Everest Gokyo Lake with Renjo la pass trek at about 5360 m/17585 feet height is without any doubt one of the most astounding trekking route in Everest region.
Everest region offers several opportunities to try totally different trekking passes that are very famous and glorious. Everest Gokyo Lake with Renjo la pass trek, a short route trek is particularly designed for people who have restricted time to get the foremost illustrious beauties of breath-taking high mountain scenery through the Khumbu Region of Nepal.
This trek starts at the Lukla, the entry point of Everest Region and follows the Dudh Koshi valley which leads up to Namche Bazzar, the big market place of Everest region. This trek possesses two attainable routes either from Renjo la Pass trek or alternatively from the Gokyo Peak (5480m). The Renjo Pass route is off the standard overwhelmed track. Renjo la pass provides a lifetime memory of wide views of the Everest and others Mountain range. At the pass, an excellent view of the Gokyo lakes on one side, the Rermo Pokhari/lakes on the other side, and a various of snowy peaks in background, offer as unbelievable atmosphere. After nice view from the Renjo-La top, the path descends following Thame valley. The alternative route begins from Gokyo that is way easier. Gokyo peak ascent are often taken as the one of the highlights of this trek. There we have good time to savor the unimaginable scenery. From there we can observe the impressive views of Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyo and Lhotse (8511m) and many other fascinating mountains. The trail to Gokyo valley passes through the beautiful rhododendron forest. The main attraction of the Gokyo Valley is the excursion to the Gokyo fourth and fifth lakes and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in the Nepal Himalayas. The Gokyo Ri is considered as the best view point in the Everest Region. Finally the trek passes through the Khumbu Valley, the motherland of Sherpa.
Trip Highlights of Everest Gokyo Lake with Renjo La Pass Trek
Scenic mountain flight From Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu. Visiting Namche and Khumjung Village. Great scenery and views of Ice fall and Glacier of Khumbu region including Mt. Everest, Cho oyu, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Ice Fall view from Gokyo Ri at elevation of 5365 meters. Very fantastic Lake view and Glacier. An experience of Renjo la pass and Thame village.
Recommended Packing list for Everest Gokyo Lake with Renjo La Pass Trek.
- 2 quick drying long base layer shirts.
- 2 trekking shirts short sleeve
- 2 Thermal underwear – base layer.
- 2 liner socks
- 3 pair woolen blend trekking socks.
- 2 pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms
- 2 fleece sweaters – one lightweight, one heavier
- 1 wind/rain proof overlayer- jacket and pants
- 1 down jacket. ( -20 D.C )
- 1 down vest
- 1 warm winter hat
- 1 lightweight thermal layer hat
- 1 peak hat
- 1 pair of gloves
- 1 Pair trekking boots.
- 1, Head lamp with extra batteries,
- 1 sleeping bag heavy ( -20 D.C)
- 1 watch with alarm
- 1 Sun glasses ( UV protection )
- 1 camera with, extra batteries.
- 2-3 portable chargers.
- Diamox – for altitude
- Vicks vapor rub
- anti nauseant – you tend to feel just a bit nauseaus a lot at altitude.
- immodium – diarrhea is common at altitued.
- blister bandaids or moleskin
- eye drops
- advil cold and dinus
- nasal moisturizer – altitude causes nasal cavities to be very dry, nasal moisturizer was very helpful.
- tiger balm.
- Foot powder (for Deb’s stinky feet)
- Toilet paper
- micro fibre towel
- Gold Bond – this just feels good all the time
Day 01: Arrival and transfer to your hotel
Day 02: Free and arrangement day.
Day 03: Kathmandu –Lukla- Phakding(2610 mtrs.)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazar (3535 mtrs.).
Day 05: Rest day in Namche Bazzar (Acclimatization)
Day 06: Namche to Dole (3500m).
Day 07: Dole to Machermo (4360m).
Day 08: Machermo to Gokyo (4750m)
Day 09: Gokyo- rest day
Rest day or those feeling energetic can attempt to climb Gokyo peak/ gokyo Ri (5360m) for a panoramic view of some of the world's highest mountains; Everest, Lhotse, Makalu ,Cho Oyu and some others.
Day 10: Gokyo - Lungde.
Day 11: Lungde to Thame (3800m)..
Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla.
Day 14: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu. Tranfer to the Kathmandu Hotel
Day 01: Arrival and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free and arrangement day.
Day 03. Kathmandu –Lukla- Phakding(2610 mtrs.)
Early morning flight about about 30 minutes to Lukla . Here we will cross the Tharo Kosi river on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge we can see the peak of Kusum Kangru (6367m), which is the most difficult of the so-called “trekking peaks”. Beyond the Tharo Kosi the trail climbs a bit towards Ghat (2590m), we will cross a ridge marked with painted mani stones and climb to Phakding where we will stay overnight (4 hrs).
Day 04. Trek to Namche Bazar (3535 mtrs.).
