Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek is yet another adventure trekking trail in the Khumbu region. The Gokyo Renjo La pass trail is an alternative trekking route to the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek that offers a unique blend of adventure trekking and natural sightseeing of the Himalayan region. Gokyo Renjo La pass Trek is a less crowded yet popular adventure trekking trail in the Everest Region.
Breakfree Adventures’s Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek is specially designed for trekkers who are passionate to walk in the Himalayan region while enjoying the majestic beauty of the snow capped mountains. The adventure trekking also lets you explore the Himalayan culture, traditional Sherpa villages and lifestyle of the people living in the higher Himalayan region. Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek is a ‘must do’ adventure for every passionate trekkers.
Breakfree Adventures’s fourteen days Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek brings you to the world of beautiful snow capped mountains, lakes, glaciers, rivers and scenic Himalayan range. Our expedition begins with a guided city tour of Kathmandu where you explore many historical, cultural and religious monuments of the city and its vicinity. Our trekking expedition actually begins from Lukla a gateway to the world of Himalayas. We will be spending a day in Namche enjoying a scenic view of Himalayas and taking a closer look at the Sherpa culture and traditions.
We head for Gokyo valley via Dole, Machermo etc discovering the traditional Sherpa villages and Himalayan splendor of the region. As we trek further we would be delighted to see the breathtaking views of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Cho Oyu along with other Himalayas. The trail to Gokyo (4750m) also allows you to explore Ngozumpa Glacier which is the source of Dudh Koshi and of course the largest glacier of the region. We will see a small settlement of local farmers and dwellers at Gokyo that gives an insight of lifestyle of people living in the higher Himalayan region.
Four of the highest mountains (above 8000m) namely, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu can been seen more vividly from Gokyo along with the view of tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (7922m). You will have lots of options for additional adventure along with high altitude walking, crossing Ranjo La pass or hiking to Gokyo Ri (5357m). Climbing the Renjo La pass is yet another highlight of the trek. Breakfree Adventures makes your adventure trekking to Gokyo more exciting and vibrant with its ideal route plan and well designed itinerary.
Highlights of Renjo La Pass Trek
- Sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu
- Magnificent flight to Lukla from Kathmandu (Enjoy the view of Himalayan range from the flight)
- Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
- Trekking in Sagarmatha National Park (Listed in UNESCO world heritage natural site)
- Discover numerous Buddhist monasteries and other cultural monuments.
- Variety of floras and faunas to witness
- Explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar, a busy Sherpa settlement at the altitude of 3440m
- Discover rich Buddhist and Tibetan culture and traditions
- Visit to Sir Edmund Hillary memorials (Sir Edmund Hillary School in Khumjung and Sir Edmund Hillary Hospital in Khunde Valley)
- Eye-popping view of world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest
- Ascend Kala Patthar, a rockey hill at the height of 5550m for the view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho oyu (8201m), Mt. Thamserku (6623m), Mt. Nuptse (7816m) etc.
- The largest glacier in the world; Ngozumba Glacier and beautiful Gokyo valley and its lakes
- Eye Popping views of snowy mountains and the Himalayan range.
- Hike the famous Renjo La Pass
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2840m) – Phakding (2652m) [40 minutes flight, 3-4 hours of trek]
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440m) [5 – 6 hrs of trek]
Day 05: Namche Bazaar, Acclimatization Day
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3500m) [5-6 Hours]
Day 07: Phortse Thanga to Dole (4200m) to Machhermo (4470m)
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4800m) [5-6 Hours]
Day 09: Acclimatization and Explore Gokyo
Day 10: Gokyo – Renjo La (5360m)- Marlung (4210m) [7-8 hours]
Day 11: Marlung to Namche Bazaar [5-6 hours]
Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla [6-8 hours]
Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]
Day 14: Transfer to airport for your onward destination
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport you will be greeted by one of our representatives who would be waiting for you at the arrival gate holding Breakfree Adventures display board. You will be then transferred to the hotel. After check in you can either take rest or hang around the city as per your convenience. We may organize a welcome dinner in one of the fine traditional Nepali restaurants where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program with a fine meal. Overnight at the hotel.
Today after breakfast we will organize a guided city tour to several historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. We will visit the world heritage sites like historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. Later we will have a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and crew members. A team of Breakfree Adventures will brief you on your trek plan and itinerary and also answer your queries regarding our adventure. Overnight at the hotel.
