Overview of Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek
Located in the Solukhumbu district, walking on the Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek path offers parts of the Everest region that only a few tourists see. The routes are considerably less busy, and the views of these paths are beautiful, like those of the Everest base camp pathways.
The trek to Gokyo Renjo La Pass offers spectacular views of the Himalayas and the surrounding area, the Himalayas that help you get insight into getting a better understanding of yourself. The pure surroundings of the Gokyo path, clean air, water, and pure energy all unite to enhance your experience of being in the present.
During your walk, you will be delighted to gaze at the Khumbu region’s other snow-capped summits, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Aba Dablam, and more. Additionally, rich culture, traditions, and a unique way of life for the people there add extra sparkles to your journey that encourage “being in the state of wholeness.”
The warm-hearted local communities’ customs, language, clothing, and cuisine of the Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek are also the major highlights of the trip, which are all wholly their own. The majority of the people living in these villages are Sherpa and Rai. Spending time with these communities is a great way to connect with new cultures and traditions and celebrate each other’s differences and similarities.
Understanding different cultures enriches our lives and enables more profound connections with those around us, even in our regular lives.
The trail will have several challenging uphill parts and must issue a reverse challenge to Renjo La Pass. On top of that, you may need various guidance during or before your trip. We Nepal holiday team, assure you that we will be with you during your trip and before that if you need assistance. We guide you to Gokyo Renjo La Pass trekking based on your desire to spend time in the Himalayas.
Amidst all this, prepare yourself for the Gokyo Renjo La Pass treks, which have the great possibility of being in a state of an increased level of joyful wholeness.
We will take an early morning flight to reach Lukla. You will see fantastic green hills, snowy peaks during the flight. With this scenic and thrilling flight, we will arrive at Lukla.
From Lukla, we will start our trekking towards Phakding. Lukla is known as the gateway of the Everest region and Sagarmatha too. We will first walk towards the central alley and walk past the airport. Then we will walk ahead the alley and reach the Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality office. Your permit card will be checked here; if you have no issues, you can also issue your permit.
Ahead, we will follow north trails, passing through farming lands and descending slightly to reach Dudh Koshi River. After passing through the forest path, we descend and walk along the river bank.
After some moments, we will reach Cheplung village and ahead, we will ascend slightly through the forest. During your walk, you will also witness a small settlement in the Himalayan existence.
After an easy descent, we will finally reach Phakding. You will see beautiful mountain girls peeking from a distance. You will also see the fantastic sight of the holy mountain, Khumbila (5,761m). You can roam around the village and see the life of the Himalayan people if you are not tired.
Today, after the early morning breakfast, we will start walking as the trek distance is long. We will cross over the suspension bridge on the village’s other side. After a few hours of additional walking, we will reach to Sagarmatha National Park checkpoint.
After our permit is checked, we will descend to the river. During the walk, you will cross many short and long suspension bridges. As we follow the trail, we will reach the small village of Benkhar. From this village, you will get a beautiful glimpse of Mt. Everest.
After crossing this village, we will ascend the stone stairs and cross the Dudh Koshi River crossing the famous Hillary bridge. This bridge can show a beautiful view of the forest, Nepali girls, valley, river and mountains. As you walk ahead, the altitude starts to gain steeper.
After gaining some energy from rest, we will resume our walk, passing the beautiful rhododendron forest. Shortly after the checkpoint, we will finally reach Namche Bazar. You will find this village unique, with beautiful stone houses and landscapes. If you are not tired, you can explore this beautiful town and see the daily activity of the local people.
Today is the first acclimatization day for the Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek. After breakfast, we will have a short hike outside the Namche Bazar town. We will visit the Everest View Hotel and have a stunning view of Everest, Makalu, Ama Dablam and many other small peaks. You can also see the largest Sherpa settlement, Khumjung village.
We will also visit Khumjung Monastery and spend some quality time there. According to the locals, they also preserve the yeti skull inside the monastery. If you like to explore more, we will stroll around the Khunde and head back to Namche Bazar.
Today, you will cross 4000 meters above sea level. After breakfast, we will head north and follow the Dudh Kunda River. You will head towards the beautiful Ngozumpa Glacier. Then, we will have a short and steep climb to the ridge and witness the glorious view of Everest and Lhotse.
