Trekking and Walking

Gokyo Renjola Pass Trek

Nepal

Gokyo Renjola Pass Trek

Durtation: 12 Days

Price: US 1,225 All Inclusive

Gokyo to Renjola Pass Trek is an attractive yet challenging and adventurous trekking destination of the Khumbu region that fills your heart with the utmost joy and excitement. Renjo La Pass Trek offers a rare but classic Everest experience away from the busy and bustling trails.

Gokyo Lake is situated at an altitude of 4,790 meters and is formed in the Khumjung village of the Khumbu region. Gokyo Ri, which is located just west of the Ngozumpa Glacier, offers a panoramic view of four peaks over 8,000 meters: Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

You can see the entire Gokyo valley, which is home to one of the tallest dwellings in the world. In addition, splendid views of other mountain ranges (Amadablam, Nuptse, Pumori, Mount, and many more snowy peaks) can also be enjoyed from Gokyo Ri. The duration to climb Gokyo Ri from Gokyo Lake will take around 4-5 hours.

Throughout Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek, you can embrace many splendors of Sagarmatha National Park as we pass through the heart of the Sherpa ethnic group and into the surroundings of fascinating snow-capped peaks.

The hiking trail also offers some of the most magnificent views of nature in the form of glistening turquoise lakes, mighty snow-capped mountains, picturesque forests, and rare Himalayan wildlife.

In addition to the natural beauty, you are sure to enjoy the peaceful cores of Sherpa community settlements, villages including Namche, Machhermo, Dole, Thame, and much more.

Highlights of Gokyo Renjola Pass Trek

  • Seeking a tranquil, less busy route to Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lakes.
  • Local and cultural sightseeing especially Tibetan Buddhist culture and close interactions with residents of Sherpa villages.
  • Astonishing view of the majestic Everest, Makalu, and the Khumbu region as well as Ngozumpa Glacier.
  • Experience of crossing the Renjo La Pass 5,435 m.
  • Breathtaking trail with Juniper forests and Rhododendron trees.
  • Hike-up on the unadulterated earth.
  • Amazing view of majestic chains mountains including the almighty Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), Cho Oyu (8,188m), Thamserku, Kantega, Kusum, Kangaru, Tawache peak, Mt. Kongde, etc.
  • Panoramic view enveloping the surroundings.
  • Once in a lifetime views of the glistening ice fall as well as glacier.

Additionally, Renjola Pass presents you with all the thrill to make your trip more exciting & interesting. The adventurous trek offers you one of the most exciting and unforgettable trekking experiences.

The geographic isolation of the settlements here, the locals' caravan-like travel down the mountain to do business in Namche, and the massive glaciers all add a new dimension to the conventional trek. This trek is much less well-known and, as a result, less cramped than the traditional base camp trek.

This trek is identical to the Gokyo Lakes Trek, with the exception that instead of using the Cho La Pass, we use the Renjo La Pass (5345 meters/17,536 feet) from Gokyo Lakes. The Renjo La Pass allows trekkers to cross between Gokyo and Nagpala, eventually leading to a scenic walk through the towering mountains.

Despite the fact that the Gokyo Renjo La Trek will not include a visit to Everest Base Camp, you will have plenty of opportunities for seeing the majestic Mount Everest in its full glory! The emerald-green Gokyo Lakes, situated high in the Himalayas, are beyond anything else on the planet.

The altitude of the Renjo La Pass is 5,480 meters. Our route has an array of selection of lodging facilities in the form of teahouses, hotels, lodges, and tented camps to choose from.

Renjo La Pass Trek Difficulty 

With us, the Himalayan Trekkers, you'll be in safe hands even if you lack previous experience. Your fitness level, on the other hand, should enable you to travel all day. It is indeed recommended to do some cardio-related exercises like running and distance walking before the trek to prepare physically.

It's always a bonus if you've experienced some hiking or trekking before. In addition, to lessen the chances of acute mountain sickness, Renjo La Trek requires physical fitness and acclimatization.

