Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass Trek Overview
Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass Trek combines two very adventurous trekking, Gokyo Valley and Renjo Pass. It is best for those energetic and physically fit trekkers who are looking for an experience that is more thrilling than a regular trekking journey.
Everest Renjo La Pass trekking is an exotic experience in the Himalayas of Nepal. Further, Renjo La Pass lies north of Namche Bazar in the Everest region. It is one of the main passes in the Everest region of Nepal & reaching Gokyo Lake has become the goal of thousands of trekkers around the world.
Gokyo Lakes is made of five different lakes at Gokyo Valley, mountain tower and is part of Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861m), and Ama Dablam (6,856m).
Everest Gokyo Lake Renjo la Pass Trek is the best trek to experience world-famous Sherpa culture, lifestyle, old Tibetan monastery & high pass in the Himalayas. It is famous for its sunrise view and the top of the Goyo RI provides a chance to witness a 360-degree view of enormous Himalayan ranges including the highest Mt. Everest (8,848.86m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,482m) Cho Oyu (8,188m), and the largest glacier, Ngozumpa Glacier.
The highlight of Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass Trek
Amazing views of Gokyo Lakes
Adventurous flight to and from Lukla
Climb Gokyo Ri Peak
Panoramic mountain views
Splendid mountains view from Gokyo Peak and Renjo la pass <
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, one of the representatives of Bold Himalaya will be waiting at the Airport terminal. After greetings, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening there will be a meeting with the guide in the office for detailed information about the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today, we will pick you up from your hotel and drop you at the airport. Then you will have a thrilling morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. During this 30-minute flight, you will have sight of splendid hills, rivers mountains you will arrive at Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla at 2,860 meters/9,383 feet. On reaching Lukla. you will meet the other members and have breakfast. After breakfast, we will head north to Phakding.
Our trek starts with an easy walk following the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the crystal clear Thado Koshi, we witness Kusum Kanguru and the trail continues toward the Ghat. After Ghat we reach the beautiful tribal village of Phakding. Phakding lies at an altitude of 2,610 meters/8,562 meters. You will walk around 3 hours covering a distance of 8.2 kilometers/5.1 miles on this day.
Overnight at Phakding.
After breakfast in Phakding, we will head toward Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar lies at an elevation of 3,440 meters/11,286 feet which means you will gain an elevation of 830 meters on this day.
Our trek continues following the Dudh Koshi River. On thrilling suspension bridges, we will cross the sinuous Dudh Koshi River many times. It is covered with beautiful Buddhist prayer flags. Then we enter the park in Jorsale, Sagarmatha National Park where we will check your permits. From Jorsale, we follow the path surrounded by pine forest and you arrive at Namche Bazaar. Namche is the gateway to Everest and the main economic hub of the Everest region, overnight at Lodge. You will walk around 7 hours on average covering 10.9 kilometers/6.8 miles.
As we are hiking to the high altitude places, to avoid altitude sickness and other illnesses, we have an acclimation day in Namche.
For the acclimatization hike, we will hike to the Everest View Hotel. Our trail passes through the beautiful villages of Kunde and Khumjung. From the Everest view hotel, we will have a commendable view of mountains like Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse.
After spending some time at the hotel, we will climb for an hour to the Syanboche airstrip. It is the highest airstrip where you can have an amazing view of Namche Bazaar. Then we ascend toward Kunde and move eastward to Khumjung. Khumjung is the largest settlement in the whole Khumbu region. After that, we descend to Namche. Overnight at Namche.
On this day, you will reach an altitude of 4,038 meters/13,248 feet after walking around 6 hours covering a distance of 12 kilometers/7.5 miles.
From Namche, you will climb to the ridge which offers us a superb view of Everest and Lhotse. You arrive at the crossroad above the Dudh Khoshi after Sanasa then trail follow the upward trail to Mon La Pass. Following the pass to reach Phortse, you will see the cultures at old monasteries. After Phortse, you follow the steep path to the rhododendron and birch jungles to the settlement of Tonga and Gayle. And finally, you will arrive at Dole, where we have a splendid view of Khumbila and Tawache.
Overnight at Dole.
On this day, you will climb an altitude of 270 meters reaching 4,470 meters/14,665 feet. You will be walking for around 4 hours covering a distance of 6 kilometers/3.72 miles.
