Gokyo Valley Renjo La Pass Trekking

Gokyo Valley Renjo La Pass Trekking

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Trip Facts

  • Max Altitude 5,483 m
  • Grade Strenuous
  • Duration 12
  • Group Size 1 - 15

Overview

The Gokyo Valley and Renjo La Pass trek are one of the most thrilling, challenging, and worth experiencing treks in Nepal. First, the trek takes you to Gokyo Valley, one of the most beautiful Himalayan valleys. The valley is home to six beautiful lakes that are formed from the nearby glacial melt. Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal, lies nearby Gokyo Valley. These lakes hold special religious significance to the local Sherpa people, who are mostly Buddhists.

The other highlight of the trek is the thrill of crossing the Renjo La Pass. The pass is one among the three high passes of the Everest Region with the other two being the KongMa La Pass (5,535 m) and the Cho La Pass (5,368 m). Crossing the Renjo La Pass is a difficult ordeal because the air is thin, the track is a beaten one and the weather changes abruptly at that altitude. However, we can easily cross the path with ample preparation and guidance on our part.

The third thrill of the trek is hiking up to the top of the Gokyo Ri mountain. This is the highest altitude point in our trek. The Gokyo Ri mountain almost stands vertically upwards from the Gokyo valley and its top provides a stunning view of the Gokyo Lake on one side and the Rermo Pokhari on the other side. You will also get a panoramic view of mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, etc. from the top of Gokyo Ri mountain. We will climb Gokyo Roi before crossing the Renjo La Pass.

Our trek starts with a short mountain flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Then we will trek along with beautiful forests, spiraling rivers, and thundering waterfalls of the Khumbu region and reach Namche Bazaar. We will venture deep into the Sagarmatha National Park after walking ahead from Namche Bazaar. This is the point where the most thrilling part of our trek starts, and we start looking forward to adventures in Gokyo Valley and the Renjo La Pass.

We will return back to Namche Bazaar after crossing the Renjo La Pass and then trek back to the airport town of Lukla. A short flight back from Lukla takes us to Kathmandu and our trek ends from here.

Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu airport. Our Airport Representative transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle.

We will start our trek with a 30-minute mountain flight from Kathmandu to the town of Lukla. Lukla is located in the eastern part of Nepal and adjacent to the Sagarmatha National Park. Taking a flight to Lukla is the only option for trekkers to reach the Everest Region except for a long trek from Dolakha to Namche Bazaar.

The latter option was taken by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary, the first climbers of Everest. However, it adds 8-10 days extra in your trek and is not advisable unless you are willing to chart the original route taken by the first Everest climbers. An early mountain flight to Lukla provides end to end view of the Himalayan mountains basking in the glory of the morning sun. We will then trek to the beautiful village of Phakding after landing at Lukla airport and stay at a guest house there for the night.

  • Max. Altitude
    1345m/4412ft
  • Meal
    Dinner
  • Accomodation
    3 stars level hotel
Day 02

An early morning to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding. Flight 30 minutes and walking 3 hours

We will trek towards Namche Bazaar today. Namche Bazaar is a bustling town located on the outskirts of the Sagarmatha National Park. You can buy trek-related amenities and find cozy hotels in Namche Bazaar. However, we will have the pleasure of negotiating with the beautiful flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park before reaching Namche Bazaar.

We will reach the entrance of the national park, which was established in 1976 AD, after walking a short while from Phakding. The walk afterward is an easy stroll among the woods of pine, fir, juniper, birch, and rhododendron. We will cross the Dudh Koshi river at the foot of the valley and take a slightly steep climb over the ridge projecting up from the valley. Namche Bazaar looks glorious from the top of the ridge. We will reach the town after a short downward stroll.

  • Max. Altitude
    (2610mtrs/8563ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Tea house
Day 03

Phakding to Namche Bazaar walking 5:30 hours.

We will stay at Namche Bazaar today and acclimatize ourselves for the tough trekking days to come. There are plenty of things to do while staying for acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. You can take an early morning walk of the town and explore the unique lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa people.

