Duration: 14 Days Maximum Elevation: 5483m
Grade: Medium/Hard Season: Mid September to November and March to mid May
A trek in the Everest region is now considered to be one of the best journeys in the world, combining a strenuous trek with extremely rewarding cultural and ecological experiences. To make your journey exclusive, we take you to the little visited Renjo-La pass, which lies at 5390m through the beaten track for about 3 days on this trek and it is worth every minute, where you experience authentic Sherpa Culture, relatively untouched by the hustle of tourism in the main circuit. We stay in Sherpa homes in Thamo and Phortse, both stunning villages. Renjo pass trek offers a gradual ascent up the valley passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest. The trail passes the small yak-grazing settlements to reach the Gokyo Lake with good time to savor the incredible scenery. From there we can observe the magnificent views of Everest (8848m), Makalu, Cho Oyo (8153m) and Lhotse (8511m) and many more
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel .
Day 02: By Plane: Kathmandu – Lukla (2850m). Trek to Phakding (2650m, 3hrs). Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and walk approximately 3 hrs. The trail smoothly descends toward Surkhe and passes below to Chaurikharka. The fields passed through crops of corn, potatoes, wheat and cabbage and reach to Pkakding overnight at teahouse/ lodge.
Day 03: Phakding –Namche (3440m, 5hrs). Today day approximately 6 hrs walking which passes through the magnificent rhododendron forest river. Several villages provide welcome teashops. Namche Bazzar is the main Sherpa village and it is very old trade center of this area. Have a rest in the afternoon and enjoy walking around the village.
Day 04: Acclimatization in Namche. Namche Bazaar is a village lying at the junction of the Dudh Koshi and a lateral valley that leads to frontier pass of Nangpa La 5500 meters. It is tucked away in a "bowl" at a height of 3440 meters. The first Europeans entered it in 1950 and many more have come since then. However, the basic character of the village remains unchanged. It has an airplane landing strip high above and a temple with a stream of clear water flowing past it. Prayer flags, inscribed with words "Om mani padme hum" flutter from every rooftop and every house has a cottage industry where Yak wool is spun and woven into carpets. Facilities like a bank, a post office, hotels and shops where one can purchase climbing equipment as well as tinned foods have sprung up over the years. Namche Bazaar is the major regional training center, and contains the headquarters of the Sagamartha (Nepalese for Everest) National Park. There is plenty to do around Namche Bazaar and a day should be spent here acclimatizing
Day 05: Namche – Thame. This day is meant for acclimatization and hence we do not embark on any serious trekking. Instead we go to a slightly lower altitude of Thame, the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay, the first man on Everest. We conduct some sightseeing of the monastery there and generally rest.
Day 06: Thame – Lungden (4300m). Today we start our serious high altitude trekking. We walk for about 4 hours through a stunning landscape on an old trade route to Tibet to the village of Lungden. This village has only one lodge and very aptly called the Renjo La Support Lodge.
Day 07: The High Pass: Lungden – Renjo-La (5390m) – Gokyo (4750m). The big day starts real early and it is a long day, as we have to walk about 5 hours to reach the pass, going slow because of the high altitude. After a brief stopover to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Everest Range and take photographs, we start on a remarkably difficult downhill journey for about 3 hours to reach the village of Gokyo walk along the stunning and beautiful Dudh Kunda (Milk Lake).
Day 08: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and Return. Gokyo-Ri lie five minutes away from the stream the feeds the Gokyo Lake. After two to three hours "huff and puff" you reach the summit not to be disappointed for your effort at all, as the views from here are well worth the effort you put in. Everest (8848m), showing more of its northern flank than from Kala Pathar, with Makalu (8475m) further to the east and Cho Oyu (8153m) towards the north make a mesmerizing view to watch. Return back to Gokyo Ri after spending a wonderful break at the summit.
Day 09: Gokyo – Phortse. It takes four to five hours of walking to reach the very beautiful village of Phortse, for our second home stay component in Sherpa houses. This village has over 23 Everest summiteers, and you meet a lot of them right there in the village. The village is famous for its tolerance and conservation of wildlife, so sights of deer and pheasants is common here.
Day 10: Phortse – Namche Bazaar. We now start our return from the Everest Region to trek about 3 hours to reach Namche Bazaar through Khumjung, a lovely village with excellent bakeries and restaurants,
Day 11: Namche – Phakding.
Day 12: Phakding – Lukla.
Day 13: By Plane: Lukla – Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
Day 14: Departure
Trip Cost Includes
• Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmadu and airport taxes
• All airport/hotel transfers
• Tibet Guest House in Kathmandu
• 12 nights in standard guest house/lodges in mountain
• All accommodation during the trek
• An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
• A comprehensive medical kit
• All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
• Three free Mountain training trip provided by MMG.
• Sleeping bag and duffle bag.
Trip Cost Does Not Include
• Excess baggage charges
• Extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
• All meals
• Travel and rescue insurance
• Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
• KLIA to Kathmandu to KLIA
• Tips for guides and porters
It Is for me?
For the trek on this trip the general rule is the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. The climb is pretty strenuous as we walk through hilly terrain with our back packs and the temperature is often cool and can drop to -15 Celsius at the Everest Region area. MMG recommend that you undertake regular aerobic activities in three months before you trekking, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trek to its fullest.
In some circumstances we could face problem of internal flights to/from Lukla delayed by few hours or cancelled for a day or more because of bad weather. Very rarely, but it could happen even in best trekking season also as you know how climate change is effecting our globe. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night/s in Kathmandu after your trek if possible (just for in case). If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, rafting, wildlife activities, shopping, as you wish in those additional day. However, if you want Heli rescue in the state of flight cancellation to/from Lukla-we can organize it. A helicopter charge around USD 5000 and it can lift 4 persons per flight.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above schedule, but as this is Adventure expedition in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road slides, and avalanches, public strikes, natural changes of walking track, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to schedule.