throughout until Rongbuk where a guesthouse may be used. The rooms are all generally basic with squat toilets. There is no heating and electricity is often solar and on only for a few hours in the evening. Rooms have a bed, pillow and a thick blanket a small light. The rest of the hike is a camping trip

When is the best time or months to trek to the Karta Valley trek to Everest?

The best season to go on this trek is from August to October and mid-March to mid-April. This is the peak time of the year to go on this trek, and you will find many other trekkers along with you on the journey. With May being summit season it will be very busy and also the time of year when trekkers are restricted

Can I charge my camera batteries and mobile phone during the trek?

Whilst travelling to base camp yes you can. After that you will need to rely on your own solar charging system or battery back ups

What visa is required for Tibet?

There are actually a number of required documents.

If starting your tour in Nepal you will need a multiple entry visa or if starting in Tibet, an entry visa for Nepal. Both can be obtained on arrival for $50.

For Tibet, who will need a China Visa. These can only be applied for in Kathmandu if travelling in via Nepal, otherwise from a visa agent if entering directly into Tibet.

You then also require a special Aliens Travel Permit to allow you to enter certain areas of Tibet such as Everest Base Camp and then a Tibet Travel Permit. Tibet Travel Permit can only be obtained by a registered tour operator, and is required to gain entry to Tibet, including boarding the plane or train, and will be checked at any of the checkpoints throughout the region. Both of the latter as well as the visa for Tibet if entering via Kathmandu are arranged by us.

You must of course also be in possession of a valid passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the end of the tour

How will the altitude affect me on Everest trek?

This is a really difficult one to answer directly - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an ' unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly.                  

Where can I get climbing Insurance for Kharta Trek?

If you are going hiking or climbing or trekking then you need extra cover for your activities. Hiking and Climbing have become popular for many adventure seekers looking to add a climb up Kilimanjaro or a trek to Everest Base Camp, Annapurna or even Island Peak to their list of amazing adventures. But any climb to high altitude carries with it a number of risks and having the correct and good trekking insurance is an absolute must. We recommend two different groups depending on which country you reside in. For further details, click on the icon