In 1921, George Mallory looked at the massive hanging glaciers on the East Face of Everest and quickly decided it was not for them. Only a handful of people have scaled it since. Nevertheless, the foreboding Kangshung Glacier is what makes the East Face truly magnificent.
This exceptional Kangshung Face of Everest Trek reaches the foot of the Kangshung Glacier which is the East Face of Everest and considered to be the most beautiful aspect. The Kangshung Glacier begins at around 5500m and stretches up almost 3 vertical kilometers to Everest’s summit, 8848m. Though the Kangshung Face of Everest Trek is one of the most spectacular treks in the world, it remains relatively unknown and has a very small number of visitors each season.
We begin our Kangshung Face of Everest Trek in Kathmandu and then fly to Lhasa where we spend two days sightseeing while our bodies acclimatize to the altitude on the Tibetan Plateau. A spectacular drive across the barren Tibetan plateau takes us through typical Tibetan villages of Gyantse, Shigatse Shegar. Our destination is Kharta, a surprisingly fertile farming area surrounded by lush forests. This is where we meet up with our fantastic support crew of seasoned Sherpas who have been providing camping services in Nepal and Tibet for a decade. They are also accompanied by Tibetans with yaks to carry the camping gear.
Kangshung Face of Everest Trek makes a nine-day circuit through the untouched Valleys of Kharta and Kama. Leaving the fertile farmland of Kharta we enter a wilderness of alpine forest which at around 4000 meters is the highest known forest in the world, and blue glacial lakes. On the approach to Pethang Ringmo, the Base Camp for the East face of Everest, we cross over Shao La, 4915m, which marks the entrance into the lovely Karma Valley and from where we enjoy spectacular views of the ice citadels of Everest, 8848m, Lhotse Shar, 8382m and Makalu, 8463m.
We spend a couple days at Kangshung Face Base Camp exploring the high ridges and enjoying the stunning scenery including the 3km high wall of ice and snow reaching up to the summit of Everest.
On the way back to Kharta we complete the more direct section of the circuit, crossing Langma La, 5318m from where there are more dramatic views including Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Chomo Lonzo and Everest.
From Kharta, we make a 2-day visit into the Rongbuk Valley beneath the North Face of Everest. We visit the Rongbuk Monastery the highest monastery in the world, as well as the Everest North Base Camp nearby. From here we spiral down from the Tibetan Plateau to Zhangmu, and cross the Friendship Bridge at the Tibet-Nepal border , and continue to Kathmandu.
2016 Fixed Departure Dates
May 17 to June 6, 2016, September 13 to October 3, 2016 (the trip date indicates the day you need to arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal and the day you can schedule to depart)
In addition to our fixed departure dates, we provide private trips for groups of 2 to 12 people. Private trips run at your convenience from mid March through May and mid-September through mid-November
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m
Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa Gongar Airport, 3650m
Day 4 : Acclimatization and sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 5 : Acclimatization and sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 6 : Drive to Gyantse, 4000m- 250km, 7 to 8 hours
Day 7 : Drive to Shigatse, 3800m- 2 hours
Day 8 : Drive to Shegar, 4350m- 6 hours
Day 9 : Drive to Kharta, 3690m- 7 hours
Day 10 : Trek to Dambuk, 4260m- 3 to 4 hours
Day 11 : Trek to Shau Tsho, 4560m- 3 to 4 hours
Day 12 : Cross Shao La pass, 4915m and trek to Dzokshan, 4040m
Day 13 : Trek to Shalung Tsho, 4425m- 5 to 6 hours
Day 14 : Trek to Pethang Ringmo, 4900m, 4 to 5 hours
Day 15 : Trek to Kangshung Base Camp, 5200m- 3-4 hours
Day 16 : Exploration day around Kangshung Base Camp
Day 17 : Trek to Rabka Chu, 4265m
Day 18 : Trek to Tsho Zhukri-me at base of Langma La, 5000m- 5 hours
Day 19 : Cross Langma La, 5370m and trek to Shomak Lhe, 4230m- 6 to 7 hours
Day 20 : Trek to Kharta- 4 hours
Day 21 : Drive to Rongbuk Monastery- 9 hours
Day 22 : Day walk to Everest North Base Camp
Day 23 : Drive to Zhangma- 9 to 10 hours
Day 24 : Drive to Kathmandu
Day 25 : Departure from Kathmandu
• All ground transfers by private vehicle as per our itinerary.
