Gokyo Lake and Renjo La Pass Trek

14 Days

starting from $1600

$ 1399

Grade:

Strenuous

Group Size:

Min 1 person

Transport:

Car/Jeep/Plane

Altitude:

5,360m.

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Gokyo Lake and Renjo La Pass Trek Highlights

  • Majestic Hike to Gokyo Lakes and stunning Renjo La Pass vista.
  • Meet and learn the daily lifestyle, culture, and traditions of Sherpas
  • Visit less crowded trails than Everest Base Camp Trek in the Khumbu Region.
  • Explore Sagarmatha National Park and get the chance to encounter endangered flora and fauna.
  • Thrilling Flight to Lukla, where you can see bird’s eye views of the mountains
  • There are magnificent views of mountains such as Thamserku, Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Kusum, and Cho Oyu.
  • Head towards an astonishing hike and climb around the Ngozumpa glacier.

Gokyo And Renjo La Pass Trek Overview

Gokyo and Renjo La Pass Trek is a beautiful but underrated trek in the Khumbu region. It is one of the area’s newest treks and very different from joint treks like EBC. Often trekkers combine two different treks in Renjo- La Pass and Gokyo Lake Trek and make it Gokyo and Renjo La Pass trek as a whole.

If you prefer a less crowded, unspoiled, remote trek in the Sagarmatha region or have already experienced the Everest Base Camp trek, this is for you. You will pass through a majestic Gokyo Valley and climb one of the three passes in Renjo-La. It lies at an elevation of 5,345m, and from the top of the pass, you will get to witness stunning views of the mountains and surrounding valleys.

So, if you want more in-depth details about this excursion in the Everest region, our guide includes an itinerary, the best time to visit, trek difficulty, and necessary packing items.

Best Season for Gokyo Lake and Renjo La Pass Trek

There are two best seasons for Gokyo Lake and Renjo La: autumn and spring. Spring and Autumn are ideal, but you can also trek along Renjo La-Pass during the monsoon and winter seasons. However, you will face more trekking difficulties during winter and monsoon season.

Spring

Spring is among the most common and popular trekking seasons in the Mt. Everest region. It begins in March and ends in May. Trekking in Spring offers a remarkable chance to witness the breathtaking beauty of blooming rhododendrons and pine flowers throughout the trek. The majestic flowering trails throughout your trek make you feel more energetic and less tired.

Another ideal reason for trekking in Spring is the perfect weather and temperature. The weather is chilly in the early days of May, as winter has just ended. The peak Spring season for trekking Gokyo Lake is April, so the trails, lodges, hotels, and tea houses are overcrowded.

Autumn

Autumn is another magnificent season for the Gokyo Lake Trek. Many trekkers argue that autumn might be the best season for trekking. This season begins in the middle of September and lasts until the end of November. In the early days of September, you might get rainfall at a lower altitude, but in October, the weather becomes apparent, and the atmosphere is green and brown.

The best part of autumn trekking is the stunning views of the skies, surrounding hills, ridges, and mountains. The weather and temperature are also ideal for trekking, as there is little humidity. In the latter part of the Autumn, the weather starts getting chilly, incredibly close to December.

Just like Spring, the trails, lodges, and hotels are overcrowded in Autumn. So be sure to book early for appropriate food and accommodation facilities.

Trekking in Winter and Monsoon Season

The less ideal seasons for trekking Gokyo Valley are the monsoon and winter. The monsoon season is tough for trekkers due to constant rainfall, slippery slopes, wet trails, insects and leeches, and a high risk of floods and landslides. However, veterans still like to trek because rainfall is scarce at higher altitudes, and there is more chance of snowfall, which some prefer.

Only veterans and experienced trekkers prefer to trek in the Winter Season. The one significant difficulty in winter hiking is the harsh cold weather.

The temperature can even fall below -20 degrees during the night, so be sure to pack woolen clothes during your trek in winter. During this time, the views of snow-peaked hills and mountains become majestic, which is the reason some trekkers prefer trekking in the winter season.

But keep in mind that during the winter season, the weather is dynamic and constantly changes. In the higher altitudes, snowstorms, blizzards, and avalanches are expected, which could harm your health or destroy your property. Hence, always trek with at least two people and a guide, especially if you are trekking in the winter season.

Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La Trek difficulty

Gokyo and Renjo La Pass are challenging treks. Although they are not impossible to complete, many factors raise their difficulty.

Altitude Sickness

One of the major factors that increases trek difficulty is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is when your body weakens as it fails to adjust to altitude, weather, climate, and oxygen levels. The possibility of altitude sickness increases when you trek above 3,000m.

During your Gokyo Lake and Renjo La Pass trek, you will explore an altitude above 5,000m, which increases the chance of altitude sickness. Another main reason for altitude sickness is dehydration, so ensure you get plenty of water.

