Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La Pass Trek- 14 days

Things to Know
  • Duration14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Technical Challenging
  • Altitude 5,483 m/17,988 ft
  • Trip Type High Altitude Trekking
  • Start and End Kathmandu and Kathmandu
  • Best Time Mar-May, Sep-Nov
What You’ll Do
  • Enjoy the spectacular views while flying to and from Lukla
  • Namche Bazaar, also known as the gateway to Everest, and a trading hub
  • Learn about the inhabitants who reside in the heart of the Himalayas.
  • Making a trip to Gokyo Lake accompanied by snow-covered mountains, rhododendrons and junipers.
  • Amazing views from Gokyo Ri ((5,357m/ 17,575ft)
  • Admire the beauty of Gokyo Lake's turquoise water.
  • Impressive Ngozumpa glacier
  • Trek up to Gokyo Ri, one of the breath-taking attractions of the Everest Region
  • Admire the breathtaking views of the gigantic Ngozumpa glacier, the super Gokyo valley, and the Khumbu Himalayas.

Gokyo and Renjo La Pass trek is a golden opportunity to witness the beauty of Nepal in every nook, corner, ridge, valleys and mountains. The huge Ngozumpa glacier, Turquoise blue water of Gokyo Lake, Gokyo R and snow-covered mountains are some major attractions of this trek. The trek can get a bit strenuous because the trekkers are entitled to walk 6-7 hours a day in such high-altitude places. This trek requires a lot of patience, but the vistas you will be witnessing will compensate for everything.

The scenic views of beautiful Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Dudh Pokhari will be enhanced by the rhododendrons and suspension bridges and whatnot. The trek starts from the city of temples i.e. Kathmandu. Then, the scenic flight to Lukla will be the official start of the trek. We will then walk across Phakding, Namche, Dole, Machhermo and many other Sherpa villages to reach the mighty Gokyo Valley. The lakes there and the Renjo La pass will present you the award showcasing the beauty all around. The adrenaline rush will fill up your heart as you exist there at the high Renjo La pass. The Gokyo Lake Trek is a variant to the conventional Everest Base Camp trek, rendering ample breathtaking Everest vistas and overnight accommodations in Namche Bazaar, a renowned town that serves as the entrance to the region of the Khumbu. The trekker can nevertheless observe native life in the villages, have an excellent glimpse of frigid rivers and stony, snow-capped mountains, and of course, see the stunning blue waters of the Gokyo Lakes themselves via the less-frequented route to the lakes.

The six lakes that make up the Gokyo Lakes are situated in the Gokyo Valley at an elevation of 4700 to 5000 meters. The lakes are the highest freshwater lake system anywhere in the world, have been recognized as wetlands of international significance by the Ramsar Convention, and are revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. If you still need proof of the splendour and significance of this location, Lonely Planet declares that the Gokyo Valley is "for our money, the most spectacular in the Khumbu."

Gokyo and Renjo La Pass is a beautiful trek experience, but it presents a lot of challenges. The exhilarating experience will blow up your mind and soul. Pack your bags and get ready to explore Gokyo!!!

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m) and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at a Hotel

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,840 m) from Kathmandu  - 35 minutes or drive to Manthali – 5 to 6 hours and take – 20 minutes flight to Lukla. Reach Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,610 m), – 3 to 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)– 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 04: Acclimatization and Rest Day at Namche Bazaar. Hike to Everest View Hotel (3,880 m) and back. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek to Dole (4,200 m) from Namche Bazaar – 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) from Dole – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 07: Trek to Gokyo (4,800 m) from Machherma – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and Back to Gokyo – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 09:Trek to Lunden (4,300 m) from Gokyo via crossing Renjo La Pass (5,340 m) – 7 to 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 10: Trek to Thame (3,800 m) from Lunden – 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) from Thame – 3 to 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2,840 m) from Namche Bazaar – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 13: Get back to Kathmandu by flight – 35 minutes or Manthali/Ramechhap – 20 minutes from Lukla (2,840 m) and same-day drive to Kathmandu – 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 14: Transfer to the Tribhuwan International Airport for your final departure.



Expand AllCollapse All

  • Altitude1400m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time2-3 hours

Upon your arrival, our airport representative will pick you up. You can rest and clean up there once you're transferred to the hotel. You can descend after taking a little break and wander the streets. You can stop by a few local stores close to the hotel to try street food and purchase locally manufactured products. After a magnificent welcome supper pleasure, you will be informed about the trip in the hotel itself that evening.