Our trek to Machhermo starts with a steady climb along the valley. With the increase in altitude, the air gets thinner and we pass through small and thorny bushes. We can see beautiful summer settlements and grazing land on the way. And with the excellent views of Cho Oyu, Kangtega, and Thamserku we arrived at Machhermo. Overnight at Machhermo.
Today we head for the lakes at Gokyo Valley after breakfast. Gokyo Valley lies at an altitude of 4,750 meters/15,583 feet. You will walk for around 4 hours covering a distance of 6.8 kilometers/4.2 miles gaining an altitude of 280 meters.
We trek the trail over the ridge with a very scenic path. On reaching Punakha, following one of the melt-eater rivers we descend slightly, which flows down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Then, by the side of the glacier, we climb a steep rocky inclined into the valley. We soon arrive at the second lake, after the first holy lake. We come across the glacier to Cho La after crossing the path. Over that the third lake, known as Dudh Pokhari will appear and the settlement of Gokyo on its eastern. Walking on the side of the lake we arrive in the Gokyo village.
Overnight stay in Gokyo.
You will have an early morning hike to Gokyo Ri which lies at an altitude of 5,357 meters/17,575 feet.
You will climb up to the Gokyo Ri viewpoint and from Gokyo Ri, we will have panoramic views of mountains and peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Mt Cho Oyu, Mt. Changchun, Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kangtega, Mt, Kusum Kanguru, Mt. Kongde, and many more. After exploration, we descend back to Gokyo village. We can explore Gokyo village in the afternoon.
Overnight at Gokyo Lake.
This is the toughest day of the day of this trek where you will walk for around 8 hours gaining an altitude of more than 1,000 meters walking through the pass of Renjo La at an altitude of 5,435 meters/15,124 feet.
From Gokyo Valley, we gently climb uphill over the dense grassy field. Then we climb to the top through a challenging steep trail. We witness the amazing view of Rolwaling, Tengi Ragi Tau Mountain, and small Remro Lake to the west and Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Gyachung Kang, and Gokyo Lakes to the east. Continuing from the past, we trek through Dudh Pokhari Lake. Then we pass through beautiful meadows toward the Bhote Khoshi valley beside the river. Then we walk along with yak caravans coming from Tibet and arrive at Lungden at 4,610 meters/15,124 feet.
Overnight at Lungden.
After breakfast in Lungden, we hike to Thame. Thame is a beautiful Sherpa village situated at 3,750 meters/12,303 feet. After reaching Thame we will visit the historic Thame Monastery. Here you can experience spiritual Buddhist practices. We will also explore the charming culture of the Sherpa people at Thame. Overnight at Thame.
From Thame, we will continue our journey toward Namche Bazaar at 3,440 meters/11,286 feet. First, we will climb down and cross a bridge and we eventually reach Samdo. Samdo offers breathtaking views. We then have a steep descent to Thamo village, there is a monastery called Khari Gompa. And passing through a check post we come to the highest hydroelectricity power station in the world, after that, we arrive at Namche.
Overnight at Namche.
Today is our last day of trekking, we will start our trek after breakfast in the morning. From Namche descend crossing several suspension bridges and trek to Dudh Koshi River. We then follow the path that passes through the small gompas, a rhododendron forest with a pleasant environment for a few hours. Then we have a gradual ascent to Lukla at 2,860 meters/9,383 feet. We have prayer flags, Chortens, Mani walls & miniature Gompas lined throughout the village.
Overnight at Lukla.
We will have another early morning thrilling flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. And after 30 mins scenic flight you reach Kathmandu. The rest of your time is free to do anything. You can explore the Thamel area too. You will drive back to the hotel from the airport. We will attend a farewell dinner held by the Bold Himalaya, in the evening.
Today is the departing day. A representative from Bold Himalayas drops you at the airport 3 hours before your departing time. You can join us for another thrilling adventure or trip with Bold Himalaya. We can right away arrange your awesome trip.
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Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass Trekking Cost
The Cost of The Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass Trek depends on various factors such as trekking routes, trek accommodation, type of accommodation, and length of the trek. The major cost for the Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass Trek is Flight (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu), Food, Accommodation, Trekking Crews (Guide and Porters), Permits, etc. The best price for the Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass Trek is $1250 to $1350 with an all-inclusive price.
Best Time for Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass Trek
There are two major seasons for Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass Trek Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May).
