Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek - 14 Days

Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek
Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek
Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek
Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek
Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Challenging
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Flights, private car /van
  • Food: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel, lodge (tea house)
  • Group Size: 01 to 15 pax
  • Max Elevation: 5,357m
  • Best Season: March to May / September to November
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Average Walk: 5- 6 hours

Highlights

  • Attain the challenging height of 5360m/17880ft at Gokyo RI and 5340m/17843ft Renjo La Pass
  • Visit Gokyo Lakes (Fourth, Fifth), Rermo Pokhari and explore the slow-flowing Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal
  • Have the astounding panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, the Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, and Tawache
  • Hike around amazing spots like Scoundrel’s viewpoint, Nangpa La, Lambara, Luza, Lungden, Thame, Namche, etc
  • Witness the diversified and rare species of flora and fauna such as Musk Deer, Wild mount goat, Lophophorus, Mountain Hawk, Snow Duck, and more
  • Experience the Tibetan influenced Sherpa traditional culture, lifestyle, and their warm hospitality
  • Enjoy the adventurous, wild and solitary trails with icy glaciers and green-blue lakes

About Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek

Everest Region is the most popular trekking destination in Nepal. One of the reasons is the optional choices of trek. Amongst Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek is the thrilling choice to escape the mainstream trail like Everest Base Camp. 

The Everest Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek takes you to stunning Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La Pass. Their elevation is more than 5000 meters. Thus, the trek is very challenging as well.

Besides high elevation, this trek takes you to high passes of Khumbu near Tibet. You can enjoy the wholesome Everest ranges’ view all the way. Ethnic Sherpa valleys and their traditional lifestyle is another part of experience. You will enjoy the raw beauty of Everest in its most defined form.

Other fascination is the visit to famous mount hubs like Namche Bazaar, Thame, Lukla, Machhemero. There are a lot of stupas, chortens, and ancient monasteries never seen before. Fill yourself up for walking in the alpine woods of Sagarmatha National Park. You will have the mesmerizing journey ever.

The complete trip and trek duration of Gokyo Renjo La Trek is 14 and 12 days respectively. The starting and ending point of your trek will be Lukla. The grade of the trek is very difficult and demanding. But don’t worry! With us,  Nepal Adventure Bound, you will have a perfect itinerary for your perfect journey.

Best time for Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek

The most preferred time for Everest Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek are pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (September to December). The pre-monsoon lies in spring season that promises colorful surrounding, blooming nature, and moderate snowfall.

While trekking in post-monsoon or autumn will have clear weather, calm skies, and stunning mount views.

Gear up properly as you may encounter snowfall anytime at such altitudes. Also, at night time temperature can drop upto -10 degrees.

Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Difficulty

The major difficulty for Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass is its high changing altitude. The vantage point of the trek is above 5000m. Thus, you will be bridging about 1000 meter of altitude. And walking steep for 5-6 hours is not a joke. You must be physically as well as mentally strong.

This trek has no technical climb but the terrains are harsh. So, Renjo La Pass may not be apt for novices.

The teahouse/mount lodges are run by locals. Don’t have higher expectations as the accommodation beyond Namche is very basic.

Not to forget Renjo La Pass route is a secluded one. You may find fewer trekkers than other popular treks of Everest. However, this could be a boon for solitude loving trekkers.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival, our officials will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Then, you will be transferred to your preferred hotel.

After resting for a while, you are free to explore hubs around you. This day you will also meet your guide, porter, and possibly fellow travelers. You will get a complete briefing about your whole journey.

For the permits, you will have to carry necessary documents like passport, copies of passport-sized photos, and travel insurance. 

    This day marks the official start of your trip. You will board an early half an hour flight to Lukla. The flight is a lifetime adventure in itself with the narrowest runway of just 60m. It literally tests your fate and patience.

    On reaching Lukla airport, you will rest awhile and have your lunch. Lukla is an awesome spot that welcomes you with outstanding scenery and pleasant hospitality. Break at Lukla will help you for a fresh start.

    Afterward, you will walk towards Phakding for the overnight. You will cross a handful of DudhKoshi valley including Chheplung and Ghat. Kusum Kangru peak appears glistening. You will enjoy the crafted mani stones and tough ridges on your way.

    Note: You might have to take Lukla flight from Ramechhap due to ongoing TIA upgrades. To reach Ramechhap airport, you will take 4 hours early drive from Kathmandu. 

      Leaving the tribal village, you will step up for your next spot; Namche Bazaar. You will walk along and also cross the Dudhkoshi river several times. The experience with the high and narrow suspension bridge is thrilling. Enjoy the view of Mt. Thamserku from Benkar village.

