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Nepal Ancient Passes Trek

Scenic Himalayan Paths with Everest Views

 

This amazing Nepal adventure is a modern-day classic combining the magic of lodge-to-lodge trekking with the challenges of topping Gokyo Ri (17,575') and Renjo La Pass (17,585'). Take in breathtaking views of Everest and other iconic Himalayan peaks as you trek among high mountain villages filled with warm Sherpa hospitality. Enter Sagarmath National Park and explore Gokyo Valley, with its turquoise, glacier-fed lakes, then soar to Gokyo Ri's summit for spectacular panoramic views. After crossing Renjo La Pass and returning to Kathmandu's cultural riches, you'll agree that exploring this magical land is, indeed, the trip of a lifetime.

  • Experience the Gokyo Valley's sacred pristine lakes, authentic Sherpa culture, and native wildlife

  • Spend unforgettable days trekking amidst the Himalaya's mightiest iconic mountains, including Everest and Lhotse

  • Summit the challenging Gokyo Ri, and follow in ancient traders' footsteps across Renjo La Pass

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Arrive:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Depart:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Price: from $7,195

Duration:

15 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

6-12 Guests

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 4

On this trip, you will be hiking five to eight hours a day, up and down mountain trails that are steep and rocky, and mostly at elevations above 10,000 feet. Previous experience is recommended, and you should be in good physical condition.
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  • Arrive in Nepal

    Day 1

    Welcome to Kathmandu! Meet your MT Sobek guide and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may opt to stretch your legs and explore the area around the hotel, which is situated in the heart of the city. Come evening, receive a briefing on the trek and a festive welcome dinner with the group.

    Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    A five-star oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, the Yak & Yeti is the perfect blend of contemporary international standards and time-honored Nepali tradition. Guests will find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples, and emerald gardens while enjoying a state-of-the-art gymnasium, spa features, shopping arcades, atrium, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Tour the Kathmandu Valley

    Day 2

    Kick off your Nepal adventure with a tour of Bhaktapur, a medieval city-state in Kathmandu Valley. Incredibly preserved, Bhaktapur was tragically devastated by the 2015 earthquake. The city is still in recovery mode, but some simple meandering reveals the remaining stunning medieval squares lined with towering temples, and narrow cobbled streets dotted with brick buildings, hidden squares, and hawking artisans. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to relax, wander, or pack for your upcoming trek. This evening, enjoy an Everest summit talk given by a Nepalese female Seven Summiteer.

    Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    A five-star oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, the Yak & Yeti is the perfect blend of contemporary international standards and time-honored Nepali tradition. Guests will find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples, and emerald gardens while enjoying a state-of-the-art gymnasium, spa features, shopping arcades, atrium, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Fly to the Khumbu

    Day 3

    This morning, depart Kathmandu on a small plane bound for Lukla (9,382'), a popular stop for Everest-bound visitors. This short but spectacular flight offers unparalleled views over the mighty Himalaya. From here, lace up your boots and begin your trek, making our way about 3.5 miles through pine and cedar woods to Phakding village (8,563'). Phakding sees many travelers and thus is full of many guesthouses and warm Nepalese hospitality - which you experience tonight. While you may feel eager to walk more today, stop here to help your body acclimatize.

    Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home-Phakding

    Situated on the banks of the Dudh Kosi river and surrounded by organic gardens, YMH is a peaceful haven for weary legs. The comfortable rooms feel very lodge-like, with wood-paneled walls and natural wooden furniture. Shared spaces include a sunroom with lovely views, a vast dining room with a cozy fireplace, and a small in-house library.

    Activity: 3 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 819' elevation loss

    Transportation: 30-minute flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Monjo

    Day 4

    Today enjoy an easy, acclimatizing walk to Monjo (9,428'). En route, cross several picturesque suspension bridges, and pass mani walls (boulders inscribed with Buddhist prayers), small villages, terraced hillsides, and likely quite a few working yaks. With Khumbila (18,800'), sacred peak of the Sherpas, looming above, arrive in Monjo, nestled in mountainous blue pine and rhododendron forest. Overnight and acclimatize at Everest Summit Lodge - Monjo, where the lodge chef prepares a welcome dinner.

    Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge-Monjo

    Rest in comfort at the Everest Summit Lodge in picturesque Monjo. The setting is spectacular, overlooking the village and the narrow Dudh Kosi valley, and with the dreamlike backdrop of magnificent Thamserku rising high up behind the lodge. Hot tea and warm staff help every guest feel welcome.

