GOKYO LAKES TRAVERSE VIA RENJO LA
14 Days | Roundtrip from Kathmandu
West of the Khumbu region lies one of Nepal’s most memorable sights Gokyo Lakes, an alternative route for trekkers exploring the trail less travelled than the classic Everest Base Camp Trek, but the view is not less-spectacular.
The trail takes you to the high-altitude landscape into the heart of summer yak-grazing country, towards the string of turquoise lakes Gokyo, to the viewpoint of Gokyo Ri (5,483m/17,990ft) which provide the view of four of the planet’s six highest summits from the east Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft) to Everest (8,848m/29,028ft) to Lhotse (8,501/27,890ft), and all the way to Makalu (8,463m/27,765ft).
Standing there to see these snow-capped mountains sit right next to Ngozumba Glacier and the pristine lakes just like on another planet, some trekking guidebook goes so far as to describe Gokyo Ri as having “the best accessible viewpoint in Nepal”.
The return route traverse via Renjo La pass (5,375m/17,634ft) makes it a circuit trek, the zigzag trail traveling around snow and ice get very steep towards the top, you’ll be rewards with the magnificent landscape of Mt. Everest and its brothers before the descent to Namche Bazar, and the ice-cold beer waiting for you at the world's highest Irish Pub.
The journey start with the thrilling flight to Lukla where most trekkers set out on the trail towards Everest region. It takes two days to reach Namche Bazar where we will spend one day to acclimatize. Trail then continues until it reachs the junction where it joins the trail from Khumjung. From here the Gokyo route heads off northwards leads up towards Mong La pass (3,900m/12,796ft) before descending to the Dudh Khosi, passing rhododendron and oak forests and occasional summer yak-grazing pastures. Beyond Machhermo, the trail climbs up to Gokyo with final steep ascent up the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier reachs the first of the glacial lakes at 4,650m (15,257ft), the views get increasingly breathtaking as you climb, trail ascent gently before reaching the second lake then the third and the stunning turquoise lake Gokyo 4,790m (15,720 ft). Spend a day admiring the phenomenal views around Gokyo, hike up to Gokyo Ri before dawn to catch the first rays of the sun appear above the world’s highest peaks. The trail to Renjo La pass turn west leaves the Gokyo Valley, take the last look of the Himalaya from the top before the descends to Bhote Kosi valley to Thame and on to Namche.
➡ Admiring the stunning Gokyo Lakes, heaven on earth.
➡ Gokyo Ri (5,483m/17,990ft) provide excellent panorama view of the snow-capped mountains sit right next to Ngozumba glacier and the pristine lakes.
➡ Challenging your limits by crossing of Renjo La (5,375m/17,634ft)
➡ Exploring Sherpa villages in high mountain valleys, visit school, airstrip built by the foundation of sir Edmund Hillary and Tengzing Sherpa
Day 1: Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu-Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft) by flight then trek toward Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft), 5 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft), 6 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 4: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, Visit Khumjung village, 4 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 5: Trek to Dole (4,038m/13,248ft), 6 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 6: Trek to Machhemrmo (4,465m/14,648ft), 6 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 7: Trek to Gokyo (4,790m/15,720ft), 6 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 8: Acclimatization day in Gokyo - Hiking Gokyo Ri (5,483m), 6 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 9: Trek to Lumde (4,368m/14,330ft) via Renjo La (5,360m), 8 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazzar, 8 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 11: Return to Lukla, 8 hours, (B/L/D)
Day 12: Flight back to Kathmandu, (B)
Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu, (B)
Note: B=Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
+ What is included in the tour package?
- Airport pickup/drop off and transportation described in itinerary
- Two-way Domestic flight ticket Kathmandu - Lukla
- 2 nights stay in Double/Twin Room at 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu
- 10 nights Basic Twin Room at Mountain Lodge during trekking
- Meals Described in Itinerary
- Trekking permits and TIMS
- Professional English speaking guide who have many years experience with good trails knowledge can answer your questions during the trip. Basic first aid knowledge first aid kit provided.
