20 Days Khangsung Valley Trek: Exploring Khangsung face of the Mount Everest

Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Shegar - Kharta - Lhundrubling - Kaamo Tsangpo valley - Khangsung valley - Pethang Ringmo - Hoppo - Kangshung Base Camp - Langma La - Lundrubling - Kharta - Rongbuk - Kyirong - Kathmandu
20 Days Khangsung Valley Trek: Exploring Khangsung face of the Mount Everest
Duration 20 Days
20 Days Khangsung Valley Trek: Exploring Khangsung face of the Mount Everest
Accomodation Hotel BB/Camping
20 Days Khangsung Valley Trek: Exploring Khangsung face of the Mount Everest
Start Lhasa
20 Days Khangsung Valley Trek: Exploring Khangsung face of the Mount Everest
End Kathmandu
20 Days Khangsung Valley Trek: Exploring Khangsung face of the Mount Everest
Transportation Flight & Private Vehicle
20 Days Khangsung Valley Trek: Exploring Khangsung face of the Mount Everest
Max Altitude 5,390 M
20 Days Khangsung Valley Trek: Exploring Khangsung face of the Mount Everest
Best Season April to May, Oct to Nov
20 Days Khangsung Valley Trek: Exploring Khangsung face of the Mount Everest
Group Size 1 - 20
Grade Moderate

Trip Overview

The Khangsung Valley trek is well-known across the world for its pristine nature, charming lakes, and breathtaking vistas of the massive Khangsung glacier, Mt. Makalu (8475m), Mt. Everest(8848m), Shishapangma(8013m), and more. The path to Everest’s east base camp (Khangshung face) offers a high-altitude experience you will never forget. Langma La Pass, at 5,330 meters, is the highest point during this trek to Khangsung Valley.

If you trek through the Khangshung Valley, sometimes called the “Valley of Flowers,” in the summer, you can see breathtaking panoramas of wildflowers covering entire meadows. You arrive at the magnificent Khangshung Base Camp by walking up to the edge of the Khangshung Glacier. This exact track was used by British mountaineers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine in their famous but disastrous 1924 climb of Mount Everest. We get to witness the mesmerizing views of several towering peaks from Khangshung Glacier and Khangshung Base Camp.

We at Tashi Delek have organized the itinerary so that you can quickly enjoy the tour of famous and historical places.

Contact our expert directly to learn more about the packages and customization of itineraries.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the breathtaking journey along the traditional path that links the Everest Base Camp North Face with Lhasa.
  • Discover the vibrant art, culture, and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Explore Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Witnessing the breathtaking views of the Lhasa city and snow-capped mountains from Drepung Monastery.
  • Experience breathtaking trek via high mountain passes
  • Discover Tibetan culture up close by taking a stroll down Barkhor Street. The Street has numerous shops offering traditional and cultural items.
  • Witness the debate of monks in Sera Monastery.
  • See Tashi Lhunpo Monastery’s enormous golden statue of Maitreya Buddha.
  • Experience the warmth and friendliness of the Tibetan people and gain insight into their unique way of life.
  • Reach the world’s highest monastery, Rongbuk Monastery.
  • Witness the unhindered views of Mount Everest from top-to-bottom.
  • Experience marvelous camping on great camping grounds like Kharta Valley, Kangshung Base Camp, Rongbuk, etc.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 01

Fly to Gonggar airport then drive to Lhasa O/N Hotel (BB)

Upon reaching the airport, our amiable Tibetan guide will extend cordial greetings and present you with a Hada, the customary Tibetan ceremonial scarf. Then our guide will transport you to your hotel. You can see the Lhasa River and the Yarlung Tsangpo River on the way.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 02

Lhasa - Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market O/N Hotel (BB)

Today is the first day of your tour, during which you will visit the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Potala Palace is the Dalai Lama’s winter residence and the local Tibetan government’s administrative hub. You can have a bird’ s-eye view of Lhasa’s old town from the top of the palace. Also, one can witness the meditation cave and priceless collection of Dalai Lama burial stupas.

