Three passes of Khumbu, Renjo-la, Tsho-la & Kongma-la - 24 Days

This is an out standing trek visiting the high lush valleys of the Khumbu with time to explore villages and monasteries and to sample the incredible hospitality of the Sherpa people. Adventure begins with a sweeping flight to Lukla, a popular destination which provides a fascinating contrast to the high mountain scapes as we approach nearer.

Note: Renjo, Tsho-la and Kongma-la passes are possible all the year round, however in heavy snow condition, one’s has to be extremely careful including the porters. On normal snow condition, ropes are fixed maximum 100 meters or minimum 50 meters. The loose scree or stone fall portion is just for 10 or 15 minutes, nothing serious but although one’s got to be careful.

Overview

This is an out standing trek visiting the high lush valleys of the Khumbu with time to explore villages and monasteries and to sample the incredible hospitality of the Sherpa people. Adventure begins with a sweeping flight to Lukla, a popular destination which provides a fascinating contrast to the high mountain scapes as we approach nearer. We trek slowly to Phakding our first day and night’s camping spot. Next day then, we trek ahead to the Sherpa capital at Namche Bazaar. We have time to acclimatize ourselves, before following the quite trail to Thame, Gokyo. Trek leads to off beaten tracks seldom frequented by other trekkers, entering to an absolute wilderness.

The  Everest region is understandably as one of the most popular and spectacular destinations for walkers, and it offers some of the most fascinating and enjoyable trekking, with beautiful views of the high snow capped peaks of the world, and to the highest spot at Kalapatar for the outstanding breathtaking view panorama of peaks and its glacier including Mt.Everest.

SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARK AREA (1,148 SQ. KMS.)

LOCATION: Sagarmatha National Park is located to the Northeast of Kathmandu in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park includes the highest peak in the world,
Mt.Sagarmatha (Everest), and several other well-known peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyo, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thermasarkhu, Kwangde, Khangtiaga and Gyachung Kang. The park was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.

FEATURES: The Mountains of Sagarmatha National Park are geologically young and broken up by deep gorges and glacial valleys. Vegetation includes pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes, fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods, scrub and alpine plant communities, and bare rock and snow.

The famed bloom of rhododendrons occurs during spring (April and May) although other flora is mostly colorful during the monsoon season (June to August)

Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are the Himalayan Thar, goral, serow and musk deer. The snow leopard and Himalayan black bear are present but rarely sighted, other mammals rarely seen are the weasel, marten, Himalayan mouse hare (pika), and jackal and languor monkey.

The park is populated by approximately 3,000 of the famed Sherpa people whose lives are interwoven with the teaching of Buddhism. The main settlements are Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame, Thyangboche, Pangboche and Phortse. The economy of the Khumbu Sherpa community has traditionally been heavily based on trade and livestock herding.

But with the coming of international mountaineering expeditions since 1950 and the influx of foreign trekkers, the Sherpa economy today is becoming increasingly dependent on tourism.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m. via respective airlines.

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 2
A day in Kathmandu. 1/2 Day guided tour.

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest (on request if its not included in the package).

Day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding.

25 minutes flight to Lukla 2,800m 9-10km (2 1/2 -3hr walk) to Phakding at 2,652m. Early morning after breakfast you will be transferred from the Hotel to domestic Airport a short drive of 20-30 minutes, after the necessary security formalities (keep your pen-knife-lighter-matches and other sharp cutting items including scissors and other knife in the bigger baggage not in hand bags) board in the smaller twin otter or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla. On arrival you will be received by our trekking guides. In Lukla you will have time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load baggage on the Ghopkyo (mix breed of Yak & normal cow, as the Yak cannot survive below 3000m) some loads are carried by porters, lunch hour depending upon the time of arrival at Lukla either in Lukla or few walks farther down on route to Phakding. The walk is gradual and most of the way, with few ups from Tarhe khola, where you can have a superb view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m crossing a short suspension bridge, from here after a short climb brings us to the Ghat village, another 11/2hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi river.

