Gokyo & Renjola Trekking

15 Days

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Gokyo Trek to renjo la pass is newly open high pass trekking in Khumbu region. People from Tibet walk all the way down to Namche to sell their home made stuffs and salt to trade. The most wonderful experience would be to explore this area during the end of monsoon season when flowers pop out in Nangpala, giving the trekkers the illusion that they are walking on textured carpet.

The strong fragrances of flowers refresh the mind and feel heavenly to camp there and have a very sweet sleep at night. The caravan-style business, its remoteness, the biggest glaciers in the whole of the Khumbu region and spectacular views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho Oyo are the spectacular features in this trek. The newly opened Renjo Pass crossing from Gokyo to Nangpala is a breathtakingly beautiful walk with mountains surrounding us.The Gokyo Trek to renjo la pass offers an alternative to the traditional Everest base camp trek. From Goyko RI, more of Everest itself is visible than from Kala Pattar above Gorak Shep.The mountains are more spectacular, the Ngozumpa Glacier is the largest in the Nepal Himalaya and, from a ridge above Goyko, and four 8000-meter peaks (Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu) are visible. The view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang (7922m) is one of the most dramatic panoramas in Khumbu. This trek is little less crowded then the base camp trek.This 17-day Gokyo trek to Renjo la pass brings you to the Gokyo Lake Valley up the Dudh Kosi
River from the Sherpa villages of Namche Bazaar and Khumjung. It is less touristy area than the traditional route to Kalapathar and EBC. The day - hike to the Gokyo Ri - 5360m. During trek you to look down on the vast Ngozumpa Glacier and have the great panorama views of four of the world's ten highest peaks Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu. Our return route to Namche Bazaar will be via Renjo la pass, a Fantastic high pass. This trek is considered as classic trek and suitable for average people. If you are moderately fit and have a sense of adventure you will enjoy this trek. The program is designed to acclimatize you gradually and not to experience high altitude sickness. However you are requested to check your altitude fitness and the itinerary. With mountain Hiking & trekking, you can expect the very best service and specialist knowledge on your Gokyo trek to Renjo la pass. This trekking are led by experienced Local Sherpa guides, most of who have been to the summit of Everest itself.We provide you clean & comfortable room in best selected mountain Lodge for good night sleep in our Gokyo trek Renjo la Pass. Hygienic & High quality meal, hot drinks will be provided in our Gokyo trek to Renjo la Pass. For your assurance and safety we provide you medical kit bag for trekking as well as free emergency helicopter rescue service on time. All your trekking gears will carry by our strong porter. We highly recommend you to just carry your small day bag with Camera & necessary items during trekking day.We have been organizing this trek for 20 years. So Our Gokyo Valley trek to Renjo la Pass itineraries are carefully designed to ensure you have adequate time to acclimatize comfortable thereby enjoying the trekking experience to the full.

Type of Trip: Private group Departures & Group joins departures
Meals during Trip: Breakfast in Cities & all meals during Trekking
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu.
Reception by the Office Representative at the airport and we shall transfer you by our comfortable vehicle to a hotel located in the downtown.
Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour. Sightseeing by an experienced City Tour Guide. There are a total of 7 World Heritage Sites in the city, including at least fifty important shrines and temples in the Durbar Square alone. They are Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares and Changunarayan Temple. Tour includes 4 to 5 sites in one day.
Day 03 : Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) and trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft).
We set off early morning from our hotel to domestic airport for Lukla flights. After a 35 minute scenic mountain flight by a small aircraft, we land in Lukla airport (Tenzing-Hillary airport). Today’s trek from Lukla to Phakding is only about 3-4 hours. The trail from Lukla is seen broad and clear. From the airstrip it heads north through a kani (arch) and then slopes downhill to a low agricultural land. A splendid view of the difficult trekking peak Kusum Kangaru (6,367m/20,889ft) is seen while walking ahead. The trail is rich with teahouses, prayer wheels, gompas (Buddhist monastery) and huge boulders decorated with Buddhist mantra (prayer chant). Finally we arrive in the village separated in two parts with about a 10 minute trek between them, and a long suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. This village is called Phakding where we stay overnight.
Day 04 : Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,446m/11,306ft).
Today's trek is about 5-6 hours. After crossing the suspension bridge at Phakding, we trek for 2-3 hours following the climbs steeply up rough stone steps before reaching the long paved Monjo village on the edge of Sagarmatha National Park. In addition to the lodges, single-roofed houses and a few basic shops, there is a small gompa nearby. The trek from Monjo to Namche Bazaar will take another 3-4 hours. There is an entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park where an entry permit must be showed or obtained and kept safely for showing on exiting the park. Once passed through the gate, the trail drops to river level which is set among fields of huge cabbages, crosses to the west bank of the Dudh Koshi river on a long suspension bridge and passes teahouses and lodges in Jorsale (2,775m/9,104ft). This is the last available accommodation before Namche Bazaar. About halfway up, at a bend on this ascent we should get our first brief view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. As our trek continues up mostly among trees, we will eventually come to a group of buildings, then broad stone steps and finally arrive in one of the lower streets of our overnight stop Namche Bazaar. This town is known as the Sherpa “Capital” and gateway to the Mt. Everest. Namche Bazaar has many facilities – a post office, banks, ATMs, money exchange centre, a health post, a dental clinic, numerous shops, restaurants, cyber cafés and telephone facilities, a gompa and several chortens. The headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park and a military post are situated above the town. We stay two overnights in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Day 05 : Rest and acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar.
Today we stay in Namche Bazaar for acclimatisation. Because of the altitude, it will be necessary for us to spend a minimum of two nights here. On this day, we have the choice of just relaxing and roaming round this interesting hill town, or alternatively trekking round a nearby 3
4 hour circuit with stunning views. On this excursion trek, we pass through two traditional Sherpa villages Khumjung (3,780m/12,402ft) which has a chorten at its entrance and Khunde (3,841m/12,602ft) where there is a small hospital. This day helps a lot for acclimatisation for our further trek to Gokyo and Renjo La pass.