• Hotel Shakti 2 Star Hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing, bed & breakfast basis including all Tax and VAT).
• Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program hosted by Makalu Adventures.
• Airfare: Kathmandu-Lhasa.
• Tibet Travel Permit Fee, Tibet Visa fee and all other applicable fees.
• Guided sightseeing in Lhasa (includes all entrance fees).
• Dhud Gu or similar Hotel in Lhasa (Twin sharing, bed & breakfast basis including all applicable Tax and VAT).
• All hotels on the way (including breakfast).
• Daily wages, visa fee and insurance of staffs, guides and porters, Yak and Yak men.
• Three times meal a day while camping (prepared by our kitchen crew),
• All camping equipments such as Two men tent, Dinning Tent, Kitchen tent, tables, chairs, mattresses and etc.
• All other necessary equipments like Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) (For the altitude problem) and etc.
• Trekking permit fees.
• Airport Taxes & excess baggage charge.
• All expenses of personal nature such as beverages, telephone bill, laundry bill, mineral water, tips and etc.
• Personal medical and travel insurance.
• Rescue & evacuation - if needed.
• Nepal re-entry visa
Acknowledgement of Risk
Participants must be aware that there are risks involved when taking trips in remote areas. Emergency services and medical facilities are extremely limited. In case of a serious injury or illness requiring medical intervention, an evacuation could take up to several days. Helicopters are not always available and rescue may be hindered by poor weather and flying conditions.
On booking this trip it is understood that you have accepted these risks and are responsible for your own actions and involvement.
See Altitude Advice
Our Everest Kangshung Face itinerary has been designed to allow optimum time for acclimatization. Nevertheless, it is still possible that some individuals might suffer from altitude sickness. There are ways of helping the acclimatization process.
Why do the Everest Kangshang Face Trek with Annapurna Foothills Treks?
2015 Fixed Departure Dates
May 17 to June 6, 2015, September 13 to October 3, 2015 (the trip date indicates the day you need to arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal and the day you can schedule to depart)
In addition to our fixed departure dates, we provide private trips for groups of 2 to 12 people. Private trips run at your convenience from mid March through May and September through mid-November
The Kangshung Face of Everest Trek can be done in Spring or Fall when the weather is typically sunny and warm and the nights are cold but not likely to drop below freezing. However, the weather can change rapidly and is unpredictable so we request our clients to come prepared for all eventualities!
The idea is to avoid weather with too much snow for yaks to walk over the Langma La pass. Springtime is beautiful with wildflowers and rhododendron in bloom. The traditional trekking season in Tibet is April and May and late August to October. The weather is typically quite mild with warm days and cool to chilly nights in the mountains. At the end of the monsoon season, in late August, the hills and the valleys are green with grass, wildflowers and blooming shrubs.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 25 Days
Price : US $4500 p/p
Trip Grade : Strenuous
Group Size:2-12 Persons
Was really impressed with the speed at which they organised a tour for me, and the quality of the tour itself. The director - Ngima - was very responsive and really helpful, meeting me the day before my tour and introducing me to my guide the day of the tour.…Phillippa
Just got back from an awesome trip to Nepal, kindly arranged by Ngima Sherpa from Annapurna Foothills Treks. The organisation of the trip was absolutely flawless, and I can't remember having any problems during my whole month long stay. My Sherpa Dendi (as featured in the new Everest movie),is a…Neil Murphy
My boyfriend and I wanted to trek in Nepal so I found Annapurna Foothills details online - they were amazing from start to finish. Ngima, the Managing Director was really helpful over email in planning the trip and flexible to help us fit in everything we wanted to. Our guide…Meriel Flint