Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek

Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek, begins with a scenic flight to Lukla, is literally one of the most stunning mountain treks in the world! This short route enables trekkers who have a limited time to discover the most famous glories of Nepal. Set amongst awe-inspiring high mountain scenery, the trail leads through the Khumbu valley, the Sherpa land.  Two routes are possible; Renjo La pass or an alternative itinerary. The trail to Gokyo Lake is a gradual ascent up the valley passing through patches of brich and rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer and Himalayan Tahr can sometimes be seen. Through small yak grazing settlements, we reach the Gokyo valley where you can enjoy the beautiful tranquil Gokyo Lake.

The one of the highlights of Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek is ascent to the Gokyo Ri peak (5480m).We stay here to savor the incredible scenery, including breathtaking views of Everest (8848m), Makalu (8481m), Cho Oyu (8201m) and Lhotse (8516m), to name but a few. The Renjo la pass trail is off the usual beaten track. At the pass, a great view of the Gokyo Lake on one side, the Rermo Pokhari Lake on the other side and a myriad of snowy peaks in the background provide this incredible atmosphere. The alternative route is much easier. From Gokyo, the trail descends along the opposite bank of the Dudh Kosi River.

Gokyo Renjo La pass trek commences in Kathmandu visiting the historical monuments and world heritage sites.  A guided tour in Kathmandu on the day second will be your photography day. You can enjoy visiting legendary palaces, holiest temples, Buddhist stupas, and colorful local markets. Early in the morning on the day third you will be transferred to domestic airport to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. The terrific 35 minutes flight to Lukla then trek all the way to Gokyo valley through the vibrant Everest national park is certainly going to be your life time adventure journey.

Everest trekking attractions:

Sherpa people:
Sherpas: Sherpa means "easterner" because they came from the Kham in eastern Tibet. One of the first persons to come to Khumbu came by way of the Rolwaling valley and Tashi Lhapcha pass. He opened this valley so other people could come to settle. Later many families came from Tibet over the Nangpa La (pass). He came to Khumbu from Kham Salmo-Gang (east of Tibet). His clan was called Thimi. When he came to Tibet, the people asked where he came from – “the cast part of Kham”. That is how the name Sher-pa, meaning east people, came to be.... See more.

For 600 years, people have migrated from Tibet to these mountain valleys in Nepal. There was a time of great unrest in Tibet when many Lamas, their families and followers left their homes looking for new places to live. They settled in the mountain valleys of northern Nepal. These places came to be called Yolmo (Helambu), Langtang, and Khumbu. Now they live in the Solu-Khumbu district, Sagarmatha zone of Nepal. They live in the highest places. In the Khumbu, they number about 9500 with a total of roughly 55,000 living in all of Nepal. The Sherpa language (a dialect of Tibetan), literature, history and Philosophy came from old Tibetan religious books.

Today approximately 55,000 Sherpas live in Nepal and around 9500 of them live in the Khumbu region on the south side of Everest. Since the 1950s, tourism has become the dominant source of employment and income in the area. Many Sherpas, as well as people from other ethnic groups, work as part of the climbing and tourism industry. While the Sherpa people retain their Buddhist religion and many of their traditional practices, this shift in the local economy and way of life has necessarily meant changes in the Sherpa culture. Among these, there has been a shift from regarding climbing the mountain as blasphemous, to regarding it as a source of economic opportunity and pride. Sherpas hold many impressive Everest records, including most times summitted for men and women, quickest ascent, without oxygen ascent, quickest descent, and most time spent on top and youngest climbers to reach the summit.

Sherpa Religion and Culture
In Solu-Khumbu the most common sect of Tibetan Buddhism is the Nyingmapa, the oldest tradition. Sherpa and Tibetan lamas taught this religion to the people and organized the communities.  These Sherpa and Tibetan Ngakpa (lay lamas) brought teaching from Tibet to Khumbu that were from Books hidden by the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rinpoche. Lamas called tertons are incarnations of Guru Rinpoche who rediscovered these hidden teachings. Ter means “spiritual treasure” in Tibetan. A lama named Rigdzin Godem found some of these books, the Chang-ter, hidden in northern Tibet. The other lama, Nyatak – Nyung, found the Lho-ter in southern Tibet. The terton, Terdak Lingpa found the books and wrote the texts used in the Sherpa’s Pujahs, religious rituals.