After breakfast, you can hike to a nearby place called Thame (12,532 ft). This place provides a spectacular view of the mountains in the Everest region. The view of mount Amadablam and Thamserku from Thame are the highlights of the spectacle. We can also explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar and learn more about the Sherpa people and their history. If you are interested, then you can also take a short training on altitude preparedness and trekking provided by the Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal.

  • Max. Altitude
    (3440m/11286ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Tea house
Day 04

Namche Bazzar to Kyanjuma via Khumjung village (3790m/12432ft). Walking 5:30 hours.

We will head towards Tengboche today. Tengboche is one of the prominent villages during our trek. It is also home to Tengboche monastery, which is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. After walking from Namche Bazaar, the wide road starts to narrow down and pavements also become scarce as we move along the mountain ridges.

You will see many stupas and prayer flags on your way. Settlements are often far-flung and scarce and in between, they are large forests of mostly coniferous plants and Rhododendron. The trail gets harder and steeper as we move towards Tengboche, with the last part being particularly difficult. It is ideal if we reach Tengboche by 3 pm because special worship is conducted at the Tengboche Monastery by the head Lama at that time. You can also request the head Lama to read special chants on your name, wishing you the best of luck for your sojourn in the mountains.

  • Max. Altitude
    (3490m/11447ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Tea house
Day 05

Kyanjuma to Dole. Walking 5:30 hours,

We will trek towards Dole today. First, we will walk along the narrow mountain ridges above the Dudh Koshi river. The ravine in the river below starts to get deeper as we move along the mountain ridges more steeply. We will start to see the vegetation get sparser as we move further along. We will reach the Monga La Pass after walking for a short while. The pass is located at an altitude of 3,792 m. We will rest for a bit at the pass and continue our journey further.

We will reach the village of Khumbilla after walking for a short while from Monga La Pass. Khumbilla is a small village that reflects the typical lifestyle of the Sherpa people. We will entertain ourselves with exotic Himalayan tea at one of the tea houses in Khumbilla and continue our trek further. We will get a beautiful view of the village of Dole after walking for a short while from Khumbilla. We will reach Dole after 5-6 hours of walk and rest at a guest house there.

  • Max. Altitude
    (4,040m/13,251ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Tea house
Day 06

Dole to Machhermo (4,480m/14,246ft) walking 4:30 hours.

The path from Dole to Machhermo leads us out of the Dudh Koshi river valley. The first part of the trek is relatively steep. We will come across Labharma and Luza village during the first part of the trek. The Dudh Koshi river below the ridges looks stunning from these heights.

We will then walk slowly towards the village of Machhermo. The path leading up to Machhermo provides a spectacular view of the Ama Dablam and Tabuchi mountains. We will rest a guest house in Machhermo for the night.

  • Max. Altitude
    (3490m/11447ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Tea house
Day 07

Machhermo to Gokyo Lakes walking 5 hours

We will trek towards the Gokyo Valley today. A short walk from Machhermo takes us to the village of Pangkha. This village is known for the close-by view of the nearby Kangneta peak. We will walk slightly ahead from Pangkha and get a spectacular first glimpse of the Gokyo Valley. We will walk for a short while towards the foot of the valley and reach the village of Gokyo.

Gokyo Valley is home to six large freshwater lakes which are the crown jewels of the region. The view of all of these lakes at once, just before reaching Gokyo village is awe-inspiring. These lakes are sacred to the local people and are a part of their folklore. We will also get a close view of the nearby Ngozumpa glacier from Gokyo village. We will rest the guest house for the night.

  • Max. Altitude
    (4,750m/15,580ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Tea house
Day 08

Hiking up to Gokyo Ri (5483m/17985ft) and afternoon rest or looking around Gokyo valley. Walking 6 hours.

We will hike towards the Gokyo Ri mountain today. The climb is not very difficult but is steep throughout. The Gokyo Ri mountain provides a spectacular view of the mountains in the vicinity of Everest. Some of the highest mountains in the world, including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Nuptse are visible from Gokyo Ri.

We will get a breathtaking view of the Gokyo Lakes on one side and the Rermo Pokhari (Pokhari meaning lake) on the other side from the top of Gokyo Ri. We will climb back towards Gokyo village and its lakes after spending some time at the top of Gokyo Ri. The climb down is gentle and easy.

