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Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek

Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Everest region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking/Hiking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Full-board on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Gokyo RI (5360m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek is one of the challenging and rewarding treks in the Everest region. The trek involves crossing over one of the high passes of Khumbu, the Renjo La Pass and trekking in the beautiful Gokyo Valley where the dazzling turquoise Gokyo Lake is located. During the trekking route, one also gets to witness the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest during the trekking route.

Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek is a bit off the beaten path if compared to the popular Everest Base Camp trek. The trek begins after a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and the trek begins to Phakding and eventually to Namche Bazaar. You will then take a different route to the stunning Gokyo Valley and cross over Renjo La Pass.
In Gokyo, one can explore the beauty of Gokyo Lake which is the world's highest freshwater lake system. You can climb up to the popular Himalayan viewpoint Gokyo-Ri at 5,360 meters which provides a spectacular Himalayan view of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest. The trek then proceeds with a crossing over Rinjo La pass at 5,340 meters which commands another stunning Himalayan view.

Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek is a rewarding trek that takes you to some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Everest region and is ideal for any adventurous trekkers who love to explore the Himalayas.

Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek Highlights

  • Take a trip to one of the high passes Renjo la pass at 5,340 meters
  • Trek via challenging trails in the Khumbu region
  • Explore Sagarmatha National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • View the sunrise & spectacular Himalaya panorama by ascending Gokyo Ri (5360m)
  • Explore the Sherpa people's ancestral home and charming communities
  • View the stunning scenery of snow-capped mountains such as Everest, Cho Oyu, etc.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m/40min) & Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2610 m/3-4 hrs)
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/5-6 hrs)
Day 04: Rest day in Namche Bazaar for Acclimatization & Hike to Hotel Everest View (3880m/3-4 hrs)
Day 05: Trek Namche to Dole (4200m/5-6 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4400m/4-5 hrs)
Day 07: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4700m/4 -5 hrs)
Day 08: Hike to Gokyo RI (5360m/4-5 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Gokyo to Lunden (4300m) via crossing Renjo la pass (5340m/6-7 hrs)
Day 10: Trek from Lunden to Thame (3800m/4-5 hrs)
Day 11: Trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar (3440m/4-5 hrs)
Day 12: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2800m/6-7 hrs)
Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m/40min)
Day 14: Final Departure

Arrive in Kathmandu and one of our representatives will receive you and then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located which is usually at Thamel – the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu where every needs and facilities for the tourist are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, departmental stores, trek gear shops etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan trek.

Hotel

Wake up early in the morning and drive to the domestic section of the airport in Kathmandu for a flight to Lukla. After checking the weather it’s flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at Tenzing Hillary Airport. You will have a packed breakfast from the hotel which can be eaten while waiting for the plane at Kathmandu airport.

After 40-45 minutes flight from Kathmandu you will finally land at Lukla then being your trek to Phakding –a small village in Khumbu region. Lukla is also the place where your porters will be waiting for you. The trail goes through a green path crossing several villages like Chauri Kharka and Ghat then finally reaches Phakding for an overnight stay

Note: Flights from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa may be rerouted to Manthali during the peak trekking seasons of March, April, May, September, October, and November due to increased air traffic congestion. Manthali is 5 hours drive from Kathmandu and we need to start at 12.30am for  Kathmandu/Manthali drive to catch the flight to Lukla from Manthali. During December, January, February, June, July, or August, you will experience a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, the trek begins with the trail going through forests, traditional villages with plowed fields, and yak pastures then reaches the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park from where Mt. Thamserku can be spotted.

After completing permit formalities and having lunch you will climb up to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest region and the biggest Sherpa town in the Khumbu region where many hotels, luxury resorts, restaurants, pubs, trek shops etc are located. You name it, they have it at Namche and if you forget to shop for any trek gear in Kathmandu, Namche is the last point to do so but the price may differ. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is the rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and to cope with the rising elevation. You can go for a side excursion to Hotel Everest View (3880m) which is considered the hotel located at the highest point on earth. From it’s balcony you can have the first glimpse of Mt. Everest and other world’s highest peaks sipping tea/coffee. Then it’s back to your hotel in Namche Bazaar. In the evening, you can explore around Namche, talk with the locals, meeting many other trekkers and mountaineers from around the world.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

From Namche Bazaar, the trail ascends gradually with some ups and downs. You’ll pass through several small settlements, enjoying stunning views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam along the way. After a few hours of trekking, you’ll reach Kyangjuma, a small village with teahouses and lodges.