You will lose water during respiration at high altitudes, so even if you are thirsty, consume as much water as possible.

The significant symptoms of Altitude sickness are:

  • Continue coughing
  • Fever and Headache
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Shortness of Breathing
  • Fatigue

There are a few ways to prevent altitude sickness during your trek:

  1. Acclimatization is the best way of getting used to the altitude and oxygen levels. Ascend and descend gradually, and do not rush while climbing altitude. Trek high and sleep low during the night.
  2. Avoid drinking alcohol as it causes dehydration.
  3. Consume drinks with lemon, honey, and ginger to keep yourself warm and hydrated all the time.
  4. Eat a nutritious and balanced diet foods.
  5. If the symptoms arise, notify your guide and crew members, take medicine, and immediately lower your altitude.

Distance and Duration

Distance and Duration are other factors that increase the difficulty of your trek. The total distance of the Gokyo Lake Trek is 92km, lasting 12 to 14 days. So, to complete your trek in the respective itinerary, you must cover at least five to six kilometers every day for twelve days. So before going on the trek, as challenging as this is, raise your physical stamina and endurance level.

Dynamic Weather

Weather in the Khumbu region is dynamic as it changes constantly. Although the weather changes are less frequent in some seasons and more frequent in others, counting out the impact of weather is not wise.

It’s hard to predict what might happen when going on a trek. The weather can be scorching hot one moment and suddenly change to a downpour or snowfall. So, it’s essential to be prepared for anything.

Rough Terrains

You will pass through different terrains as you move from Lukla towards Gokyo Lake and Renjo La Pass trek. This trek trail is not simple; you must ascend and descend constantly. The lower part of the trek takes you to vibrant and remote villages.

As you start gaining altitude, the terrain becomes more rugged. When you reach Gokyo Valley, glacial, icy moraines surround you as you trek through snowcapped hills and valleys.

Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation is different in city areas than that of remote tea houses. You will stay in three- or five-star hotels when you reach Kathmandu. The hotels in Kathmandu are well-established, and you will get free extra services like single rooms, single beds, hot showers, WIFI, etc. It is also quite expensive compared to the budget lodges or tea houses in remote locations.

In remote settlements like Dole and Machhermo, you must stay in a common tea house. They are tiny houses with few rooms, and the beds are twin-shared. The rooms are small but cozy and warm. You will get warm blankets, pillows, and bed sheets to keep you warm during the night.

During your Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass trek, you will get to eat three meals daily: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’ll eat dishes like bread, chapatis, roti, oatmeal, omelet, Paratha, Potato, and Vegetable soup. Hot drinks like Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc are also served during breakfast.

For lunch and dinner, Nepalese local food, including Dal (Lentils), Bhat (Rice), and Tarkari (Vegetable Curry), along with Achar (Pickle), is typical. In established places like Lukla, Phakding, or Namche, you can order Western dishes like burgers, pizzas, dumplings, fish and chips, macaroni, steak, ste,ws, and soups.

We recommend that trekkers avoid meat products while trekking at high altitudes. Sometimes, they are not cooked or hygienic enough, which might make you unwell.

Trip Permits and Documents

You must obtain the following permits to complete the Gokyo Lake Trek with Renjo La Pass. The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit costs NPR 2000 per person, and the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit costs NPR 3000 per person. To avoid any inconvenience, you must acquire these permits before beginning your trek.

Apart from permits for the trekking regions, Foreigners trekking in Nepal also need important documents to access specific routes. To enter Namche Bazaar, you’ll find a checkpoint where you’ll need to show some items. Make sure you have all of the following items with you.

  • Credit cards and bank ATM
  • Cash in local currency
  • Valid passport
  • Visa proof
  • Tickets
  • Extra passport-size photos
  • Travel Insurance papers

Itinerary

01 DAY

Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m) and transfer to the hotel.

You will arrive in Nepal today via Tribhuvan International Airport. Our representative will greet and welcome you as you pass through the airport. After picking you up, they will take you to your hotel via private vehicle. The flight was long, so you might need some time to get fresh and rest.

If you feel fresh in the evening, you can stroll around the local city of Kathmandu. You will also meet with your crew and guide them in planning tomorrow’s adventure. You can ask questions and queries and shop for necessary equipment or gear.

Rest early, as your Gokyo Ri and Renjo La Pass adventure starts tomorrow.

02 DAY

Fly to Lukla (2,840m) from Kathmandu – 35 minutes or drive to Manthali – 5hrs and take – 15 minutes flight to Lukla, and then trek to Phakding (2,610m) – 3/4 hrs trek

The second day of your Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek begins in Kathmandu. You’ll proceed to the airport to catch your flight to Lukla. The flight lasts between 35 – 45 minutes, and you’ll be able to witness breathtaking views of the mountains from the plane.

