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Kang Shung Trek 20 Days

Kang Shung Trek  
Trip Duration : 20 Days
Trek Length : 11 Days
Trip Rating : Moderate to Strenuous
Maximum Altitude : 17,600ft
Activity : Cultural tour & trek
Lodging : Hotels & tent
Transportation : by Vehicle and Flight
Begins & Ends : Kathmandu
Best Season : May-June & Sept-Oct
Trip Date :
Land Cost :
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Group Size : 2-16 Persons


Trip Fast Facts:

Duration: 20 Days
Trek length: 11 days with overnight in tents
Trip Rating: Moderate-strenuous
Maximum altitude: 17,600ft
Activity: sightseeing and trekking
Lodging: Hotel 8 nights and tent 12 nights
Transportation: by vehicle and flight
Trip ends in: Kathmandu, Nepal
Best Time: May to June and September to October is the best to trek in Kang Shung Valley.


Day 1 Arrive Lhasa
On arrival, meet and greet at Gongkar Airport of Lhasa and transfer to hotel for check in. Remaining time at leisure to acclimatize.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: D.

Day 2 Lhasa: Jokhang temple, Norbulinka and Sera Monastery
We’ll spend the day exploring Lhasa, beginning with the 7th century Jokhang Temple, which combines architecture from the Tang Dynasty as well as Indian Buddhist temples. We’ll experience the moving sensation of immersion in the kora at the Jokhang, and as such, touch an ancient and enduring spiritual pulse. Stepping into the stream of humanity, you will be swept into a clock-wise circuit, or kora, around the temple grounds. It’s an electrifying experience to join the kora at Lhasa, like a water droplet uniting with a strong and ancient river. You’ll pass pilgrims performing chaktsal, or ritual prostration, around the entire kora circuit.
At the Barkhor Market that surrounds the temple, hundreds of merchants sell their wares to the innumerable pilgrims. One can buy everything from incense, prayer scarves and Yak butter. While literally rubbing shoulders with the local Tibetans, it becomes clear why these people are renowned throughout the world for their good humor and gentle, gracious ways.

After lunch we’ll visit the Dalai Lama’s former summer palace, Norbulingka, a tranquil and shady retreat. We’ll then visit the New Tibet Autonomous Region Museum, which opened in 1999. It contains four galleries: Prehistoric Culture, Culture and Arts, Art of Thangka Painting, and Folklore and Culture. We’ll also visit Sera Monastery, noted for its theological debates. The monks grill each other on the profound insights and esoteric minutiae of sacred texts: if a monk answers incorrectly, the others clap and the sound reverberates throughout the chamber. It’s good-natured, boisterous fun.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: B.L.D.

Day 3 Lhasa: Potala Palace and Mentsekhang
If you’re picturing Tibet, chances are you’re picturing the Potala Palace, and today we will visit this UNESCO World Heritage site. Sacked by the Chinese during their “liberation” of Tibet, it is frankly but a shadow of what it once was, actually functioning as a museum of Tibetan culture. Yet it remains a powerful symbol of Tibetan autonomy, and the focal point of nationalist yearnings. We will stroll through its 13 stories; housing 1,000 rooms, and see remains of its antiquities. Afterwards we head west of the city to Drepung Monastery. At the time of the Chinese takeover, Drepung housed over 10,000 monks in their individual colleges and residences. There is plenty of art, armor and an extensive library. A peek into the gigantic, medieval, smoke-filled kitchen will reveal boiling pots of rice and monks tending the fires.

We then visit the traditional Tibetan hospital of Mentsekhang. One of the oldest medical traditions in the world, Tibetan medicine dates back 2500 years, and has developed its own unique healing practices. In the 8th century, the renowned Tibetan physician Yutok Yonten Gonpo authored the Four Medical Tantras, known as Goo-Shee, after combining the medical knowledge of Tibet with that of China, India, Nepal and Persia. His descendant, the younger Yuthok, wrote eighteen supplemental medical works. At that time the traditional principles of Tibetan medicine had been established. Mentsekhang Hospital, founded in 1916 by the 13th Dalai Lama, was and still is the primary training center for Tibetan physicians. We’ll continue to explore Lhasa in depth, visiting a nunnery and many other smaller temples and monasteries, which are rarely visited by Westerners, hidden in the back alleys of the old quarter.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: B.L.D.

