The Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek is filled with adventure, exciting moments, and challenging hike. This trek offers you the incredible view of the Himalayas, glaciers, and beautiful valleys. The astounding view of Mount Everest is beyond description. This majestic mountain stands tall among all other mountains, and that is one hell of a sight.
The Everest region is a famous place for trekking. Each year thousands of people visit this region for a once in a lifetime experience. The ancient Tibetan-Sherpa culture is another reason why this area gets tons of visitors. People come here for adrenaline pump and spend some of the best times of their life.
The Renjo La Pass trek is for those who prefer the less crowded alternative route in the Khumbu region and still experience the same adventure.
Your journey starts with a thrilling flight to Lukla from Kathmandu.
Your trek starts at Lukla when you start hiking towards Phakding(2610m) the first day.
The second day is when you reach the beautiful Namche Bajar(3440m).
Namche Bajar is the last place where you can get cash and other stuff before you move forward.
You will rest at Dole(4038m) on the sixth and at Machhermo(4470) on the seventh day of your journey.
You will reach the beautiful Gokyo(4480m) on day 8. Gokyo is a beautiful place with small village and many lakes.
You will explore Gokyo and Gokyo Ri(5357m) the next day and head towards Renjo La pass(5435m) on day 10.
After crossing the Renjo La pass and resting at Lunden(4300) on day 10, you will reach Thame(3800) on day 11 and back to Namche Bazaar on day 12.
On day 13, you will be back at Lukla.
Highlights Of Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek:
- Panoramic view of mountains like The Everest(8848m), Cho-Oyu(8201m), Lhotse(8516m, and many other)
- Experience the ancient Sherpa culture
- Challenging paths and exciting uphill hike
- Extraordinary views of Gokyo lakes and valleys
- Hike through the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park
Day 01: Arrival and transfer to your hotel
Day 02: Free and arrangement day.
Day 03: Kathmandu –Lukla- Phakding(2610 mtrs.)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazar (3535 mtrs.).
Day 05: Rest day in Namche Bazzar (Acclimatization)
Day 06: Namche to Dole (3500m).
Day 07: Dole to Machermo (4360m).
Day 08: Machermo to Gokyo (4750m)
Day 09: Gokyo- rest day
Rest day or those feeling energetic can attempt to climb Gokyo peak/ gokyo Ri (5360m) for a panoramic view of some of the world's highest mountains; Everest, Lhotse, Makalu ,Cho Oyu and some others.
Day 10: Gokyo - Lungde.
Day 11: Lungde to Thame (3800m)..
Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla.
Day 14: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu. Tranfer to the Kathmandu Hotel
Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival and transfer to your hotel
Our representatives will be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International airport. Once you arrive, we will take you towards a 3-star Hotel, at the heart of Kathmandu. You will get a warm welcome from our Hotel representatives and make you feel like home.
Day 02: Free and Arrangement day
You will need to arrange many things for your long journey ahead. Get busy in Kathmandu while you shop a little and explore this beautiful city. We can also arrange a qualified guide for you if you ask for.
Get a good rest as you will start your adventure early tomorrow.
Day 03: Flight From Kathmandu To Lukla(2860m) And Hike To Phakding(2610m)
Trekking time: 3 to 4 hours max
An early flight from Kathmandu will take you to Lukla. The flight duration is about 35 minutes, during which you will get to see fantastic views of the mountains and terrains. Lukla airport is one of the most dangerous in the world, and this will be a thrilling experience for you.
Explore this small town and its streets. You can see different eateries and tea houses. And start hiking towards Phakding when you are ready. You will be crossing a few suspension bridges and beautiful landscapes. You will arrive Phakding after a few hours of easy hike. Rest at Phakding for the night.
Day 04: Hike From Phakding to Namche Bajar(3440m)
Trekking time: 6 hours
The hike from Phakding to Namche Bajar has lots of ups and downs. You will reach Monjo, a small town after 2 hours of hike. From Monjo, you will hike on a smooth trail for about 1.5 hours, and after crossing a few suspension bridges, you need to take an uphill climb to reach Namche.