Later, we will visit the Jokhang Temple, which was sacred and constructed in the 7th century to promote Buddhism. Once you get inside, you can witness the Buddha Sakyamuni’s statue of age 12, gifted by the Tibetan King Songsten Gompo’s Chinese wife, Queen Wen Chen.

In the evening, we will visit Barkhor Market, which encircles the Jokhang Temple and is one of Lasha’s most significant marketplaces.  You can blend in with the crowd by purchasing some Buddha relics.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 03

Lhasa - Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery O/N Hotel (BB)

In the early morning, you will eat a decent breakfast at your hotel; later, our guide will pick you up and take you to two of the three great Gelug monasteries in Tibet, Drepung and Sera Monastery.

Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, and Ganden Monastery are regarded as one of the “Three Great Monasteries.” This monastery is the biggest in the world. It was constructed in the 14th century and used to house 10,000 monks at one point, but there were just a few hundred left.

In the evening, we will visit the Sera monastery, founded by Tsongkapa in 1419. There is a story behind the name Sera: When it was being built, Wild Roses were on the hill behind, and in Tibetan, Wild Roses mean Sera. If you visit between Monday and Friday, you can witness monks debate in the monastery’s courtyard.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 04

Drive to Gyantse. Visit Khumbum Stupa O/N Hotel (BB)

After breakfast, we will follow the Friendship Highway to Gyantse. After crossing Kamba La Pass(4794m), we will witness the tranquil, turquoise-toned Yamdrok-tso Lake. Yamdrok-tso Lake is among Tibet’s three holiest lakes and is believed to be the metamorphosis of the Goddess. The turquoise-toned waters of this lake are what makes the view mesmerizing. This lake is 72km long and encircled by snow-capped mountains.

Later, we will pass through the Karo La Pass(5045m), from which we can view the Karola Glacier, which stands 5560m above sea level. After hours of driving, we will reach Gyantse. Gyantse is the third largest historical city of Tibet, where we will visit the famous Khumbum Stupa and Pelkhor Chode.

Khumbum is a spectacular multi-story Buddhist stupa (chorten) with beautiful carvings and paintings and is home to a massive 35-meter-tall gold-domed stupa. Then we will visit the Pelkhor Chode monastery, situated in the Nyangchu river valley, encircled on three sides by the mountains and a unique blend of stupa and temple.

Overnight at Gyantse.

Day 05

Drive to Shigatse visit Tashilhunpu Monastery & Local Market O/N Hotel (BB)

We will have breakfast and then drive to Shigatse, the second-largest town in Tibet. Once we reach Shigatse, we will visit the Tashilimphu Monastery, built by Gedun Druk, a disciple of the renowned scholar Je Tsongkhapa, in 1447. You can view the enormous statue of Future Buddha, which is 26.2 meters in height and 11.5 meters in width. It is adorned with priceless pearls, turquoise, coral, and amber. It is the most enormous statue of its type on the planet.

Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 06

Drive to Shegar O/N Hotel (BB)

After breakfast today, we will go to Shegar, now known as the New Tingri. Before reaching Shegar, we will cross the two high passes: Tong La Pass (5130) and Gyatso La(5259m).

During the journey, you will capture stunning views of Shishapangma(8013m) and Mount Everest(8848m), the world’s highest peak. Then, we will reach Shegar. As part of your acclimatization, you can rest the remaining day.

Overnight at Shegar.

Day 07

Drive to Kharta O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

After breakfast, we will drive to Kharta. Once we drive about 10 km from Shegar, we leave the main route and head south into Everest. Later, we reach the Pang La pass(5150m), from where we see Mount Everest’s view. Then, we will descend from the pass and get to Phadruchi. From here, we will head west and reach Kharta, a small settlement that serves as a regional administrative center.

Then, a tent will be set up on the bank of the glacier, where it will rest for the remaining time.

Camping at Kharta.

Day 08

Acclimatization day O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

It is always better to acclimatize before starting trekking. So, this wonderful small settlement, Kharta, will be our acclimatization location. Today, we will do a warm-up walk by exploring Kharta and its surroundings.