  • Altitude2,850m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time35 mins flight from ktm or 5-6 hrs drive & 20 min flight from Manthali, 3-4 hrs trek

Day 02 offers a scenic flight to Lukla. During the months of March, April, May, October, and November, the flight is managed via Ramechhap / Manthali. Due to air traffic expansion, a 20-minute flight has to be taken from Ramechhap to Lukla. The rest months feature a 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The schedule will be planned accordingly. Upon reaching the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, our guide will help you out with a hearty breakfast. After assigning you the porters, we walk across the Dudh Koshi river that joins the main trail to Namche just above Chauri-kharka to reach Phakding. It is a short, easy and beautiful walk.

Helicopter Option from Kathmandu to Lukla

You have the option to take a direct helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla for an extra cost of USD 400 -450 per person. This price applies when five people share the ride. This is a fantastic choice, especially if you're travelling during busy times like March, April, May, October, and November. It's a smart way to avoid the long drive to Manthali Airport.

  • Altitude3,440m
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Time5-6 hours

We will wake up early in the morning at Phakding and enjoy our breakfast. We then walk across the DudhKoshi river crossing many other rivers and suspension bridges. The trail offers the view of vibrant prayer flags all along the journey. After entering to Sagarmatha National Park, the climb will get tougher. But the magnificent view makes it worthwhile. After 5/6 hours of trek, we’ll reach the bustling Sherpa town i.e. Namche.

  • Altitude3,880 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time3-4 hours

We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will hike up to the Sherpa Museum to explore the beauty and richness of Sherpa culture. Also, we will walk up to the planet’s highest hotel i.e. Everest View Hotel which serves the panoramic view of Khumbu peaks and beautiful sunsets over the Himalayas. If you love walking, you can also consider climbing up to Syangboche Airport. The route is not that difficult. We will walk down to Namche and rest at the guesthouse.

  • Altitude4,200m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

Today, we will be climbing for about 6-7 hours. Thus, we will enjoy our breakfast with the stunning views and start climbing towards Everest Base Camp till we reach Sanasa Village. Then, we will climb up to Mongla enjoying the stunning view of snow-clad mountains throughout the trekking route. The route then descends to Phortse Tenga accompanied by the red beauty of rhododendron. We will have to cross a steep route before we reach Dole. We will rest overnight at Dole.

  • Altitude4,470m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

The altitude is going to get higher because we will be trekking to Gokyo. We trace one of the melt-water Rivers that falls across the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier as we go down the picturesque road to Pangka. The route brings us to some stairs, and at the highest point of the stairs is the very first lake, known as Longponga, which is located at an elevation of 4,650 meters. And as we pass the valley, we witness the second lake called Taujun. We continue trekking until we reach the beautiful Gokyo Valley accompanied by Dudh Pokhari. We will get to witness the stone residences and walled meadows.

  • Altitude4,790m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

The altitude is going to get higher because we will be trekking to Gokyo. As you trek, you can take in breathtaking views of the Kangtega, Thamserku, and Cho-Oyu peaks. We trace one of the melt-water Rivers that falls across the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier as we go down the picturesque road to Pangka. The route brings us to some stairs, and at the highest point of the stairs is the very first lake, known as Longponga, which is located at an elevation of 4,650 meters. And as we pass the valley, we witness the second lake called Taujun. We continue trekking until we reach the beautiful Gokyo Valley accompanied by Dudh Pokhari. We will get to witness the stone residences and walled meadows.

  • Altitude5,483 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

The highest altitude of this trek will be today’s destination. From the top of the peak, you can soak up the stunning panoramic views of the highest mountains in the region, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. After taking in the spectacular sights, you will head back to Gokyo village and take some time to explore the nearby Gokyo lakes. Gokyo Lakes are a group of six major lakes that form the world’s highest freshwater lake system.

  • Altitude5,340 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time3 hours

Renjo La Pass is located at a really high altitude. We have to trek for about 3 hours or so from Gokyo and we reach there to admire the beauty of Everest, Cholatse and Taboche. You won’t stop admiring. The experience is going to be exhilarating because you will be at an extremely high point. We will then walk down to Lungden enjoying the views of mountains.

  • Altitude4,300 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time4-5 hours

After breakfast, we will start walking down to Thame. We will witness the beauty of different snow-covered mountains and prayer flags throughout the day. The main attraction of Thame is Thame Monastery located at the side of the hill. Mani Rimdu Festival is celebrated every spring in this monastery.

  • Altitude3,800 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time3-4 hours

Thame is a beautiful Sherpa Village that welcomes the people trekking to the Everest Region. As the walk meanders through and out of a dense forest on the edge of the gorge, the walk is tranquil and offers breathtaking vistas of the mountains. We carry on our trek today by moving from Thame to the bottom of the hill. The route will end at Namche Bazar, which will be the final location for the entire day's walk.

  • Altitude3,440 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

We will walk down the trail to reach Lukla where we started our trek. This is an opportunity to remember and relive the memories of trekking. We will relish the food and rest.