Best Season

The best season is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The rhododendrons are blooming in full glory during the Spring, and the skies are usually clearer in the Autumn months. 

June to August (monsoon) are rainy months, while Himalayan views may be obscured and trekking trails are slippery. Winters are a no-no!

General Route

After a 35-minute mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the Gokyo Renjo la pass trek begins. Himalayan Trekkers' guide will take you through Sherpa village, Chaurikharaka Phakding, and Namche Bazaar, where you will spend one day acclimating and exploring the region. 

The trail then continues ascending via Dole Machhermo Gokyo Lake, and the next day, hike to the Gokyo Ri (5360 m) for breathtaking Himalayan scenery, and you will spend the night in Gokyo. Following breakfast the next morning, the guide will lead the trail flattened and up to Renjo la pass, then down to Lungden Thame, and finally on to Lukla.

Acclimatization & Travel Insurance

We need to allow our bodies enough time to adjust to the altitude because many of our treks take us high into the Himalayas. Therefore, acclimatization days are included in the itinerary of all of our expeditions.  It's advisable to gradually increase the altitude to combat altitude sickness.

We strongly recommend acquiring travel insurance. It is preferable to have insurance in the event of a medical emergency that necessitates a helicopter evacuation. Please make sure your insurance covers up to 6000m, accidents, theft while traveling abroad, and high in the mountains.

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Itinerary Outline

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1,400 m)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding (2,640 m)
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Day 05: Trek to Luza via Dole (4,400 m)
Day 06: Trek to Gokyo Lake via Machermo (4,750 m)
Day 07: Trek from Gokyo - Gokyo Peak- Gokyo
Day 08: From Gokyo Ri - Renjo La Pass - Lungde (4,400 m)
Day 09: Trek to Namche
Day 10: Trek to Lukla
Day 11: Fly Back to Kathmandu & day free (sightseeing if necessary)
Day 12: Final departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins drive

1,400 m

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu, you will be received by our representative from the Himalayan Trekkers and then, you will be transferred to the hotel. Our experienced trekking guide will meet you at the hotel in the evening to consult about the trip and clear your doubts & queries regarding the trek. 

Then, he will accompany you to the cultural program and welcome dinner. The cultural program will allow you to engage in friendly interactions with the locals and have a fun time. After dinner, overnight stay at hotel.

Dinner

3 Star Hotel in Ktm

Day 2

Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding

30 mins flight & 3 hrs hike

2,800 m

You will have an early morning flight to Lukla then, head to Phakding which is an easy walk of around 3 hours. The trail offers amazing views which keep getting better as you move forward. 

However, the trail is quite easy compared to the other ones and offers ample glimpses of the smaller mountains and the interesting terrain. In the evening, you can relax and enjoy your time exploring the village Phakding.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 3

Trek to Namche Bazaar

5-6 hrs

3,440 m

This trail towards the Namche Bazaar comprises numerous suspension bridges along the Dudh Koshi River including the famed Hillary Suspension Bridge. The trail continues through a stunning pine forest that looks like a completely different part of the world. 

On your way to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park and Jorsale village, you can enjoy an amazing view of the glistening Mt. Thamserku, 6618m. The ascending trail moves through lush green forests and sturdy bridges and will take you to the merging point of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. 

Both rivers are astounding beauties of their own kind. From there, you will follow an ascending steep of 2 hours to get the first sight of the majestic Mt. Everest overlooking the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. The grandeur of the mighty Everest will surely mesmerize.

After reaching Chautara, you will again have to walk for about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading center of the land. It is in this place where all sorts of trekkers, climbers, and adventure enthusiasts make a stop. Go on a food trip and enjoy the local delicacies of the land. You will halt your journey at Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 4

Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar & explore

3-4 hrs

3,440 m

On this day, you will spend the day acclimatizing as you will trek to a much higher altitude on an upcoming day. Your day will start with an early hike to Syanboche for the sunrise view. On your way back, you may also visit the hotel at the highest altitude. 