- Porters carrying a maximum of 20kg (Two guests share a porter). Guests who want extra kilograms we would like to collect $3/kg/day and money give directly to the porter.
- Insurance for all staff
- Top1Trekking support Before / During / After Trip
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter Service (Urgent Case)
- Personal expenses: City meals not included in the schedule, Mountain water heating fees, Electronic equipment charge, Telephone / Laundry / Water.
- Tips for staff (Referral Fee $ 7/1 day depending on level of satisfaction)
- Horseback riding (if needed) - Rates range from $ 50 to $ 100 per day, depending on the hour.
- VISA Entry visa to Nepal ($25/40/100) for (15 days/1 month/3 months)
- Travel insurance covers medical evacuation costs in the event of an emergency
See more detail at our TERM
+ When is the best time to do Gokyo Lake Traverse via Renjo La Trek?
Autumn (Sep-Nov) bring outstanding views and Spring (Mar-May) with flowers blooming
+ How much physically fit should you be for Gokyo Lake Traverse via Renjo La Trek?
You should be reasonably fit as we will be hiking 4–8 hours per day with trail often ascents/descents on steep mountainous terrain at elevations ranging from 2,610m/8,562ft to a maximum of 5,483m/17,990ft at Gokyo Ri. Some rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize. Some days will be rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize.
+ Am I likely to get Altitude Sickness?
Yes, there are casualties in Everest Region every year due to Altitude. The basic early symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, loss of appetite and sleeplessness and you should not ignore any symptoms. GO SLOWLY, listen to your body, be aware of any symptoms and listen to your guide.
+ Do I need a travel insurance?
Yes, Travel insurance is highly recommended which should cover emergency flights, medical expenses, "dangerous activities" should also be mentioned in document. Send the insurance paper to us before the trip so we can assist you in case of emergency.
+ What about simple medical treatment on the trek?
Trekking in the mountain for long time may have small accidents so we prepare our First-Aid set and our guide pass first-aid level I trainning.
+ Is it safe to drink water?
No, it is not safe to drink water directly from the source draining from the mountain, buying mineral water from lodges or bring your water purification tools or tablets to help saving conserve our environment. We will offer free water tablets during the trek
+ How to pack for the trek?
High in Himalayas mountain, the weather changes very quick sometimes it is extremely hot under the sun and other time it changes to cold and windy so the more layers the better. Clothes are easy to take out or wear is a good choice. -> See DETAIL on PACKING
+ Do I need to carry sleeping bag?
Yes, it is better to bring sleeping bag as tea house room does not keep warm enough when the temperature drops down. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day.
+ Does crampons is required for the trek?
Crampons are not necessary. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.
+ Will we be using tents and mattresses for the trek?
No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.
+ How about Accommodation?
Tea Houses (Lodges) Most of popular trail in three main popular trekking regions of Langtang/Annapurna/Everest have well-established lodges with private room, some are in certain level of comfort while others maybe dirty, remember to bring your own sleeping bag for a good night sleep. The dining room is downstairs and often have fire during cold weather, toilet facilities will be separate, sometimes outside.
+ Where can I leave my stuff before the trek?
Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.
+ What kind of food can I expect?
Most Tea House offer a good range of dish: Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season). Hot drinks like chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks.
+ Who will be my guide?
On local guide can speak English who have been to the relevant areas numerous times, are experienced, knowledgeable who can explain about trails, cultural and any sight that catches your eye. They are all authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.
+ Do I need porters for the trek?
Depending on your personal interest. Hiring porters allow enjoying your trek without carrying a heavy bag and improving the income of the local community. Help us to keep an eye on your porters just as he will keep an eye on you.
+ How much can a porter carry?
On average a porter can carry 20kg of your gear and equipments and 5kg of their own backpacks. Every extra kg we will charge 3$/kg/day and the money should give directly to porter.
+ Are Guides/Porters well-taken care?
Yes, our guides/porters have insurance covered, have proper waterproof clothing and shoes.
+ What is your suggestion of customized itinerary?
Trekkers looking for challenging trip can add a complete exploration of the region by add two more hair rasing passes the ChoLa and the Kongma La
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