Overview

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.  The first several days of the trek, we experience 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, 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.

Trekking 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, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  The Gokyo Renjo La Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness.  Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Trip Highlights

Enjoying a tranquil, less populated route to Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lakes

 Mesmerizing emerald-green lakes at Gokyo Ri

Captivating Himalayan peaks including views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,463m), and Cho Oyu (8,188m)

Experience Sherpa villages and Tibetan Buddhist culture

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2860m), trek to Phakding (2610m) – 30-minute flight, 2-3 hours trek
  • Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) – 6-7 hours
  • Day 05: Acclimatization and exploration day in Namche Bazaar
  • Day 06: Trek from Namche to Dole (4038m)– 5 hours
  • Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4470m) – 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo Village (4750m) – 4 hours
  • Day 09: Exploration day at Gokyo Village. ( Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and explore around Lake and Glacier, 4-5 hours.
  • Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Lungden (4500m) via Renjo La Pass (5360m), 7-8 hours.
  • Day 11: Trek from Lungden to Thame (3850m)
  • Day 12: Trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla – 6-7 hours
  • Day 14: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning – 30-minute flight
  • Day 15: Transport from hotel to Tribhuvan Airport for departure from Nepal.

Trip note

Accommodation

All our packages include accommodation at the cost.  This accommodation is included during the set itinerary.  While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2-3 Star hotel for you.  During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay based on their experience as well as room availability. All the accommodations will be the twin-shared basis. In the mountain, Shower and toilet will be on Sharing basis. During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group. 

Food

Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs.  If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time.  During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included.  Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own.  On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  For teahouse treks, we can order typical Nepali food, continental, Italian, Tibetan and Indian at teahouses.  While camping, we will prepare the meals for you.  After our trek, we will have a celebration/pre-departure traditional Nepali meal in Thamel. 

 

Guide & Porters

A government-licensed guide will lead the trek.  All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry.  Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one.  If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it.  Your safety is our number one priority.  For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers.  For camping treks, we will need more porters in order to carry the food, kitchen equipment, tents, etc.    

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude.  Our treks have acclimatization days built into the itinerary.  It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness.  The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek.  On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial.  Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness.  More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek. 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek.  We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control.  In case of medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.  You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country.  Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains. 

Best Time to Travel

The peak seasons for traveling in Nepal are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).  These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course they are a little more crowded than the off-season.  It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures.  It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.