Day 06 : Trek Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,200m/13,780ft).
Today we will soon reach the small ridge-crest settlement known as Mong (3,973m/13,035ft) the birthplace of Lama Sange Dorje, who allegedly brought Buddhism to Khumbu. We now enter the Gokyo valley and descend about 300 meters in a series of zigzags to reach Phortse Tenga (3,680m/12,664ft) which has a few basic lodges. The trail now climbs through rhododendron woods and comes to two outpost buildings (National Park and Nepalese Army), a point from which, for the first time, we will be able to see Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,907ft) at the head of the valley. The route now makes twisting ascents through woodland, climbs more steeply into the open, crosses a number of streams, traverses a yak pasture with a solitary herder’s hut, crosses a minor ridge and enters our overnight stop, the lodge settlement of Dole. Dole began as a kharka (a yak pasture) with a few herders’ huts, but once Gokyo became a trekking destination, lodges soon blossomed forth. Trekking time 6-7 hours.
Day 07 : Trek Dole to Machhermo (4,470m/14,666ft).
Today's trek is a short and pleasant one and we can relax and take things easy. Because of the demands of altitude acclimatisation, we do not go further. Beyond the first of Dole’s lodges the trail goes downhill, crosses a stream, swings right to climb a hillside and crosses pastureland with dry stone walls and several yak herders’ huts. The trail continues past a few stone-built huts and contours along the hillside, descends into a small basin with more walls, stone huts and lodges, then just under two hours from Dole reaches Luza (4,360m/14,305ft) which is also a kharka (yak pasture). Because the lodges at Dole and Machhermo can be very busy in the autumn trekking season, it has become a possible site for overnight accommodation. From Luza, the path climbs out of the northern side of the basin and crosses more pastureland bordered by a chorten and prayer flags. In every direction here the views are spectacular. Eventually the trail slopes down into the valley, crosses a stream and rises up a short slope into the yak pastures and lodges of our overnight stop Machhermo. Trekking time 3-4 hours.

Day 08 : Trek Machhermo to Gokyo (4,790m/15,716ft).
Today will be another relatively short trek across broad pastures, through narrow clefts with steeply climbing trails, past two or three lakes and through an ablation valley beside the Ngozumpa Glacier. An ablation valley is one formed by the melting of glacier ice. The trail climbs round a hillside spur, where lofty Cho Oyu will again come into view and soon we will reach another kharka with some simple lodges. Directly ahead of us at this point, we will see the terminal moraine (ridge of rocks) that closes off the Ngozumpa Glacier. The trail now goes briefly downhill, then climbs through the aforementioned ablation valley on the western side of the glacier, goes steeply up stone steps and crosses a stream on a short wooden bridge. A succession of cairns now marks the route through a stony landscape, with a small tarn (Mountain Lake) on the left. The valley now broadens and the trail reaches a second larger tarn Taboche Tsho (4,740m/15,552ft). Beyond this point the trail passes through a narrower section of the ablation valley and comes to a third tarn Dudh Pokhari (4,750m/15,584ft), with prayer flags on its eastern shore. Dudh Pokhari celebrates a fair every year during Janaipoornima, a popular
Hindu festival falls in July-August. Just beyond this lake we will come to our overnight stop Gokyo, the valley’s last lodge settlement. Trekking time 3-4 hours.

Day 09 : Rest day at Gokyo, climb at Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,586ft) in the morning.
We spend two nights in Gokyo to help with altitude acclimatisation. In the morning, if weather permits, we climb the hill that rises above the northern shore of Lake Dudh Pokhari, called Gokyo Ri. The summit is marked by large cairns and prayer flags. Also from the top, Gokyo’s turquoise lake, far below has a picturesque view. An excursion to fourth and fifth lake is recommended for passionate trekkers.

