Tibet Peaks Exploratory | Kharta Valley and the Kangshung Face of Everest


The wild side. The Kharta valley is tucked into the eastern side of Mount Everest, with most people visiting the region to view the wild side of Everest, the seldom seen Kangshung face. We will visit Kharta valley on this trek, and then head for a first ascent of a 6000m peak just above, completing the trip with a visit to unique Lhasa, the ancient capital of Tibet. All in 3 weeks. Join us.

From a guest:
“Just want to thank you again for looking after us on the recent trek and making sure we had everything…I had a great great time and experience with you all.”
-L. Tanpian, Indonesia – 2014 Pangong Peaks Exploratory

Cost Effective. Full Service. This peak climbing trek will be fully stocked with a variety of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with snacks. Each member will have their own roomy 2 person Mountain Hardwear tent (4 person tent for couples). Meals are oatmeal, eggs, muesli, fruit, and tea/coffee for breakfast. Lunches are fresh fruit, salads, fresh bread (made each morning), cheeses, pasta/rice, cookies, and juice. Dinners are usually 3 to 4 dishes, with pasta or rice. Occasionally, we will have pizza and other western treats. The dining tent is set up with each member having their own camp chair, books pertinent to the trek/climb, maps, solar charging for electronics, and snacks as you would like them when we arrive to camps.

First Ascent? For many of the peaks in Tibet there are no records of prior ascents. We also oftentimes find no evidence of other humans visiting the summits of peaks before. Instead of looking at these peaks as our being the first to put bootprints on the summit, we like to simply enjoy the solitude of the region.

Trust. Climbing a peak at 6000 meters is no place to be short on resources. We make the proper advance preparations to ensure that our team will be properly cared for, from airport to summit to airport.

>Kharta valley 6000m first ascent
>Spectacular camps in remote grassy meadows next to snow melt streams
>Team mentality


Get in touch with Luke


Luke Smithwick

Luke Smithwick







Day 1 – arrive Lhasa
2 – Lhasa
3 – drive Gyantse
4 – drive Shigatse
5 – drive Shegar
6 – drive Kharta Qu
7 – trek Dambu
8 – trek Shaola
11 – trek Thangsum
12 – trek Pethang
13 – trek Pethang Ringmo
14 – trek Tsho Shungrim
15/16 – climbing days
17 – trek Langma La
18 – trek Kharta, drive Xigatse
19 – drive Lhasa
20 – Lhasa
21 – depart Lhasa

  • 3 nights hotel in Lhasa
  • All other accommodation while present on scheduled trip itinerary
  • Ground transportation by private vehicle
  • ‘Himalaya Alpine’ Expedition style peak scrambling trip: Delicious meals, french press coffee and herbal teas, all yak porterage on approach/retreat, local guides and staff, Mountain Hardwear expedition tents, equipped dining tent, experienced western guide (Luke Smithwick).
  • Goal Zero Solar charging for electronics
  • Trip/medical/rescue insurance
  • International flights
  • Tibet Visa
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Puja cost (allow US$15)
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, bar bills, gratuities, etc.)

  • Price US$inquire

    21 Days
    Trip deposit: US$500

    Tashi Delek.