  • Max. Altitude
    4790m/15711ft  
  • Meal
      Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
      Hotel/Tea house
Day 09

Day hiking to 5th lake (5100m/ 16728ft) and back to Gokyo lakes.

We will head towards the Renjo La Pass today. It is one of the three high Himalayan passes in the Everest region. This is the most difficult part of our trek as the weather is often tricky and harsh at that altitude. The path is a less frequented one, making matters worse.

However, we will negotiate these difficulties easily and conquer Renjo La Pass mid-way during the day’s trek. We will spend some time at Renjo La Pass and then start a downward trek to Liudhen. The second part of the trek is relatively very easy compared to the first part and we will reach the village of Ludhen in the evening. Ludhen is a small Sherpa village and we make it our resort for the night.

  • Max. Altitude
    4790m/15711ft   
  • Meal
      Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Tea house 
Day 10

Gokyo to Lundhen via Renjo la Pass (5345m/16184ft) and continue trek to Lundhen Walking 7 hours.

We will trek back to Namche Bazaar today. Today’s part of the trek is long but very easy. We will walk along the gentle downward slopes of the mountains for most of the day. The blooming Rhododendron makes the entire forest turn red during spring, which also happens to be peak trekking season.

We will explore the core forests of the Sagarmatha National Park today. These forests are abundant in rare flora and fauna. Animals like Himalayan tahr, musk deer, mountain fox, Asian black bear, and Himalayan wolf roam these forests. We will reach Namche Bazaar in the evening and spend our night in a guest house there.

  • Max. Altitude
    (4380m/13262ft)
  • Meal
      Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
     Hotel/Tea house
Day 11

Lundhen to Namche Bazaar walking 6:30 hours

We will trek to Lukla today, the town where the airstrip is located. The trek is very easy. We will cross the Dudh Koshi river multiple times during our trek today. The village of Phakding welcomes us back and so do other myriad beautiful little settlements of the Sherpa people.

The forest turns denser and the vegetation starts to resemble more sub-tropical-like as we move further down towards Lukla. We will reach Lukla in the evening and stay for the night there.

  • Max. Altitude
    (3440m/11285ft)
  • Meal
    Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
     Hotel/Tea house  
Day 12

Namche bazzar to Lukla. Walking 6:30 hours.

We will return back to the capital city Kathmandu by taking an early morning flight from Lukla. We will take full pleasure in the panoramic mountain flight for the second time in two weeks and land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

We will transfer you back to your hotel from the airport and our trip officially ends from here.

  • Max. Altitude
    (2850m/9348ft)
  • Meal
     Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Tea house
Day 13

After breakfast an early morning flight back to Kathmandu

After breakfast an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla and transfer to the hotel at 3 stars level, inclusive breakfast. Flight time 30 minutes. O/N at hotel.

  • Max. Altitude
    1345m/4412ft
  • Meal
    Breakfast
  • Accomodation
    3 stars level hotel
Day 14

The trip ends.

The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal. Driving 15 km – 10 minutes

  • Meal
    Breakfast

Above 14 days Gokyo Valley Renjo La Pass itinerary has included only trekking period. It does not include your arrival day in Nepal and departure day from Nepal. In this regards, you need to allow at least 14 days holidays.

Service Includes and Excludes

Service Included in this Trip

  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary.
  •  Domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu with taxes.
  •  Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking for you.   
  •  Twin sharing comfortable and clean  private room in trekking.  
  •  Trip Map.
  •  An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and English-speaking trekking guide.
  •   Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide.
  •  First aid medical kit, Ox meter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  •  Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary.
  •  All necessary paper works and Everest national park entry permits.
  •  Pasang Lamu rural municipality entry permit.
  •  Travel & Rescue arrangement (Should covered by your insurance company).
  •  Trip achievement appreciation certificate. 
  •  TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
  •  All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

Service Excluded in this Trip

  • Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • All kinds of drinks in the trekking (hot, cold and alcoholic).
  • Personal equipment.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

SEASONS & DEALS
February through May and September through November are the major seasons in Nepal. So, we kindly ask you to confirm your trip as early as possible for the best deal and good travel management.
For the most up–to–date information & latest pricing please contact us.

