Gokyo Lake Trek via Renjo La Pass

Duration: 14 Days

5,340m/17,815ft

Solukhumbu, Nepal

Minimum 02

High

OVERVIEW

The Nepal Himalayas are best seen on this trek as one traces the main route through the Khumbu region from the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. The trekkers get a close view of the world's greater mountains, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and others. We cross beautiful Renjo la pass (5,340 m)and also visit beautiful Gokyo Lakes.

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu.

    Upon arrival in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet Himalayan Holidays representative, assist and transfer to the hotel. At the lobby welcome refreshments will be served and room check in assistance provided. Rest of the day is free for leisure.

    Evening: Welcome dinner at a Nepali restaurant featuring cultural program.

    Overnight at hotel.

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    Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,880m) & Trek to Phakding (2,610m / 3 hrs)

    The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,880m) with snowline of the Himalayan Range in the north

    and the rugged landing in the Lukla airport is said to be one of the most spectacular in the world.

    After a short break the trek starts by following the trail leading to the northwest direction, which ultimately descends to the riverside settlement at Phakding (2610m).

    Dinner and overnight at tea house lodge.

  • Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,447 m / 4 hrs).

    Follow the Bhote Koshi through the forest and pasture land, along the valley dotted  Sherpa Settlements Manjo. After Monjo walk about 10 minute to reach to Jorshale, where your Sagarmatha National Park entry permit will be checked. From Jorshale descent down again to Bhote Koshi River and   Cross the Bhote Koshi and climb steeply, along switching back trail, lies the large Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. Near half way point, view of Everest (8848 m) and Lhotse (8511m) come into sight. This prosperous town is largest in Khumbu. Mt. Thamserku (6648m) and Kwangde Ri (6624 m) loom along the east and west of the village. The sacred mountain Khumbila (5707 m) dominates the skyline along the west. Duration of trek = 6 hours.

    Dinner and overnight at tea house lodge.

  • Day 04:  Trek to Thame (3,820 m / 4~5 hrs.)

    Traverse westward with view of Kwangde (6343 m) and the waterfall cascading off its flanks. Follow Bhote Kosi as the side hills high on its bank through the red and yellow rhododendron forest (in full blossom in May). Cross the river and look down the valley for views of Thamserku     (6648 m) and Kusum Kanguru (6370 m). Climb up       to Thame village through the forest. It is a secluded village and the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay the first Sherpa to climb the Mount Everest.

    Dinner and overnight at tea house lodge.

  • Day 05:  Rest day in Thame for rest and acclimatization.

    Dinner and overnight at tea house lodge. 

  • Day 06: Trek to Lungden (4,380m / 4~5 hrs.)

    Today we start our serious high altitude trekking. We walk for about 4 hours through a stunning landscape on an old trade route to Tibet to the village of Lungden. This village has only one lodge and very aptly called the Renjo La Support Lodge.

    Dinner and overnight at tea house lodge.

  • Day 07:  Trek to Gokyo (4,750 m) via Renjola Pass (5,340m /8~9 hrs.)

    The big day starts real early and it is a long day, as we have to walk about 6 hours to reach the pass, going slow because of the high altitude. After a brief stopover to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Everest Range and photographs, we start on a remarkably difficult downhill journey for about 3 hours to reach the village of Gokyo walk along the stunning and beautiful Dudh Kunda.

    Dinner and overnight at lodge in Gokyo.

  • Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Fifth Lake.

    After breakfast trek to Gokyo Fifth Lake which offer the excellent view of Everest and Cho oyu. Later return back to hotel for rest.

    Dinner and overnight at tea house lodge.

  • Day 09: Gokyo to Phortse Tanga (3,680 m / 7 hrs.) via Macchhermo and Dole.

    After breakfast it is about two hour gradual walk to Machhermo. After Machhermo continue trek to Luza. Form Luza it is about half an hour steady descent down to the village Dole. After lunch in Dole continue descent down to Phortse Tanga. The descent is steeply out of the valley through rhododendron and oak forests.

    Dinner and overnight at tea house lodge.

  • Day 10: Trek to Manjo via Namche Bazaar. (7 hrs.)