Day 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5-6 hrs

From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thermasarkhu 6,608m, then reaching a small village of Monjo after the last 20 minutes climb from the stream, after Monjo, comes to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend to the Jorsalle village, the last village till Namche Bazaar is reached, the walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum kangru Mt.Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Taweche peak can be seen all the way up, from here another 1-2 hour walk up brings to the famed Namche Bazaar.

Day 5
Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.

Suggested activities a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with breathtaking view of the surrounding snow capped giants and the valleys way down, with an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region, afternoon at leisure.

Day 6
Trek to Thame 3,885m 4-5 hrs.

From Namche walk leads towards west with a short climb to the ridge overlooking grand views of Namche and surrounding snow peaks, from here the path leads to the serene forest and passing through scattered farm villages including Thamo where there’s a hydro-electric plant for the Khumbu region, from here few hours of good walk brings you at Thame for the overnight stop with time to visit its old monastery.

Day 7
Trek to Mingbo 3,900m after visiting the monastery 3-4 hrs.

After a wonderful time at Thame the trek leads to absolute wilderness near to wards Tibet border of Nangpa-la, where most of the Tibetans enter Nepal to trade. The walk leads on the high slope for the overnight stop at Mingbo a small herder’s village.

Day 8
Trek further to Marulung 4,200m 5-6 hrs.

From Mingbo the walk follows further up on the high barren hills overlooking great views of the surrounding snow capped peaks looking further down towards Thame, after a vigorous walk of 5 hours to camp at Marulung or further depending upon the availability of water and good campsite.

Day 9
Trek to Sumna 4,900m 5-6 hrs.

After a great time at Marulung, the walk leads to further up on the grassy meadow with grand views of the distant mountains and valleys and hills and then reaching at Sumna a small yak herders temporary settlement for the overnight stop.

Day 10
Trek to Chulung 4,380m 5-6 hrs.

Today’s walk leads on towards near Renjo with breathtaking scenery of the surrounding high snow capped mountains and barren hills, reaching to a small summer pasture at Chulung for the overnight camp.

Day 11
Trek towards Renjo Pokhari (pond) at approx 4,600m 4-5 hrs.

The trek leads uphill for few hours on the grassy meadow with striking views of the landscapes and mountains with overnight stop near by the small glacial of Renjo.

Day 12
Trek and cross Renjo-la at 5,345m and camp at Gokyo. 3-4 hrs.

The walk today takes nearly four hours to reach the top of Renjo overlooking great view of Mt. Cho-Oyu world’s 6th highest mountain which straddles the border with Tibet and Nepal on reaching the top the first pass of this great trek traversing over 5,345 meter ridge top, the route of the pass is made much better over the past 4-5 years making it possible for everyone to cross including the ponies and Yaks, the pass leads to a descend near by the Gokyo lake for the overnight camp and for lunch depending upon the time permitted while crossing the pass.

Day 13
Morning at Gokyo for local hike and trek to Thagnag.

Today, after breakfast a hike to Gokyo Ri is one of the highlight of the trip, the view around Gokyo itself is marvelous, for the very best panorama take a hike to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above the lake, Gokyo Ri at 5,357m. offers breathe taking views providing a panorama of Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and far as to Mt. Makalu in the east. A two hours climb brings you to this wonderful spot, afternoon walk to Thagnag After a wonderful time at Gokyo, a short walk of few hours leads to Thagnak on the base of Chugyuma or Cho-la pass, just above the village of Na situated at the foot of the Ngozumba glacier.

Day 14
From Thangnag to Dzongla 4,830m via Cho-la 5,430m. 4-5 hrs.

From here the walk climbs steadily towards Cho-la pass for few hours, then descending towards the small hidden valley at Dzong-la for the overnight stop.

Day 15
Trek to Loboche 4,928m Approx. 5 hours.

From Dzongla the trail diverts towards north east, the path is gentle on the hard meadow looking down below Pheriche village; today’s walk offers beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-tse 5,820m and the great wall of Nuptse. Then reaching to the junction where the path from Pheriche meets above Thugla ridge. From here you can have great view of Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the great scenic walk, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region, From here an hour gradual up brings you to Loboche, situated in the corner well hidden and sheltered from the wind. Loboche has about 5-6 Teahouses.

