SMALL GROUP TRAVEL


Kangshung Face of Everest Trek

  • Embark on a world-class trek to Everest's most stunning and secluded face
  • Revel in solitude while exploring an unbelievable mountain paradise
  • Multiple days hiking and camping among some of earth's highest peaks
Tibet Kangshung Everest
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure
Destinations:
Trip Length: 22 Days
Activity type(s): Trekking, Cultural Tour
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

Of Everest’s three faces, the east—or Kangshung—is the most beautiful and least visited. Most experts consider the hike up to the Kangshung one of the two or three finest treks on earth. We begin in Lhasa, then make the phenomenal drive to Gyantse, Shigatse, and Shekar, where we meet our Nepalese Sherpas. (We employ Sherpas, as well as Tibetans, bringing the full amenities of Nepalese trekking to Tibet.) Continuing south to Kharta, we begin trekking in alpine desert, our gear aboard yaks. Soon we’re reveling in that surprisingly uncommon Himalayan commodity: true wilderness, headed to what we think of as Our Own Private Everest. Crossing a 16,300-foot pass, we arrive to an alpine forest, gazing up at the ice citadels of Makalu and Chomolonzo.

Later we enter the Kama Valley and the aura of Everest. We spend a couple days hiking and catching rays of mountain beauty at our high camp, flanked by looming peaks, including Everest itself, a 10,000-foot palisade of ice and snow. You will search the world in vain for a more heart-stoppingly gorgeous spot. Having been out of sight of human habitation for nine days, we loop back to Kharta and drive to a camp near Rongbuk Monastery, set exquisitely beneath Everest’s North Face. Then we spiral down from the Tibetan Plateau to Zhangmu, before crossing the country connector known as the Friendship Bridge and making the lush, welcomely warm drive to Kathmandu.

Everest’s Kangshung Face trek map

Itinerary at a Glance


  • Day 1: arrive in Beijing
  • Day 2: fly to Lhasa
  • Days 3 & 4: Lhasa
  • Day 5: Lhasa to Gyantse
  • Day 6: Gyantse to Shigatse
  • Day 7: Shigatse to Shekar
  • Day 8: Shekar to Kharta
  • Days 9–17: on trek
  • Day 18: camp at Rongbuk
  • Day 19: Rongbuk to Zhangmu
  • Day 20: cross border, drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 21: Kathmandu
  • Day 22: depart Kathmandu.