Renjo La trekking is a spectacular high altitude trek to Gokyo Lake, Gokyo Ri and beyond Renjo La. This trek we also called Gokyo circuit trekking as well. This is the perfect trekking who wishes to avoid the busier trails in the Everest region but still gain stunning views of Everest. We trek slowly through Sherpa villages and yak pastures we emerge into the stunning Gokyo Valley with its beautiful lakes, here we ascend Gokyo Ri for one of the finest views of Everest and surrounding peaks including Cho Oyu in Tibet. From our remote high camp west of Gokyo we prepare for the highlight of the trek, the crossing of the Renjo La. The views of Everest are incredible as we weave our way to the top of the pass at 5400m, before our descent to Mirlung along a rarely trodden trail where we are unlikely to see other trekkers. Undeniably, Gokyo Renjo La trekking is at its best in the Everest region.
This is medium to challenging trekking grade. A good physical fitness and good trekking equipment is required for gokyo Renjo La trekking. The best time for this trekking is autumn and spring because at this time is always blue sky, sunny, nice and warm. Below is the trekking itinerary, and for customized trekking itinerary, map and best trekking cost deal, write to the team of trekking guide, tour guide and Sherpa.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
On arrival in Nepal, we receive you and transfer to hotel. We will be waiting you at airport nearby at arrival exit door with your name on paper. Please look out your name. Rest of the day is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given in the afternoon, meeting your guide and helper who assist you in trekking.
Day 2: Kathmandu (1330m) Tour
Kathmandu tour visit Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa, Swayambunath stupa and Kathmandu durbar square - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Lukla (2800m) – Phakding (2630m).
Fly to Lukla with a 40 minutes scenic mountainous flight, then trek for 4 hours to Phakding on almost down and flat easy trail passing dotted scattered Sherpa village and inscriptive Mani stones has mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” means Hail to the jewel in the Lotus.
Day 4: Phakding – Namche bazzar (3440m)
Trek small ascends and descends to the entry point of Everest National Park headquarters and then to Jorsale for lunch break. After lunch, we trek all steep uphill to Namche bazzar, the gateway to Everest. In the middle of the hill there is a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse.
Day 5: Rest day in Namche.
There are different options acclimatize day hiking in Namche bazzar. One option you can walk to National park head quarter above Namche where there is a mini museum of flora and fauna, the view from there is very wonderful includes Mt. Everest, AmaDablam and Thamserku. Next option is trekked to Everest view hotel, then back to Namche bazzar via Khumjung village visiting Hillary school.
Day 7: Trek to Portse Tenga (3600m, 6 hours)
Trek initially follow the main trail to Thyangboche as it goes around the hills, before we branch off on a short climb on the flanks of the sacred peak of Khumblia (5761 m). We traverse for some time across yak pastures as the trail gradually ascends to Mon La. Below us is the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and Imja Khola and across the valley Thyangboche monastery is framed by Ama Dablam and Kantega. We reach a stupa draped with prayer flags atop a ridge at 3992m and then descend steeply through forest to the Dudh Kosi. After afternoon tea an optional walk up the ridge beyond camp will bring us to the village of Portse.
Day 8: Trek to Dole (4000m, 3 hours).
An initial short climb gets us onto the trail for the steady climb towards Gokyo. Since leaving the main trail we have seen progressively fewer trekkers and locals and the relative isolation of the trail is a pleasure. Sections of red birch, fir and dwarf rhododendron forest are interspersed with areas of yak pasture as we gradually gain altitude to Dole. We pass pleasant waterfalls and sit to gaze at the glaciers that flow from Taweche and Cholatse on the opposite side of the valley.
Day 9: Trek to Machhermo (4410m, 3 hours)
Continuing a steady but constant climb, we reach the village of Machhermo for lunch. Like the few small villages in this valley, Machhermo has only a few buildings and these are empty much of the year. Villagers in Khumjung and Khunde generally own land here high up the valley, where they graze yaks in the summer months. This is a valuable acclimatization day as we prepare for our ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m). We take things easy but this afternoon you may wish to stretch your legs and take a walk up the ridge behind Luza for a view of the Gokyo Valley.
Day 10: Trek to Gokyo (4759m, 5-6 hours)
Trek to Gokyo village following the valley high above the river. There are excellent views of Cholatse at the village of Pangka and we stop to enjoy them. Then trek onto the moraine and rock that extends down from it, enjoying the excellent views of Kantega to the south and Cho Oyu to the north. Once we have ascended the snout of the glacier the path levels. We pass the first of the lakes, Longpongo, before reaching the second, Taoche Lake, a larger body of water and a place where ducks are often seen swimming in the freezing waters. As we walk up the valley our path parallels the Ngozumpa Glacier and separating us from the glacier is the massive lateral moraine where the Gokyo is existed.
Day 11: Climb Gokyo RI (5483m
Wake up early in the morning to climb Gokyo peak for the panoramic Himalayas views of Everest and Cho Oyu and overlooks Ngozuma glacier and Gokyo Lake.
Day 12: Trek to Lungding crossing Renjo La (5400m, 5 hours)
Today crossing the Renjo La Pass will be exciting and challenging. We descend into a remote northern valley where the landscape is progressively that of the Tibetan Valleys beyond the border. There is a chance we will meet Tibetan traders descending from the Nangpa La pass. This is an ancient trading route that leads through the Himalayas from Tibet. Traders still use this route today with their caravans of woolly yaks laden with goods.
Day 13: Trek to Thame village.
We turn south and down valley towards Lukla for our return to Kathmandu. But there are Sherpa villages to be explored as we descend the gorge. We will spend the night at the village of Thame with its spectacular monastery.
Day 14: Trek to Namche (3780m, 6 hours).
We return to civilization and no doubt there will be earnest celebration of a challenging but satisfying expedition, the likes of which has been enjoyed by very few people.
Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2800m, 7-8 hrs)
The trail takes us down the Dudh Kosi valley to Lukla airstrip for the flight back to Kathmandu. This is a time to reflect on the past days and an unforgettable journey we have undertaken into the high Himalaya. Our last evening of the trek is a good time to have a small party for all the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here. There is usually lots of music, dancing and singing.
Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu (1330m).
This morning we fly to Kathmandu, a thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalaya in the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, a good time for last minute shopping or sightseeing.
Day 17: Kathmandu airport.
After breakfast arrangements cease unless further arrangements have been made. Those people travelling by air to further destinations will be transferred to the airport.