Renjo-La Pass with Gokyo Trek

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip Area: Gokyo, Everest
  • Trip Style: Active/ Adventure Trekking
  • Age Group: 15 or Above
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Booking
  • Max. Altitude: 5360m
  • Best Season: March - May and Sep- Nov
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Gokyo lakes and Renjo-la Pass Trek

Renjo La Pass with Gokyo Lake Trek takes you to one of the high passes of the Everest region and lets you explore the pristine lakes of Gokyo. This trek will provide you with the opportunity to explore almost everything the Khumbu region has to offer you. During your Renjo La Pass and Gokyo Lake trekking adventure, you get the best view of snow-capped mountains, including Mt. Everest (8848m) and Mt. Lhotse (8516m) Mt, Makalu (8463m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Nuptse (7855m), Mt. Pumori (7145m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6856m), Mt. Thamserku (6723m) and more, while also exploring the Gokyo Lakes system which contains 5 blue-green lakes surrounded by the Himalayas. Renjo La Pass and Gokyo Ri are two of the best vantage points of the Khumbu region. Both will reward you with extraordinary views of countless snow-capped peaks, moraine valleys, glaciers, and the majestic Gokyo Lakes. The view of sunrise from Gokyo Ri is unforgettable.

Unlike other Everest Base Camp trekking packages, Renjo La Pass with Gokyo Lake trail is less crowded. Sublime Trails has designed the package in such a way that you will enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas at its best. Our professional guides with years of experience and profound knowledge in the field will guide you throughout the journey. Apart from that, this trekking journey is also a wonderful opportunity to explore the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the Sherpa community, who have been residing in the high-altitude zone of the Himalayas with their unique culture and traditions. Walking from the rhododendron and oak forests along the Dudhkoshi River to the barren land covered in snow and pristine lakes surrounded by ice-capped mountains, you will experience the Khumbu region to the fullest.

Renjo-La Pass with Gokyo Trek Highlights

  • 35 minute Kathmandu to Lukla flight full of scenic views of the landscapes
  • Explore the unique and vibrant Sherpa tradition and culture
  • Trek inside the Sagarmatha National Park habitat of exotic animals like Musk deer, Himalayan giant Thar and Snow Leopard
  • Walk past rhododendron, oak and pine forests with an opportunity to see various exotic animals
  • Breathtaking views of mountains like Tawache, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and Thamserku
  • Get the splendid views of Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier of the Himalayas
  • Get the enthralling panoramic view of Himalaya range from Renjo-La Pass
  • Hike up to Gokyo Ri to get an amazing sunrise view over the Himalayas
  • Visit Gokyo village and turquoise coloured lakes with major religious significance and awe-inspiring beauty

Gokyo lakes and Renjo-la Pass Trek Route

Renjo La Pass with Gokyo Trek starts from Lukla. You will trek towards Phakding and reach Namche the next day. You will stay at Namche as the acclimatization rest and resume trekking to Dole, Machhermo, and Gokyo. You will spend the next day at Gokyo as a part of your second acclimatization. You will then trek to Renjo La Pass and continue, returning along a different trail. You will trek to Lumde, Thame, and finally to Namche. You then follow the previous trail to Lukla where the trek ends.

Gokyo lakes and Renjo-la Pass Trek Difficulty

Renjo La Pass with Gokyo Lake Trek is considered to be strenuously difficult. Strenuous trek demands a high level of physical fitness. During the 10 days of the trek, you will walk for 6-7 hours a day on average. However, you have to walk for only about 3-4 hours on some days and 7-8 hours on the other days. Altitude sickness is one of the major risk factors during this trek so you need to be extra careful. You are recommended to do some Cardio exercises, hiking, Kayaking, etc a month prior to the trek. 

The trail varies from almost flat terrains to some steep ridges. You can cover long distances in flat terrains where altitude gain is less. However, in steep hills, you can cover much less distance in a day. The trail gets tougher as you approach the pass. However, the trail to the Renjo La Pass is the easiest one as compared to the other passes of the Khumbu region.

