Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La Pass Trek - 13 Days

Know before you go
  • Duration 13 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season Mar-Apr and Oct-Nov
  • Trip Area Khumbu Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5,360m./17,585ft.

Highlights

  • Thrilling flight to Lukla (the starting point) with dramatic aerial views of the Himalayas
  • Walkthrough the Sagarmatha National Park, crossing many suspension bridges and beautiful small villages
  • Less crowded, adventurous trek route to the stunning Gokyo Valley
  • Witness breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and valleys
  • Pass by chortens, stupas, and colorful prayer flags
  • Get to see the daily lifestyle of Sherpas and other mountain people from different communities
  • Explore picturesque Gokyo villages and lovely Gokyo Lakes
  • Hike to Gokyo Ri and cross challenging high Renjo La pass
  • Trek with a team of highly experienced guides who have more than two decades of experience organizing treks in the Himalayas

Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La pass trek is a perfect alternative trek in the Khumbu region for travelers who prefer empty trails and unspoiled views. Unlike the famous Everest Base Camp Trek, you will be following a different route that leads to the stunning Gokyo Valley and crosses the high Renjo La pass (5,360 m/17,585 ft). Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La Pass Trek 13 Days is an adventurous trek that offers an off-the-beaten trekking experience and spectacular mountain views. 

Renjo La pass is one of the high passes in the Khumbu region, located close to Tibet. Trekkers usually cross during the Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La pass trek or Everest Three High Passes Trek. The top of the pass offers breathtaking landscapes. 

Leave the mainstream trekking route behind and embark on a relatively less-crowded, exotic trail in the Everest region during our Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La pass trek.

Gokyo Lakes Trek ascends through the Sagarmatha National Park. You will cross many thrilling suspension bridges and come across a range of flora & fauna while trekking. The Gokyo Lake Trek with Renjo La Pass route passes by beautiful Sherpa villages. You will get to see the lifestyle and cultural heritage of Sherpas along with people from other communities. 

What about the views?

Gokyo Lake with Renjo La pass Trek is one of the best treks to witness superb views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m/29,031 ft). You get to see Everest from Gokyo Ri (5,357 m/17,575.4 ft), Renjo La Pass, and many other spots. Other mountains like Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m/26,864 ft), Island Peak, Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft), Mt. Cholatse (6,440 m/21,130 ft), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m/27,940 ft), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m/25,791 ft), etc, are seen during the Renjo La pass trek. 

Apart from the towering mountains, the gorgeous Gokyo Lakes (4,700 m–5,000 m) and picturesque Gokyo village are some of the major highlights of this trek. You will be seeing glaciers, valleys, and incredible sceneries throughout the Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La pass trek. 

The rich Sherpa traditions and colorful prayer flags decorate the trail with their divine presence. The dark green hue of the dense forests and the beautiful shades of rhododendron let you immerse yourself in nature.

What makes Nepal Nirvana Trails unique?

Trek to Gokyo Lakes with us and enjoy trekking in the Everest region freely. Our experienced team and well-made Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La pass trek itinerary will keep you safe and sound while trekking. Along with that, you will be getting the best Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La pass trek price with us. We are transparent with our charges and policies and have no hidden fees.

Join one of our 2022 departures for the Gokyo Renjo La pass trek or organize your custom trek. We have opened our booking for the year. You can read more in detail about this trek in our ‘Useful Information’ section.

Here are some of our other famous treks with the same level of difficulty as Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La pass trek - Langtang Gosaikunda Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

Island Peak Climbing and Mera Peak Climbing are other famous trekking peaks in the eastern Himalayas that are the best treks for beginner climbers.

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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Welcome to Nepal. On your arrival, our team will pick you up from the international airport in Kathmandu and transport you to the hotel. We will book you a comfortable tourist hotel in Kathmandu. Later in the day, take your time to greet your guide and prepare for the venture. End the day with a delicious complimentary welcome dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner
  • 1,400m.|4,592ft.

Duration: 35 minutes flight & 3-4 hours trek 

Kathmandu to Lukla flight itself is one of the biggest highlights of the Gokyo Lake Trek. It is a nerve-racking flight to Tenzing Hillary airport at 2,845m.|9,334 ft. From Lukla, our trek begins towards the Gokyo Valley. We will descend to Phakding to spend the night at a lower elevation. The trail drops down through a forested path.

