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Gokyo Lake Renjola Pass Trek

Duration

15 Days

Tour Type

Trekking/Hiking

Group Size

2+

Accomodation

Tea house/Hotel

Meal

B.L.D

Max. Altitiude

5360 M

Best Season

March-May/Sep-Dec

Departure from

Kathmandu

Hightlight

  • Least frequented trekking route in Nepal
  • One of the parts of Everest Three High Passes Trek
  • Sherpa culture, tradition, and lifestyle
  • Himalayan landscapes
  • Rich biodiversity of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Experience of Peak climbing in Nepal/Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m)
  • Exploration of one of the highest altitude glacial lakes’ channel
  • 360 degree views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, etc.

Overview

Gokyo Lake Renjola Pass Trek is one of the least frequented trekking routes in Nepal. You can get to explore and experience remote but naturally rich areas of the Khumbu Region. Renjola Pass Trek with Gokyo Lakes gives you an opportunity to cross one Everest Three High Passes Trek.

You can cross Renjo La Pass (5,360m) before and after exploring the Gokyo Lakes Valley. No matter, whether you do it before or after, Renjo La Pass Gokyo Valley Trek lets you explore the pristine valley more beautified by the turquoise watered lakes.

Although a challenging trek in the Everest Region, Gokyo Lakes Trek with Renjo La Pass rewards you with a close view of the Sherpa culture, tradition, and lifestyle including the Himalayan landscapes.

Renjo La Pass Trek with Gokyo Lakes begins after reach Lukla via a flight, helicopter ride, or a bus ride to Jiri and then following Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek route. Before that, you take a city tour of the Kathmandu Valley in which you explore 4 of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Gokyo Valley consists of a natural channel of 19 glacial lakes, which are also some of the highest altitude freshwater lakes in the world. The trekkers will enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of snowcapped mountains of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range. Gokyo Ri hiking rewards you with Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and many more.

The rich biodiversity of Sagarmatha National Park is also a highlight of Renjo La Pass Trek with Gokyo Valley. During Namche Bazar acclimatization day, you will also hike to Everest View Hotel, one of the highest altitude 5-star hotels in the world.

The trekking routes of Gokyo Lakes Trek with Renjo La Pass are less crowded. It is most suitable for those wishing to spend time in solitary regions. You will learn more about the Tibetan Buddhist cultures and traditions in the Sherpa settlement areas of the Solukhumbu Region.

Outline Itinerary of Gokyo Lake Renjola Pass Trek

Day 01: Arrival at the TIA, Kathmandu (1,350m),

Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour & Trip Briefing,

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,860m) & Trek to Phakding (2,610m) – 3/4 hrs,

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m) – 5/6 hrs,

Day 05: Acclimatization Day,

Day 06: Trek to Dole (4,200m) – 5/6 hrs,

Day 07: Trek to Macchermo (4,400m) – 4/5 hrs,

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Valley (4,750m) – 4/5 hrs,

Day 09: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) – 4/5 hrs,

Day 10: Trek to Lunden (4,300m) via Renjo La Pass (5,340m) – 6/7 hrs,

Day 11: Trek to Thame (3,800m) – 4/5 hrs,

Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m) – 4/5 hrs,

Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2,860m) – 6/7 hrs,

Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,350m) – 30 mins &

Day 15: Departure Transfer

Itinerary

Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, we receive you and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at a hotel in Thamel.

Today, we take you on Kathmandu City Tour. You visit 4 of the 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. Namely, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayabhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Square will be explored.

When you return to the hotel, we brief you about Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek 15 days itinerary. Now, it is time for arranging trekking gears of Gokyo Lake Trek with Renjo La Pass. We shall help you in arranging the equipment so that you can reduce the budget.

Overnight at a hotel in Thamel.

We receive you at the hotel and shift to the TIA in the morning. By taking a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu, you land at the Tenzing Hillary Airport in about 30 minutes.

Descending along the Dudh Koshi Riverbank, you reach Phakding in about 3 hours. The scenery of the majestic Himalayas and mountain valley accompany you to walk past the rugged trails of the Everest Region.

Overnight at a teahouse in Phakding.

Crossing the Hillary Suspension Bridge over the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River, you reach Monjo. By getting the trekking permits checked at the Sagarmatha National Park Office, you gradually ascend towards Namche Bazar,

From Monjo, you enter into Sagarmatha National Park, one of the 10 World Heritage Sites in Nepal. The rich biodiversity of the highest altitude conservation area in the world excites you more that you forget the trekking hours.

Namche Bazar is also called the Sherpa Capital because it is the largest town of the Solukhumbu Region. All the modern facilities are available in this Himalayan town.

Overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazar.

This is the first acclimatization day. From the following day, you will be hiking above 4,000m which means acute mountain sickness (AMS) might disturb you. A day at Namche Bazar is allocated in every Everest Region Trek itinerary to help you adjust with the higher altitude.

