Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek

4 reviewsGokyo Renjo La Pass Trek
Trip Fact:
  • Duration 11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • DestinationNepal
  • Max Altitude5483m (Gokyo Ri),
  • Trip Start/EndLukla
  • Group Size1-40 pax
  • Best SeasonMarch, April, May, September, October and November are the best months.

Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek takes you on unique paths in the Everest area, away from the usual crowded routes. The views here are as spectacular as the more popular ones.

This trek is in Nepal's Solukhumbu district, inside Sagarmatha National Park. You'll cross a high pass called Renjo La during the journey.

Local communities, like Sherpas and Gurungs, live here harmoniously. They're known for their warm and helpful nature. Many have set up tea houses and lodges along the way, where they provide comfortable stays and warm smiles.

From the Renjo La Pass, you can see breathtaking views of the Everest mountains and the Gokyo lakes. Sherpas used this pass as a trade route to Tibet in the past. This trek is a great alternative to the Everest Base Camp Trek.

You'll see famous mountains and possibly rare wildlife like red pandas on this trek.

The journey starts with a flight to Lukla. From there, you'll trek to different villages, including Namche Bazaar, where you'll adjust to the altitude. You'll also visit Gokyo valley and Gokyo Ri for a sunrise view. After crossing the Renjo La pass, the trek winds down through various spots, ending with a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Dream Heaven Adventure organizes this trek, aiming to provide a memorable experience. If you're seeking exciting treks with friendly guides, we're a great choice.

Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek Highlights

  • Embark on an exhilarating flight to Lukla's Hillary Airport
  • Journey through the picturesque Dudh Kosi valley, experiencing Sherpa village life and culture
  • Discover the tranquility of Buddhist monasteries amidst magnificent rhododendron-filled forests
  • Be captivated by the sight of beautiful waterfalls, crossed by charming suspension bridges, and adorned with magnolia trees
  • Witness the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Himalayas, including majestic peaks like Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,501m), and Mt. Nuptse

Itinerary

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Begin your journey with a scenic morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Upon arrival, meet your trekking team, and after a brief rest, start your trek to Phakding. The trail descends towards the Cheplung village offering a glimpse of Mount Khumbila, a sacred peak. Continue your walk to reach Phakding, where you can visit local monasteries and experience the Sherpa culture.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • 2640m

Start your day early, trekking along the banks of Dudh Koshi River. Cross several suspension bridges, including the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge adorned with prayer flags. As you trek through the lush forest of Sagarmatha National Park, look out for Himalayan Tahr and Musk deer. After the strenuous ascent to Namche Bazaar, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of Everest and Lhotse.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • 3440m

To adapt to the altitude, hike up to the Everest View Hotel. This hotel holds the Guinness Record for the highest placed hotel in the world and offers panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Explore the bustling market of Namche Bazaar, visit the Sherpa Museum, and hike to Khumjung village, famous for its ancient monastery that houses a Yeti scalp.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • 3440m

The trek to Thame follows the classic route used for centuries by Tibetan traders. En route, visit the small yet beautifully located monastery in Thamo. Thame itself is a charming Sherpa village with a rich history of mountaineering. Here, you'll find the Thame Monastery, one of the oldest in the region.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • 3800m

Trek towards Lungden through the Bhote Koshi Valley. The terrain is rugged, with sparse vegetation due to the altitude. Lungden is a small settlement, primarily used as a stopover point for trekkers and porters heading towards the Renjo La pass.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • 4350m

Begin the day with an early breakfast before starting on your trek. As you set off from Lungden, the initial part of the trail follows the Bhote Koshi River, offering serene sights of the flowing river amidst the towering mountains.

As you begin the ascent to Renjo La Pass, the air gets thinner and the trail steeper. This section of the journey requires careful navigation over loose rocks and a potential encounter with icy patches. Carry trekking poles and wear sturdy boots for a safer climb.

The climb to Renjo La Pass, situated at a breathtaking altitude of 5,360 meters, is physically demanding but rewarding in equal measure. It provides one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the Everest region. From the top, you are rewarded with an awe-inspiring vista of the majestic Himalayan range, including four over 8000-meter peaks: Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Also visible are a series of peaks such as Cholatse and Taboche, among others. Be sure to take a moment to soak in these incredible views.