      Continuing the ascent, you will reach Jorsale. Jorsale is a small village of Khumbu that welcomes you with colorful prayer flags. Here, you can have your lunch and rest awhile. Also, this is the point Sagarmatha National Park where you verify your permits.

      Walking 2-3 hours from Jorasale, you will get to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest. Filled with small and colorful markets, Namche is rich in Tibetan artifacts. You will have a fascinating experience this historic trading hub.

      You will stay at the Everest View Hotel, Namche Bazaar. The panorama of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam from the hotel is commendable. 

        Due to the increasing altitude, we need to acclimatize to the alpine weather. Namche Bazaar is one of the best places to take a day break and explore around. You can go hiking around Khunde and Khumjung along with the Everest View Hotel. The longest Mani wall in Khumbu, Khumjung Gompa and Khunde Hillary Hospital are the major attractions during your tour around. Overnight at lodge.

          Leaving Namche, you head to Dole, the region above 4000 meters. Your walk begins with gradual climbs along ridges of Kyanjuma. You will have the glorious scenes of surrounding hills and mountain ranges.

          Then, you walk by the dense forest rich in colored rhododendrons, pine, juniper, hanging mosses, and lichens. This part is perfect in spring when these florae are blooming. Afterward, your trails pass through various Kharkas and Sherpa settlements. You also see the wide pasturelands with wild sheep and yaks grazing on.

          Before Dole, your route also passes through Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m). These small settlements have few lodges where you can take a break. You can have a beautiful view of peaks like Khumbila and Tawache. The scenes widen upon reaching Dole where you stay overnight.

            As you march along the elevation, the air gets thinner than before. Thus, you need to be more precautious.

            Continuing the mainstream, you will ascend on the stretches of juniper forests of wildflowers. You encounter waterfalls, narrow terrain, and steep ridges. You will climb the height of Lambara (4,220m) and Luza (4,360m). The sight of peaks Kantega and Thamserku is absolutely admirable.

            The trail then takes you to high above the river and sandy field. Finally, you reach Machhermo. This is one thrilling spot of Renjo La Pass as here lies the mysterious stories related to ’Yeti’.

            Do visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital if you have time. You’ll get helpful info regarding AMS, its precaution, and primary treatment.

              Exploring Macchermo, your trek to Gokyo Lake starts. After your early breakfast, you continue crossing towering hill and narrow paths. You cannot miss the excellent view of Kantega Valley and Mount Cho-Oyu.

              Besides, your trail takes you to Pangka (4,390m) and the moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. There will be various uphills and downhills through Longpongo and Raboche Tsho. Later on, you will arrive at Gokyo for the night stay.

              As you will have some time, you can visit the small Fifth Lake at 4,650m. The view of the lake is naturally astounding. This lake also holds the story behind the family of ancient green Brainy ducks.

                This would be another daybreak for exploring Gokyo. Also, this is a significant day as you attain the highest point of your trek; Gokyo RI.

                You will wake up early and start climbing up to Gokyo RI. It would take about 2-3 hours to reach the top. Gokyo Ri is a small hamlet of few stone houses. Also, it is one of the highest settlements in the world.

                Once you reach, Gokyo RI provides you the finest panorama of Mahalangur Himalayan Range. Other visible famous peaks are Everest, Cho-Oyu, the Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Makalu, Chokatse, and Tawache.

                While returning, the way will be through Fourth and Fifth Lakes. You can hike and explore places like around. The north face of Mount Everest looks perfect from Scoundrel’s viewpoint. The high cliffs and Himlayas looks remarkable.

                Another luring part is a glimpse of Cho Oyu Base Camp and Ngozumpa Glacier. The glacier is also the largest glacier in Nepal. Slowly flowing, the glacier resembles the beautiful body of ice. You will have the best time here. At last, you will walk back to Gokyo for a night stay.


                  Here comes another exciting and challenging day. You begin your uphill climb for passing Renjo La Pass at first. There is an area of lush grass and grazing field. You should be careful as the trail is steep.

                  Reaching the top, you have a stunning view including Everest, Makalu, Tengi Ragi Tau Cholatse, Taboche, Rolwaling, and Gokyo Lakes. The vistas are very breathtaking.

                  Continuing through DudhPokhari lakes, you bend down towards the stone staircase. That path might be icy and slippery. Along the way lies Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. The trail then leads to a remote northern Bhote Koshi valley.

                  Then after walking down an alley, you will reach Lunden. Lunden is a valley influenced by Tibetan culture and tradition. You will have a courteous stay here. If you have spare time, you can visit Nangpa La Pass too.

