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Tashi Lapsta and Gokyo Ri Trek

Trip Title: Tashi Lapsta and Gokyo Ri Trek

Trip Length: 18 Days

Trip Grade: B/C       [Grading Overview]

Country: Nepal

Area: Tashi Labsta Rolwaling Himal - Everest

National Park: Sagarmatha / Gaurisankar       [Parks Overview]

Activity: Trekking

Activity Grade: 5+       [Grading Overview]

Special Focus: Tashi Labsta Pass / Gokyo Ri

Months: April, May, September, October, November,

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Description:

Tashi Lapsta and Gokyo Ri Trek  take in the Tashi Lapche Pass (5,755m.), one of Nepals highest most difficult fair weather trekking passes – remote and wild, it is guaranteed free from tourists, but its difficulty should not be underestimated. You have to be fit and willing to enjoy this foreboding landscape.

The Tashi Labsta pass is in the Rowaling Himal area inside the Gauri Sankar Conservation Zone; a remote  area inhabited by a few Sherpa villagess. The valley has only one viable very steep entrance track – the other two difficult access points are the tashi labsta pass and another difficult route to Junbesi on the old original Everest trail.

After crossing the Tashi Labsta, we ascend the Renjo pass (5,388m) inside Sagamatha National Park to Gokyo village, perched beside a high Himalayan lake. An ascent of Gokyo Ri (5357m/19,216ft) gives unparrelled views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyo – 4 peaks over 8000m.

This trip can be extended to take in all three Everest high passes

Itinerary:

World Heritage Area

Set in Rolwaling Himal, sandwiched between Lapchi Kang and the Tashi Labsta Pass, always in the shadow of the huge 7000m massif of Gauri Sanka, this Sherpa inhabited valley is isolated from Everest by its awesome pass. Outstanding Himalayan views are certain – Everest Range, Shisha Pangma, Gauri Shanks, Mani Himal are all on our doorstep.

Day 01.
Kathmandu to Lukla by flight. 2,860 m.
Trek to Phakding – 2,652 m.

Day 02.
Namche Bazaar. 3,440 m.

Day 03.
Acclimatisation Day. Namche Bazaar is a thriving center for local Sherpa culture and trade.

Day 04.
Phunke Tenga. 3,250 m.

Day 05.
Dole. 4,090 m.

Day 06.
Machhermo 4,465 m.
The trail climbs to Labharma and Luza. The path is steep as it climbs through scrub junipers. The trail continues high above the river and then crosses the sandy slopes before reaching the village of Machhermo.

Note: Days 4-6 are short to ensure acclimatisation for the high altitude part of this trip.

Day 07.
Machhermo –  Gokyo. 4,750m
Trekking some wild terrain to cross the Renjo La pass before descending to the high alpine village of Gokyo perched above a glacial lake. Good views.

Day 08.
Trek up Gokyo Ri Peak. 5,357 m.
The views around Gokyo are tremendous. From the top of Gokyo Ri (5357m/19,216ft) you view beautiful isolated Himalayan scenes It is a two-hour climbing to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. You will take this easy day for rest and acclimatization.

Day 09.
Renjo La 5,388m to Lumde or Thame.

Day 10.
Thame / rest day 3,750 m.

Day 11.
Parchemuche Tsho 4,900 m.
Across the Dhud Khosi River to the huge flank under the Tashi Labsta pass.

Day 12.
High Camp. 5,100 m.

Day 13.
Tashi Labsta Pass 5,755 m.
Trek down to Trakarding Galcier 4,500 m.. Amazing views of the Himalayas. You are in the middle of them !

Day 14.
Bedding 3,690 m.

Day 15.
Rest Day. Explore Rowaling Valley.

Day 16.
Simigoan 2000m.

Day 17.
Steep trek down to Tama Khosi River. We find a suitable place to camp / lodge for the night.

Day 18.
Bus Kathmandu.

Price:

Type of Trekking: Camping / Tea House mix.

Minimum 2 Pax – 1850
(3-6) Pax – 1460
(7-10) Pax – 1400

The Price includes:
Accommodation in available lodges or guesthouses in route, food (except bar bill), staffs (Guide and porters) and their all expenses including insurance, Park entry fee, ground transportation and governmental taxes. All camping Gear and three meals a day while camping.
Trekking permit. Tims Card.
Three nights Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu – two on arrival, one on return.
Airport pick up and drop.
KTM – Lukla Flight.

Price does not include.
Personal equipment and clothing. Insurance. Alcohol and extra food and drinks outside mealtimes.

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