An unforgettable walk past the stunning Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass trekking adventure is for those looking for an adventurous Himalayan trek. Walk past a wild and solitary trail filled with icy glaciers and jade green lakes. Cross a high mountain pass, Renjo La, the easiest of the 3 High Passes and climb Gokyo Ri for awesome views of Mount Everest and other 8000 metre peaks. Trek to Gokyo Valley and walk through a surreal landscape filled with high-altitude lakes and frozen glaciers. Trekking above 4000 meters, you pass through some of the highest human habitations in the world. Enter the dramatic Gokyo valley and hike along the banks of the emerald Gokyo Lakes. Ascend Gokyo Ri to enjoy a 360-degree panorama of Gokyo Valley and Nzogumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. Also enjoy a glimpse of the rocky north-face of Mount Everest. Moreover, an exciting ascent up the Renjo La Pass ups the thrill factor.
The first day of your Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass Trek takes you from Lukla to Phakding. You follow a trail filled with mani stones and mule packs and hike through Sherpa villages and pine forests. Cross swaying suspension bridges and walk alongside yak trains; the sound of their bells filling the quiet mountainside. Once you step into Gokyo Valley, you will be trekking in a treeless, high-altitude desert filled with glaciers and icy lakes. Pay heed to your experienced trek leader as he guides you up the Gokyo Ri and Renjo La. Finally, celebrate the completion of your adventure in Lukla with your teammates and crew. Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass Trek is ideal for those seeking an Everest adventure along a quieter and less crowded route. Within a short duration of just two weeks, you get to explore Gokyo Valley, climb a mountain pass and gaze at the summit of Mount Everest. Our itinerary ensures a comfortable acclimatization before you reach the higher elevations. Join this trek and let the nomad in you roam the vast frozen expanse of Gokyo Valley!
Been there, done that and now looking for other similar options? Do try out our other Everest adventures - Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 days, Everest Three High Passes Trek - 20 days, Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 days and Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lakes- 18 days. If you are short on time but still want to walk in the mountains then you can tryout our helicopter treks - Everest Base Camp Heli Trek-11 days, Everest Base Camp Short trek Heli Return-12 days and Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek - 8 days.
Lukla Flight Alert: As there's too much traffic at the Kathmandu airport during high season (Spring- March, April, Autumn - October, November) flights scheduled to and from Lukla will operate from Ramechhap Airport. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu. However, most airlines will operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you make an early booking, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to Lukla (KTM-Lukla). It will be easier to fly directly from Kathmandu instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap. Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will continue to operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Filled with medieval pagoda-roofed temples and modern high-rises, the city of Kathmandu is Nepal’s nerve centre. After landing at the airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Rest and get refreshed.
Later attend a pre-trek briefing and meet your trek leader. Get answers to your queries (if you have any) and check your gear. Later on rest or stroll around Thamel and feel its lively vibe.
Since you have an early morning flight to Lukla the following day, it is advisable to schedule your arrival to Kathmandu in the morning or during daytime. This will give you enough time to recover from jet lag and attend the pre-trek briefing. Overnight in Kathmandu.
The flight to Lukla offers panoramic views of the Himalayan range. After landing at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport meet the trekking crew. Get your stuff together and start trekking.
Walk past the busy Lukla bazaar and head towards Phakding, a Sherpa village. Follow a busy trail filled with trekkers, locals, yak and mule trains. Head north, following a stony path down to the Dudh Koshi River Valley. Walk across a metal suspension bridge and watch the frothing waters of Dudh Koshi (Milk River) gushing below.
After trekking for a few hours you reach Phakding. Make your way to a teahouse and take some rest. Later explore the village or head down to the river and take pictures. Overnight in Phakding.
From Phakding take the busy trail to Namche Bazaar, the economic heart of Khumbu Region. As the day’s trek is quite a long one, you have an early start.
Entering the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo you follow a scenic trail filled with mani stones, chortens (Buddhist memorials) and snow-covered Himalayan peaks. Cross several metal suspension bridges decorated with Buddhist prayer flags and follow a zigzag path snaking past pine and rhododendron trees.
You finally breathe a sigh of relief as you spy the stone cottages of Namche peering at you from above. As you approach Namche you also get your first view of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Enter the town via a Buddhist traditional gate known as ‘kani’ or ‘gateway chorten’. Head to a teahouse and rest your sore muscles. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Take a day off to acclimatise. Carved around a steep mountainside, Namche is the business hub of Khumbu Region.
Here you will find luxury and budget lodges, coffee shops, bakeries, internet cafes, ATM booths, bars and souvenir shops. If you happen to be in Namche on a Saturday, don’t forget to visit the ‘Saturday Market’ - an open air market where traders from as far as Tibet and the Terai lowlands set up shop.
