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Gokyo Renjo La Pass trek offers an escape from the mainstream trekking trail to Everest Base Camp. Away from the crowds, and with its own unique features, this route provides an exclusive experience as you journey to the famous Gokyo Valley. Marvel at the snowy mountain tops and the Himalayan mountainous landscape inclusive of terraces, pristine valleys and crystal clear lakes as you explore the culture and traditions of the Gokyo region.
From Lukla, the gateway to the Everest and Gokyo region, we will hike all the way through Namche, Dole, Gokyo, Gokyo Ri, Renjo-La Pass, Lungden, and Thame Village. Due to the high degree of variation in elevation, you’ll be able to witness different types of lustrous vegetation. Rare species such as musk deer, wild mountain goat, lophophorus, snow leopard, pheasants, mountain hawk and snow duck can be seen on your way up. Don’t forget about the fabled Yeti, who is believed to reside around the Khumbu region. So, watch out!
The Khumbu region is home to the mighty Mahalangur Himalayan range, home to the four tallest mountains in the world, Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8585m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), each differentiated by separate valleys. Gokyo Valley is renowned for its remarkable five lakes. Delightful turquoise lakes guarded by silver mountains is a sight you need to see to believe. Ngozomba Glacier, the largest glacier of the Himalayas, is another major attraction of Gokyo Valley, which can be seen all the way from Cho Oyu peak to Dole.
Gokyo Ri peak (5357m), another enticing attraction of this trek, has great views of Mt. Everest. Here, we can revel in a 360-degree panoramic view of the giant mountains including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Pumori, Lingtren, Chola Peak, Machherma Peak, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru.
The Sherpa are the aboriginal people of the Himalayas, who have adapted to the harsh conditions of the alpines. A unique blend of Nepalese Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism can be seen in the lifestyle and traditions of the highly religious Sherpas. Thus, on this journey we will also be able to see monasteries, prayer flags and scribbles that have centuries soaked in them.
Pack your bags, and get ready for a journey to the most awe-inspiring mountains in the world! Please see a day-by-day itinerary under the Itinerary section.
Today we’ll board a flight to Lukla (2810m) from Kathmandu. Enjoy the sight of splendid hills, rivers and mountains during the 30-minute long flight. On reaching Lukla airport, you’ll be introduced to your porter, and served a wholesome breakfast.
We will then head north to Phakding (2620m). It is an easy 3-hour hike through the Dudhkoshi valley. We will head north from the airstrip to Chheplung (2700m) and cross the crystal clear Thadokoshi on a locally built suspension bridge. Past the bridge, you can see Kusam Kanggru (6367m), which is one of the toughest mountains to conquer.
Away from the ThadoKoshi, the trail continues towards the Ghat (2590m) and we will cross a ridge marked with painted Mani stones. We will carry on to reach the beautiful tribal village of Phakding where you will stay overnight.
On our second day of the trek, we will head to Namche Bazaar, the celebrated village of the Khumbu region. On our way, we will cross the winding Dudhkoshi River five times on thrilling suspension bridges covered with colourful Buddhist prayer flags.
Then, we will continue to climb, coming to Jorsale. From there, it’s a two and a half hour ascent to Namche, with two major viewpoints on the way. If you’re lucky, on a clear day, you can relish the hypnotic view of Everest.
At Jorsale, you will enter Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where you’ll be required to verify your permits. After 5-6 hours of tough hiking, we’ll reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest.
Adaptation to harsh geography and high altitude is vital before further continuing the ascent. We'll take the day here to hike through the beautiful villages of Khunde and Khumjung, go look at the giant skulls of the mystical "Yeti” in a monastery in the region and savour the treats of a bakery at the world’s highest altitude.
After a nourishing breakfast, we will endeavour an hour-long climb to the Syangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will steadily ascend towards Khunde. On your way up, you can see centuries-old Chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From there, we will move eastwards to Khumjung, the largest settlement in whole Khumbu region.
After lunch at Khumjung, we will trail a slow climb to Everest View Hotel, from where you can again enjoy the view of Himalayas.The descend to Namche (3540m) is approximately 4/5 hours walk.
On a fairly clear day, enjoy the breathtaking view of peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam among others.
Today the trek ascends above 4000m. A little climb to the ridgetop out of Namche will grant us a glorious view of Everest and Lhotse. From there, we continue on the mainstream trail where you can witness vendors selling Tibetan handwork. Experience the unique cretinism of Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhism.
After we arrive at the crossroad, which lies considerably high all above the Dudh Koshi, the trail is divided. The upward trail, which we will follow stretches to Mon La Pass. The downhill trail leads to Everest base camp. We will now follow the pass to reach Phortse.
At Phortse, we will roam and see the cultures at centuries-old monasteries. We might also visit the local powerhouse, or even trek to Luri peak. Then we trail steeply through rhododendron jungles to settlements of Tonga and Gyele (3,960m) before arriving at Dole, where we stay the night. From here, we can have a spectacular view of Khumbila and Tawache (6,542m).
The trek today begins with a steady climb along the valley. The air is now thinner, comparatively, and juniper forests now dominate the woods. As we go up, we can see beautiful summer settlements and grazing land throughout. Superb views of Cho Oyu, and its neighbouring peaks Kantega and Thamserku are a feast for our eyes.
By noon, we will have arrived at Machermo (4,410m). We will spend the rest of the day exploring Machermo (4,410m) and spend the night here.
After breakfast, we will continue the trail over the ridge for more magnificent views. Majestic Cho Oyu stands tall, right in front of us. Below is the gorgeous view of Khantega Gorge. Beyond the edge, the valley extends as the trail goes side by side to Pangram at 4,390m.
We descent down to the riverside, before we climb up to the fetal glacial deposit of the Ngozumpa glacier. After lunch, we will visit the magnificent Fifth Lake and take pictures. Overnight stay in Gokyo Village.
Early in the morning, we will conquer 5463m high Gokyo Ri from where we can view outstanding Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu among others. We will hike to Fifth Lake from where the view of peaks is even better. We will then descent to Gokyo and spend another night at Gokyo.
We gently go uphill over lush grassland. The slope progressively becomes steeper and we head for the top. The trek is quite complex as it is very steep. From the top, we can view stunning panorama of Rolwaling, Tengi Ragi Tau Mountains and small Rermo Pokhari Lake to the west and Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Gyachung Kang and Gokyo lakes to the east. Through DudhPokhari lakes, we trek downhill through the beautiful meadow towards the Bhote Koshi Valley to continue beside the river. Luckily, we will come across yak caravans coming from Tibet heading towards Lungdeng. We will spend the night at Lungdeng.
Today we will hike to Thame, situated at 3800m, and visit the historic Thame monastery and experience spiritual Buddhist practices. We can also witness the lovely culture of the Sherpa people. Spend the night here and enjoy the much needed rest for our downhill trek to Namche.
We will continue our trek down the Sherpa villages of Thame, leaving the mountains in the backdrop. We will walk down to the village of Namche Bazaar, the epitome of Sherpa culture. We will stay the night at a guest house in Namche.
Today's trek is around 7 hours long downhill from Namche to Lukla. The following day, we will board a plane to capital so bid goodbye to this trek with a memorable walk down to Lukla.
Early morning air trip from Lukla to Kathmandu. Don’t forget to pick a seat on the right side, to see the insatiable mountains again. On reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted back to your hotel.