Everest Kangshung Face Trek

General information
Everest has three faces, the east (Kangshung) is one of the most beautiful yet least visited regions in the world. Trekking on this route will get us close to the mighty Everest and Tibet's historic cities and towns like Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Rongbuk and Zhangmu. We begin our journey by touring Lhasa’s landmarks like Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum and Barkhor Bazaar. We also visit Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. We begin the actual trekking from Kharta and trek towards the Everest Kangshung Face. After admiring the amazing eastern face of the mighty Everest, we trek back to our trekking point, Kharta. From here, we drive to Rongbuk via the Everest Base Camp (north face). In Rongbuk, we visit the Rongbuk Monastery, which is the highest monastery in the world. We continue our drive to Zhangmu and end our journey with a drive to Kathmandu. During our journey, we also cross several high passes and are constantly surrounded by the high Himalayan peaks and glaciers which make this trek all the more rewarding.

Tibet is the highest plateau in the world and is widely known as ‘The Roof of the World’. Therefore, throughout the journey we will either be driving or trekking in high altitude areas. It should also be understood that there is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level in high altitudes like Tibet and our body needs a few days to acclimatize to this less-oxygen environment.

Daily Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Lhasa (3,650 m/11,972ft)
Day 02:  Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum: 5 - 6 hours
Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Sighseeing area: Sera Monastery,Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5 - 6 hours

Day 04: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12,956ft): 265 km, 5 hours
Day 05: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,795 ft): 90km, 2 hours
Day 06: Shigatse to Kharta (3,750m/12,300ft) 45 km, 1 hour
Day 07: Kharta to Landrubling (4,800m/15,700ft): 4 - 5 hours
Day 08: Landrubling to Jorpokhari (4,268m/14,000 ft): 3 - 4 hours
Day 09: Jorpokhari to Joksum (4,800m/15,700ft): 6 - 7 hours
Day 10: Joksum to Sumthang (4,420m/14,500ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 11: Sumthang to Parthang (4,240m/13,907ft): 5 - 6 hours
We climb on a ridge up the Khangshung Valley.

Day 12: Perthang to Pethang Ringmo (4,880m/16,000ft): 4 - 5 hours
We climb the Kangshung Valley glacier rim along the moraines

Day 13: Discover Pethang Ringmo and Khangshung Valley
We may even take an excursion to this place which is on the Nepalese side of the border overlooking the Makalu base camp area. Overnight in Pethang Ringmo.

Day 14: Reserve Day for Contingency,  if the trip does go smoothly, this day will most likely be skipped. Overnight in Pethang Ringmo.

Day 15: Pethang Ringmo to Rabka Chu: 6 - 7 hours.
Day 16: Rabka Chu to Tso Tshuringma (4,880m/16,000 ft): 4 - 5 hours
Day 17: Tsho Tshurigma to Troshay (4,270m/14,000ft): 6 - 7 hours
On this day We climb over steep rocky grounds to reach the Langma La Pass (5,320m/ 17,454ft)

Day 18: Troshay to Rongbuk (5,050m/16,564ft): 4 hours Trek or 2 hours drive
From Troshay we trek back to Kharta then drive to Rongbuk.

Day 19: Rongbuk to Zhangmu (2,300m/7,544ft) with a visit to the Everest Base Camp: 257 km, 5 hours
In morning we visit the Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft). On the way, we enjoy spectacular views of high mountains like Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft), Shishapangma (8,013m/26,289ft)

Day 20:  Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft) - 123 km, 4 hours 23 km, 4 hours

Expedition in Tibet

Trip Facts

Best Season
Late August to September is the best time for the Everest Kangshung Face Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, although the nights are cold and temperature can fall to freezing. The weather can change rapidly and is unpredictable.

Point to be noted
while trekking in Everest Kangshung region, visitors will be moving from warmer climate to conditions below freezing. Be prepared for all eventualities!