Another highlight of the pass is the mesmerizing sight of Gokyo Lakes. The emerald green lakes are a sight to behold from the top of the pass. After spending some time at the top, you'll start your descent towards Gokyo Lakes. The way down is steep and could be slippery, so take careful, calculated steps.

Upon reaching Gokyo, you'll be greeted by the sight of Gokyo Village, nestled by the side of Gokyo's third lake, Dudh Pokhari. The remaining part of your day is spent in Gokyo, a welcoming hamlet surrounded by the Himalayas and beautiful turquoise lakes. Here, you can rest, rejuvenate, and prepare for the next day's adventure.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • 4790m

Today is a day of exploration and breathtaking views. Start the day early for a challenging climb to Gokyo Ri, the highlight of this day's journey. Standing at 5,483 meters, Gokyo Ri is one of the most significant vantage points in the Everest region.

The trail to Gokyo Ri is steep and requires a slow and steady pace. With each step, the views become increasingly spectacular. This high hilltop offers an unobstructed panorama of the highest peaks in the world. As you reach the summit, you'll be treated to a majestic sunrise over Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and many other snow-capped peaks. The sight of the sun's first light glistening on the icy peaks is truly an unforgettable experience.

In addition to the Himalayan giants, the summit provides a bird's-eye view of the Gokyo Valley and the emerald-green Gokyo Lakes, set against the backdrop of the massive Ngozumpa Glacier.

After capturing these magnificent scenes in your memory and your camera, start your descent back to Gokyo Village. The descent is considerably easier and faster than the ascent. Once back in Gokyo, take some time to rest and refuel with a hearty meal.

In the afternoon, consider exploring the Gokyo Lakes. The series of six lakes are considered the world's highest freshwater lake system. Among them, the third lake, Dudh Pokhari, right in front of the Gokyo Village, holds significant religious importance to Hindus and Buddhists. The fourth and fifth lakes are about 3km north of Gokyo and are great for a short afternoon hike. The tranquil turquoise waters reflecting the surrounding snow-capped mountains is a sight to behold.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • 4790m

Start your day early with a hike from Gokyo to the Fifth Lake, also known as Ngozumpa Tsho. The trek to the Fifth Lake is a bit challenging but truly rewarding. It is farther than the rest of the lakes and less frequently visited, providing you with a sense of peace and tranquillity.

From the shores of the Fifth Lake, if the weather is clear, you'll have stunning views of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and the enormous Ngozumpa Glacier - the largest glacier in the Himalayas. This sight alone makes the extra hike worth it.

After soaking in the views and perhaps having a picnic by the lakeside, make your way back to Gokyo. Rest for a while and prepare for the trek down to Dole.

The trek back to Dole from Gokyo is relatively easy as it's mostly downhill. The trail follows the same path you came up, back down the Dudh Koshi River Valley. The descent is faster, allowing you to enjoy the lush green scenery, cascading waterfalls, and local flora and fauna.

Upon reaching Dole, take the rest of the evening to rest, rejuvenate, and reflect on the beauty of the day's journey. Enjoy the warmth of the teahouse, relish a hearty meal, and prepare for the next day's journey.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • 4600m

Continue descending through rhododendron forests, listening to the river's roar while looking out for local wildlife. Once you reach Phortse Tenga, the trail climbs steeply to Mongla Danda, and then descends to Sansa, before finally reaching Namche Bazaar.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • 3440m

This will be your final day of trekking, with a steep descent towards Lukla. Enjoy the lush green scenery as you exit the Sagarmatha National Park. Once in Lukla, celebrate the completion of your trek with your crew.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • 2800m

Weather permitting, you'll take an early flight back to Kathmandu. Spend the day resting or exploring the city's cultural and historical landmarks like Bouddhanath Stupa, Swoyambhu Nath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, or the Garden of Dreams. It's also a great time to buy souvenirs for friends and family back home.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m
Note

Please note that the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable, and flights often get delayed or canceled. Make sure to have a few extra days planned in case of unforeseen circumstances. Always remember to trek safely and take care of the environment along your journey. Happy Trekking!

