This thrilling loop trek offers a challenging but quieter alternative to the more popular EBC trek. (It does not include EBC or Kala Pattar, but the views from Renjo-La will be no less enthralling.) After the arrival in Kathmandu and a day of sight-seeing (which may include some of the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Sights in the Kathmandu area), we board a small plane for the short but exciting flight to Lukla. You will want to have your camera within easy reach at all times! Even Lukla, set amidst lovely valleys and mountains, is very photogenic. The airport is a few feet from the colorful town, which we walk through directly before heading mostly downhill en route to the village of Phakding for our first overnight stay.
Here you will have the first opportunity to sample warm Sherpa hospitality as well as some basic but tasty Sherpa cuisine! The next day we enter Sagarmatha National Park on the way to the Sherpa capitol of Namche Bazaar, where you can easily pick up any trekking gear you may have forgotten to pack -- don't forget lip balm and sunscreen! An additional day will be spent here for acclimatization, with a possible day hike to a stunning Everest viewpoint.
The trek then continues north to Sanasa, at which point we depart from the main route to EBC and begin the actual loop to Gokyo. The trail is quite steep at times, but the Himalayan grandeur unfolding around us will more than justify the exertion. Making our way north through Dole and Machhermo on successive days, we will enjoy views of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world, en route to the magical village of Gokyo set along the shores of beautiful Dudh Pokhari Lake.
From Gokyo the ascent to Gokyo-Ri peak offers spectacular views of Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and numerous other Himalayan legends. From Gokyo the trek continues up to the famous pass of Renjo-La, where our efforts will be rewarded with unforgettable views of lakes and glacier, not to mention Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche. From this spectacular pass we head down through Marlung and Thame before reaching good old Namche Bazaar, by now a comfortable and familiar locale.
The trail to Lukla will be the same one we already trod at the start of the trek, but it will seem fresh and different, because you, the trekker, will be a different person, greatly enriched by the vistas, challenges and rewards which this amazing trek has provided. On the 14th day you will fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu for a farewell dinner in the evening, followed on the 15th day by your flight home.
Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla
The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions.To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.
You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$2500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.
Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
Limited - Only a few spaces available
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|December 14, 2018
December 28, 2018
|December 19, 2018
January 02, 2019
|December 23, 2018
January 06, 2019
|December 27, 2018
January 10, 2019
|December 31, 2018
January 14, 2019