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Gokyo Ri with Renjola Pass Trek – 12 n 13 d
 

Gokyo through Renjola Pass (13 days) fly in/fly out

Renjo LaThe Everest or the Khumbu region is justifiably the most famous of all the trekking and mountain regions. Populated by the Sherpas, the attraction of this area are the majestic mountains, the high mountain villages, charming monasteries and the congenial people. This area includes the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest (8,848 m.) and many other peaks of altitudes of 8000m. or more, such as Lhotse, Cho Oyo and Makalu.

Trekking to Renjola Pass is a very popular visit among tourists. A little off the main trekking trail, Thamo and Thame offer visits to untouched Sherpa culture where people have maintained the traditional way of life. You can experience the local culture through home stay accommodations. Cultural groups perform shows for tourists on request. In addition, you can explore the jungle near the settlement sheltering endangered wildlife species, like musk deer and pheasants. The mainstay of the local economy here is tourism.

Trip Hightlights:
Duration:         13 Days
Type of Trek :     Tea House (Lodge)
Max Altitude:     5340 m.
Minimum Pax:     1 +
Mode of travel:     Flight
Grade:         Moderate

Outline Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu – Lukla (2886m.) [35 minutes fly] – Phakding (2640 m.) [3 hours]
You transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. Lukla is a small town with an airport. You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi river. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, and is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of the Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 2: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) [4.5 hours]
The trail starts along a level path along the right bank. Thamserku looms skyward on the opposite bank. You cross a stream and climb the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, to arrive at Bengar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. You continue along a path with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass the tiny village of Monjo. Now you descend the path of stone steps and return to the right bank over a wooden bridge. After a short climb you come to Jorsale’s teahouse and hotel, also stop at the National Park Service where a park entrance fee is collected. You follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks – the right is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nampa La. After short distance along the Bhote Koshi, begin the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. As the mountain path zigzags uphill, you will emerge at a ridge top rest area that offers excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.) The climb eases somewhat, and Namche Bazaar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines. You will pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village. Namche Bazaar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 3: Rest Day
Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization you can walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or can take a one hour walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 4: Namche Bazaar – Thame (3800m) [4 hours]
From Namche the route turns west and the trail is almost level as you head up the Bhote Koshi Valley, once a popular trading route into Tibet. After descending to the Bhote Koshi the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here, there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Thame Gompa is situated above the village overlooking the valley and is the site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival. You can visit Khumbu Bijuli Power on the banks of Bhote Koshi. Another place worth visiting is the Khare Monastery. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 5: Rest at Thame
In addition to this, you can visit Thambuchet and Tashi Lapcha Base Camp which divides Khumbu from Dolakha. You can also hike to Samdur peak from where spectacular views of Mt. Everest can be seen. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 6: Thame – Lungden via Taranga [5 hours]
This day you walk around the villages. You can enjoy the views of the landscape, vegetation and mountains. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 7: Rest day at Lungden
You can visit Nakpa Valley which falls on the old trade route of Tibet. Another attraction is to hike to Darkyachhulung peak. You can also visit Marlung the sacred site of Warfield. Yet another hike can be done to Lake Cho Relmo. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 8: Lungden – Gokyo via Renjola Pass [6 hours]
On the way you can observe local activities like yak herding. The views of the mountains and the chance to experience wildlife add excitement to your trekking. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 9: Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley
Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can make a side trip to Fifth Lake via Forth Lake. Or you can trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake. You leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region – some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Gokyo – Dole via Machhermo [5 hours]
It is a short walk to the village of Machermo following the Dudh Koshi stream. There are yak pastures and a few human settlements. From here you can have an excellent view of Tawoche. While trekking from Machhermo to Dole you can enjoy the views of mountains, landscapes and river. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Dole – Namche [5 hours]
On the way you can view landscapes, settlements and mountains. Local activities like yak herding can also be seen. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2886 m.) [6 hours]
The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu [35 minutes flight]
You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.

The price includes the following services:

  • A trekking guide
  • Porter/s (1 porter can carry up to 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trek
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation (from hotel to airport and from airport to hotel)
  • Sleeping bag & down jackets if required
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Airport tax at Kathmandu domestic airport and Lukla airport
  • Rescue Assistance
  • Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staff
  • First Aid kit
  • Airport prick up and drop off service

The price does not include:

  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Tips
  • Hotel Accomodation and meals in Kathmandu
  • The other expenses which are not included in the above price includes

 

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