Trip Map

Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek map

Cost Details

Includes

  • Airport transfers ( pickup/drop) by private tourist vehicle
  • Round trip Kathmandu-Lukla flight tickets
  • 10 nights accomodation in Mountain ( Tea houses)
  • Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  • Professional/experience trekking guide
  • Strong porters ( 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis)
  • Sagarmatha National Park permit fees
  • Local government fee in Lukla
  • Necessary Trekking Equipments
  • Other land transportation ( as per the itinerary)

Good to Know

Best time for Gokyo Lake and Renjo La Pass Trek

The Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek can be undertaken during various seasons, with autumn and spring being the most favorable. However, it is also feasible during winter and monsoon, albeit with certain considerations.

Autumn Season

Autumn, spanning from September to November, offers an awe-inspiring backdrop for the Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek. This period showcases captivating mountain vistas and favorable weather conditions.

During these months, the climate is pleasant, neither excessively hot nor cold, providing excellent visibility of the peaks. Following the departure of the monsoon, the skies are clear, resulting in picturesque, sunny days.

The rain showers cleanse the atmosphere, offering the clearest mountain views of the year. While temperatures are relatively mild in the early autumn, they gradually decrease as the season progresses. Depending on the month and elevation, temperatures range between 5 and 30 degrees Celsius.

As autumn progresses, daylight hours become shorter, consequently reducing the duration of walking. At higher altitudes, occasional brief storms may deposit significant snowfall.

Spring Season

Spring, from March to May, is the second optimal season for the Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek, particularly renowned for mountain climbing endeavors. As a result, the trails are often bustling with climbers and trekkers.

During spring, a vibrant display of wild flora can be witnessed above 3,000 meters, with rhododendrons, birch trees, pines, and other plants blooming abundantly.

Furthermore, the onset of spring marks the mating season for various wildlife, enhancing the allure of the high-altitude trek. While the earlier weeks of spring can still be chilly due to lingering winter conditions, temperatures normalize by mid to late April as the snow gradually melts away.

By this time, the paths to passes above 5,000 meters become accessible, making April an ideal month for treks involving high passes. Both trekking and climbing activities in the Everest region are well-suited for May.

Winter Season

Winter, spanning from December to February, is generally not recommended for high pass treks. However, it is still feasible to undertake the Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek during certain months within this season.

December and late February offer relatively favorable conditions, characterized by clear, bright days in the mountains. However, the temperature remains cold, with heavy snowfall occurring at higher elevations, resulting in strong winds and frigid climates.

During the daytime, temperatures range from 6 to 12 degrees Celsius, dropping below freezing during the night. It is worth noting that paths in high passes may be blocked with snow, particularly in January. Nevertheless, lower elevation treks like the Everest Base Camp can still be pursued during this month.

Monsoon Season

While it is possible to undertake treks during the monsoon season, which extends from June to August, trekkers should be prepared for slippery and muddy routes due to heavy rainfall. It is essential to choose the right time to avoid obstacles such as landslides and floods, particularly in lower regions.

The early weeks of June offer favorable weather conditions before rainfall becomes more frequent. July experiences higher levels of precipitation, although the situation gradually improves toward the end of August. Consequently, the Gokyo and Renjo La Pass trek is recommended during the last week of August.

While lower regions may have blocked routes due to increased rainfall, higher altitudes experience relatively less rainfall, enabling trekkers to enjoy the journey with reduced inconvenience.

Gokyo lake and Renjo La Pass Trek Difficulty

The Gokyo lake and Renjo La Pass Trek is characterized by a moderate level of difficulty, making it suitable for both seasoned trekkers and those with limited experience, provided they possess adequate stamina and mental fortitude.

Undertaking this trek involves traversing challenging terrains, including steep ascents and descents, which can exert considerable strain on the body and mind. It is imperative to be well-prepared for the journey, as a lack of preparation may lead to diminished determination to complete the trek.

