Our Gokyo to EBC (via Cho La and Renjo La Pass) Trek is the most challenging that we currently offer. With that being said, the trek offers the most incredible views. The Khumbu region is famed for it's out of this world scenery. At various points along the trail, we find ourselves in this uninhabitable land, characterized by rugged, snow-covered mountains, turquoise glacial lakes, and desolate valleys. All throughout the journey, you are reminded by the terrain that you are truly near the top of the world.
The trek is an epic adventure that involves ascending and descending some of the highest mountain passes in the world, namely the Renjo La (5360m) and Cho La (5420m). These passes are not on the busy Everest Base Camp Trek, So during these parts, we feel a closer connection to the mountains. The solitude is deeply cherished. In addition to traversing these two high passes, we also get to climb three peaks: Gokyo Ri (5360m) Kala Pattar (5550m), and Chukkung Ri (5550m). Each gives an entirely different perspective of the world-famous Everest region.
The trek starts with a shaky, but memorable flight to Lukla, from where we head through verdant forests towards Namche Bazaar. We weave in and out of agricultural fields, looking down at the Dudh Koshi River below us. After checking in at Jorsalle, we reach Namche Bazaar, a trade and tourism center of the region. After Thame, a village known for its centuries-old monastery, we are lead to the first Himalayan pass of the trek – Renjo La (5360m). Upon descending, we land in the mesmerizing Gokyo Valley.To acclimatize, we hike to Gokyo Ri. Feast your eyes onthe lakes, glaciers, icefalls and majestic peaks – Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and others. Next up, the Cho La Pass (5420m), known as the most technical among the two passes. After crossing it, we head to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and then to Kala Patthar. Both are spectacular places with some of the best views in the world. After, we trek down, making our descent to Lukla. Catch a flight back to Kathmandu and tell your family about the incredible journey you’ve just completed.
The Gokyo to EBC (via Cho La and Renjo La Pass) Trek can be done throughout the year, but the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offer the best weather. During the spring, the flowers are blooming, adding color to the trail. In the fall, the skies are usually clearer. The trek requires moderate fitness. Junket Nepal arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
You will be picked up from Tribhuvan Airport by a member of Junket Nepaland taken to your hotel. We give you all the necessary information about your trek and clear up any questions you might have.Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we’ll brief you on our upcoming adventure and then give you a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, which includes several UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can spend the rest of the day freely. Overnight at hotel.
We catch an early morning flight to Lukla from Kathmandu, enjoying the scenic mountain views. After landing, we begin our trek withenthusiasm. After passing picturesque Sherpa villages, their fields of crops, and monuments toward Tibetan Buddhism, we see a spectacular view of Kusum Kanguru as we arrive in Phakding. Overnight in a guest house.
After breakfast, we head to Namche Bazaar. The path leads us across several suspension bridges, while taking in the views of Thamserku. Hiking along the Dudh Koshi River bank, we reach Monjo and officially enter Sagarmatha National Park. We continue along the river bank, climbing higher. We cross a high suspension bridge and continue upwards. We catch our first glimpse of Mt. Everest beforereaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight in guest house.
We have let our bodies adjust to the difference in altitude, as the air is thinner here. So, we take a short day hike up to Sagarmatha National Park Museum and Khumjung Village. From the museum, we can see a clear view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more Himalayan peaks. After, we descend and explore Namche Bazaar, a trading hub of the Khumbu region, densely populated by Sherpas. There is much to explore in the streets of Namche Bazaar. Overnight in guest house.
After breakfast, we continue our trek to Thame, passing many chhortens and stupas during the trail. After about 3 hours, we can stop for a lunch or snack. There is a monastery that we can stop and visit. After lunch, the trail continues gradually up until Thame village. Overnight at Lodge.
In the morning, , we climb over the moraine and gentle stroll up along a route that’s been used for centuries by traders who ferried salt and grains across the Nangpa-La into Tibet. Wereach Marulung after about 4 hours. Then trail continue gently uphill to Lumde for another an hour. Overnight in guest house.
Our long day begins early in the morning. The trail ascends until reaching Renjo La from where an eye-popping vista awaits. We will see Gokyo Lakes glimmering in the distance, and the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Tawache. Then we descend downhill till Gokyo. It takes about 3 hours. Overnight in guest house.
Today, we have a full day free for hiking or exploring the valley. Our guides will arrange an awesome day hike for you to enjoy. After, we return to our place. Overnight in guest house.