Camping at Kharta.

Day 09

Trek to Lhundrubling O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

After the beautiful camping stay at Kharta, we will start our trek to Lhundrubling. Our trail goes through the shore of the Kharta River. Our eyes will be filled with the breathtaking views of the barley fields and local small settlements. Later, we ascend and reach the Shao La Pass, where we will encounter the rhododendron and highland conifer forests.

Once we reach Lhundrubling, we will pitch our camp on a ledge over the Kharta River.

Camping at Lhundrubling.

Day 10

Trek to Kaamo Tsangpo valley O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

We will start our trek early today. We will pass two lakes, Tsho-Shao, and reach the Shao La Pass(4790m). This pass offers fantastic views of three 8 thousanders mountains: Mount Everest, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Lhotse. As we descend from the past, we will encounter four other lakes.

Later, we will reach the Kaamo Tsangpo Valley, where our campground is in a pine forest above the valley.

Camping at Kaamo Tsangpo Valley.

Day 11

Trek to Khangsung valley O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

Our morning starts by ascending sharply to about 400m, from which we see the breathtaking view of Nepal and the Arun Valley. You will pass through the alpine ridges where yak herders camp during the summer. As you ascend, you will pass through the beautiful green lakes and reach Kangsung Valley.

Camping at Khangsung Valley.

Day 12

Trek to Pethang Ringmo O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

Today, our journey will be more interesting, and we will get to explore more. We will walk north from our Khangsung Valley camp to reach the sacred lake. You can witness the cave at the lake’s edge, widely known as the cave of meditation of Padmasambhava, a lotus-born Buddha. As we walk further, we will reach Orga, where Mt. Everest sharply comes into view.

Following a few steep descents via loose rock, you will reach the scenic Pethang Ringmo, 4,550 meters below Makalu, and the striking Chomo Lonzo mountain (7,790 meters). Small huts made of stone are seen in this area, which the yak herders use as summer camps.

Camping at Pethang Ringmo.

Day 13

Trek to Hoppo O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

Today, we will trek towards Hoppo, the last stop, before reaching Kangshung Base camp. As we leave the Pethang Ringmo, we will pass through the green meadows, and later, we will ascend further. After ascending, we view the glittering glaciers of Chomo Lonzo and the Kangshung Face of Everest.

Later, we reach Hoppo, a vast yak pasture, the ideal location to use as a camping site.

Camping at Hoppo.

Day 14

Trek to Kangshung Base Camp O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

Today, our journey is toward the final destination, Kangshung Base Camp, located at an altitude of 5050m. Our walk today will be shorter and pass through the Kangshung Glacier. Traveling this route will strengthen your spiritual connection to the natural world.

Camping at Kangshung Base Camp.

Day 15

Trek to Langma La O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

As we depart from Kangshung Base camp, we follow a path that descends to Pethang Ringmo, from where we will walk north to reach Langma La Pass. You will walk through the meadows, enjoying the breathtaking view of the Himalayan ranges.

We will pitch our camp to the base of Langma La, Shurimo(4800m), an ideal campsite.

Camping at Langma La.

Day 16

Trek to trek to Lundrubling O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

It is best to start early and spend the next two hours climbing to Langma La. As we descend from the Pass, our eyes will be filled with the breathtaking views of Makalu, Lhotse, and Everest. We will pass through Kharta Valley with a view of the Kanchenjunga mountains over the hills. Later, we reach the settlement of Lundrubling, where we will pitch our tent.

Camping at Lundrubling.

Day 17

Trek to Kharta O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

Today, we will trek for about 3-4 hours and reach Kharta. Our camping trek journey ends in this village. Once we reach Kharta, we will pitch our tent and rest.

Camping at Kharta.

Day 18

Drive to Rongbuk, excursion to EBC then back to Rongbuk O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

Today, we will drive to Rongbuk, where we will visit the world’s highest monastery, Ronbuk Monastery. This monastery is situated on the foot of the North Face of Mount Everest, which will take your breath away. A Nyingmapa Lama established this monastery in 1902. You can witness several caves carved into the cliffs for meditation.

