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Private Kharta Valley trekking tour

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  • Duration: 23 days

Khata Valley trek is an absolute classic and quite special with only a few people trekking this region in a year. A real Tibetan journey passing through some of the most spectacular landscapes, several other verdant tiny valleys along the way which are dotted with beautiful lakes on a journey to the Khangshung face, the Eastern face of the Mt. Everest…Khata Valley trek is a quite isolated region borders Mt. Everest in the Western side, to the southern side lays the jagged Himalayan range of Mt. Makalu, north and east lays the dry Tibetan Plateau. Kharta Valley trekking region is famous for its pristine wilderness, amazing, incredible views of Mt. Makalu 8480m, beautiful lakes and breathtaking view of Mt. Karma Changri 6295m along with the massive Khangsung glacier. This is a real journey into Tibet, the ‘Abode of the Snows’ and land of Lamas, where nomads in yak-hair tents roam the plateaus with their yaks, a land of spectacular, snow-topped peaks and the wonderful, spirited Tibetan people themselves.

  • Days Activities
    Day1 Arrive Lhasa
    Day2-4 Potala palace, Jokhang temple, Norbulingka, Ganden Monastery, Tsurphu Monastery, Barkhor market
    Day5 Lhasa-Yamdrok lake- Gyantse
    Day6 Morning visit Gyangtse Monastery
    Day7 Drive to Shigatse
    Day8 Trek to valley of lakes
    Day9 Trek from valley of lake to Shao La (15, 300 feet)
    Day10 Continue trek from Shao La
    Day11 First Everest view
    Day12 Trek to Sakyetang
    Day13 Trek to pethang Ringmo
    Day14 Trek to pethang Ringmo
    Day15 Trek to Mountains encircled point
    Day16 Trek to Sakyetang
    Day17 back to heart of heart
    Day18 Descend to Khata Valley
    Day19 Drive from Khata to Rongbuk Base Camp
    Day20 Rongbuk to Everest Base Camp
    Day21 Descending to Zhangmu
    Day22 Free Day for relaxing and shopping in Kathmandu
    Day23 Departure.

  • Day 01
    Arrive Lhasa
    Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport our team will receive you and escort you to the Hotel. Rest of the day would be free for you to get proper acclimatization and We can visit the Local market. You will be staying in Lhasa for Next four days.
    Day 02,03,04
    Lhasa sightseeing: Potala palace, Jokhang temple, Norbulingka, Ganden Monastery, Tsurphu Monastery, Barkhor market, drepung monastery and Sera monastery

