Everest Kangshung Face Trek

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Everest Kangshung Face Trek – Tibet Trekking

Everest Kangshung face trek is one of the most beautiful treks in Tibet and if you are planning a trek in Tibet, Kangshung face trek is the ideal to choose.

Before telling about Everest Kangshung face trek directly, I would like to explain a little bit of Tibetan history and it’s geography so that you will get more clear reason why you plan a trek to Tibet and why you like to travel to Tibet.

According to Tibetan history, Tibet lay under a great ocean of water after the universe was first created. Then, by the blessing of Chenrezik, the God of compassion, the waters slowly receded and from the depths rose Tibet, a land surrounded by vast chains of mountains, within a world comprised of four major and eight minor continents.

The geologic history of Tibet and Himalaya presently being pieced together by geologists has fascinating similarities to the ancient account. The Tibetan plateau is actually an accretion of separate continental fragments that collided with the Asian continental over a period of some 200 million years.

A succession of large and small seas, collectively known as the Tethys Sea, was created and eventually drained as each fragment merged with the mainland. The most recent of these bodies of water existed until about 50 million years ago and extended from the Atlantic to the Pacific, between Africa and Europe and between India and the rest of Asia. In the hills to the south of Dingri, near Mount Everest, it is possible to find shell fossils from this ancient ocean alongside the trails.  Even the rock on the summit of Mount Everest was once submerged, although that body of water pre-dates the formation of these Tethys Seas; climbers have found fossils of small marine animals called crinoids imbedded in the layers of limestone near the top.

Tibet is the largest and highest plateau in the world, averaging nearly 4500mts above sea level. Even more spectacular was this collision’s role in the creation of the 3100km-long, chain of Himalayan peaks that span sought and central Asia, boasting ten of the world’s fourteen highest summits including the Mount Everest.

There are many different kinds of nice and beautiful trekking routes in Tibet but if you want us to recommend you the best and the most beautiful trekking routes in Tibet, then Kangshung face trek is the one that you can choose for your travel plan.

The Kangshung face basecamp trek is a 17 days tour in Tibet, starting from Lhasa, visiting the most beautiful world’s heritage sites of the Potala Palace and Jokang temple, the two largest Buddhist monasteries of the world, including Drepung and Sera, one of the four largest lakes in Tibet, called Yamdrok lake, Palchoe monastery and Kubum Pagoda stupa, the most beautiful and largest stupa in the central part of Tibet with more than six hundred years history, visiting Tashi Lhunpo monastery, the largest monastery in the Tsang region or known as the western part of Tibet, visiting Sakya monastery which has more than 1200 years history and inside the monastery, you can visit the largest Buddhist library in the world.

By acclimatizing to the high altitude and visiting those renowned Buddhist and world’s heritage sites, slowly you will reach Kartha Qu or Katha town which is the starting point of Kangshung face basecamp trek. Kangshung face basecamp trek is a 9 days loop trekking to the secluded Kangshung Face Basecamp of Mount Everest begins at Yulok at the elevation of 3690mts above sea level.

Originally, the Kangshung face Basecamp trek was begun at Kartha Qu or Kath Township because the jeep road only reached to the Kartha Qu by that time but now the jeep road reached to Yulok which is our starting point of Kartha valley trekking. We will drive from Kartha to Yulok which will take us around 30 minutes.

If you don’t choose the right local Tibetan travel agent, they still keep the same trekking program and will start your trek from Kartha Qu instead of Yulok which means you will have to walk on the jeep road for around two hours which is a very boring trekking.

When is the best time to trek to Kangshung face Basecamp trek?

The best time to do Kangshung face basecamp trek is in May and June in spring and in September in fall because during these period of time, usually there is no snow fall, no rain and most of the time, the weather is very clear and you can see the most beautiful view of the entire Himalayan Mountain ranges including the peaks of Mount Everest, Jo Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and Shisha Bangma as well.

How long do you need to prepare the Kangshung face Basecamp trek in advance?

The best is to confirm your trek in one month advance as you need to send all the documents for your Tibet trekking. What you need to prepare to send is your clear passport, China visa copy and working certificate to your local Tibetan travel agent. At the same time, you need to prepare some more documents that require during the Covid 19. Another thing is your local agent needs enough time to book your accommodation, all the necessary of Kangshung face basecamp trek including all the trekking equipment, an experienced trekking guide, experienced Tibetan cooking team.

Is it important to choose a right local tour company for the Kangshung face trek?

It is very important to find a right local Tibetan travel agent. When we say a right local Tibetan travel agent means first of all, the tour company should be registered under the Tibet Tourism Bureau and must have capability of issuing your Tibet travel and trekking permits on time. Secondly, the local tour company must have experience of how to organize Kangshung face basecamp trek because the Kangshung face basecamp trek is not possible to complete if you don’t have an experienced tour company with an experienced local Tibetan trekking guide and cooking team who know all the spots of the camping very well and the guide must know where you can get the best view of the trek and where you can get clean water for the trek, where you can get the pack Yak and yak men for the trek etc.

What kind of equipment does the local tour company have to provide for the Kangshung face trek?

The local tour company has to provide a very good quality of water and wind proof dome tents, very good quality of kitchen and dining tents, very good quality of toilet tents, very good quality of mattress, very good quality of table and chairs, very good quality of water proof duffel bags for the trekking, big oxygen cylinder, Gamow bag, walkie-talkie, First Aid Kit. The local tour company has to provide two extra dome tents for members just incase the tents’ zip was broken or the tent was broken by any reason. The local tour company has to provide good quality equipment and clothes for the local staff including Tibetan guide and cooking team.

