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Gokyo Lake and Renjo-La Pass Trek

Kathmandu

14 Days Trek

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Code : SKA6UFH

Overview

There are reasons why a compulsive wanderer is always on the quest for trails where fewer feet tread. A trek to the Gokyo Lakes and Renjo-la Pass puts those reasons right in front of your eyes in the form of glinting mountain peaks, verdant forests as ancient as the land, pristine meadows dotted with quaint settlements and a way of life that's all but lost. Often passed up in preference for the more arduous and talked about trek to the Everest Base Camp, it's a trail that receives less traffic, and offers you the best of both treks. As you move towards Namche Bazaar, the trek spans 15 days as it takes you through some stunning landscapes along the Dudh Kosi River. The road to Dhole is marked with rhododendron forests which give way to scrub vegetation as you gain altitude and trek onwards to Maccherma and then on to Gokyo. Once you reach your destination, the views of the looming snow capped peaks and the azure waters of the lakes leave you gob smacked! On summiting, Gokyo Ri you have magnificent views of Cho Oyu (8,153m), Gyachung Kang (7,922m), Everest (8, 848m), Lhotse (8,501m) and further way Makalu (8,4821m)  After crossing Renjo La you begin your descent to Thame Valley (Valley of Snow Leopards) and return to Namche Bazar and Lukla. 

Why to go

  • Gokyo Lake Trek is meant for trekkers who prefer routes that have astounding views and are less popular among trekkers  
  • You get the chance to see the highest freshwater system in the world, the Ngozumpa Glacier being the largest in the Himalayas. 
  • Interact with members of the Sherpa community and learn about their way of life in what is assuredly one of the most rugged landscapes in the world.
  • You get panoramic views of four of the fourteen eight-thousanders (peaks of more than 8000m in height) – Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu
  • Experienced guides and a well-structured trek with acclimatization hikes and rest days ensures you have a safe and enjoyable trip

What to know

  • It’s a lodge to lodge trek so you can be rest assured of spending your days in adequately comfortable accommodations after a hard day of trekking. All the guest houses on the route are basic but comfortable. All of them have toilets and some of them even provide gas fired hot showers
  • Altitude sickness affects even the young and healthy people. It is extremely important to do your acclimatization hikes to adjust to the altitude. Taking a course of Diamox before starting the trek also helps 
  • Gokyo Lake Trek is a little easier than Everest Base Camp Trek as you spend fewer nights above 4000mts. And unlike EBC, it is a circuit trek - meaning you follow a different return trail.
  • The trek is suitable for everyone in good shape. The trail does consist of a few strenuous climbs and keep in mind that you will be trekking for 6 to 8 hours every day at high altitudes .
  • Buying a local SIM card at Kathmandu airport is advisable. However, connections are patchy throughout the route
  • You only need to carry your day pack on the trek. Your main pack (maximum 12 kgs) is carried for you by porters

Ideal for :
Bachelors, Couple, Groups, Solo Traveler, Students
Difficulty Level :
Moderate

What to do

  • It is advisable to start a regimen involving cardiovascular exercises and jogging/hiking on steep slopes in preparation for the terrain.
  • During the trek, take time out to interact with people you meet along the way, get a glimpse into the sherpa’s way of life.
  • Share a cup of rakshi, the local tea, with your porters. More often than not, they have many interesting tales to relay.
  • With every swivel of the head, you are certain to come across scenery that leaves you stumped for words, be sure to have a camera on you so that you can capture in a picture what you can’t with words.
  • At Khumjung don’t forget to visit a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary. Khumjung is also home to the only known yeti skull in the world.

Details

Gokyo Trek
Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu 
Pick-up at Tribhuvan International Airport, meeting with the guide and transfer to the hotel. First impressions of Kathmandu (1 350 m) – walk to medieval Kathmandu Durbar Square and explore the beautiful complex of palaces, temples, shrines and courtyards built by the ancient Nepali kings between the 12th and 18th century. Explore Thamel- the vibrant tourist area with hotels, restaurants, bakeries and shops. Get to know your group over a welcome dinner check formalities and equipment and discuss the itinerary. 

Day 2 - Sightseeing In Kathmandu
Visit the Pasupatinath temple on the bank of the Bagmati River In Bouddhanath circumambulate together with Tibetan and Nepali Buddhist pilgrims around the whitewashed stupa. End your day in Patan, the center of fine art and Buddhist and Hindu culture.

Day 3 – Flight to Lukla & Trek to Phakding
 Drive to Tribhuvan Domestic Airport to take a connecting flight to the Everest region. After breakfast in Lukla (2,850 m) we start trekking through beautiful settlements to join the main trail in Churi Kharka. We follow the east bank of the Dudh Koshi- the River of Milk- where you witness the typical Nepali culture, terrace agriculture, slate roofed houses and views of Kusum Kangaru (5 579 m). We reach Phakding (2,640 m) after 3 - 4 hours of not so rigorous walking.

