May 29 - June 20
September 04 - 26
Price: US$ 5100 (CAD$ 5300)
Single supplement: US$ 300 (CAD$ 350)
Our Kangshung Valley trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu, Nepal into Lhasa, Tibet, where we spend several days sightseeing and acclimatizing before driving west towards the beginning of our trek. The Kangshung Valley offers a dramatically different landscape compared to the barren, glaciated, north side of Everest.
Spectacular mountain views, lush valleys and pristine forests are just a few of Tibet's wonders that await you. This trek crosses the high, rugged Tibetan plateau and requires a good level of fitness, but above all, an excellent sense of adventure. Tibet remains a hostile place due to strong winds, scorching sun, and the unpredictability of Mother Nature; therefore, one needs to be open to itinerary changes that may require taking alternate routes and unplanned stops, all part of the adventure.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel and afternoon briefing.
Day 2: Kathmandu, sightseeing, temples, shopping.
Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa.
Days 4-5: Two days of sightseeing and free time in Lhasa, to allow your body to acclimatize.
Day 6: Travel by jeep to Gyantse.
Day 7: Travel by jeep to Shigatse.
Day 8: Travel to Shegar-Kharta.
Days 9-18: Trek to Kangshung and back to Kharta.
Day 19: Drive to Tingri.
Day 20: Drive to Zangmu.
Day 21: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 23: Departure day.
Accommodation: Upscale hotel in Kathmandu and Lhasa, mountain lodges and tea houses, private tents throughout the trek. Meeting point is Kathmandu airport.
Trip Leaders: All our treks in the Himalaya are led by a certified "Western" guide plus a team of 3 high-altitude guides. Working with Russell Brice's company in Kathmandu allows us to hire only the best multi-lingual, high altitude Sherpas. Russell Brice is a UIAGM high mountain guide, who organizes high altitude expeditions. When not climbing Mount Everest or Cho Oyo, Chhuldim, Phurba and Lobsang put their combined knowledge of the Great Himalayan Range at your disposal. Speaking English fluently, along with Nepali, Sherpa and Tibetan, they will allow you to experience Nepal with an insider's perspective. Granted, one can never comprehend a culture in such a short time, but having someone interested in transmitting the love of his country and culture can only enhance a walker's experience. All of our guides are professionals, and are skilled at transmitting their tremendous knowledge of the region/country to you. All our guides speak fluently English and at least another foreign language. Wherever you go with us, your guide will be able to communicate at ease, enabling him/her to take care of any problem/special wishes that might occur.
Trip Difficulty: Level 5 (From 1-easy to 5-very strenuous). Very strenuous walking on unmarked trails with mostly cross-country hiking. Scree slopes, some scrambling, steep sections, both up and down. High probability of snow. Ridge walking with some exposure. Walking can be up to 10 hours a day, depending on conditions. Consecutive walking for a minimum of 6 days. 1500m (5500ft) maximum elevation gain per day. Day-packs and larger. Maximum altitude in the Himalaya 5600m (17000ft).
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