Trip Info

The full board package includes your meals 3 times daily in trekking where as budget packages does not include meals. Please do let us know which package that you would like to book we are here for your service.

Grade A: Easy *

Trekking is essentially day hiking and doesn’t require any special training. However, good physical condition, a love of walking, and a desire to enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains and encounter village life are essential. We offer a diverse range of easy treks. Categorizing a trek as easy means that no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes is involved. They take usually no more than a week and are suitable for anyone. Be assured that a loss of altitude in no way means a loss of interesting things to see and experience. While our more challenging treks get you closer to a small number of mountain ranges, lower altitude treks often provide better viewpoints from which to enjoy the colorful horizons of a whole series of ranges. The duration of a trek can be from 4 to 9 days with an average of 4 to 5 hours walking per day. The elevation of the trail will be between 800m/2624ft and 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level.

Grade B: Moderate **

These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.

Grade C: Fairly Strenuous ***

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should except to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Grade D: Strenuous ****

These real adventure treks are both technical and highly strenuous. Excellent physical condition is essential and mountaineering experience is preferable. Following rough terrain, they involve steep ascents to high altitudes with the possibility of some rope climbing. Stamina is needed to complete one of these treks, as it can take from 20 to 28 days to reach the heart of the wildernesses that they transverse. Participants should except to trek above 5600m/18480ft

EQUIPMENTS & GEARS

Nepal is one of the best places in the world for river rafting. Numerous fine rivers offer excellent opportunities for rafting, canoeing and simply immersing oneself in the magnificent landscape. Nepal’s thundering waters, coming from the glaciers of the mighty Himalayan, provide unmatched thrills.

Clothing

Down Or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket And Trousers 1
Fleece Jacket Or Pullover 1
Warm Cotton Trousers 2 Pairs
Shirts And T-Shirts 4 Pieces
Lightweight Cotton Long Pants 3 Pairs
Long Under Wear 2 Pieces
Short Under Wear 4 Pieces
Sun Hat Or Scarf 1
Woolen Hat 1
Sunglasses 1
Lightweight Gloves 1
Rain Coat 1
Heavyweight Gloves Or Mittens With A Waterproof 1

Footwear

Trekking Boot 1 Pair
Thick Socks 4 Pairs
Light Socks 3 Pairs
Camp Shoes 1 Pair
Sandals 1 Pair

Other Equipments

Sleeping Bag(4seasons) 1
Down Jacket 1
Daypack 1
Water Bottle 1
Sun Cream, Sunglasses
Flashlight With Spare Bulbs, Batteries, Lip Salve, Gaiters.

Optional

Insect Repellent Toilet Articles Note Book & Pen Toilet Roll
Laundry Soap Pocket Knife Towel Sewing Kit
Plasters Binoculars Camera Film
Cards And Personal Medical Kit

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc.

For your kind information, we would like to give a list of the insurance companies, please go through the links below:

For Canadians And Americans

  1. http://www.travelguard.com
  2. http://www.worldnomads.com
  3. http://www.mondial-assistance.ca
  4. http://www.travelassistnetwork.com
  5. http://www.travelex-insurance.com
  6. http://www.travelite.com
  7. http://www.travelunderwriters.com
  8. http://www.hccmis.com/atlas-travel-insurance

For Australians And New Zealanders

  1. http://www.covermore.com.au
  2. http://www.allianz.com.au
  3. http://www.worldnomads.com.au
  4. http://www.bupa.com.au
  5. http://www.itrektravelinsurance.com.au
  6. http://www.1cover.com.au

For British

  1. http://www.travel-guard.co.uk
  2. http://www.worldnomads.co.uk
  3. http://www.thebmc.co.uk
  4. http://www.direct-travel.co.uk
  5. http://www.essentialtravel.co.uk

For Europe And Slovenia

  1. http://www.coris.si
  2. http://www.europaeische.at

For South-Africa

  1. http://www.travel-guard.co.za
  2. http://www.tic.co.za

For Indians

  1. http://www.internationalsos.com/en/asia-pacific_india.htm

MAJOR SYMPTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

INITIAL SYMPTOMS

  1. Periods of sleeplessness
  2. Runny nose.
  3. Extra tiredness
  4. Occasional loss of appetite
  5. Feeling laziness
  6. Wish to vomiting
  7. Periodic breathing

Above are normal symptoms which may occur into your body that you should not be worried. Every trekker will experience some or all of these, no matter how slowly they ascend.

