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East & North Everest Trekking - 20 Nights/ 21 Days

East and North Everest Trek is rarely visited Mount Everest’s eastern face (also called Khangsung face) trip that offers an endless series of spectacular panoramas. A strenuous, yet extremely rewarding trek passes through alpine meadows, wildflower-strewn forests, 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.

East and North Everest trek is a real trekking adventure into highlands of Tibet that requires incessant stamina and adventure spirit. Crossing 5330 meter high Langma La (pass) on your way to Everest’s east base camp gives you an ultimate high altitude experience. Visit to fabled North Everest base camp is another highlight of this trip.

North Everest base camp trekking adventure is a trip of life time starts in Lhasa, you will be expertly guided around the most significant and ancient Gompas (monasteries) of Lhasa, Gyantse & Shigatse by your Tibetan guide, who will instruct you on the intricacies of Tibetan Buddhism.

You drive Friendship highway by Toyota Land cruiser 4 wheel drives passing through small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. You will meet your Nepali trekking support crew at the trail head point at Kharta. Yaks will carry food, all trekking equipment and we camp amidst spectacular mountain scenery, far from human civilization.

East & North Everest Trekking - Day to Day itinerary

Day 01.
Arrive Lhasa (3660 m)
Day 02.
Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 03.
Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 04.
Free day in Lhasa for acclimatization
Day 05.
Drive to Gyantse (3950m) 261 km
Day 06.
Sightseeing & drive to Shigatse (3900m) 90km
Day 07.
Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m) 244km.
Day 08.
Drive to Kharta (3690m)
Day 09.
Rest day in Kharta for further acclimatization
Day 10.
Trek to Lhundrubling (3990m)
Day 11.
Cross Shao La [4970 m] & trek to Kaamo Tsangpo valley
Day 12.
Trek to Khangsung valley (4300 m)
Day 13.
Trek to Pethang Ringmo (4960m)
Day 14.
Pethang Ringmo to Hoppo [4800 metres]
Day 15.
Trek to Kangshung base camp [5090 metres]
Day 16.
Trek to Base of Langma La (4800m)
Day 17.
Cross Langma La [5390m] & trek to Lundrubling (3990m)
Day 18.
Trek to Kharta (3690m)
Day 19.
Drive to Rongbuk (5000m), trek to Everest North face base camp (5150m)
Day 20.
Drive to Nyalam
Day 21.
Drive to Kathmandu

East & North Everest Trekking - Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Lhasa (3660 m)

You have options to arrive Lhasa, you can join the trip in Kathmandu and fly to Lhasa or arrive Lhasa from Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian or any Chinese Cities.

You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities take a 1.5-hour drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa lying at an altitude of 3650 meters. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude.

Day 2 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Foremost, your tour begins with a visit to SERA MONASTERY. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts you to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring NORBULINGKA, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. JOKHANG TEMPLE is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to BARKHOR MARKETS can be quite a change from other visits as you roam around the city savoring every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods to exhibition of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as you return to the comforts of your hotel.

Day 3 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Like the previous day, you experience invaluable insights during your visits to POTALA PALACE and DREPUNG MONASTERY. This 17th century POTALA PALACE offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans’ respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.

Day 4 Free day in Lhasa for acclimatization

You get an entire day free for acclimatization. After proper rest, you can either indulge in sightseeing, shop or do whatever you fancy. You also get an option of undertaking an additional tour to places such as the Tibetan Medical Centre, Ganden Monastery and Tsurphu Monastery. But this will incur extra costs.

Day 5 Drive to Gyantse (3950m) 261 km

Following Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La at 4794 meter with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa standing proud at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another Karo La pass at 5045m. If you glance at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down into the road. After hours of driving for 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse.

Day 6 Sightseeing & drive to Shigatse (3900m) 90km

Gyantse prides on GYANTSE DZONG and KUMBUM. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century and overlooks a mesmerizing view of entire Gyantse and surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Having driven to an altitude of 3900 meter, you find yourself at Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet. TASHILHUNPO MONASTERY being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is a major attraction of Shigatse.

Day 7 Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m) 244km.

Today you will transverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Shegar where you will meet your trekking crew (cook and trek guide from Nepal)

Day 8 - Drive to Kharta (3690m)

Ten kilometres after the town of Shegar we divert from the main highway and drive south towards the Everest region. From the top of Pang La (5150 metres) we gain views of Everest and the lie of the surrounding country. From the pass we descend to the village of Phadhruchi where the jeep track divides - the track to the west heading to the Rongbuk Valley - the one to the east leading to the (Phung Chu) Arun Valley and the village of Kharta - the administrative headquarters of the region. Your camping support team will pitch tent just on bank of glacier and cook tasty three course meals.

Day 9 Rest day in Kharta for further acclimatization

Since the days that lie ahead are pretty adventurous, you can utilize this day acclimatizing thoroughly. This will retain your adventure spirit and keep you physically and mentally fit for the forthcoming venture.

Day 10 Trek to Lhundrubling (3990m)

As you head away from Kharta Valley, you will find a bridge over Lang Chu. On crossing this bridge the trail progresses towards north bank of crystal-clear Kharta Chu westward. Transversing past barley fields, you have to follow the upper trail that ascends to Shao La. Few kilometers ahead the trail opens into Lundrubling where you can camp for the night.

