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Everest Base Camp with Gokyo via Cho La and Renjo La

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This tour combines the most beautiful two tours in the Khumbu area, the Everst Base Camp and Gokyo Valley Trek, where you will cross two challenging Himalayan mountain passes, the Cho La and Renjo La.

The trek offers the largest selection of views of the 8,000-meter peaks in Nepal and is one of the most impressive for mountain hikers. The tour begins with a fascinating flight to Lukla (2,800 m). From there it goes first through a lush and colorful landscape. You then switch to the barren glaciers and ice fields in the direction of Everest Base Camp with an ascent to Kala Patar (5,545 m).
The captivating panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse, among others, will be the first highlight of this tour. Then the path leads over the Cho La (pass) to the Gokyo valley. With the ascent to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) you will have an even more impressive view of the 8,000-meter peaks and the beautiful lakes of Gokyo. It then goes back over the Renjo La in the direction of Lukla.

This trek is a very good choice if you have already experienced challenging tours in Nepal and are of very good physical fitness and health.

All of our routes are carefully planned with sufficient time to acclimatize so that you always stay fit and healthy.

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu – Introduction to the trip, equipment check and welcome dinner
Arrival in Kathmandu. You will be picked up at the airport and driven to your reserved hotel. In the afternoon we will discuss the details of the trip with you, and in the evening you are invited to dinner with your mountain guide. Overnight in Hotel Tibet or similar category, (D).

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation for trekking
Today we explore Kathmandu with a local guide. This day can be designed flexibly according to your wishes. The most popular places and most impressive sights include Pashupatinath – a Hindu temple with cremation places, Swayambhunath – also known as the monkey temple – and the Boudhanath Stupa. You should return to the hotel in the late afternoon and pack for the trek the next morning. You can also leave a bag with items that you won’t need on the tour at the hotel. The rest of the day can be used as free time. Overnight in Hotel Tibet or similar category, (B).

Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2,840 meters), hike to Phakding (2,610 me-ters) – approx. 3 hours walk
After an exciting landing in Lukla, we will start the trekking tour. Today an easy first day of hiking awaits us with only a short distance to the day’s destination through the beautiful Dudh Kosi river valley, in which we pass many carved mani stones and prayer wheels. These are typical of the Buddhist Sherpa region. Overnight on the river bed of Dudh Kosi. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 4: Namche Bazaar (3,445 meters) – approx. 7 hours of walking
Today we cross the roaring glacier river with the name “Dudh” (milk) “Kosi” (river) – named after its color – several times over partly longer suspension bridges. Sections of today’s hike lead through pine forests and open terrain and we discover terraced fields on which useful plants are cultivated. We encounter smaller herds of donkeys and marvel at impressive yaks, which transport goods along the path. Our route goes through the villages of Benkar, Monjo and Jorsale. Af-ter the Hillary suspension bridge, we climb a little steeper to the market town of Namche Bazaar at 3,440 meters. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 5: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
Today is an important acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Due to the low oxygen content in the mountain air, the body needs some time to better adapt to it. Light, restless sleep is also usually the result of this altitude adaption. We climb the steep mountain ridge above Namche on a morning walk. During the ascent on the path, we have beautiful views of the main route to Everest Basecamp, on which we will hike for the next few days. High up at the ridge, we bypass the mountain side and get to the Everest viewpoint. The views during the hike uphill and downhill are simply spectacular. On the way back we will have our lunch very close to the interesting Sherpa cultural center and the Everest Mountaineering Museum. A visit here is always worthwhile. After lunch we come back to the lodge and in the after-noon you can either relax or go on a discovery tour in Namche. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Deboche (3,770m) – approx. 6 hours walk
From Namche Bazaar we cross the Dudh Kosi on our path. The route leads us through rhododendron forests including wonderful views up the valley to Everest and Ama Dablam. After passing the river at Phunki Tenga, we begin the ascent through forest to Tengboche. From the Tengboche monastery we enjoy spectacular views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku and Tobuche. We reach our lodge in Deboche after a 15-minute walk from Tengboche. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 7: Deboche to Pangboche (3,930m) and Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,295 meters) – approx. 8 hours
After the descent to Imja Kola, we cross it and climb gently to the village of Pangboche. After arriving at the hut, we will have an early lunch and start our way to Ama Dablam Base Camp. This gives us the opportunity to branch off the actual Everest Base Camp path and discover a quieter area in the Khumbu region, at the foot of one of the most beautiful mountains on earth. Should you prefer to take a shorter route, you can also hike to the viewpoint above the Pangboche Riv-er and visit the small monastery. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 8: Pangboche to Dingboche (4,410m) – 3 to 4 hours walk
From Pangboche we hike to Dingboche. We use this afternoon to acclimatize further. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 9: Second day of acclimatization – day trip to Chukhung and back to Dingboche – 6 to 8 hours walk
A second day of acclimatization, with the opportunity to hike up Nagajun Hill (approx. 5,050m) or to the village of Chukung, with beautiful views of Ama Dablam, Makalu and other peaks, interspersed with lakes and glaciers. This will help you acclimatize very well. We follow our golden rule: “climb high, sleep low”. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 10: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,931m) – 5 hours walk
From Dingboche we bypass a ridge above Pheriche on our path and approach the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We cross the moraine and finally reach Dughla. On a steep path we reach the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and have to keep to the left to reach the Sherpa monument after an intermediate ascent. From the monument, the route slopes down a little and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche. Tawache and Nuptse are spectacular peaks that tower al-most 3000 m above the village. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 11: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep (5,160m) -7 to 8 hours hike
After an early start, we follow the path on the western side along the wide Khumbu Valley. The conical summit of the over 7,000m high Pumori is now visible. Tomorrow we will marvel at it and also Mount Everest from a different perspective, standing much higher on Kala Patar. The path drops off briefly to a sandy area near Gorakshep. It takes about 2 and 3 hours to reach Gorakshep from Lobuche. After a light lunch, those of the group who wish to leave for Everest Base Camp. The hike there and back to Gorakshep will take around 5 to 6 hours. This path mainly runs on a rocky moraine before we finally walk over the glacier itself. From the base camp we have a spectacular view of the Khumbu Icefall at the foot of Mount Everest. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 12: Hike to Kala Patar (5,545m) and back to Lobuche – 6 hours
In the morning we slowly climb up to Kala Patar, which with the highest point at 5,545m represents the apex of our trekking trip. A definitely worthwhile destination, as from up there we can enjoy fascinating views of Everest, the summit of which we could not see from the base camp the day before, as it is covered from below by huge walls of rock and ice. From today’s summit we now have a clear view of the other Himalayan giants Pumori, Changtse, Nuptse and Lhotse. After enjoying the unique distant and deep views, we descend again and have lunch in the tea house in Gorakshep. Then we start our further descent and return in the afternoon to the lower Lobuche, where the higher air pressure provides us with more oxygen again. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 13: Lobuche to Dzong La (4,830m) – 4 hours
We walk west to the Cho La Pass and hike around a headland that extends far south from the Lobuche peak, which is over 6,000 m high, and finally reach the picturesque village of Dzong La. The path seems to rise gently and is relatively flat, but can be very slippery in snowy conditions. High up on a flank of the Lobuche we will have lunch next to a glacial lake before we undertake a long descent to the beautifully situated camp at the foot of the Cholatse near the starting point for crossing the Cho La Pass. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 14: Crossing Cho La (5,400m) and trek to Dragnag (4,700m) approx. 8 hours of walking
Today’s crossing of Cho La is quite a challenge. As a reward, our constant companions will be the breathtaking views of the glacier streams and mountain peaks. On the west side of the pass we descend steeply on scree slopes into the Gokyo valley. This valley impresses with its beautiful lakes and massive glacial streams. The first and steepest part of the descent is downhill on clearly visible zigzag paths, but can become very slippery in the snow! In the scree fields, the path seems to partially disappear. At the end we hike a little counter-climb uphill again before it’s all downhill for today. We spend the night at 4,700m in Dragnag, just a stone’s throw from the mighty Ngozumba Glacier. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 15: Dragnag to Gokyo (4,800m) – 3 hours walk
Today is an easier day. We cross the glacier and climb to the edge of the moraine, pass beautiful lakes with Siberian ducks swimming and reach the huts in the Gokyo Valley. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 16: Ascent to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and back to Gokyo – 4 hours
An early start gives us the best possible and beautiful morning views. The steady climb to Gokyo Ri will take approximately two hours. It will be a great moment when you reach the top with this insane view. Probably the most comprehensive panorama of the 8000m peaks in Nepal awaits you up there. We are surrounded by Cho Oyu (8,153 m), Gyangchung Kang (7,922 m), Lhotse (8,501 m), Makalu (8,475 m), Cholatse (6,440 m), Taweche (6,542 m), Kantega (6,685 m), Tham-serku (6,808 m ), Lobuche (6,145 m) and Mt. Everest (8,849 m). Hundreds more unnamed peaks add to the backdrop as the Ngozumba Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal, flows through the valley. We hike around Gokyo Lake and back to Gokyo for overnight. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 17: Crossing Renjo La (5,400m) and trek to Langden (4,300m) – 7 hours
Today we will cross the Renjo La (La = pass) and descend into the re-mote northern valley. With a bit of luck we will meet Tibetan traders on the descent from Nangpa La, who travel through the Himalaya Mountains from Tibet with caravans of goods laden yaks. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 18: Langden to Thame and on to Namche Bazaar – 7 hours
Today the path turns south and down the valley we reach Namche Ba-zaar. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 19: Nachme Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m) – about 6 hours walk
The path leads us down into the Dudh Kosi valley and after a short final climb back to Lukla and its runway for the flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 20: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
You will be picked up from the airport and driven to Kathmandu. The rest of the day can be used as free time. Overnight in Hotel Tibet or similar category, (B).

