With the significant advantage of ascending the Gokyo Peak (5480m), the Renjo La Pass Gokyo Trek is a suitable trek for adventurous trekkers with limited time to explore the beauty of Nepal. The Khumbu region trek is enchanting, but the Renjo La Pass Gokyo Trek introduces the privileges of the Everest region in its way.
From the tranquil Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek to the charismatic snow-covered peaks, this trek has a lot to provide in its short time. As with any other Everest region trek, the journey starts from a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, and the route from there depends on your choice. The friendly Sherpa and their hospitable service make the strenuous walk easier along the way, which can be an excellent chance to learn Sherpa’s culture. Through the valley of Dudh Koshi, the trek follows a path to the valley known as the capital of the Sherpas, Namche Bazaar, also known as a junction for every trekker as it has excellent eating, seeing, and shopping places.
The ideal viewpoint of the Everest region, Gokyo Ri (5330m/17487 feet), falls on the way of the Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek before introducing you to the top peaks of the world; Makalu (8463m), Cho Oyo (8201m), Lhotse (85), Gyachung Kang (7922m) and so on. Also, the view of the highest peak, Mt Everest (8848m), is the one that indeed provides a Himalayan experience. The trek goes through Gokyo Valley or Lumdeng to the Renjo-La top, providing an incredible view of the peaks. The Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek lets the trekkers enjoy places like the Ngozumpa Glacier, Rome Pokhari, historical and cultural Thame Valley, etc.
Reaching a maximum altitude of 5360m, the Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek is best done around March or September, when the atmosphere is clear enough to take in every bit of pleasure.
Once you land at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our airport representatives will kindly receive you and take you to your hotel in a private car or a high-end tourist bus. After checking in, you can either explore this vibrant and exciting city on your own or take a cozy rest at your hotel.
Your sightseeing of this ancient city begins at around 8:30 am, after breakfast. A specialized tour guide and a comfy private vehicle will be available for your assistance. First, we will visit the biggest Hindu temple in Nepal, Pashupati Nath, which predates the Lichhavi period. Then, to Boudha Nath and Swayambhu Nath, shrines of lord Buddha, uniquely built in Stupa style architecture. The evening will be spent at Kathmandu Durbar Square, a testimonial of middle-aged architecture.
We’ll board a flight to Lukla (2810m) from TIA on the third day. You will be able to rejoice in the sight of splendid hills, rivers, and mountains during the 30 minutes long flight. On reaching Lukla airport, you’ll be introduced to your porter and served a wholesome breakfast. After that, we will head north to Phakding (2620m).
It is an easy 3-hour hike through the Dudhkoshi valley. We will head north from the airstrip to Chheplung (2700m) and cross the crystal clear Thadokoshi on a locally built suspension bridge. Past the bridge, you can witness Kusam Kanggru (6367m), which is one of the most challenging mountains to conquer. Away from the ThadoKoshi, the trail continues towards the Ghat (2590m), and we will cross a ridge marked with painted Mani stones. We will carry on our mount to reach the beautiful tribal village of Phakding, where you will stay overnight.
On our second trek day, we will head to Namche bazaar, a famous village in the Khumbu region. On our way to Namche, we will cross the winding Dudhkoshi River 5 times on thrilling suspension bridges covered with colorful Buddhist prayer flags. Then, we will continue your climb, bringing you to Jorsale. From there, it’s a two-and-a-half-hour ascent to Namche, with two significant viewpoints on your way.
If you’re lucky, you can relish the hypnotic view of Everest on a clear day. At Jorsale, you will enter Sagarmatha National park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where you’ll be required to verify your permits. After 5-6 hours of strenuous hiking, we’ll reach Namche Bazaar, the region’s top economic hub and the gateway to Everest.
Adapting to harsh geography and high altitude is vital to avoid altitude sickness and other unwelcome illnesses before continuing the ascent. You’ll be taken for a one-day hike through the beautiful villages of Khunde and Khumjung. After getting back to the Everest view hotel, you can go to look at the giant skull of the so-called mystical creature “Yeti” in a monastery in the region.
You can also savor at a bakery at the world’s highest altitude. On a reasonably clear day, you can view breathtaking peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, among others. The view of the mountains from Everest View Hotel is also commendable.
