The Kangshung Face

A superb Tibetan trek through the Kharta and Karma valleys to the seldom-visited Kangshung Face of Everest.
This trek will show you one of the most unusual, interesting and least trekked approaches to Everest. The trip begins with a fascinating road journey from Kathmandu across the Himalaya onto the Tibetan Plateau. We have time to acclimatise in Nyalam, from where we can walk towards Shishapangma south base camp for great views of the Jugal Himal. From New Tingri we leave the Friendship Highway and cross the Pang La for panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. We will begin trekking at Kharta, a small village on the Arun River close up against the great barrier of the Himalaya. Crossing the Shao La into the densely forested Karma Valley we trek to the base camp at Pethang Ringmo. From here we have stunning views of the magnificent Kangshung Face of Everest. This incredibly steep east face of Everest is rarely seen by trekkers and even more rarely climbed. It is the most difficult and dangerous route to the top of the world. We return to Kharta across the Langma La, with breathtaking views of Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Everest. Following the trek we will drive to Rongbuk Monastery, from where we can trek to the north base camp for the definitive views of Everest’s north face.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Start Kathmandu.

    Day 2
    Free day in Kathmandu.

    Day 3
    Drive to Nyalam in Tibet.

    Day 4
    Acclimatisation walk around Nyalam.

    Day 5
    Drive across the Tong La to New Tingri.

    Day 6
    Drive over the Pang La, with a magnificant panoramic view of Everest and other Himalayan giants. Descend into the Kharta Valley and on to Kharta village.

    Day 7
    Start the trek with a short walk to Chongda.

    Day 8
    Walk to Shao Tso Lake at the base of the Shao La.

    Day 9 - 11
    Cross the Shao La (4890m) and descend to Tzoshang in the Karma Valley

    Day 12
    Trek along the Karma Valley to the Kangshung Face Base Camp at Pethang Ringmo.

    Day 13 - 14
    Explore the glaciers area round Pethang Ringmo and the Kangshung Face Base Camp.

    Day 15
    Return down the Karma Valley to the base of the Langma La.

    Day 16
    Cross the Langma La (5350m) to Shomaley.

    Day 17
    Finish the trek at Kharta, drive to Rongbuk Monastery.

    Day 18
    Visit Everest North Base Camp.

    Day 19
    Drive to Zhangmu.

    Day 20
    Cross the Friendship Bridge into Nepal and drive back to Kathmandu.

    Day 21
    After breakfast, depart Kathmandu.


Date & Price

Includes & Excludes

  • Profile
    11 days walking with full porterage. 2 optional day walks. Altitude maximum 5350m, average 4300m.
    3 nights hotels, 3 nights basic guest house, 14 nights camping.
    All breakfasts, 15 lunches and 16 dinners included.
    Group size and age
    Min. 6, max. 16, plus leader and local guide and drivers, and appropriate local staff on trek. Minimum age 18.
    Walking & Trekking
    Trips are wholly trekking-focused or simply include a significant number of walking days during the itinerary.

Trip Notes

  • Which local foods should I try whilst in Kathmandu?

    These Nepalese dumplings are a traditional delicacy and a must-have local dish during your time in Nepal. Momos are either steamed or fried with chicken, buff (water buffalo) or vegetables and are the most famous fast food amongst Nepalese. They can be found on menus in almost all restaurants in the city.
    Kwanti soup
    This mixed bean soup is usually served during festivals and gatherings and is now commonly featured on many restaurant menus. Often eaten with naan bread or roti.
    This is a smoked meat typical in Newari cuisine, and is usually made from chicken, lamb or buff, tossed with spices and mustard oil. This dish is easily available in most Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu.
    Any good tips for eating out in Kathmandu?
    Head down to the Everest Steak House in southern Thamel for a mouthwatering steak and chips, well earned if you’re just back from trek. Finish it off with a cocktail in the legendary Tom & Jerry bar up the road!
    You can also head to Fire and Ice Pizzeria in Thamel, a great place with casual indoor and outdoor eating which is popular amongst travellers, and locals alike. This restaurant is a great place to meet for a morning cup of Italian espresso, or a hearty meal of delicious pizzas, pastas, ice cream and even a Grappa!
    Can I buy any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
    Yes. There are many trekking shops in the Thamel, Kathmandu. Depending on how good your bartering skills are, you can usually pick up items for about one third of the price that you'll pay at home! However, please note we cannot guarantee the quaility of anything you may purchase, so buyer beware.
    What weather should I expect in Tibet?
    As nearly all of Tibet lies above 3,500m it has a harsh climate. At the times of year when we visit Tibet (March to October) the weather is generally dry and clear, with brilliant blue skies and daytime temperatures of 10ºC to 25ºC in Lhasa. The days should be pleasantly warm (provided there is sunshine) for most of the trip, although on the trips in October will be much cooler. On the road journeys the tops of the high passes can be cold and windy and it is advisable to keep a warm jacket with you on the bus. As soon as the sun goes down the temperature falls rapidly. The nights will be cooler and will be very cold in Rongbuk in September and October with temperatures well below freezing. Some of the hotels we use can be cold at nights in September and October. There can be wind and dust storms in the afternoons especially at Rongbuk. From June to September it is monsoon season in Nepal and it will be hot and humid in Nepal and you may well get rain.
    Should I get my Nepalese visa in advance or at the airport?
    Most of our clients choose to get their visas at Kathmandu airport. This may mean some time spent queuing, but the transfer bus won't leave for the hotel until all our passengers are through Immigration and have collected their bags. So if you buy your visa in advance, you will avoid the queue, but you won’t get to the hotel any earlier! If you'd still like to get your visa before you travel, please contact the Nepalese embassy directly.
    Please note that if you plan to remain in Nepal for longer than 15 days, you will need to ask for a 30 day visa.


Duration: 21 Days
Trip Grade: Moderate
Best Season: Spring, Autumn
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: B&B
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