Climb for around 2 to 3 hours, and you will reach the entry to Namche Bajar. Register at the entry checkpoint and walk for another 15 minutes to reach Namche.
Namche is a small town, which is beautiful and gets busy during these trekking seasons. You will stay at a nice Hotel with Wifi and Hot shower.
Day 05: Acclimatization at Namche
Trekking time: Around 6 hours or more
Getting used to the altitude is very important. It will lessen the risk of altitude sickness. Explore the traditional villages and the streets of Namche Bajar. Get up early in the morning, have some breakfast, start hiking North. You will reach a small village (Khnude village). If you are lucky, you will get to experience the peaceful Buddhist chanting from the local monastery. You can get a great view of the valley from this place.
There is another small village just 10 minutes east of Khunde village. Khumjung village is where you can get your first sighting of the sacred Ama Dablam mountain. You can rest here, have lunch, and head off south to the Everest View Hotel. And as the name suggests, you can view Everest from here.
Relax your evening at Namche with some hot tea and bread. If you need, you can get some cash and gears. You will find anything later on this journey. Plus, do not forget to take a hot bath here you will rarely get any for the rest of your trekking.
Day 06: Hike from Namche to Dole (4038m)
Trekking time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
After a day well spent at Namche, you will continue your journey. You were already friendly with altitude because of the acclimatization at Namche yesterday. So, no need to worry about getting some altitude, as today you will be crossing the 4000m mark.
The hike to Dole is exciting. You will be walking through dense forests, leaving the classic Everest Base Camp route. The uphill hike can be tiring, but you will be rewarded with incredible views of the Everest. Ama Dablam and Lhotse. You will be able to see ancient monasteries and small Sherpa civilization. Walk across beautiful Pine Forest and reach Dole, after about 6 hours.
You will rest at a local tea house for the night.
Day 07: Hike To Machhermo(4470m)
Trekking time: 5 hours
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Today’s hike includes some pleasant walk through the pine and oak forests. There are some smooth tracks, and there are some steep paths as well. You will be walking alongside the beautiful terrains and mountains at a distance.
After gaining some altitude and hike through gentle slopes, you will reach a small settlement, Machhermo. You will spend the night here.
Day 08: Reach Gokyo (4800m) And Explore
Trekking time: 5 hours
After a pleasant breakfast at Machhermo, you will head off towards Gokyo. Gokyo has a small town and lakes. You need to hike on a steady uphill to reach the Gokyo village.
This hike is exciting, with some rocky trails and beautiful sceneries in the way. You will also get to view the fascinating Ngozumpa Glacier, Gokyo Lake I, and a few monasteries on your way towards Gokyo.
The small village of Gokyo has the ancient Sherpa settlement. Feel free to explore this place, and you will get to see some of the most beautiful landscapes and lakes. You will also see the mountains like Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and standing tall among them, the Everest.
You will stay tonight at Gokyo.
Day 09: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and Gokyo lake V
Trekking time: 3 to 5 hours
The climb from Gokyo village to Gokyo Ri is a difficult one. The climb is straight uphill on some rocky mountains. The path consists of huge boulders and hard rocks. The harsh uphill climb on the rocky mountain is tough. But the reward you will get upon reaching the top is hard to explain.
You can see the Gokyo Lake, and the Everest. You can also see the Cho La pass.
It will be your second day of acclimatization in this trip. You can explore the Gokyo village or trek to the fifth Gokyo lake. Experience the beautiful day at Gokyo with its tradition and beauty.
Day 10: Hike To Lunden (4300m) Via Renjo La Pass (5435m)
Trekking time: 7 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Today you will be crossing one of the highest passes in the Everest region. The Renjo La pass is a beautiful place where you will get a panoramic view of some of the highest mountains in the world. You will need to hike on some steep slopes and challenging paths.