We will then resume our walk into the mainstream trail for additional hours. We will pass through Tibetan handwork shops as you leave the main route. The path will be relatively shorter, and walking in the isolation route helps you feel pleasure.
Ahead, we will reach a crossroad that lies high above the Dudh Koshi River. We will then ascend the trail and head toward Mon La Pass. You will follow a forest path rich with red birch, fir, and rhododendron. You will also pass through beautiful waterfalls and yak pastures as you gain altitude.
The trail then leads you to the Dole Village. After a few minutes of ups and downs on the trail, you will finally reach Dole Village. This village offers the first and greatest view of Mt. Cho Oyu.
After the early morning breakfast, we will ascend along the valley. As you reach higher, the air gets thinner, and breathing might be uncomfortable. The vegetation starts to change, and you will enter the juniper forest. As you climb higher, you will pass through fantastic villages and landscapes. Upon reaching here, you will be blessed with a beautiful view of Cho Oyu, Thamserku, and, Kantega.
We will keep ascending with fantastic scenes surrounding you till Machhermo. After we reach here, we will have rest and gain some energy for tomorrow. This is a small yet beautiful village with few settlements in the valley.
Suppose you want to explore more than you can hike up to Dole to acclimatize and prepare for tomorrow. The villagers from the lower region own lands and graze yaks here in the summer season. After exploring the Dole, we will return to Machhermo overnight.
After the early morning breakfast, we will start to walk over the ridge to see a dramatic view of Mt. Cho Oyu right in front of us. We will continue our trek along the valley high above the river. As you walk ahead, enjoy the excellent view of Cholatse and Khantega gorge.
We will descend the river bank and climb up again to approach the Ngozumpa glacier. Then, we will walk onto the rock and moraine that extends down from it. During the walk, you will see a breathtaking view of Cho Oyu and Kantega and ascend higher to reach the Gokyo village.
After reaching Gokyo Lake, we will have lunch and gain some energy. We will then hike up to the fifth lake for a more dramatic view of the mountains. We will then head north to Gokyo and ascend to reach the fourth lake. After some additional walking, we will finally arrive at the fifth lake. After enjoying the mesmerizing view of Gyachung Kang, Ngozumpa glacier, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, etc., you will get to see the sight; we will return to Gokyo Lake.
Today is the second acclimatization day for the Gokyo Renjola Trek. This point is a famous resting point for trekkers because you have many options for an acclimatization hike. Today we will wake up early before sunrise and climb steeply to Gokyo Ri for a sunrise view.
The view from the top of the Gokyo Ri is exquisite, with the scene of a snowy peak, and below is a turquoise lake. You will be able to 4 eight-thousanders like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and many other uncountable peaks. After enjoying some quality time here, we will return to Gokyo Lake.
Today you will walk a long way to cross the Renjo Las Pass and descend to Lungden. The trail has several ups and downs with quite exciting and challenging factors. In the initial walk phase, we will head back to the lake and walk gently uphill, passing through a grassy area, boulders and zigzag turns.
As you go higher, the path gets steep till Renjo La Pass. Reach the top of the pass, and you are welcomed with a marvellous view of Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Everest, Cholatse, Makalu, and more. After some quality time at the pass, we will descend through the lovely meadow towards Bhote Koshi Valley. We will continue to descend, walk beside the river, and head towards Lungden.
Today we will head south with an easy descent to Thame. The hike for today is easy, with a primarily gradual d. We will then follow the path on the east side of the river and pass several villages to reach our destination. We will descend gradually to Marulung and then cross the bridge over the Bhotekoshi River after walking.
You will walk through the dense forest, looking at various flora and fauna. Then we will see the old walled Sherpa village with a unique lifestyle. We will then continue downhill and arrive at Thame. If you are not tired, we can also visit the old monastery for evening prayers.
After the early morning breakfast, we will leave the village of Thame and head towards the town of Sherpa, Namche. We will begin our walk along the streams and forest and gradually descend to Bhotekoshi Valley. From here, you will cross the suspension bridge and enter the rich forests of birds, pines, and rhododendrons.
We will then gradually climb high above Bhote Koshi through Sherpa settlements. We will continue ascending the trail through the pine forest and walk a leveled path until we reach Namche Bazar.