From Phakding we follow the valley of the Dudh Kosi river, We climb steeply over a rocky ridge towards Benkar (2710m). From here the trail continues alongside the river. villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it a beautiful walk. We cross the Kyashar Khola river and climb out of the valley to Monjo (2840m). Just beyond Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, the trail makes a steep rocky descent and crosses the Dhud Kosi river on a 120m-long suspension bridge towards Jorsale (2830m). After crossing this river a few times while climbing our way up the valley we will reach Namche Bazaar (3420m). Namche Bazaar is the main trading centre in this region and features numerous shops, hotels and restaurants (6 hrs).
Day 05. Namche Bazar Rest.
Acclimatization day. we will take a day hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung. We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Shyangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will slowly ascent towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments).
Day 06. Namche to Dole
The trek of today climbs the hill to Khumjung and descends to the valley of Dudh Koshi. The route to Goyko turns north, climbing above the more frequented route to Tengboche and Everest base camp. over nigt at Dole (5 hrs).
Day 07. Dole- Macchermo
The trail first climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests, which give away to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers. This part of the trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. We pass a herders’ hut at Tongba (3950m) and then climb gently to Dole. The trail starts today by climbing steeply through scrub junipers to a single lodge at Lhabarma (4330m). We pass the small settlement of Luza (4340m) and continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river to Machhermo. It was here that a yeti supposedly killed three yaks and attacked a Sherpa woman. This is the most credible yeti incident ever reported, so be watchful as we visit this region (5 hrs).
Day 08. Macchermo to Gokyo.
Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and upwards to Cho Oyu. Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail reaches the small village of Pangka (4390m). After passing Pangka the trail drops briefly, then climbs to a large cave known as Nilibuk. After Nilibuk we climb steeply along a narrow, newly crafted staircase trail. Atop the staircase the trail crosses a simple wooden bridge to the first small lake, Longponga, at 4650m. The trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Taujun, at 4710m and finally up a boulder strewn path to Gokyo. (4 hrs).
Day 09. Gokyo- Gokyo peak- Gokyo
The views around Gokyo are tremendous. For the best views we will climb Gokyo Ri (5357m) today. From here we will have a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung Kang, Everest, Lothse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. After we enjoyed the view we will return to Gokyo village for the night (4 hrs).
Day 10. Gokyo Ri-Renjo la pass- lunde.
Early morning after breakfast, we will climb renjo la pass. This is a really nice high pass in Everest region and being more popular in these days. It is about 6-7 hrs long day.
Day 11. Lunde to Thame.
It is easy day from Lunde to Thame. In Thame, we can visit Monastry and this is a quiet nice sherpa village.
Day 12. Thame to Namche.
This is all the way down to Namche and easy, it takes about 3 hrs to get there... finally we are catching same way return to Lukla.
Day 13. Namche to Lukla.
Trails follow up and down to to Lukla . This is also easy trek down.
Day 14. Lukla to Kathmandu
After breakfast, fly to Kathmandu (this is scenic flight of 35 min).
Trip Cost US$ 1,225 Per person
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle .
- Two night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- All your stander Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and a cup of tea or coffee during the breakfast only.
- Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek.
- A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder Guide,his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
- A Strong Porter among the two trekkers ( one porter sharing among two member ) including all his expenses including full insurance during the trek.
- Round Trip flight fare Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla airport for you and guide.
- National Park permits.
- TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.).
- A trekking route map.
- Medical supplies, first aid kit box, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance company). If in case.
- Sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed).
- All ground transportation.
- All our government taxes.
- Official expanse.
- Food and extra night at hotel whilst in Kathmandu.
- Your travel insurance. (compulsory)
- International air fare.
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
- Personal trekking Equipments.
- Activities and hotel in Kathmandu.
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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions
Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.
Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.
If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.
1. Is trekking difficult?
The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.
If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.
Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.
If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.
Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.
Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.
2. Is trekking expensive?
This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.
You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.
Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!
3. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.
Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.
If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.
4. What are the things I need to pack?
There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.
To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-
5. Do I need special permission to trek?
You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.
Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-
6. Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.
An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.
7. What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.
Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.
8. What kind of accommodation should I expect?
Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking
1. Tea house trekking:
You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.
Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.
The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.
2. Camp treks
In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.
9. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.
You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-
- Attain height gradually and slowly
- As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
- Drink plenty of water
- Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
- Eat high caloric food
- Avoid smoking or drinking
11. How to diagnose AMS?
In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Upset stomach
- Feeling unsteady
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty sleeping
If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:
- Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
- Descend to a lower altitude if possible
- Take complete rest until you feel well
- Do not exercise
- Do not smoke
- Drink plenty of water
- Take external oxygen supply if necessary
- Take anti-sickness medicines
If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.
12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.
A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.
A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.
In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.
Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.
13. Can I trek solo?
To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.
A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.
Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.
14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?
Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.
In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.
15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?
Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.
In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.
The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at firstname.lastname@example.org