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.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
The exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various medieval sites in Kathmandu. You will drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (a fine Buddhist stupa at the hill top of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, you will take part in a short briefing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning transfer to the domestic airport for about 40 minutes scenic flight to the tiny airstrip at Lukla (2,800m), a getaway destination from where our trek starts. This is an amazing air routes in the world surrounded by high mountain peaks. After reaching at Lukla we will have time for tea while our guide sort out and divide the load baggage to be carried by porters. We begin our trek through the pretty well-off Sharpa village and crosses several tributary streams and we have some tantalizing views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2650m).We could get warmed up for some acclimatizing with a short hike to a nearby monastery or just stroll around to get a feel of the land.. Overnight at Teahouse.
We begin the trek continually uphill from the Dudh Koshi valley to Monjo and make an entry record at the Sagarmatha National Park counter. It is a UNESCO world heritage site in the Everest region. while walking to Namche Bazaar, we have an opportunity to have a glimpse of the world’s tallest peak, Mt. Everest (8848m). It is a steep climb to reach the Sherpa town. It is a famous trade center of the Khumbu region, including food items and trekking/mountaineering equipments. Overnight at Teahouse
Spending an extra day is a great idea to acclimatize and walk around to discover the lively Sherpa culture. Sherpas are world renowned Himalayan leaders and also forward in mountaineering. After the breakfast, we head towards Khumjung and Everest view hotel. Khumjung is also known as the Sherpa capital, which is densely populated and we can explore the monasteries and Mani walls. The superb hike lets us a chance to view the Himalayan wonders, including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nupste and Lhotse. Having enough snaps, we return to Namche and rest. Overnight at Teahouse.
After breakfast, we begin the trek to Phortse Tenga. As we walk in the high altitude region, we need to be aware of the altitude sickness. We walk gradually at the underneath of the fabulous peaks as Ama Dablam. Near Chimcho, the trail splits and we take the route that leads us to the Gokyo valley. We can see the monastery at the birthplace of Lama Sange Dorje. Overnight at Teahouse.
Today we walk from Phortse Tenga to Machhermo via Dole (4200m). We walk through the beautiful rhododendron forest. Passing Dole, we walk to Luza and explore the nearby monastery. The views mostly include the glacier and the alpine meadows. Machhermo is today’s destination that we reach with a gradual walk. Overnight at Teahouse.
Heading to the Gokyo Valley from Machhermo, we pass two glacial lakes and the third one lies in the Gokyo valley, which is known as Dudh pokhari. Located at 4800 meters, we can view the stunning surrounding panoramas of the snowy peaks and enticing Lake from Gokyo. It is just awesome night with warm meal. Overnight at Teahouse
It is a superb day to visit the Gokyo Ri. It helps us to maintain our fitness and also helpful for acclimatization. From the Gokyo Ri, we can view the panoramas of the Everest region, including the Ngozumba glacier, Everest five lakes, Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and others. Then we back to Gokyo valley and take a rest. Overnight at Teahouse.
Getting up early in the morning, we have breakfast and manage our gears to proceed towards the Renjo La pass. It is also a difficult pass over 5000 meters, however if we begin on time, we can do it. After a couple of hours, we reach at the top and the golden sun rays over Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and other snowy peaks. Then we descend through the steep trail and reach to Lunde. Overnight at Teahouse.
After the breakfast, we start to trek down to Thame. Several Tibetan traders are found to set camps along the route. It is really an spiritual day, where we can visit the monasteries. Thame Gompa is one of the famous monasteries in the Everest region, which is also a pilgrimage destination of the Buddhist devotees. Around the middle of May, the Mani Rimdu festival takes place in this monastery with a gathering of large number of Lamas and monks. Overnight at Teahouse
From Thame, we walk after exploring the hydropower project (power house) and trek down Samde, Thamo, Samsing and Phurte. We pass various monasteries as Laudo Gompa. It is 1.5 hour more to reach Namche, which is the place we stay today. Overnight at Teahouse.
The last day of our trekking, we walk down through the steep trail and make an exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and walk pleasantly towards the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing various suspension bridges, we walk gradually to Lukla. This evening is exciting to celebrate the successful trip, sharing with the crew. Overnight at Teahouse.
We start our 13th day on the EBC trek early in the morning with a hearty breakfast to get to the Lukla airport to board our flight to Kathmandu. Flights depend on weather conditions; so, you might experience some delays. However, in case of any delays or emergencies, your guide will do his best to make situations more favorable to you. Once you land in Kathmandu, we will take you to your hotel where you can rest. Later in the evening our company will treat you to a farewell dinner and receive your feedback. Overnight at Hotel.
Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure.Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
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.