Day 16
Trek towards Kongma-la 5,150m. 4-5 hrs.

After a great walk completing high scenic two passes, the path leads for another absolute wilderness away from the main trekking area, the trek follows the upper moraine and the towards the Khumbu glacier, on the zig-zag path walking carefully in case of fallen rocks slide, then climbing steeply towards the other side of the glacier near by the Nuptse Wall, walking slowly for the overnight Camp near by the Mehara Peak (Khongmatse) and Pokalde peak by the base of Kogma-la at 5,200m.

Day 17
Trek and cross Kongma-la 5,535m and camp at Bibre 5-6 hrs.

From this closed area the walk leads towards the top of the pass of Kongma-la at 5,535 the highest pass of this trip, the walk leads higher up and then descending towards the glacial pond and the walk leads on the rocks and moraine path most of the way till Bibre is reached for the overnight camp where the path from Dingboche and Chukung meets.

Day 18
Trek to Dingboche 4,350m. 2-3 hrs.

After a hard day, today’s walk a leisure trek of few hours towards Dingboche with awesome views of the surrounding high snow capped peaks, on reaching Dingboche for lunch and for the overnight stop, with afternoon free for local hike and relaxation.

Day 19
Trek to Kyangjungma 3,600m. 6-7 hrs.

The walk from here leads on the main path where one can come across many trekkers, yaks and other beast of burden, the scenic walk leads past the village of Pangboche, after a break here, a short walk brings you to the bridge from the bridge it is nearly downhill all the way with few ups in between to Pangboche, from here descend towards the bridge with a pleasant walk through the pine, rhododendron forest to Deoboche, after Deoboche 40 minutes uphill climb reaches you at Thyangboche for the overnight stop. Thyangboche offers excellent scenery of the surrounding peaks including Mt.Everest and of the majestic peal of Ama Dablam, visit the famed Thyangboche monastery as per the time rules for the visit.

From here a slow descend with a slight climb to the ridge and a gradual walk brings you at Kyangjungma for the overnight stop offering grand views of Ama Dablam, Thermasarkhu and Kangtenga with chances of seeing some wild life.

Day 20
Trek to Monjo 2,835m. Approx. 4-5 hours walk.

From here the walk leads on the main busy path, to Namche Bazaar, after Namche retrace the journey on the same track to Monjo for the overnight stop, located just near after the Sagarmatha National Park entrance.

Day 21
Trek to Lukla. 5 hrs walk.

Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own chosen pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Chop lung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.

Day 22
Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.

The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason, depending upon our flight time make way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 30 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane.Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our office staff receives and escort you back to the Hotel.

Day 23
Free day at leisure.

A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 24
Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy. Our Office staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

Incursions

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van / Bus.
  • 3 nights deluxe accommodation with breakfast at 3* hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu City Tours as per above program, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide, car / van.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee, hot/cold filter during the trek.
  • Lodge to lodge accommodation in the mountains.
  • 1 experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter between 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, equipment and their insurance.
  • Round Trip flight to & from Lukla & Domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla.
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit and other necessary permits.
  • Government taxes.
  • Office Service charge.

Excursions

  • Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International air fare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
  • Items and expenses of a personal nature.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
  • Trekking Equipment (down sleeping bag and down jackets are available to hire or buy in Kathmandu).
  • Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
  • Horse renting and additional porters used due to natural calamities during the trek.
  • Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
  • Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver. (Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory)

  • US$ 1,950 per person in the group of minimum 1-2 pax.
  • US$ 1,910 per person in the group of minimum 3-5 pax.
  • US$ 1,830 per person in the group of minimum 6-9 pax.
  • US$ 1,775 per person in the group of minimum 10-15 pax.

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Trip Facts

  • Camping
  • Adventurous to challenging (in snow condition)
  • 19 - 20 days.
  • 23 -24 days.
  • 5,400m at Cho-La
  • Mid April to May & mid September to November.
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