Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek
- Trip Code: N-ET-137
- Destination: Nepal
- Season: Sep/Oct/ Nov/Mar/Apr/May/Jun
- Max Altitude: 5390m/17684ft
- Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
- Transportation: Private Car and Flight
- Accomodation: Standard hotel in Kathmandu & Tea-house in Trekking
- Trip Grade: Strenuous
Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek is one of off the beaten trekking route in Everest area. Since it is away from the mainstream trekking trail which leads to Everest Base Camp, this route is relatively less crowded. But the views offered by this trail is not less than Everest Base Camp route.
In the route of Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek, it needs to pass one of the high pass known as Renjo La at 5390 meters. Therefore it is some challenging too.
The vista of the Everest Range from the Renjo La Pass is the best. From the pass, an abundant view of the Gokyo Lake on one side, the Rermo Pokhari Lake on the other side and several snowy peaks in its background look really fascinating.
Renjo-La Pass is on the trade route to Tibet. In the ancient time, Sherpa people by walking through this pass used to go for crossing Nangpa-La to reach Tibet for selling their homemade stuff and to buy salt.
Gokyo Renjo La Pass trekking is also one of the best alternatives to the traditional Everest base camp trek. It also offers superb Himalayan views comprising Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Makalu 8463m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m and other 27 snowy capped mountains of Everest region.
The Ngozumpa- the largest glacier in the Nepal Himalaya, beautiful Gokyo Lake, and unique lifestyle of Sherpa are the other attractions which obviously make excitement to all trekkers in this route.
Gokyo Renjo La Pass trekking begins at Lukla after 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu. From Lukla, the trail moves ahead along the Dudh Koshi River and passes villages of Chaurikharaka and Phakding to reach Namche Bazaar where you will have one day acclimatize and excursion around Namche Bazaar.
From Namche Bazaar you have two options to complete this trekking route. The first option is to follow the trail from Namche – Dole – Gokyo Lake – Renjo La Pass- Thame – Namche. Another option is to continue trekking from Namche – Thame – Lungden – Renjo la pass – Gokyo valley and back to Namche. Finally from Namche trek back to Lukla.
Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek Note:
Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition organize Gokyo Renjo La Pass trekking through both options. This trekking can also be customized by joining it with other trekking trails of Everest Region. The best season of Gokyo Renjo La Pass trekking is in autumn (Sep, Oct, Nov) and spring (March, Apr, May). You can start this trip on any date which you prefer. Should you require additional information about this trek, please feel free to contact us.
You will be met by our Tour officer in Kathmandu International Airport. He will escort you to the hotel. Briefing of Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trekking. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Flight 40 minutes. Walking 3 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Phakding.
Walking 5 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Walking 3 to 4 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Khumjung.
Walking 6 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Dole.
Walking 4 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Machhermo.
Walking 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Gokyo Lake.
Walking 2 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Gokyo Lake.
Walking 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Lungden.
Walking 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Thame.
Walking 6 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Walking 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Lukla.
Rest of the day at leisure in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International airport and see you off. End of Service. Or You may take optional side tours.
All foreign nationals except Indian Nationals are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese Visa can be obtained either prior to your arrival at a Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival time in Kathmandu at the airport. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can be also taken at entry points at Nepalese borders. For Nepalese Visa it requires your passport with at least six months validity, recent digital photo (size: 1.5″ x 1.5″) and the following fees either in USD dollars cash or the equivalent local currency:
|Multiple entry||15 days||US$ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||30 days||US$ 40 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||90 days||US$ 100 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
We would offer you the meeting and greeting service in Kathmandu International Airport on your arrival time. For this, you need to pass us your International flight details at least 2 days before your arrival date in Kathmandu. After you get down from the aircraft you just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see our tour officer standing with a playing card with your name written on it. He will greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to the hotel
Everest Trek does not require tremendous logistics in terms of accommodation as you will find plenty of clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Lodges typically offer a room with a wooden bed with a simple mattress or foam pad, a cotton pillow, and a blanket or quilt. They have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for you (here rooms cannot be booked in advance).
In the case of Kathmandu, we offer you tourist standard hotel under 3-star categories unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice.
In the trail it’s commonly available for Authentic Nepali meal: Dal Bhat (rice with lentils soup and seasonable vegetables), noodles, pasta, chapatis, eggs, French fries, porridge, and muesli. The restaurant of lodges also serves Tibetan foods like momo, thukpa, chow mien, along with pizza, spring rolls, pancake and another continental as well as Indian foods.
Tea and hot lemon are traditionally the main drinks on the trail though coffee is found everywhere. Bottled soft drinks, bottled water, and even beer are common along the route but the price of each bottle rises each day when you move upward.