Later, we will explore the North face of Everest Base Camp(5250m), from which we will have an unhindered view from top to bottom. On the way, we will witness the three thousanders: Mount Everest (8,848m), Cho Oyu (8,188m), and Shishapangma (8,027m). After reaching the base camp of Mount Everest, the massive white pyramid peak (Mt. Everest) towering in front of us will be an awe-inspiring moment, and we will also watch the Rongbuk Glacier.

Later, we will head back to Rongbuk and set the camp near the Rongbuk monastery.

Camping at Rongbuk.

Day 19

Drive to Kyirong O/N Hotel (BB)

After breakfast, we will move towards the Kyirong Border. We will enjoy scenic views of mountains, forests, and streams on the way.

Once you reach the Kyirong border, the guide will complete certain formalities, and then you will be driven to Syabrubesi, where you will rest for the day. In the evening, you can stroll around the streets of Syabrubesi. Syabrubesi is also the base point to go for Langtang Trekking.

Overnight at Syabrubesi.

Day 20

Drive back to Kathmandu

You will have a decent breakfast, and then we will drive back to Kathmandu. Within a few hours, we will reach Kathmandu and drop you off at your hotel.

You can rest the remaining time of the day or stroll around markets like Ason and New Road to shop for something beautiful to take back to your home.

Please Note

We have updated our dates and price list, which you can find above. But if you cannot find a perfect date for the trip or want to customize it, then you can Contact Us here.

Also, we are offering a discount for those travelers who come in a group of 3 or more. You may also get a discount if you book the trip earlier. Contact Us for more.

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers to hotel.
  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis.
  • Private and public vehicles used for the trip
  • Any required permits and entry fees during the trip
  • Professional guide, profound in English, and approved by the Tibetan Travel Bureau.
  • All meals that are mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any applicable government taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Any International flights and China Visa Fee (not included in the trip)
  • Travel and medical insurance or any evacuation during the trip.
  • Any gratitude or tips in any form to guide, porters, or any other.
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, groceries, liquors, etc.
  • Extra day staying or traveling expenses other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any expenses incurred due to unforeseen events such as illness or a delayed or canceled flight.

We value your well-being and comfort trip

Surely, you may have researched a lot regarding the trip to Mt. Kailash and have gathered much more information. But, with all the information and your confidence in completing the trip will not be enough. We, our team, and guide with years of experience will do anything to make sure that you are safe and you experience a comfortable travel. Also, we have some other value-added services that will assure you had the perfect trip of lifetime.

Trip FAQs

What is the best time to do the Khanshung Valley Trek?

Typically, the ideal seasons for this trek are spring (April to May) and fall (September to October), when the weather is clear and comfortable.

What is the difficulty level of the Khangshung Valley Trek?

The trek is moderately challenging. It entails trekking at high heights, with some difficult and steep paths. Both physical fitness and appropriate acclimatization are crucial.

What should I pack for the Khangsung Valley Trek?

Since temperatures can drop dramatically at high elevations, warm clothes, such as thermal layers and a down jacket, are imperative. Trekking boots, a top-notch backpack, sunglasses, and a sunhat are additional goods you should bring.


In Lhasa and Kathmandu, you will stay in three-star hotels. If you want a more luxurious one, mention it earlier, which may cost you extra. Full-board hiking on the path, including a guide, food, and lodging. Our local staff will build up tented camps for you to stay in while you travel.

Hospital and medical facilities

Hospitals and medical facilities are entirely available. This tour is leisurely, and you do not have to walk for hours to get somewhere. Our guides are professionals and ready for any emergencies.

Communication facilities

After you reach Tibet, you’ll need a Chinese SIM card. Once specific procedures are completed, Chinese SIM cards can be purchased and recharged while traveling. Lhasa has internet facilities, but you can also use a Chinese SIM card to connect to the internet.

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