 

Leaving Kyangjuma, you’ll head to Mong La. The trail involves some steep uphill sections, but the panoramic views of mountains like Khumbila and Thamserku make it worthwhile. Mong La is an excellent place to take a break and have some refreshments before continuing your trek.

 

After resting in Mong La, you’ll descend down towards the Dudh Koshi River and then climb back up through rhododendron and pine forests to reach Phortse Tenga, a small settlement with lodges and tea houses. From Phortse Tenga, the trail leads you through lush forests and over suspension bridges. You’ll pass through some beautiful waterfalls and eventually start climbing up to Dole, which lies above the tree line. As you ascend, the vegetation becomes sparse, and the landscape changes drastically. Dole offers stunning views of mountains like Kantega, Cho Oyu, and Thamserku. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trail continues to climb gradually through yak pastures and alpine landscapes. You’ll come across Mani stones (engraved with Buddhist prayers) and chortens along the way. Luza is a small settlement with teahouses and lodges where you can take a break and enjoy the serene surroundings.

 

From Luza, the trail leads you along the Dudh Koshi River and up towards Machhermo. The trek involves a steady climb, and you’ll cross some small streams and enjoy views of the snow-capped peaks around you. As you approach Machhermo, the valley widens, and you’ll be surrounded by stunning mountain vistas.

 

Once you reach Machhermo, you can explore the village and its surroundings. Machhermo is a beautiful settlement with a few lodges, providing a perfect place to rest and acclimatize further. It’s essential to stay hydrated and take it easy to adjust to the high altitude.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trek begins with a gradual ascent from Machhermo to Pangka. You’ll pass through yak pastures and enjoy breathtaking views of Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest mountain in the world. The trail may involve some ups and downs, but it’s relatively moderate compared to some other sections of the Everest region trek.

 

From Pangka, the trail continues to climb towards the Gokyo Valley. You’ll reach the first of the six Gokyo Lakes, which is a mesmerizing sight with its turquoise waters and the backdrop of snow-capped peaks. The trail then leads to the main village of Gokyo, located next to the third Gokyo Lake. Gokyo is a picturesque village with lodges and teahouses, surrounded by the stunning Himalayan scenery. Once you arrive in Gokyo, you can take some time to explore the village and its surroundings. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The hike to Gokyo Ri starts from the village of Gokyo. It’s a challenging ascent that involves walking on rocky terrain and some steep sections. The hike typically takes around 2 to 3 hours to reach the summit. However, the duration can vary depending on your fitness level and the weather conditions.

 

Once you reach the top of Gokyo Ri, you’ll be rewarded with a jaw-dropping 360-degree panorama of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The view includes Mount Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8481m), Cho Oyu (8201m), and many other peaks. You’ll also have a stunning view of the Gokyo Lakes below, which are a series of glacial lakes that add to the beauty of the landscape.

 

After spending some time soaking in the mesmerizing views from the summit of Gokyo Ri, you’ll descend back to Gokyo Village. The descent usually takes around 1.5 to 2 hours. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trek starts from Gokyo Village, and you’ll gradually ascend towards the Renjo La pass. The trail takes you through rocky terrain and might involve some steep sections. As you ascend, the views of the Gokyo Lakes and surrounding peaks become more impressive. You’ll reach the base camp of Renjo La, where you’ll spend the night before crossing the pass the next day.

 

Crossing Renjo La pass is the highlight of this trek. It’s a challenging ascent to the pass, and you’ll need to start early in the morning to ensure favorable weather conditions. The climb to the top of the pass rewards you with breathtaking panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and other peaks of the Everest region. After enjoying the view and taking some well-deserved rest, you’ll begin the descent to Lunden. The trail descends steeply, and you’ll pass through a beautiful valley with yak pastures and traditional Sherpa settlements. The trek from Renjo La pass to Lunden usually takes around 6 to 7 hours.

 

Lunden is a picturesque village with teahouses and lodges, providing a comfortable place to rest after a challenging day of trekking. The serene atmosphere and the warmth of the local Sherpa hospitality make Lunden a perfect place to relax and reflect on your adventure. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trail descends through a beautiful valley with lush vegetation. You’ll pass through several small Sherpa settlements and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains. After a couple of hours of trekking, you’ll reach Marulung, where you can take a short break.

 

From Marulung, the trail continues along the Bhote Koshi River and takes you through rhododendron forests and traditional Sherpa villages. Thame is a significant village in the region, and it’s renowned for being the hometown of Tenzing Norgay, one of the first climbers to summit Mount Everest. The Thame Monastery is one of the main attractions of the village and holds religious and cultural significance.

