Gokyo Valley Renjo La Pass trek is one of the extraordinary and more challenging trekking routes in Nepal and also the most popular and demanded trekking trail in the Everest region. This trekking combines homestays and is an off-the-beaten-track in the Everest Region to take you to a small pass at 5390 meters, where the views of the Everest Range are the best. The best season for Renjo La Pass Trekking in the Everest region is late Aug to early Dec and mid-Feb to the end of May because in this season you will be able to see greenery, flowers, clean Himalayas, paddy fields with crops on it and so on.
As it connects to the Everest base camp trek, Renjo La Pass is also known as Nagpa La trekking one another trekking trails in Everest. It's thought to be one of the toughest ways around Mount Everest. It is regarded as one of Nepal's most challenging hiking routes and one of the most popular. One draw of the Renjo La pass walk 14 days trek is the opportunity to learn about the Sherpa ethnic community's culture, traditions, and way of life during the trek and accommodation in this region.
In addition, the icefall offers stunning views of numerous mountains, including Makalu (8475m), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7864m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Amadablam (6856m), Thamserku (6608m), and Pumori (7145m), among others. We can change the days for trekkers heading to Gokyo Lake and Renjo La Pass in accordance with their preferences and concerns. The Gokyo Lake Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trekking-18days might be a perfect option for your holiday if you have extra time.
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, if time allows, you will visit MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
Early morning transfer to airport for Lukla flight. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at high evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters! Trek to Phakding with green landscape & view of Kusum Kangraru. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
We follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending through Himalayan pine and Deodar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat, and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike, we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
We do require an acclimatization day at this altitude to adopt a high altitude before heading up to high elevation so today will be our first acclimatization day in this trek. You will have a full day of leisure or visit Everest View Point hotel for a wonderful panoramic view or take a short hike to Syngboche village or stroll around the market as per your wish. If this is a Saturday; one can see the lively & colorful market of Namche as Saturday used to be a typical day for people for shopping, exchange, and sail their goods. Also, you can visit Sherpa Museum as well a great place to learn about Sherpa culture and the history of mountaineering, and stroll back to the hotel. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
After strolling around the Namche area, today we refreshed, and fairly easy to walk further on. Our walk follows on the gradual trail with a few short up and downs overlooking magnificent views of the great giant snow peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kwangde peak after a pleasant walk of two hours to a small place at Shanasa, from here and trek ascents the left side to Mongla hill and continue down to Phortse Thanga for the overnight stay. We serve our lunch here. Enjoy the walking and further few hours walk ascending will reach Dole. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
Trek from Dole to Machhermo you will climb gradually along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu (8201m) while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega (6783m) and Thamserku (6623m). You are walking through Lhabarma (4330m), Luza (4340m) and finally reach Machhermo (4410m). (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kangtega and up towards to Cho-Oyu (8201m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390m then descends to the river bank before beginning the climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first small lake Longponga (4650m) where a family of Brahmin ducks has resided for many years. After the first lake, the trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake known as Tanjung (4710m) and continues to trek to Gokyo Lake (4750m). (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
Early this morning we hike up to Gokyo Ri (5496 m) for superb views of the entire mountain chain from the Nangpa La to Makalu and beyond, including four of the World's highest peaks - Cho Oyu (8168 m), Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8526 m) and Makalu (8496 m), this will be unforgettable lifetime memories and enjoy around the top. It takes about 2 hours to get to the top and an hour to get back to Gokyo for breakfast and trek down to Nha, situated at the foot of the Ngozumpa Glacier, 2 hours down the valley from Gokyo. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
Today, our goal is to go to the Lugden by crossing the Renjo La pass, which is located at 5415 meters. The trail frequently follows a ridge with severe ups and downs. We will go across a stunning rock formation, over a frozen creek, and go by many yak Kharkas and twin Renjo lakes. Amazing vistas of peaks between 7000 and 8000 meters high, including the monastery of Kalathar Tengboche, the Chola glacier, and many more, can be seen from the summit. You will then descend to Lugden (4500m) (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
