Renjo La Pass Trek

Duration: 15 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 5365m

Highlights

  • Thrilling fight from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa
  • Explore the wilderness of the Sagarmatha National Park
  • Walk through beautiful mountain villages and get to see the lifestyle of the mountain people
  • A less crowded adventurous trail
  • Enjoy side excursions during acclimatization days in Namche Bazaar and Gokyo village
  • Wind at the shores of Gokyo Lakes
  • Cross a high mountain pass, Renjo La
  • A native crew to support you during the trek
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views throughout the trek with divers landscapes
  • Extra nights in Kathmandu before starting and at the end of the trek

Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek Overview

Looking for something different in the Everest region? Then join us on our adventurous 15 days Renjo La pass trek that crosses a high mountain pass and takes you to Gokyo Lakes. It is one of the underrated trekking packages in the Everest region that has no crowd, great mountain landscapes, and beautiful layovers.

The Renjo La pass trail crosses the high mountain pass called Renjo La, as the name of the package suggests. It is a remote trek in the Everest region that explores beautiful mountain villages, lush alpine forests, valleys, streams, lakes, and glaciers.

Apart from the pass, the Renjo La pass trek also has another major highlight, the Gokyo Lakes (4,700–5,000 m), which is why this package is also widely known as the Everest Gokyo Lake Renjo La pass trek. The fascinating Sherpa culture and heartwarming Himalayan landscapes come complimentary on this trek.

The less crowded trail via villages like Dole (4,200 m) and Machhermo (4,470 m) makes the Renjo La pass trek one of the best Everest trek packages. You will not be following the famous Everest trail visited by thousands of trekkers. This trek does not take you to EBC, instead lets you explore the largest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa Glacier, and the famous viewpoint, Gokyo Ri (5,357 m).

The Renjo La pass trekking has balanced adventurous and spiritual elements. When the thrilling landing at Lukla airport and the giant mountains overwhelm you, the friendly locals and their rich cultural heritage will calm you down.

The delicate chirping of the birds, the freshness of the mountains, and the soothing aroma of forests will help you unwind & relax your heart. The simple yet meaningful interactions with locals, their stories, and their lifestyle make the journey more interesting.

And how can we forget about all the mountains and peaks that become constant companions of travelers in the Everest region? To name some of the mountains you get to witness are Mt. Everest (8,849 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), Mt. Kangtega (6,782 m), etc.

Major attractions of Renjo La Pass Trek

The wilderness of the Sagarmatha National Park

This trek explores the Sagarmatha National Park, a huge protected area of international interest. The national park begins from Monjo village onwards, and we have to register the national park permit at the police check post right outside Monjo village.

The Sagarmatha national park has numerous flora and fauna, including exotic species like Himalayan tahr, snow leopard, red panda, blue sheep, etc. The trail likewise is full of a range of forests, pastures, terraces, rivers, streams, waterfalls, moraines, glaciers, etc.

Trek through beautiful mountain villages

Some of the major villages on this trek are Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo village, and Thame. Apart from these, you'll pass by many other small villages with fantastic views. Trekking through these villages will give you a chance to peek into the lifestyle and culture of the locals. You'll learn a lot about Sherpas especially and visit ancient monasteries on the way.

A less crowded adventurous trail

Not many people do Renjo la pass trek because of the strenuous trail and fewer facilities. Therefore, the trail is not crowded even in the peak trekking season. You get to enjoy the tranquility of the Everest region at its best and take your all time to admire the views without getting disturbed.

Amazing hikes during the acclimatization days in Namche Bazaar and Gokyo village

We have two acclimatization days in our itinerary. One in Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) and another in Gokyo village (4,750 m). In Namche Bazaar, you'll hike to the Hotel Everest View (3,962 m), a luxury accommodation provider that is known for the Mt. Everest view from all of its windows. Likewise, during the rest day in Gokyo village, we have a side excursion to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m), a vantage point. The mountain view from this point is extraordinary.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La pass

Gokyo Lake is the world's highest lake system comprising six lakes ranging from 4,700–5,000 m (15,400–16,400 ft) above sea level. Also designated as a Ramsar site, Gokyo Lakes has religious values and is considered holy by the locals. The Thonak Lake is the largest among all the Gokyo Lakes and the Dudh Pokhari Lake is the most significant one. The Gokyo village is located on the eastern shore of the Dudh Pokhari.