Day 4 Ganden moastery
Today, head 25 miles northeast of Lhasa to visit the spectacularly situated Ganden Monastery. The views from here are astounding, and the pilgrims making their kora are an exotic and inspiring sight to behold, some prostrating themselves on the ground with each step to amplify the cleansing effects of the ritual. After exploring the grounds, with their many chapels, residences, throne room and debating courtyard, we will do a kora ourselves. We’ll be immersed in a forest of colorful prayer flags, clouds of sandalwood incense, and experience firsthand the immense devotion of the Tibetan people.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: B.L.D.

Day 5 Gyantse
This morning, depart Lhasa for a spectacular overland journey across the Tibetan Plateau towards Chomolungma (Mt. Everest ) base camp. Experience authentic Tibetan life and see how the local people live throughout the land. Take in the stunning scenery, spectacular mountain passes, and stop in local villages. During our drive to Gyantse (12,956ft), we will cross Kampa La pass (15,724ft), passing massive glaciers. The highlight of today’s drive is the view of Yamdrok Tso (14,701ft) also known as Turquoise Lake, covering some 372 sq. miles. It is one of the three largest lakes in Tibet and is considered one of the 24 sacred “power places” in Tibet. As we pass mountains, glaciers, lakes and streams, take a moment to reflect that to the Tibetan people, many of these features are imbued with spiritual dimensions and healing powers. It is believed that a pilgrimage to these areas may endow one with magical powers in the next life, or cure illness in this one. Gyantse is one of Tibet’s most traditional towns, with little influence by the Chinese. See the famed Gyantse Kumbum, a magnificent structure that rises over four symmetrical floors and is topped by a gold dome. A clockwise route spirals up through all six floors taking in the chapels that line the walls of the chorten. We will explore the Pelkor Chode Monastery just next door.
Overnight Gyantse Hotel. Meals: B.L.D.

Day 6 Shigatse via Shalu Monastery
After breakfast, drive about one and half an hours to Shigatse via Shalu monastery. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet, consisting of the predictably drab, concrete cubes that make up the “modern” Chinese section of the city, and a delightfully whimsical jumble of monasteries and dzongs comprising the old Tibetan quarter. Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded in 1447. It is one of the few monasteries virtually untouched by the Cultural Revolution and is a fascinating place to explore. Overnight Shiatse Hotel.
Meals: B.L.D.

Day 7 Shigatse to Kharta
Today, we depart Shigatse to Chomalungma (Mt. Everest) passing through Lhatse and Xegar en-route. Lhatse is essentially a truck stop, while Xegar, also known as New Tingri, houses the ruins of Shegar Dzong–the Crystal Fortress–once the capital of the Tingri region. From Xegar, we drive about 3 hours to Kharta to Yuerba. Overnight camp. Meals: B.L.D

Day 8 Trek to Dhampu
After breakfast, guide and Yak herders will ready with the yaks to carry all our luggage, equipment and foods supplies. We pack into our day pack only items we use during the day. After 3 hours trek, we will have our packed lunch.
After lunch continue trek for few more hours and reach our first night campsite at Dhampu about 13,920 feet elevation with astonishing view. It is 4-5 hours trek. Overnight camp. Meals: B.L.D.

Day 9 Trek North Makalu
Today, we have a quite steep way to hike up almost 4-5 hours to Shawotso, just below the Shawo La Pass about 15,300ft. On a clear day, we will have a splendid view of the immense massif of Mount Makalu and Chomolongo. The Shawo La is the boundary of the rain-shadow area. Overnight camp. Meals: B.L.D.

Day 10 Trek to Dzogsham
Today, it is about 7 hours trek. Early breakfast and trek. We will reach the pass in the morning. As we descend on tundra, we will see stunning green, gold and pastel red vegetation, juniper, sliver fir, mountain ash and rhododendron. Tonight, we camp near the mouth of a superb side valley Dzogsham that plunges a thousand feet to the Karma River 13,280ft. Overnight camp.

Day 11 Trek to Tso Nagpa or Thangsumpo
Our 4-5 hour trek begins with a steep winding climb through a wood-block forest. Looking down-valley deep into Nepal and ahead, we see our first view of Everest. We will camp near a pretty lake Tso Nagpa or ahead at Thangsumpo 14,485ft. Just near by Makalu. Overnight camp. Meals: B.L.D.

Day 12 Trek to Pethang
We will trek some 5 hours contouring to a spot called Sakyetang; from here we look directly into the Kang Shung Valley named for the glacier that begins at the foot of Everest. Tonight, we camp at Pethang. Overnight camp. Meals: B.L.D.

