15 Days Nepal Gokyo Renjo Pass Trek
Gokyo Valley Via Renjo Pass Trek is certainly one of the most stunning mountain areas on earth. At the pass, a great view of the Gokyo lakes on one side, the Rermo Pokhari lakes on the other side, and a myriad of snowy peaks in the background provides this incredible atmosphere.
Trek Type: Lodge
Trek Grade: Challenging
Trek Days: 11
Max Altitude: 4750m
Best Season: Oct-Dec & Mar-May
Gokyo Valley Via Renjo Pass Trek is certainly one of the most stunning mountain areas on earth. Set amongst breath-taking high mountain scenery, the route leads through the Khumbu – Sherpa country. 2 routes are possible: Renjo Pass trek or an alternative itinerary. The trail to Gokyo is a gradual ascent up the valley passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer can sometimes be seen. Through small yak-grazing settlements, we reach the Gokyo lakes.The Gokyo Peak (5480m) ascent is the one of the highlights of this circuit. We stay here to savor the incredible scenery, including magnificent views of Everest (8848m), Makalu, Cho Oyo (8153m) and Lhotse (8511m), to name but a few. The Renjo Pass route is off the usual beaten track. At the pass, a great view of the Gokyo lakes on one side, the RermoPokhari lakes on the other side, and a myriad of snowy peaks in the background provides this incredible atmosphere. The alternative route is much easier. From Gokyo, the trail descends along the opposite bank of the Dudh Kosi.
Day 1 | D | Hotel | ▲ 1300m
Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel. Check in & trek briefing. Late afternoon leisure walk in Thamel, a popular tourist district in Kathmandu Valley and a bustling bazaar which offers a glimpse of Nepal’s vibrant ethnic culture.
Day 2 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 2640m | ◎ 4hrs Trek
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding
After early breakfast, transfer to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for an early morning flight to Lukla a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding.
Day 3 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 3440m | ◎ 6hrs Trek
Phakding – Namche Bazaar
After breakfast start trek. The trail will be gradual flat till Monjo(2.5 hrs). After lunch, continue trek to Jorsale (40 min) and after crossing bridge the trail will be uphill all the way to Namche Bazaar. This will be the bit difficult part as it is up hill (3 hrs).
Day 4 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 3440m
Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Day)
This is the scheduled ‘acclimatization’ day for this trek. It is advisable to stay active during the day instead idling. You have the option of relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself with its internet cafes, shops, restaurants & bakeries or take a short hike up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche.
Day 5 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 3680m | ◎ 5hrs Trek
Namche Bazaar – Phortse Tenga
A very spectacular day in terms of scenery. The main trail out of Namche heads north to Everest. Following this trail, a short climb to a crest reveals a wonderful view towards Everest and Lhotse, whilst nearer at hand our route is a Yak trail, contouring around the hillside. The way to Gokyo is via Phortse Tenga and follows this main trail for a while longer, passing many traders selling Tibetan handicraft, to a crossroads high above the Dudh Kosi (Milk River). The main trail to Everest drops down the hill to Phunki Thanga, whereas our trail climbs to cross the Mon La to reach Phortse Tenga.
Day 6 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 4470m | ◎ 5hrs Trek
Phortse Tenga – Machhermo
Trail leads with a gentle climb through a bare hill. It offers beautiful scenery of mountains, among which the most interesting are Kang-Thega, Cho-Yu, Gyachung Kang, Tawu-Che, Cholhat-Che and Macchermo-Che etc. Machhermo is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. The beautiful stream flowing down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche mountains runs through the middle of village before draining into the Dudh Koshi. It is the place where Khumbu people got first sighting of Yeti in 1974.
Day 7 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 4750m | ◎ 6hrs Trek
Machhermo – Gokyo
Today, we climb through a ridge Chorten from where we can see fabulous view of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480 m) after some gentle walk. We descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. After crossing an iron bridge over an stream the trial levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m, where we get chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho we become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight at this juncture. After lunch, we explore around the third Lakes, Dudh Pokhari.
Day 8 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 4750m | ◎ 2hrs Trek
Gokyo – Gokyo Ri – Gokyo
Early morning, we hike up to the Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak). Climbing to Gokyo Ri is obviously strenuous as it is steep up and takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top. But even from the trial scenery of Gokyo village on the edge of third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier are mind blowing. We feel like we are surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. We trek down to Gokyo. You will have breakfast followed by full day rest for more acclimatization and visit around Gokyo lake.
Day 9 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 4300m | ◎ 6hrs Trek
Gokya – Renjo Pass (5345m) – Lunde
Today start early morning to climb up to Renjo Pass, the trail will be gradual up hill all the way to the top of the Ranjo Pass. It will takes about 3 hrs to reach the top. After the pass we will go down all the way to Lunde. In between there are some section required rope. This beautiful alpine valley is a trade route for Tibetan yak caravans heading to Namche Bazaar. This route was only open 2003 for trekkers.
Day 10 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 3800m | ◎ 6hrs Trek
Lunde – Thame
After breakfast stat trek, today the trek will be mostly downhill all the way to Thame. The typical Sherpa village. Before reaching the Thame there is Thami Gompa, a picturesque monastery set among the many homes of lamas and lay people. This gompa is a popular place for the spring celebration of the Mani Rimdu festival.
Day 11 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 2850m | ◎ 5hrs Trek
Thame – Jorsale
We complete our circular route by returning to Namche and from here continue on down the main Everest trail. The trail is easier now as we are losing altitude, and we can enjoy a gentle walk on the trail above the Dudh Kosi to Jorsale.
Day 12 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 2800m | ◎ 6hrs Trek
Jorsale – Lukla
The final day of our trek, we retrace our steps along the trail above the Dudh Kosi before turning off the main Jiri route and rising up to Lukla.
Day 13 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 1300m
Lukla – Kathmandu
After breakfast take a short flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival meet and transfer to hotel and rest and relax.
Day 14 | B, L, D | Hotel | ▲ 1300m
Kathmandu (Buffer Day)
After breakfast city tour visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and if you are lucky, you will get a glimpse of the famous Kumari, the world’s only living Goddess. After lunch, visit Bouddhanath Stupa,one of the world’s largest Stupa built in the fifth century AD. Late afternoon explore Asan Tol, the colourful local market area and shopping.
An Important Note:
All our itineraries for the Everest region include one buffer day at the end of the trip. This is because often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be cancelled for one, two, or more days due to unfavourable weather conditions even in the best seasons. We will try our best to arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by clients. In event of flight delay, the program for this day will be as adjusted accordingly from the time you arrive Kathmandu.In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, we will provide you an alternative trek in other region.
Day 15 | B
After breakfast check out of hotel transfer to airport for departure.
- Private A/C transportation including airport transfer
- Return domestic airfare with taxes (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
- Personal English speaking tour guide
- Hotel accommodation
- Meals as per itinerary
- Entrance fees
- English speaking trekking guide (Assistant guide included for 8 and above persons)
- Porter (1 porter to every 2 trekkers with 30kg bag each)
- Insurance for trekking crew
- Lodge accommodation
- Sleeping bag with fleece inner liner
- Trek permit and national park fees
- 1 Trekking Map per trekker (provided in Nepal)
- Nepal visa (apply upon arrival)
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic and other beverages
- Personal & trek expenses (including hot shower, drinking water, battery charging)
- Liabilities of loss, theft and damages