We will meet you at the airport and then transfer to the Hotel which is close to the multitude of shopping centers and restaurants.
The Trek to Everest Base Camp over Renjo Pass and Chola Pass trail is the most adventurous expedition that one can experience in Nepal. It is the circuit trekking route that combines the two passes with the Everest Base Camp trek. The journey along the trail will take travelers across some amazing sightseeing of Himalayan giants like the Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Amadablam, Pumori, Nuptse and many other mountains. Apart from the mountainous terrains, travelers will also get to explore beautiful landscapes of the Gokyo valley and a host of sacred lakes. Among the other fascinating experiences that a traveler will get to experience during the journey are the beautiful forests with diverse species of flora and fauna, excellent glacial views like that of Ngozumpa Glacier and the rich culture of people dwelling there. During the trekking trip, travelers will get to cross two high passes like the Renjo pass(5380m) and the Chola pass(5420m). It is from these passes that people will get to enjoy fantastic views of the remote valleys, the magnificent peaks and amazing glaciers surrounding the region. The friendly behavior of the local people makes the journey more pleasant experience.
The trek will begin from Lukla and will follow up along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River and will end in Namche Bazaar. Travelers here can get to explore the beautiful Sherpa village of Thamo. From there they can continue the trail through places like Thame, Marulung and Lungden before arriving at Renjo Pass. The route of this pass has a little off the beaten track. Travelers undertaking this route will get to witness the spectacular view of four 8000m peaks such as Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Cho-oyu from the Renjo pass, also Renjo lake and the Gokyo lakes. There are also a number of other snow peaks in the vicinity that gives the area an incredible atmosphere. To cross the Chola pass, travelers will need to pass through the Gokya Valley and the Ngozumba glaciers to Thagnak village. While crossing through the Chola pass in order to go over to the Everest Base Camp, travelers will get to catch glimpses of peaks like the Kala Patthar (having an altitude of 5545m) or even that of the Kumbhu glacier (of altitude of 5364m). The views that a traveler can enjoy from here are extraordinary. After this, the trail will lead travelers back to Lukla, via places such as Pheriche and Tengboche.
Travelers can undertake the trek clockwise or anti-clockwise. While on this journey, travelers will get to experience some of the magnificent views of the highest mountains of the world. They will also get to experience the rich culture and the unique lifestyle of the Sherpa people who dwell in the region. In this trek, travelers will be taken on an expedition via the two passes – the Renjo pass and the Chola pass, while returning from the upper route of the Everest Base Camp.
Amazing Key Highlights of the Trek
* The Everest Base Camp, Khumbu glacier and icefall, Ngozumba glacier.
* The two passes – the Renjo pass and the Chola pass
* Climbing the Kala Patthar
* Unique Sherpa culture
* Namche Bazaar – the Gateway to the Everest Base Camp
We will meet you at the airport and then transfer to the Hotel which is close to the multitude of shopping centers and restaurants.
Early morning drive to domestic airport. After checking baggages you will take the short mountain flight to Lukla with the breath taking view of mountains on the northern side. Once you arrive at Lukla, get ready for the hike through the town passing, descending to the beautiful Sherpa village of ChauriKharka. This is very busy trail, passing yak trains, trekkers, locals and porters.Once you reach this area, the land of the Sherpas and everything in it are fresh and new. This area represents the Tibetan buddhism as you will pass through beautiful Stupa, Mane walls and Monasteries along the trail. We cross 2 suspension bridges before ThadoKoshi and the first view of Kusum Kangaru Mountain appears here. The trail gradually climbs up now along the Ghat village where we can see very beautifully painted Mani walls, Stupas. We continue the walk with small ups and down until it comes Phakding village where we stay overnight.
From Phakding, start early walking following the nice gentle path through natural forests of pines and cedars crossing several small streams along the right bank of the DudhKoshi River. Far up the valley, the snowy peak of Mt. Thamserku (6608m) can be seen. You cross the suspension bridge over the DudhKoshi River after Benkar village then climb up little, passing beautiful Sherpa villages of Chhumoa and Monjo. There comes the entrance of the Sagarmatha national park. When you cross a long suspension bridge and take the road along the left bank, Jorsale lies ahead. Soon as you pass Jorsale, there comes another suspension bridge we will cross and then walk along the bank of Dudh Koshi river bank. After crossing the high bridge over the DudhKoshi River, the trail zigzags uphill, you emerge to a ridge, offers an excellent view of the Mt. Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m). The climb eases somewhat and Namche Bazaar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pine forests. Namche bazaar is surrounded by Mountains in 3 sides and open facing to Bhotekoshi on the south. It is biggest town in the Khumbu valley is a central hub.Overnight stay in Lodge at Namche Bazaar.
