Renjo Pass - Gokyo Ri Trek - 16 Days 16 Days

USD $1300/Person
Trip Code : KAT/KMB06
Accomodation : Lodge and Guest house
Duration : 16  Days
Grading : Moderate
Max Altitude : 5360 M
Activity : Natural wonders
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu
Trip Route : RENJO PASS - GOKYO RI TREK

Overview

Gokyo Valley via Renjo Pass trek is certainly one of the most stunning mountain areas on earth. This short route enables trekkers who have a limited time to discover the most famous beauties of Nepal. This trip follows the route to Thame Valley after acclimatized in Namche Bazar and enters in Gokyo Valley via Renjo Pass, From Renjo Pass breathtaking views can be enjoying.

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Beautiful scenery from Gokyo Ri of Mount Everest, Cho oyu, Makalu etc
  • Explore of naturally beautiful Gokyo lake
  • Various types of himalayan vegetation and animals
  • Explore the buddhist monastries and ancient gompas, stupas and mani walls
  • Opportunity to explore the various cultures, traditions and life styles of sherpa communities
  • Spactacular views from Renjo Pass
  • Flight to and from Lukla with beautiful himalayan range

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1400 Mtr/4592 Ft)


     Our airport representative  with name board will come to pick up in airport. The tour starts at our hotel in Kathmandu. There will be a full trek briefing this evening and welcome dinner in typical nepali restaurant with nepali cultural dances.
 

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu


     After the breakfast our city tour guide with luxury vehicle will come to pick you up for the city sightseeing of some UNESCO world heritage sites for  half day.After that your free time for leisure and preparation for the trek.( Exchanging the money,shopping, gear check etc)
 

Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2840 Mtr/9315 Ft)and trek to Phakding(2610 Mtr/8560 Ft)


Duration:     30 Minutes Flight and 3 hours Trek
Walking Dis:  8.2 KM
Elevation Gain: -230 Mtr   
        
We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m) with beautiful views of Himalayan ranges if the weather permited.and start the first day trek with full of energy and enthusiasm. Heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'milk river'). The place where we going to stay tonight is lower than the airport we landed.We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night. 

 

Day 4: Trek to Namche (3440 Mtr/11283 Ft)


Duration:      6 hours Trek
Walking Dis:  10.9 KM,
Elevation Gain: 830 Mtr 
       
 Heading towards the Namche,  we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards.Todays walk takes us  along the river through forest with some views of mountains as well until lunch. We cross the river several times by bridges as we pass through the villages of Benkar, Monzo and Jorsale.Jorsale Last point before Namche where we have lunch.There is the check point of Sagaramatha national park,from that point the SNP area begins. A final bridge brings us to the steep climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent, if weather permited we get the chance to see the summit of Mount  everest hiding behind Lhotse and Nuptse. After steep climb of 2 hours and ascents of 300 mtr climbing brings us to Namche. Namche is the main gateway of mount Everest and it  is the  trading center  of Khumbu.It has weekly market on friday afternoon and saturday Morning but the shops,supermarkets,trekking shops,Bakeries are open for all day and everyday.

Day 5: Rest Day in Namche and Acclimatization up to Khunde Peak (4100 Mtr/13448 Ft)


Duration:      5 hours Trek
Walking Dis:  7KM,
Elevation Gain: 350 Mtr   
      
Today is rest day and acclimatization day.After breakfast will go for hike 300 Meter  back down again for overnight stay. We climb steeply out of Namche past the airstrip at Shyangboche to the Hilary viewpoint in Khunde height of approx 4100 Mtr,From where most spectacular view of Mount Amadablam,Thamserku,Khangteka etc. can be seen. Descending through forest we come to Khunde, where we have lunch,visit the Khunde Monastery and Edmund Hillary hospital.After lunch, we walk down to Khumjung where  we visit khumjung  Monastery to see the Yeti's Skull and the Hillary school. Khumjung Monastery is one of the oldest monastery of Khumbu, it was badly destroyed by recent earthquake but is now being constructed. Then we will head one towards Hotel Eversest view.about 30 minutes of gradual climb,we reach in Hotel Everest view, from where we have 360 panoromic view of beautiful mountains as Mount Everest,Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse,Amadablam, Thamserku,Kongde etc. Steep descend down to namche takes 1 hour.