    For the next three days you will stay in Lhasa and enjoy the sightseeing spot Lhasa has to offer. We have the following spot in our list and we can make the plan in Lhasa as per your requirement. In Lhasa we will explore the authentic Tibetan way of life. you will enjoy the Tibetan traditional food, culture show and others. there is other optional tours to other near by place like Gaden and Tsurphu Monastery with extra cost.
    Potala palace was built by Tibetan king Songtsan Gampo and later rebuilt by fifth Dalai Lama. It was the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas until peaceful libiration in year 1959. Its builted on a rocky hill overlooking the city of Lhasa, the Potala Palace has a sturdy fortress-like appearance. It contains more than a thousand rooms spreading over an area of 1,300 feet by 1,000 feet. The stone walls are 16 feet thick at the base, but more finely constructed (without the use of nails) in the upper stories. The Potala Palace is made of two main parts, easily distinguished by their color: the Red Palace and White Palace. The two are joined by a smaller, yellow-painted structure that houses the sacred banners hung on the exterior for the New Year festivals. The rooms inside the palace are identified by numbers as well as names.
    Jokhang Temple was builted in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo (r.617-49),  and his two foreign wives who are credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet. The king’s first wife, Princess Bhrikuti (married in the 630s), was the sister of the Nepalese king, while his second wife, Princess Wencheng (married 641), was the niece or daughter of the Chinese emperor. The temple house a sacred image of the Buddha, the Jowo Rinpoche, which Queen Wencheng brought with her from China as a dowry. This statue is still enshrined within the temple and is the holiest object in Tibet.
    Norbu Lingka (means “The Jeweled Park”) is a palace and surrounding park in Lhasa, built from 1755. It served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai lamas, Norbulingka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a unique representation of Tibetan architecture. Norbulingka Palace is situated in the west side of Lhasa, a short distance to the southwest of Potala Palace. Norbulingka covers an area of around 36 hectares (89 acres) and considered to be the largest man made garden in Tibet. Norbulingka Park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet, including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music and festivities. The park is where the annual Shun ton or ‘Yoghurt Festival’ is held. Norbulingka consists of several palace complexes, such as the Kelsang Potrang, Tsokyil Potrang, Golden Linka and Takten Migyur Potrang built for different Dalai lamas. Each palace complex is divided into three sections – the palace section, the section in front of the palaces and the woods. Norbulingka both reflects the ethnical, religious features of the Tibetan people and embodies the architecture style. It is of great cultural value and was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2001 as an extension of Potala Palace.
    Drepung monastery was founded in 1416; on the outskirts of Lhasa was once Tibet’s largest and most influential monastery, with over 10,000 monks. Today, Drepung houses about 700 monks and attracts pilgrims and visitors from around the world. Drepung is especially known as the site of the annual Shoton Festival, with its dramatic unfurling of a giant Thangka painting on the hillside. It was the home of the Dalai Lamas before the Potala palace was built in the 17th century. Resembling a heap of white rice from a distance, it was dubbed “Monastery of the Collecting-Rice” in Tibetan. The first floor of the Assembly Hall holds a striking statue of Dalai Lama XIII, magnificently lit by filtered sunshine and pungent yak butter lamps. Readings of the scriptures are often held here at midday, during which novices race one another to fetch tea from the kitchen for their elders. To the left (west) of the Assembly Hall is the kitchen, where butter tea is prepared and donations are accepted. The most revered image at Drepung is a 15m (49-ft.) tall statue of the 8-year old Maitreya Buddha (the future Buddha), designed by Tsongkhapa and housed on the third floor of the main building. Visitors are offered holy water; to receive it, cup your right hand above your left, take a sip, and splash the rest on your head. Several courtyards in the forest around the monastery are used by the monks for debating the sutras (Buddhist scriptures). The winners of the debates can take a test to earn the senior degree of Geshi.
    Sera monastery is one of the great Gelugpa school of learning centre and famous debate session of monks on Buddhist sciences of philosophy, metaphysics, psychology and epistemology .The history of Sera monastery is strongly connected to master lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419).
    Ganden monastery the main monastery of Gelukpa the Yellow hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Ganden means “joyful” and it is the Tibetan name for Tushita, the realm  of Bodhisattva Maitreya (the future Buddha). The monastery was founded by Jhe Tsongkhapa in 1409 and traditionally it is considered to be the seat of Gelugpa adminstrative. Ganden Tripa or throne-holder of Ganden is the head of the Gelugpa School.
    Ganden means “joyful” and is the Tibetan name for Tushita. The heaven where the bodhisattva Maitreya is said to reside. It was the original monastery of the Gelugpa order, founded by Je Tsongkhapa himself in 1409, and traditionally considered to be the seat of Gelugpa. It was the original monastery of the Gelugpa order, founded by Je Tsongkhapa himself in 1409, and traditionally considered to be the seat of Gelugpa administrative. The Ganden Tripa or ‘throne-holder of Ganden’ is the head of the Gelugpa School. Gaden has the history of housing more then 3500 monks and at this time it house about 300 monks.
    Tsurphu Monastery:  Tsurphu monastery is the traditional seat of Karmapa, It is located in Tolung county of Lhasa prefecture. Tsurpu monastery is the main monastery for the Kamtsang Kagyu Tradition.  It is highly recommend for all the visitor to go for Tsurphu kora but it would be hard if are not properly acclimatize. If you choose to go for Kora, you will see the beautiful view of past springs, shrines, retreats and the Monastery itself.