Today we visit to the view point at National park headquarter in the morning to see the view of Mt. Everest(8848m), Lhotse(8516m), Nuptse(7856m), Amadablam(6856m) and many other snowy mountains as well visiting the National park museum. Also you can make a day hike up to Everest View Hotel(3860m)
Walking out of Namche, we will view some of the most complex and picturesque Mani stones in all of the Khumbu Region. Beautiful walking route through the blue pine forest, passing through Thamo, an old Sherpa village and headquarters of the Khumbu electricity project. This valley is off route for most trekking groups and you are likely to find the paths relatively quiet. The Monastery of Thame and Sherpa village of Thame is seen from Thamo.The trail gradually climbs up and descends again to the valley where we cross the bridge over Bhote Koshi River. Continue short climb up to reach Thame the village of famous mountaineers.
Our trek today weaves through remote Sherpa villages and high mountain meadows filled with yak pastures and Himalayan wildlife. This route is popular with traders bringing Chinese goods from Tibet to Nepal and makes for an interesting cultural exchange but recently it is stopped by the Chinese. We will continue to gain altitude as we trek through the beautiful, pristine and isolated Nangpa Valley. At Marulung village we cross the bridge over Bhotekoshi River and short steady climb gets to Lungden. Overnight in Guesthouse at Lungden.
Today you will make a short day hike to a peak above Lungden for acclimatization.
It is an early start today as we make our way toward Renjo pass! The first part is steady climb and later the trail gently climbs until we get to Renjo Lake. The trail climbs up continue to the pass. Views from the pass are breath taking. We will have plenty of time to spend at the top to take advantage of the endless photo opportunities. This is one of our more challenging days, but arriving in picturesque Gokyo valley with its electric turquoise lake will soon let us forget about our demanding day.
Early morning wake up and walk across the boulders near the lakes few minutes.Then climb steep hill section about 2 and half hours to the top of Gokyo Peak. When you get higher up at top of the Gokyo peak, you will see the north-west face of the Mt. Everest(8848m), Mt. Lhotse(8516m), Mt. Cho-oyu(8201m) and Mt. Makalu(8463m) four of 8000m peaks and many of other snow caped mountains including Mt.Gyachungkang(7992m), Pumori, Cholatse, Tawache, Nireka peak. Other option hiking to the fifth lake into the Gokyo valley. Overnight at Gokyo village.
You will cross the ever-shifting and exciting Ngozumpa Glacier, which is biggest Himalayan glacier, a collection of ice, rock and sand more like the surface of a distant planet than that of earth.Overnight stay in Lodge at Thagnak.
Today you start walking early morning climbing up following the upstream valley. Then the trail leads to the eastern valley, passing moraines and boulders. The trail near the top of the Cho-la pass is quite steep and rocky. Then you walk over the ice fields which descend to the eastern valley enjoying the views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Baruntse, Mt.Amadablam and many other peaks. Then you pass through rocky section and walk down to the grassy meadows until we reach Jhongla.Overnight stay in Lodge at Jhongla.
Walk down to the valley through scenic alpine zone and viewing a Jhongla glacier lake on the valley below. Take the left track following the valley to Everest base camp that you will meet the busy Everest trail. Overnight stay in Lodge at Lobuche.
Walk through level path of the valley enjoying the ray of the morning sun. After a short steep climb, you see down upon Khumbu glacier and Changri glacier on the left. Then follow a rocky Changri glacier trail over few hills and straight ahead is looking Kalapatthar, below is Gorakshep. Afternoon visit Everest Base camp.Pass the sandy field and frozen lake, emerge on the right bank of the Khumbu glacier. Then follow footpaths and cairns to the centre of the glacier where you can see the basecamp,your ultimate destination.
