Renjo La Pass Trek: The journey to mount the Renjo La pass trek takes us along the banks of the pristine Dudh Koshi river. After we indulge in some steep climbing, we arrive at Namche and here, we can understand the prevailing Sherpa culture and traditions. Climb the steep stairs at Mong La to reach Gokyo. You can witness the exquisite display of the lakes that decorate Gokyo. The next day, you climb the summit of Gokyo Ri to observe a delightful picture of mountains like Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse.
From here, we head to Longren by crossing the Renjo La pass. The pass is scary so be careful. Slowly head towards Lukla by walking through Thame and Namche. At Lukla, you will get on an airplane and then fly to Kathmandu.
This journey is pretty taxing so be sure to prepare yourself accordingly. You might require trekking equipment too so learn to use them. The trails can be best explored during Autumn and Spring season. If you want to create a memorable experience, then this is the road to take.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)Day
The journey begins with your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon
arrival at the airport, staff from the company will come to pick you up and then he will transfer
you to your hotel, meet your guide who will accompany you during the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
2: Fly from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding 3-4 hours (2610m)
The journey for the day starts when you get on an airplane that leads you to Lukla airport. The airport is perched on a cliff and is pretty thrilling. In Lukla, you will collect your necessities and then begin the short walk to Phakding. You need to walk along the banks of the Dudh Koshi river and forested routes. The uphill journey continues until you arrive at Phakding. This small Sherpa village is mostly filled with travelers that are trekking in the Everest region. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 3: Trek to Namche bazar (3445m) 5-6 hrs trek
From Phakding, the trail again continues along the banks of the Dudh Koshi river. The increase in elevation is a bit sudden but we shall trek slowly to acclimatize. We need to get out permits checked in Jorsale to enter the Sagarmatha National park. After the permits are sorted, we continue the journey until we arrive at Namche. Namche Bazar is the biggest Sherpa settlement in the Khumbu region and is a popular starting and ending point for travelers. This village has modern lodges and internet cafes. Overnight in Namche Bazar.
Day 4: Acclimatization at Namche
In the coming days, the trails will see a drastic increase in elevation. To prepare ourselves for the coming treks, we need to rest properly which we will do at Namche Bazar. Instead of staying idle, we shall visit the famous landmarks in this village which comprise of the Khumjung monastery and the Edmund Hillary School. You can even head out to Hotel Everest view which has a reputation for being the only hotel in the world located at such an elevation. Overnight in Namche.
Day 5: Trek to Dole (4150 m) 4-6 hrs trek
The trail sees an increase in elevation and as we proceed with the Dudh Koshi river, we are blessed with amazing views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. You’ll come across two trails, one leads to Tengboche and the other one leads to Gokyo. We shall use the Gokyo trail and navigate along the steep stairs which leads you to Mong La. This village beautifully sits on top of a hill and after a while, you reach Phortse Thenga. Interact with the locals here and as you walk past frozen waterfalls and rivers, you reach Dole. It is a group of lodges rather than a village. Overnight in Dole.
Day 6: Trek to Machhermo (4470 m) 4-6 hrs trek
The objective of the day is to reach another beautiful Sherpa village called Machhermo. We are now entering the isolated parts of the upper Himalayas. The climb is relatively easier in comparison to the previous day. The trail is mostly straightforward with only short ascends. After walking for at least 5 hours, we reach Macchermo which is decorated with prayer flags. Overnight in Macchermo.
Day 7: Trek to Gokyo (4750 m) and after hiking to the lake, head back to Gokyo 5-7 hrs trek
The trek for the day sees us navigate towards the source of the Dudh Koshi river, Ngozumpa glacier which is situated in Gokyo. This is one of the major highlights of this trip. We shall walk on snow-laden paths and see very little vegetation. In Gokyo, you can see many freshwater lakes which in the peak of winter become rock solid. You can see the colossal Ngozumpa glacier as well. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 8: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5360 m)
Nearby Gokyo village, there is a hill which is famous for providing picturesque views of the mountain that engulf the Everest region like Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. This hill is the Gokyo Ri. We shall wake up early and climb the hill to observe the beautiful sunrise as well. Once you observe the sunrise, you head back to Gokyo where you will learn the tongue of the locals. Overnight in Gokyo Ri.