Today is the first day of your trek expedition. After early breakfast you will be escorted to the domestic terminal of the airport to catch an early morning flight to Lukla (2800m), a gateway of our trek. The forty minutes of scenic flight over the beautiful Himalayas lands us in Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. This is considered to be one of the most beautiful air routes in the world. Upon arrival at Lukla, we will meet our other crew member and start trekking through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. Overnight at the guest house.
Today after breakfast in Phakding, we will set off for Namche Bazaar. Our walk today is going to be rather a pleasant one with few climb ups and climb downs with numerous crossings over the Dudh Koshi River. The magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6608m) from Benkar village is really awesome. After crossing few bridges we reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo which is habitat for varieties of floras and faunas found in the Himalayan region. Our trekking permits are checked by the authorities for the record purpose. A descend and steady walk from Monjo brings us to Jorsale and further walking we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. As we climb up hill towards Namche Bazaar, we can see the emerging sight of Kwangde peak along with its neighboring peaks like Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Tawache along with other Himalayas. A short halt at Chautra for the scenic view and photograph would a great idea. Finally we reach our destination for the day; Namche Bazaar, the main gateway of Khumbu region. Overnight we stay at a guest house in Namche.
We have set this day for acclimatization. A few hours of walk is recommended by health experts even during the rest day so we will be discovering Namche Bazaar and its vicinity. Today we will either spend the day hiking to Thame or Visiting Khunde or exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is a junction for many trekkers and climbers in the region. It is also a trading junction for many local and Tibetan traders. A special market draws attention of tourists during every Friday evening and Saturdays. Namche bazaar is a hub of many restaurants, pubs, hotels, bakery, café along with many government offices. A few hours of walk would be really helpful for acclimatization. Our guide will lead the way to guide you through the Tourist Visitor Center near headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe the collection if things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and traditions and more about the lifestyle of people living in the Himalayas. You will also be pleased to learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. Namche Bazaar is simply a great place to hang around. Overnight we stay at the guest house.
After a lovely morning breakfast at Namche we gear up our expedition to reach Phortse Thanga. We start our trek enjoying the scenic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Muptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and a close up view of Mt. Thamserku. The trail takes few ups and downs but still the magnificent view of the Himalayas makes our trekking a worthy one. We will also spot wild lives like colorful pheasant, musk deer and Himalayan Thar on our way. The trail ascends via Kayangjuma and reaches Sansa which is a major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. We trek further ascending through Mongla Pass (3975m) that offers a great view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Tawache and Mt. Khumbila (Mt. Khumbila is considered sacred by the Sherpas). We will then descend down to Dudh Koshi River (3250M0, cross a bridge and further ascend via rhododendron forest to finally reach Phortse Thanga. The Phortse Thanga resides under the peaks of Tawache and Cholaste. Overnight, we stay in Phortse at a guest house.
After having breakfast at Phortse we set off for Machhermo. The trail is quite moderate with few ups and downs along the way. We cross the bridge on the Dudh Koshi River and continue our walk. On the way we will spot the Himalayan wild lives like Peasants, Mountain goats and musk deer which makes our expedition even exciting. We the walk further through forest crossing bridges and enjoying the scenic waterfalls on our way. After crossing few brides we reach Dole. We then ascend through a ridge above Dole and ascend via Lhabarma enjoying the mystical beauty of the Himalayan region. The trail further continues offering great views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Kantega and Mt. Thamserku eventually taking us to a small village of Luza (4360m). We then ascend via Luza reaching Dudh Koshi valley. Walking further above roaring Dudh Koshi and crossing few villages, we reach Machhermo. Machhermo is probably the last major settlement on the way to Gokyo. It is also believed that this is the place where the Khumbu people got sight of Yeti during the early seventies. We will also pay our visit to Himalayan Rescue Hospital for a lecture regarding the high altitude climbing, sickness its precaution and treatments. Overnight, we stay in a guest house at Machhermo.