 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 2,840m.|9,316ft.

Duration: 6-7 hours

From Phakding, the trail continues along the Dudh Koshi river. You will be crossing this river numerous times today through suspension bridges. At Monjo, register the permits and begin trekking in the Sagarmatha National Park. The route passes by small settlement areas and climbs steeply through dense forests. You will see the first glimpse of mighty Mount Everest upon reaching Namche Bazar, the tourist hub of the Khumbu region.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3,440m.|11,284ft.

Duration: 4-5 hours hike

A rest day in Namche Bazar is crucial to give your body the break it needs to adjust to the altitude. We will go on a hike to the Everest View Hotel (3,962m.|12,998ft.) and the Khumjung monastery (3,790m.|12,430ft.). Both of these places are famous. From the Everest View Hotel, you get to see stunning views of many mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Kongde Peak, Ama Dablam, etc. 

Likewise, the Khumjung monastery is the oldest monastery in the Everest region. Later in the day, you can spend time with locals and explore the bustling market of Namche Bazar. Don't forget to visit the Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum in Namche Bazar.

 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3,962m.|12,998ft.

Duration: 5-6 hours

The day begins early with a warm breakfast. The trail from Namche Bazar ascends steeply, and soon you will be walking on a flat path to Sanasa. From here, we will be ascending towards the Mong La. The climb will be stiff until you reach Mong La. After this point, the route descends for about 30 minutes to Imja Khola, where Phortse Tenga is located.

 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3,680m.|12,071ft.

Duration: 5-6 hours

Continue ascending on a steep uphill trail for 40 minutes. You will soon get to see breathtaking views of the valleys on all sides. The trail further descends to Dole, where you can take a small break for lunch. From Dole, hike up to a ridge. Passing by Lhabarma and Luza, you will reach Machhermo, a beautiful village with striking views of the snow-capped mountains.

 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 4,470m.|14,662ft.

Duration: 4-5 hours 

The route between Machhermo and Gokyo village is difficult. Begin climbing on a steep path that leads to a ridge above Machhermo. You can see an excellent view of Cho Oyu from here. The trail further heads to Pangka and continues towards Nilibuk. From here, you will again ascend following a narrow staircase to a small bridge. Further, the trail passes by the lake and reaches Gokyo village.

 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 4,790m.|15,712ft.

Duration: 3-4 hours 

To spend your rest day in Gokyo village, you will go on a hike to a nearby hill called Gokyo Ri (5,360m.|17,581ft.) that offers a sensational panorama of the Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Tawache, etc. Later, explore the stunning Gokyo Lakes, spend time with locals, and get to see their lifestyle & culture.

 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 5,360m.|17,581ft.

Duration: 7-8 hours

One of the most exciting parts of this trek is crossing the challenging Renjo La pass. Today, you will begin trekking early. The route descends to a remote northern valley where the landscape begins to resemble that of the Tibetan plateau. You will slowly progress towards the top of Renjo La pass through the steep, rugged, and windy trail. The top of the pass offers great mountain views. Further, the trail drops down to Lumde, where you will be spending the night.

 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 5,360m.|17,581ft.

Duration: 7-8 hours 

Lumde to Namche Bazar descends through small villages and lush forests. You will pass by Thame village with an ancient Thame monastery perched on the side hill. Towering mountains will keep your company throughout the way. From Thame, the trail descends back towards Namche Bazar.

 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3,440m.|11,284ft.

Duration: 6-7 hours

After having breakfast here, you will begin descending steeply through lush forests. The trail crosses many suspension bridges and passes by beautiful waterfalls. You will pass by villages like Monjo and Phakding before ascending towards Lukla.

 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 2,840m.|9,316ft.

Duration: 35 minutes flight

Today, we will be taking an early morning flight back to Kathmandu, enjoying striking aerial views of the Himalayas. As the flight will be short, you will have an entire day in Kathmandu to explore and pack. In the late evening, the company will organize a small farewell dinner party for the group.

 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • 1,400m.|4,592ft.

Fly back to your home today. Our team will assist you during the checkout from the hotel and transport you to the international airport.