 

The trek from Lunden to Thame typically takes around 4 to 5 hours, depending on your walking pace and the weather conditions. It’s a relatively moderate trek with some gradual descents, making it an enjoyable journey through the scenic landscapes of the Everest region. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trek starts from Thame, a historic Sherpa village with a beautiful monastery. From Thame, the trail descends gradually, passing through small settlements and crossing suspension bridges over the Bhote Koshi River. After about an hour of trekking, you’ll reach Thamo, a charming village with tea houses and lodges.

 

Leaving Thamo, the trail continues along the Dudh Koshi River. You’ll pass through rhododendron and pine forests, enjoying the natural beauty of the region. After approximately 3 to 4 hours of trekking, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar, the bustling trading hub and the largest settlement in the Everest region. Namche Bazaar offers various facilities, including accommodation, restaurants, shops, and internet access.

 

The trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar typically takes around 4 to 5 hours, depending on your walking pace and the weather conditions. It’s a moderately challenging trek with some gradual ascents and descents, providing ample opportunities to enjoy the scenic landscapes and the cultural aspects of the region. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

As you make your way down from the breathtaking mountain views behind you, you will descend to Lukla. The journey takes you through Jorsale, Monjo, and Phakding, showcasing the lush forests and magnificent mountainous terrain that will keep you captivated throughout the trek. Make sure to savor the final moments of gazing at the massive peaks and cherish the end of your Everest hike.

 

In the evening, it’s time to celebrate the successful completion of your Himalayan adventure with your crew and teammates. Take this opportunity to express gratitude to everyone, especially the porters who tirelessly carried your belongings. A festive atmosphere will envelop the hiking crew as you join the porters and guides in singing, dancing, and enjoying local brews. Before the night ends, consider offering tips as a gesture of appreciation to your porter, guides, and assistant guides, as you bid farewell to most of the porters and assistant guides in Lukla.

 

Tonight, as you lay down to sleep, let the memories of Everest fill your dreams, knowing that you accomplished an incredible feat. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Bid farewell to the Everest region and the mountain, and take again the trans-Himalayan flight back to Kathmandu to Lukla. The Himalayas slowly fade from your plane window screen and finally land at the airport in Kathmandu. Then drive to a hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore or simply rest at your hotel. 

Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner included

The trip concludes and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours prior to your flight time at the airport.

 

Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home!

 

If you plan to extend your holiday then other travel activities like jungle safari, rafting, mountain biking, bungee jumping etc are also up on the list.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu round airfare.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag & Duffel bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permits for Everest National Park, Khumbu Municipality and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • Farewell Dinner at Nepali Authentic Restaurant.
  • All government and local taxes.

What is not included?

  • International airfares.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 15 kgs.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the itinerary due to bad weather, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.
  • Tips to guide & porters (Tipping is expected).

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What is the Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek?
The Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek is a challenging and exhilarating trekking route in the Everest region of Nepal. It combines the exploration of the Gokyo Valley and its glacial lakes with the crossing of the high-altitude Renjo La Pass.

2. What is the starting point of the trek?
The trek often starts from the town of Lukla, which is accessible by a short flight from Kathmandu. From Lukla, trekkers follow the trail to Namche Bazaar and then head towards the Gokyo Valley to explore its lakes. The trek includes crossing the Renjo La Pass before descending back to Lukla.

3. Is the Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek difficult?
The Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek is considered a challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and some prior trekking experience. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, and crossing the Renjo La Pass at an elevation of about 5,360 meters (17,585 feet) can be physically demanding.

4. What is the best time to do the Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek?
The best time for the Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and pleasant temperatures, making the trekking experience more enjoyable.

5. Are permits required for the Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek?
Yes, permits are required for the Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek. The required permits typically include the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.

6. What are the highlights of the Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek?
The trek offers a range of highlights, including exploring the beautiful Gokyo Valley with its turquoise glacial lakes, crossing the challenging Renjo La Pass with panoramic mountain views, witnessing the stunning scenery of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, and other Himalayan peaks, and experiencing the unique Sherpa culture and hospitality

7. What kind of accommodation is available during the trek?
Teahouses and lodges are available along the Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek route, providing basic accommodation and meals. The facilities may not be luxurious, but they are sufficient for a comfortable stay.

8. What is the difficulty level of Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek?
Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek is a moderate to challenging trek that requires a good level of fitness and endurance. The trek involves several long and steep ascents and descents, as well as crossing a high mountain pass at an altitude of over 5,300 meters. The thin air at these high altitudes can also pose a challenge to some trekkers, causing altitude sickness or other health issues. However, with proper preparation, acclimatization, and a positive attitude, the Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek is an achievable and rewarding adventure for those who seek it.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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