Today start climbing to view point of Kalapatthar early in the morning as the weather gets clear in the morning. The climb in the beginning is steep but soon as finishing this climb, the trail is gradually climbs up. Everest finally shows itself. The rocky ridge to the right side with prayer flags is the true summit of Kalapatthar(5545m). The view from the top is splendid enough to forget all your difficulties. Long awaited Mt. Everest(the world’s highest peak) including Lhotse, Nuptse,Amadablam, Pumori, Kangtega, Thamserku, Cholatse, Tawache and many other peaks at 360 degree panorama. Easy walk back to Gorakshep, eat breakfast and finishing packing, then continue trek down to Pheriche.Overnight stay in Lodge at Pheriche.
We start walking down by Somare, Pangboche (where we will visit the old monastery). After pangboche we will walk to Tengboche.
Today the trail descends all the way down to Dudhkoshi River and after lunch in Namche another 2 hrs walk to Monjo.
Today we walk through Benkar, Phakding and Thado Koshi. Lunch at Thado Koshi and resume the walk back to Lukla. Overnight in Lodge at Lukla.
Early morning, you will take short flight back to Kathmandu. Soon as arriving in Kathmandu, you will be transfer to the Hotel.Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu.
Today is the last day of your trip in Himalaya, as we will transfer you to the international airport.We trust that you will cherish this inspiring experience and the deep, newly formed friendships in the years to come.
01. Sleeping bag (down), rated to -10 degree centigrade (If you don’t have them it can rent in Kathmandu for your trek period).
02. Sleeping bag liner (optional)
03. Hiking boots should be light weight to medium weight leather or Gore-Tex. Your boots should fit well and be completely broken in prior to your trek.
04. Sneakers or sandals for camp and town.
05. Socks, thin liners (polypro or silk), thick outer socks (wool or polypro). Bring 3 changes of socks.
06. Thermal underwear, polypropylene or other synthetic (No cotton)
07. Lightweight hiking pants, Insulating pants (fleece or equivalent), Rain pants
08. Several t-shirts, both long and short sleeved
09. Shirts long sleeved.
10. Rain jacket/poncho(Gore-Tex) or equivalent is ideal
11. Down jacket
12. Fleece Jackets
13. Warm hat
14. Hat for sun protection
15. Gloves or mittens
16. Quality sunglasses with 100% UV and IV protection. (It is also recommended to bring a spare pair)
17. If you wear prescription glasses or contacts, bring spares
18. Two (2) good quality 1 liter water bottles
19. Trekking poles. (optional, and can be purchased in Kathmandu)
20. Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
21. Reading/writing materials
22. Pictures of where you live, your family, and what you do. (to share with people along the way)
23. Camera and spare batteries
24. Special snack items in zip lock bags
25. Ear plugs (for travel)
26. Particle masks (for dust)
27. Toilet kit with towel, washcloth, bandanna, scrub brush, short clothes line, safety pins, mesh laundry bag, biodegradable soap, toilet paper, pre-moistened towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
28. Women: bring extra sanitary supplies and zip lock bags to pack out used materials
29. Personal medical/first aid kit with aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen, nasal/throat decongestant, topical antiseptic, band-aids/bandages, sunscreen and lip balm, laxative, anti-diarrhea medicines, antacid, water purification tablets (or filter), moleskin, bug repellent, and any personal prescriptions or medical items.
Nepal Entry Visa
Foreigners who intend to visit Nepal must hold valid Passport(6 months) or any travel documents equivalent to passport issued by the government for visiting a foreign country. You can obtain the Nepal visa up on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, Kathmandu. Also you can apply the Nepal visa online now. The application for the tourist visa has to be filled and submitted through this link of Nepal Immigration,http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa. Please bring the printed copy and show them at the immigration in Kathmandu with the visa fees and 2 copies of passport sized photos. US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days multiple entry visa, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days multiple entry visa. We suggest you to take cash in hand. If you haven’t applied online visa then visa form will be provided during your flight to Nepal.
Note: Free Visa for Chinese citizens including HKSAR Passport holders.
