Well, we have just made the final decision to go trekking in Nepal again. This adventure marks the beginning of our new project, Trek to the 14, 8000m Mountains. Along the way on this trek we will see four 8000m mountains, Everest (8850m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m) and Cho-Oyu (8201m). If the trek goes to plan it will be 4 down, 10 to go!
Last year we were in Nepal for 5 weeks, trekking in the Everest or Khumbu region. We trekked the beautiful track from Jiri to Namche Bazaar trek and we wanted to continue to Gokyo and walk up Gokyo Ri then cross Cho La but it was not to be. A huge amount of snow had fallen just before we arrived in Nepal and then just as we were to actually enter the Gokyo Valley it snowed again, heavily. The track was chest deep in snow and trekkers were turning around, unable to force their way through. Added to this was that Cho La, the high pass we had planned to cross to exit the valley was also covered in thick snow making it too dangerous to cross. We had to admit defeat and decided that we would have to visit again in a different season.
So this is it! We are returning and this time we will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek up to Namche Bazaar before heading across to Chukung and Chukung Ri. This will ensure that we are acclimatised to the altitude well before we tackle Cho La, this time going from east to west. Our major goal will be Gokyo and Gokyo Ri and we look forward to seeing the beautiful lakes and another mountain that sours above 8000m – Cho-Oyu which at 8201m, dominates the skyline at the head of the valley.
From Gokyo we will continue up and over Renjo La and into the wild and wonderful valley that leads, finally as you top the ridge, to the pretty village of Thame, where Tenzing Norgay was born. Up above the village is the ancient and beautiful monastery, one of the oldest in the area. The walk takes you back up onto the ridge between two valleys and the views are stunning. The monks will show you around inside and while you are there take a look at the very, very old prayer books some of which date back over a hundred years.
Another reason for us to travel to Nepal again is to support our Nepali friends who made our last trek so wonderful. They have all been effected deeply by the earthquake last April and by going trekking with them again we offer continued support. We will use the same Nepali trekking company, based in Thamel, Kathmandu and if you would like more information about the trekking company we used I would be delighted to pass on their details.
If you would like any more information about trekking in any area of Nepal please contact me below.
Maybe one day we will meet somewhere out on the track.