Day 4 – Trek to Namche Bazaar 
The day consists of a challenging hike to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), reached after 6-7 hours of walking from Phakding. We climb up along the west bank of the Dudh Kosi to the tiny village of Toktok. We get our first glimpse of Thamserku peak (6,608 m) and reach Benkar (2,710 m). We cross the colorful suspension bridge and enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo (2,840 m). After Jorsale we follow the riverbank, walk through a pine forest and cross the Dudh Kosi with the aid of a suspension bridge. Then we face a continuous zigzag ascent of 2 hours through dense pine forests. In the early evening we reach the vibrant center of Namche Bazar, one of the most attractive settlements of Solu-Khumbu district. 

Day 5 – Rest day at Namche Bazaar 
It’s a day to do your thing in Namche. You could go for walk to the Sherwi Khangba Sherpa Culture Museum or day hike to Thame (3,800 m) or Thamo (3,440 m).
 
Day 6 – Trek to Phortse Thanga
After breakfast we climb to the village of Khumjung (3,780 m) where we visit the Khunde Hillary Hospital and the Hillary School and trek to our lodge at Phortse Thanga (3,680 m). 

Day 7 – Trek to Dole
It’s going to be a short trek of around five hours. The trail climbs steeply out of the valley through a rhododendron forest. The route passes through several kharkas (high altitude summer yak grazing pastures) as well as several more settlements till you reach Dole (4,110 m). The views of Khumbila and Tawachee (both 6,000m peaks) are stunning throughout the trek. 

Day 8 – Trek to Maccherma
Dole onwards, the trail climbs along the side of the valley high above the river. The rhododendrons give way to scrub juniper. There are kharkas wherever there is a flat spot and hint of water. After crossing a sandy spur, you reach your lodge in Maccherma (4,470 m). The trek to Maccherma should not take more than three hours.

Day 9 – Trek to Gokyo Valley
Beyond Maccherma the trail leads to a ridge with spectacular views of Cho Oyu. The valley widens as the trail descends to the Dudh Khosi River and climbs onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. After a steep climb the first small Gokyo Lake is reached. You pass a second larger lake and the trail becomes almost level as you approach the third Gokyo Lake (4 750 m). 

Day 10 – Gokyo Rest day/ Climb to Gokyo Ri
Today you can make a spectacular 2 hour long hike to Gokyo Ri, a 5,360 m high hill on the north side of the Dudh Pokhari. From the summit you have a 360 degree panoramic view over Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche and the Ngozumpa Glacier. Another option is an awesome hike up the Gokyo valley past two or three more glacial lakes towards Cho Oyu. 

Day 11 – Trek to Renjo La Pass & Thame Village
You start early, heading for the upper trail west of Gokyo Lake towards Renjo La pass (5,415 m).  After climbing a steep sandy ridge for about hour and a half, we get to the top of the Renjo La where you have fabulous views of Everest, Lhotse, Chalotse and Taboche.  Continuing through the pass, the trail winds down a stone staircase and leads to the south bank of a small serene lake the Angladumba Tsho.  After another 2 hours you reach Lungden (4,380 m), the lunch stop for the day.  After lunch we hike through ancient settlements to Thame, a traditional village with slate-roofed houses.  


Day 12 – Trek to Namche
 Head back to Namche Bazar. Return via the village of Thamo, the hometown of many famous Sherpa climbers. On the way, after crossing the Dud Khosi River, you enjoy magnificent views of Kongde (6 806 m), Tartikha (6 186 m), Nupla (5 885 m). 

Day 13 – Trek to Lukla
Start the 6 hour trek with a steep descent from Namche Bazar to Dudh Kosi. The path climbs up to Monjo and then runs easily to Bankar, Phakding (lunch break!) and Lukla. 

Day 14 – Fly to Kathmandu
Early flight to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.  After a quick re-packing and freshening up, transfer to Tribhuvan Airport for your return journey.

Tariff
Rs 39,000 per pax
Note : Min 2 Pax require to operate the trek

Duration in Nepal: 14 days
Duration of Trek: 11 days
Max Elevation: 5, 415 m
Difficulty: Medium
Rs 37050
Duration:14 Day(s)

Inclusions

  • All airport transfers
  • Return Flight Ticket for Kathmandu – Lukla
  • Twin Sharing Accommodation in a Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Twin Sharing Accommodation in Lodges during the Trek 
  • 3 Meals + 3 Tea/ Coffee each day during the Trek
  • Sagarmatha Conservation Area Fee and TIMS Card
  • Trekking Guide, One Porter for two Trekkers (Maximum 12kg duffel bag per trekker will be carried)
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu, including Guide, Vehicle and Entry Fees to World Heritage Centres