To successfully accomplish the Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek, it is recommended to maintain a daily walking distance of approximately 10 to 20 kilometers over a period of 5 to 7 hours. If desired, additional days can be allocated to the itinerary to facilitate a more relaxed and manageable pace. However, it is advised against shortening the duration of the trek, as this may give rise to health-related issues, particularly for those who are new to such endeavors.

For individuals embarking on the Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek as their maiden mountain expedition, it is essential to possess a robust physical build and strength. It is inadvisable to venture onto the trails if one harbors doubts or lacks the necessary preparations, as this may impede the overall progress of the group.

Weather and Tempreature in Gokyo Renjo Pass Trek

During the trekking season, characterized by the months of March to May and September to November, Gokyo Lake encounters favorable climatic conditions that are moderate and enjoyable. Throughout this period, the diurnal temperatures range approximately between 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit), rendering it conducive for trekking activities.

Nevertheless, it is imperative to acknowledge that temperatures exhibit a noticeable decline during the nighttime, particularly at elevated altitudes. Consequently, it is crucial to exercise prudence by equipping oneself with suitable warm garments to ensure comfort and safety.

Weather and temperature play crucial roles that can significantly impact the Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek experience. Particularly during the winter and monsoon seasons, these factors become particularly challenging.

Engaging in the Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek during the off-season necessitates careful consideration of the adverse weather conditions and temperatures prevailing in the higher altitude regions. Such conditions often result in potential delays or even disruptions along the trekking route.

Winter, in particular, presents a noteworthy concern as heavy snowfall can lead to route blockages, obstructing progress. Additionally, during the monsoon season, the trails tend to become slippery, muddy, and saturated, posing difficulties at various junctures along the journey.

Furthermore, unfavorable weather conditions can significantly impact flight schedules, particularly during off-peak times when air transportation may not operate as reliably. Consequently, the likelihood of flight delays and cancellations becomes significantly higher during these periods.

Prioritize Acclimatization: Essential for Safe and Successful Trek

Acclimatization is of utmost significance when embarking on a trekking expedition. It is imperative to allocate a sufficient duration, typically one to two days, for acclimatization purposes before ascending to high altitudes. Therefore, when formulating an itinerary, it is advisable to opt for options that allow for a greater number of rest days.

Employing an acclimatization strategy serves as the most effective means to mitigate the risk of altitude sickness. During these designated rest days, it is crucial to engage in activities that facilitate adjustment to the prevailing elevation, rather than merely remaining sedentary. It is recommended to undertake gradual ascents to higher locations, thereby aiding the body in acclimatizing to the changing altitude.

Trekking into high-altitude areas without undergoing the necessary acclimatization process poses considerable risks, even for seasoned professionals. Consequently, it is imperative to exercise caution and refrain from engaging in frivolous activities while traversing the mountains.

FAQs

  • Q1. What is the Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek?

    The Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek is a popular route that lies in the Everest region of Nepal. It's renowned for its stunning views of snow-capped peaks, including Mount Everest, and the serene Gokyo Lakes. This high-altitude adventure offers trekkers a chance to immerse themselves in the unique culture of the Sherpa people and witness the grandeur of the Himalayas.

  • The Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek is graded as moderately challenging. It requires a good level of physical fitness and acclimatization to cope with the high altitude. Trekkers must be prepared for steep ascents and descents while navigating rocky terrains. Prior trekking experience is beneficial, but not mandatory, as determination and mental endurance can help you conquer the trail.

  • The ideal time for the Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. These months, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer stable weather conditions and clear mountain views. Avoid trekking during the monsoon season (June to August) as heavy rainfall and cloudy skies may hinder visibility and make the trails slippery.

  • Typically, the Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek takes around 14 to 16 days to complete, depending on your itinerary and pace. This duration includes acclimatization days, ensuring you adapt to the high altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

  • Teahouses and lodges are available along the Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek route. These lodgings offer basic amenities like a bed, warm meals, and sometimes hot showers. However, as the popularity of this trek has grown, it's recommended to book accommodations in advance, especially during peak seasons.

