The Kangshung Face is Everest’s sheer eastern wall, rising vertically for nearly two miles and considered the most spectacular of Everest’s three faces. With our beloved Trip Leader and Himalayan explorer Hashmat Singh, we’re thrilled to offer an incredible 10-day trek to this utterly remote eastern side of Everest, a transcendent Himalayan wilderness that sees more nomadic yak-herders than trekkers. The Kangshung region has some of the grandest Himalayan landscapes imaginable, including ancient forests (the highest in the world), turquoise lakes, and a profusion of wildflowers blooming below massive glaciers. On trek, we’ll be hiking right below three of the world's highest and most famous peaks—Everest (29,029’), Lhotse (27,940’), and Makalu (27,825’)—as we contour trails through the idyllic Karma Valley and up to Pethang Ringmo (16,000’), a ridge below the sheer Kangshung Face. Our route ends with a spectacular crossing of the Langma La (17,300’), where stunning panoramas include Kanchenjunga (28,169’), Makalu, and Chomolonzo (25,604’). After the trek, we depart the mountains by way of Rongbuk Monastery, below Everest’s mighty North Face, giving us a view of the famed northern ramparts of the world's highest peak. Join us for an extraordinary Himalayan expedition with our inimitable Hashmat Singh!
Days 1-3, Sep 9-11, 2017
In Lhasa (11,800'), Tibet's holy city, we join the pilgrims who gather at the candle-lit altars of the Jokhang, Tibet’s most sacred temple, and walk the Barkhor, a pilgrimage circuit surrounding the Jokhang. We also explore the majestic Potala Palace and journey to sprawling Drepung Monastery, a former Buddhist university cradled in rock ridges five miles west of Lhasa, where we have a chance to walk the pilgrim kora (sacred circuit).
Days 4-6, Sep 12-14, 2017
Gyantse / Shigatse
Crossing the Tibetan Plateau, we head to the historic outpost of Gyantse (13,050'), crossing two high passes and visiting holy Yamdrok Tso (“Jade Lake”), a site of pilgrimage. In Shigatse (12,630'), the magnificent, gold-topped Tashilhunpo, one of Tibet’s most breathtaking monasteries, sprawls across the foot of a mountain. When we drive across two high mountain pass over 17,000 feet where we'll enjoy sweeping views of the Himalaya, from Everest to Shishapangma.
Days 7-17, Sep 15-25, 2017
Kangshung Trek / Karma Valley
We meet our Sherpa staff from Nepal near the village of Kharta (12,500') and begin our 10-day trek with a hike along the Kharta River. A crossing of the Shao La (16,000’), with its unforgettable panoramas of Makalu, Lhotse, and Everest, brings us into the resplendent Karma Valley (14,000'), a rare realm of high-altitude forests (the highest in the world), lush meadows, grazing yaks, and eye-popping views of Everest's monumental Kangshung (East) Face, the least visited yet most spectacular face of Everest. As we trek through this pristine valley along the bubbling Karma River, we'll be bombarded by incredible, up-close views including Lhotse, Makalu, Chomolonzo, Kanchenjunga, and many more 8,000-meter peaks. It has long been held as one of the most sublime spots in the entire Himalayas. We bid farewell to this region with a crossing of the Langma La (17,300’) on Day 16 and hike back to Kharta on Day 17.
Days 18-21, Sep 26-29, 2017
Rongbuk / North Face / Lhasa
We drive to Rongbuk (16,500'), the highest monastery in the world, to feast our eyes on the North Face of Mt. Everest, where the legendary British mountaineers Mallory and Irvine disappeared into the mists of history, then make the return drive across the soaring Tibetan Plateau to Lhasa. Depart on Day 21.