- duration 13 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 5+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Maximum altitude 5360 meters
- Trek difficulty Moderate
- Trek through Sherpa lands in the shadow of the worlds highest peak, Mt Everest
- Learn about the culture and traditions of the people in this region
- See stunning views of Everest from Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake
Exploring the unique blend of Nepalese Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism, and the culture, traditions, and lifestyles of the aboriginal Sherpa people are other highlights of the trek apart from the marvelous views and natural diversity.
Begin with a mountain flight to Lukla and exploring the villages of Chauri kharka, Phakding and Namche Bazaar. Stay for acclimatization in the historical trading hub of Namche. Pass through the villages of Dole and Machhermo, before Gokyo leads you to the Gokyo Ri, the peak with extraordinary scenery. Soak up the panoramic view of mountains including Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8585m), Ama Dablam (6812m), Thame Peak and others. You can also see the Ngozomba Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas, and the unique Gokyo village. Climb to the challenging Renjo La Pass (5345m), another viewpoint in the trail which provides yet another surreal scenery of the Himalayas to the trekkers as a reward to their strenuous trekking in the region. After exploring the region we retrace our path and head for Thame, then trek to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.
On the trek, you may catch a glimpse of rare species such as musk deer, wild mountain goat, snow leopard, mountain hawk and others. Locals believe in the existence of the infamous Yeti as well. You may witness it as well, you never know!
Gokyo Renjo La Pass trekking is full of diversity; from monasteries clad with prayer flags and scribbles to the precarious suspension bridges, and from the majestic Himalayas to cultural heritages of local inhabitants, you get to experience many things in one single trek. Experience the professional service and exceptional hospitality of our team and the feel the warmth of the ever-smiling locals. Discover yourself in this wonder-world in a hassle-free and entertaining trekking expedition in the mountains of Nepal.
The day before our trek, we met the Trekking Planner owner, Dipak, to go over some points and so he could answer any queries we had. He was attentive and also gave us some good advice on what to expect during the trek. We since learnt that Dipak was a porter and then guide himself for 15 years, so his knowledge and expertise is great.
We had to take a four hour bus journey to Ramechhap at 2.30am the next morning. This was a little frustrating as we had hoped to fly out of Kathmandu, and the roads to Ramechhap airport were bumpy (as well as a little dangerous at night as the driver weaves through the thin mountain roads quite quickly) therefore, sleep was impossible. Having to fly from Ramechhap was out of Trekking Planners hands and everybody we met had done the same - just forewarning that it is not the nicest journey!
Once we got to Lukla Airport, we began our short day 1 walk. We had a temporary guide for this day as our trip guide was finishing off a previous trip. He didnt speak great English but as it was only for a few hours it didnt really matter.
That evening we met our guide and the next morning the trek really began. Our guide was Ananta and he was really great. We had such a fun time with him and it was like being with a friend most of the time. His knowledge of the areas was unparalleled, and he was extremely attentive in making sure everybody was feeling okay. We often had a laugh and a joke with Ananta during the walks as well as in the evenings, and there was a real team spirit by the end of the trip which was lovely.
On the day we were supposed to depart back to Kathmandu, we heard bad weather was rolling in due to a cyclone from India and flights back would likely be cancelled that day. It was urgent we got back because we had our international flight home early the next morning. Both Ananta as well as the flight lady at the Lukla teahouse were amazing. We got to the airport 4 hours before our scheduled flight time to see if they could squeeze us on an earlier flight (we knew all flights would be cancelled by the time we were due to depart). Both the flight lady and Ananta were relentless with airport staff to get us on a plane and it was immensely appreciated. We did indeed get a flight back to Kathmandu (well, Ramechhap), and learnt that our flight was the second to last to depart, and all were cancelled after that - so very lucky!!
Once back in Kathmandu, we had a good rest and then met Ananta, the other lady in our group and Dipak for a farewell meal of authentic Chinese food - which was fantastic. Dipak was genuinely interested in obtaining feedback on how to be better and clearly appreciates what is important to people when doing a trip such as this.
Overall such a great, memorable trip!”
Day 1: Fly to Lukla (2828m) and trek to Phakding (2780m)
Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 3: Rest day at Namche Bazar
Day 4: Trek to Phortse Tanga (3690m)
Day 5: Trek to Dole (4200m)
Day 6: Trek to Machhermo (4470m)
Day 7: Trek to Gokyo (4790m)
Day 8: Full day in Gokyo
Day 9: Trek to Renzo La (5345m) and to Lungden (4380m)
Day 10: Trek to Thame (3800m)
Day 11: Trek to Monjo (2800m)
Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2828m)
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu (1350m)
- All airport pick ups and drop offs by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights)
- Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant
- Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax
- National park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS card)
- A highly experienced, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance
- Accommodation during the trek
- Three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trek
- First aid kit box
- Sleeping bag, down jacket, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
- Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek
- All applicable government and local taxes
- Your Nepal Visa fees
- All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Meals during the traveling time
- Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
- In case of extra more nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time
- Your personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, hot and cold shower, extra porter, etc)
- Tips to the trekking crews and driver
- Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
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How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.