Everest region has three main high passes, and the Renjo La pass is considered the most approachable among all three. Its elevation is also the lowest among all three passes at 17,560 ft/5,360 m. The Renjo La pass connects the Gokyo valley to the least visited part of the Everest region Thame.

A native crew to support you during the trek

You get to trek with a native professional mountain guide and porters during the Renjo La pass trekking with us. At Outfitter Himalaya, we work closely with the locals of the Everest region and have the most friendly & reliable crew.

Our on-field team has numerous years of expertise in leading groups in the Himalayas and can handle any unseen circumstances calmly.

Extra nights in Kathmandu before starting and at the end of the trek

One of the things that make our Renjo La pass trekking package very special is the two full days in Kathmandu before and after the trek ends. You'll get ample time to prepare for the journey and rest, of course, after the end of the trek. We have a guided sightseeing tour on one of the days. You do not need to rush and have plenty of time to do all the things you want.

You'll Experience

View Grom Gokyo Ri

Itinerary

The Renjo La pass trek in Everest Region is a 15-day trek program and the 15-day Renjo La pass trek itinerary includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal, a cultural day tour In Kathmandu, and an extra day at the end of the trek as a buffer day. The buffer day is to use in case you need any extra day on the trek or if there is any delay or cancelation on our Lukla flight, which may happen sometimes due to unfavorable weather conditions.

The Everest Renjo La pass 15 days itinerary includes a trek to Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Lake, a hike to Gokyo Ri, and passing over the Renjo La and returning to Lukla to take a return flight to Kathmandu. This given itinerary is a standard guideline itinerary to offer you, however, if the given itinerary is not suitable for you, we can tailor and offer you an itinerary as per your requirement.

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To make sure you have a smooth airport-to-hotel commute, we will send our representatives to the Tribhuvan International Airport to pick you up.

They will welcome you and escort you to the hotel. The remaining day is free, so explore Thamel and get plenty of rest to get rid of your jetlag.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

We have a full day in Kathmandu and lots of fun activities in front of us. In the morning, our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby and take you to different historical sites around Kathmandu. He/she will introduce you to Nepali culture and traditions.

Later in the day, you will meet with the mountain guide and have a short trek briefing session. Learn about the trail and get your mind ready for all the hurdles. We do the final packing in the duffle bags and end the day enjoying the lively ambiance of Thamel.

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  • Max. Altitude1345

Our trek begins from Lukla. Depending upon the Lukla flight status, we will either catch this flight from Kathmandu or Manthali airport. If flying from Manthali airport, we have to drive there early in the morning. The Lukla flight is very scenic and thrilling. At Lukla, the porters will join our group.

We then trek to Phakding village. On the way, we can see Kusum Kanaru and Kongde Ri. The trail descends via Ghat village and crosses multiple suspension bridges.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2610

Following the Dudh Koshi river, we ascend via pine and cedar forests. The permits are registered at the Monjo village. The trail then goes by rhododendron and magnolia forests.

We will walk past numerous villages on the way and cross many bridges over Dudh Koshi. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar is steep and rugged.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

Namche Bazaar is a big Sherpa town with many modern facilities and luxury lodges. It's a tourist hub of the Khumbu region. We spend a rest day here to acclimatize our bodies. The day is spent going on a hike to Hotel Everest View. The views of Mt. Thamserku and the hills on the way make the hike pleasant. Upon reaching Hotel Everest View, we can see gorgeous views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Nuptse.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

