Gokyo & the Renjola

The perfect trek for those who wish to avoid the busier trails in the Everest region but still

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The perfect trek for those who wish to avoid the busier trails in the Everest region but still having to see stunning views of Everest and other towering peaks.

Trekking slowly through Sherpa villages and yak pastures we emerge into the stunning Gokyo Valley with its beautiful lakes, and from where we ascend Gokyo Ri for one of the finest views of Everest and surrounding peaks including Cho Oyu in Tibet, Makalu and Lhotse, to name but a few. From our remote high camp west of Gokyo we prepare for the highlight of the trek, the crossing of the Renjo La. The Renjo pass route is off the beaten track. At the pass, a great view of the Gokyo lakes on one side, the Rermo Pokhari lakes on the other side, and a myriad of snowy peaks in the background provide this incredible atmosphere with a unsurpassable beauty of its own. The views of the mountains are incredible as we weave our way through the pass, before our descent to Mirlung along a rarely trodden trail where we are unlikely to see other trekkers. Undeniably trekking at its best in the Everest region.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Wanders who will take you to our hotel. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine with a brief cultural program. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding

We will be flying to Lukla from Kathmandu early in the morning. And have our breakfast in Lukla. From here we trek to Pakding along with the green landscape and beautiful view of Kusum Kangaru. Overnight in a teahouse lodge

Day 3: Phakding to Namchhe Bazar

This day we move along with the Dudh Koshi river. Ascend through the Himalayan pine and cedar forest to Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders trade with each other. Namche bazaar is also popular within the merchants for trading traditional crafts. We will be experiencing the culture of Sherpa Civilization. Overnight in a teahouse lodge

Day 4: Acclimatization day

We will start after breakfast with a short hike to Syangboche Airport (3700m). It was supposed to be the highest airport in the world at 3700m. Further we continue our hike to Eeverst View Hotel for panoramic views of Everest, Amadablam, etc. Overnight in a teahouse lodge

Day 5: Namchhe Bazar to Dole

We’ll take one final loop of Namche before heading up a nice, easy trail that overlooks the snow-capped peaks of Shanasa – the small settlement of Mong. We’ll ascend Mongla Hill on its left side and then head downward to Phortse Thanga, and lunch. We’ll follow the path upwards through woods of flowering rhododendron, and emerge to a perfect view of Cho Oyu. It’s a relatively simple afternoon walk to Dole – our stopping point – a small village adorned with a handful of teahouses, which use to be a yak pasture. Overnight in a teahouse lodge

Day 6: Dole to Machhermo

Today’s hike is short and pleasant, one that we can savor and enjoy. We’re trying to take our acclimatization easily, so we don’t overtax ourselves with really pushing it at this point. The day starts with a climb over Dole via a scenic ridge. Crossing yak pastures and tiny villages of stones huts, we’ll reach Luza. We’ll follow our trail along a valley high over the river, crossing sandy spurs and pastures bordered with a chorten and prayer flags to gain Machhermo by midday with enough time to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and get some well-needed rest. Overnight in a teahouse lodge

Day 7: Machhermo to Gokyo

Over the ridge we go, starting our day with fantastic views of the valley to Kangtega and the northern part of Cho Oyu. It’s another relatively short climbing day, with steep trails making up for fewer hours. We’ll descend towards the river bank and then begin the climb towards the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier through an ablation valley formed by melting ice. A succession of cairns now marks the route through a stony landscape, with a small tarn -Mountain Lake- on the left. The valley now broadens and the trail reaches a second larger tarn Taboche Tsho. Beyond this point the trail passes through a narrower section of the ablation valley and comes to a third tarn Dudh Pokhari, with prayer flags on its eastern shore. We’ll pause to appreciate the view before trekking another hour to the village of Gokyo, located on the edge of the third lake. Overnight in a teahouse lodge

Day 8: Gokyo: Acclimatization day with option hike to Gokyo Ri

We spend two nights in Gokyo to help with altitude acclimatisation. In the morning, if weather permits, we climb the hill that rises above the northern shore of Lake Dudh Pokhari, called Gokyo Ri. The summit is marked by large cairns and prayer flags. Also from the top, Gokyo’s turquoise lake, far below has a picturesque view. An excursion to fourth and fifth lake is recommended for passionate trekkers. overnight in a teahouse lodge

Day 9: Gokyo to Maruleng

Our trek kicks off at dawn today as we attain Maruleng via the Renjo La Pass. It is a long hike, but a necessary one – there is no other place to stop along our trail! We follow Gokyo Valley downward, departing the main trail and turning towards the pass. We’ll reach the top of Renjo La in about three hours, being rewarded for our perseverance with unforgettable views of Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche are unforgettable from the top. After that, we follow the east bank of the Bhote Koshi to Maruleng. Overnight in a teahouse lodge

Day 10: Maruleng to Thame

The trail from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We’ll cross the Bhote Koshi down from Maruleng, and then descend to Taranga. Our trail then winds through the valley of the Langmuche Khola River, ending in the village of Thame. This large settlement contains a famous monastery, along with stunning views of several mountains. Overnight in a teahouse lodge

Day 11: Thame to Namchhe Bazar

We’ll pass through a check post today before arriving at the world’s loftiest hydroelectric power station, which provides electricity for most of the upper Khumbu region. We’ll pass gompas, prayer flags, mani walls, and chortens en route to Namche Bazaar, where we’ll again stop for an overnight rest. Overnight in a teahouse lodge

Day 12: Namchhe Bazar to Lukla

After breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages, one of which is Phakding. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in a proper hotel and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet. Overnight in a teahouse lodge

Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu

In the morning, you’ll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You’ll transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town, where we’ll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Day 14: Kathmandu

A day to explore Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal. We organise a full day of guided sightseeing to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, Swayambunath – the Buddhist monkey temple- and Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River. Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere. In the Kathmandu Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit. You will get back to the hotel after your sightseeing tour around mid-afternoon and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city further. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Day 15: Farewell Nepal

Our representative will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to international airport for onward journey

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