Weather and Temperature of Gokyo lakes and Renjo-la Pass Trek

Weather conditions in the Everest region vary with seasons. Autumn and Spring are the best seasons to take this trek, as the weather is nice and calm. Nights, mornings, and evenings might be a bit cold and chilly but the temperature is bearable During the day, the weather is warm and the skies are clear, providing stunning mountain views.

During the winter the temperature decreases. There might even be snowfall and episodes of blizzards in high-altitude regions. However, the mountain views still look amazing in winter. Summer is the least appropriate season, due to the monsoon climate. However, trekking is possible. The weather changes drastically during the day. Rainfall might occur anytime and temperature also fluctuates due to rainfall. You need to be extra careful while trekking as the trails might be muddy and slippery. 

Accommodation During The Gokyo lakes and Renjo-la Pass Trek

During your days in Kathmandu, you are set up in 3-star hotels. During the trek, you will stay in the tea houses run by locals. These teahouses may lack luxury, but they provide basic services and they are a great way to experience the local culture. The rooms will be basic with a clean bed. You can get private rooms or in sharing basis. However, in peak seasons, you often have to share the room.

Food and Water During the Gokyo lakes and Renjo-la Pass Trek

Hotels in Kathmandu provide you the breakfast in the morning, included in the package cost. You will manage lunch and dinner yourself. Feel free to try different cuisines and dishes available in the city.

While trekking, tea houses along the way provide you with basic western foods and local food items such as Dal Bhat, eggs, rice, vegetables, pasta, noodles, etc. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on the trek. As you trek higher, the options will be less due to the remoteness of the area. It is always better to carry extra snacks such as chocolates and energy bars etc with you.

Tea houses let you fill the water bottles. Apart from that, you can refill your bottles with tap water and use purification pills. The tea houses also provide hot water but you need to pay an extra price for that.

Itinerary

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1:Arrival in KathmanduAltitude: 1345 m
  • Day 2:Flight to Lukla and trek to PhakdingAltitude: 2610 m
  • Day 3:Trek to Namche BazarAltitude: 3440 m
  • Day 4:Acclimatization at Namche BazaarAltitude: 3440 m
  • Day 5:Trek to DoleAltitude: 4200 m
  • Day 6:Trek to MachhermoAltitude: 4470 m
  • Day 7:Trek to Gokyo Village and lakesAltitude: 4790 m
  • Day 8:Hike of Gokyo Ri, trek to Fifth Lake as part of the AcclimatizationAltitude: 4790 m
  • Day 9:Gokyo to Renjo La Pass (5435 m) LumdeAltitude: 4368 m
  • Day 10:Trek to ThameAltitude: 3820 m
  • Day 11:Thame to Namche BazaarAltitude: 3440 m
  • Day 12:Trek to LuklaAltitude: 2860 m
  • Day 13:Lukla to KathmanduAltitude: 1345 m
  • Day 14:DepartureAltitude: 1345 m

Detail Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Max Altitude1345 m
  • Accommodation3-Star Hotel

You will arrive in Nepal and land at Tribhuvan International Airport. One of our Sublime Trail representatives will be there waiting for your with a Sublime Trail signboard with your name on it. You will then be taken to a hotel in Kathmandu where you will rest for a while, freshen up and spend the night. You can either go out for some fun activities or you can stay in your room.

Day 2:Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding

  • Max Altitude2610 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

You will have a 35 minutes flight to Lukla, during which you can see an amazing aerial view of Kathmandu Valley initially and of Mountains as you reach Lukla. Lukla is a town famous for its airport, also known as Tenzing Hillary Airport which stays at the height of 2860 meters. This place can feature some extreme weather shift. Upon reaching the airport, you will head towards Phakding. You will descend towards Dudh Koshi river to reach the village of Ghat then Phakding and stay overnight.

Day 3:Trek to Namche Bazar

  • Max Altitude3440 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

Today you will reach Namche but you will also enter the region of Sagarmatha National Park, so you will need permits. After reaching Monjo, you will have your lunch. Today you will walk 6-7 hours and it will mostly be a steep ascent. Namche is a village famous for being a trade center. People from Khumbu region carry goods from here to their villages either carrying it themselves or making yaks carry it for them. Mountains you can see along the way are Kusum-Kanguru, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse, etc.