                    After your breakfast, you begin your descent. You will enjoy every bit of amazing snow peaks on the way. You may also meet Tibetan traders sharing their rare lifestyle. You will then cross various settlements, dense forests, and stone stairs.

                    Walking for 4-5 hours, you will finally reach Thame. There are a lot of places you can explore. Above 150 meters above Thame, there is the historic Thame monastery. This picturesque monastery is home to many monks and Laypeople. People celebrate festivals like Mani Rimdu festival here.

                    Thus, you get to experience spiritual Buddhist practices and witness the lovely culture of Sherpa. Also, you will love the lovely alpine views.

                      This day, you descend down the winding trail to Namche Bazaar once more. You will trek past ancient gompas and chortens. Stoned cottages on the way will aid you for food and rest. You will enjoy walking on the isolated trails.

                      The settlements like Thamo and Samde are your resting spots. Thamo has a monastery called Khari Gompa. You could visit this nunnery and meet little monks. On the way, you also pass through the world’s highest hydroelectric power station.

                      As you’ll be at Namche again, you can fully enjoy this time. Must try the unique and appetizing dishes made from yak cheese and butter. Also, you can buy amazing souvenirs that includes exotic traditional arts and crafts.

                        Today is the final day of your trek. Retracing your steps, you will get back to Lukla. This descent continues along the Dudh Koshi river. There are many suspension bridges you cross this day. It is about 7 hours of complete downhill from Namche.

                        You can have a memorable time chit-chatting with the locals. Also, do enjoy their local feast and folk dance there.

                          Your exotic time at Sagarmatha National Park comes to an end. You will catch an early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Say goodbye to your trek with the gorgeous mountain view from the top. Within half an hour, you will reach the capital.

                          The rest of your day is leisure. You can either rest in your hotel or stroll around. Visit UNESCO listed heritage sites like Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath. Major tourist hub; Thamel is good place for shopping. And at evening celebrate your successful journey in any club or pub.

                            Here comes the day of final departure!

                            After the wondersome journey you head back to your country. Our representatives will escort you to the airport as per your schedule. Bid a final farewell to the land of Himalayas.

                            No wonder, with Nepal Adventure Bound you will have a great time here. We also look forward to see you soon.

                            If you want to explore more do let us know. Also, we can arrange the needed itinerary matching your timings. Just do forget to contact us and drop any related query.

                              Cost Details

                              • All Airport transport in a private vehicle
                              • 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3star category hotel in Kathmandu
                              • Round -trip flight ticket Kathmandu - Lukla -Kathmandu including departure taxes
                              • Twin-sharing tea house accommodation during the trek
                              • 3 Meals a day during the trek: (breakfast, lunch and dinner) a cup of Tea/ coffee during the breakfast time.
                              • Some seasonal fruit every evening after the dinner
                              • Gov-licensed, experienced, helpful, and friendly guide and porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accident insurance
                              • Sagarmatha National park permit fee
                              • TIMS fee – Trekkers information Management System Card
                              • Down jacket and sleeping bag if need
                              • First aid medicine kit including a pulse oximeter
                              • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
                              • Farewell dinner
                              • Government taxes & office service charge
                              • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
                              • Nepal entry visa fee
                              • Your travel and medical insurance (recommended)
                              • Porter fee for single trekker (optional)
                              • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, costs of alcohol, recharging batteries, additional porters, bottled or boiled water, all desserts, tea coffee hot showers, and wifi, among others
                              • Tips for trekking staff (tipping is expected)

                              Useful Information

                              It is important to be noted that the Kathmandu -Lukla - Kathmandu flights often gets delayed by hours or even gets cancelled for a day or few days due to unfavorable weather conditions in the mountain airstrip Lukla. Such unfavorable conditions may arise even during the best seasons including months October and November hence inis always better to prepare ahead. In such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or at the end of the trek and sometime in both cases.  We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the earliest next flight for you but it might not always work well as there are many people in que for days long. In case of emergencies and need of urgent flight, the Helicopter rescue can be another option to escape to and from the mountain, except for some bad weather the Helicopters always have easy excess in the mountains. This can be arranged upon your request with some additional cost which sometime is covered by your insurance as well. The Helicopter can be chartered from both the airports, Kathmandu and Lukla with the tentative cost of US$ 3000 per lift which at a time can accommodate maximum of 5 Person. Having said this, we still suggest you to mentally prepare for possible delay/cancellations and arrange some extra contingency days which we can save for the end of the trip and if everything goes normal these days can be utilized for exploring other beautiful destinations around the valley as per your interest and we, the Adventure Bound is always there to provide you different options to utilize the days in best ways.