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.
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.