Day 4:Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

  • Max Altitude3440 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

After the altitude starts to increase from 3000 m, your body may start to show signs of altitude sickness. Since you spent yesterday’s night at Namche, you will spend yet another night here, giving your body some time to adjust with the increasing altitude and decreasing oxygen level. This is called acclimatization. You can have short hikes around the Khunde and Khumjung village, you can go to Everest View Hotel or headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park to see beautiful sunrise/sunset, explore the culture of people living in the region. You will return to Namche for your dinner and sleep.

Day 5:Trek to Dole

  • Max Altitude4200 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

You will reach Dole today. You will follow Cho Oyu Mountain and Cholatse on the right. Along the way, you will see beautiful Pine forests, monasteries and small Sherpa settlements. The view of mountains like Everest, Ama Dablam and Lhotse etc. will make your trip exciting. You will rest at a teahouse in Dole.

Day 6:Trek to Machhermo

  • Max Altitude4470 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

Dole to Machhermo is a simple trek which includes ascent for about 5 hours through gentle slopes. You will be in an elevation 300 meters higher than your previous station. You will walk through Oak and Pine forests to reach Machhermo. Some mountains you get to see during this trek are Taboche, Cholatse, Cho Oyu and Everest. You will have your dinner and stay at Machhermo.

Day 7:Trek to Gokyo Village and lakes

  • Max Altitude4790 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

After ascending a steady uphill for 5 hours you will reach Gokyo village. Gokyo village lies on the foot on Gokyo Ri, alongside Gokyo third lake. Along the way, you will have crossed first Gokyo lake, few monasteries and moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier. After reaching Gokyo, you can explore the village and the lakes. You can get beautiful sceneries of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Today you will stay in Gokyo village.

Day 8:Hike of Gokyo Ri, trek to Fifth Lake as part of the Acclimatization

  • Max Altitude4790 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

Your second acclimatization will be in Gokyo village. You can have some small hikes around the village. You can go hike up to Gokyo Fifth lake or go to the top of Gokyo Ri(5260 m). From Gokyo Ri, you can get an amazing view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. You can also stroll around the village exploring the culture of people living in the region.

Day 9:Gokyo to Renjo La Pass (5435 m) Lumde

  • Max Altitude4368 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

Today is the day you will trek to one of the high passes of the Everest region. Your path will be a steep trail which then leads to a flat surface. After reaching the flat surface, you will climb a gentle uphill. Prayer flags you see on the distance are the markers of the Renjo La pass. Just Before reaching the pass, you will again climb a steep uphill. You can get the best views of mountains in that region like Makalu, Tengi Ragi Tau, the Rolwaling Range, and Gyachung Kang from the Renjo La Pass. You will descend towards Lungden stay and have dinner there.

Day 10:Trek to Thame

  • Max Altitude3820 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

Leaving Lumde, you will trek towards Thame. It is where Tenzing Norgay spent his childhood. You will first ascend a narrow valley, then cross Marulung and descend the trail of Tangga. This village also has a big monastery named Thame Monastery. Lying on the foot of Kongde Peak, this village preserves an ancient Sherpa culture. You will trek for almost 6 hours and stay at a teahouse here.

Day 11:Thame to Namche Bazaar

  • Max Altitude3440 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

Walking through Rhododendron and Pine forest, you will return to Namche today. You will see Sherpa village and a valley along the way. You will get to Namche after few hours of moderate hiking which means no extreme ascending or descending. You will get to see the same scenery you saw when you first started your trek and walked through Namche. This will be the third day you will stay here.

Day 12:Trek to Lukla

  • Max Altitude2860 m
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBLD

Returning the same way you came, you will head towards Lukla. First, you will reach Phakding and have your lunch and continue your trek. You will have completed your trek to Gokyo village, lakes and Renjo La pass.

When you first arrived in Lukla, you didn’t have much time to explore around the town. This is an excellent opportunity to explore this town. This is the last day you will spend in the Khumbu region, so close to Everest and other mountains.

Day 13:Lukla to Kathmandu

  • Max Altitude1345 m
  • Accommodation3-Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast

From Tenzing Hillary Airport, you will fly to Kathmandu. In this 35 minutes flight, you can get your last glimpse of the Himalayas and its beautiful villages. After reaching Kathmandu, you can go out for different activities, buy souvenirs or rest at your hotel. Sublime trails will organize a farewell dinner in a cultural restaurant where you can also watch local performers perform cultural dances.