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    Route Map

    Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La Pass Trek - 13 Days map

    What's Included

    • Airport transfer services arrival/departure and local flight schedule
    • Standard hotel in KATHMANDU twin sharing basis including 2 breakfast 
    • 11 Night Best available accommodations during the treks twin sharing basis ( Note: signal supplement $ 7 per night)
    • Standard 3 meals while on the treks and a cup of tea or coffee with meals
    • 15 years Experiences English speaking government Licensed trekking guide and 1 porter between 2 trekkers
    • Guide and porter salary, food, equipment, and insurances including on trip cost
    • All applicable National park Tims and Local permits
    • Flight tickets from Kathmandu- Lukla or manthali – Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu or manthali (Note: If you want via helicopter Kathmandu to Lukla we will book for you as shearing with other it cost extra )
    • Sleeping bag down jacket if needed (It’s refundable)
    • Nepal Nirvana Trails Duffel Bag, T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purifications drop Complimentary/free
    • First aid kit with Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate( Very useful to check Altitude sickness symptoms)
    • Farewell Dinner in a fine Restaurant
    • Official expenses and government tax/vat

    What's Excluded

    • International flight tickets
    • Nepal entry visa
    • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations
    • During trekking time personal expensive snacks, drink Beer coke, juice, water, WI-FI etc.
    • Lunch and dinner Kathmandu
    • Tips for treks guide, porter and driver (it is expected)

    Upcoming Departures

        
    Start DateFridayDecember 09, 2022End DateWednesdayDecember 21, 2022PriceAvailableUS $1399
    Start DateFridayDecember 16, 2022End DateWednesdayDecember 28, 2022PriceAvailableUS $1399
    Start DateThursdayDecember 22, 2022End DateTuesdayJanuary 03, 2023PriceAvailableUS $1399
    Start DateThursdayDecember 29, 2022End DateTuesdayJanuary 10, 2023PriceAvailableUS $1399

    Useful Info

    Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La pass trek difficulty

    Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La Pass Trek 13 Days is one of the challenging treks in the Everest region. The route has many ascents and descents. You will walk on rugged, steep, and rocky paths. The daily walk is around 5 to 6 hours. Some days can go beyond 6 hours. Therefore, trekkers have to be physically fit to walk for that long. 

    Along with that the trekkers also have to prepare themselves mentally to adjust to the limited facilities. Gokyo Lake Trek explores the remote area where there is limited access to anything beyond basic facilities.

    Altitude Sickness

    Whether you are an experienced trekker or not, your physical fitness, and age, if you do not acclimatize while trekking, then you can suffer from altitude sickness. Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La pass trek goes above 5,000 meters. Our Gokyo Lakes Trek itinerary has ample rest days that will automatically acclimatize your body, which means you can trek with ease.

    Some of the things you can do to avoid altitude sickness are mentioned below:

    • Do not ascent more than 500 meters a day. Always ascend high and sleep low for the night.
    • Drink plenty of fluid to keep yourself hydrated.
    • Do not consume dehydrating things like alcohol, coffee, smoke, etc.
    • Eat a balanced diet and get good sleep.
    • Early symptoms are headache, loss of breath, insomnia, dizziness, etc. Be mindful and take them seriously.

    Training for the Renjo La pass trekking

    Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La pass trek demands good physical fitness and long walking capability. To prepare for the journey physically, you can go on hikes or do short treks. You need to build up your stamina and core body strength. You can do so by doing cardio activities like swimming, cycling, or running. 

    Likewise, if you go to the gym, then involve muscle strengthening in your routine. Doing these activities 4 to 6 weeks before the beginning of the venture will make the trip overall doable and fun for you. 

    Gokyo Renjo La pass trek solo/private/group

    Gokyo Trek explores a not very bustling trekking route in the Khumbu region. It means there will be no one to help you if you take a wrong turn or get into an accident while doing a solo Gokyo Lakes trek. To offer you a solo-like trekking experience, we have come up with a private trek service. During the private Gokyo Lake trekking, you will be trekking with an expert guide and a porter. You can have your time and walk at your pace. 

    Likewise, if you are a solo traveler and looking to join a group venture in the Everest region, you can opt for our group trek. We have many group departures to Gokyo Lake in 2022, spring & autumn. You can join one as per your availability. Contact us for more information.

