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Gokyo Valley via Renjo Pass Trekking


Trip Grade:Strenuous

Max. Altitude:5,545m

Walking hours:Approx 6-7 hrs/day

Activities:Tour, Trekking

Type:Tea House

Season:Sep-Dec, Feb-Jun

Group size:1 +

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Gokyo Valley Via Renjo Pass Trek is certainly one of the most stunning mountain areas on earth. This short route enables trekkers who have a limited time to discover the most famous beauties of Nepal. Set amongst breath-taking high mountain scenery, the route leads through the Khumbu - Sherpa country. 2 routes are possible: Renjo Pass trek or an alternative itinerary. The trail to Gokyo is a gradual ascent up the valley passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer can sometimes be seen. Through small yak-grazing settlements, we reach the Gokyo lakes.

The Gokyo Peak (5480m) ascent is the one of the highlights of this circuit. We stay here to savor the incredible scenery, including magnificent views of Everest (8848m), Makalu, Cho Oyo (8153m) and Lhotse (8511m), to name but a few. The Renjo Pass route is off the usual beaten track. At the pass, a great view of the Gokyo lakes on one side, the Rermo Pokhari lakes on the other side, and a myriad of snowy peaks in the background provides this incredible atmosphere. The alternative route is much easier. From Gokyo, the trail descends along the opposite bank of the Dudh Kosi.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (2804m)

Day 02:Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m)

Day 03:Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization

Day 04:Trek to Phortse Thanga (3600m)

Day 05:Trek to Machherma (4470m)

Day 06:Trek to Gokyo (4790m)

Day 07: Gokyo Ri (5483m) summit

Day 08:Renjo Pass (5345m) to Rermo Pokhari (4875m)

Day 09:Trek to Thame (3800m) Via the Dudh Pokhari lakes

Day 10:Trek to Namche Bazar

Day 11:Trek to Lukla

Day 12:Flight back to Kathmandu

Cost Include

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle.
  • All your stander Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek.
  • A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder Guide, his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
  • Porter if needed.
  • Round Trip flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla airport for Group and crews.
  • National Park permits.
  • TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.)
  • All ground transportation.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expenses.
  • Himalayan Scenery Treks will provide you last night mouthwatering dinner with typical Nepalese cultural shows

Cost Exclude

  • Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
  • International air fare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Note: Hotel and sightseeing in Kathmandu can be book as per your request.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (2804m)The beginning of this strenuous trek to the less travelled Gokyo region is with the scenic flight to the beautiful town of Lukla. After you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) and complete the formality in customs, our representative shall greet you and transfer to the hotel of your stay. The flight of around 45 minutes takes us above the lush hills and greenery and through the vicinity of the Himalayas that seems marvelous, majestic and glamorous. After the enthralling and sort of adventurous flight to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport we meet the other members of the trekking group of ours as we prepare for the trek that starts from the following day. Overnight in Lukla

Day 02Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m)This marks the beginning of our trekking in this region. We shall have a gradual descent to the Cheplung village at the beginning of this section of the trail. This village offers the view of the beautiful Khumbila Mountain, a mountain considered sacred and that gives name to the entire region. Further along the trail we shall gradually descend to another settlement of Phakding. We shall traverse along trail with pine and rhododendron forest, accompanied by the torrential Dudh Koshi River, through the settlements of Benkar valley and Chhamuwa to reach Monjo, before which we cross couple of suspension bridges. After Monjo, the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, we cross suspension bridge to pass through the village of Jorsale that further leads to Larja Dobhan, the confluence of Dudh Koshi River and Imja River. We walk along the steep trail up towards the Sherpa hub of Namche Bazzar. The first view of Everest can be seen from Larja Dobhan and the view of Everest and Lhotse can be viewed before reaching Namche. Overnight in Namche Bazzar.

Day 03Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatizationToday is set aside for acclimatization. A culturally rich town, Namche Bazaar is popular among the trekkers and mountaineers as a stoppage for getting adapted to the higher altitude in the following days of the trek. This lively town has government offices, bars and cafes, restaurants and shops as well as a colorful market. Trekkers can explore the Sherpa Cultural Museum in the town that provides information regarding the Sherpa culture and various aspects related to Everest summit. Trekkers may also opt the day hikes to the surrounding villages of Khumjung (famous for ancient monastery, Hillary school and hospital), Khunde, day hike to Everest View Hotel (for panoramic view of Everest as well as other mountains including Ama Dablam and others) as well as exploration of flora and fauna at various altitudes during the hike. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 04Trek to Phortse Thanga (3600m)We start the trek for the day with the climb to the Khumjung hill after some trekking further ahead of Namche Bazaar and having the view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Kang Taiga and Lhotse. We descend to the east of the village that leads us to Dudh Koshi River and turn north towards the destination for today. We reach to the village of Kyangjuma and through the rhododendron forest, further into the conifer and juniper trees as we move higher up the elevation. We traverse past Mong la that gives the view of confluence of Dudh Koshi and Imja River below the trail, and the birthplace of Lama Sange Dorje before we reach to the destination of Phortse Thanga. Overnight in Phortse Thanga.