The average temperature ranges between 11 to 18 degrees in spring and 7 to 14 degrees in autumn. These seasons offer stable weather, mild temperature, long-distance visibility, and fewer chances of rain and snowfall, making it ideal for trekking and exploring the high Himalayas, Glaciers, lakes, and Sherpa Culture.
The coldest season is winter (December to February) It is also a doable season who can adjust to cold temperatures.
You will be provided food three times a day - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Unlike trekking in other regions, the food menu in the Khumbu/Everest region contains a variety of items especially in villages like Phakding and Namche Bazaar, you can get Western dishes like pizza, burgers, fish, and chips, steak, macaroni, delicious bakery items, freshly brewed coffee, etc.
Local dishes like Dal, Bhat, Tarkari, Mo Mo, curries, Chapati, spaghetti, thukpa, noodles soup, curries, vegetables, toast, etc are also available. Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari is the most recommended fruit as it contains a high nutritional value and provides you with enough energy for trekking.
Accommodation in Everest/Khumbu region provides standard-level and luxurious lodges to Phakding and Namche Bazaar. They provide luxurious rooms and better services including all the facilities and attached bathrooms.
At other places, you will spend your night at tea houses. Most of the rooms at tea houses have twin shared beds, mattresses, pillows, and bed sheets. The rooms have attached bathrooms, a western flushed design, and a shower. Other facilities include wifi, a hot shower, drinking water, electricity is also available.
Electricity is available in all the tea houses and lodges where you will spend your night. The available electricity is of good voltage which means you can charge your phones, batteries, and cameras. But keep in mind you have to pay a little extra fee while charging those equipment.
The tea houses and guest houses provide internal facilities to stay connected. You can get internet access for a blissful journey from a WiFi router at tea houses or you can also find connectivity with a mobile network by using NTC and NCELL sim card.
Tea houses or Lodges provide bottled water, mineral water, or hot water which are fresh and safe to drink but you have to pay some charges. Spring water or tap water is also available along the trekking trails. Be sure to carry water purification pills or bottle filters and use them before drinking such water.
Gokyo Lakes Renjo La pass is graded as moderately hard difficulty. The trek unveils a rugged path, gradually ascending from Lukla at 2,860 meters to the Renjo La Pass at 5,435 meters.
You need to walk around 15 to 20 kilometers daily for around 6 to 7 hours daily. To embark on this sweet adventure, we recommend engaging in physical exercise and short day hikes for at least two weeks before the start of the trek.
The trekking trail of Nepal requires one or more permits to enter a specific area and Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass trek also requires a permit. The Gokyo Lakes Renjo La trek routes reside in the Everest region so you will require two types of permits.
Sagarmatha National Park permit Khumbu
Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit
We strongly recommend you have travel insurance before beginning your trek in the Himalayan region of Nepal. even after following safety measures, natural calamities or sudden sicknesses might occur which is beyond our control. In the case of medical facilities and helicopter evacuation, it is best to have travel insurance. Having travel insurance ensures you are safe and you can do worry-free treks with peace of mind.
Guide and Porter
We Bold Himalaya is dedicated to offering you knowledgeable and highly experienced guides for Gokyo Lakes with the Renjo La Pass trek with care and invaluable support for your trip. This remarkable companion will share the culture, traditions, and history that envelop the region and also he will remove that boundary between you and local people by acting as a language translator. Trekking with a guide ensures you are safe and right on the path while trekking.
If you require the assistance of a porter, then you can hire a porter who will carry your luggage and equipment throughout the trek. His presence will make you feel you are comfortable with your walk and enjoying the beauty of nature.
Weight Limit for Porter and Lukla's flight
Every porter carries 20kg of load for the 2 trekkers, similarly, Kathmandu Lukla to Kathmandu flight allows 10 kg baggage and 5 kg of hand carry, if the weight is heavier than 15 kg you have to pay yourself at the airport. This trek is suitable for novice and professional trekkers who possess good physical fitness and stamina.
Packing list for Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass Trek
You need to pack wisely for the preparation of the Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass Trek. Here some basic packing lists are:
Hiking boots, Down Jacket, hiking socks, Mid Layers, Tea Shirt, Base Layers, lightweight and breathable clothing layers, gloves, rain jacket, and a sun and warm hat.
A reliable and comfortable backpack with a rain cover to carry your essentials during the trek.
A warm and compact sleeping bag suitable for the temperatures encountered during the trek.