Day 6: Trek to Thame(3820 Mtr/12530 Ft)


Duration:      4 hours Trek
Walking Dis:  8.5KM
Elevation Gain: 380 Mtr   
  
 Namche is the main centre of Khumbu, all trails to different routes of everest region are dispatch from Namche. We are going to do Renjo La (5435 Meter) first so we should head on Thame valley first  to the west direction from namche.Renjo La is the easiest pass among other two passes. Our trail goes like steep climb about 15 minutes, then gradual up for 40 minutes in fir forest of pines and rhododendrons. Pass ancient mud plastered Stupa at Phurte, and follow the path to Tesho. You’ll roll into Thamo and Thamo Gompa. At the end of the spur, the trail drops steeply to the Khumbu hydroelectricity Company station  and then turn to the Thame for night stay. Thame is small Sherpa village sits beneath the mountain wall of Kongde peak. and it is the home of world most famous Mount Everest  climbers Ang Rita Sherpa, Apa Sherpa.
 

Day 7: Trek to Lungden (4350 Mtr/14268 Ft)


Duration:      6 hours Trek
Walking Dis:  8.2 KM,
Elevation Gain: 530  Mtr 
   
Gradual ascending the trail  from Thame we will cross the marulung (4200 Meter) bank of Bhote Koshi river. Where we have lunch.We follow the narrow valley on pastureland.Lungden is the last point before the Renjo Pass.

Day 8: Trek to Gokyo 4790 Mtr/15711 Ft) through Renjo Pass( 5340 Mtr/17515 Ft)


Duration:      8 hours Trek
Walking Dis:  9 KM,
Elevation Gain: 440  Mtr   
       
Today is the quite long day  with  best views ever in this trip. Steep climb about 4 hours we get on the Renjo Pass, will spend there about 30 minutes to explore the stunning view of Mount Everest,Mount Makalu,Mount cho oyu, Mount Gyachung Kang,Cholatse and Taboche. In downward beautiful Gokyo lake,Gokyo village and in backward Ngojumba glacier( biggest glacier in Khumbu). Gokyo is a small settlement of lodges on the shores of a blue lake.
 

Day 9: Rest Day in Gokyo and Gokyo Ri( 5360 Mtr/17580 Ft)


Duration:       4 hours Trek
Walking Dis:  6 KM,
Elevation Gain:  570 Mtr   
            
We have rest day here in Gokyo village with beautiful lake. We have option to go Gokyo Ri as well which is same elevation of Renjo Pass and most of the same views from Renjo Pass  we can see from Gokyo Ri.

Day 10: Trek to Phortse(3840 Mtr/12595 Ft)


Duration:       7 hours Trek
Walking Dis:  13 KM,
Elevation Loss:  950 Mtr   
        
Leaving from Gokyo and descending down to  one of the old Sherpa settlement, which is known as by village of mountaineer. Each house is at least one Mount everest summitter. The trail goes down passing first lake following the river flown from First lake. We  going to cross the small bridge then turn left for the another route to get to phortse. The path going to be bit tough than usual  but the views  and landscape are amazing.

Day 11: Trek to Khumjung (3790 Mtr/12431 Ft)


Duration:   4 hours Trek
Walking Dis:  6 KM,
Elevation Loss:  50  Mtr   
      
Steep descending  about 250 Meter, then again  steep climb about 350 meter in rhododendron and fir forest, we reach to Mongla (Ridge), can be seen of  some different views of mountains and landscape .Again  descend  about 40 Minutes will  meet of main trail to Everest basecamp  in place named sanasa. Gradual climb of  birch forest gully in about 40 minutes takes us to Khumjung. After lunch we  will visit khumjung Monastery to see the yeti's skull and then Hillary school. We spend night here in Khumjung

Day 12: Trek to Monjo (2835 Mtr/9298 Ft)


Duration:      4 hours Trek
Walking Dis:  6 KM,
Elevation Loss:  955 Mtr   
       
We  heading down to Monjo, Late start of walk  begins with climbing  steep section in about 30 minutes.Then steep descend begins crossing the Syangboche airstrip, after 1.5 hours steep descending brings us in Namche. Still the trail descends steeply downward so should be careful with slow walking. After crossing the suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi,the trails becomes more easy and natural.We follow the trails along the Dudh kosi river with  rhododendrons and pine forest. Crossing several bridges  brings us in Monjo.Where we spend night.

Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2840 Mtr/9315 Ft)


Duration:   5 hours Trek
Walking Dis:  13 KM,
Elevation Gain/Loss:  5 Mtr   
      
Just about 4 hours slow walk  along the Sherpa villages along the Dudh Koshi river retracing our  steps from our  first day. Upon arrival in Lukla, check in loges  , dinner together with  trip staffs and sharing the happy moments and great experience with staffs and happy note with everyone back safe and sound.

