Gokyo via Renjo Pass

Gokyo plus Renjo Pass Trek is highly recommended to people who seek real experience of the Himalayas and Himalayan lifestyle that can hardly be found elsewhere in the world. The 14-day adventure begins with the domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla begins the real trek and you head for Phakding, your first stopover during the entire trip. Further ahead are the famous villages of Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machchhermo, Thamserku as well as many Himalayan glaciers and glacial lakes. You will also ascend to the peak of Gokyo Ri (5357 m), the only trekking peak open in Khumbu area. From Gokyo and Gokyo Peak, you will enjoy an unmatchable panorama of the Himalayas. The climbing of Gokyo Peak will train you for Renjo Pass, since the peak and the pass are of almost the same altitude.

In Gokyo plus Renjo Pass Trek, another important location that offers incredible views of peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu, all above 8000 m in altitude, is Gokyo valley. The trail continues through Renjo Pass lying as high as 5345 m and finally ends at Lukla via Thame, Dudh Pokhari and Phakding. In fact this is a Gokyo trek with the addition of Renjo Pass. From Lukla you will fly back to Kathmandu boarding a domestic flight.


Day 1: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding

Day 2: Phakding - Namche Bazaar

Day 3: Namche Bazar (Acclimatization day)

Day 4: Namche Bazaar / Dole (4200 m)

Day 5: Dole / Machchhermo (4470 m.)

Day 6: Machchhermo / Gokyo (4790m.)

Day 7: Excursion around Gokyo Lake

Day 8: Gokyo Ri Ascent

Day 9: Renjo Pass (5345m) - Rermo Pokhari (4875m)

Day 10: Thame

Day 11: Thame to Namche Bazar

Day 12: Namche Bazar to Phakding

Day 13: Phakding to Lukla

Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu (flight)


Day 1: Kathmandu - Arrival/Transfer
Based on your arrival details, our airport representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. If you arrive early, you can explore some places in the city. Make sure you give him the photos required for your trekking permits.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (2610 m)
Wake up early in the morning because your guide will arrive in your place at 5:30 AM and accompany you to the airport. Board the early morning flight at 6:30 AM to Lukla (2750 m). The scenic flight will complete in about 45 minutes and you will land at Lukla Airport. Have breakfast there and start the trek, arriving at Phakding (2610M) in about 4 hours. This is a fairly plain terrain and is largely inhabited by Sherpas. Continuing onwards, follow upstream Dudhkoshi River and check-in at a local lodge where you spend the night.

Day 3: Namche Bazar (Acclimatization day)
Before you can continue walking further to places at higher altitude, you need to acclimatize. Namche Bazar is just the right kind of place to do so, because you can do some daytime hiking in and around Khumjung Village, returning to your accommodation before it is too dark.

Day 4: Namche Bazaar / Dole (4200 m)
Wake up early, freshen up and prepare to resume the trek. Today you have to cover a walking distance of nearly 7 hours. Sights of Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Thamserku cannot be missed if the weather is fine. You will also walk pass some of the settlements of Sherpa people on your way.

Day 5: Dole / Machchhermo (4470 m.)
Dole, your next stopover lies at a higher altitude of 4470 m and hence you need to make some uphill climbs today. During the 6-hour walk you will see the beautiful glaciers in the region.

Day 6: Machchhermo / Gokyo (4790m.)
Continuing the journey onwards, you should walk for about 5-6 hours to reach Gokyo. Gokyo Lake happens to be one of the biggest highlights of the entire trip and is a place you cannot afford to miss. The lake can also be viewed from the lodge where you will stay for the rest of the day. The weather in this locality remains most of the time.

Day 7: Excursion around Gokyo Lake
Wake up, freshen up and satisfy your appetite with an energetic breakfast. Then start walking towards the base of Gokyo Ri, the only trekking peak in Khumbu region. If time permits, you can go on an excursion around Gokyo Lake as well and then return to your accommodation in Gokyo. You are advised to go to bed early enough as you need to prepare your body for the strenuous journey the next morning.

Day 8: Gokyo Ri Ascent
Resume the trek early in the morning and prepare to climb to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m), which can be done without any special climbing gears. Spend as much time as you like taking photographs and enjoying the superb views of Mt. Everest as well as the valley below. The massive Ngozumpa Glacier and the whole of Khumbu Himalayan Range are equally captivating. Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nutse, Mt. Makalu (8481m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8153m) and Mt. Gychung Kang (7922m) are other principal peaks visible from here.

Day 9: Renjo Pass (5345m) - Rermo Pokhari (4875m)
Your next challenge is Renjo Pass, lying at 5345 m and the path is not that easy. At first you walk up a gentle and grassy slope but as you proceed, you will face a steeper path mostly covered with loose rocks. The access to the pass is even trickier and steeper. The highest point of the pass reveals a stunning panorama with Tengi Ragi Tau, Rolwaling Peak and more. A small lake called Rermo lies towards west while Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and the Gokyo lakes lie in the east. In the evening, tents will be set up where you will spend the night.

Day 10: Thame
Today you will follow the descending trail towards Thame (3800m). After crossing Dudh Pokhari (lake) walk conveniently through meadows towards the Bhote Koshi valley and then continue along the river. It is likely that you catch sight of one or more yak caravans coming down from Tibet and heading to Namche Bazar.

Day 11: Thame to Namche Bazar
Most of the remaining trek is easy and you can proceed at your own pace, having nothing to worry about. Arrive at Namche Bazar and spend the night there. You can collect some souvenirs for your beloved ones from the curio shops in the vicinity.

Day 12: Namche Bazar to Phakding
Continue along the descending trail and reach Phakding in the daylight, which normally takes about 5 hours. You can relax in the evening tasting some local brews if you wish.

Day 13: Phakding to Lukla
This is the last trekking day and you can start after having an early morning breakfast. You can have lunch after reaching Lukla. Later, you can explore the Sherpa village and observe their simple yet unique lifestyle.

Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight)
To conclude your fascinating journey you will board the early morning domestic flight back to Kathmandu. The guide will transfer you to your hotel in a private car or taxi. You can get some ideas for spending the rest of the day or ask for a departure transfer if you are scheduled to leave Kathmandu the same day.





Country: Nepal
Duration: 14 days
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