Day 14:Departure

  • Max Altitude1345 m

Today you will fly back to your country. It is our pleasure to help you make your time in Nepal fun and worthy. You can contact us for more trekking adventures or any other activities you want to do in Nepal. Sublime Trails will always be there for you.

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What's Included

  • Meals: 
    13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • Accommodation: 
    3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 days 
    Tea house accommodation along the way for 11 days
  • Transportation:   
    All land transportation with pickups and drops
    Domestic Flight to Lukla and back
  • Guides and Porters:
    One guide and assistant guide between 6 people 
    1 porter for two people (A porter can carry up to 30 kg)
  • Entry Fees and Permits:
    Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Fee
    TIMS Card
  • Miscellaneous: 
    Down jacket, a Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after the trip
    Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
    All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
    First Aid service in case of minor injuries
    Salary, food, and accommodation for guides and porters

What's not Included

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

Additional Information

Altitude sickness

Renjo La Pass with Gokyo Lake trek takes you to as high as 5,435 metres at Renjo La Pass. At this altitude, the oxygen level depletes heavily; hence, trekkers often get altitude sickness.

However, the two acclimatisation stops at Namche and Gokyo Village make you adapt to the high altitudes. Even with acclimatisation, minor high altitude sickness like headaches and nausea persists in trekkers.

To overcome these symptoms, you can take some medicines with consultation with a trekking guide. You can also avoid these symptoms by drinking plenty of water and eating adequate meals daily.

In emergencies, you'll get helicopter evacuations at lower altitudes.
 

Travel Insurance

Proof of travel insurance can be your life saviour during emergency helicopter rescue. At certain times, trekkers get seriously ill due to altitude sickness. Helicopter evacuation can become the last resort to help you out.

Decent travel insurance covering your helicopter evacuation and medical bills worries your time at high altitude. Also, helicopter companies send helicopters on time if you have proof of travel insurance.
 

Flight delays and transportation

Renjo La Pass with Gokyo Lakes Trek departs in Spring and Autumn. During these months, the flight barely gets delayed, and there's significantly less chance of flight cancellation. The ideal weather conditions in these months are best for trekking to the Everest region.

We request you to plan your trip to Nepal for this trek with extra two buffer days. This way, you can cope with flight delays and cancellations if the weather suddenly turns sour.

For transportation, you'll get an airport pickup and drop service. Also, you'll get a two-way flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu.
 

Baggage and weight limit

Renjo La Pass with Gokyo Lakes trek is a two-week-long trek in the Everest region. Hence, it would help if you carried a decent backpack for the tour.

Having said this, don't carry unnecessary things in the backpack as it will only increase the bag's weight. As of this, you need to hire an extra trek porter to carry your luggage. When you buy this package from us, we only provide one porter for two trekkers, and the shared weight a porter can have is 30kg. It will be fine if you can manage the weight under 15kg.

Similarly, the airlines don't allow more than 15kg for each passenger. Hence, you must pay an additional amount if the weight crosses 15 kilograms.
 

Trekking gears on Renjo La Pass with Gokyo Lake Trek

Wearable equipment is essential for day hikes and frigid nights. Thin sleeves, fleeces, and wind- and rain-resistant coats are helpful for day hikes. Additionally, a scarf and hat shield the face from chilly wind and sunburn. It might be advisable to have a poncho with you in case of rain. If not, you won't need warm clothing for a day trek. 

The top-notch trekking footwear ensures your day trip is as comfortable as possible. With good hiking shoes, your legs won't be under much stress. Additionally, using trekking poles will aid you in ascending and descending the Renjo La Pass Trek with Gokyo Lakes.

At high elevations, the temperature dips to just below freezing in the morning and evening. In the spring and fall, the average nighttime temperature is approximately -7 degrees. So, wearing heavy layers of clothing is essential. Clothing essentials include three-layered down jackets, wool hoodies, sweaters, thermocoats, and pants. Additionally, woollen gloves, neck warmers, and hats are required. The finest sleeping bags for nighttime use are those with many layers and zippers. Look for sleeping bags made for high-altitude camping while making your selection.
 