From Namche Bazaar, the trail ascends to Kyangjuma. We will be following a different route, so the trail is not crowded. From Kyangjuma, we will steeply climb through rhododendron forests and pass by many summer settlement areas. The trail passes by villages like Tongba and Gyele. We can see yak grazing pastures and mountains like Tawache, Khumbila, etc, on the way to Dole.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4200

Leaving Dole, we will hike to Lambara and Luza. Following a steep route, we will pass by juniper bushes and ascend to Macchermo village, crossing sandy spurs. One of the interesting myths surrounding Machhermo is that in 1974 a Yeti killed three yaks and attacked a Sherpa woman.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4410

The trail ascends to a ridge offering spectacular views of the valley down to Kantega and up towards Cho Oyu. The trail then widens and passes by Pangka. From here, we descend to a riverbank and continue ascending following the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is the largest glacier in Nepal. Further, we ascend on a steep trail up the moraine and walk along a stream. Passing by the first lake, we hike to Gokyo village.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4790

Today, we will wake up early in the morning and ascend to Gokyo Ri. It is essential for acclimatization. The mountain panorama from Gokyo Ri is out of this world, and worth all the tough walks we have faced till now. Mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Makalu, Tawache, Gyachung Kang, etc will line up in front of us. After the hike, we will visit a couple of lakes and end the day.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5365

One of the major highlights of this entire trek is the crossing of Renjo La pass. From Gokyo village, we descend into the wilderness of the northern valley. The landscape looks more like Tibet beyond the border. Following a steep uphill route, we hike to the top of the pass to enjoy the stunning mountain scenery. The trail then descends to Thame.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5335

Following a flat trail, we descend toward Namche Bazaar. The trail goes through lush forests and a few settlement areas. The views on the way back are terrific. We will enjoy the walk.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

From Namche Bazaar, we steeply descend and walk through dense forests. The trail passes by many waterfalls and crosses numerous suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi village. Upon reaching Phakding village, we will ascend to Lukla.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2840

We try to take as early a flight as possible today. The flight back to Kathmandu is equally thrilling and scenic. Our team will escort you to the hotel from the airport. The remaining day is leisure. You can rest and get a massage.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

We have added an extra full day in Kathmandu before your departure. We suggest you take this opportunity and visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square & Patan Durbar Square.

Do your shopping and enjoy your last day in Kathmandu to the fullest. In the evening, we will meet you during the farewell dinner.

This is also an extra buffer day that we use if we needed for the trek or if the Lukla flight is delayed or cancelled due to bad weather and we needed to wait for another day.

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Time to fly back to your home. Our airport team will drop you at the international airport and bid you our last goodbyes. If you have any other requests, let our team know.

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Map & Altitude Graph

Renjo La Pass Trek map

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • Four nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast
  • Sagarmatha national park entry permits and TIMS permit
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • Flight fare (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with domestic airport tax
  • Tea house/Lodge Accommodation during the trek on twin sharing
  • A guide and porters (1 porter for every two trekkers)
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (which will be paid by travel insurance company)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffel bag, if necessary and returned after the trek

Exclusions

  • Nepal Entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (Lunch and Dinner) while you are in Kathmandu
  • Your personnel expenses/shopping
  • Entrance fees on Kathmandu tour
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • Sweet things like chocolate bars and bar bills
  • Hot shower, internet, telephone and laundry
  • International airfare
  • Tips for the guide and staffs
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Essential Info

Fitness for Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek

A moderate level of fitness is required with good health and daily trekking/hiking between 3 to 6 hours for Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek. You reach an altitude of 3800m above sea level. Thus, previous trekking experience is recommended.

If you have any concerns about your health, please consult with your healthcare provider before booking the Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek.

Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek Difficulty

The Gokyo Renjo La pass trek route is steep and rugged. It's not a beginner-friendly trekking package, therefore the participants have to be physically fit (at least) to join the trek. The terrain is rough and rocky. You'll be walking on glacier moraines and glacial paths.

Renjo La pass trek route is not resourceful like the other trails in the Khumbu region. Thus, the services along the way get very minimal and expensive as the days go by. The Renjo La pass trek is, no doubt, very adventurous and beautiful, but also has many hurdles.

