Gokyo renjola pass circuit trek makes a best circuit trek in Everest region. Circuit loop starts and ends at Namche. 6 lakes and Cho yu basecamp is attraction on the Gokyo side of this circuit trek where cultural insight of the Thame valley is refreshing and solitude is meditating.
Alike to Everest base camp chola pass trekking, this trek connects two famous valley of Everest trekking region.
One of the famous high pass in Everest region – Renjo la, trekking pass is considered as the easiest pass among famous three high passes of Everest. In renjo la pass gokyo trek Everest base camp with Gokyo and Thame valley is along the trekking route. Renjo la pass is narrow escape and probably the lowest altitude to cross the Himalayan range from Gokyo valley to Thame valley in Everest.
Renjo la pass walks along the lakes of Gokyo and hence connects route from Gokyo lakes with Thame valley. Thame valley is the birthplace of legendary Sherpa (Tenjing Norgay Sherpa) who ascended Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary for the first time, successfully.
Gokyo renjo la Pass is considered as one of the most admiring view points for the magnificent and giant view of Mount Everest. From the summit of Renjo la pass one can see Mount Everest and its infinite mountain range. The view from the top of Gokyo ri is compared with summit view of renjo la pass. Lakes of Gokyo, glacier and Mount Everest and neighboring mountains look awesome from the top of the Renjo la pass.
This famous Renjo la pass is a part of Everest 3 high pass, Gokyo valley Thame village trek, Everest 2 high pass trek etc.. Renjo la pass stands at lowest altitude among 3 of the high passes. Renjo las pass at 5360 meter or 17580 feet above the sea level is less trekked but stunning view point in Everest region. Gokyo is the last village on Everest base camp side of Renjo la pass and Lungden is the last village from the Thame valley side.
Renjola pass vs. EBC chola pass trek
Briefly, both are best on their own. But Renjo la pass with gokyo lakes circuit trek is easier.
At your ease, Gokyo renjola pass circuit trek offers belding experience of mountains, nature and culture. Monasteries along the trekking trails, manne walls and local people in thame valley of this circuit trek is amazing. The view of Mt Everest seen from the top of Renjo la pass summit or from other few view points is admiring.
Nevertheless, Everest basecamp is not comparable with Gokyo renjola pass circuit trek – if you are looking forward – ticking your bucket list item as EVEREST BASE CAMP.
But if everest basecamp is not your goal and you want the trek to be easier – go for Gokyo renjola pass circuit trek.
How hard is the Gokyo renjola pass trek?
Not hard. In comparison to 3 high passes trek Renjo la pass is easiest trek of Khumbu high pass treks. Properly marked trail with steps and easy terrain towards the uphill section of Renjo la pass gokyo trek, we can consider it as a normal level trek in Everest.
People often do Everest base camp trek with chola pass trek to get to the beautiful gokyo lakes. In comparison to this EBC cho la pass trek; Renjo la pas gokyo trek is easier and comfortable – both trail wise and altitude wise.
Trekking trail follows wide trekking path from Lukla-namche-Gokyo. After reaching gokyo the trail will go over the high pas; for 6 hours the trail is in the rocky trail and stone steps. But as soon as the trekkers reach Thame valley section of the trail – things starts getting easier.
Trek variations with Nepalgram
Nepalgram has trekking packages both to trek over the Renjo la pass or to do Renjo la pass with all other 3 passes or with Everest basecamp and Chola pass alone. These trekking are also famous as Gokyo renjo la pass trek, Everest 3 high pass trekking and Everest 2 high passes trekking; respectively. We as a local trekking agency claim to succeed trekking over Renjo la pass in 99.9% result.
Itinerary for Renjo la pass Gokyo valley trek
• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Time – 30 minutes hotel transfer time
• Activity – Relax at hotel
Our company representative will transfer you to hotel. In the evening; briefing about Everest renjola pass trekking and last minute preparation for the trekking. We will also tell about the tour program happening the very next day.
• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Special – Katahmandu City Tour
• Time – full day
• Activity – Sightseeing of UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu
Kathmandu sightseeing tour by private vehicle includes Pasupatinath (also known as cremation place in Kathmandu), Buddhanath (huge stupa near city center), Monkey temple (real name is Swyambhunath temple) and Kathmandu durbar square (also known as Kumari place). It is a full day tour with government licensed tour guide.
In the evening you’ll have time to finish your last minute preparation for the trek to renjola pass gokyo trek in Everest.
• Altitude – 2610 meters
• Special – Scenic view from plane and during trek
• Time – 3/4 hours and 25 minutes
• Activity – Flying in plane and 2 hours hiking
25 minutes flight in a small plane carrying 14 people will take us to Tenzing Hillary airport at Lukla. Lukla is the gateway to trekking trails in Everest region. After breakfast at a local guest house in Lukla, we start our trekking downhill to Phakding village. Phakding is a small village on the side of Dudh Koshi River. Attraction of the day is Dush Koshi River (colour of water in this river is like water) and its stunning river valley. We will descent from Lukla to Phakding; altitude variation approx. 200 m today.
• Altitude – 3440 meters
• Special – Namche and Durpin Danda
• Time – 8/9 hours
• Activity – Hiking through suspension bridges along with the river valley
Phakding to Namche is the longest trekking day in “Everest renjo la Pass gokyo valley Trek”. We cross 5 suspension bridges and trek towards the sagarmatha national park protected zone. In between Jorsalle village & Monjo village, we buy tickets to enter the sagarmatha National park, the ascent begins. Sagarmatha national park conserves thousands of wildlife and keeps Mt Everest inside its boundary – in boarder with China to the northen side.