  • Altitude1,400m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time35 mins flight to ktm or 20 mins flight to Manthali & 5-6 hrs drive to Ktm


Today, depending on the time of year, we will be catching an early morning flight back to Manthali or Kathmandu. We will drive back to Kathmandu on the same day if our flight is to Manthali. If not, a flight lasting thirty minutes will be taken from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Your eyes will be captivated by the gorgeous views of hills and valleys as you travel. Our airport agent will take you to your hotel room. You can relax and sleep in your warm and inviting room. After all, you've just arrived back after an exhausting journey. Alternatively, you may peruse nearby gift shops in Thamel. At the hotel, you may organize your baggage. As it is the last night in Nepal, You will be served a farewell dinner in a fine restaurant.

Note: You might want to stay a little more in Nepal. If you are planning to extend your trip, there are options such as a visit to Chitwan National Park, known for wildlife viewing and to Pokhara, considered one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal. You can also extend your trip to Tibet,Bhutan.

    You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to your homeland. We wish you luck in your future travels and You will be always welcome.

    Trip Map
    Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La Pass Trek- 14 days map
    Trip Cost Details
    • All (international and domestic) airport transfers 
    • Double or twin-sharing accommodation in a 3-star hotel for two nights in Kathmandu with breakfast
    • Twin-sharing guest house accommodation during the trek
    • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) including one hot drink and seasonal fruits  
    • Experienced, first-aid trained, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide
    • Permits for Sagarmatha/Everest National Park and TIMS
    • Porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 clients)
    • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff
    • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu/Manthali and Lukla
    • Trip completion certificate
    • A farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal
    • All administrative expenses and government taxes
    • International flight airfare
    • On-arrival visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport- (Current cost USD 50 for 30-day stay)
    • All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the trek
    • Extra night accommodations in Kathmandu for any reason, such as early arrival, late departure, and early return from trekking.
    • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled/bottled water, hot (tea, coffee), cold and alcoholic drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
    • Personal clothing and gear
    • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
    • Tips for guide and porter
    Useful Info

    Best Season

    The ideal times to trek the Gokyo and Renjo La Pass are in the spring (March to early June) and the autumn (Mid-September to November). The trek is possible any time of the year and we can customize it as per your preference. But we normally advise avoiding the rainy months of July and August. Autumn is a spectacular season for Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek. The season begins in September and lasts till November. These months offer tantalizing mountain scenes and excellent climatic conditions. During this period, these months have pleasant weather that is not so cold and hot with crystal clear visibility of peaks. The Monsoon has just departed, so it results in bluebird days and sunny climates.
    Spring is the second spectacular season for Gokyo Lake Renjo La Pass Trek after Autumn. Considerably it is the best season for Mountain Climbing, so the paths tend to get packed with climbers and trekkers. The season begins from March and lasts till May and is the best time to go to Gokyo Renjo La Pass Trek.

    Accommodation and Meals

    For accommodation, we will arrange three-star hotels in Kathmandu and teahouse rooms in the Everest region. The rooms are available on a sharing basis, but private rooms can be arranged in Kathmandu and Everest Region for additional cost. Accommodation at higher altitude will be the ones with minimal services, but we will try to arrange the best services possible. Hot showers will be available at some places in Everest region. Food in Kathmandu will be chosen as per your preference i.e. western cuisine and Nepali food. But in the Everest region, you will share a dining table in a hall where different people from different culture sit together and share their experiences, laugh and moments. We suggest you to avoid meat products and stick to high-protein vegetable products. You will be treated with the warm Sherpa culture hospitality and foods like Dal-Bhaat (rice, pickles, lentils, vegetables), noodles, potatoes, soup etc. You will be served with hot chocolates, ginger tea, hot lemon and a lot of fluid to help you acclimatize.

    Electricity, Internet, ATM

    Usually, tea houses encompass a few plug points and electricity for lights, which are often found in the common rooms. However, some teahouses charge you with money for lending the plug points. Keep two-pin and three-pin plugs on hand for recharging convenience. Carrying a power bank can be a good option in the Everest region. The Everest area has an infrastructure called "Everest Link" for internet use. You can get a scratch-off coupon for 6GB for one location or for 10GB of data that can be employed throughout the majority of the region. A single gadget only may use the data. The cost for a data subscription will be expensive for the 10 GB option. There are some establishments that offer networks and connectivity to the internet for a fee. However it is not guaranteed that all the teahouses will have this Network, so it is better to buy Everest Link.

    ATMs in Kathmandu can be found very easily. They are almost present everywhere. However, ATMs available in Namche Bazaar can be unreliable. It is better to carry some cash by exchanging it at exchange facilities in the Thamel.