    After breakfast e Climb to Monla Pass from where you can get a magnificent view of the Amadablam (6856m), Kangtega (6685m) and Thamserku (6648m) standing high above the meadows of Thyangboche monastery. From here the trail leads along the hillside with view of Amadablam and Thamserku before decending into the rhododendron forest and then towards an impregnable looking rock wall on the south side of the valley. Descent further down to Kyamjuma for lunch. After lunch continue trek to Namche bazaar. After some rest in Namche Bazaar, head to the end of the village and then immediately start to descend to the river. If going up was tough it is equally hard to get the footing and walk down hill. Head along the banks of the river and then further descend to Monjo.

    Dinner and overnight at lodge in Manjo.

  • Day 11: Back track to Lukla (8 hrs.)

    After breakfast trek to Lukla via Phakding. It is interesting to watch others starting enthusiastically on the trek ahead. From Phakding, it is a surprising hard uphill climb to Lukla, which should take about 3 hours. It is a delightful ending to the trip as one enters into this busy village and our campsite at Lukla.

    Dinner and Overnight at Lukla.

  • Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu.

    Early morning, fly from Lukla to Katmandu on a twin Otter. Upon arrival, meet, assists and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free on your own for personal activities.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 13: Contingency day in Kathmandu.

    Contingency day in Kathmandu for delay or cancellation of flight from Lukla to Kathmandu or delay on trek due to unavoidable circumstances.

    Evening: Group Farewell Dinner at nice restaurant in Thamel.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 14:  Free till final departure from Kathmandu.

    Free until final departure transfer to the airport assisted by representatives from Himalayan Holidays.

cost includes

    • 2 Teachers free of cost on twin / double room sharing basis inclusive of Round trip Airfare for sector Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu.
    • All transfers and sightseeing tours in a private  tourist vehicle  accompanied by English speaking guide from Himalayan Holidays.
    • Welcome Garlands of seasonal flowers upon arrival.
    • 3 nights stay at hotel (as above) in Kathmandu on twin sharing including American breakfast and all taxes.
    • Nepali Welcoming Dinner at a Nepali authentic restaurant in Kathmandu.
    • Tea House Trek as per Itinerary including all meals, accommodation at Lodges and Tea Houses, and the service of English speaking trek leader and a team of experienced Sherpa assistant/s and a reliable porters.
    • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary including applicable monumental entry fees.
    • Fare well dinner at a good tourist restaurant in Thamel.
    • Sagarmatha National Park fees and Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS Card).
cost excludes

    • International airfares and airport departure taxes.
    • Airfare for sector Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu (Quoted Seperately).
    • Items of a personal nature such as; laundry, bar bills, alcoholic beverages (except on welcome dinner), extra mileage, optional tours as Mountain Flights, telephone calls, internet services, personal gratuities as tips to guides, bell-hops,l porters, drivers, etc.
    • Extra night in Kathmandu or Lukla due to delay, cancellation or early arrival in Kathmandu US$ 50 in a 3 Star hotel and US$ 85 per person based on 5 Stars hotel on twin room sharing basis.
    • Comprehensive Travel Insurance or “Umbrella Insurance” to cover– Illness, hospitalization, travel medicines, loss of valuables, thefts, change of itinerary, flight and tour cancellations due to unavoidable circumstances and most of all Emergency Helicopter Charter for evacuation purpose.
    • Any items that are not mentioned in above the costs include section.
FAQs

Nepal visa is easily issued from Nepalese Embassy in your country. Nepal also issue on arrival visa for 15 days, 30 days and 90 days charging fee of USD 25, USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please carry two passport size photos along with you.

Best season for trekking in Nepal is from March to May and September to November. During this time weather is clear and warm. But, if you like to avoid crowd then best time for your trek will be from May to September. 

Yes, we do provide international airport pick up and drop off services. Outside terminal, our staff will be displaying companies play card or your name card depending upon group size, for your convenience.

It is compulsory to have your insurance before you visit Nepal. For trekking and Alpine Climbing you must have High Altitude Insurance. And for Tour and sightseeing you must have travel insurance.