Early in the morning we hike to Gokyo Ri for the clear sunrise view over the snowy peaks. The path takes about 2.5 hours. We have an excellent view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Makalu, and Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Amadablam and other peaks. After,weclimb steep down to guest house. It takes about 1.5 hours. We have breakfast and continue our trek passing the Ngozumpa Glacier and hiking until reaching Thangnak. We have lunch here. Overnight in guest hosue.
Early in the morning, we start our trek that gradually ascends and another steep rocky ascent brings you to Cho La Pass, which takes about 4 hours. Then the trail descends until reaching Dzongla. We have lunch here. Overnight at guest house.
Today, we start by walking to to Lobuche, about 3 and half hoursaway. This is the major joining point of classic trek toEverest Base Camp. Then we have lunch with great views. We continue on the left bank of Khumbu glacier and climb up to Changri glacier, and then short descend to reach Gorak Shep. It takes about 2 and half hour. Overnight in guest house.
After breakfast, we continue to our round trip to Everest Base Camp which takes about 2 hours. We can enjoy with Khumbu Icefall, as well as great view of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Nuptse. Then we come back same way till Gorak shep which takes about 2 and half hour. Overnight in guest house.
We wake up and hike to Kala Patthar before the sunrise. The trail steeply ascends until reaching the view point which takes about 2 hours. We take in the excellent views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Khumbutse, Pumori, Lingtren, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lobuche and many others. There is also unobstructed view of sunrise and sunset. Then we descend to our place, taking about 1 hour. After breakfast, we continue our trek passing the Changri glacier until reaching Lobuche.We have lunch here.Overnight in guest house.
We start our again high altitude trek in the rocky trail until Khongma-La Pass which takes about 3 hours. We have more amazing views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Island peak, Lhotse and other peaks.Then we continue our descending trail till Chhukung. Overnight inguest house.
Early in the morning, we hike to the rocky trail until reaching Chhukung Ri (5550m), which takes about 2 and half hours. Again, we have an awesome perspective ofMakalu, Island peak, Amadablam, Lhotse and other peaks. Then we keep descending till Chhukung which takes about 1 and half hours. Continue through the Yak pastures until reaching Dingboche. We have lunch here. Then the trail continues till Pangboche village which takes an additional 2 hours. Overnight in guest house.
After breakfast, we continue our trek, first through Tengboche. We can visit the monastery, the biggest one in Khumbu region. We keep descendinguntil the Dudh Kosi River, about 1.5 hours away. We have lunch break here and then again climb up until reaching Kyangjuma. We continue our trek to Namche. Overnight in guest house.
In the morning, we leave Namche Bazar and go down through mixed foreststo cross the high suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. Continueuntil we arrive in Jorsalle, where we check out of the park. We continue again our trek until to reach Phakding, where we can stop for lunch. Our trail continues up and down until Lukla. Overnight in guest house.
After breakfast, we walk to Tenzing-Hillary airport and fly back to Kathmandu, savoring thoselast mountain views. We’ll have a farewell dinner in Kathmandu in the evening. Before that, spend the day as you wish. Overnight in hotel.
Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Junket Nepal as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
Trekking preparation and Physical Condition:
Physical Fitness is an important part to have trekking adventure in Nepalese Himalayas. To be fully prepared to gain lifetime experience of walking in the mountains, explore Himalayan vista with combined cultural experience can accomplished by exploit inspired adventure seekers who can walk 4 to 6 hours ascends and descends per day. We generally prefer short and easy trek for first time trekkers and moderate to adventurous trekking for experienced trekkers as per preferences.
Preparation for trekking has not any hard and fast rules and regulations. We recommend all trekkers to maintain their physical fitness level a couple of months before the trek. The fitness activities might be jugging, walk through steps (Uphill and Downhill), join a fitness club etc. while achieving the adventure experience of trekking, physical fitness as well as mental fitness plays vital role, every trekkers should also have to be mentally prepared.
Accommodation and Meals during the Trek:
Almost popular trekking regions in Nepal are filled with sophisticated tea house lodges which offer standard room accommodation and hygienic foods. Every trekker can choose varieties of foods; Nepali, Continental, Indian etc from the menu. Apart from the popular trekking routes where the tea houses are not available, we will provide camping accommodation and prepare meals by our team members. In cities, you can choose any (non star to 5 star categorized) hotel to stay before/after begin the trip as per your budget and requirement.