After a nourishing breakfast at the hotel, we will endeavor an hour-long climb to the Syangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will steadily ascend towards Kundu. You can see centuries-old Chorten (Buddhist stone monuments) on your way up.
From there, we will move eastwards to Khumjung, the largest settlement in the whole Khumbu region, at the lap of the holy peak of Khumbila. After savoring lunch at Khumjung, we will trail a slow climb to Everest View Hotel, where you can again enjoy the view of the Himalayas. The descent to Namche (3540m) is approximately 4/5 hours walk.
Now the trek enters above 4000m. A little climb to the ridge top of Namche will grant us a glorious view of Everest and Lhotse. From there, we will continue the mainstream trail for some time. All through the trail, you can witness vendors selling Tibetan handwork.
You will be able to experience the unique cretinism of Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhism. After we arrive at the crossroad, which lies considerably high above the Dudh Koshi, the trail is divided.
The upward trail, which we will follow, stretches to Mon La Pass. The downhill trail leads to Everest base camp. We will now follow the pass to reach Phortse. At Phortse, we will roam and see the cultures at old monasteries, which have centuries soaked in them.
We might also visit the local powerhouse or even trek to Luri Peak. We will now trail steeply to rhododendron jungles and, from there, to the settlements of Tonga and Gyele (3,960m). After that, we arrive at Dole. We can have a spectacular view of Khumbila and Tawache (6,542m). We will explore around Dole and stay overnight.
Trek begins with a steady climb along the valley. The air is now thinner, comparatively. The juniper forests now dominate the woods. We can see beautiful summer settlements and grazing land as we go up.
The sight of tall silver mountains will be a treat, no wonder. Superb views of Cho Oyu, and its neighboring peaks, Kantega and Thamserku, will feast our eyes. By noon, we will have arrived at Machermo (4,410m). We will spend the rest of the day exploring Machermo (4,410m) and spend the night there.
After breakfast, we will continue the trail over the ridge for more exotic views. Majestic Cho Oyu stands tall, right in front of us. Below is the gorgeous view of Khantega gorge, innate.
Beyond the edge, the valley extends as the trail goes side by side to Pangram at 4,390m. We descend to the riverside before we climb up to the fetal glacial deposit of the Ngozumpa glacier.
Now, after a slightly higher ascent, we arrive at Gokyo for a night’s stay. After Lunch, We will also visit and relish the sight of magnetic Fifth Lake and take pictures. Overnight stay in Gokyo Village.
Early in the morning, we will conquer 5463m high Gokyo Ri, from where we can view outstanding Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu, among others. We will hike to Fifth Lake, where the view of peaks is even better. We will then descend to Gokyo and spend another night at Gokyo.
We gently go uphill over the lush grassy area. The slope progressively becomes steeper, and we head for the top. The trek is quite complex as it is very steep. From the top, we can view the stunning panorama of Rolwaling, Tengi Ragi Tau Mountains, and a small Lake to the west, and Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Gyachung Kang, and Gokyo lakes to the east.
Through DudhPokhari lakes, we trek downhill through the beautiful meadow towards the Bhote Koshi Valley to continue beside the river. Luckily, we will come across yak caravans from Tibet heading towards Lungdeng. We will spend the night at Lungdeng.
On the eleventh day, we will hike to Thame. Situated at 3800m, we will also visit the historic Thame monastery and experience spiritual Buddhist practices. We can also witness the lovely culture of the Sherpa people at Thame. We will spend the night here and enjoy the much-needed rest for our downhill trek to Namche flowing day.
We will continue our trek down the Sherpa villages of Thame, leaving the mountains in the backdrop. We will walk down to the town of Namche bazaar, the epitome of Sherpa culture. We will stay the night at a guest house in Namche.
It is around 7 hours long walk downhill from Namche to Lukla. On this day, our time at exotic Sagarmatha National Park will end. The following day, we will board a plane to the capital. You will bid goodbye to this trek with a memorable walk down to Lukla.
Early morning, we will catch a plane from Lukla to Kathmandu. Don’t forget to pick a seat on the right side, to see the insatiable mountains again. On reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted back to your hotel.
The day has come to leave this remarkable country. Our representatives will transfer you to the airport from where you’ll board a flight to your next destination. Bid farewell to this country of the Himalayas with plans to visit next time. Because once is never enough!