Kharta Valley Expedition 2017-11-29T17:16:51+00:00

Camp 4


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

16 Nights accommodations, ground transport,  all meals



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 25kg + 1 Camera bag.

Expedition bag – Sleeping Bags and Ground Mat

Kharta Valley – Everest East Photography Expedition 18th May – 3rd June 2019

This expedition is open to photographers of all levels of experience With a maximum group size of 6.

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.


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

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.

Mobile data works on the road and some of the camps on this trek; We will have satelite phone as emergency use.

Juanli will make sure that we will eat well while we trekking in Kharta Valley, cooked breakfast and one main hot meal every day.

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.

Overview: This is a very subjective area, but we ask prospective applicants to honestly and objectively assess their fitness level and abilities. 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 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  trek on rough trails in the mountains carrying a 2kg pack. The fitter you are, the better you will enjoy the scenery. We should exercise regularly at least one month prior to the expedition.

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.

Camp 3 @4550m


Camp 4 @ 4300m

at Camp 4, Spring flowers replaced the October Autumn Colours

Camp 5 @4950m

Mt. Everest Trek


Trek Out

From Camp 5



Itinerary Guideline

Day 1 – 18th May: Arriving Xining - connect late afternoon flight to Xining (2275m).

Day 2 – 19th May: Flight to Lhasa – 3600m

First sight of Potala Place on our way from airport  to hotel, we will  have a short walk around old street of Barkhor beside famous Jakhang Monastery

Day 3 – 20th May: Lhasa – 3600m

We will coming back to Barkhor Square before sunrise, immersing in the local Tibetan’s morning pray, visiting Sera Monastery in the afternoon watching Monks debating.

Day 4 – 21st May Lhasa Sightseeing 3600m: We will visit a few famous Tibetan Monasteries and walking around old streets and Jokhang Temple.

We will walking around Potala Palace in the morning and visit a Tibetan family in the afternoon.

Day 5 – 22nd May: Lhasa to Shigatse ( 3900m/12795ft ) – making our way down a broad river valley overshadowed by 5000m peaks and one of the 4 most sacred Lake Yamdrok Tso. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and another cultural feast with great architecture and culture.

Day 6 – 23rd may: Shigatse to Qudang – 8 Hours drive

Day 7 to 13 – 24th to 30th May 13: 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 – Great view beside lake – Good view of Makalu and reflection possible if calm weather

Camp 2: 3990 meters – Ascending 250m, descending 1000 meters 7-8 hours trek  –  rhododendron and azelas flower as our foreground and snowy mountains are over 5000 meters in the distance

Camp 3:  4550 meters – Ascending 650m, 7-8 hours trek – Vista View of Mt. Everest and Himalaya Mountains in the distance

Camp 4: 4330 meters – lower valley  – Amazing view of rhododendron and azelas flower as our foreground and Mt. Everest in the distance

Camp 5: Back to Camp 3

Camp 6: 4950 meters – Ascending 450m, 5-6 hours trek – Amazing View of glacier lakes with Panoramic view of Mt. Everest range in the distance, we will shoot wide if calm weather produces perfect reflections or using telephoto lens focus on details of majestic mountains

Camp 7: Stay near Camp 6 – Depends on the weather

Day 14 – 31st May: Trek to Qudang ( Ascending 400m, descending 1100m, 8-10 hours trek )

Day 15 – 1st June: Return to Shigatse – 8 hours by vehicle depends on our route choice

Day  16 – 2nd June: Shigatse to Xi’an – late afternoon flight, stay Xi’an Airport Hotel

Visiting Tashilhunpo Monastery ( one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa in Tibet. Founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the monastery’s structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. ) in the early morning and afternoon flight to Xi’an

Day 17 – 3rd June: Departure –  Morning flight from Xi’an to Beijing, Please book your International flight out of Beijing after 3pm