Exclusions

  • Tips for Guides and Porters or Staff 
  • Emergency Rescue Insurance (This is mandatory and will cost approx INR 9000)
  • International Flight Ticket, Airport Fees for Nepal, etc
  • Expenses of Personal Nature (laundry, communication, shopping, etc), Personal Items and Travel Insurance
  • Trekking Gear including Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Walking Stick, etc (these can be hired on a per day basis in Kathmandu)
  • Meals in Kathmandu, except Welcome Dinner in an ethnic Nepali Restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Bottled Beverages (Soft Drinks, Alcoholic Drinks, etc), Bottled/ Boiled Water during the Trek and in Kathmandu   

Food and Cuisines

Type: Veg

Cancellation Policy

No Refund

Checklist

Attire:
  • Wear layered clothing so that you add or remove a layer as you trek 
  • Heavy duty Trekking Shoes and another pair of light shoes/ floaters
  • Full sleeves T-Shirts and Dry Fits (3 to 4) each
  • Windproof Track Pants (at least 3) 
  • Fleece jacket or woolen sweater and outer windproof shell
  • Thermal inners (3 pairs), cotton and woolen socks (keep as many pairs as the  number of days of trek)
  • Snow proof gloves, neck warmer and poncho
  • Broad brimmed hat or cap, bandana, balaclava / monkey cap.
  • Heavy fleece or down jacket (this can be hired at Kathmandu)
  • Fleece/ woolen sleepwear (at least 2 pairs)
Important items: 
  • Water Bottle (Stainless Steel or Grade One Plastic Bottle)
  • Sunglasses - 100% UV protected (Mandatory)
  • Trekking Poles (this can be hired at Kathmandu)
  • Sleeping Bag - for -20 to -25) (this can be hired at Kathmandu)
  • Head Torch with extra batteries
  • Sun Block (50 SPF), Lip Balm and Cold cream 
  • Toiletries, Toilet Paper (2 rolls), Sanitizer, Anti-Fungal Powder and a light Towel
  • Battery Charger or Spare Batteries 
  • Passport (Original + Photocopies), Passport size photographs ( 4 to 5)
  • Personal Medication, Diamox, Pain Relievers, Anti Cold. Your Medical history note (if any) and Emergency numbers
  • Credit Card/ Debit Card / Spare Cash for emergencies
  • Chocolates and Protein Bars  
Avoid:
  • Wearing gold and other ornaments
  • Carrying unnecessary items, this will make your rucksack heavy.

FAQs

 Is there an age limit?
 Anyone from 15 to 60 years can do this trek.
Which Airport do I fly into?
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.    
 How difficult is the climb?
 Medium.  A program of cardiovascular conditioning such as running, swimming, biking or aerobics is essential, but try to supplement your exercise with hiking on steep hills or running up and down steps. The more you can condition by closely simulating the activities of trekking, the better off you will be. 
Do I need to be experienced mountaineer?
No.
How fit do I need to be?
Normal.
What about the weather condition in the mountain?
It is usually sunny during the day but at night, temperatures could drop to as much as -15 degree.
What type of meal is provided during the trek?
You can choose from an available menu that’s limited
Is drinking water safe?
Yes, we provide water purification drops to make the water safe to drink. However, it is advisable to buy and drink boiled water during the trek. It usually costs NR 100 to 300 per litre.
How much luggage should I carry during the trek?
Ideally, 4 to 5 kilos and not more.
How much luggage will the porter carry?
12 kilos per person.
What is the best time to climb?
Mostly morning, (winter, autumn and spring season).
How qualified are the guides?
They are certified by the Nepal Government and the Nepal Tourism Board and have years of guiding experience.
If I am a solo (single) traveler, how can I join your tour?
 You can join by paying the single supplementary charge. 
What if I have dietary restrictions?
You could stick to plain or boiled vegetables.
How will I know if I am suffering from AMS (acute mountain sickness)?
You will feel uneasy, have slight headaches, will be tired, have trouble sleeping, feel nauseous, etc.
How much should I tip?
Check with your Trek Lead on this.
Do you provide equipment on rental basis?
Basic equipment like Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag can be hired at Kathmandu for NR 150 per day
Can I get hot water to shower?
Yes, Lodges in main settlements like Lukla and Namche Bazaar have hot water showers. It costs approx NR 300 to 500
What about charging my mobile and other devices?
Charging mobile phones usually costs NR 200 to 400 in Lodges. It is far better to carry a spare charger and batteries.
How can I get connected with my friends and families during the climb?
You can buy a local SIM card at Katmandu. Network connectivity is mostly patchy throughout the trek.
Will the effects of the sun be stronger on the mountains?
 Yes. Please wear 100% UV Sunglasses during the trek.
Which currency do we need to carry?
INR or USD. But it is better to carry Nepalese Rupees during the trek.
Who will be leading the group?
One of our senior trekking guides
Do I require a visa to visit Nepal?
No.
Can you arrange flight bookings on 
No, we do not provide it.

Map & Direction

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Where

Kathmandu

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Getting There

Bus : Bus services are also available to Kathmandu through Gorakhpur

Air : The best way to travel is to take a direct flight to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. All the further travel to the destination will be taken care of.

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