The two most pleasant seasons for trekking in Nepal are spring and autumn. The spring season is considered to be March to May. During the spring months flowers are in bloom in the forests so it can be quite beautiful though it can also be bit cloudy, especially in the afternoon. Autumn season is considered September through November. In autumn season you will get the best mountain views, with clear skies usually all day long. The fall season is slightly cooler with average temperatures. December is also generally the driest month of the year. Trekking in Nepal is possible at any time of the year. It is worth remembering that we will get 75 percent of annual rainfall from the mid June through the August. This period is considered as the monsoon season. Winter in Nepal is considered December through February. These months are the coldest in temperatures depending on where you are. At higher altitudes in the Himalayas temperatures will drop below freezing and it can be extremely cold at night.
A typical day of trekking
The trekking day begins early at around 6.30AM in the morning with a cup of wake up tea. Before breakfast, pack your duffel bag which is carried by porters by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually starting the good morning walk. After 3-4 hrs walking, we stop for lunch. Allowing about 1 - 2 hours for lunch break then we continue the walk to the destination where we stay overnight. We reach the teahouse/ camp by afternoon, as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Check in the room and having afternoon tea, side trips or other activities are generally organized. You can spend the afternoon as you wish then meet for the dinner around 7PM and sleep.
Geography of Nepal
Nepal covers the land area of 147,181 sqkm, stretching 800km from east to west and 90 to 230km from north to south. Nepal is land-locked between China (including the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet) and India. Nepal has three geographic regions; the mountainous Himalayan belt (including 8 of the 14 highest mountain peaks in the world), the hill region and the plains region. Nepal contains the greatest altitude variation on earth, from the lowland Terai, at almost sea-level to Mount Everest at 8848 metres. Nepal is divided into five development regions and seventy-five districts. Where as high Himalayas occupy 16% of the total land area of Nepal with elevation ranging from 4,000m to above 8,848m. This region accommodates the eight of the highest peaks in the world; Mt. Everest (8848m), Kanchanjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), Manaslu (8163m) and Annapurna I (8091m).
Currency in Nepal
Nepali Rupee notes come in Rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rs. 1, 2 and 5 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. Banks are usually open from 09.30 am to 3.00 pm Sundays through Thursdays and from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm on Fridays. Saturdays are closed.
All major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 4% mark-up on top of the price.
Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries in South Asia to climate change, yet it has limited capacity to address impacts of climate change or to take advantage of the opportunities. It has a highly variable climate and fragile ecosystems. The Himalayan glaciers are retreating faster than any other major body of ice. With climate change, climate variability, a driver of poverty in a country where 60% of the population is reliant on agriculture, will only increase. The monsoon rains are already more intense, but of shorter duration, and are arriving later, which has a devastating impact on the rice fields. The Greater Himalaya region is the water tower of Asia. Nepal sits at a strategic point, in the headwaters of the Ganges basin. 500 million people live in this basin, which is one of the most flood prone in the world. Currently Nepals Himalayan Rivers supply 70% of the dry season water in the Ganges and 30% of the peak flood waters. Nepals potential for hydropower is 100 times its existing energy use. Current development of rivers are sub-optimal, focusing solely on hydro rather than also storing water in the summer to use for irrigation during the rest of the year and reduce flooding.
Clothing in Nepal
From April to the end of September, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for travelling purpose should be comfortable and light weight. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather-friendly. In the months of October to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like down jackets, sweaters, trousers etc to stay protected from the cold. In accordance to Nepali weather you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Kathmandu.
Health issues/Altitude sickness
Those in good health should have no difficulty traveling to Nepal. But people with health conditions including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy and cardiac problems should seek a doctor’s approval before planning a trip to Nepal. Trekking and Climbing in Nepal involves high altitude and can be strenuous.Simple headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Altitude sickness, if not treated when symptoms first appear, can lead to death. Often known as AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness, it can ruin a Treks and Climbings and should be treated very seriously. The Himalayan Mountains begin where other mountain ranges end. As altitude increases, specially above 3,000 metres, the air becomes thinner, creating certain difficulties for the human body. Youth, strength and fitness make no difference here. The only prevention is to give ones body time to adjust to high altitude. Those who go too high too fast are liable to be victims of Acute Mountain Sickness. To minimize its threat, we recommend following these advice:
01. Drink adequate fluids. At 4,300 metres for example, the body requires 3 to 4 litres of liquid a day. At low altitudes try to drink at least 1 litre a day.
