Renjo La, the unknown face of Everest with guide
A new circuit out of the usual tracks that leads to know an incredibly fascinating valley which extends at the foot of Cho Oyu: the Thame valley and the Bothe Koshi river. Tibetan caravans descend along this valley and, through centuries of Nangpa La, they transport their goods for sale in the Khumbu valley and in particular to the Namche Bazaar market. With the crossing of the best known Cho La and the achievement of the famous Kalapattar and the Everest base camp, an itinerary that combines novelty and tradition is completed. An itinerary for those who also want to discover new views and new paths experimenting for the most part with very uncrowded spaces and dimensions compared to what happens going up to Everest along the most popular Khumbu valley.
Departure from Italy with scheduled flight.
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation and rest of the day free. Meeting with the other participants.
Free day to explore the city.
Overnight transfer to Rammechap (about 3 hours) boarding the flight to Lukla (about 10 minutes). Arrive in Lukla, visit the Lukla monastery, then trek to Phakding to spend the night. (About 3 hours, difference in altitude –230 m.)
Trekking to the most important center of the Khumbu valley. The path winds along the Khumbu valley crossing the Dudh Koshi river several times. After Monjo, where the entrance door to the Sagarmatha National Park is located, the path climbs sharply until it reaches the 3440 meters of Namche Bazaar. (About 6 hours, difference in altitude 830 m.). Overnight stay in the ultra-comfortable Sherpa Land Hotel.
Acclimatization day around Namche. With a beautiful scenic route, you rise 400 meters to reach the nearby villages of Khunde and Khumjung at the foot of the sacred mountain Khumbi Yul Lha, protector of the Khumbu valley. You visit the monastery of Khunde and its small, but well-equipped hospital founded in 1966 thanks to the Himalayan Trust, an institution created by Sir Edmund Hillary. In the adjacent village of Khumjung, the Himalayan Trust itself has created a school that hosts children from both villages. Descend for the night to Namche Bazaar.
Here begins the most beautiful part of the trek which includes two nights in a tent. With a beautiful very gradual path you enter the little beaten valley of Thame and Bothe Koshi. The valley, which originates from the Bothe Koshi and Lumsumna glacier, houses the centuries-old path that leads to Nangpa La and connects Tibet and Nepal. This gateway to Tibet, which passes practically at Cho Oyu's foot, is only open to Tibetans who go down to Khumbu for their businesses. After visiting the monastery of Thame, the second most important of all the Khumbu after Tengboche, accommodation in a lodge in Thame.
It starts northwards through the old part of Thame. It is the path that leads to Nangpa La and then Tibet, the valley initially wide, narrows as you get up. You reach the Marlung pastures where there is a space for camping and a very rudimentary lodge and continue towards Lungde (4400 m.) With a more decisive uphill path. Arrival at the nice lodge in Lungde and accommodation.
Challenging stage, which allows you to fully enjoy the panorama and make a good acclimatization. Gradually leaving the Bothe Koshi valley with a slightly steep stretch you go up towards Renjo Lake. As you climb, the panorama becomes more and more grandiose; to the south the chain that dominates the Thame valley and contains the spectacular peaks of the Tarthika (6093 m.), The Kwande (6186 m.), and many others up to 6700 m. The chain reaches the Parchamo, known trekking peak, and the Tashi Lapcha pass which connects the Thame valley with the Rolwaling valley. To the east towers the difficult and beautiful Kyajo Ri (6186 m.) and, slightly displaced, the equally impressive Pharilapcha (6017 m.). This is the most demanding G., the one that foresees the passage of the 5434 meters of the Renjo La. However, the path is very gradual and except for the last 150 meters, in which it becomes a little steep, it offers a very progressive and pleasant climb. Beyond Renjo Lake, you enter the beautiful basin of another lake, the Relama Tsho; we start to climb the slopes that lead below the pass from here. The excellent and recent arrangement of the path allows you to make the last part of the climb with fairly limited effort. The panorama continues to be magnificent towards the Bothe Koshi valley, but it is a step when you finally manage to make the view sweep east, that the spectacle becomes breathtaking; six hundred meters below the Dudh Pokhari, the turquoise lake on the whose banks are the village of Gokyo, on the horizon in a sensational parade from south to north, the Tawoche Peak (6367 m.), the Cholatse (6335 m.), the Aarakam Tse (6423 m.), the Lobuche (6145 m.), until reaching Makalu (8463 m.), Everest (8848 m.) Pumori (7121 m.) And of course Cho Oyu (8201 m.). The descent to Gokyo and its turquoise lake takes approximately 3 hours. Overnight stay at the lodge.
In the early morning climb to the Gokyo Ri beautiful balcony on the mountains around, including the Cho Oyu which from here impresses for its large size. Descend and take the path that crosses the Ngozumpa glacier. Overnight stay in the Lodge.
In a short time you will reach Dragnag where you will stay overnight before crossing the Cho La pass (5420 m.).
In the early morning the ascent to Cho La begins. A beautiful glacial lake is flanked at an altitude of 5100 m approximately and finally, you reach the pass that offers a new close view of the mountains of the Khumbu valley. The fairly long descent leads to Dzonghla (4830 m.) where you will spend the night.
Descend to Dughla (4620 m.) and then go up to Lobuche (5000 m.) and then 8000 INN Pyramid.
Day of visit to the famous Everest base camp. Despite the small difference in altitude, the route takes place first on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier and then, on the glacier itself with several up and down making it rather tiring (about 3.30 h). On the other hand, approaching the field and above all the incredible Icefall gives intense emotions. Return to the Gorak Shep and overnight stay in the lodge.
Reserve day in case of bad weather.
Early morning climb of the Kalapattar, Magnificent balcony on Everest, Nuptse, and Pumori. You then descend towards Gorak Shep and continue to Lobuche where you spend the night in a lodge.
Descend towards Pangboche and then towards the beautiful forest that hosts Deboche. Here there is still a small, splendid, and female monastery that can be visited. The atmosphere is peaceful and relaxing. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Go up the short stretch of path that leads to Tengboche. Here is the most important monastery in the whole valley and here the Mani Rimdu takes place in October-November, one of the most important Buddhist festivals ever. The monastery was rebuilt in 1990 after a fire destroyed it. From Tengboche, you descend towards Dudh Koshi, and then go up in the direction of Namche Bazaar where you will spend the night.
Long stage of return to Lukla, arrival, and accommodation in the lodge.
Early in the morning we fly to Kathmandu. Arrival, transfer, and accommodation in the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Free city tour day.
Breakfast and in-time transfer to the airport.
Minimum 8: € 3,260
Minimum 12: € 2,940
(B/L/D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = dinner
Mention hotels, and- if not available, other/ -s of the same category.
Overnight stays take place in comfortable lodges but with degrees of overall comfort that drop slightly as you go up. The rooms generally have two beds, not heated and a medium-heavy sleeping bag is required for the overnight stay. Meals are served and consumed in the lodges offering a wide choice of local and western dishes.
To participate in this trip you need a Nepalese visa, you need a passport, which must be valid for 6 months and have 1 free page, and 1 passport photo, the visa can be obtained on-site at USD 50.
Given the particular nature of our travel proposals, the daily programs should be considered as a guideline. A series of variable factors that distinguish traveling to high mountain regions in remote areas (prohibitive weather conditions, landslides, interruption of communications, etc.) can jeopardize the safety of participants and consequently impose changes to the planned itineraries. The organizer is entitled to make all those changes to the program that the security needs require.
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Currency: US Dollar (USD) – Exchange rate: 1,10
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Duration: 22 days / 20 nights
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