After landing in Lukla, you will take a break for a bit. At the same time, you will meet with the rest of your crew. Now, the trek to Phakding begins, and at first, it is not too hard. The path to Phakding is straightforward and comprehensive, and as you pass through it, you will start getting a glimpse of some mountain ranges like Kusum Kangaru.

You are starting to walk in the lower areas of the Everest region. After about 3 hours of a simple trek, you’ll reach Phakding. Overnight stay at the hotel.

03 DAY

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) – 5 to 6 hrs trek

After breakfast, we will begin our trek to Namche Bazaar early in the morning. First, we will cross the Dudhkoshi River on the top of one of the longest suspension bridges. After that, we will cross a vast pine and rhododendron forest until we reach Monjo. You can issue the Sagarmatha National Park permit if you haven’t previously issued it in Monjo.

After confirming your trekking permits, you’ll descend until you reach another Jorsalle village. Mere five to six hours trek later, you will reach the majestic gateway to Mount Everest in Namche Bazaar. You’ll get your first view of Mount Everest when you reach Namche Bazaar.

04 DAY

Acclimatization Day

The fourth day of your trek is the day for acclimatization, and Namche is the perfect place. Since Namche lies at an altitude of over 3400m, the oxygen level is much lower than that of lower levels; however, it is also not at a high altitude, so the trekkers find breathing challenging.

Furthermore, there are several places in Namche Bazaar where you can go hiking and return to Namche for sleep. One of those places is the Everest View Hotel. You can also visit other places like the Sherpa Museum and Khumjung Village or stroll and shop around the local Hatt Bazaar, which generally takes place on Saturdays.

Wherever you go hiking or explore Namche Bazaar, you will return to the hotel where you slept yesterday.

05 DAY

Trek to Dole (4,200m) – 6/7 hrs trek

The day of moving from Namche Bazaar is upon us. For the first couple of hours, the trek is relatively easy as you pass through trails where you will see Shanasa Peak. You’ll then start climbing Mongla Hill and trekking down towards Phortse Thanga. We will stop here for lunch for a brief period.

After lunch, another climb awaits us. As you move forward from the climb, this time, you’ll get a clear view of Cho Oyu. Now, the path becomes simple, with tons of tea houses on the side and substantial yak pastures until you reach the beautiful village of Dole.

06 DAY

Trek to Machhermo (4,470m) – 5/6 hrs trek.

You wake up in Dole, and another short and simple trek awaits you on the sixth day of the Gokyo Lake and Renjo La Pass Trek. Since the altitude is increasing daily, it is wise to take it slow and not rush towards your destination. You’ll climb a Dole ridge and move to another barren grassland pasture until you reach Luza.

Continue moving forward; you will see the prayer flags, chortens, and mani walls along your way. You will cross a few small rivers and cross sandy areas along the way. The trek to Machhermo is just five/six hours long, and within a few hours of noon, you’ll reach your destination and begin resting.

07 DAY

Trek to Gokyo (4,800m) - 5/6 hrs trek

Today is the day you will reach the majestic Gokyo Valley. You start moving upwards of the ridge, where the stunning views of Cho-Oyu and Kangtega are visible. The trails ascend and descend until you start climbing the astounding moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier.

Walking through the mountainous terrain, you’ll see cairns that mark the trail. Along the way, you’ll catch sight of a small mountain lake called Tarn, located to the left. As you continue your hike, the valley opens up, and you’ll eventually reach another, more enormous lake known as Taboche Tsho.

Continue walking forward as you reach the third Tarn in Dudh Koshi and the iconic Gokyo Village. It lies on the ridge of the third lake, which makes the surrounding area extremely beautiful.

08 DAY

Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and retrun to Gokyo – 5/6 hrs trek.

Another day for acclimatization is upon us. The pure beauty of the Everest region is around you, and acclimatizing here is a good idea. Like in Namche Bazaar, you don’t have to settle in the village and rest but can hike to Gokyo Ri.

The Gokyo Ri hike is the hill that rises from the northern shore of Dudh Koshi Lake. You can see the majestic Gokyo Valley and lake views from the top of the Gokyo Ri.

09 DAY

Trek to Lunden (4,300 m) via crossing Renjo La Pass (5,340m) – 7/8 hrs trek

We will commence our trek early in the morning, heading straight towards the Renjo La Pass, one of the highest passes in the area. We will descend from the Gokyo Valley and then deviate from the main trekking trail with a firm determination to reach our destination.

The journey to Renjo La Pass will take three hours to reach the top. Once you arrive at the Renjo La Pass, you can witness the awe-inspiring mountain ranges of the Khumbu region. Among the three high passes in the Everest region, Renjo La is the smallest, as it lies at an altitude of 5,340m.

