Gokyo lakes and Renjo Pass

Trip Overview

This magnificent Gokyo valley trek over Renjo la Pass can be worthwhile choice for those who are looking for less touristic destination in the area. This is a ideal trek for those who wants to experience remote wilderness adventure in Khumbu region. We’ll walk through main Sherpa high land following Dudh Koshi River valley to the first beautiful lake longponba in Gokyo region where there are other four different very high Glacial Lakes at the bottom of the 6th highest peak in the world known as Cho Oyu (8201 m). Those people live there above Dole (4040m), They were Yak herder before the tourism was there. They built small tea houses just for tourist within their own Yak Kharka’s (summer pastures).

On this trip the view from Gokyo Ri (5360m) and Renjo la Pass on a clear day over the summit of Everest, Nuptse, lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu on the left should be life time experience. Leaving Gokyo valley over Renjo la Pass you’ll follow the valley that has been taking by Tibetan traders with their yaks to Thame village where you will visit one of the most impressive monasteries in the area. After leaving Thame village you’ll continue follow the quiter valley to join the main trail at Namche Bazaar and descend to Lukla.
Day to Day Activity
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1350m),
Day 03: Fly to lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m),
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m),
Day 05: Acclimatization day,
Day 06: Trek to Khumjung (3790m) via Everest View Hotel
Day 07: Trek to Dole (4040m),
Day 08: Trek to Machhermo (4410m),
Day 09: Acclimatization day/ hike to Machhermo Peak,
Day 10: Trek to Gokyo (4750m),
Day 11: Climb up to Gokyo Ri (5360m),
Day 12: Trek to Lungden (4375m) over Renjo la Pass (5345m),
Day 13: Trek to Thame village (4040m),
Day 14: Trek to Monzo (2835m),
Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2800m),
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu,
Day 17: Spare day in Kathmandu,
Day 18: Final depart,

Note: You only get Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu. You’re on full board on trek.

Trip Highlight

» Walk the more remote but stunning trail in the Gokyo Valley
» Cross the Renjo La Pass
» Ascents of Gokyo Ri for incredible views of some of the world’s highest mountains
» Visit the impressive oldest monastery in the region

Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley.CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
    Today there is a half day guided tour to visit the old part of Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the old city. Here is the old Royal palace, with its intricate woodcarving and four fine towers. There’re several Hindu temples to house for different Hindu deities and images  including the resident for  Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living Goddess from mid 18th century. You’ll get mangnificent example of Nepali architecture from medieval period around this Durbar square. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls.