    Activity: 3.5 hours/3 miles hiking with 865' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Catch Your First Glimpse of Everest!

    Day 5

    Get your cameras ready! Today you enter Sagarmatha National Park en route to Namche Bazaar (11,286'). More rocky terrain, suspension bridges, and yak crossings make for a strenuous day. But all becomes worth it when you pause on the steep ascent for the rewarding, spectacular first glimpse of Mount Everest! Arriving in Namche Bazaar - the gateway to Everest and the high Himalaya - early allows you to spend a relaxing afternoon strolling around the bustling village. Colorful prayer flags adorn this amphitheater of shops, Internet cafes, eateries, and lodgings.

    Accommodation: Hotel Namche

    Travelers boast about the location (not uphill!) and the kind staff of this simple but comfortable lodging in the heart of Namche Bazaar. Guests can enjoy the restaurant, bar, and outdoor patio. Most rooms have electric blankets, private bathrooms, and hot showers - welcome comforts in the chilly Khumbu region.

    Activity: 4.5 hours/3 miles hiking with 1,858' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Tashinga via the Hillary School

    Day 6

    Above Namche Bazaar, the trail to Tashinga follows the classic approach to Everest. A steep uphill hike takes you to beautiful Khumjung village, where you'll have a chance to visit the first Hillary school. Founded in 1961 by legendary mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, the institution - with just over 300 students - is the only high school in the Khumbu region. After visiting the school, descend down to Tashinga (11,350').

    Accommodation: Tashinga Lodge-Tashinga

    Situated amidst pine forests overlooking the Dudh Kosi valley, the Tashinga Lodge offers breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche, and Khumbila. Comfortable rooms and local hospitality make for a wonderful stay at one of the most beautiful locations along your trek.

    Activity: 4 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,116' elevation gain & 1,052' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Follow the Flags to Phortse

    Day 7

    From Tashinga, follow sacred stones and colorful prayer flags to Phortse (12,959'), a traditional Sherpa village off the main trail. A terraced knoll dotted with stone buildings, this hamlet is seldom visited - leaving a pristine, genuine experience for those who veer off the beaten path to explore it.

    Accommodation: Riverside Lodge

    The Riverside Lodge is nestled in a small hamlet surrounded by juniper and rhododendron trees. Listen to the babbling river while relaxing by the fire in the dining area or in your comfortable room. Shared bathrooms and showers.

    Activity: 4 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,609' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Ascend to Dole

    Day 8

    A gradual uphill hike, with only the occasional section of steep steps, takes you up and along the shady side of a valley through mossy rhododendron forest. The wooded trail emerges above the tree line and into the village of Dole (13,248'), home to musk deer, a variety of Himalayan birds, and a cluster of trekking lodges.

    Accommodation: Yeti Inn-Dole

    On the northern side of the stream that bisects the village of Dole, the vast Yeti Inn offers large gardens and a genuine trekking-lodge feel in a lovely pastoral setting. It's a place of comfort and camaraderie, and many trekkers hang out here to acclimatize en route from Phortse to Machermo.

    Activity: 4.5 hours/5 miles hiking with 289' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Climb to Machermo

    Day 9

    Today you trek only about 2.5 miles but gain about 1,200 vertical feet - so it feels like a very significant 2.5 miles! Exiting Dole there is a slight descent (tricky if snow-covered), but it quickly shifts to a steep climb up a hillside covered in tundra grasses and scrub junipers. Continuing up through the valley, mountain views abound, including of Cho Oyu (26,906'), the world's sixth-highest peak. The slope eases as you approach Luza, then it's an easy walk into Machermo (14,665') - where in the 1975 a villager and her yaks were allegedly attacked by a yeti!

    Accommodation: Namgyal Lodge-Machermo


    Set in a lovely courtyard appointed with prayer flags, this better-than-basic lodge exudes warmth from its stone walls, ample blankets, and affable staff. Varied, tasty meals are served in the bright, cozy dining room, and guests can enjoy hot water for sponge baths morning and evening.