Day10: Trek Gokyo to Marulung (4,210m/13,813ft) crossing over Renjo la pass (5,340m/17,520ft). Today we start our trek at dawn and reach Marlung crossing over the Renjo la pass (5,340m/17,520ft). It is a long day trek and we have to arrive at Marlung for overnight stay as there is no alternative in between the trail. We trek down from the Gokyo Valley, leave the main trail and turn towards Renjo la path. In about three hours trek, we reach the Renjo la top. The stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche are unforgettable from the top. Views from Renjo la are much similar to that from Gokyo Ri. Continuing on from the pass, the trail goes down to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi. We stop at Marlung for overnight halt. Trekking time 7-8 hours.

Day 11 : Trek Marulung to Thame (3,820m/12,533ft).
The trail from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We cross the Bhote Koshi down from Marlung and descend to Taranga. The trail then goes through the valley of Langmuche Khola (River). Thame has an extensive village with a few lodges and stunning mountains such as Thamserku, Katenga, Kusum Kangaru, etc. Thame has a famous Gompa, established some 325 years ago and has three big images of Chenresig (Avalokiteswara), Guru Rimpoche, Buddha Sakyamuni. Colorful Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated featuring colorful mask dances in this Gompa every year in May. We stay overnight at Thame. Trekking time 5-6 hours.

 Day 12 : Trek Thame to Namche Bazaar.
Today we continue our trek to Namche Bazaar. After passing through a check post, we come to the world's highest hydroelectric power station and this station provides electricity to most parts of upper Khumbu. We eventually reach Namche Bazaar again through some Gompas, colorful player flags, Mani walls and Chortens. We stop at Namche Bazaar for overnight rest. Trekking time 3-4 hours.

Day 13 : Return trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
Again we proceed southward, retracing the route trekked on day 3 and 4, crossing and re-crossing the Dudh Koshi at intervals. We stay overnight in Lukla. Trekking time 6-7 hours.

Day 14 : Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.We take the 35 minute breathtaking flight from Lukla. Transfer to hotel.

Day 15  Final departure. Transfer to airport – fly out Kathmandu. Or, extend your trip with Jungle Safari adventure, white water rafting or a trip of your choice.

Gokyo Trekking and Renjo la pass Special New Year  price Offer 

01-10 pax  US$ 1390  per person,          
11-15 Pax   US$ 1199  per person,                                                                                                      
ABOVE 16 person Please contact usa at: info@himalayaguide.com or tandisherpa@hotmail.com
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Price includes following services:
  • KTM International Airport Arrival & Departure Transfer by Private Comfortable Car/van/ Hiace
  • Total 3 Nights DELUXE Accommodations on B/B Plan Twin Sharing in Kathmandu Hotel
  • Round Trip( KATHMANDU-LUKLA- KATHMANDU) Flight fare for Guests & Guide with all taxes
  • Round Trip Land Transportation( Hotel- Domestic Airport- Hotel) by private Comfortable Car/Van/Hiace
  • 1 English Speaking experienced Sherpa Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder Guide for whole Trek
  • Porter (1 porter Between 2 Person basis, Max 30 KGS per Porter) for Whole Trek
  • Everest National Park Trek Permit, TIMS card & Any required permits or Official Documentation
  • Full Board basis Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner- Self Lodges Menu Choice) as per above Itinerary
  • Selected Tea house Lodge/Guest house Accommodations in Twin Sharing during Trek( Shared Toilets/ bathroom)
  • Insurance, Daily Wages, Equipments and all meals & Lodges of Porters and Guide in Whole Trek
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu City on Day 02(Swayambu nath, Buddha nath Stupa, Kumari temple/durbar square & pasupati nath Temple by tour guide and car/driver( 5-6 hrs tour)
  • Entrance fees of all sightseeing Monuments/temples/stupas during sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • First Aid Kid Box( for Normal Treatment only)
  • Government taxes & Other Applicable Fees
  • Complementary from Company (to our Valued Guests) Trip Certificate( for memory of Nepal trip)
  • Porter Carrying kid Bag- Trekking bag for Porter

price excludes following services:
  • International Airfare to and from your country
  • Nepal Visa fee: Nepal entry visa (US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30
  • Travel & Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu - keep $ 5 to 10 for per meal in Tourist Restaurant
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Boiled & Mineral Water, Beverages, deserts Etc in Trek
  • Tips for Guide & Porter( expected)
  • Hot Shower, Battery Charges( Available in Trek with Extra cost or Free in some lodges)
  • Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation or Delayed, Sick in Trek, and Helicopter rescue in Trek. Cost due to bad weather etc which is out of our control
  • Any Other Cost, which is not mentioned in Cost Includes Items as Above
For more information please contact us: info@himalayaguide.com

Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 15 Days
Type: Moderate/ Hard
Activities : Trekking, Hiking & Cultural plus religious Tour
No. of Pax : from 2 Person & above
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : Kathmandu

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