Take an acclimatisation hike to the Everest View Hotel, located high above Namche, and enjoy stunning views of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. The steep climb to the viewpoint takes you past the grassy airstrip of Shyangboche(3780m), one of the highest airfields in the world.
If you are not too tired, visit the nearby Khumjung village and its monastery which houses the scalp of Yeti (the abominable snowman). Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Leave Namche and make your way to Phortse Thanga. Two trails radiate towards Phortse Thanga and you take the one chosen by your trek leader. The trail runs high above the confluence of the Dudh Koshi River and Imja Khola.
Your ascent offers splendid views of Everest, Lhotse and other peaks. Walk past inspiring Himalayan scenery to reach the tiny hamlet of Phortse Thanga. Once you are at the village, head to a teahouse and rest your aching muscles. Overnight in Phortse Thanga.
Following a steep trail, take the path to Dole. The trail is lined with rhododendron and pine trees. You come across alpine meadows and summer camps of yak herders and breathtaking views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu and Kantega as you walk past Dole.
An uphill climb brings you to Machhermo. The village of Machhermo is a cluster of stone cottages situated below the terminal moraine of Nzogumpa Glacier. You have now reached the 4000 metre mark.
Don’t forget to keep yourself properly hydrated to ward off any signs of acute mountain sickness. Overnight in Machermo.
Wake up early and hit the trail to Gokyo. Today’s trek takes you to a solitary and ruggedly beautiful terrain. Walking via Pangkha you take a breather to enjoy fascinating views of Cholatse.
The trail follows the side of Nzogumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal which originates at the foot of Cho Oyu in Tibet and tumbles down to the Gokyo Valley in Nepal. As you traverse the glacier, tread carefully on the moraine and loose rocks. Continue on an even path and approach the first of the mesmerizing Gokyo lakes, Longbanga Tsho.
Walk past the second lake and head to the settlement of Gokyo set on the eastern shore of the largest of the Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Tsho or Dudh Pokhari. Make your way to a teahouse and take a well-deserved rest. Overnight in Gokyo.
Wake up early to climb Gokyo Ri, a small hill located near the settlement of Gokyo. Walk past the lake and a small rivulet that feeds the lake.
It is a steep uphill climb to the summit of Gokyo Ri. If you make this Gokyo Ri trek before sunrise you will be rewarded with some of the most dramatic views you will ever come across in this planet.
As the sun slowly rises, the dark purplish landscape gradually comes to life. Snow covered mountains turn golden and the emerald waters of the Gokyo lakes shimmer like a million diamonds. Get busy clicking as many pictures as you can !
From Gokyo Ri you you can enjoy views of Mount Everest’s north-face, north ridge, west ridge and the south col. Also savour awe-inspiring views of two other eight thousanders - Cho Oyu (8210m) and Lhotse(8516m). Later hike down slowly taking in the views and return to your teahouse. Overnight in Gokyo.
Leave Gokyo and take a steep, snow covered trail to Renjo La. Follow your guide and tread carefully on the steep incline littered with loose stones. Pause time and again to take in the majestic views.
As you approach the high pass of Renjo La, you reach the highest point of your trek at 5360m. The thin air during Renjo La Pass trekking makes every step a challenge. While ascending the pass and from the top of the pass you get breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu Makalu, Lhotse and several other Himalayan giants. The massive summits of the 8000m peaks appear quite close and these are some of the best views of Mount Everest from any of the Everest trails.
After reaching the top of the pass, descend down and follow a zigzag route to the village of Lumde. Overnight in Lumde.
Enjoy walking on a secluded trail. Few trekkers walk through this route and for the most part, you will have the trail to yourself.
Trek past old gompas and chortens, walled fields and stone cottages. Stop at intervals to catch your breath and take in the lovely alpine views.
Descend down the winding trail to Namche. Head to a teahouse once you arrive in Namche, and get refreshed. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
From Namche retrace your steps to Lukla. In the evening have a get-together and celebrate the completion of your Everest adventure with the local crew.
Make your last evening in Khumbu memorable by raising a toast and shaking a leg to local tunes sung by your Sherpa crew. Overnight in Lukla.
Return to Kathmandu by flight. Rest of the day at leisure. Lounge in your hotel room or take a leisurely stroll around Ason Market and Thamel shopping for souvenirs. You can visit the city’s iconic sites on your own or book a half-day sightseeing tour at an extra cost. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today has been set aside as a contingency day, in case of emergencies like flight cancellation or delay, bad weather on the trail etc. If nothing untoward happens then you can use this day as you wish.
Explore more of the city on your own or relax at your hotel. Evening, enjoy a complimentary farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our representative will drive you to the airport three hours before your flight departs. If you want to explore more of the Himalayas do let us know. We have just the right itinerary for you.