You may also follow the trail to Khumjung, where the locals believe that the scalp of a Yeti is well-preserved and later come back for lunch. If you do not wish to come back early you may visit the Hillary school and the local market near Namche for acclimatization and further exploration.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 5

Trek to Luza via Dole

6-7 hrs

4,400 m

After breakfast, we will start our journey towards Luza via Dole. The walk will be of 6-7 hours and slowly, the trail will lead you upwards through the villages of Sherpas. Along the way, amidst the major settlements that you will come across, Phortse is the most prominent one. It is a small but extremely scenic Sherpa village.

The trail you cover will mostly be stone-paved and the view and witness the magnificence of Kusum Kanguru, Amadablam, and Mt. Everest can be seen throughout the trail. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 6

Trek to Gokyo Lake via Machermo

5-6 hrs

4,750 m

You will start your day with a plate full of scrumptious breakfast and then your journey towards the Gokyo Lake will commence. This part of the trail stretches over 3-4 hours of walking and moves through dense colorful rhododendron forests and lush juniper bushes. 

On your trek, you will cross the village of Sheperd at Tongba (3950m) and arrive at Dole and then move to Luza. Soon you will also cross the scenic settlements at Lhabarma (4330m) and Luza (4340m) to Machermo. 

After a 3 hour walk, you will reach the mysterious village of Machermo which is famous for the story of a Yeti (Bigfoot) attacking a woman and also her 3 yaks. It is situated below the Ngozumpa glacier and has numerous panoramic as well as mystical offerings for tourists.

After a brief halt at the village, you will descend towards the picturesque Gokyo Lake. On your journey, you will witness the beauty of the valley of Kantega and Cho Oyu and some magnificent peaks on the sideline. The true meaning of Cho Oyu in Tibetan is ‘Turquoise Goddess’ and it stands with pride on the China-Nepal border.

However, you will follow the trail that will cross the village of Pangka (4390m) and move towards the renowned Nilibuk cave. You can spend some time exploring the cave and then follow a steep narrow path heading towards the beautiful lake of Longponga situated at 4650m. 

From that spot onwards you will follow an even trail to Taujun which is situated at 4,710 m and finally arrive at Gokyo. It will be a long walk yet cherishable walk.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 7

Trek to Gokyo Peak & back to Gokyo

5-6 hrs

5,357 m

Today’s trip will commence immediately after breakfast and will end with your return back to the camp in the late hours of the afternoon. Our teammates will carry packed lunch for the way. This trail will lead you to the Gokyo Ri Peak from where you can view the majestic charisma of Mt. Makalu and Everest. 

Sparkling turquoise lakes like the Thonakcho and Gokyo Lake surrounding the Khumbu region offer picture-perfect spots and solace to the trekkers. On this trail, you will come across Machermo, Ngozumpa glacier and numerous others. Ngozumpa is the longest glacier in this entire world. 

Also, the scenic beauty in and around Gokyo is tremendous; if you wish to witness the best of the natural charm of the region, you must climb to Gokyo Ri (5357m). Then, you will return the same way you came to the lodge/tea house for an overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 8

Trek to Renjo La Pass and to Lungden

6-7 hrs

4,400 m

This day will be one of the most crucial days of the trek as, you will cross one of the highest passes in the Himalayas, the Renjola Pass (5,480 m). The narrow trail is not very easy to follow and therefore guarantees adventure and unforgettable experience on the journey. 

However, one must note that this trial needs a good amount of balance and patience. The trail offers a proper view of many snow-capped mountains including Makalu, Rolwaling range, Tingri, and Gyangchungkang with many others. 

You will start the day with an early breakfast and will begin your journey with the target to reach the top before sunrise because the journey in the early hours of the morning is easier than at noon. From the top, you can enjoy a scenic view comprising of lovely turquoise lakes and beautiful mountains. 