Here are a few alternatives to do and see for spending day in an interesting way. Visit the Sherpa Museum, Hotel Everest View, Khumjung Village, etc. From Everest View Hotel, you enjoy the superb views of snowcapped mountains such as Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache, etc.

Overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazar.

You will walk through easy trail up to Kyangjuma but then, ascends gently through rhododendron, juniper, and conifer forests. Trekking to Gokyo Lakes with Renjo La Pass (5340m) in the spring is more memorable because of the blooming rhododendrons.

The trail passes across many pasturelands and few Sherpa settlement areas like Tongba (3,950m) and Gyele (3,960m) accordingly. Finally, you stop in Dole where few lodges are run for national and international tourists. From here, enjoy the incredible views of Mt. Khumbila (5,761m) and Mt. Tawache (6,542m.

Overnight at a lodge in Dole.

The steep trail climbs alongside villages such as Lambara (4,220m) and Luza (4,360m). Then, it runs ahead through juniper forests and a few meadows. You end up today’s trip in Machhermo Village. This is the village where the Yeti killed three yaks and attacked a Sherpa woman in 1974.

Overnight at a lodge in Machhermo Village.

Enjoying excellent views of Mt. Kantega (6,781m) and Mount Cho Oyu (8,201m), you climb up a ridge. When it enters into the Gokyo Valley and passes through Pangka Village (4,390m). Then, you climb a steep trail that goes along the moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You stop in Gokyo Village nearby the First Gokyo Lake (4,650m).

Overnight at a lodge in Gokyo Village.

Today is the major highlight of Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass Trek. Wake up early and get ready for Gokyo Ri climbing tour. Traversing along the steep trail for about 2 hours, you reach the top Gokyo Ri.

From atop, you witness 360 degree panoramic view of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range. Particularly, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Cholatse, and Tawache mountains are visible from here.

Besides this, you can also have wonderful glimpses of the Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal and not much far from the world’s highest mountain.

Overnight at a lodge in Gokyo Village.

This is yet another highlight of Gokyo Lake Trek with Renjo La Pass. In the beginning, you descend into the remote northern valley with no easy access. The landscape of this remote valley resembles with the Tibetan Plateaus.

Traversing alongside the steep trail and a few glacial moraines, you reach the top of Renjo La Pass, one of the highest pass in the Himalayas. From the pass, you get to enjoy the astounding vistas of Cho Oyu (8201m), Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Cholatse (6440m), Taboche (6367m), and other Himalayas along with the Gokyo Lakes and Ngozumpa Glacier.

While walking into the wilderness, you might meet the Tibetan traders to and from the Nangpa La Pass (5,806m). This pass is an ancient salt trading route located a few kilometers west of Cho Oyu (8,201m). You end up in Lunden.

Overnight at a lodge in Lunden.

Enjoying the amazing views of snowcapped peaks of the Khumbu Region, you descend along the rugged trail to Thame Village. On the way, you visit Thame Monastery from where you can have glimpses of the entire valley. This is one of the monasteries where Mani Rimdu Festival is observed in the middle of May every year.

Overnight at a lodge in Thame Village.

In the beginning, you trek through the banks of the Bhote Koshi River.  Witnessing the splendid views of the Himalayas, you walk past some villages having monasteries, chortens, ad mani walls.  You stop in the Sherpa Capital, Namche Bazar.

Overnight at a hotel in Namche Bazar.

Walking along the very trail you followed a few days ago for about 6/7 hours, you arrive at Lukla Valley.

Overnight at a lodge in Lukla Village.

Enjoying the scenic beauties of the natural richness of Nepal, you fly from Lukla to the Kathmandu Airport.

Then, we transfer you to the hotel. In the evening, we arrange a farewell dinner somewhere around Thamel. Enjoy the food and cultural performances at fullest.

Now, you have come to the end of Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek 15 days itinerary. We take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport before the flight schedule.

FAQ's

Renjo La Pass Trek is one of the most adventurous treks in the Himalayas of Nepal. It is one of the passes of Everest Three High Passes Trek. It rewards you with an off-the-beaten-path trek in the Khumbu Region.

There are a few ways to get to the Gokyo Lakes Valley from Kathmandu. The most frequented routes are:

  1. A flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and take a diversion from Namche Bazar
  2. A helicopter ride to Lukla from Kathmandu and then fly to the Gokyo Lakes Valley
  3. A bus ride to Jiri along the Araniko Highway and then follow the footsteps of Hillary Tenzing during the 1953 Everest Expedition.

The height of Renjo La Pass is 5,360m which is also found to be 5,340m in some of the websites.

The Gokyo Valley is a natural network of 19 glacial lakes extended over 169.2 ha/485 acres located between 4,600m and 5,100m from the seas level.

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