Day 21: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today is at your disposal, which you can spend relaxing, sightseeing or shopping in Thamel. A good last opportunity to get some souvenirs. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu, (B).

Day 22: Flight back home
Farewell and transfer to Kathmandu Airport. End of the journey, (B).

We reserve the right to change the program due to special events, force majeure or weather reasons.

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Trip Start Dates: every Saturday

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This trekking tour can also be booked for individual travelers (one person alone) at an additional cost or for you group at dates other than shown here.

Duration: 22 days
Costs: € 1.990 per person
Group size: min. 2 Persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of only two persons)
€ 170 for single room supplement (only for hotel accommodation, for lodge overnight stays during the trek, especially during the high season, single accommodation is not available).

What’s included:

  • Airport transfers in Nepal
  • All relevant surface transfer
  • All hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • All meals on trek (B,L,D)
  • All internal flights (with Tara Air, Summit Air, Sita Air, Yeti Air or Buddha Air), inclusive Airport Taxes and 15kg free luggage
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees, guide and vehicle
  • Permit, National Park Entrance/Conservation Fees
  • Guide and porters
  • 12 kg free luggage on trekking tours, carried by porter
  • Quality service and trek equipment
  • Oxymeter
  • Satellite Phone

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned
  • Beverages
  • Personal bills
  • Visas
  • Excess baggage charge (beyond 15 Kg each)
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Tips

Visa
Your visa can be issued on arrival at a counter at Kathmandu airport. Visa costs on arriving in Kathmandu amount to US $ 50 (stay of up to 30 days) and US $ 100 (stay of up to 90 days).
The fees can also be paid in euros, which are converted by the bank at the airport in accordance with the dollar exchange rate. Two passport size photographs must be provided for the visa. At the time of the trip your passport must be valid for at least a further six months and have at least one blank page.
These visa and passport regulations apply to EU countries, Switzerland and the USA. Other nationals should check with the relevant consular authorities.