Day 14: Flight to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel


    We have a early breakfast in order to catch the early scheduled flight to Kathmandu.it takes 30 minutes to get to Kathmandu.
 

Day 15: Free time in Kathmandu for shopping


    This is also spare day  incase for delay of flight to/from Lukla).If arrived on time, you can take your own time for shoppinp,sightseeing and relaxing. Thamel area is full of shops and restaurants and coffee shops for those who want a more relaxing day. We will have the farewell dinner in typical  Nepali restaurant  with nepali cultural music and dances to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
 

Day 16: Deparuture for homeland


      You will be transfer to airport for schedule flight to home
 

What's included

  • All airport/hotel pick ups and drops within Nepal
  • Flight Fare for both way (KTM-LUA-KTM)
  • All trekking permits , TIMS card,Government and local taxes for the trek
  • All Meals (Breakfast , Lunch and DInner ) During the trek
  • 3 Star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itenerary
  • An experienced English speaking and government licensed trekking guide
  • Porter Services(2 Trekkers : 1 Porter)
  • Medical kit incase of Emergency
  • Insurance for Nepali Staffs
  • Sleeping Bag for the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Staffs Cost including their Salary, food , accomodation and equipments

What's not included

  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Personal Trekking gears
  • International Flight fare
  • Lunch and Dinner in the city , extra night accomodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure and early return from the trek due to any reason than the scheduled itenerary
  • Any rescue cost
  • Tips for Guide and Staffs
  • Personal Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses as phone calls, laundry , Bar, Battery charge, extra porter, shower and bottled or boiled water
  • Helicopter charter flight
  • Excess baggage charges ( can be carried only 15 Kg including in Airfare)

Good to Know

1) Physical Fitness
One should be physically fit  before to do the any trekking and mountaineering. It is long hike so without any training the first two/three days will tough for you. So some basic physical fitness like  squat, Mountain climbers ( which can be done in home),running,biking , stair climbing,and swiming will help lot to do trekking  in the mountains, so it is highly recommanded  2/3 months prior to your departure for the trekking or mountaineering.

(2)Foods and Drinks
While in the mountain,  it is highly recommanded you to drink plenty of fluids like water,soups, teas  as well as foods. We will provide the sufficient and hygiene food as per your choice in whole trek.However some private snacks as chocolates bars, cookies are also highly recommanded which you can take from kathmandu or you can buy on the way in lodges or in shops.

(3)Drinking water
One should drink at least 3-4 litres of water every day in order to get  hydrated the body which helps lot to be away from altitude sickness.You can buy the bottled water all the way  cost from Rs 80 ( Which is equivalent to 80 cents )to Rs 400 (which is equivalent to 4 USD), but the bottled waters are not highly recommanded because as we are environmentally sensitive and also expensive. Whole area except in Gorakshep where drinking waters facility is poor, in that place you have to buy the bottled water in compulsorily. We highly recommend you to carry the reusable water bottle and  buy boiled water in lodges/teahouse which also makes your sleeping bag very warm while going to bed, to use sterpin or take chlorine or iodine tablets  to purify the drinking water.

(4)Best time to Travel
Spring ( Mar-May)and Autumn ( Sep- Nov) are  known as best months to trek in Nepal becuase of the stable clear dry skies which permits to enjoy the spectacular mountain views but mostly lodges, hotels and trails are busy and crowded. Spring season is pleasant and suitable with warm tempreture for trekking and climbing the big mountains as well, so Everest  basecamp will be full of tents and looks like small tented city. Untill end of october, the tempreture will be mild cold. Weather will be stable with clear blue sky, dry and at the same time one of the popular religious festivals  named Manirimdu festival will be held in Tyangboche Monastery.
Winter and summer are also good if you would prefer less crowdy, and ready to face the some challanges like snow, cold, and rain.Even in winter weather will always be clear but the these three months are coldest month of the year and sometimes snow falls. In Summer, It is very good to do trekking, tempreture will be warm, those who are keen to botanist, summer is the best but the due to unstable weather the views of mountains are very rare.


5) Altitude Sickness
Trekking in Everest region is one of the highest trekking in world.In high altitude , the mass of oxygen will be less, so everyone feels difficult to breath as well as mild headache, dizziness etc.This is one of the biggest challanges in mountain.In the altitude, there are many rules to make our body adaptable to the  altitude. Acclimatization is one of the important factor  to adjust our body get used to the altitude. All our itineries are designed with proper acclimatization  day in every 1000 mtr climbing.The most important rules that we have to follow in altitude is walk slowly, keep drinking plenty of  fluids as water , soups etc to make our body hydrated, and keep our body warm. Our staffs and guide will always do their best  as they can, eventhough incase of any sickness,injury one should avoid their rest trip and should come down.