Day 05Trek to Machherma (4470m)The trail leads us on a steep path out of the valley and we navigate through the juniper bushes and conifer trees as contrast to the rhododendron forests in the lower altitudes. We also navigate through smaller settlements of permanent nature (used in summer to graze the yaks) and pass the villages of Tongba and Gyele as we reach Dole. We have beautiful village of Khumbila Peak and Mt. Tawoche as the background of this settlement. Further ahead in the trail we have a steep climb up the altitudes and a flat section in the trail as we pass the settlements of Lhabarma, the rim of Luza and to the destination of Machherma. The torrential river of Dudh Koshi and snowy, white mountains is our constant companion during the trail. Overnight in Macherma.

Day 06Trek to Gokyo (4790m)We begin our trek with the view of Kangtaiga peak and also the Cho Oyu in the distance. Walking through the wider trail and avalanche we descend to the river bank and climb up the debris formed by the majestic Ngozumba Glacier. Along the trail that moves parallel to the glacier we come across the Gokyo lakes one by one. Crossing the iron bridge we have a leveled trail which leads us to the first of the Gokyo lakes known as Longpongo. Further ahead we have Taboche Tsho, the second lake with green-blue water that is connected to the third lake, further ahead the trail, by a small stream. We reach to the village of Gokyo situated at the edge of the third lake with the Cho Oyu mountain far behind. Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 07 Gokyo Ri (5483m) summit This day we start early in the morning to ascend the Gokyo Ri that lies north of the Gokyo village. Requiring around 2-3 hours of ascent, we however shall have a gradual climb to avoid AMS. We have steep climb up to the top of summit where a couple of false peaks are also encountered en route to the top of the Gokyo Ri. Besides the collection of Tibetan prayer flags on the summit, the most remarkable is the panoramic view of Himalayas, glacier and the striking Gokyo village. Dream mountain view of four 8000m peaks including the Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Cholatse and others is visible in a scene vast and wide, besides the view of rubble-covered Ngozumpa Glacier on the foreground below the summit. After having the picturesque and breathtaking scenery, we gradually descend to the Gokyo village for rest. Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 08Renjo Pass (5345m) to Rermo Pokhari (4875m)In this counterclockwise trekking trail we shall today begin early to cross the Renjo Pass. The start is with gentle slope over grassy areas and as the trail progresses the elevation becomes steeper. After completing a tricky and quite steep ascent near the top, we have in front of us the view of Rolwaling mountain to the west and Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Gyachung Kang Mountain to the east besides the beautiful Gokyo lakes. We have a gradual and steady descend through grassy slope to the small Rermo Pokhari Lake to the east for today’s overnight stay. Overnight in Rermo Pokhari.

Day 09Trek to Thame (3800m) Via the Dudh Pokhari lakesThe destination for today shall be the village of Thame, the home to beautiful and picturesque Thame monastery through the Dudh Pokhari Lakes. Today we trek initially crossing the Dudh Pokhari and then through the meadows towards the Bhote Koshi valley as we join the trail that moves along the Bhote Koshi River past the settlement of Khusum. Besides the beautiful scenery and changing landscape, we may also encounter the caravan of Yaks coming down from Tibet and heading towards the lively Namche Bazaar. We reach the culturally rich Thame, and also one of the vita villages of ancient salt trade route, past the settlements of Lumde, Marlung and others besides some gompas, prayer wheels and prayer flags. Overnight in Thame.

Day 10Trek to Namche BazarWe start today’s trek with march on the flat trail, probably after a long time in this trek and further along the trek descend to the settlement of Samde and Thamte past the couple of bridges along the route. We move past several small chortens, prayer flags and prayer wheels and through the settlements of Mende, Phurte and Gongla before we reach Namche Bazaar. We proceed in rather leisurely fashion to the bustling Namche Bazaar as the destination of today’s section of trek. We navigate through the forests, scenic and lush landscape and views of the mountains in far distance. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 11Trek to LuklaThe last section of the trail with physical trek, today we shall traverse along the Dudh Koshi River. We move past the head quarter of Sagarmatha National Park, view of Mount Everest and the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River near Larja Dobhan before we reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. Through several lively Sherpa villages, the company of Dudh Koshi River, dense and colorful forests, caravan of yaks, porters, trekkers and locals, and prayer wheels, prayer flags and several suspension bridges, we arrive at the beautiful hill town of Lukla, the beginning point for most of the trekking expedition to this region.

Day 12Flight back to KathmanduThis is the official end to the strenuous yet beautiful and memorable trek in the Everest region. We leave early from Lukla as the flights operate as soon as the day breaks. After a scenic flight to the medieval capital city of Kathmandu we get ready for the flight to the further destinations from Nepal. If time permits do some souvenir shopping for the friends and relatives back in your native place. Our representative shall drop you to Tribhuwan International Airport at least three hours prior to your scheduled flight. We look forward to welcome you again in this beautiful Himalayan nation of Nepal.

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Trip Highlights

Renjo la pass( 5300m)- A nice pass Between Thame & Gokyo Ri breath taking Domestic flight Experience
Explore Sherpa villages, People & Cultures, religions & Lifestyle of more Ethnic groups
Fantastic Mountain views above 6000- 8848 m peaks including world’s Highest peak- Mount Everest Alternative Experience trek to Gokyo valley ri Area
Everyday 4-6 hrs Adventures & scenic walk though Sherpa Villages, Monasteries, Riversides, High hills, opportunity to see flora and faunas of Everest region and Everest national park of Nepal.

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