    Last Minute Booking for Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La pass trek

    For last-minute bookings, you have to pay 100% of the Gokyo Lakes Trek package cost. The trip will be only confirmed once we receive the total package cost. Our representative will guide you through the booking procedure. 

    Do know that last-minute booking can get a little dicey, especially in the peak season. However, we will try our best to book you comfortable rooms and get all the permits on time.

    What permits do I need for the Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La pass trek?

    You will need the following permits for Gokyo Lake Trek with Renjo La Pass. These permits are included in our package cost. You do not have to pay extra to get the permits.

    Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit costs: NPR 2000, per person

    Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit costs: NPR 3000, per person

    Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La pass trek best time

    The best time to trek to Gokyo Valley is from March to April (spring) and October to November (autumn). These months are the peak time to travel in the Everest region. Stable weather is crucial when it comes to trekking in the Himalayas. 

    Spring and autumn have the perfect weather and moderate climate for trekking. The views are clear and stunning. At the same time, the trail bloomed with seasonal flowers and vegetation. The temperature ranges between 5°C to 18°C.

    Accommodation 

    In Kathmandu, you will stay overnight in a tourist standard or three-star hotel. If you want, we can also book a luxury overnight stay in Kathmandu or on the trail (additional charges apply). During the trek, the accommodation is the lodge. 

    The rooms will be small, twin-shared, but clean and comfortable. The mornings and nights can get colder, therefore carry a sleeping bag with you, as the blanket provided in the lodge might not be enough. Likewise, the washroom will be private. Some places may have a shared toilet.

    Food

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided to you during the trek. The option is quite wide in the Khumbu region, especially in villages like Phakding, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, etc. You can get many western dishes like pizza, burgers, fish & chips, steak, macaroni, delicious bakery items, freshly brewed coffee, etc. 

    Along with these other dishes like dal bhat, veggies, curries, chapati, soup, porridge, eggs, toast, thukpa, momo, thenduk, etc are available too. Dal Bhat is the most delicious and fresh option you will get to have while trekking. And we advise trekkers to have it because of its nutritional value.  In Kathmandu, we offer breakfast and a welcome & farewell dinner. You can have other meals as per your desire.

    Travel Insurance

    During remote treks like Gokyo Valley Trek, travel insurance is important. As the region does not have proper health care facilities and other infrastructures if any unseen event occurs, the only way to get quick help is through air evacuation. Things like this happen rarely, but it is better to be safe than sorry. 

    Your travel insurance should cover medical bills and emergency air evacuation. Likewise, you can also add coverage for baggage loss, flight cancellation, etc in the travel insurance.

     

    FAQs

    • To reach Gokyo Lake, one is to fly to Lukla and from there trek to Gokyo Valley. Another alternative way is by flying to Gokyo Lake by helicopter. If you are looking for a helicopter tour to Gokyo Lake, then contact us anytime. We organize the best helicopter tours in Nepal.

    • Yes, you can see one of the most stunning views of Mt. Everest from Gokyo Ri. Similarly, Gokyo Ri also offers fantastic views of the largest glacier of Nepal, the Ngozumpa glacier, the beautiful Gokyo Lake, and many other surrounding mountains like Cho Oyu.

    • Among all the Gokyo Lakes, the fourth lake, also called Thonak Cho, is the deepest one at 62.4 m. Likewise, the Gokyo Lake is the second deepest one at 43 m.

    • It depends upon your Gokyo Lake itinerary and the services you will use during the trip. You can do this trek in a budget-friendly or luxury way as per your wish. Do know that the more you cut off the price, the limited facilities you will get while trekking.

    • As Gokyo Lake Trek is a remote high-altitude trek, you will need many small things for the journey. Our representative will help you with the preparation and give you the packing list.

    • No, you will not need any special permission to trek to Gokyo Lake. It does not fall under the restricted area in Nepal. However, you do have to get the general permits for the trek.

    • Yes, drinking water is easily available during the trek. You can get boiled drinking water at Tea houses and shops along the way. Some places may ask you a little charge for USD 0.4 to USD 0.7 per liter for the water. The mineral water may cost you USD 3 to USD 4 at a higher elevation. 

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