What kind of equipment and personal things that you will have to bring for the Kangshung face trek?

Eventhough the Kangshung face trek is taken during the summer time but, the temperature in the Everest region is very much unpredictable. It can be pretty cold in the early morning and evening time but it can be warm during the day time and sometimes it can be raining or snowing a little bit therefore it is very important to bring both summer and winter clothes for changing according to the different temperature of your daily trekking.

Here are some suggestions of the items in the following which you might need to bring for the Kangshung face trek.

  1. Comfortable wind & water proof jacket
  2. Comfortable wind & water proof trekking pants
  3. Water proof rain coat of shell
  4. Comfortable trekking shoes
  5. 2-3 pairs of high-quality wool trekking socks
  6. pairs of trekking underwear
  7. One pair of thermal tops and bottoms
  8. Two good quality T-shirts
  9. One good winter coat or winter dawn jacket
  10. One thick fleece
  11. Gloves
  12. Sun Hat with a wide brim
  13. Skull cap
  14. Polarized sunglasses
  15. Trekking poles
  16. 30-50 Liter trekking backpack
  17. Sleeping bag rated between minus 10-15°C
  18. Micro spikes (optional) If there is not heavy snow in the Kangshung face trek, not necessary to have
  19. Headlamp
  20. 1-liter water bottle similar to Nalgene water bottle
  21. Personal toiletries such as Sun cream Extreme SPF50+25ml,lip balm, small bottle of perfume, soap for washing hands, wet tissue(optional)
  22. Small quick-drying towel
  23. Cold medicine
  24. Sore-through medicine
  25. Headache medicine
  26. High altitude medicine
  27. Antibiotic
  28. Amoxicillin
  29. Gauyuan An- very good high-altitude medicine made in Tibet
  30. Antibioaxy blister Pads,
  31. Under wrap,
  32. Wrist brace,
  33. Knee brace,

It is very important to choose a unique and up to date Kangshung face basecamp trekking program otherwise your trek will be destroyed completely and will not enjoy the trek so here are our latest Kangshung face trek. You can see day to day programs below.

Days Trip Outline Daily Activity Accommodation Guide & Driver Meal
1/May 12/2022 Arrival in Lhasa Airport and then downtown to Lhasa Lubhum Tsang Boutique Hotel in Lhasa Local English BB
2/May 13/2022 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokang, Bharkor Lubhum Tsang Boutique Hotel in Lhasa Local English BB
3/May 14/2022 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung & Sera monasteries Lubhum Tsang Boutique Hotel in Lhasa Local English BB
4/May 15/2022 Lhasa-Gyantse Yamdrok lake-Karola glacier-Palchoe Yuthok Hotel in Gyantse Local English BB
5/May 16/2022 Gyantse-Shiagtse-Sakya Tashi Lhunpo & Sakya Yuanfu Hotel in Shigatse Local English BB
6/May 17/2022 Sakya-Kartha-Yulok Mountain pass & Himalayan view Camp Local English BLD
7/May 18/2022 Trek Yulok-Dhampu Farmers, Tenzin Norgye village Camp Local English BLD
8/May 19/2022 Trek Shaotso-Metok Sechen Shao pass-Makalu view-Shao lake Camp Local English BLD
9/May 20/2022 Trek Zoksham-Tsonak-Thangsum Nomad camp-Lhotse-Makalu view Camp Local English BLD
10/May 21/2022 Trek Thangsum-Pethang Closer view of Lhotse-Makalu-Everest Camp Local English BLD
11/May 22/2022 Trek Pethang Ringmo East Everest Base Camp glacier Camp Local English BLD
12/May 23/2022 Explore Everest Base Camp glacierEverest Base Camp glacier Everest Base Camp glacier Camp Local English BLD
13/May 24/2022 Trek Tso Shurima Khartapuri mountain view Camp Local English BLD
14/May 25/2022 Trek Langma la-Shomaling-Rongbuk Langma pass-Lhotse-Makalu view Guest house in Rongbuk Local English BLD
15/May 26/2022 Rongbuk-Lhatse-Shigatse Rongbuk monastery-Everest view-Shigatse Gesar Hotel or similar Local English BL
16/May 27/2022 Drive-Shigatse-Lhasa Shitse-Yarlung river Lubhum Tsang Boutique Hotel in Lhasa Local English Local English
17/May 28/2022 Drive to Gongkar airport Yarlung river-Gonagkar village End the Tibet trek





  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program on twin sharing basis,
  • All necessary Tibet entry and road permits,
  • 1 Local Tibetan English speaking guide,
  • Transportation by good conditioned mini van or bus according to the group size and one support truck
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries,
  • Everest conservation fee for all members, guide and vehicle,
  • Everest base camp conservation fee for all members and guide
  • Kartha valley conservation fee
  • BB inside the hotel and full board during the camp,
  • All camping equipment’s except sleeping bags,
  • All camping fees,
  • Cook and assistant with all utensils,
  • Different kinds of snack like biscuit, cheese, dried and fresh fruit during the camp,
  • Pack Yak and Yak men for the trek
  • Oxygen in the vehicle and during the trek incase needed.


  • Travel insurance including trip cancellation and emergency evacuation
  • Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);
  • International and domestic flight/train tickets.
  • Lunch and Dinner in the hotels,
  • Sleeping bags,
  • Tips for the guide and driver,
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides or any other personal nature expenses that are not mentioned above
  • (Note: We can help you to book your flight or train tickets, especially domestic ones);


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