The trekking team who will go with you is the most significant thing that makes your trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable. We would provide you skilled, experienced, courteous, knowledgeable and helpful trekking guide and porters. The trekking guide leads you on the trail and brief you all the about this route and porters carry your luggage. Our all trekking guides are carefully selected in terms of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and their knowledge about local culture, ecosystem, geography, flora and fauna, and history. With aim of sustaining local communities, we only employ local people as trekking guide and porter. Our all trekking guides are certified by Nepal Government, Ministry of Tourism. We manage trekking team such a way that one trekking guide in each group and porters like one porter for two trekkers.
During trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters or pack animals (usually yaks or cross-breeds). You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket, etc. – a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room in Kathmandu for free of charge.
Every morning, first of all, packing your bags and then have a hearty breakfast at the lodge restaurant. Then set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours you all stop for lunch in local restaurant. Then continue walking to your destination. After lunch, it’s the only a couple of hours walking. You usually arrive at your destination in the time of afternoon tea. Check in at the lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure. At a free time you may explore surrounding village, do a bit of washing or simply relax by reading books and writing a diary. On some days you will arrive at your destination by lunch time and entire afternoon will be free. Most people also spend free time by playing cards and other games reliving the day’s adventures. Then in the evening have a dinner and you will be briefed by your trekking guide about your next day’s walking and then go to your bed for well-earned sleep.
Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trekking is suitable for any passionate walkers who able to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, you can do this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no compulsorily required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip.
At high elevations, the combination of reduced oxygen and lower atmospheric pressure can produce a variety of unpredictable effects on the body, known collectively as Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is also commonly known as Altitude Sickness. Everyone who treks over 3500 m experiences some mild symptoms of AMS like slowness, dizziness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, racing pulse, disturbed sleep and swelling of the hands and feet but serious cases are very rare. The golden rule of prevention from Altitude Sickness doesn’t walk too fast at altitude, drink plenty of liquids, eating well, getting plenty of sleep and avoiding alcohol. If in case you feel any mentioned symptoms the simple cure is to move down (descend) and you shouldn’t ascend further until you start feeling better. To treat AMS there is also available medication Acetazolamide (better known under the brand name Diamox). The dosage is 250 mg every twelve hours. Diamox improves respiration at altitude and can, therefore, accelerate acclimatization. Some doctors recommend a preventive dose (125 mg twice a day) for people trekking at high elevations. At the time of trekking our trekking team always guides you to prevent from Altitude Sickness and they always have Diamox along with first aid kit.
We believe casualty and a serious sickness will not happen on the trip. If it happens we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since all the expenses incurred in evacuation liable to you please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.
We strongly advise you to take travel insurance before joining a tour which should cover medical expenses, emergency repatriation and helicopter evacuation at high altitude places and loss of your luggage. We would request you to bring your insurance documents when you come to Nepal.
The following list is a guideline to help you pack for your trekking. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg or 33 pounds. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you pack only what is necessary.
Important Items : Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Mater Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.
For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.
For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket
For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.
For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.
Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag *; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional).
Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.
Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).
Note: If any items are not available in your hometown you can buy in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you embark for trekking.
The itinerary for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trip ending should always coincide with the original itinerary.
Kindly keep in mind that sometimes unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.
In Everest region as you climb through the hills mixed deciduous forests and scattered rice terraces give way to pine forests, then rhododendrons, then scrub junipers, before finally, the only vegetation is low alpine shrubs and grasses. As you walk, scan the skies and the undergrowth for golden eagles and the spectacular Himalayan monal (danphe or impeyan pheasant) with its regal, shimmering green, blue and purple plumage. In forested areas around Namche Bazaar, Thame, Phortse, and Tengboche keep your eyes peeled for Himalayan Thar and musk deer often spotted beside trails early in the morning. You may also hear the strange hoarse call of the muntjac or barking deer. Everest is also home to both leopards and snow leopards and allegedly the fearsome yeti.
Naturally Everest Region is so beautiful but equally, it is fragile as well. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of this area. We at Silver Himalaya Adventures are extremely conscious about protecting its beautiful natural environment and preserving the fascinating local culture. We are doing our level best to minimize our impact as much as possible. Our all trekking guides and porters are well trained and motivated to following guidelines of responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism. In trekking, they also advise you do and do not to minimize your impact on the local environment.
In addition to your Trekking trip, you can join in various side Trips in Nepal like a cultural tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Jungle Safari in National Park, White Water Rafting in Himalayan Rivers, Golfing, Adventure activities like Bungee Jumping, Altra Light Flight, Paragliding, Jeep flyer etc. You also can extend your trip to neighboring Himalayan Countries: Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim (India) which seems more appealing to you. On your request, we will give you the detail of the side trips.