The trekking route demands you to push yourself against the odds. Our expert mountain guide will be there with you all the time to assist you. However, you are the only one who can push yourself. Therefore, mental fitness is also needed.

Altitude sickness

Renjo La pass trekking is a high-altitude journey. You'll be touching more than 5,000 meters in height in seven days. Starting the trek from Lukla at 2,860 meters, the trail gradually ascends to Renjo La pass at 5,360 meters.

We have two acclimatization days before your climb to the top of the pass. So, you'll have a good chance to acclimate your body and minimize the risks of altitude sickness.

Gokyo Lake and Renjo La pass trek have a risk of altitude sickness, but with proper measures and a good itinerary, you can do this trek without suffering from altitude sickness.

And our Renjo La pass trek itinerary is the best, with ample rest days and no more than 500 meters ascending in one day.

Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek Preparation

There are a few things that one can do to prepare for Renjo La pass trekking. First thing, you have to seriously train your body and mind. You have to be strong to walk 6 hours a day, which can go up to 9 hours of walking on some days. Your stamina, core strength, and leg muscles have to be strong for this trek.

Exercise, do activities like swimming, cycling, hiking, jogging, etc, before the beginning of the Gokyo Lake and Renjo La pass trek. Make sure to have four to six weeks in hand at minimum to prepare. If you are an experienced active trekker, then you can join this trek with us right away.

Do checks all the trekking gear, get used to your trekking boots and train your mind to adjust to the minimum facilities available on the trail.

Best Time for the Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek

The best time to go on the Gokyo-Renjo La Pass Trek are Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December). These are the most preferred times for the trek as the weather generally remains stable. Likewise, the clear sky and pleasant climate make the journey joyful and the view outstanding.

Furthermore, the Gokyo - Renjo La Pass Trek is doable in the Winter season (December to February) if you can bear colder.

Accommodations on Gokyo- Renjo La Pass Trek

You stay overnights at the teahouse/lodge on Gokyo-Renjo La Pass Trek. The lodges/teahouses have made trekking easier and more comfortable these days. The old-style houses, small rooms, and common washrooms may not sound comfortable. However, they are clean and comfortable to spend nights in the remote mountain trekking.

Extra nights in Kathmandu pre- or post- Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek

The extra night hotel in Kathmandu is available for pre or post the Gokyo Renjo la pass trek, if you arrive in Nepal earlier and stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates. Contact us if you need any extra nights for pre- or post-trek or want to plan any Extra tours and activities for your Extra days.

Meals on Gokyo - Renjo La Pass Trek

You can find good variations in the menu at a lower elevation of the Gokyo-Renjo La Pass Trek, the Dishes like momo, noodles, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, pastries, coffee, and tea, can be found in Namche Bazar and other villages. As the elevation increase, the menu also gets limited and expensive. The meals are served on the menu of the teahouse/lodge.

Travel insurance for the Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek

You need a travel insurance policy when you come for the Gokyo Renjo La pass adventure in Nepal. The Renjo La pass trek is a high mountain trek, and there is always a risk of sickness or injury.

So, you may need to be rescued/evacuated. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue if that happens. So, be sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy.

Other trekking packages similar to the Renjo La pass trek

You can tailor-make the Renjo La pass trek itinerary with us. We will customize the day-to-day, arrival day, and services along the way, as per your request. Likewise, you can also include a helicopter ride from Thame to Kathmandu that saves you two days of walking back to Lukla.

Similarly, if you are unsure about Kathmandu Lukla commercial flight and looking for a more comfortable and relaxing way to reach Lukla, then a helicopter flight to Lukla from Kathmandu is the perfect alternative. You can join a group if you are on a tight budget or get a private ride as you wish.

Some other similar trekking packages in the Himalayas are the Gosaikunda Lake trek, the Tilicho Lake trek, the Manaslu Circuit trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, the Ganja La pass trek, and the Cho La pass trek.

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