Day 13 Trek to Pethang Ringmo
Today, we trek 4 hours with a gradual ascend on a pleasant trail through willows and wildflowers. Then the trail goes steeply up and across a landslide (caused a decade ago by the slow collision of the Kang Shung Glacier). We will reach our highest campsite at Pethang Ringmo elevation 16,250ft. Overnight camp.

Day 14 Leisure day to explore
Today, we will stay at the same camp and explore this breathtakingly beautiful place by walking the surrounding area. Overnight camp.
Meals provide: B.L.D

Day 15 Trek to Zambu
We will break the camp, and trek four hours down the valley to a leafy riverside camp called Zambu (14,000ft). Overnight camp.

Day 16 Trek to Tso Shuktrima
We trek steeply to a point near Sakyetang. Then contour northward, the whole Everest range is just in back of us and ascends to a camping place by the lake called Tso Shuktrima (16,385ft). it is 5-6 hours hiking. Overnight camp. Meals: B.L.D.

Day 17 Trek to Tso Daryenma
To see the views of Chomolangma, Goddess mother of the world, we ascend on Langma La pass about 17,600ft and descend couple of thousand feet (passing a rare rock glacier on the way). We will trek about 7 hours and camp at lake Tso Daryenma about 15,000ft. Overnight camp. Meals: B.L.D.

Day 18 Trek to Kharta Valley
We descend to the Kharta Valley, where we began our trek. It is 4-5 hours walk. Here we will see farmhouses, fields, yaks and kids. We’ll camp by the riverside.
Overnight camp. Meals: B.L.D.

Day 19 by road to Zhangmu
Today, we will drive around 5 hours to Zhangmu. After Pangla pass, we’ll reach Tingri Plateau; from old Tingri, we can enjoy great views of the Himalayan range. Then continue to Ganga and from here road becomes narrow until Tongla Pass, from where on a clear day we can see the last view of Shishapangma. The road then goes down a deep gorge like valley to Zhangmu (Kodari), Tibet-Nepal border town). Overnight Zhangmu Hotel. Meals: B.L.D.

Day 20 Kodari to Katmandu
Tibet trip service ends at the Tibet-Nepal Friendship Bridge and your Tibetan staff farewell you here. After breakfast, clear Chinese Customs and cross border into Nepal. Meet your Nepalese guide and driver with vehicle from Nepal and drive through the scenic Kathmandu for overnight. Meals: B.

Essential Information:

Chinese Visa:
The Chinese Embassy changes the visa rules from time to time. Normal visa fee at present is US$45 per person and additional US$14 per person for US Passport holders. If the visa is to take on the same day an additional fee of US$35 will be applicable.

Tibet Transportation:
2-3 persons are transferred by land cruiser and van. Four person and up are transferred by using bus. Outside Lhasa transfer is by land cruiser with 3 persons per vehicle for your comfort.

Nepal Transportation:
Transfer from Nepal-Tibet Border of Kodari to Kathmandu is by car, jeep, land cruiser or mini bus. Occasionally some transfers are made by cars. However, we provide bigger and better vehicles for comfort and safety majority of the time.

Flight Connection to Lhasa, Tibet:
Kathmandu to Lhasa flights are on Tue, Thu, Sat and Sun. These flight days are current and subject to change without prior notice.


Service Includes:

  • Land transfers as per above itinerary by bus or land cruiser along with local Tibetan guide,
  • Lodging: Hotel 8 nights and tent 12 nights on twin sharing as per itinerary, (Day 9 in guesthouse in Darchen with basic comfort),
  • Meals: full board (three meals a day as per itinerary),
  • Lhasa historic monument sightseeing,
  • All camping equipment,
  • Two persons per tent while trekking,
  • Chef and helpers during the trek part of the trip,
  • One luggage van for camping crew and equipment,
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure (2-3 persons transfer by land cruiser, and 4 persons and up transfer by bus),
  • Entrance fees to monuments,
  • Yak and yak herders fees,
  • Everest environment fees,
  • Tibet travel permits fees, and
  • Day 20 transfer from Nepal-Tibet border to Kathmandu, 1 night lodging at quality 3-4 star hotel with breakfast and transfer out to airport is included in the price.

Service Excludes:

  • Kathmandu-Lhasa roundtrip airfare US$396 per person and airport departure tax, (Airfare is current and subject to change),
  • China visa fee US$45 per person and additional US$14 per person for US Passport holders and express visa processing fee US$35 per person,
  • Nepal visa fee Single entry US$50 per person for 30 days and Multiple entry US$80 for 60 days,
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic,
  • Expenses of personal nature, charge for photography,
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation charges.

Kathmandu stopover and trip extensions, please inquire for details.



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