• Max Altitude – 3962 meters
• Special – Hotel Everest View
• Time – 3/7 hours
• Activity – Hiking 3 hours or up to 7 hours as opted.
Main reason for acclimatization during multiday hike is to trek higher and sleep low. This helps acclimatize our body with the altitude and make sure altitude sickness will not bother while ascending higher. In the acclimatization hike we will trek to the famous view point at the Sagarmatha national park visitor center premises – here we can visit to the national park museum. To acclimatize properly, we hike higher up to 3880 meters to Everest View hotel. It takes 3 to 4 hours to trek up to Everest view hotel.
• Destination Altitude – 4000 meters
• Special – River valley view with wide view of Mt Thamsherku
• Time – 5/7 hours
• Activity – Hiking along the riverside
Namche to Dole is a river valley trekking experience. Trekking trail follows the well maintained trail towards gokyo lake. Once we get to Portse tonga the trail is by the side of Gokyo river. The river comes from the lakes of Gokyo.
At Dole a small opening towards Mt Thamsherku & Mt Kangtega is stunning on the back side of where we have been trekking all day today.
• Altitude – 4200 meters
• Special – Beginning of No tree line zone
• Time – 4 to 5 hours
• Activity – Trekking with approaching view of Mt Cho yu
Trekking from dole to Machhermo is the shortest of all. Because of change in elevation – this day has been made shorter.
Trekking trail is comparatively narrower than that of Everest base camp trekking trail but view of river valley from no tree line zone is appealing.
Once reached at Machhermo, village is in the valley, right next to Kyajo ri. Evening here is nice and less windy.
• Altitude – 4700 meters
• Special – Gokyo lakes (1st, 2nd & 3rd lake)
• Time – 5 to 6 hours
• Activity – Trekking by the 1st & 2nd lake; sleep next to 3rd lake
Trekking from machhermot to Gokyo is beautiful than your expectation. Trail is right next to the mountains and pass by glacial lakes.
Machhermo to gokyo trek needs gentle trekking with careful pace/speed while walking. As you do not want to ruin your beautiful Gokyo night with bad headache.
Trekking trail goes along the river valley. On the back of where you are walking – wide range of Khumbu range will be seen and forward will be stunning view of Mt Cho yu. Mt Cho yu approaches in your every steps.
Trekking route passes by few villages like Luza with interesting thing to encounter on the route.
• Altitude – 5000 meters
• Special – Cho yu basecamp & 4th, 5th & 6th lake
• Time – 5 to 6 hours
• Activity – Side trip as acclimatization hike
Do not push during this day. But there are many things you can do at Gokyo village.
As the rule of acclimatization while trekking in everest region, Nepalgram team will take you higher up to basecamp of Cho yu or en route towards the basecamp of Cho yu. After hiking up – we will sleep in the same tea house by gokyo lake.
Hiking up to Gokyo ri can be an option today, but the view from the top of Renjo la pass and Gokyo ri is pretty similar; that is why – saving energy by not climbing 2.5 hours uphill from Gokyo village to Gokyo ri is not recommended.
• Altitude – 5360 meters
• Special – Pass day with magnificent view
• Time – 7 to 9 hours
• Activity – Trekking over the pass & early start
Renjo la pass connects Gokyo village with Thame. Today we will start trek early in the morning. Trail towards the summit of Renjo la pass is by the 3rd lake of Gokyo. On the other side of the pass, there is only one route to get down to Lungden village.
Difficulty for trekking over Renjo la pass depends with your adaptation for the high altitude. If things go right with your acclimatization – view from the top of renjo la pass is overwhelming.
Pack lunch for renjola pass day is highly recommended. Our trekking guide will take care of this management.
• Altitude – 3440 meters
• Special – Thame valley & approaching view of the mountains by the side of Namche bazzar
• Time – 6 to 7 hours
• Activity – Trekking downhill with monastery visits
Trekking downhill is easier and faster than you have imagined. Although the trekking trail is not as wider as in other side of Renjo la pass trekking route – you will enjoy the scenery on the other side of the pass.
Thame is the last river valley in everest region. If trekkers want to cross Thame valley – they will either get to Gokyo (where we have been trekking from) or they will get to Rwolwaling region in Gaurishnaker conservation area.
View of mountains, very few trekkers in the region, interesting villages & local monasteries are nice to enjoy your descent – along the trail.
At Namche – hot shower and warm rooms will be waiting. Night life of Namche in the mountains pubs and bars is charming, or have a warm night at your hotel at Namche.
• Altitude – 2880 meters
• Special – Back to the same trail
• Time – 8 to 9 hours
• Activity – Memories in reflection
At Namche, Renjo la pass Gokyo valley trek makes a complete loop. After ending our circuit trek – we walk on the same route that we have done in our day 01 and Day 02.
Tall suspension bridge, monjo, Phakding, National park entrance gate – everything will come back to farewell the adventure in renjo la pass circuit trek.
Tonight is the time for farewell dinner, dance at your hotel or go to the pubs at Lukla. Lukla has clubs where you can dace with trekking boots and hiking gears.
• Altitude – 1450 meters
• Special – Amazing mountain flight
• Time – 25 minutes
• Activity – Fly in 17 seater aero-plane
Taking a short flight in a small plane by the side of tall mountains is nice. Air turbulence and small plane makes the flight adventurous but admit it – it is safe in the air.
• Altitude – 1450 meters
• Special – Traditional farewell
• Time – 15 minutes to airport
• Activity – Airport shuttle with our team
Nepalgram team will take you to the airport for your final departure from Nepal.