Insurance
Travel health insurance (with recovery costs) is essential for your own safety and a precondition for participation in our trips. In the event of an accident in the mountains which requires a helicopter rescue, the helicopter will not take off before the responsibility for the cost is clarified.
The conclusion of travel cancellation insurance is highly recommended. In the case of bargain price flights in particular, changes or cancellations generally can’t be made free of charge. In Nepal complications with the weather or with your health could make it necessary to break off your journey.
We have requested ERGO (Reisekrankenversicherung) to create various service packages for you. You can book travel health insurance at www.reiseversicherung.de

Please note: ERGO insurance can be booked by residents of Germany and Austria. Those living in other countries are requested to book their travel insurance through an insurance provider in their own country.

It should be noted that geoDiscovery Tours advises its customers to book their travel insurance via ERGO as a recommendation only, and accepts no responsibility for the contractual content between the customer and the travel insurance provider. Customers can book their travel insurance via ERGO or another provider at their own discretion.

The hotels and lodges booked by us
In Kathmandu and Pokhara the hotels we book are good and correspond to medium-level Western standards. Sanitary facilities are clean and functional; the hotel cuisine is adapted to Western eating habits and the food is safe to enjoy. There may sometimes be power cuts, or no hot water may be available for a while. The hotel staff is generally very friendly and looks after the welfare of guests. The hotels booked by us are as follows:

Kathmandu: Hotel Tibet ***+
Pokhara: Mount Kailash Resort, Lake side retreat ***
Palpa/Tansen: Hotel Srinagar **
Lumbini: Hotel New Crystal ***
Chitwan: Jungle Villa Resort
Nagarkot: Nagarkot Farmhouse

During the trek and in the interior of the country conditions are very varied, and travelers must sometimes expect basic sanitation facilities. For standard treks and tours you will stay overnight in typical “lodges” (teahouses). These usually offer very small single rooms or double rooms (some with no running water and no private shower / toilet).
In general, during the trekking tour you can select what you wish to eat from the menu. However, at altitudes of 4,000 meters it can happen that on some routes the choice of food is not very extensive. Typical Nepalese cuisine is mostly vegetarian, but very tasty, filling and wholesome. Travelers need to be adaptable, however.

Flying in Nepal
The domestic flights booked by us are with Tara Air, Yeti Air, Sita Air, Summit Air or Buddha.

Tour program
The travel program for all of our recommended tours is carefully planned. It can happen, however, that roads are closed without advance notice or are impassable, that there are waiting times of several hours because of traffic congestion or fuel shortages and that specific tourist attractions are closed for various reasons. Other restrictions such as flight delays or even cancellations due to bad weather, strikes, the health of participants or unfavorable conditions while trekking may also make the implementation of the travel program more difficult or at worst make it impossible. However, our local guides are prepared for such situations and will make every effort to achieve every aspect of the program to your satisfaction. As a result the inconvenience can normally be kept to a reasonable level. Nevertheless, it must be pointed out at this juncture that for the above reasons program changes are possible at any time and cannot be influenced by the organizers. The resulting costs are borne by the traveler. We ask for your understanding.


Trip Details

  • Duration: 22 days
  • Holiday Type: Lodge Trek
  • Best trekking period: Oct/Nov/Mar/Apr/May
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: Kala Patar 5.545m, Gokyo Ri 5.357m
  • Group size: Min. 2 persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of only two persons)
  • Tour guide: English speaking, trained Nepalese mountain guide
  • Difficulty:
  • Fitness:
  • Price: 1.990,00 
  • Single room supplement: 170,00 €
    (only for hotel accommodation, for lodge overnight stays during the trek, especially during the high season, single accommodation is not available)