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Gokyo and Renjola Pass Trek

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Goke and Renjo Expedition can be a perfect trek for those who want to avoid the hustle trails in the Everest region and want to experience the thrill and adventure to fascinate by the Highest peak, Everest. The way slowly moves through Sherpa villages and yak meadows. Gokyo and the Renjo La expedition provide an opportunity to appear in the gorgeous Gokyo Valley with its six amazing lakes. From our rural high camp west to Gokyo we arrange to cross the highlight of our trek, Renjo La which is quite challenging. As we move at the top of the Pass at 5400 m, the panorama of Everest is unbelievable. Definitely Gokyo and the Renjo la Expedition are the best trail in the Everest region.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

An actual Adventure representative will meet you at the arrival gate of International Airport and take you to your hotel.  Today you will meet your trekking guide and be concise about your daily activities. At evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner organized by our company.

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and trekking preparation

Kathmandu holds the historical and spiritual place so today we can start our tour after breakfast, from the place which are considered as World Heritage sites; Kathmandu Durbar Square (Basantapur) where you can see Kumari temple, Museum, Kaal variable (the god of destruction), Taleju Vawani (the goddess temple once opened in the 9th day of great festival Dashain) , Pasupatinath ( the biggest holy temple of Hindus), Swayambunath (the famous monkey temple), Boudhanath (the large Stupas in the world).

Then we will move towards Bhaktapur (Bhadgaoun) where you can see an other Durbar square, traditional houses, the traditional Newari Museum. Then you will be taken to Nagarkot hill from where you can see Kathmandu Valley. After that you will take to Latitpur where you can see the next Durbar square is holding Nepalese history. At Evening you will be free for personal activities. You will have your night stay in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Lukla Flight (2800m/ 9383ft) then treks to Phakding (2,652m/8700ft)

As we finish our breakfast early morning, we will attend domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is the entrance of our trek. We can reach tensing Hillary Airport within 35 min enjoying the magnificent green landscape and White Mountains. This is the most wonderful air route in the world terminating in a spectacular hillside surrounded by high mountains.

As we reach Lukla, we will meet our group member and we will finish our packing and arrangement to start our trek via the wealthy Lukla village to Phakding. Today to adapt the atmosphere there, we will have short trek. Nevertheless, if you are interested for additional trip then we go to a nearby Monastery. We will spend our night at hotel in Phakding.

Day 4: Hike to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,290ft)

After breakfast we will start our walk in the morning. Today the trek is enjoyable with few short ascend and descend with several crosses over the Dhud Koshi River and fabulous scene of Mt. Thamserku (6623/21729 ft) via Benkar village. We will reach at Monjo, gateway of Sagarmatha National Park is crossing many bridges on the way where our trekking permit will be checked to keep record of trekkers and local trekking staffs. Regular down walk take us to the last village of Namche Bazaar that is Jorsale. We will arrive at Hillary suspension bridge on walking through the river bed. We will walk ascend now, towards Namche bazaar and enjoy the glorious and closer vista of Kwangde Pea, we can be mesmerize by Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache and many other peaks.  We will get pleasure of this panorama by sitting in Chautara. We will spend our night at colorful village of Namche Bazaar which is the entrance of Khumbu region.

Day 5: Acclimatize at Namche Bazaar

Today we will stay at Namche Bazaar for adaption with atmosphere. Health specialist suggested staying energetic and moving throughout the rest day so we will either hike to Thame or trip to Khunde or lighten up and explore Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the center of Khumbu region and is full of facilities such as ATMs, internet café, shops, restaurant, bakery and a colorful market every Friday and Saturday evening. We can also find Government office there. The few upright walk for a day will help us for proper acclimatization. 

We will be taken to the tourist visitor center near the headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park where we will observe a collection of things narrated to the previous Everest climbers, Sherpa culture and also we get an opportunity to find out the various plan and animal life of the Khumbu region. We will also visit an interesting visit to Khumjung. Then we will ascend further to the popular airfield at Syangboche. Snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku surround the beautiful valley, Khumjung. We will also walk to Hillary school which is located at same site. We return to Namche Bazaar after having lunch and spend our night there.

Day 6: Move to Dole (4,410m / 13,152 ft)

First of all we will finish our breakfast then we will move steeply out of Namche Bazaar to Kyangjuma village where we can be pleasure by the stunning panorama of Thamserku, Katenga and Ama Dablam. The most laborious climb of the day will be to cross the Mong la, a very pleasant location on the edge of Mt. Khumbila. We will have lunch and take rest at the top of Mong La enjoying the gorgeous and grand scene of surrounding snow capped Mountains and valleys. The abundance of the flora and fauna together with wildflowers and Rhododendron will be the most marvelous aspect of our trail today. It will be usual to mark wild lives such as Pheasants, mountain goats and vague musk deer. Passing through forests, some waterfalls and bridges then we will reach at a small place with few teahouses, Dole and stay there overnight.

Day 7: Hike to Machherma (4,470m / 14,663 ft)

At first, we ascend gradually via picturesque crest over Dole and we will rise up to Lhabarma (4220 m) to Luza (4360m). This trek offers us superior views of Cho oyo, Kantega and Thamseku. We have to walk through many summer arrangements and an attractive village of Luza. As we climb up from Luza we can observe the Dudh Koshi valley, deep like a gorge with its absolute sides. We will reach Machherma, trekking along the hill side over roaring Dudh Koshi and passing via some small settlements and sandy urges.  Marchherma is the last foremost hamlet on the way to Gokyo. We can enjoy the striking stream running down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche Mountains through the middle of the village before draining into the Dudh Koshi. We must pay our visit to Himalaya Rescue Hospital for speech regarding altitude sickness at Machherma. It is very important because its preventative measure and primary cure.