10 DAY

Trek to Thame (3,800 m) – 4/5 hrs trek

From today, you will start descending the altitude as today’s destination is Thame. You will begin moving from Lunden and trekking towards the same trail Tibetian people used for trading. You will cross Bhotekoshi and then reach Tauranga.

Continuing the trek, you’ll reach Langumche Khola River, and about four to five hours later, you’ll settle in Thame. Thame is famous for clicking photos of mountains and has an ancient monastery where you can explore.

11 DAY

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) – 3/ 4 hrs trek

You will continue trekking downwards as retracing your steps is in full flow. Today’s destination is Namche Bazaar; staying here is always a wise choice. The capital city of Sherpa is one of the established settlements where you can get many services from hotels, pubs, shopping stands, markets, etc.

Within 3 or 4 hours, you will reach Namche,  where the view of Everest awaits you. You have plenty of time to explore the city if you haven’t explored it before. Visit local villages, explore monasteries and museums, or celebrate your trek in the Irish pub. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar’s hotel.

12 DAY

Trek to Lukla (2,840 m) – 7/8 hrs trek

Today is the last day of your journey as you move from Namche to Lukla. Since you’ll descend most of the day, you’ll cover more areas, so you don’t have to spend time in Phakding and can immediately reach Lukla. You are relaxed and take your time while trekking. Click as many photos as you like.

After reaching Lukla, you will celebrate your successful trek with the entire crew in a hotel. You can participate in singing, dancing, and celebrating, but you can also go to bed early if tired.

13 DAY

Fly to Kathmandu

You will board a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu early in the morning. The 35-minute flight is also a fantastic highlight; like before, you’ll see the mountains from the plane.

After landing, you will check into your hotel. You can refresh and rest briefly, and then, in the evening, you’ll have a farewell dinner on behalf of us. Since this is our final meeting, you can also give us feedback on your trek and let us know areas for improvement.

14 DAY

Departure from Nepal

Today marks the final day of your Renjo La Pass trek. Our staff will assist you in getting to the airport after breakfast to ensure you make your flight home. Your unforgettable trek to Gokyo Lake and Renjo La Pass is complete, and we trust that you have thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us.

Price Include

  • All the airport pick-ups and drop-offs are by private vehicles.
  • Two nights of 3-star standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city, including breakfast.
  • Eleven nights of local lodges accommodations while on the trek.
  • Meals on the entire board while on the trek. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Serve seasonal fruits every evening after the dinner.
  • An experienced and certified trekking guide for the trek.
  •  Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu), including airport taxes.
  • All the necessary paperwork and trekking permits for the trek.
  • Rain protection duffel bag and sleeping bag to use for the trek. (provided on request)
  • A comprehensive first aid medical kit and an oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen level while on the trek.
  • Trip achievement certificate after the trek.
  • All government taxes and company service charges.
  • Ultimately, we offer a Nepalese cuisine farewell dinner in Kathmandu with a cultural dance performance.
  • Pre-meeting at the Kathmandu before the trek.

Price Exclude

  • International airfares and Nepal entry visa.
  • Your extra expenses include WIFI, a hot shower, and battery charging while on the trek.
  • Extra hotel night accommodation in Kathmandu or Lukla if other than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Porters are available at an extra cost.
  • Gratitude to trekking guides and porters.
  • Excess baggage of more than 15 kg for Lukla flight.

Trip (FAQs) Frequently Asked Questions

Is Travel Insurance Important for Gokyo Lake and Renjo La Pass Trek?

Air evacuation is the only way to get rescue or medical assistance during this trek. The helicopter air rescue alone costs $5,000, and adding other medical costs makes the medical bill very expensive. So ensure you issue travel insurance covering medical bills and helicopter rescue before your trek. Submit a copy of your travel insurance to your trekking agency for smooth operations later.

Can we visit Hotel Everest View during this trek?

Hotel Everest View is just 2 hours away from Namche Bazaar. During your trek’s fourth day, you will stay in Namche Bazaar to acclimate. This time is ideal for a quick hike toward Everest View Hotel for breakfast and a view of mountain ranges. In the evening, drop back to Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

What is the altitude of Gokyo's fifth lake?

There are six significant lakes in Gokyo Valley, and the fifth lake, at 5357 m elevation, is among Nepal’s tallest lakes.

Does Gokyo Valley fall in a restricted area in Nepal?

No, Gokyo Valley is not restricted, and you don’t need special permits to trek there.

Can I get safe drinking water in Gokyo Lake and Renjo La Pass Trek?

Yes, you can get safe drinking water during your trek. You can buy mineral or sparkling water during your trek. However, do not drink water directly from tap or pump handles. If you want hot water, ask where you stay in the teahouses. You might have to pay certain charges, but it is worth it.

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