Finally, our treks ended after several days in the Everest Himalayas. It’s time to wrap up your trek to Gokyo Renjo La Pass. We will trek back to Lukla before flying to Kathmandu. After having breakfast, we will follow the stone steps and head down the village. We will have a final glimpse of Mt. Everest from a distance. We will continue trekking down in a mixture of dirt, pathways, and stone steps.
As we resume walking into the trail, cross the several suspension bridges and walk along with Dudh Koshi River. Then ahead, we will make a steep decline and do some uphill. After some hours of walking, we will reach Phakding. Then we will walk forward and pass several villages before making a steep incline to Lukla.
We will wake up early to catch the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. You will then fly to see the beautiful view of the forest, Himalayas and valleys. After 30min flight, you will reach TIA.
- KTM-Lukla-KTM domestic flight
- Permit Cards Expenses
- Experienced Himalayan trek guide for 12 days
- One porter for two of you for trekking for 11 days (prepare to give max. 15 kgs’ luggage from each of you so that it will not exceed 30 kg. for your porter)
- Basic yet comfortable accommodation for 11 nights on a twin-sharing basis during the trekking as per itinerary.
- Staff insurance
- 10 x set breakfast, 11 x set lunch and 11 x set dinner while on the trek
- Purified drinking water during the entire trekking as per itinerary
- General first aid medicine kit
- Complimentary T-shirt
- Duffle bag during the trek
- International Flight Fare
- Food and Accommodation in Kathmandu since there are many possibilities available.
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Any Travel Insurance
- Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances that may lead to a change in itinerary.
- Tips for any staff and guide
- Anything that is not listed in the “PRICE INCLUDES” section above
Special Group Discount Price
|1 Person||US$ 1607 Per Person|
|2 People||US$ 1360 Per Person|
|3 People||US$ 1296 Per Person|
|4-6 People||US$ 1274 Per Person|
|7-9 People||US$ 1253 Per Person|
|10-12 People||US$ 1251 Per Person|
|Over 12 People||US$ 1236 Per Person|
Essential Information - Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek
Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek Route Map
With a helpful trek map of Gokyo Lake Trek with Renjo La Pass, it is easier to stay on the path. We have included every overnight stay and elevation reference for the Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek on our map. Click the infographic image below to learn about the route.
Your journey begins as you start your flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Starting your trek from Lukla, the walk ends at the same place. We will start our trek from Lukla to Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Machhermo, and Gokyo Lake. We will rest at Gokyo Lake and have an acclimatization hike to 5th Lake and Gokyo Ri. We will then cross Renjo La Pass, descend to Lungden, Thame, Namche Bazaar, and again back to Lukla. From Lukla, we will have a return flight to Kathmandu. You can also look at our detailed Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass itinerary to know more about the destination.
Is Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek difficult?
The trip to Gokyo Lake is of moderate difficulty. Gokyo Renjo La Pass daily demands 6 hours of walking, excluding acclimatization days. Therefore you must be in good physical condition and maintain considerable stamina. The rocky paths, challenging steep, rough terrain, and high passes increase the difficulty of the journey.
Nevertheless, the Gokyo and Renjo La Pass Trek are more accessible than other high passes in this region. The routes do not provide difficulties to hikers, making them ideal for beginners.
However, for a few travelers, the high altitude can be problematic, as they will ascend above 4,500 meters, which can cause altitude sickness or other medical concerns.
Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek Permit
To trek Gokyo and Renjo La, you will need two permits. Sagarmatha National Park Permits and Khumbu Rural Municipality Permits are required for entry. You will have to show them at different points along the way.
Note: When creating official documents, you will typically be required to submit a copy of your passport and a photo in passport size. Bring at least eight to ten passport-sized photographs. We will acquire the necessary travel permits and handle all legal documentation.
Accommodation on Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek
On all of our treks, we stay in tea houses that residents of the region run. Even though these teahouses are not fancy, they offer essential services and are a great way to learn about the local culture. They have a place to spend the night and cook meals.
The rooms will be simple, but the bed will be clean. There are private rooms and rooms where people share. During busy seasons, though, you have to share a room. The bathrooms are also shared, and in the Everest area, they usually have cold running water and toilets like those in the West.