Safety and security

Sublime Trails is synonymous with a safe, secured trip offering company in Nepal. Our 100% trip success ratio for decade-long service shows our dedication to ensuring safety for trekkers.

Renjo La Pass with Gokyo Lake trek is a 100% safe, sound, and secured trip where trekkers can enjoy the wholesome Everest experience without significant concerns.
 

Guides and porters safety

Our trek guides and porters have years of high-altitude trekking experience. For Renjo La Pass Trek with Gokyo Lakes, we employ trek guides who have been to these places guiding for years. It ensures both trekkers' and guides' safety.

We make sure our trek guides and porters get equal treatment as we do to clients joining the trip. They get decent meals and accommodation throughout the trek.
 

Respect to ethnicity

The locals revere the Everest region, Gokyo Lakes, Renjo La Pass and every element here. And as a trekker, you must respect the values and norms of people here.

There are specific religious values on plants and monuments that trekkers have to understand and value. Your understanding of their cultures can only preserve the ethnicity and its beauty for a prolonged time and years to come.
 

Diversity of flora and fauna

Dole, Machhermo, and Gokyo are the heaven of natural aesthetics in the Everest region. These places are home to countless birds, mammals, rare animals, and much more.

Also, medicinal plants are enormous in number. But, you cannot harm any flora and fauna along the route while trekking. We also request you not leave plastics and waste on the trail as they break the animals and their resting place.

To enjoy the diversity, carrying a binocular with you is best. You'll have a fantastic experience witnessing this diversity with the serenity of mountains all around.
 

Tipping for trek crew

The successful Renjo La Pass Trek with Gokyo Lakes ends at Lukla. Trekkers tip their trek guides and porters for their unwavering support and expert service throughout the journey. There's no mandatory fee but tipping 10% of trek expenses to guides and porters is a common practice.
 

FAQs

  • Yes, you can take a shower during the Everest Base Camp Trek. The tea houses you will be staying in will provide you with the facility. You can take a hot shower as well but you have to pay an extra price for that. The price gets expensive as the altitude increases.

  • On average, a porter can carry up to 30 kg. But you have to share the porter with another trekker, he will carry up to 15 kg luggage per person. If you have more than 15 kg, you can either carry the extra weight by yourself or pay an extra charge to hire the new porter.

  • Yes, you can use the internet most of the time during Everest Base Camp trek. The easiest way to access the internet is by using mobile data provided by Nepal Telecom and Ncell. It will be fast enough to make video calls, etc. However, the network might not be available in some remote places. You can also use Everest Trek internet access paying the extra charge.

  • Acclimatizing properly prevents you from altitude sickness. You should not rush to reach the destination, instead, you should walk slowly and steadily. Stay hydrated and avoid alcoholic beverages in high altitude regions. You should pay careful attention to signs of altitude sickness. In case of any symptoms, you should stop or descend too low altitude region, Take Diamox or equivalent medicine with you.

Clients Reviews

5.0based on 7 reviews
  • Amella
    AmellaJuly 05, 2022
    TripAdvisor

    Everest Three Passes Trek in late June, a perfect escape to the nature.

    Everest three passes trek experience with Sublime Trails became good. The overall experience from my side is good because of good food, accommodations, porters and everything was good. We managed to fly to Lukla but the return was not possible to fly from Lukla. Instead, Mr Ram from Sublime Trails arranged an affordable helicopter flight rate for us from Namche to Kathmandu. It was a truly heartwarming gesture by the tour manager.
    To write few lines about Everest three high passes, without a guide, the tour would have been not possible. Our fantastic guide Mr Shiva was entertaining, caring, and a bold guy. He made the whole trip effortless. Thanks for his extra photography skills. Truly, the best tour of life. Cheers!!

  • Terry Crew
    Terry CrewJune 07, 2022
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    Beautiful Gokyo, EBC, and Three High Passes

    Sublime Trails was my trekking partner for Thee High Passes. I had great time at Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes, Cho La Pass, Renjo La Pass, and Kongma La Pass. The trekking experience was the best. The company was best. Their toup operation style was best. A successful trip at best rate.

    A must recommended trip on Nepal. Blessed being there.

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