You must be physically fit and healthy for trekking in Nepal. It’s better to do at least 2 hours morning or evening walk to prepare yourself for this trekking. Please let us know in advance if you have any medical problems like heart disease, asthma and blood pressure.

Difficulty level depends upon the remoteness and altitude of the trekking route. Basically, trekking below 3,000m is easy. Higher the altitude, it’s more difficult to walk.

In trekking, wide variety of food is available. Teahouses prepare Nepali food, Indian food and Continental food as per menu. All the foods are freshly prepared. We suggest you not to consume meat items during the trekking.

Basically, we accommodate our clients in 3 to 4 star hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other major cities in standard rooms on twin sharing basis. For luxury package we accommodate you in 5 star and beautiful boutique hotels in available places. On trek we accommodate you in best available lodges and teahouses standard rooms on twin sharing basis and occasionally dormitory on busy season.

In teahouse trekking basic facilities are available, with clean rooms, blankets, freshly cooked warm food. Sometimes there will be common toilets and bathrooms outside your room. Warm water is available for shower on extra cost.

In camping trekking, we will use the tents that can keep us warm from -20 degree Celsius to -40 degree Celsius. Tents for toilet, shower, dinning and kitchen will be set up for your convenience. Comfortable trekking chairs, tables and mattress will be available. Fresh and healthy food will be prepared by our professional cook.

Means of transportation depends on places you travel. We have our own fleet of transportation like car, jeep, Hiace and Coaster tourist bus for ground transfer. Domestic airplane and helicopter are used for air transportation.

Weather in the Mountains is highly unpredictable. So we should always be prepared to tackle the cold. From March to May and September to November in the morning and evening temperature will be (from 3000m to 6000m) 0 degree Celsius to 5 degree Celsius, in afternoon it will rise upto 20 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius and at night it might fall down till -5 degree Celsius to -10 degree Celsius. Similarly, during winter i.e. December, January and February there will be heavy snowfall in the Mountains dropping temperature till -15 degree Celsius at night. Morning and evening will be around -5 to 5 degree Celsius and temperature will rise upto 15 degree Celsius during day time. And our monsoon season from June to August where we expect heavy and continuous rainfall. But if we go above 3000m altitude ratio of rainfall will decrease. Temperature during day will reach upto 25 degree Celsius high and reduce till 0 degree Celsius to -5 degree Celsius. Morning and evening will be chill from 5 degree Celsius to 15 degree Celsius.

For trekking in the Mountains you will need very warm, windproof, waterproof clothes. You must bring trekking/hiking boot which is comfortable to wear and walk. Beside that quick dry t-shirt, trouser and towel is important.

On average you have to walk 6 to 8 hrs a day covering 12 to 18 km in distance.

Of course, this trip is completely safe for solo travelers. You will have your guide and porter for your assistance; they will definitely take care of you along the trip.

Health and safety of our clients is a major concern of our company. All our guides have got first aid training. Your guide will be carrying first aid kit and satellite phone during the trekking in case of emergency and we can use the helicopter service for immediate evacuation.

Yes, you can use your debit/credit card in major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. We suggest you to carry cash (Nepali Currency) during the trekking for your personal expenses.

If its Altitude Sickness problem then we will immediately carry you down to lower altitude. We will take you to the nearby health post and if the case is serious we will immediately do helicopter rescue and admit in major hospitals in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

We have included rest/spare day in your itinerary to acclimatize in the thin air. Your guide will encourage you to drink more soup and garlic which is believed to help in high altitude. Besides that, your guide will be carrying medicine (Diamox) to reduce altitude sickness.

Giving tips to your guide and porters is a small gesture of thank you for your service. We don’t fix the amount of tips but it’s completely depends on the level of satisfaction from your guide and porters service during your trekking. This small gesture will really help to support their family living. Tipping system in Nepal is 10% of the amount that you paid for your trip.

Yes there are telephones and internet facilities available in the most places during trekking. Your guide is always carrying a mobile phone, you can request him to make international call and in return you can recharge/top-up or give small amount as international call charge.

Yes all your electronic gadgets charging facility is available on your trekking. They do charge NRS 200 to NRS 500 for service.

Yes, it’s possible to extend your trip. You can always let your guide know about it and we will arrange the logistic.

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