Tibet Kharta valley trekking - 18 Days
Take flight from Chengdu to Lhasa. From Gongkar airport it is about 1 hour' drive to Lhasa , first along the Yarlung Tsangpo then into the Kyi Chu Valley.
Today, our highlights are Potala Palace and Jokhang temple. The cardinal landmark of Lhasa, Potala Palace, is a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. Potala Palace is a place where you can appreciate the Tibetan culture, religion and art of architecture as well.
Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple to pray for their now and future. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Around the temple is the Barkhor Street, the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet. We can have a visit after the Jokhang visit. Out there, we can visit a handcraft product store.
A long, yet scenic day's drive across the Khamba La and Kora La (passes), along the shores of Lake Yamdrok Tso to Gyantse. In the afternoon we make the short (2-3 hour) drive along the valley to Shigatse.
Tashilhunpo is the seat of the Panchen Lama, second only in importance to the Dalai Lama. Its numerous halls contain a 21.6-meter wooden statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha and elaborate, jewel encrusted reliquary chorten. In the afternoon we drive to Xegar.
Drive from Xegar to Kharta. Then we will seach for packing and hiring yaks for next few days trekking. O/n in camping.
Trekking: It takes about 2.5 hours from Kharta to Yueba. From Kharta, cross bridge over the Lang Chu, then follow left bank and head to westwards. O/n camping.
Trek Yuepe to base camp of Langma La (5,100m). O/n camping. 6hrs.
Trek about 2.5 hours from Langma La to the Cave. It is one difficult day. If weather clears, there are wonderful views of Mt. Makalu (8,463) and other high mountains. O/n camping. 5.5hrs.
Cave to Pethang (4-hours). Heading down the valley from the cave to a long, narrow trail 300m form the bottom of the Karma Valley, after crossing the Karma Valley, the path leads to Karma chu to Pethang. O/n camping. 4hrs.
Pethang-Pethang Ringmo, 5 hours walk, and camp at Kangshung Base Camp.
O/n in camping.5 hrs
Come back from Pethang Ringmo to Pethang but instead of turning left to the Langma La we will go straight ahead to the Shao La (5030m). 4.5hrs
Pethang-Sharlung, 5.5hrs walk. Walk back up to a point just below the cave called Tangshum. Turn right along a ridge that overlooks the river valley, on the right, which extends to the northeast and the Chok la. Continue to the end of the ridge to its end and descend for a short distance to another cave, the Sharlung, situated next to an emerald lake within a cwn.
Sharlung to Sharo, (5 hours). Turn north and cross two ridge to reach a wooden valley. The peaks of Makalu are directly opposite by viewing from the camp site. O/n in camping.
Sharo to Kharta in 6 hours. O/n in camping.
Drive to Rongbuk monastery (5,200m), which is the highest monastery in the world. It takes 6- hours drive to Rongbuk to view the North face of the Mt Everest (8,848 m). o/n camping.
Drive back to Lhatse.
Drive to Lhasa.