Towards the western end of the Himalayas a series of continuous mountain ridges, comprising scores of 6000 metre (20000 foot) peaks, forms an effective barrier between the Indian provinces of Lahaul and Ladakh. Linking these contrasting mountainous regions is a trekking route that provides one of the great challenges of the Indian Himalaya. Transferring by train and car from Delhi, we pass through the lush Kulu Valley and cross the Rohtang Pass to reach the start of our trek at Darcha. From here, we head north across the Shingo La (c.5100m./16000ft.) into the ancient kingdom of Zanskar, famous for its hardy inhabitants and starkly beautiful landscape. En route, we encounter a succession of isolated villages and several wonderful Buddhist monasteries, notably at Phuktal, Lingshet and Lamayuru. As a finale to what is unquestionably one of the world’s classic trekking experiences, there is also time to explore the fascinating Ladakhi capital of Leh.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1345meters).
There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
In the morning after breakfast at 9 AM, we host a Pre-Trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduced your tour and trek Leader/Guide mean time and it will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the your tour and to introduce you to other participants. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip.
PLEASE ADVISE US IF YOU WILL BE ARRIVING LATE AND ARE THEREFORE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE PRE-TRIP MEETING.
In THE PRE-TRIP MEETING All passengers MUST bring:
2. Four copies of Passport size photos each.
3. Travel Insurance Policy.
4. A writing pen
After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast your sightseeing trip will start at 9.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Bodhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later, we are supplied with our Trip Pack and departure information for tomorrow. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03- Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660meters).
Early morning transfer to the international airport for the hour-long flight to Lhasa. This stunning flight, on a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757, takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gongar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, it is a further 2-hour drive by Land cruiser to Lhasa. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04- Sightseeing in Lhasa.
We spend today visiting several of Lhasa's many monasteries in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet, within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. After lunch we'll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor - a maze of narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05- Second day of sightseeing in Lhasa.
In the morning, we visit Potala Palace which dominates the city of Lhasa it’s a spectacular building, containing private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a Palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present Palace was constructed in the 17th century. After lunch, we visit the Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century and was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06- Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3950meters) - 261 k.m
The day begins with our overland journey towards Rongbuk valley. We follow the Friendship Highway by jeep, we cross the Khamba La at elevation of 4794meters from which there are stunning views across the waters of Yamdrok-tso Lake to the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa 7252meters. As we continue our journey to westwards over another high pass the Karo La 5045meters, we can view the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred meters of the road. After few hours, we arrive to Gyantse passing the beautiful valleys and colourful Tibetan villages. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07- Drive to Shigatse (3900meter) - 90 k.m.
This morning we visit the Gyantse Dzong. This fort dates back to the fourteenth century and offers some of the most amazing views of Gyantse and surrounding valleys. Before leaving we also visit the famed Gyantse Kumbum. This magnificent tiered structure is the largest stupa in all of Tibet. If the exquisite gold dome is not enough, this stupa is packed with Tibetan sculptures and paintings.
Thereby, we continue the trip to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. It is only about a 90 km drive taking us to Shigatse which is a laid back city that provides excellent opportunity for both relaxation and exploration. Thereafter, exploring the local market we will make a detailed visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08- Drive to Shegar (New Tingri) (4050meters) - 244 k.m.
The views of this desert plateau provide wondrous entertainment as we travel along the Friendship Highway. This stretch is the most spectacular landscape in Tibet. After passing through the small town of Lhatse we will cross Gyatmso La elevation of 5220meters, the highest pass on our journey. The land quickly descends to plains after Gyatmso La. While travelling through the plains we will see many nomadic herders, quiet countryside, and secluded monasteries. Overnight at hotel.
Drive to Kharta valley , On the way cross highest Thangla Pass, from where you can see outstanding view of most of the high mountains standing on the border of Nepal and Tibet. Overnight in a guest house
Day 09- Thangla Pass to Tsangpo
Trek to Tsangpo valley passing many Tibetan villages and pastureland, overnight at camp
Day 10- Tsangpo to Joksum
Trek to Joksum crossing Shao La Pass. From the top of the pass we can see great view of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse. We descend to the valley and overnight camp near the stream
Day 11- Joksum to Khamsung Valley
Trek to Khamsung valley. Stunning view of Everest and Lhotse makes the challenging journey meaningful. Overnight at the camp on Yak herder’s camp
Day 12- Khamsung Valley to Pethang Ringpo
Trek to Pethang Ringmpo, Overnight at the camp
Day 13- Kahangsun Base Camp
Excursion to Khangsung Glacier to the Kahangsun Base Camp. Camp at the same place
Day 14- Raabka Chu
Return to Raabka Chu crossing Khangsung glacier. Overnight camp on the Yak herder meadow
Day 15- Raabka Chu to Tshurigma
Trek to Tshurigma, reach Pangboche and en route we will see great view of Makalu, and Everest. Camp at Tsho Tshurigma.
Day 16- Tshurigma to Troshay
Trek to Troshay Meadow, Passing Langma La , en route cross a glacier lake. Overnight camp near the Maedow
Day 17- Troshay to Kharta
Trek to Kharta, following Kharta Tsangpo vally crossing Shao- La Pass. Arrive at the camp site,we have camped in the beginning of this trek. Overnight at camp
Day 18- Kharta to Rongbuk Monastary
Drive to Rongbuk Monastary to see the north face of Everest, overnight at guesthouse
Day 19- Rest day at Rongbuk Monastary
Excursions to Rongbuk Glacier, and Everest Base Camp, return to the Rongbuk monastery. Overnight at guest house
Day 20- Rongbuk Monastary to Nyalyam
Drive to Nyalyam, overnight in the guest hosue
Day 21- Back to Kathmandu
Drive to Zhangmu, Kodari then Kathmandu.Overnight in hotel.
Day 22- Rest day
Free day in Kathmandu
Day 23- Final Departure
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
Note : On adventure trips of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
• All Ground transportation with airport pick up and transfers.
• Double occupancy hotel in Kathmandu
• All the camping equipments for expedition (sleeping bag, Member tent, kitchen tent and cooking utensils)
• Well experience climbing Sirdar, and supporting crew
• Oxygen Cylinder, Gamow Bag and satellite phone
• Yak or horse to carry supplies during trek
• Tibet permit/visa and entrance fees
• Toyota land cruiser in Tibet (max 4 people on a jeep)
• Guided tour in Kathmandu valley
• Experienced, English speaking Sherpa guide
• Nepal visa
• Other International flight except Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu
• Airport departure tax
• Travel, medical and Personal insurance
• Cost of additional porters in case of landslides
• Meals in Kathmandu, and Tibet
• Personal equipments and expenses
• Rescue charges if necessary (please buy a comprehensive health and medical insurance in your country before you leave)
• Tips and gratuity
• Any other cost not mentioned in above
|Trip Duration:||23 Days|
|Trip Destination:||Khamsung Trek|
||Certified Trekking Guide|
|Group Size:||1 - 12|
|Trip Grade:||Fairly Strenuous|
||Flight, Private Car or a Tourist Coach.|
|Accommodations:||LODGE CAMPING ( Any One)|
|Trip Seasons:||Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov|