The Gokyo to Renjo La Pass trek is one newly opened, offering an exciting, fresh option for high-pass trekking through Khumbu. The most desirable time for this unforgettable trek is at the tail end of the monsoon season, when flowers blooming throughout Nagpala give trekkers the illusion of walking across a textured, riotously colorful carpet. The heavenly scent clears the mind wonderfully, and makes for a sweet slumber at night time.
The remoteness of the villages here, the caravan-esque travel of the locals down the mountain to do business at Namche, and the enormous glaciers all offer something unique to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek. Views of the big mountain and of neighboring Cho Oyo are astounding! The Renjo La Pass allows trekkers to cross between Gokyo and Nagpala, providing a gorgeous walk through towering mountains. This is in addition to the more picturesque views already afforded by hiking to Gokyo Ri, as opposed to the traditional day trip to Kala Pattar from Gorakshep. The mountains are, similarly, more spectacular on this itinerary: experience the enormous Ngozumpa Glacier and, from a ridge above Goyko, no less than four 8000-meter peaks! This trek is also less-traveled and, consequently, less crowded than is the classic base camp trek. With our experienced guides by your side, it's guaranteed that you won't miss a single, thrilling surprise of this glorious adventure.
- 14 day adventure, 11 of which include 3 meals a day
- 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included
- Round-trip flight between Kathmandu and Lukla, flight/tax/transfer included
- Accommodation and full board while trekking
- Airport transfers
- Everest trekking permit and TIMS (traveler security) Card
- Fully-licensed, English-speaking guide
- Porter service
- Local and government taxes
- First aid kit
- Trip completion certificate
* Lukla Flight Delays (read more)
* Travel Insurance is required on all Treks (read more)
* No Extra Fees for Solo Travelers (read more)
Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day
Welcome to Nepal! One of our representatives will be waiting to pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in downtown Kathmandu. It's very likely been a long flight, so rest up: tomorrow is an action-packed day of fun and adventure, and you won't want to miss a minute!
Day 2 - Kathmandu to Lukla, Lukla to Phakding
We'll be up with the sun today as we board a domestic plane to Lukla. The flight is only 35 minutes, but it is full of stunning mountain vistas. After landing in Lukla, you'll meet up with your guide and porters, and then it's off to the trekking path! We'll start out easy with a 3 or 4 hour walk, with the path to Phakding wide and clear. The peak of Kusum Kangaru is visible as we head north beneath a kani arch and slope downhill through agricultural lowlands. We'll glimpse cozy teahouses, Buddhist gompas (monasteries), prayer wheels, and enormous boulders painted with sacred mantras. As soon as we cross the Dudh Koshi river, we'll be in Phakding.
Day 3 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar
We'll have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the 5-6 hours trek to Namche Bazaar, the unofficial capital of Sherpa culture and gateway to Everest. Our trail takes us first over the Dudh Koshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away. Soon thereafter, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check and then descend to Dudh Kosi River (spotting Mani stones and fields of giant cabbage along the way!) en route to Jorsale. Lunch will be served here, and then it's uphill to Namche. Our path along the riverbank is flanked by two crossings, one of which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. It's a tough climb up the hill to our resting place, but you'll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Everest in its majesty.
Day 4 - Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
The ever-increasing altitude demands that we spend an extra day in Namche for acclimatization. You will hardly mind, however! You’ll have the chance to speed our adjustment to the higher altitude with a bracing 3-4 hour hike through the nearby Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde, or you can choose to sit back, relax, and enjoy the bazaar. Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering, or nearby Thame, a historic village. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the locals' marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment. The National Park office and close-by monasteries are also worth a visit!
Day 5 - Namche Bazaar to Dole
We'll take one final loop of Namche before heading up a nice, easy trail that overlooks the snow-capped peaks of Shanasa - the small settlement of Mong. We'll ascend Mongla Hill on its left side and then head downward to Phortse Thanga, and lunch. We'll follow the path upwards through woods of flowering rhododendron, and emerge to a perfect view of Cho Oyu. It's a relatively simple afternoon walk to Dole - our stopping point - a small village adorned with a handful of teahouses, which use to be a yak pasture.
Day 6 - Dole to Machhermo
Today's hike is short and pleasant, one that we can savor and enjoy. We're trying to take our acclimatization easily, so we don’t overtax ourselves with really pushing it at this point. The day starts with a climb over Dole via a scenic ridge. Crossing yak pastures and tiny villages of stones huts, we'll reach Luza. We'll follow our trail along a valley high over the river, crossing sandy spurs and pastures bordered with a chorten and prayer flags to gain Machhermo by midday with enough time to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and get some well-needed rest.
Day 7 - Machhermo to Gokyo
Over the ridge we go, starting our day with fantastic views of the valley to Kangtega and the northern part of Cho Oyu. It's another relatively short climbing day, with steep trails making up for fewer hours. We’ll descend towards the river bank and then begin the climb towards the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier through an ablation valley formed by melting ice. 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. Beyond this point the trail passes through a narrower section of the ablation valley and comes to a third tarn Dudh Pokhari, with prayer flags on its eastern shore. We'll pause to appreciate the view before trekking another hour to the village of Gokyo, located on the edge of the third lake.
Day 8 - Gokyo: Acclimatization Day With Option Hike to Gokyo Ri
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.
Day 9 - Gokyo to Maruleng (via Renjo La Pass)
Our trek kicks off at dawn today as we attain Maruleng via the Renjo La Pass. It is a long hike, but a necessary one - there is no other place to stop along our trail! We follow Gokyo Valley downward, departing the main trail and turning towards the pass. We’ll reach the top of Renjo La in about three hours, being rewarded for our perseverance with unforgettable views of Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche are unforgettable from the top. After that, we follow the east bank of the Bhote Koshi to Maruleng.
Day 10 - Maruleng to Thame
The trail from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We'll cross the Bhote Koshi down from Maruleng, and then descend to Taranga. Our trail then winds through the valley of the Langmuche Khola River, ending in the village of Thame. This large settlement contains a famous monastery, along with stunning views of several mountains.
Day 11 - Thame to Namche Bazaar
We'll pass through a check post today before arriving at the world’s loftiest hydroelectric power station, which provides electricity for most of the upper Khumbu region. We'll pass gompas, prayer flags, mani walls, and chortens en route to Namche Bazaar, where we’ll again stop for an overnight rest.
Day 12 - Namche Bazaar to Lukla
After breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages, one of which is Phakding. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in a proper hotel and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet.
Day 13 - Lukla to Kathmandu
In the morning, you'll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You'll transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We'll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town, where we'll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip.
Day 14 - Kathmandu: Departure Day
It's your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We'll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we'll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.
Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers up to 6000m. We usually suggest World Nomads
which costs around $125. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking.
Flight Delays in Lukla/Kathmandu
The flight between Kathmandu and Lukla where the trek starts is generally reliable but if the weather is bad all flights will be canceled for the day. In the event the flight is cancelled we will attempt to get you on a chartered helicopter but you are responsible for the extra costs in this event which can range from $150 to $500 or more depending on the number of people on the flight.
We schedule one extra day into the trek already as a buffer day in case of delays but as flights can at times be delayed for several days we suggest you add a couple of extra days at the end of your trip in case of any delays. Extra days should always be scheduled at the end of the trip and not the start.
Extra Costs and Exclusions
- Nepal entry visa ($40 USD).
- Sleeping Bag Rental $12 and Down Jacket $12 if needed.
- All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Kathmandu.
- We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek - Plan on a at least $80 (more will be appreciated).
- We don't include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
- The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few for around $4 and charging costs about $1.50 an hour.
- Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($30/night) and meals in Kathmandu for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.
We generally don’t charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request.
If you are a solo travelers and planning and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.
We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancelation fee. Once we have booked your flight between Kathmandu and Lukla your deposit is non-refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.