The journey is thrilling as we hike towards the northern valley through rough landscapes. You will get to experience the harsh terrains which will give you an idea of the Tibetan valley.
Your journey consists of some grasslands and steep mountains. Climb through steep paths until you arrive at the Renjo La Pass. You can view the magnificent mountains and beautiful terrains and valleys.
Climb downhill from Renjo La Pass through the beautiful grassland alongside the Bhote Koshi Valley. You will reach Lunden after few hours of smooth hike. You will rest in this small town for the night.
Day 11: Hike From Lunden To Thame (3800m)
Trekking time: 5 hours
Have breakfast at Lunden, and start your journey towards Thame. The hike is mostly a downhill climb with beautiful sceneries. You will walk across a narrow valley along the banks of Bhote Koshi river. Get awed by the beauty of the valley and river while you descend towards Thame.
Thame is a small Sherpa settlement where Tenzing Norgay spent most of his childhood. This town has a Monastery and reflects the ancient Sherpa culture.
Explore this beautiful town, and rest here for the night.
Day 12: Hike To Namche Bajar
Trekking time: 4 to 5 hours
Your vigorous journey is about to come to an end, as today you will be heading back to Namche Bajar. The hike does not consist of any extreme ascending or descending. You will be walking on a smooth trail back to Namche Bajar from Thame.
Upon arriving Namche, take a hot shower at your hotel, you deserve this. Take your time and enjoy the place.
Day 13: Hike to Lukla
Trekking time: 6 hours
This is going to be your last day in this region. There are many ups and downs during your hike to Lukla. Relax at your hotel and get some rest, you deserve it. Relieve your journey with some photographs, and write a journal if you like.
Tomorrow morning you will be flying back to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Fly Back To Kathmandu
Pack your bags and head off to the airport. Today you will be reaching Kathmandu. Back to the luxury, back to civilization, and back to the comfort. After getting an early flight, you will be reaching Kathmandu in 30 minutes (more or less).
Trip Cost US$ 1,350 Per person
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle .
- Two night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- All your stander Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and a cup of tea or coffee during the breakfast lunch and Diner
- Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek.
- A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder Guide,his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
- A Strong Porter among the two trekkers ( one porter sharing among two member ) including all his expenses including full insurance during the trek.
- Round Trip flight fare Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla airport for you and guide.
- National Park permits.
- TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.).
- A trekking route map.
- Medical supplies, first aid kit box, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance company). If in case.
- Sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed).
- All ground transportation.
- All our government taxes.
- Official expanse.
- Food and extra night at hotel whilst in Kathmandu.
- Your travel insurance. (Recommended)
- International air fare.
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
- Personal trekking Equipments.
- Activities and hotel in Kathmandu.
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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions
Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.
Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.
If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.
1. Is trekking difficult?
The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.
If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.
Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.
If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.
Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.
Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.
2. Is trekking expensive?
This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.
You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.
Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!
3. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.
Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.
If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.
4. What are the things I need to pack?
There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.
To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-
5. Do I need special permission to trek?
You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.
Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-
6. Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.
An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.
7. What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.
Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.
8. What kind of accommodation should I expect?
Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking
1. Tea house trekking:
You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.
Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.
The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.
2. Camp treks
In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.
9. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.
You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-
- Attain height gradually and slowly
- As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
- Drink plenty of water
- Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
- Eat high caloric food
- Avoid smoking or drinking
11. How to diagnose AMS?
In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Upset stomach
- Feeling unsteady
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty sleeping
If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:
- Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
- Descend to a lower altitude if possible
- Take complete rest until you feel well
- Do not exercise
- Do not smoke
- Drink plenty of water
- Take external oxygen supply if necessary
- Take anti-sickness medicines
If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.
12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.
A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.
A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.
In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.
Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.
13. Can I trek solo?
To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.
A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.
Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.
14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?
Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.
In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.
15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?
Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.
In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.
The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at [email protected]