Domestic Flights

Insert a cushion of a couple of added days on your travel schedule, advised as a margin of security for your flight from Nepal. We advise that you schedule an extra two days cushion in your itinerary. Breeze Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
    A representative from Breeze Adventure will welcome you at Tribhuvan Airport and take you to your hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    Have breakfast and start sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle. We will see several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will learn about each site’s historical, religious, and cultural significance. Overnight at hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2860m), trek to Phakding (2610m) – 30-minute flight, 2-3 hours trek
    Early in the morning, we catch a flight to Lukla from the Kathmandu domestic airport. The views from the plane build our anticipation and excitement for the trek. After landing, we are welcomed by our crew and the cool Himalayan breeze. We pass beautiful Sherpa villages, their agricultural fields, and many mani stones and prayer wheels. We see a spectacular view of Kusum Kanguru as we reach to Phakding. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Phakding
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 2860m
  • Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) – 6-7 hours
    After breakfast, we begin to head to Namche Bazaar. We cross several suspension bridges, enjoying views of Thamserku. Following the Dudh Koshi River bank, we pass other small Sherpa villages, reaching Monjo and officially entering Sagarmatha National Park. We stop at Jorsalle village for lunch and continue along the riverbank through pine forests. We cross the highest suspension bridge of the Everest region, and trek upwards. We catch our first glimpse of Mt. Everest and continue to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 3440m
  • Day 05: Acclimatization and exploration day in Namche Bazaar
    Wake up with a pleasant view of Mt. Kongde Ri as we have our breakfast. Today is our acclimatization day. In higher altitude, there is less oxygen in the air. We must take time to let our bodies adjust to the difference. To help acclimatize, we take a short day hike up to Sagarmatha National Park Museum and Khumjung Village. The supposed Yeti scalp at the monastery, and the Everest Viewpoint are memorable moments of the hike. Also, from the museum, we can see a perfect view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more pristine peaks. On the way down, we can stop at the world’s highest 5-star hotel and enjoy a cup of tea. Afterwards, we explore Namche Bazaar. Namche is a major trade center in the Khumbu region and is densely populated by the Sherpa people. The city is bustling with trekkers who have finished or are preparing for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Bakeries, cafes, equipment stores, jewellery shops, and restaurants line the streets of Namche Bazaar. Overnight in guest house.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 3880m
  • Day 06: Trek from Namche to Dole (4038m)– 5 hours
    After breakfast, we ascend for 25 minutes to the top of Namche Bazaar for a nice view of Kongde Ri. The gentle trail from here to Kyanjuma was built by Pasang Sherpa from donations given by trekkers. Soon, a junction appears, dividing the Gokyo Lakes Trek and the Everest Base Camp Trek. Taking the Gokyo Lakes Trek path, we head up to Mong La Danda. The view of Mt. Ama Dablam and Thamserku is amazing. After taking some photos, we descend to Phortse Thanga and stop for lunch. Between here and Dole, we have the best chance to see the rare, majestic Musk Deer. Ascend another couple of hours through birch and juniper forests until Dole, a beautiful little village with gorgeous views of Thamserku. Overnight at guest house.
    • Dole
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 4038m
  • Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4470m) – 4 to 5 hours
    Dole to Machhermo takes about 4 hours on a gradual uphill path. We can see Mt. Cho Oyu after ascending 15 min from Dole. There are two small villages (Lafarma and Luza) between Dole and Machhermo that we can take a rest in. By the time we reach Machhermo, we are above the tree line, and the scenery is extraordinary. Machhermo is very quiet village located near a river. After having lunch, we can go to visit the river and explore the rest of the village. Overnight at guest house.
    • Machhermo
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 4470m
  • Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo Village (4750m) – 4 hours
    Today, we are going to see the beautiful Gokyo Lakes, a highlight of our trek. We stop at a village on the way to have some tea and take in the surrounding beauty. About an hour after our tea break, we reach the first lake. After another hour of hiking, we can see the first lake. The second lake is nearby. Both lakes are mesmerizing with their blue-green hue. We hike for another hour and arrive at the third lake. The views of Mt. Cho Oyu from here makes the experience even more special. Our eyes are wide as we observe the beautiful, tranquil lake. We have our lunch here, and then walk up to Ngozumpa Glacier. It is the longest glacier in the Himalayas, though it is melting rapidly because of climate change, so we are privileged to see it before it is gone. We continue to Gokyo Village. Overnight at guest house.
    • Gokyo Village
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 4750m
  • Day 09: Exploration day at Gokyo Village. ( Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and explore around Lake and Glacier, 4-5 hours.
    Again, we get an early start. However, you’ll feel well rested from getting lots of sleep last night. The goal is to reach Gokyo Ri before the sun rises, which provides a spectacular view to see the glowing peaks of the Everest region. It’s a steep 600-meter climb, where we see four 8,000 meter peaks before our eyes – Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. We head back to Gokyo village for breakfast and then we explore around Gokyo Lakes and the glacier. This beautiful and easy day would be a memorable day for everyone. The sunset view on the mountain blows our mind away! We overnight at the same guest house.
    • Gokyo Village
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 5357m
  • Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Lungden (4500m) via Renjo La Pass (5360m), 7-8 hours.
    We start the day early in the morning, moving alongside Dudh Pokhari. We walk for about two hours before ascending towards the Renjo La pass. The views at Renjo La are similar to that of Gokyo Ri, though we have a different vantage point. We see Gokyo village, Ngozumpa Glacier, and the emerald green lakes. We also get outstanding views of Mt. Everest from the top of the pass. Continuing from the pass, the path winds down a stone staircase and then moves over some loose rocks to reach the south bank of the Angladumba Tsho Lake. Keep steady as well walk down this sometimes-slippery field of ice. Along the way, we find Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. We walk down a narrow valley filled with giant boulders to Lungden. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Lungden
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 5360m
  • Day 11: Trek from Lungden to Thame (3850m)
    After breakfast, we begin our hike to Thame. Situated at 3800m, we will also visit the historic Thame Monastery and observe Buddhist monks’ ritual practices. We can also witness the lovely culture of Sherpa people in the village. We will spend the night here and enjoy the much-needed rest for our downhill trek to Namche the following day. Overnight at guest house.
    • Thame
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 3850m
  • Day 12: Trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar
    We continue our trek down from the Sherpa villages of Thame, leaving the mountains behind us. Today we reach back to Namche Bazaar, the trekking headquarters of the Everest region, and a great place to experience the hospitality of the Sherpas. Here you can pick up any souvenirs before leaving. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 3440m
  • Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla – 6-7 hours
    After having breakfast with gorgeous mountain views, we start head down to Lukla. We head down for half an hour while enjoying the last view of Mt. Everest and say bye to the mountains. We will cross six suspension bridges and pass several Sherpa villages today before arriving in Lukla. After crossing the highest bridge, we walk another 3 hours to Phakding and stop for lunch. We arrive in Lukla after 2.5 hours of walking the beautiful trail through Sherpa settlements. Time to enjoy the last night of the Himalaya in Lukla!
    • Lukla
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 2860m
  • Day 14: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning – 30-minute flight
    Have breakfast and then walk to Tenzing-Hillary airport and fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city. Overnight in hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 15: Transport from hotel to Tribhuvan Airport for departure from Nepal.
    Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Breeze Adventure as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
    • Breakfast