As more people came to Khumbu, traditions started that helped to unite the villagers and to project the valley. Daily life revolves around each village Gompa/Stupa (temple). Closely tied to Buddhist beliefs are their daily activates of farming, herding and trading. Since the 1950s they have worked for tourists and earned fame on climbing expeditions.  

Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park:
Most of the part of Everest trekking is within the boundary of Sagarmatha( Everest) National Park.  This national park is spread in an area of 1148 square kilometers in Himalayan ecological zone in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park was established on July 19, 1976 and was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1979. The Park includes the upper catchments areas of the Dudhkoshi and Bhotehoshi Rivers and is largely composed of rugged terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas, ranging from 2,860m at Lukla to the top of the world's highest Mountain - Everest at 8,848meters above the sea level. Other peaks above 6,000m are Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam and Pumori. In this national park barren land above 5,000 m (16,400 ft) comprises 69% of the park while 28% is grazing land and the remaining 3% is forested.

In Everest region you will find varieties of flora and fauna. In the lower forested zone, birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo and rhododendron grow. Above this zone all vegetation are found to be dwarf or shrubs. As the altitude increases, plant life is restricted to lichens and mosses. Plants stop to grow at about 5,750 meters (18,860 ft), because this is the permanent snow line in the Himalayas.

The forests of Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park provide habitat to at least 118 species of birds, including Himalayan Monal, Blood pheasant, Red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. This Park is also home to a number of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda. Himalayan thars, langur monkeys, martens and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.

Tengboche monastery:
Tengboche Monastery is a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Tengboche village in Khumjung. This monastery is also known as Dawa Choling Gompa. Situated at 3,860 meters (12,687 ft), the monastery is also the largest Gompa in this region. The monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. However, in 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1989, it was destroyed for a second time by a fire and then rebuilt with the help of volunteers and international assistance. In the background of this monastery there is good view of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Lhotse and others. In Everest trekking area apart from Tengboche monastery, Thame, Khumjung and Pangboche are some other famous monasteries.

Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02:
Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley.
Day 03:
Drive from Kathmandu to Jiri, 8 hrs drive. 
Day 04:
Trek from Jiri/Shivalaya to Deurali, 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 05:
Trek from Deorali to Sete, 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 06: Trek from Sete to Junbesi, 5 to 6 hrs walking.  
Day 07: Trek from Junbesi to Nuntala, 5 to 6 hrs walking.  
Day 08: Trek from Nuntala to Kharikhola, 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 09: Trek from Khari-Khola to Puiyan, 6 hrs walking. 
Day 10: Trek from Puiyan to Phakding, 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 11: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3,445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 12: Acclimatization day in Namche.
Day 13: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m), 6 to 7 hrs walking. 
Day 14: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 15: Another acclimatization day at Pheriche.
Day 16: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4900m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 17: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5150m) to Kalapathar (5545m), back to Gorakshep, 8 hrs walking.
Day 18: Trek from Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Lobuche, 8 hrs walking.
Day 19: Trek from Lobuche to Pangboche, 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 20: Trek from Pangboche to Khumjung Village (3789m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 21: Trek from Kkumjung to Manjo, 6 hrs walking.  
Day 22: Trek from Manjo to Lukla (2860m), 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 23: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight.
Day 24: Final departure.

Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek - itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport you will be greet by one of our guides and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be on your own. In the evening, one of our team leaders will come to meet you and take you to a typical Nepali restaurant to enjoy the delicious dinner with short briefing about your great trek to Gokyo valley. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing or rest and preparation for trek.
Breakfast at hotel, your tour guide is standing in the lobby, he will give you a short brief about today’s trip and start exploring the historical monuments and world heritage sites including Kathmandu Durbar square, Monkey temple, Buddhanath stupa, and the holy Hindu temple Pasupatinath. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Flight from KTM to Lukla (2860m) , trek to Phakding (2640m), 4 hrs trek.
Fly to Lukla, the trail descends, gradually passing above the large village of Chaunrikharaka (2680m) and on through small villages, fields and forests following a wide well constructed path. After Kusum Drargka, a large stream, the trail crosses the Dudh Kosi river at Phakding. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.  
From Phakding the trail follows the western bank of Dudh Kosi passing through forests of Blue Pine until it reaches the village of Benkar(2700m). From here the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the Dudh Kosi, and climbs gently to the village of Chumoa. Between here and the next village of Monjo (2800m) the trail drops steeply to cross Monjo Khola. From Monjo the trail crosses a small rock saddle and then descends abruptly to re-cross the Dudh Kosi at Jorsale (2804m). Beyond Jorsale the trail undulates up until the confluence with Bhote Kosi is reached. From here the Khumbu region begins. Above the bridge the trail zigzags up 300m of the steep spur between the two rivers through sparse forest. The next section of the trail climbs less steeply, traversing above the Bhote Kosi until Namche Bazaar is reached. Namcha Bazaar is a market town, where every Saturday morning traders from lower altitude sell goods to sherpas. Most of the trading is over by mid-day and the traders return to their villages. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Acclimatization day At Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel.  
Known as the ‘Gateway to Everest’ we will spend today here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. A short trek to the museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people, as well as about flora & Fauna & its land, more importantly, from here you will get the proper glimpse of Everest and the surrounding mountains. And we hike up the Syanbuche airport, and Everest view hotel and sightseeing at the Khumjung village (3800m), which is the biggest settlement of Sherpa. Khumjung is one of the most beautiful villages in Everest area. It’s symmetrically laid out stone dwellings house the families of many of our Sherpas. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.  
After having breakfast, we start today’s most pleasant hike down to the river at Phunki Thanhka to lunch next to water driven prayer wheels. A steep but short climb takes us to the legendary Tengboche Monastery through forests of blue pine, fir and black juniper. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dole (4,040m), 5 hrs trek.
From Tengboche, trek down to Dhukosi river and the trail gradually ascent to Dole, which lies just above the tree-line. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Trek from Dole to Macherma (4,480m), 5 hrs trek.
Breakfast at guest house, today is a short day due to the need to maintain a safe rate of ascent. Gokyo appears to be within easy reach but a night at Macherma is essential. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09: Trek from Macherma to Gokyo Lake (4,750m), 5 hrs trek.
Another short climb leads to the lunch spot in the Phanga Valley and then a steady afternoon's plod leads past the first of the Gokyo Lake to the camping area by the main lake. There are excellent views of Cho Oyu ahead, with Taweche and Cholatse dominating the opposite side of the valley. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Hiking to Gokyo Ri and back to Gokyo, 5 hrs return trip.
Today day early in the morning we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5480m) ample rewards to one attempts this trip. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) can be seen. Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded. Overnight at guest house.

Day 11: Trek from Gokyo valley to Renjo la pass (5350m) then Lundhen (4380m), 6 to 7 hrs trek.
After breakfast, we start our amazing day trekking over Renjo Pass and continue trek to Lundhen (4380m). Overnight at guest house.

Day 12: Trek from Lundhen to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 6 to 7 hrs trek.
As soon as hot breakfast finish we continue our descent to Namche Bazaar, since we are heading all the way down to Namche Bazaar (which is a beautiful and heavily equipped town with the modern facilities), we have new energy in our body. Overnight at hotel or guest house in Namche Bazaar.

Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to to Lukla(2860), 6 to 7 hrs trek.
This is our final day of trekking which returns us to the town of Lukla, where the overnight stay gives you time to explore the town as well as reflect upon the mountains you have recently visited for one last time before heading back to Kathmandu. Overnight at guest house.

Day 14: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.
After breakfast, we will walk about 5 minutes to airport to catch our return flight to Kathmandu. We take an early flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be on your own. In the evening, celebrate your great trip with one of our team leaders at a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Final departure.
After breakfast, the trip ends, we will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight and see you again in the future.

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Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek Facts:

Activities: Adventure Hiking

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Gokyo Ri, Lake and valley

Trip Duration: 15 days

Max. Altitude: 5480 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.12

Best Season: February to June, September to December

Trip Grade: Strenuous plus

Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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