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During your Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass Trek, you spend 3 nights at Hotel Shanker, a four star hotel in Kathmandu. A heritage hotel, Hotel Shanker is housed in a 19th century palace. Keeping much of the original charm, this magnificent palace has been renovated and fitted with modern conveniences.The hotel is centrally located, close to Thamel. The establishment offers luxurious rooms with en suite bathrooms, spa, restaurant, swimming pool, bar, cafe and a spacious garden.
In Kathmandu enjoy breakfast and farewell dinners.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided while trekking. While breakfast and dinner will be served at the lodge you will be staying at, lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route. Items on the menu include the traditional Nepali and Tibetan fare like dal-bhat (rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread etc. as Indian and continental dishes (chapattis, apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, noodles etc.).
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The best seasons for Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass Trek are pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (late September to December). Trekking in Autumn (post-monsoon) promises clear skies and stunning mountain vistas. During Spring (pre-monsoon) walk on alpine meadows filled with flowers. The higher you go the colder it’s going to be. Above 4000 meters, one can expect snowfall and temperatures to plummet below zero degrees. Nighttime temperatures can drop to as low as -10 degrees.
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When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget
These are the best months to do this trek, as the weather is mild and the temperatures range from 12 to 15 degrees. The skies generally remain clear and the days are pleasant and warm. You can expect an occasional spring shower and hazy weather during spring. The mountain views are stunning in September, as there is more snow on the mountains. Nights can be freezing as the temperature dips after sun down.
If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.
There is mobile network in the Everest Region. If you get a local SIM (Ncell or NTC) you can use your mobile phone to communicate easily. As this is a mountainous area the network may get erratic at times. At most places the network is good enough for internet use and video calls. Our climbing guides also carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.
Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.
If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary.
You can either buy bottled mineral water or fill up a reusable water bottle with boiled or sterilized water. During the trek, the teahouses or lodges serve you bottled and filtered water which is generally safe and have to be paid for. A liter of water would cost anything between 1 to 4 USD. As you go higher the cost of all commodities, including water, increases. But do note there is no dearth or scarcity of drinking water at teahouses. We encourage our guest to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking. You need to drink at least 3-4 litres of water each day to stay hydrated at higher altitudes. Keeping your body hydrated helps you to keep away the symptoms altitude sickness.
No, the company won’t provide drinking water or any extra drinks or beverages other than the ones that are specified in the trip cost.
If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.
While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.
You need to be in good shape and have an ability to walk 6 – 7 hours uphill and downhill per day. This trek is suitable for passionate trekkers. Positive attitude, excellent health, and strong determination are required for successful finish. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Besides, it is advisable to trek with a highly reputed trek operator like us, with experienced guides who can help you with significant mental preparation with a personal touch.
Regarding the difficulty, the only challenging factor is the altitude. Our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. Neither ropes nor ice picks are needed for this trip and no vertical climbs are involved. Novice travelers in a good physical shape, who exercise regularly, has positive attitude and has healthy heart and lungs can easily complete this adventurous trip.
As Everest Base Camp is situated at a high altitude of 5,364 metres, you spend only 1 to 2 hours at the base camp. Since the base camp lies at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain Mount Everest, the hike to EBC is probably the highlight of your trek. Though one cannot view the summit of Mount Everest from the base camp (as the mountain is too huge) you can get close up views of the massive walls of Everest, Khumbutse, Lingtren and Nuptse. The Khumbu Icefall appears spectacular. Though the icefall lies close to the Base Camp, it is not possible explore it as you need proper climbing gear to walk on it. But you get to explore the actual base camp of the Everest expedition groups. During climbing season, it is like a mini city of tents and you get to meet mountaineers (sometimes celebrities too!) from different countries attempting to summit Mount Everest. After taking pictures and soaking in the magnificent views you descend down to Gorak Shep again. Please do note the visibility of mountains depends on the weather. If it’s foggy you may not get good views of the mountains.
No, we do not spend the night at Everest Base Camp as there are no teahouses or lodges there. Moreover it is advisable and more comfortable to spend the night at a lower elevation. After enjoying the views we trek down to Gorak Shep and stay overnight at a local teahouse.
I am Werner Berger and my "claim to fame" is probably best defined as being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest.
Little did I know my life was to change forever on my first trek into the Himalaya in 1992 at age 55. It was the beginning and just a matter time before I realized I could combine my leadership and climbing skills to create a program in which people could explore their own possibilities.
So, in 2010, I began leading Transformational Life Experiences, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and other high places.
One of the earliest keys to success is to find a company with the right mix of professionalism, support, and, of course, experience. I have used Naba Amgai and his teams on all my Nepal trekking adventures.
Naba's caring and climber support, is second to none. In my estimation, Third Rock Adventures is one of the very best in the business, in or outside of Nepal. They know the mountains. So you can relax, enjoy and transform.
- Werner Berger