Kharta Valley Expedition 2017-04-08T15:00:30+00:00

Price per Participant| USD$7800

Included: 

Tibetan Permits ( Official documents will be granted between 5-10 days prior to the expedition ), Guides and sherpa support

14 Nights accommodations, ground transport,  all meals

Tents, 60L-80L Rucksack for trekking if you don’t have one

Excluded: 

Chinese Visa Fee – We will assist you to apply for Chinese Visa, Please follow our instructions near the time

International/Dometic Flight

Travel and Medical Insurance

Excess baggage charges – each person only allows 23kg + 1 Camera bag.

Sleeping Bags and Ground Mat

Kharta Valley – Everest East Photography Expedition 7th – 21st May 2018

This expedition is open to photographers of all levels of experience With a maximum group size of 6, plus the 2 leaders.

Where else can you photograph the world’s highest mountains, including 3 over 8000m juxtaposed with spring flowers, crystal clear alpine lakes and glacial rivers? This is not the tourist route to the Everest Base Camp – This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience one of the most spectacular and unique landscape in the world.

We have travelled and led clients to over 5000m and high altitude expeditions demand an awareness of circumstances and personal boundaries like nowhere else on earth.

Mountains

Qomolangma – 8848m (29029ft ) – 1st

Lhotse – 8516m ( 27940ft ) – 4th

Makalu – 8485m (27838ft ) – 5th

Cho Oyo – 8201m ( 26906 ft ) – 6th

Shishapangma – 8027m (26335ft ) – 14th ( view from Highpass to Rongbuk Valley )

There is no denying that it takes a certain effort to be there, but to be among these valleys and peaks is simply purification for the soul.

Typical Camp

You don’t need to pay deposit to register a space on this expedition, a non refundable deposit of US$2000 per person is only required when we have minimum of 4 spaces booked by December 2017. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to the departure, your reservation maybe cancelled if full payment has not been received by 60 days prior to departure.

Cancellations made more than 60 days prior to the workshop date, forfeit your deposit; Cancellations made between 45 – 60 days prior to the workshop date, you will receive 50% refund; Cancellations made less than 45 days prior to the workshop date are not eligible for refunds; in the event of not getting Tibetan Permits within 7 days prior to the workshop, you will receive 95% of total payment to deduct some cost related to organise this trip.

Accommodations will be comfortable and food is also excellent in Lhasa and on the road.

Juanli will make sure that we will eat well while we trekking in Kharta Valley. We strongly advice packing some of your favourite snack foods with you; energy bars, chocolate, mixed fruit etc. High energy trail mix is the utmost luxury high on the mountain and you should carry it always. A good thermal cup is also recommended to have a hot drink available all the time.

The main focus of this trip is magnificent mountain vistas, but we will visit a few monasteries that are less commercialised and closer to our heart when we are transit between landscape locations.

You can plan some culture sightseeings at the end of the trip, and we can certainly help you find the best local English speaking guide.

Overview: This is a very subjective area, but we ask prospective applicants to honestly and objectively assess their fitness level and abilities. We will be trekking for 7 days at altitudes between 3800m to 5390m. if you do not have any experience of high altitude activities you need to be aware that you will most likely reform slower and use more energy the hight you go. Juanli has travelled with Chinese group which some of them has no trekking experience but doing very well through the expedition.

Health: Applicants with medical conditions related to heart attack, Diabetes, Chest Pain & Breathing problem or have allergies or special dietary requirement are not suitable for this trip. In April/May, weather is already warm; but at altitude, you need a good healthy diet, keep moderate exercise and try to avoid catch cold prior to our trip.

Fitness requirment: To quality for this expedition you should be capable of a full 8-10 hours day trek on rough trails in the mountains carrying a 5kg pack. The fitter you are, the better you will enjoy the scenery. Most trekking days fall short of this level, but being capable of that at home should guarantee your ability.
To maximise the photographic opportunities we will be trekking in to the best area, basing ourselves there for a few days to explore in a more leisurely manner.