  • Yes, altitude sickness is a concern on this trek due to the high elevations. Acclimatization days are essential to allow your body to adjust gradually to the increasing altitude and reduce the risk of altitude-related illnesses. Staying hydrated, maintaining a steady pace, and listening to your body are crucial practices to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.

  • Teahouses and lodges usually offer Wi-Fi services, but the connectivity may be unreliable and slow due to the remote location. Additionally, mobile networks may not work in some areas. Consider informing your family and friends about potential communication gaps beforehand.

  • The Gokyo Lakes, including the renowned Gokyo Cho and Gokyo Ri, offer breathtaking panoramic views of the Everest region's peaks. The Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in Nepal, is another impressive sight along the trek. You'll also encounter ancient monasteries and vibrant Sherpa villages, providing insight into the local culture and traditions.

  • Yes, comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended for the Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek. Make sure it covers high-altitude trekking and potential evacuation in case of emergencies. Verify the policy details and ensure it meets your trekking requirements.

  • Weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable. During the spring season, expect moderate temperatures during the day with colder nights. Autumn offers cooler days and chilly nights. Be prepared for occasional rain and snowfall, especially at higher elevations.

  • Proper packing is the key to a triumphant trekking experience. Ensuring you have the right essentials can make all the difference. Consider packing robust trekking boots, insulating layers of warm clothing, a snug down jacket, protective gloves, a sun-shielding hat, and UV-filtering sunglasses. Equipping yourself with a reliable backpack is essential to carry your belongings comfortably. Moreover, remember to include water purification tablets, a comprehensive first aid kit, sunscreen for skin protection, and a camera to immortalize the breathtaking vistas you encounter on your journey.

Client Reviews

  • Tadeusz AndruniĆ³w
    Tadeusz AndruniĆ³wPoland |October 16, 2022
    TripAdvisor

    Wonderful Gokyo trek

    I went on a private trek to Gokyo Ri with crossing Renjo La Pass included in the package. It was my third time with Dream Heaven Adventure trekking company and I highly recommend it. As before, everything was perfectly organized and even re-booking a flight to Kathmandu upon arriving one day earlier in Lukla was not a problem. Working with company manager Suman is always a great pleasure as he’s very professional and helpful. It was a great fun to trek with my guide Huparaj - he’s a very experienced guide with a very positive attitude towards his clients. I’m already planning a next trek in Nepal and I’ll definitely use Dream Heaven Adventure services.

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    Beth BrownUnited Kingdom |December 17, 2021
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    Renjo La Pass-Wonderful trek

    Wonderful trekking with Naba Raj our guide into Renjo la pass in Everest.  He did an exceptional job organize a suitable trek for us. Dream Heaven Adventure (DHA) was very supportive in our trek. We highly recommend this company Dream Heaven Adventure and guide Naba Raj for all. Bristol, United Kingdom.

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    Dominik LichteneggerAustria |March 22, 2018
    TripAdvisor

    Expectional Trekking Tour

    We have had an amazing 10-Days Gokyo Ri Trek (including Renjo La Pass). The information and e-mail response from the operator have been very good in advance. After we decided to make this tour - the organization was also very easy and good.

    When we arrived in KTM, Hari picked us up and dropped us at our Hotel. A few moments later the Manager Suman came to us - we walked to the office together and he told us everything.

    Next Morning (4:45 a.m.) our Tour Guide Hupa-Raj picked us up and we flew together to Lukla where our Tour started. Our Guide and our Porter were phenomenal. They always supported us and told us interesting facts about the area. Next time again !

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    Seth, Corina and BeckyUnited States |January 18, 2018
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    Amazing experience of lifetime

    We recently trekked to Everest Renjo la pass organized by Dream Heaven Adventure Company. It was an amazing experience from start to ends of the trip. It is most memorable trek of my lifetime! The views were really incredible. Our guide Ram was astonishing. He was very professional and friendly at all. His is very strong with his recommendation to keep us safe on the trail. The entire trip was highly pleasant, thanks to the team of Dream Heaven, who took excellent care of us and made sure we had a great time in Nepal! I would recommend this company to anyone planning to do Renjo la pass trek.

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