Kharta Valley with Namtso Lake Trekking

  • Trip Destination: Tibet
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  • Total Duration: 23 Day(s)
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  • Difficulty: NA
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Kharta Valley with Namtso Lake Trekking

Kharta Valley-Namtso Lake trekking is a amazing trek that goes through Kharta Valley, Everest Base Camp, Tingri, Shigatse, Pethang Ringmo, Namtso Lake and many other places. Kharta Valley is an isolated region located along Mt.Everest in the Tibetan plateau. The main attractions of trek in the Kharta valley trek include Kharta valley, Khangseung valley, Karma valley, Rongphu Monastery, East Everest Base Camp, high alpine passes above 5000m, and walking in alpine forest. This treks called wilderness high pass trekking in Tibet.

Kharta Valley- Namtso Lake treks will leave you awed by the remarkable landscape. The beautiful alpine lakes, pristine wilderness, remote villages and barren lands are enough to take anyones breath away.

Another major stop of the Kharta Valley- Namtso Lake trek is the highest lake in Tibet Namtso lake. Its waters beautifully mirror the color of the sky, deepening from a pure, clear turquoise during the day to a sapphire blue at dusk. Namtso Lake is also the second largest salt lake in China. It is reached by crossing the Largen-La pass. Resting on the green and brown plains of Tibet, amid the guarding peaks of the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains, Namsto Lake looks divine throughout the day and night due to its positioning with mountains and plains.

Kharta Valley- Namtso Lake trip starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa or vice versa. After exploring the Lhasa city, you will make your way to Shigatse which is located 3,900 meters above the sea level and 90km away from Lhasa. After an overnight stay, you will drive to Dingri and then to Kharta valley. The trek begins from Kharta. This trek provides you an opportunity to experience and explore Tibet both on foot and in carin a Tibetan local village.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 : KATHMANDU - LHASA.

Day 02 : LHASA.

Day 03 : Drive to Namsto Lake 5hrs. over night at tented camp.

Day 04 : Explore the lake and back to Lhasa over night at Guest House.

Day 05 : LHASA - GYANTSE.

Day 06 : GYANTSE - XIGATSE.

Day 07 : XIGATSE - TINGRI. Drive to Tingri. Overnight in Snow leopard Guest House.

Day 08 : TINGRI - KHARTA (3750 m). Drive for approx. 7 hours to Kharta. Overnight in Tented Camp.

Day 09 : KHARTA Rest day. Overnight in Tented Camp.

Day 10 : KHARTA - DAMPU CAMP. Trek for 3 hour. Overnight in Tented Camp.

Day 11 : DAMPU - SHOU LAKE CAMP. Trek for approx. 3-4 hour. Overnight in Tented Camp.

Day 12 : SHOU LAKE - CROSS SHOULA PASS (5160m) - RZAG SHAM. Trek for 6-7 hours. Overnight in Tented Camp.

Day 13 : RZAG SHAM - BLACK LAKE - THANGSUM CAMP. Trek for approx. 4-5 hours via Black Lake. Overnight in Tented Camp.

Day 14 : THANGSUM - RAPKA - PHATHANG CAMP. Trek for approx. 4-5 hours via Rapka. Overnight in Tented Camp.

Day 15 : PATHANG - PETHANG RINGMU CAMP. Trek for approx. 5-6 hours. Overnight in Tented Camp.

Day 16 : HALF DAY HIKE AROUND PETHANG RINGMO. VIEW OF KHANG SHONG FACE, MT, EVEREST, LHOTSE, SHARTSE AND QOMOLHUNTSOM. Overnight in Tented Camp.

Day 17 : PETHANG RINGMO - RAPKA CAMP. Trek for approx. 3-4 hours. Overnight in Tented Camp.

Day 18 : RAPKA - HIGH CAMP (4950M) - TSO SHOURINGMA. Overnight in Tented Camp.

Day 19 : HIGH CAMP - CROSS LANGMA LA PASS (5350M,) - SHOUMAI LA CAMP. Trek for approx. 7-8 hours. Overnight in Tented Camp.

Day 20 : SHOUMAI LA - KHARTA (or RONGBUK). Trek for approx. 3 hours and Camp. (Or else you can drive further to RONGBUK. Overnight in Tented Camp or Guest House.

Day 21 : RONGBUK - EVEREST BASE CAMP - RONGBUK.

Day 22 : RONGBUK - NYLAM. Drive to Nylam for approx. 8 hours. Overnight in Guest House.

Day 23 : NYLAM - ZHANGMU - KATHMANDU.

Cost Include

    • Private transportation by tourist coach.
    • All necessary Tibet travel permits.
    • English speaking Tibetan guide.
    • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis.
    • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary.
    • Daily breakfast.
    • All government taxes and service charge.
    • Visa fee.
    • Air ticket (kathamndu-Lhsa or Vice Versa.)

Cost Exclude

    • Lunch and dinner.
    • Nepal re-entry visa fee.
    • Insurance of any kind.
    • Natural and political disturbance which in beyond of our control.
    • Personal expenses such as a drink, tips & etc.

Trip Note

  • The trip is not customizable
  • Once the trip is confirmed, you have to pay the cancellation fee
  • Cancellation fee is depend on the time of advance notice
  • All payment must be made in advance.