Please be informed that we will provide you with accommodations only during the trek. While staying in Kathmandu, you should pay for your hotel by yourself. There are numerous options of hotels available, and we want you to stay wherever you feel comfortable. We are always available if you need any suggestions on hotels.
Food on Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek
Tea houses, along the way, offer essential Western foods and local foods like Dal Bhat, eggs, rice, vegetables, pasta, noodles, and so on. On the trek, you will get breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As you climb higher, you will have fewer options because the area is more remote. It is always a good idea to bring extra snacks like chocolate, energy bars, etc.
You can fill up your water bottles at tea houses. You can also fill your bottles with water from the tap or use purification pills. You can also get hot water in the tea houses, but you have to pay extra.
Please be aware that we will serve you three meals during the trek. The cost doesn’t include meals in Kathmandu. Because of the variety of food options available here, we let you explore breakfast, lunch, and dinner by yourself. We can also manage your food service in Kathmandu upon your special request. For that, please let us know while customizing your trip.
Best season to trek Gokyo Renjo La Pass
March through May and September through November offer the most favorable conditions for hiking the Gokyo Renjo La Pass. As this is the busiest time of year for people to go trekking in the Khumbu region, the path you will be taking will also be very congested. On the other hand, due to the difficulties of the Everest Renjo La Pass Trek, only some choose to do it.
Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization of Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek
During the Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek, altitude sickness is one of the most significant risks, so you must be additionally careful. A month before the walk, you should do some cardio exercises, go hiking, etc. Renjo La Pass, part of the Gokyo Lake trek, is 5,435 meters high. There is not much oxygen left at this height, so trekkers frequently get altitude sickness.
You can get rid of these symptoms by taking some medicines after talking to a trekking guide. You can also prevent these symptoms by getting enough water and food daily. As you go up to 5000 m, you have a high chance of getting altitude sickness. Taking care of your health as well as your body would help.
Some mild side effects of AMS are headaches, nausea, dizziness, difficulty breathing when exercising, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, fast heart rate, and many more. If you have any signs of AMS, you should stop climbing to a lower altitude to feel better. If you ignore them and keep going on the trek anyway, you could get very sick and end up in a coma or stop breathing.
Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek Packing Suggestions
Please properly pack your luggage for the porter (each of you 15kg, for two of you, a porter is arranged). You will leave the rest of your luggage behind at your hotel until the end of this holiday. Below is a loosely advised Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek packing list that might help you in your trek:
- Appropriate clothing (3 sets)
- Woolen sweater or jacket
- Thermal inner wear
- Wide-brimmed hat
- Woollen cap and scarf
- Thick woollen gloves
- Waterproof gloves
- Sport Sandals
- Woollen socks (2 pairs)
- Waterproof (not water-resistant) shoes with a good tread/grip
- Rain-proof pants and jacket with hood
- A lock for the duffle bag
- Backpack with waterproof cover
- Sleeping bag suitable for temperatures around 0°C (1 – optional)
- Down jacket with hood
- Camera (optional) (video camera is not permitted by authority)
Other essential items:
- Personal clothing
- Small thermos for hot beverages
- Water bottle (1 litre)
- Sunscreen lotion (50 SPF or more)
- Castor oil (50 ml) to lubricate the nostrils at high altitude
- Ziplock bags for clothing
- Quick-dry Towel (not a regular one)
- Toilet paper
- Wet wipes
- Snacks – chocolates, biscuits, nuts, etc.
- Hand sanitizer
- Powerful flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries)
Though we arrange basic medical kits for Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trekking, they are very general and may need to be revised based on conditional necessity. Personal medical equipment includes electrolyte packs, pain killers, muscle relaxant creams, band-aids, knee caps, medicines for fever, common cold, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, and other personal medication necessary from your side.
Communication in Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek
The Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek itinerary encounters different landscapes. Even in this age of highly modern information and communication technologies (ICT), the landscapes are challenging for development in remote areas.
Although most of the villages along the Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek now have access to mobile phones and telephone services. Internet access is available in most tea shops, usually for a fee per hour. Wi-Fi is available in Lho, Samagaun, and a few nearby settlements. However, bad weather, such as heavy snowfall and rain, occasionally interferes with services.
Most asked questions
FAQs about Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek
People have observed for a long time that living in the Himalayas, along with its natural beauty, helps them feel joyfully whole inside. The Gokyo Renjo La Pass journey, with its stunning Himalayan scenery and rich biodiversity, can fill you with a sense of fulfillment.