We gear up for our expedition to reach Gokyo today. We climb through a ridge Chorten that offers a fabulous view of Mt. Kangtega, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. Cho Oyu. The trail further passes through the Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480m). Phangka is the place where a deadly avalanche killed forty people in 1995. We pass through the bank of river and ascend the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. Walking further we will have our glimpse of the first lake of the valley. Ahead is the second lake that offers a mesmerizing view of sparkling blue water. Little ahead of the second lake we see the third lake, the two lakes are linked by a stream. Upon reaching Gokyo that stands by the third lake, we will be amazed to enjoy the scenic view of Cho Oyu. We will also explore around the third lakes, Dudh Pokhari. Gokyo has lot more to be explored along with its natural beauty. Overnight, we stay in a guesthouse.
Today is an acclimatization day. Few hours of walk even during the rest day is ideal for trekkers. We take a chance to climb Gokyo Ri which is the best viewpoint of the Everest region. The mesmerizing view that it offers is really luring and leaves your eyes wide open. We will take as many photographs as we like. Gokyo is rather famous for its awesome lakes that have added more beauty to this region. We will visit the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and Fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). Thonak Tsho the fourth lake lies approximately 3 KM north of Gokyo. The trail further continues to Ngozuma Tsho the fifth lake. We may choose to climb a hill at the edge of the lakes to enjoy the scenic view of rising peaks like Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. The view point is called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. We can also see the base camp of Cho Oyu from the northern part of the fifth lake. The view of the world’s biggest glacier; the Ngazumpa glacier is yet another attraction of our trip. You may also choose to trek further for the astonishing view of the sixth lake depending upon the availability of time. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse.
Leaving Gokyo behind we will today gear up to expedite our expedition to Renjo La and Marlung. We set off early in the morning leaving the main trail we take the trail to Renjo La via Dudh Pokhari. A couple of hours of walk will lead us to Renjo La where we would be enjoying the alluring views of the Himalayas. We will see the views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cholatse etc shining bright with the first rays of the sun. We will halt for capturing the wonderful Himalayan beauty in our cameras that would make your adventure a memorable one. We will later descend down the icy trail to reach Lumde. En route we will see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. We will walk further from Lumde and reach Marlung which is situated on the east bank of Bhote Koshi. O/N we stay at guesthouse in Marlung.
Today we would be setting off to Namche Bazaar. We would be concluding our expedition in next few days. We will follow the trail that descends from Marlung to Thame. From Marlung we cross the Bhote Koshi river and descend down to Taranga to reach the valley of Langmuche Khola. Few hours of further walk will land is in Thame. Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Katenga etc care major attraction of Thame. The ancient Gompa (Monastery) is yet another must see monument of Thame. The Gompa has three big images of Avalokiteswara, Guru Rimpoche and Buddha Shakyamuni. The famous Mani Rimdu festival is held in this Gompa in May which features colorful mask dances with other traditions. We will climb down crossing a bridge to reach Samde that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan region. Further ascending down to Thamo village we pay visit to Khari Gompa which is a home to some Buddhist monks and nuns. We continue our trek passing through check post and hydroelectricity power station to reach a small village of Phurte. The Laudo Monastery which is popular among westerners for Buddhist study and meditation center is situated at Phurte. Passing through some Gompas, prayer flags, Mani stones and Chortens we will eventually reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight we stay at the guesthouse.
We will be wrapping up our trekking expedition today. Leaving Namche Bazaar behind we descend down the rocky trail crossing suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river. As we walk the trail becomes more smooth and easy. We find the environment really warm and cozy compared to previous days of our expedition. We can feel the fresh air blowing from Himalayas that makes our expedition more energetic and vibrant. We pass through beautiful forest filled with Rhododendron, pine trees and different natural vegetations. We get to snap beautiful mountains and the panoramic views on our way. We will be pleased passing through Sherpa villages that offer a unique blend of Sherpa culture and tradition. Upon arrival at Lukla we conclude our long expedition and have a relaxing time with our friends and crew members. Overnight, we stay in Lukla.
We will wave our final goodbye to the beautiful mountains today. The flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for the morning because the windy afternoon may cause difficulties flying the aircraft. The early morning scenic flight over the Himalayas drops us at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport from where you will be escorted to the hotel. Today we have the whole day to relax at the hotel or hang around in the city for buying gifts to your near and dear ones. You will be joining a special farewell dinner in a cozy traditional Nepali restaurant hosted by Breakfree Adventures and its team. O/N at the Hotel.
Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the wonderful trekking adventure. We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!