As the place is blessed with natural beauty, you will get to see many of nature’s wonderful creations. After a brief stop, you will gradually descend for lunch and after which, you will follow the trail that takes you to Lungden by mid-day.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 9

Trek back to Namche Bazaar

6-7 hrs

3,400 m

The descending trail to Namche is comparatively easier and will stretch over 8 hours. This trail offers splendid views of the entire region and will serve as the spot where you can again get tempted by the majestic high peaks of Khumbu for the last time on this trekking extravaganza. 

You will be making a brief stop for lunch on your halfway to Namche. At Namche, you can stop to look for souvenirs at the local market and visit the Sherpa Museum. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 10

Trek to Lukla

6 hrs

2,800 m

After a steady walk of 6 hours, you will reach your lodging facility near the Lukla Bridge. The trail that you will follow up to the Hillary suspension bridge will be a steep descend but after a brisk walk, you will find yourself walking on an almost even path to reach Lukla. 

The trail passes along the Dudh Koshi River and moves through a blazing Rhododendron forest that is vibrant as well as lively. You will find yourself ascending on the trail around the 3rd quarter of the walk.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 11

Fly back to Kathmandu & Free Day

30 mins

1,400 m

You will fly back to Kathmandu leaving the Solukhumbu district. The flight duration is about 30 minutes. The Himalayan trekkers' will assist you to the hotel.

Breakfast

3 Star Hotel in KTM

Day 12

Final departure

30 mins airport drive

1,400 m

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel to catch your scheduled flight to the Airport with a Himalayan trekkers' representative to assist you. We will be eager to hear your feedback and waiting for you for the next leisure/vacation.

Breakfast

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation available. 

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Bazar, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place. 

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome or Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Airport / Hotel pick up & drop off service on a private tourist vehicle
  • Twin-shared accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-shared basis
  • Local licensed English-speaking trekking guide
  • One porter for two guests
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff
  • Everest National Park permits and Trekkers' Information Management System permit for trekking
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances
  • All Nepalese government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
  • Official expenses

Whats Not Included

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Includes section

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing

Trip FAQ'S

What is Renjo La Pass?

Renjo La Pass is one of the three high passes (the others being Kongma La and Cho La) in the Everest region lying at the Gokyo Valley at the elevation of 5360 meters. It is the lowest of the three passes and unlike the other two, it does not require a glacier crossing.

It is located in remote part of the Khumbu region, north of Namche Bazar, and northeast of the Everest Base Camp. 

How long will it take to complete this journey?

Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek has been meticulously planned so that trekkers can have the most enjoyable experience possible. As per our itinerary, it will take 6 days to reach Renjola Pass (highlight of this journey) from Lukla requiring 5-6 hours of walk per day covering a distance of 10 kilometers on average. 

Can I get hot shower facilities during the Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek?

Hot showers are available in all the places during the Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek but the cost for a hot shower rises with the increasing elevation. Almost all the places have typical hot showers with showerheads but in a few places, normal hot showers are not available, the most common style is a bucket shower, which consists of ordinary buckets with hot water instead of a normal showerhead.

Is Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek safe to travel after Covid-19?

Yes, Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek is very safe to trek after Covid-19 due to the least number of local infections. 

Do I need to be vaccinated for Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek?

According to the new travel protocols issued by Nepal Government, it is mandatory to be vaccinated and have a negative PCR report to trek to Gokyo Renjo La Pass. Apart from the Covid-19 vaccine, we advise you to consult with a medical professional and local trekking agency for other required medications/vaccines.

Who will be my guide for Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek?

Your guide for Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek will be a government-authorized professional guide who has been on this trek several times and also are destination experts. They are local guides who are fluent in English, Nepali, Hindi, and their ethnic language which will help during communication between trekkers and inhabitants. Similarly, our guides are full-time trusted Himalayan Trekkers guides who are very service-oriented, helpful, and friendly.