    Activity: 4 hours/2.5 miles with 1,400' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Behold Gokyo Valley, Nepal's Land of Sacred Lakes

    Day 10

    Today's views are incredible! Head up into the desolate, high-mountain tundra and breathtaking Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lake (15,419'). Wedged between soaring peaks and awesome glaciers, six main (and 19 total) emerald-green lakes comprise the world's highest freshwater lake system. They are sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus, and traditional beliefs that wildlife should remain unharmed have long protected the region's fauna. Soak in the beauty of three Gokyo lakes before pushing to the village of Gokyo, your home for two nights as you explore this magical area.

    Accommodation: Fitzroy Inn-Gokyo

    The spectacular views over stunning Gokyo Lake are only one of the welcoming Fitzroy Inn's notable characteristics. Others include its comfortable beds, en suite bathrooms with hot showers, warm and tidy dining room serving up generous portions, and genuine Sherpa hospitality.

    Accommodation: Himalayan Eco Lodge-Gokyo

    The Himalayan Eco Lodge's lakefront accommodation offers stellar views of Gokyo Lake and its surrounding snowcapped peaks. Cozy rooms come with en suite bathrooms, in-room sockets for device charging, and a warm and friendly dining room and bar. The lodge takes pride in using renewable solar and hydropower energy, and yak-dung instead of wood in its stoves.

    Activity: 5 hours/4 miles hiking with 1,000' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Summit Gokyo Ri

    Day 11

    Today's hike is optional. But if you're game to climb Gokyo Ri, the Himalayan views - and the feeling of accomplishment - from atop are truly unforgettable! Rise early, cross a stream, and start climbing. Respect the altitude and take it slow, resting often if only to appreciate the spectacular surroundings: endless sky above, mighty mountains around, the enormous Ngozumpa Glacier and holy Gokyo Lakes below. After a few hours, summit Gokyo Ri (17,575') and revel in the awesome beauty of some of the world's highest mountains: Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, and, of course, Everest.

    Accommodation: Fitzroy Inn-Gokyo

    The spectacular views over stunning Gokyo Lake are only one of the welcoming Fitzroy Inn's notable characteristics. Others include its comfortable beds, en suite bathrooms with hot showers, warm and tidy dining room serving up generous portions, and genuine Sherpa hospitality.

    Accommodation: Himalayan Eco Lodge-Gokyo

    The Himalayan Eco Lodge's lakefront accommodation offers stellar views of Gokyo Lake and its surrounding snowcapped peaks. Cozy rooms come with en suite bathrooms, in-room sockets for device charging, and a warm and friendly dining room and bar. The lodge takes pride in using renewable solar and hydropower energy, and yak-dung instead of wood in its stoves.

    Activity: 5 hours/8 miles hiking with 1,991' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cross Renjo La Pass into Thame Valley

    Day 12

    Today you'll feel your proximity to Tibet as you cross Renjo La Pass (17,585'), an adventurous and challenging route that affords more unforgettable mountain and lake views. Descend into the little-known Thame Valley, a former "salt route" along which traders would journey from Tibet to Namche Bazaar. Thame, the largest village in the valley, is also known for being home to Tenzing Norgay, the first Sherpa to climb Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. Today's hike ends in Lungden (14,370'), a tiny village comprising little more than several lodges.

    Accommodation: Lungden View Lodge-Lungden

    There is little to the village of Lungden other than a sprinkling of accommodations. The Lungden View Lodge's basic rooms offer warmth and relaxation to trekkers both preparing to climb the challenging Renjo-La Pass, and to those resting their legs and lungs after crossing it.

    Activity: 9 hours/8 miles hiking with 1,952' elevation gain & 3,166' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Experience Hinduism in Kathmandu

    Day 13

    Your weary feet and wobbly legs appreciate today, as all they have to do is climb aboard a scenic helicopter flight bound for Kathmandu. Spend two leisurely days exploring this magical city, including the sacred Pashupatinath Temple. Straddling the Bagmati River, Kathmandu's oldest Hindu temple is an architectural marvel. It is also the most important temple dedicated to the god Shiva. Elderly and ailing Hindu worshippers arrive from near and far to find shelter in their final weeks, as it is believed that those who die here are reborn as human, regardless of any accumulated bad karma. There may also be time to visit Kathmandu's Durbar Square and shop in the local bazaar.

    Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    A five-star oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, the Yak & Yeti is the perfect blend of contemporary international standards and time-honored Nepali tradition. Guests will find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples, and emerald gardens while enjoying a state-of-the-art gymnasium, spa features, shopping arcades, atrium, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

    Transportation: 1-hour helicopter flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Explore More of Kathmandu

    Day 14

    Continuing your time in Kathmandu, explore Boudhanath Stupa, Nepal's largest temple and one of its holiest sites. Boudhanath is Kathmandu's center of Tibetan culture and rich in Buddhist symbolism: five statues representing the five elements (earth, fire, air, water, and ether), nine levels representing Mount Meru (the mythical peak at the center of the Buddhist cosmos), and 13 rings from its base to its apex (representing the steps to enlightenment). Lunch is on your own. In the afternoon, visit the King's Palace and Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple - try to catch the sunset here!), before joining the group for a farewell dinner.

    Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel-Kathmandu

    A five-star oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, the Yak & Yeti is the perfect blend of contemporary international standards and time-honored Nepali tradition. Guests will find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples, and emerald gardens while enjoying a state-of-the-art gymnasium, spa features, shopping arcades, atrium, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Depart for Home

    Day 15

    This morning we bid a fond farewell to our new friends and this magical country, then transfer to the airport for our homebound flights.

    Transportation: Transfer to airport

    Meals: Breakfast

Nepal Ancient Passes Trek

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek is a legendary outfitter in Nepal, offering pioneering adventure travel experiences in the Everest region since 1969.

Reason #02

Our team of local guides are true experts, with over 20 years' experience in the Gokyo Valley and with MT Sobek.

Reason #03

This exploratory adventure takes intrepid travelers to a less-visited part of Nepal, staying true to MT Sobek's heritage.

Meet your guides

Pranoy Rai

Pranoy Rai

Pranoy Rai was born in Nepal, studied in Darjeeling, India, and has always been a travel enthusiast. Since 1999, he has led numerous treks and tours to Nepal, Tibet and India, and has enormous experience in the field. Pranoy successfully completed his basic mountaineering course at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute of Darjeeling with grade 'A' certificate and is trained in wilderness medicine. In addition to being fluent in English, Nepali, and Hindi, he speaks basic Tibetan and Chinese. Pranoy is very keen on birds, plants, and flowers, and he looks forward to sharing his knowledge with you on the trek.

Binoy Rai

Binoy Rai

Raised in the Himalayas and schooled in Darjeeling, Binoy Rai has always been passionate about trekking and mountaineering. In addition to being a top guide on MT Sobek's Everest Base Camp and Everest Lodge to Lodge adventures, he has undertaken an Advance Mountaineering Course from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling and is well-versed in Wilderness First Aid. Binoy has climbed many peaks in the Nepal and Sikkim Himalaya and enjoys studying the region's flora and fauna. Above all, he is eager to share the wonders of his home country with you.

Activities

Strenuous hiking on mountain paths, covering 2.5-8 miles per day on rugged terrain at a maximum elevation of 17,575'.

Lodging

Scenic and comfortable mountain accommodations in Nepalese inns and lodges, plus two nights at Kathmandu's comfortable Yak & Yeti Hotel.

Climate

Autumn daytime temperatures: 45°F - 65°F; autumn nighttime temperatures 10°F - 35°F. Rain or snow possible. Spring temperatures 5°F-10°F warmer than autumn.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

Your trip leader will meet you in Kathmandu.

Do I need a visa for Nepal?

Yes, and you can get a 30-day visa on arrival for $40.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag for this trip?

No, we can provide a Mountain Hardwear 0° bag free of charge.

Will I have cell coverage on this trip?

It's best not to count on it, as coverage is spotty.

Are there any baggage weight restrictions on the flight to Lukla?

Yes. You can bring 15 kg/33 lb baggage per person-including checked and hand-carry baggage. It's not possible to pay for overweight baggage.

Does this trip contribute to any local philanthrophy efforts?

Yes! This trip helps support the introduction of technology into the educational system of the Nepalese village of Deusa. In just two years, funds from this program advanced the school's computer lab by donating 20 laptops and hiring a computer teacher.

2021

Scheduled Dates

  • Oct 10 - 24, 2021
    $7,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$230 internal airfare+$800 single supplement
    Wait List
  • Oct 25 - Nov 08, 2021
    $7,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$230 internal airfare+$800 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Mar 30 - Apr 13, 2022
    $7,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$230 internal airfare+$825 single supplement
    Available
  • Oct 01 - 15, 2022
    $7,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$230 internal airfare+$825 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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800-974-0300

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4 to 5 guests from $8,795 per person double occupancy

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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