02. Accept the fact that you cannot go very high if your time is short.
03. Learn to recognize the symptoms of AMS: headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, fluid retention and/or swelling of the body. The cure is to climb no higher until the symptoms have disappeared.
04. Do not expect everyone in your group to acclimatize at the same rate. If you experience such discomforts, tell the accompanying travel High Solu facilitators immediately.
05. For the sake of safety, if the trek leader deems it necessary to ask a participant who is suffering from AMS to descend, he will have the authority to do so even though it may go against the will of that participant.
People and Religions of Nepal
Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups, the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Since 2008AD, Nepal has been declared a secular country. The Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Herald of Peace, The Light of Asia. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians live together in harmony. And other nature worshippers, too, exist here. Ethnic diversity and custom of Nepal make Nepal the most fascinating tourist destination in the world. Official statistics indicates that Nepali population of around 35 millions includes more than 90 ethnic groups speaking 100 different languages and dialects.
History of Nepal
Nepal has witnessed many rulers and dynasties play contributing roles in moulding Nepal to present day’s Modern Nepal. Kirantis ruled Nepal from 9th century B.C. to 1st century A.D. Later Lichchhavis took over Kiranti from 3rd to 13th century and then were followed by Thakuri belonging to Malla dynasty. Then Shah Dynasty held the reign. Prithvi Narayan Shah is solely responsible for today’s modern day Nepal for he is the one who united different kingdoms into one single nation in 1769. In 1846, the Kot massacre led by Junga Bahadur Rana backseated the power of monarchy and made Rana regime more powerful. In 1950 Tribhuvan with the support from India restored monarchy. A coalition government comprising the Nepali congress party and the Ranas was thereafter installed with the promise of free elections in 1952. In 1960, Mahendra, son of Tribhuvan tactically established Panchayat system, meaning ‘five councils system’, by engineering a coup, declaring a new constitution, imprisoning all the leaders of the then government and enforcing a ban on all political activities. People’s movement of 1990 opened up a new chapter for a decade of democracy in Nepal which led to multiparty democracy with constitutional monarchy. Democracy came with heavy price leading to incompetent political leaders, political conflicts, Maoist insurgency,corruptions and downfall in national economy. Royal family massacre in 2001 left whole world in complete shock. Gynendra was crowned Nepal’s king after his brother, Birendra’s assassination. With the advent of 2006 all major political parties committed to reform their past mistakes and Maoist rebels came together with the support from Nepali people and jointly went on several days strikes to restore democracy. Finally,Gynendra handed over the political power to Nepali people and democracy was once again restored in Nepal.Then maoists has been the biggest political party of Nepal 2008 election. Nepal recently(September 2015) declared the new constitution for the country.
Shopping in Nepal
In the major cities of Nepal, like Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, you will find well resourced shopping malls. From clothes, shoes, accessories, sports wear, electronic goods, cosmetics, food and decoration items to kitchen wares you can purchase any goods. In Nepal shopping of both local and imported goods are possible. Most shops and clothing stores have fixed price tagged along their goods. But in case of small shops, you can bargain the prices for purchasing goods. While shopping in Nepal it is advisable to carry Nepali currency in cash as most of the shops only accept cash. In Kathmandu, Thamel, Newroad and DurbarMarg are the most popular Shopping centers.
Foods in Nepal
Kathmandu is a paradise for food lovers.Besides Nepali food Nepal restaurants here serve varieties of hygienic delicacies from Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Russian, Korean, Mexican,Thai etc to continental at remarkably reasonable price. If you desire to lead a Nepali lifestyle during your stay in Nepal, then there are also some restaurants serving pure Nepali cuisine (Dal Bhat) which comprises of steamed rice, lentil soup and varieties of vegetable/ non vegetable curries. Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, is well known for many excellent restaurants, cafés and pubs. Pokhara also have numerous restaurants that serve every kind of delicacies complementing your taste. The foods in the mountains(trekking routes) also fresh, hygenic and delicious.
Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation (including helicopter rescue) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover trip cancellation and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Hotels in Nepal
Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotel in Nepal gives you the high quality services. Whatever your requirements are, Nepal hotels can meet them all. Best Nepal Trekking P(LTD), is always recommend the best Hotels in Nepal for your holidays.
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