(6)Travel Insurance
It is compulsory to buy the proper travel insurance policy with genuine insurance company, it should cover the emergency helicopter evacuation as well as medical treatment incase of severe injury or sickness and Policy  should include coverage at the altitudes up to 6000 Mtr if you are doing just trekking and if you are doing mountaineering should be  6500 Mtr.

(7)Bag pack and duffel bag
Our duffel bag should be maximum 15kg including hand bag. Only the neccesary things should be packed and the stuffs which are not neccesary on trek will be stored in hotel in Kathmandu.One porter will carry max 30 Kg,among two clients one porter will be provided.

(8)Internet Connectivity and cell phone Signal
As per your arrival in Kathmandu airport, there you can buy nepalese Sim card ncell or you can buy anywhere around city.  In Thame valley for two days on our way to Renjo pass, both phone connectivity as well as internet is not working but in Gokyo valley there is well facility of internet with purchasing data card of Everst link.If you buy the biggest data pack in Namche which is in 50 GB cost of Rs 3000 ( equivalent to 30 USD)it works whole area of Everest region perfectly except Thame valley   so You can enjoy with  social media or connects with your family, friends or loved one.

(9)Flight to Lukla
Lukla Tenzing hillary airport  is only one airport to get to the Everest region, The mountain weather is always unpredictable and flights always depend on weather, Mostly time of spring and autumn will be good and there will be regular flights . If the weather became bad flight will be delay and our pre planned trip can be extend. So we always should keep 2/3 days extra incase of irregular flight.Another option is to take helicopter, for that less visibility  than aeroplane will be work. But helicopter cost is doubled than regular aeroplane cost which is not included in our trip cost and should be bear by oneself.
These days due to the high air traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport, domestic flights to/from Lukla is operated from Manthali airport which is 135 KM away from Kathmandu, we have to start early from kathmandu by road to catch the flight from Manthali.


(10)Sanitation
In mostly places toilet are  common and need to use the same toilet  using by everyone else. Mostly place there may not be available of hand washing water, so highly recommend to take hand sanitizer by yourself and most importantly toilet papers or wet tissue paper should always  be in your day bag.

(11)Government permits and National park permit
To enter in Everest region you have to buy Sagaramatha national park permit and local government permit,the cost will be included in trip cost.Your guide will manage everything.

(12)Guiding and staffing
In everest region average walk per day is 6-7 hours. Leisurely and pleasant guiding will definitely take you to destination.  More you gaining altitude more hard to walk, toughest and longest  day will be the day of going to EBC and kalapathar,to see the sunrise from kalapathar, you have to wake up around 4 Oclock in the morning. Your experieced guide and porter will always be there to help you in every moment.Guide is the key factor for the every challanging in mountain so one should follow the instruction of guide pleasantly.Every day after dinner your guide will do brief about the next days trip.

(13) Budgeting
 Budegeting depends upon many factors specially in Kathmandu where there are too many choices.Hotels in Kathmandu include in trip cost on basis of BB plan. So average expenses per day in Kathmandu will be Rs 2000 for lunch and Dinner, if you prefer some other activities as  drinks, to do massage, or to go in bar/pub Rs 5000 ( equivalent to USD 50 ) is enough. On the trek, all the meals and hot drinks will be provided by company, Extra expeses as Hot shower, battery charging, wifi, boiled water for bottle, extra snacks  bars, Soft drinks and hard drinks should borne by  oneself,In average Rs 2000(eqivalent to 20 USD) is enough on the trek. Finally  few tipping is highly recomended and compulsory in the last day to your guide and porter as per your budgeting.

14)  Clothings and gears

Head

    Warm Hat
    Cap
    Face Mask / Muffler


Upper Body:


    Wind stopper/Waterproof Jacket
    Down Jacket
    Fleece Jacket/ trousers
    Thermol
    T-shirts
    Woolen gloves/Water/wind proof gloves


Lower Body

    Trekking Trousers(light weight long Paint)
    Underwear
    wind stopper/waterproof Paint
    Fleece or woolen pants


Feet

    Thin Lightwear/heavy poly or wool Socks
    Sandals
    Trekking Boot
    Gaiters
    Spare Shoes