Day 9: Cross the Renjo La pass and head to Lungden (4350 m) 6-7 hrs trek
From Gokyo, we will proceed to another highlight of this trek which is the dangerous Ranjo la pass. This pass is not for the weak-hearted as it involves walking on steep and avalanche-prone areas. Use the proper trekking equipment to carefully cross it. After crossing the pass, we head to Lungden. This is a Buddhist village and comprises mostly of Sherpas. Overnight in Lungden
Day 10: Trek towards Thame (3850 m) 5 hrs trek
In Lungden, you can take a quick stroll around the Nakpa valley and learn the many myths of this place. This was once an ancient trading hub with Tibet. After staying a while here, we shall head towards Thame. It is a beautiful village where you can learn basic ideas about life in the isolated Himalayas. Overnight in Thame.
Day 11: Trek down to Namche 4-6 hrs trek
From Thame, you walk down the Bhote Koshi valley and admire amazing views of mountains like Kwangde and Teng Kangpoche. You will get an opportunity to visit the Thame Gompa as well where people celebrate the Mani Rimdu festival. Visit the Khumbu bijuli power plant and the Khare monastery to finally arrive at Namche Bazar. You will book a lodge and spend the night here. Overnight in Namche.
Day 12: Trek down to Lukla 5 hrs trek
From Namche Bazar, we need to retrace our steps back to Lukla. The return trip is comparatively easier as you don’t have to do heavy climbing and just descend slowly. Take a quick break at Phakding and later continue the journey until you arrive at Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu
The program for the day starts early as we head to the Lukla airport to board a flight that will take us back to Kathmandu. The flight lasts for about 45 minutes and you’ll get a final view of the snowy mountains in the Khumbu region. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you can relax. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Final departure
Today is the last day of your amazing 13-day trip. Our staff will see that you are dropped at the
airport as per your schedule. Thank you for traveling with us and we hope to see you soon as
- Walking on the banks of the Dudh Koshi river and admiring the vegetation
- Observing the Ngozumpa glacier and the sheer size of mountains that decorate the Khumbu region
- Exploring the Khumjung monastery and Hotel Everest View in Namche
- Crossing the dangerous Renjo La pass
- Exploring the Gokyo lakes and the nearby village
WHERE TO MEET
The company representative will pick you up at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel. You will start the trek from your hotel. If you do not need a pick and drop facility, then you can contact the manager.
WHAT TO EXPECT
During this Ranjo La pass trekking, you will explore the quaint Sherpa settlements like Dole and Macchermo. You will navigate through barren valleys and steep trails. Explore the Gokyo lakes and later head to the summit of Gokyo Ri to observe the delightful panorama of mountains like Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Lhotse. Cross the Ranjo la pass and head down to Namche to explore its natural sites.
- Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
- 3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- One full-day guided city tour by private vehicle in Kathmandu
- Sagarmatha National Park trekking permits and TIMS
- Bus transportation (Tourist Coach A/C Deluxe)
- Flight or private car/jeep can be arranged at extra cost
- Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), during the trek
Accommodation during the trek (Lodge/Tea House)
- Safe drinking water (Medicated), during the trek
- Seasonal fresh fruits (during the trek only) after dinner.
- Government-licensed, experienced, knowledgeable, well-trained, English-speaking guide and his entire expenses
- Porter and his entire expenses (One porter for every 2 trekkers)
- Insurance of Guide and Porter
- All required Government and local taxes
- Down jackets and sleeping bags (if required)
- First Aid service (Basic)