Fitness Level: The majority of the effort will be expanded crossing this obstacle. Yaks and sherpa will be used to carry the vast majority of our gear, although for safety we recommend you carry your own valuable documents. This is not a race and there is plenty of time allocated each day to reach the next camp. There will be many and frequent opportunities to read, take plenty of images and consuming snacks and water.

Tibet Permits only officially granted 5 – 10 days prior to the date of enter Lhasa, and access to the Kharta Valley regulations can change  because political event even after we enter Tibet. We may need to alter the itinerary if unforeseen restrictions to Tibet and Mt.Everest at near the time, but we will replace with locations that offers best photography and unique experience.

In the event of one or few participants do not feeling very well on our trip, Juanli as native Chinese speaker will handle these issues as best available to ensure you are getting looked after or arrange transport back to your own country depending on location.

Expenses related to Chinese visa application & Travel arrangement due to unforeseen circumstances or health issues will be paid by yourself.

 

From Camp 5

 

 

 

 

From Camp 3

 

 

at Camp 4

 

Trek out

Everest North side

 

Himalaya View

Itinerary Guideline

Day 1: Arrive Lhasa

Day 2: Lhasa

Day 3: Lhasa to Shigatse ( 3900m/12795ft ) Our first day on the road is relatively short, making our way down a broad river valley overshadowed by 5000m peaks. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and another cultural feast with great architecture and culture.

Day 4: Drive to Shegar (4050m/13287ft ) – Today you will traverse along the friendship highway amidst picturesque landscape and passing the small towns of Lhatse and Gyamtso La Pass at 5220m/17175ft. As the route opens into plateau, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible.

Day 5: Shegar to Everest Base Camp

Day 6: Drive to Qudang, Start point of Kharta valley trek (3690m/12106ft )

Day 7 – 12: Trekking ( Camp between 4300m – 4950m) In order to get you into the most incredible Himalayan landscapes, we will spend 6 nights camping in the remote and incredible Kharta Valley. This is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is unique in that the high alpine valleys are resplendent with spring flowers, rivers and glacier lakes, and it is these, juxtaposed with the world’s highest mountains.

You are only required to carry a small day sack containing your personal items – the rest will be carried by guides allocated for your assistance.  The trek will take us up to a high point of around 5390m/17683ft on our last camp, which is great for some night photography with three 8000+ peaks if weather conditions are looking promising.

Camp 1: 4650 meters – Ascending 750m, 5-6 hours trek

Camp 2: 3990 meters – Ascending 250m, descending 1000 meters 7-8 hours trek

Camp 3:  4550 meters – Ascending 650m, 7-8 hours trek

Camp 4: 4550 meters – Same as Camp 3,

Camp 5: 4950 meters – Ascending 450m, 5-6 hours trek

Camp 6: Stay Camp 5 or going to Qudang if weather condition allowed us some photography opportunity on the previous day or trek to Qudang

Day 13: Trek to Qudang ( Ascending 400m, descending 1100m, 8-10 hours trek ) if we stayed extra night, otherwise Drive to Shigatse

Day 14: Return to Shigatse or Lhasa

Day  15: Departures – Please book your flight out Lhasa after 2pm

Kharta Valley Expedition Application Form

7th to 21st May 2018 - You are only registering with us at this stage, the final decision on whether the expedition will proceed or not will be decided by the end of 2017.

Please complete details of any existing Medical Conditions or Health Issues that may affect your ability to function well at altitude. If you have been to high altitude before, how did you perform.

Tingri

Booking Process

Complete Application Form |  Notification of receive your Application Form | Contact you with more details | Re-confirm with you regarding logistics and schedule by the end of 2017 | Deposit USD $2000 to reserve your place in January 2018 | You place is confirmed once we received your deposit | Arrange Chinese Visa  and flights | Balance due 60 days prior to the Expedition | Arrange Tibetan Permits & Logistics | Expedition |

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