Accessories

    Medium Rucksack (50-70 Ltr)
    Small Day Pack
    Personal Medical Kit
    Chapstick/Sunscreen
    Water bottle
    Large Duffel bag
    Trekking Pole
    Spare batteries for Camera and Flash Light
    Hand Towel
    Head lamp with extra Batteries
    Sun Glasses with UV protection
    Suitcase (For stored in Kathmandu hotel for not needed   items for trek)

FAQ

(1)Why to go trekking via Renjo Pass to Gokyo?
Gokyo is one of the popular tourist destination of Everest region, it is popular because of beautiful lake and  views from the Gokyo Ri is amazing and Renjo pass also one of the great spot for the 360 views of beautiful himalayan range. One should visit the Gokyo valley once in lifetime.
2)What is the best seasons to trekking in Gokyo Valley ?
In Nepal, there are four different seasons such as Spring, Summer, Autumn and winter. Spring and Autumn are  most popular for trekking in  Nepal.But the best season of your travel might be differ as per your purpose and your suitable time for travelling in Nepal. You can read more about the most favorable seasons in our link below http://www.khumbualpinetravel.com/nepal-travel-guide.html
3)What permit do I need for the Gokyo and Renjo pass trek?
For trekking in the Everest Region, you need the following permits:

Local  Governments Entry fee instead of TIMS ( Trekking information management system):The local government is charging Rs 2000 per person in Lukla in the entrance of Everest Basecamp Trek.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit: To entry in  the Sagarmatha National Park,One has to obtain the permit which cost Rs 3000+ government tax per head. the park that is home to the Mount Everest Region, you need to obtain an entry permit.



 
4)How safe is Gokyo Trek ?
Safety is our first concern. As we provide the experienced guides and leaders for the  particular trip who are well trained about the high altitude sickness, first aid ,friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and  important instructions. All our itineraries are designed  with proper acclimatization days in order to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. In every group we provide the first aid kit bag incase of any injury and emergency.

 
5)How is the lodging and fooding facilities in Gokyo trek via Renjo pass?
Along the trail to Everest basecamp, there are  well facilited lodges are available with various types of foods. We provide you  three meals a day with  your own choice. We always provide the seasonal fruits as well. We always book in lodges with well management and facilities. if you buy single supplementory package you will get single room.

 
6)What about the flight from Kathmandu-Lukla and vice versa?
Just about 25 minutes flight from Kathmandu  takes us to Tenzing Hillary airstrip in Lukla  but the due to some circumstances, these days the flight to Lukla are operated from Ramechap, which is 4 hours drive from Kathmandu and 15 min by flight to lukla. There are options to fly by helicopter directly from Kathmandu to Lukla as well, which is bit expensive than  regular flight. Sometimes the weather doesn’t permits for the regular flight, then we should be compulsion to hire the helicopter.The airlines companies has operated the first flight to Lukla directly from Kathmandu, so if you book your trip with us prior to 3 months , we can book the seat for direct flight
7)Is there any internet wifi and telephone facility on the way?
After your arrival in Kathmandu airport, we recommand to buy One ncell sim card. In everest region, in Thame valley and gokyo valley  there is no phone signal works.In Thame valley even the internet is not working, After we get to gokyo valley there is good internet facility of everst link, which we can find in different packagesThere are varieties of data cards as 10 GB, 20 GB. If you purchased bigger one it works all over the khumbu and if you purchase 20 GB one it it enough for your whole trek and you can enjoy in social media, news and connect with your family friends and loved one. But the phone signal doesnt work in this valley.

 
8)Can I use the forieng currency and Credit cards on the way in any shop or Lodge?
You can pay by oriegn currency as well, but the exchange rate will not be same as Kathmand, so we recommand you to exchage the money in kathmandu and take a nepalese Rupees. In this trip in Thame valley there is not internet services so credits cards are not accepted, only after we get to gokyo, all major cards are accepted for any kind of payment.
9)What is the normal tempreture in spring and Autumn season?
Spring season starts from March, but until third week  of march tempreture will still be cold even in day time. But actually tempreture depends on weather, if weatheris  mild tempreture ranges from 10-15 Degree Centigrate.If the weather is clear, days will be warm.After the April it will be warm with sunny weather. Especially in Morning and Evening  time will be little cold.
Autumn season starts from September, September will still be warm even the weather is not good. From october normally in morning and everning will be cold.
How hard is Renjo Pass? Is there any chances of altitude sickness?
Renjo pass is very easy trail unless there is no snow, the pass is  5360 Meter, so there is lot chances of Altitude sickness but as we  do proper acclimatize, we do not need to worry about sickness.

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