The Gokyo-Renjo La Pass circuit offers one of the most stunning views in the entire Everest Region. It even surpasses the spectacular view from Kala Patthar on the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. For trekkers who prefer fewer crowds and more adventure, this trek is the top choice.
The trek starts with a full day in Namche Bazaar to adapt and explore nearby Sherpa villages and monasteries before heading off into the Gokyo Valley. The West of Everest Base Camp shows the clear blue glacial Gokyo Lakes. It stands on the summit of Gokyo RI (5360m), you get a thrilling view of world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8848m), and the sixth highest peak, Mt. Cho Oyu, (8201m). After the strenuous climb to reach Gokyo Peak, the two day gradual descent down to Namche Bazzar is a pleasant breather.
Go Himalayan Adventures also recommends an alternative route from Gokyo Lake, for clients who have sufficient stamina to aim for the even finer view point you get from Renjo La pass, 5345m. To reach Renjo La, we can follow the north side of Dudh Pokhari, one of the five Gokyo Lakes, and head westward. At first, the trail leads along a blunt ridge, but to reach the top of the pass there are rocks to clamber over. From here we get magnificent views:below us, are the Gokyo Lakes on one side, the Ringmo Pokhari Lakes on the other, and surrounding us on every side are a myriad of snowy peaks including Mt. Everest, 8848m, Mt. Lhotse, 5816m, Mt. Maklau, 8463m, Mt. Cho Oyu, 8201m, Nuptse, 7855m, Mt. Pumori, 7145m, Mt. Ama Dablam, 6856m, and Mt. Thamserku, 6723m. One good thing is that since both options take the same amount of time, two days, you can make your decision depending on how you feel at Gokyo Peak.The straightforward descent from Gokyo Peak to Namche takes two days. The more strenuous option also takes two days: one day to make the steep climb up to Renju La and a steep descent to Lungden, and another day to make the gradual descent to Namche.
Weather in the Gokyo Valley:
Trekking in the Gokyo Valley is possible throughout the year; however the best time to visit is from the beginning of March to mid-May and from the beginning of September to mid-November. The winters are very cold and the summers are rainy. The rhododendron trees and wild flowers burst into bloom April and early May, adding spectacular splashes of color to the Himalayan landscape; whereas, the clearest skies are later in the year, after the summer monsoon rains have settled the dust and everything is lush and green.
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu|
|2||Preparation Day in Kathmandu|
|3||Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m|
|4||Trek to Namche Bazzar, 3441m|
|5||Acclimatization day - Trekking around Namche Bazaar|
|6||Trek to Khumjung, 3790m|
|7||Trek to Dole, 4200m|
|8||Trek to Machermo, 4470m|
|9||Trek to Gokyo, 4790m|
|10||Acclimatization day in Gokyo, 4790m|
|11||Cross Renjo La 5,388m to Lungden 4,380m|
|12||Trek to Namche Bazzar, 3441m|
|13||Trek to Phakdingma|
|14||Trek to Lukla|
|15||Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu|
|16||Free day Kathmandu|
Best Seasons for Renjo La via Gokyo
The best seasons for the Renjo La via Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views.
The Renjo La via Gokyo Lakes is a Tea House/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Go Himalayan Adventures takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
Meals on the Renjo La via Gokyo Lakes Trek
Three meals a day are included during your Renjo La via Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.
Drinking Water on Renjo La via Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
Local Customs You Should Know About the Everest Region
Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.
Travel Insurance for Renjo La Pass via Gokyo Trek
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Go Himalayan Adventures can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Safety on the Renjo La via Gokyo Lakes Trek
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Go Himalayan Adventures requests your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.
If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.
If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight Go Himalayan Adventures will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.
There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (i.e. hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.
It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.
In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.
If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.