Never undervalue your specific interests; they may be so appealing that they inspire you to achieve your goals and develop into a whole person. Following your interest in visiting Himalayan destinations like Gokyo Renjo La, the trek is more than just a trip; how you feel about it will depend on how curious and aware you are.
At 5,360 meters above sea level, Renjo-la is the highest point of the Gokyo Renjo La Pass adventure journey.
You must get entrance authorization if you wish to enter the region. Getting a specific trek permit is necessary to enter a protected area that the government has designated for trekking. You will need Sagarmatha National Park Permits and Khumbu Rural Municipality Permits.
The permit is for your safety while travelling into the conservation area. This permit fee is also used for the betterment of the national park.
Our schedule is one of the best for everyone, so if you have never been to high altitudes before, you may not have much less to choose from. If the schedule is shortened, there might need more time to adjust to changes in the environment, humidity, or pH, which could cause high altitude sickness and other problems. Your body needs time to make more red blood cells to compensate for the fact that blood at high altitudes has less oxygen.
But if you want to spend more time in the Himalayas, we can give you the best options to add days and make your schedule fit your needs. Feel free to contact us; our team will put together your dream package based on your priorities and our suggestions.
If you are an individual trekker, you don’t have to bring a guide with you on this trek, but if you want a stress-free vacation, a guide will be helpful. During your trek to Gokyo Renjo La Pass, you must also have a guide if you travel with us.
We will make sure you are safe when you travel with us. If you trek with a guide, you’ll have more choices for food and lodging, and you won’t have to worry about not being able to speak the language. They will always be there to help you with things like permits, domestic flights, and hiring local porters. They will also be there to help you the whole way through the trek.
If you get sick from high altitude, your trekking guide will watch your symptoms immediately. They will help you at every step because they know the area and the animals that live there.
When it is cold, your battery is more prone to die quickly. It is best to give your battery a charge every so often. In the lower part of the trail, where you spend the night, you can charge your battery, but as you go higher, it gets more complicated. You must pay extra if there is a charging service because the lodge runs its electricity on solar power.
But you can carry an extra battery for your camera and other equipment, so you do not have to worry about charging them often. There could be a power outage or low voltage, so it’s best to have the portable power bank with you.
In preparation for traveling through high-altitude locations, evaluating your current state of health and fitness is essential. Because of it, the hiking experience of every traveler is improved in terms of comfort and safety.
We are happy to welcome you and your family to the Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek because we believe that children can learn a lot by engaging with nature and different cultures. The trek can go smoothly if you have a professional guide. But we will only recommend bringing eight-year-old kids hiking at high altitudes.
For at least a month, teach your kids simple exercises and ways to breathe to get them ready for this hike. During the inquiry process, please let us know if you need a kid carry service.
Before starting your journey to Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek, we have already paid for several things on your behalf of you; permit, taxes, and others. Please also be aware that we must compensate our porters and guides even if you cancel or choose not to finish the trip because of their commitment to serving you.
Specific fees apply if you desire to cancel your reserved trips. Behind that, we welcome you to shift your trip days to Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trekking or the package itself. We may charge a specific amount if you wish to reschedule/cancel the booking date. Both parties will benefit if you inform us as soon as possible. Please go through our terms and conditions to clarify the refund process.
In case of hikers finish their journey sooner than expected or decide to terminate it early for any reason, kindly be aware that we do not grant refunds for any portion of the trek that is not used. This also totally depends on the circumstances, but we request that you refrain from expecting a refund for the above reasons.
We highly suggest you engage in physical activities for three months before the trip to prepare yourself physically and mentally. Additionally, we offer the Soldhunga Hike as part of our quick acclimation training trip. You can utilize this hike as a preview of what to expect on your main journey in the central Himalayas.
Please ask our ground team in Kathmandu for assistance arranging day tours around the city. If you still have time extra few days or a week after the trek, we can also set up one of the following quick relaxation trips. Please pick the one you think will best suit your interests.
- Chitwan Safari
These additional vacation days were planned with the idea that you would want to relax after a challenging and long trek rather than go on hiking again. Please let us know if there are any other destinations you would prefer over these.
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