Day 11 Cross Shao La [4970 m] & trek to Kaamo Tsangpo valley

Starting early, you have to head along the trail past Shao La Pass at 4,970 metres amid stunning views of Mount Everest [8,848 metres], Makalu [8,475 metres] and Lhotse [8,501 metres]. The trail steeply descends along picturesque yak pastures leading to the Kaamo Tsangpo Valley (4000m). It gets more sinuous as it cross forests of rhododendrons, dwarf, birch and groves.

Day 12 Trek to Khangsung valley (4300 m)

The trail skirts away from Kaamo Tsangpo Valley through conifer forest and ascends steeply to 300 to 400 meter altitude. Herein, you can savor majestic view of Arun valley and Nepal. Alpine ridges can be viewed along the trail. Yak herders from Kharta village choose these ridges as their summer camps. The trail then ascends crossing emerald green lakes. Along the route, you can view the Kangshung Face of Everest. Camping at lush meadows of Khangsung valley provides an exceptional experience.

Day 13 Trek to Pethang Ringmo (4960m)

Sacred lake lies to the north from your camp. If you think you can deal with moraines and landslides, then you can right away begin trekking along the trail to this lake for 40 minutes. A sacred cave most popularly renowned as a meditation place of Padmasambhava, the lotus-born Buddha, rests at the end of the lake. This cave has prayer rooms and shelters pilgrims. Few kilometers ahead you will approach a bend, known as Orga, beyond the Kangshung Glacier and at this spot Mt Everest [8848 m] becomes distinctly visible. Then you have to transverse to the right ascending to a 150 m ridge that overlooks the Karma River and glacier. 3 hours of trekking will take you to Kangshung Face base camp at 5000 m. After few rock-strewn descents, you will enter picturesque alpine camp of Pethang Ringmo at 4,550 metres beneath the impressive peak of Chomo Lonzo [7,790 metres] and Makalu. Several stone huts can be seen lying scattered which are commonly used by yak herders as summer camps. You may even trek westwards along the glacier to a 5950 m ridge. You need to trek along another 5 km to reach up to Mt Everest.

Day 14 Pethang Ringmo to Hoppo [4800 metres]

While heading away from Pethang Ringmo towards Hoppo, the trail crosses lush verdant meadows and then follows several ascents. Thereafter, Kangshung Face of Everest zooms into picture showcasing towering Chomo Lonzo with its glistening glaciers. Few hours of more trekking bring you close to Hoppo at 4800 metres. Hoppo lies surrounded by rich yak pastures. It makes a perfect campsite.

Day 15 Trek to Kangshung base camp [5090 metres]

Kangshung Base Camp lies few kilometers away from Hoppo at an elevation of 5050 meters. En route, you ascend grass-strewn ridges along magnificent Kangshung Glacier. While journeying along this trail, you will not only get enlightened on the topological features of the surrounding places but will also bond with the nature on spiritual level. Along the way you get plenty of opportunity to witness North East Ridge of Everest.

Day 16 Trek to Base of Langma La (4800m)

On this day you trek along the trail that leads to a valley from Pathang Ringmo and then skirts northwards to Langma La pass. Savoring the majestic sights of Himalayan range, you walk past yak pastures. Shortly after hours of adventurous and fun-filled transverse, you will spot an ideal campsite at Shurimo [4,800 metres] located at the base of Langma La.

Day 17 Cross Langma La [5390m] & trek to Lundrubling (3990m)

It is advisable to make an early start while ascending to Langma La for about two hours. Transversing amidst mesmerizing vistas of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, you will descend steeply from Langma La pass to the valley. On entering the valley, you may encounter yak herders from Kharta at their camps. Several pristine villages are beautifully landscaped in the vicinity. Along the trail, you will meet up with the confluence of the Kharta Valley. You can also view Kanchenjunga massif nestled above the ridges beyond Kharta on the Nepal- Sikkim border. Further ahead, the trail advances towards village of Lundrubling where you will set your overnight camp.

Day 18 Trek to Kharta (3690m)

You trek along the trail turning away from Lundrubling towards Kharta for about 3 hrs and board the waiting 4WD Land cruiser to drive back to Tashidzong.

Day 19 Drive to Rongbuk (5000m), trek to Everest North face base camp (5150m)

Less than an hour after leaving Tashidzong you reenter the Chomolungma Nature Preserve and have to change Landcruisers for reasons the authorities cannot satisfactorily explain. So a local Landcruiser/bus takes us up to Rongbuk Monastery and from here we trek the 9 kms to Everest Base Camp (horse carts are also an option). The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest more than compensate for this. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you. A truck carrying tent, food supplies will follow you to the base camp.

Day 20 Drive to Nyalam

After catching the sunrise in the morning you will trek back to Rongbuk to board land cruisers to drive past

Tingri across Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shung La pass at 5200m. Savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar you will finally arrive Nyalam.

Day 21 Drive to Kathmandu

From Nyalam, you drive to the border town of Zhangmu. From Zhangmu, it’s a short drive to the Friendship Bridge which spans the Bhote Kosi River and marks the Chinese - Nepalese border where you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari where you will be met by our Nepalese staff. After completing the re-entry formalities we continue the drive to Kathmandu which, depending on road and weather conditions, should take about 5-6 hours.


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