Day 8: Step towards Gokyo (4800m/ 15,744 ft)

Today we will enjoy the tremendous scene of both down the valley and the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku and Northern part of Cho-Oyu (8153m) while climbing a ridge Chorten. After some gradual walk through a Chorten, we will reach to Pangka (4480m). We walk down to the River bank before starting to hike up to the mortal moraine of Ngozamba Glacier. It is a vertical hike on the moraine. As we cross an Iron Bridge above stream the trial levels out when it chases the valley cross the first Lake, Longpongo (4690 m). There we get an opportunity to scrutinize the Lama footprints on a stone. We will be awestruck by the sparkling turquoise blue sheet of water at the spectacle of the second lake, Taboche Tsho. Few minutes’ walk takes us to third lake, the two linked of rolling streams. Gyoko village lies by the third lake and Cho- Oyu Mountain as a background sets is a wonderful sight. After lunch, we will walk around the third lake, Dudh Pokhari. We will spend our night at teahouse in Gokyo.

Day 9: Acclimatization at Gokyo Valley

Today we will have full day rest but we should not stay idle. If weather is excellent then we will grab a chance to climb Gokyo Ri today instead of next day to take pleasure of the excellent scene of Everest region. Or we can have another option to explore to six lake of Gokyo as this is very popular beside its grand view. So we will trek about 3 km north of Gokyo to watch fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). Stay at Gokyo village overnight.

Day 10: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m ) and Thaknak (4750m)

Today early morning we will Gokyo Ri which is the highlight of the trip. Climbing Gokyo Ri is definitely challenging and laborious as takes about 4 hours gradual ascend to reach top. We will suppose to be surrounded by wonderful mountains like Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. It will be the most memorable trip for us. We descend from Gokyo taking breakfast to Thaknak. We will pass our night at Thaknak.

Day 11: Cross the Renjo La pass 5400m

Today we will pass through Renjo la Pass which is the challenging highlight of our trail.

Day 12: Trek to Thame

Today we will walk to Thame through the beautiful trails and stay there at night.

Day 13- 14: Trek to Lukla

Our final day of trekking takes us to Lukla. We will today celebrate our tour at our final lodge. We can enjoy music, dance and a great food, local drinks and company of our support staff. We will offer farewell to our amazing trekking crew before we are in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu

After the long mountain journey, we will return to Kathmandu today. The Early morning flight takes us to Kathmandu. You can rest and relax the whole day at the hotel. If you want to do some shopping for your family and friends then you can explore Thamel. You can also take help of Actual Adventure guides. Stay in Kathmandu overnight. 

Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu

After Buffet Breakfast, you will be free Till Departure. Then you will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport. We will always hope to see you again with your family, relative, co-workers and friends.

Include 

• from airport to hotel and hotel to airport transfer by private vehicle 

• Three nights’ accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with Buffest breakfast

• Welcome or farewell dinners (depend up to your arrival and departure time)

• Kathmandu Lukla kathmandu domestic flight ticket with all applicable taxes and departure tax with 15KG luggage.

• Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu flight ticket for Guide and Nepali crews while applicable 

• An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and High Altitude trekking local Sherpa porters to carry your luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter maximum weight 20 kg) including their allowance wages ,salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging expenses during a trek

• Full board meals BLD ( breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) during the trek as per available food menu in tea houses/Lodges

• Three times a cup of  tea or coffee during the trek 

• Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek on twin sharing basic (will provide single bedroom where ever available if you traveling solo travelers)

• Down jacket and trekking Equipment for local Staff 

• Sagarmatha National Park (Everest national park )Permit Fee 

• TIMS card Permit (Trekkers Information Management System) for responsible tourism and porter protects 

• Basic group medical supplies for normal health problem and injured  (First Aid medical kit will be available)

• Medical and health insurance for local crew members

• All government and local taxes (25% income tax and 13% Vat ) 

Complimentary service 

• Complementary assistances service for local information and such ( flight ticket date change, visa extend service , arrange local meeting )

• Luggage and some valuable things storage in Kathmandu 

• Half day sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley (pashupatinath, Baudhanath and Monkey temple (shoyambhunath) including private transfer and local English speaking tour guide.

• Fifteen  minute free foot message after the trek (if you would like and time allowed)

• Free local information 

• A unique local memorable gift hamper 

• Free company Bruisers  & DVD

• Rescue and evacuation arrangement service if applicable

What Is Not Included

• Nepal Visa fee USD25 for 15 days, USD40 for 30 days or if extending your stay USD100 for 90 days. All are multiple entries. You will also need a passport photo. The visa fee can be paid in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)

• International flight ticket to arrive in Kathmandu 

• Excess baggage charges( 15kg allowed ok Kathmandu Lukla flight ) 1kg = $1 USD

• Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 

• Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu if early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

• Personal expenses ( Telephone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)

• Extra Tea coffee, Snacks, energy chocolates ETC

• Personal travel and medical insurance and medicine if you using any regular medicine  

• Helicopter evacuation and emergency rescue 

• Tips for guides and porters

• Any other items which is not in include section

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

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