    Day 05
    Lhasa-Yamdrok lake- Gyantse
    Today you will travel from Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok lake. this journey is a long yet very scenic journey across Khamba la passes, Carola passes  and you will drive along the Yamdrok Lake. You can stop at Yamdrok lake for taking a picture. Your journey for the day ends in Gyantse where you will staying over night.
    Yamdrok Lake is one of the three largest scared in Tibet. The lake is over 72 km long and its surrounded by many snow-capped mountain. According to local mythology, Yamdrok lake is the transformation of  a goddess.
    Gyantse: is a small agricultural town near Shigatse city. It is located at 13050 ft above sea level and is famous for its woolen carpet and Palkhor Chode chorten which is has house 10,000 images of Buddha.
    Day 06
    Morning visit Gyangtse Monastery
    Today you will visit Gyantse monastery in the morning. Your guide will explain you every detail of the monastery Palkhor Chode and the famous Kumbum within the same complex. We will try  our best to take to visit the Drong(fort) that towers above the town. In the afternoon we make the short (90 km, 2 hours) drive along the valley to Shigatse. Over night at hotel.
    Day 07
    Drive to Shigatse
    Today you will travel from Gyantse to Shigatse which will take about two hours covering 90kms. On your way you will notice different house painting style of Shigatse region. You will also drive through lots of Villages. On arrival at Shigatse you will be visting the Tashi Lunpo monastery which is the biggest Monastery in the region. After visiting Tashi Lhunpo, you could check the local handicraft show rooms for the local products and Tibetan handicraft, but please keep this in your we have no force shopping policies and our guides understand this very well. For this night you will stay in the city.
    Tashi-Lhunpo monastery was build by first Dalai lama in 1447. which is later presented to his teacher the Panchen Lama since it remain as a seat of Panchen Lama. The monastery has four main chapel which include the chapel of Maitreya housing a 26 meter high statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha. Tomb of 10th Panchen Lama which is the newest chapel in the monastery. Tomb of 4th and 9th Panchen Lama. You can observe a little different style of architecture in Tashi Lhunpo as compare to others.
    Day 08
    Trek to valley of lakes
    This is your first day of trekking after well acclimatization. We will hike gently up to the Kharta Valley, passing through wealthy farmhouse and fields. After taking lunch we will then divert to south and ascent to our camp side which is what many tourist prefer to called as Valley of Lakes. We will camp there for the night.
    Day 09
    Trek from valley of lake to Shao La (15, 300 feet).
    We will be walking up the chain of Alpine lakes, reminiscent of marvelously magnified Colorado timberline county, to our camp for the night which is below Shao La (15,300 feet). If weather permits we will see the massive Mt. Makalu and Mt. Everest clearly. We will camp there for the night.
    Day 10
    Continue trek from Shao La
    We will reach the Shao la pass in early morning and as we descend to tundra gives way to stunning greens. We make camp near the mouth of a superb side valley that plunges a thousand feet to the Kama River. we will stay over night at that camp.
    Day 11
    First Everest view
    Trek begins with a steep winding climb through a Japanese wood-block forest. we will trek above the Kama Valley, through dwarf rhododendron and blue primula, looking down a valley deep into Nepal, across to the looming mountain wall, dripping with hanging glaciers and head for our first  view of Mt. Everest. We will camp near a pretty lake at 14,500 feet.
    Day 12
    Trek to Sakyetang
    Today we continue contouring to the spot called Sakyetang, from where we can view kangshung and Kama valley and three of the world’s highest mountains. The summit of Mount Everest is only 18 miles away. From Sakyatang we descend down to the confluence of the Kangshung  and Kama valleys, cross a bridge and hike into the kangshung and we will camp there.
    Day 13
    Trek to pethang Ringmo
    Today we will further trek into the heart of the Valley like no other. we ascend gradually on a pleasant trial through willows and wild flowers, then steeply up and across a landslide-caused by slow collision of the Kandongshung Glacier more then a decade ago. Few hours later we will reach our camp side.
    Day 14
    Trek to pethang Ringmo
    Pethang Ringmo was discovered by George Mallory and G.H.Bullock an their first expecition. When Howard-Bury joined them there he found”…a most delightfully sunny spot at 16,400 feet, right under the gigantic and marvelously beautiful cliffs of Chomelonzl…. separated from us by the Kangshung Glacier, here about a mile wide. Everest from here is seen to fill up the head of the valley with a most formidable circle of cliffs overhung by hanging glacier.” 
    Day 15
    Trek to Mountains encircled point
    Some of us will want to get closer to the gargantuan east face. Depending on the weather and other factors, our trip leader will decide if it is possible to hike to”Land’s End”. The walk takes a couple of hours along the grassy shelf and ends up overlooking the glacier at just over 17,000 feet. Only the daunting glacier separates us from the immense Kangshung wall. The summit of the Everest is just over eight horizontal and two and a third vertical miles away. we are nearly encircled by mountains: (from the right) Khartse, the mass of Everest. We will camp for the night.
    Day 16
    Trek to Sakyetang
    Climb steeply to a point near Sakyetang, then contour northward, the whole Everest extravaganza just in back of us, and ascend to a camp next by an austere lake at 16,385 feet. The sunrise from this camp can be almost frighteningly spectacular; in a few intense moments Everest and the whole panoply of peaks change from cold pewter to rose, to gold, to blinding white. Above the camp is the 17,600 foot Langma La. Overnight in tents.
    Day 17
    back to heart of heart
    We will have few hours for last views of Mt. Everest and her towering court. We will descend a couple of thousand feet (passing a rare rock glacier on the way) from Langma La on our way back into Tibet. We will camp at 14,000 feet.
    Day 18
    Descend to Khata Valley
    Today we will descend in to the Khata Valley. We will be walking through the farmhouses fields. We will trek to the river side and camp there for the night. 
    Day 19
    Drive from Khata to Rongbuk Base Camp.
    Today we will take a vehicles from Khata to Rongbuk Base Camp. For the night we will camp or try to find out vacancy in the local guest house.
    Day 20
    Rongbuk to Everest Base Camp (2 to 3 hour walk of 7kms)
    Continuing along the barren and rock strewn valley. This is followed by a fantastic drive through almost uninhabited valleys to the small town of Lao Tingri. Catch as last view of the mountain from here. Another high pass gives a last, spectacular view of the Himalaya before descending to Nyalam. Over night at local guest house or in tents.
    Day 21
    Descending to Zhangmu
    On the China-Nepal border. Completing border formalities the drive back to Kathmandu continues down the Bote Khosi valley. Over night at hotel in Kahtmandu.
    Day 22
    Free Day for relaxing and shopping in Kathmandu
    This is the free day for you to relax and  prepare your self for the departure tomorrow
    Day 23
    Our team member in Kathmandu escort you to the Kathmandu airport and see you off there.

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