The majority of the walk to the tranquil village of Thame is downhill. Along the route, there are various yak pastures and grazing areas, as well as a shepherd's shed. This lovely descent offers stunning views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. After a nice five to six-hour trek, arriving in Thame village for an overnight halt. Thame, a sizable community with spotted buildings all around the valley, serves as a gateway to Tibet via the Nangpa-la pass to the village's north. The west path also goes to the Tashi-Labtsa pass. According to the Tibetan lunar calendar, the festival of the masked dance is held annually in this location, typically around the end of May or the first week of June. (Stay the night at a tea house with full board)
From Thame, the route descends to the Bhote-Koshi River, which eventually merges with the Dudh Kosi River. The trip continues along the peaceful trail until it reaches Thamo, the residence of Ang Rita Sherpa, a legendary Everest climber known as the "Snow Leopard." From here, another hour or so will bring you to Namche Bazaar. After a break there, you can then reverse your route back downhill to Monjo, where you will spend the night. In close proximity to the Sagarmatha National Park's entrance (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
The final day of your fantastic journey will be a good walk to Lukla, where you can stroll casually while taking in the lush, green surroundings. With the exception of a few short climbs, the only significant ascent will be just before Lukla and will take about 45 minutes from a location called Chop lung or from the large, old oak tree. Once in Lukla, get ready for the final night's great dinner and celebration with the other Sherpa crew members, porters, and trekkers for an unforgettable journey. (Stay the night at a tea house with full board)
The last day of this great trek will be one of the good walks to Lukla, you can walk at your special normal speed, leisurely, and enjoy the lush green scenery around. Apart from a few short uphills, the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approx 45 minutes from a place called Chop's lung or from the old big oak tree on reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day's great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members for a memorable trip. (Overnight at tea house on full board basis)
If the weather is good, early in the morning you fly back to Kathmandu after your long mountain journey. After 30 min you will arrive at the domestic airport in Kathmandu. We will send a private Car/van/bus to pick up you at the hotel then you can rest and relax throughout the day in the hotel if you don't have any necessary things to do. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
Today is the last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying goodbye to the mountains as the journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.
(Useful Info: - Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to bad weather conditions. Such conditions may happen even in the best seasons. Therefore, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits both at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We do our extreme to avoid such delays and fix you on the next flight. Still, we suggest you be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. We also organize Heli rescue in such conditions, if it's available and upon request by our clients. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla)
Light or warm fleece hat.
Watch with light & alarm
Sun hat and scrap
March to May and September to December are the two best seasons for the Gokyo Lake trek. This time offers the best possible view of Mountains and Nature. Weather is also moderate in this season, so it is highly preferred by most travelers. Photogenic travelers will surely fall in love with this season as this season favors capturing photos and videos
The main culture you can see and experience during your trek is Sherpa Culture. This includes one of the highest human settlement on earth, socio-economic activities, religion, belief, tradition, food and so on. Besides the trek offers many unique experiences. A long walk through the National park, Monastery and the daily activities of the monks and nuns, market in Namche Bazar, tea house accommodation, glacial lakes, mountain glaciers, and above all the sky touching giant peaks and the miles of snow covered territory.
Gokyo lakes are encompassed within the altitude of 4700m-5000m in Everest region. It mainly consist of six lakes though there are 19 big and small lakes all together. In 2007 these lakes are included within Ramsar list (wetlands) and shares the territory of Sagarmatha National Park, an UNESCO world heritage site.
The main Gokyo Lake (Dudh Kunda) is the bigest of all and reveared by both Hindu's and Buddhist. The actual length and breath of Gokyo lake has not been mention yet, but the depth have been reported as 42m. These lakes, are among the highest freshwater lake system in the world. And the the biggest of these lakes is Thonak Lake.
The trekkers in overall have to travell around 100 kilometers up from Lukla to the maximun elevation of (5365m) Renjo La Pass. It is one of the longest walk in the himalayan mountain for at least 14-15 days. The typical journey everyday will be7-8 kilometres and you will hike 5-6 hours. The difficulty you can normally face is altitude sickness and cold. To avoid this you can develop the habit of daily walking and buy warm gears comfortable for trekking.
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