Fantastic Gokyo Lake and Renjola-Pass Trekking
We (26 and 29 years old German couple) went to Nepal from 24.05. to 08.06. (2 weeks) to do the Gokyo Lake Trekking with the modification, that we took the way back over the Renjola-pass and Thame to Namche Bazar. It was a great adventure: The Renjo-La (pass) was covered in snow at the time. Therefore the way up was exhausting, but the nature around there and the view of Mt. Everest and its neighbors were well worth the effort. We were very lucky with the weather (only 2 days of rain or rather snow from 4000m up) and enjoyed the whole trip a lot. The support and organization by Global Adventure Trekking were outstanding.
Global Adventure Trekking provided us with an excellent, officially licensed guide. Our personal assessment is that the other guides of Global Adventure Trekking are comparable in quality.
Our guide, called Dip, was just great. He proved to be most knowledgeable in trekking in this region. He found the way to Gokyo Ri and over the Renjola-pass even though we had at least half a meter of fresh snow without any problem where other trekkers said there was "no way" at the time. We never could have found the correct way without him. He explained a lot about Nepal (people, language, costumes, culture, food, flora, and fauna). In the evening he always outlined the next day's trek precisely to prepare us for the coming challenge. Since his English was fluent the conversation was very easy and without misunderstanding. He cared a lot about us.
To give just one example, we were very worried when one of us got a headache at Gokyo lake (4800m above sea level). After a detailed conversation and a short examination, he encouraged us to stay at this height. His assessment that the headache wasn’t due to AMS but because of sun, wind and exertion proved to be correct. A few hours after following his suggestion to take garlic-soup (not very delicious but helpful) and having a little rest the headache was nearly gone.
When Dip noticed we were a little bit faster than initially planned he adjusted our trekking-schedule to have us go back to Kathmandu two days earlier. This provided us with enough time to visit the Chitwan National Park (jungle) after our trekking tour.
In the evenings we played cards (he taught us a Nepali game that after a while even one of us Germans won sometimes) and we laughed a lot together. All in all, he gave us the feeling that he is not only our guide but also our friend. Thank you Dip! :-)