Trekking Region: Everest Region
Trekking Name: Gokyo Lake Renjo La PassTrek
Best Season: Sept. to mid of Dec. and late March to May
Trekking Type: Teahouse
Trekking Grade: Moderate to Strenuous.
Maximum HIght: Kalapattar 5545 Meters.
Starting from: Lukla (30min. fly fromKathmandu)
Ending at: Lukla
Culture : Tibetan and Sherpa
Mode of Travel: Flight
Duration: 18 days
Visiting the highest monastery in the world
View of majestic mountains including Mt. Everest
Experiencing alpine climate
First hand observation of Sherpa culture
View of unique Sherpa settlements
Trekking to Renjo La Pass offers an exciting experience. As a very popular and challenging trekking trail in the Everest Region, trekkers can have a spectacular mountain view while in trekking. They can also have a panoramic view of Khumbu Himal and challenging Renjo La Pass and explore the Tibetan valley from Thame side.
The main attractions of the trek in the area include astonishing Gokyo Ri and a traverse of Renjo La Pass. The remote view of the Bhote Koshi River and the Gokyo valley is quite alluring.
Enjoying the Sherpa hospitality, you will ascend through the rhododendron and conifer forest to the yak herders' settlements of sacred lakes of Gokyo and Gokyo Ri (5350 m) to savor the majestic views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, and many more hovering in horizon. A traverse onto the Renjo La to the dramatic solitary Bhote Koshi valley put you on the historical trade route between Nepal and Tibet. An exploration towards the Nangpa Pass unveils unspoiled Himalayan scenery and the trickle of Tibetan refugees with their tragic plight. Expect to encounter Tibetan traders while retracing your way back to Namche via the historical Himalayan settlement of Thame.
Day 01: Kathmandu (1320m)
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Upon arrival at the airport, you would be received by our representative and then transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) and then to Phakding (2640m.)
We take early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.). Upon arrival at Lukla, we would be refreshed in one of the hotels and then start our trek to Phakding (2640 m.). We trek following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in a stone throwing distance on the opposite bank. In the late afternoon, we reach Phakding.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3440m.)
Having breakfast at Phakding, we commence our trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.).The trail goes along the right bank of Dudh Koshi. Thamserku is standing majestically skyward on the opposite bank. We then reach Bengar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. We continue along the trail with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village Monjo. We then come to Sagarmatha National Park Service where a park entrance fee is to be deposited. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks Dudh Koshit to the right Bhote Koshi to the left. Now we begin steep ascent to Namche Bazar. On the way, we would have excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.).Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, Namche Bazar (3440m) is a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods.
Day 04: Acclimatization at Namche Bazzar
We take rest at Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) for acclimatization. It is considered as an ideal place for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading towards Tyangboche. We go up to Khhumjung monastery. It is a small settlement of Sherpa community. We enjoy the splendid view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and so on from here. While returning to Namche, we would visit Museum just above the town that exhibits Sherpa culture.
Day 05: Namche Bazzar to Thame (3820m)
Having breakfast at Namche Bazzar, we trek to Thame. It takes about 5 and ½ hours normal walk to reach Thame from Namche Bazzar. The trail starts from the Namche gompa and leads west past a large array of prayer flags, mani stones and chorten. The carved mani stones all the way to Thame are some of the most complex and picturesque in Khumbu.
Day 06: Thame to Lungdeng (4500m)
From Thame, we trek to Lungdeng which is situated at a distance of about 6 hours walk. En route, one can observe varieties of plants and animals, Sherpa culture and unique settlement of Sherpa people. Overnight stay at Lungdeng.
Day 07: Lungdeng to Yak Kharka Camp (4950m.)
It is our turn to trek from Lungdeng to Yak Kharka Camp. The camp is situated below the Renjo La at an altitude of about 4950m. It takes about 4 hours to reach the camp. Overnight stay at Yak Kharka Camp.
Day 08: Yak Kharka to Renjo Pass (5340m) and Gokyo (4790m)
Today we trek from Yak Kharka to Renjo Pass (5340m) and then to Gokyo (4790m). It takes about 7 hours walk to reach Gokyo crossing the pass. This section offers stunning views of valleys including, Kalapather and famous monastery Tangboche. High passes Renjo and Chola, glaciers, big rocks, unique villages and ever-smiling people. Overnight stay at Gokyo.
Day 09: Explore Gokyo Ri
We would spend the whole day to explore stunning Gokyo Ri. We go for climbing the summit for having rewarding views of Makalu, Chhoyou, Mt. Everest, Bhorunche, and many others all round. After this, we return to Gokyo for overnight stay.
Day 10: Gokyo Ri to Thangnak (4950m.)
It is our turn to trek from Gokyo Ri to Thangnak. En route you will not only see the highest mountains, deepest Georges, and beautiful Landscape but also you can enjoy the festivals and culture of ethnic groups, their way of living. The region is also the home of the Sherpas and a garden of Tibetan Buddhists with their many fascinating monasteries. We descend to the Gokyo Lake below Gokyo, then cross the glacier. We visit Yak pastures at Chhugyuma on the eastern edge of the glacier and ascend a deserted valley below the southern part of Cho-la. Overnight at an altitude of 4950m.
Day 11: Thangnak to Dzongla (4830m.)
Today we trek from Thangnak to Dzongla. En route one can encounter boulder fields and a steep but easy snow slope that leads to the summit of the South Cho-La Pass (5380m.). One can view a flat glacier plateau with magnificent views to east and west. Later, we descend the snow -covered glacier to beautiful Dzonghla.
Day 12: Dzongla to Gorakshep (5160m.)
Having lunch at Dzongla, we trek to Gorakshep. En route, we encounter steep, grassy hillside above the blue Tsola Lake. If time permits, we would go round the Khumbu valley and give a try for glacier walk.
Day 13: Gorakshep to Kalapatther (5550m) and then to Gorakshep
We trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatther and then come back to Gorakshep. We explore Kalapatther for having magnificent views of the major eastern Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest.
Day 14:Gorakshep to Dingbouche (4410m)
After having lunch at Gorakshep, we trek to Dingbouche. Enroute, one can arrive at Chukkung and view attractive valley view. Besides, this section also offers close view of sacred monasteries, interaction with the hardworking Sherpa people, singing sounds of birds, big rocks along the trail and avalanche falling sound give a memorable experience for every one. In the late afternoon, we reach Dingbouche.
Day 15:Dingbouche to Tengboche (3900m)
Today we trek from Dingbouche to Tengbouche. We start walking down to Imja Khola to and then to Pangboche. The route weaves in and out of side valleys, making small ups and downs. You can climb the hill behind Tengboche for good mountain views or explore the monastery itself.
Day 16:Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m )
It is our turn to trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m ). It takes about four and half hours to reach Namche Bazaar from Tyangboche. En route we will visit traditional villages like Khumjung and Khunde. We will be visiting monastery that has Yeti Scalp. Finally, we come to Namche Bazaar in the late afternoon.
Day 17:Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.)
Having breakfast in the teahouse at Namche Bazaar, we trek to Lukla. It is the last day of our trek. Lunch will be served on the way. Upon arrival at Lukla, we would get refreshed and take rest.
Day 18:Lukla to Kathmandu
We board our early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at TIA, we would be received by our representatives and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, we go for shopping. Farewell dinner will be served, a typical Nepali restaurant.
Note: The departure schedule can be changed on any unavoidable circumstances such as weather hazards, trail slides, and avalanches.