Tibet Kharta Valley Trek

Tibet Kharta Valley Trek

Kharta Valley trek is an absolute classic and quite special with only a few people trekking this region in a year. A real Tibetan journey passing through some of the most spectacular landscapes, several other verdant tiny valleys along the way which are dotted with beautiful lakes on a journey to the Khangshung face, the Eastern face of the Mt. Everest...

Kharta Valley trek is a quite isolated region borders Mt. Everest in the Western side, to the southern side lies the jagged Himalayan range of Mt. Makalu, north and east lies the dry Tibetan Plateau. Kharta Valley trekking region is famous for its pristine wilderness, amazing, incredible views of Mt. Makalu 8480m, beautiful lakes and breathtaking view of Mt. Karma changri 6295m along with the massive Khangsung glacier.

This is a real journey into Tibet, the 'Abode of the Snows' and land of Lamas, where nomads in yak-hair tents roam the plateaus with their yaks, a land of spectacular, snow-topped peaks and the wonderful, spirited Tibetan people themselves.

Trip Facts:

Country:  Tibet autonomous region 
Destination:  Kharta Valley Tibet
Activities:  Sightseeing, Jeep drive and Trekking
Start/End:  Lhasa / Kathmandu
Trip Duration:  26 Days
Accommodation:  standard hotel in Lhasa,
Gyantse, Shigatse & best available en route, camping while trekking
Max. Altitude: 6500 Meters
Group Size:  Min.02 / Max.15
Trip Grade: Moderate P)lus
Cost: Please contact us

Kharta Valley trekking itinerary

Day 01 - Arrive Kathmandu. Arrival you will be received by tour manager 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 4 - 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 5-6 and 7 - 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 Rhongphu 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 Kahtmandu.

Day 25 - Free Day for relaxing and shopping. 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.

Why choose us?

Mission Eco Trek aware that there are many companies seeking your business as you plan your adventure holidays in the Nepal Himalayas. We believe we offer the very best value for money and take your safety, comfort and ultimate holiday experience very seriously.

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Tour Cost:

In order for us to quote you the cost, please write us with number of members in your group, type of vehicles you want and the category of hotels you would like to stay in.

Service Includes:

  • Necessary ground transfers by private vehicle as per our itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing, bed & breakfast basis including all Tax and VAT).
  • Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program hosted by Tibet nomad tour (Mission Eco).
  • Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.
  • Airfare: Kathmandu-Lhasa.
  • Tibet Travel Permit Fee, Tibet Visa fee and all other applicable fees.
  • Guided sightseeing in Lhasa (includes all entrance fees).
  • Hotel in Lhasa (Twin sharing, bed & breakfast basis including all applicable Tax and VAT).
  • All hotels in the cities (including breakfast).
  • Visa fee and insurance of staffs, guides and porters, Yak and Yak men.
  • Three times meal a day while camping (prepared by our kitchen crew),
  • All camping equipments such as two men tent, Dinning Tent, Kitchen tent, tables, chairs, mattresses and etc.
  • All other necessary equipments like Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) (For the altitude problem) and etc.
  • Trekking permit fees.

Service Excludes:

  • Airport Taxes & excess baggage charge.
  • All expenses of personal nature such as beverages, telephone bill, laundry bill, mineral water, tips and etc.
  • Personal medical and travel insurance.
  • Rescue & evacuation - if needed.
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee.

Flight Fare:

We provide you ktm-lhasa or Lhasa-ktm air tickets along with tour packages but the price are not fixed always, so please ask before booking your trip. Also if you wish to fly from Beijing to Lhasa and want a help from our side to book the air ticket then contact us and let us know your desire date, our ticketing officer will provide you entire details within 24 hours.

Train Fare:

You can take a train journey from any parts of Mainland china to Lhasa. Let us know from which city you want to come to Lhasa by train then we will provide you train fare with all necessary details. Contact us for more info on train.

Food on the trip

While staying in cities, every day's breakfast is included in the package. This will be a dish of Tibetan or continental origin cooked by the lodgings you stay at. Lunch, dinner and any extra food are up to you; as a rough guide, budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100 (US$10 to US$16) per day.

During the camping, your cook will provide 3 tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelets, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals.

We use as much fresh produce as possible and our cooks and kitchen crew maintain exceptional standards of cleanliness and food preparation hygiene. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for.

Acclimatization

Keep in mind that you are traveling overland to highest plateau in the world; the drive goes constantly above 5000m during your journey except Lhasa (3,650m). Driving fast in such an elevation could cause medical conditions (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be fatal. There is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places like in Tibet. The higher the altitude the less is the oxygen in air. Your body needs few days to acclimatize to this less oxygen environment. Although we provide enough information regarding AMS precaution matters, if you get AMS, we do not have other options to treat it other than medication. We advise specially the guest(s) with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.

Clothing & Equipment

During the day a light shirt or jumper and lightweight pants will be suitable, but a warm fleece or down jacket is recommended for the evenings. Sleeping bags for trip also highly recommended. Comprehensive list of equipments will be provided by Mission Eco Trek once you book your trip.

Guide and Staffs arrangements

Throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life. All our Tibet trips are run in cooperation with our Tibetan counterpart, so you can be assured that authentic local touch.

Insurance

Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses and emergency repatriation.

Rescue & Evacuation

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen, you shall be transferred to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own.

Further Information

Our homepage contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 23742 (Jitendra), 0977 98510 23758 (Thakur).

Testimonials

Two weeks holiday in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek

My wife and I took a 2 week tour in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek in Feb 2011 and had a fantastic time. Mission Eco-Trek provided the very highest caliber guides and Ram Kumar (the proprietor) personally made sure that everything went smoothly. When storms caused our original flights to be cancelled and then cancelled for a second time, he graciously accommodated our changes at no extra cost. The cost was reasonable and the services provided were exceptional -even beyond what we had expected from the contract....

Namaste!
Kevin & Jacque
New York, USA

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