The Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek is one of the most underrated trips in Nepal. Away from the crowded trails, this trek provides a unique, yet quintessential Everest region experience. Passing through the heartland of the Sherpa ethnic group into the mesmerizing snow-capped mountain peaks, we enjoy the many delights of Sagarmatha National Park. Our Gokyo Renjo La Trek takes visitors deep into the Khumbu region after crossing suspension bridges, going through picturesque terraced hillsides and Sherpa villages, and reaching high-altitude Himalayan passes. In the process, we witness the sheer size of several of the world’s tallest mountains, including Mt. Everest (8,848 meters). This trek is similar to the Gokyo Lakes Trek, except that we use the Renjo La Pass (5345 meters/17,536 feet) from Gokyo Lakes instead of the Cho La Pass.
Starting with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, we begin our journey. During the first several days of the trek, we experienced the unique Sherpa culture. Sherpas are known for their unparalleled mountaineering skills, having adapted to the harsh conditions of their alpine environment. Embedded in Sherpa heritage is a rich influence of Tibetan Buddhism, which is observed in the number of precious mani stones, colorful prayer flags, and well-known monasteries. We feel the warmth and friendly hospitality from the Sherpa people as our excitement to trek higher into the mountains grows. On our way up, rare species may be seen, including the musk deer, the Snow Leopard, wild goats, and many others. Be careful though! The legendary Yeti is believed to be lurking in the region.
Though the Gokyo Renjo La Trek does not include a trip to Everest Base Camp, you’ll get plenty of Mount Everest views! Also, there are plenty of other opportunities that are unique to this trekking package, including a trip to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and the Gokyo Lakes (4,700-5,000m). Located just west of Ngozumpa Glacier, Gokyo Ri provides a panoramic view of four stunning 8,000+ meter peaks: Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. The entire Gokyo Valley can be seen, as home to one of the highest settlements in the world. The high alpine, emerald-green Gokyo Lakes, are unlike any sight in the world. We take our time, snapping photos and enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We feel a great rush and a smile across our faces knowing that we are surrounded by the most cherished landscapes in the world.
After Gokyo, we trudge up the Renjo La Pass (5345m), where a jagged line of mountain peaks looms straight ahead. Below, we get one last shimmering glimpse of Gokyo Lakes. From here on out, it’s down, down, down. Before reaching Namche, we stop in Thame – a village so charming, you won’t want to leave. The village fills visitors with a great sense of inner peace.
Best Time for Gokyo Lakes Renjola Pass Trek
Trekking in Gokyo is possible throughout the year, but spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather. During the spring, there is a bit more color, and the rhododendrons are blooming. Further, Gokyo Lake weather in the autumn months bestows clear skies and great views. Monsoon rain makes it hard to trek in Gokyo in June-July, while the trail is all covered in snow during the months of winter (End of January, February). December and early January is the best time for Renjo La Pass who are looking for a peaceful trail and beautiful mountain views. However, you will have to well prepare for the cold. We will handle the rest! Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
Gokyo Lakes Renjola Pass Trek Difficulties
The Gokyo Renjo La Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. The Gokyo trek distance of over 150 km is not a big deal. But walking 6 to 7 hours daily at almost 5,000 meters above sea level is not a joke. It is a physically and mentally challenging trek. Some trekking experience and cardio-vascular exercise before the Gokyo Valley trek will help you a lot.