Grades of Trekking:
A Himalayan country Nepal amazingly presents several world’s high mountains including world’s top Mt. Everest, other mountains above 8000m from sea level and several snow-capped peaks. Grades of trekking determines as per altitude level, duration of the trek, level of difficulties, wilderness in trails and many more factors. Basically we classify the grades as; Easy, Moderate, Strenuous & Adventurous. Easy trekking is suitable for beginners, and gradually all grades trails offers unique taste of adventure for all adventure seeking trekkers.
High Altitude Sickness:
High altitude Sickness is totally unusual and unexpected sickness which means effect of high altitudes while in a trekking. It attracts more if we ascend so quickly in the mountains. As we know that prevention is better than cure, we don’t have to gain altitudes too quickly, acclimatize with altitude by slow and steady walk with numbers of reserve days would be a good idea.
The symptoms of high altitude sickness are; loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, difficult to pass urine, headache, irregular breathing, Nausea, mild weakness, hands and face swelling etc.
In case of such sickness while you are in mountain with our team, every trekker needs to follow the instructions provided by your guide, guides from Junket Nepal (P) Ltd always are well aware about such sickness and basic treatment procedure. Immediately descend from the altitude is one of the major treatment of high altitude sickness. Drink a lot of water, take some garlic soup, you may also take Diamox 250mg and other modes of cure. If the situation would be out of control situation with serious sickness, we will arrange immediate emergency evacuation by horse or helicopter depending upon the situation.
Best Season for Trekking:
Generally 2 seasons in an annual year are considered as a peak season of trekking and mountaineering in Nepal which are autumn – September, October & November and spring – March, April & May. During the season view of mountain will be clear. Some adventure seekers who want to walk not facing other large groups, peaceful environments can also choose December – February. June-August months are monsoon season which ruins long trekking trips but one can choose short hiking trips.
Types of Trekking:
Types of trekking can be categorized in 2 different parts;
I) Tea house trekking; available in several popular trekking regions of Nepal. This type or trek generally operated by using tea house lodges for meals and accommodations during the entire trekking. Tea house lodges are not well sophisticated as hotels and resorts in cities but they provide simply the best services and facilities.
II) Camping Trekking; required to set up tented camps for the less beaten trekking regions where those tea house lodges are not available. During the camping trek, our crew team will carry all camping equipments, meals and essentials.
Trekking permits are essential before entering into every trekking trails. Your trip detail should have to be registered. Types of trekking permits are as follows:
I) TIMS (Trekkers Information Manual System): It is required for your safety provided by an umbrella organization of trekking agencies - Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). It helps to keep record of every trekkers in mountains and control illegal trekking operators by keeping your details (Name, Nationality, Date of Birth and Passport Number)
II) National Park/Conservation Area Permits: Every trekking trail are joined with at least one national park or conservation area project where we have to issue permit and have to pay certain royalty for Conservation area project. For example; Annapurna Conservation Area Project required for Annapurna region trekking, Sanagmatha National Park permit required for Everest region trekking etc.
III) Special Permits: It is compulsory for restricted area’s trekking in Nepal. Nepal government has listed some important trekking trails in their restricted area lists such as Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu Circuit, Makalu Circuit etc. such permits are need to be issued from department of immigration of Nepal. This permit’s royalty rates are generally higher than national park/conservation area fees and TIMS differ from season of trek and its duration. Please contact us for full extent of information about royalty lists for special permits.
Trekking Safety and Security:
Safety and security is one of the major factors while in Nepalese mountains for trekking adventure where we might face unusual sickness, problems, injury and so on. First of all be sure you have chosen best company for your trekking holiday that’s why you will get experienced and knowledgeable trekking staffs. Guidelines from trekking leader plays vital role to be safe from such unusual problems. We generally provide experienced guides who are well trained having high level of knowledge about altitude sickness and other possible problems as well as basic treatment procedure to be safe from the problems.
Junket Nepal is not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will manage and support you to the best of our abilities with any problem that may arise. Flights to and from Lukla can be delayed due to weather conditions and delays may last up to several days. It is best to book flights to and from Kathmandu with a several day margin to avoid missing a flight back to your home country. If flights go smoothly, we will help arrange activities for you during your margin days. In the case that you have a tight schedule and the flights out of Lukla are delayed, it is possible to take a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu for an additional cost.