Optional but recommended for added stability and support during steep ascents and descents.
Snacks and water bottles:
Carry energy-rich snacks like chocolate bars, nuts, and dried fruits, a reusable water bottle, or a hydration bladder to stay hydrated
Sunscreen, sunglasses, personal toiletries, and any necessary medications.
Camera and batteries Travel documents, passport, trekking permits, Local Currency.
First aid kit:
Include essentials like band-aids, blister pads, pain relievers, and any personal medications.
We Bold Himalaya strongly believes in and organizes the treks without affecting the beauty of nature. We heartily request all our guests to complete the trek without influencing the negative cultures. Local culture, customs, traditions, and beliefs of people should be protected and also the preservation of nature and the well-being of the community should be prioritized. Let's leave only footprints and the beauty of nature and the environment unharmed.
Extension of trips
After a long days trek at Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La Pass, if you wish to extend your tours, then we have flexible options beyond the Everest region. You can refreshen your mind at the beautiful temple city Kathmandu. Visit different World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley can delight your mind or you can check out the Best things to do in Kathmandu after the trek. If you are planning to extend your trip outside the valley then we have other adventurous tour plans which include paragliding or bungee jumping at Pokhara, thrilling adventures of rafting, Chitwan Jungle Safari, and many more.
We are here to assist you in planning and preparing a perfect itinerary for your extension of trips or you can contact +977-9849615880.
Altitude Sickness and its safety measures
While trekking on the High Himalayas there is a possibility you will suffer altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) due to the low oxygen level. The trekking to Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass takes you up to an altitude of 5,345 meters, the body may require a little more time to adjust to the environment or temperature which makes the high possibility you will suffer from altitude sickness. If you suffer from altitude sickness then the symptoms like dizziness, headache, tiredness, shortness of breath and loss of appetite, etc might be seen.
Altitude sickness might be fatal if the necessary precautions didn't take on time. Contact immediately to your guide if you get the very first symptoms. You can follow the given preventive measure to be safe from altitude sickness while trekking at higher altitudes.
Drink around 5 liters of water daily
Eat enough nutritious and energy-giving food
Don't walk more than 300 meters of elevation per day
Add acclimatization day
Avoid smoking and alcohol
In Kathmandu you will be staying in a 3* category hotel likewise Tea House will be in trekking. Tea Houses are the basic accommodation ( Guest Houses) on trekking routes in Nepal. All the tea houses provide necessary facilities such as neat and clean rooms, food, restrooms, Hot showers, Internet, electricity, etc.
During Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass trekking in Nepal, you will come across a variety of food options such as Nepalese, Indian, Chinese, Continental, etc. Some Popular foods are Dal Bhat, Mo Mo, Chowmin, Thukpa, Spaghettis, Curry, Tibetan Bread, Chapati (Roti), Thenduk, Fried Rice, Porridge, soups etc
5357m at Gokyo RI is the highest altitude of this trek
Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass Trek is high altitude trek, beginners with a good level of physical fitness, mental preparedness, and pace on yourself can do this Trek with proper enough acclimatization and proper rest.
One of the high passes of the Everest region the altitude of Renjo La Pass is 5345 meters / 17536 feet
The Gokyo Lakes Renjo La pass trek starts after a scenic flight to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu as trek ending flight.
Starting the trek from Lukla, to Renjo La pass and back to Lukla, you will cover a distance of 108 kilometers (67 miles). To finish the trek you will require around 13 days but it may vary according to your itinerary schedule.
The starting point and ending point of the Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass trek is Lukla at 2,680 meters/9,383 feet.
The hard level of the trek is measured with altitude level and how many hours you can walk per day. The Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass trek starts from an altitude of 2,860 meters at Lukla and reaches up to 5,345 meters at Renjo La Pass. Due to low oxygen levels above from 5,000 meters can be challenging and the possibility of altitude sickness is also high. The Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass trek is graded at a moderately hard level of the trek.
Drinking water can be easily found in tea houses and lodges after paying some extra charges. Spring water or tap water also can be found while trekking on Gokyo Lakes with Renjo La pass but be sure to use water purifying tablets or filters before drinking.
The limited hour of walking per day depends on your walking capacity and fitness level. You have to reach the accommodating point as your customized itinerary. On average you have to walk around 5 to 7 hours per day during Gokyo Lakes Renjo La Pass trek.
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