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.

Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.

All for the trek, including flights to and from Lukla.

Local guest house accommodation in the mountain.

Government-authorized experienced guide and porters

Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters

Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.

All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)

First Aid Kit

Maps

Service charge and government taxes

Sagarmatha National Park entry fee

Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes:

International airfare

Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)

Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.

Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek

Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee

Tips for guide and porter

Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary

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  • Amanda Linker
    By , Belgium

    Incredible guide and wonderful person

    I couldn’t recommend Kishwor more highly. From the very first moment, he was reassuring, friendly and clearly lived to make sure that we had the best trip of our lives. We spent 12 days trekking with him to Gokyo lakes and throughout he was professional, knowledgable and inspiring. His pace was perfect so even on the toughest climbs we had the energy to spare. His English is perfect, everything was perfectly organized and we felt safe at all times.

    I couldn’t recommend Kishwor more highly. From the very first moment, he was reassuring, friendly and clearly lived to make sure that we had the best trip of our lives.…

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  • Joseph Axlander
    By , Virgin Islands (British)

    Incredible trek to Gokyo Lakes and Renjola Pass!!!

    Back from the most unbelievable adventure through Gokyo Lakes and Renjola Pass! If anyone is looking to go trekking in the Himalayas look no further then Breeze Adventure Pvt. Ltd. Kishwor is an incredible guide! He is extremely knowledgeable, experienced and most of all truly loves the mountains. He kept us safe, laughed with us, trekked with us, got us through a tough day when the altitude kicked our butts, played numerous games of phase 10 and captured one of the most wonderful moments of our lives as an impromptu photographer. Thank you so much Breeze Adventures for one of the most amazing experiences of our lives, I can't wait for my next trip to Nepal and my next Trek! See you soon!

    Back from the most unbelievable adventure through Gokyo Lakes and Renjola Pass! If anyone is looking to go trekking in the Himalayas look no further then Breeze Adventure Pvt. Ltd.…

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