Kangshung Face of Everest Trek- 25 Days

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.

2020 Fixed Departure Dates

May 17 to June 6, 2020, September 13 to October 3, 2020 (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


Trip Highlights


  • trek to Everest's most stunning and least visited face of Mount Everest in Tibet
  • hiking and camping in untouched valleys surrounded by magnificent alpine forests, lakes and the world's highest peaks Everest, 8848m, Lhotse, 8501m, Lhotse Shar, 8382m and Makalu, 8463m
  • the view from  two high passes Shao La at 4915m and Langma La at 5200m
  • the highest monastery in the world, Rongbuk Monastery
  • visit two Base Camps of Everest:  East and North
  • Tour of Lhasa: Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple


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

Cost Include(s)

•             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.

•             Trekking permit fees.

Cost Exclude(s)

•             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?

  • The Kangshung Face of Mount Everest Trek is a Camping Trip led by our experienced trekking guide and offering the same high standard of services provided on the Nepal side of the great Himalayan Range.
  • Ethical and Environmental Considerations
    Annapurna Foothills Treks is committed to responsible tourism and trekking. We aim to ensure that everyone benefits from the experience. We have developed a Responsible Tourism policy which aims to ensure that our staff and our clients act in a way that is socially, environmentally and culturally sound.
  • Our itinerary has 11 days on trek, this is longer than most other operators so gives you more opportunity to explore around Kangshung Base Camp. These extra days also provides more chance of getting the views of the mountains in case of poor weather.
  • We bring a satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use.
  • We bring a first aid kit with high altitude medicine, antibiotics and other medicines.
  •  There will be a range of tasty meals for breakfast, lunch and supper. We also bring along a supply of chocolate, Pringles, biscuits and nuts.

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

Best Season
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.


Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 25 Days

Price : US $6000 p/p

Trip Grade : Strenuous

Group Size:2-12 Persons

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