Is it safe to travel Tibet?

Of course Tibet is safe destination to travel unless you are not involved in any criminal activities.

-When is the best time to visit Tibet?
Tibet can be travel through April to December but August and December/January are not the friendly weather due to the rain and winter. 
You better to exercise before the trip least one month just to make sure that your can resist the altitude.


Is it safe to travel in winter time, especially from Tibet to Kathmandu (my port of exit)?
Of course it is safe to travel unless there is no landslide along the road.


Is mobile phone is accessible in Tibet tour?
Most of the places you can use your mobile if you have international rooming system.


Is there entertainment facilities in Tibet?
Of course, there are many entertainment facilities in most of the major cities.


Is independent tour allowed in Tibet?
No, you cannot have 100% independent tour in Tibet instead, you will have either a private tour or a group tour including a guide, driver and etc. Even before 2008, independent tour in Tibet was rare, and after 2008, the restriction has been reinforced by adding many checking-points on the way, particularly if you travel outside of Lhasa or visit some sensitive areas. There are always someone checking your permit, and you must have a tour guide to help you go through those formalities.


How much tour freedom do I have if I must need a tour guide?
Your tour guide is neither your 24 hours guardian nor nanny, so long as you do not visit scenic spots without him or her, you can hang out any where you like. Just tell your guide you want to spend today alone and he or she will be waiting for you somewhere else at your disposal or even stay home. But you must follow the rules not visiting scenic spots alone. If you were caught by the policemen, not only you but also your guide, your travel agent would be in great trouble. So, please travel responsibly while you want to have a free day in Tibet.


What all travel permits do I need to apply for if I travel to Tibet?
There are several kinds of travel permits in Tibet tourism. To make it simple, you only need a TTB (Tibet Tourism Bureau) permit if you just want to have a few days in Lhasa city or somewhere near Lhasa. However, if you travel outside of Lhasa to some areas like Mt. Everest, Tsedang, Nyingchi, you still need PSB permit and ATP permit, your tour agent will take care of them all if you book tour with them.


Can I get the permit in my country before arriving in China?
Generally not, because this will make the cost high if international delivery is used. As a common practice, you will get your permit after your arrival in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu or in Kathmandu (Nepal) where you enter Tibet by train or air. We, travel agent will deliver the permit to the hotel that you book in a specific city; you must provide us the name, address and phone number of the hotel.


Is it possible to extend my visit in Tibet after my permit expires?
No, it is not possible to extend if you only intend to overstay one or two days in Lhasa not somewhere else. And you must tell your plan to your agent in advance, and we know how to help for you. It will make extension more difficult if you tell them at the very end of your tour.


Can I travel in Tibet by public bus as the private vehicle rental is expensive?
No, public bus is not allowed for non-Chinese tourist in Tibet.


Can I stay in Tibet without a guide, or can my driver be my guide at the same time?
It is impossible as explained above. Besides, it is also impossible to have your driver to be your tour guide at the same time even your driver speaks fluent English. This is just the rule of Tibet tourism.


How much is a Tibet permit?
Please note that we never just SELL a permit as this is illegal. We only help you obtain a permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau. The cost for a permit includes both the charge by the government and the service fees by our travel agency. The cost will be calculated into the quote of the whole tour package including tour guide and other items.


What are the hotels like in Tibet?
Tourism in Tibet is in its infancy and the number of 4/5 Star hotels is quite limited. The newer hotels have been built away from the city center in order to protect the city history and environment. These hotels have central heating which is used in winter but no cooling is available in summer. We would still warn that the facilities and service standard may not be as you would expect from a hotel with this rating in other parts of the world. Older hotels located in the city have a good location but will not provide the level of comfort of the newer hotels and may not have any central heating. The level of service and facilities may be quite basic. Staff will probably not speak much English. Hotels in small cities and the Everest Base camp are very basic. They will usually have a public bathroom with squat toilet.


What happens if I got problems to go after my confirmed booking?
After the trip is confirmed, If you need to cancel the trip, you have to pay the cancellation charge and give off the trip, but you should cancel least a week in advance otherwise there is no refund.


What are the hotel rooms like in hotels in Tibet?
Often, in a room, there are two beds which we call twin-sharing room. Some hotels have queen bed room and some even have triple room. But the number of queen bed room and triple is very limited. Twin-sharing room with two beds inside is commonly used in Tibet.


Does the hotel room have access to internet?
Some hotel rooms, not all, in Lhasa have access to internet, so you should inquiry your travel advisor for accurate information before making decision. But some hotel has business center where you can use internet service.


Is there 24-hour hot water running?
Due to basic condition in Tibet, sometimes with the poor pressure, the water flow may small and water sometime is not hot but just warm. In remote area, the condition can be even worse.


What can I eat in Tibet?
In Lhasa, There are several verities of continental, Indian, Chinese and Tibetan food as well. But in remote places/areas, food choice is limited.

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Facts of Trip

Group Size: 2 -12 people

Specialty Categories: Culture tour Eco tourism

Best Season: January - October

Airfare Included: No

Tour Customizable: No

Max. Elevation: 5600m

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