Everest Three Pass is an extremely rewarding adventurous trek. We did it in October 2017. Our overall trip was 20 days and was organized by Excellent Himalaya Trek. The trip itself was undeniably very challenging, but if you prepare well and are in good physical and mental condition, you will be of course to do it. The experience we attained in this trek was outstanding and never forgettable. To our success, our guide (Tashi) and porter (Shyam) had a great role. These guys are so helpful, knowledgeable, sincere, and have many experiences. We also appreciate the management of Suman, the team leader of this company. From beginning to the end of this trip everything was perfect; he catered all of our needs. Our communication with Suman before we arrived in Nepal was very much fantastic. It was very hard us to say goodbye these nice people after the end of the tour. Their caring services will always remain in our mind. At the end, we say anybody who is looking for any adventurous trekking in Nepal, book and go with Excellent Himalaya Trek. Thank you!!!
Miguel & Julie
The Gokyo Valley is the most splendid place in mountain area we have ever been to. We travelled to Gokyo in the mid of October 2017. The walk to Gokyo was amazing. After reaching Gokyo Lake there is the climb to Gokyo Ri. We climbed this mountain early in the morning. The views from Gokyo Ri was so much incredible. We had 360 degree Himalayan views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and many peaks in that area. Gokyo Ri is an approx 460 m ascent and is a tiring walk up but really worth it. The path up is simple but steep. I recommend everybody to try of ascending this mountain. The lake Gokyo itself looked so nice. We are very much thankful to Excellent Himalaya Trek. Under your guidance we had such a lifetime experience of Himalayas. Thanks, Suman, our next adventure will be with your nice team. See you.
Wayne, Steve & Keith
We finished incredible Gokyo Lake in Nov. 2017 under the management of Excellent Himalaya Trek. This is our second trekking in Everest region. Four years back we also did Everest Base Camp. In our opinion Gokyo Valley is the more rewarding destination. I and my wife liked it better than EBC trek. The trekking trail is beautiful and much quieter than EBC. We found Gokyo as so pristine Lake. Water in the lake was very clean and looked green. We climbed to Gokyo Ri, the peak closed to that lake with height of 5,357 m. The views from the top was really stunning included Everest, Lhotse, Cho Yu, Makalu, the Gokyo Lake, Ngozumpa glacier (longest in the Himalayas) etc. The trek was not so tough. Our guide Bikram and porter Lhakpa made the trip safely and enjoyable along the way. In this 14 days trip we enjoyed Nepal’s scenery, food, lovely lifestyle of local people. We are very happy to choose Excellent Himalaya Trek and would highly recommend this company if anybody wishing to undertake any trekking tour in Nepal. Thank you!!!
Ruben & Sarah
Once-in-a-Lifetime Breathtaking Journey through the Majestic Himalayas Visiting Nepal was life-changing, as cliché, as it sounds. The trek I completed in Nepal, from Lukla to Tengboche, was amazing—crossing suspension bridges, eating amazing meals that were made to order (be patient), meeting the gracious people of Nepal, being removed (at times) from electronics (i.e. no computers, no televisions)—it really reminded me how out of touch I've gotten with the world. This journey re-connected me with myself and with basic life, mindfully: eating, sleeping, trekking. I have to advise, it is a good idea to physically train before you embark on a trek, especially, if you normally, don’t hike like myself. I recommend trekking poles—they really helped through some of the steep parts of the trek. I also, recommend wearing a hat, buff, sunglasses, as it can get really dusty, with the dirt trails plus, you’re sharing them with dzos. Also, highly recommended is a small day pack to carry while you hike, for toilet paper, water, and snacks. It was very cold in Tengboche—wearing layers is a must, also, having a warm sleeping bag & headlamp, as the guesthouse room did not have heating or lighting available at night. A good pair of high top hiking shoes is a must & staying hydrated is important, due to the altitude. My analogy on the bathroom situation in the guesthouses is, it is like a slot machine, you do not know, whether if it is going to go down or not, until you hit the flush lever. The outhouses along the trekking trails were actually, more pleasant than the western toilets. What really made the trek though was our trek leader —our leader really educated our group about Nepali culture and had incredible stories to share, so having a good trek leader does make or break the trek. Be aware when you get your visa for Nepal--how long it is valid for. Reason to note this, is that there may be flight delays, due to poor flying visibility, which may leave you stranded for a few more days longer in Nepal than planned—likely, after your visa has expired so be warned. As far as Kathmandu, it was infused with spirituality, with Hinduism and Buddhism co-existing peacefully. Be prepared to bargain for merchandise and note, that sometimes, old, torn rupees may not be accepted by all merchants. Namaste!