    You’re free in the afternoon to visit the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath or you may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath. CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m),
    We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Koshi (or ‘Milk River’). We descend from the small plateau, which only just manages to hold Lukla airstrip, down into the forested valley. The trail crosses several tributary streams and we have some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2652m), where we will spend our first night. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m),
    Today we follow the Dudh Koshi north. Heading out of Phakding village, we first cross to the west bank, climbing high above the river. This day’s walk takes us through magnificent forests of rhododendron, giant fir, and Juniper and magnolia trees. After Jorsale (2800m) the trail climbs over a spur and alongside a dripping moss-grown cliff, to cross the Bhote Koshi, and start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. About 300m up this ascent we should have our first glimpse, cloud permitting, of the summit of Everest appearing behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. Another 300m of climbing brings us to Namche Bazaar, administrative centre of the Khumbu region, headquarters for the Mount Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, a prosperous Sherpa village and an important trading centre. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 05: Acclimatization day,
    We spend today acclimatising to the altitude, exploring fascinating Namche Bazaar and its surrounding villages, the heart of the Khumbu region, with the chance to introduce ourselves properly to the Sherpas and their way of life. A walk up towards the less visited Thame Valley will reward us with excellent views of the surrounding mountains and a chance to see some of the rare Himalayan animal and bird life. Returning to Namche there is time in the afternoon to see the National Park museum with views of Everest and interesting displays of Sherpa culture, their way of life and climbing history on Everest. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 06: Trek to Khumjung (3790m) via Everest view Hotel,
    Leaving the main trail we climb steeply behind Namche Bazaar passing through Shyangboche airstrip to the villages of Kunde or to Everest View Hotel with excellent views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and many other magnificent peaks. We can perhaps take morning tea at the spectacularly situated Everest View Hotel. We will also have the opportunity of visiting the Edmund Hillary hospital in Kunde. Descending through the village of Kunde we visit the monastery, which houses the only remaining yeti scalp and the only secondary school above Phakding at Khumjung, where we spend the night. From this village you’ll get excellent views of Ama Dablam across the valley. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 07: Trek to Dole (4040m),
    From Khumjung we go little bit down and follow the trail on the left which shortly begins climbing to the Mong La, marked by a chorten on the top of a ridge at 3972m. This ridge descends from Khumbila, the abode of the patron god of all sherpas. From the ridge, the trail descends in a series of switchbacks towards the Dudh Koshi. At Phortse Tenga the trail starts to climb steeply out of the valley and we enter the rhododendron forests, which give way to juniper, birch and conifers higher up the valley. We pass through many kharkas, summer settlements used by the Sherpas to graze their yaks, before coming to Dole (4040m) where we have magnificent views of Khumbila and Tawoche peak. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 08: Trek to Machhermo (4410m),
    From Dole the trail is steep in places as it passes through Lhabarma and Luza along the side of the valley, high above the river through scrub junipers until we cross the sandy spurs to Machhermo (4410m). It was here in 1974 that a yeti was reported to have attacked a sherpa and killed three yaks! BL
    Overnight Lodge, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 09: Acclimatization day/ hike to Machhermo peak,
    We spend today acclimatising to the altitude. From our lodge we walk up onto the ridge above Machhermo for even better views of the magnificent mountains. We can either take a packed lunch or return to the lodge for late lunch. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 10: Trek to Gokyo (4750m),
    We begin today by climbing a ridge for an excellent view down the valley to Kangtaiga and also up towards Cho Oyu (8201m), the 6th highest peak in the world. The valley now widens as the trail passes through Pangkha then descends to the riverbank before beginning the steep climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpo Glacier. We pass the first of the lakes at Gokyo where a family of Brahminy ducks reside and then follow the level trail to the summer houses and walled meadows of Gokyo at 4750m. Gokyo is a small settlement of lodges on the shores of a blue lake. In the afternoon we can walk up the hill behind camp for incredible views of the Ngozumpo Glacier. If you’re still energetic, you may wish to ascend Gokyo Ri for sunset view. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 11: Climb up to Gokyo Ri ( 5360m),
    An early start this morning for the ascent of Gokyo Ri (5360m), a small peak above Gokyo village. As we climb the views become even more fantastic and from the top we can see four of the eight highest peaks in the Nepal Himalaya: Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Stretching out for miles below us is the longest glacier in Nepal - the Ngozumpo glacier, which tumbles down from the slopes of Cho Oyu. One of the best all round views in Nepal, the climb is well worth the effort. We return to Gokyo for lunch. You can have leisurely afternoon to save the energy for the pass tomorrow. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 12: Trek to Lungden over Renjo la Pass (5345m),
    Leaving this wonderful desolate mountain arena we climb up the steep barren rocky path to the  pass, the Renjo La (5345m). From the top the views are truly magnificent. We can still see Everest in all its glory surrounded by Nupste, Lhotse and Makalu. Gokyo Lake is a tiny pinprick way below us and, looking over the pass are the peaks of Rolwaling straight ahead. Descending into the hanging valleys that spill into this corner of Nepal, the landscape is progressively that of the Tibetan valleys beyond the border. We pass Rermo Lake and continue on down to Lungden for the night. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 13: Trek to Thame village (4040m),
    An easy day as we descend further to meet the trail from the Nangpa La, which leads into Tibet, and we may well meet Tibetan traders, with their caravans of yaks laden with carpets, salt and hides. Following the Bhote Koshi Valley we head south to Thame with its spectacular monastery at the top of the village. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 14: Trek to Monzo (2835m),
    From Thame we follow the valley down through Thamo  and Namche
    to reach Monzo. BL
    Overnight Lodge, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2800m),
    We follow the main trail back down the valley to Lukla. BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu.
    We fly back to Kathmandu and spend the rest of the day at leisure. CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 17: Spare day in Kathmandu,
    Today is free in Kathmandu for last minute sightseeing or shopping. CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast,

    Day 18: Final Depart,
    The trip ends after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to the airport for the flight back home. Included meal: Breakfast,

Include/Exclude

Price Includes

» Accommodation in Kathmandu - Twin share
» Sightseeing in Kathmandu
» Accommodation on the trek. Twin or multi share occasionally
» All domestic transport as listed in the itinerary
» Domestic flights Kathmandu-Lukla return and applicable taxes.
» All National Park permits and entrance fees
» Porters and/or pack animals to carry personal gear
» Maximum 15 kg luggage allowance while on trek
» Duffle Bag for your gear
» Sleeping Bag and inner liner if necessary
» Trek Leader and guides
» Comprehensive medical kit

Price Excludes

» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage, laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu
» International flights and departure taxes
» Visa and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Tips and gratuities
» Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel

Equipment List

Equipment List

NOTE:
You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu (Thamel).
PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING
Sun glasses
Chap stick/Sunscreen
Face mask or Scarf
Hand towel
Fleece beanie
Wind stopper/waterproof top and bottom
Cold weather down jacket below waist
Fleece jacket and trouser
Trekking trouser
T-Shirts (short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
Wind stopper and fleece gloves
Socks and under wears
Trekking boot
Snow Gaiter (optional)
Runners/Snickers for camps
Head torch
Water Bottle/Camel Pak
Trekking/Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Small personal first aid kit

Latest News
TAAN Pokhara Chapter Explored New Trail
A team of Trekking Agencies'' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has explored a new trekking trail that starts from Kushma of Parbat and ends at Baskharka of Myagdi district.

A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali
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