KHARTA AND EVEREST BASE CAMP

This great Himalayan trek offers extraordinary views of Makalu, Lhotse and Everest, three of the most impressive peaks of the Himalayas over 8000 m. It is probably one of the most beautiful treks in Tibet. Lost farming villages, glacial lakes where the close peaks are sparkling, especially the majestic Everest range. We walk, live and sleep for two weeks in the heart of the high mountain, at the foot of the world’s most beautiful 8000 m summits. The vast grassy plateau of Pethang Ringmo, dominated by Everest and Lhotse. Makalu is one of our most beautiful camps. The contemplatives will want to remain in this site, while the bravest will do the 5 h-walk to the Kangshung-Everest Base Camp. We will reach 5000 m, the Rongbuk Monastery and the Everest West Base Camp.
HIGHLIGHTS

- The 8 000 m summits seen from the North: Everest, Lhotse and Makalu.
- 2 Everest Base Camps of Tibet.
- Pastures of Tibet, mountain lakes and glaciers.
- A great Himalayan trek in a less frequented region with caravans of yaks.
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Easy
  • Best Period: May - June & September
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 5300 Meters
  • Accomodation: Hotel/Lodge/Camp

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Day
Arrival in Lhassa. Check-in and acclimatization stroll in the old town.
- Accommodation: Hotel Tibet Heritage or similar on a B&B basis.
Visit to the most famous cultural places of the ancient Tibetan capital: the Potala palace, the Jokhang sanctuary (the most sacred temple of Central Tibet and a pilgrimage place), the Barkhor market, a one-day trip to Ganden and a 2-3 hour stroll around.
- Accommodation: Hotel Tibet Heritage or similar on a B&B basis.
Visit to the most famous cultural places of the ancient Tibetan capital: the Potala palace, the Jokhang sanctuary (the most sacred temple of Central Tibet and a pilgrimage place), the Barkhor market, a one-day trip to Ganden and a 2-3 hour stroll around.
- Accommodation: Hotel Tibet Heritage or similar on a B&B basis.
Discovery of the Turquoise Lake (Yamdrok) in a mountain setting where yaks and sheep graze. Picnic by the lake. Then, crossing of the Karo La Pass (5 200m). We pass at the foot of the magnificent glacier of Noijin Kangsang. On the way, we discover an incredible site: the forgotten Monastery of Ralung. One or two hours of easy walking to taste the vastness of the Tibetan plateau. Then, drive to Gyantse and visit. It is one of the most beautiful village in central Tibet. Farmers and breeders meet in a picturesque market. Visit to a monastery with astonishing frescoes and the famous Kumbum stupa with 72 chapels. Spectacular view of the Tibetan Plateau.
- Driving hours : 6h30, 260km
- Accommodation: Hotel Yeti * * * on a BB basis
Drive to Shigatse (1h30). Fast visit to the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. We cross high passes: Yalung and Gyatso. Then, we continue to Shegar. Visit to the ancient fort of Shekar Dzong.
- Driving hours : 5h
- Accommodation: Tibet Roof of The World Hotel on a BB basis
We leave the road Lhasa-Kathmandu to Kharta. We cross the Pang La Pass at 5 200m. Kharta is the starting point of our trek. Here ends the trail. From this village, the first attempts to climb Everest were organized in the years 1915/1922. Easy walk to Yuepa.
- Driving hours : 4h
- Accommodation: Bivouac on full board
We leave Yuepa from the South. After the bridge on the Lang Chu River, we follow the Kharta River and gradually ascend to Yuba, birthplace of Tenzin Sherpa. We camp a bit further in Dhampu.
- Ascent: + 600m
- Hours of walking: 4h 
- Accommodation: Bivouac on full board
Ascent to the Shao Tso Lake. Crossing the Shao La Pass at 4900 m where the view of Makalu is impressive. Then, easy descent to our camp.
- Ascent: + 600m
- Descent: - 150m
- Hours of walking: 5-6h
- Accommodation: Bivouac on full board
Change of scenery. We find a more alpine atmosphere with a beautiful mountain vegetation: Forest of pines and rhododendrons, ferns and wildflowers. On our way, we will meet shepherd camps and yak herds.
- Ascent: + 300m
- Descent: - 400m
- Hours of walking: 4-5h
- Accommodation: Bivouac on full board
Easy day at high altitude. Superb view of the East side of Everest, of Lhotse and Chomo Lonzo. It will take us about a 3h30min walk to reach Thangsum, located on a peak dominating three valleys. Then, we go up the Karma Chu Valley to reach Pethang, a beautiful pasture of altitude.
- Ascent: + 100m
- Descent: - 240m
- Hours of walking: 4-5h
- Accommodation: Bivouac on full board
For 1h30, steady ascent in the moraine to Orka. However, the view of Everest and the Kangshung Glacier worth it. Pethang Ringmo, where we camp, is a vast grassy plateau dominated by Everest, Lhotse and Makalu.
- Ascent: + 600m
- Hours of walking: 3-4h
- Accommodation: Bivouac on full board
From Pethang Ringmo, we reach Thangsum Tso. Then, we go up to Tso Shorima Lake at 4 700m.
- Ascent: 480m
- Hours of walking: 8h
- Accommodation: Bivouac on full board
From the lake start a long climb (3 to 4 hours) to the Langma La Pass at 5 300m where the view by good weather is one of the most magnificent of the Himalaya. Then, easy descent (3 hours) in three stages to Shomaling. From there, 3 to 4h drive to the Rongbuk Monastery near the Everest North Base Camp.
- Ascent: 1 030m
- Descent: 1 050m
- Hours of walking: 6h
- Accommodation: Guest House on a BB basis
Morning trip to the Everest North Base Camp (1h30 walk from the car park) then drive back to Sakya, "The Black Ground", where a big monastery is located. The Sakyapa school emphases on learning. Therefore, the monastery houses the largest collection of manuscripts in Tibet.
- Hours of walk : 1h30
- Accommodation: Hotel Manasarovar on a BB basis
Beautiful drive to Lhasa. From Shigatse, we go along the Brahmaputra.
- Driving hours : 6h
- Accommodation: Hotel Tibet Heritage on a B&B basis
Free time. Then, transfer to the train station or the airport for departure.
End of our services.

What's included

- Transfers and transport by private vehicle, according to the progra: a logistic support truck if more than 2 participants
- Stay in hotels and guest houses on a B&B basis, and full board while trekking.
- An English-speaking Tibetan guide for the stay in Tibet
- Camping team: Cook, assistants, yak men and yaks for the Kharta trek
- Collective camping and cooking equipment (except sleeping bag).
- Authorizations, drive and camping permits, national parks entrances...
- Entrance to the visited sites in Tibet
- Oxygen available, if necessary, in Tibet
- Visa for China (not the August-September extra) and hand-to-hand permit delivery in your Chinese transit city.

What's not included

- Lunch and dinner in guest houses and hotels
- International flights
- Domestic flights and trains
- Extra fees for visa in August and September
- Stay in China
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Personal expenses and equipment,
- Tips (about 8 dollars/day /person for the entire team), drinks...
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