    Travel Insurance

    Renjo La Pass is quite difficult because we will ascend at high elevations. Before making a journey reservation, the insurance files must be submitted. Make sure the travel insurance policy includes evacuation up to the highest elevation you will be climbing, helicopter rescue, and emergency medical services. 

    Flight Information about Lukla

    During peak seasons, Ramechhap/Manthali is the location where the flight to Lukla is operated. March, April, May, October, and November are the months of peak season. Otherwise, the flight to Lukla will be operated from Kathmandu. The Everest region trek may be adversely affected by hazardous weather conditions, and it is safe to say that the trip to Lukla might be postponed because of weather-related issues, runway issues, and air traffic issues. The hikers are asked to plan two or three extra days so that the day that has been cancelled can be made up. We will schedule our days accordingly if the weather decides to mess up the standard itinerary.

    Trekking Difficulty

    Gokyo and Renjo La Pass trek fall under the difficult category as the trekkers will be climbing above the altitude of 6000 metres. If you’re physically fit, you’re good to go. Otherwise, the trek may be strenuous for you. The unpredictable climate changes also make this trek challenging. You should start swimming, jogging and exercise before you decide to come on this trek. Besides, the acclimatization day on the trek itself will help your body to move without any hassle.

    Gear and Equipment

    Once in Nepal, if you have the time, you can purchase supplies and gear for hiking. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hub, is home to many shops where you can get a variety of reasonably priced trekking equipment.

    • Sleeping Bag
    • Trekking shoes (Water-Proof)
    • Warm socks and Down Jacket
    • Head Lamps
    • Water Proof trousers and jacket
    • Lipbalm and shades
    • Electronic gadgets(your choice)
    • Earplugs
    • Warm high-necks, gloves, Scarf
    • Towels
    • First aid kit
    • Lip Balm, Sunscreen and lotion
    • Protein bars
    • Re-usable water bottles and purifier tablets
    • Head Lamps
    • Power Bank / Charger
    • You will need the following documents:

      • Citizenship certificate(photocopy) for Nepali Citizens
      • Certificate of Origin for International Citizens
      • 2 pp sized photos
      • A copy of the International Flight Ticket
      • A copy of the travel insurance policy
    • Our hiking leaders are experts in this field. Regarding the trip, you will have the most amazing trek experience with our leaders. There is no need to hire an extra guide. Please visit  the following link for the Latest Travel Updates  and No More Solo Treks

    • The ideal times to trek the Gokyo and Renjo La Pass are in the spring (March to early June) and the autumn (Mid-September to November). The trek is possible any time of the year and we can customize it as per your preference. But we normally advise avoiding the rainy months of July and August and undertaking this walk during the favoured times of the year. The weather in the mountains can be slightly chilly in January and February. However, you can be well prepared with gears and necessities if you want less crowd on the trail during winter.

    • It is very difficult to predict the weather in the Everest region. The best idea is to be prepared for every rainy, snowy, sunny or foggy day. The temperature may range from 25 degrees to -20 degrees. It differs from season to season. We can’t predict what the Himalayas have to offer. We may have to postpone our plan because of the weather sometimes. Winter and monsoon may be extremely challenging; thus spring and autumn are the best seasons for this trek.

    • You can easily obtain your visa for Nepal upon arrival after paying the visa fees at different counters at the airport. You can carry USD for visa fees and the fees vary according to the days for which you will be staying. Please visit the link for more information about visa  Nepal Visa Information

    • Credit cards may not be the best option as it includes transaction cost. You can carry 20-30USD per day which will be enough. This is for water, souvenir shopping and some extra. 

    • A certain percentage of deposit must be made at the time of booking so that your itinerary is secured. The rest amount can be paid upon arrival or before arriving.

    • Trekking demands your body to be capable of handling inconsistent mountainous terrain while holding a backpack. Long-distance treks, bicycle riding, running, and uphill hiking are all effective forms of exercise. Before going on a trek, you should exercise for not less than an hour, four to five times per week.

    • Your daypack plus duffel bag are counted in the 15 kg (33 lb) luggage restriction for the Lukla flight. You may be charged an extra amount per kilogram if your daypack exceeds more than the permitted load. We advise you to pack no more than 15 kilograms.

    • Yes, drinking water is readily available during the Everest Region trek. Throughout the trekking route, you will find multiple sources to obtain safe drinking water. You can buy boiled water if necessary in the teahouses. You need to carry a water bottle that can carry both hot and cold water.

    • Our tour guides undergo thorough training and possess first aid certification. Our guides will monitor your condition and level of oxygen using an oximeter during the trip. Through the guides, our main office continually receives information on your health and whereabouts. During unforeseen circumstances, your situation will be informed by the use of a satellite phone.

    Need Travel Advice

    Our global team of experts is here to assist you.