ADVANCE SYMPTOMS

  1. Headache and vomiting
  2. Dizziness
  3. Racing heartbeat
  4. Exhaustion
  5. Nausea
  6. Diarrhoea
  7. Loss of apatite
  8. Weakness
  9. Hard to breath
  10. Extra tired
  11. Dry Raspy cough
  12. Sleeplessness

When above symptoms will occur into your body, these symptoms usually resolve by spending one or two extra nights at the same altitude or using medicine. Even you are resting at the same altitude or using medicine, if symptoms are becoming worse, then it is necessary to descend.

SERIOUS SYMPTOMS

  1. Worsening headache and vomiting
  2. Swelling of hands and face
  3. Reduced urine output
  4. Walking with a staggering gait
  5. Confusion
  6. Increased tiredness
  7. Breathing irregularity
  8. Visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not real)
  9. Changes in the ability to think
  10. Changes in normal behavior

If above serious symptoms will occur into your body, these extremely dangerous symptoms are called High Altitude Cerebral Edema (or HACE). They can lead to unconsciousness and death within 12 hours. Increasing shortness of breath, cough and tiredness may also be signs of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema or HAPE. HAPE can also be rapidly fatal if ignored.

TO PREVENT ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

  1. If possible, don’t fly or drive to high altitude. Start below 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) and walk up.
  2. If you do fly or drive, do not overexert yourself or move higher for the first 24 hours.
  3. If you go above 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), only increase your altitude by 350 to 500 metres (1,000 feet) per day
  4. Climb high and sleep low! You can climb more than 300 to 500 metres in a day as long as you come back down and sleep at a lower altitude.
  5. If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude sickness, don’t go higher until symptoms decrease.
  6. Drink plenty of water, tea or juice etc (at least three to 4 liters per day). Urine output should be copious and clear to pale yellow.
  7. Eat high-carbohydrate foods (rice, pasta, cereal) for more energy.
  8. Take it easy and don’t overexert yourself when you first get up to altitude. But, light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms.
  9. Avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration, and don’t smoke.
  10. Don’t push yourself when climbing up to passes, rather take plenty of breaks.
  11. Avoid taking sleeping pills.
  12. Avoid active movements and try to relax in the first one or two days upon arrival at the high altitude areas.
  13. Bring adequate medicine.
  14. If nothing else works, return to the areas with the lower elevation.
  15. Allow sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters).
  16. Don’t make rapid Ascent. Don’t go too far too fast.
  17. Do not trek/travel alone, take guide/porter.
  18. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, guide book.
  19. Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
  20. Never leave or descent sick person along.
  21. Avoid getting cold.
  22. Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if its longer

MEDICINE

Following is a list of items you should consider including in your medical kit – consult your pharmacist for brands available in your country.

  1. Aspirin or paracetamol – for pain or fever
  2. Antihistamine – for allergies, eg hay fever; to ease the itch from insect bites or stings; and to prevent motion sickness.
  3. Antibiotics consider including these if you’re traveling well off the beaten track’ see your doctor, as they must be prescribed, and carry the prescription with you.
  4. Loperamides or Diphenoxylate ‘blockers’ for diarrhea’ Prochlorperazine or metaclopramide for nausea and vomiting.
  5. Rehydration mixture to prevent dehydration, eg due to severe diarrhea; particularly important when traveling with children.
  6. Insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm and eye drops.
  7. Calamine lotion, sting relief spray or aloe vera-to ease irritation from sunburn and insect bites or stings.
  8. Antifungal cream or powder – for fungal skin infections and thrush.
  9. Antiseptic, such as povidone-iodine for cuts and grazes.
  10. Bandages, band-aids or plasters and other would dressings.
  11. Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer (note that mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines)
  12. Cold and Flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant.
  13. Multivitamines – consider for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate.